Adam Kokesh is a name all freedom-loving people ought to get familiar with.
Yes, he is absolutely adorable – in the same way that a pitbull puppy is: there is an awareness of the power within, but it has not awoken to its full extent. Unlike a pitbull puppy, Adam Kokesh has very intelligent and well-reasoned out arguments to support voluntaryism. I truly believe he will grow to be remembered as one of the great liberty-minded philosophers of our era, on par with Payne and Jefferson.
And, while the following video ostensibly shows how one ought to behave at a ‘sobriety check point’, it contains a most excellent explanation from first principles of the philosophy of voluntaryism. It is not too long, but very powerful:
The second video I’d like to share with you is very, very different – yet no less important for maintaining our liberty.
While Adam Kokesh addresses how to fight the oppressive forces from within our society, Stephen Coughlin addresses the most clear and present danger to our liberty from without – but one which is increasingly infiltrating the power-structures within our society.
Stephen Coughlin is one of the very few people who, based on their understanding of Islam and the political factions in the Middle East, accurately predicted the events of the so called ‘Arab Spring’ , including the rise of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the ‘unrest’ in Benghazi – and predictive ability is the most scientific metric of knowledge, understanding and analysis.
It is a long video – about an hour – but it addresses (and explains in understandable terms) the significance of the whole ‘interfaith dialogue’ movement which culminated in the Vatican inter-faith-prayer between Christians, Jews and Muslims….where the Muslim cleric went off-script and called (right inside the Vatican) for the victory of Islam over Jews and Christians.
Yes, the Vatican tried to put a positive spin on it after the fact, but the event was simulcast to the whole of the Muslim world and it is essential that we understand the implications of this ‘off-script’ prayer – something understood (whether agreed to or not, it was understandable and understood) by the worldwide Muslim audience:
Please, indulge me for a while…I promise I’ll get to the point, eventually.
What is worse, even though I took some time before writing this up to wait for a single news outlet to report this for the travesty that it is, not one of them has.
Each and every one of the mainstream media outlets has interviewed only the people who are doing the forcing – and what is worse, they feel it is righteous of them to do this. Every single one of the reports on this ‘story’ have been deeply empathetic to the bullies and not the victim in this case.
An eternity ago, when I was in high school, we studies a short story called ‘The Devil and Daniel Webster’. If you are unfamiliar with it, here is the story in a nutshell: a farmer has bad luck and eventually agrees to sell his soul to the Devil in exchange of 7 years of good luck. The Devil fulfills his end of the contract, even letting the farmer have an extension. Still unwilling to pay the price he had agreed to in the contract, the farmer hires the famous orator Daniel Webster to argue for him in front of a jury. Instead of judging the contract on the basis of facts, Webster manipulates the jury’s emotions to judge on the basis of ‘people=good, Devil=evil’…and gets the farmer off.
When we discussed the story afterwards in the classroom, every single student – excepting me, of course – was happy with the way the story ended, hailing is as a ‘victory of good over evil’. I was not sure what I was more horrified at: that the story permitted the victory of ‘wrong over right’ or that so many of my classmates had been manipulated of their perception of ‘Devil=evil and therefore must be defeated by any means necessary’ and could not perceive that in this situation. the ‘evil’ Devil was actually in the right.
By the way – my hubby had attended a different high school, but he, too studied this short story and he also was the only one in his class to argue ‘right vs wrong’ rather than ‘good vs evil’….
Why do I bring ‘The Devil and Daniel Webster’ up in this context?
Because in today’s world, it is difficult to imagine someone more ‘devil-like’ than a land developer…except, perhaps, someone in the ethical oil/gas industry.
In the Ottawa permutation of the story, a land developer had purchased land with the aim of building homes on it and, well, selling them. But, the City of Ottawa had decided that on the property this land developer had legally purchased, there ‘might’ have been some old and/or significant trees….and if the city’s agents deemed that this was so, the developer would be forced to ‘turn the land over to the city for one dollar’.
In other words, the City of Ottawa was both the prosecutor and the judge – and, should they issue the arrest warrant, the executioner.
It was the City of Ottawa who raise the issue and it was the City of Ottawa who would judge if they have the ‘right’ to demand the land be ‘turned over’ to them for one dollar…
Am I the only one who thinks this is not just plain wrong, but truly evil?
Yet, every news source I heard or read is empathetic to the city, not the ‘evil’ land developer….
How does this happen?!?!?
Because every bit of happiness counts!!!
This is what happens when religionists run countries:
Political Correctness, Critical Theory, the Frankfurt School…this blog has covered Cultural Marxism many times (most notably in this awesome, detailed guest-post by CodeSlinger).
Yet, it seems that there are many people who are still unfamiliar with the history of this cancer on our society. Therefore, I bring you a quick refresher: