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    Today, 04:47 PM
    Another way of thinking about how an anarcho-capitalist society defends/preserves itself (or, rather, doesn't), First, the concept "public good" is an economic concept, not an ethical concept. From the fact that something is a public good, it does not necessarily follow that there ought to be a state to provide it (whether it does or not depends on one's ethical principles, one's goals). That something is a public good simply means that it will be underproduced on a market. That caveat in place, defense, on a military scale, is a public good. It is possible for a private defense agency (PDA) to protect Jim from muggers without incidentally providing such protection to his neighbor Bob. In the event Jim is mugged, it's possible for the PDA to which he subscribes to seek out and prosecute the criminal. On the other hand, in the event Aggressionberg invades the neighborhood with the intention of conquering it (i.e. subjecting it to extortion, aka taxation), it is not possible for Jim's PDA to set up a defensive position which would defend Jim and not his neighbor Bob; you can't defend 7/8ths of a wall. In other words, Bob can free ride on Jim's purchase of the PDA's services, and so Bob has no incentive to pay for those services himself. Of course, the same logic also applies to Jim himself; if his neighbor is paying for protection against Aggressionberg's attempt at conquest, he has no incentive to pay for those services either. And so on, for everyone in the effected area. Even if every single person in Peaceville wants to prevent Aggressionberg's conquest, each of them has an incentive to not pay for the services required to accomplish that. Hence security will be underproduced. The ruler of Aggressionberg, extorting the resources required to finance his military operations, faces no such problem.
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    Today, 04:12 PM
    I'm also definitely opposed to the black flag. And I'm 100% in favor of trying to work within the system as it exists (hence my support for Rand, for instance). But, at the same time, if liberty is to triumph in the long run, it is critical that we recognize the inherent flaws of the present system - its inherently illiberal tendencies - so that we can begin thinking about a better alternative. You and I almost certainly won't see an opportunity for bringing about a better system, but someone will, eventually. It's our job - as we work now within the present system - to build the intellectual foundation for those future generations. That's the proper strategy as I see it, anyway. If you're referring to the "alt right" types who've infiltrated this site and the movement generally, I completely agree. Libertarians are never going to agree completely on everything, but we must draw a line, at some point, between libertarians and non-libertarians. Our ideological enemies are not nearly as "tolerant" as we are. They are taking advantage of our "tolerance" every day, on this forum and elsewhere. But don't get too discouraged man. Keep in mind that, whatever our organizational problems, however bad the political environment, we are in fact right. :)
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    Today, 02:15 PM
    I would never call the Founders dense or uneducated, to the contrary, but I would call them wishful thinkers. They appreciated the true, very imperfect, nature of man (as your quotes indicate) and yet still built a political system which they knew could only function if man acted contrary to his very imperfect nature. It's rather puzzling. As for the "chains of the Constitution," that takes us in circles. The Constitution is a piece of paper. It does not and cannot *do* anything. It is effective only insofar as *people* choose to enforce it. If people are virtuous, there is no need for a Constitution; if they aren't, there's no use in having one.
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    Today, 01:46 PM
    Suppose I said that the problem with communism is that people don't behave selflessly. That statement would be true, but incomplete. The greater problem with communism is that it relies on people behaving selflessly (a decidedly unrealistic expectation). Similarly, though the failure of the republic can be attributed to the people not being sufficiently virtuous and moral, a more comprehensive explanation of our problems would be that it was unreasonable for the Founders to expect people to be virtuous and moral, and that a system which relies on them being so is inherently unworkable.
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    Today, 01:06 PM
    Agreed ...with the exception that, for the most part, they actually want to spend money on the same things. ...which are, ultimately, as you implied in your first post, whatever most assists them their reelection.
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    Today, 12:56 PM
    The reality, as should be obvious at this point, is that virtually no Republicans are fiscal conservatives. They are just social democrats of the cultural right.
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    Today, 12:42 PM
    I'd agree with those additions. I'll convince you eventually.. :)
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    Today, 12:37 PM
    Alternately titled, Rand Paul Is Right On The Budget (And Tax Reform), https://townhall.com/columnists/briandarling/2017/10/18/rand-paul-is-right-on-the-budget-and-tax-reform-n2396884
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    10-06-2017, 09:23 PM
    So, some Mexicans get to not be deported.. Big whoop What actually matters...?
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    10-06-2017, 09:00 PM
    The republic is a joke (look at what it does). The founders were well intended, good (classical) liberals, but naive. Muskets weren't new in 1787 and, even if they were, people can kill one another with axes, swords, spears, etc. Nothing new under the sun
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    10-06-2017, 08:00 PM
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    10-06-2017, 07:47 PM
    That's an interesting point. It's well known that Moscow is promoting these groups, for the purpose of disorganizing (or, in their dreams, dissolving) NATO. But the US also has an interest in preventing the EU from becoming an effective alternative to NATO. America in, Russia out, Germany down.
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    10-06-2017, 01:10 AM
    There are few photos from the Eastern Front. Over the fall and winter of 1914-15, the Habsburg Empire suffered over 2 million casualties in repeated battles with the Russians. No one really knows how many Russian causalities there were, because the bolshevik revolution destroyed the records, such as there were, but they were astronomical: worse than on the Western Front. Ludwig von Mises was an officer with the Habsburg Army at this time, having been drafted at the outbreak of the war. Enormous numbers of his men, dug into the Carpathian mountains over the winter, died of starvation, froze to death, or were literally eaten by wolves. We Americans, prompted by the British, tend to focus on the Western Front, but the war was really decided in the east, like the next war... As for the west, by 1918, the armies of the Entente were firing against the German army 126 rounds per minute per 500 yards of front. Think about what that means. ...and mind this when you casually dismiss talk of another general European war.
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    10-06-2017, 12:44 AM
    The Somme, 1916 On the first day of the offensive, 20,000 British soldiers were killed. It was and is the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army. They charged directly into machine gun fire; at one point, the Germans actually stopped firing out of pity.
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    10-06-2017, 12:10 AM
    Charlatan http://www.fdrliberated.com/
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    10-05-2017, 11:58 PM
    We Americans have had no direct experience of a real war, not since 1865. I think this is, in part, why we are so warlike, and, in this context, in telling Europeans what to do, so glib about the risks of war. Let us see the reality of it. Verdun, 1916, The German and French Armies fired more than 40 million artillery rounds at one another.
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    10-05-2017, 11:40 PM
    I find it astounding that these people (I'm not talking about you now Swordsmyth) who bitch about "white genocide," and non-European immigration, don't appreciate that the nationalist policies they're advocating will lead to hundreds of millions of dead (not outnumbered, DEAD), Europeans. It's almost like they've never read any history. Almost like...
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    10-05-2017, 11:25 PM
    No, that's not going to cause a war. Nor is the reign of the "EU tyrants" any more tyrannical than the reign of the local, national tyrants. ...come back in 5 years and tell me how many pounds of lira you had to carry around to buy an espresso.
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    10-05-2017, 11:21 PM
    Ha, Tampa missed at least two FGs and an extra point (!) in the Giants game last week.
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    10-05-2017, 11:15 PM
    No, if there will be another war, it will be the product of the idiot, cunt nationalist parties, just like the last two times.
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    10-05-2017, 11:03 PM
    The last two European wars killed 78 million people. Between 1914-1918, over two million German soldiers were were annihilated by heavy artillery. In modern American terms, that would be nine and a half million. Between 1939-1945, five and half million German soldiers were similarly slaughtered. In modern American terms, that would be twenty six million. The French in the first war suffered comparable causalities, as did many other states. In both wars, the causalities suffered by the Russian nation are incomprehensible, tens of millions. Russia has yet to recover. Coudenhove-Kalergi was motivated by the desire to never repeat such horror. The late son of the last Habsburg Emperor, Otto von Habsburg, who saw millions of his people slaughtered for nothing, agreed, along with all other rational persons. I am fully in support of the European Union for precisely this reason. There must never be another European war.
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    10-05-2017, 10:26 PM
    Didn't see the Pats/Bucs game tonight... How did Brady look? ...because he's looked like shit the last couple weeks. ...and I see they only won by five. ...against Tampa....
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    10-05-2017, 10:20 PM
    They've been quiet lately. When Molyneux comes out with reality v10.06., explaining it all as an Xd chess move, they'll be back to regurgitate it at us.
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    10-05-2017, 09:51 PM
    You'd think that would be a factor, it makes sense intuitively, but I don't recall any attacks which were clearly motivated by a desire for fame. This mutt in Las Vegas doesn't appear to have had that motivation.
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    10-05-2017, 09:46 PM
    He clearly is rational. Anyone saying otherwise is trying to lay the groundwork for a call to war. i.e. "He's irrational, we can't rely on MAD like with the Soviets, Chinese, etc, he can't be allowed to have nuclear weapons..."
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    10-05-2017, 09:24 PM
    No Yes
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    10-05-2017, 09:20 PM
    Well, no, see, I was being sarcastic, I'm not in favor of the state interfering in the market to subsidize certain jerbs. I'm in favor of laissez faire in the labor market, as in all markets. Are you?
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    10-05-2017, 09:04 PM
    Well, without state intervention in the labor market, how would our jerbs be protected?
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    10-05-2017, 09:00 PM
    Thank you Chief, but, to save you from apostasy, I'll take the money and pay you back later. Return the blanket at your convenience.
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    10-05-2017, 08:38 PM
    Well, I'm convinced. Send me all your money and I'll put in a good word with the Martians.
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