Saturday, June 25, 2022

The Empowered Fear the Powerless

 

A specter haunting
America and its skull
Wears a tricorne hat.


The Empowered Fear the “Powerless”

A specter is haunting[1] America, wearing a tricorne hat.

We must never forget the horrific wars of the Twentieth Century (the "American Century") during which socialist states, such as Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union and Red China, killed over a hundred million disarmed men, women and children. American might stood firm and humanity thought there would be a respite during the new millennium, when the never-to-be-lamented USSR collapsed and Red China was forced to allow market forces which raised the living standards of a quarter of humanity, despite the false ideology the CCP continues to profess.

That respite was short lived as a renewed global “Empowered Elite” arose from the very successes of the triumphant global capitalist market. Those newly “woke” Empowered value power so much that they are willing to use any claimed crisis to achieve one goal:  global central planning to “rationalize” the unpredictable results of the worldwide free market. Control is the goal of plutocrats and bureaucrats alike.

However, consider that today there are more scientists and engineers working on this planet than the total population of just a few centuries ago.  Consider the accelerating pace of innovation and change.  We are ever closer to that ‘singularity’ when technological change happens at an ever faster pace. Unpredictably.

Those Empowered who believe they rule the world are afraid of innovation.  Change is a threat to their sinecures and their government-guaranteed profits.  Their corporations and institutions are at risk when human action brings about new associations, inventions, structures and concepts. 

How are the Empowered likely to respond?

The obvious choice of these “elites”, as expressed through their governments, international agencies and “nongovernmental” organizations, is to frighten people with horrifying tales of ersatz global environmental catastrophizes or pseudo-pandemic diseases.  Then, there’s always a war or two...

Fear is followed by tyranny. 

Whether they are telling us we must give up our prosperity for the sake of some previous state of the ever-changing environment or telling us we must give up all our personal freedom, including Informed Consent, to “flatten the curve” of a novel disease which will, no matter what, run its course, their use of state power to preserve Empowered wealth is obvious.

Yet for every action there is an opposite reaction. Their attempt here is to reverse the past three hundred years of greater freedom; centuries during which the tyrannies of chattel slavery, government-controlled religion and belief, the “legal infirmities” of women, and government trade monopolies were all abolished, after millennia of subjugation and repression.

And it certainly looked as though they were succeeding in reversing centuries of progress (in the name of “progressivism” – as usual, reversing meanings to hide the one vital question:  who benefits?).

Then, after a year of lockdowns, meaningless masking and dangerous vaccine mandates people began to resist.  The “woke” attempt to break the open society and the nuclear family went too far...

Starting in March of 2021 a series of World Wide Demonstrations developed.  At first, every other month on the third Saturday. In March people in 90 countries and 150 cities demonstrated; in May a 150 countries and 300 cities; in July, nearly every non-totalitarian country, hundreds of cities. Then people started demonstrating every Saturday, in thousands of cities and towns. Then truckers formed caravans demanding a return to an open society.  We saw a hasty retreat by the Empowered as lockdowns and masking disappeared and as cracks formed in the vaccine mandates; and so the resistance continues. People are becoming aware of the threat to our universal right of Informed Consent. Similarly tens of thousands are joining local political party committees, while irate parents are attending schoolboard, library and council meetings in unprecedented numbers.

People are rising up against Empowered Tyranny.

Throughout the world, and especially in Europe and the English-speaking nations, there is a growing uprising by men in the prime of life who are viewed by the Empowered as powerless and unnecessary to consider. They are the “deplorables”. Men’s groups, active clubs, fathers’ groups and the like are becoming politicized. Men seek to protect their spouses and children.  They seek to protect their livelihood.

At the same time the mothers of the world are rising up, to protect their families and children.  The World Wide Demonstrations bring together all liberty-loving people, demanding freedom of choice and Informed Consent.


But it may very well be the numerous men’s groups, arising throughout the Western World pose the greatest threat to the Empowered, and thus the greatest hope for humanity.

It is the specter of a newly awakened masculinity that most frightens the Empowered.

This return to manliness is against a background of severe depletion of testosterone levels among many Western men, caused by feminizing hormones in the environment, and as recently revealed, by certain “vaccines” that have been mandated in direct violation of Informed Consent.

