I doubt very much that you could find a more peace loving group than the folks that make up the Free State Project. Though you will see them openly carrying firearms that does not mean they are itching for a fight as some nambi-pambi liberals might believe. It simply means that they believe in exercising their rights, not merely paying them lip service and allowing them to be violated because some people might be frightened by the sight of a gun. They believe in the right to self defense, that's self defense right now and not just when some police officer decides to show up to defend the unarmed. The likelihood that they will ever have to use the firearm for self defense is slim to nil, but it is good to know that the capability exists.
I saw several people open carrying while at Porcfest. Not once did I
feel threatened. In fact, I feel extremely safe when I'm around Free
Staters who are open carrying. I knew there was help nearby if the bear
decided to forsake the camp dumpsters and explore the campsites a little
more closely. These people are peaceful and I don't feel nervous when I
see one in my rear view mirror.
One of the conversations I engaged in at Porcfest was a discussion on
the feds infiltrating the movement. It was more or less agreed upon that
there were federal agents in the ranks of The Free State Project. It's
sad to think that agents of the federal government feel they have to
infiltrate such a peaceful group. Of course the message of individual
liberty that permeates that group is a threat to their power structure.
They can't let people think they can take care of themselves. That would
mean we don't need them. They can't let that happen, so they have to do
something about it.
It wouldn't be bad if federal agents merely infiltrated the group and
joined in the festivities. They might even enjoy themselves and find
that the ideas of freedom are pretty good. They might even find
themselves agreeing with such ideas. The problem is that it is their job
to demonize such groups. They apparently believe in their collectivist
idealism so much that they are willing to go to great lengths to make
those who advocate different ideologies look criminal. To them it's all
perception management, and they don't care who they hurt in the process.
There have been incidents where federal agents have asked people to spy
for them. They want trusted individuals to report back suspicious
activity to them. Some have been approached and asked to engage in
violent activity. Of course, all those I'm aware of have answered "no"
to these provocateurs. I'd naturally like to think that people who think
like I do are too smart to fall for such antics, but who knows? In such
large groups there is nearly always someone who can be talked into
doing something they would not normally or otherwise do.
We have seen this type of thing before. Most of the terrorist cases over
the last few years have involved federal agents directly involved with
the terrorists, sometimes even providing explosives to these supposedly
dangerous people. There was once a name for this kind of activity. It
was called entrapment. Entrapment was illegal. Perhaps it still is, and
it certainly should be, but it most certainly does not seem to be
enforced anymore. Entrapment turns otherwise peaceful people who would
not have hurt anyone and likely have no means to do so into someone the
public will perceive as a blood thirsty lunatic. They do this without
caring about the life or lives they destroy in the process. This, to me,
is where the real criminality lies. They are able to break the law and
engage in immorality with impunity while you and I are expected to
sheepishly go along to get along and say nothing or even treat the feds
One might ask why the feds would do such things to peaceful people. The
answer, to me, is fairly obvious. The system does not understand
peaceful interaction. Perhaps individuals within the system do, but the
system itself simply cannot comprehend this concept. Why would I say
such a thing? Just look at how the system operates. It does so from the
top down. It tells us what to do and backs its mandates with the threat
of force. You must pay taxes. You must go to the state run school. You
must not consume certain substances. You must consume only our approved
substances. You must get permission to take certain medications. You
must get permission to gather together and associate with one another to
voice a collective opinion or demand a redress of grievances. You must
buy the health insurance we want you to buy. Etc., etc., etc.
The system only understands force. As a result, it is paranoid. It
always thinks someone is trying to violently overthrow it, or arrest it,
or otherwise force it to do something it doesn't want to do or restrict
it from doing something it wants to do. That's how it acts towards us
and so it feels we will act that way towards it. Basically it is trying
to protect itself by locating those who may have thoughts of violence.
They prosecute thought crimes and claim they are stopping violence
before thoughts turn into action. If you or I made such a claim we would
be thrown in prison.
Fortunately this method doesn't seem to be working so well for the feds
any longer. People seem to be catching on to what they are about.
Perhaps it's the combination of their inability to adapt and change
their methods and the honest reporting one can find in the alternative
media, but more and more the average person seems to be figuring out the
lies and deceptions government has engaged in for decades if not
centuries. Maybe when individuals within the system can somehow be held
accountable for their immoral, if not illegal, actions the system itself
will begin to change. Maybe at that point the system itself will begin
to learn how to peacefully interact with the general populace.
As it stands now, people of principle trapped within the power structure
of the system find themselves held back if they practice principled
behavior. Those who know how to lie, deceive and otherwise manipulate
are rewarded by being put into positions of leadership and power. These
are the people perpetuating the paranoia and violence inherent in the
system. They are the people who fight tooth and nail to hold onto their
power and convince others they are needed. They are the ones who hold
onto the status quo while the rest of the world changes with the times.
Fortunately for us, as time rolls on, the incredulous nature of these
power hungry little Caesars becomes more obvious. Their little games
that ensnare the innocent only serve to show how illegitimate they have
become. Their inability to change or listen to critique, regardless of
who is elected into power, shows the disdain they have for those they
are supposed to serve. While many are seething with anger at the
bureaucratic impudence they are constantly exposed to, violence toward
the system is not the answer. That is playing into the strength of the
system. It is more important we remain peaceful. We should ignore them
when possible. We should peacefully disobey when necessary. Most of all,
we should withdraw our consent. Consent of the governed still seems
important to them. When enough of us speak out and let it be known with
no uncertainty that we do not consent to their heavy handed ways, they
will listen. Perhaps then we can begin to reclaim the rights that they
now feel can be violated with impunity.
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