Discussions With a Liberal; Part 3: What to Fight for and How to Fight?
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 November 2016 13:47
There is a question I have wondered about. As a libertarian, I believe that one should not initiate violence. Like a pacifist, or a conscientious objector, I find violence and fighting abhorrent. Yet I believe wholeheartedly that one has the right, nigh, the duty, to defend one's self and those who are weak and unable to defend themselves. In my opinion, violence is usually a result of a failure to bring other solutions to bear on a problem. This brings about the question that titles this piece, what to fight for? When is it justified to become violent? I can only use my experiences, philosophies and my imagination to help answer this question.
Discussions With a Liberal: Part 1: Rights
Last Updated on Friday, 28 October 2016 11:53
I have recently been engaged in some political discussions with one whom I would consider to be a zealous liberal. He is, in fact, a self described socialist. He sees nothing wrong with socialism and thinks it's a marvelous thing. He has argued that modern socialist (not communist) countries are all very prosperous. I think he is self deluded and very much unable to see the hypocrisy and flaws of his own arguments. He is, at times, very willfully ignorant as he wants so badly for his point of view to be accepted and put into practice all over the world despite the fact that the point of view he espouses is nothing more than a Utopian view of a form of neo-feudalism.
The Spirit of Christmas, the Nature of Humankind
Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 11:47
Christmas, for me, is a beautiful time of year. It's not the pretty lights and the shiny decorations that make it beautiful, although they are quite pleasant to the senses. It's not nature's show of ice and snow that make it beautiful. Although such scenes make nice postcards to look at, dealing with them in real life is annoying to me and can actually be quite hazardous. It's not the clear air and the twinkling stars in the night sky that make it beautiful, although I do enjoy contemplating them I prefer the longer warm days to the longer cold nights. What makes Christmas beautiful to me is the spirit that's in the air. Not the spirit of commercialism, but the genuine spirit of giving and caring that comes from the heart.
The Biggest Bullies, Big Central Banks and Their Big Central Governments
Last Updated on Friday, 29 November 2013 15:40
I've been seeing a lot on bullying lately in the news and on social networking sites. It seems that no one really seems to like bullying much and everyone loves to see the little guy stand up to the bully. And yet there seems to be a disconnect when it comes to those who stand up to the biggest bullies of all. There seems to be some kind of cognitive dissonance that takes place when someone feels the bully is doing the bullying for your own good, or for the right reasons. I don't think bullying is ever good, no matter the reasons one might dream up for engaging in the practice. No matter how well intentioned, the ends never justifies the means when the means is immoral, and an immoral means always taints and corrupts a moral intention.
New Illinois Law to Centralize Health Care
Last Updated on Sunday, 27 October 2013 19:09
My eldest daughter works as a billing specialist for a doctor here in Chicago. Her job more or less requires that she familiarize herself with the laws regulating doctors and the insurance industry. Unlike the layman who simply wants to see a doctor when illness strikes and be able to afford the treatments offered in order to get well again, she has to get into the guts of a system that requires 1500+ page tomes trying to determine the cost for treating every malady imaginable. As such, she has been studying a proposed new law, The State Health Care Innovation Plan, or SHCIP, that the Illinois legislature will soon be voting on. It is 200+ pages or so long, and what she has read concerned her so that she gave me the first 8 pages to read to ask me what I thought of it.
Is the Liberty Movement Delaying a Syrian Conflict?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 14:35
So, a war looms with Syria and I find myself having the same conversations with so called progressives about why we shouldn't attack Syria as I had ten years ago with so called conservatives as to why we shouldn't attack Iraq. I would have never guessed that progressives and conservatives were so alike. They like to think of themselves as different parts of the political spectrum, but when it comes to war it appears they are both equally easy to lie to and fool. War is ok as long as it's their side that's promulgating it. It's ok as long as it's their respectables with their suits and ties making the case and telling the lies.
