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Freedom Works -> Deny Statism

Posted by Jesse on April 3, 2009

Mises on War

War…is harmful, not only to the conquered but to the conqueror. Society has arisen out of the works of peace; the essence of society is peacemaking. Peace and not war is the father of all things. Only economic action has created the wealth around us; labor, not the profession of arms, brings happiness. Peace builds, war destroys. (Socialism, p. 59)

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Financial Crisis solved: Start Liquidating Federal Gov’t assets

Posted by Jesse on March 14, 2009

It’s called leading by example

A Forgotten Day and A Forgotten Country Harry Brown

In 1886 the federal debt was $1.40 per person (adjusted for inflation to dollars of 2002 value). In 2002 the federal debt was $21,564 per person.

Free to Plan A Secure Retirement Harry Browne

The federal government owns trillions of dollars worth of assets it doesn’t need and shouldn’t have. These include power companies, pipelines, idle military bases, business enterprises, over 400,000 buildings, oil and mineral rights, commodity reserves, and much more including 29% of all the land in the United States.

When the federal government is reduced to just its Constitutional functions, there will be no reason for it to continue hoarding those assets. They can be sold to the public, putting them in the hands of people who will use them more responsibly and more productively. And the sales will generate the money to clean up the financial mess the politicians have made.

Repudiating the National Debt Murray Rothbard

It is ridiculous for a citizen to be taxed by one arm of the federal government (the IRS), to pay interest and principal on debt owned by another agency of the federal government. It would save the taxpayer a great deal of money, and spare savings from further waste, to simply cancel that debt outright. The alleged debt is simply an accounting fiction that provides a mask over reality and furnishes a convenient means for mulcting the taxpayer.

Social Security, perhaps the most revered institution in the American polity, is also the greatest single racket. It’s simply a giant Ponzi scheme controlled by the federal government. But this reality is masked by the Social Security Administration’s purchase of government bonds, the Treasury then spending these funds on whatever it wishes. But the fact that the SSA has government bonds in its portfolio, and collects interest and payment from the American taxpayer, allows it to masquerade as a legitimate insurance business.

…This combination of repudiation and privatization would go a long way to reducing the tax burden, establishing fiscal soundness, and desocializing the United States.

In order to go this route, however, we first have to rid ourselves of the fallacious mindset that conflates public and private, and that treats government debt as if it were a productive contract between two legitimate property owners.

What is America Harry Browne

If you devote yourself to fighting against the latest political proposal, you may be wasting your time.

The growth of government is inevitable because the major issue has already been decided: there is no longer an America of tiny government, voluntary association, and the free market. So the only arguments now are over how the politicians will run our lives the Republican way or the Democratic way.

Our one hope is to persuade our fellow Americans that a return to the Bill of Rights could bring us much smaller government, much greater personal income, access to more low-cost products and services, and the freedom to live your own life as you think best not as the President or Congress wants.

Every battle is trivial compared to the fight to restore that unique America.

And don’t forget about the Fed

The Solution Murray Rothbard

To save our economy from destruction and from the eventual holocaust of run away inflation, we the people must take the money-supply function back from the government. Money is far too important to be left in the hands of bankers and of Establishment economists and financiers. To accomplish this goal, money must be returned to the market economy, with all monetary functions performed within the structure of the rights of private property and of the free-market economy.

Abolish the Fed Ron Paul

From the Great Depression, to the stagflation of the seventies, to the burst of the dotcom bubble last year, every economic downturn suffered by the country over the last 80 years can be traced to Federal Reserve policy. The Fed has followed a consistent policy of flooding the economy with easy money, leading to a misallocation of resources and an artificial “boom” followed by a recession or depression when the Fed-created bubble bursts.


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Secular Ethics (UPB)

Posted by Jesse on October 26, 2008

Stefbot’s Intro, or “Summation”, that describes the relationship involving the mind, material reality, and the concept of truth.

  1. Since material reality behaves is a rational and predictable manner
  2. A statement that is true must describe something that is objective rational and predictable
  3. Those thoughts which are designed to define truth must be objective rational and predictable.

Molyneux concludes Ethics Reloaded! with a definiton of morality

  1. Any theory that attempts to describe and define universally preferable behavior.
  2. Judged as ‘true or ‘false’ first by internal consistency, and then according to general evidence.

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HA! Libertarians for Obama.

