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    Samarami 1 day 3 hours ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Nice observations, Alex. Whether or not Vermont leads the way in leftist-rightest thinking can certainly be up for grabs -- or whether or not "the tide" will ever be completely turned. And you're absolutely observant with your take that "Free-State-Project" of NH is a first-class oxymoron. I'm not sure hand-outs are necessarily the prime inducement -- although the thought of getting something for nothing will always lure some. There is an eerie, capture-bonding phenomenon that seems to grip mankind (see comment to the link end of this paragraph). It has been going on since the beginning of recorded history. And it has given rise to states, nations, countries, and other mindless abstractions that are almost impossible to exorcise from the human brain. Of course the "psychologists" over at Psychology Today fall into the trap of presenting the social engineering swindle -- trying to convince us that a psychiatrist named Nils Bejerot "baptized" the thing, and that it has been limited to a bank robbery in Sweeden. Well, and Patty Hearst. And maybe a few others. As I opined, the media types won't admit it -- we in the libertarian "community" should recognize it vividly -- but the tendency toward capture bonding seems to addict an extremely high percentage of people. And it has been rampant since the first conquerors came up with the genius idea of forming empires instead of slaughtering all the conquered people unfortunate enough to reside in besieged cities in the path of the hordes. It is astounding how -- even among us "libertarians" -- it is almost impossible to completely divorce our mentalities from statist thinking. And so I'll develop this or that "opinion" about the Rand Pauls or the Lindsey Grahams or the Bernie Sanders of the predator world. As if a Ron Paul or a Saul of Tarsus might make a difference. Not. This thing is going to have to run its course. The economy as we know it is going to have to eventually collapse before "we" get better. I suppose I should include myself in that dangerous "we". Who knows -- there might be a strong enough anarchy mass among us to really "turn the tide" when that certain calamity actually comes about. I hope to live to see it. I'm the healthiest 80 year-old in Des Moines, and I'm counting on being in the front row when it all comes tumbling down. Applauding. I sincerely hope I'll also still be willing (and able) to reach my hand out to help those many, many who will not be prepared when the cataclysm unfolds. Sam
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    Samarami 1 day 7 hours ago Web link Westernerd
    I urge anybody who reads tripe such as this to get hold of a copy of the late Murray Rothbard's "Anatomy of the State". You can read it free here: http://www.ozarkia.net/bill/anarchism/library/AnatomyState.html Sam
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    Glock27 2 days 14 hours ago Web link A. Magnus
    Proposition 1: Is Lindsey Graham Competent? Generally speaking as one gains ground on time, time gains ground on the individual. I don’t know much about Graham, but from some of the ideologies he proposes and supports does not have any creative intelligence. I feel and believe that most Americans are not highly interested in sending our young men back into the hot bed of Hell. If we don’t, what is the most probable outcome by letting ISIS grow and spread? Most everyone understands that ISIS wants to kill Americans and destroy Israel. My question here is who among you are pleased and contented to let ISIS be. Proposition 2: Would you believe any President have ordered a ground strike on Iraq knowing they had no nuclear capabilities? Proposition 3: Graham thinks a ground invasion “may not have been the right answer”. I see an implication here that Graham would have supported a ground invasion bases on any other reason. Csn Graham be trusted? I guess this is a moot question given the fact that the majority of STR members are non-bean droppers. Certainly voting does not improve circumstances for a STR philosophy, but the underlying concern is, are you willing to let your son or daughter or even grandchildren be drafted to fight political wars? Currently, the House Boy playing at being President has achieved much in destabilizing this nation by removing huge chunks of military personnel, and has made this nation weak. Is the philosophy of STR a point also of destabilizing this nation and making us subjects, slaves, serfs, to another religious ideology? Not that we are already subject to the whims and dictates of a political system that has been failing from its origins. Proposition 4: Graham blame’s Saddam Hussein for destabilizing the region “He had a lot to do with destabilizing the region.” Really. Did he. Yes he committed some horrific acts upon his people and the Kurds, but as Sam can point out so have numerous other leaders out of history. What is bothersome is the attitude, view and philosophy that is corrosive to the stability and safety of this nation. An Observation: Recently an young, white, female aide worker for the Red Cross was captured by ISIS. She, according to reports, was sexually abused by the Alpha leader for a period of time and then beheaded. There did exist a period of time the U.S. could have made efforts to intervene in an effort to save her life, but these brilliant minds and the House Boy choose to ignore her. If STR believes in non-violence I can understand why no one offered any token to assist in any attempt in saving this young woman’s life. We read about it and say “Oh well, everybody has problems. Maybe she shouldn’t have gone over there to begin with..” Proposition 5: “At the end of the day, I blame President Obama for the mess in Iraq, and Syria, not President Bush” Well, Graham has shown exactly where his colors lie. It is with party politics and not with Americans. Do we want to go to war with ISIS? If we don’t what are we to be faced with in the future, the very near future? When they come after us, do you have what is necessary to defend yourself against this enemy? Do you have the resources to feed your family and to provide the necessary medical attention they may need? There are so many other questions which could be asked, but you have to ask those questions for yourself. Conclusion: Graham couldn’t think his way out of a wet paper bag. This man is incompetent to the core and has left all values of liberty and freedom behind for his own self-centered, egoistical, self-aggrandizing greed. Something must be done and I do not have the cognitive skills necessary to discover the solution.
