Archive for category: Libertarianism

If You Want Your Precious Gun Rights, You Must Offer Monetary Sacrifice

22 May
May 22, 2013

The sheer gall of some politicians astounds me. Since the Senate failed to pass their precious gun control measures, the federal government should pay for the rebuilding of Sandy Hook elementary.

I don’t doubt that there is some “gimme some of that free fed money” involved in this. It wouldn’t work, however, without the cultural meme of the evil person salving their conscience with money.

That is how they see us. Our demand for our civil rights to be recognized is so immoral that of course we should give money out of a sense of guilt.

Congress Tries to Shake Down Companies Through Shame

22 May
May 22, 2013

Apple’s CEO was hauled before a Senate subcommittee to defend the use of “tax shelters.” In essence it was kind of like this (with more polite wording):

Senators: Shame on you for not giving us your money. That money belongs to us until we say otherwise.

Apple: Fuck you. We complied with your laws. You want more money, then simplify the damn tax code.

Of course, Rand Paul was there to help remind his colleagues who should truly be on trial.

I find it amusing/repulsive that senators who will gladly accept lobbyists’ money for carving out tax exemptions are upset someone might actually use those exemptions to improve their business.

Historically (at least since WWII) government tax revenues have been about 18% of national GDP. If Congress desperately wants more dollars to spend on lavish ego-projects, they should focus on growing the economy, not attempting to squeeze even more money out of already over-burdened companies.

Here’s the real kicker, and one that no Senator will admit (well, maybe Rand Paul). Businesses don’t pay taxes, they collect taxes from their customers in the form of higher taxes or from their shareholders in the form of reduced dividends. In the end, we are still paying for government avarice of private sector money.

Friday Quote – 5/10/13

10 May
May 10, 2013

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and those will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.

Fredrick Douglass

I want to thank reader Dave Blackard for sending in this quote. I have been sick all week and along came a great quote!

Friday Quote – 4/26/13

26 Apr
April 26, 2013
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

Samuel Adams

Many of us know Ben Franklin’s quote on liberty and temporary security, but I’m feeling a bit more confrontational. If Sam Adams was anything, it was confrontational.

H/t Reason

Boston Strong?

23 Apr
April 23, 2013

First a video from my friend, Kenn Blanchard:

Is today’s Boston the reservoir of strength and determination that made it the hotbed of revolutionary fervor? Could you actually see Sam Adams and his bunch standing meekly by as the King’s magistrates forced themselves into everyone’s house looking for a single criminal?

There were some amazing acts of heroism and selflessness during the immediate aftermath of the bombs. Not just first-responders, but ordinary people, trying to help the injured. Those people earned the “Boston Strong.”

Then the police state rolled in with all the force of a military occupation.

Only those essential to the police occupation were allowed out of their homes (including Dunkin Donuts workers – way to avoid stereotypes there!) Where were the indignant blog posts and demands for civil rights from the citizens of Boston, the ones that are Boston Strong? Where are the calls for investigations into why the police were allowed to storm into houses without a warrant or probable cause, instead of just doing a basic welfare check?

Oh yeah, everyone is too busy celebrating their release from occupation and the capture of a criminal. But Boston Strong!

Friday Quote – 4/19/13

19 Apr
April 19, 2013

“This is the horror which Robin Hood immortalized as an ideal of righteousness. It is said that he fought against the looting rulers and returned the loot to those who had been robbed, but that is not the meaning of the legend which has survived. He is remembered, not as a champion of property, but as a champion of need, not as a defender of the robbed, but as a provider of the poor. He is held to be the first man who assumed a halo of virtue by practicing charity with wealth which he did not own, by giving away goods which he had not produced, by making others pay for the luxury of his pity. He is the man who became the symbol of the idea that need, not achievement, is the source of rights, that we don’t have to produce, only to want, that the earned does not belong to us, but the unearned does….Until men learn that of all human symbols, Robin Hood is the most immoral and the most contemptible, there will be no justice on earth and no way for mankind to survive.” – Ragnar Danneskjold

From Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

I know this is a long quote, but apt in light of this article from Politico. Over half of the population think it’s morally right to use force, in the guise of the government, to take from some people (who earn more) and give it to other people (who earn less).

Income inequality is only a useful measure when used in conjunction with a nation’s economic freedom. In a truly free economic system, I would expect to see a few at the top making very large sums due to their highly specialized skills and experience, while most people earn much less due to the more generally available skills.

I am, by education, an accountant. There are thousands of accountants across this nation. Some of us are paid extremely high salaries because of additional skills, expertise, and career choices. Some of us are paid much less because we have less additional skills and expertise as well as making different career choices. Do I deserve some of the money made by the senior partners at the Big Four because I chose not to obtain the skills and expertise or take the career path that would get me that salary?

H/t Reason

Friday Quote – 4/12/13

12 Apr
April 12, 2013

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.

Margaret Thatcher, former British PM

This is probably one of the quintessential pithy quotes against socialism. In very few cases can the government create value, and never as efficiently as the private sector.

Victims and Truth

11 Apr
April 11, 2013

Yes, the words of victims have special poignancy, but what they don’t have is any special truth. Grief drives us to look toward the heavens and demand an answer from any nearby Deity. Grief drives us to demand a solution to the fundamental insoluble problem, which is that the world is as it is. Bad things happen, often to good people, and grief drives us to…do something.

Michael Bane, RIVERDANCE With Blood

You should really RTWT. Michael really gets into how victims are harvested for political purposes. Humans have evolved with this belief in the story. It’s why witness accounts are desired in court, even though human beings tend to make lousy witnesses. It’s why companies fear bad reviews, even when the statistics say they have a better product or provide a better service. Stories have power in the human mind.

The Iron Lady

08 Apr
April 8, 2013

Margaret Thatcher, the great Iron Lady, that led Britain through economic turmoil, the defeat of the Soviet Bloc, and the Falklands War died today.

My condolescences to those who mourn the loss of this Great Lady.

Friday Quote – 2/22/13

22 Feb
February 22, 2013
Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.

Charles de Montesquieu, 18th-century political philosopher

Weakening the necessary laws leads to selective enforcement. Selective enforcement leads to disregard and disdain of the law. Three felonies a day. That’s what the average American commits as they go through their lives. How many of us even think about that until we have a prosecutor throwing every charge they can think of at us in order for us to plead down. Or we commit suicide.