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2008 JUNE 28 – JULY 4

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US: Economy outlook grows darker as thousands more jobs are lost in June. NY Times 2008 July 4 (Cached)

Iran warns that any attack on its power plants will trigger full-scale retaliation and war. CNN 2008 July 4 (Cached)

Are the polar caps really melting? Yes, quite regularly. Register 2008 July 3 (Cached)

US: Judge orders Google to turn over records of everything customers have watched on YouTube. Yahoo 2008 July 3 (Cached)

US: Analysts now saying that GM needs $15 billion to stay afloat. Bankruptcy "not impossible."
Yahoo
2008 July 2 (Cached)

Is "Internet Neutrality" a deceptive phrase? Reader says it really means political control of the Internet to stifle competition with Google and AT&T. Read his letter here. 2008 June 30

China: 10,000 angry demonstrators sweep police station and government buildings in Guizhou Province. Epoch Times 2008 June 30 (Cached)

Even World Socialists are finally waking up to the fact that there is no important difference between Democrats and Republicans, especially on the issue of aggressive war. WSWS 2008 June 30 (Cached)
 
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UK: Local governments are told to stop using laws to spy on the public. Reuters Posted 2008 June 28 (Cached)

Meteorologist explains why scientists are jumping off the Global-Warming train. CFP Posted 2008 June 28 (Cached)

Mercedes Benz to eliminate petroleum-powered cars by 2015. EcoGeek Posted 2008 June 28 (Cached)

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SHOULD WE SUPPORT RUSSELL MEANS AND THE LAKOTA INDIANS?

We have received several inquiries about why we have not urged the support of Russell Means who has called for separation of the Lakota Indians from the United States. In outline form, here is the reason. (If you are in a hurry and don't have time for the details, I suggest you jump ahead and read just the last two paragraphs, starting with item six.)

1. Russell Means is considered to be a founder of the American Indian Movement; although, in later years after a split developed between him and the organization, AIM went to considerable length to distance itself from Means and to downplay his role.

2. AIM has, from its beginning, been closely aligned with Marxists who have pursued the classical Leninist strategy of dividing a target nation into splinter regions through a revolutionary strategy called War of National Liberation. This calls for identifying a religious, ethnic, or racial group within a target nation that can be mobilized on the basis of some grievance against the government or the ruling class. There usually are plenty of legitimate grievances to draw upon, but the strategy calls for making them worse and, if possible, even to create new ones. The objective is, not reform, but bitterness, hatred, violence, and territorial division. This strategy has been used in one variation or another in many countries, and it is easy to identify if you know the rules by which they play. AIM has always played by those rules, and its Leninist orientation is clearly visible. (If you would like more information about this strategy, please contact me at ge.griffin@verizon.net, and I’ll be glad to send you the transcript of a video I produced on that topic some years ago entitled: “More Deadly Than War; The Blueprint for Communist Revolution in America.”)

3. After being caught up in this movement in the beginning, Means eventually rejected the Leninist influence and, after a protracted period of disagreement with other leaders, resigned from AIM. Actually, the organization was quick to repudiate him and, in one of its press releases, claimed that he had resigned no less than six times, so we can well imagine what conflict went on at the leadership level.

4. There is no doubt that much of that conflict centered around the ideology of Communism. While his former comrades remained faithful to traditional Marxist/Leninist strategies and slogans, Means began to speak out against them. In a speech delivered in July 1980 at the International Survival Gathering in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Means said in no uncertain terms that Marxism was not the solution for the grievances of his people. The enemy, he said, was not even capitalism. It was European culture. Here is a sampling of his remarks:

