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How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat?

HOW CAN YOU HAVE ANY PUDDING IF YOU DON’T EAT YOUR MEAT

May 21, 2012
Los Angeles, USA

I had the privilege of seeing Roger Waters perform ‘The Wall’ to a live crowd of over 40,000 fans at the LA Coliseum on Saturday night– the second time I’ve seen the show on this tour.

It was an amazing production– I wholeheartedly recommend the experience as it’s something that no DVD or album recording could possibly reproduce.

At one point, Waters paused his set and began telling the audience about Jean Charles de Menezes, a 27-year old Brazilian national who was shot *8-times* by British police several years ago at a south London tube station after being mistakenly identified as a terrorist.

The police, adhering to the ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ model of peace enforcement, have never been held accountable for taking the life of an innocent man at point blank range.

“If we stand at the top of the slope and give our governments, and particularly our police, too much power, it’s a very long and dangerous slippery slope to the bottom,” Waters said.

The crowd went berserk, roaring with approval.

It certainly gives one hope that the message is sinking in; most folks, it seems, have a conceptual  understanding that governments are corrupt and abusive… but at the end of the day, they’ll still fall in line behind the political system.

An entire lifetime of programming, starting practically at birth, reinforces that government and police are the ‘good guys’. It’s a difficult inclination to break.

The stories that we all hear on an almost daily basis about corruption and abuse of power are appalling indeed. But most people think that they’re just aberrations in an otherwise good system… and that it’s just not going to happen to them.

Until it does.

George Reby is a great example. The New Jersey resident was driving on I-40 in Tennessee when he was stopped for speeding. The officer then asked him if he was carrying large amounts of cash.

Reby said that he had about $20,000, upon which the officer asked if he could search the vehicle.

Reby consented, saying later, “I certainly didn’t feel like I was doing anything wrong…”

You can probably tell where this is going… the officer promptly confiscated the cash, claiming that it might be used for drug trafficking. Reby explained that he was on his way to buy a car he’d found on eBay (and even showed him the eBay ad), and showed that the source of funds were legitimate.

It didn’t matter. He had his money stolen in the most insidious way…by a thuggish, criminal agent of the government (who was sporting a rather menacing neck tattoo).

At least a real criminal knows what he’s doing is wrong; he knows that he’s committing an immoral act by shooting or robbing someone. The police, on the other hand, think their actions are legitimate, that they’re just ‘doing their job.’

This is intellectually dishonest and morally reprehensible. Everyone involved, including the officer himself, agreed that Reby committed no crime… that it’s perfectly legal to carry cash.

Yet citizens like Reby are routinely relieved of their hard-earned savings, and then have to spend thousands of dollars fighting to get it back.

As it turns out, police have a huge incentive to steal; they get a healthy cut of the proceeds from any asset seizure, and the funds go to pay for new toys like those whiz bang Camaro hot rod police cruisers.

You can check out Reby’s disgraceful story here:

It goes to show that this idea of “I’ve done nothing wrong, I’ve got nothing to hide, so I have nothing to fear…” is completely bogus.

People who are completely innocent of any wrongdoing can still have their lives turned upside down by a corrupt government that has an incentive to plunder its citizens.

Yet every time we turn around, they’ve managed to award themselves more power, more authority.

From the NDAA which authorizes the military detention of US citizens on US soil, to President Obama’s executive order authorizing government confiscation of practically everything, to the UK’s new plan to monitor all mobile, phone, email, and text messages going in, out, or through the country.

From Rome to the Ottoman Empire, history is full of examples of failing, insolvent governments that resort to similar tactics of desperately pillaging the wealth and freedoms of their citizens. The conclusions we can draw from this are simple:

1) The trend for failing states is to grant themselves more power.
1) Power, once granted, is almost impossible to take back.
2) More power means more abuse of power.
3) It can (and does) happen to anyone.

Putting any faith in an insolvent government to do the right thing is absurd… and it behooves everyone to safeguard important assets and interests by diversifying internationally.

