LIBERTARIAN: Elections suck

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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

Commentary on US Election Security
Bruce Schneier 

*** begin quote ***

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.

*** end quote ***

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!

# – # – # – # – # 


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

Sunday, December 18, 2016

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

# – # – # – # – # 

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.

# – # – # – # – # 


LIBERTARIAN: “War Is a Racket”

Sunday, November 27, 2016

http://tomwoods.com/ep-791-war-is-a-racket-the-life-and-thought-of-maj-gen-smedley-butler/

Ep. 791 War Is a Racket: The Life and Thought of Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler
25th November 2016 Tom Woods

CJ Killmer, host of the Dangerous History Podcast and popularly known as Prof. CJ, joins me to discuss the antiwar views of the fascinating Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler, author of War Is a Racket.

Book Discussed

War Is a Racket, by Major General Smedley Butler
https://www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.html 

Guest’s Website

DangerousHistoryPodcast.com
http://dangeroushistorypodcast.com/ 

# – # – # – # – # 

Can’t we look under the covers and see that the USA’s “defense” is not the problem. It’s the “offense”.

“Department of Defense” is definitely a deliberately mislabeling of an identity.

I read this back in the mid 70’s after 4 years in the USAF. It completed my change into a little L libertarian as well as a real anti-war zealot. (Not the psuedo ersatz anti-war movement that comes out whenever there is an R in the White House and disappears when it’s occupant is a D!) It’s short and sarcastic so I really liked it. It’s a quick read and if it doesn’t influence your thinking, please let me know.

I especially like his idea that the military vote on “going to war” decisions. There’s a reason that few of the politicians and bureaucrats have their children in the military. Remember Heinlein’s Starship Troopers’ universe? One does not merely have the right to be a citizen and vote by virtue of what Heinlein called the mere accident of birth; rather, one has to earn this right through Federal Service that tested one’s ability and willingness to sacrifice for the greater good of the polity. Bet not a lot of vets would vote for any, if not all, the undeclared wars the USA has been in since WW2?

It should be required reading for the USA citizenship exam and I be you’ll never see it in the Gooferment Skrules.

Dona Nobis Pacem

# – # – # – # – # 

 


LIBERTARIAN: This little L libertarian salutes a peace activist

Thursday, November 17, 2016

http://keywestlou.com/who-is-pouring-tea-who-is-presiding-at-the-punch-bowl/

WHO IS POURING TEA? WHO IS PRESIDING AT THE PUNCH BOWL?
Posted on November 7, 2016 by keywestlou

*** begin quote ***

I wrote a lengthy column about Jeanette Rankin three years ago in KONK Life. An interesting woman.

On this date in 1916, Rankin became the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. From Montana. Western women worked shoulder to shoulder with the men. They had a different respect than their eastern compatriots.

Rankin did not last long in office. One term. She was a pacifist. Voted against entry into World War I.

Some twenty years later, Rankin was again elected to the House. Again, only for one term. She was the sole vote against the U,.S. declaration of war against Japan following December 7, 1941.

Rankin needed police help to leave the House building following her vote. A crowd of angry persons had her confined in a telephone booth.

Enjoy your day! 

*** end quote ***

I didn’t know this before today. I did know that there was only vote against entry in WW2.

You have to respect someone with the courage of their convictions.

Perhaps she saw that the Lusitania was not what it seemed (i.e., it was carrying munitions), that “war” would turn dead Americans into big profits for the war industry (shades of Ike warning the USA of the military industrial complex), and that George Washington warned about becoming entangled.

Then in her next term, she saw that it was FDR’s plan to end the depression, again turn bodies into profits, and turn the USA into a global empire.

Special place in heaven for her.

Most libertarians value peace as a principle because it minimizes the State.

Special thanks for the wake up by Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957).

# – # – # – # – # 


LIBERTARIAN: New Hampshire Libertarian Party as an exemplar

Monday, November 14, 2016

http://freekeene.com/2016/11/09/nh-libertarians-officially-recognized-as-party-for-first-time-in-20-years-free-staters-win-15-state-rep-races/

NH Libertarians Officially Recognized as Party For First time in 20 Years + “Free Staters” Win 15+ State Rep Races
by Ian | Nov 9, 2016

NH State HouseLibertarians Had Major Successes in NH 2016 Elections

*** begin quote ***

The national election is just a sideshow. Nothing of substance in DC will change in the next four years and I predict Trump will ultimately disappoint those who think he’s somehow an “outsider” or “anti-establishment”. Meanwhile, the left is MAD and secession will grow into a serious idea for many of them as they begin to see the value in breaking away from the United States. Indeed, Californians already held a #CalExit rally on the Sacramento statehouse grounds today!

*** end quote ***

I am pleased to have been part in this epic victory. 

Maybe New Hampshire can lead the way to a “new” Libertarian Party as the “Party of Principle” and the “Party of Peace”?

# – # – # – # – # 


LIBERTARIAN: NH-Exit?

Sunday, November 13, 2016

http://freekeene.com/2016/11/05/remember-remember-the-fifth-of-november-2016/

Remember, Remember the Fifth of November, 2016

by Ian

As thousands are gathering in the streets in London around the world for the “Million Mask March“, donning Guy Fawkes masks (popularized by the excellent movie, “V for Vendetta”), it’s important to remember that Guy Fawkes was not a hero. Fawkes was willing to commit violence against people to forward his cause. While many libertarians may feel the government deserves violence in response to their violent, depraved acts, here at the Free Keeneblog, we’re committed to peaceful evolution.

Violence may appear to work in the short-term, but ultimately all it does is justify the ever-increasing police state in the minds of the state actors and their supporters. Violence also brings you down to the level of the state – that’s the tool they use. We should not want to be like them. There are a myriad of peaceful solutions to moving liberty ahead in our lifetime – the most powerful of which is to concentrate liberty-minded activists in one geographic area – New Hampshire. Another major solution is to end New Hampshire’s involvement in the federal government.

To that end, for the fourth time in about a month, V-mask wearing activistsgathered in Keene’s Central Square to demonstrate in favor of New Hampshire declaring peaceful independence from the United States. Normally our response from drivers and passers-by is very positive, but today people were even more excited and interested. We had at least a dozen people take photos of us from their cars or while walking around, plus one guy from Massachusetts even parked and came up to shoot video of us. People in New Hampshire love the idea of independence and setting NH free from the evil United States federal government!

Let’s keep the conversation going. If you’re new to secession, check out some of the info from the Foundation for New Hampshire Independence to learn more about why it’s the best idea for a bright, prosperous, and free future.

# – # – # – # – # 

One can only hope, that like the USSR, Granite Staters would be allowed to peacefully leave “These United States of America”. Or, the USA empire.

The right of self-determination should be recognized as an inherent human right. 

Unfortunately, there are powerful interests that like the situation — the warfare / welfare state — just the way it is now.

How does Joe or Jane Sixpack get off the merry go round?

# – # – # – # – # 


LIBERTARIAN: Little L libertarianism in ten questions and answers

Friday, October 28, 2016

http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=a62f6d3a19ffbd4c6852a4c85&id=7c6e8c527d&e=da6c31a530

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.

# – # – # – # – # 

An excellent summary of my thinking too.

# – # – # – # – # 


%d bloggers like this: