Brian’s Column: The Blood of Patriots and Tyrants

Reflections on John Adams and Tax Day (2008)

Adams2And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that the people preserve the spirit of resistance? The remedy is to set them [the rulers] right as to the facts….  The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

—Thomas Jefferson

The full quote from Mr. Jefferson can be found in a number of places on the Web, but be advised as you fire up your browser: Homeland Security will probably be looking over your shoulder. Strange how far we’ve gone down Tyranny Road without so much as a peep from the general nonlibertarian population—perhaps such lack of resistance is explained by another Jeffersonian passage:

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

Which, as we all know, is from the Declaration of Independence. Continue reading

Brian’s Column: Liberty Dollar Original

Federales fear Honest Money
First Published December 01, 2006

Liberty_dollarLive free and flourish!

Part of the noble equation of liberty is honest money.  Fortunately the National Organization to Repeal the Federal Reserve Act (NORFED) has given us the Liberty Dollar system to help us achieve just that.

Created by former Hawaiian Mintmaster Bernard von NotHaus, the Liberty Dollar is one ounce of silver embodied in one of the most beautiful pieces you’ll ever see.  It has a face value of $20, with other denominations available—i.e. you also have pieces and scrip of $10 and $5, which are 1/2 oz and 1/4 oz respectively. Continue reading

Guest Column: Sip Java, Write Judge

Take a Folger’s Moment to help free Bernie-von
by Perry Willis

Free BernieBernard von NotHaus (68) faces many years in prison. What was his crime? Von NotHaus dared to compete with the Federal Reserve monopoly to provide people with an alternative form of money based on gold and silver. His customers were happy with his service.

But the federal gangsters were not happy. (If you think I’m wrong to call them gangsters please see my counter-argument below). The feds hate it when their legalized counterfeiting has to compete with money having real value. So… Continue reading

Brian’s Column: Step Up for the Liberty Dollar 4

Kevin Innes, in particular, wrongly jailed in North Carolina
via gross petit treason, needs our help
by Brian Wright [posted originally June 14, 2010]

Whenever any government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it…. – Thomas Jefferson

We must all hang together

I’ve written before about the Liberty Dollar and its founder, the feisty Bernard von Nothaus. In one of my earliest Coffee Coaster columns (12/2006: Liberty Dollar: Federales Fear Honest Money) I commented there on its potential as a store of value and ideal replacement for the Federal Reserve note… which, of course, the LD sorely troubled the Fed and the Mint, to the extent some Mint official sent ominous threats to Bernard (but never specifically stated what law was being violated). Continue reading