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Refuse to be a good peasant.

Refuse to be a good peasant. Do not let peasant status be the legacy forced upon your children and grandchildren. They will be free men and women, standing on their own feet, only if you stand up on yours and say the one word upon which freedom rests: NO.


No Treason: the Constitution of No Authority

[W]hoever desires liberty, should understand these vital facts, viz.: 1. That every man who puts money into the hands of a “government” (so called) puts into its hands a sword which will be used against himself, to extort more money from him, and also to keep him in subjection to its arbitrary will. 2. That those who will take his money, without his consent, in the first place, will use it for his further robbery and enslavement, if he presumes to resist their demands in the future. 3. That it is a perfect absurdity to suppose that any body of men would ever take a man’s money without his consent, for any such object as they profess to take it for, viz., that of protecting him; for why should they wish to protect him, if he does not wish them to do so?… 4. If a man wants “protection,” he is competent to make his own bargains for it; and nobody has any occasion to rob him, in order to “protect” him against his will. 5. That the only security men can have for their political liberty, consists in their keeping their money in their own pockets, until they have assurances, perfectly satisfactory to themselves, that it will be used as they wish it to be used, for their benefit, and not for their injury. 6. That no government, so called, can reasonably be trusted for a moment, or reasonably be supposed to have honest purposes in view, any longer than it depends wholly upon voluntary support.

–Lysander Spooner,
No Treason: the Constitution of No Authority


V for Vendetta: A social commentary applicable today.

I watched the movie “V for Vendetta“, (required viewing for anyone who considers themselves an anarchist, even an non-violent one such as myself) and found it to be an excellent social commentary applicable today. If you are unaware of the story, V is is a graphic novel written in the ’80 as a challenge to “Thactherite Facism” in Britian. While the movie condenses the series down, the premise is that the government is essentially taken over by an extremist/fundamentalist/fascist/racist political party (conservatives) put into power by instilling fear in the people and promising peace. They obtain “peace” by crushing “inferior races, religions, homosexuals”, setting up cameras on every street corner “for your protection”, strict curfews…always for ‘the peace’. It also comes with a complicit media.
So while conservative governments are usually accused by the socialist of using fear to imitate and oppress the people, I don’t hear any of the caterwauling when the left does the same thing:

Worst Economy Since Great Depression

The Lie of Global Warming

Media Fear Mongering

Health care Crisis

And the list goes on: Smoking and other safety concerns, salt, ad infinitum.

So where is the outrage? I’ve listened to Obama: The only hope is government. While I am not a Bush Apologist, people exploded when he ran the bank bail out down our throats, so where is the disgust with the near trillion dollar spending bill Obama trying to get passed before anyone has a chance to see what it actual entails?

One of the great quotes from the move was, “People should not fear the Government. The Government should fear the people.” I expect the entity of government to steal from us (tax), oppress us in the name of protecting us, and try to control us in every way. That’s the nature of government. But people need to stop empowering the government to do so, and stop expecting the government to take care of us. With Godly wisdom and a strong community behind you, don’t sell yourselves into the slavery that the State offers.


Where is the money coming from?

Let me see if I understand this: The government wants to give the banks more money so they can lend more. This isn’t just the Bush bailout, it’s part of Obama’s as well. The government doesn’t actually have the money, so they have to borrow it. (My brain is hurting here. The concept defies logic.)

This can only work out one way: As the economy continues to collapse, people will subsidize their unemployment with credit. Gas and groceries, nothing tangible. People get deeper into debt to banks, and then government taxes the people heavier to pay off it’s debt. Eventually, this system will fail, because the people in the middle will have nothing, the government will keep going after bigger and bigger fish (businesses and the rich), until there is nothing left but the government and the banks.

Get out while you can.


Dictatorship in the wings?

I’m seriously not into conspiracy theories and the like, but I can read the writing on the wall. I know there’s folks who would disagree, but recent news worthy events point to a eventual dictatorship, or at least an (even more) oppressive government. Take this for example:

The U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon officials.

It looks innocent enough, all in the name of ‘national security’ and such, but there are already services established to do this kind of work. The real goal is to get people used to the idea of uniforms wondering around in public so it won’t be that much of a shock when the government finally assumes total control. States rights and local control will be gone.

So you take that and the way the government is buying into big businesses and propping them up while tapping the wallets of the average Joe and failing to do anything that helps local business… Freedom will be a concept that we talk about in past tense.


