Top 11 favorite statist argumentsNew and revised! Check 'em out!Top 11 favorite statist arguments3 years ago in Personal More Like This
11. Love it or leave it
Statists love to support their pet government by arguing that if you don't like it, you're free to leave whenever you want...of course ignoring the fact that you need the government's permission to leave and thus they can stop you if they so desire.
But what's really downright evil about this argument is how it's effectively blaming the victim. If a woman complains about how her husband beats her and blows all their money on booze, what would you think of someone who replied by saying it's her fault for staying with him?
It really takes a special kind of asshole to resort to a low blow argument like this and shame on anyone who ever has.
10. Taxation is not theft
When the mafia demands 10% of your income or else, it's racketeering. When the government demands 40% of your income or else, it's taxation and somehow is totally different. And my only question is HOW?!
"But Hawkeye!" they cry
States Criminalize Off-The-Grid Living"If you crazy wacko libertarians hate government and taxes, then why don't you stop using government services?"States Criminalize Off-The-Grid Living6 months ago in Personal More Like This
Well, that’s what the people at a Texas sustainable-living commune, happily named the "Garden Of Eden," tried to do. They wanted to live peacefully off-the-grid growing their own organic food, collecting their own water, and generating their own electricity.
And what happened to them?
A heavily-armed SWAT team raided their farm, handcuffed most of their members at gunpoint, and seized most of their produce, which consisted of "17 blackberry bushes, 15 okra plants, 14 tomatillo plants ... native grasses and sunflowers.”
Redacted Tonight’s Lee Camp give the details along with insightful humorous commentary on why it’s not easy for people to simply “stop using government services” and
No Right To KnowI'm sure most of you have heard about the high school social studies teacher facing disciplinary action for informing his students about their constitutional rights.No Right To Know2 years ago in Personal More Like This
For those of you who don't: The teacher in question, John Dryden, was responsible for having his class fill out a school survey. One of the questions inquired about illegal drug or alcohol use. He told his students that, according to the Fifth Amendment, they were not required to answer the question. This landed him in trouble with the school board, which is currently seeking disciplinary action against him. In all likelihood, he very well may be terminated.
Not only does this incident show the malevolent ineptitude of our public school system, but also the malignment of our civil liberties, to the point where informing others of them has now been considered radical.
I could rant and rave over this, but
The War Against Sustainable LivingI can’t believe I’m sharing a video by an MLK conspiracy theorist and anti-GMO science denialist. But you know what they say: even a broken clock tells the correct time twice a day; and his anti-capitalist rambling aside, Lee Camp is correct:The War Against Sustainable Living1 year ago in Personal More Like This
VIDEO: The Secret Reason Sustainable Living Is Now Illegal
“How dare anyone try to live their own lives without using services provided by the state or state-backed corporations! How dare they try to grow their own food, collect their own water, generate their own electricity, or teach their own children! How dare they try to live as independent, self-sustaining individuals! They live in a society, and need to be forced by government to join the collective or GTFO and move to Somalia!”
Or that is what I would
Capitalism Key To Ending PovertyI've written about the blogsite "Big Think" before and again. For a site called "Big Think," its blog posts tend to promote small ideas, giving me the impression that the site is only "Big Think" in name.Capitalism Key To Ending Poverty2 years ago in Personal More Like This
But a recent article managed to increase my respect for it by at least one point.
In his post "The Upward Spiral of Capitalism and the End of Poverty", John Mackey argues that, contrary to popular misconception, capitalism is not a zero-sum game, but rather a "win, win, win, win, win game" where everyone wins.
Mackey dispels the myth that wealth is a "limited fixed pie" that needs to be equally distributed to prevent others from getting "unfair large pieces," and argues that it's really a "growing pie" that allows
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Umilamy Wam weekend porcją prac na najwyższym poziomie, same najlepsze z najlepszych, wybrane bardzo subiektywnie, bo raz w miesiącu wolno nam widzimisiować c; Zachęcamy gorąco do zostawiania komentarzy Autorom i zgłaszania prac jako DD, jeśli w ciągu ostatnich 6 miesięcy Autor takiego wyróżnienia nie otrzymał. Miłego C:
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CISPA Explained With Sock PuppetsNothing explains complicated hundred-page legislation than sock puppets! Sock puppets make learning anything easier!CISPA Explained With Sock Puppets2 years ago in Personal More Like This
If you haven't done so already, contact your senators! We must stop CISPA in the Senate. The future of internet freedom is at stake.