About the author: Simon Black is an international investor, entrepreneur, permanent traveler, free man, and founder of Sovereign Man. His free daily e-letter and crash course is about using the experiences from his life and travels to help you achieve more freedom.

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  • Cal

    Look up John Jacob Astor IV on Wikipedia. It lists his personal effects after having died on Titanic. Using an inflation calculator, you would have to carry on your person well over $60,000 just to match the cash he was carrying never mind the gold franks, pounds, and diamonds he had on him.
    It is also interesting how the officer in the video says that normal people keep that amount of currency in a bank – which is exactly where bankers want cash. Devalue the currency making it impractical to carry around cash + sustain a ‘war on drugs’ to demonize cash / electronic surveillance of banking transactions = prerequisites for command and control of a population.

  • Resonder

    Here’s the problem with commenting on this.  Uncle “Sugar” is also watching this and commenting might put a target on the responder.

  • http://www.bzemic.com/impossibleInstinct/ steve ward

    sigh…………then again there has always been corrupt cops

  • 1ofthemany

    Ahh and should we then return the favor when we SUSPECT them ( our PROTECTORS …now no longer their stance since the laws have changed to stupidity and enslavement) of illegal activities which I see all of the time, including MURDER, yes they want it ALL!!! Bu$ine$$ as usual for these “legal ??? thugs.  This coming from a person that is with a retired police office that knows only too well what has changed in the last few years. Field need to be leveled for the ones that pay the salary of these too dumb to do the right thing puppets, again all about the money, and they will pay in the end, karma is exact and just! I have witnessed this also…many many times.

  • Frinkadink777

    I have travelled on overland tours to 73 countries so far, and I have worked seven years for all three levels of the Canadian government which is as corrupt as they can get away with. 
    One word describes most governments and that word is
    SELF-SERVING.  Believe it.
    David Mulder, Alberta, Canada

  • Howard Roark

    Simon, with all due respect, isn’t Latin America notorious for corrupt police? I have read its common to be pulled over because your a ‘gringo’ and have to pay bribes to get off. I even read some scary stories that police are involved with kidnappings. I also think its important to keep in mind that Chile is a first world island in a third world region, just because there is rule of law there doesn’t mean that predominates in other LA countries.

    • http://www.21-dec2012.com/ 21 december 2012

      With all due respect, there is no rule of law left in the US, and the police are much more corrupt in the US than they are in say Mexico. The US is notorious for police corruption.

  • http://profiles.google.com/corinnanairn Corinna Nairn

    Thanks for posting that video… that is absolute craziness.

  • paulthecabdriver

    You misnumbered your bullet points at the bottom of the article.  but you also forgot something important in those points:  The increase of power causes the state to fail worse, thus completing the downward cycle. 
    But as the cycle gets worse, a few side effects happen that doom the system.  These include, but are not limited to:  Falling birthrates, people fleeing the system, and people just plain quitting and to contributing to society anymore.
    the question is not “how can we save our system?” for it cannot be saved any longer.  It is best to just watch it crash.  The question is what do we replace it with when it is over.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_57HRUK25DDMUHFB4XFI7GTGASQ Joe

       A simple question with a simple answer.  Nothing.

  • John Redman

    “Putting any faith in an insolvent government to do the right thing is
    absurd… and it behooves everyone to safeguard important assets and
    interests by diversifying internationally.” Might I point out that putting ones faith in ANY but God is mortal sin. Putting faith in assets, too, is sin AND foolish.

  • Paul Samson

    You might want to fix the numbering at the end… 1) is repeated.

