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The Weekend Vigilante December 8, 2012

Hello from Acapulco, Mexico,

A few of us vigilantes were out and about carousing last night when I decided to step out of the beachside disco Paradise, a place that has a bungee jump with a landing spot in a pool inside the club.  Try getting a license to do that in the USSA.

Something unusual was happening outside.  There were a few police cars, a lot of cops and a big crowd had formed around them.  Being naturally curious I went and checked it out.  As I pushed my way through all the people who were yelling at the cops I noticed they were all surrounding my scooter and a toe truck was backing up towards it.  Many of the people were admonishing the cops to go away.

Knowing almost everyone in that area of Acapulco the people started to fill me in. One of my friends who owns a sidewalk beer stall called me over.  "They want to tow your scooter," he said, motioning at all the police in their bulletproof vests and machine guns.

"Why?" I asked, curiously.

"They say it is because you parked on the sidewalk... we've all been trying to stop them," he said.

I looked back to the police and said, in Spanglish, "You are going to steal my scooter because I parked on the sidewalk?  Everyone parks on the sidewalk.  I've been parking in this exact same spot for the last year."

The cops didn't answer and mostly averted their eyes so my friend explained, "It's the new mayor.  He wants all scooters to be parked on the street."

"Oh, he does eh?" I retorted, "If that criminal doesn't like it why doesn't he come here and move it himself?  Why is he sending throngs of people with machine guns to steal my scooter?" I admonished to the cops.

"All of this commotion because you want me to move my scooter two feet, on the street?  And you bring 10 criminals with guns to do it?  Don't you guys have something better to do, like go murder peaceful people who have plants and flowers?" I said, raising my voice.  They began to back away.

I hopped on my scooter, and moved it the two feet off the curb and on the street.  "There, happy?" I asked as they began to filter off looking somewhat embarrassed.

One particularly muscular cop waited behind and once they were gone he held out his hand and told me, "You're right, I agree."

I shook his hand.  I don't hate all cops but I do dislike what they represent in their costumes upholding arbitrary laws through the use of violence.  I realize they are just "doing their job", but their job is criminal.

If a store owner had asked me the same thing, to move my scooter from off his property in front of his store I'd move it in an instant and apologize.  Once you bring the force and violence of the state into the picture everything changes... and always for the worse.

THE HOBBIT

Besides all that I am looking forward to the release of The Hobbit on December 14th.  Its author, J.R.R. Tolkien, was essentially an anarchist.  He once stated:

“My political opinions lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning the abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs) — or to ‘unconstitutional’ Monarchy. I would arrest anybody who uses the word State (in any sense other than the inaminate real of England and its inhabitants, a thing that has neither power, rights nor mind); and after a chance of recantation, execute them if they remained obstinate! If we could go back to personal names, it would do a lot of good.
 
Government is an abstract noun meaning the art and process of governing and it should be an offence to write it with a capital G or so to refer to people … The most improper job of any many, even saints (who at any rate were at least unwilling to take it on), is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity …"
 
The entire story of the Lord of the Rings centers around the ring of power... otherwise known as the state.  The journey begins in a anarchic place where the people are happy, no policemen, no king (or one that was thought long forgotten).  There is apparently a mayor but he does nothing as the locals frolick, sing, dance, play with fireworks, drink and smoke pipe weed.  Soon, however, the ring wraiths, driven by the lust of power come to ruin it all.
 
The Hobbit was the first real book I ever read and it drew me into the fantastic world that John Ronald Reuel Tolkien created.  That halloween I dressed up as Bilbo Baggins and even used it as my alias on Bulletin Boards (pre-internet communications throughout the 1980s).  Soon after, at around 13 years of age I read the Lord of the Rings and was even more amazed.  I read the trilogy countless times.
 
It makes me wonder if it didn't shape some of my views - as I'm sure it did - but it wasn't until decades later that it dawned on me the true message of the ring!  I'm sure millions don't catch the allegory either, unfortunately.  It's too bad that Tolkien didn't forgo fantasy somewhat and call Mordor, Washington DC.  Obama would have made a great Sauron, had he been president when Tolkein was writing.  The ring wraiths, Rockefeller, Rothchild and other likes who lust for power over others from behind the scenes.
 
When I first heard that a new adaption was going to be released in 2001 I was hesitant.  I even went so far as to say that it would be impossible to truly adapt that massive anthology on screen.  As I sat there in the cinema I realized I was wrong.  Peter Jackson had created a genius masterpiece.  I can't believe it's been nearly 10 years since the third film has been released... but that might be because I make sure to watch it at least twice a year.
 
And with baited breath I now await The Hobbit.  Although, I do have some reservations.  The Hobbit was more of a children's story, contrasted to the dark Lord of the Rings (LOTR)... and The Hobbit, also, was almost like a pamphlet in size compared to the massive LOTR texts. Yet, Peter Jackson is trying to turn it into a film trilogy as well.  I don't know how we will do it... but then again, I didn't know how he could do LOTR either and he did.  So I give him the benefit of the doubt.
 
In any case, if you haven't read LOTR or seen the films, they are an absolute must see.  I just wish we could bring back JRR Tolkien to see it in all its glory.  He's on my top five list of people to bring back from the dead to see what became of their legacy (both bad and good), including Jesus and Thomas Jefferson.  I think all three of them would be shocked to see what became of their work!  Jesus would be flabergasted to see what the Roman Catholic church has twisted his words around for profit.  And Thomas Jefferson would be reaching for his musket in a moment to tear down this terrible tyranic organization that has grown into the world's most dangerous, freedom-destroying, killing machines!
 
If only Thomas Jefferson had read LOTR he may have understood that no government, no matter how small, can resist the corruptive ability of the ring of power!  Not even Frodo.
 
As Mithrandir said, "I would use this ring from a desire to do good, but through me it would wield a power too great and terrible to imagine." 
 
 
MORE ANARCHIC "CHARITY"
 
Last week we mentioned that antiwar.com needed just $4,000 more to continue operations and I see today that their site is back up and running as normal... so, for all those dollar vigilantes who made a donation, thank you!
 
So, while we are at it, here are three other sites I can think of off the top of my head that I believe are very important to the voluntaryist/anarchist movement.  All can use your support... and is there any more important cause to support than the attempt to free humans from slavery?
  • Mises.org - The Ludwig von Mises Institute (LvMI).  This organization, helmed by Lew Rockwell, is perhaps the most important organization for spreading free-market economics on the planet.  Lew recently recorded an impassioned plea for support that you can see here.  Also, there are many branches of LvMI worldwide, so check for one in your area.  Our very own Managing Editor of The Dollar Vigilante, Redmond Weissenberger, is also the founder and director of LvMI Canada and can also use your support if you live in the great white north.
  • Freedomain Radio - In the last ten years no one has pushed forward the concepts of liberty on the internet more than our good friend, Stefan Molyneux.  He has had over 40 million downloads of his videos on YouTube and is currently working on an epic documentary that may yet again change the world.  He does it all by donation so if you appreciate his work, please reciprocate.
  • WendyMcElroy.com - We've had the distinct honor of having libertarian legend, Wendy McElroy join our crew at TDV recently where she regularly comments on tyranny and how to free yourself from it.  At her site, she recently posted the following, "wendymcelroy.com asks for your assistance. For over 10 years, we have argued vigorously for reason and freedom against political correctness and servitude. At no point has the site or the people behind it accepted tax funding...nor will we. Instead, we rely entirely upon donations from people like you. Please donate what you comfortably can to sustain our voice. Paypal and bitcoin accepted."  
As for us here at TDV, no charity needed.  We make a living off of spreading the word of surviving through the coming dollar collapse and how to profit from it and live as freely from the state as possible at our newsletter (subscribe here).  And offering all manner of freedom-achieving services and products such as foreign passports, offshore bank accounts and corporations and even bringing to life Ayn Rand's vision of Galt's Gulch, our new expat freedom community in Chile at Galt's Gulch Chile.
 
If there is anything we can do to help you achieve freedom and success in an unfree world, you know where to find us!
 
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
 
And I was interviewed this week by Andrew Duncan of Goldmoney.com. You can check it out here. 
 
 
UNTIL NEXT TIME
 
When next I talk to you, if all my documents have been checked and approved for travel by people with guns I'll likely be coming in to you from somewhere in central or eastern Europe.  If you live in Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia or Bosnia and Herzegovina, those will be some of the places I'll be passing through in the next few weeks.  Two meet-ups are already in process in Vienna, Austria and a place to be decided in Bosnia.  Contact me at TDV@dollarvigilante.com if you'd like to do a TDV meet-up over a glass of wine.
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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.



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