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    Glock27 1 week 20 hours ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Paul. I as a teacher (now retired with 35 years of teaching in special education) why shouldn't I get a raise. People in private business and corporate business get raises and I have no doubt that during your career you received raised? Oh! It comes from collected locally school tax. That's the reason. As a special educator I had shit thrown at me (not taught in college classes how to dodge shit), pissed at, stabbed with pencils and other sharp objects, attacked by more than one student at a time in the classroom, had false charges filed against me regarding various allegations. Having to deal with this exactly why should I not receive some form of compensation. I am retired now and I draw only 42% of my last 5 years of gross income, 42%. Despite this I contributed 3% of my gross income into a Member Investment Plan to help out, HA! A lot of good that has done with the House Boy destroying the nation. It seems teachers catch all the flack in every state, but no one pays any attention to the principal's, administrators and superintendents whos incomes zoom, zoom ahead of that of teachers. Where do you suppose they get their income? Some superintendents make enough to support hiring 4 new teachers, 6 janators, 5 secretarial staff. Sometimes I think specific groups are selected out as an example without looking at the whole picture of individuals involved in the collective of payement. When teachers negotiate a contract, who do you think gives in and gives the increase presented at the barganing table. Its the administration. they agree to the terms. Why? It puts them in a position to gain a higher income for themselves and so on. Now, at the board meetings the Superintendent presents the fact that they have reached the best possible agreement and the board, filled with civilian members who don't get the facts and they just vote. They trust the Superintendent they hired. Ha! Blast me Paul. I want to understand exactly why I as a teacher should not receive a pay increase? Why should I stay at one pay level for all my years? Does not the STR philosophy permit barganing for a fair compensation for my product/skill. Whether one individual agrees to the wage presented or not is up to the individual. Now a board is a collective of people trying their best to understand all the complications of the issue of which they are not fully capable of. Communities need schools because not everyone can home school given our current world economic crisis. If we eliminate Public Education, then the illiteracy rate will increace more than it currently is given to poor performance of public schools, but who is at fault here? Certainly not the community, but the government. Ahrg! Show me where I am wrong. If Sam reads this I would be very happy to hear his words as well!!
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    Glock27 1 week 21 hours ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Reflected mostly by the inane comments the make in public. Few Hollywood personages like John Voigt, as oppose to those who keep their mouths shut. How is it possible that we can sit idly by while the House Boy prepares for the mass destruction of Israel and our Nation. The house boy is not stupid, he knows exactly what he is doing. Although engaging government is not a perfered activity of STR members, I find it behooving that the engagement occur if for not other reason that to keep the nuclear bomb out of Iran's hands. There is an art to this, and the art of the skillful voices here could be influential and possibly advance the cause of ,in the least , of beginning to bring light the a possible shrinkage of government. I may be off center about this, but I do hope you see what I am trying to get at!
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    Glock27 1 week 21 hours ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Reflected mostly by the inane comments the make in public. Few Hollywood personages like John Voigt, as oppose to those who keep their mouths shut. How is it possible that we can sit idly by while the House Boy prepares for the mass destruction of Israel and our Nation. The house boy is not stupid, he knows exactly what he is doing. Although engaging government is not a perfered activity of STR members, I find it behooving that the engagement occur if for not other reason that to keep the nuclear bomb out of Iran's hands. There is an art to this, and the art of the skillful voices here could be influential and possibly advance the cause of ,in the least , of beginning to bring light the a possible shrinkage of government. I may be off center about this, but I do hope you see what I am trying to get at!
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    Glock27 1 week 21 hours ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Reflected mostly by the inane comments the make in public. Few Hollywood personages like John Voigt, as oppose to those who keep their mouths shut. How is it possible that we can sit idly by while the House Boy prepares for the mass destruction of Israel and our Nation. The house boy is not stupid, he knows exactly what he is doing. Although engaging government is not a perfered activity of STR members, I find it behooving that the engagement occur if for not other reason that to keep the nuclear bomb out of Iran's hands. There is an art to this, and the art of the skillful voices here could be influential and possibly advance the cause of ,in the least , of beginning to bring light the a possible shrinkage of government. I may be off center about this, but I do hope you see what I am trying to get at!
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    Glock27 1 week 21 hours ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Reflected mostly by the inane comments the make in public. Few Hollywood personages like John Voigt, as oppose to those who keep their mouths shut. How is it possible that we can sit idly by while the House Boy prepares for the mass destruction of Israel and our Nation. The house boy is not stupid, he knows exactly what he is doing. Although engaging government is not a perfered activity of STR members, I find it behooving that the engagement occur if for not other reason that to keep the nuclear bomb out of Iran's hands. There is an art to this, and the art of the skillful voices here could be influential and possibly advance the cause of ,in the least , of beginning to bring light the a possible shrinkage of government. I may be off center about this, but I do hope you see what I am trying to get at!
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    Glock27 1 week 21 hours ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Reflected mostly by the inane comments the make in public. Few Hollywood personages like John Voigt, as oppose to those who keep their mouths shut. How is it possible that we can sit idly by while the House Boy prepares for the mass destruction of Israel and our Nation. The house boy is not stupid, he knows exactly what he is doing. Although engaging government is not a perfered activity of STR members, I find it behooving that the engagement occur if for not other reason that to keep the nuclear bomb out of Iran's hands. There is an art to this, and the art of the skillful voices here could be influential and possibly advance the cause of ,in the least , of beginning to bring light the a possible shrinkage of government. I may be off center about this, but I do hope you see what I am trying to get at!
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    Glock27 1 week 21 hours ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Reflected mostly by the inane comments the make in public. Few Hollywood personages like John Voigt, as oppose to those who keep their mouths shut. How is it possible that we can sit idly by while the House Boy prepares for the mass destruction of Israel and our Nation. The house boy is not stupid, he knows exactly what he is doing. Although engaging government is not a perfered activity of STR members, I find it behooving that the engagement occur if for not other reason that to keep the nuclear bomb out of Iran's hands. There is an art to this, and the art of the skillful voices here could be influential and possibly advance the cause of ,in the least , of beginning to bring light the a possible shrinkage of government. I may be off center about this, but I do hope you see what I am trying to get at!
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    Glock27 1 week 21 hours ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Reflected mostly by the inane comments the make in public. Few Hollywood personages like John Voigt, as oppose to those who keep their mouths shut. How is it possible that we can sit idly by while the House Boy prepares for the mass destruction of Israel and our Nation. The house boy is not stupid, he knows exactly what he is doing. Although engaging government is not a perfered activity of STR members, I find it behooving that the engagement occur if for not other reason that to keep the nuclear bomb out of Iran's hands. There is an art to this, and the art of the skillful voices here could be influential and possibly advance the cause of ,in the least , of beginning to bring light the a possible shrinkage of government. I may be off center about this, but I do hope you see what I am trying to get at!
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    Glock27 1 week 21 hours ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Reflected mostly by the inane comments the make in public. Few Hollywood personages like John Voigt, as oppose to those who keep their mouths shut. How is it possible that we can sit idly by while the House Boy prepares for the mass destruction of Israel and our Nation. The house boy is not stupid, he knows exactly what he is doing. Although engaging government is not a perfered activity of STR members, I find it behooving that the engagement occur if for not other reason that to keep the nuclear bomb out of Iran's hands. There is an art to this, and the art of the skillful voices here could be influential and possibly advance the cause of ,in the least , of beginning to bring light the a possible shrinkage of government. I may be off center about this, but I do hope you see what I am trying to get at!
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    Glock27 1 week 21 hours ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Reflected mostly by the inane comments the make in public. Few Hollywood personages like John Voigt, as oppose to those who keep their mouths shut. How is it possible that we can sit idly by while the House Boy prepares for the mass destruction of Israel and our Nation. The house boy is not stupid, he knows exactly what he is doing. Although engaging government is not a perfered activity of STR members, I find it behooving that the engagement occur if for not other reason that to keep the nuclear bomb out of Iran's hands. There is an art to this, and the art of the skillful voices here could be influential and possibly advance the cause of ,in the least , of beginning to bring light the a possible shrinkage of government. I may be off center about this, but I do hope you see what I am trying to get at!
