Government is VIOLENCE!

Here’s a video interview done at the Friedman Foundation event on July 31.  I can only wish that more people would ask good questions like this…

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  1. I saw the video. Interesting, government being an abstract of human consciousness. It really is violence, and Constitutions with the rule of law are the only possible leash on it. Not only does a Constitution need to protect the inalienable rights of individuals from government, but also from ourselves. Protecting the constitutions is of the highest of paramount importance. It is our duty and right. That is why I am governing my government and voting for you!
    Thank you, Harry

  2. I just read a posting on Campaign for Liberty website by a gentleman in Canada. He compares and contrasts (mostly compares) what is going on in Canada with the 10 planks of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto. This is telling. I wonder how close “we” are to this kind of government violence? Government violence has zero regard for the rights of life, liberty, or property. Zero. (here’s a mind bender, which plank of the communist manifesto do you see most prevailent is modern American society?) Here is his posting, I hope anyone who reads this will think twice about just what government is capable of. You can feel the disgust in his words:

    6. Gilligan Says:
    August 6th, 2008 at 7:22 am

    Hello Folks,

    In 1848 Karl Marx and Frederick Engels wrote a book outlining a political ideology, titled “The Communist Manifesto”. This book serves as a “blueprint” or “how-to” guide for the working class (a.k.a “the proletariat”) to overthrow the middle class (a.k.a “the bourgeoisie”). The goal was to overthrow capitalism and free markets. They argued that eventually the classless society of Communism and the abolition of private property would emerge. In his Manifesto Marx described the following ten steps as necessary steps to be taken to destroy a free enterprise society. So without any further fanfare, let’s have a look to see if they apply to Canada:

    1 – Abolition of property in land and the application of all rents of land to public purposes.

    If you own land, you pay property tax. The “mill rate” is the classification and percentage rate extorted from you to the municipal government each year based on the market value of your property. If you do not agree to be robbed, the municipal government will use violence against you and your family to collect either by arrest or eviction. The typical justification is that we use services provided to us by the municipality. Can we opt out of these services and seek private market solutions? Try it and see what happens. If you stop paying your property tax, your land will be confiscated. I always thought that if you own something, you shouldn’t have to keep paying for the privilege to keep owning it. Think on this. If you spent 25 years paying off your mortgage, you still don’t own your land. What every property owner inherits from a buyer is a government lease that you cannot refuse. In addition, it is perfectly legal for the government to expropriate your land without your consent. In the US, they call this “eminent domain”.

    Most Canadian land is in the hands of the State. Legislation is being created to provide the state more control of that land. Sometimes this is done under the guise of environmentalism and/or the protection of endangered species, although the State has a miserable track record of protecting neither *AND* they subsidize the very industries that threaten both.

    The Canadian Constitution, replacing the BNA act in 1982, does not recognize property rights of individuals.

    2 – A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

    Canadian income tax introduced in 1917 – about the same time the US government imposed theirs – cloaked as a temporary tax on personal income and sold to the public as a means to fund the war. After the war, it became clear the government liked it. By 1946, government revenue from indirect taxation (i.e. excise/tariff taxes) fell from 90% in 1913 to less than 4o%. Since 1946, income tax has become a labyrinth of legislation – the Income Tax Act – that essentially says, “the more you make, the more you pay”. From each according to their ability to each according to their need. This concept is not too hard to understand and has been fully implemented in Canada – along with all of the other so-called developed nations.

    The Canadian Constitution grants government the power to raise taxes by any “mode or system” of taxation, as well as the ability to borrow – presumably with no limit – on the Public credit. This is a fancy way of saying, “Our credit rating is good as we have the power to extort the monies from our citizens to finance our boondoggles.” – Section 91-3,91-4.

    3- Abolition of all rights of inheritance.

    We’re not all the way there…yet. However, we have taxes triggered when this happens called “estate taxes”. This extortion is applied as a result of exercising your “privilege” to transfer ownership of your property after death or gift before death. However, very wealthy people can utilize trusts to avoid this tax. The irony is that you have to pay fees to set-up and manage the trust. Put another way, you pay a smaller extortion (paid to lawyers) to avoid the larger extortion (paid to government).

    4 – Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

    Someone who resists or evades taxes for moral and/or ethical reasons stand a zero percent chance of not having their assets seized by the government. Since the attacks on 9/11/2001, there has been a plethora of laws released by government designed to confiscate your property based on their vague definition of what a rebel is…oh yeah, anyone who is against the State. In the US, HR 1955 was passed supporting the previous sentence.

    In Canada, those who emigrate from the country due to an increasing hostile financial climate, are forced to deposit 40 percent of the value of their assets world wide, until the government can determine what their unearned cut is.

    5 – Centralization of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.

    This one is easy: Our central bank, The Bank of Canada. Commencing operations in 1935, under the ownership of private banks, it was nationalized in 1938 by Mackenzie King. I have not found any worthwhile information about that particular event. There must of been something in it for the private banks to let him nationalize it, or the private banks would have had him removed.

    One of the reasons might have been is that the banks are allowed to create money out of the magic of fractional reserve banking. In Canada, the Bank Act does not require the private banks to maintain ANY reserves. In other-words, for every dollar of credit they have out on loan, they are not required to keep any cash reserves to back that loan. In reality they do, as we still ask for cash, but they are working to eliminate cash altogether via alternate medium or regulation. This will be a subject for an upcoming post.

    6 – Centralization of the means of communications and transportation in the hands of the State.

