I remember when I was younger being quite disappointed when I realised the space race was about asserting military supremecy, not about the wonders of human exploration.
I did, however think I myself that not everyone who was involved thought like that, and there had been some pretty nice side effects, so I don't mind at all.
In a simialar vein I often find myself getting quite excited about various odd groups and movements, only to realise that they are paid up members of the green ink brigade.
It was via this excellent blog post that I first learnt of the "freemen on the land" movement.
Now I had heard the term on the David Icke forum, which I nearly joined before I realised that probably wouldn't be as amusing long term as it was on first glance, but I had no idea what it meant. It seemed to be nothing lengthy letters in fake legalese. Interestingly, even there most people seem to think it's rubbish.
The whole thing seems like an exercise in anarchy but with forgetting to abolish the state first. Much as they would like, you can't just wish the state away. State monolopy on violence, anyone?
I can agree the debt repayment companies are sometimes underhand and decietful and our current system of government can lead to disinfranchment but guys, come on!
And if they were genuine freedom fighters, I might have a bit of a soft spot for them. But it all seems to be people trying to get out of paying their council tax or motoring offences. There's no Sacco and Vanzetti style "your false god"/"man was wolf to the man" stuff. There's no amusing Discordian pranking. They're not the true Levellers. They're just mercentile reactionary pricks.