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    RealPat 3 years 5 days ago Page Doug Newman
    You are nothing but a republican bigot. You would not know freedom if it bit you on the ass. Real freedom is about doing away with the police and military power that is at the heart of all our problems with the government. You probably work or sell to a military contractor or the government and find it is good for business. Business be damned it is about the freedom of the people. You want a gun so you can tell other people what to do. Might makes right. That is what are country was trying to get away from. Church's and Military Rule. They never mention the free ENTERPRISE system and repeatedly warn against the damn church stupid. They also did not hate government only when black presidents were in office. When a repubican started a war they did not flock behind him. Suddenly thinking it was alright and calling themselves patriot. Patriot my ass.
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    Paul 3 years 5 days ago Web link Don Stacy
    I like Narveson's ideas, although I balk at what he calls a social contract. Ain't no such thing. In fact "social contract" is an oxymoron.
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    Suverans2 3 years 5 days ago Web link Michael Dunn
    This author wrote: "Canada will be wiped from the face of the Earth." A minor correction. CANADA is not a tangible entity, it is only a "graven image", i.e. a mere thought committed to paper, therefore only the "graven image" of CANADA can be wiped from the face of the Earth. The land upon which that "fictitious overlay" supposedly lies, will remain until the day the Earth itself fades into oblivion.
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    Suverans2 3 years 5 days ago Web link Michael Dunn
    G'day Michael Dunn, We presume that you wrote this, "I owe no allegiance to any nation." You are not, then, a "citizen" of any man-made nation or STATE? Have we actually found a kindred spirit? ″Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world [Earth], and my religion is to do good.″ ~ Thomas Paine
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    Suverans2 3 years 6 days ago Page Bob Wallace
    "There is only one fundamental right [just claim] (all the others are its consequences or corollaries): a man's right [just claim] to his own life." ~ Ayn Rand
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    Suverans2 3 years 6 days ago
    Natural Law
    Web link Don Stacy
    I was unable to edit, because it triggered the spam filter, so I will attempt to post my edit separately. Those who desire to rule over all of the Earth's inhabitants are determined to extirpate the defenders of "the natural rights of all mankind"; of which class, regardless of party censure, is THIS AUTHOR.
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    Suverans2 3 years 6 days ago
    Natural Law
    Web link Don Stacy
    "The cause of America is, in a great measure, the cause of all mankind. Many circumstances have, and will arise, which are not local, but universal, and through which the principles of all lovers of mankind are affected, and in the event of which, their affections are interested. The laying a country desolate with fire and sword, declaring war against the natural rights of all mankind, and extirpating the defenders thereof from the face of the earth, is the concern of every man to whom nature hath given the power of feeling; of which class, regardless of party censure, is THE AUTHOR." ~ Excerpted from Common Sense by Thomas Paine [Emphasis added] Those who desire to rule over all of the Earth's inhabitants are determined to extirpate[1] the defenders of "the natural rights of all mankind". ____________________________________________ [1] EX'TIRPATE, v.t. [L. extirpo; ex and stirps, root.] 1. To pull or pluck up by the roots; to root out; to eradicate; to destroy totally; as, to extirpate weeds or noxious plants from a field. 2. To eradicate; to root out; to destroy wholly; as, to extirpate error or heresy; to extirpate a sect.
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    tonny2213 (not verified) 3 years 6 days ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    Good post. I’m been looking for topics as interesting as this.Very informative and information presented very well,i really liked reading your post which has delivered a great information about the study on the thorny moral dilemma.Thanks for sharing this valuable information which will really helpful. mobile website
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    Darkcrusade 3 years 6 days ago Page Anthony Gregory
    It starts young. usually in the 'Kindred Garden' a bunch of 4-5year olds stand up every mourning and pledge an allegiance to a rag. http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com/pages/book.htm People 'trained'-not educated-by such educational techniques will be fearful of taking principled, sometimes controversial, stands when called for because these people will have been programmed to speak up only if a positive reward or response is forthcoming. The price of freedom has often been paid with pain and loneliness. John Dewey wanted to control the masses, eliminating the authority of God through government education, thereby creating a malleable, manipulateable people, which can be blown about by every new breeze, perfectly willing to follow any trend, mindless, obedient, his idea of equality. The book Animal Farm illustrates the danger of Godless, government-delegated equality very well when the animals in charge say, "We are all equal, but some are more equal than others." http://www.noogenesis.com/game_theory/Gatto/Gatto.html
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    Suverans2 3 years 1 week ago Page Michael Kleen
    PERHAPS the sentiments contained in the [preceding post], are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom. But tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason. ~ Excerpted from Common Sense by Thomas Paine
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    Darkcrusade 3 years 1 week ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    "Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." It's shamefully narrow-minded of Washington to confer the blessings of humanitarian mass murder on distant Bedouins while ignoring our Mestizo neighbors to the South. McCaul, a former federal prosecutor who now chairs the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, is eager to help rectify that inequity by designating six Mexican drug syndicates -- including Los Zetas, which is led by U.S.-trained military personnel -- as "foreign terrorist organizations." Welllllllll Not any more........... Last Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas, picture at left), introduced legislation that would designate six Mexican drug cartels as “foreign terrorist organizations.” According to the Deseret News for March 30, McCaul spokesman Mike Rosen said that “It was the first time ... a member of Congress had proposed the designation for the powerful Mexican drug gangs that have waged war against Mexican security forces over the last five years. http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2011/04/heads-up-mexico-you-may-be-...
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    Darkcrusade 3 years 1 week ago Web link Jad Davis
    " Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. " ~1984 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQfoFzJUsb0
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    A Liberal in La... 3 years 1 week ago Web link Jad Davis
    Just wait until the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks arrives. All the recruiters will be making their numbers.
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    A Liberal in La... 3 years 1 week ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    Oh, the echos of Madeleine Albright's notorious rationalization. So, the people who preach Hell are usually long on scare tactics but short on precise details. Of course, this is no surprise. Still, if they were to work out their hypothesis in detail, would they discover that the most hellish Hell possible would be one in which the inmates don't realize that they are in Hell? I would think so, just as suffering persons on Earth are in the dark about why they are suffering. In fact, how many times have you heard some suffering person whine "why is this happening?!"? I, too, don't believe in the Abrahamists' abode of eternal punishment. It's obviously gibberish that doesn't cohere with their claims that their gods are benevolent. If the gods were benevolent, they would not put so many souls at risk of eternal punishment. This is especially true of the Christian god and the Islamic god. (Judaism is much more obscurantist about Hell, which is odd given the verbosity of its god and the god's prophets.) Indeed, if these gods were benevolent, why would they put any souls at risk of eternal suffering through no fault of those souls? Well, those gods would not do so, thus their cults can be rejected as unworthy. So also any other cult that espouses a similar doctrine, and since no one ever has produced any evidence or a single cogent argument to warrant belief in a god, I think it best to set aside all god hypotheses. So this leaves us with a few other options. For example, there is physicalism, but I've never once encountered a secularist who could give an intelligent explanation of why it's a good idea to be a secularist, esp. without anxiety upon being asked to give justification for belief in secularism. Often what they do instead is to make a fetish of criticisms of Abrahamic theology, malice and violence; then they betray that they are skeptics, relativists, subjectivists, nihilists, or socialists. We know the places to which those roads lead, but the secularist is rarely satisfied with the living caricature that it has already made of itself. For example, there's the secularist's anger management problem, which makes it irksome for the secularist to avoid foolish errors like supposing that either physicalism is true or there is a god. It's like they paid scant attention in mathematics, which is ironic given that so many of them fancy theirselves as apostles and apologists for science. Other secularists take refuge in capitalism, and the worst of the bunch are like John Galt, Hank Rearden, Donald Trump, etc.: They are never satisfied with what they have no matter how much they have or how varied their holdings happen to be. Speaking of John Galt: Who wants to put the power companies out of business so that he can buy their distribution networks dirt cheap from creditors or at a bankruptcy auction? but without the added financial burden of generation equipment that he doesn't need? Who is busy recruiting his financier, his in house counsel and chief lobbyist, his engineering team, and other people needed to run the giant power company that he is so obviously planning to set up if his strike is successful? Who is stalking not only the power companies but also the love of his life?
