Libertarian commentary on the news, #14-32C: Politics 2014

by Nathan Barton

Government is, we agree, stupid.  People are often stupid, especially en mass. All this factors into politics, where politicians, bureaucrats, and voters all vie for the title of “most stupid.”  It makes life miserable for most of us. Continue reading

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Libertarian commentary on the news, #14-32B: Bad weekend

By Nathan Barton

Good morning, at least here in the Black Hills.  Around the world?  A bad weekend and a bad week.   Here is a brief look.

Islamic wars – Murder and more

Last week, stories have appeared that “christian” and Yazidi children are being thrown from mountaintops to keep them from rape, slavery, and torture by the jihadist “terrorists” of the Islamic State: the new Caliphate, as well as to keep them from starving or dying of thirst. I have not been able to confirm the truth of that, but HAVE seen significant substantiation of women and children being raped, made slaves, and executed (murdered) together with conscript soldiers and many people just for being of different sects of Islam.  The fact that Progressive, atheist France has opened its borders to christians fleeing from Mesopotamia is strong evidence of the horror faced by so many. I find it interesting that the mainstream media is emphasizing the plight of the Yazidi, but often ignoring the similar blight for hundreds of thousands of “christians.” But it isn’t just the media. Continue reading

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Libertarian commentary on the news, #14-32A: Stupid, stupid, stupid

By Nathan Barton

Good morning!  Sometimes the sheer stupidity of government and its actions hits me right between the eyes: this weekend is a great example.  Ignoring impacts on me, my family, my clients, and friends and associates, we see a bunch of absolutely stupid examples in the news.  Here are a few: Continue reading

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Rustling, revolvers, and rational thinking

By Nathan Barton

In the UK, Sheep and cattle rustling soars as rural thieves target livestock over
machinery
, (as reported in Freedom News Daily from our friends at ISIL) while meat prices hit all time highs (at least in living memory) in the UK and US.

Mama’s Note: And, of course, no mention at all of the owners doing anything rational to defend their property – like being armed and ready to shoot if necessary. I’m not hearing a lot about either rustling or hay theft here (in Northeastern Wyoming) these days, but I’m sure it is still a problem.

Nathan: Remember, her majesty’s subjects are no long expected (or allowed) to behave like adults unless they take the queen’s shilling and wear a shiny badge, and even then, only when “on duty.” No longer may they do ANYTHING to protect themselves, their property, their families, or anything else as supposedly “free Englishmen” (or Scots, Irish, Welsh, or Manxmen). Continue reading

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A century of war (Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-31D)

by Nathan Barton

Good morning, and a good weekend to all.

This commentary is intended, in part, and dedicated to remembering that 100 years ago, a war started that soon spanned the globe, and began a century of horrors, a century of war in which vast, uncountable numbers of people were killed, wounded, driven insane, made refugees, and beggared.  A war that destroyed much of the promise of Western Civilization, even as it allowed the West to temporarily dominate most of the world. Continue reading

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Liberty: The Gold That Does Not Glitter

By The Hunter, Knight of Non-Aggression

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

“The Dunadan”, B. Baggins
(JRR Tolkien, “The Fellowship of the Ring”) Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-31C: War and perverting principles

by Nathan Barton

Good morning.  The various fighting throughout the “House of Submission” or “House of Peace” (Dar al-Islam) continues unabated.  Although the western powers (including Israel) have their fingers in the pie, a lot of it is Muslim on Muslim violence, or Muslims attacking native non-Muslims not really associated with the West.  Supposedly, this is perverting the principles of the “religion of peace.” Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-31B: thankfulness?

by Nathan Barton

Good afternoon, and join me in being thankful (to God) for the prosperity and liberty we still do have.  Troubled as the Fifty States are, stagnant as our economy is, we have an abundance of both compared to too many people in history and too many people on the planet today.  Not sayin’ that we should not have more, mind you.  Just that we are better off than most. Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-31A: Insanity is catching

by Nathan Barton

Good morning, and welcome to a world of insanity.  Nothing new, I admit, but the place is going bonkers even more rapidly than in the past.

Hamas, according to an Israeli analyst, has 3,000 “elite” soldiers ready to die in suicide attacks on Israel. No explanation as to why they have not yet done so, in order to reduce Israeli pressure on their civilian population (and military facilities) in Gaza. Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, #13-30F: California and more trouble

By Nathan Barton

Good morning, and hope you are having a GREAT weekend!

Have to start with a FUN story. According to Tranzi, the UN is contemplating not just forcing Detroit to provide water free to residents, but forcing people to migrate from California due to the severe drought, which is expanding. The UN says that too many people live in California.  The site reporting this thinks that would be a good thing – but living in areas which already have high rates of migration from the Left Coast, I can assure you that would be a disaster for the states where Californians flee, especially if it is into Palestinian-style refugee camps.  For years, I’ve seen Californians who consider themselves “libertarian” or “conservative” move to Colorado, Wyoming, even South Dakota, where their views and actions are those of dyed in the wool statists and lovers of government, taxes, and mandates.  YES, there are exceptions (like Mama Liberty), but she isn’t even a significant minority of these refugees from the “Golden State.”  Still, this is funny: California is flooded with refugees and border jumpers from everywhere, and the UN wants to start deporting them to ???? Continue reading

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