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    Yesterday, 08:12 PM
    Deist either isn't very clever (doesn't understand libertarianism, or ethics generally), or is too clever (trying to pander to the new nationalists). (text version) No, it shouldn't. To believe that aggression is wrong means precisely that you don't want other people to engage in aggression; you want to "tell them what to do" (namely, to not aggress). Alternatively, to "live and let live," as he proposes, would be to endorse aggression. Adopting national self-determination means abandoning libertarianism. Either aggression is wrong, regardless of whether it is politically popular, or not.
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    Yesterday, 07:39 PM
    Another month, another pile of evidence that libertarians should be ostracizing conservatives, not assisting them. Highlights include: --Amash officially left the GOP --the energetic yoots of that party held a conference denouncing libertarians For those who appreciate the need to accelerate this long overdue divorce, what is to be done?
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    Yesterday, 06:59 PM
    Populist? check Obsessed with culture? doublecheck
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    Yesterday, 06:36 PM
    Again, I am aware that you don't recognize the rights which libertarianism does. That is precisely my point.
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    Yesterday, 06:32 PM
    Everyone still has the rights libertarianism assigns them, except the ones you took away: hence the problem.
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    Yesterday, 06:24 PM
    Then you strip everyone of their rights: still unlibertarian, try again.
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    Yesterday, 06:13 PM
    That is your nationalistic view, yes. However, on the libertarian view, which the OP is purportedly examining, all individuals have the same rights, irrespective of where they were born.
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    Yesterday, 03:41 PM
    I'm rooting for hard Brexit; let them teach themselves a lesson.
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    Yesterday, 03:19 PM
    This is the crux of the OP's argument: "Sure, the people crossing the border peacefully don't pose an imminent threat, but they will become a threat in the future, so the use of preemptive violence against them is justified." When is preemptive violence justified? The libertarian view is that preemptive violence is justified in the face of an imminent threat. Why does the threat have to be imminent? We want people to be able to use violence to prevent crimes, but the future is not known with certainty. Limiting the use of preemptive violence to situations in which there is an imminent threat serves to avoid mistakes. It's difficult to give "imminent" a precise meaning. Compare two extreme versions of a rule for self-defense against stabbing: "you can only shoot once the knife is moving toward your body," versus "you can shoot anyone at any time because anyone might stab you at some point in the future." Both are absurd; there's some happy medium, which will vary on a case by case basis. As to immigration, is there a case that immigrants pose a sufficiently imminent threat to justify the use of preemptive violence against them? On what basis? You would have to show that immigrants have some trait which correlates sufficiently strongly with criminality. The OP offered IQ as an example. Well, there is a correlation, but is strong enough to justify preemptive violence? I think not. Finally, keep in mind that this reasoning applies universally: not only to foreigners. If a person having an IQ lower than X (or merely being of an ethnic group whose members have an average IQ lower than X) is sufficient to justify the use of preemptive violence against them, that applies domestically as well. I'll leave you work out the practical implications of that (think internal passports, deportation of native born people).
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    Yesterday, 02:21 PM
    The tribal warfare intensifies.
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    Yesterday, 01:48 PM
    A minarchist government is one which provides courts and police to secure property rights, and does nothing else. This is a back of the envelope estimate of what such a government would actually cost in the United States today. Note that this is for domestic spending only. POLICE Total spending on police by state and local governments is $109 billion per year. Much of this is waste, since much of the what the police do doesn't need to be done (e.g. enforce drug prohibition), but in the interest of a conservative estimate, and/or supposing some of the currently wasted police resources could be efficiently reallocated to something useful (i.e. preventing actual crimes), let's leave that figure as it is. At the federal level, it would be fair to include the marshal service ($3 billion) and the FBI ($9 billion), as agencies that serve necessary functions (the marshals as the enforcement arm of the federal courts, the FBI as a kind of catch-all). We'll leave these budgets alone according to that same conservative logic. The total is then $121 billion per year.
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    Yesterday, 12:27 AM
    Unless the Fed starts loosening, there's going to be a recession soon. Either way, preemptively or reactively, the Fed's going to be loosening. And it's going to stay loose for the foreseeable future, because this debt-addled economy is utterly dependent on cheap credit. I'm expecting a 2008-style recession, but the recovery will include much higher inflation and much lower growth. Stagflation
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    07-22-2019, 10:24 PM
    So it's basically an ETF + payment processing system for transacting in shares of that ETF. I'm not sure what the appeal is supposed to be. Reducing currency risk? In democratic countries, total
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    07-22-2019, 10:04 PM
    The loot with which votes are purchased will run out and the government will collapse.
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    07-22-2019, 08:41 PM
    Good thing pro-Trump, anti-deep-state warrior Mark Levin is around to straighten out those losertarians
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    07-22-2019, 08:13 PM
    Amen
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    07-22-2019, 08:11 PM
    Must be those secret marines massing to remove the lizard people.
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    07-22-2019, 08:08 PM
    Or maybe the starving engineer manning the generator got hungry and ate the gum holding it together?
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    07-22-2019, 07:58 PM
    It's funny; Trump's bears much of the responsibility for ginning up anti-immigrant sentiment in the GOP, and yet it is (and always was) obvious that he isn't particularly enthusiastic about restricting immigration (contra his protectionist bent, which appears to be authentic). If Trump disappoints the mob he himself helped raise, which seems likely, I guess we'll have an even more vigorously xenophobic demagogue to look forward to in the future.
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    07-22-2019, 07:30 PM
    Politics is now literally too stupid for satire.
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