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    Suverans2 3 years 1 week ago Page Michael Kleen
    "The problem of being both opposed to the modern state and being forced to live within the context of it is a vexing one, and one that has plagued libertarians, anarchists, and other like-minded individuals for quite some time." "How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it." ~ Henry David Thoreau Therein lies the solution to "the problem". One may find himself "in" the modern state, i.e. "among" those who are a part of a state, but (s)he can choose not to be "associated with it", just as he may find himself "in" a riot, but may choose not to "participate" in it. If one calls himself a citizen, then he is actively choosing to participate in [to be in association with] the government organization. If one does not wish to participate, he can simply stop calling himself a citizen. There is no paperwork to fill out. One can just walk away, and fix the thought within his mind that he is no longer participating in the imaginary hierarchical organization that is called government, and just like that, he is out. ~ "A Theory of Natural Hierarchy and Government" by tzo [Bracketed information added] The powerful message of the first sentence of that paragraph bowled me over! If one calls himself a citizen, then he is actively choosing to participate in [to be in association with] the government organization. The solution is not to "oppose it", the solution is not to be "associated with it". Again, tzo gives us a simple, power-filled message. ″All governments must have citizens in order to exist.″ And a simple, though perhaps not easy, solution, (one that, unfortunately, most of us, evidently, do not want to hear). If one does not wish to participate, he can simply stop calling himself a citizen. As a member of the human race, YOU are entitled to freedom of association, whether those who wish to have dominion over you say you are, or not. As a human being YOU have the right to, "Just Say No!" Every time you are asked, and every place you are asked, "Are you a citizen?", simply say, "No, I am not a citizen of the STATE OF ____________________, nor am I a citizen of the UNITED STATES!"
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    Robert Wallace 3 years 1 week ago Page Bob Wallace
    The poverty of your thought, and the simple-mindedness, leads me to suspect you are the follower of the lunatic Ayn Rand.
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    rita 3 years 1 week ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    Sometimes I really wish I believed in Hell. Because then I could believe that the hottest parts were reserved for monsters who sacrifice other people's lives to further their own careers. And I don't mean the leaders of the drug cartels, who are subject to human laws and Earthly justice.
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    rita 3 years 1 week ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    Oh, dear, are you suggesting that a US president might LIE to justify an American invasion into a foreign country? Shocking. Absolutely shocking.
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    rita 3 years 1 week ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    Looks like we'll have a "drug-free America" at last -- by making America PEOPLE-free.
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    RoyceChristian 3 years 1 week ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    Yay, for pro-Gaddafi propaganda. Whatever you think about intervention or the no-fly zone, people have been murdered throughout Libya. It doesn't take much to flick through the hours of video footage, the witness testimony from Libyans on the ground and the thousands of images that have been recorded. The author writes, "They have moved to postpone the vote. Anyone wonder why? Let everyone, particularly those in positions of power, take notice. We know why." Yeah, because Gaddafi will not tolerate dissent when he opened fired on peaceful protests.
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    rita 3 years 1 week ago Web link Westernerd
    American drug policy is, from start to finish, a system of laws enacted and enforced for the sole purpose of protecting and furthering the careers of lawmakers and law enforcers by destroying the lives of the people they are elected to serve and sworn to protect. Ethan Nadelman, an obviously intelligent, well educated person, wants us to believe that evil of this magnitude can be "reformed," and that there is some reason to do so. This insane, illegal, immoral war is being waged against ALL Americans, not just marijuana users. You don't end a war by degrees. Either we're free, or we're not.
