Bill St. Clair – End The War On Freedom
Get ready for a taste of Crypto-Anarcho-Libertarian Perspective.
Berkshires, NY – -(AmmoLand.com)- AmmoLand.com’s featured Gun Blog of the new year of 2010 and the Month of January 2010, is Bill St. Clair’s website and blog “End the War on Freedom”.
In steep contrast to the blogs we have recently covered Bill St. Clair says what many of our readers are afraid to say. Bill has strong opinions and does not follow the main stream. In-fact he is blazing his own trail in the proverbial woods and his path is well worth considering.
BillStClair.com Blog Interview:
Q: What is your Blog’s Official Name?
A: End the War on Freedom
Q: What is your Name?
A: Bill St. Clair
Q: Where are you located?
A: Upstate New York, in the Berkshires
Q: What is the point of view or purpose of your blog?
A: Initially, I was focused on ending the war on some drugs. But my focus quickly expanded to government abuses of all kinds, culminating in the realization that government itself is the source of the war on our freedoms.
As Claire Wolfe said, “It’s too late to fix it by working within the system”.
I used to think that implied violent revolution. Now I think we need to build a parallel economic system to take over when the dinosaur inevitibly dies. Agorism seems like the right idea to me.
(Agorism is a political philosophy founded by Samuel Edward Konkin III and developed with contributions by J. Neil Schulman that holds as its ultimate goal bringing about a society in which all “relations between people are voluntary exchanges – a free market.”)
Q: How long has your Blog been active?
A: I’m pretty sure I started in 1999, but the earliest post I still have is dated January 20, 2000.
Q: What do you do for a living or is your blog a full time job?
A: I write software. Except for a three-year burn-out in 1986-1989, during which I rang up groceries for a health food store in Cambridge, MA, I’ve been writing software for a living since I graduated from MIT in 1978.
Q: Do you have a specific agenda or goal of your blog?
A: I’d love to change the world, but it’s really just a hobby.
Q: What is one thing that you want your readers to know about you?
A: I just want the government to leave me alone.
Q: You have said “I’m a libertarian”.. not everyone is sure what that means today? What does that mean to you?
A: I use L. Neil Smith’s definition, the Zero Aggression Principle (ZAP):
“A libertarian is a person who believes that no one has the right, under any circumstances, to initiate force against another human being, or to advocate or delegate its initiation. Those who act consistently with this principle are libertarians, whether they realize it or not. Those who fail to act consistently with it are not libertarians, regardless of what they may claim.”
This is very simple, and most people agree with it, but it has wide ramifications. For example, it forbids taxation, and prohibition of drugs, and regulation of firearms, and any kind of state-mandated licensing or registration, of anything.
Q: What was the best thing you did on your blog that got the most reaction from your readers?
A: I get surprisingly little reaction from my readers. But my most read essays are “The Lie of Cannabis Prohibition” and “Waco Justice” .
Q: What was the worst thing you did on your blog that go the most reaction from your readers?
A: I have said some very angry things that made me afraid that the feds would come to my house and kidnap me (e.g. “Waco Justice”), but so far, I’ve seen no evidence that they pay attention to what I say at all.
Q: Obviously since we are featuring you your blog is Pro Gun? What do you think the outlook is for the future of gun rights in America?
A: L. Neil Smith said it best in
“The Atlanta Declaration” ( – “Every man, woman, and responsible child has an unalienable individual, civil, Constitutional, and human right to obtain, own, and carry, openly or concealed, any weapon — rifle, shotgun, handgun, machinegun, ANYTHING — any time, any place, without asking anyone’s permission.”
I concur, with every fiber of my being.
Gun rights are inalienable, and nothing anybody can do can change that at all.
But you were probably asking about the politics of gun rights. There have been some promising legal developments, but there are still a lot of people who don’t believe we should be allowed to own guns, and a lot of legislators who would gladly ban them all if they could get the votes.
We won’t be out of the water until (L. Neil Smith again) any one of us can walk the length of Manhattan Island with a handgun openly on his hip, unmolested by any freelance or official parasite.
Fortunately, as Mike Vanderboegh reminds us often, no matter how outnumbered we are politically, gun owners still get to vote, from the rooftops, though we all hope and pray the hoplophobes don’t force us to go there.
Q: What is your favorite firearm and why?
A: My most fun gun to shoot is my Marlin 1894P in .44 magnum, with cowboy action rounds that I load myself: IMR Trail Boss powder and cast lead bullets. My most important firearm from a militia viewpoint is my M1A. One shot man-and-beast-stopping power well past 300 yards.
Q: What hunting or shooting sports hobbies do you have?
A: I used to shoot traps regularly and plink on the rifle range, but my shooting has become very sporadic for the last few years. I also enjoy loading my own .44 magnum, .444 Marlin, and .30-06.
Q: Of the topics you cover what do you enjoy writing about the most?
A: I don’t write very often. I mostly post links to essays I like with short commentary. But most of my writing is about ending the drug war and preserving the right to keep and bear arms. My tone is changing of late as I’ve more fully realized that government doesn’t work, and can’t ever work, so tracking electoral politics, though a fun and maddening hobby, is basically useless.
Q: What things would you like to do or expand in your blog to in the future?
A: I’ve become more focused on alternative currencies. A prototype of one idea of mine is at www.trubanc.com . There’s still a lot of work to do on it.
Q: What would you like to say to those that are anti gun or maybe just unsure of the purpose of guns in our society today?
A: The right to own guns is part and parcel of the right to life.
Every person has the absolute right to defend his or her life and the lives of his or her loved ones. That implies the right to make, sell, purchase, own, and carry tools to help with that defense.
If you don’t believe people have the right to own and carry guns, always and everywhere, you don’t believe they have the right to live.
If you believe that any government has the authority, no matter how big a majority voted for it, to regulate that right, in any way, you believe that other people’s lives are yours to control.
You are a slave driver, and you want to make me your slave. I decline.
Q: What parting remarks or comments you would like to make or promote?
Visit: Bill St. Clair – End The War On Freedom
Congrats to Bill, and congrats to Ammoland for their extraordinary good taste. End The War On Freedom is one of the finest blogs on the 'net: eclectic, ever interesting, loaded with intelligence, and fiercely devoted to the principles of liberty and resistance to unjust authority. It's a sign of your own quality to give Bill hius props.
Ammoland now bookmarked in my 'Daily Reads'.