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    csaaphill 3 days 1 hour ago Web link strike
    The reason is most likely a biblical one. for Revelations 17 states they will agree and give their power unto the beast. That's the easy answer as far I am concerned. Their answer would be, to make sure those with mental illness don't get a hold of these guns and shoot people. The real reason is control over people and another nail in the coffin, of the Govt not knowing about what all the people do here in America on a day by day basis. One, you can't rule and control all people without first being able to gain knowledge of what all people do each day. You can do it all at once, but you may get 200 million people rebelling against your authority and lose your control over them. So they need a what, how, and why to go about making sure that as govt, they get and maintain that control. I can't go into all that now, for it would take a book to do so, lets just suffice a long time ago, even the framers of the constitution knew that over time people would want a new govt that would hopefully protect their rights where they failed. They even wrote into it, ways, or why's, and when do to so, and called it the declaration of Independence. Where it is stated "That over a long train of abuses and usurpations that have left off to absolute laws. Not word for word but still that's the gist. But they knew then they wanted a way to get and protect and keep Govt, they would eventually need a way to only allow us certain freedoms and liberties while working in the shadows on ways to keep their power and to never be overthrown. None of them truly wanted us to over throw their govt for if they did they would have never done the things and steps they did. The sedition act. for one which is the first violation of the second amendment, even though it was written in such a way to not be recognizable to most, it does just that and violate what the second amendment was written for, and that is to protect our liberties. I don't think George Washington was truly against a two party system, even though he said it, for if so he may have regulated in rules that allowed for more than just two main parties. But again back to my statement. Over time, people grew into more dependent on govt and they knew this, and over a long period of time have written in laws that allowed them to gain more power and control over us. IE Prohibition. while for the most part I think it was puritan women who hated drink, that carried the way to alcohol being banned, but within their ranks were those who knew it would give the Govt more power and that people would rebel against said laws and therefore begin a circle effect. Make more laws which make more rebellion which make more laws to contain the rebellion etc.... Hence the 1934 NFA act. Which comes just after prohibition was repealed and no longer needed, for the ST Valentines massacre happened because of prohibition to begin with, not because Govt didn't control tommy guns IE machine guns. Once repealed gun control was no longer necessary because crime rates were already declining. Next followed the 1938 gun control act which made it illegal for felons to own a gun. Why was this necessary to begin with when we were still in the early 1900's and not truly a lot of crime to begin with? and again Prohibition was repealed so mafia even though not gone lost most of it's prestige and power to begin with but because Utopia and Socialism was already in place and they needed another demon to take the place of Alcohol. Too they needed another way to gain slow control over people by what they already knew would be rebellion, and them make or manipulate people into thinking they needed more laws etc... Then came the gun control act of 1968, The crime bill and temporary ban on assault weapons under Clinton then Back ground checks and more background check and now these red flag laws etc... they know most people are sheep so when one gets gunned down their next step already planed long in advance will call upon them to protect them. More Real ID's which allow the beast to help track us etc. them more and more and more later on. As long as most people are sheep even if at some time they lose some area of control due to a partially awake populace the still keep their overall control over us. IE Seat belt laws mandatory ins laws all these make people rebel and hence make more laws etc. Plus to be able to stop people from just ignore all these laws they need more technology to make sure LEO is able to catch people breaking them. Again just another nail in them not being able to know pretty much all of what we do each day.
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    Alex R. Knight III 6 days 10 hours ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    “I do not expect that many people will ever appreciate the full extent of the state’s destructiveness. The state has all the advantages, from public schooling to the statist news media to almost every major institution with real power and influence in society. Of course, it has vast funds at its disposal, too, looted from the productive members of the public. People are therefore exposed, from the cradle to the grave, to indoctrination and propaganda tilted in the state’s favor. Very few ever raise the pertinent questions about the state, much less answer them correctly.   “States sometimes fail, of course, but when they do, new states quickly replace them, as most people want. Modern people, for the most part, are unwilling to assume the same degree of personal responsibility that their ancestors assumed. They have therefore sold their souls to the state, looking to it for personal and economic security and relying on its general beneficence. In this regard, they evince the triumph of wishful thinking over realistic understanding.”  ~  Dr. Robert Higgs  
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    Alex R. Knight III 5 weeks 4 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    https://www.coasttocoastam.com/article/new-gallup-poll-finds-68-of-americans-believe-there-is-a-ufo-cover-up/
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    Alex R. Knight III 5 weeks 4 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    https://www.coasttocoastam.com/article/new-gallup-poll-finds-68-of-americans-believe-there-is-a-ufo-cover-up/    
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    csaaphill 7 weeks 3 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    I didn't write this but I do like it. “Let every soul be subject unto the higher liberty. For there is no liberty but of God: the liberties that be are ordained of God. Whosoever, therefore, resisteth the liberty,resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the liberty? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same.” Romans 13: 1,3 This was what Paul was saying not submit to Govt's. As to the Gun control debate both the left and right are to blame. I've always been a no-compromise type on our rights, especially the second amendment. What makes me sick is the right once there is a law they submit and follow. Once one is arrested violating these unconstitutional laws they're "Well! he/she deserved it they broke the law." Hypocrites.
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    Alex R. Knight III 8 weeks 1 day ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Your final sentence nails it down, Mark, and I do think a lot of the fence-sitters are beginning to wake up to that fact.  But for the political class, admission of that reality brings with it no benefit since the sociological problems that have led to this (most of which have been of their own making to begin with) carry with them no capital they can cash in on career-wise.  They need to be able to promise quick and easy "solutions" (to the problems their policies created in the first place).  Hence, gun control -- and the increase in their overall power that comes with it.
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    Mark Davis 8 weeks 1 day ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Excellent points and well said, Alex. More laws = more state control, the left assumes that they control the state for their own purposes, and a fundamental distrust of the state and its laws is a healthy disposition for promoting liberty and fighting tyranny (this does not preclude one from respecting natural law and doing the right thing by one's fellow man). I never get an answer from the anti-gun brigade as to why or how one more law, or 100 more laws, will stop people who have already proven that they will not follow the laws already on the books. Every mass shooter (or single shooter) that ever harmed innocent people would not have been deterred by any law yet conceived. We have a people problem, not a gun problem or a lack of necessary laws.
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    Alex R. Knight III 8 weeks 2 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    They're already being abused, predictably, in every place they've been enacted.  But "red-flag" laws themselves are inherently abuse:  They presume guilt, rather than innocence, and provide a pretext for firearms to be seized at the whim of government bureaucrats.  Amendment 2 was supposed to forever bar and forbid such from ever occuring -- under any circumstances.  To say nothing of amendments 4, 5, and 6.  Proving, of course, that governments are unrestrainable institutions that always devolve into tyranny.  Hence, our advocacy of their summary abolition.   Absent that, the future is a very dark place indeed.
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    John deLaubenfels 8 weeks 2 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Well put!  These are indeed dangerous times for lovers of liberty and the means to defend it.  I'm less worried about more extensive background checks than I am of "red-flag" laws, which are certain to be abused until anyone who expresses anti-government views will find himself stripped of weapons (or of his life if he resists).
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    AtlasAikido 9 weeks 4 days ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    Re: ..."Indeed US Fascism is a most insidious mixture of the key ingredients while maintaining the necessary nuance to snooker the masses, the media, and the respectable folks across the spectrum. http://mises.org/daily/5634" Unbroken link: https://wayback.archive.org/web/20160704091604/https://mises.org/library...
  • Mark Davis's picture
    Mark Davis 29 weeks 1 day ago
    A Right To...
    Page Paul Hein
    Right!?!? Gee, what could go wrong? ;>)
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    mjackso6 31 weeks 2 days ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    Roman concrete is a good example of a material that gets stronger with age. The main difference from modern concrete is the use of volcanic ash instead of Portland cement, as well as larger aggregate materials. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_concrete
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    Paul 36 weeks 6 days ago
    Bordertarians
    Page Alex R. Knight III
    I sent another article on borders to Rob, which considers a narrow aspect on the issue. If he doesn't post it here, it will be found on The Libertarian Enterprise. Borders are needed by property owners, right? At least the border around one's property...
  • Alex R. Knight III's picture
    Alex R. Knight III 37 weeks 9 hours ago Blog entry Lawrence M. Ludlow
    I recently ordered Edward Peter Stringham's book, Private Governance.  I'm hoping it'll be pretty good; Carl Watner of The Voluntaryist calls it the perfect companion volume to his essay anthology, I Must Speak Out.  
  • Lawrence M. Ludlow's picture
    Lawrence M. Ludlow 37 weeks 4 days ago Blog entry Lawrence M. Ludlow
    I was asked (in an email request by one reader) to provide details about Hitler's Jewish friends in Vienna. Here are the details:   In John Toland's book, Adolf Hitner (p.45), Toland writes about a "one-eyed locksmith named Robinson" who often helped him and a part-time Hungarian art dealer, Josef Neumann, who gave him a coat. Likewise, three Jewish art dealers bought most of his work. Hitler even told Hamisch: "...that he preferred doing business with Jews 'because only they were willing to take chances.'"
  • Lawrence M. Ludlow's picture
    Lawrence M. Ludlow 37 weeks 4 days ago Blog entry Lawrence M. Ludlow
    I mentioned this to some extent in the piece, but Hitler was always pontificating about "social justice," and among the chief objects of his hatred were prostitutes. The lemon-pucker-faced social justice warrior scolds are always carrying on about how horrible it is that some people are enjoying life. They are closet prudes. Not that prostitution is the best choice or even desirable as a choice for many women, but the point is that the SJW/temperance-movement/equality-obsessed never celbrate any of the pleasure of life. Instead, they hate those with a capacity to enjoy it. See my essay on the Purgatorio of Dante at fff.org for more on this -- under the sin of envy.
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    dhowlandjr 38 weeks 1 day ago
    Bordertarians
    Page Alex R. Knight III
    hi Paul. sometimes i like your articles. i get your intention to be a pessimistic curmudgeon. but this comment is not good. if the state could be gone in some places what could stop a better way of life from gradually catching on? borders are needed by the state, what use do free people have for them? I'm as much an admirer of mark twain as anyone, but one could also say that when a certain state of consciousness is reached hunger is no match to ones commitment to principles. and i've known quite a few pretty nice venezuelans, too, what are you talking about? your tax money has been used to make it impossible to survive inhabiting the place they come from. i think your ideas sound way too political!
