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    dhowlandjr 1 day 2 hours ago Web link KenK
    Thanks for the comment, Sam. I enjoyed reading the Nock essay. I agree that lately my favorite page of several years now, Strike the Root, seems to be lacking in encouraging content. I still enjoy the occasional root striker original article, although they seem to be less and less frequent. People need to know about all the bad things the cops, congress, etc. are doing, but we also need some solutions, no I'm not talking about voting or bombing. Anyway, i'm probably almost as free as you, and having a great time living in a pretty much voluntary world for several years now. I think we need to look for ways to get by without depending on all that coercion. I admire all the things I see you writing, don't give up on the remnant.
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    Lawrence M. Ludlow 4 days 11 hours ago Web link KenK
    That's good advice, Sam. Too often, we forget about Mr. Nock and Isaiah. Lawrence
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    Samarami 4 days 21 hours ago Web link KenK
    This is an interesting post to be on an "anarchist" website. Because it points up the lack of imaginability of a totally free world amongst 99.999% of the unwashed (or even the washed -- especially the washed) masses. No comprehension of complete and unmitigated individualism. In fact, methinks placing "ism" at the end of "individual" makes it an oxymoron; so I should perhaps rephrase that to read "complete and unmitigated liberty and freedom for all individuals". That otta cover it. Because, as anybody who knows me will recognize (to the chagrin of not a few), I've come to believe that how I speak and how I phrase the thoughts that occur and linger between my ears portends how free I will be capable of becoming, and when -- or if. Can't speak for you (even though I catch myself doing it). I'm not in the least convinced that my freedom (or yours) depends upon the actions of others. Oh, I wish you would abstain from beans. But if you're reading this you probably already so abstain. It would be fun if they would hold an election and nobody -- nobody showed up. I don't expect that will happen in my lifetime. My liberty or lack thereof does not depend upon you becoming free (I hope you do). Or how I phrase to you what I write here. Or how I present my "doctrine(s)" to you concerning what constitutes freedom and liberty (or lack thereof) -- in my opinion, which doesn't amount to much -- to you (not that it should). My freedom does not require government, that mindless abstraction that hides hordes of psychopaths under "its" mantle, to end anytime soon. It might be years before the complete and final collapse (TEOTMSAWKI?) -- and I don't have that many years to spare. When I die I'm going to take the world with me. My world (including my sovereign state). I intend for it to be a free world. And that's up to me. So how about that mass of turf that exists along a place statist geographers have come to call the "Horn of Africa"? Armin Rosen seems to think part of it ("Somalia"?) amounts to a nation-state, while the other ("Somaliland"?) is a nation. Or was it the other way around? He starts his article by referring to "The unrecognized state of Somaliland", to which I'm tempted to ask, "...unrecognized by whom?..." But that sorta makes my point: most, even far too many "anarchists", have no way of evaluating any parcel of land upon which human beings reside in any other manner than a political one. That's going to be a hard nut to crack for those who insist that "we" need to busy ourselves to proselytize liberty and freedom to the world (whatever "world" means to you). Rosen goes on along that part of the place called Africa naming off other tracts of land sustaining many additional human beings who have managed to get themselves roped and constrained by fictitious lines in the sand called political boundaries, or borders: "...Djibouti is a dictatorship, Ethiopia is an autocracy..." He applies political labels to each. And he is concerned, because "Somaliland" must "get along" for pity sake. At the end he has a solution to the "Somaliland recognition problem" -- lunatics calling themselves "The-United-States" need to pass an additional "act" of one kind or another. Temporarily. Yes sir ree, Bob! I don't give a hoot about Black's or Webster's or anybody else's definitions. Jurisdiction -- wherever and whenever and by whomever it is claimed -- is accompanied by the threat of deadly weapons. That's all. I always believe a man with a loaded gun. I'm sui juris. So are you. Sovereign states, if you want to put it that way. STR has gone fallow. I ran across an old Albert J. Nock essay from 1936 that might serve to explain why. Worth a read. Too many of us may have ignored The Remnant. Sam
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    KenK 1 week 1 day ago Web link Emmett Harris
    Hah. Indeed he is. Down the rabbit hole: Do academic discussions of political theory belong to the world of make-believe?  
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    KenK 1 week 1 day ago Web link Emmett Harris
    Metro Seattle has the worst traffick of any place I have ever lived. Stands to reason private traffic direction efforts would emerge cuz because they are very much needed and desired.
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    KenK 1 week 1 day ago Web link Emmett Harris
    For the life of me I cannot understand the appeal of programs like this. Perhaps as a one-off documentary or something, then maybe, but a program featuring daily life in a jail? Don't get it at all.
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    Glen Allport 1 week 3 days ago Page Glen Allport
    Thanks, Mark. Yes, it does seem easier to move things in the wrong direction than to move them back in a healthy direction after corruption, coercion, and neurosis have become entrenched. It is encouraging to me that loving and respectful treatment, even of [young] problem children (many early Summerhill pupils had been expelled from other schools) and of psychopaths [starting at birth], pretty reliably creates empathic adults with integrity. Fixing damage after it has been done is almost impossible in the case of psychopaths and is very hard even in the case of fairly normal neurotics.
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    Paul 2 weeks 1 day ago Web link Emmett Harris
    "It is common sense that the same philosophy should guide any service that is based on the transmission of information — whether a phone call, or a packet of data," Obama said. Hey, why stop there? Newspapers are transmission of information too. I guess we have no Bill of Rights any more. Whatever happened to "Congress shall make no law..."? The ruling class has been trying to grab control over the Internet ever since it slipped out of their hands as a military communication system. Ferreting out child porn didn't do it for them, but this mushy euphemism, "net neutrality", which boils down to marxism, might do it. The government schools have done their jobs; the people think government fixes problems rather than causing them. Maybe after "net neutrality" we should have equality in transportation, too. Force manufacturers to charge the same price for every car they make.
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    Mark Davis 2 weeks 1 day ago Page Glen Allport
    Excellent, as always, Glen.  The short time preference that most people develop under the influence of primary education providers growing up today is a reinforcing mechanism that goes hand-in-hand with adult sympathies for the use coercion; this cycle of abuse will be difficult to overcome.  Patience, longer time preferences and opposition to the use of coercion are learned behaviors from early childhood that must be promoted by adults if we are to spread love and compassion and eliminate institutionalized coercion.  Again, well said, Glen.
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    KenK 2 weeks 1 day ago Web link KenK
    After picking 20+ quills out of my dog's head/neck one year I was awfully tempted to put a .357 round through the prickly little bastard's head. But that's how dogs learn, assuming they don't die, so I let it go. Lol.  Those quills break off at the tip and infect too. That dog came through being  hit by a car and bit by a snake better than he did sniffing at a porky's lair. Go figure?
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    eugenedw 2 weeks 3 days ago Web link KenK
    I am too lazy to go look it up now, but there is also a video somewhere of two honey badgers kicking the bejesus out of a couple of lions. Don't underestimate the little guy. :-)
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    Glock27 3 weeks 6 hours ago Web link Westernerd
    I have just become a gross old cynic in these times. I am half tempted to shut down and become disengaged from the pile that grows. I can't stop it and no matter how old I get, it won't change a thing. Thanks for your encouragement and support. I am just so tired and it will never be over with.
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    Jim Davies 3 weeks 2 days ago
    Menda City, D.C.
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    Thanks Glen. One wonders if any of them ever tell the truth - and how one would detect it, if they did.   It would be fun if the name stuck, and circulated around social media. One thing they really hate is being ridiculed.
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    Glen Allport 3 weeks 2 days ago
    Menda City, D.C.
    Blog entry Jim Davies
    Ha! Menda City, great little characterization there.
