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 Caesar Obama
International Politics

by Patrick J. Buchanan
November 20, 2014

Asserting a legal and constitutional authority he himself said he did not have, President Obama is going rogue, issuing an executive amnesty to 4 to 5 million illegal aliens.

He will order the U.S. government not to enforce the law against these 5 million and declare that they are to be exempt from deportation and granted green cards.

Where did Obama get his 4-5 million figure, not 2-4 million, or 5-7 million? Nowhere in law, but plucked out of his own mind, as to what he can get away with. Barack Obama just felt it was about right.

Thus does our constitutional law professor-president “faithfully execute” the laws of the United States he has twice swore to uphold?

Our rogue president has crossed an historic line, and so has the republic. Future presidents will cite the “Obama precedent” when they declare they will henceforth not enforce this or that law, because of a prior commitment to some noisy constituency.

We have just taken a monumental step away from republicanism toward Caesarism. For this is rule by diktat, the rejection of which sparked the American Revolution.

The political, psychological and moral effects of Obama’s action will be dramatic. Sheriffs, border patrol and immigration authorities, who have put their lives on the line to secure our broken borders, have been made to look like fools. Resentment and cynicism over Obama’s action will be deeply corrosive to all law enforcement.

Businessmen who obeyed the law and refused to hire illegals, hiring Americans and legal immigrants instead, and following U.S. and state law on taxes, wages and withholding, also look like fools today.

Obama’s action makes winners of the scofflaws and hustlers.

Bosses who hired illegals off the books will also receive de facto amnesty. La Raza is celebrating. But, make no mistake, a corrupt corporate crowd is also publicly relieved and privately elated.

Immigrants who waited in line for years to come to America, and those waiting still, have egg on their faces. Why, they are saying to themselves, were we so stupid as to obey U.S. laws, when it is the border-jumpers who are now on the way to residency and citizenship?...


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 Who Really Killed John F. Kennedy?
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Who Really Killed John F. Kennedy? – New Research into the JFK Assassination reports on the most important new research investigating the JFK assassination.  After publishing in 2013 his first bestselling book Who Really Killed Kennedy: 50 Years Later - Stunning New Revelations About the JFK Assassination, Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D. believes investigations into the JFK Assassination are close to establishing irrefutable evidence documenting the JFK assassination a government-organized coup d’état, not the act of a lone-gun assassin.

By summarizing the most current cutting-edge research on the JFK assassination, Who Really Killed John F. Kennedy? – New Research Into the JFK Assassination sets the stage for 2017, twenty-five years after the passage of the JFK Records Act, when the National Archives is scheduled to release the final, yet classified government documents on the JFK assassination. This will hopefully include over 1,000 documents the CIA still withholds from the public on national security grounds.

Dr. Corsi fully expects the final true history of the JFK assassination will expose to the American pubic the history of CIA lies and disinformation that have distorted U.S. history since World War II, in favor of a series of international conflicts and wars favored by the military-industrial complex that JFK lost his life trying to prevent.

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 Expectations after the 2014 Elections
International Politics

by SARTRE
November 3, 2014

"As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests" - Gore Vidal

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Today the media prognosticators will do their charts, cite their polls and make their assessments on the results from the 2014 midterm elections. How exciting. Another cycle of “Great Expectations” posed for even bigger disappointments. A Congress firmly in the hands of the GOP ready to wage war against a Democrat progressive collectivist may seem promising for the heartland. However, there are very few indications that a monumental battle for a return to a constitutional republic will be the objective of Republican leadership. Fire Reid with a McConnell replacement simply means that deal making might return to the Capital, but forget about a most needed Presidential Appomattox surrender. There is no Court House in America that will allow the treason of Obama to be brought to justice.

Ah, the federalists can relax; their system of bipartisan corruption will remain intact. If there is any doubt what the establishment wants, just examine the graphic chart from the quid essential mouth piece of the NWO, the Economist.  Their optimistic vs. pessimistic assessment reveals their Free Trade, Climate Warming, Pro Corporate Immigration agenda.

America has been beaten down for the last quarter century with few brief periods of marginal relief. The historic 2010 Tea Party inspired election provided a GOP majority in the House. After the 2014 count, the kindred of conservative populists became less powerful, since the next Speaker of the House will be able to push legislation friendly to the interests of large donors, who buy the best candidates that will play ball.

John Boehner is their man and taking tea with genuine Republican conservatives is less likely. RINO’s and NeoCons have reserved seats at the table, and populists are reduced to a segregated minority. Mitch McConnell loves to broker deals. Oh, the money interests will rally to the insider arrangement that the Economist so plainly wish will be an era of cooperation.

All hail the return of the filibuster, or so goes the hope of a deliberate and statesmanship Senate. However, the Harry Reid nuclear option may not be as easy as a simple vote to put the genie back in the bottle.

No doubt those principled Republicans will disassemble key components of Obamacare, right? Well, you will see just how much power resides in the insurance companies and how little influence the depressed middle class excretes.

In the essay, The mid-term elections - What they’re all about, that same Economist expounds.

“The mid-terms will decide which party controls the Senate, as well as picking every member of the House of Representatives, 36 state governors (see article) and 45 statehouses. They also offer an opportunity for some political phrenology: a chance to infer something about the country’s mood. Several issues have threatened to dominate only to fade a little: Obamacare, a surge of child migrants into Texas, scandals at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the racially-charged riots in Ferguson, Missouri, the beheadings of Americans by jihadists and lately the first cases of Ebola on American soil have all played this role.”

How trite and ignorant of the mechanics of what motivates the electorate. The notion that people vote on the basis of the Ferguson federally approved Eric Holder distraction is an insult to every person who really is concerned about civil liberties. The hubbub over alleged or real beheadings is hardly an issue that powers the selection of a voting lever. Of course in the era of computer counted ballots, chad cards, early mail voting and illegal voting – the notion of selecting a candidate that will ensure that you will keep your head may be just too much to expect.

Nuisance and periphery distractions are the mother’s milk of an ideology, a party or a candidate that is desperate and behind. The Democrats will lose today because of the most basic reason for anyone who votes their own self-interest. Namely, the Obama controlled administration has failed to deliver a brighter future. So much for government of hope . . .

