The State, media, and government run schools are all working to teach our children a near blind obedience to government and its agents.
In an effort to combat all the State propaganda and ensure my children receive a more enlightened education, I began recording short podcast type lessons for them. The lessons are all designed to be about 5 minutes long and to teach the ideas of liberty in a language they can understand.
I'm posting these lessons online so that others who might find them useful can share them with their own children.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Today, the federal government controls the printing of dollars. They print as many as they need to pay for their wars. If another type of money like bitcoin can become popular enough so that people aren't using dollars anymore, the government won't have enough money to pay for it's wars.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Edward Snowden is the American hero who exposed to the world that the US government is spying on everyone, including collecting text messages, phone calls, emails, bank account info, spying through webcams, installing spyware on computers, listening to the phone calls of world leaders, tacking people with their phones, and pretty much invading the privacy of Americans in any way you can think of.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Is reciting the Pledge of Allegiance daily at the beginning of the school day part of a good education or part of a good indoctrination?
Shout out to this article for inspiring this liberty lesson.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
A man named Friedrich Nietzsche said, “Everything the State says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen.” While it is a truth that everything the government has it has stolen, it is a bit of an exaggeration to say that "everything" it says is a lie. But it does lie an awful lot, and one lie stands above all the rest. When the government tell the lie that "we the people are the government," it convinces people that they need the government and that the government has our best interest at heart.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
While out running today, I witnessed police employee Gonzales step in front of two lanes of cars that were moving about 50 mph. He was working at a speed trap, and was signaling for one of the cars to stop so he could give them a ticket.
Driving faster than the speed limit may or may not be dangerous. In a case like this, with most cars going at the same speed, dry roads, and sunny skies, I don't think it was dangerous at all for a driver to choose to go 5-15 mph faster than the speed limit. But what is definitely dangerous is someone stepping in front of these moving cars to signal them to pull over to the shoulder.
Mr. Gonzales didn't just take a step into the road, but walked through a full lane of traffic, about 10 feet into the road. Two vehicles had to quickly slow down to about 10 mph to avoid running him over. This could be a danger to other drivers behind these first two cars who wouldn't be expecting anyone to slow down that much and who would not be able to see Mr. Gonzales standing in the road. I would also be a danger to the two drivers in front, who may have briefly glanced away from the road due to a some reason like adjusting their radio volume or responding to a young child in the back seat. Looking back to the road to see Mr. Gonzales standing in front of them might cause them to use dangerous evasive maneuvers and drive into the oncoming lane of traffic or to swerve into each other.
Mr. Gonzales saw me filming him from across the street and yelled to me that he would do an interview with me after he finished with the driver he had just pulled over. I checked with him to be sure it was okay for me to cross the road to him and hoped that he wasn't tricking me into giving me a jaywalking ticket.
I'm getting better at my one-on-one interviews with police like this, but I still made several mistakes throughout this video. Several times I raised my voice to talk over him instead of just allowing him to speak, then taking my turn. I was too excited about making my point to him, and I wish I would have been a better listener. Also, I was shaking pretty bad, but I always do in these situations, and I don't expect that to get any better with more experience. My adrenaline always gets going, even though I didn't feel any fear while talking to him. Can you see any other mistakes I made or any ways I could have been better? It's important, in all the things we do, that we are always evaluating ourselves and looking for ways to improve.
At the end of the video Mr. Gonzales remembers me warning drivers of a speed trap. As a reminder, here is the blog about that incident. Cop Blocking and Police Intimidation
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
We've heard that money doesn't grow on trees, but someone forgot to tell that to the government. They've given themselves the power to create money, and they are printing as many dollars as they want.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
The boy is correct that he doesn't have to provide any identification. The cop just made up a reason to pull him over that wasn't even legitimate. He said the cars registration was expired. The registration has to be renewed yearly on cars in Texas, and when you register you get a sticker on your windshield that shows the date. Since it is night time and the sticker is small, I'm sure the officer is lying about seeing it was expired and just made that up as a reason to stop someone he was looking to harass.
The State doesn't write laws in a way that is always easy to understand or fun to read, but this is what Texas law says about being required to provide ID to cops:
(a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally refuses to give his name, residence address, or date of birth to a peace officer who has lawfully arrested the person and requested the information.
(b) A person commits an offense if he intentionally gives a false or fictitious name, residence address, or date of birth to a peace officer who has:
(1) lawfully arrested the person;
(2) lawfully detained the person; or
(3) requested the information from a person that the peace officer has good cause to believe is a witness to a criminal offense.
The teen was not legally detained, nor arrested, therefore, according to state law he did not have to produce ID.
