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The Weekend Vigilante December 8, 2012
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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.
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:
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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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