A lesson of the Bundy standoff and LaVoy Finicum’s murder

Ammon Bundy associate LaVoy Finicum was gunned down after emerging from his car with his hands raised.  From the video it appears to be another case of trigger-happy Federal agents eager to kill.  It’s tragic that it ended in even one death, but when you take up arms against the State, this outcome should be expected.

I don’t want to analyze the details of the Bundy rebellion, I want to make a point, which is this: government loves when it’s critics pick up weapons against it.  The State thrives when its enemies put down logic, reason, and persuasion, and instead pick up a gun.  Violence is not the answer to restoring liberty; passionate persuasion is.  Peaceful, passionate, relentless persuasion on behalf of liberty is what the State fears most of all.  The case against the oppression the political class inflicts on the citizenry is airtight, it does not need violence to back it up.  On the contrary, resorting to a feeble show of force increases the credibility of the State.

The State is always looking for the excuse to extinguish the lives of its critics.  If you pick up a gun and threaten violence against it, you’ve given them exactly what they were looking for: the excuse to murder you.  Just like an out-of-control cop who is looking for any reason to beat you into submission, so the State looks for any reason to destroy your life.  Don’t give them that reason.

The political class fears a peaceful, articulate, organized, unstoppable movement for greater liberty, not a ragtag group of armed men who storm a deserted wildlife refuge.

Is this really that surprising?

Chicago police have been sabotaging their own dashcams for years, apparently so as not to capture evidence of official criminality.  Case in point: five police cars were on the scene when Laquan McDonald was gunned down by Officer Jason Van Dyke, but only two had functioning dashcams.  None of the five captured audio, which must be easier to disable.  If it’s that easy to disable these monitoring devices designed to provide accountability, how easily will it be for a cop to “disable” a bodycam during an altercation that the officer would rather leave no damning evidence?  “Body cameras for every cop!” was the declaration from on high after the Ferguson protests, but it now sounds more and more that “police accountability” is going to turn into another cash cow for some lucky contractor.  Just look at the Taser industry.  Oh, Taser International nabbed the lucrative bodycam contract for 22,000 London officers in November of last year.

You need to read Justin Raimondo’s column three times per week, every week

Here’s his Friday column on elite hatred of, and therefore our cautious admiration of, Trump and Sanders.

I’m unable to see in Trump or Sanders anything more than entertainment value, despite their tepidity to indulge in the extremely hawkish rhetoric of their competitors.  Wasn’t Obama seen as “anti-war” before he gained control of the reins of power?  The Peace Prize winner proceeded to unleash a hellstorm of almost indiscriminate drone strikes across the Middle East, strikes that kill innocents “90% of the time”, according to the Intercept‘s Drone Papers series.

If Trump or Sanders ends up in the White House, how likely is it that they’ll stick to whatever quasi-antiwar statement they made once or twice throughout their campaign?

I miss Ron Paul.

Mideast stability is bad for business

Gareth Porter explains the phony “peace process” the US is pretending to encourage in regard to Syria.  The US Empire wants the chaos, indeed, needs the chaos because the chaos produces the excuse for Empire, the War on Terror, trillions spent on a foreign policy of endless intervention.  The U.S. foreign policy establishment needs groups like ISIS, and attacks like Paris, to fuel the fear and hysteria that drives support for the War on Terror.  Randolph Bourne famously said that “war is the health of the State”.  Peace, and stability, are the death by starvation of the State.

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Multi-billion dollar Pentagon surveillance blimps gets loose, crashes in Pennsylvania

Is the Drug War really an “answerless problem”?  ‘Sicario’ screenwriter seems to think so.  It’s sad to think that someone who could write such an amazing movie could come away with no lessons learned whatsoever.  The ugly truth is that the Drug War has a heartbreakingly simple answer: legalize the drugs that thousands are being murdered over.  Here’s a review of ‘Sicario’ from The Examiner.

40 years of the Mexican Drug War.  The results?  40 years of organized crime expansion.