Keyboard Warriors

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Their sure are some blood thirsty savages out there sitting behind their key boards. I get accused of being a “keyboard warrior” and maybe I am guilty as charged. That charge is largely true but I do not take it personally despite the negative connotation that accompanies it.  I might be a “keyboard warrior”but feel that as long as I realize this and stay within the realm of honest discussion and respectful debate that it should never detour me from expressing myself online. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to glorify the term and I realize why the term exist and why you don’t particularly want to be one. At the same time however I won’t allow the term to silence me either.

 

It took me a long time to get over the fact that there are bullies in the world especially online. Thank goodness I have been fortunate enough to meet some like-minded individuals online who’ve proven to me that I was allowing people to get the better of me and did not have my emotions in check. Sure, the bullying, trolling, and abusive language is never nice to read but the only thing complaining about it will do is put me in the position of a victim. A position I can attest to that weakens your positions tremendously and comes with, for me at least, a great deal of embarrassment and shame.

 

It is no longer acceptable to me to allow myself to be silenced by anyone attempting to derail me by posting negative remarks about me. It is far more empowering to take it all in stride, swallow your pride, and do what you set out to do without feeling guilty, ashamed, or victimized by anyone you encounter online. It’s become a trend it seems to cry out with histrionics about how mean the internet is. I can’t help but roll my eyes these days because that used to be me. The only difference is no one really ever listened to my complaints and for that I am glad. Call it a blessing in disguise if you will because if that had happened I might have ended up relying on trolls to justify my online existence.

 

If I’m going to be involved with online discussions on social media I suppose I would rather be refereed to as a “Keyboard Warrior” rather than a “Keyboard Victim” because at the end of the day a Warrior will always be criticized for his actions but will have the fortitude to admit their mistakes while a “Keyboard Victim” will always be in a position of submissive abandonment of their pride and dignity. This does not mean I blame victims of harassment because I do have compassion for those who have suffered at the hands of sadistic trolls who target them with reckless abandon and don’t let up until things become so dangerous that law enforcement is required to deal with it. That is far different from allowing a few or even a lot of trolls get under your skin even though it’s pretty obvious they aren’t going to present any real harm to you other than ridiculous and immature trolling online.

 

Be a Keyboard Warrior folks, but don’t fool yourself into believing you are anything more special than a human being sitting behind a keyboard making comments on world events in the comfort of your arm-chair. It’s a conversation folks, not a real battle field.

 

Be good everyone. Thanks for reading.

 

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Armed Carry in Washington D.C. on July 4th: Adam Kokesh

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Time to set the precedent. Adam Kokesh, an internet blogger, youtuber, and pod-cast host has made plans to have an armed march in Washington D.C. on July 4th. From the moment I heard Adam speak, I knew he was an agent of massive change for our society, whether good or bad. I respect this man for the courage he displays and for always doing exactly as he stated he would do. Though do not mistake my respect for Adam to be full-fledged undying loyalty to him or everything he’s ever said. I do not believe he expects such accolades from any one individual either. I believe his motives are pure and good, that he simply wants to set the precedent that having a loaded weapon on you does not mean you are harmful, dangerous, or a criminal to be treated like an animal and locked in a cage and pumped full of psychotropic drugs. I’d like to try and discuss alternatives to both the current mainstream view on guns and also contrast a few of Adam’s points with my own, hopefully fulfilling the needs of both points of view while avoiding violent conflict but also reaching a higher understanding on self defense, personal liberty, and self ownership without the desire to control or manipulate others with force, fraud, or coercion. Of course no single idea is perfect, but that is why we share them so freely, to communicate with others who may agree or disagree with your assessments and help define a better path for both minds to interact with the world through peaceful interactions with those around them. This is important for both sides of the argument to remember as July 4th approaches. My biggest question is will this march be peaceful? I don’t believe Adam wants there to be any violence, but at the same time I realize he thinks the government will resort to violence and force if their rules are confronted. Adam realizes that in order to assert his belief that he has the right to carry a loaded weapon where ever he wants, he has to risk his life and freedom to do so and that is his main point. He shouldn’t have to be so afraid of doing something so simple and so openly to peacefully demonstrate the idea of owning a weapon but using restraint and learning self defense. Adam doesn’t want to use his weapons as a means of force and preemptive dominance over others, his desires, in my opinion, probably weigh in more along the lines of self defense and as a hobby at the shooting range or even for hunting.

