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Tom Robbins, that self-congratulatory shroom-addled writer of “clever” fiction for disaffected teenage girls once said, “There are only two kinds of people in the world: those who think there are two types of people in the world, and those who know better.”

People love to put people into boxes. Dating sites and voting are both based on this. In America, you’re either a D or an R in the booth, and couples are randomly thrown together based their favorite food and music. But it’s bunk. For instance, my wife and I get along great, but hate most of each other’s favorite music. We never would have met if we’d been matched by our music collections.

And who do you vote for if you’re into guns and limited government but also favor the legalization of weed, crack, speed, and getting a hand job for a fiver in an alley? Why should we pick “representatives” based on all the platforms of one or another group of senile-delinquent megalomaniacs?

People naturally divided the human pie up into neat little boxes. Astrology used to be a common method for this. I put no credence into it. In fact, I could honestly say that there are two types of people in the world: those who believe in Astrology, and smart people.

The “new astrology” is the Myers-Briggs test. This Jungian mess from the 1920s is suddenly getting pretty damn popular. But it’s meaningless. My Briggs-Meyers personality type is INFJ, which looks like it stands for “King of the Jews”, but actually stands for Introversion, Intuition, Feeling, Judging. But people who know me know I’m not introverted. And it doesn’t mean I get along well with other INFJs. One of the few people I’ve met whom I truly hate is a fellow INFJ.

I’ve had people (usually hippies) take me to task for any attempt to put people into groups. Those folks usually complain about “Isms” being “false” and dividing the world. Somehow though, these people also usually believe in Astrology and angels. And Karma, while and often saying “Karma” when “Dharma” would be more accurate.

I think it’s a good thing to want to codify people into groups. It’s part of human intelligence, of being able to keep everything from happening in our brains at the same time.

For me, there is really only one test for ultimately dividing people into proper boxes: people who want to control others, and good people. I don’t want to hang out with people who want to control others, regardless of their Myers-Briggs type or their favorite desert topping.

Not all people who want to control others come off as “control freaks.” Many people want to control others by proxy. Good people respond to loud TV commercials by hitting “mute.” People who want to control others by proxy respond to loud TV commercials by writing their Congressman.

I vacillate between having great hope for the future and being pretty dismal about it. The biggest problem we face is folks thinking they need to be lead, that we can elect leaders to fix things. Most people think we have a broken system, but that it can be fixed. They vote for “the lesser of two evils”, but there’s always some evil.

Obama seemed cool when he was running for office. Like someone you might have a beer with. But after he was elected, he literally laughed when someone reminded him that he campaigned on decriminalizing weed. He said “I don’t think we’ll be doing that.” And then he turned out to be as much of a warmonger as Bush.

In other countries, they fight revolutions to throw out the tyrants, then have democratic elections to elect a different tyrant.

I guess I’d have to amend my original “there are two types of people” to say there are three  types of people: those who want to control others, those who want to be controlled, and good people. Because without those who want to be controlled, those who want to control would never have any power. They’d never get elected. No army would back them. No one would fund them with taxes. The emperor would have no clothes, but people would KNOW it, and laugh at his fat belly and tiny wiener.

People who want to control others are broken machines and cannot be changed. In a truly free world they’d starve to death or be shot in the face while robbing someone.

Good people can start out as wanting to be controlled because they don’t know better, but then learn the folly of it. I really think the most important thing people can do to “change the world” is educate others. Get up in people’s faces. Explain “the government gun under the pile of papers” that is every well-meaning law. Operate outside the system. Don’t try to change the system. They tried that in the 60s and the end result was a “hip” president who runs under a platform of legalizing weed, then after elected, laughs at you for reminding him of it. Then bombs a bunch of innocent people in Africa.

Two facts that are true: “every election is just an advance auction of stolen goods” (Also said as “politicians steal all your rights and money and give you back a little of both in exchange for your vote”), and “all laws are enforced at the barrel of a gun.”

“All laws are enforced at the barrel of a gun” is particularly important because it’s absolutely true and very few people notice it. Any law you can write or advocate, is going to be enforced by cops with guns. Even the “TV commercials are too loud” (which was actually passed recently), is enforced by guns. If some broadcaster broke that law, they’d get a certified letter. If they ignored it, eventually government agents would show up with guns to enforce it. If the person resisted, they’d get a gun to their head. If they resisted more, they’d be killed.

I’m always amazed at how people who want to use the government to “improve the world” ignore the guns. Peace-lovin’ hippies who want the government to make the world a better place ignore the fact that any new feel-good laws enacted will be enforced by violence, or the threat of violence.

When those kids were pepper sprayed in the face by that immoral pig cop at an OWS event, not many people saw the irony. People were protesting Wall Street and asking the government to fix it. But the truth of the matter is this: there is no purer representation of  “The Government” than a cop pepper spraying a bunch of non-violent kids.

If everyone who believes strongly in gun rights and everyone who believes strongly in pot rights would all quit feeding the immoral beast of government, we could get some real change for the better. Because there’s no such thing as “half-free.”

If you want a picture of the future of government, imagine a cop pepper-spraying kids in the face, forever.

–Michael W. Dean

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Neo-con right-wing hit piece against Ron Paul that’s so silly it could have been from The Onion


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The other day this article called “Drugs, Guns and Madness in the Ron Paul Revolution” came out on the inaccurately named neo-con blog, “Accuracy in Media.” It’s so stunningly stupid, you must read it. An Excerpt:

Ron Paul didn’t do as well as the media thought he would in Iowa, but he is moving on toward New Hampshire, where the candidate has what the media call a good “ground game.” But the “Ron Paul Revolution” in New Hampshire looks a lot like what Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn tried to accomplish with the 1960s generation. Disillusioned young people, brainwashed with illegal mind-altering drugs and armed with weapons in the name of “liberty,” are being taught to hate their government and the police. They believe Ron Paul is their savior.

Remember that communist terrorist Dohrn had said, “We fight in many ways. Dope is one of our weapons. The laws against marijuana mean that millions of us are outlaws long before we actually split. Guns and grass are united in the youth underground.”

The same attitude is apparent in some of the libertarian-anarchist groups backing Paul in New Hampshire.

In order to grasp this phenomenon, consider what happened at the Porcupine Freedom Festival (PorcFest) held in New Hampshire in June of last year.

A film called “Guns and Weed: The Road to Freedom” was screened for the PorcFest participants. The “weed” is marijuana. This very disturbing video, which carries a warning, features many objectionable scenes, including one of a rapper with a gun dancing in front of a huge poster of marijuana leaves. “Today,” says the narrator, “many cops who enforce pot laws do so because it provides them with cushy jobs, good benefits, and a chance to push people around.”……

It goes on with this tone, for many many paragraphs.

Even real conservatives think it’s a stupid article. This user comment is spot on:

Old Right said:

Wow, Cliff. You and AIM have really gone downhill over the years. I used to enjoy your work on the UN and would distribute AIM’s sister group Accuracy in Academia’s material at my political correctness plagued campus. But man…..what happened to you? This tirade just sounds like some drunk yelling at people in a bar. Oh well. Old-school conservatives used to understand that big government in our own country was the biggest threat to our liberty, not the Gay Muslim Mexicans. Thankfully, that idea has come around again. Ron Paul by far wins the youth vote in Republican polls, and now that the primaries have started he won the under-40 vote demographic in the Iowa caucus. Peace, liberty, and sound money are the future of the conservative movement, Cliff. Get with the program or get left behind.

I think the hit piece came from two reasons:
1. Simply IGNORING Ron Paul is no longer working.
2.There’s a lot more MONEY in sounding insane and mean than there is in making sense. Look at the SPLC. I think of Accuracy in Media as the right-wing SPLC.

The Accuracy in Media site is pretty popular, and the guy who wrote the article, Cliff Kincaid, used to be the editor for Oliver North’s newsletter. (As someone said “No wonder he knows so much about guns, drugs and violence.” lol.) And it got re-blogged on several hundred other blogs. (Probably automatically. They were probably syndicating him and haven’t yet noticed his meltdown, like Old Right has.)

And this isn’t just some fly-by-nite blog of one guy in his mother’s basement. They have an office on tony Connecticut Avenue in Washington DC, a staff of nine, and according to their financial statements, they have nearly five million dollars in assets. Who the hell is funding these trolls? (Billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife, heir to the Mellon oil fortune, according to this.)

Fortunately, like Mr. Burns, they are old and will one day die off. Their ideas will die with them. The path of America will go in one of two directions: socialism, or liberty. Everyone slammed in that article hates socialism as much, if not more, than the guy who wrote it claims to. The only thing that’s going to keep socialism from prevailing is people like the folks slammed in that article, and their good activism and media work.

As horrible of a bullshit bit of writing it is, I’m honored that our Guns and Weed film was included. And of all the things that are being thrown around these days to try to stop Ron Paul, I never thought I’d be one of those things!

Most of the people mentioned in the article are friends of mine.

While this hit piece in “Accuracy” in Media was way off the mark with the tone, I DO feel like it’s right in one respect: we are the spiritual godchildren of the 60s radicals. Or at least I know I can say *I* feel that way.

The first piece of “alternative literature” I ever got my hands on was Steal This Book by Abbie Hoffman (PDF). That was 1975, I was 11. Sure, he was a commie, but that book is all about guns and weed and not trusting the government and cops.

My older sister lived in New Hampshire in the 70s and I used to visit here there. She was involved in the 70s blockades on the Seabrook Nuclear Plant. She’s an Obama lover now, but she was a big influence on me in showing me “the majority isn’t always correct.”

While most people thought that Timothy Leary and the “Tune in, Turn on, Drop out” thing erupted and spread spontaneously, in reality, he and Allen Ginsberg and a few others had frequent conversations about “running it like a business”, and sent out press releases and did a lot of very proactive things like that behind the scenes.

I’m thinking and working like that lately.

The book Steal This Book contains this image, (bad scan from the PDF is here, click to see bigger):

It’s a cartoon of some 60s radicals running a pirate radio/TV station. It’s hard to read all the text in this scan, but I can read two of the word balloons. One is coming from the door, it says “Open up! it’s the police!” “We got some nice LSD for ya! Har har.” The guy in the back right with the pot leaf shirt and the bandoleer and shotgun is looking at the door saying “The mad lackeys are in for a sample of revolutionary justice, folks.”

But the whole idea of pirate radio and TV fascinated me as a kid when I read this. I never did do pirate radio, but I did build legal micro-transmitters as a kid to try to reach the world. So that picture really spoke to me.

Though guns scared me back then. Not these days, I have at least three loaded guns within ten feet of me right now.

But the cool thing is, thanks to the internet, my friends and I reach the world 24/7 with podcasting and satellite radio and community radio. While we’re calmer and not commie, our bedrooms now are the studio in that cartoon above.

–Michael W. Dean

Antigone from Sex, Lies and Anarchy
Above: Antigone from Sex, Lies and Anarchy podcasting

Kevin M. Sanchez-Cruz
Kevin M. Sanchez-Cruz of CopBlock podcasting.

Neema Vedadi
Neema Vedadi podcasting Freedom Feens

Me podcasting Freedom Feens


Garrett Fox from Cop Block
Garrett Fox from Cop Block surfing while editing

From left to right, Carla, Stephanie, and Meg, all in-studio during “She Talk live”

Free Talk Live radio broadcast
Free Talk Live remote radio broadcast

Pete Voluntaryist Eyre
Pete Voluntaryist Eyre doing activist video

Ademo Voluntaryist Freeman doing activist video
Ademo Voluntaryist Freeman from Cop Block doing activist video

Stephanie Murphy in her home radio studio

Stephanie Murphy in her home studio

Neema's setup

Michael Dean’s secondary editing setup