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    07-20-2021, 04:45 PM
    tfurrh replied to a thread Freedom Phone in Open Discussion
    I got a light phone II about 4 months ago.
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    07-16-2021, 04:21 PM
    I didn't say it was signed into law.
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    07-15-2021, 03:16 PM
    That makes sense. The people who want to secede are the ones who are in the group that would be most likely to make the rules in their new country. The people who aren't in the majority there don't want to secede because they're afraid of the kind of country the majority would make those states into after secession. And this reasoning works the same in both blue states and red states.
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    07-15-2021, 10:10 AM
    To be fair, the script he reads for Fox also doesn't have him as our ally. He's been more of a Donald Trump/Elizabeth Warren type. https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/tucker-carlson-you-wouldnt-believe-which-politician-recently-sounded-like-trump-at-his-best Honestly, if anything he was more of an ally in 2007-2008.
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    07-15-2021, 07:56 AM
    I disagree with you about the significance of that. Suppose you and I were in an arrangement where you had to give me $250 a month in cash money that you would otherwise be able to spend however you want, and in exchange I would give you a set of goods and services of my choice, whose prices add up to $400 per month. In addition there are other strings attached allowing me to regulate how you live your life outside of just the use of that $400. You have an opportunity to get out of that arrangement, and keep your smaller amount of money to spend how you want, rather than getting the larger amount of money spent the way I decide to spend it. Would the fact that $400 is greater than $250 really be a decisive factor to make you want to stay in an arrangement like that?
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    07-14-2021, 03:25 PM
    Himself. Trumpism is a cult of personality and nothing more. Policies are irrelevant. To the extent that Trump ever promoted any policies that he hasn't already flip flopped on, he could flip to the opposite of whatever his positions were, and the Trumpers would continue supporting him and demanding that everyone else follow his lead on doing the opposite of what they thought we all should have followed up until today, just because it's what they think Trump wants.
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    07-14-2021, 11:21 AM
    And Hopkins is a great actor. One of his not-so-well known roles was Dr. John Kellogg in The Road to Wellville, a man who pontificated against onanism. For him to be able to go from that role to this one is a testament to his range.
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    07-13-2021, 01:28 PM
    Yes. Not to be confused with the apparently more important Indian National Bar Association. https://indianbarassociation.in/ https://www.indianbarassociation.org/ I don't see anything to be surprised about. Some group who gave themselves an important sounding name sent somebody else a strongly worded letter that doesn't actually do anything.
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    07-12-2021, 10:16 AM
    Is there any specific incident of doe eyed social justice warriorism that you think this has anything at all to do with, if not the article she wrote? "Willing to guess" is another way of saying you made it up. You may be right. You may not. I'm more interested in facts than guesses.
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    07-12-2021, 10:14 AM
    I haven't read it. And I'm guessing neither has NorthCarolinaLiberty nor Chris Menahan, who wrote the article linked in the OP have either. Have you? If not, then you're in no position to say if it proved anything. But I do know that what it would take to criticize that article would require addressing the arguments made in the article itself, and not playing the kind of games the OP does.
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    07-12-2021, 09:51 AM
    Is her getting murdered by a black man supposed to be some kind of disproof of the article she wrote?
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    07-12-2021, 07:57 AM
    Actually, Ron Paul did get a piece of legislation passed. https://www.congress.gov/bill/112th-congress/house-bill/459/actions Ok, that's not much. But it's not nothing. IIRC it's more than can be said of Hillary Clinton, who actually never did introduce a single piece of legislation that got passed, and somehow that fact didn't stop her from getting her party's nomination for president and almost winning the election, and it doesn't seem to have relegated her to a status of historical irrelevance in anyone's eyes that I've heard of. But actually, let's go with your friend's approach. Let's say libertarians should take up a strategy that's entirely outside of politics for now. Honestly, that doesn't sound like a bad idea to me. But I would still say that if we do that, we'll owe whatever measure of success that strategy brings us more to Ron Paul and the difference he made in the lives and outlooks of all those foot soldiers taking up that new cause, than to any other single person walking the earth today I can think of.
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    07-12-2021, 07:45 AM
    If you don't want to buy stuff that was made in China, then don't. If you think you can convince enough other people to join you in doing that to make a difference, then go for it. It's not something the government should be involved in in any way.
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    07-09-2021, 01:14 PM
    In the OP you referred to a vaccine. If you reread post #2, you'll see that that was what I asked about. Edit: GS-5734 is Remdesivir. The fact that that drug was already around and being used for other things before the COVID-19 has been well publicized all along. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remdesivir
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    07-09-2021, 12:57 PM
    To what vaccine are you referring? And what document? I saw a handful of publications listed there. But the only one I saw from 2017 didn't mention a vaccine.
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    07-09-2021, 09:01 AM
    Mainly because I think that the reason DamianTV thinks Drudge has been "co-opted" is because Drudge isn't a Trumper and DamianTV is. It may be more accurate to say that DamianTV is the one who got co-opted, and he's mad at Drudge for not getting co-opted along with him.
