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Slavery By Consent

Do you carry your driver's license on you when you drive?

What about your insurance? And registration? Ya know, those pieces of ppr you are required by law in most states to have on you when you drive?

Do you out your seat belt on and mostly follow most of the speed limit signs and other traffic signs?

Do you file your taxes?

You do at least some of those things.

Get over yourself.

You're a slave just like the rest of us.

As an expat, who has lived in

As an expat, who has lived in several countries and visited even more, I can say without any hesitation that the USA IS A PRISON COUNTRY.

I'm going to say that again in case no one heard it in the backroom... THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS A TAX PRISON GULAG!

In guess what? So many people in the US have spent time in jail that they are used to it, and blinded by the reality of the current situation.

Go up and ask one of those TSA how they feel about it, but before you do, ask them if they've ever been locked up.

The only people who think they're "free" in the US are ex-cons or military.

Any intelligent, open-minded, well-traveled or well-read person walking around the streets of the USA will completely agree with what I'm saying.

I think there is a huge angle being ignored here...

While my heart agrees with Scottish Independence in principle, the issue has a major wrinkle that libertarians should examine before decrying the results. I don't believe that many of these "No" votes are out of loyalty to London, but out of fear of Scotland's political class (who are much closer to Marx in ideology than Locke). I, like many here, have Anglo-Scottish ancestry and would love to see an Independent Scotland, but the independent Scotland that would have arisen from this referendum would overwhelmingly be politically dominated by socialists with strong political ties to Brussels.

Scotland's socialists have also promised the voters that they would have immediately sought stronger ties to the E.U., effectively giving voters the choice of either voting "Yes" to transferring Scotland's political and fiscal control from London to Brussels...or to say "No". While it would have been politically dicey for Scotland to enter the E.U. without irritating Spain and England, political (and possibly fiscal) union would just be a matter of time.

This could be just as much a referendum against socialism rather than over a "free" Scotland. If the pro-independence politicians had a policy of retaining power in Scotland, then I'd be seeing this differently.

UKIP is doing a good job of pushing Brussels back on UK soil and anyone looking for a little freedom could do better than to turn their new country over to the champaign socialists in Brussels. Until the next referendum (which will come), we libertarians need to step up our efforts in Scotland and export back to them the ideas of John Locke that once made us free and prosperous before the E.U anthem is sung daily in Scottish schools.

Cuimhnigh orm, a Dhia, le haghaidh maith.

Great interview

Cody crushes without hesitation. I'm going to have to watch this again tomorrow, because that was very exciting to listen to!

I see some folks here giving Sophie some flack. I don't know much about her, but honestly I felt like she was really just playing devil's advocate in a sort of Cavuto-esque sort of way. She gave Cody plenty of opportunity to say his piece, and while she certainly stated most of the common arguments, I felt she wasn't actually attempting to defend them. Maybe because she knew she was outgunned 100% (pun intended), or maybe because she was trying to give Cody lots of opportunities to counter-argue a great variety of the general thoughts against his project and philosophy.

But really, that bit where he talks about how he views society as already having retrograded to a feudalistic, barbaric state was flawless.

Same here

Same here

Edward Moran

The irony

of a believer in turning the other cheek wanting to beat it instead...

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Dead things

go with the flow of the current.

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect" - Mark Twain


herbal Jagermeister helped tears fall down my face...


Great to see you on the big boat!

LL on Twitter:
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

I didn't mention Religion...

But I did imply God.

First to directly answer you: You don't need to believe in god to be happy. Thankfully, your connection to god is a fact of nature - so you can just focus on things you enjoy - and you'll get the same God-Response called Happiness that every other life-form receives.

However, I don't think you will ever be able to focus on the idea of Atheism and feel happiness bubble up from within as that is a false notion.

How Atheism & Belief are Contradictions:

Atheism is a worldview that suggests that there is no God, no intelligent non-physical entity that comes before and causes physical existence. From that worldview there is no reason why BELIEF, the nonphysical act of INTERPRETATION should have any physical effect.

If it's a purely physical universe, then the physical stuff is all that should matter.

But it isn't.
And it isn't.

