MUDDYING THE WATERS

BE WARY OF THE SCRIBES AND THEIR ATTENDANTS BESTOWING ACTS OF CHARITY

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The Philosopher Kings are as ‘Supermen’ amongst men; As Gods amongst mere mortals.

The Ship of State –

The ship of state is a famous and oft-cited metaphor put forth by Plato in book VI of the Republic. It likens the governance of a city-state to the command of a naval vessel – and ultimately argues that the only men fit to be captain of this ship are philosopher kings, benevolent men with absolute power who have access to the Form of the Good.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_ship_of_state

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POPEHAT

BURN THE FUCKING SYSTEM TO THE GROUND

A Brief Introduction –

This is posted in the interests of providing “solution” for the problems “the system” appears to be imposing on everyone.

The article, Burn the Fucking System to the Ground, appeared in the pages of the informative and challenging website, Popehat.
In order to have a better feel for Popehat’s contributors and readers it is suggested that the ‘about’ webpage link, given below, is read. An extract of this page reads –

“Since a number of Popehat’s authors are attorneys, work in closely related fields, or have strong interests in politics, law is also a relative constant in the site’s focus. Nevertheless, though it may seem to be at times, this is not a “law blog” as such. Ultimately, the subject of Popehat is whatever the author of a given post wishes to discuss, aided by a good community of readers and commenters, whose thoughts and feedback are greatly appreciated.”

Sourced:
Popehat
http://www.popehat.com/about/

 

The founder of Popehat, Ken White, in the words of Kevin O’Keefe in his article Popehat unmasked: For a good cause, has provided for ‘valuable insight and commentary’ –

“Perhaps I don’t like anonymous bloggers. Perhaps I was envious of what is a dam good title for a law blog. Perhaps I am too defensive.

But no question I ran across the law blog because of it’s valuable insight and commentary running under the tagline “A Group Complaint About Law, Liberty, and Leisure. Ken didn’t hold a punch.”

Sourced:
Kevin O’Keefe’s Real Lawyers Have Blogs
http://kevin.lexblog.com/2011/12/30/popehat-unmasked-for-a-good-cause/

 

Gratitude has to be given to Popehat for its courage of providing ‘insight and commnentary’ in the spirit of its tagline. This is particularly so, given the general feeling of dissatisfaction people seem to have everywhere, with what is euphemistically termed “the system” or, depending on your justified level of angst, “the Fucking System”.

Be Wary Of The Scribes And Their Attendants Bestowing Acts Of Charity, is by no means meant to be disparaging. It is to be taken to mean that attorneys are ultimately seen to be at the forefront of all the ‘action’, when acting in the best interests of their clients or the State. And therefore, because they have our lives in their hands, just as with anybody else in the forefront of ‘action’ that affects our lives, it must not be of course assumed that attorneys are necessarily in a position of being fully aware of the ‘overall influences’ that affect our personal interests. These men and women and their attendants are to be considered honourable, and are rightly and deservedly confident when it comes to their craft. Nevertheless, do they really have the ‘all encompassing facts’ before them to be able to act in our best interests? The same must especially be said of their ‘attendants’, since by no means do they boast of having specialised in the study of law.

The preceding question provides a means by which we can, taking the article ‘Burn the Fucking System to the Ground’ and in particular its commentaries as ‘indicators’ to help us, examine for ourselves whether attorneys and their attendants are fully ‘aware’ of the ‘all encompassing facts’, when it comes to our personal interests concerning ‘the Fucking System’.

It is for the reader to contemplate whether or not this matters to them in their life, nevertheless, to pose the question and draw forth the issues may enlighten us in understanding so much better influences on our lives when we attempt to conduct our personal affairs more wisely.

In facilitating the examination of the question of whether or not attorneys, and what can be ‘loosely’ termed their attendants, are indeed fully aware of the most important issues concerning our personal interests, our examination of the issues involved in Burn the Fucking System to the Ground, need to be considered in the light of ‘just cause’ or ‘justifiable cause’ to do just that – Burn the Fucking System to the Ground. The why of this, is of course that we must always be seen to be acting justifiably when we call to action the burning of any fucking system to the ground, even when such a call to action is said as a mere sentiment of our personal feelings. After all, if we admittedly have called for the burning of something, even as sentiment of our feelings, are we not to jusify our actions or feelings when called to account.

