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    11-16-2019, 06:00 AM
    https://freedomisobvious.blogspot.com/2019/11/ending-deep-state.html https://freedomisobvious.blogspot.com/2019/11/ending-deep-state.html
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    11-12-2019, 06:08 PM
    WILL?! Liberty died long ago. People confuse pretty slavery with freedom - an all too common and dangerous error. It matters no whit how much latitude the master deigns to grant because anything given can be taken away. I must note that ever more corruption is exposed daily and it SEEMS that people are becoming truly fed up with it. Well, as things currently stand, I cannot fault you for the pessimistic outlook. However, allow me to remind everyone that things take the strangest turns at the most unexpected moments. My recommendation - and I should take my own advice here - is not to despair, but retain a mind open to the wildest possibilities. But if we are to become free men, and that does indeed seem far-fetched at this time, the average man needs to improve his attitude, habits, and knowledge by several quanta. As things stand at this writing, we are definitely not up to that snuff.
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    11-12-2019, 08:51 AM
    One word: Winter Silks. Trust me on this one. Winter Silks.
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    11-01-2019, 08:13 PM
    Just because Hume concluded as he did, it does not follow that his argument is not broken. It seems to me that it is, and as I recall there is no consensus as to whether the problem actually holds in point of fact. Given the absence of proof, I am comfortable in ignoring its significance. There's theory, and there's practical application. I am as much about the practical as anything else. Soundness has not been disproved because the standard in question is not established, but only speculated - and to be honest, it is Hume's problem that seems unsound to me. From the reasonable assumption that the toddler does not wish to die and the fact that nobody holds the authority to take life without permission. This reasoning is not unsound.
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    11-01-2019, 11:13 AM
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    11-01-2019, 11:00 AM
    Some heads appear to be in dire need of exploding.
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    11-01-2019, 10:55 AM
    This reference is sufficiently non-specific in its application as to render it meaningless. Perhaps a bit more context would prove helpful. There are several ways in which this could be made relevant to the topic at hand. I am not in the humor to guess at which you intend. I will further state that Hume's theories carry certain problems of universality, particularly in the pragmatic world. For example, there is no logical problem when, discovering you in the process of murdering a toddler, that I deduce and conclude that you OUGHT NOT be murdering a toddler. The "ought not" follows perfectly from the "is" in any way that is actually meaningful outside the world of pure and dare I say pedantic theory.
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    11-01-2019, 10:47 AM
    Very tricky, but easily dismantled. As I noted, the chain is not perfect. I failed to add elements referring to the equal rights of all - the true equality of men - and the direct inference that being equal, the rights of one man or group thereof in no way trump those of the "least" among us. That pretty well destroys the claim of universal healthcare because in order to obtain it, robbery must be employed through the false and felonious institution of taxation. While I am confident that what you claim is true in some cases, I will submit that those are a small minority, whereas "natural right" has been the object of targeted taint for many years, to the point of having become the object of out-of-hand ridicule and consequent dismissal. Structural can refer to that of a flower, or a frog's brain - all very "natural", and oh the irony of it. There is only so much that can be done pursuant to education. There are those who will not see the better way, even if you stand on your head and spit nickels. Therefore, I say do the best one can. I have attempted an improvement here pursuant to the problems I have perceived with the label of "natural rights". Use of "structural" may catch, or it may not. My goal is to provide options. As previously stated, anything that brings another soul into the fold of Freemen and which violates nobody is "good" in my book.
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    10-27-2019, 07:44 AM
    Self-ownership becomes self-evident when speaking in structural terms.
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    10-27-2019, 07:43 AM
    I agree that this is so in the majority of cases, but not in all. There are a significant number of those who reject the notion of natural rights simply because they labor from a set of assumptions, most likely tacit, that predisposes them to such dismissals. Those are the ones to whom the argument may be fruitfully altered. Of course, another tack I have employed revolves around the good old Socratic method where I simply ask them to demonstrate the validity of their position. The are never able to do it, and while they may not come around to sense and reason, they have at least been lead to the realization that something is amiss in their world. A great plurality of Americans equate "argue" with "quarrel", which of course is not correct.
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    10-25-2019, 09:58 PM
    https://freedomisobvious.blogspot.com/2019/10/structural-rights.html The term "natural rights" appears to give a great many people, most of whom appear to my eyes to be something of cynics, great heartburn. Though the world needs more jargon about as much as we all need additional holes in our heads, I would like to offer a term in the spirit of easing the violent rejection experienced by so many who rebel against notion of "natural rights". The term I would like to introduce is "structural rights", a designation synonymous with "natural rights". Why, then, offer up yet another term for the same concept? Just as many people turn off at any mention of religion that is not cursing or damning it, so it has been with talk of natural rights, which I suspect is often intimately associated with "God-given rights", which brings us right back to the religion issue and the related aversions.