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    Samarami 3 weeks 4 days ago Web link KenK
    Since I posted on "monopoly justice" a few minutes ago I won't belabor this issue. Except to observe that this is one of Thomas Pynchon's classic examples: "If they can keep you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers." -- Thomas Pynchon http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/235.Thomas_Pynchon Nobody asks whether incarceration by monopoly state is viable. Nobody questions how imprisonment ignores the victim(s) of the wrongdoer and forces the victim to pay double -- the cost in life, limb and property of the misdeed, and the cost of the convicted miscreant's bed and board ("taxation"). Through "voluntary compliance", of course. Nobody inquires if there is a way in total freedom to deal with even violent evildoers (you would think those espousing "gun 'rights'" might be so inquisitive). Just a longing for "justice" and whining over how psychopaths treat their victims. Abstain from beans, my friends. It might seem a small start. But it is a start. Sam
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    Samarami 3 weeks 5 days ago Web link Westernerd
    It is important, Glock, to recognize something so basic it’s easy to miss: you and I, as government (“public” ha ha) educators, at one time or another in our careers, taught students that monopolies were bad. They are inefficient, inept, and they bring about grave harm to the hoi polloi. This, of and by itself, was not incorrect as far as it went. Where we innocently but abjectly ran aground and turned the apple cart upside down was our dissemination of the meme that monopolies are a product of the marketplace. Fat cats -- greedy, lascivious for evil profits -- tend to dominate markets. It is those moneybag capitalists who are responsible for rising prices and the poor becoming poorer. A war upon poverty is a war against those fat cats. Therefore “we” (read: psychopaths grouped into abstractions called “government” – city, county, state, federal, et al.) must regulate all business to end monopolies. “We” must legislate – decide for sellers and buyers alike -- what should be produced, under what guidelines, and what should be declared legal and/or illegal. I can’t speak for you. But I’m trying to remember about when it was for me that I began to awaken, to think logically and critically. It was necessary for me to see around my confirmation bias – that monopolies cannot and will not occur in a free and open market. I came to understand that I was a tiny cog (but a major contributor) in the most dangerous and egregious monopoly ever known to human kind: the state. That a police state was a natural outcropping of my tutelage. Monopoly “justice” is never unbiased. When those psychopaths (“the state”) • Make the laws, • Enforce the laws, • Prosecute the laws, • Hire the prosecutors, • License the “defense” attorneys, • Pay the “judges”, • Build the jails, • Contract jails out to private entities, • Employ and pay the wardens, • Employ and pay the guards, • Employ and pay the parole officers, Well, that sort of monopoly “justice” is not an unbiased system. It is abject tyranny. (Thanks, Daily Bell) And so, my dear friend, you and I have choices: either become emotionally destabilized over a lifetime of wrong education -- or become free. I've decided the latter is the better choice. Sam
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    Glock27 3 weeks 5 days ago Web link KenK
    “under well-established law, the police…have no special duty” to protect an individual citizen. Well. He got that one right, according to SCOTUS police have no legal, Constitutional authority or duty to protect the lives of citizens”. My, my. It is a dial 911 and die situation, and possibly by the hand of a cop? I find it interesting that there is still a valid SCOTUS precedent in the John Black Elk v. U.S. which validates a citizens legal right to use force to prevent an unlawful arrest and that any bystander has a right to assist on behalf of the victim. Good luck with that one. Even if you are innocent of the original intended crime ones resisting arrest is not going to be a pleasurable experience even if a precedent does exist. Who’s going to validate that Black Elk V. U.S. position, your attorney. Hell he probably has no idea about that one? There is something about being a cop that is mysterious and mystifying. Why? What is the psychology behind the individual who becomes a cop? What is the mental age of guys on SWAT teams? What validates their emotional state and character that permits one to be a SWAT member? How is it that "no knock warrants" can honestly be issued? Why are so many SWAT members eager for a raid and live for the raid? If every American citizen, sound of mind and law abiding were required to carry a firearm would we have the problems we now have and would we even need a police force with tanks, half-tracks mounted with .50 caliber machine guns, bayonets and etc.? I could be all muddy about this one, but I don't trust them. I would like to see greater accountability enforced on them as legislators try to force upon us new and mandatory laws.
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    Glock27 3 weeks 5 days ago Web link KenK
    A simple way to reduce the work force dollar spent on law abiding citizens who need work. From my perspective, prison is prison, not a place to learn; it is a punishment for a crime committed. No. I don't accept the idea of farming these guys out as a labor force. Sounds like communist Russia to me.
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    Glock27 3 weeks 5 days ago Web link KenK
    I have always had a sour taste overwhelm me when Bill Maher's name is mentioned, this is an exception when I read his position regarding the attitude of Islam. The only problem I have with it is he was not specific about Islam, he generalized, I would specify radical Islam. I have no interest in living under their rule and it seems as if Bill has no interest neither. Is it safe to say he is anti-Islam?
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    Glock27 3 weeks 5 days ago Web link KenK
    This is nothing more than a dog chasing its tail: Stupid is as stupid does. I don't believe this is an uncommon event throughout history.
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    Glock27 3 weeks 6 days ago Web link Westernerd
    I am so full of rage I can't stand it. Even to comment on this article would take extreme effort. Such a large part of the American population is so stupid and lazy that becomes the reason this kind of brutality is permitted.
