WS>>The Continuing Degeneration of FreeRepublic
carl william spitzer iv
cwsiv_2nd at JUNO.COM
Wed Dec 12 22:00:31 MST 2001
by Malcolm Garris
Anyone who has visited this once great conservative
forum will by now have noticed a crackdown on certain opin-
ions regarding this quagmire into which America's military
has so enthusiastically launched itself. Quite aside from
the warmongering comments that now saturate the forum,
opinion pieces that are strongly critical of our president,
foreign policy, or sacred cows such as Ann Coulter tend to
get yanked from their server pretty quickly. Admittedly,
not all antiwar pieces that are posted get pulled, but they
are predictably panned and trolled by these self-righteous
armchair generals. Oh, there are still a few voices of
reason and noninterventionism on the forum, but they number
maybe a couple of dozen, at most, while the warmongering
majority rank in the several thousand. Disheartening, to
say the least.
Nor has the forum always been this uncritical of Ameri-
can foreign policy. During the Kosovo war and after, voices
critical of NATO and U.S. involvement seemed to be in the
majority. It was enough to begin to give one hope that real
change for the better might be possible. And it illustrated
excellently how the antiwar movement had shifted to the
right. Of course, since Bush Jr. became president, none of
the damage done to the Balkans has been undone, and the US
is still involved militarily there even today. In this
matter, Freepers now prefer to look the other way, or to
think that it has no relevance to current events. And
besides, its all Bill Clintons fault anyway.
Posting images of nuclear explosions are a particularly
popular form of patriotic expression these days, often
accompanied by comments such as "Lets Roll!" or "If only we
had the will to use it!" Absolutely charming. They must be
proud to be able to express such genocidal feelings so
openly. If it took an attack on America's home soil to
spark this kind of patriotism, one can only imagine the
amount of "patriotism" abroad that decades of US military
interventionism have succeeded in cultivating around the
globe. I strongly suspect that in the case of FR's nuke-em-
all crowd, they have at least secretly harbored the desire
to drop the big-one on the "ragheads" years before September
11th, and now feeling vindicated, they are able to come out
of the closet.
In addition to the absolutely rabid warmongering, there
is the new American-syle Hitler Youth/Gestapo mindset. For
example, an article written by Justin Raimondo will often
bring out the junior G-men on the forum with remarks like:
"Who is this Justin Raimondo/Antiwar.com (or Lew Rockwell
for that matter)? Has the FBI/CIA/IRS looked into them?"
Geez Louise! No doubt these folks on the forum were never
good friends of the Constitution and Bill of Rights to begin
with, and were staunch supporters of the war-on-drugs. But
now, with a new war (and the old one isn't even over yet) to
sink their fangs into and a potential police state just
around the corner, they too, are able to come out of the
To the credit of many Freepers, a good number of them
(not necessarily a majority) are still questioning some
proposals such as national id cards. However, I suspect
that this too will get worse, as more and more decide that
trading their liberties for security is worth it.
But now a brand new facet in the quest for self-censor-
ship has appeared. One that would be laughable if it were-
n't so sad: Under their new "Loose Lips Sink Ships" philoso-
phy FR is now yanking breaking news stories regarding at-
tacks launched on the Taliban, even though anyone can turn
on the TV or go to one of the major news sites and get the
information for themselves.
Oh, eventually FreeRepublic gets around to keeping the
story up on their server. But darn, FR used to be such a
great source for breaking news!
October 9, 2001 Malcolm Garris (send him mail) is in
charge of web graphics for Antiwar.com and LewRockwell.com.
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The Case for a National ID
by Florin Milea
I know, as a person from Eastern Europe, what an id
used to look like there. A booklet, a bit smaller then a US
passport, on official paper, impossible to fake. Each page
had the state emblem watermarked in. And of course the
serial number, just as unique as the social security number.
While in the cradle, the birth certificate would be
suffice. At death, that specific certificate would do it
for you. Everything in between would be covered by your own
id, that would be your alter ego for everything, everywhere.
