Jack Spirko: “Minarchism and Anarchism have arisen from the fundamental understanding that what states do is theft”
“Minarchism and Anarchism has arisen from the fundamental understanding that what states do is theft. It is no less theft for your government to take 30% of your income, than for me to come into your home and take 30% of your shit. It’s actually a greater theft. You have recourse if I take your stuff. You can shoot me. You can fight back. You can bury me in a hole in the ground. When the government demands their 30% they will use overwhelming force and you have no recourse. And they can spend your money on things that you find to be morally reprehensible. And there is nothing you can do if you stay in their system. And they make it very difficult for you to disassociate with their system. In fact I would say all nigh impossible for you to fully disassociate with their system. But there are ways you can begin the process. And what I’ve learned about most, not all – cause some of you are flaming assholes – but most anarchists understand these things and understand that you can’t just switch a switch and make this happen. That there is a move toward this. And many even understand we may never actually get there. But if we don’t set the goal at absolutely no state, all we will ever get is more state. And then a lot of anarchists would be happy if we could get into a true monarchist system, as long as we don’t lose site of the eventual goal. And that actually makes anarchism a lot easier of a system to adapt. … You can’t steal other peoples’ shit, and you can’t tell other people how to think”
— Jack Spirko, The Survival Podcast Episode 1316
Notable Quotes on Liberty, Politics & Firearms
“The sentiment that modern day ordinary Canadians do not need firearms for protection is pleasant but unrealistic. To discourage responsible deserving Canadians from possessing firearms for lawful self-defense and other legitimate purposes is to risk sacrificing them at the altar of political correctness.”
-Judge Don Demetrick-
“I think that every true reformer, every real friend of liberty, will agree with me in saying that if we must erect safeguards, they should be rather for the security of the individual than of the mass, and that our chiefest care must be to train the majority to respect the rights of the minority, to prevent the claims of the few from being trampled under foot by the caprice or passion of the many.”
-Sir Richard John Cartwright-
“Firearms, especially long guns, occupy a noble place in Canadian history since they are no doubt responsible for the exploitation of a vast and wild territory that had long remained untouched. From 1534 until 1979 (!), the importance of firearms remained uncontested. More than a simple tool of everyday life, they became truly a phenomenon of civilization. At all times and whoever he was, the Canadian was directly in contact with firearms, and he cannot be imagined otherwise. Even today, this symbol of liberty remains intimately related to wide, open spaces, and to a tolerant society. It is the distinctive mark of today’s America and yesterday’s America. Here, in New France, let’s repeat it, it is not only soldiers and nobles who have the possibility or privilege to bear arms. Century-old Canadian customs recognize equally to everybody the legal and moral right to acquire a firearm and to use it freely and non-coercively.”
– Russel Bouchard-
“Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.”
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
– Benjamin Franklin-
“Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”
“Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction.”
Striving for Self-Reliance
The process of becoming more self-reliant or sovereign is not a short one if you are of average or even slightly above average income and means. This process can be as involved, costly and complicated as you make it or it can be relatively simple depending on your goals. It starts with the right mindset and a commitment to making it a reality in your lifestyle. Be assured this is a lifestyle, not something you do for recreation.
I believe the thought processes involved in leading a person down this path of greater self-reliance are complicated. It also requires one to be a bit of a critical thinker and at least partially capable of seeing issues from an objective viewpoint rather than just subjective. Far too many of us, myself included, find ourselves totally wrapped up in day to day living, taking care of business and we at least temporarily lose sight of the bigger picture.
Jack Spirko: “Schools Teach Conformity”
“Schools teach conformity. Schools are not designed to educate. Education is about teaching people to learn. Schools are designed to breed conformity.
Everybody sit in a desk in a nice straight line. Put your head down and take a nap when you’re told. Be on time or you’re in trouble. Learn at the same speed as the person next to you – even if the person next to you is a friggin’ moron! It’s fair, it’s fair that Johnny is a dumb ass and Timmy is smart and that Timmy has to slow down his learning unless Timmy goes into a special place for the accelerated gifted child. Where he will work harder and get the same.”
– Jack Spirko / The Survival Podcast episode 1269
Dick Marcinko is a former Navy SEAL and an author of many books. The most famous of them being the Rogue Warrior series of international military thriller type action novels. But he also wrote the “Leadership Secrets of the Rogue Warrior” and “A Commando’s Principle of Winning”
It is from one of these two books that (I believe) this quote came from. It is very worth revisiting at times.
“Conventional wisdom is no wisdom at all. Conventional wisdom is taking somebody else’s word for the way things are… It’s the followers of this world who rely on assumption. Not the leaders.”
– Richard Marcinko
I don’t recall which episode of The Survival Podcast I heard this on, but it hit home with me so much that I had to write it down (hopefully verbatim).
It is about the rat race that many of us are involved in on a daily basis. Takes these words to heart and they can only change your life for the better:
“Modern society has conditioned us to not be human”. “It is not human to drive a long distance in a metal casket with wheels on it, everyday, risking your life, spending money for the privilege of doing so, to get to a place you don’t want to be, to hang out with people you don’t want to be with, to do a job that you don’t like, to make less money than you’re worth, only to do it again to come home to a house you can’t afford, with bills you can’t pay, with kids and a spouse that are unhappy because they’re doing the same shit in their own microcosm. It’s not normal for your kid to go sit still for 8 hours a day behind a desk and do what they’re told and keep their mouths shut – and be given a drug if they don’t do it the way they’re supposed to. None of that’s human! And we do it And on some levels, we have to do it“
– Jack Spirko, The Survival Podcast