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    Glock27 3 weeks 6 days ago Blog entry Glen Allport
    Ken--Oops! sorry about those posts.
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    Glock27 3 weeks 6 days ago Blog entry Glen Allport
    Sorry about those posts. Don't know for sure what happened.
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    Glock27 3 weeks 6 days ago Blog entry Glen Allport
    Ken--More than likely I will not be around much longer, but Nuclear energy I believe will be inevitable regardless the risk involved. I am still curious about all those people who invented the hydrogen fuel for cars via water conversion and other fuel injection systems. Were they really a hoax or did some dark ops silence these individuals??
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    Glock27 3 weeks 6 days ago Web link Emmett Harris
    Suv--Under the breath we are actually the United Socialist States of America. Another "S" got slipped in around Roosevelts time I think, ergo, the USSA pays for everything (out of your pocket because that money belongs to them and they have discretionary rights to spend--because they know better than we do) Just an observation!!!
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    Lawrence M. Ludlow 3 weeks 6 days ago Blog entry Glen Allport
    The technological obstacles that you just named, Jim, may have been solved by Lockheed tapping into the hot air stream coming from Washington. When you combine that with the bovine explosions that come from the rear quarters of the Washington DC creatures, the result certainly will ignite at temperatures hotter than the Sun.
  • Jim Davies's picture
    Jim Davies 4 weeks 9 hours ago Blog entry Glen Allport
    Talking of nukes and bright new technologies, I saw today in a Gary North article (he isn't always right, but often is) that Lockheed Martin has announced development of a small nuclear fusion reactor. As he says, this would be absolutely revolutionary.   It's hard to believe, since the fusion of hydrogen isotopes into helium appears to require temperatures found only on the Sun, and cold-fusion experiments have still not blossomed into replicable power plants. But hey, this is not government speaking, it's Lockheed.    
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    Lawrence M. Ludlow 4 weeks 1 day ago Blog entry Glen Allport
    my apologies, Jim. It was the Fermi number 1 reactor.it was one of those brain farts. mr. Reisman has any number of articles at Mises.org but his textbooks that is used in economics contains entire sections like that about nuclear power and other technologies including pollution.
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    Alex R. Knight III 4 weeks 2 days ago Blog entry Alex R. Knight III
    http://vtdigger.org/2014/10/27/gun-rights-advocate-urges-boycott-brattle...
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    Jim Davies 4 weeks 2 days ago Blog entry Glen Allport
    Larry, are you sure that George Reisman is "an all-out advocate of nuclear power at whatever price"? It would be interesting to see a couple of links to his articles that say that plainly. It would be a very surprising viewpoint for a respected member of the Austrian school, even though I understand Rand also had a deal of influence over his thinking. It's the "whatever price" bit that looks so incredible. Surely no rational economist would favor a generation method that yielded electricity at $100 a KWh? Or $10? Or even $1.00?   Incidentally you might want to check again your reference to "Fermi 2". The Wiki page is quite clear: there was no accident to Fermi 2, but rather it was Fermi 1, a low-output pilot plant.
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    Glen Allport 4 weeks 4 days ago Blog entry Glen Allport
    Hi Jim,   No, not exaggerated. A few sources to check out:   Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen's Presentation at the WAVE conference  22 min long, gets started at about 2:30, well worth the time. You won't likely see nuclear power the same way after seeing this.   Busby is FAR more believable to me than the State, the nuke industry, or their apologists. The study he talks about was published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, using hundreds of papers that had not been translated into English before.  Here's part of what I quoted by Busby in my Reaping the Whirlwind:   "The health effects of the Chernobyl accident are massive and demonstrable. They have been studied by many research groups in Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine, in the USA, Greece, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and Japan. The scientific peer reviewed literature is enormous. Hundreds of papers report the effects, increases in cancer and a range of other diseases. My colleague Alexey Yablokov of the Russian Academy of Sciences, published a review of these studies in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (2009). Earlier in 2006 he and I collected together reviews of the Russian literature by a group of eminent radiation scientists and published these in the book Chernobyl, 20 Years After. The result: more than a million people have died between 1986 and 2004 as a direct result of Chernobyl."   Another source worth checking frequently is Energy News, and the Fukushima highlights at Rense.com   As for low-level radiation being good for you -- I don't think I addressed that at all, but I will say that MOST scientists disagree and there are, I think, good reasons for the idea that even low-level radiation, esp. chronic low-level radiation, is harmful. And INTERNAL radiation -- from inhaled or ingested hot particles -- is incredibly dangerous. But if not, then great. I do know that the levels of radiation released by even Three Mile Island have killed people (see Arnie's presentation above) despite the constant lies to the contrary. Seriously, believing those who serve the State and its corporate partners (bankers, Monsanto, the shoved-down-our throats nuke industry, etc) is not your style, Jim. Please look into the subject more deeply.   Again, I agree with you entirely about the market, and I've made my position clear that the incredible costs and dangers of nuclear power generation would put it far beyond anything a true market would want to make use of (huge expense, stunningly massive potential dangers, deadly waste that must be keep safe for basically all eternity but which tends to corrode or melt containers -- hey, let's start a business around THAT!). Solar and wind, and pretty much EVERY other form of power generation have far smaller downsides and lower costs than nuclear. If the State gets out of the way and the market roars in and changes that, fine, but it ain't gonna happen, any more than the market will invest zillions of dollars into hamster-wheel power generation for big cities. Sure, it's possible, but why on Earth would anyone do it?
