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Sunday, May 18, 2014

An African Adventure

It all started when YouTube analytics showed that my video PA Gun Rights Haters Show Their Intolerance was embedded at GunSite South Africa. I promptly joined the forum. On May 5th I noticed a thread titled “To vote or not to vote.......” discussing participating in their upcoming May 7th elections. Nonvoting being one of my favorite topics I jumped in urging people to give up voting. After declaring that my post was “...some of the stupidest shit I have ever read” a moderator asked “Are you a 'sovereign citizen'?”. Later, after being accused of advocating inaction, some Lysander Spooner seemed appropriate. Here's what I posted:

...people rule you because you accept being ruled. Politicians have power because people like you think they should have it. Voting is part of the mechanism to get you to accept that rule. Stop being fooled by elections. Remember what the doctors say, first do no harm. Participating in elections does harm. It isn't taking action for good. It is doing what the power hungry govt wants you to do.

Modern democracy isn't about individuals it's about institutions. Politicians come & go, you get to vote for them. Institutions remain, you don't get to vote for them. Power is in the institutions not the individuals. They want you to think that power is with the individual holding office. That is the big fraud that you're falling for.

Nonvoting isn't a protest, it is a first step in rejecting an institution, namely the state. We need to mentally separate people from the govt. Only once they do that will they resist it in other ways. Real power is controlling money. As long as the govt can force us to pay for their operations they control us. Voting doesn't matter. Resisting taxation is the key to restoring liberty.

"That every man who puts money into the hands of a "government" (so called), puts into its hands a sword which will be used against himself, to extort more money from him, and also to keep him in subjection to its arbitrary will."


BTW, an experience that taught me a lot was living in Venezuela. I was there when they elected Hugo Chavez. Tell me again how well voting works.

From that my nemesis the moderator somehow decided that I was indeed a sovereign citizen! “And surprise surprise he is a sovereign citizen.”, he posted. (For the record I've never had anything to do with the sovereign citizen movement.) In the next comment someone asks “Soooooo. We all need to become anarchists?”. At least that commenter seemed to get were I was coming though his subsequent comments showed that he was just conflating sovereign citizens and anarchists. There followed some of the usual nonsense about 
who would build roads and the like then a comment from a second moderator announcing my banning. (At least I did get one supportive comment.) Now when one clicks on my profile one sees this:

An 88? My first thought was that it was some kind of South African insult. A little research turned up that an 88 is a Nazi. (For the record I am not now nor have I ever been a Nazi.) Had all of this been true it would have been quite an accomplishment being a sovereign citizen, an anarchist, and a Nazi all at the same time! These South African guys have a lot to learn not only about political ideologies but also about free and open discussion. At least their ignorance made for an interesting cyber-safari.


  1. It is a sign of how much they fear your comment that they ban you - well done.

    1. Thanks, PH. I know I can be controversial but being banned like this is ridiculous.

  2. Not only is it a sign of how much they fear you, it's proof positive that my objectivist friend is objectively correct!

  3. Wear it as a "badge of honor," Darren.

  4. Evolution selects for stupidity and authoritarianism. By stupid I do not mean mentally deficient, but unwilling or unable to learn from any source other than authority, at least after sexual maturity

    In the book 1984, the interrogator says to Winston smith:
    "If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever."

    In 2009 I was motivated to write a 6600 word essay that I called orwells boot. I was quite pleased, when I did a search about a year later, on the two words orwells boot, that my article was on the first page of google. It is now number 1, after paid links, on all search engines, usually under the name factotum666. Just enter the two words orwells boot.

    You may enjoy the read. Be sure to follow the link to

    I attempt to show the underlying reasons for the problems that we have and the situations that you do not like. To Wit, why so many people are so obedient to authority, and so resistant to learning new stuff that does not come from authority. I think that I make a convincing argument that nature has made us that way. There are exceptions, but like societies that have no religion, they are few and far between. Like those societies, they are also remarkably free of crime and peaceful.

    So the question now becomes not "what is right", or "what do I like", but "how do we change things?" since it will require much more than simply educating people.

    While working on my book / project I have concluded that the problem is not government or religion. It is hierarchy. Hierarchy came out of agriculture and property ownership. Property ownership is not, of itself, bad. We need to change our cultures from being hierarchies to being networks. Hierarchies almost always focus, amplify, and create stupid, bad psychopathy, and obedience. Networks are, by their nature, hostile environments for all of these pathologies. Create networks.

    I am very open to constructive criticism. I can be contacted at dpaladin at ix dot netcom dot com. But you will have to prove that you are human. If you fail to get a response, please try again.