What you believe changes your physical nature.
That contradicts the atheist belief that the brain
Causes the Mind & causes consciousness.

If you believe that Love is simply a brainstate,
Then you believe in magic love potions - chemicals that can FORCE emotion.

Chemicals can causes temporary changes in perception,
But over time, they ALWAYS have a deleterious effect on the body
Because the body is actually built to run from the Inside -> Out, or
From the Mind -> to the Brain -> to the Body.

I didn't say Religion.
I said Atheists - those who LACK a belief in or DENY the existence of -
An intelligent, creative, SOURCE of Life & physical existence -

Atheism is illogical, so I hope those who subscribe - look with rational eyes.
Don't be turned off to "god" because you see some wackos -
Only form a conclusion after EXHAUSTIVE open-minded research.
Skepticism has no place here.

Belief shapes your life - right down to the Genes.

"If you always lean on your master, you will never be able to proceed without him." - Jefferson to his daughter Martha. March 1787

Yeah, I wasn't that emotionally invested :P

But it was a GREAT speech, and I am very proud to support Rand.


1,539,920 out of 3,000,000+ citizens voted for liberty. This is a victory for liberty. The people of that land are not propagandized a much as our citizenry. The movement of people toward Independence gains worldwide. Eastern Ukraine, Catalonia, Basque-land, Piedmont, etc. are the beginning of the next great rearrangement of representation, not controlled by monetary chains.

No Physical thing could Ever be a "cure-all" -

The human body responds to its physical AND its mental environment and perfectly reflects them. So no matter what physical actions you take, if your mental environment is unsupportive to well-being, then well-being cannot be FORCED by a chip or any other physical action.

The root of every physical action is thought.

So the only cureall to dis-ease --- is the mental state of EASE, or in a word:


Happiness is the only cure-all and once materialists realize it - humanity will undergo another rEVOLution bigger than the Industrial one - bigger than the Technological one.

When you're happy - your body thrives.

Ron Paul wouldn't be where he is today if he allowed a
Mental Diet of Grouchy, Pessimistic Skepticism to take root
In his Mental Environment.

This will be the next life-changing revolution.

Faith doesn't work because of Christianity, or Buddhism, or Vedism,
It works because the human being BELIEVES in it.

Human Beings are part Mental and part Physical,
And BOTH require healthy sustenance.


"If you always lean on your master, you will never be able to proceed without him." - Jefferson to his daughter Martha. March 1787


letting tears fall down my face.

LL on Twitter:
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

still in tears


LL on Twitter:
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Love will win

Never forget.

Never forget that truth.

Love will become victorious.

Torture is an attempt to break the sweet surrender to Love/God.

Love wins.

LL on Twitter:
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

The 'betting on politics' he was refering to..

By the way, the 'betting on politics' Cenk was referring to was the website Intrade, which was shut down shortly after the 2012 election. I never looked too deep into what caused the market to shut down, but I remember watching the markets on that site go crazy during the campaign.
There was comments for all the different events people could 'invest' (bet) on, and I remember laughing my butt off at this one very adamant 'investor' that dumped thousands of dollars on Santorum winning the nomination.

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BBC is calling it: SCOTLAND VOTES NO

The bankers are breathing a sigh of relief, but an opportunity that comes along but once in several lifetimes and without the loss of one drop of blood is now gone.
NO 55%
NO 1,914,187

YES 45%
YES 1,539,920

Turnout 84.48%

Ha, love it! Would've taken me two years

to come up with something similarly clever. Bravo! and cheers to the hero Ed Snowden.
I'm still grinning.

There are no words


time is wasted in minutes not hours

When I was very young I was

When I was very young I was fascinated with the unseen, the unexplained, anything I could get my hands on. I knew things were not as they seemed. I hated the boring structure of grade school, and I was suspicious of societal norms.

That to me is what being awake is. Not buying into everything.

When I was still young I asked my mom about the ongoing war. "Are we the good guys?"
"There are no good guys," she replied.
Months later, we watched the news and I asked, "Does this mean we won?"
"Nobody wins," she replied.
I suspected so.

And in high school I learned that there were more laws than any one person could comprehend, and that even lawyers have trouble sorting it out. That's when I realized the magnitude of the dysfunction.

