LIBERTARIAN: National Popular Vote Compact is a step in the anti-freedom journey towards mob rule

https://www.dailysignal.com/2021/06/22/national-popular-vote-compact-would-disenfranchise-smaller-rural-states/

National Popular Vote Compact Would Disenfranchise Smaller and Rural States
Ann Bollin / June 22, 2021′

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With the 2020 presidential election in the rearview mirror, a brazen effort is underway in several states to circumvent the Constitution and fundamentally alter the role of the Electoral College in future presidential elections.

If adopted by enough states and not challenged in court, this unconstitutional effort would potentially disenfranchise the voters of several states by ignoring those states’ choice for president and instead defer to the votes of nonresidents to decide how electoral votes would be cast.

That would have a devastating effect on how Americans select their president.

The ploy is known as the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. The compact’s enabling legislation bypasses America’s most fundamental body of law—the U.S. Constitution, specifically Article II, Section I—and nullifies the Electoral College, which guarantees each state a minimum number of electoral votes to ensure that small and rural states are represented.

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(1) Unconstitutional?

(2) Dumb for little states not to litigate NOW?

(3) Federalizes all issues and makes the US of A a unitary state like France!

(4) Ensures the 51% can tyrannize the 49?

Celebrate Independence Day before this takes away our freedom forever and introduces “democracy” AKA mob rule.

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LIBERTARIAN: Advocate for criminal justice and police reform, ending qualified immunity, voting reform, and ending the death penalty

lp.org

Tomorrow is Juneteenth, the day we remember the final emancipation of slaves in America in 1865. Across the country this year, Libertarian state and county affiliates are going to be out in their communities spreading the message of Liberty through support of criminal justice and police reform, ending qualified immunity, voting reform, and ending the death penalty.

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LIBERTARIAN: MUST SEE TV “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”

JUST WATCHED ON NETFLIX

https://www.netflix.com/TITLE/80200047

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
2019 | TV-PG | 1h 53m | Dramas
Inspired by a science book, 13-year-old William Kamkwamba builds a wind turbine to save his Malawian village from famine. Based on a true story.
Starring:Maxwell Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Aïssa Maïga

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As a fat old white guy injineer, it amazed me that this Rube Goldberg contraption worked.

The movie teaches a few lessons:

  • God helps them who help themselves
  • The Gooferment, any gooferment, is not your friend and ain’t going to help us little guys.  And may even hurt us!
  • Humans are amazing animals at finding away out of adversity
  • You have to save yourself; there’s no Prince Charming or White Knight coming to your rescue.  All you have are your God-given abilities.

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LIBERTARIAN: Satisfying others for “certificates of appreciation” AKA “GREED” is good

Heritage Foundation (Yes, “Boooo”) is adopting the Tom Woods’ patented “free ebook for your email” strategy with “9 Ways Socialism Will Morally Bankrupt America”. Liked the proverbial “stopped clock” that’s right twice a day, the did a good job nailing the problems with “socialism”. If I had a critique it would be that it didn’t defend “Greed is Good” (because it motivates humans to cooperate regardless of other factors). I like the metaphor that “money” is just “certificates of appreciation” from our fellow human beings whom we have satisfied. We need “greedy rich people”, as long as they don’t get their “certificates” by force or fraud that they commit or the Gooferment commits for them. Seems so simple.

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LIBERTARIAN: “DUI” by numbers is just wrong!

FROM QUORA

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Bharat Rao
Works at KPMG (2014–present)Updated February 11, 2020
 
Have you ever seen someone ruin their life in just a few seconds? How did they do it?

Told to me by a policeman friend. Young lady lawyer, just graduated from a top law school, joined a prestigious law firm in Philadelphia. First Friday on the job, went to happy hour with her colleagues, had only 2 drinks, drove home carefully. Bad luck. An elderly lady got confused, drifted on the wrong side of the road, head-on collision. Lawyer was fine, but other lady was injured pretty badly. Police showed up (including my friend) at the scene. He said that lady lawyer had no idea her life was over (he knew) until asked to take a breathalyzer test. He had never seen anyone go that fast from calm and taking care of the other lady, to completely terrified (“including times I had to pull my weapon on someone”). Yes, turns out that she was marginally over the legal limit. Got a tough judge. Felony DUI, jail time (may have been suspended on appeal), but no longer practicing law. Not really the “few seconds” but the decision to drive after a few drinks ended her entire professional life that she had worked so hard for— this was pre-Uber,

Now a story I tell my kids and other kids often. Take an Uber / Taxi. Even if you are “in control” it simply isn’t worth the risk (another driver may do something very stupid, and you get blamed automatically.)

Addition: Thanks for the comments. Several people have suggested that a first offense with low BAC would result in a mere slap on the wrist without life-changing consequences (a few heated comments including someone who called me a liar, because any judge doing this “would be impeached” and subsequently deleted the comment). Two caveats, I am not a lawyer, and yes, this is second hand. But, what I believe these folks are missing is that this was a DUI WITH serious injury. I believe that elevates the charge from a typical “general impairment DUI” (which usually has no jail time) to a felony DUI (more severe penalties including state prison) — and not sure how much wiggle room DA/judge had. And refusing to take a chemical test, won’t reduce that charge if an injury was involved.

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Clearly as a little L libertarian, I disagree with the Gooferment “justice system” on DUIs.

Just as obvious to me is that, if you do “damage” while driving, then you have to be held accountable to the fullest extent.

If there is no damage, then there is no “violation”.  Roadside checkpoints are just a flat out violation of the Fourth Amendment. It’s transparently clear, that there has to be a proportion in this particular “one-size-fits-all” Gooferment “solution”!

Argh!

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LIBERTARIAN: How about getting the States to collect “federal” taxes?

https://ncc-1776.org/tle2021/tle1116-20210606-04.html

The “United States of Nullification”
(Resistance to Tyranny, Part Two)
by Blank Reg
BlankReg5466@protonmail.com
Attribute to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise

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Push comes to shove—what about taxes?

Technically, most federal taxes and fees are collected directly by the federal government, most notoriously IRS “withholding”.  But what if states decided to temporarily intervene? Hypothetically, could they—again using 9th and 10th Amendment arguments—ask employers in their states, who are forced to withhold, to temporarily place those revenues in a dedicated escrow account, “withholding the withholdings “, as it were, until certain reforms—like election reforms—are passed and implemented? We could find out.  

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Libertarians are always looking for ways to put “logs” in the Federal Gooferment’s way.

Here’s a good one.

All federal taxes collected in a State should be collected by the State Gooferment and forwarded to the Federal Gooferment!

The value is NO NEED FOR THE IRS.

Most States have a similar income tax system that piggy backs on the Federal Gooferment system. Time to switch places.

Those States that don’t have an income tax can figure out how they would like to fund, or not, the Federal Gooferment!

No need for Federal programs that send money to the States either.

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LIBERTARIAN: Rounding up “domestic terrorists”?

https://nypost.com/2021/04/25/vaccinated-us-tourists-to-be-allowed-into-europe-this-summer/?utm_source=maropost&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=news_alert&utm_content=20210425&mpweb=755-9359204-720859581

 

Jim Bovard: The Feds Are Coming For Libertarians
BY TYLER DURDEN
SATURDAY, APR 24, 2021 – 07:20 PM
Authored by Jim Bovard via The Libertarian Institute

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Libertarians are in the federal crosshairs. Six or seven years ago, there was a lot of prattle about how “the libertarian moment has arrived.” I always knew that was hokum. Since then, there has been a huge increase in hostility to libertarians in Washington DC and elsewhere around the country.

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Guess they’ll be rounding us up for the trains to the camps?

Like what they did to Ian Freeman, Nobody, and the rest of the Crypto6? https://youtu.be/Ded_HrjZU2Y

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LIBERTARIAN: One good form of “term limit”

https://ncc-1776.org/tle2021/tle1109-20210418-02.html

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Fifth, the harshest possible term limits must be imposed. One term and you can’t run for any other office afterward. I used to have reservations about this, but they can’t all be Ron Paul. In fact, none of them can be Ron Paul. Government service was never intended to be a career and the fact that evil, despicable people (you know who they are) openly grow obscenely rich in public office is at least half of what’s wrong with this country. Read the Roman fable of Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, to see what degree of patriotic leadership, service to the greater good, civic virtue, humility, and modesty every politician ought to be compelled to exhibit.

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That’s a term Limit that I can understand and support.

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LIBERTARIAN: Why is the state of highway bridges a Federal Gooferment problem?

https://www.cato.org/blog/bidens-crumbling-bridges

APRIL 9, 2021 2:51PM
Biden’s Crumbling Bridges
By Chris Edwards

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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says America’s roads and bridges are “crumbling.” The administration’s infrastructure plan says, “After decades of disinvestment, our roads, bridges, and water systems are crumbling,” and it notes that 45,000 bridges are in “poor condition.”

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Why is the state of highway bridges a Federal Gooferment problem?

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LIBERTARIAN: NVIC should not be deplatformed

https://sharylattkisson.com/2021/03/censored-national-vaccine-information-center/

CENSORED: National Vaccine Information Center
DATED: MARCH 8, 2021 BY SHARYL ATTKISSON

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In October 2020, NVIC sponsored the pay-for-view Fifth International Public Conference on Vaccination: Protecting Health and Autonomy in the 21st Century held online with more than 50 speakers presenting information on vaccine science, policy, law and civil liberties, and now conference presentations are available for free viewing. Following the conference, NVIC was targeted by political operatives and global non-governmental organizations and corporations that are working with governments to silence criticism of vaccine safety and one-size-fits-all mandatory vaccination policies and laws.

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As a payoff to Big Pharma, the Federal Gooferment prevents them from being sued when a “vaccine injury” occurs.

I’d like to see that protection revokes and the truth set free.

I’m not an anti-vaxer extremist.  But I don’t believe the politicians and bureaucrats when they say “it’s ok, Nothing to see here.”.

“Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Whose gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.” Colonel Jessep in A Few Good Men played by Jack Nicholson

I think we are all ENTITLED to the truth on vaccines.

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LIBERTARIAN: For those looking for a new political party to call home … …

https://my.lp.org/contribute/join/

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As Libertarians, we often talk about the need to break up the system and fix what is broken in government, but never would we say the way to do that is to support a bombastic megalomaniac who refuses to accept that he lost an election. What good are principles of peace, self-government, non-aggression, and mutual respect if we attempt to institute them through anger, violence, and an authoritarian autocrat? 

We are against the initiation of force to achieve political or social goals, which is what Trump incited that mob to try to do Wednesday. There are real grievances out there to engage, that Trump and others have obviously exploited for their own benefit.

Libertarians know better than most how pervasive corruption is in the system. Of course our elections are a sham — the intensely polarized ruling class our forefathers warned us about has created a corrupt establishment that keeps all but the most connected, most wealthy, and generally the most extreme candidates from gaining traction. However, none of those extremist Trump supporters, fueled by his dangerous rhetoric over the last four years, are up in arms that the Libertarian presidential nominee was forbidden from the debate stage (despite winning ballot access in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam). They are mad instead that their candidate lost — and they sought to use destruction of property and violence to get their way.

Members of the Libertarian Party sign an oath not to initiate the use of violence or force to enact our political or social will on others. We understand that we must fight the system strategically and not brutally. Just as we opposed the destruction caused by rioters around the country last summer in the name of virtuous causes, we adamantly oppose this use of force to usurp an election of the people, by the people, and for the people. 

Over the last few days, many members of the Republican Party have reached out to inquire about a new political home — their numbers will no doubt continue to grow in the coming days and weeks.

The Libertarian Party is here.

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Welcome to all who want peace.

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LIBERTARIAN: What Will It Take for Americans To Consider Breaking Up? – LewRockwell

In Nation, State, and Economy Mises talks about a “liberal nationalism” and explains what a confident nation requires:A nation that believes in itself and its future, a nation that means to stress the sure feeling that its members are bound to one another not merely by accident of birth but also by the common possession of a culture that is valuable above all to each of them.

Source: What Will It Take for Americans To Consider Breaking Up? – LewRockwell

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A good question to ask.

And, like the USSR, all large states must devolve into the their “organic” parts that share a common value set.

Sigh!

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LIBERTARIAN: AOC and GOYA, by L. Neil Smith

Attribute to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise

Judging from my e-mail, and lack of feedback, I believe I’m being “shadow-banned” by the People’s Soviet Facebook. This is what I wrote recently. Judge for yourself.America’s crazy ex-girlfriend, Sandy the Bartender, has called for a boycott of Goya Foods because its CEO says we are “blessed” to have Donald Trump as President.My family eats more Mexican food than any other kind, but I had not heard of this brand before. Now, thanks to AOC’s fascist effort to muzzle those who won’t toe her Marxist-Leninist-Stalinist line, I have asked my lovely and talented wife to start buying Goya.I’m sure that others have had the same impulse, which could lead to a Goya sales boom. Therefore I suggest that Occasional-Cortex be investigated to see if she holds stock in the company which she knew would go up when she launched one of her hysterical collectivist tirades against it.What do you think?