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    Jeff Langr 1 week 1 day ago
    What PBS Likes to Hide
    Blog entry Jim Davies
    Fascinating. In a similar vein, I have posted on occasion to NPR's blog, only to discover posts quickly removed, apparently by a live censor. It seemed to me that they retain most of the lefty comments, as well as any other comments that make people look like a kook or jerk (i.e. typically under-informed righties). Any of my reasonably well-argued, non-inflammatory comments were quickly deleted. Interesting point about them being state-funded, so in a sense this is real censorship.
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    Glock27 1 week 1 day ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Sam: Political action is good! For Some. Especially those who have the ultimate need for power. I watched the debates, the first one. It seemed as if it were a circus to me, but I still want to build a great wall across all faces of our boarders based on the murder rates ocuring in Sanction Cities, the drunk illegal immigrant, the raping illegal immigrant, and all other illegal immigrants. I have not achieved the Brownian ideology you passed on to me. The ideologies expressed here are never going to work and never will work because those in power are not going to permit it to work. Anyway, an open boarder only invites massive crime wave upon the ignorant, unwashed masses, and I really don't desire to see that slaughter begin to happen. We have had one slaughter years back and in some stupid manner as this American Federal Egoistical, Self-aggrandizing, greedy bastards have done is to restrict and eliminate more and more of the freedoms we once possessed. I love you Sam. You are a brilliant mind and your words carry weight. But if it is only here, what is your payout, self-satisfaction with a collection of like minded persons. My body is wearing out, but I keep hammeing at the assholes in washington, futility, for self satisfaction of at least giving them my piece of mind. I once said, if I can accomplish causing one Senator staff, or Representative Staff to see the light then I have changed one person, and he might go out and change one person. I fight for my gun rights, I fight for my border protection. I want a great wall of China here and booby traps placed underground to blow up every illegal trying to flood this nation with murders, rapists, robbers, drugs, whores, and etc. We ourselves are in a messy situation now with youth rotting their brains on you tube, facebook, twitter and etc. Rudeness grows at leaps and bounds as well as American illiteracy. stupidity flows out of Hollywood, and off T,V, sets, replacing moral and ethical conduct with vile, despicable conduct. Nearly all youth want you to give them everything they desire and have no work ethic. Whats your pay out. Attention here. Guess I will catch a flaming for this?!
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    Samarami 1 week 2 days ago Web link A. Magnus
    You're correct. If monopoly state were totally out of the marketplace (not likely) there would arise many additional free-market services to which any of us could subscribe, such as kosher labeling, consumer reporting, etc. Enforced labeling, like enforced medical insurance or enforced vaccinations, will always manifest what we like to call "unintended consequences". Which in reality are not unintended when you think about it. Sort of like the "911" phenomenon -- they give rise to bloated and more aggressive and coercive expansions of government to "solve" all those "unintended consequences". I like to remember what our old friend, Jim Davies, once wrote: No government anywhere, at any time, has ever brought net benefit to any society, and there is no desirable function that any government performs that could not be performed better, or less expensively, by free people operating on a voluntary basis for profit or for charity. ~Jim Davies http://www.takelifeback.com/tdaw/ Sam
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    John deLaubenfels 1 week 2 days ago Web link A. Magnus
    A majority of Americans also support minimum wage laws, which, like forced GMO labeling, are also illegitimate.  Anyone who finds the labeling on anything offered for sale to be inadequate is free to take his money elsewhere.
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    Samarami 1 week 2 days ago
    Laws, or Men?
    Page Paul Hein
    This is a good topic, Paul -- and you've done a nice job bringing it to the fore. Due to waning activity on this and other anarchistic forums, I've participated on some general forums such as Delphi. I catch myself debating with "atheists" and/or "religionists" (often a crossfire between both) -- shooting fire-beams at each for being unrealistic and inconsistent. Each fails to see government, or "the-state", as representing doctrines of superstition -- religion. My argument stems from or aligns itself with our old friend Larken Rose as he presents The Government Con". Both atheists and religionists tend to support that brainless abstraction called "the state". Each will admonish me to vote if I want any "say" whatsoever. To which I counter by declaring that the only "say" I have is when I abstain from beans. Here is one of the threads, although my compooter ignorance is such that I think you might have to register and log in to read it. Oh, and I just noticed my participation begins around message 320 or 340. Sam
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    Samarami 1 week 3 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Payoff is the key. Why am I here on STR? What is my "payoff"? Am I attempting to proselytize my point of view? If so, why? Those are questions I have to ask myself frequently. Of course I'm old, retired for the most part, and have time on my hands. I can engage in web communication. Interchanging with individuals who are more-or-less in tune with my points of view is less discomforting than participating with, say neo-con or their nemesis, liberal forums. I've done both, and decided it's fruitless to pull out what few hairs I have left trying to turn people around who have no intention of being "informed" (keeping in mind my belly-button thesis: what I have is information, what you have could be bullshit). Mama taught me to avoid pissin' matches with skunks. Facebook and those venues seem to be seed-beds for mainly ignorant one-liner insults. A huge plurality of the hoi polloi seem addicted to an "activist mentality". Only a small percentage being actual activists, the larger percentage being followers and activist enthusiasts. But your phrase "...in what everybody else is forced to do..." points to the crux. If you are a true anarchist (or libertarian -- I've yet to see a clear definition of the difference) your main attitude will obviously be to NOT force others into or out of anything that is not directly detrimental to you and/or those you love. But try putting that into text and on the market. You might elicit a crumb or two from well-to-do anarchists in the form of a "donation", but that's about it. Unless you're a Rand or a Ron Paul, of course --and know how to conduct a "moneybomb". But keep in mind the Paulians push for political action -- force. There is no "good" political action. Sam
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    Paul 1 week 4 days ago Page Harry Goslin
    Good one Harry. Government could not exist without lies and euphemism and general abuse of the language.
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    Paul 1 week 4 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    I suppose there are different ways to take it. Yes, it looks somewhat like whipped dog, but I think it's actually something different going on. In scenario A, they write a check. That means they pay, but nobody else does. In scenario B, they pay higher taxes, and so does everybody else. What is the difference between these two scenarios? Not in what they do, but in what everybody else is forced to do. The reason they select scenario B is because they want everybody else to pay. That's what they are really looking for. If they wanted only themselves to pay, they'd pick scenario A, which is much easier because it requires no lobbying or advocacy. In other words, they are lying. As support for my view, I'd like to remind you WHO it is who makes such claims. In every case I could figure out, it was activists. For example, teachers looking to pass a levy so they will get a raise. That's not to say that it is impossible to find a whipped dog here or there who mindlessly repeats such propaganda. But I think that's relatively unimportant. If you hear anyone who makes such a claim, it's a pretty sure bet he is looking for a payoff somewhere.
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    Alex R. Knight III 1 week 4 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    I don't know, Paul:  Within very recent memory there was press coverage about a cadre of well-to-do Vermont residents who openly begged the governor, Pete Shumlin, to charge them higher taxes.  Which, indeed, as your statement suggests, begs the question, why not just send a check?   But they didn't do that.  They seemed to only want to pay once there was a gun to their head.   It's a total whipped-dog mentality, and I really don't know how to explain it.  It goes further -- much further -- than just collectivist (essentially Marxist) ideology.
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    Paul 1 week 5 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    No Sam, I don't buy it. Freedom is very popular, and seems to be getting even more so. The problem is not that people do not desire it, but that they are inconsistent, and don't understand the implications of freedom. Example: taxes. I've never met anybody who really wanted to pay more taxes; clearly anybody who *claimed* to be that way does not need to lobby for it. He just needs to write a check. What really is going on is that everybody wants lower taxes, but at the same time (most) people want OTHERS to pay higher taxes. See what I mean? Inconsistent.
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    Paul 1 week 5 days ago Page Harry Goslin
    "The self-righteous crusading crowd goes on an emotional rampage demanding that Americans boycott these products and, that failing, pressures government to embargo the country’s imports." Actually, there is nothing really wrong about boycotts (other than possibly being stupid or counterproductive). What I mean is that they are not violent and evil and inherently illegitimate, as government action is. As to "white" farmers, I understand the Mugabe government has recently attempted to lure the farmers back, who had their farms stolen from them. I guess they finally figured out some expertise was involved in farming, and they now have none in their population. I haven't heard about anybody taking him up on this...
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    Paul 1 week 5 days ago Web link KenK
    The implication here is that there is a difference between right and left.
