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A Sickness Called Dictatorship
by Jim Davidson

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One of the groups that purports to represent "Occupy Kansas City" on Facebook is moderated and administered by authoritarians. They have deleted many threads. Anyone who objects to threads being deleted is treated as an enemy of "the people" by which they mean the people who administer the group. Threads started by myself and Hudson Luce, among others, have been deleted, along with many comments. The problem here, of course, is that the debate is being "managed" by wicked authoritarians who have evil intentions, do not accept the concept of dissent, want to prevent individuals from speaking out, and refuse to allow ideas they disagree with to be discussed. In other words, they are as bad, or worse than, the existing system.

My complaints about this wickedness caused me to be removed from that group. It's sort of funny, because another group, with the name "Day 3 Occupy KC All Day All Week" has more than twice as many members, last I looked. The membership of the Day 3 group is 1,290 while the Occupy Kansas City group has only 492 members, today, down from over 600 last week. So, apparently, people go to where they are most free, whether in cyber space or in real life.

Sadly, the attempts to control the discussion, to poison the general assemblies with dictatorship and nonsensical demands to ban individuals has permeated many of the Occupy movement sites. At Occupy Kansas City a union organiser, Jeremy Dougherty, of the AFL-CIO, a Kansas City, Missouri government employee who works for the fire department, has talked openly to this reporter about banning Tracy Ward (former city council candidate and Liberty Restoration Project activist) and Shaun Lee (mutual aid organiser and co-founder, persistent activist for anarchism) and others from the general assembly at Liberty Memorial.

Obviously, if there is to be a freedom component to the freedom movement, it has to actively resist attempts by state socialists and corrupt union bosses to attack the movement from within. Happily, there seems to be considerable blow back from these dictatorial attacks.

One of the prominent people at Occupy Kansas City, Shaun Lee, recently wrote, "There is a sickness, its called dictatorship. Some crazy things have gone down. It's time to act, and let us not ask for permission."

When action is called for, disobey the authorities, including the pretended authority figures within the movement. Disobey. Your chains: break them.

Jim Davidson is an author, entrepreneur, and anti-war activist. His 1990 venture to offer a sweepstakes trip into space was destroyed by government action as was his free port and prospective space port in Somalia in 2001. His 2002-2007 venture in free market money and private stock exchange was destroyed by government action in 2007. He's going to Mars if he has to walk. His second book, Being Sovereign is now availble from Lulu and Amazon. His book, Being Sovereign, was just released as an ePub from
His business plan for Individual Sovereign University, with co-authors Shaun Lee and Harry Felker, is available here.
Contact him at or Come visit IndSovU teams at gatherings in December 2011 in Florida, and March 2012 in Austin, Texas. Or join State Busters.

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