Source: AOC and GOYA, by L. Neil Smith

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Buy Goya and annoy AOC?

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LIBERTARIAN: Statue-toppling, right and wrong – The Boston Globe

How should we decide when it’s appropriate to remove a statue or monument to some person from a public place of honor? I argue for a two-part test: (1) Was that person honored for unworthy or indecent behavior? (2) Is that person known today primarily for unworthy or indecent behavior? When the answer to both is no, the statue or monument should stay.

By that test, every memorial that glorifies leaders and generals of the Confederacy should be hauled away. The cause for which they struggled was the vilest cause in American history: the perpetuation of African slavery. They were extolled because they went to war in defense of human bondage.

Source: Statue-toppling, right and wrong – The Boston Globe

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With all due respect to a great columnist (IMHO), I disagree.

The War of Northern Aggression was not a “civil war” (i.e., a fight between two factions to control the “country”).

It also was not about slavery.  It was about tariffs being imposed to benefit the Northern States at the expense of the Southern States. 

At a deeper philosophical level, it was about “American nationalism” as opposed to the American republic.

Sorry but this war was a “Second American Revolution” that was the end of the American republic.

So sad that we are on the road to ruin that we were put on when George Washington and the first Congress violated the Constitution as it was “sold” to the various People of the States.  If they had been smarter, the Dead Old White Guys would have never approved the Constitution.

Sigh!

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LIBERTARIAN: In a pandemic, no one wants to touch it. Why cash has become the new Typhoid Mary

While many hail the shift to a cashless economy, others say that it raises equity concerns, because the poorest Americans have no access to digital alternatives. Much of the world, led by Scandinavia and Japan, has moved to assure virtually their entire populations have access to online payments. China introduced a digital currency this spring in four cities, paving the way to its becoming perhaps the world’s first cashless society.

Source: In a pandemic, no one wants to touch it. Why cash has become the new Typhoid Mary

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As a little L libertarian, I don’t like the Gooferment knowing EVERYTHING!

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LIBERTARIAN: The State Is Not Your Friend – LewRockwell

The State isn’t a magical entity; it’s a parasite on society. Anything useful the State does could be, and would be, provided by entrepreneurs seeking a profit. And would be better and cheaper by virtue of that.

More important, the State represents institutionalized coercion. It has a monopoly of force, and that’s always extremely dangerous. As Mao Tse-tung, lately one of the world’s leading experts on government, said: “The power of the State comes out of a barrel of a gun.” The State is not your friend.

Source: The State Is Not Your Friend – LewRockwell

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The “priestly class” — in which I include politicians and bureaucrats — has been a curse on humanity and civilization from the dawn of time.  These parasites, in guise of providing “leadership”, “cost” a lot more than they are worth.  Argh!

Let’s get back on the track to freedom and liberty.

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LIBERTARIAN: Milton Freedman — a libertarian?

2019-Sep-07

https://www.npr.org/2019/09/06/758199390/binyamin-appelbaum-on-the-economists-hour?fbclid=IwAR152nqiUEcjF8YdOkN0XF0EYzDkuKS-D1rSAN60nEhheGcC0IUdvFF6_70

FROM A FACEBOOK FELLOW ALUM:

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Robert Kuhn
Yesterday at 10:10 AM ·

Posting this for my friend and co-alum, FJohn Reinke. He knows more about this stuff than I do. I was surprised, and somewhat enlightened, by the content of this, as my opinion of economists has taken a sharp detour “south” (figuratively speaking) in recent years.

Another interesting sidelight based on the time line (if I am recollecting correctly): I believe my Dad studied Economics at Georgetown for a semester; possibly connected to his peripatetic NROTC existence. I will have to check with my Uncle Gene for verification (or the opposite) …

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As a fat old white guy injineer, I’m not an ekkynonomist by any means. This 7 minute clip is just full of “barbara streisand”. I’ll refer it to those more learned than I Tom Woods & The Tom Woods Show Elite for a laundry list of specifics.

