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The NFL Kneeling Scandal is Peak Idiocy

Well everyone, the summer is over and with the start of a new school year comes another season of NFL football and (more importantly) NHL hockey.

Unfortunately, with another NFL season comes the resurgence of player flag protests and kneeling, inspired by the antics of now-NFL nobody Colin Kaepernick. (Think I spelled that right, but don’t care either way).

I have a few thoughts and facts pertaining to this:

1) Beginning in 2009, the Department of Defense began paying millions of taxpayer dollars to NFL teams (including the Green Bay Packers) in exchange for extravagant patriotic rallies reminiscent of “The Triumph of the Will.” Moreover, professional sports teams are incredibly subsidized by both local governments and the federal government.

2) NFL players and owners who kneel are melodramatic and annoying as hell, and I would suspect selfish motivations over altruism. However, some are making the point, in their own words that this is “not a black and white issue” and is more about police brutality, which has become a hallmark of the American post-911 police state.

3) The flag is just a piece of cloth that means nothing. Rights do not come from government, they come from our humanity. It is not because of the government that we have inalienable rights.

4) The government itself is the biggest threat to your rights, not the terrorists that THEY THEMSELVES CREATED and continue to arm, and then use to justify infringing on our rights.

5) It has been a very very very long time since an American soldier actually died protecting freedom, or the United States from an imminent attack that was not instigated or encouraged by our own government.

6) Who cares? Football is a GAME. It’s a game, people. Moreover, it is the bread and games of a dying empire, much like the Roman coliseums.

7) The United States military is currently complacent in, or perpetrating, the slaughter of millions across the globe, but particularly in Yemen, where we are assisting in an active Saudi-led genocide, carried out with US aid and weapons.

These are all points that I would make, but my main takeaway from this irritating and downright cringe-worthy melodrama is that professional sports are/were one of the last mutual interests that normal, apolitical people could bond over.

The divide and conquer narrative has now permeated even this (final?) bastion of American cultural identity. Now regular Americans can’t even use football and sports as an escape from the fake and crumbling economy, or the hysterical and grotesque mainstream media.

For all of the NFL’s faults, of which there are many, it is sad that people are now further divided over whether or not to kneel or stand for a piece of cloth.

Don’t step into the trap people, don’t get caught in the hate. This entire annoying affair is another side-show to distract, divide, and conquer. Instead, we need to be coming together to fight against less trivial matters through civil discourse, economics, logic, and compassion for our fellow man.

Thank you all for continuing to consume and support my work here at Liberty Weekly.

Charlottesville Underscores the Necessity of American Secession and Revamped Libertarian Tactics

Just in case you have not yet heard, this afternoon a grey and black 2010 Dodge Challenger plowed into a group of Left-wing counter protesters at the controversial “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Before reversing at high speed to flee the scene, the driver injured nineteen and killed one, and has since been apprehended.

The incident marked the climax of what has been a caustic weekend of violence in the latest flash-point of the politically engineered  “Culture War” between the American far-Right and the far-Left.

After a few years of this nonsense, the mind-numbing futility should be self-evident, right? This so-called “Culture War” has reduced grown men and women into mobs of children clad in homemade riot gear, carrying baseball bats and other household implements. How is anyone supposed to take them seriously? How can anyone take American politics seriously? These individuals should be ashamed of themselves.

The escalating violence and toxic rhetoric has only served to dispel the illusory belief that 323.1 million diverse Americans can successfully coexist under one political arrangement. Why, after all of this political turmoil and chaos, do Americans fail to grasp this?

In my opinion, the violence and squabbling in what has been portrayed as the most politically divided period of American history since the Civil Rights Era is in part caused by the Federal Government’s encroachment on States’ Rights.

Don’t get me wrong, the States have propagated their own tyranny and have, in many ways, been complacent to (and have even encouraged) Federal despotism. However, the fact remains that the consolidation of Federal power and the Supreme Court’s insistence on setting universal policy for all fifty states has goaded Americans into battling over illusory control of this policy-setting authority.