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    Ed Nelson 39 weeks 2 days ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    I am conflicted. I want to believe in the fairy tale about America being all good that I was taught in grammar school, however, in the course of my life I have seen with my own eyes the truth of George Washington's admonition that government, like fire is a useful servant or a fearful master. Based on what I have learned in my life, governments are gangs of murderers, thieves, spies, and thugs. It is what they do. Welfare and "humanitarian" efforts are eyewash and vote buying via forcible taking of productive people's earnings. I have no answer for the madness that the demoncrats and repugnants have brought to this country. God help us.
  • Paul's picture
    Paul 41 weeks 4 days ago
    Bordertarians
    Page Alex R. Knight III
    The State will never entirely be gone, as there are too many people who want it. With Panarchy and secession, there may be smallish localities (possibly as large as a state) where there will be no State. But there will still be borders with the surrounding states, even if those borders are administered only by those surrounding states. I am leaning a bit toward bordertarianism, but also pointing out that welfare is what draws immigrants (particularly the worst kind) and maybe we should get rid of that, before anything else. But the reason I lean that way is an observation by Mark Twain: "Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed." ... which at least suggests that keeping people fed is a good idea (if we want NAP to be observed), so maybe we shouldn't import too many Venezuelans. The best way to keep people fed is to have people who appreciate liberty and the free market, as much as is possible. The other thing that occurs to me is that there needs to be examples of places where people live in liberty. If there are no such examples, how will the rest of the people ever know the advantages of liberty? And how are such examples maintained without borders? Perhaps there is some way, but I am not capable of imagining it.
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    Paul 41 weeks 4 days ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    Lazy man's method: Buy an OTIS gun cleaning kit, which is used to pull patches through the bore. I don't like cleaning rods as they often damage the rifling no matter how careful you are. At the range, right after you are done shooting, pull a bore snake through the bore, two or three times. Dry is fine. The object is to remove powder residue, which hardens up over time. Much better and easier to get it out before that happens. At home, get a patch on your otis "rod" and pull it through the bore using liberal amounts of Hoppe's #9. This is a very mild cleaner that will not harm the bore. Keep applying #9 until you get a drip out the muzzle end (gun should be tilted down so it doesn't run into the action). Stick the patch end of the Otis rod into a small ziplock bag to keep it wet, then walk away. Next day, pull that same patch with some new #9 on it, through the bore once. Put the patch in the bag and walk away. Next day, keep repeating the same step. And continue. Eventually the patch gets really gross but you don't care as you are just getting new #9 into the bore and letting the old drip out. Each day's effort takes about a minute, not much! You might pull a brush through now and then, or put a new patch on. Up to you. In a couple of weeks that bore is clean. Leave it wet in the safe, and BE SURE to pull a dry patch through to get the #9 out before shooting. Best to store rifles muzzle down if you can; or, if you can't, then pull a dry patch through so solvent won't run into the action or onto wood stocks. Of course, use CLP to wipe down the external surfaces, right after coming back from the range.
  • Alex R. Knight III's picture
    Alex R. Knight III 42 weeks 16 hours ago
    Do Not Resist
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    You're most welcome.  Thank you for reading, and sharing.
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    emartin 42 weeks 20 hours ago
    Do Not Resist
    Page Alex R. Knight III
    Thank you Alex, for putting out this information. I think the rest of us would be wise to share it at every opportunity.
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    Alex R. Knight III 42 weeks 6 days ago
    Do Not Resist
    Page Alex R. Knight III
    Agreed.
  • Ed Nelson's picture
    Ed Nelson 43 weeks 4 hours ago
    Do Not Resist
    Page Alex R. Knight III
    Welcome to the max security panopticon. There is no escape. Growing up in the 60's and 70's was better for sure.
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    Alex R. Knight III 44 weeks 15 hours ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    Easy:  Apply public schools, mainstream media, and political bureaucrats all in generous measure.   I thought this was a libertarian website!  :-)  
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    Darkcrusade 48 weeks 1 day ago Page Lawrence M. Ludlow
    God NEVER endorses a Government over men. Fallen men reject God and desire, in rebellion to the ONLY authority, to be ruled by a creature of their own inventions. Just like slavery or divorce God regulated the man made institutions. God does endorse his first institution of Holy matrimony and family. God makes man. Man rejects God. Man creates a government. Governments rule over man. The creature(government) now rules over it's creator(man). What did Jesus teach about the governments of men? Let us examine three parallel Gospel accounts. He himself explained: Matthew 20:25, "...Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. " Mark 10:42, "...they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them." Luke 22:25, "...The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors." By comparing these three parallel verses, Jesus stated the fact that the governing authorities (princes, rulers, kings) exercise authority over the Gentiles (those who do not believe in God). Note that the term "Gentiles" here cannot mean "Gentile Christians", because Jesus had not yet died to confirm the New Testament, and "Christianity" was not yet in existence. All the apostles were Jews, and Jesus commanded them not to preach to the Gentiles (Matthew 10:5-6). The Gentiles were the enemy of Christ at this point (Matthew 20:19; Mark 10:33, Luke 18:32). The Gospel was not preached to the Gentiles until at least 10 years after the resurrection of Jesus (Acts 9:15; 10:45; 11:1,18; 13:42,46-48). Notice what Jesus says next. Does he say that His people will have other men rule over them? Most definitely not! Matthew 20:26, "But it shall not be so among you:" Mark 10:43, "But so shall it not be among you:" Luke 22:26, "But ye shall not be so:" Jesus said we shall not have leaders exercise authority over us like they do over the gentiles. We shall not be subject to governing authorities unless those in "power" are servants of God and His people. Read what Jesus said after he told his disciples that earthly princes, rulers, and kings will not have authority over His chosen: Matthew 20:26-27, "…but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:" Mark 10:43-44, "…but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all." Luke 22:26, "...but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve." As we see, Jesus does not want man to have authority over man! He commanded that whoever is the chiefest and greatest among men, will be the servant of all. Unlike human governments which make their chief ruler the dictator of all. Man was not created to rule other men, but was given dominion over the creatures of the earth. This is confirmed in the very first chapter of the Bible, when God created the earth. When our Father created the earth. When he first created man, He commanded, "...let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth" (Genesis 1:26,28). Only God has dominion over man. Man is not subject to any other man. Man is ruled by Law, not by the will of man. http://www.ecclesia.org/truth/lawgiver.html
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    Darkcrusade 48 weeks 1 day ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4kHiUAjTvQ&t=18s Controlled media, controlled academia,controlled Hollyweird, controlled party.