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 4 weeks 5 days ago Blog entry Glen Allport
    Nuclear power is just so risky that I can't see its benefit ever being worth its risk. Whether government run or by private parties, the downside, as we see with Japan now, is horrendus and irreversible.
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    KenK 4 weeks 5 days ago Web link KenK
     Lincoln is as highly rated by statist historians as Thomas Jefferson is despite all the underhanded shit he pulled before and after he was elected president. If  this book is accurate, why has all that been suppressed? 
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    Lawrence M. Ludlow 4 weeks 6 days ago Blog entry Glen Allport
    P. S. I lived in Detroit at the time. And a meltdown would have poisoned the entirety of Lake Erie because Fermi 2 is within yards of Lake Erie. Lake Erie is a major source of tap water for the cities of Toledo, Cleveland, and all downstream cities such as Buffalo and Toronto and Montreal through Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence Seaway. Although we find from Jim Boulevard that the city of Toledo has been screwing water up in new ways in the past year. Haha
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    Lawrence M. Ludlow 4 weeks 6 days ago Blog entry Glen Allport
    hi Jim, unfortunately Reisman was an all-out advocate of nuclear power at whatever price. I once saw him in Orange County California carrying on at length to an audience.Of course he has many articles about that on the web and in his anti market diatribes against use of natural resources in a libertarian manner.Although if I were him I would have removed them from the web by now as they were a great embarrassment.. He did not call for removal of the government from its development or administration even though I'm sure he would agree that that would be the best solution. after all, he is not a complete basket case. About Fermi 2, it was a very very close call. there was a partial meltdown and it really was quite dire. That book and the newspapers of the time will go into the story much better than any sanitized wiki article I assure you. We both know that the government has Stooges that are cleaning up anything related to government in wiki pages, or at least we learned that from the New York Times article from several years ago. So it does not surprise me that the current online version has been somewhat sanitized. But sodium reacts with air and water because air contains water molecules.but thanks for getting back with us on that.
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    Jim Davies 4 weeks 6 days ago Blog entry Glen Allport
    Sorry Larry if I missed your point. Did Reisman favor leaving nukes under government control? - I sure hope not. If he was merely a nuke booster, it raises an interesting point: suppose a bright new technology is discovered, but the State at once sinks its fangs into its exploitation. Should a good AnCap favor development, or denounce it, or just stay clear and call for removal of the fangs?   I'd not heard of the Fermi 2 accident, but a quick check on Wiki says that it hasn't had one. The closest call was a tornado in 2010, which caused an automatic shutdown. Big power outage, but nothing untoward at the plant.   It also says there was a partial meltdown of Fermi 1, its predecessor and prototype, in 1966. The stated cause was a stuck tap. The plant was shut down and no radiation escaped, but damage did lead to its decommissioning. Wiki's page on Sodium reminds us that the metal is indeed volatile, reacting "exothermically with water, to the point that sufficiently large pieces melt to a sphere and may explode..." Presumably, that's what the referenced book meant; the needed contact is with water, not air. But there may have been water around, I don't know. Whether the explosion would have sufficed to break the containment vessel, I also don't know; but they are massive.   I didn't lose Detroit, because I never owned it. But other government action did wreck it, for sure.
