This article was originally published at Activist Post
The Southern Poverty Law Center fashions itself as a a think tank that identifies rightwing extremists. In the recent past their work on “domestic terror threats” found its way into Department of Homeland Security documents, like naming people with “Ron Paul stickers” as potential threats.
It’s a bit ironic that they use their “Hate Watch” blog to demonize people that they in fact hate.
Now, they’re at it again expanding their hateful attack on a peaceful group that espouses voluntary interaction and the non-aggression principle — anarcho-capitalists.
Stansberry has turned from scam artist to antigovernment radical, using various Internet publications to mix dubious investment advice with apocalyptic warnings about a coming era of tyranny that will destroy America.
Then, radio host Alex Jones is referred to as a “far-right…antigovernment conspiracist” who gives Stansberry a platform.
The SPLC calls out Doug Casey as an “antigovernment investment guru”, an “anarcho-capitalist,” who is a bit more pleasant than his “close cousins in the far-right ‘Patriot’ movement.”
They attribute Casey’s overall message to be “The government is your enemy, and if you don’t prepare, it will destroy you.”
SPLC describes anarcho-capilitalism as the following:
They propose instead an essentially stateless society in which all relationships, economic and otherwise, are voluntary and untaxed. Services like roads and mail delivery would be built and maintained by private entities that would charge market-based fees for those who desired to use them. Government in any recognizable form simply would not exist.
Ooh, call DHS immediately. These ideas are so radical. A voluntary economy, roads and all? Break out the State guns to stop this movement before they think more radical thoughts about freedom.
SPLC says Casey’s ideas are closely related to Constitution patriots until Casey points out flaws in the Constitution that led to limited states rights and individual freedom. They quoted an April 2012 article Casey wrote about the politics during the Civil War:
Greater independence among the states could have led to more innovation, and I doubt there would have been the unpleasantness of 1861-’65. People with differing ethical values and economic interests would not have been forced to obey the same laws.
Then in classic guilty-by-association SPLC form, they seek to tie voluntaryists to sovereign citizens who they have already thoroughly demonized in past “hate” articles by claiming they share “many of the same issues that sovereign citizens do.”
Citing that they are both “conscientious objectors” to the State because they both believe “might does not make right. The state rests on might: therefore it should be rejected.”
They name a few other notable figures that believe that freedom is better than tyranny like Judge Andrew Napolitano who they call a 9/11 Truther, G. Edward Griffin and Larken Rose.
Finally SPLC does their best to close with a bang, literally. In a desperate attempt to make these people who believe in the non-aggression principle look violent, they quote Stansberry as being optimistic that the government could never become overly tyrannical because the American people own guns.
What gives me confidence for the future? Gun sales, for one thing. U.S. citizens legally own around 270 million firearms – around 88 guns per 100 citizens (including children) today. That’s a hard population to police without its consent.
SPLC responds “Sounding very much like his Patriot cousins-in-arms — and very little like a proponent of nonviolent resistance.”
In other words, they want the reader to view him as a proponent of “violent resistance” as well as the rest of the people named in this hit piece.
Since the SPLC has so much influence with the DHS and FBI, can we expect anarcho-capitalists and voluntaryists to end up on terror watch lists like Ron Paul supporters, people with bulk food, missing fingers, and other ridiculous things that make you a terrorist?
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