“Capitalists, at least, can be relied upon to develop uranium as fuel only at the rate at which they can show a good profit. That's their ethic, and maybe that will buy some time. Marxists, on the other hand, can be relied upon to develop uranium fuel as rapidly as possible simply because it's the most "efficient" production fuel available. That's their ethic, and I fail to see where it's preferable. Like I said, Marxism is right smack in the middle of the European tradition. It's the same old song. … The only manner in which American Indian people could participate in a Marxist revolution would be to join the industrial system, to become factory workers, or "proletarians," as Marx called them. The man was very clear about the fact that his revolution could occur only through the struggle of the proletariat, that the existence of a massive industrial system is a precondition of a successful Marxist society. … So, in order for us to really join forces with Marxism, we American Indians would have to accept the national sacrifice of our homeland; we would have to commit cultural suicide and become industrialized and Europeanized. … Marxism has something of a history. Does this history bear out my observations? I look to the process of industrialization in the Soviet Union since 1920 and I see that … the territory of the USSR used to contain a number of tribal peoples and they have been crushed to make way for the factories. The Soviets refer to this as "the National Question," the question of whether the tribal peoples had a right to exist as people; and they decided the tribal peoples were an acceptable sacrifice to industrial needs. I look to China and I see the same thing. I look to Vietnam and I see Marxists imposing an industrial order and rooting out the indigenous tribal mountain people. … I hear a leading Soviet scientist saying that when the uranium is exhausted, then alternatives will be found. I see the Vietnamese taking over a nuclear power plant abandoned by the U.S. military. Have they dismantled and destroyed it? No, they are using it. I see China exploding nuclear bombs, developing nuclear reactors, and preparing a space program in order to colonize and exploit the planets the same as the Europeans colonized and exploited this hemisphere. It's the same old song, but maybe with a faster tempo this time. … I do not believe that capitalism itself is really responsible for the situation in which American Indians have been declared a national sacrifice. No, it is the European tradition; European culture itself is responsible.” (See: http://www.dickshovel.com/Banks.html.)

5. So, it’s clear why Russell Means does not get along with his former comrades who continue to have an affinity to Marxist-style collectivism. However, in spite of the fact that, more recently, he has supported the Libertarian Party and the Ron Paul presidential campaign, I can find nothing in his words or actions that reveal an clearly defined attitude about collectivism in general. The Libertarian Party embraces people from a wide range of ideological conviction, including collectivists who are merely expressing disgust for the leadership of the other parties. I would hope that Means' affinity to the heritage of his ancestors would raise him above that, but I am mindful that the Indian tradition also contains strong elements of collectivism. I would like to have the opportunity someday to talk with him about this. However, until we know where he stands on the conflict between collectivism and individualism, we cannot automatically assume that he is a champion of freedom.

6. Adding to this need for caution is the fact that Means is calling for secession of the Lakota Indians from the United States and has appealed to that great collectivist assembly of totalitarianism, the UN, for moral, legal, and possibly physical assistance. He has asked for a seat in the General Assembly. While any freedom-seeking person with common sense would be working to get the U.S. out of the U.N., Means is working to get out of the U.S. and into the U.N.

This is the reason we did not jump on the Russell Means bandwagon. He may not be a Marxist/Leninist, but he still appears to be promoting the strategy of so-called national liberation, and he is seeking to align himself with the U.N., arguably the worst bunch of dictators and despots the world has ever known. I don’t see how anything good can come out of that, certainly not for the Lakota Indians.

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IT'S ALL FOR MY SECURITY
A satirical poem © June 16, 2008 by G. Edward Griffin

I woke up Sunday morning (Father’s Day) with a silly limerick running through my head. It was a satirical comment on how Boobus Amricanus is so willing to give up liberty in return for the false hope of security against terrorism. I couldn’t get it out of my head so, after dinner, I began to play with the words and eventually produced a first draft. Because satire often communicates an idea more forcefully than dull documentation and logical argument, I am publishing it to see if it has any such utility. I hope you will find it useful with your friends who don’t yet get it. 

It’s more than mortal man can bear.
Those terrorists are everywhere:
on land and sea and in the air.
Network TV bill of fare
daily warns us to prepare
for bugs and bombs and poison air
and other things enough to scare
the bravest man to deep despair.

They hate our freedom so we’re told,
our way of life so uncontrolled,
our rich, our poor, our young, our old.
I guess their hatred just takes hold
and burrows in and makes them bold
enough to kill and spend their gold
and set in motion plans untold
to get us ALL, … or so we’re told.

Seems strange to me they don’t resent
the other guys who represent
a way of life with free consent
or those who are benevolent.
The only ones they seem intent
to devastate to great extent
are those whos aero-planes were sent
to bomb their homes with such torment.

