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    Alex R. Knight III 3 days 19 hours ago Web link KenK
    Pending approval, I have a forthcoming column about this.
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    KenK 1 week 3 days ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    It's far easier to draw people into a nice clean well ordered nation like Germany is. Esp if it's got generous welfare benefits like she does. Why would they ever want to go back to home to their African or middle eastern shit holes? And it's why govs shouldn't trawl for migrants.
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    Jim Davies 2 weeks 1 hour ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    There's been something fishy about this whole saga. For half a century, Germans have welcomed Turks as Gastarbeiter, temporary workers to make good a shortage of labor. When Merkel rolled out the mat for these refugees, who had been holed up in Turkey, I supposed it was an extension of the same program; and yet they were left to make a harrowing journey on foot instead of booking tickets on Lufthansa or Turkish Airlines. If they were welcome, why didn't the German consul in Istanbul issue visas? And by the way, why were they unable to stay in Turkey, where the climate and culture suits them so much better?   Now that the mat is being rolled up again, $100 million would buy a lot of tickets; what's the problem? - it's nearly $600 per unwanted refugee. At that rate it should be pretty easy to charter some planes - or trains, by dusting off the Orient Express - to take them back to whence they came.   Or is it that the Turkish government will not take them?    
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    KenK 2 weeks 21 hours ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    Poor taxpayers. Pay to let them in pay to get them out. With no visible means of support, why were any of them (women children & injured excepted) allowed in? Able-bodied uninjured single men aren't refugees.
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 2 weeks 4 days ago Web link strike
    Not a morale booster.
  • Jim Davies's picture
    Jim Davies 2 weeks 5 days ago
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    Nonsense. Panarchy is for losers. Also see the current ZGBlog.
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    Alex R. Knight III 2 weeks 5 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Glad you liked the column.  :-)
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    Alex R. Knight III 2 weeks 5 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Between what's in the AR-7 magazines and the 26 extra rounds, that's 50 total.  Plus 10 rounds total for the .38 -- I think that's a good balance.   And yes, as stated, there's certainly room for other items and modification of the list -- especially depending on time of year.   But again, weight and travelling light is a paramount consideration.
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    Paul 2 weeks 5 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    That little pencil sharpener sounds like a good idea, hadn't heard of that. You need at least an extra box of .22LR, maybe more (for trade items if nothing else). Tarp or poncho? Netting to keep bugs off the face? Emergency blanket?
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 2 weeks 5 days ago
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    Who'd marry someone that's a lefty ex-prison guard? Talk about an authoritarian personality eh? She's doing that dude a favor. Sheesh.
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    Paul 2 weeks 5 days ago
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    We all need a divorce. It's called "Panarchy". Other than that, it sure was nice saying "a pox on both your houses" in the last election.
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    Paul 2 weeks 5 days ago Web link A. Magnus
    This reveals the downsides of being "law-abiding". As we learned from experience on our homeschooling email list, many mothers who registered with the state wish they hadn't, while no noncompliant mom ever wished she had.
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    Paul 2 weeks 5 days ago Web link A. Magnus
    Four tanks in Estonia. Yeah, that ought to deter the Russians.
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    Paul 2 weeks 5 days ago Web link strike
    Yeah, I don't believe the "duped" line either.
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    Douglas Herman 2 weeks 6 days ago Page Mark Davis
    Brilliant column, Mark. Too bad the NYT or the New Yorker cannot publish this for their snowflake progressive readership. Found your summation equally spot on:     "P.S.: The reason that conservatives didn’t fall to pieces when Bill Clinton took office following the Reagan/Bush regime and after Obama was elected following eight years of rule by Bush II, is that they have a deeper sense of culture that gives them structure and meaning in life. There were no violent protests by conservatives or public crying and whining about losing a popularity contest used to determine who gets to wear the “Ring of Power.” The reason that so many progressives are having mental breakdowns these days, complete with intense anger and impetuous violence, is the nihilism of their philosophy that does not allow for meaningful value judgments as to morals, culture and social norms. Indeed, they scorn these ideals as boorish, uneducated and ultimately stupid (you know, social constructs). This is why libertarians can typically tolerate conservative statists longer than progressive statists: a common respect for social norms not imposed by the state.?