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    Glock27 1 week 5 days ago
    How I Got a Job
    Page Paul Bonneau
    Interesting perspective Paul. Just for amusement purposes, I recall years ago, when the economy was going in the toilet like it is now, Readers Digest ran an article on what companies were looking for in employees. You might have been there at the time of your successful adventures. The key point in the article was that companies were not looking for the smartest and brightest in the field, but rather those individuals who had the best social skill with the ability to get along with others, clients, and etc. I don't know if this is applicable today or not, but I would have to believe it needs serious consideration. I hate it when I walk into a shop, the attendant begins attending to me, the phone rings and he or she immediately starts providing service for the phone in and leaves me standing along.
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    KenK 2 weeks 10 hours ago Web link KenK
    The brass hats didn't object to CSA flags of any sort. If it kept the cannon fodder amused and placid until it was time to throw them into the meat grinder, well, so much the better.
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    Douglas Herman 2 weeks 1 day ago
    How I Got a Job
    Page Paul Bonneau
    Nice insightful personal POV column Paul. I liked the summnation.   Up here in the "Last Frontier" I see kids taking your advice to heart, folks from all over the world. Girl from Hawaii by way of Oberlin university with a PBKappa, getting her feet in the door in the fishing industry, for one.   Always enjoy your stuff "Old Man!" Keep on keepin' on.
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    Douglas Herman 2 weeks 1 day ago Page Harry Goslin
    Thanks Harry,  Brilliant sarc/ satire column and well-written. Here in Alaska, I read one MSM columnist say Cecil would not be around to protect his cubs. Guess he never realized male animals abandon and sometimes try to EAT their chilluns. That's why a Moma Grizzly bear, with cubbies, is the most deadly land mammal. Doug P.S. Eastern AZ? Getting any monson there? I measure 22 inches or rainfall over 11 months last year in Tempe
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    Samarami 2 weeks 2 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    To become "prominent" one must gravitate to collectivism. Individualism is the absence of prominence. I think. I've perused many "libertarian" and "anarchist" (quotes intentional) writers. Many write exceedingly good stuff. For collectivist-leaning readers. Many have a "plan-for-freedom" (voluntarism is one example -- why would one find the need to plant an "ism" in the middle of doing and thinking voluntarily?). I stumbled upon one writer rather by accident. I read the only major essay I could find that he wrote before he up and died. It received no acclamation. Certainly not among the "libertarian community" it didn't. And won't. I skimmed parts of his article, laid it down; picked it up later, read more, then laid it down (in disgust). I couldn't "just leave it lie", so I tried again to read it to completion. I even went so far as to go through it and "correct" grammar, sentence structure, syntax, etc. Later concluded his was the best phraseology -- he knew what he was saying. I think Marc Stevens went through the same process. England had knocked me over the head with my own icons. And that's why his article had initially rubbed me the wrong way. It was dead on. It challenged me to become free -- not just talk about being free (or whine about not being free). His name was Delmar England. The essay, "Insanity As the Social Norm". Don't try to read it. You won't like it. Trust me. Per Bylund knew the man. He told me in an email that England's family had preserved other of his writings, and were going to try to have some or all published. I've seen nothing of that. I suspect that I never will. I googled "Delmar England". Came up with only obscure stuff. No actual biography. I don't know whether he was a PhD or a high school dropout. It really does not matter. What matters is what he wrote. The market for freedom is not good, my friends. Few want to really be free, I perceive. Many want to make a buck or two trying to show you how to be free. But only a remnant have a desire to be genuinely free. I suspect. Sam
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    Alex R. Knight III 2 weeks 4 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Point well-taken, Paul.  But you would think, after wielding that kind of wealth for any measureable amount of time, they might learn a thing or two, even if by no other means than sheer osmosis.  It appears that many of them understand how to turn their talents into lucrative enterprises, and keep the money-magnet pulling wealth their way, without ever examining the further dynamics of it all.  It almost seems to defy possibility -- that they could remain that philosophically sheltered, yet it appears to be the most common outcome.
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    Paul 2 weeks 4 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Alex, you are giving the people in question far too much credit. Some of them may well have a lot of talent for acting, painting, etc. It does not follow that they understand economics, any more than (for example) a garbage man might. And then some of them may actually have a brain, but be lacking in experience. Hollywood after all has little to do with the real world.
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    pc 2 weeks 6 days ago Web link KenK
    The author makes the common vexillological misake of identifying the Battle Flag as the "Stars and Bars".  In reality, the Stars and Bars is this flag: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flags_of_the_Confederate_States_of_America...
