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AP and CNN: America’s version of Pravda- Government Bullets are Good

In True nature of the State on September 5, 2012 at 12:16 am

Let me put everyone at ease over the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) recent purchase of 174,000 rounds of pistol ammo. According to the AP and CNN they are merely for training and normal police work of the 259 agents of the Social  Security Administration’s Inspector General’s Office.

I’m glad the official propaganda arm (a.k.a. the AP and CNN) of the U.S. Federal Government has put to rest the crazy Conspiracy Theory that the Feds are preparing for civil unrest.

I feel better already don’t you? Unfortunately the fact remains that the United States Federal Government has purchased or plans to purchase 1.4 billion rounds of ammo to be used not overseas but inside the U.S. That is not a Conspiracy!!! (Thanks to InfoWars and Alex Jones for breaking this Story!!!)

The CNN article and the AP article both highlight the State’s version of the SSA purchase as “normal”. In both stories they quote the Social Security Administration.

“These investigators have full law enforcement authority, including executing search warrants and making arrests,” the agency said in an August post. “Our investigators are similar to your state or local police officers. They use traditional investigative techniques, and they are armed when on official duty.”

Hollow point bullets are standard-issue items for many police agencies, the Social Security Administration said. The bullets expand when they hit a target and can help prevent injuries to bystanders from bullets passing through a body, according to police.

Investigators “use this ammunition during their mandatory quarterly firearms qualifications and other training sessions, to ensure agent and public safety,” the administration added.

Then the AP further goes on to support the State’s version by quoting two Law Enforcement types:

“For practice ammunition, they do not have to be hollow-points, but hollow-points are the normal police round used for duty ammunition due to their ability to stop when they hit an object as opposed to going through it and striking more objects,” said William J. Muldoon, president of the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training.

“Six hundred rounds per year for training, qualification and I would assume to carry on duty is not out of line at all,” said John W. Worden, director of the University of Missouri’s Law Enforcement Training Institute. “Hollow points are carried by law enforcement all over the country and are probably the preferred type of ammo no matter what caliber.”

And the CNN story instead of quoting police, quote a A Left-Wing Professor who supports the expansive growth of Government.

“This is just the latest in a long history of uniquely American anti-government conspiracy theories, said Kathryn Olmsted, a University of California at Davis history professor and author of “Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories in American Democracy.”

That another one would surface in the midst of a contentious election cycle and continued unease over the nation’s financial future is not all that surprising, Olmsted said Tuesday.

But this one, she said, seems particularly tenuous.

“It strikes me as one of the more extreme conspiracy theories,” Olmsted said. “I’m surprised it has any traction.”

The AP and CNN maybe reporting the truth about the SSA purchase. But what they are not reporting is the reason why the SSA needs bullets to begin with. Even if these rounds are just for target practice and normal Federal Police Work ,it is still a huge problem. That’s because up until the Progressive era an armed Federal Police force of any kind was unthinkable and believed to be UnConstitutional. But with the Income Tax and Prohibition the power of the State increased and with it the need to have more heavily armed guardians to enforce the confiscatory and liberty killing laws became necessary.

And why does the State need bullets? It’s because it steals property from individuals and other people want to steal it from them.  If the State didn’t force you into the Social Security System, which is the largest Ponzi scheme on Earth, by withholding 6.2% (even though they’ve given us a temporary reprieve) and also steal another 6.2% from your employer every two weeks, they wouldn’t need armed agents. (Incidentally if anyone thinks this is a voluntary program try to opt out. If you do the SSA will tell you to talk to the IRS because they are the enforcement agency for the program.)

Now, I would like to ask Condi Rice and all the other Conservatives how in light of this fact they can continue to say that we live in the freest nation on Earth?

Now all of this Stolen Property known as Social Security is a huge pot that other criminals will naturally target. But the State being the biggest gang on the block doesn’t want anyone else to get a piece of the action so they have armed Federal Agents to ensure that they have complete control of the stolen loot.

Like my brother said, once one freedom is given up another five go with it. That is how it is with Social Security, the income tax, and every other government intervention into your life. A Police State is growing in this Country in leaps and bounds because the intervention of Government into our lives is growing. That is not a coincidence!!!  The SSA purchase of 174,000 rounds just highlights this FACT. Think of the phrase from the SSA “These investigators have full law enforcement authority, including executing search warrants and making arrests”.

