January 16, 2012
Libertarian Commentary on The News
By Nathan A. Barton © 2012
North Carolina First State to Offer Compensation to Victims of Forced Sterilization
A reminder that we have had problems with government for a LONG time - tyranny is tyranny. In the case of North Carolina, the tyranny was particularly disgusting - a total theft of human rights done on the decision of a single political appointee who just happened to be the father of a major media personality (Charles Kuralt). For the “crime” of being a bit more stupid than the normal inhabitant of North Carolina, apparently.
Mama's Note: Any person who actually ordered or participated in such things should, of course, be held personally responsible and pay whatever restitution is possible to any person who was an actual victim of such barbaric crime. The general taxpayers of NC did not commit this crime, and so should not be robbed to pay for it.
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Of COURSE you're free. Now shut-up.
By L. Reichard White © 2012
That wimpy unpatriotic peace-monger Ron Paul doesn't want to start a war with Iran! What's wrong with him? Doesn't he know that after being forced out of Iraq, we're now at least one war short? And no, Pakistan doesn't count yet.
So what if Israel has at least 400 nukes -- and we don't
bother them? And the evidence of Iran's WMD
nuke program is complete B.S.? That inconvenient detail can be easily
overcome. After all, the Bush Administration successfully used
non-existent WMD as an excuse for attacking the people in Iraq -- and
we managed to stay there for almost nine years anyway. True, Bush &
Co. got busted for the 935 lies they told to get it on, but they
told a bunch more lies they didn't get caught for.
by DataPacRat (From The Libertarian Enterprise)
If an authoritarian tries to pass a law increasing their authority at the expense of civil liberties, it would be so much easier to oppose if such a naked power-grab was the only justification for it. Unfortunately, any such law that has a chance of being passed, and thus needs to be fought against, will also come along with some appealing justification for it, such as promoting decency, providing security for the homeland, or the perennial favorite, protecting the children. Most often, those who support the law really do believe that they're trying to do good.
There is one single reason to oppose such laws - but it's a form of reasoning that has often fallen by the wayside, especially when 'news' agencies try to drum up sales by turning every issue into a battle between two equal sides. And that is that even if the reasons given are good goals, and even if the law will accomplish those goals, then the harms done to the basic civil liberties that allow society to function mean that those laws should be opposed by whatever means are available.
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by Glen Allport (From Strike The Root)
One cannot fully describe or understand either love or freedom without reference to the contributions of the other quality. For instance, taking away another's freedom – whether with actual slavery or some lesser form of coercion – is the opposite of loving them; love includes allowing others to live their own lives and to make their own choices, good or bad. Viewing the human world through a lens that focuses only or mostly on one of these qualities, or which lacks understanding of how they support each other, necessarily creates an unbalanced and incomplete understanding of the human world.
The linkage between love and freedom (or compassion and liberty, if you prefer that wording) is such that low levels of one quality bring about lower levels of the other quality. For instance, a police state is not conducive to love and compassion. Police states (i.e., unfree societies) are toxic to love and thus reduce the levels of love and compassion in society. The defining characteristics of a police state include coercion, cruelty, and callousness – opposites of love.
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by J.D. Tuccille (From Disloyal Opposition)
Yes, that’s harsh stuff, but I think that Spencer’s argument that human beings are moral actors who have to shoulder the consequences of their choice to support imperialist adventures can just as easily be applied to the actions of police officers who willingly don badge and gun to enforce immoral laws against consensual activities. British troops in Spencer’s time were volunteers, and so are police officers in modern America. Nobody forced them to take the job, and they have a responsibility to consider the moral consequences of their actions.
leopard attack shows anti-human nature of ‘gun control’
We learn that “wildlife personnel” with a
tranquilizer gun took care of the big cat—after the attacks. We also
learn that this is not the first time in recent years such attacks have
occurred, and that they are on the increase.
Pimp my ride, ChiCom ruling class style
By Garry Reed
Every society based on a hierarchical political structure that imposes rules by some on others ipso facto has a ruling class to do the imposing, and whatever that ruling class may be – socialist, fascist, communist, progressive, conservative, Democrat, Republican – will be just as corrupt as every other ruling class throughout history. That's why it's almost humorous to listen to "the left" – liberals, progressives, socialists – talk about how their political philosophy would produce equality, fairness and justice if only their government ruling thugs would impose "social welfare" and "redistribution of wealth" and "group rights" on everyone else.
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Features From The Last Issue
Libertarian Commentary on The News
By Nathan A. Barton © 2012
(55 additional items)
The Collapse of Our Corrupt, Predatory,
Pathological Financial System Is Necessary and Positive
By Charles Hugh Smith
Will Ron Paul Destroy the 'Party of Lincoln'?
by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
By Garry Reed
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