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    Glock27 2 weeks 6 days ago
    Like Magic!
    Page Mark Davis
    Thank you Mark for your kindly response. I don't have a whole lot of time left, and it seems to be the best that I can do as I have found no solutions. I watched some of the RNC debates the other night and could not help to find it more like a Circus event, yet a few did express a growing hatred of the three branches. Thanks again for the supportiveness you have supplied.
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    KenK 3 weeks 16 hours ago Web link KenK
    This should read "didn't bother the elites then".
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    PaulTheCabDriver 3 weeks 2 days ago Page Harry Goslin
    Yes, but a white farmer would not nearly make as nice a rug.
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    livemike 3 weeks 2 days ago Page Harry Goslin
    Palmer should have killed a white farmer, then there would be no chance the Zimbabwean government would prosecute.
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    mjackso6 3 weeks 2 days ago Web link A. Magnus
    Annnnnd... let the games begin!!
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    Glock27 3 weeks 2 days ago
    Corruption Abounds!
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    Lovely Sam. Not much more than that can I say, but the sand paper of the world.
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    Glock27 3 weeks 2 days ago Web link A. Magnus
    helpfuljosh, When has the government ever been helpful? Right now they are attempting to legislate a bill to increase the authority of the government to intervene on States which have legalized medical marijuana, so they can arrest the sellers and the users. Unlike most all members of this site, I am not totally against government, just big, big, greedy, self-aggrandizing, egoistical, all self important better than thou, intruding, coercive, secretive puss government to include just about every member in all three branches. Government has a limited function in society, and it is nothing closely or remotely resembling what is currently in play or has been in play. From my understanding Dr. Merecola is a fake. Can't prove it, but according to some sites I have visited his recommendations and suggestions are not sound or reasonably based. Thanks for the link. Didn't read it all as it tended to be old information that has circulated for decades.
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    helpfuljosh 3 weeks 2 days ago Web link A. Magnus
    I read this article on alcohol consumption and all the false health claims today and wanted to share it: http://reset.me/story/how-alcohol-changes-your-brain/ So we sell this in shops and pretend it is pretty harmless while forbidding weed and other drugs. We even allow alcohol brands to advertise. What sick world do we live in that we allow corporations to toxicate us on a daily basis and cannot count on a government to regulate this industry. I don't want to go back to prohibition, but isn't it at least crazy that we allow mass marketing for something that bad? More info on the effects of weed, here: http://ilovegrowingmarijuana.com
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    Paul 3 weeks 4 days ago
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    I definitely prefer the firing squad. :-)
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    Glen Allport 3 weeks 5 days ago Page Paul Bonneau
    Right on the mark, Paul, as always. Initiated coercion, especially when centralized in a large government, is never libertarian in nature. You'd think all libertarians would understand THAT, at least, but . . .  One historical note: You're quite right that Britain was less violent and more sane in their approach to ending slavery (which they did well before the US and of course without a war), but there's a LOT more to the story. Anyone interested will enjoy Jim Powell's excellent Greatest Emancipations -- an engaging read supported by staggering levels of evident research and detail. Ending slavery in Britain and elsewhere was a vast, multi-generation chore that spanned the planet and was opposed by huge classes of very wealthy men. Greatest Emancipations has been my default waiting-room material at the dentist and whatnot for the last six months; nearly every page brings interesting details I'd not known before.        
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    Samarami 3 weeks 5 days ago
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    As to my comment about taxation: there is no "good" (or "better") taxation. Sort of like the choice between execution by guillotine or by firing squad. "Income" taxation, however, was blatant control and nothing more. "Revenue" was merely a bonus. Title 26 (the white man's "internal revenue code"), once a paperback size publication, now requires a library to contain. Nobody knows how many "amendments" or divisions or subdivisions are in the thing. Nobody can submit a confession of voluntary taxation ("file-a-return") honestly. Because no matter how many "experts" and/or "professionals" (a huge industry in itself) to whom you take the same set of figures, you will always get different "tax due" lines. The exemptions and credits, deductions, brackets, deferrals are so numerous that nobody can calculate them all for any one set of figures. And, as stated earlier, there is no "legal" definition for "income" -- only "adjusted gross income" or "taxable income". A slice of Mom's apple pie could definitely be looked upon as "taxable income" by some standards (presuming the white man has standards, which he doesn't). So I won't argue against the idea that a "property" (whatever that's supposed to mean) tax is "better" or "worse" than an "income" tax. Taxation is robbery, plain and simple.
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    Samarami 3 weeks 5 days ago
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    Of course everybody can have an opinion as to how "states" came into being -- like "evolution" (how "life" came to be) or "big bang" (how "the universe" came to be"). I personally believe (and you've read my posts on this) that "nations" and "countries" were the brainchilds of genie such as the likes of Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan, who developed the first empires. They came to see the waste of, once they breached the walls of peaceful cities, raping all the women, slaughtering all the men, women and children, and leaving their carcasses to rot on the desert floor. They saw that empires could come into being by "allowing" the captured to not only live, but to form governments that appeared to be "of-the-people". And to "contribute" large segments of their production to the king. Those are the emperors who came to understand capture bonding -- "Stockholm Syndrome". Which is represented today by each and every "vote" or voluntary submission ("filing" ha ha) of confessions ("tax returns" ho ho ho). The enormity of the truth is incredible. As to "ownership" you are absolutely correct. Naked I came, naked I shall return. Sam
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    Paul 3 weeks 6 days ago
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    "You own nothing as long as you believe in government." Whether you believe or not, you still own nothing - except that which you are willing to kill in order to keep. However, at least the unbelievers are not mentally enslaved as the believers are. That's worth something. As to better or worse forms of taxation, there definitely are differences, basically boiling down to the ability to avoid the tax. While there are untaxed incomes to be made from the black market, there is no escaping property tax unless one IS government. If you don't pay it, over and over again, year after year, you are kicked off your property. I never did find Rothbard's idea where the state came from to be very plausible. I think the state originated in the wealthy people.
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    Samarami 4 weeks 18 hours ago
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    "...If enough people—it need not be a majority--recognized the government as an illegitimate gang of thieves, it could not survive..." Correct. It requires "...enough people..." to come to understand. "Understand what?" you ask. That "...the government..." is a mindless, useless abstraction. That there are people. Some are producers, and some are predators. Predators over history have developed incredible and all-pervasive tactics to make themselves appear "necessary" to producers. Rothbard, in "Anatomy of the State", uses the example of mobs who hijacked caravans in times past. All of a sudden the mobs are now the "protectors". They are "necessary". If you love your safety and your freedom, thank a mobster. They are the ones who have given rise to "families of nations", "countries", "counties" et al. And there are no "good" (or "better") forms of theft (taxation). The "income" form of theft is probably more egregious than "property" forms of theft. At least with "property" you have something that is standing still and can be counted and valued. To the predators, "income" cannot be defined. Oxygen is "income" when you think about it. So they define "income" as "adjusted gross income" to come up with the scheme that serves to swindle you. You own nothing as long as you believe in government. Not "legally", you don't. You are granted the privilege of possessing it for a time. Whining, wailing, gnashing of teeth on the part of the proletariat is the bizarre, weird factor in the science of rulership. It's part of what keeps it all alive. It forms the basis of the "problem". Thank g-d we're here to "solve" your "problem". The enormity of the truth is incredible. Sam
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    Paul 4 weeks 1 day ago
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    I too hate the property tax and consider it the worst tax. Most of the proceeds are used in the evil government indoctrination centers, even if you homeschool your child, and the rest for those lazy louts in the fire departments - even if you install a sprinkler system in your home (I have done so) which is far better than any fire department. The property tax is even environmentally destructive, as it forces people to put into production marginal lands, better left fallow, in order to pay the tax. Again, there are no rights in this picture. There are only a favored group of parasites that we have to put up with, at least until the revolution comes.
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    Paul 4 weeks 2 days ago Page Paul Bonneau
    Thanks for that link, it was a good one.
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    Samarami 4 weeks 3 days ago Web link TheMPP
    I don't need an island. Probably wouldn't move there if I owned one. I'm a sovereign state. That means I am free where I am. My comment was in favor of what has been called "Sentinelese". People living on that island don't call themselves "Sentinelese". I suspect writers and would-be colonizers are the ones who have come up with the appellation "Sentinel", or "North Sentinel" and labeled them "Sentinelese". They and their ancestors over the years have apparently joined hands and resisted "nationalizers", "nationalization" and "nationalism". I also suspect some of the inhabitants are freer than others. Some may be sovereign within themselves and amongst their families, friends and neighbors (probably not well understood in the community, and thought to be odd-balls ("radicalized") -- perhaps even dangerous odd-balls). Others probably are dependent upon "tribal leaders", et al., to provide "central authority" and decide issues for them. Just like cross-sections of folks all over the world. Sam