Freewill is no idle luxury. It is ‘hell’ to maintain but worth the maintenance especially when we seldom get it right.

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BURN THE FUCKING SYSTEM TO THE GROUND

Comments from the readers of the article and comments from the author of the article and his supporters are to be taken –

from (sixhonest servingmen • Dec 31, 2013 @1:10 pm)

to (sixhonest servingmen • Jan 1, 2014 @2:08 am)

Burn the Fucking System to the Ground
http://www.popehat.com/2013/12/23/burn-the-fucking-system-to-the-ground/

(Note. The article Burn the Fucking System to the Ground is provided in full without active hyperlink connections towards the end of this web-page for educational purposes only, after which the US Tax Treaties follow.)

The exchange of comments made by the readers of the article ‘Burn the Fucking System to the Ground’ have been deliberately limited to a flurry of comments.

What is attempted by ‘sixhonest servingmen’ is to demonstrate that the ‘issues’ a constitution presents, are of no relevance to those who do not wish to involve themselves, as and when they choose, in somebody elses ‘private corporate policies’ or affiars.

This can be seen as an insightful exercise for individuals to determine for themselves the meaning and sense of the comments made, in trying to understand what it is we are looking at, when we take the segment of comments made by the contributory author to Popehat, his supporters, and ‘sixhonest servingmen’ (six), from the date and time marks given.

Finally, narrowing the time-frame for suggested examination has been done to facilitate a clear examination of the issues. However, undeniably there will be other issues that matter to people. It is not intended that they be given an airing here, since the scope of our examination does not extend to them –

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COMMENTARIES

Entire Exchange of comments between the author (Clark), his supporters and ‘sixhonest servingmen’ (six), given within a limited time-frame of reference –

from (sixhonest servingmen • Dec 31, 2013 @1:10 pm)

to (sixhonest servingmen • Jan 1, 2014 @2:08 am)

 

 

sixhonest servingmen • Dec 31, 2013 @1:10 pm

Clark,
wakey, wakey.
It ain’t your fucking system to burn to the ground. All you’ve got to do is leave it the fuck alone. In other words mind your own business –

QUICK LINK GUIDE FOR RAPID UNDERSTANDING OF LIBERTY
https://thereisnodebt.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/quick-link-guide-for-rapid-understanding-of-liberty/

Regards

Dave • Dec 31, 2013 @1:36 pm

I’d be perfectly happy to leave the system alone, if it would leave ME the fuck alone.

sixhonest servingmen • Dec 31, 2013 @1:43 pm

Dave, check-out the link, spread the word, and lets make a go of it –

QUICK LINK GUIDE FOR RAPID UNDERSTANDING OF LIBERTY
https://thereisnodebt.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/quick-link-guide-for-rapid-understanding-of-liberty/

Clark • Dec 31, 2013 @1:44 pm

@sixhonest servingmen

Clark,
wakey, wakey.
It ain’t your fucking system to burn to the ground.

But in democracy, government is just something we all do together, right?

And I want to burn it to the ground.

Clark • Dec 31, 2013 @1:45 pm

@Dave

I’d be perfectly happy to leave the system alone, if it would leave ME the fuck alone.

EXACTLY.

Anyone who wants to form a private commune / police state on their own land can do so – I won’t step in to tell you that your hobby project is wrong because it forbids you from smoking pot, or watching television that uses the F-bomb, or whatever.

…and in return, please keep your police state our of my life.

…but they’re not willing to do so.

sixhonest servingmen • Dec 31, 2013 @1:47 pm

Clark, that ain’t it. Democracy isn’t something we ALL do together. Just check out the link and read whatever appears under the sub-title heading JURISDICTION

Clark • Dec 31, 2013 @1:50 pm

@sixhonest servingmen

Clark, that ain’t it. Democracy isn’t something we ALL do together. Just check out the link and read whatever appears under the sub-title heading JURISDICTION

I’ve read most of this.

…and yet I don’t know what point you’re making.

Can you restate it?

J@m3z Aitch • Dec 31, 2013 @1:59 pm

@Sam Adams,

light the match and the bullshit burns away…

“gay” marriage and the adoption/raising of human children by “gay” families…[…]

non-stop sophist justifications for absolute ungodly, anti-life insanity…[…]

no time to prance around like a pampered sodomite spouting lofty rationalizations while committing crimes against nature

So, you’re not advocating peaceful anarchy, but one in which all the sodomites are prevented from acting out their perversions, or adopting children? That’s going to take a lot of force, isn’t it?

