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Posted by M. C. on October 31, 2022

“Better that right counsels be known to enemies than that the evil secrets of tyrants should be concealed from the citizens. They who can treat secretly of the affairs of a nation have it absolutely under their authority; and as they plot against the enemy in time of war, so do they against the citizens in time of peace.”

― Baruch Spinoza

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Thus Always To Tyrants

Posted by M. C. on February 26, 2022

The left wing of Western polities has embraced authoritarianism as its ethos. Concern for personal liberty and society’s fabric are now condemned as hateful and seditious and likely the product of sinister foreign agents. Liberal ideas about free and open debate and honest disagreement are rejected,  replaced by the clenched fist of the state. The CIA’s “Deep Dive” program has been collecting information on U.S. citizens for years.

by Scott McPherson

In 2018, U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) made headlines when he casually referred to “nukes” as a reasonable way to arbitrate a dispute with millions of Americans who might resist enforcement of a federal ban on the private ownership of semiautomatic rifles. “It’s not the 18th century,” he snarked, dismissing the notion that armed citizens were in any position to oppose his agenda. President Joe Biden, the “uniter,” needed less than six months in the White House before he was telling reporters that resistance to tyranny is a chimera among gun owners because “if you wanted or if you think you need to have weapons to take on the government, you need F-15s and maybe some nuclear weapons.”

Biden and Swalwell, and plenty of other politicians, speak like Roman emperors these days, as if they were destined to bring fire and sword, to rule or ruin. They falsely pledge fidelity to a Constitution they consider well beneath their loftier ambitions. Bigger and more powerful government has led inevitably to more interference in the lives of the people, who see their freedom and living standards slipping away. Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the country is “off on the wrong track,” according to a recent Reuters/Ipsos survey. Events in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and throughout the Western world reveal a universal contempt held by “progressive” politicians for the people they claim to serve. 

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Humanity as it Exists Today Is Facing Extinction – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on January 6, 2022

By Gary D. Barnett

“The tyrant, who in order to hold his power, suppresses every superiority, does away with good men, forbids education and light, controls every movement of the citizens and, keeping them under a perpetual servitude, wants them to grow accustomed to baseness and cowardice, has his spies everywhere to listen to what is said in the meetings, and spreads dissension and calumny among the citizens and impoverishes them, is obliged to make war in order to keep his subjects occupied and impose on them permanent need of a chief.”

~ Aristotle

What Aristotle understood about tyrants and the weakness and pathetic nature of man over 2,400 years ago, still holds true today. What this means is that with all that time passed, all that history, all the benefit of the great thinker’s minds over thousands of years, modern ‘education,’ modern technology, and every opportunity for a human awakening, the common man has not advanced intellectually, nor has he succeeded concerning any quest to affirm his own freedom. Reality suggests, in fact, that humanity has not actually progressed at all, but has descended deeper into a state of chaotic ignorance.

Considering this long term habituated state of being, how then can any critical thinking individual expect humanity as a whole to suddenly change during this current totalitarian onslaught against individual freedom? Throughout history, some countries and some parts of the world, were under more brutal and tyrannical rule than others, but some collective freedom did always exist briefly in certain societies. This always led to a ‘hope’ that the possibility of liberty was just around the corner, or at least attainable to those willing to fight for it. This of course was never assured or achieved because the populations of these less-abused societies were never willing to face the truth, or to take full responsibility or risk for their own well-being. Real freedom can never exist so long as governments continue to rule over others, regardless of what governing structure is in place, but the perception that freedom remained attainable for the crowd was kept alive. Was this by design?

The major difference today is that this attempted fascist and communistic takeover is a total global effort, so virtually every country on earth is under siege by evil governing forces and those who control them. In other words, there is a concerted effort by the so-called master class, to assure a global takeover of humanity, thereby stifling any and all thought of individual thought and freedom among the collective masses. There is only one sanctuary in a world such as this, and that sanctuary can only exist in the intellectually mature psyche and souls of free-thinking independent individuals. If the few can rule the many, why then cannot the billions defeat the ruling cabal attempting to destroy humanity as it exists today? The threat of human destruction should have been recognized by most all as inevitable long ago considering all historical accounts of totalitarian aggression, not to just those few who have had the courage to face the truth.

