"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” -Mahatma Gandhi


Sunday, January 31, 2010

Links of Interest

The Disappearing Private-Sector Jobs by ROBERT HIGGS at Investors dot com

An Investor's Introduction to Austrian Economics (audio) by Murry Rothbard at The Mises Institute      This is a great audio clip.  I highly recommend checking it out if you are new to the Austrian School.  Manny, that means you too.

We've Been Neo-Conned by Ron Paul at Lew Rockwell dot com

Dear Governor Palin by Gary North at Lew Rockwell dot com      This is one of the best ideas I have heard in months!  Let's hope someone "Kevin Bacons" this article and she gets a chance to read it!

Is the Problem with Haiti Too Little Government? by Robert Murphy at C4L

Justice Alito Was Right by Andrew P. Napolitano at Lew Rockwell dot com

Are You an Arachno-Capitalist? (video) at The Mises Institute      I thought I would end this post with a little humor.  If your eyes and brain transposed the prefix Anarcho for Arachno like mine did, you are in for a wild ride!  The guy in the video made the same mistake, only in the reverse, but never bothered to do any further research.  I have sometimes used the term "dumber than a bag of hammers" to describe people who are so far beyond reason that they cannot be helped.  I think this gentleman fits that description.  It scares me that these people might vote!  His argument is convincing, though, and I am now pondering marsupio-capitalism as a viable option.  WHAT HAS THIS COUNTRY COME TO?

See you at Galt's Gulch!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

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See you at Galt's Gulch!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Links of Interest

A Small Businessman’s Response to the State of the Union by Wayne Allyn Root at Root For America dot com

As I See It at Circle of the Oroborous Blog

The Misesian Vision by Lew Rockwell at C4L

Advice to Barack Obama by Two People Who Didn't Vote for Him (or John McCain) by Matt Welch & Nick Gillespie at Reason dot com

 
New iPad Tablet Computer at Fox News dot com
 
Legalize Competing Currencies by Ron Paul at C4L
 
The Right Has 'Avatar' Wrong by David Boaz at LA Times
 
US Republican Senator Graham To Support Fed's Bernanke at NASDAQ dot com    Contact Lindsey Graham's office and leave him a message about how much of a fraud he is for supporting Ben Bernanke! 202-224-5972 (Press 1 to leave a message).

Time For an American Health Care Solution by David McKalip, M.D. at C4L

See you at Galt's Gulch!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Galt's Gulch Challenge

I have been doing a LOT of thinking lately. At times it’s like I get stuck in my own mind for hours or days at a time. At first, it really freaked me out, but lately I have been viewing it as a blessing, not a curse. So, in an attempt to help you see things my way, I have a challenge for you. This challenge can be carried out over a weekend, or any two to three day period that you do not have to work. It will require a bit of prior planning, but not much. So, here it is.

1- When you come home from work on Friday, the first thing you need to do after you walk in the door is unplug your television. It will remain unplugged until you go back to work on Monday morning. We have so many distractions in our lives these days, and television is the number one distraction of them all. Spend a weekend without it, and see what happens.

2- In addition to your television being turned off, do the same with your radio, computer, and cell phone. You will have to let your friends and family know that you are going off the reservation for the weekend, and that they should not call.  No computer, no Internet, no iTunes, no distraction.  We are looking for zero distraction here. If you absolutely cannot handle the silence, the only authorized medium for you to listen to is classical music, as it has been shown to stimulate higher brain function.

3- This is where your planning comes in. All food that you consume over the weekend challenge needs to come from whole or raw sources. So, all of the canned food, instant microwave meals, TV dinners, and premade pizzas are now off limits. If you want bread, you don’t go to the pantry and get a loaf or a slice. You combine flour, yeast, sugar, salt, and water; and you make the loaf of bread for yourself. Everything, and I mean everything, that you consume must come from raw ingredients. If you can’t make it yourself, you don’t eat it. The same thing goes for drinks. Water and milk are the only drinks that are allowed. If you want fruit juice, don’t grab that cheap V8 mixed fruit drink, take some real whole fruit and juice it for yourself.  As for alcohol, think about it this way: Do you really need that anyway?  Sure, if you make your own homemade wine or beer, this would be acceptable.  Sure, everyone likes to have a beer or two on the weekends, but lets try to stay away from it now.

