The “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” Myth

In the immediate aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri shooting on August 9th, 2014 involving an unarmed black teenager (Michael Brown) and a Ferguson police officer (Darren Wilson), the rallying cry and mantra “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” was taken to the streets in protest of white police officers unjustly killing unarmed black teenagers. A few witnesses were interviewed after the shooting took place and one of the witnesses was Dorian Johnson who said Brown had his hands up and was surrendering to the police before he was shot execution style. Dorian Johnson was also a close friend to Brown and actually acted as an accomplice in a convenience store robbery that happened a short time before this fatal encounter with the police. The story that Johnson told sparked a national movement and it was all based on a bold faced lie. After a grand jury viewed the evidence in the form of photos, forensic evidence, and testimony from 60 witnesses, it decided that officer Darren Wilson should not be indicted for the shooting of Michael Brown and that Wilson was acting in self defense. There is a problem with the use of police force in America today and it is hard to see how government employed revenue farmers that often abuse their power can be seen as protectors of people’s rights. Even so, people still have a right to defend themselves against aggressive acts and deadly force. This appears to be what happened in this case. The police officer might have been able to diffuse the situation by staying in his car and waiting for backup, however, they are trained to stand their ground and to pursue suspects. It all comes down to the narrative that the rabble rousers, the racial fomenters in The White House, and the leftist media want you to ingest on a daily basis. The storyline goes something like this, “Whites Have Privilege”, “Black Lives Matter”, “White People Hunt Down and Kill Unarmed Blacks”, “This is Still 1965”, “Black People  Are Still Oppressed” and “Racism is Systemic”. The last one has truth to it on many different levels. The point is that the media and the race demagogues take a story and spin it to fit one of the aforementioned storylines. Most of the time it turns out to be fallacious.

We have professional athletes, musicians and entertainers at a number of venues holding their hands up in what seems like a moment of solidarity to denounce black deaths at the hands of police. Members of the U.S. Congress also raised their hands up to make a  point based on mistruths. These people are misinformed and are spreading a message that is based on something that never happened in Ferguson. The idea that Michael Brown was walking home from the library minding his own business and was then shot by a white officer who stopped him for being a suspicious black man is utter nonsense. The facts have been corroborated by dozens of witnesses, mostly black, and mounds of forensic evidence. The non aggression principle (NAP) was violated three times that day. They were all violent breaches of NAP.  Brown, just committed a felony when he robbed a convenience store and assaulted a clerk. When he was confronted about it by a uniformed police officer in a marked car, he behaved like a vicious animal. He attacked the police officer and reached for his gun. He is no longer unarmed when he reaches for a deadly weapon. Then Brown charged Wilson like a bull full of rage and the officer defended himself against an imminent deadly threat. There was not going to be a fourth violation of NAP and the officer clearly acted in self defense. Any private citizen would have had the right to respond the same way this police officer did in this deadly situation.  Should the officer have stayed in his car? This is a reasonable debate to have and maybe the rules will change in light of this horrific incident. In a libertarian society where you have competing private police agencies, or security agencies, some will stay in their cars until backup arrives and some agencies will make sure the stolen property is reclaimed at all costs. If someone steals an apple from your apple tree on your private property, you have the right to take it back with force since force has been used against your private property in the form of trespass and theft. If the thief now decides to use deadly force against you while you are taking back your apple, then you can respond by also using deadly force to preserve the self ownership of your life. It is no different if you pay and hire someone to defend your life and private property, the same way you hire someone to paint your house. Once someone initiates force against your private property you have a right to defend yourself as long as the response is proportional to the initiation of force by the aggressor. A person who merely trespasses or steals from your property can not be killed for these violations of the non aggression principle (NAP). The amount of force used in self defense of reclaiming your private property must not be excessive as to make the person defending himself/herself the aggressor. Now the very existence of a police force violates NAP. The force is paid for with stolen income from taxpayers and they have a monopoly on security services. They are a tentacle of the illegitimate plundering State. With all that being said, a person who works for government still has a right to life.

The race issue has been smoldering for years. The fire has been relit and fanned by the current dictatorship in Washington D.C. under Obama and Holder. They have constantly stuck their noses in local issues where a white and black have been involved in a fatal shooting, but they never tell you who the aggressor was in these situations. Trayvon Martin did not run back into the house he came from when a strange “white cracker” was following him on a dark rainy night.  No, he went up to him (George Zimmerman) and punched him the face and began to fight and reach for his gun. These unarmed teenagers should not be compared to Emmitt Till who was brutally murdered for being black in the wrong part of town. That is an insult to Emmitt Till.  Furthermore, we do not need a president who has had a silver spoon in his mouth since he was a kid talking about oppression and crippling racism across the land. This man went to Ivy League Schools and was pampered his whole life through affirmative action programs and privileges not many people get in their lives. The president and Holder are talking about racist emails they dug up. They were written by Ferguson Police Officers . They could not convict Wilson of any crime, so they had to keep the narrative going in full swing. How about sitting in the church pews of a man, Jeremiah Wright, who hates whites for twenty years and then saying I never heard any anti-white rhetoric. Wright constantly talked about the “white oppressors” to his congregation. How about allowing and constantly inviting a trash can filled with racism and hate to the White House on a regular basis. How about that racism? When someone as low and evil as Al Sharpton is advising another communist community organizing race agitator in our “Dear Leader”, you know we live in an authoritarian cultural Marxist dictatorship. Al Sharpton has been wrong on every racial case he supported and lied about, including this one. He does not care about black people. He exploits them gets paid, sounds off with his big mouth and unlettered inarticulate speeches how racist white people are and then he leaves. This is a life form that is lower than a paramecium and the sad but harsh reality is that Obama and Holder are cut from the same cloth as Sharpton. The only difference between the maggot Sharpton and the president is that the president is not as rough around the edges. He is able to make the rhetoric sound like it’s credible with it’s patina of pseudo-intellectualism. It’s divide and conquer and racial animosity at its best.

