Ditch the charade altogether

Could Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) be Obama’s running mate? He will certainly consider it.

Hagel’s vocal criticism of the Bush administration since the 2003 invasion of Iraq has touched off speculation that if Obama were to pick a Republican running mate, it might be Hagel. Hagel said in an interview with The Associated Press that after devoting much of his life to his country — in the Senate and the U.S. Army — he would have to consider any offer.

“If it would occur, I would have to think about it,” Hagel said. “I think anybody, anybody would have to consider it. Doesn’t mean you’d do it, doesn’t mean you’d accept it, could be too many gaps there, but you’d have to consider it, it’s the only thing you could do. Why wouldn’t you?”

Interesting stuff to be sure and I, for one, do think it’s time the Rs and Ds ditch the charade of party differences altogether and move toward the more apt beauty pageant coronation ceremonies better suited to the media crowning of prez. Look at the “success” the Libertarian Party is claiming by having republicans, Bob Barr and Wayne Allyn Root on the ballot what with all the media attention. Libertarians have long said that there ain’t a dime’s worth of difference between the major political parties and then, in Denver, we (well some) put all our dimes where our collective mouth was and proved ourselves right.*

One thought though on a Republican Obama running mate: He should hold out for the Republican Obama that Bobby Jindal (LA) represents. What a CHANGE! and UNITY! ticket that would be! Gotta love the jackasses that want you to think even less at the polls!

*The LP has long been the third largest political party in the United States and I was, until May, a member and office holder. With the nomination of Bob Barr, it became a third extension of an unholy not a dime’s worth of difference trinity.

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My first cavity search

via No State

What I’m reading right now

I like to read things that both support and challenge my viewpoints and inclinations. Right now I’m reading The Politics of Obedience:The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude by Étienne de La Boétie and A Republic, Not an Empire by Patrick Buchanan. (See, just by reading Buchanan I am challenging myself.)

Discourse is so far a very interesting look at how the public actually participates in its own slavery by consent:

I should like merely to understand how it happens that so many men, so many villages, so many cities, so many nations, sometimes suffer under a single tyrant who has no other power than the power they give him; who is able to harm them only to the extent to which they have the willingness to bear with him; who could do them absolutely no injury unless they preferred to put up with him rather than contradict him. Surely a striking situation! Yet it is so common that one must grieve the more and wonder the less at the spectacle of a million men serving in wretchedness, their necks under the yoke…

The solution for liberty? Simply withdraw consent.

Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break in pieces.

It’s such a simple idea, isn’t it?

Buchanan’s book is actually surprising me a bit. When I first picked it up, I’d just finished Chalmers Johnson’s, Blowback. The first few chapters of Republic drew the characteristically cynical observation that perhaps the subject matter was, in the late 90’s a fad that never caught on. But Buchanan’s book reads thus far like a very good history book and his warnings have proven spot on. I’d be a liar if I didn’t admit though that it is bringing into very sharp focus the idea that empire is inevitable in a world where democracy is championed. It just impossible to for people to vote their interests and expect otherwise and that idea was well developed in Bastiat’s, The Law.

I guess all in all, I cannot get on board with reforming the republic into a mirror image of its past. The American republic was a great experiment but with the stains of slavery and genocide, it was far from perfect. It’s a lofty goal to try to get back to the cherry picked parts of history but until it is recognized on a mass level that the slavery and genocide of the American past have simply been repackaged into a “new and improved” item that no longer discriminates based on skin color or anything other than political connections, most in this country will never know true prosperity.

And so let me now declare myself a truly pragmatic person and say that I hope whoever wins our upcoming elections bring our chains more into the light. Individual liberty may not seem like such an overstretch of imagination or wishful thinking and people may actually withdraw consent when the noose is tightened. I just won’t be participating in the process of tightening that noose by voting for any of the jokers running. Besides, I’m going to have better things to do in November- there are many more fabulous books to read.

From republican to libertarian to anarchist- a natural progression for the somewhat intelligent

I’ve long questioned man’s desire to control another through governmental coercion.  Right, left, up or down on the political spectrum matters for nothing as representatives on all sides attempt, albeit in different ways, to control their fellow men by theft and regulation.  For several years I associated with the Libertarian Party because I thought it might be a group working toward the dissolution of such coercion.  But, after watching some of my fellow party members be corrupted into becoming that which we were supposed to be fighting, I recognized that any person or group attempting to change the system from the inside will undoubtedly sell out to play the political game.  Nowhere was that more evident than the Libertarian Party national convention hosted in May in the fine city of Denver.

It was not without a little heartache that I concluded that political parties- even the LP- are the antithesis of a free heart and mind and I left.  Of course, I didn’t leave the many friends that I made over the years; I just left behind the silliness of ballot access fund raising drives and water board/ dog catcher electoral successes.

My time within the LP wasn’t wasted though.  I evolved to my present position because of those years of reading and study and today understand that the ideal world  would be one of free market anarchy.  Please don’t misunderstand me.  I fully recognize that some people would want some sort of governing and I support the right to that through a voluntary association.  But, it is a violation of my right to live in liberty if you force your form of government upon me and I just can’t live with that contradiction anymore.

So, here I am with a new blog.  I may still write from time to time at my old libertarian site because I do believe that libertarianism and anarchism are not incompatible.  (If you knew how many people to whom I explained anarchy after they researched the beginning of the LP…)  I hope you enjoy it here and visit often but it won’t be something I write my congressman over.

Burning Porcupine Festival

This looks like it’ll be great fun:

Burning Porcupine Festival: July 14th-25th 2008
The 12 Days of Freedom
What happens in Grafton stays in Grafton
See Freestaters at their Wildest!

Anarchic campout in Free Town Grafton NH

There will be drinking, burning things, sitting around BSing, bands, toilets and showers in the woods, talking about the revolution, and of course a giant burning rodent. It’ll be one big party. Lloyd is going to do a naked fire dance. Tim Condon is going to prance in a gorilla suit to do: a circle of liberty, poetry reading, lead a Scrabble tournament, readings of patriotic documents, MC a magic show, a libertarian play. Wookie skydiving is on the schedule. There’s a possibility of warm-weather jello wrestling. Get your nails done by illegal nail buffers: an unlicensed Buff-In. Sumo-wrestling to settle any endless debates – noisemeter from the crowd to arbitrate. Shooting and golf – with extra points for shooting golf balls out of the air. Libertarian karaoke – full spray with firehose if you’re really bad – instead of the hook aka Gong Show. Logging competition. Burning Porcupine moving-making contest. Poker tournament with ounces of silver. Fireworks illegal in most states – IED exhibition. Burning President William. An FSP Roast – a few minutes for each freestater notable (submit your nominations for people to be roasted) – cardboard cutouts for roasting those in absentia. Live video from the event. Nightly UN flag burning.