The Dollar Vigilante
by Jeff Berwick: My
Trip to the Slave Processing Center
I am looking
forward to the release of The Hobbit on December 14th. Its
author, J.R.R. Tolkien, was essentially an anarchist. He once stated:
political opinions lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically
understood, meaning the abolition of control not whiskered men
with bombs) or to unconstitutional Monarchy.
I would arrest anybody who uses the word State (in any sense other
than the inaminate real of England and its inhabitants, a thing
that has neither power, rights nor mind); and after a chance of
recantation, execute them if they remained obstinate! If we could
go back to personal names, it would do a lot of good.
is an abstract noun meaning the art and process of governing and
it should be an offence to write it with a capital G or so to
refer to people
The most improper job of any many, even
saints (who at any rate were at least unwilling to take it on),
is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and
least of all those who seek the opportunity
story of the Lord
of the Rings centers around the ring of power... otherwise
known as the state. The journey begins in a anarchic place where
the people are happy, no policemen, no king (or one that was thought
long forgotten). There is apparently a mayor but he does nothing
as the locals frolick, sing, dance, play with fireworks, drink and
smoke pipe weed. Soon, however, the ring wraiths, driven by the
lust of power come to ruin it all.
was the first real book I ever read and it drew me into the fantastic
world that John Ronald Reuel Tolkien created. That halloween I dressed
up as Bilbo Baggins and even used it as my alias on Bulletin Boards
(pre-internet communications throughout the 1980s). Soon after,
at around 13 years of age I read the Lord of the Rings and
was even more amazed. I read the trilogy countless times.
It makes me
wonder if it didn't shape some of my views as I'm sure it
did but it wasn't until decades later that it dawned on me
the true message of the ring! I'm sure millions don't catch the
allegory either, unfortunately. It's too bad that Tolkien didn't
forgo fantasy somewhat and call Mordor, Washington DC. Obama would
have made a great Sauron, had he been president when Tolkein was
writing. The ring wraiths, Rockefeller, Rothchild and other likes
who lust for power over others from behind the scenes.
When I first
heard that a new adaption was going to be released in 2001 I was
hesitant. I even went so far as to say that it would be impossible
to truly adapt that massive anthology on screen. As I sat there
in the cinema I realized I was wrong. Peter Jackson had created
a genius masterpiece. I can't believe it's been nearly 10 years
since the third film has been released... but that might be because
I make sure to watch it at least twice a year.
And with baited
breath I now await The Hobbit. Although, I do have some reservations.
The Hobbit was more of a children's story, contrasted to the dark
Lord of the Rings (LOTR)... and The
Hobbit, also, was almost like a pamphlet in size compared
to the massive LOTR texts. Yet, Peter Jackson is trying to
turn it into a film trilogy as well. I don't know how we will do
it... but then again, I didn't know how he could do LOTR either
and he did. So I give him the benefit of the doubt.
In any case,
if you haven't read LOTR or seen the
films, they are an absolute must see. I just wish we could bring
back JRR Tolkien to see it in all its glory. He's on my top five
list of people to bring back from the dead to see what became of
their legacy (both bad and good), including Jesus and Thomas Jefferson.
I think all three of them would be shocked to see what became of
their work! Jesus would be flabergasted to see what the Roman Catholic
church has twisted his words around for profit. And Thomas Jefferson
would be reaching for his musket in a moment to tear down this terrible
tyranic organization that has grown into the world's most dangerous,
freedom-destroying, killing machines!
If only Thomas
Jefferson had read LOTR he may have understood that no government,
no matter how small, can resist the corruptive ability of the ring
of power! Not even Frodo.
said, "I would use this ring from a desire to do good, but
through me it would wield a power too great and terrible to imagine."
December 10, 2012
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is an anarcho-capitalist freedom fighter and Chief Editor of the
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