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    Yesterday, 02:43 PM
    "You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to enhanced_deficit again."
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    Yesterday, 12:45 PM
    See, this is the main place where we differ. I don't consider putting more money in the hands of the federal government "helping the society which has made their wealth possible." I see it as the exact opposite of that.
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    Yesterday, 12:27 PM
    Sure it's possible. But that shouldn't matter. All they have is a positive result in a test. They didn't even get sick.
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    Yesterday, 10:20 AM
    But there really is no proof that they came down with it. They were not sick. All they did was get tested and have the test come back positive. According to the CDC, the available COVID vaccines are effective in preventing you from getting COVID. You can take that for what it's worth. But it's at least safe to say that what the CDC claims is representative of what the vaccines are purported to do. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/effectiveness.html
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    Yesterday, 09:51 AM
    While I agree with your analysis, it's also the case that Trump remains the front runner for the 2024 Republican nomination for president. It's reasonable that his treatment here in that capacity would be the same as his counterpart bit-player party nominee front runners were at this stage in previous elections, such as McCain, Romney, and Jeb Bush.
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    Yesterday, 07:07 AM
    I'm confused. So this cruise line, in addition to requiring that all passengers be vaccinated *and* show proof of testing negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours before boarding, *also* tests these same passengers for COVID later on during the cruise, even if they're totally asymptomatic? And then these passengers who paid for this cruise, and who have no symptoms, and who already showed that they tested negative for COVID, and are vaccinated, have to be isolated on their cruise just because somebody gave them another test that got a positive result, which proves nothing, even though everyone around them on the cruise is also already vaccinated?
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    06-10-2021, 04:01 PM
    They have intrinsic metal properties. But those properties by themselves don't constitute value. Those properties only have value to thinking beings who evaluate them. Those evaluations are subjective, not intrinsic. Different people value them differently according to their own preferences, and they are even free not to value them at all. There you go again, equivocating on the words. You know full well that Ron Paul never once advocated any policies that would require anyone to accept Bitcoin. And you have produced no quotes where he says anything like that.
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    06-10-2021, 01:42 PM
    "You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to CaptUSA again."
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    06-10-2021, 01:41 PM
    Of course it will end. If something can't go on forever, then it won't. Hyperinflation has happened before, a bunch of times, and one thing they all have in common is that they end. Granted, it's economically devastating. But that doesn't change the fact that the root problem is runaway government spending, and you don't fix that by taxing more. If the choice is between what you call "supply side voodoo economics" and raising taxes, then the former must always be preferred to the latter.
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    06-10-2021, 12:19 PM
    All of those reasons boil down to subjective value judgments made by human beings, meaning they are not intrinsic to the Gold and Silver themselves. You are right about the level of repealing of laws I would support. But even without repealing those laws, we can also have opinions about more short-term realistic proposals. And sometimes it's not support for repealing a law, but opposition to passing a new one, such as a law that would violate my right to make agreements with other people in which both parties choose to use Bitcoin as money. Just because the government is still doing a lot of bad things, that doesn't mean I have to approve of it doing even more.
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    06-10-2021, 11:39 AM
    Another way of looking at that situation is that one of the great tragedies behind the need to reaffirm the forgotten truth that black lives really do matter is that many black people themselves have forgotten it. And it isn't just those people themselves who will benefit from a renewed commitment to the implications of their of being created in God's image and the responsibility toward fellow human beings that goes along with that, but everyone else, including white people, will too.
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    06-10-2021, 07:30 AM
    Gold and Silver don't have intrinsic value either. "Value," by definition, is subjective. Nobody has to value Gold or Silver, and different people assign different values to them relative to other things. Just like they do with Bitcoin and Federal Reserve Notes. The key is that people need to be free to do that according to their own preferences, and not according to a government compelling them to use any currency, whether they would otherwise value it or not, with threats of force. If the government got out of the way, the market would give Gold and Silver their rightful place as money. And it probably would give cryptocurrencies a place too. That would be up to individual people and their own varying subjective evaluations of these currencies. As it should be.
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    06-10-2021, 06:57 AM
    I agree. There are parties on both sides who benefit from fear. If there's not a crisis at hand to scare people into giving their partisan politicians more power, then they'll gin one up. Obama is basically right about right-wing media doing this. You see it all the time on this forum. There's constant fear from the usual suspects of a coming white genocide. And none of these scared folks have ever seen any reason to have that fear with their own eyes in the daily encounters they have with people around them. It all comes from something they see in certain media outlets they frequent, which are telling them scary stories and showing them scary pictures of what the other side is up to in some other city out there, where, if you go to that city, you'll find plenty of ordinary white people there living their normal lives unaware that a genocide is supposedly happening to them right there in their own city.
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    06-10-2021, 06:49 AM
    You don't raise taxes to pay for stimulating the economy. You stimulate the economy by cutting taxes. Yes, it's imperative to cut spending, since total taxation ultimately always equals total spending. But you'll never cut spending if you keep giving the government more to spend. You have to starve the leviathan.
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    06-10-2021, 06:40 AM
    JML says "this time I agree" as if they haven't always agreed with it.
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    06-09-2021, 03:05 PM
    That mention of the 1862 Legal Tender Act was curious. The whole point of that act was to empower the federal government to print, use, and require the use of money that was not backed by gold or silver. Snowball, are you a modern greenbacker?