I would point out that Milton Freedman may have started as libertarian with his position on the gold standard, but he turned to the dark side with his creation of “tax witholding” in my mind. He also is a champion of the Fed as the nation’s money manager. Clearly wrong.

I also almost spit out my coffee when the woman said that foreigners seek the “stable American dollar”. In case she hasn’t noticed, the dollar has lost 99% of its purchasing power while I’ve been alive. 2% inflation over 40 years has reduced the dollar to near zero in purchasing power. Think “penny candy”.

As one would expect from a Gooferment supported media outlet, it would seem that they are in a different world than we are. Leaving the Gold Standard for the Fed-standard, has allowed the Gooferment politicians and bureaucrats an unlimited checkbook to borrow and spend. Must to the detriment of “We, The Sheeple”!

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He is often quoted in anti-Government memes like “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.” and “Nothing is as permanent as a temporary government program.” and was for a free market economy in general.

However he did support the role of the FED in monetary policy.  Clearly not very “libertarian”.

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LIBERTARIAN: You can put what you want in your own body — The West Virginia Gooferment gets this one right

2019-Apr-08

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-05/latest-social-justice-absurdity-0

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West Virginia passes the best food freedom law in the country

In the Land of the Free, most state laws severely limit what kinds of food items people can sell. These laws hit small farmers and producers really hard, where people have to submit to kitchen inspections and pay steep permit fees.

In 2015 however, Wyoming set the food freedom standard with a law which cut all sorts of restrictions on selling homemade foods like baked goods, pickles, and kombucha.

Neighbors South Dakota and Utah quickly followed.

Now West Virginia has passed arguably the most expansive food freedom law in the country.

It allows homemade food to be sold online or in person without licenses or inspections. They just have to include a label explaining that it is homemade, listing the ingredients, warning of possible allergens, and including contact info of the producer.

There is no limit to how much a merchant can earn, and the only restriction is on foods containing meat.

So far, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Utah say there hasn’t been a single report of foodborne illness from anyone selling food under the new laws.

It’s sad that allowing people the freedom to choose what they put in their own bodies is such a novel concept. But we’re happy to see this law passed.

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How rare is this?  

One can only hope this is a new trend!

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LIBERTARIAN: Counter-attack against Internet Suppression

2019-Jan-02

https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2019/01/01/censorship-vs-suppression/

Censorship vs. Suppression
By  eric  – January 1, 2019

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Libertarians – me included – have wrestled long and hard with this one: Is it censorship when private entities do it?

No – not in a legal sense. Because these private entities do not have the power to forbidpublication, per se.

But they do have the power to suppress (and even to punish) publication when the entities at issue effectively control the means of publication – and so it amounts to the same thing as censorship.

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There is no Internet Samizdat – nor can there be. There is just the Internet, which is the only known means for the dissemination of information in the digital age.

There is also the fiction that the handful of entities which effectively control it and all the critical peripherals – which includes both “social media” and online advertising and online payment mechanisms-  are private and so we can’t – as Libertarians – object to their machinations.

Nonsense.

They may be privately owned, but so is Tesla – and it is very Libertarian to object to the rent-seeking and crony-capitalism of Tesla. Because Tesla – and the online entities under discussion – leverage the government for their private gain.

Where, after all, did the Internet come from? Was it the privately-funded creation of Goo-gul? Or did Goo-gul, et al, exploit what the taxpayers had been forced to finance the development of?

At the least, we are due some kind of refund.

What’s happened is even more obnoxious than what Jefferson wrote about being forced to provide money for the distribution of opinions one finds repellent – because it’s not just that. One is also precluded even from using one’s own money – whatever’s left, after all the tiers of government theft – to publish opinion contrary to the opinions one finds repellent.

Lech Walesa, phone home.

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I constantly wonder why a grassroots (libertarian?) movement has not formed behind the idea of using the Internet Giants reliance on “safe harbor” to their detriment. They all rely on the “safe harbor” protection from copyright infringement. But, now, they are exercising “editorial control” and so probably can be held accountable for “infringement”.

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LIBERTARIAN: What Kind of Libertarian … … am I?

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/what-kind-libertarian-are-you

MAR 7, 2018
What Kind of Libertarian Are You?
by Aaron Ross Powell  Facebook

Libertarianism comes in many varieties. Here, Powell sets out his own off-the-beaten-path version, with intellectual roots among the Ancient Greeks.

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I was recently asked on Twitter whether my libertarianism is of the consequentialist or deontological variety. For those not hip to the terminology, the question is about what sort of moral theory underpins my political theory. Those two—consequentialism and deontology—are, for many, the default choices when it comes to libertarianism. You can believe in political liberty because free people in free markets lead to the most wealth and happiness—and so liberty is valuable because of that, in which case you’re a consequentialist. Or you believe that there exist hard and fast, unavoidable moral rules—about obligations or prohibitions or rights—that we must respect, and doing so demands, at least in part, respecting the liberty of individuals. If that’s your line of thinking, you’re a deontologist.

My answer to the question-as-framed is “Neither.” I’m not a consequentialist, nor am I a deontologist. I believe, of course, that the consequences of actions and of political systems matter a great deal. But I don’t believe that consequences are all that matters in moral or political considerations. And I believe, of course, that we live with certain obligations towards others, among these a respect for rights. But I don’t believe that articulating a set of rules and then following them is the most fruitful or psychologically authentic way to think about morality.

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My libertarianism, with its virtue ethical foundations, thus boils down to a deep conviction that good people, acting out of virtue, will treat each other will kindness, benevolence, respect, and so on. They will seek to engage each other through our most human of faculties, namely conversation and persuasion, and will not seek to get their way as animals do, with violence and threats. A political system built on that will be one of liberty, not coercion. That’s the kind of libertarian I am.

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My libertarianism is rooted in my early Catholic grammar school being taught by the good Christian Brothers. These war vets were definitely scared by that experience and communicated it to their students. Not that they were pacifists, just that any war should be for only great reasons. And, that we all had a moral duty to the Works of Mercy — charity is one. It was emphasized that it was an individual; not a collective obligation. They were very contemptuous of Government “charity” as immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. 

I’m not so sure I drank the Kool Aid of “religion”, but the “morality” did stick. In my lessons, I distilled that “capitalism” has lifted humanity out of the abject substance poverty around the globe. Hence that led me to Austrian economics and the whole travesty of Government abuse of Constitutional “money”.

That’s my journey to Libertarianism.

I’m not sure what kind of libertarian I am.

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LIBERTARIAN: Re-Privatize “street sweeping” again!

https://www.howtogeek.com/trivia/ben-franklin-wasnt-just-a-u.s.-founding-father-but-the-founder-of-modern/

Ben Franklin Wasn’t Just A U.S. Founding Father, But The Founder Of Modern?

Street Sweeping

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In fact, the very idea of having someone clean the streets besides the men hauling away the mud after the storms wasn’t even a consideration. All of that changed though when an impoverished woman swept the stoop of Ben Franklin’s home in London. The woman explained to him that she swept in front of the doors of the wealthy with the hope of getting small tokens in return. Franklin offered her money to sweep not just in front of his home—a home still standing and seen here on Craven Street in London—but to sweep up the dust from the whole street.

She returned only a few hours later after cleaning up the entire street. He was astounded at the speed with which she was able to tidy the street and set about contracting London’s night watchmen to sweep the streets, furnishing them with equipment and carts. Not only did the watchmen work on the project (effectively becoming the first street sweeping work force), but they also carried extra supplies with them and would hire the poor to help them (which made Franklin’s street cleaning efforts an early example of public works projects deployed to assist the poor through work).

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Why can’t “we” do this again?

Individual actions can provide cost-effective solutions.

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LIBERTARIAN: Lysander Spooner “critique of taxation”

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/quotable-lysander-spooner

JAN 12, 2018
The Quotable Lysander Spooner
by George H. Smith  
Smith discusses Spooner’s critique of taxation.

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so let’s let Spooner speak for himself.  

It is true that the theory of our Constitution is, that all taxes are paid voluntarily; that our government is a mutual insurance company, voluntarily entered into by the people with each other; that each man makes a free and purely voluntary contract with all others who are parties to the Constitution, to pay so much money for so much protection, the same as he does with any other insurance company; and that he is just as free not to be protected, and not to pay any tax, as he is to pay a tax, and be protected.

But this theory of our government is wholly different from the practical fact. The fact is that the government, like a highwayman, says to a man: Your money, or your life. And many, if not most, taxes are paid under the compulsion of that threat.