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    A Liberal in La... 3 years 1 week ago
    Down With The Tax-Man
    Web link Westernerd
    "Should five per cent appear too small, Be thankful I don’t take it all. ‘Cause I’m the Taxman, Yeah, I’m the Taxman." Meanwhile, elsewhere on Revolver... So we sailed up to the sun Till we found a sea of green and we lived beneath the waves In our yellow submarine
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    Suverans2 3 years 1 week ago
    Robert E. Lee Forever!
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    "Governor [Rosecrans], if I had foreseen the use those people designed to make of their victory, there would have been no surrender at Appomattox Courthouse; no, sir, not by me. Had I foreseen these results of subjugation, I would have preferred to die at Appomattox with my brave men, my sword in this right hand." ~ Robert E. Lee
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    Sharon Secor 3 years 1 week ago Web link Sharon Secor
    Powerful comment, Rita. Thank you for taking the time to post it. This kiddie hands in pants, touching "sensitive" areas pat down is wrong on so many levels. I just don't understand why people don't boycott the hell out of the airlines until it stops. I don't have to go anywhere that bad. I don't have to get anywhere that fast. I don't care what air fare deal I get. It is just not worth it to me to make my girls stand there and accept being groped by some stranger. This is inconceivable to me. That the TSA does it doesn't shock me. What is beyond shocking to me is that people accept it.
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    Paul 3 years 1 week ago
    School Choice News
    Web link Michael Kleen
    School choice is just another statist scam. This law probably helps some, but don't be surprised when the government starts deciding what can be called a religious school suitable for this deduction, and when formerly independent schools start trimming their sails to please the government so their customers can claim the write-off.
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    Suverans2 3 years 1 week ago Page Michael Kleen
    G'day B.R. Merrick, Well, let me try to put your mind further at ease. "The state has made it impossible for us not to "use" it." Nothing personal, but here we have the perfect excuse; If "the state has made it impossible for us not to "use" it", then it is impossible for anyone to secede from it, i.e. withdraw from membership in it. Really?! So, if an Individual Secessionist, like myself, "uses" FRN's, for example, (the first most popular "excuse"[1]), or if (s)he "uses" the "highways", (another popular excuse), or if (s)he "uses" gasoline which has a "gasoline tax" added to it, (another very popular one), or if (s)he pays a "sales tax", (way up there on the "excuse" scale), that somehow magically subjects her, or him, to the dominion of a STATE, or the UNITED STATES? Well, let's test a few "excuses". If a RUSSIAN citizen comes to America and "uses" FRN's, does (s)he magically become a subject/citizen of a STATE, or of the UNITED STATES? If a FRENCH citizen comes to America and "uses" its "highways" (roadways and streets), or pays a fricken toll, does (s)he magically become a subject/citizen of a STATE, or of the UNITED STATES? If a SWISS citizen comes to America and "uses" a market, while visiting America, does (s)he magically become a subject/citizen of a STATE, or of the UNITED STATES? If an ISRAELI citizen comes to America and pays a gasoline tax, a bow and arrow tax (yes, there is an "hidden tax" on bows and arrows), or any other type of "sales tax"[2], does (s)he magically become a subject/citizen of a STATE, or of the UNITED STATES? Last, but hardly least, if a GRECIAN citizen comes to America and bears a child while on this portion of the continent known as North America, does that child magically become a subject/citizen of a STATE, or of the UNITED STATES? And, if a free woman or man does any of these things, does (s)he magically become a subject/citizen of a STATE, or of the UNITED STATES? To all those who answer "yes" to any of the above questions, CONGRATULATIONS, your indoctrination is complete. __________________________________________________________________ [1] This one is hilarious, because one of the most common solutions is to "use" your FRN's to buy gold and/or silver, depending, in many cases, on which one the guru is selling, or getting a kick-back from. So, what's the difference, "using" those FRN's to buy food, clothing and equipment, or "using" them to buy gold and/or silver? [2] "Generally, the purchaser pays the tax, but the seller collects it, as an agent for the government." ~ Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition (c.1991), page 1339 Pay close attention to that, "the seller...[is] an agent for the government, not the purchaser.