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    Darkcrusade 48 weeks 3 days ago
    The God Question
    Page Jim Davies
    6yo resurrection Hmmmmm. Interesting how Atheist's attempt to hi jack as their own, the Positive active form of The golden rule and put their own stink on it. Plus the incongruous idea that "science" sprang whole cloth from superstitious pagans and neglect the fact that the foundation of science HAS to begin with the first science, PHILOSOPHY! Charles Darwin admitted: [W]ith me the horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of man’s mind, which has been developed from the mind of the lower animals, are of any value or at all trustworthy. Would anyone trust in the convictions of a monkey’s mind, if there are any convictions in such a mind? God thing we have a mo better foundation; 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. What was there before any of creation was started? Word is logos. logos/lexis is logic/reason. So,in the beginning was logic or a plan with God. Who starts a big project without a plan? Who starts to build a house without the blueprints? Some may start, but finish with a mess if at all. Paul Davies, winner of the 2001 Kelvin Medal issued by the Institute of Physics and the winner of the 2002 Faraday Prize issued by the Royal Society (amongst other awards), writes: “People take it for granted that the physical world is both ordered and intelligible. The underlying order in nature–the laws of physics–are simply accepted as given, as brute facts. Nobody asks where they came from; at least they do not do so in polite company. However, even the most atheistic scientist accepts as an act of faith that the universe is not absurd, that there is a rational basis to physical existence manifested as law-like order in nature that is at least partly comprehensible to us. So science can proceed only if the scientist adopts an essentially theological worldview.” You can gather all the parts of an orchestra,brass, strings,woods,percussion, vocal and even have the plan;sheet music. But nothing is going to happen without the conductor starting the show. The naturalistic perspective cannot account for reality the way the biblical christian view answers the tough questions. Naturalism,regards the natural,material,and physical universe as the only reality. The world of nature is viewed as the sum total of all that exists. All reality and beings are located within the exclusive domain of physical objects,events,processes and forces. The concepts of logic, mathematics and science are expected features of the universe built by a perfectly rational Creator. Naturalism posits that man evolve through blind,unguided,purely impersonal natural processes but also for those same undirected processes to develop a human brain and mind capable of grasping the very conceptual nature of the universe. How can a naturalist attempt to use logic ,when that logic had to spring from the illogical. This non-rational,cannot produce the rational. or the impersonal, the personal. Atheist would contend that, The source or foundation of man's logic and reason,was not itself rational. Nor personal(self-aware,intelligent). Rather it was a non-rational,impersonal process without purpose consisting of a combination of genetic mutations(Read this as MISTAKES) ,variations,and environmental factors,random chance and blind impersonal natural process produce humanity's rational faculties. How does the irrational atheist square that circle? Explain> A world created from no-thing Or world created by a Creator life from non-life Or Life from ultimate Life persons from the impersonal Or persons from the Super-personal minds from the mindless OR minds from the ultimate Mind order from the orderless OR order from an Orderer reason from the non-rational Or reason from a rational Being morality from the non-moral Or morality from a moral Person information without a sender Or information from a Sender code from a non-programmer Or code from a personal programmer truth from an accident Or truth from the ultimate Truth Without Christians, there would never be science. Science Flourished in those countries that embraced Christian philosophies. and was stillbirth in those that languished under pagan superstitions. http://godevidence.com/2017/09/atheist-beliefs/ Christianity furnishes the conceptual framework in which science can flourish. Science is not something that is natural to mankind. …Although glimmerings of science appeared among the ancient Greeks and Chinese, modern science is the child of European civilization. Why is this so? It is due to the unique contribution of the Christian faith to Western culture. As [science writer] Eiseley states, “it is the Christian world which finally gave birth in a clear, articulate fashion to the experimental method of science itself.” In contrast to pantheistic or animistic religions, Christianity does not view the world as divine or as indwelt by spirits, but rather as the natural product of a transcendent Creator who designed and brought it into being. Thus, the world is a rational place which is open to exploration and discovery. Furthermore, the whole scientific enterprise is based on certain assumptions which cannot be proved scientifically, but which are guaranteed by the Christian world view; for example: the laws of logic, the orderly nature of the external world, the reliability of our cognitive faculties in knowing the world, and the objectivity of the moral values used in science. I want to emphasize that science could not even exist without these assumptions, and yet these assumptions cannot be proved scientifically. They are philosophical assumptions which, interestingly, are part and parcel of a Christian world view. Thus, religion is relevant to science in that it can furnish a conceptual framework in which science can exist. More than that, the Christian religion historically did furnish the conceptual framework in which modern science was born and nurtured.
