Monday, September 26

About your vote....

“I’m crying because there are people out there who are giving their lives just trying to make our elections secure – and they’re being called “conspiracy theorists” and “technophobes”and the inventors are lying and saying that “everything’s alright” and it’s not “alright”.


Wednesday, September 21

The Problem with Leaders

"The hardest lesson to get across to freedomista [newbies] (and sometimes not-so-[newbies] ) is: nobody can lead you to freedom and if you expect that, you’re not truly ready to be free."

Insightful pearl from friend Claire Wolfe

Monday, September 19

Banana Republic Here We Come

There is little difference remaining between the United States and a Banana Republic. What differentiated us from so many countries was our Constitution and our legal system. The Constitution prevented government from overstepping boundaries, at least for a while.

The Rule of Law meant that all citizens would have the same rights and expectations regarding how contracts and misbehavior would be treated. The freedom afforded unleashed the creativity and skills of individuals. The US did not become rich or great because it represented God’s chosen people. It became so successful because of freedom and the initiative of its people....

More here

Friday, September 2

Quote Without Comment...

On saying the Pledge of Allegiance:

Sorry - I already pledged my allegiance to my Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness. I have no allegiance left for a piece of brightly colored cloth and repetitive incantations lauding a Freedom destroying oligarchy trying to disguise itself as a "republic". If one sincerely believes in an omniscient, loving Supreme Being, the postulation that it somehow favors an entity so monumentally destructive should be nauseating....

Sunday, August 28

(Not Another) Another Pop Quiz

Just where does the moral authority of "government" come from? 
"Consent of the governed"? 
If there is consent, what need is there for "Government"? 

How does any entity's "authority" become a command I am forced to obey without my consent and ultimately jail (capital offenses excepted)? 

If "Government is Force" (G.Washington), how does Force become moral when administered by Government? 

Was there ever a Government that was not imposed on the citizens without force? 

If "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely" (Lord Acton), how can "limited government" mean anything other than "limited but eventual tyranny"? 

How is the Libertarian belief in the forecast success of "Limited Government" not analogous to Limited Pregnancy? 

What Government of any political persuasion has permanently, successfully preserved the natural rights of all its citizens? 

Isn't self-governance the ultimate "limited" and moral government? 
If not, why not? 
If so, what need is there for "Government"? 

How have Government anywhere in the world in your lifetime, been doing with that "Freedom and Justice for all" thing? Preserved and upheld them? Or eroded and debased them slowly, gradually, inexorably? 

This is a Timed Test - and you don't have much left.

Extra Credit Question: When making dogmatic statements about the "purpose of government" and "authority", who empowers you to use "we" and "us" and "society"? Without the agreement of the Individual, aren't those Statist/Collectivist terms?

Moderator's Comment:
Call it whatever you wish. As long as the "Majority", by whatever means, can superimpose its will on the Minority with the force of law, some spawn of Tyranny can be the only result.

Sunday, August 21

Another Recent FB exchange....

Someone posted the coming appearance of LP candidates Johnson/Weld on some show with noted FOX lonely Libertarian, John Stossel, and asked if everyone reading would tune in. I posted "Not I because neither Johnson or Weld were Libertarians and many of their stated positions were contrary to Libertarian philosophy." The following exchange then took place:

Jacqueline Passey Mason Brian Wilson Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Would you rather vote for Trump or Clinton?
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Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson If you believe - as Libertarians claim - in Self-Governance, why do you need to elect a "leader" at all? If you believe - as Libertarian claim - in the Free Market, how can you support the immoral monopoly of Force via Government, regardless of who is in the WH? Considering the total corruption of "the system" and the predictably flaccid financial "support" from rank & file Libertarians, do you believe Johnson-Weld have a snowball's chance of actually winning? And even if they did, do you really believe the R & D Congress would support ANY dismantling of "The System" they have constructed and support? Posing the Trump/Clinton "choice" ignores the only intelligent alternative: Yourself.

* Note: Ms. Mason did not respond - nor did any other stalwart Libertarian - because they can't without betraying the hypocrisy - or, at least, irreconcilable inconsistencies in their positions. They ignore the plain spoken observation of Washington: "Government is Force" and the pure truth of Lord Action: "Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely." What more needs to be said? Is there any wrinkle in time in the history of the mankind that Government has a sustained record orfpeace, prosperity and advancing Liberty? (Spoiler alert: No) Quite the contrary. Government holds the record for people murdered, property stolen or destroyed, rights trampled, Freedom suppressed.

The belief that electing the "least of 4 evils" will somehow result in Peace breaking out is ludicrous - just as "small government" only translates as "little bit pregnant",

Monday, August 8

Mencken again

Thought for the Daze

Morality is doing what’s right regardless of what you’re told.
Obedience is doing what you’re told regardless of what is right.

- H.L. Mencken