The Reign of "Repressive Tolerance" Begins

by Will

Liberty Minute April 7 2014

Forty years ago, Marxist academic Herbert Marcuse devised a doctrine called “Repressive Tolerance” in which the concept of tolerance was weaponized in the service of cultural revolution. While revolutionaries were out of power, Marcuse taught, they should demand tolerance from those who defend traditional values and institutions. Once in power, however, the revolutionaries were to abolish tolerance for those with whom they disagree.

As Marcuse wrote: “Liberating tolerance … would mean intolerance against movements from the Right and toleration of movements from the left.” Officially sanctioned intolerance would include suppression of “discussion and propaganda, of deed as well of word.” That is to say that there would be no freedom of speech for those who peacefully express opinions now deemed to be reactionary.

Marcuse’s doctrine of “repressive tolerance” was put on display recently when Brendan Eich, the former CEO of the Mozilla computer technology company was forced to resign because of a small donation he made several years ago on behalf of California’s ballot Proposition 8. That measure defined marriage as a union of a man and a woman. Eich was targeted as a thought criminal by a revolutionary clique that left-wing entertainer Bill Maher calls the “gay mafia.” He won’t be the last.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

The Regime's War on Natural Food

by Will

Liberty Minute April 5 2014

About five years ago, I suffered a very serious gastrointestinal disorder that came respectably close to killing me. This condition, which made me pass nearly my entire blood volume over the course of about five days, was produced by an imbalance in my intestinal flora that often results from the use of antibiotics.

During a recent trip to Utah, I started experiencing symptoms suggesting a relapse of that condition. To treat them, I asked a friend to obtain a quantity of raw – that is, unpasteurized – milk, which contains natural bacteria that can help restore the balance of intestinal flora. Within a few hours the symptoms disappeared.

My friend told me that to purchase raw milk it was necessary to provide detailed personal information and sign a lengthy disclaimer. This is because the FDA treats this this natural, wholesome food as if it were a harmful substance. The Feds have been actively persecuting farmers who sell raw milk to willing, informed customers.

The same totalitarian presumption that brought us the War on Drugs has led to the Regime’s war on unapproved natural food. Both of those tyrannical campaigns assume that government can prohibit something that informed people freely choose to consume.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

Perverting Judgment on behalf of a Predatory Pervert

by Will

Liberty Minute for April 4 2014

Rape is a violent crime, and child rape is among the most abhorrent acts found within the compass of fallen man’s depravity. Assuming that prisons should exist, men who sexually molest children deserve to fill them, and judges generally aren’t reluctant to send them there.

Delaware resident Robert H. Richards IV pleaded guilty several years ago to raping his three-year-old daughter. The presiding judge in that case, Jan Jurden, decided not to send Richards – a 47-year-old man who stands six-feet, four inches tall and weighs roughly 275 pounds – to prison, insisting that he “will not fare well” in that environment. Instead, he was placed on probation and assigned to undergo sex offender treatment. Now Richards’ ex-wife accuses him of molesting his son.

The sentence, which was recently made public by attorneys for Richards’ ex-wife, stunned the legal community in Delaware, given that Judge Jurden is regarded as hawkish and inclined to impose maximum penalties. One likely explanation for this uncharacteristic leniency is the fact that Richards is an heir to the DuPont fortune, and is supported by an immense trust fund.

Innocent poor men suffer in prison after being wrongfully convicted of the crimes to which this wealthy man pleaded guilty.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

Perverting Judgment on behalf of a Predatory Pervert

by Will

Liberty Minute April 3 2014

Two years ago, Chicago-area voters reelected a criminal court judge named Cynthia Brim despite the fact that she was declared legally insane. Her state-certified mental illness was the only thing that kept Brim from being sent to jail for assaulting a sheriff’s deputy.

Judge Brim, who shoved the deputy during what was described as a manic episode, was found not guilty of battery by reason of insanity. The day before that incident, she indulged in a lengthy, incoherent rant during a session of traffic court.

Suspended after the battery charge was filed against her, Brim was reelected two weeks later. And given the character of Chicago politics, it’s not surprising that she continued to receive her $182,000 salary during the two years she has been suspended from the bench.

Brim spent several hours on March 28 arguing to a Judicial Inquiry Board that she is fit to serve as a judge, despite her diagnosed condition and the fact that she is on several strong prescription medications.

While wishing Cynthia Brim well, she should not be allowed to reclaim a job that requires sober judgment. And her campaign for reinstatement illustrates that she, like too many others in her profession, sees her position as an entitlement, rather than a duty.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

Justice Should be Blind, Not Crazy

by Will

Liberty Minute April 3 2014

Two years ago, Chicago-area voters reelected a criminal court judge named Cynthia Brim despite the fact that she was declared legally insane. Her state-certified mental illness was the only thing that kept Brim from being sent to jail for assaulting a sheriff’s deputy.

Judge Brim, who shoved the deputy during what was described as a manic episode, was found not guilty of battery by reason of insanity. The day before that incident, she indulged in a lengthy, incoherent rant during a session of traffic court.

Suspended after the battery charge was filed against her, Brim was reelected two weeks later. And given the character of Chicago politics, it’s not surprising that she continued to receive her $182,000 salary during the two years she has been suspended from the bench.

Brim spent several hours on March 28 arguing to a Judicial Inquiry Board that she is fit to serve as a judge, despite her diagnosed condition and the fact that she is on several strong prescription medications.

