articles for LRC have been increasingly difficult and frustrating
to write. More recently I have been trying to get people to understand
America’s current police state. Yes, I have received some favorable
emails when my articles have appeared, but there are also ones from
those in denial, who refer to me as "nuts," "conspiracy
theorist," and so on.
Now, to say
that America is becoming
like Nazi Germany is not an exaggeration. But too many people
glance over such assertions in disbelief, perceiving such things
as absurdities. They are in denial, and just do not want to believe
what’s going on.
In my article
on martial law, I emphasized that public officials are obligated
to disobey unlawful orders, even those issued by the President of
the United States. If the President orders suspension of civil liberties
and basic rights protected by the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights,
then governors, mayors, state troopers, police officers and military
personnel must disobey those unlawful orders. Those officials have
sworn to an oath to obey the Constitution, not to obey the
President of the United States.
now, but the reason isn’t because of Islamic terrorists – it’s because
of government bureaucrats, central planners run amok.
is that bureaucrats who MUST have war and expanded powers, including
suppression of civil liberties, will change
the laws to suit their narcissistic needs for more power.
is dangerous because too many amongst the general population are
no longer raised with a sense of moral
values and personal
responsibility. Americans seem to get easily swept up into a
national fervor for war,
for killing and death. Just look at these past ten years of
destruction that our government has caused overseas, and the American
people’s passive acceptance of it based on the government’s emotion-driven
One item of
evidence of America’s decline in decency and values is how America’s
youngsters are so bloodthirstily drawn to the latest pop culture
phenomenon called The
Hunger Games, #1 on Amazon.com this week. Because of modern
Americans’ craving for war
and sadism, and because of their widespread support for the
Bush-Obama wars of the past decade, Americans have become even more
desensitized to violence.
But this series
of books supposedly has an anti-war
tone or message. However, I wonder how many people who have read
the books (or have seen
the movie) are more "anti-war" than they were previously.
their apparent militantly exceptionalist
attitude, and with much ignorance as well (especially
of Muslims), many Americans now seem to have an insatiable craving
for violence, sadism, cruelty, torture, murder, blood and death.
Fifty or sixty
years ago, when America was perhaps a little more decent and moral
in general thanitisnow,
in no way would so many parents have let their kids see this movie
or read the books.
Hunger Games, America has a corrupt, degenerate central government
that has grown into a monstrous Leviathan, consisting of professional
bureaucrats and politicians who seem to delight in pitting one group
of Americans against another, with class warfare and governmental-provocation
of racial conflicts, and struggles between police and civilians.
It is as though Washington’s political class wants to see
conflicts between armed government agents and everyday civilians,
via the drug war, the "war on terror," and thousands and
thousands of needless regulations and laws that could cause the
most innocent amongst us to be on the receiving end of a criminal
S.W.A.T. team raid.
And now, Barack
Obama is taking full advantage of the post-9/11 police
state apparatus that the Bush-Cheney Administration set up.
This is being used, in the name of "keeping
us safe" and along with the massively intrusive ObamaCare
in the name of "keeping us healthy and insured," to gain
even more control over the people’s lives, their fortunes, their
businesses, associations and contracts.
Acts by Barack Obama and Congress:
Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) gives the President the power to
have the military arrest and detain indefinitely anyone the president
says is a "terrorist," or a "terrorist supporter,"
without providing any evidence against the accused.
human being who is accused of something has an inherent right
to require that the accuser show evidence to prove such alleged
guilt. No circumstances are too important – not wars, terrorism,
and not economic collapse – that the government or Presidents be
relieved of their burden to show evidence against the accused.
compared these Washington policies to similar police state policies
of Chile’s dictator General Augusto Pinochet during the 1970s. The
NDAA law could now be considered as Washington’s reactionary and
desperate response to political
dissent and economic collapse.
recent extreme overreach was his signing the Executive
Order, the National Defense Resources Preparedness (NDRP) order,
which gives the President complete control over all resources within
the U.S. territory including water and agriculture, energy, transportation
and food, during war or emergency. But this revised version gives
the President such supreme
powers in peacetime.
In this new
example of totalitarianism the President also seizes control over
the nation’s labor forces, and it is not merely a demand to conscript
Americans into the military, but to conscript Americans to serve
non-military labor capacities, and during peacetime as
well. (Hmmm. Sounds a little like communism, if you ask me.)
And with the
camps, there is plenty of evidence that the U.S. government
either foresees or is planning for some sort of catastrophic
event, economic collapse, or civil unrest. In an intensive
investigation by former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura and Alex
Jones, the investigators found one "residential center"
starts at about 25 minutes) with locked doors, barbed wire fencing
facing the inside of the property, and a children’s playground.
