[Editor's Note: The following post is by TDV Editor-in-Chief, Jeff Berwick]
Today Americans honor those who fought and murdered strangers in return for stolen money. Americans have long been taught from their infancy that killing on the orders of the political elite is the noblest thing a tax slave can do. They are taught that invasion and murder have something to do with the defense of their own homes, lives and freedoms.
"But who would defend us if it weren't for the government and the warrior it pays with the taxes it takes?" we can almost hear the masses asking. We have to ask back, who would be having turf wars that kill thousands and millions, mostly innocents. The state, after all, is a self-licking ice cream cone. It creates its own demand. It sustains itself by causing the ills that it then claims we need it to solve. War, like crime-inducing poverty and prohibition, is just another government program. The people who die and kill for the state often do have the best intentions. But they are part of the problem. They may deserve pity and patient explanation of the facts, but certainly not "honor".
Veterans Day as we know it came about in 1954 on October 8th when President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first "Veterans Day Proclamation". It stated: "In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible."
Lately, the honoring of mass murdering class has reached nauseating heights. Upon learning that the person they're talking to has killed on the orders of a politician or at least been a party to the process, the average tax cow now reflexively says "thank you for your service" as if programmed… the same way they offer a "bless you" to make sure that the soul of whoever just sneezed doesn't escape and get replaced by a demon.
Airlines seat them first, treating them better than people who pay lots of extra money for first class. And, even seating them before the elderly and women with children! The pilots and flight attendants occasionally instruct their customers to be thankful for those willing to die and murder for the will of the political elite.
THEY FOUGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM
Perhaps the strangest part of this troop worship is that people say they "fought for our freedom". What freedom?
The US today is one of the least free countries on Earth. Your average working American pays upwards of 50% extortion (tax) in some states at the highest tax levels, and that is just in state and federal income tax. That doesn't include things like the rental of their homes from the government (property tax), gasoline tax, alcohol tax or thousands of other taxes levied upon the populace. The US has more peaceful people in rape camps (prisons) for victimless crimes than any other country on Earth.
Children unlucky enough to be born in the US are born with $50,000 of US federal government debt already tied around their necks and $250,000 of debt and liabilities. They are literally bondaged into unpayable debt from the moment they are born.
They'll then be forced into 12 years of indoctrination camps, forcibly vaccinated with poisons, 30%+ of them will be accosted and kidnapped (arrested and put in jail) by police by the time they are 23 and then likely released into an economy totally destroyed by the government and the central banks.
Is this the "freedom" that those soldiers were fighting for? If so, they can have it back.
And, freedom is set to diminish yet again in the USSA. With economic conditions deteriorating, the government is going to have to ramp up the real economic driver of the dying dollar system: war. While drones are currently Obama's favorite way to kill innocents, enlistment may become a more popular way to get potential rioters off the streets. You might want to get a second passport before the US government gets real desperate and reinstates the draft.
Anarcho-Capitalist. Libertarian. Freedom fighter against mankind’s two biggest enemies, the State and the Central Banks. Jeff Berwick is the founder of The Dollar Vigilante, CEO of TDV Media & Services and host of the popular video podcast, Anarchast. Jeff is a prominent speaker at many of the world’s freedom, investment and gold conferences as well as regularly in the media including CNBC, CNN and Fox Business.
Today I hang my head in dismay as my lovely, little sister alternately posts about football and about thanking the veterans. Clearly anarchism isn't genetic! My sister is a kind, smart, beautiful woman. You'd think she was an absolute joy if you were to meet her. But she has completely embraced both the tribal programming of both propaganda sporting events and the reverance of those who kill and die for those who rule her and steal from her.
Yet I love my sister dearly. I bring her up to make it clear that I don't hate people who dwell in these destructive myths. We just urge them to start examining these stories. If you want to truly honor the veterans, let their deaths and ruined bodies make you start questioning how it is that it can ever be a good thing to kill because a politician told you to.
Editor, The Dollar Vigilante