To me that is scary. How many agencies of the Federal Government have that power now? The IRS, TSA, Homeland Security and the SSA just to mention a few. Then you have the DEA, the BATF and FBI. As the Imperial Bureaucracies grow so will the size of the departments who guard them. The recent 1.4 billion rounds of ammo purchase or ordered that is intended for use inside of the United States by the Federal Government is a fact.

No amount of white washing by the AP or CNN will change that. In the past the Hippies would have been up in arms about such a purchase. But the Progressive/Collectivists are in power and they want to remain in power. Unfortunately history is full of the accounts of what Governments do with power.

What the AP and CNN fail to report  that in the 20th century  Communist Governments killed over 170 million of their own citizens by hanging, boiling them alive, burning them alive, burying them alive, beating them to death, starving them to death and by shooting them, not with marshmallows or with teddy bears, but with BULLETS!!! That is not a Conspiracy Theory. That is the Truth.

That statistic is frightening in and of itself but the counter side to that is that “Democratic Governments” around the world have killed tens of millions of people as well during the 20th century and were directly responsible for allowing Stalin, Mao and Hitler to take power. As Collectivism grows so does the need to enforce these artificial freedom killing policies against individuals whether it’s in Democratic or Communist Countries. This is always done by the State through armed agents.

As Albert J Nock wrote the struggle is always between “Society and the State”. Society is the peaceful voluntary interactions between individuals and the State is the coercive predatory plundering entity that seeks to control and kill. Now why wouldn’t the AP and CNN be on the side of Society?

The CNN article takes the idea even one step further with the quotes from Olmsted. On one hand the Social Security administration and Homeland Securities purchases of ammo isn’t nefarious at all and at the same time these purchase are some how justified because of all the conspiracy nut cases out there. George Orwell himself would have been amazed at that logic.

If the reporters wanted to actually hold Government accountable they would seek to uncover the truth about the State. And in particular how an armed Federal Police Force was anathema to the founding of this fading Republic and that taxation is really theft.

Here are some links to the stories and the SSA’s official website – so you can judge for yourself.

http://news.yahoo.com/why-does-social-security-174-000-bullets-070710918.html?_esi=1

http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/04/us/social-security-bullets/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

http://oig.ssa.gov/newsroom/oig-news For a list of Media Outlets who are running cover for the State

Unfortunately the reporters for the AP and CNN aren’t interested in uncovering the truth. They are only interested in ingratiating themselves to those in power and helping to propagate the growing Police State.

Brad Miller

AdvocateofLiberty and Living Free

The Myth of Private Property in America and The Faux Free Market

In True nature of the State on September 4, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Private Property is at the Heart of the Free Market which Murray Rothbard Described as the “field of exchange of title of ownership between individuals.”

Today almost no one talks about Private Property in America any longer. This used to be the defining aspect of the American Ideal. That individuals were able to acquire, control and dispose of property as they saw fit without the coercive hand of government. Unfortunately fewer and fewer American’s believe in that fundamental idea.

The “No Trespassing” sign that people put up in their yards is exactly what the idea of Private Property is all about. It is the fact that this land, your property, your person are private. That means they do not belong to the “Collective”, they are not “Communal Property” to be used or dispersed by some benevolent despot, gang of “Voters”  or enlightened cadre of professors and politicians.

The motto “Don’t Tread on Me” is simply a “No Trespassing” sign. I would like to see “No Trespassing” signs become the hallmark of the Freedom Movement because if you can not own property, then you can not live free.

Private Property is about Ownership and as Mises Wrote “Control Denotes Ownership”. If you can dispose of something than you are its effective owner. In America Today how much “Private Property” do any of us truly own?

The Government today uses three main ways to reduce your “control” over your property. That is through taxation – the outright seizure of your property – through inflation which is the devaluation of your money (which is one half of every transaction you enter into) and through regulation in which your control of your property and person are greatly reduced and in a lot of cases totally usurped by the State.

Right now the US Federal Government owns about 30% of the Land in the United States.  The Federal Government through the Bureau of Land Management (which sounds like a Department in Communist Russia )controls 32% of known Oil Reserves, 35% of the Natural Gas and 37% of Coal that is produced today off of “Public Lands” in the United States. It is also estimated that 68% of all undiscovered Oil reserves and 74% of undiscovered Natural Gas deposits are located on “Collectively Held Land”. How can there exist a “Free Market” in Land and Energy when the US Govt has a respective market share of 30% and 35% currently and a virtual monopoly on these commodities in the future?  This is the outright ownership by Government. It doesn’t include the 4 million miles of roads in the US, the schools, the hospitals, the airports, the historic monuments, the Federal Office buildings, the Dams, Tennessee Valley Authority, and the other Collectively Owned acres in the US at the state, county and city level.