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    Paul 3 years 1 week ago Web link Sharon Secor
    We have a truly ugly government. I haven't flown for years now.
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    rita 3 years 1 week ago Web link Sharon Secor
    Yeah, if all else fails, haul out "the children." "We're protecting the children." Seems that not even the state can pretend that reading months-old e-mails will thwart terrorism, but where there's a will (and a child pornagrapher or two) there's a way. Seriously, who would object to a little snooping when there are children at stake, right?
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    rita 3 years 1 week ago Web link Sharon Secor
    Oh, we certainly don't want to send "mixed messages" to our children, so let's make this one loud and clear -- that mom and dad will stand by in silence while their kids are molested by strangers. But don't worry, honey, we'll post it on YouTube, so the whole world can witness your degradation and our failure to protect you.
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    tzo 3 years 1 week ago Page Glen Allport
    Hi Glen, On a related note to the importance of love and nurturing is the idea of being able to communicate in a nonviolent manner. I found this interesting, and perhaps you are already familiar, but here is the link for anyone interested: http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/episode-126-pitfalls-of-moralizing-int... and there are many more excellent podcasts on this and other related subjects: http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/category/podcasts Wes has done, IMHO, great work in advancing voluntaryism by communicating ideas in a very straightforward, logical, and compassionate way.
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    tzo 3 years 1 week ago Page Per Bylund
    http://hw.libsyn.com/p/3/6/2/362db76ce3a8a993/Episode_126_-_Pitfalls_of_...
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    Suverans2 3 years 1 week ago Page Michael Kleen
    G'day dhowlandjr, "Bridges", plural? You've had to pay a toll to walk across more than one then? And, were 'they' private or public bridges? You also wrote, "if the state were [sic] adhering to Black's definitions, it would hardly infringe on our rights at all". First, that's a bit like saying, "Canines hardly ever bite." What kind of canines, i.e. canidae, the wolves, foxes, jackals, coyotes, or the domestic dog? What kind of "rights" do you have, dhowlandjr? If you call yourself a citizen of a STATE[1] then you have traded your natural rights, among which are your right, i.e. just claim to, your Life, Liberty and justly acquired Property, for a mess of man-made legal and political rights, and these "legal/political rights" may be "legally" infringed on with "due process of law", and "due process of law", my friend, is whatever the creators of these man-made rights and laws say it is. And, second, the STATE doesn't adhere to Black's definitions, Black's definitions adhere to the STATE, as it were, notwithstanding that it is next to impossible in most cases, because adhering to the STATE is like adhering to quicksand, as we see in "A Final Word of Caution" in Black's Sixth Edition (c.1991), page iv. "The language of the law is ever-changing as the courts, Congress, state legislatures, and administrative agencies continue to define, redefine and expand legal words and terms. Furthermore, many legal terms are subject to variations from state to state and again can differ under federal laws. Also the type of legal issue, dispute, or transaction  involved can affect a given definition usage. Accordingly, a legal dictionary should only be a "starting point" for definitions." _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ [1] "If one calls himself a citizen, then he is actively choosing to participate in the government organization. If one does not wish to participate, he can simply stop calling himself a citizen. There is no paperwork to fill out. One can just walk away, and fix the thought within his mind that he is no longer participating in the imaginary hierarchical organization that is called government, and just like that, he is out. It is, after all, his innate human right to rule over everything within the lower realm of imaginary creations." ~ tzo
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    dhowlandjr 3 years 1 week ago Page Michael Kleen
    I've had to pay a toll to walk across some bridges before. Really, if the state were adhering to Black's definitions, it would hardly infringe on our rights at all.