While wishing Cynthia Brim well, she should not be allowed to reclaim a job that requires sober judgment. And her campaign for reinstatement illustrates that she, like too many others in her profession, sees her position as an entitlement, rather than a duty.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

The Eco-Inquisition Begins

by Will

Liberty Minute April 2 2014

 Climate change ideology is a dogma masquerading as science. Proponents of the theory of human-generated global warming insist that their views are rooted in objective data – yet they also insist that subjecting their conclusions to scrutiny constitutes “denial,” rather than the application of skeptical intelligence that the scientific method requires.

 Rather than defending their views, the guardians of global warming orthodoxy assail the motives of those who don't share their perspective. This is why people who are unpersuaded by the climate change movement's claims – a group that includes thousands of well-qualified scientists in the appropriate fields – are routinely denigrated as “Climate Deniers,” an epithet calculated to associate them with Holocaust Deniers and other unsavory figures.

 Predictably, the high priests of the global warming cult have decreed that disagreement with them should be treated as a crime. One of their spokesmen, Adam Weinstein, insists that so-called “climate change deniers” should be arrested and prosecuted as purported accomplices in what he insists are 150,000 climate-related deaths each year.

 “First Amendment rights were never intended to be absolute,” proclaims Weinstein, invoking the familiar defense offered by totalitarian-minded people seeking to criminalize disagreement with them.

 Environmentalism has always been a religion, and its adherents are preparing their own Inquisition. 

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

Just Another Midnight Raid in the American Reich

by Will

Liberty Minute April 1 2014

 David Johnson and his family were asleep in their two-bedroom apartment in Caldwell, Idaho when they heard a noise later described as sounding like the walls were caving in. David went to open the front door, but it was shattered before he could unlock it. Two armored men burst through the entrance, pointing guns at David's head and ordering him out of his home. Along with his wife and adult son, Aaron, David was handcuffed and watched helplessly as the invaders searched their domicile. At no point did the intruders identify themselves as police officers. 

The raid targeted the Johnson family's next-door neighbor, Bill Gerst, who was the subject of a domestic violence allegation. Gerst was ordered to crawl on his stomach to be handcuffed and his apartment was also subjected to a warrantless search. Gerst's quiet, plaintive requests for an explanation were rewarded with threats and the terse command, “Shut your mouth!” Despite the fact that Gerst was in custody, the raiding party kicked in a third door at the same address for no discernible reason. 

This February 21, 2013 midnight raid was carried out without a warrant or credible evidence that a violent crime was underway. It's simply how things are done now in the American Reich. 

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

The Privileged Criminal Class called "Government"

by Will

Liberty Minute March 28 2014

 

Charlottesville, Virginia resident Gerry Mitchell, who is confined to a wheelchair, was run down by a driver while trying to use a crosswalk. A few days later, while recuperating in a nearby hospital, Mitchell received a visit from the Charlottesville Police. He might have expected them to be there to take a statement. Instead, they issued him a citation – despite the fact that the driver was at fault.

 

The driver, of course, was a fellow cop, Gregory C. Davis of the Albemarle Police Department. The ticket was eventually dismissed, but Davis wasn't charged with an offense.


More than four years after this incident, it was revealed that at the time of the accident Davis was texting and distracted at the wheel – an offense far graver than a common traffic violation. If a citizen had been similarly distracted while running down a police officer, the offender would be charged with aggravated assault, or perhaps even attempted vehicular homicide.

 

Rather than seeking to make restitution, city and county officials used every dilatory and procedural tactic at their disposal to frustrate Mitchell's effort to hold Davis accountable and receive redress. Such are the ways of the privileged criminal class we call “government.”

 

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

Is Smoking Marijuana More Immoral than Drinking Alcohol?

by Will

Liberty Minute March 27 2014

Is marijuana more dangerous than alcohol? Although death by alcohol poisoning is commonplace, there is not a single reliable account of a marijuana-induced overdose. Fatal alcohol-involved traffic accidents occur every day, and account for more than 10,000 deaths annually. Thousands of additional deaths – through overdoses and accidents – take place each year because of misuse, often unintentional, of legal prescription drugs, which are dramatically more dangerous than marijuana.

Some critics of the growing movement to decriminalize marijuana use concede that alcohol prohibition didn't work, and that misuse of alcohol is a huge social program – but insist that marijuana should be illegal in order to avoid contributing to this existing problem. In a recent essay, one such critic suggested that the real problem was that “the penalty for possession of marijuana has … become the equivalent of being given a parking ticket.” This is a profoundly ill-informed generalization, given that there are many people currently serving lengthy terms behind bars – including life imprisonment – for marijuana possession.

 

The Bible treats drunkenness as a sin without prohibiting alcohol consumption. We should have a similar perspective on marijuana use – and recognize that government has neither the authority nor the right to punish sin.

 

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

Why Aren't People Afraid of Armed Cops?

by Will

Liberty Minute March 26 2014 

Michael Smith was sleeping when he heard a loud noise outside his home in Norridgewock, Maine. Shirtless and annoyed, Smith opened his door to find a crew from the local electric utility cutting down trees in his yard. He complained about them in a loud voice, then turned around and went back to bed.

 Just a few minutes later, Smith was rudely awakened again by the commands issued through the loudspeaker of a police vehicle. His home had been surrounded by a SWAT team, which ordered him out of the house. The police were responding to a report that Smith had a gun tucked into the waistband of his pants.

 What appeared to be a firearm was actually a tattoo of a small-caliber handgun. The sight of what appeared to be a single handgun was so frightening to the work team that they called the police – who responded by deploying dozens of armed men, some of whom wound up training assault rifles on the home of a perfectly innocent man they were prepared to kill.

 Why are some people driven to panic by the sight of an armed citizen – but indifferent to the spectacle of armed government officials who have been given a license to kill at their discretion?

 Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

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