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41 questions before you decide to fight by freedomguide


Originally 20 questions posted at it expanded to 41 questions you need to ask yourself in these times. Highly recommended especially to those who think they're ready.

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20 Questions If your spouse ran into the room and said her brother - a state trooper - just called to warn that raids under the new Federal assault weapons/domestic terrorism laws were beginning tonight: 1) Would you flee, assuming that you believed yourself to be "a person of interest"? 2) Whether your decision was to flee or to stand, what would your spouse and children do? 3) What would you and your family use as money and travel documents? 4) Would you have an adequate bag or two suitably packed and ready to go for each "fugitive"? 5) Would you have all medical necessities addressed for you and your family (e.g., teeth, immunizations, mitigation of any preexisting conditions, adequate supplies of maintenance drugs, etc.)?

6) What about three-season (fall/winter/spring) clothing for you and each family member? 7) What would you use for transportation? 8) What would you use to refuel your transportation? 9) Where would you go? 10) By what route(s)? 11) Upon arrival, where would you stay and for how long? 12) What would you use for communications (both receive and transmit)? 13) What would you tell your employer? 14) What would you tell your neighbors? 15) What would you tell your friends and family? 16) What would you use to buy what you need while in flight (fuel, food, transport, bribes, etc.)? 17) How would you alter your and your family's physical appearances while in flight? 18) Who would be your allies trustworthy enough to guard your life and the lives of your family? 19) How would you contact your allies? 20) What are your three alternate plans for each of the preceding questions?

24 Comments: Anonymous said... I would tell my wife to leave with the children for wherever she wants to go, get my gear, and go after THEM. I'm sick of this runnin' crap. March 31, 2009 2:49 PM Anonymous said... 1. Don't go anywhere, just use the things that you have already prepared. If you had any intelligent brain material at all, you would have had a way to

defend yourself, a months worth of food and water and a network of friends that you can call on that would be willing to ambush the traitors before they ever get near your home. March 31, 2009 4:13 PM pops1911 said... Good list - it requires much thought now if not already done. When you realize you need to know the answers, it may be too late - plan ahead for the coming problems & contingencies. March 31, 2009 7:26 PM Anonymous said... I wouldn't run. I'd rather stand and the death if need be. I've already told my family, if this sort of thing ever comes to pass..get out of the house and away from the neighborhood. My only hope is that my neighbors will help out by catching the invaders in a cross fire...and I think they would. March 31, 2009 8:59 PM Anonymous said... I would go directly to my psychiatrist's office as I clearly have been listening too long to the tinfoil hats. I'm not saying they aren't out to get you, and won't come for you at some point, but don't you have plenty of other shit to worry about? March 31, 2009 9:25 PM streetdog said... What did our Founding Fathers do after Paul Revere and William Dawes spread the alarm? I suspect that most thoughtful patriots who visit this website already have a good idea how they are going to react. May God save our Republic! March 31, 2009 10:35 PM Anonymous said... "If your spouse ran into the room and said her brother - a state trooper - just called to warn that raids under the new Federal assault weapons/domestic terrorism laws were beginning tonight:" I think that we'd know far in advance - this thing simply would have to be too big to hide, esp. when a lot of people in all branches of government are on our side (even if they aren't making the decisions). IOW, I think that this particular premise is a bit flawed... ...though the general question of "what will you do if..." needs to be answered by each individual or small group, and done so in a thoughtful and realistic manner. In that sense, this is an excellent post. It gets everyone to thinking...and the more that lots of people begin to formulate responses,

whether they post them or not (such as "I'm going hunting" and the like), the less likely it is that such responses will be necessary (which is, I believe, the whole point of this and similar posts here and elsewhere - they are the rattlesnake shaking his tail for all he's worth, telling the world to leave him the F alone, OR ELSE). March 31, 2009 10:39 PM Anonymous said... Flee? Your kidding, right? What would you do if it were a bunch of chinese invading and taking your weapons? What is the difference in enemies foreign or domestic? April 1, 2009 1:32 AM Concerned American said... There is "flee" and then there is "flee". Defending fixed positions gets you dead, especially with (tactically) inferior numbers and assets. A lot of good folks are going to die learning that lesson. April 1, 2009 1:36 AM Anonymous said... There's always Hit & Run Tactics. Your main party continueson to safe havens that have been agreed to beforehand. As the Men make some Pain. Then Pull back and wait & Hit again. Will create intimidation. Why? Your pursuers will not know when you are gonna strike at them next, or from where. Will slow them down. April 1, 2009 1:59 AM Anonymous said... Well, this house to house raiding isn't going to happen. Too many kooks like myself around, and the lessons of places like Stalingrad to dwell upon for military/police locked in to any grand conspiracy. One, cops are more patriotic than most. They won't abide by this kind of nonsense. Second, many nations have overthrown dictators without any arms in public possession. The Romanians took them from the army and police, and as

soon as they saw the furry of the masses the army and police went in to hidding. What is best to remember is that doing nothing is the worst thing possible. Gun owners should organize large armed protests and put some fear back in to the system, some respect for the worker bees is what's needed by these damn politicans. April 1, 2009 6:42 AM Anonymous said... Well, this house to house raiding isn't going to happen. Too many kooks like myself around, and the lessons of places like Stalingrad to dwell upon for military/police locked in to any grand conspiracy. One, cops are more patriotic than most. They won't abide by this kind of nonsense. Second, many nations have overthrown dictators without any arms in public possession. The Romanians took them from the army and police, and as soon as they saw the furry of the masses the army and police went in to hidding. What is best to remember is that doing nothing is the worst thing possible. Gun owners should organize large armed protests and put some fear back in to the system, some respect for the worker bees is what's needed by these politicans. April 1, 2009 6:44 AM Anonymous said... Yea, what's the difference between foreign invaders or domestic traitors? Treason is treason, and Invasion is invasion. Who cares what they say they are doing. UN troops from Canada just helping out with the domestic problems? Or, part of a plan for treason? The British sent some poor smucks to disarm some tribal folks in Afganistan recently and guess what, they all got killed. Fact is, the last ones were holding out pictures of their familys begging for their lives when they got shot. Seems that disarming the natives was reconsidered after that incident. Go figure. April 1, 2009 6:51 AM Anonymous said... Concerned American, there are worse things than death. Like flee, you hide, I will fight. April 1, 2009 2:02 PM Concerned American said... Dying in place at the address the FedGov has for you is neither brave nor patriotic. "Flee" simply means not being where your 4473s show as your home. There's going to be enough unpleasantness w/o freedom-loving folks signing up to die unnecessarily.

April 1, 2009 5:50 PM Anonymous said... And when you get tired of running? What then? Do you then choose to stand? With all respect, it appears you are not as fed up with all of this mess as I. I was born here, I am old, tired and angry and I will not flee from any tyrranical gov., foreign or domestic. Just as David of old, I will go to meet the enemy and there it will be done. It is not about bravery or patriotism, it is about being fed up with being tread on. I will say no more concerning this matter. April 1, 2009 10:29 PM Ya Basta said... I think Waco showed pretty clearly what happens to small armed groups that stand and fight. The good souls at Waco won the first day. They let the ATF agents retreat. The next day fed goons came back with reinforcements and a tank. Members of MOVE in Philadelphia were winning their standoff before the PD used a helicopter to drop a bomb on them. For all practical purposes, the State possesses unlimited resources. Maneuver is key to any civilian resistance. Guerrillas don't fight from fortresses, they shoot and move, winning the sympathy of non-combatants and exhausting their larger, more cumbersome adversaries. April 2, 2009 2:59 AM Concerned American said... In addition, if people understood Boyd's Observe-Orient-Decide-Act (OODA) loop, they would understand that not only does the OpFor not have the resources to hit all places simultaneously, but they also do not have the ability to react when folks think faster that they can. Hit 'em where they (the pointy-end of the spear) ain't. Again, people who are freedom-minded need to get out of the "it's my castle and I will defend it" mode. April 2, 2009 4:37 AM Anonymous said... I just stumbled upon this article through Steve Quayle's website and find your discussion very interesting. Having been in Iraq and Afghanistan for the past 6 years, literally. I only go home for 2 weeks every 4 months. I found an author who clearly understands guerilla and insurgent warfare. His name is Poole. He has authored several books on ht subject. Start with "The Last Hundred yards" to find his works on Amazon. They are all well worth the read and to keep for reference. Best of luck to anyone who decides to stand and fight! April 2, 2009 8:42 AM

Anonymous said... I'm an old single gay man. I don't have to worry about kids or women. Gee, kinda of an exciting question. I mean, been victimized all my life by the system anyways. Well, I've been preparing for this kind of blantant treason. I mean the writting been on the wall for a while now. Cached some stuff in the highways and byways. Left a map for a special person in case I die. I've prepared with food, and am building a bunker, just in case. Hey, I don't have the hassles of the rest of you. I do what I want. I sold a few guns to a previously dead guy, so technically I don't own but a couple. So, you say some old flame calls and warns me these idiots are making a go at treason in the open? What do I do, what do I do? Well, I'm gonna go and get the guns I own and say goodby to them. Here ya go Mr. Traitor. I never really wanted them anyways. I just got them because I'm old and afraid. It's a such a relief to finally not have to worry about all those guns on the street. Bye, bye now, look out for the IED's. Afterwards, well, I'm going shopping. I'd sure like to get my hands on a new XM29, and how else is that going to happen. Thanks for bringing one to my neighborhood. It makes shopping so much easier. Any ideas when the shopping might start? The sooner the better as far as I'm concerned. I don't want to die before all the fun starts. April 2, 2009 1:21 PM Anonymous said... You guys are kidding yourselves if you think it‘s going to play out in any of the scenarios described. The comparison with Afghanistan is completely bogus. The Afghans have been at war forever, they live in a tribal society, are heavily armed and prepared to fight, and have just about nothing to lose except a life spent in poverty and misery. This country is full of pampered and deluded people who don‘t want to lose their HDTV‘s and Starbuck‘s frappucinos. If the government wants your guns they‘ll first create a pretext by staging a false-flag terrorist op or creating some other kind of ―national emergency.‖ Gun owners will be marginalized as a threat that must be neutralized for the ―good of the country.‖ They‘ll announce a grace period for everyone to turn in their guns to be followed by the imposition of a draconian penalty.

They may even claim it is going to be temporary and guns will be returned after the emergency. They may go through the charade of inventorying your weapons and giving you documents with which to reclaim them ―after the emergency is over.‖ That‘s all it will take for most people to turn in their guns. Let‘s not forget that the media has been demonizing guns and gun ownership for decades now, and there are millions of your countrymen who think you‘re a dangerous wacko for even owning a gun. Those hold outs left with guns will then be part of a very small minority that is perceived as a threat to the country (after all, since you didn‘t obey the law you‘re now a ―criminal‖), requiring good ―patriotic‖ Americans to turn them in to the authorities, with the understanding that they will be rewarded, while if it is discovered they knew and didn‘t report it they will also suffer a draconian punishment. That mother-in-law, cousin, brother-in-law, uncle, neighbor, etc, that doesn‘t like you or your politics won‘t even need the incentive of a reward to turn you in. If they think it is still necessary at this point, when it looks like they‘ve got all they‘re going to get this way, they‘ll pick someplace where there are a lot of registered gun owners (remember, they‘re going to have records that allow them to estimate the hold out ratio), or some community that has been vocal about opposing confiscation, and stage a sweep there. They‘ll give everyone an opportunity to surrender their guns and then go in using full military force. Anyone who resists in any way will be exterminated. After that, all except the most hardcore diehards will turn in their weapons. As far as running goes, run to where, with what, living how? This country is already locked down tighter than a drum. In the kind of scenario we‘re talking about you‘re going to need special ID‘s. People will be told to be suspicious of people paying in cash, and especially of anyone using gold or silver, and people from out of town. You have children –then why aren‘t they in school? Work places will be required to report people who don‘t show up for work and people seeking employment. If you join a group somewhere you‘ll be even easier to identify and eliminate, ‗cause at this point they‘ll be taking out ―militant groups‖ with predator drones. You won‘t last a week on the run unless you can get out of the country and are prepared to live abroad. Virtually no one with a family is going to fight. You fight and your family is dead. That leaves old people and young singles. Maybe a few old couples will go down together fighting, and a few single males with romantic notions of glory or nothing to lose. Let‘s not forget that not one person resisted turning in their guns in the aftermath of Katrina, and the same logic that rationalized that will rationalize cooperation during a national confiscation –that it will be temporary, only until the emergency is passed, and it‘s not worth dying for.

April 3, 2009 4:13 PM Anonymous said... When people start dropping like flies.... that is when the confiscation would start. I am amazed that adding 2 + 2 seems to yield 6 today. If you bother to add all the clues into a single formulation, it is not required that a rocket scientist interpret the data. The wording of congressional bills, the preparations of national groups such as FEMA etc..., the preparedness of "vaccines" to epidemics which have not even happened with, to the impossibly accidental contamination of flu vaccines with h5n1 bird flu (a level 2 or 3 biohazard material).... I said "impossibly accidental" since flu vaccines are not produced in a bio-hazard lab handling such lethally dangerous viruses to begin with, let alone the same room designed specifically to prevent viral or bacterial escape from the room! DUH! Understand please, that all concerned know full well that the number of gun owners in the US FAR outnumbers the combined personnel of BOTH the police and all branches of the armed services combined. In fact, we have more gun owners in the US than the standing army of CHINA! If one out of 10 managed to hit 1 aggressor, they would run out of troops long before the US ran out of gun owners. Simple fact. Now, they also know that a determined effort by a small percentage of those would crush opposition, even considering force multipliers, such as helis, planes, tanks, APC's, and drones. Too many people would initially "shop around", as some people have already hinted. There is also to be considered the stated movements of military and police personel, which would defect to the cause of the citizens, and bring their own supplies.... To be blunt, not even a stupid and arrogant aggressor would try such facing what is evident, unless they believe that there would be no cohesion to the forces opposed. Which, from what I have seen from all the hillbilly mentality (watch your own back, let everyone else fend for themselves garbage), might actually be the case. If that time ever comes, quite simply you must stand united, or die separately. A house divided against itself cannot (and will not) stand. I personally hope that time never comes within my lifetime, but I do know that such mentalities as what have been cooking up these schemes are cold and completely ruthless.

United, 5% of the population took on a much larger, much better equipped and trained fighting force, and won. We became a nation united then, hopefully we can remain one now. April 4, 2009 11:49 AM Anonymous said... "United, 5% of the population took on a much larger, much better equipped and trained fighting force, and won." This is mythology, not history. There is no comparison between the situation then and now. We had significant material support from France, who was at war with Britain. Most importantly, both sides had roughly the same weapons capabilities. There's not going to be any militia fought revolution in this country that is anything like the revolutionary war. All you need to do to see what's going to happen is look at Gaza and Iraq. There are no battles with US or Israeli forces that don't result in annihilation for the enemy. That's why the other side uses rockets and IEDs and suicide bombers. If you want to talk about the military being on our side, yeah, that's a different equation. But I think you're underestimating the kind of demonization process that's going to take place before anything like this happens, and the controlling infrastructure. This isn't going to happen tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 Think Globally, Act Locally: 20 More Questions on "Let's Win"

Victor Davis Hanson lays out the overall tactical situation here. Sample section below, but do read the whole thing:

*** ...Stimulus, Stimulus and Not a Drop… A ―stimulus‖ of nearly a trillion dollars was proposed, without which we were told, unemployment would skyrocket and credit would tighten further. Six months later — unemployment having risen even higher than the administration‘s forecast would have been the case had their stimulus package not been implemented — now the same proponents of massive borrowing demand a second stimulus to accomplish what the first ‘successful‘ borrowing apparently did not. If you fail, then try the same thing to fail even bigger the second time — while calling for more success to follow the earlier success? The Larger Agenda Note here I mean something quite different from the accustomed notion of ―accomplish.‖ You see, I think the point was never much to build more bike paths on borrowed money or just bail out GM, but rather more to reengineer the tax code, as part of a grander vision of creating a new equality of result in America. Soon we will all end up after each April 15 about making the same, driving the same sort of cars and using the same sort of mass transit, living in about the same sorts of houses, and having about the same sorts of ―‖they will take care of it for me‖ philosophies — all overseen by brilliant, but highly ranked and exempt Platonic Guardians who suffer on our behalf as they jet and limo at breakneck speed ensuring our welfare. Gorging ―the Beast‖ We are beginning to sense the debate is not about ―stimulus‖ (politicians did not even read the various bills that they rammed through and care little about the fiscal impact from them). Rather, we are witnessing an inversion of Reagan‘s sort of playing chicken, once called ―starve the beast‖ (which I thought was a wrong notion), a philosophy of cutting taxes to cut revenue to starve the federal government‘s excessive spending in the face of spiraling deficits. Under Obama‘s ―gorge the beast‖ version, America will simply write so many bounced checks, run up such an enormous $10 trillion debt, that taxes will have to rise on ―them‖ — and wasn‘t this really the point of it all anyway: to ―spread the wealth around‖ and ―never let a crisis go to waste‖? Since new programs never shrink, but, like Johnson grass, grow with impunity, and since Democrats, even more so than wasteful Republicans, don‘t worry about deficits, taxes must escalate to avoid catastrophe. The Bad Guys