  • AtlasAikido's picture
    AtlasAikido 50 weeks 1 day ago
    The God Question
    Page Jim Davies
    Updates for broken links: http://tinyurl.com/Individual-Sovereignty-W http://tinyurl.com/Index-to-Covenant-Articles-W http://tinyurl.com/There-is-NO-WE-W http://tinyurl.com/Political-Statement-W http://tinyurl.com/Objectivism-to-Autarchy-W AtlasAikido
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    AtlasAikido 50 weeks 1 day ago
    The God Question
    Page Jim Davies
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    AtlasAikido 50 weeks 2 days ago
    The God Question
    Page Jim Davies
    Pseudo science--the appearance or pretense of science is based on the quick sand of wish and whim instead of the hard rock of reality. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superstition Apparently some are attempting to ride on the coat tails of those that have been successful using science. The credibility of science is based on reason not wishes based on superstition (not in contact with reality). Logic is based on the non-contradictory identification of reality using reason. The following may be of value to others who are still mentally wrestling with the deliberate misdirections (i.e. lies) that the culture surrounding us has pounded into each of us since our birth. http://tinyurl.com/First-Cause-W article Objectivist Newsletter-Vol 1, No 5, May 1962, page 19--The "First Cause" article Since everything in the universe requires a cause, must not the universe itself have a cause, which is God? ... Update: Fixed -W broken link AtlasAikido
  • AtlasAikido's picture
    AtlasAikido 50 weeks 2 days ago
    The God Question
    Page Jim Davies
    Update Broken link http://tinyurl.com/First-Cause-article-W AtlasAikido
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    AtlasAikido 50 weeks 2 days ago
    The God Question
    Page Jim Davies
    Fix Broken Link http://tinyurl.com/First-Cause-article-W AtlasAikido
  • AtlasAikido's picture
    AtlasAikido 50 weeks 2 days ago
    The God Question
    Page Jim Davies
    Two things. Actually three. I and another poster already provided Two links. One: An Article: http://tinyurl.com/First-Cause-article-W AND Two: A Definition: http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/existence.html And in a prior post I *excerpted* the definition, which has (three) short supporting paras posted with ** emphasis to what you excerpted in your post...And it would appear you have not read them given your response. I see that you posit circular reasoning as a flaw when in-fact the definition is a http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/tautology as already explained and teased out in a prior post. The article is also VERY short, clear and to the point and Dennis Wilson walked thru the issues with Jim Davies....And it looks very favorable...so far. I point that out because that is where I would go back to address any issues (if I was wrestling with this). The article AND definition are in the prior posts on this thread and only a few day old...carried forward from the beginning of this thread. Three: I see no refutation from you on the article nor the definition. No definition of existence as you are using it and how it is different than what I provided nor an article supporting YOUR position and how that is different. Best Regards my friend, AtlasAikido Updated -W Fix to Broken Link
  • AtlasAikido's picture
    AtlasAikido 50 weeks 2 days ago
    The God Question
    Page Jim Davies
    Per Darkcrusader: "a God small enough for your[--anyone's--]mind, []would not be big enough for your[--anyone's]need [to research and counsel others]....." This is self-refuting. So "do a little research"? On Darkcrusade's own terms "research" is ALL things being caused by Darkcrusade's god--including the refutation of the need for his god's own existence provided in this thread. That is doing "little research" indeed! Thanks for PROVING again that no combination of logic or facts is effective against a deeply-held belief." --Chris Martenson But again as I posted before, this issue of a "need" for a god or not or a person's education and rationality is a non-issue as long as he respects the non-initiation of force principle. I would rather continue to focus on the following since it is more relevant, productive and profitable to me and those around me. If Darkcrusade and his god issues are at odds with this then why? Minimum requirements for living peacefully amongst other people do not require a person to be "fully rational". Education levels vary enormously as do levels of rationality! The basic or minimum requirement is understanding and adhering to the Non Aggression Principle (NAP), a very simple MORAL/ethical concept that is even readily apparent to children. But sometimes moral statements are not sufficiently explicit or not easily applied to particular situations. Because of varying education levels, understanding the full consequences of moral statements and/or applying them consistently can become problematic. Enter from stage right: The Covenant of Unanimous Consent. [ http://tinyurl.com/Index-to-Covenant-Articles-W ] Best Regards AtlasAikido Update: -W Are Fixed Broken Links AtlasAikido
  • AtlasAikido's picture
    AtlasAikido 50 weeks 2 days ago
    The God Question
    Page Jim Davies
    Hi Sam, As Dennis Wilson points out: "something better [than the Liberty Amendment] is needed...something that has a COMMON ROOT of everything that each of us considers to be important with regard to *interpersonal relationships*". And that was the *Second Part* of the post I provided prior to Sam's post. Quoting Dennis Wilson in a response to Jim Davies: "I look for those INDIVIDUALS ONLY who have already indicated by word and especially be deed that they are thinking and acting in a manner I can admire and possibly help or support with what I have learned. Minimum requirements for living peacefully amongst other people do not require a person to be "fully rational". Education levels vary enormously as do levels of rationality! The basic or minimum requirement is understanding and adhering to the Non Aggression Principle (NAP), a very simple MORAL/ethical concept that is even readily apparent to children. *But sometimes moral statements are not sufficiently explicit or not easily applied to particular situations. Because of varying education levels, understanding the full consequences of moral statements and/or