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Ronda Rousey, Freedom and the UFC

In True nature of the State on February 24, 2013 at 10:59 pm

On Saturday Feb 23rd Ronda Rousey defeated Liz Cormouche to retain the UFC women’s bantam weight title. It was an awesome fight. Ronda and Liz went at it. Rousey was in trouble in the middle of the first round when Liz almost submitted her with a standing rear naked face crank.

But Rousey toughed it out, slid Liz off her back and gained top position on the ground. From there Rousey battled Liz on the ground and submitted her with a vicious arm bar, with only twenty seconds left in the first round. A great performance by both fighters who happen to be women. This was the first women’s mma fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

What I love about MMA and in particular the UFC is that it is a total meritocracy which celebrates excellence. If you love freedom than you should love the UFC and in particular Ronda Rousey. She is the reason why women are now fighting in the UFC. Dana White, the president of Ultimate Fighting Championship, said in the past that he was dead set against women in his organization. But that all changed when he saw Rousey.

She has submitted all her opponents by arm bar in the first round. She is legit and that is why she made it to the UFC. No government intervention was needed for women to make it to the top promotion in MMA. What was needed was a woman of excellence, an individual who was a great fighter. No title nine intervention, no quotas or any other rules imposed on the UFC were needed for Dana White to make the call for Rousey and Liz to fight.

All that was needed for Dana to change his mind was Rousey’s ability to draw pay-per-view buys. And in order to do that she had to be first and foremost a talented fighter. It also doesn’t hurt that she is beautiful. The free Market and the profit motive brought women to the UFC. Excellence coupled with the profit motive are the best defense against discrimination.

Rousey is going to be a huge star. She is very marketable and she did what very few people do in this world and that is deliver. But she wouldn’t have had the opportunity to showcase her talent in front of millions of people if it weren’t for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The UFC has propelled Mixed Martial Arts into the main stream. It is a success story of the free market. The Ferttia brothers who own many different businesses, including a gaming company, bought the struggling UFC promotion at the prompting of their friend Dana White in 2000. Over the years Dana White the president and face of the organization along with, Bruce Buffer the ring announcer, Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg the long time ring side commentators, and Joe Silva the fight maker have grown the UFC into the top MMA promotion in the world. It attracts the top MMA fighters and because of that the organization is estimated to be worth well over a billion dollars.

No government intervention was needed for this to occur. The UFC is watched voluntarily by millions of fans every month on pay-per-view and last year they inked a deal with FOX Sports to expand its audience even more. It is a non-union and a non-collective bargaining organization unlike MLB and the NFL. The UFC doesn’t use taxpayer money to help build stadiums. They have had fights all over the world including events in England, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Brazil, China and Japan. It is an organization without borders just like a True Free Market is meant to be.

Freedom brings the best out of people. It allows individuals to be the best they are capable of being through competion against others. Through competition everyone gets better. I don’t understand the collectivists and statists disdain for competion. It is only through competion that growth occurs.

Even though the UFC is the top dog in MMA there are tons of smaller promotions across the country. If they UFC didn’t sign Ronda Rousey, one of the other promotions would have. That competion played a big role in Dana White’s decision to sign Rousey.

Ronda Rousey’s rise to super stardom occurred because of her freedom to pursue the life she desires. For someone to say she shouldn’t be fighting is ridiculous. (I used to be one of them but now see the error of my ways.) Freedom is necessary for this type of individuation to occur. With Freedom everyone can pursue their definition of happiness. And I’m glad that Rousey’s idea of happiness is getting into the Octagon and putting on one hell of a show.

Brad Miller

Useful Idiots, Drones and Empire

In True nature of the State on February 18, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Are the Useful Idiots in America waking up? Has the expansion of the Drone Killings by the Obama administration finally revealed to his acolytes the true nature of what ruling an Empire entails?

It appears so with the outrage by folks like John Stewart ripping the Obama administration for the lying and deception concerned about the Kill list and drone program.

There have been over 350 drone strikes since Obama took office. Thousands of people have been killed throughout the world, including U.S. citizens has the left finally realized that War is the Health of the State?

I think his faithful followers will drop their faux outrage and continue return to signing his praises soon. In fact just the other day an NPR commentator praised Obama for pursuing the “light footprint” approach to war. So the short-lived outrage maybe already waning.

I believe there are Useful Idiots on both sides of the aisle. That is because there is really only one party in Washington and that is the Government Pearty. So there are those in the Media and the entertainment world who support the State without a second thought. Those who love war on the Right are in fact doing this today by actually praising Obama for the secret kill list and the expanded drone war.