4- Transportation is another factor. Your car is to be used for emergency only! By this, I mean, you just cut your hand and need to drive to the hospital for stitches. All transportation will be of the un-motorized kind. There is no destination that you need to reach that cannot be arrived at by walking or by bicycle.

5- Lastly, and most importantly, keep a journal of your thoughts, ideas, emotions, and intuitions throughout the weekend.
The point of this entire exercise is this: become alone with your thoughts. I am basically asking you to become Amish for 48 hours, but trust me, it will be a good experience.  We live in a world of distractions today. Our entire economy and identity as Americans is based on the external distractions that have been foisted upon us by people we will never know. Because of this culture that has been created, many of us today are actually scared to live within the confines of our own brain. We have become addicted not thinking. We have become addicted to distraction.  The culture that has been created is not even real.  It is all distraction, and that is exactly where “they” want us. When we cannot think clearly, we are malleable and easy to control. Try taking some time away from all of the bullshit and distractions, and just think.

If you are married, this will allow you to become reacquainted with your spouse. You might not even know how far apart you have grown until you take some time, all alone, with no distractions to have meaningful conversation again. If you have children, think of the good you will be doing. By not polluting their mind with cheap and easy “entertainment”, they will have to find other things to do. As a family, you will have to make your own entertainment. When it is all said and done, I guarantee, you will look back on the experience and realize that it was not as hard as you had previously imagined. This is a process of self discovery. Once you have done this, you might even decide to put the TV in the closet for a few months. It might scare you, because you might enjoy it.

The final portion of my challenge will be this. Come back to this blog post and comment on your experience. I would like to hear how things turn out for you and what impact this whole experience had on your life and the lives of your family members. Let me know what happens.

See you at Galt’s Gulch!

Book Review: Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto

As if by some strange act of divine intervention, I had the lessons of this book reinforced right in front of my eyes. The scene unfolded like a Hollywood comedy…

I was sitting in the break room at work, reading the last chapter of Gatto’s Dumbing Us Down when my co-workers entered the room. They were all discussing what they wanted to watch on TV and they settled on the MTV show Jackass. As the voices of Bam Margera, Steve-O, and Johnny Knoxville skirted just along the edge of my consciousness, I dove deeper into the book in an attempt to block out the irony unfolding in front of me. Gatto’s words struck deep in my psyche:
“Defying the lessons of the market, this psychopathic megalith has grown more and more powerful in spite of colossal failures to educate throughout its history. It succeeds in surviving only because it employs the police power of the State to fill its hollow classrooms. It prohibits local choice and variety and because of this prohibition, has had a hideous effect on our national moral fabric.

By preventing a free market in education, a handful of social engineers, backed by the industries that profit from compulsory schooling – teacher colleges, textbook publishers, materials suppliers, and others – has ensured that most of our children will not have an education, even though they may be thoroughly schooled.

No amount of tinkering will make the school machine work to produce educated people; education and schooling are…mutually exclusive terms.

With the addition of television, the destructive power of schooling is now awesome and thoroughly out of control. The television institution, very similar to the structure of mass schooling, has expanded so successfully that all the former escape routes are now blocked. We have destroyed the minds and characters of the nation’s children by preempting their youth, removing their choices.”

As I read these words I started laughing hysterically. I looked up from my book at my coworkers, glued to the television set, eyes glazed over like zombies, soaking up the mindless entertainment of Johnny Knoxville wrestling a grizzly bear. I think they thought I was laughing at the show, but I was really laughing at the utter irony of the situation. It was a perfect moment. I actually turned the book over to read the title again, Dumbing Us Down, and then looked up at my coworkers. You just can’t make this stuff up!

Gatto’s book is a real eye opener. Having taught in the New York education system for most of his adult life, he is able to bring his wealth of personal experience and insight to bear upon the institution of government monopoly schools. Like a ninja assassin battling the State sponsored samurai, Gatto pulls no punches; but instead goes for the kill shot again and again. By attacking the fundamental premises that are the bedrock of state funded education, he is able to reveal the actual purpose of public education: to churn out mindless drones who cannot think for themselves.