First and foremost we are voluntaryists here at Liberty Weekly, but if government does exist we would prefer the smallest one possible. Under our logic, it would be hard for the atrocities committed in the name of American hegemony or Maoist China to be carried out by, say, Saint Croix County, the City of Saint Paul (they cannot even fix the roads), or the State of Montana.

Surely, if given ample resources and power, those entities may attempt to commit said atrocities, but one thing is certain: the government of Saint Croix County, Wisconsin is infinitely closer to the people who reside there than the Federal Government (or even the state government, for that matter). Why should they have to live according to the dictate of DC identity politics?

While any time is a good time to talk secession, given today’s events, it is a particularly apt solution towards reversing our ripening contempt for those who would fight for the power to dictate rules for all of us to live by. Why don’t we just pack up our toys and go home?

There is a reason why Thomas Jefferson regularly referred to the Federal Government as “our foreign government”: Washington DC does not represent us in any meaningful way. Yet, despite this fact, we continue to live under its mandates.

Instead of taking to the streets to 1) beg our benevolent overlords to please, just this once, do something in our best interests, and 2) condemn others for doing the same, let us shed our faulty belief in the necessity of a universal political arrangement.

In doing so, we need to  focus on building voluntary connections between individuals in which the State is not a part. Let’s focus on the community-building tactics of our Agorist friends with an emphasis on civil dialogue and virtuous outreach without (open) contempt for “statists” (as the old saying goes, you attract more bees with honey than vinegar) or dissenters within our own ranks.

Let’s be better than those who would propagate the so-called “Culture War.” Let’s shed our aggressive predisposition (I am as guilty as any of this). Let us be paragons. Let’s lead by example and show normal Americans that there is an alternative to the dog-and-pony show of the “Culture War” and identity politics.

As the nation (hopefully) pauses to reflect on the toxic violence permeating from events like Charlottesville, perhaps we may humbly, and respectfully press secession as a viable alternative? By some crazy chance, we might get a proverbial foot in the door.

Of course, this all may be hopelessly naive, but nevertheless I will humbly assert secession as an effective solution, coupled with a modest change in approachability. Ultimately, open hearts and mutual respect will go farther than motorcycle helmets, household melee weapons, and shitposting on comment threads across the internet.

Do Trans People Have a Right to Serve?

This morning, President Trump sent shock waves across the Left-Right Paradigm when he made the following succession of tweets about trans people in the military:

As one would imagine, the backlash came furious and swift, with commentators splitting along familiar ideological lines. The arguments from both sides are so familiar that I will not even recount them here.

My question is: why do we waste our time with this trash? Arguing over this recent controversy only detracts from the point that we want the least amount of people in the military as possible.

I was similarly affected when Congress was considering making women register for the draft. During this time, our friends on the Left were celebrating the potential move as a step forward for women’s equality. This sentiment echoes a familiar phrase: “FREEDOM IS SLAVERY.”

Absolute garbage, I say.

War, in addition to being a pure racket, is also the health of the State, where instead of the State protecting its citizens from other States, as we have been lead to believe, the reality is exactly the opposite.

Even though most Voluntaryists maintain their own social beliefs, this is not a trans issue at all. This is about celebrating the fact that less people now bear the burden of going abroad to kill innocent civilians for oil companies and government drug cartels.

In the interest of completely separating ourselves from the political theater, let’s bypass this distraction and focus on removing all soldiers from the United States Military unless for the express purpose of protecting against aggression that immediately and legitimately threatens our life, liberty, and property.

Though, if they were truly interested in doing that, they may find that the true enemies are much closer to home . . .

For more on the realities of what war inherently is, I would refer readers to Episode 3 of the Liberty Weekly Podcast:

WAR: WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? (ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!) EP. 3