Ponder a simple fact: The Obama administration is dispersing income lavishly to those who do not pay taxes and it will have to be paid for by those who do. For all the talk of that awful percentile who make over $200,000, this administration has not distinguished the hyper-rich 1% that make untold money (e.g., the Buffets, Soroses, Turners, Gateses, Kerrys, Gores, etc.), from the much more demonized, larger 5% of the population whose income does not come from investments and insider influence and deal-making, but rather from providing more tangible goods and services — the family doctor, the plumbing contractor, the small lumber company owner, the car dealer, the local familyheld insurance company, the airline pilot, the car-leasing firm, the patent attorney, etc. ―Their Fair Share‖ Last fall we heard that this percentile was unpatriotic, did not wish to spread the wealth around, and had made off like bandits under Bush. But the fact is, to quote Mayor Gavin Newsome‘s ‗like it or not‘, they are precisely those who decide most dynamically whether to hire, fire, expand, contract, buy/sell goods, etc. And the results of the Obama war against them are threefold: 1) in major key states, the productive minority‘s state income taxes will near or exceed 10%; their federal rates will go to 40%; the abolition of caps on FICA will ensure 15% plus of most their income will go for new Medicare and Social Security bites; and they may well be eligible for a newly proposed punitive health-care surcharge tax of 4-6%. Add It Up 1) If one were to add all that up (forget rises in sales taxes, inheritance taxes, luxury taxes, etc.), then one can get to 70% of one‘s income. So right this minute, the electrical contractor is thinking: ‗I made $412,000 last year due to Saturday jobs, overtime, risky bidding, gambles on new equipment, and new lines of credit, but under Obama I will pay maybe $50-80,000 more of my income to the government. In other words the cost of, say, hiring two more entry-level electricians, or the cost of outfitting an entire new van with boom and equipment, or what I cleared every Saturday last year — all that will go to the government.‖ Ripples of Doubt And that means rippling throughout this key sector of the economy — even before these taxes have been enacted — are hesitation, stasis, and ultimately constriction — at first for psychological reasons, soon confirmed by the actual

facts of less money. In short, very bright people will be thinking how to hide income, how to barter, how to slow down and not produce goods and services, rather than blast full speed ahead and enrich angry others. A Certain Paranoia 2) Do not discount again the psychological element. This putative electrical contractor also knows that after handing over his profits to the new government, and delaying or ending his plans for enlargement, he will not be praised, but continually demonized (I scanned CNN, MSNBC, CBS, and NBC the other evening, and all the stories had a common theme: the ―rich‖ (yes, you see, ACME Electric is now about the equivalent to AIG and Citibank) will have to pay their ―fair share‖ for all sorts of ―overdue‖ necessities: cap-and-trade, nationalized health care, education grants and freebies, and new social programs. You Owe Us So our electrician senses that despite his newfound, sizable contribution to the public good, he will a) not be thanked but only further ridiculed; b) see his money diverted from his own wise use of it, to anonymous agencies‘ liberal expenditures of it: the money will not be just lost, but invested in things that will make things worse, not better, through subsidies of failed programs and the destruction of incentives; c) see that the world under Obama is now unfair in Orwellian fashion: the Citibanks and AIGs, in Robert Rubin fashion, are so well connected to both parties that they will suffer little for their mistakes; the Ivy-League and Washington technocratic class that is to run all this is happy with its government perks and does not think new taxes and compliance apply to themselves (cf. Dodd, Rangel, Geithner, Daschle, Murtha, etc.). You Never Needed All That Anyway 3) Finally the now chastised and ossified electrician will begin to see that his new truck, his boat, his vacation home, all these are somehow immoral in carbon, political, cultural, racial, and social terms. And he senses that others, who do not pay any income taxes (approaching 50% of the population), see themselves at war with him: the more he pays in taxes, the more others see that his compliance with such new burdens is proof of what he ―really‖ owed all the time, and a sign that he can pay even more next round... *** Vandam gives us the strategic outlook here; money graf: *** ...The great principle of America is that free people pursue their interests freely and the government attends only to the irreducible commonalities. That