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    10-25-2019, 08:35 AM
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    You just keep telling yourself that little lie and everything will be OK. Sheesh.
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    10-25-2019, 08:32 AM
    And yet, media will continue the narrative and as usual the lies become the tacit truth in the minds of the average dimwits.
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    10-25-2019, 08:29 AM
    I'm just a woman with a gigantic clitoris. REALLY gigantic. Pity me for the cross I bear.
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    10-25-2019, 08:26 AM
    Six of one...
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    10-25-2019, 08:23 AM
    Want music? Here you go:
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    10-25-2019, 08:22 AM
    Few things so sad as an agèd queen.
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    10-25-2019, 08:20 AM
    Never could stand his "music". About the only thing I could tolerate was Yellow Brick Road... the track. not the album. That said, I can only imagine the heartburn he must have felt at the memory of songs such as this. Oddly, it appears he's become a Christian.
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    10-25-2019, 08:15 AM
    osan replied to a thread Cowboys win the NFC in Open Discussion
    And about the irrelevancy called "foodball". OK, it's not as bad as basketball and soccer, but still...
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    10-25-2019, 07:12 AM
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    I no longer admit to being from NYC. Too embarrassing, even for me.
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    10-25-2019, 07:05 AM
    osan replied to a thread Toxic femininity in Open Discussion
    Right after we legalize rape.
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    10-25-2019, 07:04 AM
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    Oh, loveliness! Yes! YES! Bring the ghetto to the world that it may partake and be improved! Why do I have the feeling we've not heard the last of this shining example of progressive social engineering?
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    10-25-2019, 06:53 AM
    When men living in proximity to each other do so with an attitude of basic respect for themselves and their brethren, anarchy is invariably the result. It is only when men abandon the basic morality born into them that "civilization" and the pestilence it visits upon them becomes the normal condition under which people must suffer the miseries of each others' tyrannies, heaped hand over fist by every man upon every other. It is only in the wake of moral degradation that men come to accept being "civilized" by others of equal corruption and in whom no such authority to thwart and reduce can be said to exist. Men turn their backs upon themselves and their fellows in betrayal of the sacred gift of life bestowed equally upon all by the Infinite. There is no truth sadder or less necessary than this. It is an affront to the Sacred; it is the ultimate obscenity.
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    10-25-2019, 05:01 AM
    A close friend speculates that Trump has an overdeveloped sense of fair play. I cannot agree, though I accept it as a possibility. This is why I do not trust Trump even though he has done quite the laundry list of seemingly good-ish things. He should have gone for the kill on the likes of Clinton and her ilk by now, as well as those in his own camp. Then there are the seemingly idiotic cabinet appointments, and the list goes on of things that leave a thinking man going "HMMMMM..." Can you spell "bumpstock"? I would like to be able to trust him, but cannot quite find it in my heart. Hopefully I am not long for this idiotic world. Therefore, I care far less than I did, say, five years ago about what happens. It is clear to me that the likelihood of things becoming substantially better is low. I have lived a lifetime under the ever growing cancer that is the boilerplate of human tyranny, and I find myself finally bored with the vast menu of human corruptions. Truth be told, I've been bored with the meaner for decades. Dull, colorless, fully non-self possessing; what could be more painful than the infestation of average men when the mean is of such low inspiration? We in American have been dallying at the nexus for at least a decade, showing no sign of stepping up. Rather, it is the entropic likes of antifa who shall inherit the earth. Truly the Bible had at least that one bullseyed, for humans come no meeker than that.
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    10-23-2019, 02:20 PM
    Unless Theye break out the nukes. I put nothing past Themme.
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    10-23-2019, 02:18 PM
    Methinks you're giving Democrats far too much credit for humanity, when in fact they have little. Their whinging is purely Trump-driven. If Trump signed socialism into Law, they'd suddenly hate it. That is how small those people are, to my eyes. Nobody? That's an awful lot of nothing.
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    10-22-2019, 10:46 PM
    Humans are strange beings. For one thing, that isn't perforce anything to boast about. For another, I can claim to be Jesus the Christ... doesn't make me Jesus the Christ. Talk is cheap. That's pure strategy, of course. Never let them see the cracks. Bad for business.
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    10-21-2019, 07:24 AM
    I find Democrat hypocrisy droll. "NO MORE WAR!" for decades. All of a sudden they all begin fellating gun barrels just because Trump did that for which they'd been calling these past 30 years, but had not the courage or decency top make happen. If prior to this I'd predicted it, the "left" would have called for a rubber room for me. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't need one, mind you, but not for that reason.
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    10-21-2019, 02:10 AM
    Irrelevant question when the threshold mark of its invalidity is that it cause nearly universal poverty, disease, death, and all manner of deep misery. More importantly, it perforce violates the freedoms of all men and is thereby pure FAIL-plex.
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