I’d rather not flood the week with posts, so here are columns for the week of lasting importance…
- Centralizing Our Way to Tyranny – The foundation for a technocracy is having the “experts” make the decisions for the people. Inevitably, the end of the trail is tyranny, where decisions are not only not allowed by the people, but beyond the people’s ability, since for so long others have made the choices for them.
- Economic Fallacies and the Fight for Liberty – Freedom will never come to these lands until we base our social policies on sound economics. The basic rules are that if it is good for one group or in one circumstance, it is always good, and that the seen effects of a policy are not the only effects of that policy.
- Moral Relativism and Patriotism as Weapons of the State – Even those with the most rooted, sound morality defend the government in actions which, were they done by an individual, would be found immoral beyond words. Further, the state utilizes patriotism as a herd mentality to support its predations on the people.
- Gun Control – Yes, we are in dire need of gun control – of the government’s guns. Walking by a police cruiser the other day, I noticed there was a shotgun and a sniper rifle in the front passenger seat. When is the last time such heavy weapons were used?
- If Iran Were America – Examining the aggression we aim at Iran by looking in the mirror, it is understandable why such measures as blowback exist. See moral relativism/patriotism link above.
- Is Aid to Africa Doing More Harm Than Good? – Who knew NPR asked such sensible questions?
- The Justice Department Regularly Enlists Media Matters to Spin Stories – When the government exerts its influence to alter the veracity of media statements, you can be certain that coverups and untruths are breeding. Many immigrants from Eastern Europe have remarked that whenever their media printed anything of note, they knew it was lies – and that it was astounding how many Americans believe media stories that are clearly doctors.
- Lysander Spooner; Libertarian Pietist – Lysander Spooner is my favorite historical American politico-social gadfly. An abolitionist who intellectually sided with the South during the Civil War, his work on social contracts and the Constitution is knock-down reasonable – while being completely original and radical. Head over to “Meet Me Halfway” to get the ball rolling on reading his material.
- Obama Campaign Brags about Its Whistleblower Prosecutions – The notion that the state should have secrets kept from the people, thereby limiting the people’s knowledge about the best way the country should be governed, is immoral, tyrannical, and anathema to anything resembling a free and morally equitable society, but it continues with our latest king-god. Further, the usual rules such as habeus corpus, torture being wrong, and access to an attorney do not always apply to men such as Bradley Manning, who expose its war crimes. Meanwhile, government allies that lost $2 billion walk free (here’s looking at you John Corzine, Jamie Dimon).
- No More Great Presidents – Historians who choose the greatest historical presidents often select men who have killed the most men, destroyed the most property, or revoked the most natural rights. Power is the driving attribute behind the choice, and it always is thus a list of immoral men.
- The Violence of Chicago’s Teachers – Unionism is messy, Machiavellian business. The average public school unionized teacher in Chicago makes $71K/yr. The average private school teacher in Chicago makes $32K/yr. But remember, it is all about the kids – that’s why the teachers are picketing.
That should keep you busy for the day…