Rambo as Libertarian

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It never occurred to me at the time – when I first saw the flick – but Rambo is a Libertarian. And even more important – insofar as the current debacle concerns us – most people (even today) root for Rambo. And hate the fat, bully cop portrayed with such verisimilitude by Brian Dennehy.rambo lead

Both characters started out in the same place – but ended up in very different places.

Each became an armed goon “serving” the murderous long-con called “government.” The intellectual flim-flam that lets (and gets) ordinary men to do things to one another they’d never do on their own. In Rambo’s case, go half-way around the world to kill as many random strangers as possible. In Bill Teasle’s (the cop character) case, stay home and do pretty much the same thing.

Rambo, though, quickly saw through the scam – to the horror of it and his part in it. It made him sick in the soul. He wanted to get as far away from all of it as he could.

But Bill Teasle would not allow this.

For the “crime” of “vagrancy” – really, for showing contempt of cop – Teasle jacks Rambo up and takes him prisoner. His minions then proceed to torture him – literally – in their officially sanctioned government-approved dungeon. Whereupon Rambo explodes in a burst of self-ownership. But even then, his violence is entirely defensive.Teasle pic

Rambo never draws first blood.

He attempts to flee – to get away from his attackers. That’s all he wants. To be left alone. If they did not pursue him, he would not have harmed them. But pursue him they do – and soon learn the consequences of visiting aggressive violence upon an individual who is capable of defending himself.

In its own way, then, Rambo is a highly subversive film – like the more recent Matrix series.  Authority is stripped naked of its euphemisms and cant, revealed for what it is: The few ruling over the many, abusing and exploiting them. Rambo (and Neo and Morpheus) awake to the reality of things and rebel.rambo 3

As a kid, I enjoyed watching Bugs Bunny (the original) for similar reasons. Bugs was on to the con. He always outsmarted idiots and bullies, who are invariably official idiots and bullies.

Just a thought as we get closer to the Farce of July. The day when we’re expected to go through the pathetic pantomime of celebrating “our freedoms” . . . with firecrackers we’re not allowed to buy in most states.

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  1. Farce of July! So true.

    Anthony Cumia fired from Sirius private radio, because clovers will never leave anyone alone, anywhere. Gorilla bitch gets to punch him in the face and side of the head multiple times, he’s not allowed to negatively comment on it tho. Damn dirty apes. (some of them, they’re individuals of course)

    The internet is well censored now, too, where the fuck are the uncensored tweets. GOT FUCKIN DAMMIT.

    http://pix11.com/2014/07/04/opie-and-anthony-host-anthony-cumia-fired-after-racist-twitter-outburst/

    http://www.laughspin.com/2014/07/04/anthony-cumia-fired-why-racist-twitter-rant-led-to-firing-from-opie-and-anthony-siriusxm-show/

    Fuck Sirius XM – I hope they lose a shitload of subscribers. And fuck YOU if you think Sirius XM made a good decision here, fuck you.

    Cumia is a racist. But he’s our racist. He has racist beliefs but he doesn’t do racist actions. At this point in his career the only people left listening were people like me that accept ant is racist and that’s part of what makes him interesting.

    When anthony says ‘animals’ and ‘savages’ he is referring to violent gang culture and the like- something that is a legitimate issue and way too disproportionate in its numbers. He treats black people with utmost courtesy. It’s like Chris Rocks famous ‘nigga’ bit.

    Anthony also posted the photo’s he took and the ones with the overreacting psycho in them were fine.

    People who agree with decisions like this are ruining the entertainment industry. Even if you hate somebody they should never be fired for something said online or in a conversation away from their work. It’s censorship and thought policing and it is disgusting.

    You can’t even trash a heckler in a comedy club in some places without risk of being arrested. If everybody just keeps getting rid of stuff they don’t like then eventually we will have nothing left.

    American Niggas – Finally Went Full Retard
    http://www.quickmeme.com/img/9c/9c9094a3847e822dc260367d0b5829c1096d3a1cc9c45367dadccdc3f42faa70.jpg

  2. Dear Inconsistencies,
    Those lyrics come from someone like me, an amateur who transcribed a favorite song into the cloud. And then 100 other lyrics sites copied and pasted it.

    If you show me the right lyrics I’ll click on the “submit corrections link” and probably they’ll edit them. I see what you mean: “plug” and so on seem wrong, but I don’t know the right ones myself, and the other sites I checked had the same errors.

    They are my new favorite though, and here are some more songs by them, some are also in Office Space. (In a way, Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta is my life code[only a NAP compliant NO RED MARKET VIOLENCE Agora Gangsta in my spare time gray/black market of course])

    Geto Boys – My Mind Playing Tricks On Me
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KutXyPEEbQs

    (Sorry Eric, this isn’t music, it’s just chanting, and my “Mind Playing Tricks” on me.)

