The weapon of choice for individual self-defense has been the humble handgun for a very long time.

Improvements have occurred over the decades but nothing revolutionary: the gun has not been replaced with a Star Wars-type “blaster” or anything else.

But the imperial state spends a trillion dollars of stolen money every year on monstrous new weaponry explicitly designed for indiscriminate mass murder.

And we are supposed to cheer for “gun control” that disarms crime victims! Let’s consider instead sinking the government’s ships and breaking the wings of its bombers.

The reason to re-introduce within common law allodial real estate ownership for private individuals is to strip the state from its implicit claim on all unowned land.

Property taxes are neither more nor less unjust than any other kind of tax, such as income or sales.

The government, such as of a county, can have the power to tax property according to positive law or constitution.

Moreover, the state can in the legal sense own property that it, the state, has homesteaded, such as intra-city roads or CIA buildings.

But it cannot own undeveloped virgin tracts of land within a country by default as some sort of feudal super-overlord.

The essence of the state is embodied in the executive branch. Let’s personalize it for the sake of argument to a single person, the king.

Can the king alone loot the economy prudently at the maximum point on the Laffer curve? He would then spend the money on giant monuments to himself, pyramids, palaces, and so on. He would also equip armies and expand his dominion through military conquests.

The answer is no, because the people, upon recognizing the immense damage the king did, would immediately depose him.

As a result, the king needs to make alliances with key members of society. Among the masses, he picks lumpen-proletarians. Among the elites, crony capitalists.

He subverts the priests (less important these days) by sending them “faith-based” welfare.

And he buys intellectuals who defend his depredations in print. These are his costs of doing “business.”

He further tries to divide the productive classes and keep them fighting each other to prevent them from overthrowing him through a united action.

The king stays in power by falsely convincing the producers that being looted is for their own / the greater good.

To illustrate the ugly and wretched nature of conservatism, consider that Bernie Sanders, a fanatical interventionist / commie, has proposed a positive program called “Medicare for All.”

This is a disastrous plan. And conservatives are at this precise moment opposed to it.

But: (1) the conservatives themselves have proposed no positive reform of their own of the existing system which is woefully defective;

(2) if Sanders’ plan is in fact implemented, then conservatives will quickly come to consider it their holy duty to conserve his socialism.

It’s amazing that not even the prospect of losing political power after a period of entirely meaningless rule prompts the Republicans to offer up any libertarian reform of the status quo.

There may be a “class warfare” between the class of thieves and the class of honest men.

However, the class of private thieves is tiny, and the interests of its members are antagonistic with regard to each other. In a free society, there is no such thing as organized crime.

The thieves of which governments and their connected interest groups consist are vastly more numerous and dangerous. But they are sustained by lies that they are useful or even necessary to society.

Why don’t the people overthrow the federal government? I recommend it.

I’ll never forget how before the Second Gulf War, Yahoo! Travel called Iraq “the best place for shopping in the Middle East.”

Catholic Encyclopedia:

While Christianity thus asserted itself as the new Kingdom of God, the Jewish theocracy, guided by leaders unable “to know the signs of the times,” was hastening to its total destruction.

The Romans came, and in A.D. 70 put an end forever to the Jewish Temple, priesthood, sacrifices, and nation, whereby it should have become clear to the Jews that their national worship was rejected of God.

How would the religious Jews today respond to this assertion?

Neocons like Bolton are as disgusting as the leftists. Michael Rozeff describes their argument:

“The only way out of these traps for Bolton’s argument is to assert that the U.S. is the exceptional good guy with pure motives and that N. Korea is the clear bad guy with evil motives.”

Ah, another group of killers is claiming to be animated by “good intentions” while wreaking massive havoc and destruction.

Marriage is a pre-state, pre-Church, pre-Christianity, and even pre-capitalist institution. As the articles says, seeking a spouse is a “fundamental human right.”

There is grace that builds on nature, so the Catholic sacrament of Matrimony is useful; but the Church ought to recognize the validity of any marriage that is within natural law.

Hence, Edward Peters is entirely correct.