Monday, June 9, 2014
This photo is from a nearby park. Police often sit like this in their cars so they can chat with each other without getting out in the heat. These men are employed to protect our lives and property, and could use their time patrolling neighborhoods to find criminals, or to scare criminals away before they can commit crimes like theft from homes and vehicles. Instead, they are using their time to sit in this parking lot where nothing good is accomplished. If the police were accountable to their employer like a normal employee is, this behavior would not be tolerated. But police work for the government, and government employees are rarely held accountable for their mistakes or doing their job poorly, especially the police. Police are often treated as heroes for doing their job, and every excuse is made to forgive their bad behavior.
Next, I came upon two young men who were being threatened by another police employee. I heard the policeman raising his voice and threatening one of the young men, so I stopped to take video.
The cop was giving the young man a ticket for driving 35 mph in a school zone with a 20 mph speed limit. The police would say this is for this is for the safety of the children, but there were no children walking home from school at that time. But the police never pass up an opportunity to issue such an expensive ticket to drivers. The young man was calmly trying to talk to the cop about the speeding ticket, which angered the policeman. The police don't like people to challenge the authority they believe they have over us, and expect people to cower before their presence. Any time someone does something that challenges the authority of the police, no matter how insignificantly, the police can become abusive and dangerous. I hope that my presence there filming the interaction was enough to calm the policeman down. It was at about that time that you can see him waving at me in the video, so I know that he was aware of me shortly after becoming hostile.
In the end, the policeman wrote the young man a ticket for speeding, and declined to write him far less expensive tickets for not having a license to drive a motorcycle and not having a helmet. Sometimes police do this to try and appear like they are nice guys, but it may also have been because he was being filmed and was embarrassed at having yelled at the young man. But the officer would not let the young men ride the moped home. He expected them to walk about 5 miles in the heat to get to their home.
Luckily, I was finishing my run and only about 1/2 mile from home, so I was able to run and get my truck and take them and their moped to their house. It is important for us to help each other when the police are harrassing our friends, neighbors, family, and even strangers, first by filming the interactions, but in any other way we can also.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
American's love their presidents, especially Abe Lincoln and George Washington, but are these men really worthy of honor and respect?
"I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races - that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything."
-Fourth Debate with Stephen A. Douglas at Charleston, Illinois, September 18, 1858
"No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give Congress the power to abolish or interfere within any state with the domestic institutions thereof, including that a person's held to labor or service by laws of said State."
-Abraham Lincoln-March of 1861
Saturday, February 15, 2014
This is a pretty simple diagram that shows us a pretty important idea. I'd just like to re-state what each of the boxes says to be sure you understand the idea of the diagram.
The first box has an idea that will seem naturally logical to us, that if John told you that you had to obey him or he would violate you, that would be wrong. By violate, the author means to steal from, kidnap, cage, or murder you. So to put it in other words, it would be wrong for John to make you pay a fine, lock you in handcuffs, put you in jail, or kill you if you didn't obey him. None of your friends, family, or neighbors have the right to do any of this to you.
The second box has another idea that will naturally seem logical to us. Nothing changes about what was said in the first box, even if John can get 2 or 3 or even 10 friends to join him in trying to make you obey him. As a group, they still don't have the right to violate your rights to force you to obey them.
These first two boxes make sense to most people. But the ideas in the third box seem un-natural to most people. Government schools teach you that when people get together and have a vote, that somehow(they never explain how) the winners of the vote get to use the power of the government to force the losers of the vote to obey the winners. The winners of the vote are given control of the police, jails, and courts to force anyone who doesn't agree to follow their rules to pay fines, go to court, be locked in a cage in jail, or even be shot and killed by the police.
What I hope you have been learning from my podcasts and blogging and our discussions is that John cannot give any power to the government that he doesn't have himself. So if there is any action it would be wrong for John to do, the same action is wrong for the government to do. Let me finish with an example: It would be wrong for John to force you to pay him for a piece of paper that allows you to get married. Since that action is wrong for John, it is also wrong for the government to require us to buy a license from them before getting married.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
The Mafia uses a scheme called a "protection racket" to force people to pay them money. Government uses a scheme called "taxation" to force people to pay them money. Learn how "taxation" is a type of protection racket, and how the government is similar in many ways to the Mafia.
Monday, February 3, 2014
Chloe Stirling is an 11 year old cupcake baker who had her business shut down by the government. Hear about her story and why it happened.Original story from the local paper
Follow-up story after her business was shut down
Saturday, February 1, 2014
The Declaration of Independence states that the only good government is one people agree to be ruled by. The American tradition is that the government is one run by and agreed to by the people. But is it realistic to believe that all 300 million Americans agree to be ruled by their government or agree with the things the government does in their names and with their money?
Thursday, January 30, 2014
In a free society, the only actions that would be crimes and prohibited would be actions that hurt others, harm their property, violate their freedoms, or force them to do things they don't want to do.
So things like murder, theft, vandalism, and breaking contracts would still be crimes. But things like smoking in a private restaurant, not wearing a seat belt in a car, or carrying a weapon for self-defense would not be a crime.
