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Dying Detroit inspires Market-Anarchist Innovators; Predictable Statist Crazies go Full Retard: Operation Compliance!

Operation Compliance: Detroit's War on Small Business

http://youtu.be/-NMHArXwjHM
ReasonTV
Published on Sep 17, 2013

"Someone breaks in, they never show up. Yet still, they want to come and blackball you and close your business," says Derek Little, owner of an auto shop along Detroit's Livernois Avenue.

He's one of many business owners in Detroit who's faced what he says amounts to harassment from the city's overzealous code enforcement. Amidst a bankruptcy and a fast-dwindling population and tax base, the city has prioritized the task of ensuring that all businesses are in compliance with its codes and permitting. To accomplish this, Mayor David Bing announced in January that he'd assembled a task force to execute Operation Compliance.

Operation Compliance began with the stated goal of shutting down 20 businesses a week. Since its inception, Operation Compliance has resulted in the closure of 383 small businesses, with another 536 in the "process of compliance," according to figures provided to Reason TV by city officials.

But business owners say that Operation Compliance unfairly targets small, struggling businesses in poor areas of town and that the city's maze of regulations is nearly impossible to navigate, with permit fees that are excessive and damaging to businesses running on thin profit margins.

"It is hard to run a business in Detroit. It's taken me three years to get approval for an outside patio," says Larry Mongo, who runs Cafe D'Mongo's Speakeasy a successful bar and restaurant in downtown Detroit.

While Cafe D'Mongo's is now well-established and successful, Mongo says that the inscrutable regulations, frustrating bureaucracy, and rampant corruption among city officials discourages many would-be entrepreneurs from ever pursuing their business ideas in the city.

"What about the person starting out? The reputation that they give their relatives, their cousins, their friends... They say, 'Hey, don't [start a business]. They rob you,'" says Mongo.

Operation Compliance is but one manifestation of a larger problem in Detroit says Michael LaFaive, Director of the Mackinac Center in Michigan. That problem is a local government more focused on collecting revenue and maintaining municipal worker jobs than it is on creating a business-friendly environment.

"Accidentally, the city has created sort of an anarchistic culture in the city, where many entrepreneurs, where many of the smaller retailers and entrepreneurs simply forgo getting the required permits," says LaFaive. "So entrepreneurs have said, 'Look, let them catch me if they can.' Right now, the city has decided, 'We're going to try to catch you, and we're going to put together a special unit to do so.'"

Officials from the city of Detroit did not respond to requests to be interviewed for this story.

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*** But oh come on: all they're 'asking' for is little bit of their 'cut'; just cost of doing business, baby! Didn't ya kno?

Similar situation in California over 'licensing.'

Why is California Jailing Landscapers? Don't Cops Have Better Things to Do?!

http://youtu.be/vzHV9T-nphc
ReasonTV
Published on Sep 16, 2013

California suffers from one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation and the state is under court order to release 10,000 inmates, yet state agents are jailing people who manage to find home-improvement work. After placing ads on Craigslist, California State License Board investigators go undercover posing as homeowners, when landscapers, painters, and other contractors show up, the agents give them the "To Catch a Predator" treatment.

CSLB recently announced that agents from the Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (otherwise known by the tough-sounding acronym SWIFT) had completed operation "California Blitz." SWIFTers busted 79 perps for contracting without a license, and if convicted, they could face $5,000 in fines and up to six months in jail. Fifty-two face additional fines for illegal advertising, and thirteen may be charged with requesting an excessive down payment, which can result in 60 days in jail and/or up to $10,000 in fines. SWIFT routinely conducts large-scale sting operations and proudly posts footage of the busts online. And since California is the nation's second-most extensively and onerously licensed state (as noted by an Institute for Justice report), agents always have plenty of targets.

"CSLB and its partners in law enforcement are serious about enforcing California's consumer protection laws," says says CSLB Registrar Steve Sands. "Unlicensed, illegal activity that puts homeowners at risk and legitimate contractors at a competitive disadvantage will not be tolerated."

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"Don't Cops Have Better Things to Do?" is written and directed by Ted Balaker (@tedbalaker). Producer is Matt Edwards (@MattChrisEd). Opening motion graphics by Meredith Bragg. Camera by Zach Weissmueller. Music by audionautix.com and "The Contessa" is by Maurice and the Beejays (Magnatune Records). Special thanks to Sal Rodriguez.

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Govt Terrorists = WORSE than La Cosa Nostra:

At least the Mob doesn't call being "whacked," 'love drone bombs,' or 'collateral damage,' nor do they pretend that stealing wealth from you to pay their corporatist overlord donor buddies, or to murder you with their toys, is a 'stimulus.'

Any questions?

Top 10 Reasons Why the Mafia is Better than the State

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Uploaded on Nov 10, 2011

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Emily delivered the winning rant at the Soapbox Idol competition from Porcfest 2011. Porcfest is short for the Porcupine Freedom Festival which is held annually in NH by the Free State Project. The judges panel included Stefan Molyneux of Freedomain Radio, Carla Gericke of the FSP, and Adam Kokesh of Adam Vs The Man.