    Geto Boys – Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IJCFc_qkHw

    http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/getoboys/damnitfeelsgoodtobeagangsta.html

    Feels Good To Be A Gangsta – Office Space Initech
    http://vimeo.com/56886652

    part of verse 1
    And everythings cool in the mind of a gangsta
    Cuz gangsta-ass niggas think deep
    Up three-sixty-five a year 24/7
    Cuz real gangsta ass niggas don’t sleep
    And all I gotta say to you
    Wannabe, gonnabe, coochie-eatin’, jealous hearted prankstas
    Cuz when the fry dies down what the fuck you gonna do
    Damn it feels good to be a gangsta

    part of verse 2
    Damn it feels good to be a gangsta
    Feedin’ the poor and hepin out wit they bills
    Although I was born in Jamaica
    Now I’m in the US makin’ deals

    part of verse 3
    Real gangsta-ass niggas don’t talk much
    All ya hear is the black from the gun blast
    And real gangsta-ass niggas don’t run for shit
    Cuz real gangsta-ass niggas can’t run fast

    part of verse 4
    And now, a word from the President!
    Damn it feels good to be a gangsta
    Gettin voted into the White House
    I promise to take you very far
    Other leaders better not upset me
    Or I’ll send a million troops to die at war

    • Edit:
      “The Unseen” – Geto Boys

      [Intro: Scarface Talking]
      (Legalizing abortion), ain’t that a bitch? !
      (Ugh)

      [Scarface:]
      These busted ass (hoes) are going crazy
      You might as well take (cocked blunts [guns maybe?] and point ’em at) babies
      And watch their motherfucking brains (split)
      And take the (rap) for the murder you did, you son of a bitch
      Cause killing babies ain’t gank
      (Suppose) your mamma would’ve flushed your ass down her ass crack
      You (dumb) ass (hoes) with no hope for (…)
      Killing babies ain’t shit, (you wanna vote for)
      They’re just trying to wipe (our) ass out
      (Course) the niggaz be the ones with their bellies all poked out
      (Want your life to be decided) by another
      You need to pass me a gat, and let me kill some of you motherfuckers
      That’s why I’m (glad we got) niggaz
      But this world would be fucked if it was ran by you stupid bitches
      At least give the kids a chance
      And if you’re going unprotected, keep your pussy in your (pants)
      Cause you (hoes would) get the guillotine
      If I (was a judge) for one of you bitches killing off the unseen

      [Bushwick Bill:]
      What the fuck is this protesting?
      Legalizing killing babies and shit with no question
      Police beating up the (priests Gotti)
      Cause they were praying for the unseen dead bodies
      And us niggaz ain’t playing that game, bitch
      Fuck George Bush (for supportin’ that lame) shit
      And While I’m at him fuck (Wade) too [as in Roe vs Wade]
      Little (murder) more innocent (kids incorporated) bitch you
      Get the dick out of your mouth
      And wake up because you’re sending these kids to the slaughter house
      Instead of sending (our) niggaz to the meat cutter
      You need to send some of these gay motherfuckers (ugh)
      (Now) listen to me ladies: How come you’re killing (’em)
      But don’t (bury) your little babies?
      Now, think about that!
      They bring your ass some blood wrapped up in a paper sack
      Wake up from this motherfucking dream
      [Scarface:] And Do what?
      And Stop killing the unseen

      [Big Mike:]
      (Pat) got pregnant, now she is off to the bathroom
      To get the baby (sucked) out () her ass with (a) vacuum
      Label her (a) killer, (her and the doctor that’s doin’ it)
      Shouldn’t had your ass out screwing, bitch
      Unprotected, getting that sperm injected
      Now you wanna cry cause (you) pregnant!
      They need to pass (a) bill
      (And) stop all these babies getting killed
      (Bitches) getting pregnant (for a) thrill
      But they won’t stop it
      Cause (everybody’s) in it for a profit
      Politicians looking at their pockets
      And this shit is (senseless)
      People getting (rich in) this baby killin’ business
      We need to get a grip and chill
      And stop sending our unseen to the killing field

      [Interlude: Scarface]
      Ugh, and you know what Big Mike?
      We gotta talk about… these niggaz who, you know…
      Let these girls go through this shit though, right? !
      You know what I’m saying?
      Now, break that shit off

      [Big Mike:]
      What’s happening my nigga; what’s happening my man?
      I know what you’re thinking, I know your motherfucking plan
      Run, run, run from your motherfuckin’ duties
      Didn’t want the baby but you wanted the bitch’s booty

      [Scarface:]
      Fuck her then forgot her, get her (pregnant) then (you) quit her
      Told her have an abortion or you ain’t getting back with her

      [Big Mike:]
      Another baby dying, another bitch crying
      Another nigga lying when he needs to be frying

      [Scarface:]
      For (joining?) in the murder, he never meant to hurt her
      But now she had the baby, all he did was desert her

      [Big Mike:]
      (Exit) out, (kick) her to the curb and (dump) her
      Dumb motherfucker, ain’t you heard of a rubber
      And if not a rubber, (responsibility)
      Nigga wake up and stop killing the unseen

      Makes more sense, huh?