War has been used for thousands of years to subdue and control the masses, all in the name of safety. The threat of war will continue to be an arrow in the quiver of the ruling monsters, just as is being witnessed today with the aggressive posturing by the U.S against Russia, China, and much of the rest of the world. But conventional war has ceased to be the first tool of tyranny, as now the bogus threat of non-existent ‘viruses’ and plagues, created division, and purposely stoked hatred have become the ‘modern’ methods of warfare. Modern war is no longer war against far away imagined enemies using guns and bullets under the guise of nationalism, but war directed specifically against the domestic populations on a global scale. This tactic not only allows for total control over societies, but also allows for mass murder by the state of its own citizenry, which is democide. One of the most state desired benefits of this atrocious approach to killing, is that it allows the rulers to target specific individuals or groups that are falsely made out to be a threat to government and the public. All those said to be out of favor with the ruling class are said to be a danger to the status quo, causing at the same time due to unending propaganda, the frightened general population to support aggression toward those brave enough to stand against the state.

The very people that could save humanity will be the targeted classes. This will include truthtellers, whistleblowers, dissenters, courageous anti-vaxxers, freedom advocates, honest protesters against the state, and all others not willing to be obedient fools and lay down and bow to heinous false authority. These are the saviors of mankind, but will be said to be the enemy of the people, when in fact they are the defenders of freedom and the enemy of tyranny.

The plan of the non-human claimed ‘elites’ and their minions in government is to depopulate this earth, murder those willing to defend themselves and others against this totalitarian takeover called “The Great Reset,’ monopolize all monetary systems and create a global digitized system in order to gain control of all money and property, alter the human genome so as to create a fully controllable cyborg society under technocratic management; all under the dishonest auspices of safety and protecting the earth from fake manmade climate change. This can be done with injectable bioweapons falsely called ‘vaccines,’ and other invasive techniques as well, but so far has mostly been accomplished by fully voluntary cooperation by the pathetic masses.

What is to come of modern man? Human problems, fears, lack of courage and conviction, desire to escape responsibility, indifference, and reliance on others instead of self, have caused not only a lessening of intellect, but also have exposed the underbelly of the miserable modern human animal. The four most evident characteristics of modern man are weakness, ignorance, dependency, and fear, and all of these traits can lead only to an empty life of servitude.

But I’m just kidding. Continue as you do, take no responsibility for self, hope and wish for better times, hide in the shadows, never put down your phone, watch only mainstream news, turn in your neighbors that do not comply with state orders, show your papers wherever you go, wear your masks, get your ‘Covid’ injection and every booster, and sing the national anthem loudly. Your “new normal” will be here before you know it!

“If you are too weak to give yourselves your own law, then a tyrant shall lay his yoke upon you and say: “Obey! Clench your teeth and obey!” And all good and evil shall be drowned in obedience to him.”

~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Gary D. Barnett [send him mail] is a retired investment professional that has been writing about freedom and liberty matters, politics, and history for two decades. He is against all war and aggression, and against the state. He recently finished a collaboration with former U.S. Congresswoman, Cynthia McKinney, and was a contributor to her new book, “When China Sneezes” From the Coronavirus Lockdown to the Global Political-Economic Crisis.” Currently, he lives in Montana with his wife and son. Visit his website.

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Erasing History and Erasing Truth: Censorship and Destroying Records Is the Cornerstone of Tyrants – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on September 19, 2020

This is not a new phenomenon, as tyrants throughout human history have censored writing and speech in order to protect their power structure. Power is always troubled by any that dare to think, and any that dare to question.


“If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.”

~ John Stuart Mill, On Liberty ch. 2 (1859)

Tyranny requires that the truth be silenced, that real history be erased and rewritten, that speech be restricted, and that individual thought be silenced. In this time of constant turmoil, false flags, wars, civil unrest, and now internal bio-terrorism and manufactured pandemics, a major agenda of the state apparatus is to silence all dissent, and mandate conformity. It is imperative considering the state’s plan for total control that it stifle criticism and retain the power to control the mainstream narrative, while aggressively eliminating all other resistance and questioning. This is the state of the world that we live in today. As things continue to deteriorate, nonconformance cannot be allowed if global governance and a global reset are to be successful.

Current censorship has reached levels not seen in the past, and with all the advanced technology available, this nefarious plot to silence the thinkers and hide the truth could affect all forms of speech. It is getting much more difficult to find truthful information, as those like Google, Amazon, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and many other venues are eliminating content and access to content at a blistering pace. A day rarely goes by without something I am reading or researching on these sites being taken down or hidden. This can only lead to a world consumed by propaganda alone, thus guaranteeing that only the state narrative will be presented in any mainstream or easily accessible format. This is a dangerous situation, especially considering the likelihood that through vaccination or other methods, much of the population could soon become subject to transhuman experimentation where injectable nanoparticles and chips could be used to alter human behavior.