has already been eroded to the point where Americans, one way or another, stand in line in the government cafeteria. This presidency is adding bars to the windows even as it sucks the air out of the room. It‘s going to be a dreadful experience. It will be everything that the most self-loathing of Americans have long wanted but didn‘t have the initiative to emigrate to Cuba and get it straight up for themselves... *** We also know what the price was to crack the national government's will in a much more virile America, circa 1968. By the end of that year, 36,152 American troops had been killed in the Vietnam conflict. That fact led to a change in the national government, which in turn sued its opponents for peace. Goethe has supplied an operational concept. So let's ask another "20 Questions", using the following assumptions: - Two of the three branches of the Federal Government, along with most of their constituent agencies and bureaucracies, have been captured by totalitarian statists who routinely violate the limitations on their power expressly required by the US Constitution/Bill of Rights; - The so-called "opposition party" is only marginally less statist than the incumbents, and in fact sponsored many of the most egregiously unconstitutional programs when they last held power; - State and local governments are so financially dependent on Federal transfer payments that they are de facto mere departments of the national government, rather than the separate sovereigns envisioned by the Founding Fathers; and - All rational prognoses are for the situation to grow worse with each passing quarter for the foreseeable future. 1) Do you know, if you deem such actions to be both moral and necessary, which targets in your area-- both materiel and otherwise -- you would select for political action? 2) Do you have the means (i.e., the tools and materials) needed to engage each of those targets successfully? 3) Do you have the skill sets and mindset needed to engage each of those targets successfully? 4) Do you have the operational support needed to engage each of those targets successfully?

5) Having engaged those targets in your area successfully, do you have the means, skill sets, mindset, and operational support

to evade investigation, capture, interrogation, and sentencing, so as to be capable of future missions against different targets in your area or elsewhere? 6) Do you have the means and skill sets to properly and safely exploit your successful missions for maximum propaganda value via YouTube and other media? 7) Do you have the resources to help others execute steps 1-6 in your area without compromising your own operational ability? 8) Do you have the ability to relocate successfully to other parts of the country as part of your post-mission exfiltration/recovery period? 9) Do you have the funds and personal items (essential medicines, etc.) that you would need if you suddenly had to relocate? 10) Do you have viable forms of alternate identification? 11) If you have alternative identification, do you know how reliable it is? 12) Do you have Spandoflage headwear as part of your mission kit? 13) Do you have viable gloves that will be usable in tactical situations yet unobtrusive during both your ingress and egress? 14) What steps -- in detail -- have you taken to avoid the standard crime scene rule that "everyone leaves evidence behind, while at the same time takes evidence away"? 15) Have you been dedicated in your physical training? 16) Have you considered the very-close-work operational utility of a snubnose .38 revolver with a dehorned hammer? 17) Have you considered the close-work operational utility of the rifled slug (12 or 20 gauge) fired from a short-barreled shotgun? 18) Have you considered all of the wonderful ways that modern statist