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    mishochu 3 weeks 1 day ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Great stuff, do not wait for the masses to understand or permit your own liberty. Prepare for it here and now. Even if it means you have to starve the beast. or get ready for its collapse.
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    Will Groves 3 weeks 2 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    The AI-trollbot strikes again.  As ever, as it claims to promote human freedom, it fires its transistors at anything that doesn't jive with its database of libertarian orthodoxy.  Normally, "Jim Davies" is stuck in an infinite loop defending "self-ownership."  Doubling the irony today, when Alex writes about taking specific action to increase the odds of his self-preservation, the machine invokes a defense of society.  The collapse of society might mean the electric grid going down, which I can see would be worrisome for a machine.   The US is an empire and no empire has stood the test of time.  Each collapses in a unique way; some slowly, like the Roman empire, and some quickly, like the USSR.  Despite what good news we might hear, observation of our surroundings shows that the empire is in decline.  What tips a complex system into sudden failure can't be anticipated beforehand.  It's not a mechanism.  Some components are deterministic, but human factors are critical and unpredictable.   If circumstances change fast, screwing society and looking out for yourself (and family, I assume) is eminently sensible.  You can't take care of anyone if you don't take care of yourself first.    Human life has been so fundamentally altered by the proliferation of cheap energy and the technological boom fueled by it that we can hardly imagine life on a smaller, simpler, more local scale.  In centuries past, family, clan, and tribe were the fundamental units.  Implicit trust, responsibility, and obligations applied to the innermost circle, and these diminished further out.  Technological civilization has been a shrinking ring-fence on liberties, and it doesn't follow that societal collapse would have deleterious effects on personal liberties, especially insofar government authority is concerned. 
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    Jim Davies 3 weeks 2 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Come now, Will, don't be greedy.  You've won the Black Rosette for January, surely you don't want the February one as well?
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    Jim Davies 3 weeks 3 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    That part of your title, Alex, that says "Screw Society" is repugnant to any decent human being and to the aims and purposes of this site and the whole libertarian movement.   Humanity is being oppressed by the evil of government, and the stated purpose of STR is to "strike the root" of that evil, in the hope of liberating society including oneself. One can join that endeavor out of a love for one's fellow-man, or simply to preserve and/or enhance one's own life. Either motive will do fine. To abandon it, as you do above, denies both.   You have expressed exactly what I presented as #1 in my Warning! Poison! - namely, the perverse attitude that says "The Task is Hopeless." The task is by no means hopeless. The method I favor as you know is the simple one of finding one friend at a time to apply his mind to the nature of government and freedom; exponential growth will destroy the root of evil within a single generation. But good luck to anyone who can think of a better way!   Like any other task, of course it may fail; and there's no harm in taking out an "insurance policy" just in case, and your advice above is very good for that purpose. What I vigorously denounce is your assumption that it must inevitably fail. That is defeatism, writ large.
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    Mark Davis 3 weeks 3 days ago Page Mark Davis
    Thank you for the kind words, dhowlandir. Scarcity is a natural consequence of resources being finite. As more people demand a particular resource or good, a finite supply naturally becomes more scarce. This leads to increased competition for those resources. When the supply of a resource is faced with overwhelming demand, the allocation of those resources can lead to violence, but not if a strong, peaceful culture exists. The most peaceful method of allocating resources is through trade (the economic means). The alternative is taking it by force (the political means). Cultures based on peaceful exchange (the economic means) are superior to cultures based on conquest and exploitation (the political means), IMHO. If markets were truly free, then the allocation of resources would likely become much more efficient and create more innovation such that we may achieve sufficient abundance to also achieve a very high satisfaction rate among the population, but people are never satisfied and there are always stragglers (see Pareto's Law). This is a good thing because it keeps us adapting, improvising and overcoming - that is: improving our living conditions. Social constructs like free-markets are very useful tools in that area. The important thing is to create new alternatives and substitutes for finite resources (e.g. sun for oil). Free-trade excells at this task while the state is inherently controlled by special interests that seek to use the state (monopoly on violence) for their exploitative agenda. The most fundamental libertarian tenet is The Non-Aggression Principle which is the opposite of "domination of our fellow man" being a "goal of libertarians." Further, I am also "hesitant to believe that the election of any politician to be of that much importance to the real changes that need to be made". My view is that Trump is but one player in a larger worldwide social anti-establishment trend, but a very visible player. Not so much because of his political influence, but also his social influence (e.g. humiliating the corporate media and strengthening the scope and influence of independent journalism on the internet helping cast newspapers, magazines and the TV networks into the dustbin of history leading to more decentralization of political power). Finally, peace and respect are certainly necessary conditions for freedom. I'm glad you brought that up. I ended this piece saying "Liberty will prevail in the end when enough people value it and are willing to fight for it." When I say "fight", I don't mean with arms, but in the arena of ideas. We must battle dangerous ideas with calm resolve using facts, logic and reason. And point out the "violence inherent in the system" when those maintaining a position that can not withstand debate resort to name-calling and violence. I do, however, believe in effective self-defense.