The government does not, indeed, waylay a man in a lonely place, spring upon him from the road side, and, holding a pistol Edition: current; Page: to his head, proceed to rifle his pockets. But the robbery is none the less a robbery on that account; and it is far more dastardly and shameful.

The highwayman takes solely upon himself the responsibility, danger, and crime of his own act. He does not pretend that he has any rightful claim to your money, or that he intends to use it for your own benefit. He does not pretend to be anything but a robber. He has not acquired impudence enough to profess to be merely a “protector,” and that he takes men’s money against their will, merely to enable him to “protect” those infatuated travellers, who feel perfectly able to protect themselves, or do not appreciate his peculiar system of protection. He is too sensible a man to make such professions as these.

Furthermore, having taken your money, he leaves you, as you wish him to do. He does not persist in following you on the road, against your will; assuming to be your rightful “sovereign,” on account of the “protection” he affords you. He does not keep “protecting” you, by commanding you to bow down and serve him; by requiring you to do this, and forbidding you to do that; by robbing you of more money as often as he finds it for his interest or pleasure to do so; and by branding you as a rebel, a traitor, and an enemy to your country, and shooting you down without mercy, if you dispute his authority, or resist his demands. He is too much of a gentleman to be guilty of such impostures, and insults, and villanies as these.

In short, he does not, in addition to robbing you, attempt to make you either his dupe or his slave.

Spooner continued his analysis as follows:

The proceedings of those robbers and murderers, who call themselves “the government,” are directly the opposite of these of the single highwayman.

In the first place, they do not, like him, make themselves individually known; or, consequently, take upon themselves personally the responsibility of their acts. On the contrary, they secretly (by secret ballot) designate some one of their number to commit the robbery in their behalf, while they keep themselves practically concealed. They say to the person thus designated:

“Go to A— B—, and say to him that “the government” has need of money to meet the expenses of protecting him and his property. If he presumes to say that he has never contracted with us to protect him, and that he wants none of our protection, say to him that that is our business, and not his; that we choose to protect him, whether he desires us to do so or not; and that we demand pay, too, for protecting him. If he dares to inquire who the individuals are, who have thus taken upon themselves the title of “the government,” and who assume to protect him, and demand payment of him, without his having ever made any contract with them, say to him that that, too, is our business, and not his; that we do not choose to make ourselves individually known to him; that we have secretly (by secret ballot) appointed you our agent to give him notice of our demands, and, if he complies with them, to give him, in our name, a receipt that will protect him against any similar demand for the present year. If he refuses to comply, seize and sell enough of his property to pay not only our demands, but all your own expenses and trouble beside. If he resists the seizure of his property, call upon the bystanders to help you (doubtless some of them will prove to be members of our band). If, in defending his property, he should kill any of our band who are assisting you, capture him at all hazards; charge him (in one of our courts) with murder, convict him, and hang him. If he should call upon his neighbors, or any others who, like him, may be disposed to resist our demands, and they should come in large numbers to his assistance, cry out that they are all rebels and traitors; that “our country” is in danger; call upon the commander of our hired murderers; tell him to quell the rebellion and “save the country,” cost what it may. Tell him to kill all who resist, though they should be hundreds of thousands and thus strike terror into all others similarly disposed. See that the work of murder is thoroughly done, that we may have no further trouble of this kind hereafter. When these traitors shall have thus been taught our strength and our determination, they will be good loyal citizens for many years, and pay their taxes without a why or a wherefore.

It is under such compulsion as this that taxes, so called, are paid. And how much proof the payment of taxes affords, that the people consent to support “the government,” it needs no further argument to show.

If a better critique of taxation has ever been written, I have yet to see it.

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I agree “taxes are theft”.

I don’t understand why people don’t see it? 

Have “We, The Sheeple” been so brainwashed by the Gooferment Skrules — another unConstitutional abomination — that they would be unrecognizable by the Dead Old White Guys?

Sigh!

The the current 20T+ national debt and the guesstimated 300T+ in unfunded liabilities that our posterity will have to deal with will be their wake up call. And, how they will curse us!

