Turns out the author of Objectivism took social security payments under a different name.
Interesting article. Conspirators, what say you?
Do you believe that with in your lifetime you’ll live in a fully voluntary society absent any government & how do you think such a society will come into being?
Recently we have all witnessed the masses in Tunisia & Egypt rise up against their rulers & I’m sure there are plenty of libertarians who’ll think this a good thing & though I can understand why many would think it’s a good thing what do people think these uprisings will result in?
A few years ago I remember a libertarian friend of mine getting very excited about the overthrow of a regime in a former Soviet satellite in central Asia, this was until I pointed out to them that the uprising had been whipped up by members of these previous regime.
Love to hear Gard critique this
I've started reading Insanity: The Idea and its Consequences, a book by Thomas Szasz on so-called mental illness. So far I've been thoroughly enjoyed it (even if its a bit repetitive) and I find the subject incredibly relevant to liberty, yet underdiscussed.
For all who enjoyed Gard's very interesting episode from January 14, 2011, I came across a piece that I think is an interesting follow-up. It's a piece in Harper's magazine by Kathy Dobie entitled, "Tiny little laws: A plague of sexual violence in Indian country" (http://harpers.org/archive/2011/02/0083300). Two points stood out to me in that article:
- how the tribes are significantly deprived from enforcing their own order by the Federales; and,
- how this has likely assisted with the destruction of family and community sentiments.
In addition, I definitely wonder whether the past history of boarding schools and general subjugation of the native Americans probably injected this type of behavior within the community?
I've been listening to Glenn Beck's radio show off and on for a few years. I've been watching him gradually sliding ever farther down the philisophical slope toward truth. He's been very good at batting at the branches of the tree of evil. Pointing out this villian and that. He's also been chopping at the major branches, for instance seeing the error of WWI leading to WWII etc. Now he's even hacking at the trunk, talking about restoring focus to the individual, using livestock analogys to discuss rule, saying man can rule himself, and talking about the barriers to freedom being within our own mind. Today after a year of telling everyone about God, he even said not to let any man tell you anything about God that God does not tell you himself.
I talked to our webmaster, Seth, last night. He says he's planning on making upgrades to the site this weekend. Hopefully this should fix any issues you are having.
"I'd like to upgrade things, which will not only solve some problems but also fix potential security holes."
So hang in there. Hpopefully by Monday all will be well.
The argument "The government shouldn't be involved in X, but since it is..." comes up a lot. What is the proper libertarian response to such questions. Ideally, we want to get the State out of as many things as possible but how do we approach issues where in the meantime, government isn't going to get out. For example, the marriage issue. A case could be made both ways: the gov't shouldn't extend marriage or the gov't should treat people equally. Or immigration. The government owns property. Should immigrants have unimpeded access to the property in order to get into the U.S. ? It seems like a potential can of worms.
That demagogue (Mencken defined a demagogue as "one who will preach doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.") Thom Hartmann is at it again. In a nutshell, he is proposing that the right to keep and bear arms should be curtailed because some stats have shown an increase in violence in right to carry states.
This lead to my question. What if liberty resulted in less prosperity and more violence? We know it won't but what if it did? I would still support liberty.
Hopefully I'm not retreading over old territory, but I'd like to know if anybody else on here spends time trying to reach others with the ideas of complete liberty in one on one discussions. I think it would be constructive to have a thread for comparing notes about what types of responses and reactions you get, what works for reaching people, and what to avoid. I chaired a tea party group for a year and gave it up as I came to more enlightenment. I simply was unable to restrain my clashes of opinion to act as a leader for people I don't agree with. I stayed with the group to try to work within it to see if I could reach people.
This guy understands morality about as well as I understand algebra.
In Spain we have a new law about tobacco prohibition -socialist law-. It is forbidden to smoke in any bar, pub. How is this issue in USA, or other countries?
For me it is a radical and hardcore prohibition.
Over at Sheldon Richman's blog, he has reposted a nice intro/summary of Thomas Szasz's position on "mental illness". In light of the recent shooting in AZ, it is very timely.
I couldn't help chuckling about this story.
In fact I remember this group were raided last year by the police & I had wondered how the police knew what they might be scheming
No joke that the man charged with carrying out the massacre in Arizona on Saturday is being alleged to being a devil worshipping transsexual by sections of the US media.
I don't agree with almost anything that has come out of Congress, but I absolutely condemn this violence.
Giffords and her family are in my prayers and I hope she will come out of this okay.
So Mothy now you Aussies are now finding out how its like to be British
Pissing with rain i& you're shit at cricket ;)
This is so funny. I've never laughed so hard. :P
Dude #1: If America is number one, which country do you think is number two?"
Dude #2: Europe.
LOLLLLLLLLLLLLL You know she went to public school.
From the 4th of January VAT has risen to its highest ever level of 20%
As ever with any blanket tax its going to hit the most vulnerable in society & VAT is just that a blanket tax.
Though people seem to think that food stuffs are excluded from VAT but this is isn’t actually true, though there are some exclusions on food products even when there are exclusions on particular items those items will still go up due to VAT being added to transportation costs etc.
Well this government in particular do seem help bent on having the most vulnerable in society to pay the economic mess this country is in, when in fact it should be the bankers & their politician mates as they got us into this fucking mess.