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    KenK 3 weeks 3 days ago Web link KenK
    I wouldn't use my actual daily use keys in case they get broken or lost in a struggle. Go to your junk drawer and find some old keys or other small objects and put them on a stout key ring. Ones that will fit in between your fingers with ring in your palm. Or show some initiative and buy, build, or obtain a Kubaton and attach the keys to it. Using your real keys might prevent you from driving your car home or get back inside your home or business. Learn how to use it. Always have it with you.
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    Mark Davis 3 weeks 3 days ago Page Mark Davis
    Thank you, Jim. The progressive label is the opposite of what these neo-barbarians seek and regressives would be more accurate; and they are anything but liberal. However, I think that I used this term too many times in the article to put it in quotation marks throughout.
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    Jim Davies 3 weeks 4 days ago Page Mark Davis
    I endorse dhowlandjr's remarks, Mark; well done. Fine response to him too.   I recommend placing quote signs around the word "Progressive" in this context. These people are progressing backwards, or REgressing, to a more controlled society, and so are no more progressive than they are liberal.
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    dhowlandjr 3 weeks 4 days ago Page Mark Davis
    Hi Mark this is a really good article, you say a lot of meaningful things. I'm not sure whether scarcity is such a basic fact of life. If we live in a world where there is really enough for all of us, as I believe seems to be the case, then abundance would seem to be the norm, and "scarcity" the result of organizing ourselves in a system based on violence and an exaggeration of the value of competition. I'm also hesitant to think the election of any politician to be of that much importance to the real changes that need to be made. :) Aside from that, this is one of your best articles, and the best thing i've seen in STR in some time. I especially like your view of the importance of social constructs, in view of some of the recent discussions I've seen here. Respect for the others point of view will be important if we really want to live free, and in peace. And I hope that domination of our fellow man may cease to be the goal of "libertarians". Have a great day!
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    mishochu 3 weeks 5 days ago
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    Blog entry Jim Davies
    I asked the admin if there was a reason the price of an upgrade was $9000, I never got a reply back. I know how to perform the upgrade (or even to switch this entire site over to wordpress if the owner is ever interested). Plus I have an interest in keeping the site available and would do it for free. I don't really contribute articles but that would be something. It certainly shouldn't be $9K to upgrade from one version to another and I'd be interested to know if someone quoted him this price or if there are other issues (hardware?) that aren't readily apparent.
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    Kevin M. Patten 4 weeks 11 hours ago Page Kevin M. Patten
    shoot.....happened again it seems.   
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    Kevin M. Patten 4 weeks 11 hours ago Page Kevin M. Patten
    Certainly hope everything is alright with Sam. I have appreciated his input on this forum, and have always looked foward to when he gives his perspective bluntly, without hesitance, and right from his heart. 
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    Kevin M. Patten 4 weeks 11 hours ago Page Kevin M. Patten
    Certainly hope everything is alright with Sam. I have appreciated his input on this forum, and have always looked foward to when he gives his perspective bluntly, without hesitance, and right from his heart. 
