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Frontiersman, March 1998
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The Real Threat
Sam Aurelius Milam III
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageOn February 19, two men were arrested by the FBI in southern Nevada on suspicion of "possession of a biological agent", believed at the time to be Anthrax.  They had not harmed anyone.  They were merely suspected of possessing something that might be harmful if they used it in certain ways.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageWe should certainly find ways to protect ourselves against terrorist acts if they are actually committed.  However, we should not allow the government to use terrorist threats as an excuse to impose laws that make the mere possession of something a crime.  When possession is a crime, then universal surveillance and intrusion will be justified as necessary to detect it.  Such preemptive power in the hands of government is far more dangerous than Anthrax.  Although Anthrax can be fatal, it has been with us for centuries and has never before justified the existence of a police state.  It doesn't justify one today.  Maybe these men should have been watched for a while but, even if they had possessed Anthrax, they should not have been arrested.  Under the Common Law, there is no violation unless there is a victim.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageSince the end of the Cold War, the US government has been desperate for excuses to expand it's repressive Cold War policies.  Terrorist threats are such an excuse.  Today, only the US government is benefiting from the terrorist hysteria.  Today, the US government has ample means to fabricate terrorist threats.  The combination of means and motive is ample cause for suspicion.  Governments have probably killed more people than both Anthrax and terrorists combined.  We would be foolish to allow the US government to frighten us into exchanging our liberty for "protection" against terrorist threats that may be largely contrived by the US government.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageGun


The Right Stuff, But Not Enough Of It
Sam Aurelius Milam III
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe O.J. Simpson trial, now fading into history, was remarkable primarily for its visibility.  Its violations of the underlying principles of traditional jurisprudence were absolutely routine.  Among these principles are Burden of Proof, Presumption of Innocence, and Freedom from Self-incrimination.  When Shapiro and those other clowns advised Simpson to give DNA samples in "cooperation" with the prosecution, they were advising him to provide information that might be used against him and to attempt to prove his innocence.  This relieved the prosecution of the sole burden of proof, which was thereafter shared by the defense.  It also removed the presumption of innocence.  That is, if a defendant is trying to prove his innocence, then he isn't being presumed innocent.  This kind of defense has become routine.  Consequently, any refusal to provide information is viewed as tantamount to an admission of guilt, the assumption being that an innocent man will always cooperate because he has nothing to hide.  Such a belief is a fatal compromise of the principles of traditional jurisprudence.  If the principles are to endure, then they must be rigorously applied in all cases, regardless of the actual guilt or innocence of the defendant.  Although Simpson "won" his criminal case, liberty lost again.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFew cases are as visible as Simpson's, but most of them share its defects. My so-called case embodied many violations of principle.  The court ignored my strenuous objections to those violations and ruled against me for "failure" to appear.  I didn't fail to appear.  I refused to appear.  There's a big difference, but the court ignores that kind of thing.  The court created an "account" to which I allegedly owed money.  Because I refused to pay, the court encumbered my home with a lien.  Eventually, I was placed under surveillance and arrested when I left home.  After being presumed guilty, I was forced to provide information (blood sample) that was used against me.  After failing to prove my innocence, I was forced to either "voluntarily" sell my home, and give the county the money it wanted, or stay in jail forever.  I was convinced that I could be kept in jail forever.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageClearly I didn't do this for the sake of expediency.  Cooperation would have been easier.  I was attempting to enforce the principles which form the foundation of liberty.  However, there's a problem here.  It's easy for the government to defeat one lone libertarian.  Liberty depends upon the consensus and behavior of many people.  I tried to defend liberty alone and lost my home.  The court got the money it wanted and lost nothing.  I had no effect on it at all.  It remains a tyranny today.  Unless my actions motivated some further effort by somebody else in favor of liberty, they were largely a waste of my resources.  My integrity is intact, but I'd like to think that I had some positive effect in the larger scheme of things.  I'm hoping that others will consider the many cases like mine and conclude that it's time to stop cooperating with tyranny and start resisting it.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageGun
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Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. 
George Washington, August 27, 1776
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It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end. 
Leonardo da Vinci