A pregnant woman would had been registered at the
doctor's office. The state would had known that you are on
the way. No delivery within nine months, would had automat-
ically triggered an arrest. Just when you thought that the
prolifers in US are bad.
At least 10 years after death, the relatives or sur-
vivors would had kept the certificate. After this period,
the document would had been surrendered to the state again
for proper disposal.
On the first page of such document, a list of the
duties of a citizen where carefully listed. Please take
note that the word rights is not in. The importance of
having your id card, and proper care of it, plus penalties
for mistreating the subject, were the listed elements.
The second page you would find the picture of the
bearer, associated with the signatures of all the people
from the office in charge of issuing a such document, plus a
lot of codes and the date of issuance. On the other side
the blood group would be stamped on it.
The rest of the pages were reserved for moving visas.
If and only for pre approved reasons, like work transfer,
family reunification, or marriage, you could move from one
part of the country, like in US, say South Dakota, to anoth-
er part let us say California. If no such reason could
argumented, then you do not move anywhere within. Moving
like from Romania to West Germany or US was out of question.
Any inquiry about a such move would had earned you at least
an interrogatory if not a full arrest.
This document was issued at age 14. Two weeks before
that birthday, under the penalty of the law, you would go to
the doctor and get a blood sample for identification. Then
you go to the photographer and take a special picture. With
the birth certificate and a ton of other papers, you then go
to the local population registry and apply for the id card.
Once issued, you will never leave home without it.
If you do, it is at your own risk. If the police would
had stopped you for any reason, lack of proper identifica-
tion would earn you a nite in jail and a fine, to pay for
the privilege. Even so that would be easy. Some one who
knows you would had to get you out of the slammer.
From there on, everywhere you would go, and everything
you would do, would require the id, just like here in Ameri-
ca, for purchasing tabaco. that would go even for purchas-
ing a TV set or a radio. Your food ratio would be issued
based on the same document. When going in the military
service, or when obtaining a passport to visit the only
approved foreign country, Soviet Union, the id would be
surrendered to the office for the time of the visit or
I am not going to go in any other details with this.
But if you want a quick picture of an id, and what a
state can do with it, well there you have it. While up
front all was done on paper, do not let that fool you.
Computers were on a very restricted area of the building,
where only authorized personnel could access and work on. A
proper person was one with good credentials with the commun-
Of course nanotechnology and computer microchips can
surely do far better now. DNA sampling was used even then.
Today the implant chip is used in pets here in US. Oracle
is ready to provide the government with the technology for
free. Well, as free as much as it can get.
Every programming language, every device in the name of
security, and personal safety, could and is considered to be
deployed. But would that really be a good deterrent at
least. The experience over there, in Eastern Europe shows
Despite the heavily militarized borders, people still
escaped to freedom. Criminality with anything but firearms,
for been forbidden, went up so high, that in the end radical
measures were put in place. Entire cities would be cordoned
off, every street blocked and searches, raids, would be
The ones arrested as such, where dissidents, criminals,
crooks, a such colorful bunch, one could hardly make the
difference. If that is what you want for US, then learn
from this European Easterner. Not only that the id will
never be as good as the second amendment, but you will
surely going to kiss good by for ever to much more freedom,
you are not aware you still have it.
For a grand finale, here is another mind blower. At
the enrollment in the elementary grade, the Department of
Education there, would issue a serial number id, in the form
of a clothed plate look alike, which would be sown on the
left arm of your mandatory school uniform. This kind of
system was implemented the moment Soviet Union took over
from Nazi Germany, and for half of century long. The only
system known ther for doing so, where the concentration
camps from Dachau to Siberia.
Good luck with the id card, America.
October 9, 2001 Florin Milea [send him mail], who was
born in Romania and is today a US citizen, is a member of
the class of 2000 of the University of Sioux Falls.
Copyright ) 2001 LewRockwell.com
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