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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MY RESPONSE:

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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”.

Sigh!

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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.

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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!

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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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LIBERTARIAN: “War Is a Racket”

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/ 

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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

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LIBERTARIAN: This little L libertarian salutes a peace activist

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

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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! 

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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).

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LIBERTARIAN: New Hampshire Libertarian Party as an exemplar

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

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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!

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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”?

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LIBERTARIAN: NH-Exit?

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.

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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?

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LIBERTARIAN: Little L libertarianism in ten questions and answers

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.

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LIBERTARIAN: DWI should be penalized if it has a victim

http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2016/10/16/texas-hands-heavy-sentences-multiple-dwi-convictions/

Texas Hands Down Heavy Sentences in Multiple DWI Convictions
by BOB PRICE
16 Oct 2016120

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Following the conviction of a Texas man on his eighth DWI, a Hays County prosecutor asked the jury to send the 64-year-old man to prison for 99 years so “we can all sleep at night.” Six hours later the jury did just that.

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As opposed to the Gooferment’s revenue generation scam DWI, a real DWI has a real victim. It could be as little as property damage. Then, society needs protection.

In the case above, eight strikes and that’s the one that puts him away. 

Absurd.

Read the article and a nine time loser kills people yet still has a valid license?

Gooferment ineptitude!!!

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LIBERTARIAN: The Libertarian mistake

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/10/02/defense-gary-johnson/

In Defense of Gary Johnson… But Bill Weld is a different matter.
by Justin Raimondo, October 03, 2016 

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Gary Johnson, in spite of himself – and in spite of the sinister Weld – may wind up stopping Hillary Clinton from taking the White House. And that, my dear readers, is a lesson in the truism that one’s actions are likely to have all sorts of unintended consequences. If Weld thought he could throw the election to Hillary by joining the Libertarian ticket – over the objections of a great many horrified libertarians – he may be proved laughably wrong.

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Such a shame, because this could have been the election that put the Libertarian Party on the map. Instead it’s the laughing stock.

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LIBERTARIAN: Don’t you wish we were “Free to Choose”

http://www.missliberty.com/free-to-choose-1980-1991/

Free to Choose (1980 & 1991)
THEMES » ECON 101, LIBERTARIAN HEROES, LIBERTARIANISM 101, PRO-CAPITALISM

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6. Free to Choose (1980)

Free to Choose (1980) Part 6: What’s Wrong With Our SchoolsFree to Choose brought the subject of free markets into America’s living rooms, and was seen by millions thanks to nationwide airing on PBS. In this series, Friedman guides the viewer through ten documentary-style lectures on the workings of the market and its relation to human liberty. The series made a case for economic freedom so lucid and persuasive that it may even have helped elect Ronald Reagan in 1980, and in any case certainly gave intellectual support and respectability to free market reforms put forward by both Reagan and Thatcher.

Free to Choose remains the single most comprehensive series on economic liberty ever produced, and although now decades old it’s still firing on all pistons and is available free online.  It’s a testament to the power of Friedman’s then-radical proposals — and perhaps this series itself — that some have already been implemented and others have become common subjects for discussion.

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We need more choices — free choices.

Hope everyone gets to see this video and take it to heart.

The truth will set us all free.

Finally!

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LIBERTARIAN: 23-Cent Gas Tax Hike is just more theft!

http://patch.com/new-jersey/southbrunswick/s/fsvdt/breaking-n-j-lawmakers-pass-christie-backed-23-cent-gas-tax-hike-set-to-go-in-effect-friday?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_term=politics%20%26%20government&utm_campaign=alert

N.J. Lawmakers Pass Christie-Backed 23-Cent Gas Tax Hike, Set To Take Effect Friday
State lawmakers passed a 23-cent gas tax hike overnight that Gov. Chris Christie is set to sign by Friday. Christie hailed the plan.
Shared from the Lacey, NJ Patch
By Tom Davis (Patch Staff) – June 28, 2016 11:05 am ET

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Argh!

The Pepuls Republic of Nu Jerzee just “stole” more money from the driving public.

And, where did the last “trust fund” go?

Same place the last one went.

A plague on all their houses.

If the voters don’t revolt, then they never will!

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LIBERTARIAN: Voting is a waste of time — most of the time

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-679-voting-yes-or-no/

Ep. 679 Voting: Yes or No?
10th June 2016
Tom Woods

Michael Malice and I discuss the merits and demerits of voting — a contentious subject among libertarians. Although Michael is wrong as usual, it’s still fun to talk to him.

About the GuestMichael Malice is an author and celebrity ghostwriter. He is also a frequent guest on Kennedy on the FOX Business Network.

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Tom makes a good point that the R’s in general put up better Supreme Court Justice than the D’s general do.

But OTOH Michael points out that you are wasting your time and won’t change anything.

A hard question, but I don’t need a black and white answer. I’ll just pick and chose my battles. 

“Can’t spend yourself rich or vote yourself free.” — Michael Malice, 2016, celebrity ghostwriter

“If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.” ― often incorrectly attributed to American humorist Mark Twain ― but very very true imho!

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LIBERTARIAN: Anarcho-Capitalism

https://www.lewrockwell.com/assets/2016/06/443_Dalley.mp3

Lew on Practically Everything

LewRockwell.com

Lew strives to present a diverse daily selection of interesting articles from our writers and other sites, but he does not necessarily endorse every view expressed. He does, however, believe that each piece will repay your reading.

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Lew has a great explanation of Anarcho-Capitalism.

“On the free market, everyone earns according to his productive value in satisfying consumer desires. Under statist distribution, everyone earns in proportion to the amount he can plunder from the producers.” — Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995) 

AND some great quotes: (from memory)

The difference between GM and the Government is that you get the car and GM can’t make you buy one.

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Mises.Org has Rothbard’s material downloadable for free.

https://mises.org/search/site/rothbard

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LIBERTARIAN: What Tom Woods Told the Libertarian Party’s National Convention

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-671-what-i-told-the-libertarian-partys-national-convention/

Ep. 671 What I Told the Libertarian Party’s National Convention
31st May 2016
Tom Woods

What’s the best way forward for the Libertarian Party? There’s some pretty strong medicine in this one, especially toward the end. Key point: product differentiation. We’re not 30% different from Republicans and Democrats. We’re certainly not “fiscally conservative and socially liberal.” So what are we? And how should we spread the message? Juicy stuff here, I promise.

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Economic progress eliminated child labor; not Gooferment “laws”.

As usual, the Gooferment politicians and bureaucrats see the parade passing them by and then run to get to the front and pretend to be “leading”.

The leftist do gooders signed petitions to eliminate “child labor” in Bangladesh. The result documented by a latter study was that children starved to death or they were force into child prostitution. 

Great result!

Listen to Tom illustrate why “libertarians” are uniquely qualified to lead the way.

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