technology is vulnerable to the creative application of force/friction/heat/cold/electrical current/water, both as a standalone event and as a triggering event for a subsequent response? 19) Are you morally squared-away for what you are about to do? 20) Have you practiced your tactics and skills so that you have a realistic assessment of your own strengths and weaknesses, and have your plans been modified in light of that assessment? Special bonus question: 21) Do you understand that, with the millions upon millions of vulnerable, unarmed, government-paid collaborators and Quislings at the local, state, and Federal levels, let alone all of the government-owned property in every jurisdiction of this huge country just aching for traditional American political action, one of your biggest problems (after the initial decision and commitment, of course) will be in focusing your efforts so as to achieve maximum effect with minimal exposure to you? Audentes fortuna iuvat. Anonymous said... We are very close to the brink now. I truly hope folks have their affairs in order. July 15, 2009 6:15 PM Anonymous said... outstanding....need to get this onto flyers and get it disseminated into the public July 15, 2009 6:43 PM Atlas Shrug said... Very good stuff. With more "mainstream" folks like VDH writing such things, more shreds of figurative clothing are stripped from this evil emperor. Of note in this vein. I was layed up sick yesterday and heard lots of radio, including Limbaugh and Levin. Both of these guys were pointing out very clearly that the Obama regime is doing and getting exactly what it wants, while the obvious failures in doing what it says are not enough to slow things down. No, they don't go to the next step and talk about what needs to be done to stop this (although Levin gets closer). However, the talk is getting out there and may be laying some groundwork to help many make some connections on their own....

Keep your powder dry, AS

Feedback on "20 More Questions": Accomplices and Collaborators

Got a call from a friend who was offended by question #21 in our recent "20 More Questions" piece: 21) Do you understand that, with the millions upon millions of vulnerable, unarmed, government-paid collaborators and Quislings at the local, state, and Federal levels, let alone all of the government-owned property in every jurisdiction of this huge country just aching for traditional American political action, one of your biggest problems (after the initial decision and commitment, of course) will be in focusing your efforts so as to achieve maximum effect with minimal exposure to you? At issue was the implication that every single employee -- armed and unarmed - of the combined local/state/Federal Leviathan was a legitimate recipient of political action, however each individual American defines that activity. Here's the thing -- every last one of those government employees is subordinate to you, the individual American citizen -- at least according to one of our system's central articles of faith.

In cold reality, compared to private-sector workers and business owners (who, not coincidentally, pay the taxes that feed and house each government parasite's family), they are your betters -- more pay, better benefits, greater job security, shorter hours, more vacation, and much better retirement plans. In short, all government workers know that you, the American taxpayer, are subordinate to each and every one of them -- from the newest-hired Motor Vehicles drone to the tenured government schoolteacher to the uniformed police officer who just pulled you over for a local revenue opportunity....uh, I guess they still call them "speeding tickets". And before any readers get their knickers in a twist -- yes, there are dedicated government workers who go above and beyond the call of duty... And still enjoy better benefits and better retirement perquisites, along with more vacation, than their private-sector peers in equivalent positions. But that's not the real reason why all government employees should face the wrath of free Americans. The real reason is much more simple: each civil servant is a cog in Leviathan's machine. As Vanderboegh pointed out the other day, if you want to break a windmill -simply throw a wooden shoe into its mechanism. Ergo, if you want to hobble Leviathan, simply provide creative incentives for the cogs to absent themselves. If a cog doesn't report to its proper place, the tyrant's infernal machine will grind on, but nearby cogs will notice the absence. If several cogs no longer are in their assigned positions within the mechanism, the machinery will start creak and shudder. Lather, rinse, repeat. And make no mistake: each and every one of those cogs in every government agency chooses every single work day to climb into his or her cubicle and serve the omnivorous beast Government, because doing so is in each cog's best interests. Engaging Government successfully therefore simply requires a new calculus of self-interest to be created and effectively disseminated to the governing hordes. As Solzhenitsyn said in the The Gulag Archipelago:

And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say goodbye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling in terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand. The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst; the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! So don't fret about Leviathan's civil service whores. They've already made their choices, and each has elected to make a career from leeching off the productivity of their former fellow citizens. So be it. It's now time for all freedom-lovers to make their choices. Submission -- or action. Your call. Audentes fortuna iuvat. Anonymous said... Of course, most work for the government directly or indirectly. They have a desire to meet Solzhenitsyn in person, yearning for his gulag. Of course, Solzhenitsyn is dead. July 17, 2009 5:20 AM chris horton said... Best one yet. And exactly what I've been thinking of late.

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