  3. <a href="http://www.motherearthnews.com/~/media/Images/MEN/Editorial/Articles/Magazine%20Articles/2012/06-01/Lessons%20From%20the%20Vegetable%20Garden/Beautiful%20And%20Abundant%20Dung%20Beetle.jpg&quot; a lovely dungle beetle and his precious dung

    http://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/vegetable-garden-zm0z12jjzcom.aspx

    Though the dung beetle’s work might seem like a crappy job to us, in the beetle’s world, this labor-intensive ball is soon to become a nursery.

    The garden teaches us the value of extravagant diversity: We plant lots of seeds and experiment generously. An extravagant garden is an adaptable garden.

    At the same time, nature teaches us the value and necessity of frugality. When fate doesn’t provide the right resources, a species survives by conserving its resources and waiting for the right opportunity.

  4. This looks amazing, and fits Eric’s dream of living away from this demented world.

    Tho Betelgeuse is 640 light years away, and nearing the end of its life, it’s still a nice idea, to get clear of all the inhabited star systems we’ll soon be limited to, once Libertarians begin their space program and the nearby skies are likewise crowded.

    Monkey Planet – Pierre Boulle.
    http://www.potamediaarchive.com/MPC.htm

    Right click and save to your desktop, it’s a 20.1MB pdf file found at the bottom of the page.

    Graphic novelization

    Or check out this excerpt, buy it for real if you like it.
    http://www.theforbidden-zone.com/books/boulle.shtml

    What about a caste of bonobo type human women without the power of speech? Might be worth investigating what this would be like.

    Perhaps clovers would also breed into something tolerable, if they had to do things, and could no longer talk about things, because they weren’t taught to speak any longer. Just a thought.

  5. Total fertility rate (TFR) compares figures for the average number of children that would be born per woman if all women lived to the end of their childbearing years and bore children according to a given fertility rate at each age.

    TFR is a more direct measure of the level of fertility than the crude birth rate, since it refers to births per woman.
    https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2127rank.html

    The US is #123 out of 224. Perhaps Bevin can explain why Taiwan is #222 out of 224. Does he hate babies or something?

  6. Jhené Aiko Covers Tupac’s ‘Keep Ya Head Up’
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeEt2wy4cd8

    Even tho ya fed up, got 2 keep yo head up
    http://media-cache-cd0.pinimg.com/236x/83/93/e4/8393e416fe7549f2d235d74a58a04e21.jpg

    Look, I don’t know shit. I watch a bunch of stupid TV shows and streaming pirated media with my 2.2 gov issued fam jus like all’y’all do. Pretend to do some office paperwork because there ain’t no real work here. A few nunya things. Read a lot of words. Post a lot of words. Don’t do much of any of the big things that I know I should be doing .

    I remember how things were freer when I was younger. But then every old guy thinks the world’s gone to heck in a handbasket as he gets old. Every year his screeching moves up a few notes and gets hoarser, cause his T levels are on the decline. Maybe I just take some chill pills and things are gonna get brighter, I hope so.

    Ooh Child – Defiance Soundtrack
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prAoWpWKRkA

    Devil In The Dark.
    http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130423150443/defiance/images/1/16/Episode_103.jpg

    Irisa is forced to face a disturbing power. Defiance is attacked by Hellbugs.

    New Earth. New Rules. Defiance
    http://mindschmootz.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/trion-syfy-defiance_06.jpg

  7. Okay, little slow on the uptake, I never listened to these lyrics before, this is some 4real lyrics dog. Definitely not music, but definitely some thought provoking rhythmic chanting.

    45 million annual worldwide abortions/365 days is 123,203 deaths per day. Certainly not a harbinger of progress and good news, but a punch in the gut knocking our wind out and a boot in the face breaking our nose and separating our cheek bones from Big Brother, letting us all know that it’s he who’s running the big show and not the individual.

    Market Anarchy And Abortion
    http://francoistremblay.wordpress.com/2007/07/28/market-anarchy-and-abortion/

    “The Unseen” – Geto Boys

    [Intro: Scarface Talking]
    Legalizing an abortion, ain’t that a bitch? !
    Ugh, ugh…

    [Scarface:]
    These busted ass whores are going crazy
    You might as well take up plugs before you make babies
    And watch their motherfucking brains, stupid
    And take the rep for the murder you did, you son of a bitch
    Cause killing babies ain’t gank
    Cause your mamma would’ve flushed your ass down her ass crack
    You dump ass whores with no hope for it
    Killing babies ain’t shit, you’re on work for it
    They’re just trying to wipe her ass out
    Cause the niggaz be the ones with their bellies all poked out
    And even like to be the desolate by another
    You need to pass me a gat, and let me kill some of you motherfuckers
    That’s why I’m clear with it niggaz
    But this world would be fucked if it was ran by you stupid bitches
    At least give the kids a chance
    And if you’re going unprotected, keep your pussy in your panties
    Cause you whores will get the Guillotine
    If I would adjust for one of you bitches killing off the unseen

