Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw’s®
Life Extension NewsTM
Volume 15 No.
2 • March-April 2012
You will find that the state is the kind of organization which, though it does big things badly, does small things badly, too.
— John Kenneth Galbraith
The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
— Albert Einstein
If Rome and Sparta could perish, what state could hope to live forever?
— Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.
— Sigmund Freud
The house of representatives ... can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as the great mass of society. This has always been deemed one of the strongest bonds by which human policy can connect the rulers and the people together. It creates between them that communion of interest, and sympathy of sentiments, of which few governments have furnished examples; but without which every government degenerates into tyranny.
— James Madison, Federalist No. 57, 1788
(quote received from The Patriot Post 2 Feb. 2012 http://patriotpost.us/document/)
(D&S Comment: James Madison had it right when he said that when the government’s laws applied to everybody, including those in the government and their friends, that that creates a sympathy of interests between the government and the people but he had it wrong when he opined that (based on his understanding of the Constitution and he ought to have had a pretty clear understanding being the primary architect of the said Constitution) “the house of representatives ... can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends.” Unfortunately, we cannot but agree that when those of the government put themselves above the law then we see a government that has degenerated into tyranny. (A good example of such special privilege — e.g., when the law that applies to everybody else does not apply to them — is the exemption of those in government, including the President, Congressmen, and Senators, by their own self-interested actions from participating in Social Security and Medicare. They get their own, much better, plans while generating taxes that don’t apply to them on the American taxpayers shackled to the much inferior plans. Is it any wonder that the taxes to support these plans for the ordinary Americans keep on going up while the “benefits” provided by them continually deteriorate? It’s no skin off the noses of the exempt government folks.)
A Couple of Tips From “SHTF [when the shit hits the fan] Planning:
20 Lessons from the Streets of Cairo”
Posted by Mac Slavo on Feb. 1, 2012 @9:41 am in EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS. Article printed from SHTF Plan — When It Hits the Fan, Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You: http://www.shtfplan.com
Lesson #8 ... Just because the shit is hitting the fan where you are does NOT mean it is hitting the fan even 10 miles away. This is not bugging out ... just moving. (D&S Note: These folks were living in Cairo during the recent riots and violence that led to the collapse of the political structure of Egypt and imposition of military rule. They found that they were much better off a mere ten minute drive away from where they were driving to the airport. As they say, “We didn’t realize for 10 days that all we really had to do was find a new apartment or take a nice hotel room 20 miles away from our current location.”)
Lesson #9...When the players in a conflict become ill-defined, it’s time to step aside. If you know who the bad guys are, you can play this game but when it becomes a war of all against all, it becomes imperative to stay out of the game where EVERYONE loses. The Feb. 2 riots that took place the night we left were a perfect example of this. It was no longer looters we were worried about, it was EVERYONE.” “If SHTF starts to look too much like civil war, it’s ‘game over’ and time to make a change.”