applying them consistently can become problematic. Enter from stage right: The Covenant of Unanimous Consent. [ http://tinyurl.com/Index-to-Covenant-Articles-W] *The Covenant of Unanimous Consent is a Political statement [ http://tinyurl.com/Political-Statement-W ] explicitly derived from the Non Aggression Principle, which is a Moral statement. A characteristic of political statements--and a reason why they exist--is that they are more explicit and do not depend as heavily on education level as do moral statements and they are less subject to "interpretations". *Education is a wider, more encompassing thing than is religion (i.e. religion is a subset of a person's education). And education continues throughout an individual's life and is a primary cause of behavior changes during that lifespan. *Free State/county/town movements are examples of people with varying levels of education--and varying religious views--agreeing to conduct their interpersonal relationships by the simple principle of live and let live. Personally, I am disappointed that NONE of the "popular" movements has adopted some EXPLICIT political pledge such as the Covenant provides. The closest thing to a pledge of personal conduct has been the Shire Society which needlessly plagiarized the Covenant and then REMOVED what I consider the most important part for a Free State/county/town movement, the Supersedure section! You, me, Paul Bonneau, Darkcrusade and many (most?) of the contributors to this site--without resolving ANY of our differences--COULD conceivably agree to the entire Covenant and live in close proximity to each other in a "Supersedure Zone" and even trade with each other, without engaging in physical conflict. This is possible because the contents of the Covenant are the COMMON ROOT of everything that each of us considers to be important with regard to interpersonal relationships. AND, as I pointed out in my article [ http://tinyurl.com/Objectivism-to-Agorism ], people who--for whatever reason--refuse to sign the Covenant, could still live amongst us and trade with us, knowing full well what to expect should THEY (the non-signatories or "dissenters") violate our Covenant's Precepts in their dealings with us".' Update: -W Are Fixed Broken Links AtlasAikido
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    AtlasAikido 50 weeks 2 days ago
    The God Question
    Page Jim Davies
    These complex problems regarding so called preferable behavior have a simple, premised and practical solution. I would suggest "com[ing] back" to this post and progressing and brainstorming that...I refer to DennisLeeWilson's, post on April 02, 2012 "Jim, I understand the "shock" of "being wrong". I thought *I* was wrong once, but luckily I quickly realized that I was in error to think such.... >>"But still, why does it matter?" >>"It matters because the prime task of those wishing to bring a free society about is to move our statist neighbors away from their belief in the need for, and efficacy of, government;..." It DOES NOT matter to me because MY prime task is BEING FREE. [ http://tinyurl.com/Individual-Sovereignty-W] I don't need a "free society" in order to be free. What you are describing is at best, a SECONDARY task for me. I would NEVER reverse the priority of the tasks. MY secondary tasks can never be sacrificed to MY primary task. It is actually not even a secondary task to me, nor a "huge" task. It is an UNnecessary task. See below. >>"This can only happen when our statist friend begins to think straight; ..." >>"It is of paramount importance that people _begin to think straight_. Otherwise, they will never, en masse, ditch their absurd, superstitious belief in government." But THIS (understanding that government is a myth) is ALREADY happening! And it is happening without statists (not MY friend) changing their thinking "en masse". It is happening partly because of other things that YOU have written. >>"We have to change their _mode of thought._" Arrrgghhh. The "WE" thing again. NO! WE do NOT have to change their mode of thought. "Billions of humans making trillions of decisions could never be harnessed or thoroughly theorized by even the most brilliant voluntaryist thinkers or free market economists." Chris Dates [ http://tinyurl.com/There-is-NO-WE-W ] And, as I point out below, it doesn't matter to me what a man thinks or how straight or convoluted his thinking, as long as he respects MY right to exist as per the five Precepts by which I deal with other humans. I have NO desire whatsoever to meddle with the way most other people think. It is like wrestling with pigs. You ALWAYS get dirty and it only annoys the pig. I spent many hours as a youth attempting just what you recommend--and learning about "pigs". To paraphrase your own statement in Help Wanted, It is futile and a thankless waste of my time "...to try to impose ["MY version of what *I* consider to be rationality"] on people who do not want it and who made their preference lethally clear.". I look for those INDIVIDUALS ONLY who have already indicated by word and especially be deed that they are thinking and acting in a manner I can admire and possibly help or support with what I have learned. Minimum requirements for living peacefully amongst other people do not require a person to be "fully rational". Education levels vary enormously as do levels of rationality! The basic or minimum requirement is understanding and adhering to the Non Aggression Principle (NAP), a very simple MORAL/ethical concept that is even readily apparent to children. *But sometimes moral statements are not sufficiently explicit or not easily applied to particular situations. Because of varying education levels, understanding the full consequences of moral statements and/or applying them consistently can become problematic. Enter from stage right: The Covenant of Unanimous Consent. [ http://tinyurl.com/Index-to-Covenant-Articles-W ] *The Covenant of Unanimous Consent is a Political statement [ http://tinyurl.com/Political-Statement-W] explicitly derived from the Non Aggression Principle, which is a Moral statement. A characteristic of political statements--and a reason why they exist--is that they are more explicit and do not depend as heavily on education level as do moral statements and they are less subject to "interpretations". *Education is a wider, more encompassing thing than is religion (i.e. religion is a subset of a person's education). And education continues throughout