    The CRTC and Transport Canada regulate the bulk of this plank. However, they need the cooperation of the so-called private market from time to time so they allow laws to be passed to strengthen the monopoly or oligopoly of the players in this industry. There are a vast array of taxes that apply with respect to transportation, be it excise taxes for goods shipped, gas taxes, vehicle taxes, licenses, etc. All of this winds up in the government’s hands.

    The internet is a notable exception to state control of communication, but the State is waiting for a “trigger event” to occur – some might say the State will cause said trigger event – to drop regulation that is just sitting locked away for this very purpose.

    As I have been following Ron Paul’s 2008 U.S. Presidential campaign fairly closely, I have seen just how active media suppression and censorship is. If we had a competitive media and a widespread intelligent audience (see plank 10) demanding better of them, it would be impossible to censor him.

    7 – Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State, the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.

    Certainly it can be argued that big corporations owning the majority of production is essentially state control. Why? Because laws are set up to favor corporations via their lobby groups and offering to accept a government official to a board position once he/she retires from office – a.k.a “the Golden Parachute”.

    In addition, Canada used to trend toward nationalizing various bodies of research and production think tanks, but that seems to have been reversed when the government abandoned these efforts, no doubt as a result of freeing itself from the financial obligations of keeping these organizations afloat. In addition, the government realizes that it is more effective to let the private sector develop the market, then levy taxes later.

    Factories are hardly built here anymore, thanks to outsourcing and offshoring. The means of production are giving way to the means of consumption. Farming is heavily regulated and subsidized. This effectively forces the farmer to cede control to the state by submitting to regulations to qualify for the subsidy. Research into natural methods of growing food negating the need to use artificial fertilizers and pesticides is not happening as there is no financial incentive for corporations to do so. Big agra companies like Monsanto are patenting seeds and suing farmers for saving seed for next years crops.

    The concept of self-reliance is always under attack by the government, because they don’t want people to think, “Hey. I produce goods and trade them for the goods I don’t produce within my trading community. The government produces nothing. Why do I need them?”

    8 – Equal liability of all to labor. Establishment of industrial armies especially for agriculture.

    There is no benefit for a spouse to stay at home and raise their children. Where we are today is that due to tax relieving measures NOT being implemented for a parent to remain at home (i.e. income splitting), this forces the second parent into the workforce. Coupling that with the continued assault on the dollar via inflation, Canadians have to work harder/longer to make ends meet.

    I find it amusing that municipalities sell their regions to the public as an excellent “live/work” place to be when the cost of living exceeds the worker’s ability to pay for it via all the retail/services businesses opening up, instead of high quality manufacturing/professional jobs – “How am I going to pay for my $400,000 mortgage with a Tim Horton’s job or selling furniture at Sears?”.

    9 – Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries, gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equitable distribution of population over the country.

    This one I am not entirely sure of what they mean here. What we see is the gobbling up of small family farms by agricultural giants or residential developers. We see the vast expansion of ruralism, where valuable farmland is being paved over with matchbox houses and big box stores. The vast majority of Canadian land has a very small population base. In fact, I read somewhere once where 90% of Canada’s population – currently about 35 Million people – live within 200 kilometers of the US border.

    10 – Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production.

    This one has been implemented without question. We have State run schools with State developed curriculum. State schools teach to regurgitate without processing. The idiom of “education” has been replaced with “job training”.

    Critical thinking has been killed. We are a culture of uninformed and unquestioning fools who think life revolves around mindless consumption, be it physical (i.e. iPods, granite countertops, SUVs, and whatever other bling or trinkets and bobbles we pursue) or intellectual (i.e. all problems are to be solved through government, the media is a credible source of information, do not question authority et. al.).

    Essentially, the purpose of State run education is to churn out citizens who have been brainwashed to accept the validity of government – or just about any other bully who will coerce, threaten, and or steal from you authority figure. This is a tragedy, as government education intercepts and thwarts the development of the mind in it’s most receptive state.

    Ugh.

  3. Well, the difference between the Marxist socialists and Fascist socialists of WWII was, as Mussolini coined it (he also coined “fascism” and “axis” power), “corporatism.”
    This tweak on Marxism made all the difference. By allowing corporations property and profit, combined with the crushing power of the state, mixed natural greed and power lust with average sheepishness to create a real monster. An effective monster.
    So we’re not communist/Marxists, we’re fascists.
    Does that make you feel better?
    After all, I think that Stalin and Mao were worse than Hitler…

  4. Well, you know my stance on the lesser of two evils, it is still evil. I will never vote for anyone, ever again, that does not support the rule of law and the rights to life, liberty, and property! This is my personal promise to my fellow Hoosier, to my fellow countryman, and to myself for a clear conscience. Never again!
    Yes, the minor distinction between communism and fascism was an economic one. But they were both oligarchies as political forms. Rule by a group or a few. There is but five politcal forms of government; A Monarchy is rule of one, an Oligarchy is rule by a group or a few, a Democracy is rule by majority, a Republic is Rule of law, and an Anarchy is rule by none. Only by rule of law is government violence restrained! All other forms welcome abuse of power!
    This all seems so rediculous as I reread this post, but people have accepted some pretty crazy ideas in the coarse of human history. I call on Hoosier inquisitiveness and distrust to really look into this stuff Andy and I are talking about here. Government can really become quite a violent force, and it doesn’t take much to make government into a very violent force. We have already lost the 4th ammendment to GW Bush and Company with the Patriot Act.
    A vote for Andy Horning is a vote for the rule of law! Freedom and rights are his platform!


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