A piece in the Weekly Standard by Gary Schmidt tilted “Drone On” demonstrates this. He is a neo-con who is praising the current Democratic Administration escalation of the Drone War. He loves the fact that more and more people are being killed across the world with the unmanned aerial vehicles, and believes that American Citizens are no different from any other suspected terrorist.

“Today, we apparently need pages on pages of Justice Department legalese (“Lawfulness of a Lethal Operation Directed Against a U.S. Citizen Who is a Senior Operational Leader of Al-Qa’ida or an Associated Force”) to justify killing Americans who have become senior jihad terrorists and who are trying to kill as many innocent Americans as possible”

And he applauds the fact that the Justice Department has now redefined the word “imminent”.

(Justice Department)…it so broadens the concept that it concludes that the government need not have “clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. person and interests will take place in the immediate future”—only a pattern of plotting such attacks. Given the spotty past record of the intelligence community in actually knowing when a specific terrorist plot is underway, this redefining of “imminent” is reasonable enough..”

So in one sentence he tells us that the Government now has carte blanche to kill anyone in the world because of secret intel gathered by those same inept spy agencies who have a history of falling to protect Americans from specific terrorist plots. In other words we can’t know specifically what they are up to specifically, so it’s just safer if we kill them all.

He then goes on to criticize libertarians for being outraged and uniformed about what this all really means. Drones he argues is just a tool of war against people overseas but he tries to strengthen his argument by equating that drone strikes overseas are no different from a police officer killing an armed subject on U.S. streets.

“As for the Fifth Amendment, due process has never been understood as an absolute right without commonsense exceptions or, for that matter, always and everywhere requiring judicial involvement. To take an obvious example, police officers are not thought to have violated anyone’s rights when they shoot and kill a suspect who is armed and posing a danger either to them or to other citizens”

The author of the article makes it sound like the Machinery of the State that is used overseas will never be used at home. But he fails to mention quotes by politicians back in 2011 concerning NDAA.

“In support of this harmful bill, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) explained that the bill will “basically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield” and people can be imprisoned without charge or trial “American citizen or not.” Another supporter, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) also declared that the bill is needed because “America is part of the battlefield”

When will the first U.S. Citizen be killed by a drone on U.S. soil?

It’s interesting that the Weekly Standard article started off with talking about how some German Americans fought on the Nazis side during WWII and how it was a no-brainer for U.S. GI’s to kill these traitors. And that the killing of U.S. citizens around the world who are suspected terrorists was no different. Then he closes his article with telling us that the political system we live under produced this Drone Killing policy and that it is perfectly legal because of that.

We must never forget that everything Hitler did was within the “legal” framework of the German political system at the time. If the Nazis had won and the historians were pouring over the documents of the atrocities committed during WWII could they use the defense “it was all done with the approval of the people and of the other branches of the same government”.

He also cites that most Americans are on board with the drone killing initiative. Most Americans were for the Income Tax back in 1913, that was sold to them as something only the rick would pay. Now in 2013 I don’t know if you’ve done your taxes or not, but I’m paying more in income tax then I ever have before. And I am in no way part of the 1%. The income tax affects us all. And so will the use of Drones in the coming years.

The machinery of war can be used against the citizens who paid for it just as easily against so-called foreign enemies. It is a capital investment by the State to secure its power. When it kills enough of its enemies around the world it will deal with the one’s at home.

The drone war is not occurring in a vacuum. Think about the talk of gun control now and imagine a not too distant future where every citizen has to register his firearm What if someone refuses to do so? And what if that someone has said derogatory comments about the Federal Government? What if this individual refuses to register or give up his firearms? Isn’t it much safer to fire a missile into his house with a drone instead of risking a police officer’s life to arrest him?

Remember drones were built to save airman and soldiers lives, in other words to protect the lives of the agents of the state. What is the difference between a policemen and a soldier? The way the drug war is prosecuted, the way DUI check points are staged and the way they are armed I would say they are one in the same. So if Drones are used to kill dangerous people to protect innocent lives and to save the lives of government employees why will the state not use drones to kill suspected dangerous U.S. citizens on American soil?

Look at how the LAPD went after Christopher Donner. They shot up two trucks that looked like his. Now if they had drones don’t you think they would have blown those suspected trucks up like they do the terrorists overseas? If they had the lady shot in one of those trucks, who amazingly survived, would have been vaporized by a drone strike.

Now if a police officer who is only fifty feet away from a suspected vehicle can’t identify a target properly how can someone 5000 or 10,000 miles away looking through a camera lens 10,000 ft in the air? How many trucks that looked like a terrorist’s truck have been blow up overseas which we never hear about?

