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Today: Fri, May 27 2016  -  Last modified: April, 26 2007
 Government
29 May 2016
 
 
Toiletarianism
by Paul Jacob
 sub-topic» General

Last week, public educators nationwide received a legalistically-worded letter from the Departments of Justice and Education explaining how to legally treat transgender students under Title IX of the Civil Rights Act. CNN boiled it down to “Fall in line or face loss of federal funding.”

Friendly federal “guidance” comes after dueling lawsuits between the Feds and North Carolina over that state’s House Bill 2, which establishes statewide restroom regulations. Those regs require that transgender folks use the bathroom appropriate to the sex listed on their birth certificate (whether Kenyan, Canadian or other).

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08 May 2016
 
 
Quite so, let’s blow up the Town and Country Planning Acts
by Tim Worstall
 sub-topic» General

Our problems are caused by the current regulation of who may build what where.

The solution to our problems is thus to change who may build what and where. and given that the only time that market did solve this problem it was by being allowed to build where people actually wanted to live then that should be the system we return to. Other countries have much this system and do not have problems with their housing. So, we should too.

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05 April 2016
 
 
Why we should fear a cashless world
by Dominic Frisby
 sub-topic» General

Cash has its uses for small transactions – a chocolate bar, a newspaper, a pint of milk – which, in the UK, are still uneconomic to process by other means. It will always be the fastest and most direct form of payment there is. I like to tip waiters, for example, in cash, knowing they will receive that money, without it being siphoned off by some unscrupulous employer. I also like to shop in markets, where I can buy directly from the producer knowing they will receive the money, without middle men shaving off their percentages.

It also has its uses for private transactions, for which there are many possible reasons, and by no means all of them illegal. Small businesses starting out need the cash economy. Poor people need the cash economy. The war on cash is a war on them.

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21 February 2016
 
 
Is there an Implied Consent to be Governed?
by Fred Foldvary
 sub-topic» General

However, in human reality, there is no perfect governance, and people disagree on the details of law, and so, as a practical matter, if we take human equality to its logical conclusion, no person should be above any other. That implies a voluntary governance among peaceful persons, enacted with the explicit consent of signed contracts. As to those who choose to not be peaceful, since they do not honor consent, they implicitly agree to be punished. That is the real implied consent in governance – those who coercively harm others imply that they may be resisted, put on trial, and punished.

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20 February 2016
 
 
Upon the conversion of statists to voluntaryism
by J.A. McDonald
 sub-topic» General

Think of the statist, who argues voluntaryism cannot work because no one will agree to it. Then think of their religious belief in the necessity and righteousness of government. If there can exist a mass delusion so powerful and widespread that men and women believe that it is good and decent for the product of this delusion to rob, steal, and kill, then one day we can convince the masses to accept, on a widespread basis, the natural and peaceful belief in the liberty of the individual.

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16 November 2015
 
 
End Federal Agents’ License to Kill
by Jim Bovard
 sub-topic» General

It is absurd to presume that police are guilty any time they shoot a private citizen during a confrontation. But it is equally absurd to presume that all law enforcement agents are sacrosanct and all their killings justified. America is at risk of becoming a two-tiered society: those whom the law fails to bind and those whom the law fails to protect.

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05 November 2015
 
 
The Revolt Against ‘Democracy’
by Justin Raimondo
 sub-topic» General

The essential reality of Western governments is normally hidden behind the gauzy veil of “democracy,” only to reveal its true face in times of crisis: that’s when its monstrous visage – pitted and pockmarked like the portrait of Dorian Gray by its own inherent evil – is unmasked in all its ugliness. Mariupol, deep in the Donbass region, has never been part of Ukraine: it is Russian through and through, and it has suffered in this vicious civil war perhaps more than most. Its long suffering people want nothing to do with the gang in Kiev, which has been bombarding their city for the past year, and they were ready to vote with their hearts – but their tormentors couldn’t permit that.

