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    Today, 04:09 PM
    Oh, and BTW, I think the Constitution represents a colossal failure of imagination in the case where we assume there was no conspiracy afoot to scuttle real liberty. All the states had to do was make a coalition force for the common defense. Everyone contributes what they feel they need for defense of their respective territories on the understanding that some or all of those forces may be called upon to defend the other states. Problem solved from a federal standpoint. The funding becomes a state issue. The establishment of Congress and the central taxing power are the biggest nails in the coffin's lid. If we think of it carefully, there is absolutely no need for either and in fact neither of them makes a whit of sense from the standpoint of freedom. The first nine Amendments should have been the long and the short of the Constitution, the understanding being that if you want to be in the club called "America", you play by these rules. PERIOD. The Tenth Amendment is feces as far as I am concerned. Remove "the States" and I become less belligerent toward it. But as worded, it is complete shyte.
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    Today, 03:05 PM
    Only to the degree of the grant.
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    Today, 03:01 PM
    It's a bitch even when done right. Involve knot-heads like those in CA government and it's a virtual certainty that nothing is going to go right.
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    Today, 07:35 AM
    My response to this, short of leaving Germany, would be a denial strategy. I'd rig my stores to burn prior to confiscation, and I would salt the earth such that it would bear nothing for a thousand years. Then I'd leave Germany, having left a really entertaining good-bye note for the thieves.
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    Today, 05:52 AM
    Hurrah for Thomas Massie. Justin Amash was just wrong this time.
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    Yesterday, 09:14 PM
    Excellent pick. Not only is he widely regarded as one of the best soldiers of his generation, he's like a war-philosopher from a previous age. His other nickname aside from "Mad Dog" is "Warrior Monk". Some of Trump's appointments have been misses (though not as egregious as some proclaim), but this is a definite hit.
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    Yesterday, 09:06 PM
    Successful movements do or have the following things: 1. Clear hierarchy 2. Effective leadership 3. Tangible goals 4. Good strategy 5. A willingness to make alliances to accomplish said goals 6. Unity Libertarians don't have any of those things, they fail on account of it. The alt-right actually ticked a lot of those boxes on twitter. Their leaders were people like Ricky Vaughn, their goal was to elect Trump and their strategy was memetics. It worked well, and their influence was felt outside their rather low numbers
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    Yesterday, 10:14 AM
    German Government's Plans to Seize All Farms in Crisis https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/germany/german-governments-plan-to-seize-all-farms-in-crisis/ "Merkel’s Federal Cabinet has decided on new plans to supply the population in disasters … The draft law adopted on Wednesday according to participant data provides inter alia new powers … farms or other foodstuffs can be confiscated in order to ensure the nutrition of the population. The emergency plans are to take effect if a large number of Germans can no longer cover the free market with food. … the Ministry can only prescribe that only large retail outlets are opened. As a measure against looting, the law provides the submission of food under state supervision. In addition, usury prices should be avoided by means of fixed quantities or fixed prices. …"
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    Yesterday, 10:08 AM
    Game. Set. Match. Wow.
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    Yesterday, 09:58 AM
    Well, if we're going to play it that way... Once upon a time there was a movement We didn't know it then, came from our bowels Remember how we praised our lord and savior Delivering his speeches to our wows.
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  • AZJoe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:52 AM
    Of course Zippy is wrong again. As stated earlier, being able to keep your own earnings is not a subsidy. Sure you are penalized with taxes if you do not purchase X; reducing the amount of earnings stolen however, is not a subsidy, period. Letting you keep your own earnings is not a subsidy. If a gang of thugs comes along and forcibly takes half your earnings every week "for em protection and other stuff" and then says if you use your own money to go buy x, I'll only steal 40% of your earnings this week, is the thief subsidizing the victim? Of course not. It is absurd, but absurdity is no obstacle for the Zippy. If a bully says I'm going to break both your hands, but if you go buy XYZ, I'll only break one of your hands, has the poor sufferer been subsidized by the bully? No. Its the same thing financially. The bully is breaking a portion of your financial earnings and decides to break a little less if you buy x using your own earnings. A tax credit is simply a promise that I wont financially torment you as much this time. The alleviation of such financial harassment can also be used to socially engineer the population into certain behaviors to manipulate and control the population - bully them into compliance by promising to alleviate the financial harassment if the do x. For that reason there can sometimes reasons to oppose certain tax credits, but NOT because they are a subsidy for the taxpayer. Having your own earnings not stolen from you is unequivocally NOT a subsidy. But the core issue is the ability of the political elite to financially bully and manipulate the populace at all by stealing income, which power resides in the income tax. The answer of course is to end the income tax.
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    Yesterday, 09:09 AM
    Now I'm thoroughly depressed. Thanks, fuck-nose.
