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Creativity At Its Best: Paranoid Libertarianism by Cass Sunstein

Creativity at Its Best: Paranoid Libertarianism by Cass Sunstein

In a recent essay in the New Republic, Princeton University historian Sean Wilentz contends that Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and Julian Assange reflect a political impulse he calls “paranoid libertarianism.” Wilentz claims that far from being “truth-telling comrades intent on protecting the state and the Constitution from authoritarian malefactors,” they “despise the modern liberal state, and they want to wound it.”

Wilentz gives credit to Richard Hofstadter for the term “paranoid libertarianism,” but he is being generous. Although Hofstadter wrote an influential essay called “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” he didn’t call special attention to its libertarian manifestation. Wilentz has performed an important public service in doing exactly that.

Most of Wilentz’s essay focuses on Snowden, Greenwald and Assange, and he offers a lot of details in an effort to support his conclusions about each of them. But let’s put the particular individuals to one side. Although Wilentz doesn’t say much about paranoid libertarianism as such, the general category is worth some investigation.


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Libertarianism or Law abiding people

This demonstrates to me another reason why associating with political labels is not fruitful. If they can put you in a label then they attack the label by defining the label and pointing out this label as the antithesis to it's label. 'Libertarians want to wound liberal' is nothing more that a psyop mistaken for reality as a mechanism to divide and conquer.

The tool that labels provide is specifically designed for generating and compartmentalizing weighted bias within the human neural nets of experience to enable emotional rejection or inclusion so that 'sides' are artificially generated.

To not play that game and nullify their entire argument we can reject the labels and state exactly where we stand; we are law abiding people who will not stand for lawlessness in any form. This does not mean law is 100,000 pages of statutory codes and ordinances generated at the local, state and federal level per year that have zero application to the people and were never made lawfully to begin with. Law abiding people means that any breach of peace or breach of duty resulting in injury done to someone by another has equal access to justice.

Most of the men and women fraudulently claiming to be the State are committing injury on the people through on-going and growing violations of law. If law abiding people cannot have equal and impartial justice for the Breach of our Peace and Breach of Duty committed by criminal men fraudulently claiming to be the State then the fact is there is no State, liberal, libertarian, conservative or otherwise. There is only lawlessness by criminal men and women actively committing injury upon everyone.

So to Mr. Susntein and the rest of the criminals, here is one point that is the proof of the lawlessness:
Article 1 Section 10 of the US Constitution- No State shall make anything but gold and silver coin a tender in the payment of debts. This is a defined prohibition that was voluntarily contracted for obligatory duty by all those who chose to work for the government. The tender is defined but what is the reality? Every single man and woman who is claiming to be under the capacity of the their oath is fraudulently claiming their capacity because they actively stand outside of their lawful capacity due the fact that the tender in the payment of their time for their claimed capacity is a private bank's debt note that is an unlawful tender and is a mathematically guaranteed to fail debt note. If every single man and woman claiming to be operating for the State is in Breach of duty and is causing the injury of inflation, debt, and ever rising taxes that are forced at the end of the barrel of a gun on law abiding people and the state using never ending loans to build, arm and utilize a military style police state operations on law abiding people by lawless individuals then what rational choice does one have? Their is no paranoia in this fact, there is only a metastasizing tyranny growing in its all out criminal injury upon law abiding people with no access to equal and impartial justice due to unlawful usurpations by the state claiming a monopoly on who will be criminally tried. There are also no judges who are abiding by the tender laws, so there is literally NO lawful forum for justice anywhere in this country.

The most powerful Law of Nature is Time. It is finite and we all will run out of it. Use this Law to your advantage, for it offers you infinite possibilities...

I suppose this state apologist would have thought

that Jews in Nazi Germany were just being paranoid. At least he is getting destroyed in the comments.

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

Two words, Cass Sunstein.

Anyone who has read this person's drivel will know that applications of logic are never involved in the equation. This guy literally suggested that we should turn April 15th (tax day) into a federal holiday on par with Christmas. As much as I'm not into the whole social construct of Santa Claus, at least the holiday in question celebrated giving as opposed to taking.

“My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday.” - G.K. Chesterton