Obama's Tyranny Against the Media
Last Updated on Saturday, 29 June 2013 11:55
Back in 1987 I graduated from a night school course in digital electronics from the DeVry Institute of Technology which had a campus in Lombard, IL at the time. While attending night school in the two years prior I had a chance to talk with a couple of technicians who worked for AT&T at the time. They were continuing their education which was being paid for by their company because technology back at the time was in a state of flux and they needed to keep up with the latest as AT&T was transitioning from old relay style switches to digital circuitry. Seems they're always transitioning from something to something newer.
Monsanto and the Ron Paul Syndrome
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 May 2013 13:58
A few days ago millions of people in hundreds of cities worldwide participated in protest marches against the Monsanto corporation. Were you aware of that? If you're reading this then chances are you were, for most people that read blogs like mine are already aware of the freedom agenda that the powers that be are trying to keep hidden. But there's a problem in that there are still far too many people who insist on getting their news and information from the so called mainstream media. These people have no idea what reality is, for they actually continue to believe the propaganda they see on CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and all the networks and that they read in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The LA Times, and all the other so called trusted mainstream media newspapers.
Incompetence Rewarded or Malicious Intent?
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 May 2013 22:05
Ask yourself this, what would happen to you if you were incompetent at your job? What would happen to you if you were in management and people you supervised were constantly making poor decisions? What would your boss do to you? Would you still have your job? How many times would you be able to use the excuse that you just didn't know what some underling was doing? I bet it wouldn't take long before some disciplinary action was brought against you. It's likely that sooner or later you would be held accountable. If only it was that way in politics.
The Forgotten Reasons for Advocating Freedom
Last Updated on Sunday, 28 April 2013 23:30
As I watched the beginning of the Boston Red Sox game, the first baseball game played in Boston since the tragic events of 4/15/2013, I was flabbergasted by the propaganda that was taking place before my eyes. Thousands of people applauding the police who had shut down their city in an attempt to find one unarmed, wounded 19 year old. Thousands of people applauding the martial law that had come to their city. Thousands of people applauding the disintegration of The Bill of Rights and welcoming the armed men who could remove entire families from their homes at gun point without warrant and without, in my humble opinion, just cause. All for one lonely, isolated teen accused, not proven, of doing something evil and already judged guilty by the masses.
Innocents Suffer, the Powerful Profit
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 01:19
I have said this before and I will continue to say it, I do not condone violence. I particularly abhor random acts of violence such as the one that occurred in Boston on April 15th, 2013 during the Boston marathon. I say it was a random act of violence because as of this moment, as I write this, no one has taken responsibility for it and no suspects have been arrested nor any reason given for this act. This is only speculation, but I would bet that there's some political agenda or another behind it. For some reason those who seek power over others seem to think that the way to go about gaining such power is through force and coercion.
How Free Market Competition Presents a More Cooperative System
Last Updated on Monday, 01 April 2013 22:55
The image of the robber baron has been burned into the psyche of the American consciousness. When one thinks about capitalism or free markets, this is the image that comes to the forefront of most people's minds. This image has helped create the misconception that capitalism and free markets have come to create the financial mess that the world finds itself in. The truth is that government and their attempts to regulate markets is what created the robber baron in the first place. They would have never been able to reach the pinnacles they reached without the levers of power that government provides.
Confessions of a Serial Conspiracy Theorist
Last Updated on Sunday, 10 March 2013 15:45
I think that perhaps I've always been a conspiracy theorist. Now, that statement needs a little clarification. Always is a long time, so perhaps it would be better to say I've been a conspiracy theorist in this lifetime. Ah, but even that is a long time and can be a little unclear, so perhaps it is a little more accurate to say I've been a conspiracy theorist for as long as I can remember. Hmm, even that's a little incorrect because I can remember pretty far back to times when I didn't have a realistic idea of how the world works. Perhaps if I claim I've been a conspiracy theorist for as long as I've been able to think about such things and use reason to come to logical conclusions. Yeah, that's the ticket.
Discussions With a Liberal, Part 2: Taxes
Last Updated on Friday, 28 October 2016 13:52
Taxes are theft. More specifically, they are a type of theft called extortion. They are not a voluntary exchange of money for services, but are money paid for services one may or may not use under threat of losing one's property, freedom or life should one decide one does not want to participate in the exchange. That's something most dyed in the wool liberals do not understand, or if they do understand it doesn't matter to them. It's certainly something my liberal friend who I have had discussions with doesn't understand, or at the very least doesn't care about. He tried to explain to me all the good things that taxes pay for, all the nice little social programs taxes fund. I told him it didn't matter because the premise of taxes is wrong. Theft is wrong. He makes a joke about it, laughing at me because it seems to him such a silly thing that I should be thinking of taxes as theft.
Duck Dynasty, the Fed and the NDAA
Last Updated on Friday, 27 December 2013 09:30
Until last week I didn't know anything about Duck Dynasty. I really couldn't have cared less about those people, their business or their antics. Apparently, however, enough of my fellow human beings find them entertaining enough to make it worth A&E's time and effort to produce a show based on their lives. Now, suddenly, I know way too much about them. Now, suddenly, I feel like someone has grabbed me by the neck and shouted in my face "These people are important! What's happening to them is important! Pay attention to them!" All this because some old dude with a ratty looking beard expressed an opinion that to him a woman's vagina is more appealing than a man's anus, an opinion I happen to agree with, by the way.
Central Banks and the Enslavement of Mankind
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 10:55
There is a saying that he who has the gold makes the rules. Indeed, throughout the history of mankind it has been shown that wealth is power. Why do you suppose that is? The answer to that question appears to be obvious. If you have money, many people will do what you want them to do simply to obtain that money. This is true whether you own a business and try to provide something costumers will pay for, or you work for a business and provide labor, or you sell sexual favors to lonely people. The answer should be obvious, and yet there exists sinister subtleties that allow for crafty conmen to take control of large swaths of governments and economies in this world. You see, there is evil afoot in this world, and I'm not talking about insignificant evil such as individuals doing drugs or having sex with strangers, I'm talking about industrial sized evil, evil on the scale of the holocaust, evil against all humanity, evil so subtle and pervasive that to many it doesn't seem like evil at all.
Should Doctors be Arrested for Non-compliance?
Last Updated on Monday, 04 November 2013 14:01
"We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it."
Nancy Pelosi on The Affordable Care Act.
There are many misconceptions about The Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. The first is that it is a law. The second is that it is a tax. It is really neither, but it is both. It is a strange hybrid between the two. In short, it is an odd creature that has never really been seen before. Perhaps the best explanations for what Obamacare is, or is not, can be found here.
The Law: Spirit and Letter, Enforcers and Corruption
Last Updated on Friday, 11 October 2013 12:56
Here's something not too many people know. Back in the mid 1980s, I was accepted to a couple of graduate school law programs. I never really told anyone because I decided I didn't want to go. Or rather I told myself that life had decided for me and that I couldn't afford to go. There have been times in my life when I have wondered how things would have turned out for me had I gone. Perhaps my life would have been better, perhaps not. I wonder if I would have let knowledge of the law corrupt me, as it seems to have done to so many others. I wonder if I would have let knowledge of this secretive and highly influential language taint my world view, or if I would have somehow managed to remain true to my morals and principles despite subjecting myself to the poisonous rot that passes itself off as law these days.
What Does it Mean to Wake Up When Life is Just a Dream?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 21:11
These days, I hear more and more about how people are waking up. I even write about it. When I write about "waking up" I'm trying to convey the concept of becoming aware of hidden reasons for why reality is the way it is. I'm trying to get people to look behind the illusions and the curtains and discover the truth to the manipulations that are really going on. But what if there is more to even that truth than meets the eye? What if even the manipulators are being manipulated? What if those who are creating the illusions are merely an illusion in and of themselves? What if we are stepping out of one cave only to find ourselves in another? The possibilities are mind boggling.