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    Glock27 4 weeks 15 hours ago Page Lawrence M. Ludlow
    Lawrence: Delightful piece. Captain Charles Vane of the Ranger said much prior to his being hung "{They said} Give us your submission and we will give you the comfort you need. No, I can't think of no measure of comfort worth that price." I may be off base, but to me Captain Charles Vane of the Range is probably the most free character ever constructed. Then I am no authority on this topic. You can't say he subscribes to any -ism other than his own.
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    Lawrence M. Ludlow 4 weeks 1 day ago Page Lawrence M. Ludlow
    Hi, Jim. Glad you like him. The issue of claims seems to revolve around what you have transformed into productive use. And Kinsella would add, that you must make unambiguous boundaries.
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    mishochu 4 weeks 1 day ago Web link KenK
    https://duckduckgo.com/ works well too
  • Jim Davies's picture
    Jim Davies 4 weeks 2 days ago Blog entry Alex R. Knight III
    It's a fine and concise communication, Alex, and I wish you luck. Good to see there may be at least one of your formerly Libertarian principles still intact.   It presents utilitarian arguments. Although good, I suggest those are inferior to the one endorsed by the new President; that gun rights are natural rights which, in Amendment 2, the Feds have sworn not to abridge.   Does the US Constitution bind the State of Vermont? - maybe not, by Amendment 10. But the Vermont one, in Chapter 1 Article 16, says much the same thing.   All that is paper, which Pols routinely ignore. Until government is eliminated, natural rights will be relentlessly eroded. But then - I nearly forgot - you no longer believe in rights anyway.
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    Jim Davies 4 weeks 2 days ago Page Kevin M. Patten
    Samarami, are you okay?   Under "recent comments" there is a teaser saying "Sam Spade ('Samarami') has met with a misfortune and will not..."  but there it ends; the link does not work.  Nor does it work for a follow-up comment expressing regret. What's going on?   UPDATE: I posted the above, and at once the two comments reappeared. It does seem Sam has suffered some misfortune. Best wishes to you, Sam, for a fast recovery!
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    Jim Davies 4 weeks 2 days ago Web link KenK
    So Google is the new Goebbels, deciding what news is fake and what is fit to be read.   There are other search engines; I've been using Ixquick. Any others recommended?
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    Glock27 4 weeks 2 days ago Page Kevin M. Patten
    Deeply sorry to hear this. Have appreciated his support on this forum. Give my warmest hopes!
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    Samarami 4 weeks 2 days ago Page Kevin M. Patten
    Sam Spade ("Samarami") has met with misfortune and will not be present for posting. Written by daughter on Smart Phone
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 4 weeks 2 days ago Web link strike
    Not a doomsday event, but for a generalized over-all decline in living standards. Meds hard or impossible to get. Same for guns and ammo. Food, spare parts, etc. hard to get and expensive. More bartering and trading less purchases. Alternative money. Decline in infastructure. Areas WROL (like Detroit is at night nowadays, but everywhere. 
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    Glock27 4 weeks 3 days ago Page Paul Hein
    Guess I will just say I enjoyed the perceptive article and to note that I had a representative who actually communicated with me twice about issues coming up for vote, but no more have ever come requesting my input. Ha. Really a shocker.
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    Glock27 4 weeks 3 days ago Page Paul Hein
    Guess I will just say I enjoyed the perceptive article and to note that I had a representative who actually communicated with me twice about issues coming up for vote, but no more have ever come requesting my input. Ha. Really a shocker.
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    Glock27 4 weeks 3 days ago Page Paul Hein
    Guess I will just say I enjoyed the perceptive article and to note that I had a representative who actually communicated with me twice about issues coming up for vote, but no more have ever come requesting my input. Ha. Really a shocker.
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    Glock27 4 weeks 3 days ago Page Paul Hein
    Guess I will just say I enjoyed the perceptive article and to note that I had a representative who actually communicated with me twice about issues coming up for vote, but no more have ever come requesting my input. Ha. Really a shocker.
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    Glock27 4 weeks 3 days ago Page Paul Hein
    Guess I will just say I enjoyed the perceptive article and to note that I had a representative who actually communicated with me twice about issues coming up for vote, but no more have ever come requesting my input. Ha. Really a schocker.