    [Bushwick Bill:]
    What the fuck is this protesting?
    Legalizing killing babies and shit with no question
    Police beating up the freeze cutie
    Cause they were praying for the unseen dead bodies
    And us niggaz ain’t playing that game, bitch
    Fuck George Bush, fuck the court that laying shit
    And While I’m at him fuck way too
    Little murdered more innocents cause they cooperated bitch you
    Get the dick out of your mouth
    And wake up because you’re sending these kids to the slaughter house
    Instead of sending out niggaz to the meats cutter
    You need to send some of these gay motherfuckers
    Ugh, now listen to me ladies: How come you’re killing them?
    But don’t pity your little babies
    Now, think about that!
    They bring your ass some blood wrapped up in a paper sack
    Wake up from this motherfucking dream
    [Scarface:] And Do what?
    And Stop killing the unseen

    [Big Mike:]
    Prat got pregnant, now she is off to the bathroom
    To get the baby socked out of her ass with the vacuum
    Label her killer, hide and induct her ass doing in
    Shouldn’t had your ass out screwing, bitch
    Unprotected, getting that sperm injected
    Now, you wanna cry cause you’re pregnant!
    They need to pass the bill
    To stop all these babies getting killed
    PBs getting pregnant fudge thrill
    But they won’t stop it
    Cause everybody is in it for a profit
    Politicians looking at their pockets
    And this shit is sissiness
    People getting whipped due this baby killing business
    We need to get a grip and chill
    And stop sending our unseen to the killing field

    [Interlude: Scarface]
    Ugh, and you know what Big Mike?
    We gotta talk about… these niggaz who, you know…
    Let these girls go through this shit though, right? !
    You know what I’m saying?
    Now, break that shit off

    [Big Mike:]
    What’s happening my nigga; what’s happening my man?
    I know what you’re thinking, I know your motherfucking plan
    Run, run, run from your motherfucking duties
    Didn’t want the baby but you wanted the bitch’s booty

    [Scarface:]
    Fuck her then forgot her, get her right but then you’ll quit her
    Told her have an abortion or you ain’t getting back with her

    [Big Mike:]
    Another baby dying, another bitch crying
    Another nigga lying when he needs to be frying

    [Scarface:]
    For going in the murder, he never meant to hurt her
    But now she had the baby, all he did was desert her

    [Big Mike:]
    Xed her out, kicked her to the curb and dumped her
    Dumb motherfucker, ain’t you heard of a rubber
    And if not a rubber, respite the bulleting
    Nigga; wake up and stop killing the unseen

    Market Anarchy Snippet

    First, let me mention the ways in which abortion is not relevant: as a political issue. People in a Market Anarchy would be free to organize themselves in any way desired, and that includes policies on the issue of abortion.

    Obviously a fetus cannot defend itself, neither can it delegate such a defense (for one thing, it is unable to communicate). Therefore a fetus cannot make use of its rights, and cannot be differentiated from something that does not have rights. If one cannot prove that abortion is an initiation of coercion against a person endowed with rights, then abortion must remain a matter of preference.

    Some people would want to live in places or be protected by agencies which permit abortion, others would choose to ban abortion. As long as everyone is free to choose the way he wants to live, and does not coerce anyone else into adopting a similar policy, Market Anarchy permits all options to exist.

    Because of this, we should see the issue of abortion becoming somewhat less important than it is today. In statist systems, abortion policies are decided through social warfare, with two major factions (pro and anti) battling to see their values enforced on society before the other faction does the same.

    This is called social warfare. The end result of this process is general anger and resentment towards our fellows, and a great waste of time and resources devoted to activism and politics.

    Dissolving the State and putting policy on the market, on the other hand, creates a “fence” of responsibility that makes “good neighbors.”

    • There are strong negative inducements against having kids – assuming the prospective parents are responsible, future-time minded people. It is probably deliberate. Designed to reduce the number of non-Clovers among the rising generation.

      • Ya, but you’re still kind of the father to every misfit on this blog anyway.

        The PTB try to enforce a state narrative of fathers being DNA co-transmission vessels, but it’s entirely Scheiße if you really look into it.

        Allison Iraheta – ♪ – Scars
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4f0Hid-S_Y

        Did I say something stupid? There goes one more mistake Do I bore you with my problems? Is that why you turn away? Do you know how hard I’ve tried To become what you want me to be Take me, this is all that I’ve got This is all that I’m not, all that I’ll ever be I’ve got flaws, I’ve got faults We all have our scars, we all have our scars – the only partially reconcilable father/daughter dissonance dilemma

    • Yo dawg, where’d ya get those lyrics, cause they be all f’ed up. Seriously, lots of errors.

      I used to like gangsta rap in my teens. I ripped out the back seat of my 75 Dodge Dart and put in big ass woofers. You could hear me coming from 2 blocks away. Society hated that shit. I even got a ticket once for excessively loud music. I was the terror of white suburbia, let me tell you!

      I matured, my taste in music shifted… I still like to listen to it every once in a while for old time’s sake. But not in front of my kids. They’ll rebel in their own way, no need to push them in any certain direction.

  8. My mother is adopted, had she been born more recently, would she have still ended up for a few years with the nuns, or in the hospital incinerator I wonder? I wouldn’t be here then, either, I suppose.