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Hippie Trek:  The Next Generation
Don Cormier
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe hippies of the 1960's are becoming grandparents.  The children of the flower children have grown and are having children of their own.  Assuming that some of the hippie values of the 1960's have been passed on, what would be the most fruitful path for 1990's hippies and their children?
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThere are five things which might be useful for the further propagation of flower power.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThose hippies who grew up in intentional communities of various types, or in remote wilderness areas, should continue to teach their children how to live in alternative, close-to-nature ways.  However, they should also teach their children how to understand and use the most up-to-date features of modern technology.  Knowledge of technology translates into power.  Without power, people might not have the ability maintain their good ideas and moral values.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageNo society can exist out of the context of a healthy environment.  Hippies who fit the stereotype already understand this, but the rest of society is in vast need of education.  Hippies who care about their future, and the future of their children, should devote time and energy to environmentalism.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe 1960's hippie advocacy of non-violence is still valid, if only because violent revolution seems to be a losing strategy in this age of military super-powers and mass over-dependence on government infrastructure.  All types of non-violent resistance to injustice should be taught and encouraged as a way of lessening the need for and the validity of the police and military authorities.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageHippies should continue to explore and promote consciousness raising techniques, such as various drugs, herbs, and forms of meditation.  Many of the drugs which were popular in the 60's turned out to be dangerous and debilitating, but the fundamental idea of obtaining a new perspective on reality by chemical means remains useful.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImagePerhaps the most important insight of the 1960's was that the dominant U.S.A. culture was and is repressive.  The idea that the U.S.A. is the "land of the free" is an Orwellian Big Lie.  End of the century hippies need to keep teaching that true freedom and freedom under the flag are two quite different things.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageHopefully, these suggestions will help the ongoing project of greening America.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageInfinity Symbol

Anarchists Anomalous
Sam Aurelius Milam III
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThere's a growing feeling among many people in this country that a revolution is coming, that a revolution is the only way to save our liberties and our way of life.  I agree.  However, there are different kinds of revolutions.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageMany years ago, sometime in the early 70s, I participated in the creation of something that we called Anarchists Anomalous.  Our slogan was "Dedicated to the Peaceful Overthrow of Government".  The slogan embodied certain subtleties.  First, the word government was used in its generic sense.  We weren't out to overthrow a particular government, but to overthrow government as a way of doing things.  Those are two very different objectives.  To overthrow a government will result in the creation of another government.  To overthrow government means the end of government.  It can be done in only one way people must learn to solve their own problems and stop relying upon government in loco parentis.  The other subtlety was that the overthrow would be peaceful.  This is significant because a violent revolution will require some sort of structured organization, with people in command.  However, a peaceful revolution doesn't require any central organization at all.  It consists of people acting as individuals, en masse.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI don't oppose violence in principle.  In fact, I advocate violence when it's appropriate.  I believe that we should all be armed, prepared, and willing to defend ourselves against SWAT teams and other thugs.  However, I believe that organized violence, as a long-term political strategy, will probably not accomplish our objectives.  I'm suggesting that people first try to abandon government rather than to revolt against a particular government.  Of course, the government will harass us every step of the way.  The best defense against that is probably good camouflage.  To confront the government will probably make it stronger, and should be avoided if possible.  The best way to oppose government is by not opposing it.  We must find ways to evade it and avoid it.  If enough of us do that, government and the government will become irrelevant.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAbandonment probably isn't as glamorous as waving our arms and rattling our sabres, and it means that we must all grow up and act like adults.  However, I believe it's the best way to do the job.  If it doesn't work, and the government continues to enslave us, then we can still resort to the last resort armed revolt.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageGun


Capital Syllogism
Sam Aurelius Milam III
15x5 Page Background GIF ImagePremise:  The U.S.  government and the governments of the American states can LEGITIMATELY exercise ONLY powers delegated to them by the people.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImagePremise:  People can delegate ONLY powers that they have themselves.  If they do not have a power, then they cannot delegate it to a government.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageObservation:  The governments are exercising the power of capital punishment.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageChoice of Conclusions:  If you accept the premises, then EITHER people have a legitimate power to kill one another OR the governments are exercising an illegitimate power, beyond those delegated to them, when they exercise the power of capital punishment.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageGun

Allodium
Sam Aurelius Milam III
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAllodial Title isn't granted.  It isn't requested.  It is demanded.  Ultimately, it comes from the barrels of the people's guns.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageGun
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAllodial ....  Free;  not holden of any lord or superior;  owned without obligation of vassalage or fealty; the opposite of feudal.