Check Your Privilege Is An Idiotic PhraseBy now, I’m sure you’ve read Tal Fortgang’s epic smackdown of the feminist social justice warrior rallying cry “check your privilege!”—or at least you bore witness to the visceral outrage from the left-wing blogosphere over it. As can be expected, the main criticism against it has been that the author was a rich, white heterosexual cis-gendered male from Princeton, and therefore, his argument was invalid. If anything, these reactions have only served to reinforce, rather than refute, the column’s point.Check Your Privilege Is An Idiotic Phrase1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Which is why it’s ever so euphoric to see the same point being said by a less-than-“privileged” white girl like Julie Borowski:
"Check Your Privilege" Is An Idiotic Phrase
The entire concept of “white privilege” is
On Law Enforcement and the US Police StateI've been meaning to write this for a while, since it's a topic that not only doesn't go away, but only seems to continue worsening. We've all seen the stories, the statistics, read the articles, had the discussions, and in many cases, experienced the injustice firsthand. The overreach of authority from law enforcement, the abuses of power, the abject failures of judgement that go on around America on a daily basis are a national disgrace. In short, we are becoming - if we aren't already - a police state. We are becoming a country where the law shoots first and asks questions later, a country where you are guilty until proven innocent, and a country where the worst crime you can commit is to flout the authority of a cop, to disrespect him/her, especially in front of others. This "crime" has become a capital offense, one where the police officer is all too often the judge, jury and executioner. This has to stop, and America has to demand that it stops. These are the reforms which I beliOn Law Enforcement and the US Police State7 months ago in Personal More Like This
The Poison of Postmodern LyingWhen truth is relative, political expediency becomes the truth.The Poison of Postmodern Lying1 year ago in Personal More Like This
By Victor Davis Hanson
All presidents have, at one time or another, fudged on the truth. Most politicians pad their résumés and airbrush away their sins. But what is new about political lying is the present notion that lies are not necessarily lies anymore — a reflection of the relativism that infects our entire culture.
Postmodernism (the cultural fad “after modernism”) went well beyond questioning norms and rules. It attacked the very idea of having any rules at all. Postmodernist relativists claimed that things like “truth” were mere fictions to preserve elite privilege. Unfortunately, bad ideas like that have a habit of poisoning an entire society — and now they have.
Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis was recently caught fabricating her own autobiography. She exa
How to argue for statismYeah, that's probably a shocking title coming from me but you'd be surprised the number of "debates" done by complete amateurs who don't know the first thing about how to properly do it. So with that in mind, I'd like to propose a few rules for those who want to try and argue for statism with me.How to argue for statism2 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. Know your definitions!
Dictionary.com is mere keystrokes away so there is NO excuse for using terms incorrectly. I cannot begin to count the number of people who argue against capitalism yet their posts show they don't have the slightest clue what capitalism actually is. As my mother used to always tell me, "How do you know you're not going to like it if you don't even know what it is?"
Lost count of the number of people I've had to explain that anarchy means "without rulers" NOT "without rules." Big difference.
And yes, I've had people defend socialism without knowing what it actually means too. It's painful to watch.
2. Spare me the fear mongering
Libertarian Rant As much as I love 'Parks and Recreations' I can smell the democrat all over it. The biased and two dimensional depiction of Libertarianism was a huge tell. Well, if you'll excuse me, I think its time for an actual Libertarian to talk his own business.Libertarian Rant5 months ago in Personal More Like This
Firstly, to clarify, I am not, repeat, not a laissez faire Libertarian. I'm a Libertarian, an atheist, an anti-theist and an egalitarian.
A Libertarian is by no means a socialist, nor a conservative. I'm certainly not a traditionalist. I do not espouse socialism's penchants for idyllic codes of conduct in public and private spaces and endeavors. I like my freedom dirty and democratic.
Language is innocent and speech should be free. Give people all the rope they need to hang themselves with; and, if they do hang themselves, show them the rope. Do not expect someone to condescend to your arbitrary metric for what constitutes an offensive opinion, parlance, philosophy or policy. The institution of hate speech is thought crime by
Invisible Hand Of The Free Market, Eh?Oh look, yet another crappy political cartoon warning of the "dangers" of the free market:Invisible Hand Of The Free Market, Eh?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Funny how the most horrific horrors of the "free market" occur in heavily-centralized economies with massive government overregulation. I can't count the number of times someone tried to use COMMUNIST China as an example of free-market capitalism. Then again, these same statists assume Somalia is a free-market libertarian paradise. (What color is they sky in their universe?)
Anyway, the master of Bogosity-busting himself Shane Killian wrote an excellent rebuttal to this blatant bit of bogosity:
LiteStep and Windows 7 x64 : running them bothInstalling Litestep on Windows 7 x64LiteStep and Windows 7 x64 : running them both4 years ago in Personal More Like This
You need to download some required libraries in order for Litestep to run on
Windows. The libraries are called "Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables"
otherwise known as vcredist.exe. What you will need are the 2005, 2005 SP1,
2008, 2008 SP1 to run properly (it is what the Litestep installer will be looking for)
If you currently develop with Microsoft Visual Studio (Express, Web Developer),
whichever version, your libraries should already be in place; though checking
for updates is a good idea. For good reason, I also recommend looking for
"Sec ATL" updates, they contain patches and fixes for possible security flaws within
Microsoft's code source.