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    Yesterday, 09:06 AM
    I see Justin's living on Fantasy Island these days. This seems less likely than my hitting a Power Ball jackpot, which is very unlikely given I don't buy lottery tickets. Time will tell.
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    Yesterday, 08:51 AM
    You have demonstrated far better brains and care than this, so I recommend you cut the crap. Go back and read what I wrote: "I'd have gone armed not to start shooting, but to let the tyrants know that we were not going quietly into that night." Better reading habits are in order, at the very least. I will not go so far as to claim the same for your honesty. You admonish seriousness, then run right off those rails like a rank amateur. I will chalk this up to a bad day because I've seen far better from you.
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    Yesterday, 06:53 AM
    And as I said, typical thinking of conquered people. Their only hope of "winning" depends strictly on the largesse or cowardice of the "enemy". That seems like a grand-loser to me. They fear death more than they want to assert their apparently pitiful notion of sovereignty. Their choice, and I will not criticize it beyond saying that this would not have been my choice. I'd have gone armed not to start shooting, but to let the tyrants know that we were not going quietly into that night. Otherwise, I'd just stay home and crack another beer. Different folks, different strokes, I suppose.
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    11-30-2016, 11:19 PM
    After viewing the alt-right recently, after their rise to prominence, one thing is clear to me: the alt-right will fail politically, for many of the same reasons libertarians did. Adapt or die. Seriously.
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    11-30-2016, 07:52 PM
    Castro was monstrous, and so is Washington's embargo: https://fee.org/articles/castro-was-monstrous-and-so-is-our-embargo/
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    11-30-2016, 06:48 PM
    No, being able to keep your own earnings is not a subsidy. Zippy already knows this of course. A tax credit is a reduction in your taxes (i.e. your earnings forcibly taken from you). It is simply allowing you to keep your own earnings and have less of them stolen from you. A subsidy is stealing other people's earnings and distributing a portion of that theft to you.
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    11-30-2016, 01:42 PM
    Slashed to 0%. As for "all in good time", agreed. One is not well advised to cut off one's own O2 supply in one fell motion. Administer help and allow the economy to adjust. Then more. Rinse and repeat until the government is out of the business of regulating the economy. Some quail on about the "environment" and so forth... Oh, we have to have government in order to stop pollution... blobbity hoo... That may be true, but it does not mean that we need government in the ways in which we've had it. There are courts of equity, as well as those designed to address criminal proceedings. God knows there is case law by the shit-loads to provide precedents for addressing both tort, equity, and criminal acts. We need no lick more of statutory noise. In fact, we need a whole lot less. Let the courts do what they were designed to do.
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    11-30-2016, 01:36 PM
    Assuming this is true, then I cannot call the deal anything about which to start crowing. Taxpayer subsidies are theft, pure and simple. If Company A's tax credits are not available to all others, they are invalid.
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    11-30-2016, 01:34 PM
    Different issue, and not government's bailiwick. Ordinarily, I would say that the markets are not really their bailiwick, either. However, since we are going all global-happy, the impact of foreign players is now central to the rights of Americans in that if we presume free-markets, it doesn't do at all to be trading with slaver states on slaver-state terms. They must be forced to trade on the terms of free market principles and rules. Competitive advantage must be "organic" in the sense that it is not brought into being and maintained through the artifice and might of a national government. China is a slaver state, no question about that. Their bargain-basement labor rates are artificially maintained through the force of the state's men with guns. Were China to unleash their laborers today, by tomorrow they would already have raises. Free market economies can, in principle, ONLY trade with other free market entities and remain free. The moment market power is used to distort the market in question, things begin going awry. Welcome to Planet Awry.
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    11-30-2016, 01:25 PM
    That is what I am wondering. If so, I see no vein of welfare in this. What many call "welfare", I call "freedom". I am 100% opposed to subsidies, e.g. "too big to fail" measures and the like. But any measures such as tax cuts and deregulation are precisely the kinds of things we need to see. I also believe in an engineered tariffing system to be applied to all foreign market players whose labor markets are of the slave variety. One establishes the threshold and range for a competitive labor cost advantage and any nation not within that range gets slapped with anti-competitive tariffs. Some will bristle at this, but I maintain that the only way to have freely competitive markets is to have freely competitive markets. Where there are those who play in bad faith, hit them where it hurts. Yes, I know this is not the liberty ideal. In a world choking on thieves, liars, and despots, this is the penultimate solution. We cannot militarily force China to open their labor forces such that $0.60/hr goes by the wayside. But we can tariff the living hell out of them and deregulate our own manufacturers as well as unburden them tax-wise such that the competition is brought into a better balance. Otherwise there is no reason for anyone with a shred of sense to start a business in America. Indeed, you have to be borderline stupid to do so these days, under most circumstances.
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