And so Sam embodies the reason so many of us ask, “and what then?” Because if burning the fucking system to the ground results in Sam’s world, I don’t see the gain. I’ve seen systems dominated by moralistic cockroaches, and they’re not better than what we’ve got now. Forget Somalia, Sam should move to Uganda, where homosexuality has just been outlawed…he’d fit in well with those sodomite haters.

It’s fine if he’s talking about what happens within the bounds if his own propert, but he didn’t define it that narrowly. No gay marriage, no gay adoption, etc., were proclaimed in absolute terms.
This is the posssible world you’re proposing we make possible, Clark. Do you support Sam’s no-sodomites allowed position, and the force that would be necessary to make it a reality? Or do you have a plan for preventing that kind of vicious hatred from exerting itself?

Oh, and Sam? Come the burning of the system to the ground, I advise you not to try to implement your anti-sodomite program in my neighborhood. I’m the live and let live type, but if you’re not willing to let live, neither am I.

sixhonest servingmen • Dec 31, 2013 @2:04 pm

Clark, that’s just it. It’s staring you in the face. Read it to understand what matters, and democracy isn’t it. Just keep reading. Seriously

Clark • Dec 31, 2013 @2:09 pm

@sixhonest servingmen

Clark, that’s just it. It’s staring you in the face. Read it to understand what matters, and democracy isn’t it. Just keep reading. Seriously

Six,

I’m trying to be polite and give you the benefit of the doubt, but the bottom line is that I don’t know what your thesis is, and your page of links is not helping me.

I can follow most arguments, so if I can’t follow you, I think that means that you’re not expressing your point.

You need to either crisply explain what you’re saying (and telling me “go read a bunch of links”, after I’ve told you that I’ve read most of them doesn’t count) or accept that I’m not going to guess what you’re getting at.

sixhonest servingmen • Dec 31, 2013 @2:18 pm

Clark, what we all do together isn’t democracy it’s jurisdiction, and that means freewill. The question then becomes how does government obtain jurisdiction over us. The answer is they don’t, we simply consent for them to have jurisdiction over us. What matters is to delegitimise their presumed authority with the ‘facts’ and the facts can be understood through reading the few simple articles presented in the link I gave under the title heading JURISDICTION. It is through these brief articles where we go on to learn and understand the territory the government claims to have jurisdiction over. And you can be sure it isn’t where anyone on this earth lives

J@m3z Aitch • Dec 31, 2013 @2:26 pm

Six,

Don’t forget the useful quote from M. Aurelius at the top of the page yoy linked to:
EVERYTHING WE HEAR IS AN OPINION, NOT A FACT. EVERYTHING WE SEE IS A PERSPECTIVE, NOT THE TRUTH.

You can’t avoid the application of that quote to the claims made in that blog.

John Kindley • Dec 31, 2013 @2:27 pm

“on their own land”

Aye, there’s the rub, and where you and I, and Nock and Rothbard, disagree. The State is defined by lies and theft. Its fundamental lie is authority, and its fundamental theft is land theft. It’s no accident I suggested the State could be reduced to a man’s yard.

Anywhere on this earth people are excluded from the earth, the people excluded should be compensated. This is the formula for peace. A State that claims jurisdiction over the entire territory of the present-day United States has a lot of compensating to do. Better to let whoever wants to come in come in. Then they would only be excluded from those enclaves that pay for their exclusive possession. But even these enclaves are likely to be porous, since every inch of land from which people are excluded must be paid for.

sixhonest servingmen • Dec 31, 2013 @2:35 pm

J@m3z Aitch, you’re quite right. What matters with regards to our lives is the governments position. So, the best thing to do is ask them their position. Failing the unavailibility of having one of their spokesmen provide a direct answer to us, we ought then to find where their position is clearly stated as to where their authority extends when it comes to their presumed ‘claims’ of jurisdiction or authority over us –

WHERE AM I
(Follow the instructions and open links to find the definition of a country)
https://thereisnodebt.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/where-am-i/

J@m3z Aitch • Dec 31, 2013 @3:15 pm

What matters with regards to our lives is the governments position.

Well, that’s one perspective.

Xenocles • Dec 31, 2013 @3:21 pm

You guys are sure being nice to Six. I have no idea what he’s getting at. Simply put, the jurisdiction of a law is wherever its agents both desire to go with a gun and can do so. Getting your head smashed with a baton is a factual proposition, not an opinion. You can face the prospect with equanimity if you choose – which is probably closer to what Marcus Aurelius was getting at – but its occurrence is not a matter of perspective.

Sulaco • Dec 31, 2013 @3:25 pm

“Burn it to the ground”. K, you first.

J@m3z Aitch • Dec 31, 2013 @3:27 pm

Xenocles,

I have no idea what he’s getting at, either. But my new year’s resolution is to spend more time toying with people who write their own idiosyncratic political philosophies and promote them through other people’s blogs.

sixhonest servingmen • Dec 31, 2013 @3:46 pm

Here’s something a little more idiosyncratic:

28 USC § 3002 – Definitions
(15) “United States” means—
(A) a Federal corporation;
http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/28/3002

The reason for this idiosyncractic perspective given by the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University Law School
is because they probably are well aware of this –

Political Charters Create Corporate Countries As Fictions
https://thereisnodebt.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/the-law/

Nevertheless, it could be said that Cornell no doubt are themselves being idiosyncratic when it comes to providing the United States Code (USC) that the government publish for all to ‘see’ for themselves. The point is, you need to understand the principles of why the United States is defined in the way it is given in 28 USC § 3002

Regards

Anton Sherwood • Dec 31, 2013 @6:10 pm

Six, why show only one of the three meanings given there? Anyway, the definitions in 28 USC §3002 apply, by their own terms, only to 28 USC Chapter 176 (Federal Debt Collection Procedure). A debt owed to any of the three classes of entities named there is (it seems) a debt to USG, so it makes sense to use “United States” in that special sense to simplify the language of Chapter 176.

Clark • Dec 31, 2013 @7:22 pm

@Xenocles

You guys are sure being nice to Six.

Yeah…I was trying to be charitable.

I have no idea what he’s getting at.

Me either.

Clark • Dec 31, 2013 @7:32 pm

@sixhonest servingmen

Here’s something a little more idiosyncratic:

28 USC § 3002 – Definitions
(15) “United States” means—
(A) a Federal corporation;
http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/28/3002

This sort of thing (Six’s reading of the law / posting about it) pisses me off, because it makes liberty lovers look like the King of the Hill character going on about gold-fringed admiralty flags.

See my post a month about about the kind of idiocy that makes me want to curb-stomp Natural Law protestors.

Six, the closest I come to being a lawyer is reading One L and having taken the LSAT…but even I can tell that the definition you quote applies only to 28 USC Chapter 176.

What does that mean?

Title 28 does not deal with Constitutional issues or address what the government is in some metaphysical sense – it merely lays our procedures by which the goverment courts do their business.

And what does Chapter 176 deal with ? Federal Debt Collection Procedure.

The four subchapters are

SUBCHAPTER A—DEFINITIONS AND GENERAL PROVISIONS (§§ 3001 –3015 )
SUBCHAPTER B—PREJUDGMENT REMEDIES (§§ 3101 –3105 )
SUBCHAPTER C—POSTJUDGMENT REMEDIES (§§ 3201 –3206 )
SUBCHAPTER D—FRAUDULENT TRANSFERS INVOLVING DEBTS (§§ 3301 –3308 )
You’ve linked into Subchapter A, which defines terms for use in Subchapters A, B, C, and D.

So after about 11 seconds of reading, it’s clear that the bit of 28 USC 176A that you cite (“

(15) ‘United States’ means—
(A) a Federal corporation;
(B) an agency, department, commission, board, or other entity of the United States; or
(C) an instrumentality of the United States.

“)

is going to be used further down in the chapter in phrases like (making this up as an example) “if a defendent is found to owe court fees to the United States, he will have 30 days to pay by cashier’s check or face interest payments”.

If you’d have us think that you’ve found something interesting, shocking, or powerful here, you are either deeply confused, or – worse yet – you understand the law and you’re playing us for fools, thinking that you can provide a link and not have us check your work and find it lacking.

In either case, it doesn’t seem profitable to engage with you further.

sixhonest servingmen • Jan 1, 2014 @2:08 am

What would be of interest in light of the comment made by Clark at the date and time mark given as ‘Clark • Dec 31, 2013 @7:32 pm’ is, who do I make the check or payment out to, when the procedures for employees of the United States are laid out for them, or if we wish to understand what procedures they have when they do ‘business’ as the United States with regards to court payments or any other payments you care to name.