Posted by Jesse on October 23, 2008

Yeah, like I’d Pay $42 for a thirteen oz. sign with that slogan on it. I’ll take one for free?! A little target practice in the back yard never hurts. Well, the purse might take a hit when Barack takes Chris Rock’s advice and raises the price of bullets. All the more reason to make your own and buy now!!

Libertarians for Obama….Freedom Fighters for Bush….Troops for McCain…

There is nothing new under the Sun. There is only the struggle which persists despite the 08 election and its theme which focuses on the idea of changing the state of things. Translation: “change” is a projection of the state’s intentions; the state of things will be changed/stabilized through and by the command of the state.

Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man (1792):

Great part of that order which reigns among mankind is not the effect of government. It has its origin in the principles of society and the natural constitution of man. It existed prior to government, and would exist if the formality of government was abolished. The mutual dependence and reciprocal interest which man has upon man, and all the parts of civilised community upon each other, create that great chain of connection which holds it together. The landholder, the farmer, the manufacturer, the merchant, the tradesman, and every occupation, prospers by the aid which each receives from the other, and from the whole. Common interest regulates their concerns, and forms their law; and the laws which common usage ordains, have a greater influence than the laws of government. In fine, society performs for itself almost everything which is ascribed to government.

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A biblical defense of anarcho-capitalism

Posted by Jesse on January 15, 2008

Found here: http://members.aol.com/VFTfiles/thesis/summaryAT.htm
Definition: “Anarcho-Capitalism”
[From a Christian perspective, “anarchy”—when defined as violence or the absence of legal sovereignty—is not even a moral option. Obviously, Jesus Christ is the Christian’s “Archist,” (Colossians 1:18; cf. Acts 3:15; 5:31; Hebrews 2:10; 12:2; Revelation 1:5) and His Word is our “Archy” (He is the Word; John 1:1; I John 1:1; Revelation 19:13; cf. also Hebrews 3:14; 5:12).]

“Anarcho-Capitalism” is a relentlessly consistent form of “Laissez-faire capitalism.” It is capitalism without “the State.”

“Capitalism” is widely understood to be the opposite of “socialism.” Capitalism delegates economic functions to the private (rather than the public) sector, relying on the “invisible hand” of the free market to allocate resources in the most efficient way. “Anarcho-capitalism” is a radically consistent capitalism, seeing all human action as an economic function, and therefore appropriately directed by market forces.

Most generic capitalists reserve several economic functions to the public or governmental sector: National Defense, punishment of criminals, and resolution of contractual disputes. Some capitalists would also include certain utilities (water, electricity) as necessitating a public monopoly. Anarcho-capitalists would remove all of these functions from political monopoly and allow them to be provided by the free market.

Anarcho-capitalists, in short, advocate the abolition of the State.

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The Depravity of Man

“If men were angels we need not have a government.”

Madison’s words in Federalist 51 are often cited against anarcho-capitalists, who are quick to respond:

“If men are devils we dare not have a government.”

Ironically, Madison’s overall point was not that the government can be trusted (as opposed to the depraved masses), or even on the necessity for government, but the reverse: that “power corrupts,” and the People must fashion a government with sufficient checks and balances to oblige the government to control itself. “A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.”

The Calvinist-sounding doctrine of “the depravity of man” is our presupposition. No man or men can be trusted with a monopoly of institutionalized force.

“But without a State to control the people, won’t the masses break out into lawlessness and violence?” They are more likely to do so if the society officially and publicly legitimizes force, which is what society does when it creates the State, which then models violence as an ethically legitimate response to the frustrations of life.

The Founding Fathers were virtually unanimous in their belief that the State was dangerous and could not inculcate virtue and self-control: this was the job of religion. The more we fear crime, the more we should strengthen those institutions of Gospel morality, and denounce the State, the Mafia, and all others who initiate force or violence.
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Why This Thesis is Really Not That Controversial

“Biblical Anarchism” sounds like a shocking doctrine at first. But if you were to be

transported back in time 1,000 years
into a prosperous urban center
among the greatest intellectual, religious, and political leaders of the day
armed with a copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution,
and you politely suggested that people adopt the views of those documents concerning the civil magistrate,
you likely would have been executed by sundown. “The Divine Right of Kings” dominated political thinking in those days, a doctrine which

every priest and prince agreed was an essential doctrine of the Christian Faith,
the abandonment of which would result in the destruction of the social order,
a doctrine which has been universally repudiated in favor of the doctrine of “the consent of the governed,”
and is believed by virtually nobody in the 21st century.

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