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    05-24-2016, 07:07 PM
    The real problem is that there was nothing special about Keynes. He just gave pseudo-scientific jargon to veneer the same old power politics and servitude economics that had been in play for millenia. Kill Keynes and another will just take his place.
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    05-19-2016, 12:41 PM
    While I disagree with some of your arguments, what you're looking for- a focus on local action and self rule- has a name. It is Anarchy. Pure and simple. And far from being utopian, anarchy acknowledges the nature of man to crave power through violence and does everything that can be done to limit their ability to enact that violent desire by preventing the organization that would allow them to achieve their goals- the government. Where libertarianism is a rejection of the state, anarchy is a rejection of the government altogether. A government will always become a state. The only way to ensure it does not is to ensure there is never a formal government that acts in your name but that you maintain all self rule. Anarchy is what you're looking for.
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    05-19-2016, 11:44 AM
    And by anything, I really mean it. I don't mean that he is just wrong, or that he is a Socialist, or that his policies are bad. I mean he has no idea about how the law works, how the justice system works, no clue about basic economics, not even a clue about how Socialism works. His answers aren't just dodgey vague, they're nonexistent. He doesn't just say the wrong thing, he ultimately says NOTHING at all. He says things are bad and then makes a vague promise to "change" things with Federal force but has no ideological, economical, judicial, or political foundation to do anything, to propose any actual mechanisms for change, beyond just commanding it be so and wishing for it to work. I knew Sanders was bad, because I thought he was simply wrong. I had no idea he was THIS bad, that he was completely ignorant of everything, including Socialism and the basic ways the system functions in the USA, and everywhere else. Holy crap. Below, I've quoted the first part of the interview. It is too long to post it all here. But I thought I would give you a taste of the insanity from the start of the interview where he contradicts his own statements about corporations and clearly demonstrates his complete ignorance of existent trade agreements, what they are, how they work, and even how they are formed and changed. Also, how liberals can even sense the core similarities between Trump and Sanders (not that big a difference between socialism and fascism after all) and Bernie demonstrating a total ignorance of foreign economic conditions. Link to full interview is below the quoted section. Read on to see his totally idiotic ideas about banking and more!
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    05-16-2016, 05:30 PM
    Oh brother! :rolleyes: We are not wanting to "offend" the pervert mafia, eh? Oh dear, we would not want to hurt their his her its feelings.
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    05-14-2016, 03:53 PM
    Hillary as Prez with a Republican controlled House is better (IMO) than Trump with any House. Right now, given these two narcissistic self-serving professional lying autocrats running, I am sad to say that I am praying for a government that can't get anything passed in the next four years.
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    05-13-2016, 03:24 PM
    I don't know. Look, the North was obviously wrong from our perspective. But the South wasn't any better. Maintaining your wealth and prestige literally on the backs of 5 million slaves means that no matter how much you favor succession, you are not a friend of liberty but are a tyrant. There were no good guy sides in the war. And either way you have tyrannies: the federal tyranny or the slaver's tyranny. Either way, both are tyrants.
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    05-13-2016, 03:21 PM
    I don't know that Lincoln purely wanted access to Southern material. The war laid waste to huge chunks of the most productive parts of the Southern farmlands. But I do know for sure that Lincoln was a Hamiltonian through and through. He fetishized the "Union" as one singular country and like every good nationalist placed its worth above that of the people living in its boundaries. To the point that he was willing to kill them for daring to leave it. The irony is that by using force of arms to maintain the nation as it was boundary wise, Lincoln actually destroyed the Union that was and replaced it with a full-fledged nation-state. The Republicans have always been left wing, big government progressives from the beginning. The only argument between them and modern Democrats is about what should be ran how, not if it should happen at all.
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    05-13-2016, 03:15 PM
    Before he was a Trump supporter.
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    05-11-2016, 03:38 PM
    35 year anniversary of Bob Marley's death. May his memory be eternal.
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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    05-07-2016, 10:28 AM
    Never Stop Hating. And Channel. Channel the Hatred. None truly love Freedom who do not Hate Tyranny. Keep it Burning. Make them Pay.
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    05-07-2016, 10:20 AM
    Don't mess around, just do it! That's my motto, maybe yours, too. Safety First, on the other hand, is not my motto. As for Colin, he takes the middle ground and makes some concessions for safety: he wears a safety tie.
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    05-07-2016, 10:06 AM
    Hey, that's good news! And good job putting forward this idea so long ago, Mike. May it be, in the words of the old ad, "catchin' on...."
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    05-07-2016, 09:24 AM
    Oh, what a bold, courageous denouncement of corruption, Mr. Collins. What a strong stand you have against corruption and deceit. Remind me to make you head of the Ethics Committee. You picked the wrong friends, Collins. You picked the wrong friends. These guys were, and are, bad news. They're slimy. You knew that. Everybody knew that. Everybody who ever worked with them knew that. And you are very much tarnished by your association with and defense of them.
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    05-06-2016, 05:04 PM
    Great, so we agree: Real wages have stagnated in the US for the past 45 years or so. Real wages have stagnated in the US for the past 45 years or so. The bigger picture, the bigger issue, is between: Everything is Awesome! and
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    05-05-2016, 01:55 PM
    Most uniforms are nice, though historically gaudy.
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    05-05-2016, 01:52 PM
    Technically true. But gold has historically been a default that everyone across the world has placed value in, even when starving people have been willing to trade food for gold. It is as close to having inherent value as anything can have it.
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    05-05-2016, 01:51 PM
    1. Competing currencies doesn't mean the government can't have its own currency, just that it can't compel anyone to use it it alone. 2. The US government got along quite well with competing currencies for the first 1/3-1/2 of its existence. It would do so again.
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    05-05-2016, 01:42 PM
    Not even. They'll do it just as equally fast.
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    05-05-2016, 01:41 PM
    And thus you see that "traditional conservatives" are still nationalists who support violating the Constitution (which only gives Congress the power to determine how one becomes a citizen and NOT to limit immigration in any manner) in order to support anti-free market nativism that violates basic human liberties.
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    05-05-2016, 08:50 AM
    Well that's good to think that. A very positive, up-beat outlook on the world. And we could certainly say that in some senses it is true. Well, at least one sense I can think of: that there is new "stuff" now available today which could not be bought 40 years ago, due to technological changes. Unfortunately, in the core sense, the most (IMO) relevant sense, and the sense which your statement implies, what you are pretty sure of is not true. Or perhaps it is just barely true (+/- 10%). Real wages; that is, wages in real terms; that is, "how much stuff can you buy with your wages" -- real wages have stagnated in the US for the past 45 years or so. So in truth a laborer in the US can buy the identical amount of "stuff" today as 40 years ago (again, approximately, +/- maybe 10%).
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    05-05-2016, 08:34 AM
    I'm typing this on this: Bought it brand new from Unicomp a few weeks ago. It's a great keyboard. Very nice -- much better than the "modern" rubber-dome keyboards. They manufacture them in Kentucky. Very fast shipping, great service. I highly recommend them.
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    05-04-2016, 04:58 PM
    If you're a Nationalist. "America First"? No, never. Humans first, individuals first, rights first, liberty first. America has been first for way too long, and look at where it has gotten us.
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    05-04-2016, 02:23 PM
    Of course Rand will endorse Trump. Anything to further and maintain his political position, what a far cry that is from his father.
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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    05-02-2016, 04:03 PM
    Civilization itself is highly unnatural. Civilization itself is one gigantic free-rider problem. When the day comes that people assiduously take advantage of every free-rider problem they can find, that is a day that their civilization has long since ceased to exist. Human nature is the basis for society, not political systems. A system of competing DROs would work fine in a high "C,"(ivilization) moderate "V"(igor) temperament society. Probably also in a high "C," high "V" one. So would your preferred system, absolute monarchy (competing DRMs -- Dispute-Resolving Monarchs).
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    05-02-2016, 02:33 PM
    Everywhere? Innovation comes into being when people don't have to work or starve and can afford to do something other than farm. When ore and more robots free humans to work, more creation will be the result.
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Snowden, The Drone Papers: ...a cache of secret documents...

by PierzStyx on 10-16-2015 at 07:32 PM
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The Drone Papers

The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military’s assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. The documents, provided by a whistleblower, offer an unprecedented glimpse into Obama’s drone wars.˅

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Courts Not Even Pretending Constitution Matters Anymore

by PierzStyx on 06-27-2015 at 04:41 PM
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Our Constitution does not enact any one theory of marriage. The people of a State are free to expand marriage to include same-sex couples, or to retain the historic definition. -Chief Justice Roberts

In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that

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Gay activist: "I have come to indoctrinate your children and I'm not one bit sorry!"

by PierzStyx on 03-27-2015 at 06:33 PM
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If the people who are disturbed by their own latent desires would just do battle with their own latent desires, rather than deciding that those who share those desires and give in to them are the enemy, then libs like the one in the OP wouldn't have a leg to stand on. He wouldn't be discriminated against, and therefore there would be no problem to solve. And when he proposed this sort of radical solution to the non-problem, he would be laughed at, and the children wouldn't have to deal with the

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A running compilation of the human victims of police abuse: a place for the Patricia Cooks, Nick Christies, Oscar Grants and Kelly Thomases.

Israel: An issue many in the liberty movement get wrong

by PierzStyx on 07-23-2014 at 12:10 PM
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I have observed many debates on foreign policy on RPF, DP, and countless other liberty-oriented sites. A trend I have noticed is the anti-Israel sentiments and the downright hatred of Israel.

Many in the liberty movement are so off on this issue for a few reasons:

1) Israel is our strongest ally in the part of the world where folks are the most hostile toward the United States. The United States has spent a long time playing Russian Roulette with countries in the Middle

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