Liberty vs. Leviathan

Chronicling Liberty's battle against Leviathan

Dignity

The terrorists have won.  Liberty is vanquished.  Well, not quite.  Some of us are still living free despite the shackles of Leviathan.  This week, Lew Rockwell has featured two first hand accounts of TSA protocol for those opting out of x-ray scanners at airport security.

Monday, airline pilot Michael Roberts related his Memphis encounter in “Pilot to TSA: ‘No Groping Me and No Naked Photos‘”.

Today, Mike Adams of Natural News recounts his pat down at a California airport in “How To Opt Out of the TSA’s Naked Body Scanners at the Airport“.

This past July at LRC, Lad C. Hudac, told his tale from Columbus, OH in “Airport Peepshow”.

Also, from last July, Gottesdienst Online challenged people of faith to do as these men have done: Preserve your dignity.

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Thanks Mom!

It’s Mother’s Day in the US so a small tribute to moms.

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Farcical

Here’s your pro-life Democrat in his own words.

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Leonie!

Today a quick but needed break from the farcical drama of DC to draw attention to the Liberty that is eternal.

This past summer your blogger had the great fortune to be involved in a small way with the making of a movie. It’s a period piece set in nineteenth century France. The main character is Leonie Martin, an older and difficult sister of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. The story is about Leonie’s difficulties and the Love that conquered them.

The target release for the film is this summer. A featurette and Facebook page for the movie have recently been created. As with any movie on a budget it’s imperative that word gets out and interest piqued in order to help place it in as many theaters as possible. If you have any interest at all please view the links below and spread the word to anyone in your own network who also may be interested.

Leonie! featurette

Leonie! Facebook page

Leonie! at Holy Trinity Productions

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Extortion with a badge

I’m convinced more than ever that we live in a lawless land.  The only law being that of the whims and power of those in positions of authority.

In 1850 Frédéric Bastiat wrote The Law to warn of the detrimental effects of perverting the law and using it to plunder your neighbor, that is use the law to do to your neighbor what you yourself could not legitimately do.  Although written in the context of 19th century French socialism it still applies today.  Here’s a bit of what Bastiat had to say:

It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder.

What are the consequences of such a perversion? It would require volumes to describe them all. Thus we must content ourselves with pointing out the most striking.

In the first place, it erases from everyone’s conscience the distinction between justice and injustice.

No society can exist unless the laws are respected to a certain degree. The safest way to make laws respected is to make them respectable. When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law. These two evils are of equal consequence, and it would be difficult for a person to choose between them.

The nature of law is to maintain justice. This is so much the case that, in the minds of the people, law and justice are one and the same thing. There is in all of us a strong disposition to believe that anything lawful is also legitimate. This belief is so widespread that many persons have erroneously held that things are “just” because law makes them so. Thus, in order to make plunder appear just and sacred to many consciences, it is only necessary for the law to decree and sanction it.

I’m convinced of another thing too.  Our acceptance of  this idea of plunder has opened the way for the law to be used, not only against our neighbor to redistribute his wealth, but also against our neighbor and ourselves to fund the state in ever more unjust and evil ways.

This past week the Detroit News ran a three part series on the increase use of asset forfeiture laws by local jurisdictions (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).  Apparently, these laws are becoming an effective way to replace lost tax revenue in a down economy.  Despicable on many levels, one of the worst is that officials are preying on the very people they claim to serve and protect.

The way Krista Vaughn sees it, Wayne County fined her $1,400 even though police and prosecutors admit she broke no laws.

Vaughn, who has no criminal record, was required to pay for the return of her car, which was seized by police after they mistook Vaughn’s co-worker for a prostitute. Even though prosecutors later dropped the case, Vaughn still had to pay.

Vaughn, who works in an American Red Cross supply warehouse, dropped off her co-worker, Amanda Odom, at a Detroit bank the afternoon of Feb. 11, 2004. Both women were still wearing their Red Cross badges.

Officers from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Morality Unit accused Odom of solicitation after they saw her make eye contact with passing motorists while waiting for Vaughn to pick her up from the bank. On the strength of that observation, officers ticketed Odom and seized Vaughn’s 2002 Chrysler Sebring.