Also known as the Top 10 Reasons Why the Mafia should replace the State.

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Pyramid scheme.

The first step to recovery is for Detroit property owners to admit we have a problem. Decentralize the government.

Minarchy rules!!!

grant

phase out the "city of detroit government"

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To make ignoring government more widespread

all we need to do if refuse to convict anyone of any of these non-violent "crimes"

If we don't convict the harassment, coersion, and blackmailing by government agents will end.

We have the power if we only use it.

Detroit needs "Operation no-more-politicians"

We all do...

Mercenary - your titles are too long to tweet.

Like - 14 letters too long.

Don't feed the pandas. Ever.

oh come now Chris: Onionize!

I'm sure you can come up with something pithy .D

Dying Detroit inspires Market-Anarchist Innovators; Predictable Statist Crazies go Full Retard: Operation Compliance!

well, had a long day... so excuse the lame-o's, but I suppose:

1. Market Anarchists dare Detroit Statists: "Catch me If you Can!"

2. AnCaps refibrillate a Dying Detroit, Statists pump it full of 9mm

3. AnCaps sex-up Detroit, Statists box it.

4. #MarketWin: Detroit Revival = Blowback vs. Keynesian in Real-time

I'm spent .o/

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

Here's an easier trick - post originally with a short title...

Then edit and add all those other words you so love to festoon your titles with. Result: The number of letters in the title plus the link will fit in one tweet.

Example:

Girl with Balloon Gun Popped

Then edit that to:

Inter-agency Task Force Surrounds 7-Year Old Terrorizing Market Goers With Balloon Animal Shaped Like A Gun

See - it fits!

Don't feed the pandas. Ever.

LOL! Good, finally! An Editor fit for my

verbosity!

Well, Chris, you can be my editor; you can submit shortened headlines/titles, so I can keep writing long ass festoon-y ones, regardless?

xD

by the way, yeah, when I HAD Twitter, it was a good exercise in succinctness, but got rid of it...during the time...when Chis wasn't Pol Pot =)

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

Well no, that wouldn't be practical.

Just use my little trick, and keep reporting on Open-Carry stuff - that and registration are the two 'hot fronts' in the 2nd amendment battle.

Glad you liked though. Also - have you seen some of those balloon animals they're making nowadays at the farmer's market? Second-generation stuff, man - look so realistic it's scary.

Don't feed the pandas. Ever.

that does it!

I need a RED-button w/Chris' face on it, so I can press it, whenever I need my funnybones jabbed, smacked and tickled, on demand, like pr0n.

you friggin' irreverent comic madman, you!

xD

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

Maybe it's the chemtrails...

check 'em out at 3:45.

Don't feed the pandas. Ever.

And we recall.....

http://www.dailypaul.com/289588/open-letter-to-detroit
In which we rant then reconsider putting some energy into this cesspool...

http://www.dailypaul.com/294105/reality-check-for-detroit-pr...
In which we find out more reality....

AND PROJECT ABANDONED FOR LACK OF INTEREST.

Not like we didn't know, Detroit and not like we didn't consider trying but the thing is.....

YOU SUCK.

There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.

Overbearing regulations

Overbearing regulations should be ruled invalid and repealed. Just write a bill that requires all codes, rules, and regulations be re-approved each year and automatically declared void if not reauthorized on an annual basis.

can you imagine if all the

regulatory enforcers were actual Constitutionalists?

They'd all quit, themselves, voluntarily! LOL

right. that will be the day, in a bowel-'movement liberal' bastion like Detroit.

but it's still awesome to see econ-blowback in real-time: humans, where there's a need, they'll find a way to trade and associate with each other; a microcosm of what can be, should govt terrorist thugs simply GTFOTW!

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

Love it!

Summary: Corrupt Detroit city government convinces small business owners to practice Agorism by participating in the counter-economy. They simply ignore government, don't ask for them for permission, and go around their asinine hurdles and obstacles to help their families and communities. Naturally, the government sees this as a threat because, "Well, what if the people realized they didn't need government and that all government really is, is legalized oppression and legalized thuggery."

I'm a serial entrepreneur and liberty activist from Texas!

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market forces and blowback,

ya think after a couple of go around repeatability throughout history, 'they' would finally wake up. but hey, we're talking statist fascists who love stealing private wealth and murdering us; I never expect logic to ever actually flow out of their noggins.

lol.

Blowback: it's such a beautiful display of 'where there's a need people will find their way; spontaneously organize and create their own voluntary order'! like watching universe in action. then of course, come the crazed idiots armed with alchemical semantics woo woo.

still, it's so disheartening looking at all those beautiful neo-classical buildings in Detroit from yore, just rotting away...

Hell, I'm actually even surprised that there HASN'T been a 'well-meaning' drug-cartel kingpin, like Pablo Escobar, who'd come in and takes over an entire section of Detroit, as his pet project & build it up, even out of a politically expedient soft/hard-PR diplomacy/'buying favors,' of sorts. LOL

wouldn't that be a hilariously good fortune? oh right, then come the 'made deal with the devil'-thing. never mind xD

Well, regardless, here's to the MoTown market anarchists: 'catch me if you can'-away!!!

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul