by Gary D. Barnett: Peaceful
Anarchy: Imagine A Society Without the State
outlined what he calls the five republics of the United States.
As he correctly points out in my opinion, the fifth republic began
on September 11, 2001. While I agree, I think that this will also
be the final republic.
I say this
not because I am a pessimistic person, but because I think this
country, at least as we have known it, is finished. The times ahead
I fear will be much more dangerous than most believe, and in fact,
worse than most can imagine.
To look at
any timeline of atrocious government behavior since 9/11, one can
easily see the path we're following. It is a path that leads directly
to disaster. Not the type of so-called disaster that government
warns us about daily, but a real disaster resulting in the complete
loss of liberty.
The USA PATRIOT
Act, the Military Commissions Act, the TSA, the FDA, the CIA, renditions,
assassinations, multiple and continuous wars, torture, bailouts,
inflation, false flag events, secrecy, illegal searches, spying
on citizens, private property confiscations, and much, much more
is now commonplace! It is now considered to be a crime to grow your
own food, to film the police, to sell lemonade on the street corner,
to protest, and in many cases just to speak out against the State.
It is no coincidence
that I am writing this on the "celebrated" anniversary
of 9/11, as the hoopla over this weekend was enough to cause nausea
to most any libertarian, or any critical thinker. The planned events
unfolding are nothing shy of nonsense and propaganda, but they do
serve a purpose. That purpose of course is to continue to advance
nationalism and state worship. Everywhere one looks, every television
channel, every sporting event, and every parade, the talking heads
will be spewing lies and waving flags. The remembrance of that day
will be evangelical in nature. It will be a banner day for politicians,
as they will un-abashedly practice false patriotism, and swim in
a cesspool of self-interest.
War will be
celebrated, and continued war will be justified. Every event of
this nature serves to promote more killing than anything else, and
never serves as a time to question as it rightly should. Tempers
will flare, and hatred will reign among the masses, while the innocent
people in war-torn countries in the Middle East now being destroyed
by the U.S. government and its minions in the military will continue
to live in fear. Live in fear they must, as the unholy prosecution
of unjust war by the largest imperial force on earth is upon them.
It is not only
those people with darker skin and different religious beliefs in
the Middle East that should fear this beast, we all should be wary.
The rulers of empires and their accomplices in crime are never satisfied,
and are never complacent. Their brutality and lust for power and
money only grows with each and every aggression. That aggression
has now come home to roost in the form of intimidation, regulation,
police brutality, and a nearly complete destruction of liberty.
The economy is failing, and the coming total police state seems
closer at hand than ever before.
In other words,
prepare to be assaulted! Those of us unwilling to accept this assault
will be targeted, while those willing to bow down to authority will
lose any chance to be free men. At this time, the masses fall into
the latter group, and will continue to do as they are told. I hope
that this apathetic behavior has a transformation of some magnitude
before it is too late. After an economic collapse, the risk of massive
civil unrest increases, and the danger of Martial Law, and increased
police and military involvement in domestic affairs, becomes almost
imminent. If allowed to escalate to that level, it will be increasingly
difficult to turn the tide, and at that point, any peaceful solution
will be rendered ineffective. Since only peaceful means should be
used to destroy the power of government, waiting until state forces
are patrolling the streets is not a viable option. Acting in advance
of any economic or political cataclysm is the proper course of action.
Take heed of
the coming reign of authoritarianism. While tyrannical behavior
by this government is already evident, it can get much worse. We
are not far away from patrolling drones watching our every move,
if in fact that is not already a policy in place or being planned.
We are not far away from economic collapse due to government and
Federal Reserve policies. We are not far away from a global war.
As this government continues to spiral out of control, these things
become more possible, and more probable. We simply cannot wait any
longer to stop this assault, and we must spread discontent!
dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think
things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions
and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the
government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable,
and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he
is not romantic personally he is apt to spread discontent among
those who are. ~ H.L. Mencken
D. Barnett [send him mail]
is president of Barnett Financial Services, Inc., in Lewistown,