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    08-12-2019, 01:08 AM
    One of these days, I'll eventually get around to re-posting the original text outside of quotes and with links to ease referencing. I have multiple reasons for writing all of this and persistently bumping, but the biggest one is this: do what you can in the here and now, because really, that's all you've got. Sometimes, governments serve the correct purpose. Actual criminals -- not merely dissidents -- are apprehended. Corrupt and fraudulent institutions are occasionally investigated. ("Even a broken clock is right twice a day.") Too often, political and philosophical discussions devolve into hypotheticals. Straw-man arguments help no one. Rather than waiting for ideal conditions, work with what you've got. Case in point: Medical Marijuana legalization. Relatively recent hemp legislation has made current methods for testing inadequate, as most of Texas' facilities are unable to determine the amount of THC on suspected contraband. (Being interrogated and potentially punished for a substance that you choose to put in your body is absurd, but it still happens.) Why does any of this matter? Per the original post, we're living in anarchy and governments exist within it. There are a myriad of ways to handle entanglements with the State, but reciprocating violence is the most dramatic. Pulling a trigger is easy, but few heed the consequences of hurting -- if not outright killing -- another human being. Why take such drastic action when the "law" suddenly shifts in the favor of the persecuted?
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    07-22-2019, 10:33 AM
    Government usually represents unilateral violence, but not when there are multiple. The point I'm trying to get across is that these factions are splintered down to the very individual. Pompeo deciding not to do anything about Iran seizing a British oil tanker prompted this post. An Iranian oil tanker was seized on July 4th, presumably over sanctions. A day after, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander said they would seize a British oil tanker if the UK refused to return theirs. (They followed through, apparently.) I was wondering how Pompeo could make the statement that US sanctions were not to blame: When Iran obviously did this in retaliation: But then it occurred to me that Pompeo is a politician, speaking half-truths. The two little letters that let him get away with the aforementioned statement are "US" instead of "EU". All sanctions are awful and unnecessarily escalate conflict. It's not every day you see a warmonger shy away from an opportunity to go to war, though! Hopefully the trend will continue and lives will continue to be spared, on all sides. (Long enough for everyone to figure out what on Earth is happening.)
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  • Proph's Avatar
    07-18-2019, 09:00 AM
    You sidetracked me with that "civil war" guff before. All of those "phases" you supplied in the first quoted response are happening around us now, already, depending on where you look. War usually isn't in anyone's best interests, and technology -- like the internet -- provides avenues to counter propaganda which were unavailable in the past. (Granted, these often are also dissemination points of propaganda itself -- everything is a double-edged sword -- in the battle of ideas, the libertarian philosophy will undoubtedly win.) Power never wrests with the individual, even when they are alone? (Though, "No man is an island...")
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