Watching A Documentary About WWII

This week end, I had a chance to watch some of the Ken Burns documentary “The War” on one of the local PBS stations. For the first time, I was struck by the annihilation we poured out on the people we were fighting. I was also struck by how commanders sitting in field tents or even comfy offices threw away life. They sent men rushing across open fields and running rivers into situation in which there was no cover. They constantly made decisions based on convenience rather than pragmatism. Life was cheap, regardless of which side you where on.

While I personally struggle with the concept of just warfare, believing somewhat that if we are to love our neighbors as ourselves and that we may have to use force to help protect them at times, I’m appalled at the devastation that full scale warfare wroughts. Not just the damage to property, but to lives. Schools and hospitals destroyed. Everything a person has ever owned, gone in a flash. It’s like watching hundreds of tornadoes sweep through a community, leaving nothing intact. I’ve left Iraq alone because I’m emotionally tangled up in it, knowing people who are there and all that, and having been such a supporter of the war at one time…but now? I don’t know. In many ways, I feel that all we did over there was open up the doors for Iraqis to kill each other more openly. Did bringing down Saddam really make things better, or did we clear the way for more violence by taking away their dictator. Not to mention the massive money pit it’s turned into.

You know, even looking out side of the military and the way those in power use the common soldier as a commodity, a thing to be used up and discarded when finished, we see the same type of attitude in those in power with in our political structure: The common man is just a resource to be used. Today I read in the news about how the government wants to throw more money at AIG, and the automakers are showing up at the capital with their hands out while politicians are lining up to dole out money. Where does that money come from? The taxes that “Middle America” pays. We are just a source of revenue for the government’s whims, reaping no benefit for our labor. Even as i sit home sick today, watching my wife work (She works for one of the big box retailers and has the benefit of telecommuting), it’s sad to that she has to work for the first 4 1/2 months of the year just pay her tax burden. Just another resource in the governments eyes.

And people wonder why I became an Anarchist.


Don’t Vote Poster

This poster was produced in 1964 by the New York Committe, Anti-Vote Campaign. The Anti-Vote Campaign was an apolitical group made up of individuals, anarchists, radicals, and libertarians. The message is simple, but poignant: “direct action not politics!” Clearly, the intent of the declaration is to call on individuals to seek out “direct actionist” alternatives to voting in the 1964 elections. The anti-vote movement believed that the political rights and liberties which people enjoy today are the result of individuals’ strengths and actions — not of their governments, independent candidates, or party platforms.


(Non)Voting Quote II

I plan on publishing a (Non)Voting  quote every day up until the election.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Voting is “merely a labor-saving device for ascertaining on which side force lies and bowing to the inevitable… It is neither more nor less than a paper representative of the bayonet, the bully, and the bullet.”
Benjamin R. Tucker, 1889


Just a prediction…

I try not to do the “dooms day” prophet thing, but I think that some tough times are coming.  First off, I believe that the government won’t offer any help that that doesn’t require the People to give up even more of their dwindling supply of freedom.  Following the news lately, I’m greatly concerned by some of the things I’m hearing.  Top world bankers coming together to attempt to stop a global banking meltdown can ultimately mean only one thing:  An international banking system.  I’m not into that “one-world government” conspiracy crap, but I see power being more and more centralized.

I know that there are a lot of people out there who believe in wealth redistribution.  The problem with that is that as long as people are violent capitalists, the system won’t reach it’s full potential.  As long as there the strong prey on the weak, we will have trouble.  You can give a man everything he wants, but he won’t be truly satisfied until he get’s what he really needs.  And that is a radical change of heart from being drawn into a relationship with the Lord.


Hello world! Welcome to “My Quiet Revolution”

My Quiet Revolution is a non-violent, individualist anarchist (in the Thoreau tradition) blog.  I once was a staunch Republican, but have recently come to realize that the government is not “by the people, for the people”, but is merely a club that hoards power and wealth for itself and it’s friends.

The way I plan to revolt against the system is to go ‘off-line’ as much as possible:  Growing my own food, paying off all my debt, resisting commercialism, make my own, reuse, home brewing, buying local, trading services, …  This blog will document my efforts and my philosophy.

I don’t endorse violence as a means of bringing down the government, but envision people bonding together with in communities, helping each other through sharing labor, resources, and encouragement.  I see “pockets of resistance” forming in the suburbs, in the cities, and in the country, where people realize that government is not their saviour, and that they can’t do it alone.

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