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    Today, 08:53 AM
    The Science™ is whatever CNN says it is. In this case The Science™ requires you to consume their sponsors' products and submit to their favored political party.
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    10-20-2021, 12:45 PM
    Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave. Slavery, regardless of whom is enslaved, is evil in one of its purest forms. In the United States we are most familiar with the enslavement of the African American – as we rightly should be – although the sin has been committed against men and women of all races across the world and throughout history. This is why Frederick Douglas quotes will always remain relevant. It is estimated that one in ten North Koreans are currently enslaved by their dictatorship. India leads the world, so to speak, with over 18 million slaves, the vast majority of whom belong to the Dalit caste. And thanks to human trafficking, tens of thousands of people living in America are enslaved right now. When you see your fellow man clad in chains, forced to work, and quite literally owned, it is easy to call them a slave. But whether or not the unfettered can also be deemed slaves depends on your worldview. A slave is legal property who is forced into obedience. By that definition, could the entire population of North Korea be considered enslaved? Quite arguably, yes, and given that one must wonder at what point a government becomes its citizens’ master. If it extorts money from them in the name of taxation, drafts them to fight in foreign wars for profit, and imprisons them for viciously long amounts of time for minor, nonviolent infractions, at what point does the government’s actions become indistinguishable from the crack of a planter’s whip?
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    10-18-2021, 06:35 PM
    Imagine having to work at that toilet of a store and being told you're evil on top of it.
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    10-15-2021, 09:00 AM
    Before we get to the capitalism quotes, let us ask you: Is capitalism perfect? Not remotely. But that begs a follow-up question: Are people perfect? One can argue that communism, which holds that people would be better off without greed, is better than capitalism. One can also argue that people would be better off if they were able to fly. According to the communist’s logic, that would mean we had better begin pushing people off of rooftops. Enemies of capitalism are quick to point out that it is an imperfect system, yet also advocate for an even more imperfect system to take its place. They want to remove people who are rewarded by production from the economy, and replace them with people who are rewarded by controlling others. The former will put food on the table; the latter will put people in gulags. Who are capitalism’s greatest enemies? I count three. The first are politicians, who see capitalism as an obstacle separating them from their citizens’ wealth. That wealth also insulates their citizens from the politicians’ influence, which must surely stick in the craw of any would-be tyrants. The second are businesspeople themselves, who look to the government as their ultimate ace in the hole when it comes to beating competition. If an elite corps of producers can make itself the communist politicians’ key supporter, then they can compel legislation which puts their rivals out of business.
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    10-13-2021, 10:50 PM
    Before we get to the capitalism quotes, let us ask you: Is capitalism perfect? Not remotely. But that begs a follow-up question: Are people perfect? One can argue that communism, which holds that people would be better off without greed, is better than capitalism. One can also argue that people would be better off if they were able to fly. According to the communist’s logic, that would mean we had better begin pushing people off of rooftops. Enemies of capitalism are quick to point out that it is an imperfect system, yet also advocate for an even more imperfect system to take its place. They want to remove people who are rewarded by production from the economy, and replace them with people who are rewarded by controlling others. The former will put food on the table; the latter will put people in gulags. Who are capitalism’s greatest enemies? I count three. The first are politicians, who see capitalism as an obstacle separating them from their citizens’ wealth. That wealth also insulates their citizens from the politicians’ influence, which must surely stick in the craw of any would-be tyrants. The second are businesspeople themselves, who look to the government as their ultimate ace in the hole when it comes to beating competition. If an elite corps of producers can make itself the communist politicians’ key supporter, then they can compel legislation which puts their rivals out of business.
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    10-10-2021, 09:19 AM
    When no one can get ahead, equality will finally have been realized.
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    10-06-2021, 06:57 PM
    Before you read Frédéric Bastiat quotes, you might wonder: Who is Frédéric Bastiat? Before the Austrian School arose to extol the virtues of the free market, there was Claude-Frédéric Bastiat (1801–1850). The prominent French economist and member of the Optimist School advocated for laissez-faire economics, developed the opportunity cost theory of microeconomics, and wrote Ce qu'on voit et ce qu'on ne voit pas (That which is seen, and that which is not seen), in which he introduced the parable of the broken window. This parable (which Henry Hazlitt also spends good time illustrating in the second chapter of Economics in One Lesson) explains how destruction and reconstruction do not provide a net benefit to society. In short, suppose that a shopkeeper’s window is smashed by a vandal. People might suppose this ultimately helps the economy, as they will see the replacement the shopkeeper must buy from the glazier. But what they will not see is the shopkeeper’s new suit, as it will never come into existence once the shopkeeper can no longer afford to pay the tailor. Whereas a window would have existed in either event, it is only thanks to the vandal that the suit can not come into creation as well. Apply this logic on a larger scale, and it does a good deal to chip away at the hawkish argument that war is good for the economy. Broken windows aside, Bastiat is best known for writing The Law. In it Bastiat states that man’s right to “defend his person, his liberty, and his property” comes not from the state, but from God. He continues to argue that the law becomes perverted whenever it violates this natural right, which essentially amounts to plundering by the government. (Language which Ayn Rand would borrow in Atlas Shrugged.)
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    10-03-2021, 12:08 PM
    Goddamn right. "We hate you! But don't you dare leave the country! You'll create the same kind of horrible government we're trying to force you to live under!"
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    09-30-2021, 12:11 AM
    "We have it in our power to begin the world over again." In a sense, Thomas Paine’s greatest role in the foundation of the United States was as a propagandist. His pamphlets Common Senseand The American Crisisboth stirred up fiery rebellious sentiment against British rule. Although he did not sign the Declaration of Independence, Paine was every bit a Founding Father. The British would most certainly have turned him into a windchime had the patriots not won the war. Thomas Paine quotes reflect many of the ideas which the Founding Fathers presented in the Declaration of Independence. And while they acknowledged that a country’s government should not be changed will nilly, the Founding Fathers never treated the English monarchy as something deserving of reverence. Surely they all recalled what Paine wrote in Common Sense as they did so: “o man in his senses can say that their claim under William the Conqueror is a very honourable one. A French bastard landing with an armed Banditti and establishing himself king of England against the consent of the natives, is in plain terms a very paltry rascally original. It certainly hath no divinity in it.” Yet not all of Paine’s beliefs were embraced during the early years of the Republic. His vehement opposition to slavery, for example, wasn’t very well received by certain plantation owners. The nasty letter he sent to George Washington when the president failed to intervene during his imprisonment in France didn’t help Paine endear himself to many of the other Founding Fathers, either. No one calls Big George a hypocrite.
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    09-27-2021, 09:54 AM
    It is, but only when white people do it.
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