"Being awake" is a sorry

"Being awake" is a sorry excuse to stop expanding your conciseness. If you think you are awake you are probably just dreaming.

Nystrom had a great post about it called if you meet the buddha on the road, kill him.

And if you disagree with that then you definitely aren't awake like me ;)

God. Damn. Great. Speech.

Holy Expletive!


on the comment section of my article...

Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness

well put

well put

Waking up is the day you

Waking up is the day you realize a few people get to print out of thin air what the rest of us must labor for.

We will "save" every oppressed person

on this planet if its the last thing we do. We must realize in being awake that the fall of a nation will come in its audacity and immunity from having to "free" them. The Federal Government cannot save anyone, but they could surely free them, and they will, when they have nothing left to stand on but a hollow claim that power grants salvation through force.

Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness

The government can't even get FEMA money... the people they claim it's for...

You think they're going to get tons and tons of shipments of arms to the "RIGHT" people in various war-torn desert countries thousands of miles away? In fact, is it going to one, or more countries? We don't even know. Who EXACTLY are we even supporting? Who EXACTLY are we even fighting? We DON'T KNOW!

Just more 'take-from-the-poor', 'give-to-the-rich', 'bomb-a-bunch-of-people-in-a-desert-country', 'call-it-a-day', and 'do-the-same-tomorrow', 'hope-no-one-notices'...

Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?


Thanks for the link.

Yeah, I misunderstood what you were referring to on the "equal say" point. I agree, and it's interesting because the first appointing of majority leader to the Senate only came less than a decade after the passage of the 17th Amendment.

Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

I call bull shit...

they are too cannibals. What do you think they'll do when the fruits of our labor are gone???

That's actually

quite clever...nice two line verse as well.

Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness

Kerry Livgren - No Holds Barred

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass

People love their goodies

Reminds me of the McDaniel Election over here, with Democrats being told that if McDaniel unseated Thad Cochran, "all of President Obama's policies would be undone".

Bismarck knew what he was doing when he created the modern welfare state. If people depended on the State for their livelihood, they would never vote to see if reduced or divided.

Today the people of Scotland voted out of fear, but looking at our own recent elections in the US, can we really blame them.

Beatles ~ Ain't She Sweet

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir



I love liberty like fresh cool air in my lungs.I love freedom like fresh cool water on my tongue.I love peace like the smooth skin of my sweet lady.And Dr.Ron Paul is the hero I believe will change the world.

What a

bunch of socialist attached fools. I guarantee, that the welfare crowd is scared to death, they won't recieve their 'crutch' if they break away from the UK socialist system.

If we had a similar vote (hypothetical of course) to abolish Congress and reelect all new people, the welfare crowd would turn out a 100% to sway the election to 'No', even though the polls have Congress at less than 10% approval. The fear of the freeloaders losing their 'free money', along with the families and/or who are connected to those who have jobs in the government, creates a large dilemma to overcome. This is the reason our system will not change, until, there is a complete economic collapse to force it.

About ten years ago,

I picked up a book at the used book store. The book was called Behold a Pail Horse. What I read in that book shocked me. I didn't know how to operate a computer at that time so I was kind of left hanging without any more information. I was 42.Then as the years went on I bought a couple of desk tops and slowly learned to use them correctly. Then I discovered Alex Jones and he sounded like W Cooper. I started to research names and web sites I heard about like G Edward Griffin and Jim Perkins. Man that was what really got my interest going and it was like all this info that stimulated me into opening my mind up to learning so many things that I would have never desired to learn, had it not been for computers. Now I still research and am thankful for each and every day and the simple pleasures I am able to enjoy. I guess from all the points of view that I have read and try to comprehend the things that resonate with me the most is my feelings of freedom, to live in peace and be with others who live with an open mind. I don't feel that most of the people who are not aware of what our journey is about really care. I'm sure they want to be free and happy though. I don't think I will try to change there mind with my truth, except when I feel they are open to listen. I guess I'm guilty of going along to get along. But this truth movement sure has changed me a lot for the better. Thanks for posting this comment PatroitPOHPOH .

I love liberty like fresh cool air in my lungs.I love freedom like fresh cool water on my tongue.I love peace like the smooth skin of my sweet lady.And Dr.Ron Paul is the hero I believe will change the world.