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    Paul 3 years 1 week ago Page Michael Kleen
    "With all due respect to Mr. Rothbard, it is impossible to live within the matrix of the state and not add to that matrix." This may be overstating a bit. :-) Say we have a ultrapurist libertarian, living as a hermit in a cave. One day he takes a walk, and happens to walk on a sidewalk for a bit. Is he now "adding to the matrix" (whatever that means)? Has his whole life become besmirched, sullied? Well, I don't think so. A reasonable way to approach this is to use private alternatives where available, go without "services" if you can, but if those choices aren't possible then use the government-usurped service without resorting to self-flagellation when you get home. As long as the net sum of your activities add up to anti-state, you are fine (the more, the better, of course). As to Rothbard, I think he actually stepped over the line. He didn't actually HAVE to be a professor in a government indoctrination camp.
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    Paul 3 years 1 week ago Page Scott Lazarowitz
    Gene Sharp identifies noncooperation by at least some fraction of government employees as a crucial element of success in freedom movements.
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    Will Groves 3 years 1 week ago Page Glen Allport
    Glen, thanks for this article. Your writings on love-freedom as one concept has greatly influenced my thinking about life, from how I make a living to how I raise my kids. With regard to the intersection of love-freedom with anarchy, I am inclined to see this essentially as the old-school leftist anarchy, which identifies how state privileges in every form corrupt civil society, concentrate wealth unnaturally, and make life artificially difficult for those who don't align themselves with power. I agree wholeheartedly with your assertion that the lack of empathy within our culture is below the threshold need to keep society civil. The evidence for this abounds, starting right with the supposed "leaders" of our world. Plenty of empathy in that bunch of psychopaths, right?? Where empathy for others within a family comes naturally and may extend into a small community, it is forever difficult to further extend this feeling of oneness to larger groups. And this is one way that we are led into dangerous territory. Our instincts aren't so strong regarding people ten time zones away. Regarding childrearing, the overwhelming emphasis on gross national product instead of gross national happiness has led people deeply astray. The bottom line is that school trains people to obey authority, in whatever form it appears. The subjects are chosen to make the corporate owners rich, rather than to prepare the youth for interesting and fulfilling lives. The purpose of the media seems to be to keep our attention on people we don't know, events we don't influence and products we don't need. This is why tuning out of the daily news cycle is an important step towards taking control of our lives.
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    Paul 3 years 1 week ago Page Glen Allport
    "During the Vietnam War in the '60s and '70s, Americans expressed massive outrage over the war." The draft may have had something to do with that. :-) There is another sense in which empathy is increasing, I think. The Internet has opened a lot of communication between people who would never have imagined communicating previously.
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    Glen Allport 3 years 1 week ago Page Glen Allport
    Good point regarding the time those hijacked jets were flying; I originally had it as "over an hour" but did a check and found a timeline that showed less than an hour of flight time -- but that was per jet. With the four jets starting at different times, it would be more than an hour.
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    rita 3 years 1 week ago Web link Michael Dunn
    According to this article, "individual responsibility and personal freedom are becoming a thing of the past" in public schools. Gee, I wonder what rock these people just crawled out from under? Personal freedom has never, as far back as I remember, existed within the confines of public schools, and with the coming of the random drug test, whatever freedom kids had out of school disappeared as well. As for "individual responsibility," you have only to scroll down their website to "Big pharm freebies turning medical students into drug pushers" to understand that these people's definition is very narrow indeed. The saying "freedom isn't free" is usually understood to refer to the sacrifices of those who fight. But there's another cost of freedom, one that everyone who would be free must pay -- you have to allow others to be free, too. Unfortunately, the food freedom lobby seem unable to see, or unwilling to admit, the connection between their freedom and mine.
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    DB 3 years 1 week ago Page Glen Allport
    On the Nuclear energy argument, chances are we would be using Liquid Thorium reactors which are much safer [the plants will not melt down] and the spent fuel is safe after only 500 years, they are also extremely efficient. The only reason the government only allows the Uranium reactors we have presently is because the waist can be used in the manufacture of nuclear weapons. All-in-all excellent, clear, well organized article, thank you for writing it.
