Libertarian Commentary on the News, #15-09A: Liberty dwindling

By Nathan Barton

Good morning.  Liberty continues to be attacked, right here in the Fifty States, where this week and last we see a good many examples.  Here are a few that caught my eye. The price we must pay to restore our liberty grows greater and greater with each passing day.

Back in January, the Mises Circle in Houston had excellent presentations on Secession by Jeff Deist and Ron Paul, pointing out that secession begins at home and CAN be successful in the cause of Liberty.  Apparently someone noticed, as on Valentine’s Day in Bryan, Texas, a joint Federal-State-County-City assault force of 20 officers raided a scheduled meeting of the “Republic of Texas,” a long-existing secession group, arresting, fingerprinting, and harassing the sixty people present (except apparently for the Judas that opened the doors for the raiders) to carry out a warrant involving a “possible misdemeanor” being committed.  Freedom of speech?  Freedom of assembly?  Freedom of thought? I don’t know if this was a direct response to the Houston Mises meeting or not, but I do have my suspicions. Continue reading

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No King Of Old Had It Better

By Bradley Harrington

The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.” – H.L. Mencken, “H.L. Mencken’s Notebooks,” 1956 -

In accordance with Theodore Sturgeon’s Law that “nine tenths of anything is crud,” most of what has come out of Wyoming’s 2015 Legislative Session so far has certainly qualified.

But a refreshing departure from that trend took place on Feb. 9 when both the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed Senate File 14, the “asset forfeiture” bill, which would overturn the legal system’s “right” to seize property from citizens without convicting said citizens of a crime first.

In a desperate attempt to maintain the state’s coercive capabilities in this arena, however, Gov. Matt Mead scuttled the legislation, demonstrating that Sturgeon’s Law applies to his office as well: Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, #15-08B: Ownership and Power

By Nathan Barton

Today, we accept that people who OWN something may not actually control it:  shareholders in a corporation (especially a large, publicly-traded one) do not control that company; we “own” our house and land but government dictates to us what we can and cannot do with it and on it; supposedly “we, the people” own vast acreages of land and parks but must follow the dictates of bureaucrats to do anything on it – and indeed usually must pay for the “privilege” of using “our own land.”  Here are a few stories related directly to this problem.

Mama’s Note: Not to mention the property and other taxes extorted because of what we “own.” Then there is the threat of “asset forfeiture” if TPTB decide they like what we have and want to take it. Continue reading

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Libertarian commentary on the news, #15-08A: The Fuehrer and The Nation

By Nathan Barton

Good morning.  Several news stories as I still am fighting sickness… These center mostly about that guy squatting at 1600 PA.

History in the making? The Fuehrer to make WWII internment camp in Hawaii a national monument. For more than half a century, what had once been Hawaii’s largest and longest-operating internment camp was ignored and forgotten. On Thursday, President Barack Obama will designate the plot of land in western Oahu that was the site of the Honouliuli camp as a national monument, White House officials said.  There are many MANY more locations far more suitable for such a national monument to recognize this evil action during WWII, but of course, this is the Fuehrer’s “home state” and so an internment camp in the middle of a tropical paradise is what he wants.  Much better choices would be the desolate, isolated, harsh climates of Heart Mountain in Wyoming, Grenada in Southeast Colorado, Topaz in Lake Bonneville of Utah, or even Tule Lake, in far Northern California.  It occurs to me: there are several different kind of “national monuments” which exist: there are scenic and historical and “research” sites, among others.  This could be a dual-purpose site: not just historical but a place to better train those who will run the NEXT cycle of internment camps for Americans? Continue reading

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Asking The Wrong Questions

Uniting Constitutional Protection for Economic and Social Liberties, Part 1: Substantive Due Process and Unenumerated Rights by Steven Horwitz

For libertarians the right to engage in contract and exchange with other consenting adults is just as important as the right to engage in speech and sex with other consenting adults. Other civil liberties, such as the right to bear arms or to buy, sell, and ingest various chemical substances are outgrowths of the rights to contract and the right to engage in “anything that’s peaceful” (i.e., that does not cause harm to innocent others).

Steve goes on at length about all this, and obviously plans to write a great deal more, but I would like to ask him a few simple questions.

Where and how does anyone, or any group of people, obtain legitimate authority to dictate anything to anyone? Please carefully consider the meaning of the word legitimate as I’m using it. Continue reading

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The God Of The Machine

By Bradley Harrington

America is at that awkward stage. It’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.” – Claire Wolfe, “101 Things To Do ‘Til The Revolution,” 1996 -

Most of the time, in discussions of political issues, I pick up little more than the same pre-conceived platitudes one can find in any public school classroom.

Once in a great while, however, I hear something that jars me right down to the soles of my boots. Continue reading

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Nathan still under the weather

For any who are wondering what has happened to the Commentary on the News, Nathan Barton has been ill for a little more than two weeks now, and it may be a while before he can return to regular columns. If you are the praying sort, I’m sure he would appreciate yours.

In the meantime, I’m going to try to post at least one item a day. Thanks for your patience. MamaLiberty

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Wyoming Should Buy Gold

By Bradley Harrington

NOTE: This is the second of two columns looking at a proposal by Wyoming Treasurer Mark Gordon to invest funds from the state’s rainy-day account into stocks and other vehicles.

The richest people and the biggest corporations in the world come to me for advice. I tell them: The United States Government is corrupt, Wall Street is rotten, and the Dollar is doomed.” – Dr. Franz Pick, “The Triumph of Gold,” 1987 -

In Part I, I began by considering Wyoming State Treasurer Mark Gordon’s desire to use the stock market for state fund investments, and I spent the rest of the piece discussing enough American economic history to lay the foundation for the conclusion that such a move would be a “tremendous blunder.” Continue reading

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Gun Control – Leaders and Followers

By MamaLiberty

It hit me last night that a lot of us may have been wasting much of our time trying to fight the “gun control” leaders, on several levels.

Obummer has pretty much stayed out of it, being busy with vacations, golf, plotting world war, adding to the latest list of those he’d like to have “renditioned,” and redefining occasional words in the English dictionary, among many other things. Too much work for one man, of course, but it’s been hard for him to really count on Holder, the DOJ, BATFE, NSA and the IRS, etc,. because they have been very busy too. Imagine the scope of all the lies to remember, hard drives to destroy, things to lose and then find, sort of… like emails, guns and stuff. They send out their swarms of armed goons when they can, but it’s not always that easy. Interdepartment political wars and snarking contests make it hard to get down to the real business of destroying liberty and the economy, but they do what they can. Continue reading

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Education By Force? Really?

By Bradley Harrington

We who are engaged in the sacred cause of education are entitled to look upon all parents as having given hostages to our cause.” – Horace Mann, “Lectures and Annual Reports on Education,” 1867 -

Prussia, after having been occupied by Napoleon during the Fourth Coalition War of 1806-1807, decided afterwards that flaws in its educational system were the cause of its humiliating defeat.

Consequently, Prussian intellectuals took the country’s compulsory-school model, first implemented decades earlier by Frederick the Great, and revamped it considerably. The stated goal was the production of loyal, socially-compliant citizens who would obediently follow the orders of the nation-state. Continue reading

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