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Call The Cops At Your Own Risk

October 15, 2012

Would you dial up a known criminal, like a murderer or rapist, to come help you after you've been the victim of a crime? No? Then why in the world would you call the police after you've been assaulted, robbed or otherwise violated?

The police do not consider their job to protect you. They used to at least pay lip service to “keeping the peace”, but nowadays in the USSA it is clear their job is to enforce the law. In fasco-communist America, the law stopped being about your protection decades ago. The law is about the expansion of state power and control. That's why there are so many of them, with more coming all the time.

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TDV Week in Review October 14th, 2012

October 14, 2012

The bulk of the Dollar Vigilante crew is enjoying Libertopia here in lovely San Diego. I've spent most of the past few days rubbing shoulders with liberty-minded people, most of whom appear to be full blown anarchists and not just the usual Paulbots or libertarians obsessed with political action. There is a happiness and an ease here that comes from being around people of like mind. The mild Southern California weather helps, too.

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The Weekend Vigilante October 13th, 2012

October 13, 2012

Hello from Libertopia in San Diego,

So far the conference has been excellent. So many great anarcho-capitalist minds here, it is almost overwhelming. However, hosting a liberty conference in the USSA almost seems insane at this juncture. It'd be like hosting a KKK member drive in Compton—a strange choice of locales that seems to go against the very nature of the surroundings.

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Feedback Friday - October 12, 2012

October 12, 2012

Is it really Friday again? Where'd the week go? We had another debate this week, with Paul Ryan and Joe Biden dueling over who gets to be the most useless figurehead in American government. Ryan lied, and Biden smiled, and the sheeple played along in the twitterverse. Who won? Not you.

Some really great feedback this week, so let's get to it...

A VIEW ON TSA AND THE USSA FROM AN EXPAT PILOT

Hi Jeff and TDV,

I'm sure you get loads of emails, but PLEASE look at this link. 

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The Last Gang In Town: Income Tax Vs Capone

October 11, 2012

[Editor’s Note: The following post is by TDV Analyst, Justin O'Connell] 

"Some call it bootlegging. Some call it racketeering. I call it a business." – Al Capone

The State Versus Al Capone

When Al Capone rushed back to the court room from his hotel headquarters just in time to hear the jury's verdict, his bald head was sweating as he put on his loud, green suit jacket to accompany his green suit (one of the $135 ones, a New York Times journalist wrote at the time, worth about $2,000 in today’s terms). Judge Wilkerson walked gallantly to his seat and faced the jury.

"Gentlemen," he said, "have you reached a verdict?"

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Gas, Food, and No Lodging

October 10, 2012

We’d already be living in relative paradise if it weren’t for governments and centrally planned banks (central banks). The 20th century saw billions lifted up out of squalor thanks to a fair amount of freedom in the western world and countless innovations by entrepreneurs. But so much of it has been squandered. Destroyed. The internet alone likely increased productivity by as much as 100% or more, which should have meant massive prosperity.

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Freedom: A Truly Unknown Ideal

October 9, 2012

[Editor’s Note: The following post is by Ed Bugos, TDV Senior Analyst]

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Inconvenient Observations On Residential Real Estate: US and Mexico

October 8, 2012

[Editor’s Note: The following post is by Jim Karger, TDV legal correspondent]

Beaten-down US residential real estate markets, such as Las Vegas and Phoenix, have seen sharp rebounds in home values this year, mostly due to a diminishing number of foreclosed homes entering the market. On the surface, that appears to be good news. Unfortunately, it is not the result of fewer homes in foreclosure, but rather, banks intentionally not foreclosing on homes already in default. Indeed, by some estimates as many as 4 million homes currently in default (some for as many as 3 years) have not been put into the foreclosure pipeline, resulting in a massive shadow inventory north of the US-Mexico border.

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TDV Week in Review October 7th, 2012

October 7, 2012

There's a time when every liberty-loving person realizes that he must leave his family behind. You may always love them and wish them the best, but you will have to accept that they will forever love their slavery and come to resent you for not loving yours. They will always cling to their servitude and will always see you as an emotionally troubled radical. Their opinions will have to cease to matter to you and there may come a point where you have to resolve never to see them again for the sake of your own sanity.

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The Weekend Vigilante October 6th, 2012

October 6, 2012

Hello from beautiful Acapulco,

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