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Archive for October, 2008

Musical graphics and artist commentary

Posted by Jesse on October 29, 2008

BobSchneider puts his webpage down in contribution to the musical world.

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Jesus: In defense of anarcho-capitalism

Posted by Jesse on October 27, 2008

Excerpted from Jesus is an Anarchist: A Free-Market, Libertarian Anarchist, That Is—Otherwise What Is Called an Anarcho-Capitalist∗ by James Redford;  Molinari Institute on Market Anarchy

“If the history of governments teach us anything it is that such crisis is a regular occurrence, for governments by their nature tend toward instability. If it be asked Why then do we still have government?, it is here answered that it is because no viable alternative to government has been articulated by a critical mass at such a crisis, in that most people throughout history have accepted the deception that government is a necessary evil and could not conceive a better alternative.”

[Matthew 2:1–6]

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’ ”

“The story of Jesus’s life can in part be summed up as suffering through this unjust Satanic world system for having preached the Truth, with government being chief among the culprits of this Satanic world system. All one has to do is review the life story of Jesus to plainly see that government—far from being instituted by God—is and has been a demonic tool of Satan used to oppress the righteous.”

[11-Matthew 5:17,18; 12-Matthew 7:12]

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” [11] . . . “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” [12]

…..It is here where we find why it is quite impossible for any government to actually abide by Jesus’s ultimate commandment. The reason quite simply is because all governments do to their subjects what they outlaw their subjects to do to them. That is, all governments, in order to be a government, must enforce a coercive monopoly on ultimate control of the law—this is a necessary feature of all governments. All governments set up courts and enforce control over ultimate judicial decision, while outlawing others from engaging in the same practice. Thus, e.g., if a group of people become dissatisfied with the judicial services that the government is providing and decide to set up shop offering their own private arbitration and protection services on the market without seeking the permission of the government to do so then the government will attack these people and put an end to their competitive judicial services, and would thereby enforce its monopoly on ultimate control over the law. If the government failed to enforce its monopoly on ultimate control over the law then it would cease to be a government, but would instead become just another private protection agency offering its services on a competitive market.

…..It is for this reason that anyone that takes Jesus’s ultimate ethical commandment seriously must of necessity advocate the abolition of all Earthly governments wherever and whenever they may exist, as governments are necessarily incompatible with Jesus’s ultimate ethical commandment and diametrically opposed to it. In passing, it’s important for me to distinguish “Earthly governments” from what is sometimes called the “Kingdom of God” or the “Kingdom of Christ.” In the above discussion I have been analyzing governments as they are operated by men here on Earth—but as I will show, the “Kingdom” which Christ is to establish on Earth will be the functional and operational opposite of any kingdom which has ever existed on Earth before, i.e., it won’t actually be a government in the sense in which I defined above and will in fact be perfectly consistent with the Golden Rule. ”

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What do you claim to know and how? (videos abound!)

Posted by Jesse on October 27, 2008

What did you learn in school today?

Springsteen : Bring ’em Home

John McCain flip-flops on the War for Oil and Iraq

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Creation of ‘The Federal Reserve’ and it’s relationship to Industrialization

Posted by Jesse on October 27, 2008

Industrial cartel/merger policies can only be preserved through use of the state.

Competition in the market, absent the strong-arming of state legislation, will always present a challenge to those that seek to dominate the market.

Rothbard’s Founding of the Federal Reserve (video)

Murray outlines the argument by the intellectuals during the progressive era and the rise of state privilege that has assumed its place in American society and politics. It is accepted as the foundation of American economic policy today.

·Elimination of Free Banking (monopolization of money/national banking system/fractional reserve banks)

·Credit expansion/”Lender of last Resort”/Inflation

·1/2 hour of details about how the Federal Reserve Act came to be and the actors that drove this policy.

·Question and Answer session for the last 8 minutes

also see Rothbards short explanation of Fractional Reserve Bank accounting, What Has Government Done to Our Money (primer), The Case Against the Fed (book)

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·Great Mises Institute media on the nature/origin of money and the Federal Reserve as an institution.

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Principles in Ethics and Property

Posted by Jesse on October 27, 2008

The Economics and Ethics of Private Property by Hans Herman Hoppe

(Review: by David Gordon)

"Do not steal" is an excellent principle of ethics; it is also the first principle of sound economic systems. Hans-Hermann Hoppe elaborates on the sociological implications of this truth. And this is his great work on the topic.

[my notes on this 16 min video intro by the author Hans Herman Hoppe]

central themes of the book

·economics as a moral science.

private property has almost disappeared from economics, although its still an implicit concept by the very nature of exchange.

·attempt to reintegrate ethics and economics; there is a difference between value free positive economics and ethics as a normative discipline (theoretical and applied examples)

[axiomatic ethics: a priori of argumentation, i.e., denying argumentation is impossible. economics (mises): axiom of action, i.e., not acting is acting]

Ethics assumes the ideal of avoiding or mitigating conflict

Scarce resources requires rules of exclusivity

  1. Self Ownership is fundamental
  2. Right to unowned resources

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