What are these men’s groups?

They are independent fraternities in the original meaning of the word: brotherhoods.  The ancient bonds of brotherhood among men in towns and rural communities, where the members of the “Mannerbund” (men’s group) helped each other in various ways: by “raising” a barn or responding to the “hue and cry” to defend the community from invasion or wrong-doing, or otherwise acting from their common bond.

Sometimes such groups have an overt political quality: consider the Sons of Liberty of the 1760’s for example: drinking clubs that sparked a revolution.  Other times they have a religious quality, and there are many such confraternities. The Masons and Shriners can be considered as hybrid groups.

So can the Democrat Party’s thugs, once the white-hooded KKK, more recently the black-hoodied BLM. The (G)OP, America’s other ruling party, is not much better. Except for the Greens and Libertarians no American political party supports the universal right of Informed Consent.

In the past decade there has been a growth of voluntary associations among working family men in the United States; among plumbers, electricians, craftsmen, contractors, builders, among others.  An example is the Proud Boys, with their nearly libertarian, explicitly pro-free speech, anti-racist and pro-free market beliefs (all adult men are welcomed, regardless of ethnicity, race, religion or adult sexual preference).  

Throughout especially Eastern Europe and North America, and to a lesser extent Australia and New Zealand, younger men are forming “crews” or Active Clubs where they mix nationalist ideals with physical training, including hiking, mountaineering, boxing, wrestling and the like. They are bonding as men in a society that denigrates their capacities. They engage in what some have called “tribe and train” forging bonds of mutual respect.

“Tagging” walls, posting stickers, or “banner drops” (holding flags and banners with slogans on bridges over busy highways) and the use of social media to spread their ideas is an integral part of the activities of such groups. Many are attracted by the strong ties of brotherhood that collaborative human action engenders.

We are at the start of a growing revolution, the results of which we cannot yet predict. What can be said is that a growing number of men are collaborating with the goal of reasserting their natural liberty.


[1] Marx and Engels used this phrase to describe the threat of Revolution in the 1848 Communist Manifesto; V. Haval use the same phrase to begin his 1979 critique of Communist power in Eastern Europe, The Power of the Powerless.  Here we refer to the uprising, primarily of Western men, resisting the Global Socialist Tyranny which certain corporate, government and academic empowered “elites” seek to impose.

Friday, April 29, 2022

The State of Exception: Tyranny's Theory

 The State of Exception:  Tyranny's Theory
The Regime's Disinformation Governance Board


Politics is that portion of Human Action [1] involved in establishing and maintaining the State. The following from Max Weber: the "state can be defined as a human community that successfully claims the monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force within a given territory". [2]

Private Associations, such as patriot groups, interact with politics at large and have their own internal legitimacy issues. However, from Weber's definition, those internal activities are not "politics" but rather the natural give-and-take of a voluntary community. Voluntary association is the hallmark of communities of free people.  Involuntary association is the hallmark of the monopoly State.

So what do the activities of people in institutions of government have to do with the private expressive association activities of various private associations? Let's approach that issue by looking at a little history.  We could mention the Mannerbund (the Men's Group) of Northern Tradition, or the voluntary communities established by pioneers, such as the Amish. But a more direct example can be found in the American Revolution.

I recently saw part of a documentary on the American Revolution wherein the narrator mentioned "the Sons of Liberty which was recruited from local street gangs...". I see the modern patriot groups, such as the Proud Boys, as not-dissimilar from those Sons of Liberty (it wasn't tea those men were drinking before the Boston Tea Party...).

In contrast to the impending tyranny is the freedom philosophy contained, for example, in the Proud Boys Tenets [3] which include such beliefs as "Minimal Government / Maximum Freedom; Pro Free Speech / Pro Gun Rights; Anti-Racism / Anti Racial Guilt; Glorify the Entrepreneur / Venerate the Housewife...". Equally important is a willingness to fight for the Right.

These views lead to an adherence to the American Constitution, as originally understood and intended to limit government power, not the rights of individual citizens. Patriots see their role as standing firmly for traditional values. 

Such Americans view the "State of Exception" under which we currently live as unacceptable.