    My abortion is in 6 days, help me reddit
    http://www.reddit.com/r/prochoice/comments/1v29b5/my_abortion_is_in_6_days_help_me_reddit/

    The “well thought out” reasoning of a pro choicer
    http://i.imgur.com/wpw0Mqm.jpg

    This is not a human being
    http://i.imgur.com/1j33h2J.jpg

    http://www.reddit.com/r/Adoption/top/

    http://www.reddit.com/r/birthparents/top/

    http://www.reddit.com/r/prolife/top/

    Go to reddit, just pick a nick and a password, no verification, and debate away. Then also vote up and comment on this site’s articles when you have a chance.

  9. William Godwin is considered one of the first exponents of utilitarianism, and the first modern proponent of anarchism.

    He is the author of the first mystery novel. He was married to Mary Wollstonecraft – best known for A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), in which she argues that women are not naturally inferior to men, but appear to be only because they lack education. She suggests that both men and women should be treated as rational beings and imagines a social order founded on reason.

    This does seem like a fertile battleground where we should have an advantage. Slay their utilitarian irrationalities with the anarchisms and reason based femnisms of the founders of their school of reason.

    The other normative ethics we can attack them over, is consequentialism.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consequentialism#Consequentialist_philosophies

    “From a consequentialist standpoint, a morally right act (or omission from acting) is one that will produce a good outcome, or consequence.

    In an extreme form, the idea of consequentialism is commonly encapsulated in the English saying, “the ends justify the means”, meaning that if a goal is morally important enough, any method of achieving it is acceptable.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_consequentialism

    State Consequentialists believe that morality is based on “promoting the benefit of all under heaven and eliminating harm to all under heaven.”

    State consequentialism is not utilitarian because it is not hedonistic or individualistic. The importance of outcomes that are good for the community outweigh the importance of individual pleasure and pain.

    Spock – Vulcan Ethics Quotes
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dMBS4Kvhuw

    http://www.marketaz.co.uk/StarTrek/Vulcan/Spock.html

    “To be Vulcan, means to adopt a philosophy, a way of life which is logical and beneficial. We can not disregard that philosophy merely for personal gain – no matter how important that gain may be.”

  10. Anarchism is nature. Nature is good. Anarchism is good.

    Fantastic Fungi: The Forbidden Fruit
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDkR2HIlEbc

    Paul Stamets is definitely a fun guy
    http://www.fungi.com/about-paul-stamets.html

    Street Luge
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNJrjoyZI5E

    Beauty of Pollination
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQiszdkOwuU

    NYC bike messenger – a market actor in motion
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sj1-218EnvY

    – If you observe and come to really understand nature, then you’ll truly understand anarchism and the natural free interaction of cooperating human beings

  11. Don’t let math scare you away. The PTB of science go to great lengths to intimidate and complicate what is often simple and intuitive to understand.

    Working on cars requires mathematical understanding, but not by no means in the equational, differential calculusian way they say is required.

    Without mathematical precision and excellence, these internet packets would never have been perfectly distributed throughout the web with near instantaneous delivery and total arithmetic accuracy.

    TED – Technology Entertainment Design

    Gratitude
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXDMoiEkyuQ

    Nature’s beauty can be easily missed, time-lapse photography, and powerful words from a monk combine to serve as a meditation on being grateful for every day.

    That’s the purpose of anarchism. To remain free to pick and choose from many varied viewpoints and modes of cooperation as you see fit.

    This video needs technological infrastructure, electric power sources, photographic devices, social media platform, and even an old school monk’s simple philosophy.

      • Fortunately, you can stuff your head full of healthy and junk science however you please. I just plucked these after reading about them in a science zine.

        There is no authority or dialectic arena where one is found to be right that I’m aware of.

        Winners see their science turned into technology.
        Placers see their science used to solve problems.
        Showers see their science successfully predicted outcomes in advance.

        EU
        http://www.electricuniverse.info/Introduction

        Wal Thornhill – being listed on Velikovsky probably means fringe theory, so of course I’ll will read more
        http://www.velikovsky.info/Wal_Thornhill

        Velikovsky Encyclopedia all pages
        http://www.velikovsky.info/Special:AllPages

        The Saturn Theory is the idea based on comparative mythology, that the Earth was once in closer proximity, or even a satellite of the planet Saturn, which appeared like a sun.

        Many thousands of years ago but still within human memory, Earth might have been a satellite of Saturn. We are now supposing that the Central Fire was Saturn, that Earth was in orbit around Saturn and always kept the same face toward Saturn, and that Saturn and the Earth revolved around the Sun in one “year”.

        Day and night would be solar phenomena, but caused by the revolution of Earth around Saturn. Even at night Saturn would provide illumination to the part of Earth that always faced Saturn.

        Saturn – fixed at the celestial pole – loomed massively overhead, a central sun venerated by all mankind. Evidence exists for a Saturnian “polar configuration” as the source of early civilization’s dominant symbols.