“We obviously weren’t doing anything wrong, but the cops wouldn’t listen,” Vaughn said.

The charges against Odom were eventually dropped, but Vaughn still was out $900, the usual fee prosecutors require to return seized vehicles. She also had to pay another $500 in towing and storage fees, because it was several days before she could raise the money to get her car back — plus another $400 to repair an oil pan she said was damaged when her car was towed.

In the report some officials spoke against the practice.  Now a defense attorney, former Macomb County Prosecutor Carl Marlinga said, “Forfeiture laws are being abused by police and prosecutors who see only dollar signs.  It’s a money grab, pure and simple; a sneaky way of getting a penalty on something prosecutors can’t prove. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel.”   Fraser Public Safety Director George Rouhib likened it to “legalized extortion.”

Other officials were unrepentant:

“We’re trying to fight crime,” said Police Chief Mike Pachla of Roseville, where the money raised from forfeitures jumped more than tenfold, from $33,890 to $393,014.  “We would be just as aggressive even if there wasn’t any money involved.”

And another:

When Romulus saw a 118 percent jump in forfeiture revenues from 2003-07, the increase was not the result of more criminal activity, Chief Michael St. Andre said.  “It’s because our forfeiture efforts have ramped up in the past few years,” he said.

This is what happens when you criminalize immoral behavior and legalize criminal behavior.  Lord, have mercy!

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“That kind of logic…”

A father nails it regarding forced vaccinations and fear of those who are not vaccinated (at 1;49), “I don’t understand why I would need to vaccinate my children in order to keep you safe.  If you think about it, that kind of logic just doesn’t make any sense.  If you’re vaccinated you’re safe.”  He echoes my own thinking from almost a year ago when home schoolers were being criticized for not following the state mandated vaccination regimen, “If the vaccines are as effective as we are supposed to believe, wouldn’t those vaccinated have nothing to fear?

(ht LRC)

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Vox U Update

For the past nine weeks I’ve been taking part in Vox Day’s Voxiversity III in which participants read and discuss Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg. The book has been interesting thus far, having completed chapters 1 – 9. Goldberg does a very good job in the early chapters taking the reader through the events and personalities that led to the rise of fascism in Europe, progressivism in the US and the mutual admiration of European fascists and US progressives in the 1920s and 1930s.  Some of the later chapters seem to ramble and not be as well organized as the early ones but it has still been a valuable read.  The citations are a treasure trove for further reading and study.

One of the benefits of taking part in Vox U has been the online discussion with other readers at Vox’s blog. Today I present comments made by Godfrey and longplay on the most recent chapter we’ve read.  Chapter Nine covers Hillary Clinton – her background, her goals and her methods. Godfrey captures what those who cherish Liberty are up against and longplay takes Godfrey’s comments a step further and strikes at the root. (All emphasis is mine.)

Godfrey:

Chapter 9 is the most compelling in the book because it begins to delve into the psychology of the leftist mind. In this chapter Goldberg gives us an all too short glimpse of what really lies at the heart of the matter; this being that leftist ideologies (including fascism) are irrelevant or at most secondary when compared to the psychological desires of the leftist. In other words, ideology merely provides justification for the preexisting psychological desire for power or for a “politics of meaning” (i.e. politics AS meaning).

This explains why societal elites are inclined towards socialism or a variant rather than classical liberalism. The premise of classical liberalism that the power of the ruling class should be limited is diametrically opposed to the psychological desires of the elite. In socialism there are no limits on power; it provides the perfect ideological fit for the power seeking narcissist.

Furthermore this is explains why leftists seek to destroy tradition, the Church, family and private property. These all constrict or limit the power of the ruling political class. The Church is a rival authority, family a rival loyalty and private property is financial independence. The leftist must destroy all these and any other competing institution or cultural norm in society in order to fully indulge his psychological desires and fantasies; political or otherwise.

Attempting to explain the political phenomena of the last century through the lens of ideology is a flawed approach. This post-enlightenment approach attempts to classify political phenomena as a scientist attempts to classify physical phenomena. The “political science” approach is a fruitless endeavor that only leads to frustration and intellectual exhaustion. We are not dealing with mere ideology. The narcissist will grasp onto any idea that will further his ambitions or will enable him to inflict his psychosis on society; and he will reject any idea that hinders the same. The answers we seek lie beyond ideology in the deeper realm of psychology, theology and the very nature of man.

And longplay on Godfrey:

Godfrey:

Attempting to explain the political phenomena of the last century through the lens of ideology is a flawed approach. This post-enlightenment approach attempts to classify political phenomena as a scientist attempts to classify physical phenomena. The “political science” approach is a fruitless endeavor that only leads to frustration and intellectual exhaustion. We are not dealing with mere ideology. The narcissist will grasp onto any idea that will further his ambitions or will enable him to inflict his psychosis on society; and he will reject any idea that hinders the same. The answers we seek lie beyond ideology in the deeper realm of psychology, theology and the very nature of man.

longplay:

I couldn’t agree more. Having abandoned an objective creator-God, the Left (including Hillary’s Methodist pastor/mentor) has to manufacture one of their own to give the world any meaning at all. And behold, it is them!

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Homeschool, Health and Leviathan

From USATODAY we learn that the homeschool ranks are growing; now because of Leviathan’s attempt to take control healthcare parents give their children.

Now, I’m not a doctor or scientist, not even the sharpest tack in the box, but…

Of the infected, 91% were unvaccinated, most because of “philosophical or religious beliefs,” the CDC said.

Is this a surprise? Wouldn’t you expect most of the infections to be among those not vaccinated? I’m surprised it’s not closer to 100%.

Home-schooled children accounted for 25 out of 30 cases in an outbreak of measles in suburban Chicago in May, according to the CDC.

But how many of those were unvaccinated?

In Grant County in Washington, public health officials tied 11 of 19 measles cases to unvaccinated home-schooled children.

So that means that the other 42% were what? Vaccinated children? Adults? What?

Lance Rodewald, director of the CDC’s Immunization Services Division, says the measles outbreaks show a problem with state policies allowing home-schooled children to escape vaccines. [Emphasis mine]

So they admit that these policies are coercive.

Some fear that by allowing parents more choice, pockets of unvaccinated children will be created, spawning more outbreaks. [Emphasis mine]

Allowing parents choice? If parents are allowed choice, does that not presuppose that the children belong to the state?

“Unvaccinated children pose not only a risk to themselves, but to their families, other children they come in contact with and especially older people they might visit or encounter in a movie theater or mall,” he says.

If the vaccines work, wouldn’t those not vaccinated be the only ones at risk? And, if so, wouldn’t those unvaccinated and at risk have already considered that risk and accepted it? If the vaccines are as effective as we are supposed to believe, wouldn’t those vaccinated have nothing to fear?

Tracking outbreaks down to the neighborhood level shows a high correlation between the disease and families who have filed exemptions to escape vaccinations, Rodewald says.

Duh!!

The Department of Education estimated in 2003 that more than 1 million children were home-schooled, and home-schooling groups such as the National Home Education Research Institute say the number has grown to around 2 million.

If present trends continue, I think the day will come when numbers force Leviathan to take notice and attempt to put an end to homeschooling.  This many families teaching their children to think for themselves and to question Leviathan puts Leviathan’s very existence at risk.

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Be angry at…

Stony Creek Digest gives some direction to any anger you may have over the probable results of the upcoming election.  “Be angry at…”

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Molothrus ater

Good writing awes me. Sometimes it’s just a phrase that does the trick. The phrase today comes from Justin Raimondo at AntiWar.com. As he bids “Goodbye, GOP” he nails in one sentence the war path to irrelevancy the party has taken.

They put all their eggs in one basket, and those eggs were hatched by the cowbirds of conservatism, the fabled neoconservatives.

Unfortunately for the unborn among us, the “official” pro-life community has put all its eggs in one basket too – the “electable” GOP – and now, in public policy at least, the life issue will suffer the same fate of irrelevancy.

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