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14 September 2015
 
 
Why the Greeks should Repudiate Their Government’s Debt
by Simon Wilson
 sub-topic» General

At this point however, dissecting the Greeks’ failure to live within their means is not only nugatory — beyond proving the time-tested observation that people like something for nothing — but also obfuscates the true moral contours of the crisis. Moreover, it blurs our understanding of a fundamental truth crucial not just to the future of Greeks but all peoples: Government debt is not like private debt. In fact, government debt is fundamentally illegitimate and one might even be justified in claiming that anyone seeking to profit from it is aiding and abetting criminal activity.

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05 August 2015
 
 
Deep State America
by Philip Giraldi
 sub-topic» General

What makes the deep state so successful? It wins no matter who is in power, by creating bipartisan-supported money pits within the system. Monetizing the completely unnecessary and hideously expensive global war on terror benefits the senior government officials, beltway industries, and financial services that feed off it. Because it is essential to keep the money flowing, the deep state persists in promoting policies that make no sense, to include the unwinnable wars currently enjoying marquee status in Iraq/Syria and Afghanistan. The deep state knows that a fearful public will buy its product and does not even have to make much of an effort to sell it.

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12 July 2015
 
 
“National Debt” is a Scam. Repudiate It
by Thomas L. Knapp
 sub-topic» General

The whole idea of “national debt” is poppycock and propaganda.

Suppose I’m perpetually short on cash, and so every week I break into your house and rob you at gunpoint. But I always need $200 and you usually only have $100 on you. So I go to the local loan shark every week and borrow the other $100 from him, on the supposition that I’ll keep on robbing you weekly forever and that sooner or later either you will cough up more money or I will need less, so the loan shark will get paid back.

Question: Are you in any way morally responsible for my debt?

Answer: Not even a little.

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19 May 2015
 
 
Get a (legitimate) job
by Kent McManigal
 sub-topic» General

It still comes back to the fact that a "government" job, paid through "taxation", is not a legitimate job. Not government school teachers, cops, social workers, librarians, bureaucrats, mayors, government secretaries... whatever. Not even if you are the most helpful and otherwise honest person in town. It is equal to the worst possible ways to get money.

If working for government is a legitimate job, then so is armed robbery.

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07 May 2015
 
 
Mr. Cheese's Cabinet
by Wensleydale Cheese MP
 sub-topic» General

The Minister for Getting Drunk will be Mr. Tippler.

The Minister for Children’s Games will be Haydn Sikh.

The Minister for Ogling Young Girls will be Mr. Totti.

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06 May 2015
 
 
Baltimore: Another Flash of Ligntning
by Jocelynn Smith
 sub-topic» General

In fact, the atmosphere across the entire country has become tense. It’s like standing in my front yard as a child while a violent summer storm bears down on the city. You can see the fat, black clouds riding low in the sky and the distant flashes of lightning followed by the soft rumble of thunder. But until the storm hits — pounding the roof with rain and lashing at the trees — the air is thick and still. You’re waiting.

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07 March 2015
 
 
On Family Austerity
by Godfrey Bloom
 sub-topic» General

In short the country did not need all the regulations and arrogant enforcers sponsored by that unholy alliance of politicians and big business who now rule our lives like East German secret police. All the surveys that have taken place in recent years show people were happier then, yet nobody had any money, TV was black and white even if you had one, telephones were Bakelite and there weren’t many of those. Pubs were many and full, beer was cheap and if you fancied a smoke that was all right too.

Don’t think I am for one moment suggesting it was perfect, because it wasn’t, or anywhere near, but it was better and in my view because we were free by the standards of today.

How do I know? Because I am old enough to have lived through both and make a balanced judgement.

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19 December 2014
 
 
Four Ways The Government Makes Wine More Expensive
by Chance M.E. Davies
 sub-topic» General

From Germany’s cool Mosel region to the foothills of Argentina’s Mendoza Province and all the way to the heights of Australia’s Granite Belt, millions of people across the Earth make a living in the global wine industry. Their hard work meets the demand of millions upon millions of lovely wine consumers across the globe, providing them with joy and comfort. But if we want the quality, diversity, and price of wine to become even more preferable to those demands, we should seek to eliminate the government’s intervention in the industry.

