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    Today, 10:15 AM
    Yes! The working poor managed to do it in the pre-industrial era, when productivity was so low many of them couldn't afford more than a handful of clothes in their lifetime. Today a $30k/yr salary barely covers necessities, thanks to the hidden tax of central banking and inflation, regulations driving costs of every product up etc. The employees and swamp creatures of the State are what Hoppe calls "the parasitic class". They are not "public servants" as they pretend to be, but members of a corrupt racketeering organization. They live off the products of private, productive labor using the tools and techniques of mafiosi and bandits and they do not consider themselves bound to the laws they deign to impose upon us.
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    Today, 12:38 AM
    That's a good point, thanks.
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    Today, 12:03 AM
    I want to share a discussion I had with liberals and anarcho-communists unfamiliar with markets and libertarian thought. I think the explanations I gave condense the libertarian view on many subjects to a size readable by people who won't read books. But first please know this: I'm not a defender of the status-quo. For a variety of reasons, there are many wealthy people who got that way by means of coercion and fraud (or by working for organizations that did). Property or controlling interests attained by those means are nothing else but stolen goods, and thus forfeitable (ethically at least, if not practically). That depends on the reason why an individual cannot afford the things he wants. If that person earned enough money to feed his family that year, but that was stolen from him, his rights have been violated. If the person cannot afford a heart-bypass procedure because he hasn't earned the resources needed for it, or didn't save up enough to buy a house adequate to the 7 children he chose to create, no rights violation has occured. The theory of rights in use at the time the Declaration of Independence was written was exclusively of negative rights. Negative rights means no-one has the right to take away what you naturally own. I.e. your life, your liberty and your property (the word "property" was originally included in the declaration). They were not construed as what now are being called "positive rights" meaning "other people have to gibs you their stuff". The right to life is your right to have the life you posess not be taken from you. It is not a right to coerce others to sustain your life.
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  • merkelstan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:41 AM
    Roger that. The problem with getting informed about the serious sh*t going down is that going back to sitcoms, movies and video games is no-longer possible. I can't be 'entertained' any more - except for political memes and parrot videos...
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  • merkelstan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:31 AM
    You people are thinkers, and you tend to assume other people think too. The cattle voters are not thinkers ; it seems unlikely to me that they will ever get enthusiastic about Rand - his stage presence just doesn't come-off as presidential. This is not a criticism of Rand. I think he is the best senator in the USA.
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  • merkelstan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:22 AM
    Her owners just did.
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  • merkelstan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:05 AM
    Before Trump met Putin, he met with B..i first to get his marching orders. Rand supports the meeting on twitter and gets brigaded by the h.....a shills. https://twitter.com/RandPaul/status/1018951052958322688
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  • ThePaleoLibertarian's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:24 AM
    None of those guys were conservatives.
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  • osan's Avatar
    07-16-2018, 09:31 PM
    The average man, being made of stupid...
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  • osan's Avatar
    07-16-2018, 09:17 PM
    So now it is treason to come to a civil diplomatic arrangement for coexistence such that we don't have to get into another arms race and, in a moment of something gone horribly wrong, blow each other to Kingdom Come? How is it that we don't hunt these people, cape them out, and feed them to other people we despise as deeply in the hope of poisoning them?
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  • ThePaleoLibertarian's Avatar
    07-14-2018, 03:04 PM
    No, but his administration did fully transform American conservatism into a form of neoliberal cosmopolitanism. Definitely one of the most overrated presidents in US history.
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    07-14-2018, 03:13 AM
    If stupid-posting held so much as 0.001% chance of resulting in death or maiming of the poster, the network would be a very different place. As things stand, it seems that behaving as if one had no brain of which to speak has become the new standard of grand virtue for mean humanity. Welcome to Lovecraft's New Dark Age; only, this one doesn't even rise to that tragic standard, but rather one attributable to nothing better than the eager choice of the average man to relegate himself to that which is base beyond the wildest imaginings of his forebears. Bleak are the prospects for humankind. Come to think of it, they may not even be that good.
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  • ThePaleoLibertarian's Avatar
    07-12-2018, 11:21 PM
    A significant piece of that percentage is made up of blacks.
