Defense Distributed MD Cody Wilson sent us an email this AM, with a link to the above video. Most of you know Mr. Wilson as the man who launched the 3D-printed Liberator single-shot plastic pistol onto the world. That he is. But Cody’s also a bit of a polemicist; a man who spits out out obscure literary references like some NASCAR fans expectorate used chewing tobacco. Anyway, his latest screed [after the jump] is more of a political statement than a product description. So what we have here is a machine that turns 80 percent modern sporting rifle lowers into finished receivers – at the touch of a button. It’s perfectly legal and less than a grand. The result is an unregistered gun that you can’t sell, trade or give away. But it’s “off-the-books.” Expect pearl-clutching and political blowback STAT. As planned . . .
It began when I saw the reactions to the introduction of California’s SB-808. The petitions to Governor Brown and the same old negation. While Governor Brown vetoed the bill yesterday, it’s clear that California’s political machinery is invested in disarming state residents. The State GOP as well. They unanimously voted to ban private homemade guns.
What use is telling them “no” over and over again? This class of people hate you, truly and sincerely hate you, to the bone. They enjoy hurting you. Your despair is a strong signal to them – one of the few reactions that preserves the principle that their power is real. In this respect gun rights advocates and anti0gun politicians reinforce each other, extend in to one another as the faces of a curved mirror.
Whence comes this moral and economic Terror? From totalstate reality fundamentalists, clamoring to preserve the old principle of the political, which has dissolved in its classical institutions. They admit this fear of ghosts. At every new height of optimization seeing the multiplied hauntings within their broken systems. Every new proposal, an integrative program based solely upon powers of prevention and deterrence, “with no political will but the will to dispel ghosts.”
It is this principle of power that humiliates, And so the principle must itself be humiliated. This is a power that itself can only become ghostly and vulnerable.
On paper, SB-808 contemplated the total solution, another step toward the perfect system. And then we can finally and truly be safe. But could it have ever overcome its own weight? Couldn’t it only be fated to fracture of its own internal flaws into a stupendous failure? Kicking the cycle into the next gear.
Like every modern project, an attempt to hide the complete evacuation of traditional power in the face of a technological, situational transfer. California puffs itself up and can now only lose face.
It seems there is a duty to dispel the illusion and mystery of the unrealized world. Is this not what we see with our domestic espionage and “homegrown” extremist campaigns? Already the DARPA program ADAMS is well publicized. An effort to detect the next Edward Snowden (Paul Revere, take your pick) from predictively analyzing data at massive scale. To produce and exorcise the hidden. To totally and finally “realize” the world.
Well it’s too late for all that.
California was bluffing, simulating. But are we? In accord with the absolute rule, I offer a gift for the great state of California. A ghost engine. Do not tell them “No.” Give them this world they would they claim to police.
Cody R. Wilson
1101 W 34th St. #340
Austin, TX 78705