Before the undecided express glee with a Republican Congress, consider the prospects of actual action.  Priebus Rallies Base: GOP Will Stop Obama’s 'Un-American' Amnesty” If We Win Senate boast as reported by Breitbart. So how did he answer at a town hall meeting when    one woman even asked Priebus why the “sergeant at arms hasn’t arrested Obama” for our “wide open borders.”

Priebus handled it with ease.

“I understand there’s a little bit of hyperbole, but I understand your point, which is the president’s role in the Constitution is to enforce the law,” he said. “So the president wants to take Article II and ignore that part to enforce the law. He wants to be Article I, which is the legislature, and write all the laws. And then he’s appointing all of his judges to take care of Article III.”

Coping with a slight of hand is the art of political protection. Never answer the true issue. Why won’t the Republican Party impeach Obama over his treason? Must be that nasty Ferguson psyop factor!

Since the rule of law has been ignored for so long, the invented practice of circumventing plain legal language with the paragon of fiat administrative decrees has become an accepted practice. The politicization of the judiciary and the extortion of honest judges leave a pattern of rule by press release. 

 

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Should people be upbeat (not in the same sense of the Economist optimism)? Just what are the market prospects of a GOP victory? According to Kevin Mahn published by Forbes, Midterm Elections Bode Bullishly For U.S. Stocks provides a narrow and arcane viewpoint.

“The first research study I reviewed in this regard was conducted by S&P Capital IQ. The study (summarized in the chart below) concluded that the stock market – which was defined in this study by the S&P 500 index – has gained 15.3% on average in the six months following a mid-term election in the 3rd year of a given term of a presidency, which is this case this year with President Obama – recognizing, of course, that this is the second term of Obama’s presidency. The study also showed that the frequency of advance (“FoA”) for this occurrence was 94% of the overall time period of October 31, 1944 – September 29, 2014 for this research study. Midterm elections are currently scheduled for November 4, 2014, so this would roughly translate to the period of November 2014 – April 2014.”

OK the Federal Reserve has ended QE so that must bode well for equities??? That goes contrary to all the forecasts that conclude that cheap liquid money drives up stock prices, so what is Wall Street saying about a GOP controlled Congress? Financial elites love making money in any economic environment. So working with eager Republicans to expand transnational trade agreements may be the lasting result in the next Congress.

Of course none of these treaties improve the economic plight of ordinary citizens.

The perennial lefty Katrina vanden Heuvel warns of The catastrophes that a GOP-controlled Congress would bring. She is correct on the “free trade” pacts and that Obama will coordinate with the corporatist tools from either party to further their economic stranglehold.

“But a Republican takeover of the Senate is not a threat just because of what Republicans will do. Progressives should also worry about the many areas of potential agreement between the president and a Republican-controlled Senate. It is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), for example, not Republicans, who is denying the president fast-track authority to force corporate trade deals through Congress. Without Reid in the way, “free-trade” pacts like Trans-Pacific Partnership — which labor leaders have called “NAFTA on steroids” — are likely to become the law of the land. Likewise, President Obama and Republicans could agree to pursue lower corporate tax rates — as opposed to infrastructure investments and job creation — as their primary economic-development initiative. And let’s not forget that Obama has repeatedly floated cuts to Social Security as a bargaining chip in negotiations with Republican leaders. Although we believe that the president has many progressive instincts, he has shown an inclination to seek consensus rather than to fight. If Republicans control both chambers of Congress, any consensus will err to the right.”

Where is the representation for the American constituency of struggling citizens? The last Radical Reactionary essay, 2014 Election Business as Usual explains why savvy observers should not expect the moon. Now that the early voting results have Republicans 10% ahead, start preparing for another Grand Old Party letdown.

All the Obama scandals taint the reputations of incumbent Democrats. The motivation for voting for a Republican candidate is often out of frustration. Intense positive approval is rare among rational and sane voters. Usually the vested interest government minions rally to the Democrat state/capitalism bandwagon. Let’s hope the rank and file see through all the fear and identity politics and vote to retire the failed progressive agenda. However, the duty of every voter is to keep the fire to the feet of any elected representative from both parties.

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 All foreigners visiting North Korea put in 21-day Ebola quarantine: China report
International Politics

BEIJING, Nov. 1 (Yonhap) -- All foreigners visiting North Korea will be put under quarantine for 21 days as a precaution against the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, according to China's commerce ministry on Saturday.

In a brief statement, the Chinese commerce ministry said North Korea has recently notified all diplomatic missions and international agencies in the country that it will quarantine all foreigners entering the North.

Citing North Korea's state emergency anti-epidemic committee, the statement said, "Entry of all foreigners from abroad will be under 21-day quarantine at designated sites and to receive medical observation to prevent the Ebola virus from entering into the country."

The Chinese ministry advised Chinese business travelers to pay "close attention" to North Korea's quarantine measure, according to the statement.

Last week, China-based tour agencies specializing in trips to North Korea said Pyongyang has banned foreign tourists from entering the communist country to prevent an outbreak of Ebola.

In 2003, North Korea closed its borders because of the spread of the SARS virus.

Since the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, nearly 5,000 people have died from the virus, according to the World Health Organization.

kdh@yna.co.kr

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 North Korea executes 10 officials for watching South Korean soap operas
International Politics

Ten officials of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party have been executed for charges including watching foreign soap operas, South Korea’s intelligence agency revealed Wednesday, bringing the total of senior members killed this year to 50.

The National Intelligence Service says the officials were executed by firing squad for watching South Korean soap operas, engaging in bribes, or womanizing, The Telegraph reports.

The officials killed reportedly are close to Jang Song-thaek, the uncle of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un, who was arrested in December and executed for committing crimes against the state.

Details of the killings were provided in an intelligence report delivered to South Korea’s parliament Tuesday.

The elimination of the officials suggests Kim Jong Un is getting rid of potential sources of opposition to his rule, according to The Telegraph.

Defectors from North Korea told the newspaper that pirated versions of South Korean and Chinese television shows are widely distributed in the country’s black market.

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 NATIONAL STRIKE TO FORCE OBAMA TO BLOCK WEST AFRICAN FLIGHTS
International Politics Infowars.com is calling for a general strike across the United States in response to the federal government’s botched response to the Ebola outbreak and the Obama administration’s refusal to block flights coming in from West Africa.

