LIBERTARIAN: Little L libertarianism in ten questions and answers

Friday, October 28, 2016

A new worldview in ten questions and answers

By Perry Willis 

1. What is crime?

Crime is the initiation of force or fraud against others.

2. What is government?

Government, properly understood, has one primary function — to use force defensively to fight criminals, foreign or domestic.

3. What is The State?

The State is an institution that commits crimes (initiates force) under the guise of providing governance. As such, The State is the opposite of government. Therefore, to be pro-government you must be anti-state.

4. What is a statist?

statist is a person who advocates statism (see the next question).

5. What is statism?

Statism is the belief that it’s okay for The State to commit crimes (initiate force) so long as the statist favors the purpose of the crime. In other words, to the statist, his or her good intentions justify the use of criminal means.

6. What do libertarians want?

Libertarians want legitimate government. That means institutions of governance that only use force defensively. To a voluntaryist libertarian this means…

All government must be voluntarily funded, and anyone can compete to provide governmental services. For instance…

  • You could pay the city police to patrol your neighborhood, or you could a hire a firm to do it.
  • You could decide to only use drugs that undergo FDA testing, or you could prefer products certified by Underwriters Laboratory, NSF, or some other testing company.
  • You could give your money to HUD, or Habitat for Humanity, or some other cause entirely.

7. Why would this work better?

Violence-based funding insulates statist institutions from the need to perform well. They get paid whether they do a good job or not. Even worse, they actually get increased budgets when they fail. Voluntary funding and competition would compel governmental institutions to do a good job. This approach would give us consumer controlled government, instead of political government.

8. What’s the difference between political government and consumer controlled government?

You have far more power as a consumer than as a voter. You can fire any company at any time, but with political government you must gain the permission of a majority of your neighbors to cause any change. Consumer controlled government will give more people more of what they want more often. It will commit crimes against no one. Consumer controlled government is superior, both morally and practically.

9. What if voluntary funding doesn’t provide enough money?

The question is backward. The amount of government needed should be determined by what people are willing to fund, NOT by what politicians want to impose.

10.. What is the path to such a society?

Resolve to initiate force against no one, personally or politically. Pursue your goals and promote your preferences using only non-violent persuasion and voluntary cooperation.

Does this way of thinking intrigue you? Want to learn more or participate in creating such a society? Then google the Zero Aggression Project.

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An excellent summary of my thinking too.

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ENGINEERING: Aren’t “wrong way” accidents preventable?

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Oct 24, 12:20 PM EDT

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MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — State police say five young adults have died in a fiery wrong-way crash on a southeastern Massachusetts highway.

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At the very least, can’t those “wrong way” tire destroyers that are use in parking lots be deployed at entrances and exits to the interstates?

Maybe every so often in the main road way?

Triggered by motion detectors?

Activate “lane closed” and “roadway closed” warning lights?


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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: I think the SF “building department” is useless

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The leaning tower of San Francisco: The $350 million luxury high-rise Millennium Tower is SINKING 

  • The Millennium Tower, in San Franciso, has already sunk 16 inches since it was completed seven years ago
  • The $350 million building has also begun to tilt –  and now has a six-inch lean at the top of the tower
  • Leaked documents show the city’s Department of Building Inspection and developer Millennium Partners were aware it was sinking faster than anticipated before it opened in late 2009 but didn’t make it public 
  • Engineers hired to assess the problem have said that it shows no immediate sign of stopping

By HANNAH PARRY FOR DAILYMAIL.COMPUBLISHED: 00:54 EST, 24 October 2016 | UPDATED: 03:35 EST, 24 October 2016

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Pamela Buttery noticed something peculiar six years ago while practicing golf putting in her 57th-floor apartment at the luxurious building. The ball kept veering to the same corner of her living room.

Those were the first signs for residents of the sleek, mirrored high-rise that something was wrong. 

‘What concerns me most is the tilting,’ says Buttery, 76, a retired real estate developer. ‘Is it safe to stay here? For how long?’

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Wow, there’s a “engineering blunder” as Brother Austin Barry would say.

I assume that the lawsuits will begin immediately!

Feel sorry for anyone who bought one after it was discovered but before it became public knowledge.


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LIBERTY: What liberals and conservatives really mean!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Reprinted from Issue 606 (February 6, 2011)
A Brief Synopsis by Cathy L.Z. Smith  

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The liberals meant that they knew better how to run my life, that their hearts were better and more compassionate than mine, and that what was mine was actually theirs to distribute to those their hearts they deemed worthy.

The conservatives meant that they knew better how to run my life, that their minds were better and more productive than mine, and that what was mine was actually theirs to distribute to those their minds they deemed worthy.

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Soon true and so sad.

People should be allowed to run their own lives and accept the consequences of their actions.

End the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”!

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QUOTE: “… … … goes downhill from there.”

Monday, October 24, 2016

‘I Was Told There’d Be Cake’ by Sloane Crosley

'I Was Told There'd Be Cake' by Sloane CrosleyAMAZON.COM
Favorite quote: “People are less quick to applaud you as you grow older. Life starts out with everyone clapping when you take a poo and goes downhill from there.”


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GUNS: HRC is coming for the guns. Molon labe!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hillary Clinton: “Reasonable” to Require Guns to be Unusable at Home

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The candidate who claimed politicians “need both a public and a private position” on policy issues demonstrated that tendency Wednesday night in the final presidential debate in a desperate bid for damage control on a statement she made in a private meeting with wealthy donors.

That earlier statement was simple, uncomplicated, and utterly damning to anyone who believes in the Second Amendment. Hillary Clinton told the very people who she depends on to fund her political ambitions: “the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment. And I am going to make that case every chance I get.”

As a Yale-educated attorney, Clinton knew exactly what she was saying when she made that remark. But it doesn’t take a lawyer to understand the contempt it demonstrates for the right to keep and bear arms.

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First, the District’s ban didn’t just require safe storage to prevent access by toddlers. It made possessing a loaded, usable firearm in the home – including for self-defense – a crime. The crime did not require proof of access by children or even proof that children were present in the home. Clinton’s answer also seemed suspiciously coincidental with a recent, dubious media blitz on firearm accidents among children.

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The Second Amendment is the true palladium of liberty.

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Document 7

St. George Tucker, Blackstone’s Commentaries 1:App. 300

This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty. . . . The right of self defence is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any colour or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction. 

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“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . .” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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FUN: Where’s the fish?

Sunday, October 23, 2016


… thought this was funny.
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