Officials at the center refused to give information about what the
place was for. Investigators also found stacks of hundreds of thousands
of coffins and plans for mass graves. Investigators found
plenty of evidence that camps and rendition sites are to be
used to deal with possible massive political dissent in America.
No doubt many
readers dismiss all this as "conspiracy theory," and FEMA
probably has its explanations such as preparations for possible
biological warfare, mass epidemics, and so forth. (And we all know,
Katrina, just how competent FEMA is in managing disasters.)
That all these acts by federal U.S. government bureaucrats – NDAA,
NDRP, the power to detain or assassinate Americans without showing
evidence against the accused, the FEMA camps and prison-like facilities
– could actually be meant for devious purposes by political power-grabbers
is something that most people just would not want to acknowledge.
The thought that the U.S. government and U.S. military could be
the American people as the enemy is a frightening thought.
Now, some people
believe that Obama is using his new military dictatorship and detainment
camps on behalf of various left-wing groups, such as the Weather
Underground, to "transform America" into communist rule.
But many of these police state policies and Homeland Security intrusions
were begun by the Bush Administration and even by previous administrations,
such as Jimmy Carter who first signed FEMA into existence, and the
Reagan Administration that included Oliver
North acting out of the White House basement and who eagerly
called for martial law at the drop of a hat.
also have seen testimony from the 1970s by
an FBI agent who infiltrated the Weather Underground, and who
described how academic types such as Bill
Ayers were allegedly plotting to bring down the U.S. government
to make way for foreign communist regimes to occupy America, and
that resisters and dissenters would be "eliminated." Here
is a brief video of the FBI agent’s descriptions:
Now, here is
what I would say if I were really conspiratorial: I would
suggest that the neocons’ aggressions overseas, with invasions and
occupations, sanctions, and destroying Muslim countries to create
blowback against America and to expand U.S. governmental powers
abroad and at home, were to intentionally weaken America’s
security and economy to help those leftist organizations.
But I’m not saying that. (Although, those incompetent neocon central
planners sure have been useful idiots for those leftists,
at the very least).
neoconservatives are certainly not "conservative." Their
policies are fascist, with their passion for coveting the wealth
and natural resources of foreigners and seizing control over so
much property and resources in their own country.
But in my opinion,
fascism is really communism with a mere façade of
"private property." Like the communists (and the Nazis),
the neocons have been invading country after country (as has been
plan, especially in the Middle East), some covertly. Since 1990
the invasions and occupations have been more overt and for the purpose
of expanding U.S. government bureaucracies and military and for
U.S. government hegemony worldwide. (Hmmm. They sound like communists
article on the West’s economic structure tells us of the government-corporate
complex, the breakdown of the rule of law, and how the political
elites strive to maintain and strengthen their political and police
powers at all costs.
The one major
commonality between the neoconservatives and the Obama leftists
is that both groups love central planning. But it is central
planning that has been the cause for much of the destruction of
modern civilization, in the Soviet Union, the current European Union
and the United States. The left and the neocons have their utopian
views of the ideal society, both being authoritarian, with total
government control over the people.
points out, the central planning elites use war and conquest to
foment nationalist fervor from the masses to get them to passively
accept the elites’ massive intrusions, predations and crimes against
them. The latest hysteria is the rush to war with Iran,
based on propaganda that the government spoon-feeds the masses,
despite Iran’s being completely surrounded
by U.S. military bases and Israel having hundreds
Obama has taken
on the neocons’ warmongering abroad and domestic police state, combined
with his seizing control over just about every aspect of daily life
in America (e.g. ObamaCare). Now many Americans are leaving
the country in droves, even though the government has been making
for the people to leave, just as it was with the Soviet Union and
The way out
of this is to accept the fact that compulsory central planning leads
to tyranny, and that we must decentralize
America in order to save it. The Soviet Union learned the hard way.
But at least
some states are trying to defend themselves from federal tyranny
nullification, of ObamaCare, and now of the NDAA law especially.
So at least there’s some hope. (In this
video, Hans-Hermann Hoppe explains the dangers of centralization
and the advantages of small states.)
In our current
situation of de facto martial law, now
is a good time to remind governors, mayors, police, national
guardsmen and military that any federal orders to arrest or detain
Americans without charges or evidence, any suspension of one’s civil
liberties and right to due process, are unlawful orders that
military, state and local officials are obligated to disobey. If
you know you have done nothing wrong, you have a right to defend
yourself against unlawful arrest or detainment, and a right to resist
being brought against your will to rendition camps.