an individual's life and is a primary cause of behavior changes during that lifespan. *Free State/county/town movements are examples of people with varying levels of education--and varying religious views--agreeing to conduct their interpersonal relationships by the simple principle of live and let live. Personally, I am disappointed that NONE of the "popular" movements has adopted some EXPLICIT political pledge such as the Covenant provides. The closest thing to a pledge of personal conduct has been the Shire Society which needlessly plagiarized the Covenant and then REMOVED what I consider the most important part for a Free State/county/town movement, the Supersedure section! You, me, Paul Bonneau, Darkcrusade and many (most?) of the contributors to this site--without resolving ANY of our differences--COULD conceivably agree to the entire Covenant and live in close proximity to each other in a "Supersedure Zone" and even trade with each other, without engaging in physical conflict. This is possible because the contents of the Covenant are the COMMON ROOT of everything that each of us considers to be important with regard to interpersonal relationships. AND, as I pointed out in my article [ http://tinyurl.com/Objectivism-to-Agorism ], people who--for whatever reason--refuse to sign the Covenant, could still live amongst us and trade with us, knowing full well what to expect should THEY (the non-signatories or "dissenters") violate our Covenant's Precepts in their dealings with us. Dennis Lee Wilson Signatory: The Covenant of Unanimous Consent. Undo 'Like this' (3) reply" Update: -W Are Fixed Broken Links AtlasAikido
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    AtlasAikido 50 weeks 2 days ago
    The God Question
    Page Jim Davies
    Update Broken Link http://tinyurl.com/First-Cause-article-W AtlasAikido
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    Alex R. Knight III 1 year 1 day ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Agreed.  In what other arena of life would the average person continue with something that was a long-proven abjectly wasteful failure 90% of the time, but then functioned halfway adequate the other 10% of the time on a sporadic and unpredictable basis?     My answer, of course, would come only in the sound of chirruping crickets.  
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    D. Saul Weiner 1 year 1 day ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    "Meanwhile, congresscritters like Gowdy and Chaffetz got to publicly pontificate, grandstand, and appear as either hero or villain to any number of government true-believers out there in the audience, both live and remote." Yes. There are too many whose faith in government is kept alive by these occasional acts of decency and honesty. It makes no sense to support government on account of a handful of congresspeople who are trying to do the right thing (at least, at times) when such people are given no real power, and are forced out of office whenever possible.
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    chris.baden 1 year 1 week ago Page Mark Davis
    Great piece Mark.
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    Alex R. Knight III 1 year 1 week ago Page Paul Bonneau
    Paul:  Wondering if you've ever come across this essay?  Just thought I'd pass it along in case not:   http://www.panarchy.org/depuydt/1860.eng.html    
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    John deLaubenfels 1 year 3 weeks ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    I looked up the Animal Control Officer (who is apparently named Joseph Sauls, not Frank Sauls as ref'd in the article) and sent an email to him at Joseph.Sauls@waynegov.com telling him how much I appreciate his tireless efforts at punishing scofflaws.  Or, I expressed some sentiment, possibly not exactly that one.
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    John deLaubenfels 1 year 3 weeks ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    It's going to come down to whether governments can monitor and control the physical means of communication, because if they can't (and my guess is they can't), then the good guys, we the people, will find ways to communicate freely.  Today things are still pretty free: Alex Jones et al have been kicked off of Facebook and Twitter, but each can host its own web pages on its own machines.  And of course there's still the Dark Web, which will be far from trivial for governments to close down or block access to.   It's far from clear (to me) just how far governments will push to control web content.  But I'm pretty confident that, try as they might, they'll lose this battle.  I'm less sanguine about the drive to eliminate use of cash.  If cash is criminalized, barter would still be possible, but not anonymously, making it more risky than careful communications online.
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    John deLaubenfels 1 year 11 weeks ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    ReadyNutrition is a good site, and its articles are on target most of the time, but the column linked to is pure fear-mongering.  It starts with stories about people near Fukushima dying from "stress", then veers into alleged microscopic increases in cesium-137 an ocean away.  The amounts are so low that normal sensitive instruments fail and more exotic methods have to be devised to find faint hints.  Color me unimpressed.
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    Lawrence M. Ludlow 1 year 11 weeks ago
    Exploring Detroit
    Web link Melinda L. Secor
    Some excellent ruin-porn here. But there is life in the old girl -- and beauty -- still.
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    Lawrence M. Ludlow 1 year 11 weeks ago Page S.E. Seachman
    Just a minor note on comparing today's universities with those in the Middle Ages, which is when they first appeared. On one hand, there was control by the church hierarchy over many university functions, but in one way, medieval universities were much more responsive to markets than today's state-funded horrors. If you read about debaters such as Peter Abelard and other 12th-century doctors at these schools, students would de-enroll en masse if a doctor was outflanked by a student or a question or a debating point. So there was some immediate market feedback and an immediate drop in "customers" if a professor was unable to hold his own.  