  12. Bill Withers Wednesdays

    grandma’s hands
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv5pagal-ls

    aint no sunshine
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIdIqbv7SPo

    use me
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVy5yOs0NSA

    lovely day
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYi7uEvEEmk

    Best bird in Vegas, hands down is the great-tailed grackle. There’s one here if you’re up early enough that does a pretty good imitation of one of those cheap car alarms, you know the one that cycles through all manner of annoying sounds every 3 seconds or so and everyone ignores.

    great-tailed grackle
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4ZMcFxoa8g

    common grackle
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WHssylmUos

  13. The Boston Anarchists are opposed to mob rule.

    For this reason they are opposed to the State, whose rule is nothing less than mob rule, since all arbitrary rule which is enforced by brutal agencies is mob rule. The State, then, is the chief of mobbists.

    Henry Appleton-The Boston Anarchists-Liberty, 1886
    http://archive.today/O9edL

    Plausible Futures
    http://plausiblefutures.com/

    Society for Venturism
    http://www.venturist.info/

    10,000 Commandments
    http://cei.org/10kc

    Self-possession vs. ‘self-ownership’

    If ‘I own myself’, this entails I am both a slave and a master/ruler. If I reject both rulership and slavery, it is not then possible that I own myself and accept that I am free of domination.

    It is not necessary for myself to assert my ‘self-ownership’ to defend myself or pursue my own interests; the fact of my bodily possession and my interests as an organism is more than sufficient for self-defense, as any animal will readily react with fight or flight if necessary.

    Any theoretical additions to establish a justification of self-defense and pursuit of self-interest would appear to be redundant/superfluous to what is already sufficient for any organism.

    http://darjeelingzen.blogspot.com/

    Frontpage – inside every liberal is a totalitarian screaming to get out
    http://www.frontpagemag.com/

    • Re: Beijing tightening grip over HK. I for one am not about to shed any tears.

      As Larkin Rose put it, “Minarchism: Great Start, Horrible Finish.”

      All minarchist states eventually become maxarchist states. This includes quasi-minarchist states that were already at one time maxarchist states, such as Mainland China under Mao.

      But it also includes ultra-minarchist political entities such as HK. Even if Beijing doesn’t t swallow up HK today, HK will go the way of ‘Murca tomorrow. Unless the sheeple become anarchists, they will eventually vote themselves into slavery by means of “free and fair elections.”

  14. Actually this post is pretty timely.

    The police brutality whistleblower websites have reported quite a few incidents of veterans being hassled and even murdered by LEOs after coming home.

    If one day, a scaled up Rambo showdown occurs, no one should be surprised.

    • The most significant aspect of Rambo, is his image and words are conveyed to us through a market process.

      Diverse humans got together and decided to bring a version of David Morrell’s First Blood story to an audio visual format.

      There were no politicians or bureaucrats there during the creation phase. They always come skulking and slavering along later, when the little red hen has finished making something of value. Like officious vulture eagles, they swoop and muscle in and snatch their carcass portion and lord their power under the doctrine of the devil take the hindsmost.

      http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/358400.html

      This entertainment format uses all manner of expertise and talent with human actors portraying selected dialog and events which are captured in the medium of film.

      This underlying type of market offering was then shown if films where tickets were sold, beverages, popcorn, and candy were consumed. Then copies were made and sold for replay on smaller screens in the public’s homes.

      Rambo – making of the screenplay data capture
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Blood

      Everything, cars, motorcycles, homes, personal wealth, all that’s worth talking about, is a part of a market process.

      Accordingly an important market action we can take, is to redefine all concepts in exclusively market terms.

      Roads are a fiction forced upon us by bloodsucking parasites.

      But market routes have existed for forever. Learn to think correctly. When you exit your dwelling, in your internal combustion chariot, you are using market routes.

      These paved pathways exist because they take you to other people with whom you might trade or cooperate with.

      Statist is as statist does. And thinks and speaks.

      Life is like any number of products, services, and transactions you might willingly undergo. You can have control over what you get, if you dare choose it to be so.

      Forrest Gump was not a smart man. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be. To hell with what Mama said. What do you say?

      Forget them, you don’t need them. You don’t need to think about drawing first, last, or any blood, they are as nothing. Your body is only 10% human by cell count, and 90% other, but you only think about the part that’s you, right?

      Use this same logic as you live day to day. What matters is the 10% that’s freely chosen and done as a self owner. Let that which is not you, worry about itself without your assistance or unwarranted concern.

      • Dear Tor,

        I happened to catch a clip of Rambo III (Rambo goes to Afghanistan) yesterday.

        It was definitely NOT libertarian.

        It was Charlie Wilson style war-mongering.

        • The 1990 Guinness World Records deemed Rambo III the most violent film ever made, with 221 acts of violence, at least 70 explosions, and over 108 characters killed on-screen

          Films have become so much more violent since, that it’s not even mentioned in modern lists. Films are more statist as well, with nearly every plot centered on either the military, police, or government.

          Cannibal Holocaust is number one now.

          That’s actually a more accurate name for government and the state, come to think of it.

          Cannibal Holocaust.

          That’s how people should greet each other.

          Hi my name’s Tor. I was born in 1967. I’m currently a captive of the United States Cannibal Holocaust.

