“Uninstall the system”

Or, Confessions of a Disillusioned (Former) Libertarian (by the Brunette)

A Mother’s day call to family back east involved several handsets, 9 family members, and lots of background noise. Hard to tell who I was talking with at times, and who was listening, amidst the hubbub. It was Mom, I think, who asked me what I thought of the current political circus. The lack of enthusiasm at their end felt palpable . . . possibly a few Bernie supporters there; the hushed silence among an often vocal group of left liberals seemed almost eerie, even a bit sad (hey, they’re family . . . what can I say. I love them, despite their politics, and I hope they’d say the same of me.)

I’ve not willingly paid much attention to politics for years. For a time, I was active with the LP (as Vin has been, also.) The people involved were great, but — well, politics is nasty business. Since I “dropped out” of the LP, I’ve considered myself an anarchist and still do, of the peace loving kind. But since I was asked point blank, I mentioned that I like what John McAfee has to say (“Who? Who’s he?”) and rather than letting our divergent views derail the friendly conversation, I offered to send them some links. Later.

Read the rest at Vin Suprynowicz blog here.

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Freedom and stupidity

Libertarian Commentary #16-20D By Nathan Barton

Supposedly, we all have the right to be stupid. But I wonder, can freedom and stupidity coexist?

Gasp! Freedom is restored! Or is it not liberty, but license: Colorado residents will now be able to collect rainwater on their property after a new bill was signed Thursday by Governor John Hickenlooper. Rainwater surface runoff in Colorado is protected by strict laws to prevent the flow of rainwater from being significantly reduced for people who hold senior water rights downstream. Colorado residents will be allowed to store up to 110 gallons of rainwater in two 55-gallon barrels.
True Activist did report this honestly. Wow! A whole hundred and TEN gallons. Sounds like a lot: but lets calculate: A 2,000 SF house in a location with 15 inches of precip a year, produces 2500 CF of water per year. That is a whooping 18700 gallons per year (actually, about 80% of that, or about 15,000 gallons, since part of that snow and rain sublimates or evaporates right there on the roof). You can actually HAVE a whole 2/3 of a % of that large amount of water. I understand the law, understand that the idiots back in 1876 decided that the STATE should “own” all the water, but … really? Continue reading

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Islamic wars: the future of the world?

Libertarian Commentary #16-20C By Nathan Barton

To listen to the news, things are unraveling rapidly world-wide, especially in the Islamic world (the Ummah, or Dal al-Islam).

The killing continues, and most are Muslim-on-Muslim attacks. (But of course, the West is to blame, just as Anglos are to blame for black-on-black killings in the American ghettos.) In Yemen, two blasts killed 37 police officers, as reported by the Straits Times [Singapore] “A suicide attack claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group and a separate bombing killed 37 police officers Saturday in the Yemeni port of Mukalla, where a year of Al-Qaeda rule was ended just last month. The suicide attack was the second attack in days claimed by ISIS in the city of 200,000 people, which was recaptured by government forces, with United States backing.” Not that a LACK of FedGov backing would keep these idiot partisans of Allah from killing each other. Continue reading

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Economics, Populist Fads, and Government

Libertarian Commentary #16-20B By Nathan Barton

Governments are organizations where “group-think” is a large part of how they do things. They are unaccountable to the mechanisms of the free market. And they are made up of people (both the elite who supposedly control it and the bureaucrats who exist in and because of it) who are greedy and unable to really comprehend what is in their best interest in the long run. Therefore, government does stupid, bad things to the economies of the societies in which the governments exist. Actually, they often kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. Like many parasites, they are too blind and stupid to realize what they are doing, most of the time.

Mama’s Note: If ordinary people didn’t accept the (mistaken) idea that the non-voluntary government has some legitimate authority for what they do, none of it would be happening. The government requires that belief and compliance in order to exist. There aren’t enough cops, soldiers or “secret agents” to enforce the tyranny without the actual cooperation of the majority of the population. Luckily, the stupid politicians, etc. seem to be working hard to dispel the myth of their superior authority. And more than a few of the cops, soldiers and maybe even secret agents are coming to realize that they don’t actually want to enforce tyranny. Continue reading

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Is it time to revolt yet?

Libertarian Commentary #16-20A by Nathan Barton

The TYRANT has spoken. According to The Associated Press, the White House planned to issue a directive to ALL PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS: “Public schools must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity … The guidance from leaders at the departments of Education and Justice says public schools are obligated to treat transgender students in a way that matches their gender identity, even if their education records or identity documents indicate a different sex.”