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    James Clayton 1 year 12 weeks ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    As we know, state-sanctioned money is created as debt and must be repaid with interest; total aggregate debt is always more than the total amount of money. That's the trap. The global monetary system is designed to confiscate and concentrate wealth. But, as Thomas Greco suggests, private currencies and credit clearing exchanges are the disruptive innovations that can displace that system by liberating money and decentralizing the control of credit. I highly recommend his latest book, The End of Money and the Future of Civilization, and his recent article, Confronting the Power Elite. https://beyondmoney.net/the-end-of-money-and-the-future-of-civilization/ https://beyondmoney.net/confronting-the-power-elite/    
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    Samarami 1 year 13 weeks ago Blog entry Alex R. Knight III
    Here, Alex, is about the only area of thought of yours in this 17-year topic with which I might find disagreement: "...It’s about systemic failure..." As I see it, "the system" is very successful. It's got US jeeing and hawing over it, has it not??? Therefore, "the system" is fruitful. I no longer use the term "public officials" (psychopaths all), or "public" schools. As if, should they sincerely attempt to improve themselves, they might form a benefit to you and I and those about whom we care. What the Badge Means Those who do the bidding of a supposed “authority” usually go out of their way to make it clear that they are doing so. When a soldier dons his military attire, marches in formation, or gets into a military vehicle; when a cop puts on his uniform and gets into the car marked “POLICE”; when a plainclothes “government” agent - whether from the FBI, IRS, U.S. Marshals, or any other agency - shows his “badge” or announces his “official” title, he is making a very specific statement, which can be summed up as follows: “I am not acting as a thinking, responsible, independent human being, and should not be treated as such. I am not personally responsible for my actions, because I am not acting from my own free will or my own judgment of right and wrong. I am, instead, acting as the tool of something superhuman, something with the right to rule you and control you. As such, I aim do things that you can’t. I have rights that you don’t. You must do as I say, submit to my commands, and treat me as your superior, because I am not a mere human being. I have risen above that. Through my unquestioning obedience and loyalty to my masters, I have become a piece of the superhuman entity called ‘authority.’ As a result, the rules of human morality do not apply to me, and my actions should not be judged by the usual standards of human behavior.” Thanks, Larken Rose https://archive.org/stream/LarkenRoseTheMostDangerousSuperstition/Larken... Sam
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    Alex R. Knight III 1 year 13 weeks ago Blog entry Alex R. Knight III
    It’s tempting to blow all this off as a single, insignificant incident in a small town. It isn’t Los Angeles’s Rampart, after all. Or Chicago’s systemized torture. But it also isn’t unique. There’s a steady stream of stories like this one. I was alerted to this particular story by a former police officer who now advocates criminal-justice reform. (He asked me not to use his name, for reasons that will be apparent in a moment.) I asked him: In his experience, how common is this sort of thing? His response:   This is very common in policing. Looking back on my career, I realize just how often I acted similarly and didn’t even realize it. It was subconscious. I was trained and subtly incentivized to do so. You intentionally create conflict and manufacture noncompliance in order to build your stop into an arrest situation. Because that’s what generations of law enforcers who have been steeped in a fear-based, comply or else, us-vs.-them mind-set do. They arrest people. Arrests are a primary measure of productivity and gives the appearance your department has solved a problem.   Most aggressive cops have honed this to an art. They are savvy, know exactly how to weaponize numerous petty laws, ordinances, use-of-force policy and procedure against citizens. This cop was off his game and clumsily went through the motions like a desperate door-to-door perfume salesman. Except when cops manufacture a “sale” like this, the “customer” ends up arrested, criminalized, emotionally and financially devastated, not to mention possibly physically beaten or worse. And the justice system will deem it legal, even when it isn’t.   As far as the police leadership and prosecutors, they knew exactly what they were doing. If someone makes a complaint, you find something, anything to charge them with.   Finley wasn’t shot, or choked to death, or found hanging in a jail cell. He didn’t suffer any permanent or lasting physical injury. Mercado didn’t even use racist or bigoted language. But Finley did everything he was supposed to. From the footage we can see and hear, he was polite, provided ID when it was asked of him and stepped out of the truck when ordered. Despite cooperating, he was treated poorly, detained and roughed up. When he then tried to file a complaint, he was harassed, and the chief of police attempted to turn his own wife against him — by citing video she hadn’t seen and that ultimately vindicated her husband. Yet even after viewing that video, city officials proceeded to prosecute. And even after the video was released, city officials maligned Finley in the press and insisted that the residents of Walnut Ridge believe the assertions of authority figures over the video evidence that contradicted them.   The “lesson” Finley learned here is pretty clear. Power usually wins. You can be as cooperative as possible, but if a police officer wants to dish out some abuse, he can. And he’ll probably get away with it. Try to hold him accountable if you’d like, but just know that doing so may come with a heavy price.   Once other public officials cover up for “bad apple” cops, the story is no longer about the bad apples. It’s about systemic failure. It’s about public servants willing to tolerate abuse because they’re more loyal to one another than to the public they serve. It’s difficult to say how someone in a position of authority — someone with the public trust — could view footage of the encounter between Mercado and Finley and proclaim they believe that the criminal charges against Finley were merited. Perhaps they were just lying. Or perhaps they were so blinded by deference to law enforcement, a fear of accountability or a knee-jerk defense of authority that they actually believe what they’re saying. I’m not sure which of those scenarios ought to worry us more.   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2018/07/10/an-arkansas-man-complained-about-police-abuse-then-town-officials-ruined-his-life/?utm_term=.766b4291c21f