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    B.R. Merrick 3 years 1 week ago Page Glen Allport
    An article full of so many enticing links! And I love how you incorporated the 9/11 "sins of omission." One minor thing, though: "...and efficient national defense that won't let a bunch of hijacked airliners roam the country for nearly an hour..." Of course, "nearly" can be rounded down, but it's actually OVER an hour AND A HALF from the loss of communication from the first "hijacked" flight (8:20) to the last flight "crashing" (10:06). The passenger jets averaged about 500 MPH, but according to www.911timeline.net: "An F-15 has a top speed of 1875+ MPH. According to NORAD, Otis [where the F-15s graze] is 153 miles eastnortheast of the WTC." I loved the story of the boy and the teacher throwing mud! Keep throwing truthful, glorious mud at these coercive lies, Glen!
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    Suverans2 3 years 1 week ago
    The Camel's Nose
    Page Paul Hein
    G'day Paul Hein, That was a fun article. Thanks. Regarding your last statement, "It would be a good idea to clarify just who is the servant, and who the master!" Wouldn't you agree that in any master-servant relationship the one who is required to petition[1] for permission to do or have something is the servant, and the one who grants permission is the master? https://duckduckgo.com/?q=missouri+licensing "A man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years." ~ Lysander Spooner ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ [1] Meaning "formal written request to a superior (earthly)" is attested from early 15c ~ Online Etymology Dictionary
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    pcar 3 years 1 week ago
    The Camel's Nose
    Page Paul Hein
    One of the ways the political elite "encourages" us to pay car registration fees is to license (and restrict the supply of) taxis. This drives up the cost and availability of taxis to the point where they're not really practical. Another tactic is to license so-called "public" transit rather than letting the free market determine how shared transportation systems are organized. The best peaceful solution towards tax minimization is to stop driving (and working for money) as soon as we can. Frugal living will generally minimize the state's tax take.
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    Michael Kleen 3 years 1 week ago Page Michael Kleen
    Interesting point, I guess I (and Rothbard) should have picked a better example.
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    B.R. Merrick 3 years 1 week ago Page Michael Kleen
    Well, that certainly makes me feel better. :)
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    B.R. Merrick 3 years 1 week ago
    How to Hurt the Poor
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    "You're using the words 'coercive' and 'lie' far too loosely." Perhaps, but at the heart of the religious teachings you outline are falsehoods. I believe that truth is required for volition to come to fruition. It is not truthful, factual, or helpful to tell people they MUSN'T use birth control, power tools, or eat pork. Furthermore, depending on the religious community, what each community encourages, and how one "volitionally" shapes one's life around it, I can assure you that absent a gun, changing one's beliefs and practices in contradiction to that religious community can result in being "coerced" out of one's job or home, via shaming, shunning, etc. Believing some of the nonsense that my former religion teaches can result in young people committing suicide because of the falsehoods that are believed. And I can assure you that at the heart of the falsehoods that are honestly believed in my former religion is a coercive lie (deliberately and willfully made up by one man), not simply a falsehood. Not only that, but I know for certain that current leaders of that same religion are actively trying to cover up that history, so that individuals like me will continue to believe something that has no basis in fact. That is also a lie. I believe it is possible to "coerce the truth" by willfully lying, which leads directly to the death of the volition of he who believes it. Many of the people you mention in your reply aren't willfully trying to lie, but for at least some of those religions, at the heart of those honestly-believed falsehoods is someone making it up as he goes along. At least one of them, anyway.
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    Suverans2 3 years 1 week ago Page Michael Kleen
    G'day B.R. Merrick, As I understand it, they are NOT "government roads". They are, legally, (and lawfully), speaking, "free and public roadway[s], or street[s]; one[s] which every person [sic] has the right to use.[1]" The gasoline tax helps pay for their upkeep, and what one abuses[2], one should voluntarily pay for. Because of my free man status, I once had a very interesting discussion with some agents of a place called Sweetwater on this jurisdictional issue. "In the United States, the fuel tax receipts are often dedicated or hypothecated to transportation projects, so that the fuel tax is considered by many a user fee." ~ "Wikipedia" _________________________________________________________________________________________ [1] Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition (c.1991), page 728 [2] Vehicles, according to weight, cause damage to the highways (roadways and streets). There is no charge, even on toll roads, for foot traffic, because it causes no extraordinary wear and tear.