 

Countries bordering those in West Africa impacted by the Ebola outbreak have been successful in stopping the spread of the virus by blocking flights, including Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal, and yet the Obama administration has refused to do likewise despite innumerable public figures calling on the White House to take action.

Numerous airlines have also restricted flights to Ebola-affected countries and yet the United States remains wide open to potential Ebola patients not only via airports but also via the country’s porous southern border, where hundreds of illegal aliens from Ebola-hit countries have poured across in recent months.

By refusing to block flights or tighten border security, the Obama administration is aiding and abetting the spread of Ebola and engaging in dereliction of duty by refusing to adopt the default position under such circumstances.

That’s why we’re launching a national campaign for all non-essential workers in the United States to strike from Monday through Wednesday next week.

We are calling on everyone to get behind the strike by tweeting under the hashtag #stopebolastrike and by personally participating in the general strike from Monday to Wednesday. We also invite other media outlets and media personalities to support the strike.

If the Obama administration fails to respond to the strike by Wednesday, it will be prolonged until the federal government is forced to take proper action to fight Ebola.

The CDC has proven itself to be dangerously inept and woefully unprepared to deal with a wider Ebola outbreak in the United States after two nurses who should have been properly protected contracted the virus from patient zero – Thomas Eric Duncan.

The CDC also gave express permission for Ebola victim Amber Vinson to travel on a commercial airliner after she had frequent contact with Duncan during his treatment at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, potentially exposing 132 passengers who also flew on the Frontier Airlines plane.

The federal government is committing criminal neglect by failing to implement the very measures that have proven successful in other countries in stopping the spread of the Ebola outbreak.

http://www.infowars.com/stopebolastrike-national-strike-to-force-obama-to-stop-west-african-flights/

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 North Korea bans use of wireless Internet by all foreigners: report
International Politics

BEIJING, Sept. 10 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has banned all foreigners from using high-speed wireless, or Wi-Fi, Internet access in the country, China's state media reported Wednesday, in an apparent move to make it impossible for North Koreans to gain unrestricted access to the global Internet.

In a dispatch from Pyongyang, China's Xinhua news agency said "nearly all foreign embassies, international organizations and other foreigners working in the country" were notified of the ban last week.

North Korean authorities also ordered Wi-Fi installments by the aforementioned foreigners to be "dismantled before Sept. 11," according to the report.

North Korea "warned that those who violate the regulation would be severely fined if the wireless connection signal is detected in the examinations, but no explanations or reasons were given by the officials," the report said.

So far, foreigners visiting North Korea have been known to gain relatively free access to social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, using the Wi-Fi network operated by the country's mobile operator Koryolink.

Media reports have said home prices near foreign embassies in Pyongyang jumped as North Koreans seek to live near such areas to gain an illicit access to the embassies' Wi-Fi systems.

Flow of information is tightly controlled in North Korea.

Koryolink, a joint venture between Egypt's Orascom Telecom and North Korea, is estimated to have about 2.5 million subscribers.

kdh@yna.co.kr

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 Piper at the Gates of Hell: Interview with Cyberpunk Legend John Shirley
General News

VICE/Motherboard
by Todd Brendan Fahey
September 2, 2014

Dweller of dark Thisworld and Otherworlds, chronicler of "street" and assembler of mechanisms to go beyond, John Shirley breathes forth a smoggy twilight that is the end of the American Dream. A novelist at 18, tutored by Dune's Frank Herbert, Ursula LeGuin, and Harlan Ellison, Shirley is the closest known phenomenon to being our Edgar Allan Poe.

Shirley can also be (and should be, though he is reticent to cop to it) credited for having discovered William Gibson—in an introduction to Shirley's book City Come A-Walkin', Gibson wrote "so carelessly shoved me toward the writing of stories, as into a frat-party swimming pool.") Because of their friendship, and with Gibson now granted by literati the mantle of "original cyberpunk novelist," colleagues will—perhaps must—measure their words.

I spoke to Shirley about his often-black craft; of his early involvement with psychedelia and cocaine addiction, then of "putting the phone down," and the creation of his newest novel, Doyle After Death.

Motherboard: How would you define "cyberpunk?" Why did this so-called literary movement bust out in a blast in the early-to-mid 1980s, stretching into the mid-90s (though we both know that Frank Herbert's Dune; Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and many of William S. Burroughs' works were written much earlier...)

John Shirley: Traditionally, cyberpunk is identified with "the street" having its own special uses for technology. By the street we mean the poor, the hustlers, criminals, the demimonde, the disenfranchised. People talk about law enforcement agencies using drones—but drones will also be used by drug dealers to watch for cops. You can order a good drone with a camera off the internet right now! I just saw a "hobby drone" used in a park. 

Cyberpunk is also a tone. It's very urban, dystopian, but also about having the courage to face the dystopian world. There's a transhumanist thing going on in it too—people merging with technology...

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 Jerry Brown urges ‘religious call...to welcome the stranger’ in border crisis
International Politics
Published: The Sacramento Bee
Monday, Jul. 28, 2014 - 12:24 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014 - 9:13 am
MEXICO CITY – Gov. Jerry Brown suggested Monday that Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s ordering of National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to address the surge in border crossings is misguided, urging politicians instead to heed the “religious call … to welcome the stranger” in addressing the crisis.

“This is a human problem, and it has been the religious call of all religions to welcome the stranger, and it’s in that spirit that I believe the clergy can call the United States, Mexico and all the players to perhaps a higher response than might otherwise happen,” Brown said on the first full day of his trade mission to Mexico.

The Democratic governor is in the country to discuss the environment and trade, but tension over the illegal crossing of thousands of young immigrants from Central America has flared in recent weeks, and the subject was the focus of questioning by a throng of Mexican reporters after a private meeting between Brown and José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Mexico’s foreign affairs secretary.

“These are children, and many of them have relatives that are in California and other parts of the United States who are working, contributing to the well-being of people in the United States,” Brown said. “So given the principle of family values and family reconciliation, I want to give utmost consideration to what is in the best interest of those children, not what is in the best interest of politicians who might want to exploit this particular topic.”...

 

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 North Korea Threatens to Nuke White House
International Politics

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 29, 2014 12:15 KST

North Korea threatened to launch a nuclear strike on the U.S. on Sunday marking the 61st anniversary of the armistice that halted the Korean War.

Hwang Pyong-so, chief of the North Korean military's politburo, was speaking at a meeting of representatives from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Strategic Force at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang.

If the U.S. threatens the North's "sovereignty and survival with nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and means of nuclear strike," the North will "fire our nuclear-armed rockets at the White House and the Pentagon, the sources of evil," as well as at U.S. "military bases across the Pacific and large U.S. cities," the official Rodong Sinmun quoted him on Monday as saying.

The North is not believed to have the means to make nuclear warheads for missiles.

North Korean soldiers march to mark the 61st anniversary of the armistice of the Korean War at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang on Sunday, in this picture published by the Rodong Sinmun. North Korean soldiers march to mark the 61st anniversary of the armistice of the Korean War at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang on Sunday, in this picture published by the Rodong Sinmun.

Meanwhile, the North pointedly snubbed China, its traditional ally and another signatory to the armistice. At previous annual events marking the anniversary, the North habitually hailed its "blood ties" to China while thanking it for joining the Korean War.

Last year, Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao visited the North and leader Kim Jong-un paid respects at a cemetery for Chinese soldiers in the North.

But this year, neither senior officials nor the media mentioned China at all. Kim visited only a cemetery for North Korean soldiers this year.

The North is clearly peeved at China, not least over an oil embargo that has gone on for most of this year and forced some army officers to cycle to work.

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 ICE Removes 'Alien' from Term for Illegal Immigrant Children
International Politics

Breitbart.com
July 3, 2014

 

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel have been directed to no longer refer to illegal immigrant children crossing the border alone as “UACs” (unaccompanied alien children).

Instead these individuals are to be referred to as “unaccompanied children” in official correspondence, according to an internal ICE email obtained by the Center for Immigration Studies and shared with Breitbart News.

“This was briefed earlier today during he (sic) command and staff meeting,” an email sent to ICE personnel reads. “It has been requested that in correspondence regarding unaccompanied children, They (sic) not be referred to as UACs. The term UAC should not be used in official correspondence.”

The email, with the subject line “UACs,” continues, “The appropriate messaging on documents should be using the term : unaccompanied children all lower case. (Unless capitalizing would be grammatically correct).”

ICE did not respond to requests for comment...

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 Understanding the cost of illegal immigration
International Politics

Updated: Friday, July 25 2014, 05:21 PM CDT

The problem of illegal immigration has many layers. Some people believe the U.S. needs to assist the immigrants no matter the cost. Others point to the quickly escalating bill that taxpayers face with every illegal immigrant who crosses the border.

By KRISTINE FRAZAO
News 4 San Antonio

It is a long running story with a new chapter. The cost to U.S. taxpayers remains in the billions, but here’s a little perspective. The Center for Immigration Studies estimates initial costs to be 2,500 per immigrant, just for the enforcement aspect. The Department of Homeland Security numbers are ten times that much.

Taking into account the costs of infrastructure and manpower to work the border, it’s more than $18,000 per person. Add to that another $3300 for a single detention, more than $800 in legal fees and another $1000 to transport an immigrant out of the country. In total that’s more than $23,000 per immigrant.

Roy Beck with Numbers USA says the actual number is likely much higher since many of the immigrants, especially the younger ones, remain in the country. “They are moving them into communities where they will become widely dependent on the taxpayers of that local community a good share of the rest of their lives,” explained Beck.

If they’re enrolled in public schools, it’s about $10,000 to $12,000 per year per student, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Read More at: http://www.news4sanantonio.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/understanding-cost-illegal-immigration-13908.shtml

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 Journey to Everywhere - another Far Gone Book
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Posted 2014-07-09 07:19:00
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Far Gone Books has released another controversial tome in its psychedelic catalogue. Journey to Everywhere marks a South African perspective of the synthesis of mind-altering chemicals and cyberpunk--at the pre-teething stage of what would become unveiled to the non-military citizenry as “the Internet,” before there was a “World Wide Web” and a Netscape Navigator to traverse it.

Michael Kawitzky (aka Schwann) has written a testament to both “the early adopter” and “the explorer.” Journey to Everywhere takes us back to those days of connection with like minds and souls, wherein each day opened with a new technology, time travel seeming to many as being just a few weeks away.

Kawitzky’s memoir and its synthesis of Mind-Drugs = New & Interesting Things echoes the curiosity of Timothy Leary and Terence McKenna, wherein “The Government” opened a Pandora’s Box by unleashing psychedelic drugs on unsuspecting student volunteers, prison inmates and its own military personnel and Intelligence agents over the course of the 1950s and 60s.

Those who enjoyed Wisdom’s Maw: The Acid Novel (Far Gone Books, 1996) will get off on this work and benefit from the history and insight held within. Journey to Everywhere isn’t “the kind of book that should be a bestseller”; this particular creation by Mike Kawitzky should be a bestseller.


Writer/Producer/Director. Cyberpunk. Transhumanist. Traveler. The author survived being born in a post-war Apartheid South Africa to become a commentator on the ascent of consciousness, via social networking, from a unique South African viewpoint since the net became available in South Africa, back in 1990.

Credited with creating the words/memes; 'cybershaman/cybershamanism' and 'webtrance', his first syndicated column; 'The Schwann Column', was published by Intelligence Magazine (Hardcopy) in 1995. In 2006 he presented 'True Halluinations', a short movie, and represented South Africa at the LSD Symposium in Basel on the occasion of Dr. Albert Hofmann's 100th birthday.

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 Far Gone Books Receives Media Flurry 20 Years After Publication Of Wisdom's Maw
General News

The controversial prose of author Todd Brendan Fahey has garnered attention of VICE magazine, High Times, Mondo 2000, TokeSignals and other hot publications of today and yesterday.

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Far Gone Books published, in 1996, Wisdom's Maw, considered to be the most-controversial American novel since William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch (1959); the novel "factionalizes" the CIA's psychedelic mind control experiments of the 1950s to early-70s known as Project MK-Ultra.  Toward this end, author Todd Brendan Fahey performed a successful Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request of the Central Intelligence Agency of its dark, Cold War-era project, as well as gaining access to the group surrounding "Captain" Alfred M. Hubbard--a US citizen and OSS operative who relocated to British Columbia, Canada and began dispensing LSD to psychiatrists and psychologists in both B.C. and Hollywood.

Fahey's research on Al Hubbard and his cadre was published as an investigative article for High Times magazine in 1991.  During this era, Fahey's work was discovered by agent William Stankey, who "handled" Hunter S. Thompson; Wisdom's Maw was given 5-star reviews in the Village Voice, High Times and Mondo 2000 magazines.  And then, as Mondo 2000 co-founder and editor-in-chief R. U. Sirius (Ken Goffman) puts it, in a recent interview of Todd Brendan Fahey for VICE magazine: "...suddenly it seems as if a switch were flipped downward. Fahey was championed by Hunter S. Thompson’s agent throughout the 90s, but he was unable to catch a @*&#ing break. He remains unjustly obscure, which may be a function of his whacked-out literary style."

Nearly two decades later, Far Gone Books has released Todd Brendan Fahey's equally-controversial collection of short stories/black satire and interviews with psychedelic luminaries Ken Kesey, Timothy Leary and Hunter S. Thompson, titled Dogshit Park & other atrocities.
 
The collection has again caught the eye of book reviewers and barely-above ground magazines and Websites.  Former Seattle Weekly columnist Steve Elliot writes:

"By all rights a 'gonzo journalist' before he’d ever read Hunter S. Thompson or become aware there was such a term, Fahey’s fondness for illicit substances wouldn’t be enough to distinguish him from thousands of other would-be 'writers on drugs' – if it weren’t for his talent. And, oh what a talent it is."

R. U. Sirius compares Todd Brendan Fahey to Terry Southern, who pioneered a vein of ink-black satire in the United States in the 1950s and became known in the UK and France, where cultural critique seems to be more of a favored pastime.  As was Mr. Southern, whose scandalous The Magic Christian was published in Paris to acclaim (though ignored in his own backyard), Fahey's Wisdom's Maw will be translated into Francais and released through a soon-to-be acknowledged French publisher.
 
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Contact: fargone@fargonebooks.com

 

Far Gone Books is publisher of the legendary Wisdom's Maw, a tour-de-force that takes the reader helter-skelter into the psychedelic world of the Sixties, where Intelligence agents attempt to create a human superman via use of LSD; most-recently, Far Gone Books has released Dogshit Park & other atrocities--a collection of ink-black satirical short stories and interviews by Todd Brendan Fahey.


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 Yes, We Are: An Interview with R.U. Sirius
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By On May 27, 2014 at 11:52 am · 12 Comments
 
R.U. Sirius [Photo by Bart Nagel]

R.U. Sirius
[Photo by Bart Nagel]

Interviewed by Todd Brendan Fahey

May 26, 2014


An outdoor deck overhanging the Pacific blue, Santa Barbara, California, must have been September 1988, was when I first heard of an entity known as R. U. Sirius. Whatever it was, I was told by a university-era pal who I trusted, I should pay attention.

And I said, “Are you serious?”

This hep buddy slid a half-dozen thin-paper tabloids across the table of the Sea Cove — at which we were dining on calamari and strong iced tea; the LSD was just coming on — and having flipped through the indices and a couple of interviews, I knew that he was. Very.

HighFrontiers

I don’t believe in accidents; following having pulled the rip-cord the year prior, of “life as an attorney,” I moved from Arizona and back to my birthplace of Santa Barbara, committing mineself to prose and consuming unusually large doses of acid whilst simultaneously working a 50-hr/weekly job as technical writer at a Pentagon subcontractor and engaging in my first semester as a graduate student in Professional Writing at USC, commuting in rush-hour traffic down Highway 101 and into Watts — and always with a headful. I was doing things a bit differently.

I was and had also been “an early adopter” in tech, taking a loan from my folks in 1985 and purchasing a $2,400 computer with no hard drive — just the standard 5 1/4″ dual floppies that required boot-up each time I turned the goddamn thing on, and treated always in line-command DOS. A black and green screen; no mouse; no built-in data storage.

I thought I was cutting edge.  After landing in the same November 1991 issue of High Times with none other than Ken Goffman/R. U. Sirius and hanging out with him in 1997 at a Berkeley house party with John Perry Barlow holding court; at the millenium Disinfo Con(ference) in central Manhattan, with Robert Anton Wilson in “the green room” and Marilyn Manson in address via satellite connection…and of one probably-not-legal evening at the O’Farrell Theater, it was like unto following in the paw prints of Sasquatch — and watch those droppings!

MONDO 2000 and its lesser-budget wood-pulp predecessors High Frontiers and Reality Hackers merged counterculture and tech culture.  How did you develop those influences?

I think I probably became a countercultural person when I was shuttled off to Kindergarten and the teacher immediately had to assert her authority in a firm sort of voice and tell us what the rules were.  And I had been a little fellow who was comfortable socially with all the other little kids in the neighborhood — a bit of a leader of activities, in fact —  but this freaked me out.  My parents were very liberal and easy going, so I guess I was unaccustomed to stern authority.  So I had a bad imprint regarding institutions right from the start.  I withdrew whenever I was in one...

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 The many masks of Yoo Byung-eun
International Politics

By Aidan Foster-Carter
Asia Times
May 22, 2014

Who is Yoo Byung-eun? More to the point, where is Yoo Byung-eun? South Korea's most wanted man, known locally as the billionaire without a face, is nothing if not elusive. On May 20, South Korean prosecutors set up a 40-strong team to track him down after he had ignored a second summons to present himself at their offices in Incheon, the port city west of Seoul.

The same day, soon-to-be-ex prime minister Chung Hong-won told the National Assembly that "the government should try and confiscate all his fortune" - and for good measure his family's as well. Yoo's two sons and a daughter have ignored summonses, just like daddy.

Strong words, considering that Yoo has yet to be formally charged with any offense - much less found guilty. But that's South Korean justice for you. The concept of innocent till proven guilty, or even sub judice - that's Latin for STFU, mass media, lest you prejudice any chance of a fair trial - is widely ignored. Day after day in real time, prosecutors shamelessly leak tasty morsels of what is so far only suspicion, to a press which then prints them as if they were fact.

Which indeed they may well turn out to be, once the mills of justice have done their work. It's not that I'm defending the guy or anything. But this is surely no way to run a judicial system.

Yonhap, the semi-official news agency, said on May 20 that Yoo faces "a host of corruption charges, including embezzlement, dereliction of duty, tax evasion and bribery, according to the prosecutors". One more reminder: he hasn't actually been indicted for any of this, yet.

But the net is closing in. So, who is Yoo Byung-eun? A man of many disguises and carefully honed identities, some currently being shed in hopes to thwart those trying to track him down.

First and foremost this means the South Korean government, which has swung into action big-time. A phalanx of authorities - police, prosecutors, tax authorities, financial regulators, customs, you name it - are hard on the trail of the man they believe to be ultimately behind Chonghaejin Marine. That's the company which owned and operated the 6,825 ton Sewol, Korea's largest ferry until it suddenly listed and sank on April 16. As you doubtless know all too well by now, more than 300 people drowned. Most were teenagers from a single year-group in a single school near Seoul, who were heading for an Easter break on the holiday island of Jeju.

More than a month later, this awful tragedy continues to grip the country. On May 19, a tearful President Park Geun-hye apologized, not for the first time. Many questions arise, but these are not directly our subject here. Mine is a simpler quest, or should be. Who is Yoo Byung-eun?


Covering his tracks

I too have been trying to track him down, online. This was easier a month ago than now. Even then, Yoo dissembled. Lately, someone has been trying very hard to hide or erase his tracks.

But they reckoned without Archive.org. In case you don't know it, this amazing site trawls the Web continuously, caching everything it can. You can't guarantee to find every web page that has ever existed, but there's a good chance. This has been a vital resource for Sherlock AFC...

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 All There, & Back Again (a review of Journey to Everywhere: The Schwann Diaries)
General News

by Todd Brendan Fahey
June 6, 2014

“You, dear reader, might as well have been abducted by an alien with a time machine to a place in history where the world was in the process of being altered by the marriage of mind and machine, plus some plants.  It was an evolution of consciousness by the attempted understanding of all thoughts, all deeds, all projections, all of everything that could be digitized. And for the first time in human history, there was a grouping together of millions of people bonded by more than geopolitical or ethnic boundarisation” - Michael “Schwann” Kawitzky, Journey to Everywhere

Now, that’s some fine writing, Stan.

Michael Kawitzky (aka Schwann) has written a testament to both "the early adopter" and "the explorer." Of which he is--both. I knew "Schwann" long ago--long before most of us knew what was going on; in the pre-teething stage of what would become unveiled to the non-military citizenry as "the Internet," before there was a "World Wide Web" and a Netscape Navigator to traverse it.

Journey to Everywhere takes us back to those days of connection with like minds and souls, wherein each day opened with a new technology, time travel seeming to many of us as being just a few weeks away.

Kawitzky and I met, virtually, in around 1993, on the periphery of the nascent Web, in a USENET group of psychedelics users (and dealers) called the Visionary Plants List (VPL, for those "in the know"). And herein lies the dirty little secret of the rapid development and popularization of the Internet-turned-Web: "It was the [psychedelic] drugs that done it!" (Though The [government-shepherded, corporate] Media can and will never admit it.)

Timothy Leary remarked to this reviewer, back in 1992, that "Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were barefoot, long-haired acid freaks" pre-Apple boom, and that Bill Gates was known for having used LSD while at Harvard. Furthur (spelling intentional), Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow opined in 1997, again to this writer, "I'll go so far as to say, if the government succeeds in its War On (some) Drugs--if everyone who used marjiuana and LSD were to really be put in jails--America would not have an operational computer left."

"Schwann"/Kawitzky spells it out, in prose more eloquent than Leary did in his Neuropolitique--a tome I hold very highly, but which is surpassed herein.

A college dropout, apartheid-era South Africa, “Demoted to worker, lowest class, I entered commercial life in 1970, somewhat ignominiously, working in a large clothing factory as a lowly runner. I was unlearned scum; a disgrace to a family of mathematicians, scribes and artists.”  He works his way u the spinning wheel, as a “designer of polyester women’s wear,” then, Carnegie-like, churns the bile into becoming owner of a moderately-successful clothing boutique. Kawitzky sells his shop on a chance bid for $20,000 and, with a lot of time on his hands and three children to feed, hunkers down and gets jiggy with the New Tech.  He meets, by chance or of God’s design, a Portuguese cat named Azmazz, who is making a lot of noise on a flight/war simulator in the office of a gas station at which the author has come to fill his tank.  And he surely does.  The author has just recently purchased a computer, of which he knows zero in-toto, and Azmazz likes to turn folk on to the newest floppy disks, which they soon begin swapping like unto so many drug transactions.

As USENET turns WWW, Kawitzky adopts the nom de plume “Schwann,” and just basically starts getting noisy--in a provocative and hyper-intelligent way.  He makes some friends--the Brothers McKenna, cyperpunk proto-pioneer John Shirley and this writer among them.

You, the Reader, will discover every next ripple in a heavy tide--from the Cold War inception of a year-1950 US government department which will become the Pentagon's decentralized, nuclear safe "Internet," to vastly entertaining timelines of cyber-geekdom, wild rides in a Pontiac GTO with a carbon monoxide problem through fields of mushrooms with Terence McKenna and the Maluti tribe, en passe to the sacred rock

Kawitzky’s memoir and its synthesis of Mind-Drugs = New & Interesting Things echoes that curiosity, albeit black/covert, which paved the way for Gordon Wasson's CIA-funded trips to South America and which were to turn on then-Harvard Professor Timothy Leary and open up The Sixties...and who, post-”rehabilitation,” championed cyberspace and Digital Everything! with nearly the same fervor.

"The Government" opened a Pandora's Box by unleashing psychedelic drugs on unsuspecting student volunteers, prison inmates and its own military personnel and Intelligence agents.

Those with two curious neurons occurring within his/her skull will get off on this work and benefit from the history and insight held within. Journey to Everywhere isn't "the kind of book that should be a bestseller"; this particular creation by Mike Kawitzky should be a bestseller.