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16 December 2014
 
 
War on crime? Or war on the poor?
by Scott Sumner
 sub-topic» General

Intellectuals on the far left will sometimes argue that the entire criminal justice system is engaged in a vast right wing conspiracy to repress the poor. I'm not quite that paranoid; violent crime is a serious issue, for which we need police, courts, prisons, etc. But people on the right sometimes overlook that there is a grain of truth in that complaint.

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26 November 2014
 
 
On the merits of competition in government services
by Tim Worstall
 sub-topic» General

What is important is that the landslip has been corrected, the public road opened 5 weeks earlier than it would have been without the competition. And yes, even if is simply spite that drove that decision the consumers are all better off as a result. So, more competition in public services please: for we are supposed to be running this whole economy and government thing in order to benefit the consumers.

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17 November 2014
 
 
Government versus the state
by Neil Lock
 sub-topic» General

Such a justice provider would, if it existed, be well worth paying for. For it would uphold the public good; that is, as John Locke identified, the good of every individual among the governed, real criminals excepted. It would be uncompromisingly for the benefit of all individual, civil human beings who subscribe to it. It would uphold objective justice, peace and human rights. It would resolve disputes justly. It would discourage uncivil conduct. And it would impose no limits – beyond justice, the law and respect for rights – on human freedom, prosperity or progress. Furthermore, it would claim no rights other than those which its subscribers explicitly delegated to it. Otherwise put: Government should be an umpire, and no more.

In contrast, today’s political governments – I call them “gunvermints” – impose the rule of states and their political classes on those in the geographical areas they control. And I’d say: Government is an umpire, but the state is a vampire.

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16 November 2014
 
 
On Government and the State
by Joe Fetz
 sub-topic» General

In political philosophy circles it is often said that it is very important to define your terms so that confusion can be minimized. One instance where I think that this is of the utmost importance–which also happens to be a certain pet peeve of mine– is in the case that presents itself when speaking about government and the state. It is often the case that these two terms are used as synonyms, but I believe this to be incorrect.

The terms themselves have very important conceptual implications, and conflating the terms ignores their grammatical nature and can lead to faulty conclusions. That the state has served the role of government in society for much of human history is no implication upon the term government with regard to the term’s meaning. Since many continue to use the terms state and government synonymously, I must address this error.

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13 October 2014
 
 
Ebola, government and you
by Claire Wolfe
 sub-topic» General

And somebody’s going to ask, “If government and health experts aren’t equipped to handle Ebola, what would you do, instead, Ms Critic?”

I don’t pretend to have “the answer.” Not in any sense. Not in a medical sense (thank heaven for cutting-edge researchers, gutsy medical workers, and honest educators!). Not in a political or public health sense (my heart goes out to anybody charged with dealing with messes like the one in Dallas).

But of course those who pretend to have answers don’t have answers, either. They have only bland assurances that everything’s going to be okay — followed by brute force when it develops that everything’s not okay.

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12 October 2014
 
 
One month each year as unpaid Government lackeys
by Amanda Vigar
 sub-topic» General

Whilst these are only indicative, we are spending about a month a year on unproductive time caused either by HM Government requirements or its inefficiencies. We are not a complicated business so I dread to think how much time some businesses are spending either in time or professional fees.

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04 September 2014
 
 
Gangs - Part 2
by Kent McManigal
 sub-topic» General

There will never be a Utopia free from the presence of all bad guys. I just don't do mental gymnastics trying to justify one violent, thieving gang over another. Maybe because you believe you know what to expect from your chosen gang, and the other gangs seem unpredictable and arbitrary, you have chosen the one you support. I can see why some might see that as preferable. So, you support the gang you prefer, and I'll do the same (which, since I prefer no gangs at all...).

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02 September 2014
 
 
Gangs - Part 1
by Kent McManigal
 sub-topic» General

A "new" justification for the brutal and ridiculous gang of government is that without them, freelance inner-city (or foreign) gangs will eventually leave the cities to rampage the countryside, killing and raping us all. Especially when the "free stuff" dries up.

Never have figured out why I'm supposed to fear freelance gangs, whom I can generally "legally" shoot and kill, more than the government gangbangers who are "legally" off-limits, no matter what they do.