Free Markets, Central Planning and the Family Budget
Last Updated on Saturday, 15 June 2013 12:14
Recently a Facebook friend of mine commented on a story about austerity not working and made a statement to the effect that therefore Hayek was wrong and Keynes was right. I was quick to race to the defense of Hayek and free markets. I pointed out that we haven't had a truly free market ever and that Keynesian policies had been in place since before Keynes even became a famous economist. I told him that if he was going to give Keynesianism credit for all the good that's come from economic policy, he needed to blame it for all the bad repercussions also. We haven't been vacillating between Keynesianism and free markets, we've been steadily but incrementally becoming more and more a Keynesian economy since at least the inception of the Federal Reserve and the institutionalizing of a fiat fractional reserve central banking system.
Hard Work and Savings or Financial Thievery
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 08:14
I work hard for a living. I've worked hard all my life. I think most of us have. When I've had work, I've done my best to become the best at the job I've done. When I haven't had work, I've done my best to keep busy and tried to make the most of my time by writing, doing odd jobs, and trying to get along as best I could. I used to make a lot less money, but then a dollar bought a lot more back then. I was taught that hard work led to great reward. I was lied to.
The Fed and the War on You and Private Property
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 18:10
The word "war" has changed over the decades. It used to mean the militaries of different nation states battling each other for dominance over certain territorial claims and the peoples living in those territories. Nowadays, because of the complete bastardization of the English language, it has come to mean a battle against anything the state wants to control but can't. It's come to mean the attempt of an elite ruling class to gain control of all the wealth, property and power in the world versus rising middle and lower classes who wish only a small portion so that they can live their lives and raise their children in relative comfort. It is a war of those who would be lords of all versus those they wish to make into serfs.
How Progressives Love and Support Corporations
Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2013 12:44
I don't like to label people. I don't like to speak in generalities. Unfortunately we live in a society where labels and generalities have become quite acceptable, particularly when talking in terms of politics and political beliefs. It is, in my opinion, because of this, at least partially, that we often forget we live in an individualist society. It is among the most unique societies in human history. As part of Westernized culture we have romanticized the idea of freedom, but as Americans we have squandered the ideals of the founding fathers and allowed a tyrannical centralized government and their corporate backers to gain too much power and influence over our personal lives. I believe this is because we as human beings seem to have this tendency toward wanting to collectivize. This likely has something to do with the human desire to be loved and accepted by others. We worry that if we don't share the same customs and beliefs as others that they will not accept us for loving, caring human beings.
Justifying Unjustifiable Authoritarianism
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 April 2013 18:40
So I just finished reading this op ed piece by one Sarah Conly who decided to step up to the plate and defend busybody mayor Bloomberg and his attempt to ban the sale of large size soft drinks in New York City. She is obviously a well educated person and makes a fairly well thought out argument over why certain freedoms should be curtailed. Well educated, however, does not necessarily mean free thinking, nor does it necessarily translate into wisdom. In fact, after reading Ms. Conly's op/ed piece I would say that she was decidedly against free thought, unless of course that free thought leads one into the arms of the ever coddling state.
Freedom and Private Property Versus Criminal Government and Banks
Last Updated on Friday, 22 March 2013 15:28
There's a meme in the world of debate that once you start to compare the politics of today to the politics of Germany during Hitler's reign the debate is over and you've lost. So, I'm going to start this article by comparing modern American politics to Hitler's Germany and other 20th century collectivist political schemes. The point of this beginning is to do so. If you don't want to read further, than don't. You see, I don't buy the meme. Such a meme is developed, in my humble opinion, simply because some people don't want to face the growing evil and choose instead to remain willfully ignorant as to what has been happening in the land that was supposed to be a beacon of individual freedom shining to the world.