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They say that Louis XIV had the inscription Ultima Ratio Regum cast into all the cannon of the French Army. It means "The Ultimate Argument of Kings," and that always struck me as one of the most honest and up-front things any ruler or would-be ruler ever said. "We can dress it up prettier than this, but when it comes down to the unvarnished truth this is what it's about: You'll do as I say or I'll send my goons to kill you."
I thought about that for a long time. If there's an ultimate argument, it seems only logical that there must be an ultimate answer. For years I thought the ultimate answer must be the bullets in my rifle, but it never seemed quite right. I've got bullets - he's got frigging Cannon Balls. I mean, if there were three hundred million rifles throwing bullets at him, then maybe. But we all know that's not going to happen. So if there's an ultimate answer to his ultimate argument, it sure as hell ain't bullets.
It finally came to me - and that's when I left the city, abandoned a goodly percentage of my goods, and gave all that was behind me a good, stiff Randian Shrug.
The ultimate answer to kings is not a bullet, but a belly laugh.
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…and only breaks your back once. I’ve been pulling pallets apart, converting these… To this… And I do confess, usually I go for the less labor-intensive method of just chopping the damned things to pieces with an electric saw. But … Continue reading
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Or worse, in the powershed. This is supposedly 2000 rounds of 7.62 X 39 cooking off.
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And on that subject, sort of…What’s the only force powerful enough to defeat the irresistible Total Surveillance State?
Its own unmovable bureaucracy. 😉
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And that’s where we are now.