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08 August 2014
 
 
What Limited Government?
by Jacob G. Hornberger
 sub-topic» General

What all too many Americans fail (or refuse) to comprehend is the extent to which the embrace of the welfare state and the warfare state transformed the nature of the U.S. government, especially from a government of limited powers to one of unlimited powers, one that now wields the same omnipotent powers exercised by tyrannical regimes.

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05 August 2014
 
 
Magna Carta 2015 - The People Have Spoken!
by Unlock Democracy
 sub-topic» General

Next year is the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, when King John was forced to guarantee certain rights and freedoms to his nobles. To mark the date we plan to spark a national conversation to gather people’s views on what form a modern-day Magna Carta should take and what rights and freedoms it should cover.

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02 August 2014
 
 
Civilization
by A.X.Perez
 sub-topic» General

The term civilization seems to refer to an organized stable society marked by people being able to go about their honest business and able to pursue their self interests in such a manner that not only causes no harm but is actually of benefit to their fellows, both acting cooperatively for mutual profit or individually for private gain.

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30 July 2014
 
 
How governments break the "circle of trust"
by Troy Camplin
 sub-topic» General

How do you destroy trust? One way is to get neighbors to inform on each other. The simplest of laws can do this. Laws that regulate what you can and cannot do on and with your own property create a situation where people can call and complain about you to the local government. How many stories have we read about local governments shutting down kids’ lemonade stands? The focus is typically on how ridiculous it is that the local government came down on some kid selling lemonade – and it is ridiculous that the laws exist that would allow local governments to do this – but rarely does anyone focus on the fact that there was someone in that neighborhood who actually called to complain. It was the complaint that got the police to show up, and that complaint came from a neighbor.

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08 July 2014
 
 
The Stains of Social Justice
by Steve Murphy
 sub-topic» General

Social justice leads to stagnation, which leads to scarcity, which leads to rationing, which is what eco-socialists do best — with their "strong and coherent redistributive policies." They believe that through such policies we now have affordable healthcare, a kinder Wall Street, a cutting-edge renewable energy industry, and a world-class education system. Soon, electric vehicles will pour out of a rejuvenated Detroit, millions of Americans will work at high-paying green jobs, and solar panels and windmills will bring us energy independence. By then, their economists may have begun thinking about how to manage the permanent stagnation. That is their story, and they are sticking to it, even if it means squandering the world's most prolific source of fossil fuel energy, a resource that, if properly exploited, could revitalize the economy overnight, increase the wealth of every one of us, and finance self-help programs for anyone still afflicted by social injustice.

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01 July 2014
 
 
Bald-faced lies are okay if you're from the government
by Bruce McQuain
 sub-topic» General

The arrogant jerk that is the commissioner of the IRS typifies the type person who hasn’t and never will understand the term ‘public servant’. He’s a bureaucrat, through and through, and he runs an agency which would never accept the asinine answer to the lost emails that he’s proffered to Congress. But he expects you to accept it without question because, well, because he said so.

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23 May 2014
 
 
This is the Number of Innocent People Murdered by Governments. Are You Anti-State Yet?

(262 MILLION.)

by J.D.Tuccille
 sub-topic» General

After reviewing the evidence of what government does and the mess it leaves in the process, that's a good rejoinder to those who would expand the state into every nook and cranny of our lives, imposing more regulations than we can count, enforcing them with armies of goons, imprisoning those who resist—and, inevitably, stacking the bodies high as government accumulates and wields new power.

It's just good sense to be antigovernment, when the alternative is so unacceptable.

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08 May 2014
 
 
Why Occupational Licensing is Unjust, Unneeded, and Increases Income Inequality
by Lawrence J. McQuillan
 sub-topic» General

The real reason for government licensure is to artificially restrict entry into occupations to increase the wages of current practitioners. In the 1950s, one out of 20 U.S. workers were required to obtain a government license. Today that number is nearly one out of every three workers, according to economists Morris Kleiner and Alan Krueger.