      • Dear Tor,

        I’m not sure how violent it was. I saw it first run when it first came out many moons ago. Frankly, “violence” per se has never been the issue for me.

        I would distinguish between

        1. stories that depict private individuals resorting to defensive or retaliatory acts of violence. Example: The Outlaw Josey Wales

        and

        2. stories that glorify state violence. Example: Any Fox Network “copsucker” show

        Big, big difference.

        Category 1 could show a gut-wrenching bloodbath, with dead bodies piling up like cordwood, but still be morally uplifting.

        Category 2 could show some clover “Child Protective Services” officer unjustly dragging a child away from a parent, and that would be so morally repellent as to be unwatchable.

        I for one, look forward to a futuristic SF movie that shows a Ragnar Danneskjold type protagonist mowing down goonvermin thugs.

        • I’m watching it right now, or at least pieces of it.

          I’m with you on the individual part, maybe even to a greater extent. I like to see an individual win against the collective, even if he isn’t heroic in any other way.

          To me, that’s the market winning. With freedom, with enough time, any person will generally improve and become good in his own way, if only he retains sole proprietorship of himself.

          Rambo III Script
          http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/movie_script.php?movie=rambo-iii

          Rambo III Taglines:
          The first was for himself. The second for his country. This time it’s to save his friend.

          God would have mercy. John Rambo won’t!

          John Rambo! Yesterday, I’ve seen you stick fighting in a warehouse in Bangkok. And today I find you, working in a monastery.

          JR: They let me live here and I help out, fixing things.

          And the stick fighting?

          JR: I just do that for their lack of money.

          Yeah…I saw you give it to the monks.

          John Rambo [Reply to the Afghan freedom fighter who inquired if he had used guns in the past] I’m no tourist.

          Colonel Trautman [tries to convince Rambo to join him in Afghanistan] There was a sculptor. He found this stone, a special stone. He dragged it home and he worked on it for months until he finally finished it. When he was ready he showed it to his friends. They said he had created a great masterpiece, but the sculptor said he hadn’t created anything. The statue was always there, he just chipped away the rough edges. He just cleared away to small pieces. We didn’t make you
          this fighting machine. We just shifted away the rough edges. Your own is gonna be tearing away with yourself, until you come to terms with what you are! Until you come full circle.

          Trautman: Yeah, well, there won’t be a victory. Every day, your war machines lose ground to a bunch of poorly-armed, poorly-equipped freedom fighters. The fact is that you underestimated your competition. If you’d studied your history, you’d know that these people have never given up to anyone. They’d rather die than be slaves to an invading army. You can’t defeat a people like that. We tried; we already had our Vietnam! Now you’re gonna have yours.

          Mousa: This is Afghanistan… Alexander the Great try to conquer this country… then Genghis Khan, then the British. Now Russia. But Afghan people fight hard, they never be defeated. Ancient enemy make prayer about these people… you wish to hear?

          It says, “May God deliver us from the venom of the Cobra, teeth of the tiger, and the vengeance of the Afghan.” Understand what this means?

          Rambo: That you guys don’t take any shit?

        • Dear Tor,

          In retrospect Rambo III was a real embarrassment.

          The speech Trautman gives the Russian officer about “… we already had our Vietnam! Now you’re gonna have yours.” got a pass — at the time. The US was only supplying the Afghans with Stingers at the time.

          But when the USSA forgot the “lesson of Vietnam” and put boots on the ground in Afghanistan, Trautman’s history lesson became the height of irony.

          • Morning, Bevin!

            The most recent installment – just “John Rambo,” IIRC – was pretty good. More like the first one. Rambo is retired; living a quiet life among the monks. He ends up trying to help a group of well-meaning but disastrously naive missionaries. Unlike the hired mercenaries who also go in, Rambo isn’t doing it for money – or political reasons. He sees assholes – and kills them.

            I can get behind that!

          • Dear Eric,

            Yes! I agree.

            It’s real hit or miss.

            Not sure whether David Morrell, the author of the original novel “First Blood” wrote any of the sequels or not.

            Often screenwriters specially hired hijack the original plot and characters and do their own thing with them.

            I could research it, but I can’t be bothered. Not important enough.

          • Dear Eric,

            I just finished watching a 10 part miniseries by Oliver Stone, entitled “The Untold History of the United States.”

            It’s definitely a mixed bag. Stone as I’m sure most people who read EPA know, is a liberal social democrat.

            He’s anti-war, so that’s good. But he sees no problem robbing some people at gunpoint to provide “social benefits” to others.

            His expose of the Military Industrial Complex and Neocons is good. But his adulation of the New Deal at home and Marxist revolutionaries abroad gets old really fast.

          • Damn, forgot to mention the connection.

            Stone uses clips from many Hollywood films to illustrate public attitudes during the periods of war he covers.

            He included clips from his own film “Platoon,” and from a couple of the”Rambo” films.

  15. I think it’s fair to say that First Blood was libertarian.

    I’m not sure whether the author David Morrell is a dyed in the wool libertarian or not. I’d have to read more of his output to be sure.

    But I read First Blood the novel years before Stallone came out with the film version. And what Eric says about the film version also applies to the novel, if memory serves.