This is not a new phenomenon, as tyrants throughout human history have censored writing and speech in order to protect their power structure. Power is always troubled by any that dare to think, and any that dare to question. In ancient times and not so ancient times, books were burned to keep the populace from having access to any material that was not acceptable by the throne or by the current political authority. In cases of resistance to ‘high’ authority, many were also killed by the state, and in many cases these ‘cleansings’ were targeted to the educated class, because they had the capability to think critically and express their ideas publically. Those that held power by force of arms would never allow criticism and dissent, because that could lead to hostility and insurrection by the people.

In this time of Covid and this fake virus pandemic, things have changed in part, but much is as it has always been throughout history. This is one reason that history is so important, because regardless of progress and innovation, the underlying motives of the ruling class have changed little over time. Money, power, and control have always been the key concerns of the ruling class, it is just that the methods to keep that power and control have changed. Instead of the sword and guillotine, propaganda and fear have become the primary tools used to fool the people into compliance. In order for propaganda to work, elimination of dissent is imperative. Censorship plays a huge role in any effort to gain support of the masses, because without the possibility to reach the bulk of the people, the truth tellers become marginalized, and are shunned and ridiculed as troublemakers and conspiracy theorists.

The biggest censorship push in history is taking place today, which means that the biggest propaganda push is also underway. This false flag event called the coronavirus pandemic is not about one king seeking control over his subjects, but is about the few attempting to take over the entire planet. This is a global effort that is run by the few top claimed elites, with their tentacles of power reaching almost every country on earth through control of the banks, corporations, foundations, and the entire political class system.

Many have fought and died in order to protect free speech, but all speech is now under attack by the forces of evil. If the globalists have their way, free speech will be lost forever. This is the world of the Internet and computerized system saturation. Censorship today takes on a new look meant to accomplish the same goals as in the past. Blacklisting users, blocking content, and algorithmic manipulation allow for the state to control information, and with that control of information, it stands to reason that the general public will then be easier to manipulate and keep in check. The acceptance of tracking and tracing technology, continued isolation, vaccines capable of altering the DNA structure of individuals, chips and dyes mimicking the mark of the beast, and a continued state of fear will lead to an end of normalcy. The result sought is a new order, a “new normal,” that will be totally controlled by ruling ‘experts’ claiming to be able to sustain you, protect you, appease you, meet all your needs, and eliminate your worries. This system is called technocracy, and is dependent on a societal class fully controlled by an upper class. Does this sound familiar? It should, as that is the want of all tyrants, but in this day and age, it will look much different.

All of this relies on a willing public, and in order to achieve that total compliance on a scale this large, the human spirit must be broken, and love, family, emotion, responsibility, open communication, mass gatherings, and debate must be squelched. Once the pathetic masses accept this ruse, and acquiesce to the mandates coming, they will be transformed into a machine-like state through technological manipulation said to make life easier and more convenient. A totally digitized system is necessary in order to retain constant control. This may sound outlandish, and something akin to a dystopian science fiction novel, but that is because that is exactly what it is. The new world is coming, and by eliminating truth, eliminating our historical roots, and hiding all that is real and honest, what is left is a fantasy, but this fantasy will be deadly.

Seek the truth, seek honesty, ask questions, and believe nothing unless it can be personally verified. Do not allow the takeover of your lives by these monsters claiming to be your saviors.

“There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches”.

~ Ray Bradbury – “Fahrenheit 451: A Novel,” (1953). p. 209, Simon and Schuster

Gary D. Barnett [send him mail] is a retired investment professional living and writing in Lewistown, Montana. Visit his website.

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Tyrants With Pens – Taki’s Magazine – Taki’s Magazine

Posted by M. C. on January 29, 2020

I find it strange that today’s writers resemble dictators of the past in their unwillingness to accept opinions contrary to their own.


Did any of you know that most of the 20th-century monsters—Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Ceausescu, Duvalier, and even the Ethiopian mini-Napoleon Mengistu—were rather good writers who could form better-than-average sentences that said that power grew out of the barrel of a gun? I read this in a Big Bagel weekly that was once known for its wit but is now so blinded by hate against The Donald that it’s turned into a rag, surpassed in venom only by The New York Times and CNN. I knew that Mussolini was a scribbler of notes because he wrote the editorials of his newspaper Il Popolo before he took power. “Inequality and discipline, these are the substitutes for the cries of Equality and Liberty,” wrote Il Duce. That’s telling them, Benito—them being all those American Times hacks like the lachrymose Roger Cohen and the lugubrious Paul Krugman, who as I write are undergoing nonstop colonoscopies in order to cleanse their brains of depression following the British election. Professor Klinghoffer, who is administering the procedure in his Austrian clinic, told me that the more he studies the Cohen-Krugman gray matter, the closer he’s getting to proving his theory that only people who have shit for brains can work for The New York Times.