Even the NY Times called it a “decree.” Emperors and tyrants issue decrees. Free people do NOT live by decree. No matter WHAT your opinion or position on this truly stupid subject, how can you NOT say, “Enough is Enough.” Continue reading

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Titanic Hillary

By Gordon E. Finley, Ph.D.

The headlines of two articles appearing simultaneously and fortuitously in today’s issue of The Wall Street Journal say it all: “Brazilian President Rousseff’s Downfall Was Years in the Making” (5/12/16) and “Emails Are Likely to Keep Complicating Hillary Clinton’s Campaign” (5/11/16).

Every Democratic primary voter today and later every general election voter should note the parallels between the recent ouster of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (“Brazilian President Rousseff’s Downfall Was Years in the Making,” 5/12/16) and current U.S. presidential candidate Secretary Hillary Clinton (“Emails Are Likely to Keep Complicating Hillary Clinton’s Campaign,” 5/11/16). Continue reading

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False religions, new and old

Libertarian Commentary #16-19C, By Nathan Barton

False religions are, of course, a dime a dozen and have been since not all that long after Adam and Eve got kicked out of the garden. Today, more than ever, we see the world infested with them.

New Religions: As Western Civilization (Euro-American Civilization) continues to rapidly deteriorate, there are many bizarre features. One of these is the development of new, alternative religions – or at least their rapid growth and domination of the lives and actions and pocketbooks of many people. Of course, many of these have been around for decades or even a century, but not in the form and with the preeminence which they have in 2016. Continue reading

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They just don’t get it: Lack of understanding, Lack of knowledge

Libertarian Commentary #16-19C, by Nathan Barton

American “society” and “civilization” are changing before our eyes, and the changes are not pretty. Part of this is the increasing urbanization and “uber-urbanization” (pun intended) of the Fifty States. Those who live in the upper-class areas and the suburban zones of the great conurbations just do not care about, and do not understand, the rest of the nation; not the small cities and towns, not the rural areas, and especially not the frontier areas where the population is less than 5 per square mile (people, not cows) – and indeed in many areas in which I live, work, and travel, less than 1 person per mile. In addition, what many people call a post-christian civilization (and which many others call an amoral or immoral society), means that more and more, the actions of small numbers of people in our society (not just in private but in public) are not just distasteful to a significant number of people, but are disgusting, sickening, and seen as threatening to themselves and their families, and indeed, harbingers of the rapid collapse of society. These small numbers of people include the 1/10 of 1% of humans who are “transgender” and the 1-2% who are homosexual, the 1/10th of 1% who are thuggish and brutal “law enforcement officers” and the 1/100th of 1% who are “celebrities” because of their looks or musical or other “talents.” But in a society built around groupthink and the state, it is these tiny minorities who drive the train: who dictate “acceptable” cultural “norms” and who corrupt and coarsen society.

Mama’s Note: Only aggressive acts, by anyone, are the problem. It is the aggression of some homosexuals (or whatever they call themselves) and policemen and celebrities that are the problem, not what people choose to do with their own lives and property – regardless of who is offended or “disgusted.” None of their business. Continue reading

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Fear

Libertarian Commentary #16-19B, By Nathan Barton

Our British cousins live in fear. Or so it seems from some recent news items. The Commentator reports on a poll in the Daily Telegraph regarding “private bills” voters want to get members of Parliament to introduce, with a very strong showing for the repeal of the handgun ban enacted after the Dunblaine killings in 1997, nearly 20 years ago, which attempted to disarm Her Majesty’s subjects in the British Isles. I wouldn’t hold my breath on Commons doing the smart thing, no matter how many Brits die because they cannot defend themselves against those who ignore the law. (I could not actually find the Daily Telegraph article, but assume that the Commentator is accurately reporting this.) Britons long ago took the wrong path, away from liberty and freedom to dependence and socialism and a herd mentality. This isn’t going to change because of a poll and a “private bill.” Continue reading

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Disasters and the Response of Lovers of Liberty

Libertarian Commentary #16-19A  by Nathan Barton

This incident should be of great interest and closely watched by a whole raft of folks. A massive wildfire has forced evacuation of Fort McMurray, Alberta, as reported by CBS News. “The entire population of the Canadian oil sands city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, has been ordered to evacuate as a wildfire whipped by winds engulfed homes and sent ash raining down on residents. More than 80,000 residents have been ordered to flee after an earlier order that had applied to almost 30,000 people, mostly on the city’s south side, was extended to tens of thousands more as flames continued to make their way into the city Tuesday. Residents were panicked. Highway 63 is the only road out of the city and flames jumped the road.” I attended a Homeland Security conference (read, Emergency Management) and this was a topic of interest during the conference this week. Continue reading

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