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  • AZJoe's Avatar
    07-12-2018, 12:54 PM
    That is already addressed here. That is not evidence of chlorine gas nor chemical weapons. That reference is to previous investigations, NOT Douma. The consistency in blatant dishonesty by Zippy never ceases. We know chemicals weapons were previously used. Heck it is now basically admitted by even Washington that terrorists/rebels were behind the 2013 false flag chemical attack that was previously used as a pretext. Washington admits it wasn't Assad, which leaves the coalition of rebel terrorist forces.
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    07-12-2018, 12:44 PM
    The Zippy theory of Assad: "Hey we won. The war is all but over. Only a few holdouts. Washington has no further pretext for invading our country. The only risk now is if Washington attacks our country and starts supporting the terrorists again. The only excuse Washington for further intervention is to try to accuse of using gas , (although Washington has no problems with killing people with bombs, missiles, mortars, bullets, fire, etc.). The people support us. The people flee rebel held areas to risk their lives trying to get to government controlled areas. The refugees flee rebel held areas, but return only once government forces have secured the area. I know, lets gas attack the very people we are liberating, the very people that support us, and give Washington an excuse to come bomb our country which they promise to do." Does the Zippy seriously believe that drivel? No. The Zippy knows its baloney but spread lies anyway. Aside from this absurd proposed scenario that exists only in the minds of the zippies, lets not forget zero evidence of any sarin/nerve gas used; zero evidence of any chlorine gas used, the fact Syria called for immediate investigation by OPCW, The UN delayed the OPCW, the fact that not a single victim of supposes Sarin/nerve/chlorine gas can be produce with any semblance of actual medical documentation.
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  • AZJoe's Avatar
    07-12-2018, 12:27 PM
    No Zippy. Spreading falsehoods once again. The OPCW did NOT find evidence of "chlorine gas" "chemical weapon". First, the pretext for Washington's, under the Trump White House, bombing Syria, was that nerve gas and/or Sarin gas was used (for which there is no evidence as confirmed by the OPCW as well as initial investigative reporters on the scene). The White House further blamed the Syrian government for the now confirmed non-existent Sarin /nerve gas as its pretext for bombing the nation. Second, as to chlorine, the OPCW did not find any chlorine gas, nor any evidence of chlorine gas or weapons. What they found was trace "chlorinated organic compounds". This is not evidence that chlorine gas was used. These compounds are found in virtually any residential household. The OPCW report noted that one of its laboratory found traces of "Dichloroacetic acid", "trichloroacetic acid", "chloral hydrate", "trichlorophenol" and "chlorphenol" in some of the samples . All of these substances are found in any developed environments and particularly within any residential home. Dichloroacetic acid" is "a trace product of the chlorination of drinking water". Chloral hydrate is "a minor side-product of the chlorination of water when organic residues such as humic acids are present". Further, the "rebel" (terrorist) forces were proven to possess canisters of chlorine gas (manufactured in Germany no less) that were found in rebel holdouts such as Ghouta freed by SAA forces. Lastly, Zippy's statement that Syria and Russia delayed access is a directly blatant lie. The Syrian government specifically requested the OPCW investigation immediately. Russia supported its request. It was the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) that held up OPCW inspectors, forbidding them to enter the zone. The holdup was intentional. The pretext was NATO sourced intelligence saying it was too dangerous to enter. This despite the fact that plenty of international news teams had no problems entering the area. Nor did Syrian government medical medical and relief personnel, nor Russian military police.
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    07-12-2018, 09:10 AM
    If we leave NATO, Western Europe will curse itself shortly thereafter when the truth of what it meant to have Americans pay 90% of their national defense for 70 years. comes home to roost like a bullet. I hope we do it. We will see how long their socialist paradise <spew> <hizzom> <hizzom> <hizzom> lasts when they have to choose between "free" medical care and not being eaten by the bears. I hope to hell eastern Europe leaves the west to perish under the overbearing weight of its own brutal idiocy. When they collapse in the wake, and I'd bet money I don't have that they would - all else equal - God forbid that Americans bail their retarded selves out yet again. Let the despicable western Europeans burn or get some sense. Their choice, their job.
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    07-11-2018, 09:50 PM
    This was like an RPF thread as directed by David Lynch.
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    07-11-2018, 01:43 AM
    There's no feasible way to prohibit such things anyway. The most they could do is make it so the owner would have to hack the machine or download the schematics as a torrent.
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