Reviewed by Todd Brendan Fahey; author: Wisdom's Maw: The Acid Novel [Far Gone Books, 1996]

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 Todd Brendan Fahey and His Acid-Laden Writing Style
General News

By R. U. Sirius
Apr 22, 2014
VICE magazine

It’s a peculiarity of these apocalyptic times that we don’t have any writers who can evoke the hyperreal grotesquery of 21st-century humanity with the sort of razor-blade satire practiced by our 20th-century Jonathan Swifts (Terry Southern, William S. Burroughs, Michael O’Donoghue, and Hunter S. Thompson, among others). Could it be that today’s writers just aren’t taking enough drugs, or, at least, enough psychedelic drugs?

In 1996, Todd Brendan Fahey came close with the “acid novelWisdom’s Maw, which he wrote while under the influence of 500-microgram doses of LSD-25. The novelist would drop as soon as his wife went to work and be back inside corporeality by the time she got home. I spent 36 years as an acid head, and it never occurred to me—that is, until I read Fahey's latest book, Dogshit Park—that the eight-hour work day is just the right amount of time to get up and come down.

I first heard of Todd when we both found ourselves in the November 1991 issue of High Times—me as a study of my odd self, Fahey for a truly jaw-dropping investigation of Captain Al Hubbard, the so-called “Johnny Appleseed of LSD” and confirmed OSS agent (and suspected CIA agent). Wisdom’s Maw swirled the story of 60s revolution with the CIA’s investigations into psychedelics as agents of warfare and mind control. And after umpty-some rejections from mainstream and alternative publishers, it was finally published, in 1996, through Fahey’s own small-press imprint, Far Gone Books. It got rave reviews in the Village Voice, High Times, and a bunch of underground magazines, but suddenly it seems as if a switch were flipped downward. Fahey was championed by Hunter S. Thompson’s agent throughout the 90s, but he was unable to catch a fucking break. He remains unjustly obscure, which may be a function of his whacked-out literary style.

I thought it high time to catch up with him.

VICE: Hi, Todd. First off, how did you get this way? In other words, what weird combinations of influences sculpted your writing style?...

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 Meet the millionaire tied to South Korean ferry sinking probe
International Politics
By Michael Pearson and Kyung Lah, CNN
April 26, 2014 -- Updated 0156 GMT (0956 HKT)

CNN) -- He's known as "the millionaire with no face."

And South Korean officials apparently have questions for him.

Yoo Byung-un -- businessman, self-styled artist, ex-con and religious figure -- does not appear to have a direct financial stake in the Cheonghaejin Marine Co, which runs the ill-fated South Korean ferry Sewol.

But South Korean media have reported that some believe he controls the company through two of his sons, who own stakes in the firm through subsidiaries.

Yoo's allies strongly deny his involvement. A release issued Friday by a public relations agency representing Yoo insists that he doesn't have anything to do with any company tied to the ferry disaster.

Michael Ham, managing director of Ahae Press, said he knows Yoo "has been spending every single day of the past four to five years focusing on his photography work," not directing any firm tied to the sunken ferry.

"I am dismayed at the media reports linking him to the Sewol incident and suggesting that he is directly responsible for this tragedy," Ham said. "These claims cannot be further from the truth."

Authorities searched Yoo's home this week, plus offices of the company that owns the ferry, prosecutors told CNN. The Ahae Press release notes Yoo's sons are among dozens subject to travel bans in light of the ferry incident, calling this "blanket approach ... standard for investigations by Korean regulators."

Investigators have also searched 20 of the ferry owner's affiliates and a religious organization linked to Yoo, according to the semiofficial Yonhap News Agency.

The religious group and a private organization that conducts ship safety investigations are also facing probes in the disaster, Yonhap reported.

Prosecutors are looking for evidence of wrongdoing that might have contributed to the Sewol disaster.

How Yoo fits into that picture remains murky.

Little is officially known about Yoo, who earned his nickname as "the millionaire with no face" by making few public appearances.

He was convicted on fraud charges in the 1990s and spent four years in prison for tax evasion. He also headed a now-defunct ferry company that operated on the Han River.

In 1987, he was the leader of a religious cult caught up in scandal when police found 33 members of the group bound, gagged and dead in an apparent murder-suicide at a factory outside Seoul.

Officials found no evidence tying the deaths to Yoo...

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 All Able Sailors Abandoned Passengers on Sinking Ferry
International Politics

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 21, 2014 10:26 KST

A total of 24 crew were aboard the ill-fated ferry that sank off the southeast coast last week, and all 15 able sailors among them escaped with their lives. But only three of the nine crewmembers who were not sailors, such as clerks and cooks, were rescued, with two killed and four missing.

A comparison between the crew roster and a list of survivors on Sunday shows that all able sailors including captain Lee Joon-seok (69) were rescued. The sailors consisted of eight deck staff that steer the ferry and seven engineering crew that operate the engine room.

Lee Joon-seok, the captain of the Sewol, is being arrested on Saturday. Lee Joon-seok, the captain of the Sewol, is being arrested on Saturday.

A transcript of a conversation between the Sewol and the Jindo maritime traffic service published on Sunday shows that the sailors started bailing out at 9:37 a.m., less than 50 minutes after the ferry began rolling over, as did the engineers.

During questioning by the Korea Coast Guard, three engineers, who had been working in the engine room on the first floor testified that they escaped after receiving a phone call from the chief engineer, identified as Park, who was resting in a cabin on the fifth floor, telling them to abandon ship.

A Coast Guard officer said, "They took advantage of their knowledge of the ferry's layout and easier communication to ensure their own survival rather than saving the passengers."

But the service crew were not so lucky. They were helping passengers or still cooking meals on the third or fourth floor. Most of them lost the chance to escape in time because they were helping passengers until the last moment.

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 Transcripts Reveal Negligence in Ferry Disaster
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englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 21, 2014 10:08 KST

It took the Korea Coast Guard 12 long minutes to answer a distress call from the sinking ferry Sewol, it has emerged, and the two sides then wasted time passing the buck to each other for who should make the decision to evacuate the ferry. It was not the ferry captain who sent a distress call but a first mate.

The first mate and the emergency call center were indecisive although an oil tanker was on standby to help in nearby waters.

The new indications of massive negligence in the disaster emerged from a transcript of communications between the Sewol and Jeju and Jindo maritime traffic services.