But American democracy is a system where someone is always trying to get control of the government so they can make rules to stop people from doing things they don't like, and force them to do things they do like.
There are usually just two sides to vote for, the democrats and the republicans. Both sides want to force their ideas on other people who don't agree with them. So they want to make laws to keep people from doing things they think are bad like I mentioned earlier. And they want to force people to do things against their will, like fight wars all over the world, help countries like Israel buy nuclear missiles, and spy on their friends, family, and neighbors.
This isn't to say that some of the ideas aren't good. But if they are good ideas that people want to support, they shouldn't need to use threats of force, violence, and theft to accomplish them. People can voluntarily support ideas they agree with and try to persuade others to join them by presenting the benefits of the ideas.
Using government to force your ideas on others is immoral, unjust, and just plain wrong.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
There are two famous photos of people standing up against their government at great risk to their own safety. Both of these images can inspire people who want to resist abuses, theft, and violations of rights that governments force upon their populations.
|"Tank Man" blocking the path of the line of tanks.|
|Another shot that shows what "Tank Man" was courageous enough to stand up against.|
|A close up shot of August Landmesser standing with his arms crossed and squinting at the person leading the salute.|
|August Landmesser surrounded by the crowd performing the Nazi salute.|
Once you decide that you're not going to go with the flow anymore, that you're going to march to the beat of a different drummer, you're going to find yourself in situations where you are uncomfortable. If you have decided not to stand and recite the State's pledge at the beginning of the school day, it will be an awkward moment. You will feel awkward if you stand and go along with the crowd, because you are doing something against your principles. But it will also feel awkward to remain seated while the other 20 students and teacher all participate in the act of worshiping the State. In a situation like that, I wouldn't blame you if you caved in to peer pressure and followed along just to avoid confrontation. But maybe you'll be lucky and find some of the courage that Tank Man and August Landmesser showed us in these iconic photos.
Bonus: Actual video footage of "Tank Man's" heroics:
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
This weekend I caught the City of Houston luring people to park illegally so they could write parking tickets. Hear about it on this podcast.
|Does it seem fair to expect people that it is illegal to park in an area that is clearly marked as a parking spot?|
Monday, January 20, 2014
Saturday, January 18, 2014
This is a brave 11 year old who knows how to exercise his rights! He handles his interaction with this police officer as well as any adult could. If you choose to participate in filming police, just remember that it can be a dangerous activity. Police probably won't like what you are doing. They don't like when the public holds them accountable while doing their job. They can make up charges like "obstructing justice" or "interfering with a police officer" or "disorderly conduct" to arrest you. Don't assume that because you are a young person that they won't abuse and arrest you. The officer in this video has no problem threatening this brave boy. Police are not like the rest of us. They are all at least slightly sick in the head and don't have the same sense of compassion the rest of us have. Their job requires them to use violence on peaceful people every day, so you can't expect them to act rationally just because you are a child.
For more information about your rights dealing with police, check out these short podcasts:
Cop blocking and police intimidation
You have the right to film the police
How to deal with police
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Friday, January 3, 2014
|The police officer with his dangerous "perps" all lined up.|
I asked the boys why he stopped them, and they told me that the cop was telling them that they couldn't fish where they had been fishing because it was too dangerous. The place where they were fishing is a popular place for children in our neighborhood. It is just a drainage ditch that collects water from several neighborhoods before it drains to Clear Creek. There is usually a few feet of water trapped in the ditch, and local boys catch perch and catfish there.
|The footing around the ditch can be dangerous. It's a pretty steep climb down to the ledge, and fairly long fall if someone falls in. But whether it's too dangerous to fish is up to the boys and their parents, not a police officer.|
While I agree that it can be a dangerous place to fish, the police officer was lying when he told them they couldn't fish there. Remember that not only is it legal for police to lie to you, but they are also trained to lie. The ditch is public property, and there is no city ordinance that prohibits fishing there. The police officer's intentions may have been good. He may have actually been concerned about the boys safety. But there is no need to lie to anyone about it. Isn't it strange that instead of the cop just expressing his concern for their safety and maybe telling the boys that he didn't think it was a good idea for them to fish at the ditch, that he instead chose to lie? It's a good reminder to us that police are not our friends, are not upright people, and are not to be trusted.
The good news is that I was able to talk to the boys about how to handle interactions with police, and share with them some of their rights. One boy in particular was very surprised to find out that he didn't have to answer any questions the police ask.
As a refresher for you, remember that you shouldn't give permission for the police to search you or look at anything you are carrying. Simply tell them, "Sir, I don't consent (or give permission) for any searches. You don't have to answer any questions. And pull out your cell phone, flip it sideways, and record everything that happens.
Check out these short podcasts for more advice on how to handle interactions with the police.
Cop blocking and police intimidation
You have the right to film police
How to deal with police
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Now that we have learned about what the 4th Amendment says, we'll look as some examples of how the government violates the rights listed in the 4th Amendment.