Are You Authorized to Defend Yourself?

Many of us have worried and wondered about the building unrest here in the United States. I found a lengthy article at Ludwig Von Mises. Is it in our best interest to count on the Government to defend ourselves? When is it permissible? What if the Government chooses or cannot defend us? Here is a telling point made:

If riots come, it will not be the rich who suffer; they will be watching the violence on TV in their gated or high-rise communities. It will not be the media pundits who comment on “how terrible and senseless it is for them to destroy their own communities” while, at the same time, they excoriate anyone who picks up a gun to defend that community. It will be lower- and middle-class people who pick up a gun or a baseball bat, because, at its foundation, vigilantism is also a grassroots phenomenon. A vigilante is an average person who refuses to surrender to violence or authority. It is little wonder the elite look upon him and see a lynch mob.

It takes on this subject with a powerful analysis of vigilantism. It is a worthy read and no doubt something it would do us well to reflect upon at this time. I have selected a few sections, and no doubt have not done it justice. But here tis:

Are you Authorized to defend yourself?

What will you do if rioting sweeps US cities as it did British ones last week?

Vigilantism is defined as “Taking the law into one’s own hands and attempting to effect justice according to one’s own understanding of right and wrong.” Typically, it occurs when traditional law enforcement is absent, ineffective, or corrupt. When exercised in defense of person and property, vigilantism is the direct expression of an individual’s right to protect himself or innocent others against aggression. It is also defined as “action taken by a voluntary association of persons who organize themselves for the purpose of protecting a common interest.”

Jared Kelley wrote, “I believe that vigilantism represents more than simply a reaction to crime and corruption, but an instinctual, psychological push to restore the status quo of a society disrupted by some crisis or exigency.”

Vigilantism has deep roots in American history and culture. From tales of the Wild West to the caped-crusading Batman, the act of standing up to thugs is part of the national ethos. And the assumption of personal responsibility for self-defense is what drives the uniquely American pro-gun movement. But will the increasingly despotic police force allow citizens to arm and organize in self-defense against a marauding horde?

The Precedent of Great Britain:

But the police need to walk a fine line in criticizing vigilantes. Many of the scofflaws are heroes within their own communities — and even beyond. The Independent noted, “In the more affluent neighbourhood of Stoke Newington further north — an area filled with boutique shops and independent retailers — there was widespread praise for Turkish people who stopped rioters.” Meanwhile, those same communities are united in disapproval of the police performance.

Authorities have flipped the “default” switch on self-defense: namely, leave it to the police. As the International Business Times stated, “Contrary to everyday people, the police have been trained to handle difficult situations, and the powers that have been given to them by the government should not be conferred to the rest of the population.”

A Concept in Need of Redemption

This is an amazing statement: the right to defend against violence is a “power” that is given to the police “by government” and “should not be conferred to the rest of the population.” The two main reasons for denying the right to self-defense seem to be

  1. without government training, people will get hurt; and
  2. people who rise in self-defense will turn into a lynch mob.

Regarding the first reason, when the police cannot or do not offer protection, people and property will be damaged. The best chance of preventing that damage is precisely for people to defend themselves. Moreover, denying the right of self-defense to a person because he might get hurt is like denying freedom of speech because he might misspeak or denying freedom of religion because he could join the wrong church. The denial is not an act of concern or protection; it is the imposition of social control. Complete story Here.

New Ethanol Blends moving forward – Corn prices skyrocket

Earlier, it was reported that grants were being given out to install new gas pumps so we had the “option” of purchasing the 15% Ethanol blend. Today, it looks like they are going ahead without the pumps. Many States do not require posting the blend  on the pump, so here is one we we want to keep our eye on. So is the intention to destroy our engines? What sane person burns their food supply? Now 40% of our corn supply is going to this scam.

Earlier from  Gas Stations to get grants so we can burn our food

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What a way to start the day. I sit down with a nice cup of coffee and this gem pops out from the WSJ….Grants and subsidized loans to install new gas pumps so we can sell gasoline that has even more ethanol (E-85)  which everyone, but the ethanol lobby, believes is bad policy…How was this NOT low hanging budget fruit subject to cutting in the budget battle that went deep into the night?

The Secretary of Agriculture declined to say how much the program would cost because he did not know how many station owners (or oil companies) would take advantage of the program…Fair enough, I get that. But a better question for him from would have been how much has been budgeted for such a program.  THAT he should know.  Wish the reporter had asked that. OR better yet, a budget-cutting ELECTED official…Just sayin’…

I caught this story today in USA Today:

Officials at the Renewable Fuels Association, representing the ethanol industry, said ethanol fuels can be safely used in old cars if owners adapt the fuel systems with new parts. Thanks a bunch guys!

This year, the EPA approved allowing even more ethanol — a 15 percent mix. That proposal upset automakers and small-engine companies, who said that at 15 percent ethanol even newer cars and newer small engines would be damaged.

“We’re basing our concerns on the cars that are on the road today,” and on the corrosive effect that 15 percent-ethanol fuel could have on fuel pumps, fuel tanks, hoses and emissions parts, said Gloria Bergquist, vice president of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a trade group that includes the Detroit Three automakers and other manufacturers, including Toyota and Volkswagen. The alliance, along with other trade groups, sued the EPA in January to stop the introduction of E15.

Small-engine manufacturers are concerned about the effects on boat motors, chain saws and lawn mowers. Despite the lawsuit, the EPA approved the sale of E15, with labels, for vehicles made in model year 2001 and later.

Federal regulators leave it to the states to decide whether pumps must be labeled disclosing that they dispense fuel blended with E10 . About a dozen states don’t require ethanol labeling on gas pumps.

Association spokesman Matt Hartwig said the cost would “be minor in comparison to what (owners) would be willing to spend on the exterior of the car, for example.”  Thanks again guys. How do you know? USA Today

Meanwhile, we proceed to destory the world’s food supply: Robert Bryce writing in today’s Washington Examiner:
 
“Today, about 40 percent of all U.S. corn — that’s 15 percent of global corn production or 5 percent of all global grain — is diverted into the corn ethanol scam in order to produce the energy equivalent of about 0.6 percent of global oil needs. 
Corn prices, now close to $7 per bushel, have more than doubled over the past two years (see chart above). And recent harsh weather, including floods in the Midwest and drought in the South, will likely mean a subpar U.S. corn harvest. That, in turn, will mean yet higher prices for corn, which will translate into higher prices for meat, milk, eggs, cheese and other commodities.
“Livestock producers, restaurants, food manufacturers and consumers at the grocery store are all being penalized by this profligate biofuel policy,” said Bill Lapp, president of Advanced Economic Solutions, an Omaha, Neb., commodity consulting firm.” Carpe Diem
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