Another point, to see whether or not authorities will tolerate people standing in formation with loaded rifles on their backs. So far, the police have said that the only one’s allowed to have guns are the police. ““Passing into the District of Columbia with loaded firearms is a violation of the law and we’ll have to treat it as such,” – Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier said to http://www.wjla.com/blogs/news-talk/2013/05/q-a-with-d-c-police-chief-cathy-lanier-18750.html. Ultimately this means the government official and law enforcement agent is claiming the monopoly on carrying a weapon openly and publicly. In the same breath, they are claiming you as an individual have no right to do so in any capacity. Even if you never harmed a single person, you would be considered and treated like a criminal for merely having a gun on you in public. If the police of Washington D.C. choose to end this with violence and show their true colors I can only hope that it will help others realize the kind of world we are living in and have a change of heart about what governments role should and can possibly be. I would prefer a world in which we are free of bully’s and egotistical men and women gaining larger than life sums of wealth and power and controlling through force, fraud, and coercion all the rest of their minions and the common people who inhabit the planet. I wish I could turn on my television and see a real world of innovation and constant positive growth and change in our species. I feel that we are close to such and event taking place but I also believe things have to take place before this does happen. 

 

 If we see this break out into violence on our TV screens, it will more than likely come from paranoid authoritarians who lust for control and power over those who are defying their arbitrary rules and regulations that have nothing to do with peace or equality for anyone. Hopefully people will see that harming anyone here means initiating force, not defense. The history that is unfolding is that either we are free people who can do what we want as long as we don’t hurt anyone or we are not free and have to submit to and be afraid of our government as we are threatened with violence if we do not comply with their orders. As biased as I may have become towards government, I do realize there are some really good intentions at play within the halls of congress, the white house, and other government buildings, however, I believe these people do not understand that for every rule they come up with, people will have to needlessly suffer because of it. It is a function of the state to assert itself on every major issue through the use of public displays of force and dominance. When said so bluntly I realize it makes everyone cringe but that is merely a reaction to the tyranny that exist because of government, not in spite of it.  I share Adam’s sentiment that no one individual or group of individuals have a monopoly on defense, gun ownership, or violence. In my opinion it is immoral to coerce or violate physically the natural right of another human being to live in peace and prevent them from interacting with fellow human beings the world over. Claiming such power over others is a sign to me that the person or persons have not considered or have very little concern for their own freedom or safety. Also, this authoritarian mind-set has time and time again showed up in human history and overtly rejected every single time. However, the tragedy here is that people often forget the lessons of history and choose to justify this unwarranted authority by creating a moral high ground which does not exist in reality. In their mind, because of the legitimate services that government can provide its people, it is okay to violate people’s privacy, monetary situation, personal freedom, and even take life from individuals who stand up to them. To be more blunt, it’s okay to mug the banker walking down the street in order to feed the homeless man in the alleyway. I reject this notion outright. Wouldn’t it be better, if you really cared, to talk to the homeless man, convince him to go with you and donate your time to helping them get back on their feet? Wouldn’t it be easier to help them find a part-time job? When does it become clear to “the authoritarian” that using guns to take care of people often has a greater long-term negative consequence than the short-term benefits of welfare? When does it become clear that it would be much easier to help these people without force, fraud, or coercion? What if the threat of violence and coercion that exist in our current system simply didn’t exist in the first place? After all, isn’t it this situation which causes people to become homeless in the first place? All of the lies, violence, and other misdeeds perpetrated by those in power all add up in lending a hand to human suffering and those very same people are trying to convince me that I have no right to defend myself and be armed. That to me says that there are some people in the world who merely believe they have some superior right to do and say as they please while the rest of us have to grovel and bow down to their rulings. In the end, no matter how well intended a law is, if it violates my ability to peacefully interact and live among other people, I reject it out right and with all of my heart.

 

This armed march in Washington D.C. on July 4th is going to create a new situation. It’s going to cause both sides of this debate to be brutally honest with one another and it’s about time. Either we will find out that we are all indeed free to do and say as we please without hurting anyone else or we are not. It’s not uncommon for such a thing to take place, however, this time it has a lot of weight due to the massive amount of legislation to restrict gun ownership in America. We have been told two things from gun control advocates. The first is that gun control is necessary. The second is that they claim they do not want to take everyone’s guns. To me, the second claim must be exposed for the lie it is. What Adam’s protest is going to do is cause this authoritarian mind-set to come clean with the world on their real stances and intentions. If the government opens fire on these protesters and starts arresting people it will prove that some people do not have the mental strength or capacity to handle being in the presence of a non-government individual being armed. It will prove that all these people can see is the gun and not the human being carrying it. They will prove that they are not for gun control, but rather the control of people who own guns. They will prove this to the world by using guns to enforce their rules on others. In that light, this march is much less a protest on gun control and much more about standing up to unjust authority. It is about addressing the problems presented to independent individuals by authority figures who claim the monopoly on gun ownership. It is about laying it all on the line and starting a revolution of the mind about what it means to be armed, to be a free human being, and questioning the legitimacy of governments role in our daily lives. This is being done to show the world how the United States Government will treat its people. It will go down in history as an important mile stone event. One where either we show this government that we will not be victims of their unjust authority. That we will live in peace and harmony, armed or not, with one another with the goal of prosperity and more freedom for more people around the world. Or, on the other hand, we could see a disaster unfolding. Will the government use violence to quell this revolutionary act of defiance? If so, will it set a new precedent in the hearts and minds of the masses about what is acceptable behavior from our government? What if the government starts shooting people, will people then realize how wrong it is to preemptively attack people who’ve harmed nobody? I have a disgusting feeling that something similar to the latter will occur and a giant “I told you so” campaign will grip the barely beating heart of this anti-political liberty movement and strike it down with fear and violence. That being said, I will not be swayed by terrorist who will do anything they have to do in order to keep their false power. I realize these people rely on the fact that human life is fragile and use that psychology to dominate the hearts and minds of every last individual on planet earth. It’s time to set the precedent. Either we water this tree of liberty with pure, clean, and refreshing water or it will be watered with the blood of the victims of government violence and coercion. The choice is clear.