What is a "State of Exception"?  It is the legal theory justifying tyranny asserted originally by the German Jurist (and Nazi) Carl Schmitt [4] and strongly criticized by libertarian philosopher Murray Rothbard. [5]

As originally asserted, prior to the Nazi take-over of Germany, and later developed in his post-war Theory of the Partisan, Schmitt saw the unlimited powers of the totalitarian state as arising from a permanent state of emergency, a "State of Exception" which allowed ruling elites to act arbitrarily, capriciously and without adherence to the rule of law. He asserted such a state justified:

    1. Special executive powers

    2. Suspension of the Rule of Law

    3. Derogation of legal and constitutional rights


American legal theory, based upon constitutional limits on government power and “inalienable” rights, does not permit broad emergency exceptions. A good example of this is the constitutional restriction on suspending the Writ of Habeas Corpus (the writ that allows Judges to question arbitrary imprisonment). Even if the writ were to be suspended, that suspension is subject to the Bill of Rights, which amended the original Constitution, including the original writ provision. The Bill of Rights holds that government must always respect basic human rights. 

No one may be deprived of life, liberty or property without "Due Process of Law" -- the opposite of a "State of Exception".

It is undeniable that the American Deep State holds to a theory of government more like that of the Nazis than that of the Constitution. We have been ruled under emergency regulations since the declaration of war against Japan.  More so since the PATRIOT Act and other emergency laws arising after the September 11th attacks. The federal authorities currently use whole series of emergency measures to restrict political speech, going so far as to engage in false-flag and entrapment techniques designed to provide the very terrorist threats against which they are supposed to protect us. 

Examples can be offered:  the now-exposed entrapment regarding the supposed plot to kidnap the governor of Michigan, or the dozens of federal agents exposed as directing the January 6th "insurrection."

The Nazi Reichstag Fire was not the only false-flag used to justify a "State of Exception."

There have been increasing attacks against patriots over recent months as the unelected Regime [imposed as a result of Congress being panicked into certifying the contested 2020 election] consolidated power.  Nearly a thousand have been arrested for allegedly participating in the January 6th "insurrection" and dozens remain in jail, under horrific conditions. The mass purge of public employees who might object to tyranny, under the rubric of "vaccine" mandates, resulting in the firing of thousands of soldiers, police, health care workers and first responders, is a troubling development.

The attacks have just escalated with the increasingly heavily armed Department of Homeland Security seeking to establish a new censorship bureau during April 2022, called the Disinformation Governance Board. [6] The Board (ultimately temporarily abandoned) was to have been created without Congressional approval.  The head of DGS intoned, "The goal is to bring the resources of the department together to address this threat." [7]

What threat? Apparently it is the "threat" that some people on social media may disagree with Regime policies. 

Specifically mentioned were questioning the legitimacy of the stolen 2020 election, the abandoning of the southern border or the risk of war in East Europe. The real goal is Total Information Control.  It is simply totalitarianism.

This attack on the First Amendment is, of course, justified by the "State of Exception" first created as a response to the 9/11 attacks and continued by the government's excessive response to the declared pandemic.  It was, we are assured, just to "protect the Homeland."

The original American political theory of Inalienable Rights and constitutionally limited government, with the First Amendment explicitly denying government power to restrict speech, petition and association, has been abrogated and the ruling elite now base their power on the same theory of government, the "State of Exception" that was the basis of Hitler's dictatorship.

Just as Germany was devastated by Nazi governance ("Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely")  Americans now face similar threats from a governing elite that has unconsciously adopted as its meme the Capitol surrounded by barbed wire, making clear the "State of Exception" upon which its power is based.

Recent efforts to brand the January 6, 2021 mass demonstration at the Capitol as an “insurrection” is part of a, perhaps, cunning plan to ban patriots from holding public office based on a provision of the 150+ year-old 14th Amendment barring those involved in insurrection (after swearing to uphold the Constitution) from holding public office. This was a GOP-imposed, post-Civil War enactment.

What is to be done?  Would the mass banning of the opposition mean the end of representative government?  Is the creation of a censorship board to oppose the First Amendment the "red line"? Are the increasingly shrill attacks on the Second Amendment?  When will the Sons of Liberty arise again?

The Proud Boys and other patriot groups, especially "crews" offering fellowship in dark times, seek to be ready.  They heard President Trump's famous injunction to "Stand Back and Stand By..." [8] 

Many are now convinced this is the time to Stand Up and Stand Forward.

There are no emergency exceptions to inalienable rights.

Freedom Advocate 2°

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[1] See Mises, Human Action  https://mises.org/library/human-action-0/html  - All Human Action is predicated on dissatisfaction.

[2] https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/8107736-a-state-is-a-human-community-that-successfully-claims

[3] https://jerseyline.godaddysites.com/proud-boy-tenets

[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Schmitt

[5] https://mises.org/library/carl-schmitt-and-murray-rothbard

[6] https://youtu.be/e4inJSblCUY

[7] https://adnamerica.com/en/united-states/mayorkas-announces-dhs-disinformation-governance-board-two-days-after-elon-musks

[8] https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/did-trump-mean-told-proud-035805906.html

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022

My "Political" Biography

 


Ralph Fucetola JD

Political Biography: 1961 - 2022

I was born into a large Italian construction and business family in, and lived in, northern New Jersey, all my life.  I am an American Citizen, age 76.  Although born in 1945 and technically too old to be a Boomer (and old enough to have avoided the war in VietNam through student deferments) I was part of the Boomer generation. 

I remember being with Ralph Ginsberg and Larry Ferlinghetti at Rutgers in '63; I was part of the post-Beat Generation Rutgers poetry club. I shared a few joints with Prof. Tim Leary and author Robert Anton Wilson.  Profs. Murray Rothbard and Walter Block mentored me as a young man.  Remote Viewer  (Maj. Gen.) Bert Stubblebine was a mentor in later life.

I spent my summers "down the shore" in Ortley Beach where we've had a house for over 7 decades.  My uncles all had places on the same lagoon, so my cousins and I had summers growing up together.

My political activities started in High School (Verona NJ) in the early 1960s when a friend and I were the only conservatives in the News Club, so we gave our views once a week over the school loudspeaker.  Learned about censorship early.

Of course I read Goldwater's Conscience of a Conservative and anything I could find by Ayn Rand.

I was the second person in my family (36 cousins in my generation) to go to college and the first to get a graduate degree (JD).  The family had a construction company (yes, I did work on construction jobs a couple of summers) five bowling alleys and, eventually, a strip mall and a hotel, all in north NJ. After I graduated my office was between Arlington Lanes and our construction company.

At Rutgers College (B.A. with Distinction, New Brunswick, class of '67) I was one of the few conservatives on the student newspaper.  They didn't purge the conservatives until a few years later.  I joined College Republicans and was a Youth for Goldwater in '64.  I was among the "Rat Finks" purged from the College (G)OP by the Rockerfellerists after that election.

In 1967 I was in D.C. with some Catholic Peace Protesters, at the Pentagon during the infamous exorcism there. The Right has almost always opposed foreign wars and supported the Founders of the Republic's foreign policy of non-intervention.

I joined Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) and became NJ Ex. Director.  During '69 I was one of the YAFers who, under the influence of the great libertarian Prof. Murray Rothbard and Prof. Walter Block (now head of economics department at Loyola) moved to a consistently libertarian position.  In the summer of '69 both Leftist SDS and proto-Neocon YAF purged the libertarians.  I was among those so purged, along with the extraordinary Kate Greene who became my wife (for 48 years, until her passing in 2021). We insisted that conscription was involuntary servitude and thus were booted out...

During that time period the Rutgers Newark YAF group (6 undergrads and one law student, me) decided to take our big Stars and Stripes and oppose a pro-Viet Cong march of thousands in Newark, NJ.  We stood on Broad Street at the south end of Military Park with our flag outspread. The crowd was much larger than we expected.  There was some pushing and shoving by the New Left precursors of Antifa (with some knees and elbows and fists flying) but we stood our ground. The mob was "deflected" by the flag and instead of rallying in the park as they had planned, they fled to Rutgers Campus and occupied the Student Union and surrounding buildings. We must have 'triggered' them... BTW, we were not pro-war and were certainly anti-draft.