Licensure increases the wages of current practitioners by 15 percent by erecting barriers to outside entrants. And these barriers disproportionately exclude the poor from jobs. Occupational licensing requirements, therefore, tend to artificially increase income inequality—a hot topic among progressives these days.

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03 March 2014
 
 
The flooding of the Somerset Levels was deliberately engineered
The shocking truth is that these floods were not a natural disaster, but the result of deliberate policy
by Christopher Booker
 sub-topic» General

Much of this story has been painstakingly uncovered by my co-author Richard North, who has published links to all the relevant official documents on his EU Referendum blog. As he says, “not only can we now see just how this flooding was deliberately engineered. It was done in blatant disregard for the rights of all those who live and work there. The evidence is now so strong that they should seriously consider suing the Government for compensation for the damage they have suffered, which could well amount to hundreds of millions of pounds.”

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23 February 2014
 
 
Why I Hate Government - And I'm Not Too Crazy About Bob Garfield Either
by Kevin Carson
 sub-topic» General

“The stupid — it hurts!” That’s just a figure of speech, to be sure, but in some cases it’s almost literally true. Bob Garfield’s Valentine for Big Government (“I Luv Big Gov,” Slate, Feb. 15) comes extremely close. Hard right-wingers are easier to take. They love the awful things government does because they’re awful people. They know government is about uniformed thugs pushing people around and murdering them, and they revel in it, because they view the world through a Hobbesian, red-in-tooth-and-claw prism. Center-left goo-goos, on the other hand, try to frame it in positive, nurturing “Why Mommy is a Democrat” terms, and it’s positively gut-churning.

The worst of it is that Garfield, like most center-left types, is unable to discern how intimately intertwined what he regards as the “good” stuff (the Louisiana Purchase, “protection from terrorists,” etc.) is with what he considers “mistakes” (a century of defending slavery, the CIA overthrowing governments, etc.).

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19 January 2014
 
 
Morality versus the National Security State
by Jacob G. Hornberger
 sub-topic» General

Even today, there are federal officials and former federal officials who say that what those antiwar protestors did was wrong and that they should have been punished for it. But why is it morally wrong for citizens to break the law when breaking the law is necessary to disclose government illegality? If the government has chosen to break the law and is falsely denying it, then why shouldn’t citizens be praised for breaking the law to disclose government’s illegal conduct?

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16 January 2014
 
 
Cheating students more likely to want government jobs, study finds
by Emily Alpert Reyes
 sub-topic» General

College students who cheated on a simple task were more likely to want government jobs, researchers from Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania found in a study of hundreds of students in Bangalore, India.

Their results, recently released as a working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research, suggest that one of the contributing forces behind government corruption could be who gets into government work in the first place.

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20 December 2013
 
 
Misconceptions
by Sean Gangol
 sub-topic» General

That is why there are so many people who believe that the government is the end all solution to everything. They have become so accustomed to having the government interfere in their daily lives that they can't imagine life without it. That is why people make straw man arguments against libertarianism. Well, that and intellectual laziness also plays a strong part in it. The same intellectual laziness that I have seen in many creationists who constantly attack evolution without even bothering to open a science book to find out what they are arguing against.

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20 October 2013
 
 
The Alarming Lack of Pretense in Politics
by Wendy McElroy
 sub-topic» General

When a government no longer cares how people view it, what results is the Soviet Union of the 1980s. A government that does not seek your consent to being victimized is a transparently totalitarian one that uses brutality as a default policy. People in the Soviet Union did not have the illusion of “we are the government” or “the police are there to help you.” They knew government was the enemy and the police were its agents.

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15 October 2013
 
 
Shutdown: Teachers Keep On Teachin'
by Kevin Carson
 sub-topic» General

A decade ago, when the Argentinian economy collapsed and bankrupt capitalists tried to board up the factories, workers just showed up, unboarded the doors and kept right on producing under self-management. They kept right on what they’d been doing, right where they’d been doing it before — but their work took on a fundamentally different character. One of these days, government workers will respond to a government “shutdown” in the same way.