I realize a large segment of people experience a certain level of fear and discomfort surrounding the ownership of a fire arm, much more the openly carrying of a loaded weapon in Washington D.C. must seem absolutely insane to many of you out there. Consider this though, you support a government which has all the latest surveillance technology, the latest weapons, the latest and greatest in policing technology, and a whole army of enforcers. Why are you so afraid of a few thousand people simply wanting to prove whether or not their own government will use violence against them for exercising a right supposedly guaranteed by The Constitution? Adam Kokesh has several times as of the writing of this sentence that he wants a peaceful protest where the police escort is there to ensure a safe situation. If violence happens on July 4th it will be because of the paranoid authoritarians who cannot allow any kind of questions arise about them. Scott D. Vogler

Grown Up Stuff & Ampersand Daily: The Final Solution

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The Final Solution

Host of the show Grown Up Stuff has invited me on to be a guest on Wednesday February 13th at 9:00 PM. We will be discussing many topics I am sure but just to give you an idea of the discussion, please read a bit from Notus’ and myself’s Facebook discussion.

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Me: “you want to talk about anything in particular?”

Notus: “No problem Scott! Actually yes, if you wanna think how to answer that’s cool. Pretend I’m a 10 year old child asking you this, what is agorism and what would daily life look like in a anarchist society, what major differences? and lastly back to adult me, When do you think the house of cards falls? or when does the economy implode?? get what im sayin?? and i guess who loses out most when the economy hits the fan?”

 

First of all Notus, thank you for inviting me on to your show. I have my calendar filled for Wednesday February 13th at 9:00 PM and very much look forward to talking to you and Swamp. Let the good times roll!

To a 10 year old I would have to say that agorism is knowing when it is neccesary to break the rules and then breaking them. A 10 year old may ask, “but rules are good right?” To which my reply would be, “Yes, but some are made to be broken if not improved upon.” This would open up a whole plethora of other very important issues to a child of 10. In contrast, I would tell an adult that it’s living as if there is no authority over you. I think most adults would brag that they do life this way, but most also will support the government on most issues.

 

A completely anarchist society is difficult to imagine for most and even myself because it’s never been done successfully before. To be honest, I believe in authority to a certain extent, but it’s not from a authoritarian perspective. Justifiable authority simply means that which is true can and should be preserved and made into reality. It does not mean initiation of force to change people’s behaviors or beliefs, but make available for them the scientific knowledge of any issue. An anarchist society would have an authority in technology and technocratic power structures. It’s been said that even in anarchy, there will be organizations that appear to be authoritative and governing, however, these organizations are an inevitable part of people communicating and coming to agreements on certain issues. The difference in an anarchist society, this body would have absolutely no reason to interfere in the movements, speech, thoughts, or other behaviors of individuals. One vital component of anarchal society is the broad sweeping acceptance of the non-aggression principle. This though is probably not a good explaination for a 10 year old child.

 

For that I would point to Democide numbers and tell the child, all of these people were killed by government directly. Then I would answer the child with a question, “What would the world be like if these people didn’t have to be killed?”

 

The house of cards will never fall, there has and always will be a house of cards. Parts of it fall and crumble into the pages of history, however, the unique thing about humans is that we’re alive so we live and provide new alternatives that lead to expanded peace, long life, happiness, and growth. Who will be affected most by the current system crumbling as described? Those who depend on it most obviously, the bankers, the bailout riders, the lobbyist, the politicians, the police, and all the people who live on their knees in front of it all. While I realize the calamity that comes with this, I also recognize that through this failure of society will come a new society based on different principles all together. It is my hope that we make it through to the other side free from those who sought to steal our wealth, start wars with us, and dehumanize us into their control grid. If we cannot do this, we will end up in The Matrix I’m afraid.

 

Thanks again for inviting me to the show, this is just to give everyone a taste of things to come on Grown Up Stuff and Ampersand Daily (almost daily)…

Remember Wednesday February 13th @ 9:00 PM!!!!

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