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    07-08-2021, 12:19 PM
    Trumpers get very sensitive when they have true things about Trump pointed out to them.
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    07-08-2021, 10:56 AM
    What a shame that Zippy was banned. I can't imagine that he ever did anything deserving it. Posts like #272 were always a vital service to RPF.
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    07-08-2021, 08:50 AM
    This should provide a good opportunity to solicit donations.
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    07-08-2021, 08:45 AM
    Nice Adam's apple, Claire.
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    07-08-2021, 08:05 AM
    There you go again. As I said in my earlier post, gambit declined. There are countless ways it could work. The fact that states do it proves it can work, and there's nothing a state can do that the market couldn't do without a state. But whatever prediction I might make about how it would work would not be what would actually happen. The way that the market would provide that it actually would work would be better than anything anyone could predict, which is why central planning is always less efficient than the free market. Take any other so-called "public good" you want, as an analogy, whether it be post offices, lighthouses, or any other kind of infrastructure. In any of these cases you'll see their defenders asking the exact same questions you just did about how it would work if the government didn't do it. And in all of those examples (as well as the example of military by the way), you'll find plenty of actual cases in history where they actually did exist privately and work without being under the purview of any state. OK. On this point I actually agree (aside from the quibble that I don't think there was ever such a thing as cave man days), and I've said similar things before. I think that usually people have an unspecified line that they draw somewhere delineating when something is big enough to count as a state, and such a line is bound to be arbitrary and subjective. At the end of the day, every mugger in a dark alley is, at that moment in time and in that limited geographical area, no different than a state except in size.
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    07-08-2021, 07:39 AM
    I don't think this is possible. If you really believe that the right of secession is a universal moral law that can be applied to everybody, then it can't just stand on its own. It must have a foundation in a coherent moral framework that exists. That's a great segue into some examples of exactly what I said: We are incapable of not knowing that a universal, timeless, objective moral law exists, and we prove this constantly in ways that could be pointed out if necessary. Those philosophers you mention by virtue of the very arguments you allude to are showing that they recognize the existence of a universal, timeless, and objective moral law, which provides the justifications for those exceptions to "thou shalt not steal," etc. We could debate whether their arguments are right or wrong in each instance. But debating those specific claims would be beside the point, because the very debate itself would proceed on the basis of the assumption that such questions can be answered at all, which presupposes the existence of a standard against which the claims can be judged. And that standard is the thing that you're claiming doesn't exist. As an analogy, the fact that Newton's Laws of Motion can be violated under certain circumstances doesn't mean that universal laws of physics don't exist at all. It only means that whatever those universal laws of physics are, they're something other than Newton's Laws. Newton's Laws are special cases of more general laws that serve us well practically as approximations of those general laws that apply as well as most people could ever want to any motion we are capable of experiencing. And the ways that today's best physicists may give expression to those more general laws may also prove to have exceptions, and themselves be special cases of a more universal set of physical laws out there that we haven't attained knowledge of yet. But even if we don't know with perfect exactness what the laws of physics are, we know that they exist, and we know good approximations of them.
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    07-08-2021, 07:25 AM
    Everyone who thinks that the USA's Gun Control Act of 1968 is a good thing must believe that Hitler did at least one good thing, since that law was based on a Nazi law that was put in place in Hitler's tenure as Führer. http://jpfo.org/filegen-a-m/GCA_68.htm Naturally, supporters of this law include Trump. But I bet they also include General Kelly, Martin Pengelly, and the unnamed sources that article relied on.
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    07-08-2021, 07:05 AM
    Like I said in the post you're quoting, anarchy, as I see it, is not a goal to pursue such that something can be achieved that I could call a success. I'm not sure what anarchy succeeding is supposed to mean. But whatever that is, it's not something I'm striving after or hoping for. But no, you are wrong. Might has never made right. Might does make success. But history is full of examples of success by way of doing wrong. And if might does make right, then why not just join up with whoever is the mightiest, regardless of their cause? Then you'll always be on the right side. If you're worried that the extreme left is on a winning trajectory to take over America and crush its enemies, then rather than worry about it, just join them and be one of the crushers instead of the crushed. You will be a winner, and you will stand faultless. If you see a reason not to do that, then it's because you know that might does not make right. There exists an objective, timeless, universal moral law that doesn't change with our opinions, legislations, social mores, or success in violating it. We all know this inherently. We are incapable of not knowing it, and we prove this constantly in ways that could be pointed out if necessary. But we also have a tendency to suppress our knowledge of this law in order to excuse violations of it.
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    07-08-2021, 06:55 AM
    No. And I have no problem with laws. I just have a problem with make believe laws that one day don't exist and then the next day do exist because some politicians dreamed them up and voted on them.
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    07-08-2021, 06:52 AM
    I don't see any reason why a stateless island is any less able to have a collective force to defend itself than an island with a state. The market proves itself more than capable of providing collective services all the time. But a stateless island would have less of a need to defend itself because it would be less desirable to an invading force in the first place. If anarchies were a superior design then they would be more common, especially as time goes on. I don't see how that proves anything. It took many millennia to get to that point.
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