The Sovereign Spirit

* Anarchism * *Existentialism * *Atheism *

“"Is this the pain of too much tenderness
to make me nod my head in reverence?
Should I visit this place in remembrance?
Or build landmarks here as evidence?
Nighttime, spirit shook my temperament
to write rhymes that portray this sentiment.” — Yasiin Bey”

The 14 Most Ridiculous Things Police Bought With Asset Forfeiture

I hate everything. 

Amanda BIllyRock breaks down the subjective theory of anarchist law more simply and sweetly than I ever could. Awesome clip!  

D.C. is an odd place. 

Nothing is produced here, only amended, ameliorated, atuned. 

And yet, all eyes are pointed here for change, progress, hope. 

All roads seem to lead to this dead-end city which has no exits, no off-ramps, no evacuation routes of its own.

D.C. is an odd, empty, dying place.  

If - as a Christian - you are willing to accept that your god would condemn to eternal damnation the love shared between two consenting people who happen to be of the same sexual orientation while allowing and even condoning rape, incest, slavery, and murder; then perhaps your opinions don’t belong in a discussion of civil rights in the first place. 

“Anarchism rests squarely on a recognition that men are not angels, and hence that it is intolerably dangerous and insolent to give men power, as heads of state or their lackeys, over other men. The statists are the ones who need to be told repeatedly that men are not angels; that no man is good enough, wise enough, and properly entitled to substitute his will for the will of peaceful and honest others.”

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Robert Higgs (via freemarketliberal)

Great quote to stumble upon after spending the last week arguing with 100+ minarchists on this very point!

(Source: freemarketliberal, via anti-state)

The War on Drugs is a War on Race. 
fuckyeahdrugpolicy:

Proof That the War on Marijuana Is Racist | The Fix

Racial bias in US drug laws has now been documented on a huge scale. A new study from the American Civil Liberties Union, which tracked marijuana arrests by race and county in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, shows that while black and white Americans use marijuana at the same rate, black people were four times more likely to be arrested than white people. In Washington DC, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois, blacks were 7.5 to 8.5 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession. And out of the eight million total arrests for marijuana between 2001-2010, the overwhelming majority were for small-scale possession. “In the past 75 years we have seen mounting evidence of the benign nature of the marijuana plant, and its tremendous potential for medical development,” said Amanda Reiman, policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance, in 2012. ”But the rampant misinformation about the effects of marijuana USE is dwarfed by the lifetime of suffering that a marijuana conviction can bring.” Despite Barack Obama’s first term in office being marked by an economic recession and soaring deficit, states increased their spending on the “War on Marijuana” by more than 30% from the previous decade by racking up an estimated $3.6 billion enforcing marijuana possession laws. The end result was more arrests for marijuana than all violent crimes combined. A recent report by the NY Public Advocate’s office showed that NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy had black people compromise 84% of all its stops, yet those white people who were stopped were more likely to be in possession of drugs or weapons than any other ethnicity. 
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The War on Drugs is a War on Race. 

fuckyeahdrugpolicy:

Proof That the War on Marijuana Is Racist | The Fix

Racial bias in US drug laws has now been documented on a huge scale. A new study from the American Civil Liberties Union, which tracked marijuana arrests by race and county in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, shows that while black and white Americans use marijuana at the same rate, black people were four times more likely to be arrested than white people. In Washington DC, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois, blacks were 7.5 to 8.5 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession. And out of the eight million total arrests for marijuana between 2001-2010, the overwhelming majority were for small-scale possession. “In the past 75 years we have seen mounting evidence of the benign nature of the marijuana plant, and its tremendous potential for medical development,” said Amanda Reiman, policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance, in 2012. ”But the rampant misinformation about the effects of marijuana USE is dwarfed by the lifetime of suffering that a marijuana conviction can bring.” Despite Barack Obama’s first term in office being marked by an economic recession and soaring deficit, states increased their spending on the “War on Marijuana” by more than 30% from the previous decade by racking up an estimated $3.6 billion enforcing marijuana possession laws. The end result was more arrests for marijuana than all violent crimes combined. A recent report by the NY Public Advocate’s office showed that NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy had black people compromise 84% of all its stops, yet those white people who were stopped were more likely to be in possession of drugs or weapons than any other ethnicity. 

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fuckyeahdrugpolicy:

Repost in honor of Rich Paul

Herbalism is an interesting aspect of Anarchism which I have been looking into lately.

Check out my friend’s blog on the topic here: http://rogueherbalist.com/

Why Philosophy Students do the Most Drugs

For any of you Liberty people who are willing to suffer politicians for pay...and other job opportunities

Doug Stanhope “reverse stings” a cop in his audience and immediately becomes my new hero. 

I wish I had this man’s balls!

I am moving out of my home state for a post-grad internship this summer. While booking my flight., I was presented with the option to pay an extra $10 to go through a “dedicated security line” of TSA agents at the airport on the afternoon of my flight, in order to get to my plane faster.

Shouldn’t “dedication” and expediency be a standard of TSA procedure, and not a luxury bought a la carte? It just seems like a logical business model to me…