Needless to say, the payment would not be made-out to a particular man for him to profit by, or representatives of that ‘fictional entity’ for them to profit by, in doing ‘business’ with the United States; but payments would be made for – the benefit of an inanimate ‘fictional’ entity calling itself the United States, for it to do as it wishes with the payments.

The question that then arises is, what is the United States?

Of course, in asking this question it is no business of ours as to what ‘constitutional issues’ the private corporate entity calling its self the United States has, or for that matter what constitutional issues any other private fictional corporate entity holds, when it comes to the conduct of their private affairs or operations.

What is strictly required, is to know to whom or to what do I make the check or payment out to?

Without any doubt, we can arrive at an understanding of who it is, or what it is, we make a payment out to with regards to the United States, if it has a valid and legitimate claim against us, without any need to interfere in its ‘constitutional issues’ or, wanting to know what those constitutional issues are.

We can easily acquire that understanding by reading –

Political Charters Create Corporate Countries As Fictions
https://thereisnodebt.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/the-law/

For those who rightly consider this to be an opinion, then all that need be done is to ask the government of the United States for a definition of themselves.

Clearly, there is nothing ‘metaphysical’ with regards to our position. It is a reasonable and boringly conscientious position to take.

The answer that the government of the United States has disappointedly given, without the ‘rush of excitement’ that metaphysics instills in some of us, can be found here –

WHERE AM I
(Follow the instructions and open links to find the definition of a country)
https://thereisnodebt.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/where-am-i/

I certainly agree with Clark when he says,

“Title 28 does not deal with Constitutional issues or address what the government is in some metaphysical sense – it merely lays our procedures by which the goverment courts do their business.”,

or better still,

“If you’d have us think that you’ve found something interesting, shocking, or powerful here, you are either deeply confused, or – worse yet – you understand the law and you’re playing us for fools, thinking that you can provide a link and not have us check your work and find it lacking.”

Clark, all I can say is that there certainly is no getting the upper-hand with you!

And, oh yes…you’re right,

“it doesn’t seem profitable to engage with you further.”

Happy New Year and a profitable one at that.

P.s. – who do I make the check out to?

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GIVING THE ZOMBIES HELL AND EUGENICS

Weather Action Report Sept/Oct 2013 (UN Climate Report – A Disgrace to Science)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsAlxTL4QeM

Why Heathrow is back in the frame
http://www.private-eye.co.uk/sections.php?section_link=in_the_back&

Bank which employs Tony Blair as adviser paid 126 staff average salary of £2m in 2012
http://inquiringminds.cc/bank-which-employs-tony-blair-as-adviser-paid-126-staff-average-salary-of-2m-in-2012

 

The following has been inspired by a ‘remark’ made by the author of, ‘Burn the Fucking System to the Ground’, given in the comments section –

Burn the Fucking System to the Ground’
http://www.popehat.com/2013/12/23/burn-the-fucking-system-to-the-ground/comment-page-7/#comment-1191728

The ‘remark’ can be found at the date and time mark given as,

Clark • Dec 31, 2013 @7:32 pm

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Ships of State and their members have flags for different purposes:

Lists of flags
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_flags

Flags of the World
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flags_of_the_World

Note. It’s just business, nothing personal
Flag (disambiguation)
Other Uses –
‘Flag state, the state under whose laws a merchant ship is registered or licensed’
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_(disambiguation)

National flag
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_flag

Flag
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag

Note. The Ship of State is what is being considered here. In other words, Masthead Flags of State –
The Concept of the Flag State
http://books.google.pl/books?id=JWdsgKxvmeUC&pg=PA13&lpg=PA13&dq=masthead+flag+of+states&source=bl&ots=yN5DEachdf&sig=5TTy3Y_ajtT2RzFKTmK5YxeBHKI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bSXEUqi2JoLUtAais4DQAw&ved=0CGEQ6AEwCw#v=onepage&q=masthead%20flag%20of%20states&f=false

The Concept of the Flag State pdf (educational purposes only)
https://www.google.pl/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&ved=0CDEQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.springer.com%2Fcda%2Fcontent%2Fdocument%2Fcda_downloaddocument%2F9783540929321-c1.pdf%3FSGWID%3D0-0-45-734925-p173875756&ei=pCXEUq-0HIPpswbQ9YCYCg&usg=AFQjCNHiMipkQmwdrbdsdvJwAgIUMhz9lA&sig2=VCXWZdBIkcLNxzT4O7Xo3A&bvm=bv.58187178,d.ZG4vb

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ARTICLE – BURN THE FUCKING SYSTEM TO THE GROUND
Dec 23, 2013 By Clark.