All that needs for U.S. citizens to be killed by drones on U.S. soil is for a secret Justice Department memo to appear. Once it does the Useful Idiots will get what they want and the hellfire missiles will start raining down into the suburbs of America.

Brad Miller
AdvocateofLiberty and not being droned

Big Boi, Rap and Freedom

In Advocates of Liberty, True nature of the State on February 3, 2013 at 2:51 pm

When you think of Freedom you don’t necessarily think of Rap. But I think in the coming years the two will become more and more associated. Big Boi, formerly one half of the hugely successful Rap Duo “OUTKAST”, shocked a lot of people when he revealed he didn’t vote for Barack Obama.

The revelation came out when Big Boi was on a black radio station and the host was asking him if he had encountered any real world racism recently. He replied in fact he had while going through an airport. He related that a white woman came up to him and expressed how great it was for his people that Obama was re-elected president. Big Boi responded to her “Bitch, I voted for Gary Johnson.”

Can the message of freedom reach those who are inundated from birth that they should defer and submit to the state? The answer is a definitive yes. The Freedom Philosophy is the most inclusive philosophy on the planet. It is as Leonard Read wrote simply “anything peaceful.” Every one, even those who listen to rap music, can embrace this ideology. And in fact can become interested in the ideas of Liberty because they listen to Rap music.

I am a big fan of quality music. Whether its rap, blues, rock, country or classical. Rap music is a very American form. It is in the same tradition as the blues and classic country. Like any other musical form there are the quality groups and there are the sub par ones. Most folks who aren’t familiar with quality rap music, think that it’s all thundering bass, abrasive lyrics, and cursing. What they unfortunately miss is the rich tradition of Rap expressing the ideas of Liberty, in particular the struggle of the individual against the state.

The future of the Freedom movement could very well rest upon a singular individual in the Rap community creating a Freedom Anthem that an entire generation could rally behind.

NWA, a gangster rap group who burst onto the scene in the 1980’s is one of the best examples of rappers who protested the encroachment of the state against the individual in the past. The focus of their songs was the brutality of the police against them, their family and friends.

And what was the reason why the police hassled these inner city young black men? It was mainly because of the drug war. Most people do not realize that the drug war as well as gun control were began to systematically oppress minorities in this country. Today these laws are still performing their intended task and also adversley affecting the majority as well.

Gun control in this country began in earnest in the South after Reconstruction to restrict black men from owning firearms. Because of this prohibition unfortunately thousands of black men in the South were lynched with the police at the very least turning a blind eye. The KKK the most notorious of the groups involved with lynching began as a gun control organization. They understood back then, like the Federal Government understands today, that it’s a lot harder to control and kill people if they can defend themselves.

The drug war, especially against marijuana, began because the drug was associated with black Jazz musicians. The fear of the establishment was that white youths would be drawn into this counter culture. So the war on black marijuana smokers began in earnest in the 1930’s. It was done to maintain the status quo.

Fast forward to the 1980’s when Crack Cocaine swept through America. Back then I heard rumors that the Government was selling crack in places like Compton. I dismissed those reports as ludicrous. At the time I still believed the U.S. Federal Government was a force for good. NWA and other rappers were adamant that the CIA was indeed flooding the inner ciites of America, especially in the L.A. area with crack cocaine. Leaked documents and firt hand accounts have now difinitively linked the Federal Govenment to traficking drugs in America.

Rappers were on the forefront of getting the word out about this horrible hypocrisy. The Federal Government was selling the drugs to fund wars waged by the CIA in South America and at the same time waging a “Drug War” in the inner cities and across the U.S., to stamp out the selling of these very same drugs. This dual growth of Government through the selling and combating the sales of drugs has led to an explosion in the growth of government. Like many government activities meant to oppress the minority, the machinery once built and swithed one is quickly turned against the majority.

That is why it is so important never to dismiss any Government oppression against individuals who may be different than you. This is because the state is truly color blind and it is always looking to increase its power at the expense of the individual. Like Ayn Rand wrote “the smallest minority in the world is the individual.”

I hope Big Boi expressing his support for liberty will spark others who have traditionally viewed the liberty movement as a tool of the establishment, to take another look at those looking to live more free. Today there are millions in the Freedom Movement working to expose the corruption of the State and limit its power so everyone, not just certain people in society can live free. There is not anyone alive who hasn’t run afoul of the state and those in the Rap community are no different.

More Individual Liberty is always better for everyone. Big Boi understands that. His announcement that he voted for Gary Johnson is a huge deal. I hope others in the Rap community and entertainment will come to discover that increased Individual Liberty for all is the best way to live.

Brad Miller
AdvocateofLiberty and huge fan of Outkast