Now the Federal Government you would think would not have any say in how the other property that is privately held is utilized because we’ve all been told there is a Free Market in America. You would be wrong. Entire agencies exist to “Control” what goes on “Privately” held land. The biggest example is the EPA. In their eyes there is not Private Property. Recently the agency even tried to list every ditch on Privately Owned Property as navigable waterways which would have expanded their control over million more acres of private property.

Now the Local Government’s of cities and counties exercise a different kind of “ownership” on the rest of the so-called Privately held land in America. They do this through zoning laws and regulations, and property taxes. And it is by the levying and collection of Property Taxes that effectively ends the myth of Privately Held Land in America. This is a clear example of how the State (Which I include all levels of Government in) views yourself and your property. You are just a tax number and so is your property. In essence property taxes are rent paid to the State. If you don’t pay the State will remove you from said property and sell it to cover the taxes on it. This is another example of how we operate within a  “Faux Free Market” in America Today.

Another mess where Property Rights are being Violated and the “Free Market” no longer exists is in the Healthcare Industry.  Over 60% of the Health Care dollars spent in the US are Government dollars which are the confiscated property of individuals or groups of individuals. And then the Government inefficiently spends these dollars within a cartelized Insurance, Hospital, Doctor and Pharmaceutical Industry.  Again the Faux Free Market at work. Cathleen Sibelius said in testimony that the Private Market of Health Care was in a death spiral. She is corrected but she didn’t explain why. It’s not because of the “Free Market” in Health Care, it’s because Government Health Care has all but killed the HealthCare Free Market.

The Mortgage mess is at the heart of another example of the destruction of Private Property and the “Faux Free Market” at work. In the United States today over 95% of all mortgages are backed or owned by the US Federal Government. That industry like health care has been already effectively “Nationalized”. Anyone who believes the “Free Market” created the mess we are in is either dishonest or ignorant.

None of this would be possible without the Income Tax and the Federal Reserve. Today through the Income Tax Americans have been conditioned to  view their income not as property. Through the withholding we have been accustomed to allowing our “real” property of today which we have a right to control and dispose of as we wish to be; forcibly exchanged for ephemeral promises of politicians for Social Security and Medicare in our old age. We have been conditioned to believe income is not property, that taxes are not theft, and that plunder is somehow to our benefit.

It is not only through direct taxation that the politicians steal our property but it’s also through inflation. When the Federal Reserve prints dollars or adds zeroes to Bank Deposits at the Fed they are destroying the value of your property, your money. It is destroying how much you can exchange each dollar for. That is why prices rise. It is done so that the Federal Government can continue to spend to increase the of the Welfare/Warfare State. They have to do this otherwise in order to cover the 3.7 Trillion dollar budget of which forty percent is borrowed money, they would have to directly tax individuals an additional Trillion Dollars a year!!! Even though most Americans don’t feel the chains around their necks now, they would soon feel the tug of an extra Trillion dollars confiscated from them every year.

Neither Obama nor Romney talk of Property Rights in this country. One side may give lip service to the Free Market but never talks about your Fundamental Natural Right to Self-Ownership and ownership of your justly acquired property. That is because what these two men are vying for is control over the State; which can only continue to exist if you relinquish your right to total self-ownership and to allow your property to be plundered at will by politicians.

Private Property begins with self-ownership. If you don’t own yourself than who does? If you can’t determine how best to dispose of your time who will? The same goes for your Property.

In order to live individuals need property. How to acquire that property is the question. Either that property can be acquired by force or through production and voluntary exchange. Today unfortunately through the ballot box, taxation and inflation more and more Americans are receiving stolen property. That is the problem today. The problem today is not that we need more “jobs” in this country. The problem is that we need to restore to every Individual his/her God-Given right of Self-Ownership and God-given right to the fruits of his/her labor.

Only when individuals are free to make their own choices in their life, determine what they want, and then proceed to attempt to get what they desire through production and voluntary exchange will we truly operate within an environment known as the “FREE MARKET”. The Free Market is predicated on Private Property and until the Government ceases to coercively interject itself into every single transaction conducted in this country everyone who blames the “Free Market” for the mess we are in must instead place the blame where it truly belongs.

I’ve been told by a lot of Conservative and even some Libertarians that if I don’t vote for Romney I’m voting for Obama. Why Should I have to compromise my principles? Why shouldn’t those people who feel they have to vote for the Right-Statism of Republicans have to tell the Republicans that their platform is driving votes away. Doesn’t it make more sense that Romney and the Republics are the one’s who have abandoned principle? Why should I join them? That doesn’t make any sense. Those who believe that a vote for a Third Party Candidate – Like Gary Johnson is a vote for Obama have disregarded the entire idea of the sanctity of Private Property and Individual Liberty. If we don’t have principles to guide our decisions we are only left with expediency and that is exactly how we got into this mess in the first place.

All the Republicans have to do to get my vote is talk about the sanctity of Self Ownership and my God-given right to keep and dispose of my justley acquired property as I see fit.  That’s it. No Abortion, No Defense of Marriage Act, No Management of my life or the Free Market. Then they might get my vote. This supposed political choice we have is the epitome of the “Faux Free Market” we suffer under today in America. You have only two crappy choices neither of which are determined by the Free and Voluntary Choices of Individuals. The whole idea is crazy. Your life and property and liberty are at stake and you are supposed to roll over to the Least Evil Political Corporation.

(I have stopped reffering  to the Democratic Party or the Republican Party as “Parties”. That is a way the collectivists distort the language. These two entities are “for Profit Corporations” who steal their revenue through taxation and use fear and hate to gin up “voluntary” donations.)

The Republican Corporation  I’m supposed to Vote for to secure my life, liberty and property are they themselves Fascist/Collectivists. Listen to the language of their Platform

” We recognize and honor the courageous effort of those who bear the burden of parenting alone, even as we believe that marriage the union of one man and one woman must be upheld as the natural standard, the goal to stand for, encourage, and promote through laws governing marriage” Do you still believe you own yourself?

I’m not gay but if the Republicans are willing to govern marriage in this way they will do it in others as well. Wait they already have done that with drug prohibition, prostitution prohibition and the prohibition of gambling. If you can not choose to live as you wish when you are not violating the self-ownership or property rights of another there is no need for being governed, which always means to be limited.  It all boils down to the fact in their eyes we do not own our person or the choices in our lives.

And the Bureau of Land Management govern public lands like the Oil rich areas in Alaska the same way the politicians govern our lives: ” In addition to carefully considering what is fact and what is opinion everyone involved in making decisions about ANWR and energy in general will need (backed by the barrel of a gun) to seek innovative approaches and work collaboratively to find alternatives that can be accepted by all.”

The “Innovative” solution and the one that could be accepted by all is to allow Individuals to Truly Own themselves, their choices and to have all land privately held in America. Not more arrogance of politicians and bureaucrats who have no business owning property in America or owning the decisions we should be making for ourselves.

I hope that this post will spark folks to  see every debate being bantered about by politicians, pundits, professors and priests is all about the fight between self-ownership and collective ownership. If you own yourself you need no external “governance” or “limiting”. Experience and the pain of failure are all you need to help steer you to make better life choices.

Morality has always been about Property Rights and will continue to be so. Only the “Morality of Liberty” will ensure that no one violates your right to your life, liberty and property. The Democrats and Republican Political Corporations have a different Morality. They believe they have a right to take everything from you, including your life if enough of the “voters” are behind them.

In the end the question is :” Whose property are you?” Does your life choices belong to the Republican Political Corporation? Or does it belong to the Democratic Political Corporation? When it’s placed in those terms no one on Earth would allow Apple or Coke’s board to determine how they should live. Sure they use Advertising which is a whole other blog post to influence your behavior but its only those two Political for Profit Corporations that use the Force of Government to violate your person, property and liberty on a daily basis.

The extinguishing of the Free Market is as much a function of the Republican Political Corporation as it is the work of the Democratic Political Corporation. And as Lew Rockwell said the sooner that most Americans believe we all will be better off if we lived without the State, the sooner we can get back to being free to become the individuals we are capable of becoming.

You own yourself and the product of your labor. You yourself is the beginning of your Private Property. Your Privacy is an extension of that Fundamental Right to Yourself. Your income is your property. Social Security is a scam. The Federal Reserve  needs to go. The IRS should be ended tomorrow. From the principle of “Self-Ownership” all other Natural Rights of Property exist.

“…(Government)  has placed the collective force in the service of those who wish to traffic without risk and without scruple in the persons and liberty and property of others, it has converted plunder into a right that it may protect it and turn lawful defense into a crime.” Bastiat

Brad Miller

AdvocateofLiberty and Self-Ownership