Today is the anniversary of the Kent State shootings by the Ohio National Guard. The shootings should serve as a reminder to us of what underlies all political processes: violence. The political process should more aptly be named the process of violent imposition, because any edict, no matter how small or inconsequential, is ultimately enforced with the threat of death.
If you receive a parking ticket, and you feel it is unjust so you refuse to pay it, eventually a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest. Should you resist arrest, the arresting officer will escalate his use of force up to the point of killing you. If you refuse to fight a foreign war of aggression against your consent through the imposition of a draft, an arrest warrant will be issued for your arrest. Should you resist arrest, the arresting officer will escalate his use of force up to the point of killing you. No matter what the law, it always carries the ultimate threat of death for continued disobedience. Any resistance to the state is always met with violent force. Any escalation of resistance is always ultimately met with lethal force. All projects, laws and bureaucracies created by the state are funded through the threat of violent force. The Kent State shootings, in which no National Guardsmen were charged with any wrong doing, after killing several unarmed girls and boys that were hundreds of feet away from them, is a symptom of a disease called the state. Because violence underlies everything the state does, it is impossible to “fix” the state or correct it to be some kind of benevolent force for good. As Milton Friedman used to say, the badness of means will ultimately corrupt the goodness of intentions. It is simply not possible to do “good” without doing equal “bad” as far as the political process is concerned. Even now, you do not have a choice about paying for Predator drones that fly around killing innocent women and children. Should you refuse to pay for this, you will be thrown into a cage. Not only will you be thrown into a cage, but society as a whole will demonize you as being greedy. You will not be able to find work once you have been released from your cage. You will not be allowed to defend yourself with a gun once you are released from your cage. You will not be allowed to vote once you are released from your cage. You will probably have a hard time simply getting by – all because you didn’t want to pay for child killings. Yet so many still believe in the process. So many have been brainwashed to ignore the horrors of what the process creates because they continue to buy into the delusion that violence can be used for the greater good if only the “right” people are put into positions of power, if only the “right” laws were to be passed. The present condition of our society will deteriorate into chaos as the monetary system implodes and the state attempts to maintain its power. You should not fear this, for it is a process that is natural and necessary for the evolution of humanity. Nature inherently forces man to confront his mistakes and provides him the opportunity to get it right. Getting it “right” involves love and compassion. Getting it “right” means rejecting the use of force to organize society. Getting it “right” means voluntary interactions that force us to serve one another at all times. Getting it “right” means compassion for all people, including tax evaders, tax collectors, heroin addicts, heroin dealers, and everyone else in society. The rise and fall of the Western Roman Empire took 500 years. If you were ask a Roman citizen during the height of the empire if they thought it would ever collapse, what do you think their response would be? The rise and fall of the Soviet Union took a mere 70 years. How many years do we have left? The creation of the state will always end in the collapse of a given society. This process of collapse may take years, decades, or even centuries, but all states always succumb to the bad means upon which they were founded. Arguing that this is not so does not change the reality of what is. Reality does not care about theory. Reality does not care about good intentions. Reality is what it is, and no amount of violence can stop it or alter the laws that govern it. We can learn from our past mistakes and reject the use of violence to organize our society, or we can continue down the same path humanity has been on since man first became self-aware.
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An American military document just uncovered appears to detail an US Army plan that calls for detaining “political activists” at re-education camps staffed by military-hired “PSYOP officers” in both America and abroad.
The website Infowars.com has unearthed the smoking gun, a copy of a United States military manual entitled FM 3-39.40 Internment and Resettlement Operations, which appears to offer Defense Department insiders instructions on dealing with the imprisonment of anyone considered an enemy to the American way of life and how to go about indoctrination them with an “appreciation of US policies and actions” through psychological warfare.
The PDF made available is dated February 2010 but has only now been leaked online. A copy of the document has been uploaded to the website PublicIntelligence.net for viewing, and additionally a version appears to be hosted on the US Military’s Doctrine and Training Publications page at armypubs.us.army.mil, although access to papers published there are unavailable to those without the Pentagon’s authorization, therefore making it impossible to verify the authenticity of the manual at this time. The military site that appears to host a copy has also implemented security measures on its servers that it cautions visitors are “not for your personal benefit or privacy.”
