Simon Black of Sovereign Man ------------------- Before leaving New York, I was enjoying a perfectly nice afternoon yesterday walking around the Upper West side. When I got to Lincoln center, roughly at the corner of Broadway and W 62nd Street, reality set in. No fewer than ten NYPD storm troopers were âpatrollingâ the sidewalk outside in full combat gear: Kevlar helmet, flak vest, semi-automatic 9mm sidearm, and Colt model 933 with M900 foregrip and M68 aimpoint. A few of them had M203 variety grenade launchers fitting snugly underneath the barrel. And to what did we owe the deployment of such unnecessary firepower? An invasion of the Canadian hordes? Terrorists on the loose? No. Some visiting politicianâ¦ clearly an individual who feels important enough to merit an intimidating death squad in his vicinity. This is the nature of the system. Police are armed to the teethâ¦ and while their official marketing slogan may be to âkeep people safeâ, their real function is to be the protectors and enforcers for the political class, all while keeping the people in check so that the know whoâs boss. On this note, we received a lot of comments this week from readers who reject the idea of considering greener pastures overseas and instead choose to âstay and fight.â Reader Jay K, for instance, wrote that âsooner or later youâre going to have to fight. It might as well be in your own home, city, neighborhood, and country.â This âstay and fightâ mentality does seem incredibly noble. It invokes images of Paul Revere and the original patriots standing their ground in battle against the red coat British forces. Unfortunately, the world just doesnât work that way anymore. There is no real enemy to fightâ¦ no clearly defined opposing force conveniently dressed in a different color like the rival baseball team. The battle is one of ideas. At its simplest, the conflict comes down between those who believe that government is the problem, and those who believe that government is the solution. Most people are brainwashed statists who unquestioningly hold the latter as their ethos. And then there is the big faceless void of government itselfâ¦ politicians, bureaucrats, low-level workers, regulatory agencies, etc. Weâre not talking about a single individual here, but an entire institution. It begs the questionâ for all the âstay and fightâ people, who exactly are you fighting? And more importantly, how? Of all the hundreds of similar notes weâve received from people who claim they are going to âstay and fightâ, I am still waiting for oneâ¦ just one single emailâ¦ from someone telling me exactly how they plan on doing that. Are you going to go to the polls and kick the bums out? Go right ahead. If you can convince the majority of other voters (most of whom probably donât share your ideology), then youâre just going to vote in another set of bums. Politicians are politicians because they either (a) are attracted to power, and/or (b) think that government is the solution, not the problem. Replacing one set with another is hardly a credible course of action. What else is the planâ armed conflict in the streets? I donât understand this fantasy. The people are going to arm themselves and join together for an Old West style shootout against the police, the people will win, and then a new nation will be rebuilt espousing limited government principles? It sounds like a great movieâ¦ but pinning your hopes on being able to win a revolutionary style victory against a military police state that has superior tactics, firepower, and combat experience is simply unrealistic. Besides, real turmoil in the west is just getting started. Right now the conflict is in Greece and Spain. It will spread to Italy, Belgium, UK, etc., and then finally to the US. When it does, people will find out first hand that the police have absolutely no problems turning into violent thugsâ¦ and this police state grows stronger every day. Truthfully, there is no way to fight a faceless enemy. The government is essentially the same as your credit card companyâ no single individual or front, just a collection of various departments and bureaucracies. What do you do when your credit card company raises your fees, takes your money, provides you with poor service? Do you petition for change? Do you try and convince fellow credit card holders to demand new management? Do you stalk the customer service center in Sioux City, Iowa? No, of course not. You simply get a new card. This is ultimately the solution that Iâm advocating, and Iâm here to tell you that there are a lot of great cards out there in the world. If you recognize that the trend is bad, at least have a plan to safeguard yourself, your family, your livelihood, and your assetsâ¦ something that extends beyond the unrealistic (voting the bums out) and the mythical (doing battle in the streets). Itâs time to reject bombastic fantasies and check in to reality. Make a grounded appraisal of the situation, and if you decide to stick around, great. Just make sure you have strong safeguards in place, a plan to execute if you ever deem it necessary, and most of all, a clear idea of your breaking point. After all, the boiling frog only survives when it senses danger and jumps out.