I know it sounds funny, but you need to get the x86 (32-bit) and the x64 (64-bit)
installers for this reason: The Litestep program is by default, 32-bit architecture,
however the 64-bit update package (0.25 Alpha and greater) will be a patch after
you install Litestep. The 32-bit libra
Cops War on US Citizens Deadlier than Iraq WarOver 5,000 people have been killed in the US by police than US soldiers have fallen during the Iraq war over the last 10 years. The figure seems to reflect the increased militarization of police and, shockingly, means that you are 29 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist. We discuss the figures in this Buzzsaw news clip with Tyrel Ventura and Tabetha Wallace.Cops War on US Citizens Deadlier than Iraq War1 year ago in Personal More Like This
S.C. Officer Charged After Fatally-Shooting ManS.C. Officer Charged After Fatally-Shooting Man1 month ago in Personal More Like This
A South Carolina police officer fatally shot an unarmed man eight times in the back. The officer claimed the man had violently accosted him and struggled to seize his electric taser; however, leaked video evidence reveals a much different story:
The shooting unfolded after Officer Slager stopped the driver of a Mercedes-Benz with a broken taillight, according to police reports. Mr. Scott ran away, and Officer Slager chased him into a grassy lot that abuts a muffler shop. He fired his Taser, an electronic stun gun, but it did not stop Mr. Scott, according to police reports.
Moments after the struggle, Officer Slager reported on his radio, “Shots fired and the subject is down. He took my Taser,” according to police reports.
But the video, w
Economics In One Lesson AnimatedThe smart (and sexy!) Amanda BillyRock will be launching her new website, and with it, a series of economics cartoons based on Henry Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson.Economics In One Lesson Animated2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Check out the preview:
VIDEO: Coming soon on AmandaBillyRock.com
Chavez: Immortalizing a Domestic TerroristIn their Sunday edition on July 1st, the LA Times featured a story about a new biopic currently being filmed in Mexico that depicts the life of Cesar Chavez, the Mexican-American UFW (United Farm Workers) union leader best known for his role in the grape boycotts of California during the 60s and 70s. This is the first film portrayal of the Arizona native and will depict the trials said leader overcame as well as the lives of those around him including socialist promoter Dolores Huerta.By Elissa RobersonChavez: Immortalizing a Domestic Terrorist1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Seriously Hollywood needs to die in a ball of nuclear fire, to bad Kim Jung Un is more talk than anything else. I mean literally the only person with nukes can't nuke shit for dick.
Ruben Navarrette, Jr. of the
Murray Rothbard PWNS Daily KosA few weeks ago, the Daily Kos--which is clearly the pinnacle of intellectual discourse--published a blog post called Five Horrific Things Libertarian/Conservative Logic Calls "Freedom", and as you can guess from the title, the post is merely a string of libertarian strawmen. (But then again, what argument against libertarianism doesn't barrel down to a strawman?)Murray Rothbard PWNS Daily Kos2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I have much to say about this blog post, which I will address in a future post, but for now, I want to address one particular argument. According to the mental midget who wrote this screed, one of the alleged "freedoms" that libertarians support is slavery.
I'll wait for you to stop laughing before I continue.
Anyway, according to his logic--or rather, lack thereof--the libertarian concept of self-ownership supports slavery because, if every individual is property unto himself, it follows that he i
Refleksja nad wiekiem i umieraniemCzłowiek powinien żyć tak długo dopóki jest w stanie samemu zrobić koło siebie. Jak ten facet z mojej sąsiedniej miejscowości, stracił nogi podczas jakieś pracy. Leżał w łóżku pół roku, wiedział, że jest w sile wieku i że stanowi obciążenie. Że już nigdy nie będzie żył jak dawniej, że nie będzie cieszył się szacunkiem, towarzystwem i kobietą. Będą go tylko żałować i kląć pod nosem, że trzeba go przebrać, umyć i zabrać odchody. Za pomocą samych rąk wdrapał się po drabinie na poddasze w stodole, odnalazł linę, zrobił pętlę, zarzucił ją na belkę i powiesił się. Opowiadał mi to 50-letni współpracownik, że zdarzyło się to podczas jego młodości. Wraz z jego synem znalRefleksja nad wiekiem i umieraniem9 months ago in Art Features More Like This
New Features are up - told ya...Thought I wouldn't make it didn't you?New Features are up - told ya...5 months ago in Personal More Like This
...yeah, me too...
Another round of Suprise Box features thanking folk who showed concern while the sawbones were sawing my bones, a random deviant, two from my watched and watching lists and this lovely draw from machadojeh
EconPophttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkjrsDiQcRkEconPop1 year ago in Personal More Like This
EconPop is the YouTube series that sifts through the haystack of popular culture to find the needle of economics within... and then stabs you with it!
Starring comedian Andrew Heaton, EconPop takes a surprisingly deep look at the economic themes running through classic films, new releases, tv shows and more from the best of pop culture and entertainment. Heaton brings a unique mix of dry wit and whimsy to bear on the dismal science of economics and the result is always entertaining, educational and irreverent. It's Econ 101 meets At The Movies, with a dash of Monty Python.
Weed affects motivation?Really?Weed affects motivation?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Cannabis makes people lethargic?
It's a good job Linda Hunt was apparently unaware of that, when she jumped to the aid of a police officer lying shot in the hall of a Brampton courthouse.
Linda Hunt has since had her cannabis related charges dropped.
I guess all you have to do to get justice in Ontario is save a cop's life....
Isn't it time we ended this costly cannabis charade, Canada?
Stephen Harper is sending Canadians the wrong message on pot.