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    Glock27 4 weeks 3 days ago Page Paul Hein
    Guess I will just say I enjoyed the perceptive article and to note that I had a representative who actually communicated with me twice about issues coming up for vote, but no more have ever come requesting my input. Ha. Really a schocker.
  • Glock27's picture
    Glock27 4 weeks 3 days ago Page Paul Hein
    Guess I will just say I enjoyed the perceptive article and to note that I had a representative who actually communicated with me twice about issues coming up for vote, but no more have ever come requesting my input. Ha. Really a schocker.
  • Glock27's picture
    Glock27 4 weeks 3 days ago Page Paul Hein
    Guess I will just say I enjoyed the perceptive article and to note that I had a representative who actually communicated with me twice about issues coming up for vote, but no more have ever come requesting my input. Ha. Really a schocker.
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    Glock27 4 weeks 3 days ago Web link strike
    Ken: Interesting stuff. Do you prep for dooms day?
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 4 weeks 3 days ago Web link strike
    I have been watching her channel for a few months. 
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    Glock27 4 weeks 4 days ago Page Douglas Herman
    Douglas, I am probably way left field wrong about this, but wasn't Moore a GM lay off who had an ax to grind because he was laid off? Might have been one of the line workers caught on film drinking and smoking dope? Can't be sure, my memory is really fuzzy because it was such a long time ago. I think he knows he irritates people and he stays on the formula because it makes him a bunch of money. These are just thoughts because I really don't know much about Moore, and I guess I really don't want to know much.
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    Glock27 4 weeks 4 days ago Web link A. Magnus
    Mishochu! Wow! O.K. Well, someone knew the objective. Now that you mention it I vaguely recall such as "carbon tax", now it all makes sense, now I get to use my Charles Vane quote. I love this because I think this site is a most appropriate place for it. Here goes: "These men who brought me here today, do not fear me. They brought me here today because they fear you and because they know that my voice, the voice that refuses to be enslaved, once lived in you and may yet still. They brought me here today to show you death and use it to frighten you into ignoring that voice. But know this. We are many. They are few. To face death is a choice (Look's over at Elinor Guthrie) And they can't hang us all. Get on with it mother fucker." (Charles Vane hangs.) How's that! I love it. I feel that every time I have to pay those fucking income taxes. Yea! So my retirement is government paid, I still gave my blood, sweat and tears over it and I am not going to fucking give it up. Besides, I had to pay into it as well. That's it--I think. Thanks for the thought.
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    Jim Davies 4 weeks 4 days ago Page Kevin M. Patten
    Congratulations, Will, you won the prize! - for the most lurid expression of loathing in the recent torrent of detestation by the squalid bunch of pseudo libertarian whiners and wannabe psychoanalysts here. It seems to have abated following Keven Patten's sobering and hilarious comment yesterday, so I took the chance to look over the lot of them, and yours was head and shoulders above the rest. Your success was all the more remarkable for being unprovoked; I cannot recall having done you harm - unless you count the question I left with you recently on another thread: about how you can (a) deplore the effect of robots on society while (b) earning a living by designing more of them. Yes, perhaps that was a bit cheeky. You would have faced stiffer competition had not Alex Knight stood aloof above this contest, for he is a professional writer of horror fiction and is very good at it; but he did, so you didn't, and so you won fair and square. Two of the highlights were your shrinking of the difference between libertarians and others by a factor of a hundred billion, and your coining of that phrase about frying my transistors. That was a masterpiece, and deserves an entry in the Compendium of Contemporary Curses and Maledictions - perhaps in the form "May your brain be fried in canola oil and its transistors pop loudly one by one." It reminds me of the scene in Hannibal, where Doctor Lecter seats his sedated victim for dinner, surgically removes the top of his skull, slices off portions of his brain and sautées them for an appetizer in a skillet over a table-top fondue burner. Except that I think he used butter instead of canola oil, perhaps with a little garlic. Be that as it may, I have great pleasure in awarding you the Order of the Black Rosette. I hope you'll print out the image, trim the paper with scissors and wear the result on your lapel when you go to work at your robot factory.