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The Iron Web by Larken Rose

Over the years I have quoted Larken Rose quite regularly, often introducing him as my favorite anarchist. He even got his own category on this blog. His writing has often covered philosophical subjects related to personal liberties, tyranny and the voluntary submission to it.

After covering his thoughts in an internet mailing list for years he then published a how-to book for the aspiring tyrant, “How to be a Successful Tyrant,” which I thoroughly enjoyed. Then came his book Kicking the Dragon where he describes his story of becoming a political prisoner (within the US of A) which was not at all a feel-good book. What can you expect, I believe it was at least partly written in jail where he spend a year for a crime he clearly did not commit.

But he also used the time of forced vacation well to write his first novel “The Iron Web” which I pre-ordered, received last week and finished in very short time. Other reviewers called it a page turner and I certainly agree. Just last Friday morning I had planned to do some work after breakfast and before I had to leave the house at noon, but I made the mistake of starting to read while I had my breakfast – – and then I was just done with the book when I really had to leave.

Without spoiling any (or much) I can say that the story is about the question of  ‘who owns you.’ The answer should be a simple and obvious “I own myself” but we often do things that demonstrate that we apparently do not really believe this or act accordingly.

I believe the book ends on a very positive note and it reminded me quite a bit of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. I am here totally in agreement with Larken in that there will be a positive outcome – if only for the reason that I can envision it. Where fiction now meets reality is the evolving of a real Iron Web that he created in the fictional situation in his book.

Everybody can become a member of the Iron Web just by realizing that he owns himself and acting accordingly. There is not a secret hand shake but a very public symbol. Here it is…

the iron web

If you want to know the symbolism behind it you will have to get the book from Larken and I suggest you get at least a four-pack because you will want to give some away to friends.

Displaying this symbol here signals that I consider myself a member of the Iron Web and – maybe I am making history – could it be that a commercial web site I am involved in – ThaiDye.com – is the first commercial web site that proudly displays the symbol of the Iron Web?

Does the TSA care about TSA Gangstaz Rap?

There is an interesting new video on YouTube (as of 2008), shooting at the TSA, which seems to become a hot item. Yesterday when I watched it, it had a few hundred views and today when I looked again it had some 35 thousand views.

So, I thought to blog about it and encourage more bloggers to blog about, and certainly add own experiences and stories to it.

Currently, the TSA might not care too much about it. The effect of their actions is too far removed from them. If they would feel the loss of revenue from people who decide not to fly anymore, the situation would be different. It appears there is no incentive for them to change – pretty much everybody hates them anyway, so what’s the harm in one more gangstaz rap?

The reason form me to spread the word is my belief that it is not too late to reach critical mass, and these guys are thrown out, even though they have a monopoly in violence. The voices of objection are getting louder and louder and fortunately, the tyrants don’t take action. If they had studied their tyrant manual properly they would know that only a loved tyrant is a successful tyrant, in the long run, so, please don’t tell them about this essential training manual, OK?

Hitler became a bad tyrant and had to suppress opposition with force, and what did that bring him? A rather short reign! So, let’s spread the word about this abuse of power and critical mass will be reached so much faster, and then we can get back to normal where public servants know that they are servants and behave accordingly…

TSA Gangstaz by Zach Selwyn and Eli Braden