Burn the Fucking System to the Ground’
http://www.popehat.com/2013/12/23/burn-the-fucking-system-to-the-ground/comment-page-7/#comment-1191728

 

“I’m a good judge” … said by government employee and judge Gisele Pollack who, it seems, sentenced people to jail because of their drug use…while she, herself, was high on drugs.

But, in her defense, “she’s had some severe personal tragedy in her life”.

And that’s why, it seems, she’s being allowed to check herself into rehab instead of being thrown in jail.

…because not a single poor person or non government employee who gets caught using drugs ever “had some severe personal tragedy in her life”.

I’m reminded of something I read earlier today:

techdirt.com

We’ve discussed the whole “high court/low court” concept here a few times before — in that those who are powerful play by one set of rules, while the rest of us have to play by a very different set of rules.

The end result seems clear. If you’re super high up in the political chain, you get the high court. Reveal classified info to filmmakers? No worries. Not only will you not be prosecuted or even lose your job, the inspectors will scrub your name from the report and, according to the article, the person in charge of the investigation will “slow roll” the eventual release of the report until you switch jobs.

But if you’re just a worker bee and you leaked the unclassified draft report that names Panetta and Vickers? Well, you get the low court. A new investigation, including aggressive pursuit by the government, and interrogations of staffers to try to find out who leaked the report.

Twenty years ago I was a libertarian. I thought the system could be reformed. I thought that some parts of it “worked”… whatever that means. I thought that the goals were noble, even if not often achieved.

The older I get, the more I see, the more I read, the more clear it becomes to me that the entire game is rigged. The leftists and the rightists each see half of the fraud. The lefties correctly note that a poor kid caught with cocaine goes to jail, while a Bush can write it off as a youthful mistake (they somehow overlook the fact that their man Barrack hasn’t granted clemency to any one of the people doing federal time for the same felonies he committed). The righties note that government subsidized windmills kill protected eagles with impunity while Joe Sixpack would be deep in the crap if he even picked up a dead eagle from the side of the road. The lefties note that no one was prosecuted over the financial meltdown. The righties note that the Obama administration rewrote bankruptcy law on the fly to loot value from GM stockholders and hand it to the unions. The lefties note that Republicans tweak export rules to give big corporations subsidies. Every now and then both sides join together to note that, hey! the government is spying on every one of us…or that, hey! the government stole a bunch of people’s houses and gave them to Pfizer, because a privately owned for-profit corporation is apparently what the Constitution means by “public use”.

What neither side seems to realize is that the system is not reformable. There are multiple classes of people, but it boils down to the connected, and the not connected. Just as in pre-Revolutionary France, there is a very strict class hierarchy, and the very idea that we are equal before the law is a laughable nonsequitr.

Jamal the $5 weed slinger, Shaneekwa the hair braider, and Loudmouth Bob in the 7-11 parking lot are at the bottom of the hierarchy. They can, literally, be killed with impunity … as long as the dash cam isn’t running. And, hell, half the time they can be killed even if the dash cam is running. This isn’t hyperbole, mother-fucker. This is literal. Question me and I’ll throw 400 cites and 20 youtube clips at you.

Next up from Shaneekwa and Loudmouth Bob are us regular peons. We can have our balls squeezed at the airport, our rectums explored at the roadside, our cars searched because the cops got permission from a dog (I owe some Reason intern a drink for that one), our telephones tapped (because terrorism!), our bank accounts investigated (because FinCEN! and no expectation of privacy!). We don’t own the house we live in, not if someone of a higher social class wants it. We don’t own our own financial lives, because the education accreditation / student loan industry / legal triumvirate have declared that we can never escape – even through bankruptcy – our $200,000 debt that a bunch of adults convinced a can’t-tell-his-ass-from-a-hole-in-the-ground 18 year old that (a) he was smart enough to make his own decisions, and (b) college is a time to explore your interests and broaden yourself). And if there’s a “national security emergency” (defined as two idiots with a pressure cooker), then the constitution is suspended, martial law is declared, and people are hauled out of their homes.