Gatto writes an entire chapter on the actual lessons children learn in school. He calls this, the seven lesson schoolteacher. These seven lessons are universally taught from Harlem to Hollywood Hills and they constitute a national curriculum. These lessons are as follows:

1- Confusion
2- Class Position
3- Indifference
4- Emotional Dependency
5- Intellectual Dependency
6- Provisional Self Esteem
7- The Student Can’t Hide

Gatto goes in depth on these seven lessons and shows that every teacher in America instructs them, even if they don’t know they are doing it. It was enough to make me reflect back on my own childhood and school experience, and I can now see what was going on plain as day. If I had only known then what I know now, things may have turned out a little differently, but 20/20 hindsight is always hard to deal with. I know that I cannot change my own past, but now, armed with the knowledge imparted by Gatto in his book, I am able to set out awake, and make a better future for my children. They will never, ever, ever attend a public school unless they choose to. And if they make that choice, I will make sure it is an educated one. I don’t want them to ever look back on their education with 20/20 hindsight and ask, “Why did I have to do things this way?”

If you have school aged children, I would highly recommend reading this book. If you don’t have children, but are curious about the amount of mind control actually going on in our nation, I would also recommend picking up a copy. Gatto has written some other books in addition to Dumbing Us Down. I am about half way through The Underground History of American Education, also by Gatto, and you can expect a review of that as soon as I am finished.

The only way we can change things for the better is through education, and that, sadly, is the one thing that children do not receive today.

See you at Galt’s Gulch!

Guest Post: Breakfast

By Chris

"Like sucking on a hairdryer" echoed the voice in my mind, as I awoke far too early on this wretched summer day. Thousands of miles away lay the quaint prefaces bestowed upon the days of a week in a world where it matters which one you’re experiencing. There is only the now, the past is a matter of perspective and the future will always be a doorknob just out of reach. Right now I want breakfast, that's it.

The sweltering heat would not be especially bothersome if not for the addition of over eighty pounds of cumbersome gear, designed to elicit every bit of profit from the three hundred and forty fifth crusade against humanity since the code of Hammurabi. Which as it would happen was chiseled into stone not a day’s drive east of the desolate outpost where I find myself at present.

The course of my life, as all lives before and after, has been plotted masterfully by the path of least resistance. However, this morning my lungs seem extremely resistant to the intake of hundreds of gnats at fifty miles per hour while perched uncomfortably on the top of yet another forty thousand pound symbol of tyranny and self loathing. At least the last one functioned properly before being laid to waist by a twenty dollar grenade, which is more than can be said for my current steed. Not that I especially mind not being able to hear the morons drone on and on about the latest trivialities, but a functioning communication system is preferred when your sole purpose in life is to warn the other thundering steel barges when some emaciated teenager has decided to feed his family by earning a bit of extra income; or to secure himself a better place in the next life, if he is lucky enough to be able to feed himself in this one.

My body ricochets painfully around the turret as we crest the many craters which bear silent witness to the past decade. My mind bounces just as freely, I'll often wonder what it’s like to be on the receiving end of a never ending assault of coercion and force ruling over each and every thought and desire you possess; then I stop my foolish thinking and turn on the TV. At least in the land of the free we have had the good fortune of being enslaved in a Brave New World, vice the Orwellian prison of which I find myself the unwilling guard. I must remind myself always to be grateful for the things I find disgusting, as they provide the contrast to life without which I could find no joy in that which I love.

