Wednesday, November 30, 2011

License

If you type the words “state licensing requirements” into the Bing search engine you receive these myriad results, none of which signify freedom to act.

I don’t think much of state licensing requirements, as I’ve noted in the past here, here, and here, as a few examples.

Licenses are on my mind again, today, because I received notice the other day that I have been delinquent in submitting to the state certain documents and monies, for a number of years, which allegedly will certify that I run a business which is in “good standing,” as if such a certificate, a piece of paper, issued by the state, is a mantle of honesty, integrity and fair trade practices.

I’ve let this notice lanquish on my desk for the past week debating within myself as to what action, if any, I should take in regards to my discovered delinquency, as the notice does not specify what further punitive actions the state may take if I continue in my delinquency.

Though I do have license to continue in my delinquency, such studied delinquency may result in more forceful punitive measures being inflicted by the state.  I would wager, though, that those who I trade with would still consider me in good standing.

Posted by John Venlet on 11/30 at 12:01 PM
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Free Will Charity

Charity is primarily defined, at least by Merriam-Webster, as “benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity,” and secondarily defined as “generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering; also: aid given to those in need.”

Americans’ understanding of charity today, though, has become much skewed through compulsion by the State, as was recently articulated by Penn Jillette.

It’s amazing to me how many people think that voting to have the government give poor people money is compassion. Helping poor and suffering people is compassion. Voting for our government to use guns to give money to help poor and suffering people is immoral self-righteous bullying laziness.

People need to be fed, medicated, educated, clothed, and sheltered, and if we’re compassionate we’ll help them, but you get no moral credit for forcing other people to do what you think is right. There is great joy in helping people, but no joy in doing it at gunpoint.

Free will charity is alive and well.  See for yourself.  Those practicing it just don’t receive many accolades, as this would undermine the compulsory message of the State.

Posted by John Venlet on 11/30 at 09:31 AM
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Free Range Serfs (Human Livestock) - “Are You Ashamed?”

On the 13th of Novemer, jomama, who runs the blog to herd or not to herd, posted a link to a YouTube viddie produced by Freedomain Radio.

The viddie mentioned above is posted at YouTube under the heading True News 13: Statism is Dead - Part 3 - The Matrix (16:04) and jomama posted the viddie at her place under the heading Are you ashamed?  I am.

Because of the respect I have for jomama’s insights, I took the time to watch the viddie and it inspired me to title my post regarding the viddie and its subject matter “Free Range Serfs (Human Livestock) - “Are You Ashamed?,”” as the premise of the viddie is that we, meaning all individuals living under State rule, are merely free range serfs, or, human livestock farmed and husbanded, by the State, for maximum productivity while being fed an illusory liberty.  Which is true.

But to the question jomama asks, “Are you ashamed?” after viewing the viddie.  To this question I must answer no, as I take no part in voluntarily supporting the State; the State takes what it wants from me by force swathed in velvet and honeyed words; I refuse to be chained to the majority by the State’s alleged franchise gift (the “right” to vote), nor am I under any illusion regarding my liberty, such as it is, nor yours.

It is not shame I am experiencing as a free range serf suffering the abuses of the State, but resentment.

Posted by John Venlet on 11/29 at 03:01 PM
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Jesus, Free Cheese for 5,000, and Socialism

I’ve previously stated in these pages, first in 2004, that the next wave of socialists will arise from the churches.

On November 4th of this year, Jeffrey Quick noted that the story of Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000 has been co-opted and become Facebook agitprop for socialism.

Jeffrey overturns this feeding the 5,000 socialist agitprop in a post he titled Jesus and Facebook agitprop.  From the post.

Now, how would this have played out were this actual socialism? They would have collected everyone’s food, even the hidden stash of pita and goat jerky; Rocky and the boys might have to rough people up a little, but they’d get it done. They’d have distributed it “equitably”, meaning that the disciples would get more, since they were the ones doing the actual work of getting food to the people. And even if the Keynesian multiplier effect exists, it doesn’t multiply thousandfold. So everyone would get one bite, and still be hungry. And there wouldn’t be leftovers for the next day, so they’d still be starving.

Posted by John Venlet on 11/29 at 11:16 AM
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Jose Guerena - “Why, why, why was he killed?”

It has been almost seven (7) months since Jose Guerena was killed, and according to a new AP story on the killing of Guerena titled SWAT team’s shooting of Marine causes outrage, one question continues to inhibit resolution to this incident.  That question is “Why, why, why was he killed?”  This is the question Vanessa Guerena repeatedly is quoted as asking in the 1,000 page (so far) report on the killing of Jose Guerena prepared by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.  The question, of course, can be answered truthfully, though not by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, it’s public relations department, its union reps or its 1,000 page report.

Jose Guerena was killed because the governed gave their consent to the powers that be to consider Saran Wrap and the Blue Book value of used automobiles as cirumstantial evidence of criminal activity.  Jose Guerena was killed because the governed have been deafeningly silent, even as shots from the guns of the ruling class ring in their ears.

If there is outrage over the killing of Jose Guerena, as the AP headline intimates, it is a rather silent outrage, or it simply cannot be heard over the gunfire ringing our ears as the ruling class wantonly shoots firsts and asks questions later.

Posted by John Venlet on 11/28 at 10:11 AM
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.

Edward Sanford Martin

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.

W.J. Cameron

For additional contemplation on thankfulness, an essay by Edward Sanford Martin titled The Tyranny of Things.

Posted by John Venlet on 11/24 at 12:54 PM
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