March 27, 2015

Freedom Outlaws Handbook (FOH) 179 things to do til the revolution By Claire Wolfe


When you're serious enough about your freedom to join the Grand Outlaw Cabal, there's a lot you need to do, a lot to risk. But--ain't it grand? -- there's also a lot of useless mind wrecking, time-sucking stuff you can quit doing.

You can give up political tactics that don't yield useful results.  You can free you mind from passive "good citizen" habits.  You can quit obeying every little rule that encroaches upon your liberties.  You can quit respecting those who haven't earned your respect.  You can quit "complying," "cooperating," and collaborating with pushy, freedom-grabbing authorities.

That should be a vast relief, right?

There's just one little catch.

Human nature being what it is, kicking stupid, destructive habits is often harder than doing clorious deeds.  We fight like Tasmanian devils to hang on to our obsessions, addictions, our cherished illusions, vain hopes, misplaced loyalties, and unworkable (non)solutions.

Inevitably, we'll all keep some of the habits that hold us back.  That's life.  But an essential act of freedom is taking responsibility for our own choices.  The outlaw life requires our sharpest wits and our most independent judgments.  We are truly our own people, we and our fellow Outlaws, responsible for what we produce, whom we love, whom we injure, and how true we are to ourselves.
Taking responsibility is the work of a lifetime.  That means it never ends.  But that also means we have lots of time to make any changes we're motivated to make.

Whatever else you do, don't waste even a rock.  It's your own time, its your own life that you're spending.  Make it a goal to "waste" it on something you really enoy, not something you're merely hung up on doing or something someone brainwashed or guilt-tripped you into believing you have a duty to do.

Now, to get started, here are a few bad habits that all of us can toss aside on the road to real, personal freedom.

For some reason, politically aware people feel they have to express their every opinion to men and women who don't even read their letters, faxes, and e-mails, let alone care about the messages in them.  I'm talking about your congresscritters, your alleged representatives, your "leaders" as they like to call themselves, and your "rulers," as one unintentionally honest member of the Clinton administration once called the entire District of Corruption crowd.

This letter writing mania is one of the most frustrating, time-wasting, hard-to-break habits of political people.

Just remember:  Your representative does not represent you.  Does not give to bits of a damn about your opinion on anything.  Is not influenced by you-- unless you're a $10,000 donor or major pharmaceutical or aerospace manufacturer.  OR if your letter is one of the thousands in an organized letter-writing campaign all hammering on the same message.  (In the latter case your alleged representative may simply bend before the power of your number, but certainly not your opinions.)
Worse, in these days when congressthings genuinely fear getting envelopes full of toxic powders, chances are your snail letter might not even get opened.  And e-mails have been answered by autoresponders for years-- if they're answerd at all.  And how many hours, how much stomach-churning, brain-burning, acid-generating time will you have spent to achieve this Big Zero?

If you must opinionize, make it a letter to the editor.  Or an opinion column.  Then someone who cares might actually be influenced by it.

In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant. -- Charles de Gaulle


We hear that voting is the essential act of citizenship:  "If you don't vote, don't complain."  But that's nonsense.  To vote is merely to express on 100-millionth of an opinion, or one 10-thousandth of an opinion (The amazing Lysander Spooner first said that).  It's to say that you agree that your own, informed, educated, lawful view of a candidate or an issue should be subjected to the majority's less informed, more self-interested, unconstitutional, gimme-gimme-gimme view of what government ought to be.

To vote is to accept the pacifier-- to do next-to-nothing and enjoy the illusion of having done something big and important.

It is an attempt to force your viewpoint on unwilling others.

It is to give your tacit consent to whatever the majority wishes to do to you.  There was once a Constitution and a Bill of Rights to put some limits on that "whatever."  But today, voting brings us only whatever the majority, their political choices, and their bit-money donors care to do to the rest of us.

That's been true for many years.  And now, of course, there are those hackable, crackable electronic voting machines.  Cast your vote on one of those, and you might actually end up voting for the candidate that you hate.  Or for nobody at all, as your e-vote is e-liminated from the database.

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take oders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting.-- Charles Bukowski

Fear is the most potent weapon of power-mongers.  They spook us with some threat--which may be real or illusory.  Then they promise to save us from it-- as long as we just give up a few more billion dollars, a few rights, a little of our privacy, a lot of our independence,k and ultimately all of our freedom.

They'll "save" us from foreign terrorists, drug users, abusive spouses, global warming, foreign invaders, foreign diseases, flag burners, left-wing radicals, right-wing reactionaries, immigrants, domestic terrorists, bad parents, racists, date-rapists, unfair employers, fast food, poverty, herbal supplements, imported drugs, deadbeat dads, people whose opinions hurt our feelings, unAmerican activities, obesity, crooked corporations, high medical bills, pollution, our own stupidity, and our neighbors' stupidity.  They'll save us from "hate crimes," discrimination, immorality, gay-bashing, inequality, "gun violence," hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and the consequences of everybody's bad choices.

Except that somehow they never do.  And after all the trillions of dollars spent and giant (often heavily armed) bureaucracies erected to save us from ever single other thing in the entire world including, I kid you not, excess caffeine drinking and kids who sass their parents, the government is big enough that who's going to save us from it?

It's hard not to feel fear these days, especially when we're sitting in front of the TV set or getting our daily dose of bad news from the Net.

But its crucial not to let that fear overmaster us.  If we let it freeze us, then we've already lost.

A Good article on this subject is from Thom Metzger's "Nameless Dread:  The Foundation of Fear in a Controlled Society."  You'll find it here:

As long as Americans keep sucking at the great pacifier nipple of TV, there's little hope for change... I don't think we'll see a heavy influx of outsiders joining the Amish any time soon.  Still, I'd wager that the plain people spend a lot less time worrying about terrorists and child molesters than the average American does.  No, they're busy raising their own food, taking care of their families and maintaining community.  The absence of most mass media in their culture certainly keeps the poisonous dread at a minimum.-- Th. Metzger

Never presume anyone is right-- or has more rights than you do-- just because he or she is standing in front of a classroom, wearing a uniform, talking legalese, shouting from a pulpit, appearing in the media or carrying a government badge.

Most of us have been conditioned to at lease some degree of this sort of respect since infancy.  It's hard to shake.  But the truth is that no one is better or more right than we are, merely by the fact of holding some position.

Once you stop fearing government, the government fears you.-- Robert D. Graham, tax rebel


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