As we patrol endlessly through one small self sufficient town after another, my memory is jolted into remembering every western movie from Desperado to Deadwood. Hand built homes, dusty farms, and gardens, populated by the free descendants of the same tribes for thousands of years. A balance held more or less peacefully by absolute local tribal governance which has ruled supreme, even the most oppressive regimes have walked the big circle around this place, as a child avoiding his enraged drunken father. Blessed with a barren landscape and few resources, above ground anyhow, there has been nothing to steal and so government and international capital has remained mainly absent. These people will be sacrificed as Americans were long ago; as we begin the long process of removing from these people their individuality, issuing to them numbers, and relegating them to servitude and debt-slavery at the hands of their new masters. Maybe this is the way of the world, the way forward, as our population grows, finite resources dwindle, and more debt is created daily by the bankers. Freedom for humanity is to be limited to the realm of make-believe, in computers, on TV’s; in simulacra of freedom where you’re right to choose is analogous to picking McDonalds over Bur.......

"BLAMMMM!"

Swivel Turret, Acquire Target, Engage, Assess Damage: smoke rising, left rear struck, vehicle still mobile, one causality …no two, call MedEvac.

"Vic 3's Hit, Attack from 9 O'clock behind the wall!" I yell into the brick wall of my microphone.

The four vehicle patrol reacts with the grace of a synchronized swim team, truly a masterful piece of art, a rival to Beethoven or Bach, however opposite the goals. I guess a working communication system is a luxury, successful human programming seems sufficient in this case.

Roasting up on the hill where the attack originated, I have a wonderful view of the ancient river and the small green strips of life which run parallel to it, protecting each other from the encroaching desert. I also see brand new police station right next door, all the officers are inside of course, lest one be accidently injured by his brother’s insult to the empire. I’m confused at times why they fight; if the rebels simply acquiesced we would have to abandon our endless war. I suppose I’m just being naive, the conventional wars ended with the globalization of commerce, and the long cold fingers of the state have been soaked in the filling of their pie for centuries. The Long War is against the people anyway, people really do make much better consumers when they aren’t allowed to do things for themselves. Scared people, incapable of subsiding on their own are the best kind to rule; for a truly free man needs no leader. The only people hurt are too stupid to know what’s going on anyway, so engrossed are they in the current ideology, or worse yet, too busy burying their heads deep in the sands of pop culture. So it goes, on flows the river, sometimes there are an awful lot of stones in it, it moves in the strangest ways.

I am beyond crushed; my world shattered like a snow globe dropped from the hands of child, out pours my hopes, my dreams, my soul. My wonderful breakfast of fresh cooked bread, grilled tomatoes, and cream sauce at the street side market is being washed away in the dust cycling in a vortex from the blades of the helicopter, landing to ferry the injured and dead away for their vacations. I'm reminded yet again not to make plans, such a shame though as you really can't beat fresh warm bread for breakfast.

Good thing tomorrow is another day; I wonder which one it is.


See you at Galt's Gulch!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Quote of the Week

"Air America, the only liberal talk radio network, just declared bankruptcy and went off the air. You know why liberal talk radio doesn't work? Because people listening to talk radio in their cars are going to WORK! By definition anyone that actually works for a living and pays taxes is a fiscal conservative."

--Wayne Allyn Root

Hitler Finds Out Scott Brown Won Massachusetts Senate Seat

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Merchandise

Those who read my blog have probably noticed the Zazzle window I have down at the bottom right that says Shameless Self Promotion.  I have had it up there for about 6 or 8 months but I have never done a post about it.  I just thought it would be a cool thing to add.

I never really thought I would sell anything, but recently I have noticed a big uptick in sales.  First off, let me thank those of you who have been buying my T-Shirts and bumperstickers.  I only get a small portion of the sale, 2%-3%.  I mainly did it for cheap advertising in the event anyone actually bought my stuff.

I have never really tried to hawk any of my crap on this blog, but, here goes... If you like my blog and read it at least once a week, buy my crap.  If you like what I have to say, and want to help get the word out, buy my crap.

Thanks!

See you at Galt's Gulch!

Audit the Fed Update!!!

Our country’s economic future is in Ben Bernanke’s hands on a daily basis.
Now his job security is in ours.
I need you to immediately call your senators with a simple message: “No vote on Bernanke until we get a vote on Audit the Fed.”

Here’s what’s going on and why you need to act immediately. It’s a little complex, so bear with me.

Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) has led the charge to place a “hold” on Bernanke’s nomination to a second term as Fed chairman until the Senate votes on Audit the Fed. This means to get a vote on Bernanke, Harry Reid has to have a vote on “cloture” (just like in the health care battle), and that requires a super-majority of 60 votes.

Insiders now tell me that Harry Reid is threatening to ram through a cloture vote as early as next week.

Senator DeMint is joined by David Vitter, Jim Bunning, and Bernie Sanders in his efforts, but these senators cannot succeed alone. But right now, Republicans should stop caving in to Harry Reid’s muscle on behalf of Ben Bernanke and the out of control Federal Reserve, and Democrats are cowering in fear of the popular revolt against out of control spending and the economic wreck it has helped create.

A strong message from Campaign for Liberty activists like you could start a stampede in the Senate that will make Harry Reid back off of Bernanke and give us a vote on Audit the Fed.

After all, Harry Reid is already the most vulnerable Democrat up for reelection next year, according to the polls.

Call your senators and make sure you let them know that:

1.) If they are not cosponsoring Audit the Fed, you expect them to sign on in support of finding out what the Fed has done with trillions of our dollars. Tell them you will make sure their constituents know of their action or inaction on this issue.
2.) They must vote “no” on cloture until after there is a vote on Audit the Fed. No vote should be taken on Ben Bernanke’s confirmation, or the nomination of anyone else for Fed Chairman, until Audit the Fed has received a public, up or down vote. The real issue here is not the Fed chairman himself. It is the need for complete transparency.

Ben Bernanke’s term as Fed chairman expires on January 31, so Harry Reid is under pressure from Barack Obama to act quickly.  Which means we must act even faster.

The Senate has enough on its plate with the fight over health care, so they can ill afford to face yet another tough fight over the leadership’s agenda.  Time to turn up the pressure.

Take action today to push for a vote on Audit the Fed, S. 604!

Senator DeMint and his colleagues are counting on your support as they fight for Audit the Fed. Call your senators today and urge them to delay any action on Ben Bernanke's confirmation until Audit the Fed receives a public, up or down vote!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Quote of the Week

"Nothing can ever be truly, fully understood.
Not even the most simple idea.
Not even this."

-- From The Book, by Bickford Shmeckler

Monday, January 18, 2010

Book Review: Don’t Start the Revolution Without Me by Jesse Ventura

Well, I bought this book under the false assumption that Jesse Ventura was a libertarian. Not being from Minnesota, I didn’t really follow his rise to political power or his time as governor of the state. But this is why I read. I wanted to know more, and now I do. I suppose he may be a small L libertarian in a few aspects, but he is an avowed moderate and says as much in this book. I found the book extremely interesting (I read it in one sitting) and I thought the author conveyed his message and beliefs very well. While I agree with about 90% of what Ventura says, it is the premise of his arguments with which I have a problem. He is a staunch capitalist, but remains socially liberal. To some, that would be the definition of a libertarian, but Ventura says he disagrees with libertarians because they “support anarchy.” He paints us with such a broad brush that I almost feel offended. Ventura comes at things from the viewpoint of a statist moderate, and if you have been reading my blog, you will know that I draw a big distinction between libertarianism and that gray area of the moderate statist.

When you debate a right winger or a left winger, they will always want to go directly to the issues. “How do you feel about such-and-such? What are your views on this-and-the-other?” When you debate a libertarian, usually the first words out of his mouth are, “Before we go into the issues, I want to know what you think the legitimate purpose of government is.” With that single question, I can usually get a good read on how you fall in line with the issues. Sorry, I digress; let’s get back to the book.

The book follows Ventura’s travels, after being Governor of Minnesota, as he drives his RV across America and then into Baja Mexico where he vacations with his wife. I love his travel style! It is all fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants. Real gonzo sightseeing. As he explains his experience on this trip, with his wife Terry interjecting comments every once in a while, he uses his encounters on the road to relate to his past. He covers his time in the Navy and his pro wrestling career briefly, but uses this book to shape his views of how his governorship worked out for him. He goes into detail about the thought process behind his decisions while he was in political office. At times he kind of gets on a soap box and goes into rants and tirades, but I would do the same thing in his position. He has the name to get a book published. I only have this blog, and I rant quite a bit, so all is forgiven.

Ventura’s political belief can be seen as somewhat hit and miss when viewed through the spectrum of the two party system, but a libertarian can find some common ground with him. While I agree with where he stands on most of the issues, I disagree with the “why” behind it. Here is an example: Ventura’s views on taxation, pet projects, pork, and big government spending. He claims to be a capitalist, but supports a global tax on carbon emissions. That is one of the most anti-capitalists things I can think of! He appointed Dean Barkley, an independent, to Senator Paul Wellstone’s seat after the senator was killed in a plane crash. Ventura reportedly told Barkley, “Play the game, Dean. Get the pork.” Ventura speaks more on this when he states that an independent could bring home the bacon. Isn’t that the same kind of thing people generally vote against?

In one paragraph, he lashes out against the IRS: “The IRS assumes you are guilty and forces you to either try to muddle through alone against their professionals, or hire your own expert to defend yourself, if you can afford it. They freeze people’s assets, and they threaten you with fines, taking your house and property, and sometimes even with jail. To me, this smacks of Gestapo-type tactics. So what’s the alternative? Abolishing the income tax, and putting in place a national sales tax instead.” I agree with this whole heartedly. But sixteen pages prior, Ventura talks about how important it was for him to bring a light rail mass transit system to Minneapolis. He says, “…a House Committee voted down my request for $60 million in light-rail funding. That money was crucial to getting the federal government to kick in another $250 million.” He goes on later to say that after its inception, “Expected to cost $7 million a year, the light rail system ended up turning a $1 million profit.” To me that means, at the stated rate, the tax payers would end up getting their money’s worth out of the project in 310 years! Additionally, it would only be Minneapolis residents and the occasional tourists who would see the benefit. What about the $250 million of our federal tax dollars? If a state wants to put in a system like that, the money should come from the state’s own citizenry. Federal dollars need to be left out of all this.

When talking about the media and censorship, he states, “We just don’t need the government controlling that [television or radio] dial, telling us what we can and can’t listen to. We are free thinking individuals who ought to be able to make our own choices, and if we worry about what our children are hearing, that’s called parenting. Rest assured that when the government starts raising your kids, before long you’re going to see the kids turning in their parents to the government.” Again, I agree with him. But in another section of the book he speaks of brokering a backroom deal between Republicans and Democrats where the Democrats got an extra $100 million for public education spending. Jesse, sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees! The government is raising our kids already. How can you expect them to be free thinking individuals when they are indoctrinated by the public education system you have helped to strengthen?

When railing against the war in Iraq, Ventura states that he would “rather err on the side of insuring kids than on the fiasco we’re involved in over there.” He then quotes a New York Times article that estimated, “for what the war is costing, we could’ve instituted universal health care, provided a nursery school education for every three and four year old, and immunized kids around the world against numerous diseases-and still had half the money left over.” I have a better plan. How about we get out of Iraq, and instead of using all that money for pet projects we give it back to the people so they can better pay their health bills and put their kids in private nursery schools. The premise of his belief is that we are spending money that we already have in government, but it is false! We don’t have that money! So why would we want to continue to overextend ourselves by just shuffling the money around?

This is the fundamental difference between Ventura’s political philosophy and my own libertarian views. While he is not beholden to a party or any special interests, he still knows how to play the statist games. While we agree on many of the issues, we seem to have a primary disagreement on what the legitimate purpose of government should be. I think the government should protect contracts and leave people alone. Let the private sector figure things out without giving them the power to legislate their competitors out of business. Obviously, Ventura’s plan was to tax and spend, and bring home the bacon from Washington.

All in all, it was a good, albeit a quick read. It helped me understand the thoughts behind the man and that is really all I was looking for. Pick up a copy and read it yourself, I would say it is worth the money.

See you at Galt's Gulch!

Sgt. Jarhead’s Reading List

Well, I am back! I will be posting full time for the next few months. My vacation was awesome (other than Big Brother snooping into my private life) and I am happy to be back on the blog and posting my thoughts again. I thought I would share my three month reading list so you can all take a look.

Walden and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau

Great Dialogues of Plato by Plato which includes The Republic, The Apology, Crito Phaedo, Ion, Meno, and Symposium

The Art of Rhetoric by Aristotle

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

On Liberty by John Stuart Mill

Two Treatises of Government by John Locke

Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt

CATO Handbook for Policymakers (7th Edition)

The Dirty Dozen by Robert A. Levy and William Mellor (How twelve Supreme Court cases radically expanded government and eroded freedom.)

Don’t Start the Revolution Without Me by Jesse Ventura with Dick Russell

Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley

The Perennial Philosophy by Aldous Huxley

And I will be finishing two books on education by John Taylor Gatto: Dumbing Us Down (The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling) and The Underground History of American Education. I would highly recommend these last two books for all parents in the US. They have really opened my eyes, and led me to look into alternative forms of schooling for my children. Expect some book reviews soon.

See you at Galt's Gulch!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Quote of the Week

"They have plundered your lands. They have utilized codes to render them non-productive. They have seized a chunk of your income every year. They have butchered the buying power of the currency over time, which is just another method of theft. They have spent all the money they promised to hold for the people and their golden years. Now they will steal what is left of that money they did not control by seizing sovereignty over it. And now somebody writes a headline that says "Americans Oppose." Americans should have been opposing things for a long time."

--Wyn Boniface

I have been away for a while.  I am making up for some missed quotes.

See you at Galt's Gulch!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Quote of the Week

"When there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible to live without breaking laws."

-- Ayn Rand


Friday, January 8, 2010

Homeschool Parents Arrested For Not Registering Their Children

I found this story on the John Taylor Gatto website under the discussion forum.  The original story was posted on Lew Rockwell's Blog.  If you have school age children, I would highly recommend reading Gatto's books.  They will open your eyes to the many abuses that take place in public schools (government instituted concentration camps.)  The books prompted me to start sending my kids to a Montessori school.

All Your Kids Are Belong to Us

Posted by William Grigg on January 5, 2010 11:53 PM

Richard and Margie Cressy, homeschooling parents of four children who live in Glenn, New York, were assaulted and kidnapped by local tax-feeders for the supposed crime of educating their children at home without receiving the required benediction from the local high priest of the educrat cult.

That’s how this story should be reported. The court stenographers for Leviathan’s regional appendage described those events as follows:

“A Montgomery County couple has been arrested on child endangerment charges for failing to register their children with the school district as they were home-schooled, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.”

Under the pernicious doctrine of parens patriae, the default assumption is that children belong to the State. Under that scheme parents (whether biological or adopted) are granted the highly conditional privilege of feeding, housing, and otherwise caring for children unless and until the State claims them as its own.

In the story broadcast by WRGB, Albany’s ABC affiliate, the parents are treated as entirely incidental to the matter of educating their own offspring. The epicene newsreader exudes incredulous disapproval as he observes that the Cresys “failed to register” their children with the school district seven years ago.

“How was this allowed to happen? Who should be held accountable?” demands the anchorperson, handing the baton to a correspondent who asks the local education commissar if these children “fell through the cracks.” The “news” clip is entitled “Homeschooled or Forgotten?” — conveying the message that children who are raised, educated, and cared for by parents without the State’s blessing are neglected by definition.

In classic totalitarian police state fashion, the Cressys were arrested on the basis of an anonymous tip.

“So who should be held accountable?” the correspondent-cum-prosecutor asks an unidentified police officer near the end of the clip.

“Well, the parents,” replies the officer, a tax-feeder of ample carriage. “It’s not the school’s fault; the schools are doing the right thing trying to get the parents to file the proper paperwork, which they have now.”

The “law” requires that certain forms be filled out and disfigured with specific official signatures. No actual crime was committed here, of course, but like the Vogons who populate Douglas Adams’s neo-Swiftian sci-fi novels — an interstellar race of intellectually torpid, morbidly obese bureaucrats — the county mis-education establishment and its enforcers were willing to kill (if “necessary”) two parents and steal their children because the “necessary” paperwork hadn’t been filled out.

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