Mind you, one never knows why some people write well and others bludgeon sentences like those men and women at The New York Times. I suppose hate for the Orange Man clouds their noggins, but then how come a monster like Stalin could write like the proverbial dream? Hitler put down “writer” as his occupation while starving and unemployed in Vienna. The two good dictators, Franco and Salazar, kept their scribbling to a minimum, as good dictators should. But I still find it amazing that Stalin loved books and plays and befriended playwrights and offered valid criticisms to prominent writers. And, when not reading or offering advice and criticism, murdered anywhere from 30 to 100 million innocent human beings.

“I find it strange that today’s writers resemble dictators of the past in their unwillingness to accept opinions contrary to their own.”

I find it strange that today’s writers resemble dictators of the past in their unwillingness to accept opinions contrary to their own. Especially in America, where different views from those of the academe or the media are strictly verboten, and we the people have to view the world through a similar lens as they do—or else. It is probably the greatest irony ever: We fought a seventy-year battle against a totalitarian system that prohibited free speech, and having won it, we adopted the very system we defeated and imposed it on ourselves. The easiest way of shutting down free speech is by using the R-word. Call someone a racist and all doors close, and needless to say no smug progressive, no arch feminist, no super-woke riffraff has failed to use it at the slightest disagreement. It’s the easiest way to impose one’s opinion since the advent of the Colt 45.

Actually we live in an age where people want to cancel other people out, to disappear them. No one ever feared Torquemada or Savonarola as much as they fear the Twitter mob today. The ultra-woke protect their sensibilities with trigger warnings, safe spaces, and crying rooms. Freedom-loving folk like yours truly are seen as freaks and fascists, long past our sell-by date. Tarzan, too, is a goner. He just got canceled back in Westchester County, N.Y. A school was planning to perform a Disney version of the jungle classic, but it was nixed after two parents blasted the play as imperialist. A white man as the king of the jungle in Africa, that’s like singing “Springtime for Hitler” for real.

Basically it is the mainstream media in America and the BBC in the U.K. that has pushed our culture way to the left. There was a time not so long ago when a Puccini opera like Turandot did not need to mask what today is considered racist, Ping, Pang, and Pong changed to Jim, Bob, and Bill, Chinese costumes into black suits, effeminate Asian men ordered not to prance around on stage. Opera is accused of a racist, sexist past. All I can say is where is Don Giovanni to run all these crapulous woke bums who come up with such crap through and through with his sword once and for all? Some bloody Chinese woman was recently screaming her head off against poor old Mickey Rooney’s portrayal of a Japanese man in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. What is next, outlawing history?

Which of course brings me to Meghan and Harry Markle. Some nonentity who goes by the name of Afua wrote that Brexit was the culprit behind their leaving: “It emboldened people who advocated for a national identity and a return to the imperial past.” Now she tells us, who knew? Actually, Meghan and Harry Markle are now free to focus on abortions for men who have transitioned to be women and other such causes. Yippee! And I can focus on Reza Aslan’s nose. He’s the CNN hack who said about a young white Catholic boy who was waiting for a bus when he was attacked by a group of minority thugs, “Have you ever seen a more punchable face?” The boy was wearing a MAGA cap. Aslan has the most punchable nose ever, and I’d love to show you how punchable, if I can ever find the bum among the garbage he hangs out with.

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Camus: The Welfare of the People Is the Alibi of Tyrants – Foundation for Economic Education

Posted by M. C. on November 8, 2019

In America, people who were once admired or held up as inspirational are now torn down (literally, in the case of statues) as too flawed in one way or another to deserve our respect or emulation. But demanding “purity” in the eye of the beholder before being willing to even consider any wisdom someone might offer can be a terrible waste.

Rejecting an insight because of words or acts unrelated to it or that do not disprove it is an error—treating an ad hominem attack as sufficient criteria for judging the quality of logic—with serious consequences. Restricting oneself to the insights of those you view as ideologically “pure” enough can offer important endorsement to the power of a valid insight.

For instance, that approach can put much of the wisdom of America’s founders “off-limits,” even though their shortcomings do not reject their insights into the importance of liberty and the corollary need to curb government.

Restricting oneself to the insights of those you view as ideologically “pure” enough can offer important endorsement to the power of a valid insight. Those who have earned reputations for correctly recognizing and acting on principles provide a degree of insurance against potential mistakes. Yet a true statement is true even when the source is “impure,” while falsehoods do not become true when stated by good men.

Camus’s Inspiring Defense of Liberty

To illustrate, someone can have a valid objection to something as wrong without having an adequate conception of what is right or of what would best correct the wrong in view. If so, your disagreement with their broader understanding or “solution” does not justify ignoring the truths they recognized. This is frequent in considerations of justice—people can often recognize when an injustice is imposed on them, but their preferred “solutions” often impose injustices on others…

From the perspective of liberty, a good example would be Albert Camus, the 1957 Nobel Laureate in Literature…

But his defense of liberty against tyranny in World War II and its aftermath was inspirational. For instance:

  • “The real passion of the twentieth century is servitude.”
  • “Political utopias justified in advance any enterprises whatever.”
  • “The welfare of the people…has always been the alibi of tyrants…giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience.”
  • “The tyrannies of today…no longer admit of silence or neutrality…I am against.”
  • “The only conception of freedom I can have is that of the prisoner or the individual in the midst of the state. The only one I know is freedom of thought and action.”
  • “Absolute domination by the law does not represent liberty, but without law there is no freedom.”
  • “Freedom is not a gift received from the State.”
  • “Freedom is not a reward or a decoration…It’s a long distance race, quite solitary and very exhausting.”
  • “Freedom is nothing else but a chance to get better, whereas enslavement is a certainty of the worse.”
  • “Liberty ultimately seems to me, for societies and for individuals…the supreme good that governs all others.”
  • “Is it possible…to reject injustice without ceasing to acclaim the nature of man and the beauty of the world? Our answer is yes.”
  • “We have to live and let live in order to create what we are.”
  • “The aim of art, the aim of a life can only be to increase the sum of freedom and responsibility to be found in every man and in the world. It cannot, under any circumstances, be to reduce or suppress that freedom.”
  • “Without giving up anything on the plane of justice, yield nothing on the plane of freedom.”
  • “More and more, when faced with the world of men, the only reaction is one of individualism. Man alone is an end unto himself.”

There are things about Albert Camus I take issue with. But it would be a shame to lose his wisdom and inspiration because of differences unrelated to their validity.

With time and energy both scarce, paying attention to those we have learned to consistently expect insight from makes a great deal of sense. It increases the chances that the time will be well spent. It expands our insights. But we cannot stop there. We can also learn from and be inspired by those who are fellow travelers only in part.

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How People Become Easily Controlled By Tyrants

Posted by M. C. on September 9, 2018

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

To whom do we attribute that?  Whose style does it remind you?  “W”, Obama, Brian Williams, Hockey Stick Mann, any Clinton?

From Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge….you can decide who this applies to…..

Almost all bad situations start with false assumptions based on bias rather than facts or evidence.  The most dangerous assumption when it comes to tyranny is to say “we are in the right, therefore we are not supporting tyranny.”  The question that needs to be asked, though, is are they really “right” according to the facts?  If the answer is “no,” then they are probably fueling a tyrannical system...

False Sides

The taking of sides in political discourse is natural and normal.  Even when people are entirely honest about the facts on hand and agree on basic principles of human decency and freedom, they will STILL disagree on what solutions should be used to deal with the problems in front of them.  This creates a spectrum within society that is ever present; it cannot be helped or avoided.  Tyrants understand the basis of this spectrum and try to use it to their advantage to manipulate people away from thoughtful discourse and towards mindless conflict...

Zealotry And False Narratives

I view zealotry as a kind of psychological disease that is actually communicable – it spreads like a virus through a culture until everyone is infected.  Zealotry happens when a person embraces an ideology to the point that it overrides their personality and their soul, and they are no longer able to think clearly as an individual.  This includes considering the possibility that they are on the wrong side of history and morality...

Apathy And False Hope

More than anything else, tyrants desire an apathetic population.  Apathy breeds complacency and inaction, and it also encourages delusional thinking.  Apathetic people tend towards the philosophy of pacifism as a means to vindicate their own behavior, but this is merely a mask designed to hide their fear.  They might fear suffering, they might fear loss, they might fear failure, but they certainly have fear, and it stops them from standing in the way of developments that they know are evil in nature and that require an aggressive response.

Apathy can also be bred into a society through the use of false hopes.  Tyrants conjure scenarios in which the public is made to believe positive “change” is about to take place, usually through politics.  But, there will be no change for the better beyond the cosmetic.  Things only get worse.  In this process of conditioning, tyrants raise up the hopes of the masses, and then dash them to the ground over and over, until the public gives up.

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