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Mark Davis

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Mark Davis is a husband, father and real estate analyst/investor enjoying the freedoms we still have in Longwood, Florida.

Columns by Mark Davis

What About the Bad Guys?
Mark Davis 2005-04-04 16:00
Security for you and your family's persons, property and liberty from intrusion by those not respecting them is a basic consideration of everyday life. Fear of thugs, thieves and shysters instinctively initiate social cooperation amongst those individuals who seek peaceful cooperation in a society. There has always been and always will be "bad guys" who just won't play by the rules of a...
Organizing Society
Mark Davis 2005-03-20 17:00
"My political opinions lean more and more to anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning abolition of control, not whiskered men with bombs)." ~ J.R.R. Tolkien, in Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien Anarchy is the natural order of human existence that arises from the desire to survive and associate as free individuals. Time is on the side of society, and we should be optimistic that the state...
Who Invaded Whom?
Mark Davis 2005-02-28 17:00
A recent blog discussion at Reason On-Line Hit and Run (link thanks to Karen De Coster on the blog) concerning the recent book The Politically Incorrect Guide To History by Thomas E. Woods, Jr. evolved primarily into a discussion of The War Between The States. The central point argued by many could be summed up in the following sentence from one of the posters: "The CSA's...
Question State Authority
Mark Davis 2005-02-10 17:00
It is often said that the state is a necessary evil and there is nothing that can be done about it. Why any type of evil would be considered necessary by so many people always puzzled me. Saying that nothing can be done about it challenged my spirit. As a kid, a popular bumper sticker was "Question Authority." This simple message inspired faith that there were others who had liberty in...
A False Dilemma
Mark Davis 2005-01-26 17:00
"There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance--that principle is contempt prior to investigation." ~ Herbert Spencer One of the most egregious fallacies used in the debating arsenal of statists is the false dilemma. The strawman argument and appeals to authority are probably...
The Stupid People
Mark Davis 2005-01-13 17:00
"Life is tough; it's tougher if you're stupid." ~ John Wayne This morning on the way to work, listening to the radio I heard the reason why so-called conservatives are so supportive of growing state control over the personal decisions of individuals. For many years, most conservatives seemed interested only in having the state control foreign bogeymen, not citizens at home. This has...
Be Free
Mark Davis 2005-07-10 16:00
The state has grown too big and powerful and conversely the individual appears small and powerless. Libertarians of all stripes can debate endlessly on why this has come about and where we should ideally be instead. When the question of what to do about it comes up, there is typically a moment of silence and perhaps a chuckle or two coupled with some frustrated cynicism. After this moment of...
On Social Contracts Recommended
Mark Davis 2010-12-31 04:00
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR “The great political superstition of the past was the divine right of kings. The great political superstition of the present is the divine right of parliaments. The oil of anointing seems unawares to have dripped from the head of the one on to the heads of the many, and given sacredness to them also and to their decrees.” ~ Herbert Spencer...
A Hornets' Nest
Mark Davis 2013-01-25 07:46
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR A man showed up at my door one day not so long ago and said that he was from the Departmental Official Office of Motherland Security (DOOMS) and I was in danger of being stung to death by hornets. I told him that I did not fear hornets and, though I occasionally noticed one, I did not think that they were a big problem. As a matter of fact, I found that if I...
Fun and Gun
Mark Davis 2011-10-13 00:00
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR  I’ve had enough of the emotional handwringing about the evil of guns and the chastising rhetoric about gun owners. Of course, inanimate objects like guns can’t be evil or good; they are just tools that can be used for good or evil. Further, gun owners are no more inherently wicked than people who own knives, hammers, shovels or...
A Foul Smell
Mark Davis 2014-01-27 09:22
Column by Mark Davis. "[W]e are living in a sick society filled with people who would not directly steal from their neighbors but who are willing to demand that the government do it for them." ~ William Comer "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."  ~ William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet) Theft by any other name smells just as foul.  The concept of people...
The Home Team
Mark Davis 2014-04-07 08:29
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR Sports provide many benefits to society, not least of which are the many rich metaphors for life.  The understanding of social organization, establishment of rules, the dynamics of competition, individuals sacrificing for the team, learning accountability, commitment to a purpose and developing a work ethic in sports offers a range of wonderful...
Everybody Does It
Mark Davis 2013-01-08 08:44
