The Weekend Vigilante

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by Jeff Berwick: The
Education Trap



Hello from

It has been
an enjoyable conference here in Montreal. Thank you to all the vigilantes
that turned out, we were surprised to learn how many french Canadians
are readers! We were also interested to find out directly from them
that while they dislike government, they were not in favor of the
"separation" movement of the past few decades. For those
that don’t know, the province of Quebec has considered separating
from Canada on a few different occassions. In 1980 they held a referendum
and separation was turned down by 60% of the Quebec populace. They
tried again in another referendum in 1995 and the "no"
vote won, but only by a 50.6% to 49.4% margin.

Being an anarchist,
people are often surprised that I am in favor of more governments.
In fact, I think the optimal amount of governments in the world
today is 7 billion. So, in the past, I was in favor of Quebec separation.
But, in recent days, I’ve been educated by numerous Quebecois that
the separatist movement was even more socialist than your average
Canadian. They were relieved that Quebec did not separate because,
in their view, it would have become an even more socialist, almost
communist, region… which is saying alot because Canada is already
very socialist.


While I’ve
enjoyed meeting many freedom minded people here in Montreal, they
are certainly the exception. Canadians, as a whole, are excellent
slaves. They barely need any police or government to keep them in
line because they absolutely love all the rules or are at least
completely oblivious to their own enslavement.

Last night
I offered to buy a waitress a drink. She grimaced, "I’d love
to but I can’t." I asked her why. She told me, "It’s illegal",
and then pointed up to one of numerous cameras that were watching
her. She walked off without giving it another thought. I then pulled
out my electric cigarette and nearly caused a riot. Everywhere I
went, Canadians became livid. The appearance of smoking inside of
a bar or restaurant is detected, almost immediately, by everyone.
The reactions ran from people giving me dirty looks, to others telling
me I can’t smoke inside and on numerous occassions management was
called over to deal with me.

The funniest
was when one bartendress was so angry that she called her boss.
The boss came over, and was actually quite cordial upon finding
out it was electronic and water vapor based and he just asked me
to "not do it so obviously" because it was whipping the
extremely law adherent Canadians into a frenzy. The bartendress
who had called over the manager was so angry that I was allowed
to continue to smoke that she said, "That’s a stupid cigarette!"
and stormed off. She was probably angry that electronic cigarettes
are not taxed at the same ludicrous rate as are real cigarettes
to pay for her "free healthcare". A carton of cigarettes
that costs $29.24 ends up costing between $70-$108 in Canada after
the Federal Excise duty, Provincial tax and the Goods and Services
Tax (according
to the Non-Smokers Rights Association

I’ll be leaving
tomorrow, they’ll be happy to know, so they can continue on with
their self enslavement in peace. For those in the San Francisco
area, we’ll be at the San
Francisco Hard Assets show next week
on November 27th and 28th.


Sticking with
the Canadian theme, here is a hilarious clip from a Canadian television
show called the Rick Mercer Report poking fun at how people want
to reduce almost every major form of energy production, but still
want energy. Those in Germany, who shutdown all their nuclear power
plants days after the Fukushima disaster due to the newly recognized
risk of tsunamis to nuclear power production in mostly landlocked
Germany, should pay close attention to this video. After Russia
turns off their gas this may be a look at their future. (Thanks
to Jim Letourneau and his excellent "Big
Picture Speculator
" blog for bringing this to our attention.)


Conan O’Brien
had some fun this week with the Occupy Wall Street crowd in this
funny video:


I recently
had an interesting conversation with an anarchist, Chris H., who
works with the great Mises Institute
of Canada
and he brought up something that I hadn’t realized.
He stated that so many people are becoming anarchists now that it
is also attracting a lot of the more liberal/artsy types. He stated
that many of the graphics, such as the one above about slavery,
have come about because many artist types are becoming anarchists
and they are creating all of this great artwork that, for the most
part, we did not have in the past.

I thought of
this comment when I came across this video. If you didn’t listen
to the words of the song, or her calling herself an anarchist, most
people would guess she was a "liberal". She has that artsy
look and she is creative and talented – so many of the traits normally
associated with liberal artists… so, look forward to lots of interesting
and creative anarchist messages in the years ahead, like this one,
making fun of the public school system.


And finally,
is an insightful article
about how capitalism works in the statist
world we live in today.


That’s all
for this week. Have a great weekend!

Reprinted with permission
from The Dollar Vigilante.

21, 2011

Berwick [send him mail]
is an anarcho-capitalist freedom fighter and Chief Editor of the
libertarian, Austrian economics grounded newsletter, The
Dollar Vigilante
. The Dollar Vigilante focuses on strategies,
investments and expatriation opportunities to survive & prosper
during and after the US dollar collapse.

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