Never mind, the war will stay.
We’re going to fight this all the way.
But there’s a price we have to pay
to keep the enemy at bay.
Let our leaders take away
our lives and liberty TODAY,
and then our fears will go away
that they’ll be lost some future day.

My phone is tapped. My mail is read.
They know the thoughts inside my head.
The money I deposited
is now reported to the Fed.
They chip my hand, dispense my bread.
I think they watch me go to bed.
I don’t object. I’m glad instead
to be controlled until I’m dead.

CHORUS
And so I very happily
let them take my liberty.
No matter what they do to me,
it’s all for my security.
     You see, you see, you see?
I’m just as glad as I can be
to let them take my liberty.
No matter what they do to me,
it’s all for my security.

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THE RON PAUL REVOLUTION MUST BE TRANSFORMED
A slow down in enthusiasm is to be expected after a hard push to elect the right man has been defeated by the machinery of society that has been taken over by a handful of rebels against the constitution. But let me make a few observations concerning the post Ron Paul Campaign:

1. This is what happens when all the energy of a movement is focused on an individual instead of the principles behind the individual.

2. The shut down of enthusiasm shows that most people are still not capable of figuring out the severity of our predicament in the world.

3. For instance, lawful constitutional government will not return to American soil by the use of democracy or elections for that was the instrument that destroyed lawful constitutional government to start with. Therefore why would we hope in the system that corrupted our nation? Democracy was hated by all the founding fathers for this very reason.

4. The United States of America and every state in the union was constituted upon the foundation of the Principles of Property. And I bet very few of the Ron Paul supporters can tell you what those principles are. They are found in the First and Second Treatise of Government by John Locke, written in 1689. Thomas Jefferson said that all American Liberty is based upon the work of John Locke and Algernon Sidney.

5. The election of Ron Paul would not have returned lawful government to America. It would have been a small step in the right direction but most things would have remained the same even with Ron Paul as President. 6. Ron Paul's own words is to "spread the message."

7. How many of us can really tell someone what Ron Paul's message was? Most will say "get out of Iraq, sound money, non-intervention, get rid of the IRS, get rid of the Federal Reserve." All good stuff but not much real substance regarding why, and how. The American people were not able to receive his message. They were programmed to reject his message. The people of America must be reprogrammed with the truth in order to restore real lawful government to this land.

8. Ron Paul nor any other presidential candidate past, present or future can do that. The people must do that!

9. Let's be honest, Ron Paul made a lot of mistakes in his campaign and he was just a good candidate but not perfect.

10. So what will return lawful government to this land? You will, I will, all of us together will. It is God's will that we live free in a lawfully constructed and maintained government, even in these last days. Avoid all that say otherwise for they know not the God of our fathers.

11. The whole purpose of Ron Paul running for office was not to win but to start a movement based upon the principles of property that will continue in all of us long after he has left the stage.

12. Further, Ron Paul ran for President to form a nation wide network which can elect other candidates reflecting the same Principles of Property and respond to other problems.

13. Therefore, stay together locally to encourage one another and teach your neighbors about liberty and stay on line in a network with other Ron Paul Meetups so we will be ready for anything.

That is why we at the Silver Eagle Taphouse Ron Paul Meetup are developing a course called the One Hour Patriot to be taught to one and all who come to our Meetup group. It will be precise, short, and comprehensive with the aim to de-brainwash the American slave and restore them to the status of sovereign person knowing the extent of their liberties and responsibilities in this world. This course will debut for the first time at the Austin - San Antonio FREEDOM TOUR at the Taphouse. True Liberty comes when it is perceived in the minds of the people. And it simply is not perceived in the mind of Americans today. It will not return unless those of us who know what these principles are teach them to millions. This is a big job and we cannot do it alone. We need each other but this effort is a lot more fun and exciting than watching someone else run for president and hoping against better judgment that tyrants will abandon their strangle hold on America merely because we win an election.

Therefore, encourage your membership to stay together and hold classes on the Principles of Property so that the law will return to the courts, a limitation of power and authority returns to congress and the monarchy is destroyed in the executive branch.  
Sincerely,
Ron Avery
www.SilverEagleTaphouse.com
www.SilverEagleTaphouse.com/tour.html

 


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