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    06-09-2021, 02:32 PM
    If this is so, then we don't need the state to impose borders on us. And in fact, those state imposed borders will always tend to impede our natural territoriality, rather than support it.
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    06-09-2021, 11:51 AM
    Where in the US Constitution does it require that the government deem it illegal for people to use Bitcoin as money in their exchanges with eachother? Or to tax Bitcoin? Or to pass laws requiring that all creditors must accept payment of debs made in Federal Reserve Notes, such that people may not be allowed the freedom to choose to enter contracts with one another requiring the use of Bitcoin or anything else besides FRNs for payments of debts?
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    06-09-2021, 09:30 AM
    The problem is, I understand the distinctions, and you're trying to erase them. Every time you try to criticize RP's position you pull a switcheroo where you replace his position with things you made up and can't find any quotes of him saying.
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    06-08-2021, 03:21 PM
    He wants to repeal the legal tender laws that give the dollar that special treatment so that people can be free to make agreements with one another using whatever the parties involved choose to use as payment. He wants to give Bitcoin (and every other currency anybody wants to use) equal status with FRNs under the law by taking FRNs off that pedestal, not by putting Bitcoin on it. If you want to criticize what he says, give the actual quotes and point to the words he actually used, which you have repeatedly refused to do throughout this thread.
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    06-08-2021, 01:38 PM
    Notice how you just contradicted yourself by equivocating on the term "legal tender" in exactly the way I just explained. Either Ron Paul is against all legal tender, or he is for making Bitcoin legal tender. It can't be both. In reality, he's against it in the first sense that I explained in post #65, and he's for making Bitcoin legal in the second sense I explained in that same post. Both of those positions are totally consistent and totally unobjectionable. If you object to legalizing the use of Bitcoin as a medium of exchange, and not taxing it, then what specific policy that would accomplish those things that Ron Paul supports, and that you can actually quote him supporting, do you object to. No vague abstractions. Specifics.
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    06-08-2021, 12:31 PM
    He does seem to be doing a lot of muddying up with his words. One distinction is that may need to be clarified is different ways that someone may use the phrase "legal tender." On the one hand, someone may mean a special government granted status to a currency that obligates creditors to accept it in payment of debts when a debtor chooses to pay using it whether those creditors want to accept that kind of payment or not, such as the way the statement on Federal Reserve Notes declaring them legal tender is usually taken. One the other hand, someone may just mean it literally, that it is simply legal to use that currency if you want to, and not that anybody who doesn't want to should be forced to. I'm certain that all Ron Paul has said in favor of Bitcoin being legal tender is in the latter sense.
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    06-08-2021, 12:17 PM
    I can't follow much of what you just said here. But notably, you still haven't pointed out any specific thing Ron Paul said, in his own words, that you disagree with. Reading between the lines it looks like you really strongly believe that Bitcoin should be taxed though.
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    06-08-2021, 11:06 AM
    I would say that it takes longer than the 12 years that Bitcoin has existed to prove that. I don't really have a dog in the fight. I like that people have a serious competing currency. But from the outside I don't see how to tell if Bitcoin's current price is stable and likely to keep increasing over the long term, or just a tulip mania kind of thing.
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    06-08-2021, 08:12 AM
    You say "every single point" as if there are a lot of things either to disagree with or agree with there. But I only see two quotes from Ron Paul that actually propose any specific policies: 1. Don't tax Bitcoin or Gold; and 2. Don't have legal tender laws that force people to use federal reserve notes instead of other media of exchange that they may choose to use. Earlier in this thread you said that you agreed with him on both of those points (or if not positively agreeing, were at least not opposed). Now are you saying that you disagree on both? If so, how can you possibly disagree with those views? It's just mind boggling.
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    06-08-2021, 06:12 AM
    You didn't provide a single quote, much less point out anything wrong with anything Ron Paul ever said about this. From what I am able to see in the hits of that search, it doesn't look like RP ever said that the government should make Bitcoin legal tender for all debts. He said it should be permitted to compete with the dollar. Competing would mean that it would be left up to the market. I infer that he means that it would be up to the parties involved to decide for themselves if they agree to use it as payment for debts, without the government forcing them to whether they want to or not. Do you know of Ron Paul ever advocating any government interference on behalf of Bitcoin that would force people to accept it as payment for debts against their will? And if I'm right about his position, do you honestly disagree it?
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    06-07-2021, 04:35 PM
    And you are under the impression that the US Constitution positively obligates the government to tax Bitcoin? I would like to see the quote of what Ron Paul actually said and have you point out what was wrong with it.
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    06-07-2021, 04:08 PM
    None of that matters. If two people make an agreement with each other whereby one of them gives the other some amount of bitcoin in exchange for some good or service, then nobody else has any right to interfere with them.
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    06-07-2021, 03:52 PM
    I don't see how that is an answer to the question I asked. Unless I'm supposed to assume that you support whatever current law demands. But I can't fathom how anyone could possibly support a law like that. I can't even imagine a political philosophy in which it makes any sense, unless it's for the benefit of certain oligarchs who stand to gain from limiting the population's currency options.
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    06-07-2021, 03:34 PM
    I would encourage people to leave both the GOP and the LP and join the throngs of the none-of-the-above voters and see where our true numbers are with that. Last I checked, we far outnumbered voters for any other party or candidate.
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