Further, the title page of the manual warns that the material contained in its 326 pages is be distributed to US Defense Department and its contractors only, and that must be “destroy[ed] by any method that will prevent disclosure of contents or construction of the document.”
“This manual addresses I/R [Internment and Resettlement] operations across the spectrum of conflict, specifically the doctrinal paradigm shift from traditional enemy prisoner of war (EPW) operations to the broader and more inclusive requirements of detainee operations,” the paper’s authors explain in the first paragraph of the documents preface. From there, it goes on to explain that the methods of psychological warfare and brainwashing of persons applies to“US military prisoners, and multiple categories of detainees (civilian internees [CIs], retained personnel [RP], and enemy combatants), while resettlement operations are focused on multiple categories of dislocated civilians (DCs).”
The manual continues by describing categories of personnel whom are certain guidelines of the manual apply. A detainee, for example, is any person captured by an armed force, but does not include personnel held for law enforcement purposes — except where the US is the occupying power. Civilian internees are described as anyone“interned during armed conflict, occupation, or other military operation for security reasons, for protection, or because he or she committed an offense against the detaining power.”
“An adaptive enemy will manipulate populations that are hostile to US intent by instigating mass civil disobedience, directing criminal activity, masking their operations in urban and other complex terrain, maintaining an indistinguishable presence through cultural anonymity and actively seeking the raditional sanctuary of protected areas as defined by the rules of land warfare,” reads the paper. “Commanders will use technology and conduct police intelligence operations to influence and control populations, evacuate detainees and, conclusively, transition rehabilitative and reconciliation operations to other functional agencies.”
On their own part, Infowars.com details the manual by writing, “We have exhaustively documented preparations for the mass internment of citizens inside America, but this is the first time that language concerning the re-education of detainees, in particular political activists, has cropped up in our research.”
Throughout the manual, the DoD outlines methods to go about detaining US military prisoners captured for both“battlefield and nonbattlefield confinement,” how to rehabilitate them to “ensure a successful return to society” and “psychological operations (PSYOP), practices and procedures to support I/R operations.”
Fifty-six pages into the manual, its authors explain the role of psychological operations officers regarding internment and resettlement, and explain that they will be responsible for developing methods designed “to pacify and acclimate detainees or DCs to accept U.S. I/R facility authority and regulations.” PSYOP officers, the manual adds, identify “malcontents, trained agitators, and political leaders within the facility who may try to organize resistance or create disturbances.”
The manual also demands that the PSYOP officers overseeing the detainment camps identify “political activists” for indoctrination.
Welcome to Capital Account. With the second and final round of French elections scheduled for this weekend, along with ones for the politically unstable Hellenic Republic, all eyes return to the eurozone. Will policy makers and technocrats survive yet another round of elections, or will the people reject the medicine of brussels and go their own way? We ask economist Constantin Gurdgiev for his take.
We have often made mentioned, on this show, of the resurgence of nationalist, right-wing politics in some of Europe's most afflicted countries, both within the core and in the periphery as well. Europe resembles at times a pressurecooker without a regulator to let some of the steam of popular discontent escape when things get rough, as they have been getting for the past few years in countries like Greece, Spain, Italy and so on.
It seems that Europe's elite: its bankers and it's technocrats -its self appointed guardians, are determined to save the euro project at all costs, even if this means abandoning the very principles of western liberal democracy in the process.
Government is hard enough when the population is culturally and ethnically homogeneous, but Europe's people are culturally and ethnically diverse, with diverse histories and diverse economies. The European Union was the continent's first attempt to unify its warring tribes and nations by diplomatic, non imperialmeans, and the project appears a dismal failure. But instead of adjusting and evolving to meet reality, Europe's wise-men have decided to ignore the voice of the people, and muddle through this crisis with stubborn indecision.
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