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    Censorship & Gun Control Will Not Make Us Safe

    Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,
    Sadly, but not unexpectedly, the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh is being used to justify new infringements on liberty. Of course, opponents of gun rights are claiming this shooting proves America needs more gun control. Even some who normally oppose gun control say the government needs to do more to keep guns out of the hands of the “mentally ill.” Those making this argument ignore the lack of evidence that background checks, new restrictions on the rights of those alleged to have a mental illness, or any other form of gun control would have prevented the shooter from obtaining a firearm.

    Others are using the shooter’s history of posting anti-Semitic comments on social media to call for increased efforts by both government and social media websites to suppress “hate speech.” The shooter posted anti-Semitic statements on the social media site Gab. Gab, unlike Twitter and Facebook, does not block or ban users for offensive comments. After the shooting Gab was suspended by its internet service provider, and PayPal has closed the site’s account. This is an effort to make social media websites responsible for the content and even the actions of their users, turning the sites’ operators into thought police.
    Some social media sites, particularly Facebook and Twitter, are eager to silence not just bigots but those using their platforms to advocate for liberty. Facebook has recently banned a number of libertarian pages— including Cop Block, a site opposing police misconduct. Twitter has also banned a number of conservatives and libertarians, as well as critics of American foreign policy. Some libertarians say we should not get upset as these are private companies exercising private property rights. However, these companies are working with government and government-funded entities such as the Atlantic Council, a group funded by NATO and the military-industrial complex, to determine who should and should not be banned.
    The effort to silence “hate speech” is not just about outlawing racist, sexist, or anti-Semitic speech. The real goal is to discredit, and even criminalize, criticism of the welfare-warfare state by redefining such criticism as “hate.” It is not just progressives who wish to use laws outlawing “hate speech” to silence political opponents. Some neoconservatives want to criminalize criticism of Israel for the nonsensical reason that any criticism of Israel is “anti-Semitic.” Other right-wing authoritarians wish to expand hate crime laws to include crimes committed against police officers.
    Ironically neoconservatives and other right-wing authoritarians are among the biggest purveyors of real “hate speech.” What could possibly be more hateful than speech advocating perpetual war? Cultural Marxists are also guilty of hate speech with their calls for both government and private violence against political opponents, and for the use of government force to redistribute property. Just about the only individuals advocating a political philosophy not based on hate are those libertarians who consistently advance the non-aggression principle.
    Preserving the right to free speech is vital to preserving liberty. All who value freedom should fight efforts to outlaw “hate speech.” “Hate speech” laws may initially be used to target bigoted and other truly hateful speech, but eventually they will be used to silence all critics of the welfare-warfare state and the authoritarian philosophies that justify omnipotent government. To paraphrase Ludwig von Misses, libertarians must fight hate speech—including the hate speech emanating from Washington, D.C.— with the “ideas of the mind.”
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    Hegalian Dialectic: Problem Reaction Solution.

    Solution (for them) is for you to trick you to willingly give up your FIRST TWO CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. Once those are gone, then Belief Money Violence kick into full swing. They can tell you what to think and who you must listen to and who you may not listen to. Since you are not allowed to speak, no one else will listen to you if you know something that challenges their control of Belief on others. If they conduct Violence against you, no one is allowed to speak of it without their permission. Then they lie to you that your Money is Honest. Its not. Then, theyve got you by the balls, and there is no way out of it without Bloodshed.

    Free Speech and Gun Rights are paramount to preventing the Violence inherit to every Revolution. Listen to our words, or listen to the shots that will be heard around the world. The choice is theirs, and sadly, we know what they will try to choose. Do NOT let them take your Constitutional Rights, Rights that your forefathers DIED to protect and establish. They DIED to create a framework in which these Oligarchs exploit to enslave humanity.

    Dont fall for their lies or into their traps. Eliminating the First Two Amendments IS the Trap.
    1776 > 1984

    The FAILURE of the United States Government to operate and maintain an
    Honest Money System , which frees the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators, is the single largest contributing factor to the World's current Economic Crisis.

    The Elimination of Privacy is the Architecture of Genocide

    Belief, Money, and Violence are the three ways all people are controlled

    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    Our central bank is not privately owned.

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    None of this has anything to do with safety or respect, of course, but only control as pointed out by Dr. Paul.

    Reading the bolded passages, presumably leaving out noisier ones, it once again strikes me like an iron bar in the teeth how absurd we have become, both as a people and as a "government", though mostly the former. That which we tolerate is absurd to the point of the ridiculous. It is at moments such as this that my suspicions are redoubled that those who directly threaten our liberties need to be addressed with material non-equivocation. I know it sounds so terrible, but is it really?

    Do we say it is terrible when someone kills or severely beats or maims one who is attempting to bring harm or destruction to a child? Why not? Because all but the most damaged among us recognize not just the innocence of a child, but the sanctity of that innocence, not to mention the rights, which is to say the valid claims of a child to his life, which he has not yet had the opportunity to experience with any fullness of time.

    Do we say it is terrible that a woman kills her would-be rapist by shooting the ghost out of him or plunging a ten-inch kitchen knife into his eye socket? No. If anything, we stand and cheer the lass for having stood tall - tall enough, anyhow - and defended herself from harm.

    Do we say it is terrible when an elderly individual airs out a pair of armed burglars intent on robbing and killing them in the dead of night? No. We cheer grandma and grandpa for retaining that drive to continue their lives for yet another day and taking the measures to better ensure it.

    Do we say it is terrible when a patron or a cop removes a bank robber from the book of the living as he threatens the lives and by extension the right of everyone at the branch in question during his attempt to walk away with loot? No. We cheer for good prevailing over evil.

    Do we say it is terrible when a man stoves in the skull of a stranger with a brick of a man on the property of a neighbor as the latter attempts to set said neighbor's house ablaze? No. We experience a sense of satisfaction at justice rightly served and the saving from destruction of the lifetime capital investment of one of our fellow human beings, the loss of which could be tantamount to killing them in other slower and far more tortuous ways.

    And so on we could go, down a rather long list of actions for which the material non-equivocation of beating, maiming, and killing other human beings is not only accepted as right and honorable, but even celebrated.

    So why, then, do we blanch and recoil from the notion of such responses against those who, through the false formalisms of "state" and "government", seek and most often succeed in bringing equal harms not in the onesey-twosey fashion of thieves, murderers, and feloniously careless and ignorant people, but by the millions or hundreds of millions? This is a serious and non-rhetorical question I pose here. WHY? Why do we fall over ourselves to condemn the destruction of those who endeavor to destroy us? What in blazing, infernal damnation is up with that? Are we so timid, so afeared of being hauled in by "the state" that we put up this play of nonsense, or are we so cowed and brainwashed by the bull$#@! that has been heaped upon us by the usurping tyrants that we actually believe that armed revolt and the hanging of said tyrants by the scrawny necks until they are irretrievably dead is somehow not valid?

    This all brings me back to my now age-old query about how far do Theye have to go before the rest of us show even a shred of self-respect that goes beyond mere keyboard strokes?

    I despise so-called "lefties" and the related vermin, but the one thing I respect in them, however ill-applied it may all be, is that they get up and ACT. I may not agree with antifa beating old white people or rioting and attempting to burn down cities like Portland, but I sure as hell do respect that they have gotten their ill-bred, ignorant asses up off their couches and gone to the streets to make themselves not just heard, but felt, while the rest of us sit "here", doing little of substance as Theye continue to run roughshod over what little remains of our sovereign and individual rights.

    Let us be honest for a moment: Theire propaganda of the past forty to fifty years has succeeded, perhaps beyond even Theire wildest expectations. We are corrupted with lassitude or cowardice because we know none of this is right and we know the proper remedies, at least in our hearts of hearts, yet we make every horse-$#@! excuse for discounting and discrediting them. Shame the hell on ever last one of us. Until we stand tall before the Man and tell him to shove it, we each of us deserve the tribulations our corruption brings to our tables.

    So yes, I am all for the physical dismantling of the corruption that piecemeal destroys us as individuals and as a culture. If that means turning our backs to Themme, the simplest and least energy-demanding solution, or killing Themme en masse until nobody remains to trample us, then so be it. But we don't even respect ourselves enough to expend the resources to do the former, a "movement" I suggested here and in other fora years ago, all to selectively deaf ears. It is disheartening and disgusting to bear witness to the sheer depth of our corruption as individuals such that we allow what has been done to us by those with no authority to do so.

    "Death to tyrants" appears to have become much like the tattoo in young Americans: something one wears because they think it makes them look "cool" and "edgy", when in fact all one succeeds at is making himself look like and ignorant, insubstantial little putz, worthy of naught but one's derisive snickering.

    Tis a sad pass to which we have steered ourselves through the corruption of default inaction. Deep is our shame.
    Through lives and lives shalt thou pay, O' king.

    "It’s just interesting to note how constant government oppression can kill people’s fighting spirit." - Withur We

    Pray for reset.

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