Coast guards search for missing passengers of the sunken ferry in waters near Jindo, South Jeolla Province on Sunday. Coast guards search for missing passengers of the sunken ferry in waters near Jindo, South Jeolla Province on Sunday.

The transcripts show that the ferry put the distress call to the emergency services in Jeju instead of the one in Jindo, which was close to the scene, at 8:55 a.m. on Wednesday.

It was not until 9:07 a.m. that the Jindo emergency services communicated with the ferry for the first time.

Only at 9:24 a.m., half an hour after the ferry started to sink, did the two sides begin talking about evacuating. The Sewol asked, "Can passengers be rescued immediately if we order them to abandon ship?" The Coast Guard replied, "The captain should make the final decision. We don't know the situation there."

Until their final communication at 9:37 a.m., neither side had made a decision to evacuate, although the oil tanker Doola Ace had told them four times that it was on standby to help in nearby waters.

In the meantime, the passengers were repeated told over the public address system to stay in their cabins. Only around at 10:15 a.m. were they told to jump into the water, but by then the first mate and captain had already abandoned ship.

The passengers, who had put on life jackets by that time, lost the chance to escape as the ferry listed further and further to the side.

A team of prosecutors and police have started an investigation of ferry operator Cheonghaejin Marine and slapped an overseas travel ban on some 40 staff and seamen with the company.

Meanwhile, more than 20 bodies were collected from the sunken ferry on Sunday, the fifth day since the tragic accident, bringing the official death toll to over 60 and the number of missing to about 240.

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 Ron Paul group to defy IRS
Privacy

BY: Joel Gehrke April 15, 2014 | 2:15 pm
Washington Examiner

Ron Paul's nonprofit Campaign for Liberty will fight the Internal Revenue Service's demand that it reveal its donor list to the agency, despite having already been fined for refusing to do so.

"There is no legitimate reason for the IRS to know who donates to Campaign for Liberty," Megan Stiles, the communications director at Campaign for Liberty, told the Washington Examiner in an email on Tuesday. "We believe the First Amendment is on our side as evidenced by cases such as NAACP v. Alabama and International Union UAW v. National Right to Work. Many 501(c)(4) organizations protect the privacy of their donors in the very same way as Campaign for Liberty. For some reason the IRS has now chosen to single out Campaign for Liberty for special attention. We plan to fight this all the way."

Ron Paul suggested that the group will refuse to pay the IRS fine in an fundraising email to supporters about the agency's request for information.

"Paying this outrageous extortionist fine — just to exercise our rights as American citizens to petition our government — may even be cheaper in the short run," he wrote. "But it’ll just embolden an alphabet soup of other federal agencies to come after us." Paul's email said that the rule requiring that 501(c)(4)s list their donors is "rarely enforced."

Stiles accused the IRS of trying to silence her organization. "The IRS technically requires donor information from 501(c)(4) organizations and is forbidden by law from releasing it to the public, yet despite this they have 'mistakenly' released the information repeatedly over the years," she wrote. "Often these leaks have been made to political opponents of the conservative groups whose information was leaked. Leaking the donor information is intended to harass and to intimidate those donors from donating to political causes. Campaign for Liberty has refused to provide donor information to the IRS to protect the privacy of our members. Now the IRS has demanded the information and fined Campaign for Liberty for protecting its members’ privacy."

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 Nevada Standoff a Symptom of Increasing Authoritarianism
International Politics

by Ron Paul
April 21, 2014

The nation’s attention has for the past few weeks been riveted by a standoff in Nevada between armed federal agents and the Bundys, a ranching family who believe the federal government is exceeding its authority by accessing “fees” against ranchers who graze cattle on government lands. Outrage over the government’s use of armed agents to forcibly remove the Bundys’ cattle led many Americans to travel to Nevada to engage in non-violent civil disobedience in support of the family.

The protests seem to have worked, at least for now, as the government appears to have backed off from direct confrontation. Sadly, some elected officials have inflamed the situation by labeling the Bundys and their supporters “domestic terrorists,” thus justifying any future use of force by the government. That means there is always the possibility of another deadly Waco-style raid on the Bundys or a similar group in the future.

In a state like Nevada, where 84 percent of the land is owned by the federal government, these types of conflicts are inevitable. Government ownership of land means that land is in theory owned by everyone, but in practice owned by no one. Thus, those who use the land lack the incentives to preserve it for the long term. As a result, land-use rules are set by politicians and bureaucrats. Oftentimes, the so-called “public” land is used in ways that benefit politically-powerful special interests.

Politicians and bureaucrats can, and will, arbitrarily change the rules governing the land. In the 19th currently, some Americans moved to Nevada because the government promised them that they, and their descendants, would always be able to use the federally-owned land.  The Nevada ranchers believed they had an implied contract with the government allowing them to use the land for grazing. When government bureaucrats decided they needed to restrict grazing to protect the desert tortoise, they used force to drive most ranchers away.

By contrast, if the Nevada land in question was privately owned, the dispute over whether to allow the ranchers to continue to use the land would have likely been resolved without sending in federal armed agents to remove the Bundys’ cattle from the land. This is one more reason why the federal government should rid itself of all federal land holdings. Selling federal lands would also help reduce the federal deficit.

It is unlikely that Congress will divest the federal government’s land holdings, as most in government are more interested in increasing government power then in protecting and restoring private property rights.

A government that continually violates our rights of property and contract can fairly be descried as authoritarian. Of course, the politicians and bureaucrats take offense at this term, but how else do you describe a government that forbids Americans from grazing cattle on land they have used for over a century, from buying health insurance that does not met Obamacare’s standards, from trading with Cuba, or even from drinking raw milk! That so many in DC support the NSA spying and the TSA assaults on our privacy shows the low regard that too many in government have for our rights.

History shows us that authoritarian systems, whether fascist, communist, or Keynesian, will inevitably fail. I believe incidents such as that in Nevada show we may be witnessing the failure of the American authoritarian warfare-welfare state — and that of course would be good. This is why it so important that those of us who understand the freedom philosophy spread the truth about how statism caused our problems and why liberty is the only solution.

Former Congressman Paul’s article first appeared at ronpaulinstitute.org.

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 IRS emails indicate Tea Party groups could have faced 'criminal' charges
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