Next up from the regular peons are the unionized, disciplined-voting-blocks. Not-much-brighter-than-a-box-of-crayolas teachers who work 180 days a year and get automatic raises. Firefighters who disproportionately retire on disability the very day they sub in for their bosses and get a paper cut.

A step up from the teachers and firefighters are the cops: all the same advantages of nobility of the previous group, but a few more in addition: the de facto power to murder someone as long as not too many cameras are rolling. The de facto power to confiscate cameras in case the murder wasn’t well planned. A right to keep and bear arms that far exceeds that of the serf class: 50 state concealed carry for life, not just just for actual cops, but even for retired cops.

At the same level of privilege as cops, but slightly off to one side is different class of nobility: the judiciary and the prosecutors. Judges and prosecutors can’t execute citizens in an alley, a parking lot, or their own homes (“he had a knife! …and I don’t care what the lying video says.”), but they can sentence people to decades in jail for things that any clear-minded reading of the Constitution and the 9th and 10th amendments make clear are not with in the purview of the government. They have effectively infinite resources. They orchestrate perp walks. They selectively leak information to shame defendants. They buy testimony from other defendants by promising them immunity. By exercising their discretion they make sure that the bad people are prosecuted while the good people (i.e. members of their own clan) are not.

Above the cops, the prosecutors, and the judiciary we have the true ruling class: the cabal of (most) politicians and (some) CEOs, conspiring both against their own competitors and the public at large. If the public is burdened with a $100 million debt to pay off a money losing stadium, that’s a small price to pay if a politician gets reelected (and gets to hobnob with entertainers and sports heroes via free tickets and backstage passes). If new entrants into a market are hindered and the populace ends up overpaying for coffins, or Tesla cars, or wine that can’t be mail ordered, then that’s a small price to pay if a connected CEO can keep his firm profitable without doing any work to help the customer. If the Google founders want to agitate for Green laws that make Joe Sixpack’s daily commute more expensive at the same time that they buy discount avgas for their private flying fuck palaces, then isn’t that their right? They donated to Obama’s campaign after all!

I could keep myself up all night and into tomorrow by listing different groups of royalty and the ways they scam the system.

…except “scam the system” is a misnomer. I am not listing defects in a perfectable system. I am describing the system.

It is corrupt, corrupt, corrupt. From Ted Kennedy who killed a woman and yet is toasted as a “lion of liberalism”, to George Bush who did his share of party drugs (and my share, and your share, and your share…) while young yet let other youngsters rot in jail for the exact same excesses instead of waving his royal wand of pardoning, to thousand of well-paid NSA employees who put the Stasi to shame in their ruthless destruction of our rights, to the Silicon Valley CEOs who buy vacation houses with the money they make forging and selling chains to Fort Meade, to every single bastard at RSA who had a hand in taking the thirty pieces of silver, to the three star generals who routinely screw subordinates and get away with it (even as sergeants are given dishonorable discharges for the same thing), to the MIT cops and Massachusetts prosecutor who drove Aaron Swartz to suicide, to every drug court judge who sends 22 year olds to jail for pot…while high on Quaalude and vodka because she’s got some fucking personal tragedy and no one understands her pain, to every cop who’s anally raped a citizen under color of law, to every other cop who’s intentionally triggered a “drug” dog because the guy looked guilty, to every politician who goes on moral crusades while barebacking prostitutes and money laundering the payments, to every teacher who retired at age 60 on 80% salary, to every cop who has 50 state concealed carry even while the serfs are disarmed, to every politician, judge, or editorial-writer who has ever used the phrase “first amendment zone” non-ironically: this is how the system is designed to work.

The system is not fixable because it is not broken. It is working, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to give the insiders their royal prerogatives, and to shove the regulations, the laws, and the debt up the asses of everyone else.

Burn it to the ground.

Burn it to the ground.

Burn it to the ground.

Merry Christmas.

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IRS
United States Income Tax Treaties – A to Z
http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/International-Businesses/United-States-Income-Tax-Treaties—A-to-Z

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
Treaties and TIEAs
(Double Taxation Treaties )
http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/tax-policy/treaties/Pages/treaties.aspx

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