  • Lauren

    I agree with the concept of having a watchful eye on police powers. The dilemma rises when we consider the alternative: no police at all. Is there a name for this? In my best estimation it is called anarchy, which of course does not equal freedom although the Greeks may believe so. If you also counter how many times the police force has put dangerous people behind bars compared to how many innocent people were killed carelessly (willfully?)at the hand of police, I believe the statistical relevance would be underwhelming. Who will we call when our car gets stolen or who sill counter gang warfare in our children’s schools?  I understand that the same police force that can protect your property is the same one that can kill you and take it away.  I understand the concept completely as first generation Czech immigrant whose father escaped communism in World War II. As a woman reverting to something resembling individual and/or family tribal warfare against crime or a nomadic lifestyle carrying nothing but food and gold around seems unobtainable. Are you suggesting that women and children would then need to rely on men for safety? In such a place there would be no such thing as female equality. 

    • Klassiter1

      No police at all can mean anarchy, but usually it means self regulation.  Despite movies telling you of the Wild wild west, it wasn’t all that wild compared to the east.  There were studies comparing murder rates in western towns such as leadville, colorado to a town in Massachusetts and the Mass. town had a higher murder rate.  People were armed in the west and that lead to a polite society.  As Mark Twain said, “an armed society is a polite society.”   I can prove that with one example.  In the seventies there were a few shots fired on the highways of california and all of a sudden,  millions of  CA. drivers became polite.  In days, it happened, because the driver you were dissing or rude to might be armed, people changed, literally overnight.
         Remember, that a people of sheep must beget a government of wolves, and to these wolves females will be prey along with males.  Note the big government advocates are pushing for gun control and disarmament, because they cannot do what they want to do, enslave the people more and more while a significant number of people are armed.  They can’t do it.  So be armed, be ready to protect yourself, the only hope for female equality in violence is the ability to protect yourselves with a firearm.  

  • Ashleysc

    For Howard Roark;
    What you need to know is that, in general, governments in latin American countries are much smaller and less well organized.  The police also seem to understand the prime rule of parasitism, “Don’t kill off the host anmal.”  So bribes are a small inconvenience, not a life changing encounter.  I lived 8 years in a Central American country.  The type of involvement we had with the police was along the lines of, “We could come to your neighborhood more frequently, if we had some money for gasoline for our police car”, or “We need money to buy ammunition.”  These were small amounts and resulted in a bit more attention for a while.  If self reliance is your preferred way of life, you might like to know that the Municipality didn’t have the money to repave our road.  So a bunch of neighbors, including a few business, put money into a pot and we hired a contractor to repave for about $5000.  Try repaving a county, state, or federal road in the USA, and see where that lands you!  I hope this puts some perspective on the situation.
    Cheers!   Stu.

  • Kari Johnson

    Last night there was a story on the news of a guy who was sentenced to life for killing a father of 2 in a car accident. He’s eligible for parole in 7 years. Ok..pretty normal there. Not right, but normal. But the guy had already had 153 convictions. Some of them violent. 153! It would seem that somewhere around 40 or 50 convictions we need to lock people up forever where forever means forever. But then at $100k+ per year to store a person like that the next question is why? Clearly he’s broken. Clearly there’ll be no rehabilitation. So what’s the point of keeping him alive. Why pay for someone like that. I’m sure there are thousands and thousands just like him who fit that bill. Harsh? Cruel? Not really. The guy is just permanently screwed up. So why not dust him and all like him. That leaves room for more who might be rehabilitated. If they’re not and come back, they get dusted too. Where this is going for this article is… With more people going to real jail and less repeat offenders (they’re dead by now), that leaves way more room to be incredibly strict with our our own authority’s conduct themselves. Crooked cop. Same course as the ‘bad guys’. At some point 20 years down the road we’d end up with less jammed jails, way less repeat offenders on the street, and likely police forces who have weeded out their bad guys.  At some point, crappy as it is, we’re going to have to come to the acknowledgement that the only way to stop a lot of this is simply to eliminate the worst people doing it. There’s always an argument whether capital punishment is a true deterrent. In many countries (Singapore, Saudi Arabia etc) it is. But lets say it’s not. Why not just kill off all the people like the guy described above and move forward. Less work for the police. And more opportunity to scrutinize the police more too.

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