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    Darkcrusade 3 years 1 week ago
    Border War
    Web link Jad Davis
    Like they do not know what they are doing.We learned prohibition does not work almost a hundred years ago.Prohibition gave you the Al Capones and the rich 'american gangsters, opposed by the untouchables. Prohibit a substance and it puts money and a criminal element into the equation.(that gummint just has to respond to.) Will Grigg kick it out of the park again.> It's shamefully narrow-minded of Washington to confer the blessings of humanitarian mass murder on distant Bedouins while ignoring our Mestizo neighbors to the South. McCaul, a former federal prosecutor who now chairs the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, is eager to help rectify that inequity by designating six Mexican drug syndicates -- including Los Zetas, which is led by U.S.-trained military personnel -- as "foreign terrorist organizations." http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2011-01-01T00%3A...
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    Tony Pivetta 3 years 1 week ago
    How to Hurt the Poor
    Page B.R. Merrick
    You're using the words "coercive" and "lie" far too loosely. The ban on birth control is neither coercive nor a lie. It's not a lie, because there is no intention to deceive. In fact, until the Lambeth Conference of 1930, Christian denominations across the board condemned contraception. This is not a precept conjured out of thin air by Paul VI. But I'm not interested in defending the moral theology underlying the ban on contraception. For the sake of argument, let's stipulate we can read the Pope's mind and that he is in fact lying about birth control. What other religious beliefs constitute lies? How about the Amish ban on automobiles and power tools? Surely it makes the faithful's lives more difficult forgoing modern conveniences, doesn't it? How about the Orthodox Jewish ban on eating pork? You mean to tell me the Jews wouldn't enjoy sinking their teeth into a slab of babyback ribs? How about the Jehovah's Witnesses ban on blood transfusions? Talk about a dangerous decree! This one has life-and-death consequences! I happen to believe these are all bad beliefs. But for the sake of argument, let's stipulate the Amish, Orthodox Jewish and JW religious authorities intend to deceive--just like the Pope. It's all lies. The fact remains none of the liars resort to coercion for enforcement. The Pope won't sic his Switzers on you for practicing contraception. Neither will the Amish, Orthodox Jews or JWs sic their armed agents on you for violating their precepts against power tools, pork or blood transfusion. They don't even have armed agents! You can say they exploit a fear of the hereafter. But they certainly have that right, don't they? As long as you have a right not to listen? There's an imam down the road in Dearborn, Michigan, who claims Christians practice polytheism. He says Christians put their souls in peril by accepting the divinity of Christ. After all, there is only one God and His Name is Allah. It's no skin off my nose if that's what he believes. It's no skin off my nose if he's lying about it. Just spare me Sharia and dhimmitude. Again, libertarians have to be very careful using terms like coercion. Only the State and armed criminals (but I repeat myself) practice coercion. The Catholics, Amish, Orthodox Jews and Jehovah's Witnesses don't practice coercion--at least not in the contexts outlined above.
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    B.R. Merrick 3 years 2 weeks ago Page Michael Kleen
    You pointed out something that is continuously on my mind. The state has made it impossible for us not to "use" it. People may think of us as being "hypocritical" for driving on the government's roads and paying the government's taxes on gasoline, but in order to be "unhypocritical," one would have to give up driving, and even as you pointed out, walking on sidewalks. I find the best way to be free is to avoid the initiation of coercion wherever possible, and to accept that freedom is a process, one that will inadvertently and unavoidably involve some aspect of the state until everyone else on this land mass wakes up. One of the best things we can do is remind everyone willing to listen that every good or service currently provided exclusively by the government would exist, and probably in a better way, without the state's interference. Then, set example by finding your own unique, individual way to walk away from systems of coercion.