|From the Cloister
On the Legality of the Anarchist Movement in the United States — Anarchism is barely and precariously tolerated in the United States of America. In many ways, it is construed as treason and insanity rather than as a political phenomenon. Even when not condemned as treason per se, anarchists veer into crime if they advocate the forcible overthrow of the United States Government or if they advocate disobedience to laws. About the only anarchists who are "safe" are those who are also pacifists.
However, the state tolerates pacifists because they offer little or no threat to the smooth functioning of the state. As soon as any anarchists, pacifist or otherwise, begin to threaten the security of the state, the state will "crack down". Note the current blurring of the distinction in the media between "anarchists" and "terrorists".
Some Thoughts on the Viper Militia — It seems that they made the mistake of going too far too fast. They should have spent more time educating people about the "facts" as they saw them, and less time worrying about how to fight the government. If enough people understood and believed in this militia's ideas, then they wouldn't have to use force against the government. It would dissolve itself.
I think it's dissolving itself anyway.
Time for another chapter in the continuing story of why the libertarian political movement has been such a flop. Of course, if you believe its purpose all along was to talk to itself for 25 years, then it has been a success.
I suggest a key glitch in the liberty communication department has been their "Them vs Us" dichotomy. (Good Guys, us — Yah!) — (Bad Guys, them — Boo!)
Oh, there's nothing wrong with an "Us vs Them" split. We just drew the line in the wrong place for the pure liberty message to be clear.
Tired old Not-Quite-Libertarian Dichotomy
Bad — Anything Government at any level plus the Federal Reserve (a private cabal).
Good — Anything else private.
My Brand New Spiffy Dichotomy
Bad — Most government, Public Corporations, other companies that do 51% or more of their business with the government, land not held in context, decreed privileges (AMA, BAR, Eminent Domain, Patents), and the Federal Reserve.
Good — Everything else private.
Neutral — Government bodies with easy and clear opt-out provisions, Chartered cities.
(Whoops! How about that, an honest to goodness gray area).
[A Trichotomy? Gadzooks! — editor]The contradiction in the old line-up is in the assumption that everything private is good (except the Federal Reserve) no matter how much contamination and cooption by government there has been. Whereas, everything government is bad, even though large chunks of it exist only because of the mechanizations of those private elements.
I suspect the reason this error persists is because modern libertarians have allowed themselves to become dependent on these state-private partnerships while professing a totally independent lifestyle.
Letter to the Editor
San Jose, California
Revolutionary Proposal, below, is an excerpt from The New American
Man: A Call To Arms, by John Bruce Campbell. The book was
originally published by The Press, Box 7136, Carmel, CA 93921, copyright
1983, 1988 by J.B. Campbell. My copy of the book is a reprint by
American's Bulletin and is accompanied by the following statement:
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A Revolutionary Proposal
John Bruce Campbell
A revolution without a revolutionary proposal for change would also be of little value beyond the fighting phase. Therefore, the following proposals are made
I think it would be better to give all federal land to the native tribes.
Americans put safety above sense of freedom
Survey: Majority of respondents are willing to cede liberties to curb terrorism.
Los Angeles Times
— After the crash of TWA Flight 800 and the bombing at Olympic Centennial
Park in Atlanta, a majority of Americans are willing to give up some civil
liberties to fight terroism, a new Los Angeles Times Poll has found ....
On the Road with Buffalo Hunter
Buff was recently having lunch at a deli in Pennsylvania where he overheard a woman ranting and raving about farmers.
"Why," she wanted to know, "are we all so sympathetic with the damned farmers? Let 'em go out of business! We don't need 'em anyway!"
Buff couldn't help but lean across toward her table and ask her where she intended to get food, if there were no farmers.
"Well," she exclaimed, "I'm gonna get it down at the Safeway, just like I always do!"
Buck Hunter Shoots Off His Mouth
What does DNC stand for?
Dear Visiting Chicago
I had to check with Mildred on this one. She says it's D&C and it stands for dilation and curettage. She wouldn't tell me what it means. I think it has to do with feminists.
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