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LIBERTARIAN: Decentralization and secession as a perfectly little L libertarian strategy

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/11/bionic-mosquito/decentralization-an-essentially-libertarian-vision/

Decentralization: An Essentially Libertarian VisionBy Bionic MosquitoNovember 30, 2017

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I almost skipped this edition when I saw the title, “Mailer for Mayor.”  I am not terribly interested in reading about a failed mayoral candidacy from almost 50 years ago.  I changed my mind within the first three lines (I should have known better than to shortchange Rothbard).

The candidate is Norman Mailer, announcing his candidacy in the Democratic primary.  Rothbard described this as “the most refreshing libertarian political campaign in decades.”  What about Mailer’s campaign brought on this glowing comment from Rothbard?

The Mailer platform stems from one brilliantly penetrating overriding plank: the absolute decentralization of the swollen New York City bureaucracy into dozens of constituent neighborhood villages.

Rothbard is not waiting for the big bang – seven billion people simultaneously seeing the light:
Each neighborhood will then be running its own affairs, on all matters, taxation, education, police, welfare, etc.

As opposed to the idea that there is something un-libertarian about people living next to each other and sharing some desires in common for the neighborhood.  In any case, the smaller and more local the political unit, the more control each constituent has and the more that those in government will be known individually – in person, face-to-face.

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I too almost breezed over this summary. It has the essence of a great strategy. Should have expected this gem from Rothfarb.

If us little L libertarians can just agitate for smaller and smaller political units (i.e., break up big Gooferment into lots of little ones), then maybe we can eliminate the politicians and bureaucrats from our daily lives.

Now it may cost a little more in efficiency (i.e., more bureaucrats initially), but it’ll be more than made up in effectiveness (i.e., fewer politicians and bureaucrats deciding stuff they shouldn’t be involved in) in the long run.

We should keep Gooferment small, barefoot, and penniless.

IMHO

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LIBERTARIAN: Of course, no bailouts for anyone, anytime, anywhere

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2017/10/a-potential-alliance-between-socialists.html

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2017
A Potential Alliance Between Socialists and Libertarians Over Puerto Rican Government Debt 

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The debt in question is debt run up irresponsibly by past Puerto Rican governments. Every hardcore libertarian would, of course, support default on this debt rather than have the decent people of Puerto Rico or US taxpayers bailout the owners of this debt. From a libertarian perspective, this should be the position on all government debt.

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Why should the taxpayers pay?

Clawback from the politicians and bureaucrats!

Argh!

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LIBERTARIAN: Elections suck

https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2017/07/commentary_on_u.html

Commentary on US Election Security
Bruce Schneier 

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Good commentaries from Ed Felten and Matt Blaze.

Both make a point that I have also been saying: hacks can undermine the legitimacy of an election, even if there is no actual voter or vote manipulation.

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I’ve always been of the opinion that “we” have too many elections and elected offices.

It would seem the logic of Dead Old White Guys was to keep elections as local as possible (i.e., the House of Representatives; the Senate selected but the State Legislatures). 

My suggestion is that each residence (i.e., house or apartment) would get one “vote” per person. Then, each street or apartment house would vote for their representative. That rep would vote for a neighborhood rep casting the number of proxies they hold. And so forth and so on, until we eventually got mayors. Mayors would vote for county execs. County execs for governor. All based on those underlying proxies. The Fifty governors would then elect a President. 

Fraud would be virtually impossible. Yes it’d take some effort , but look at the results.

Mad at any politician? Take it up with the “elected rep” closest to you. Real easy!

Totally responsive to the electorate. 

Go ahead and try and  hack that!

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LIBERTARIAN: “Who will build the roads?” — an OBVIOUS answer!

http://tomwoods.com/ep-802-way-beyond-the-roads-libertarian-solutions-for-other-parts-of-the-built-environment/

Ep. 802 Way Beyond the Roads: Libertarian Solutions for Other Parts of the Built Environment
13th December 2016 Tom Woods

The hosts of the Anarchitecture podcast join me to discuss the differences between libertarian and conventional statist solutions to everything from roads to city planning and garbage collection.

Guests’ Podcast: Anarchitecture Podcast

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I took away from it an EXCELLENT

“Who will build the roads?”

“Who should build the roads?”

“Next time that person is sitting in traffic, instead of him thinking ‘why don’t they build more public transport, maybe they will think ‘why hasn’t supply met demand on this strip of expensive capital infrastructure that I can use for free?’— DUH as Tom observed “the question answers itself”!

Argh!

Great answer.

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