The University put some "FreePeople" organizers on trial for the occupation and added me as a defendant for, I guess, carrying a flag.  I could have been (but was not) expelled from law school. The Trial was a farce. Intentionally, with the FreePeople providing popcorn for the audience. The law school professors, being good liberals, did not expel anyone. I did come to respect the libertarian left and joined them at the occupation of Old Queens on the Rutgers College campus a few years later, without supporting any of their inarticulately expressed goals...  

Became a member of the Rothbard-inspired Radical Libertarian Alliance (RLA) and still have one of the old banners carried in anti-war demonstrations in DC and NYC, "Conscription is Slavery, Taxation is Theft, War is Murder." I remember a bunch of us sharing a joint in the back of the hall when Rothbard spoke to the National Taxpayers Union, probably in 1970.

I've been a Libertarian Party supporter since the party's founding and have almost always voted for LP candidates, although there are (G)OPers like Rand Paul I like. While I did not vote for him, I do consider DJ Trump the legitimate President and the 2020 election to have been stolen. Trump was/will be the last Baby Boomer president (current Head of Regime Biden is too old to be a Boomer)

In 1970 I was at a Society for Individual Liberty meeting in Philly where we heard from the great L. von Mises, the 20th Century's leading philosopher of freedom, then in his 90s.  In that speech to a group of long-haired libertarians (some of whom would become Members of Congress, Federal Administrators or best selling authors, lawyers and the like), he wagged his finger at us and said, "You are eating your seed corn."  Of course he was right.  [I have a distinct memory of a very hippie Durk Pearson chatting with Margot Mises about why she should try LSD...] The post-Boomer generation, however, may now be in the biggest seed-eating frenzy of all.

Kate Greene and I hung out with consciousness warriors like Robert Anton Wilson and Tim Leary and adopted neopagan, gnostic beliefs. We delved into "alternative healing" and became certified in Human Bioacoustics, Hololinguistics and very basic Homeopathy, along with Reiki and other modalities.

I've been an ordained minister since 1973 in LifeSpirit Church -- www.lifespirit.org which was founded as the Libertarian Congregational Church. I smoked hemp, tripped on various substances, and survived the 1970s and 80s, while practicing law (1973 - 2006) and officiating at marriages and funerals along the way.

One of the first Internet Chats happened at our Morristown townhome in 1986, when Robert Anton Wilson chatted over my Commodore 64 text interface with people around the globe -- http://www.lifespirit.org/RAW-1986-chat.html -- transcript of vintage RAW. 

I was a leader in the NJ Taxpayers Movement in the '70s into the '80s and spoke to the huge crowd at the Stop the Income Tax Rally in Trenton in 1976 stating that I could "no longer distinguish between taxation and theft."

Kate and I had one child, our magnificent son Drew Adriel, in 1988.

Of course I've supported Ron Paul. In the 1970s I was a member of the National Committee to Relegalize Gold, which supported the then-young congressman's successful effort to relegalize private ownership of bullion Gold -- one of the first great libertarian political victories of the last century.

Similarly, I worked with the TEA Party in more recent years.  I am very active in the Health Freedom Movement, agreeing with my mentor and friend, the late Maj. Gen. Bert Stubblebine that "Informed Consent is the defining issue of the 21st Century."

Just before the start of the "pandemic" of 2020 I delivered a paper at the Libertarian Scholars' Conference (at Kings College, Manhattan, October 2019) wherein I discussed the universal right of Informed Consent -- just as the globalist elite were setting-up the biggest attack on Informed Consent since the end of WWII:  https://inhere.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Informed-Consent.paper_.1a.pdf

I am currently a trustee of National Solutions Foundation and President of the Institute for Health Research -- www.InHeRe.org and I post at www.OpenSourceTruth.com

Unsurprisingly I was purged from Facebook during the Great Purge of 2020/21. My Telegram Chats:  https://t.me/opensourcetruth and https://t.me/redpillcrusaders -- @FreedomAdvocate2°

I became a proud second degree Proud Boy on September 11, 2021.

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I do consulting in the natural products industry:  http://www.SystemsProcessingIntegration.com

Kate Greene's Collected Works and my Memoirs and other books are at https://tinyurl.com/FoundersLegacy


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