  16. Some other movies and shows that have anti-state leanings (and that I absolutely love):

    Smokey and the Bandit
    The Dukes of Hazzard
    Commando
    Ghostbusters
    The Matrix (as mentioned)
    Hunger Games
    No Country for Old Men
    The Walking Dead
    Jack Reacher

    That’s just off the top of my head. I’d love to get other suggestions that I haven’t thought of or even seen yet.

    • Just want to comment on the Jack Reacher mention. Having read quite a few of the Reacher series of books, in no way, shape, form or fashion is the Jack Reacher character libertarian. He will help the gov thug scrum if he determines they are OK by his standard. He does help the disadvantaged against non gov thugs or what he considers to be corrupt gov thugs but by and large he is OK with gov. Note in the Tom Cruise portrayed Jack Reacher movie, the character pledged to put the perp away permanently using the state. Instead found the perp was framed by someone else and cleared the alleged perp of the charges. So….

      Jus mah tew scents.

      David

      • Very true. I haven’t read the books, but I liked some of the subtle messages in the movie. I especially liked the part where he was in the car running from the cops, ditches the car, let’s it roll slowly down the street, then blends into the crowd of onlookers. Then a couple of guys in the crowd give him a jacket and hat and help him hide. That was beautiful. In the movie, Reacher was disgruntled with the state, but was willing to use it as a tool to get to the truth.

    • I watched “The Lego Movie” this weekend with my grandsons. Believe it or not, a fairly strong anti-establishment message – why do something just because the ‘rules’ say so? – which goes right over the kids heads, for now at least. Maybe its planting seeds.

      • My kids got that movie this weekend, but I have yet to watch it. I have heard conflicting reports of it’s message.

    • As David said, Reacher is not a libertarian. But as you said, the books have definite anti-state leanings. Reacher clearly does not respect authority, preferring to be guided by his morality than by what someone else says. I’ve read 13 of the books, and he has never taken any crap from cops. In fact, he’s beaten the hundscheiss out of quite a few, including 3 FBI agents in the last one I read. He’s also pretty consistently shown total disrespect for politicians. And in one book, he defended deserters from the Army during the Iraq/Afghanistan wars. He does cooperate with cops from time to time, but only those who are bucking the system.

      Whatever Reacher’s political views, which are never made explicit, I enjoy the books immensely.

  17. Very interesting take. I like it.
    How would you analyze the entire series, then? Meaning, all 4 movies. First Blood was good, and certainly can be fit to the narrative. Rambo 2 & 3, I don’t really see, except perhaps as, “Better the devil you know,” or, “Deal with worse enemy first.” or “free the Oppressed wherever.”
    The final installment, though, which supposedly takes you full circle? That I’m not sure of.

    What about the earlier film which Rambo was based on? Can’t recall the name now, and IMDB doesn’t work behind the corporate firewall…. I’ll have to go hunting again. It followed a similar premise, except that the vet runs into the sheriff’s daughter first. He’s a grubby mess, she gets him cleaned up, and outfits him with some clothes of her late husband – who was killed in vietnam. The “Good ol’ Boys” in town take issue, proceed with the whole “hassle” bit, and drive him off – but pursue. Next thing you know, they’re chasing him on ATVs, through the woods – and getting beaten up left, right, and center. (No fatalitites as I was told.) Sheriff sits it out: his daughter’s happy, no one is really getting hurt, they’ll wear themselves out soon enough….
    I’ve never SEEN this version, so I need to find it and get more details.

    I’m also a little concerned that you might be stretching things a bit in this analysis, that Rambo isn’t really libertarian, or maybe not so appalled by what he’s done in furtherance of government aims, but rather – beaten down by the “government” destruction of his self, his ego – and the killing, maiming, crippling of so many others, especially when they then aren’t even able to get a job at home. No matter what, they – that generation, raised on tales from WW2, stories of heroism, and welcome-home parades – were treated like lepers back home, and as expendables abroad. While he wasn’t ready to deal with it by attacking people, he COULDN’T deal with it overall, and the trigger event – arrest and torture – pushed him over the edge. He decided to “vent” his frustrations on his aggressors (in a semi-planned attack – no longer defensive at that point, regardless of the pursuit and even demonstrated intent to kill in the mine), and destroy the town’s economic center (Hmm, good thing he didn’t have a box cutter, right? 😛 *) as both a distraction, and a testament to “what he could’ve done”, or just to hurt those who (a) profitted from the military involvement abroad, and (b) refused to even deal with him when he returned – viz., no jobs.

    *: It sounds similar in a sense to 9/11’s events, on a small scale. Disturbingly close in a sense, punishing those who worship mammon (money) at cost of fellow humans. Much as I hate the Muslim groups – they’ve been terrorists longer than I’ve been alive, after all – we can’t keep our nose out of their business. It’s cheaper to exploit them, and send soldiers to die….

  18. As you point out, it’s interesting that most people are actually rooting for Rambo in this movie. On some level, people seem to “get it.”

    Maybe things aren’t as lost as I think they are.

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