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR “The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see." ~ Ayn Rand The good old “argumentum ad populum” or “appeal to the people” is a logical fallacy that has been used by countless children the world over for time immemorial. Unfortunately, the equally old lesson traditionally...
The Myth of Public Goods Recommended
Mark Davis 2010-06-25 03:00
By Mark Davis   Exclusive to STR     The myth of public goods is based on the belief that there are special things that everybody needs, but nobody will pay for. The priests perpetuating this myth include self-interested professors who spend a lifetime informing young, bright-eyed students about the magical qualities of these special goods that can only be provided by popular...
WTF, Max?!
Mark Davis 2012-08-29 00:00
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR I’ve enjoyed Max Keiser and the Keiser Report for the last few years. His stands pointing out the thoroughly corrupt financial system, supporting silver and gold money and calling out the US Treasury Department pimps like Paulson and Geithner with their revolving door to Goldman Sachs have been outstanding. Max also took a very courageous stand...
Official Hypocrisy
Mark Davis 2013-07-12 08:07
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR "To blindly trust government is to automatically vest it with excessive power. To distrust government is simply to trust humanity--to trust in the ability of average people to peacefully, productively coexist without some official policing their every move. The State is merely another human institution--less creative than Microsoft, less reliable than...
Ron Quixote
Mark Davis 2007-03-05 17:00
Exclusive to STR Ron Paul for President gives many people hope that the system can work. If only the right man could take the reins, then this beast would be controlled and used for good purposes. The long years of conditioning and indoctrination are difficult to get past. As a naïve young man, I voted for him because I thought that capital L Libertarianism could really work to reform the...
For What It's Worth (Go Thoreau!)
Mark Davis 2011-07-08 00:00
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR There's somethin' happenin' here. What it is ain't exactly clear. There's a man with a gun over there A-tellin' me I've got to beware. I think it's time we stop. Children, what's that sound? Everybody look what's goin' down. ~ Buffalo Springfield   What to do?   When asked what to do about the predicament that I have described over the...
A Book Review of Jerome L. Wright’s 'Equal Freedom'
Mark Davis 2012-01-05 01:00
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR “We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.” ~ Albert Einstein A new book by Jerome L. Wright would have made Einstein proud. The book is Equal Freedom – The Principle of Equal Freedom and Noncoercive Government.   It breaks new ground in the libertarian intellectual movement...
Black and White (Are You Experienced?) - Part II
Mark Davis 2012-06-12 00:00
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR   Part II – It’s the Little Things When I was a kid, of about 10 or 11 years old, my younger brother (9 or 10) and I would visit my grandparents’ house. My grandmother sometimes would let us walk to a little store about a mile away to get a soda, candy or snack. There wasn’t a straight road to the store and we had to...
An Open Letter to Hank Williams, Jr.
Mark Davis 2011-10-17 00:00
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR   Dear Mr. Williams,   You are the man! Standing up to the corporate media like you did was heroic. I know that heroic is a word that gets way overused these days, but I can’t remember the last time an entertainer stood their ground when assailed by the self-appointed politically correct Gestapo that polices the airwaves. ...
Propaganda 101: An Introduction and Case Study
Mark Davis 2013-09-12 08:25
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR "A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, newspaper...
Through Thick and Thin: Ahoy!
Mark Davis 2014-06-25 07:17
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR Mini-statists love to use lifeboat analogies in an effort to reveal a weakness in the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP) and/or in respect for property rights (self-ownership).   But what is revealed?  These lifeboat situations are, of course, not even close to being universal experiences.  These analogies are used by statists to make the...
Between Barack and a Hard Place
Mark Davis 2010-06-14 03:00
Exclusive to STR   Socialism (noun)-   1. a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.   2. procedure or practice in accordance with this theory.   3. (in Marxist theory) the stage following capitalism in the...
Black and White (Are You Experienced?) - Part I
Mark Davis 2012-06-11 00:00
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR   If you can just get your mind together Then come on across to me We'll hold hands and then we'll watch the sunrise From the bottom of the sea   But first, are you experienced? Have you ever been experienced? Well, I have   I know, I know you probably scream and cry That your little world won't let you go But who in your measly...
Debt Madness
Mark Davis 2011-02-22 04:00
Column by Mark Davis.  Exclusive to STR  Finalist #1 in the "Odious Debt" essay contest   It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning. ~ Henry Ford   Are you mad yet? Tired of all the odious bulldebt being dumped on your head out of...