Black's Law Dictionary, 1979
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAllodium ....  Land held absolutely in one's own right, and not of any lord or superior;  land not subject to feudal duties or burdens.  An estate held by absolute ownership, without recognizing any superior to whom any duty is due on account thereof.
Black's Law Dictionary, 1979
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFeud.  Land held of a superior on condition of rendering him services ....
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, 1889
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageCounty ....  Etymologically, it denotes that portion of the country under the immediate government of a count ....
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, 1889

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News from the Libertarian Party
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Forwarded by Millie, of El Granada, California
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageDo you have any privacy left when Big Brother can spy on you from space or through your walls?
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageWASHINGTON, DC Spy satellites.  Gamma ray scanners.  Thermal-imaging devices.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageIt's not science fiction it's a list of the exotic, high-tech surveillance equipment the government now uses to monitor, track, and arrest American citizens, the Libertarian Party pointed out today.
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"Yesterday's science fiction has become today's political reality," said Steve Dasbach, the party's national chairman.  "High-tech military equipment that was once used against foreign armies is now being used against American citizens on a routine basis."
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAs a result, the Fourth Amendment's protection against "unreasonable search" is under technological siege, he warned and government agencies are rushing to take advantage of this new power.
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"Most people don't realize it, but law enforcement agencies are now spying on us through the walls of our houses, taking high-resolution photographs of us from space, and conducting drug tests based on trace elements of chemicals in the air," said Dasbach.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageParanoid fantasy?  Not at all:  Such high-tech surveillance equipment is becoming an increasingly common tool for law enforcement, according to reports in USA Today and the Wall Street Journal.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageHere's a sampling of how state and federal agencies are using this terrifying technology to spy on Americans:
     In North Carolina, county governments use high-resolution spy satellite photographs to search for property improvements that might increase property tax assessments.
     On the Mexican border, police use a "gamma ray scanner" to check tanker trucks for contraband, scanning right through the vehicle's metal sides.
     The Naval Surface Warfare Center has developed an "ion sniffer," a metal box that analyzes the chemical makeup of the air and can detect, for example, traces of cocaine through the skin days after drug use.
     In Georgia, the state's Department of Revenue will start using NASA satellites to examine the state's 58,910 square miles for illegal timber cutting.
     In New Jersey, California, and other states, police use thermal imaging devices to scan houses for unusual heat sources that could indicate indoor marijuana growing operations.  Houses can be scanned while police sit in their cruisers on the street.
     And in Arizona, the state's Department of Water Resources uses spy satellite photographs to monitor 750,000 acres of state farmland, and compares the images to a database to discover which farmers don't have irrigation permits.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageEven worse:  The federal government will spend another $4.5 million this year to develop even more intrusive surveillance equipment.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageCurrently under development by the Justice Department:  A "super x-ray" combining traditional x-ray technology, ultra-sound imaging, and computer-aided metal detectors to reveal items hidden under clothes from up to 60 feet away.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe courts are currently wrestling with the implications of the new technology, debating the limits of the government's power to "search" individuals from a distance with high-tech gadgets.  Several contradictory court decisions have already emerged, for example, about whether thermal-imaging searches are Constitutional.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageMeanwhile, Republican and Democratic politicians continue to look for new uses of the technology with some government officials already talking about using satellite surveillance to track items as small as backyard porches to check for zoning violations and construction permits.
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"In the name of fighting crime, politicians seem eager to obliterate the protections against unreasonable search, with equipment that Americans used to only read about in Tom Clancy technothrillers," said Dasbach.  "It's time for the American public to wake up and realize that Big Brother is here today and he's got a gamma ray scanner in his hand."10x5 Page Background GIF ImageInfinity Symbol
Letters to the Editor
To:  Frontiersman@ida.net
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI don't think the Bhopal disaster was Dow Chemical.  How about Union Carbide?
Steve;  San Antonio, Texas
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This refers to my article The First Step Is Responsibility, in the February issue.  I apologize for my error.
editor
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Hi Sam
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageWith great writers such as Mr.   Cormier and yourself, the Frontiersman is ready to take it's next step in growth.  Why not send an issue of the Frontiersman to one of the many talk shows (e.g., Oprah), and get yourselves on a show to talk about one or two controversial issues?  With such publicity, I am sure your readership would increase tremendously.  This would greatly enhance your influence, and may open the door to second careers in politics.  Of course, you could also begin selling advertising in your publication.  What do you think?
Tom; Redwood City, California
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Dear Sam
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI can agree with Cormier's article this month to a large degree (Unearthing the Earthly Paradise).  There are certain reservations.  1)  Increased population made agriculture necessary.  The whole world could not live as hunter-gatherers today.  2)  There are certain aspects of advanced society that advanced human beings would not want to give up:  culture and technology.  The superior man would be even more bored as a hunter-gatherer than he is struggling against the idiots who run advanced society today.  3)  It's unfair that superior man should have to give them up to escape these idiots, and 4)  If all the superior men went savage, the idiots would have no restraints at all, and would blow up the whole planet including the superior men in the forest.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThat said, what Cormier is talking about as solutions makes a lot of sense:  1)  zero population growth, 2)  preservation of nature and all living species (and the resuscitation of extinct species, such as the woolly mammoth, and possibly the dodo and the great auk that's a project I would enjoy working on), 3)  decentralization, 4)  development of clean technology.  These things could create a "New Eden" even more fun than the primitive Eden of the hunter-gatherers at least for us cerebral types.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImagePart of the solution is for the workers to take over the corporations.  The only thing stopping it?  Your old nemesis, the government, with its police state and military.  Workers could of course vote for a government which would help them take control of the corporations, gradually.  Why don't they?  That's the question!
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageSincerely,
Elliot;  N.  Merrick, New York

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Buck Hunter Shoots Off His Mouth
Dear Buck
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI'm worried.  What can I do after I'm "over the hill"?
Thirty-Nine Something
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Dear Thirty-Nine something
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageCoast.

Sesame Suite
Hermit the Frog: Hey Priggy!
Ms Priggy: Yes, Hermie?
Hermie: How do you tell if a feminist has been using your word processor?
Priggy: Rrrrrr!
Hermie: By the correction fluid on the monitor!  He he he uh ....
Priggy: Haayyeeee YAH!
Hermie: Whap!  Oof!  Thump!
Sesame Suite is a production of the Children's Tunnelvision Workshop

Intrinsic Value
author unknown, provided by Silicon Valley Bob
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageA man saw a frog sitting on the sidewalk.  As he walked by the frog said, "Psst, hey mister.  If you give me a kiss I'll turn into a beautiful princess devoted to your every need for the rest of your life."  The man said, "Wow, that's really cool!" and picked up the frog and placed it into his shirt pocket.  Somewhat surprised to still be a frog and riding in a shirt pocket, the frog repeated, "Psst, hey mister.  If you give me a kiss I'll turn into a beautiful princess devoted to your every need for the rest of your life."  Once again, the man smiled, shook his head and said, "Wow, this is so cool!", and he continued walking down the street.  Now being more than a little angry that she was still a frog, the princess said somewhat more forcefully, "PPSSSSTTTT, Hey Mister!  Obviously you didn't hear me the first two times!  Kiss me and I'll turn into the most beautiful woman you've every seen!"  The man said, "I did hear you, but the thing is I'm an engineer and I really don't have time for a girlfriend.  But a talking frog is worth keeping."

Acknowledgments
     My thanks to The Affiliate, of Vankleek Hill, Ontario for regularly printing reviews of the Frontiersman.
     My thanks to Lady Jan the Voluptuous for her ongoing editorial assistance and for her countless other efforts in support of this newsletter and of its editor.
     My thanks to Sir Donald the Elusive for paying the production costs of this newsletter and for his additional contributions.

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