A new "pen" name

Have you considered...

Justin Ink?

They call me a radical for what I think;
My love is not expressed in roses, just in ink.

The comments on DailyMail's coverage tells an interesting story

about how the public feels about this referendum.

IMHO, I'm not disappointed at all. I think the Scottish have legitimately determined for themselves that staying united is more beneficial for them than independence.

What do you think?

I believe in the freedom to be what we choose to be.

Helvegen - The Way to Hel - at Borre Grave Mounds, Norway

Einar Selvik, of Wardruna, Singing "Helvegen"
on the Borre Grave Mounds in Norway - July 2014


In my opinion, as I'm sure many others would agree, one of Rand's greatest strengths is that he is a GREAT orator. That he's also photogenic, charismatic, I just so hope he wins the nomination and publicly debates Hillary on LIVE TV. Please!

Only a Scottish person would know what's best for them.

Even if the "chance" was provided every day, I think the voters would vote in the proportions that we see today. Perhaps the Scots who have voted "NO" genuinely recognise that the pros-and-cons of remaining part of the union outweighs the pros-and-cons of being independent.

I do not believe that age operates that simply. For one thing, there have been plenty of young voters who voted "NO" and rejected the independence movement of their own accord, whereas some older voters voted "YES". Elders shouldn't be discounted so easily either, because they have generally lived three, four or five times the number of years that a young voter may have lived, are not so heartless as to think only for themselves, and may very well know what's best as a parent does.

And although I am all for liberty, national independence does not guarantee liberty. What guarantees liberty is the right to self-determination. The Scottish have exercised that right, and the majority have decided thus to remain in the United Kingdom. Whther or not that is the best choice is for them alone to decide.

I believe in the freedom to be what we choose to be.

loved the speech. isn't this just one of the two houses?

The house bill passed but without any funding. Now this one adds funding, so does it go back to the house or to Obombya's desk?

Sólstafir - Fjara

Icelandic masters of psychedelic metal

Excellent non-intervention argument!

What an excellent stance against this involvement!

This was my favorite part, so I thought I'd put it into text.

"If there is a theme that connects the dots in the middle east, it is that chaos breeds terrorism. What much of the foreign policy elite fail to grasp though, is that intervention to topple secular dictators has been the prime source of the chaos. From Hussain, to Assad, to Ghaddafi it's the same history. Intervention topples the secular dictator, chaos ensues, and radical jihadists emerge.

The pattern has been repeated, time and time again. And yet what we have here is a failure to understand. A failure to reflect on the outcome of our involvment in arab civil wars. They say nature abhors a vacuum. Radical jihadists have again and again filled the chaotic vacuum of the middle east. Secular dictators, despots who frankly do terrorize their own people are replaced with radical jihadists who seek terror not only at home, but abroad.

Intervention when both choices are bad is a mistake!
Intervention when both sides are evil is a mistake!
Intervention that destabalizes the middle east is a mistake!
And yet here we are again, wading into a civil war."

William Wallace would have

William Wallace would have died again if he were able to witness the results.
: \


says it's over.

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The video doesn't paint a clear picture.

The property owner does have the right to ask her to leave. But if the property was rented out, then only the person renting the property would have the right to ask her to leave unless the contract says otherwise. That's my opinion. Based on the video, it looks like the first speaker made a remark that he didn't want recorded and had security remove her. There appears to be some missing footage, so it's impossible to tell if someone asked her or the guard just decided to start man handling her. It's impossible to tell if she has a case with this video alone.


Very sad, and signing off. It doesn't matter, which way the city of Edinburgh goes.

Immoral funding of Military Industrial Complex by Federal Reserve and US taxation system must stop!!!! End illegal/unconstitutional wars! Preserve US currency!

Yes but as we all know and

Yes but as we all know and Rand has mentioned the whole Bengazi deal was about funneling arms to syrian rebels who many of whom have now have turned into Isis. This is our mess to clean up. Ours and the Saudis, Kuwaitis and the Qataris. All the puppets need to fix this. I'll split it with you though, we can do this while closing down bases and bring our troops home. :)