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Commentary: Miscellaneous
The conquest of Iraq marks the end of the long whittling to death of Constitutional restrictions on governmental authority. The Republic is dead.


The conquest of Iraq marks an important boundary. For many years, the United States had been leaving aside, bit by bit, its libertarian heritage of Constitutionally limited government.

The process dramatically accelerated in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 - with the so-called "Patriot Act" more clearly violating Constitutional restrictions on governmental authority than any previous Federal transgression in our lifetimes.

Now, with the unprovoked invasion and conquest of Iraq, the United States government lays claim to a policy of "preemption" that amounts to an attempt to exercise the same suzerainty over the other nations of the Earth that the populace of the United States itself has accepted from the FedGov.

The Republic is dead. It was a noble experiment that ultimately failed in its principal aim - to demonstrate that a written constitution can restrain governmental authority to a somewhat non-tyrannical level.

The FedGov has cast aside restrictions on its authority - restrictions written into the only document that gave it a claim, however tenuous, to legitimacy. To the FedGov, the Constitution that creates, structures and limits it is no longer valid.

So be it. There is, then, no legitimate government. We already live in a state of anarchy. We face only a crime problem.

True, the primary bandit gangs enjoy a certain level of popularity rooted in the confusion they create by calling themselves governments. To combat them, our first task is to speak the truth and call them what they really are. This will pave the way for eventual market development in the still embryonic private security, private law and private defense industries. First things first, though. Simply speak the truth and encourage others to do so. These so-called governments are bandits. A government is nothing more than the Mafia with flags.

Many of you may know some confused and good natured friends who call themselves "Constitutionalists". They want freedom - so give them some good news. Life has just gotten a whole lot simpler. Don't worry about signing petitions, writing your Congressman or any of that nonsense. Let them know that Empires always fall because Empires are just plain dysfunctional. History is quite clear on this. Let them know that all we lovers of Liberty have to do is keep speaking the truth, so that when this Empire falls there will be enough people dedicated to making sure that the Empire gets replaced with nothing. Nada. Not a damned thing.

Once the truth - that we all really would be better off with no government at all - is more widely recognized and understood, then the market itself will bring to bear the resources and talents to provide the products people will want - private law that is fair and just, private defense that is effective but doesn't embark on missions of conquest and slaughter.

Speak the truth. It is just that simple.

Copyright (c) 2003 - Brad Spangler
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Commentary: Protest Activity
They're not bickering about "let's take the high ground" in Greece! They're taking it to the streets!
Greece! Last week!


Commentary: Miscellaneous
i don't like your "private defense industries" bit. to me this is like replacing one mafia with several hundred. i consider myself an anarchist too but maybe i'm not, if this is what you say anarchy is.


Commentary: Miscellaneous
Why did an anarchist copyright his piece? Seems a bit contradictory, no?


Commentary: Miscellaneous
lol. good point
i went to the website, they have a store selling "anarchist teddy bears" and "anarchist lunchboxes" among other things. also there's a link called "tip me" which (i gathered) means you give this Brad Spangler guy a fraction of a gold piece!

speaking of Greece, they are taking over a factory in Argentina right now. :o)


Commentary: Miscellaneous
I personally don't see this author as an anarchist. I read the article as correctly stating that the world is now in a state of chaos. Unfortunately, the usage of the word, anarchy, in this article repeats the misunderstanding that claims anarchy and chaos are the same thing. Anarchy is the political system in which each person governs oneself. We now live a society/culture where force is used to impose one's will upon others without regard to the damage one does or to the propriety of such action. To quote Bob Zerzan: "As an anarchist I seek neither to dominate nor be dominated by others."

The forces we see today wish to foment chaos so that they can better dominate and exploit others.


Commentary: Miscellaneous
I personally don't see this author as an anarchist. I read the article as correctly stating that the world is now in a state of chaos. Unfortunately, the usage of the word, anarchy, in this article repeats the misunderstanding that claims anarchy and chaos are the same thing. Anarchy is the political system in which each person governs oneself. We now live a society/culture where force is used to impose one's will upon others without regard to the damage one does or to the propriety of such action. To quote Bob Zerzan: "As an anarchist I seek neither to dominate nor be dominated by others."

The forces we see today wish to foment chaos so that they can better dominate and exploit others.


Commentary: Miscellaneous
It's not a good time to be an anarchist.

A lot of Americans believe that anarchists are evil unpatriotic demons who want to kill everyone and throw petrol bombs at buildings in their quest to abolish capitalism and state.

And most Americans believe that anarchy is what is going on in Iraq right now with the looting, riots, killings, and protests. They seem to hate anarchists so much, but yet don't even know what anarchy (or anarchism) is. They don't know that there are several types of anarchism and that anarchism is indeed an economic and political system, and when you try to explain that to them, they come up with all sorts of strange and irrelevant arguments.


Commentary: Miscellaneous
Fuck this shit!

I'm surprised noone noticed this before. This is not the type of anarchism that we hear of so often. This is written by a capitalist anarchist... yes a libertarian in the political party point of view. I was confused by this reading, I thought it was just bad until I visited the website as sara had. I read the book reviews and looked around and saw that they were all talking about abolishing the government's control, however keeping capitalism and allowing a free market.

Sara, I would like to assure you along with everyone else this is not how anarchists think.

(and as for the above mention of zerzan... i also have major issues with him as well and have problems considering him an anarchist. if interested ask and i can explain.)


Commentary: Miscellaneous
Or he could be an anarcho-capitalist. But anarcho-capitalism isn't even real anarchism.