The idea that racism is systemic has some truth to it and it is very apparent that The State is racist. There is a history of white racism in America with its roots firmly planted in government policy and laws. When politicians constantly tell minorities you are nothing without government, this is racist. Look what slavery, Jim Crow, welfare, abortion clinics, The War on Drugs,  gun control, public housing, government schools, and false promises have done to people of color across the country. This is the government. When you couple this with the dissolution of the black family you have major social problems, violent crime, and hopelessness in these communities. This is not a problem that whites solely caused, it’s a problem Big Government has caused over many years which started to get better but got worse under LBJ and The Great Society.

There will always be racism deep in people’s psyche and nature. Non violent racism is a right, after all it is a thought. People who are racist are ignorant fools and would most likely be ostracized in a free society. The idea that only whites can be racist is also another one of these revised definitions of what it means to be racist. Racism: poor treatment of or violence against people because of their race : the belief that some races of people are better than others (Merriam Webster Dictionary). Anyone can be racist. What must happen for people to live in harmony is for people to call a spade a spade. The constant depiction of blacks in America as an oppressed minority in the 21st century is just rubbish. There are politicians who benefit from this, along with propagandist  media outlets and people who have something to gain from playing the victim card. The bottom line is that blacks are CEOs,  highly paid professional sports athletes , and leaders in high government offices. We have the NAACP, The Congressional Black Caucus, National Black Chamber of Commerce, BET,  Black  History Month, and a national holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. This is not indicative of a violently white racist country. This is not 1965 and Black Lives do matter but maybe these protestors should march in Chicago and outside abortion clinics where blacks are killed everyday. Well that does not fit the leftist agenda. It does not go along with what the race hustlers want to use as commentary which is “Blacks are oppressed and Whites are the privileged oppressors”.  How about we all stand up against the dividers, and exploiters, and the violent leftist anarchists, and The State. We need to take responsibility for ourselves and stop finding scapegoats to put all our problems on.  The demagoguery, victimization, and racial fomentation is nonsense and it’s a slap in the face to hard working individualist black Americans who want to succeed in their lives. People know that these stories are factually inaccurate and are used to ignite civil unrest. It’s time to be rational and call out the liars, propagandists, race brewers, and people playing this tired victim card. The race opportunists are the scum of the galaxy and the truth is the only thing that people should want to hear.  It’s time to stop the cycle of myths and bogus chronicles perpetrated by The Sate and its minions which creates hatred and violence. Let’s strive for freedom, individuality, self reliance, and private property rights.

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Israel and Private Property Violations

There is an overwhelming support for Israel from America and other Western nations. The State of Israel is portrayed to be a tiny country that is utterly defenseless against a surrounding Arab Army that extends from The Gaza Strip, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt all the way to Iran.  These Arab Muslim countries and locations, amongst others, are deemed to be a massive threat to the survival of Israel and its people. We are told by the media that Israel is constantly being aggressed against by the “terrorists” in Palestine. We hear how peaceful Israel is and when the Israeli military bombs schools and kills civilians in Gaza, it is not their fault. They blame Hamas and say that they are intentionally putting civilians in harms way so they can use it later as propaganda against the Israeli government. What we do not hear as much from the media is how hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have been thrown off the land they owned for centuries. They were forced into exile after Israel declared itself a Jewish State with the help of Britain and The UN in 1948 to make up for the atrocities against Jews committed by Nazi Germany. We rarely hear about the encroachment of Jewish settlements in the West Bank that was supposed to be designated to the Arab Palestinians. And we never hear about the innocent civilians kidnapped and killed by Israeli forces near bordering Israel-Palestinian territories. Why should the Palestinians have to pay dearly for the war crimes and genocide committed by the Germans? Why should they be victimized, demonized, and forced to live in an “open air prison” in exile from their homes for crimes they never committed?

The history of Israel is fascinating and complex. The Romans controlled Israel (Judea) starting in 63 BCE and solidified this control when they made it a Roman Province in 37 BCE. After many rebellions, the Jews were forced out of Judea, more specifically Jerusalem, during the 2nd Century CE. The area was renamed Palestine by The Romans, a derivation of “Philistines” who once nomadically lived in this area. The region eventually became predominately Muslim by the time The Ottomans grew in size and power. Some Jews returned to Israel over the course of centuries and  they resettled. The ideas of Zionism became more prevalent and Jewish emigration from Europe to Israel increased in large numbers at the beginning of 20th century in response to growing anti-Semitism in Europe. The  Arabs and Jews lived peacefully side by side until the Balfour Declaration was issued in 1917 which pretty much guaranteed the establishment of a Jewish State in Palestine. The native Palestinians saw the writing on the wall and realized that the Jews would eventually declare Israel the Jewish homeland. There were rising tensions and The United Nations stepped in to “resolve” the conflict. Ultimately, large swaths of Palestinian land was handed over to the Jews who represented a small percentage of the population in comparison to the Palestinians. This is the point where this war and deep hatred amongst these two groups just spiraled out of control. These people have been at each others throats ever since.

It is remarkably obvious to any person that has not been showered with endless streams of propaganda and outright lies, that Israel is the aggressor and private property violator and the indigenous non-Jewish Palestinians, mostly of Arab Muslim lineage, are the victims of this violent thievery and the murderous military campaigns perpetrated by the Israeli government which is openly supported by the Zionists living and emigrating there. This conflict is mainly a fight for private property rights in land and in individual life and well being. If you look at a map of Palestine in 1947 and the land owned by Palestinians, it is mostly owned by native Palestinians. After 1947 and up until the present it has been predominantly owned by Jews who essentially just took it away through fear tactics and terror from the rightful owners. They believe they have a right from God to be there and The UN and Britain are culpable in the human rights violations that have taken place against Palestinians so that the Jews could fulfill this biblical prophecy. If you look at the map of Israel in elapsed time from 1948 to present day the land that was inhabited by the Palestinians just melts away like the hot sun melts the last of a lingering late winter snow.

The libertarian perspective on this issue should be unambiguous and simple. The Zionists, Britain, The UN, and many Jews living in Israel stole land from The Palestinians. They put over a million Palestinians in exile by 1967 and in the present day there are over five million Palestinians living in squalor and inhuman conditions on The West Bank and in Gaza. The Israeli government has killed tens of thousands of Palestinians on lands that belong to native Palestinians. There have been dozens of massacres, most notably Deir Yassin where  a hundred people were slaughtered, committed by the Israeli army. The Palestinian response is what gets reported in the news and they of course get labeled as “terrorists” for defending their own land and lives. The Palestinians have not done everything correctly and suicide bombings and some of the actions of Hamas should be strongly condemned. With that being said, the Palestinians have a right to defend themselves against military occupiers and thieves who continue to steal more land in The West Bank. Israel is a military super power with a large nuclear arsenal with the full backing of another imperialist invader in The United States government. Israel is an apartheid state that dwarfs South African apartheid in comparison.

The Jews have been persecuted throughout history and this essay is not an indictment on the Jewish people. The fact of the matter is, all States are unrestrained power structures that are illegitimate, but a State that steals, kidnaps, massacres, oppresses, and uses ethnic cleansing to achieve a biblical fantasy written by wandering analphabetic shepherds of the desert three thousand years ago is fantastically immoral and the apotheosis of tyrannical statist illegitimacy. This is Israel in a nutshell and the problems in this part of the world will not be resolved in any sense until people start realizing that a Zionist theocratic military aggressor does not have the right to exist. Jews should have major grievances with Rome and Germany not the Palestinians. The Romans conquered the Jewish people and stole their property. Nazi Germany systematically tortured and murdered six million Jews. Unfortunately, indigenous Palestinians are paying the price so that the “chosen” people of God can have their land back with little proof of ancestral inheritance rights to the property in question. If your great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather lived somewhere centuries ago, what right do you have to go back there and forcibly remove people off the land that they now own? If they acquired the land by force and this can be proven without a smidgeon of doubt, then you should have a property right in that land. This is hard to prove but stolen land belongs to heirs of the people it was stolen from in past years. This is not the case with Israel. The land has been conquered on a number of different occasions by many empires and religions and many people came and went to this region over the last two thousand years. The indigenous non-Jewish Palestinians have been there the longest before and after the Roman occupation and they have a right to much of the land. There is land that Jews legitimately own and any land that has been passed down, sold voluntarily, or acceptably homesteaded where there are no signs of prior use or property ownership, are all instances where pieces of land that can be owned by either group. As it turns out, Palestinians owned and occupied many villages and farms and were just thrown into a mass exodus to accommodate emigrating Jews from around the world. They had to pay reparations for crimes that happened on another continent that were perpetrated by a genocidal German dictatorship. Private property that is forcibly taken is a violation of the non aggression principle. Israel has broken these natural human laws on an unfathomable scale but relies on lowly propagandists to project a different image. There will be justice when all the land is returned to its rightful owners in Israel and private property laws are obeyed and held to a higher standard.