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10 October 2013
 
 
Shutting Down Federal Government: A Good Start to America's Greatest Problem
by Jeff D. Opdyke
 sub-topic» General

What I’m calling for is not “limited government.” That cry is forever lost in the hurricane because in modern political America the difference between Republicans and Democrats is, at a fundamental level, the difference between charcoal black and midnight. A good marketer can spin each differently, but ultimately the shades are related. Politicians are the only ones capable of limiting their own scope, and neither party is so different on a political level that they would willingly roll back the powers they have usurped from us through the years.

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27 September 2013
 
 
Neoliberalism: Breaking Your Legs and Taking Your Crutches
by Nathan Goodman
 sub-topic» General

There’s a better way. We the people can resist the state and its cruel policies that trap people in poverty. We can build mutual aid networks so that people’s needs are met without dependency on plutocratic politicians and control freak bureaucrats. We can build a world where the state doesn’t break legs, hand out crutches, and then yank those crutches out from under its victims.

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24 September 2013
 
 
Downsizing Government
by Mama Liberty
 sub-topic» General

What does the president of the US (whoever that might be) actually DO that improves your life and helps provide the essentials necessary for survival? What would you like him (or her) to do that would improve your life without harming anyone else. Is that even possible? You don’t really want to harm other people, do you?

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11 September 2013
 
 
How "Your" Government Works
by Kevin Carson
 sub-topic» General

The government exists, since the beginning of the first states, to serve landlords, capitalists, usurers, bureaucrats and assorted other rentiers — not to serve us. The state, by its very nature, is executive committee of an economic ruling class. Trying to “reform” government through outsider review is like trying to reform the Mafia.

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02 September 2013
 
 
This is about where we tell the government to *!$% off isn't it? Right off?
by Anonymous
 sub-topic» General

All will know that I am a very peaceful, calm and contented sort of chap. So it is with a certain sense of betraying that peaceful persona that I now need to tell you that I've entirely blown my top. It's not that the specific design of mobile phones that we are allowed to purchase or not legally is all that much of a concern to liberty and freedom. Rather, it's the entirely insufferable assumptions behind this mooted ban on certain models:

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17 August 2013
 
 
This is the Stuff of Revolutions
by The Sovereign Society
 sub-topic» General

Yet the real class divide in the Age of Obama isn’t between the rich and the poor. It’s between the political class and the rest of us. I mean, you really didn’t expect members of Congress to pay the same inflated premiums brought on by Obamacare, did you? Those are for serfs like you to pay. And make sure you do, or else you’ll find IRS enforcement agents at your door … who, by the way, are also asking for an Obamacare waiver.

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13 August 2013
 
 
Anti-statists should use, embrace welfare
by T. Emmet Ryan
 sub-topic» General

As hypocritical as it may sound, libertarians, anti-statists and market anarchists should embrace the welfare state and acquire as many public benefits as possible. Many libertarians find themselves torn between being ultra-purist sectarians or opportunistic sellouts, but free-minded citizens should not pigeonhole themselves to either of these two dispositions.

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26 July 2013
 
 
Will people's trust in government be restored?
by Wendy McElroy
 sub-topic» General

We can see after 200+ years that the American model failed. It is not limited. It is totalitarian. And getting worse. Would Jefferson have approved of the concept of govt. if he knew it would turn out like this? Of course not. Neither would most of the Founding Fathers. They played with fire and burned down the country. But this is a bad analogy. Fire can be tamed. It has benefited humanity greatly. No net benefit has accrued from govt. All progress has been in spite of govt.

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03 July 2013
 
 
Secrets and Lies
by Golem XIV
 sub-topic» General

But again Goebbels has been superceded. Repression is so last century. Why repress when you can simply drown it out. All it takes is for the media outlets to be owned by a few powerful and like- minded friends. A few media moguls and corporate giants, whose plastic pundits raise their voices while the dolly bird presenters flash their thighs. It’s all so full throttle and frantic, and charged with desire and greed.

Anyone who disagrees is a conspiracy theorist. Anyone who breaks ranks is a whistleblower and whistleblowers are domestic terrorists, dysfunctional loners with personality problems and axes to grind.

When the truth is vilified, hunted, gagged and gaoled, then the State has chosen to go to war with the nation.

We are at war.

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