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  • Todd's Avatar
    Today, 01:24 PM
    Were you toadies saying this prior to his election? Same old story different day. "Now that we won, we see the problem is bigger than we thought...hurrr durr" EDIT: By the way....Just about every president in my lifetime has in some form or fashion been guilty of war crimes
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Today, 01:00 PM
    Well, the assumption of being checked would be enough to stop people, right ? In the UK I only had to walk through a metal detector and get my bag x-rayed.. Pretty amazing in this time and age.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:09 PM
    Typical Dutch food, potatoes mashed roughly with raw endive. Lots of pieces of fried pork belly (crispy) and smoked (and fried) sausage... Gravy made from the rendered pork fat and beef stock. Simple but good.
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  • Bryan's Avatar
    08-12-2018, 10:29 PM
    Thank you. So are we then just considering life and liberty? Can we break this down? What does it really mean to say we have a natural right to life? Does that mean we have a right the essence of what is required to sustain life, such as water, air and food? Or does it just mean that no one should take away our life? Similarly, how can we quantify liberty? What exactly do we have the liberty to do? For example, do we have the liberty to travel where ever we want?
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  • Bryan's Avatar
    08-12-2018, 10:18 PM
    As an aside, this is an important principle. If you have borrowed something from Caesar then you should give it back, it is his. Conversely, the fruits of your labor are your and yours alone. If Caesar has earned goodwill then it's good to give it to him.
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  • Bryan's Avatar
    08-12-2018, 10:11 PM
    What specifically has been given to us? Thank you for your writing!!
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  • Bryan's Avatar
    08-12-2018, 10:07 PM
    I still am. This is part of that. The project has certainly been on hiatus for too long but it will never be a past tense issue. How do you see property rights in relation to air? Do you have a natural right to air? Air can be viewed as property, you can contain, trade and consume air. If you were on a Mars colony it would be obvious you don't have a right to air. Is it different on Earth? Can one still argue you do not have a right to air and if you didn't own any property you could end up in a situation where you owned no air. Sounds bizarre, but what are the counter arguments? Technically, I didn't mention justification, just what they were. To your point however, I agree that justification rests on subjective values. In the big picture of my work, I'm taking a difference approach that works to avoid these dead ends. But that's a different topic. Thank you!
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  • Bryan's Avatar
    08-12-2018, 09:41 PM
    Just looking for thoughtful analysis and discussion, we'll see where it goes. When does this self-ownership begin? Is it possible to derive the right to own property from self-ownership? Or is that a separate matter? Thanks!
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  • Bryan's Avatar
    08-12-2018, 11:58 AM
    Per the title, do you have natural rights? If so, what are they and what are the root elements of them? Most specifically, I'm interested to break down the ideas and concepts into their most fundamental pieces. For example, saying we have the right to liberty can be viewed as a right, but how can this be further quantified? How can you break this down? Does this mean you have the freedom of movement? But is that really a sub-element of the freedom of self-determination? As well, there are some limits to the freedom of movement. Thanks for any viewpoints. BTW, natural rights have certainly been discussed here in the past but nothing to this detail that I can find. Some threads:
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    08-10-2018, 02:48 PM
    Well, if any of you are coming over, just to eat pizza... Then I'll probably feel obligated to finish it.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    08-10-2018, 02:07 PM
    Yeah I know, unfortunately my time has become too valuable.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    08-10-2018, 01:45 PM
    I regularly make something similar... Nomz.
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  • loveshiscountry's Avatar
    08-10-2018, 01:15 PM
    What does that have to do with what Rand did? Plus Rand didn't sell out.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    08-10-2018, 01:05 PM
    A>"What would it take for you to vote for X?" B>"......." Something like that ? It's politics, Deals are made. It's a game, you need tactics. It's not fair, life isn't either.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    08-10-2018, 12:57 PM
    In general I think the best activists make the worst politicians. I'm not sure if this holds for libertarians as we generally would say that a principled stance is the only one. But that doesn't work in our current political climate. Some kind of compromise will have to happen somewhere and as a candidate you'll have to support some of it. Simply because you cannot change society in one day... And trying to establish that, will not get you elected. The only thing it would do, is make you look like an idiot. No effort necessary, the media will help with that. Having said that, it's not my personal opinion that the type of baggage that he has should keep him from being elected. But a gun-conviction, this stuff with his ex, things he's said over the years... If we're realistic, he doesn't have the kind of machinery that Trump has so his chances of getting away with all that are not good. Having said THAT, I do think he'd make a good politician. What he does in his personal life may be unwanted however more politicians seem to dabble into weird stuff. He's a principled guy, even though he can be loud, he's also good at forming an argument. Even better in passionately conveying it. I have not seen much of what he has been doing in the past years but who knows, if he has matured a bit and learned some more... He's not a second Ron but I do think he's one of those that truly understood Ron's message. Having said all of that. I agree with Brian but if Ward doesn't win, then I'm very interested to see what Kokesh can bring. In that case, I wish him all the luck he needs! :toady:
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  • Todd's Avatar
    08-09-2018, 08:40 AM
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    08-09-2018, 05:43 AM
    Someone yesterday on a thread said if they want to interview him, he should tell them to do it on a live feed and in open public. Let's see how transparent they want to be.
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  • loveshiscountry's Avatar
    08-08-2018, 01:25 PM
    She's playing a character. See her other vids.
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  • yadranko's Avatar
    08-08-2018, 12:39 PM
    Well, it's been 5 months since the original post, so I thought to post an update on the Libertarian Minute project logo. We have finally settled for the logo for our Western Balkans version of the project and got the logo intro animation as well. Please see attached: The next thing coming will be the first Libertarian Minute video. I will post it in this forum under a separate thread, so that any of you wishing to participate by contributing nuggets of libertarian wisdom in your own words (5 - 10 seconds, 1-2 concise sentences) on the given topic (What does it mean to be a libertaarian?), which we will incorporate into the video with translated captions. More on that soon. Any other comments on the logo or intro animation are welcome.
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  • loveshiscountry's Avatar
    08-07-2018, 08:26 AM
    Because you said so, isn't explaining anything. you - "Do you know who I am?" lol Another poster mentioned something but you shouldn't try and take credit for that, since you weren't involved, just to boost your self importance. It hasn't worked in the past so why would it work now?
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  • loveshiscountry's Avatar
    08-07-2018, 04:10 AM
    Because you said so there is no need for proof? We should just listen to you? If someone with 11 years of experience was in agreement with me and offered no proof, they'd then be more believable? Like I said, your arrogance is showing.
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America has become a nation marching to war in lockstep, left foot following right foot towards the all-too-certain future that has already befallen the body's other half. Crushing electoral defeats serve as little deterrent in a political system where the pendulum swings comfortably on the same axis, the defeat coming at the hands of the opposite extreme which just as aggressively pursues the same noble goals via the same dead

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OPPOSE: S.3992 - Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM Act)

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S.3992 - Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM Act)
Sponsor: Sen Durbin, Richard [IL]
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