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    Lawrence M. Ludlow 4 weeks 6 days ago Blog entry Glen Allport
    Jim, you maybe did not read my comment carefully, or I may not have been as clear as I had hoped since I am using a dictation device. I simply said that we must remain technology agnostic and let the market test the product. I am against nuclear power in its current formation because as a government creation, it is anti market, nothing more. I am sure you have no disagreement with this. As to the accuracy of the article he quoted, I'm not a scientist so I cannot comment on it. I only know that a friend of mine who is a decontamination expert agrees with your general assessment about the exaggeration. None the less levels of radioactive particles have increased dramatically in fish along the west coast of the United States. I have no idea what kind of danger this constitutes, if any. You may be interested in a book called, We Almost Lost Detroit, which was written about the near catastrophic meltdown of the nuclear reactor Fermi 2 at Monroe, Michigan. This event occurred in 1967, and the liquid sodium cooled core was close to exploding because sodium explodes on contact with air, and these reactors were actually cooled by coils of liquid sodium in leaky pipes. Until you realize the magnitude of such an event as that it is best not to pronounce on nuclear power. That book contains a huge list of the deaths that have occurred, sometimes grotesquely, from nuclear incidents, which include becoming impaled on the ceiling of a reactor by the rods shooting out. I have no doubt that if nuclear power had been a market creation, it is possible that we would all have portable nuclear power plants the size of a small radio which were safe, but this is not the case in the real world in which we live. That is why the enthusiasm of George Reisman is such an abomination. I think you will agree. p. S.: we lost Detroit anyway. The state just found another way to kill it, by welfare dependency that destroys families, and by supporting unions, and by crony capitalism by which the lousy corporations are able to produce lousy products and rely on tariffs and import restrictions to force Americans to purchase their product.
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    Jim Davies 4 weeks 6 days ago Blog entry Glen Allport
    Can't quite join you guys on this one. There is nothing evil about nuclear power. What's evil is that governments have controlled all its use, so excluding market activity.   You may be right in assuming that the market (insurers, primarily) would not have enabled the industry to get airborne. But that is not a proven fact, for it has never been allowed to happen. The writing of a policy on a nuclear generating plant has been forbidden. So nobody knows.   Meanwhile, Glen, I'm surprised that you repeat the claim that Chernobyl "has already killed about one million people." This is a total falsehood. It has killed fewer than sixty. Six-zero.   The Counterpunch article to which you referred us is a travesty. Author Busby scorns the UN report on the matter as "breathtaking ignorance of the scientific literature" but that scorn should apply to his own article. His "more than a million people have died between 1986 and 2004 as a direct result" is unsupported by a single citation. There has been an elevation of cancer rates in Northern Sweden, which may or may not be a result, according to a study at the University of Linköping, which Busby manages to mis-spell as "Lynkoping." Sweden is notorious for its eco-fascist bias in all parts of public life, and all education is funded by the State. There are also 4,000 cases of thyroid cancer in Russia, according to Wikipedia, which may eventually result in some premature deaths - and which would certainly result in claims, were it a free society, for compensation for loss of quality of life.   Incredibly, this wildly exaggerated figure - of twenty thousand times the actual count to date - is quoted, as you did, in the past tense (have died) rather than the future tense (may possibly eventually die, given certain very broad assumptions that support our case.) This may be what the New York Academy of Sciences does, but it's not science, and certainly isn't correct English grammar. Nor does it appear to take any account at all of the hormesis effect, well explored in the book to which I referred you earlier this week: Under-Exposed. I make no such claim, and certainly don't advocate carelessness by operators of nukes, but it may be that the low-level radiation spread by the Chernobyl accident will actually extend a large number of lives.
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    Lawrence M. Ludlow 5 weeks 1 hour ago Blog entry Glen Allport
    Thank you for posting this, Glenn. For so many years, economist such as George Reisman were advocating nuclear power while at the same time pretending to be followers of Ludwig von Mises. Anyone knows that there is no one technology that is prescribed for everything or for anything. We must remain markets agnostic, especially with creations, if such can be used as a term, of things like nuclear power, which are a complete government confabulation. They were uninsurable from the very beginning, and have been a complete lie ever since and a danger to humanity just as everything the state does is a danger to humanity. It is perilous to try to predict and support any one technology, especially for libertarians. Let's hope that that practice has been put in its grave.
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    Samarami 5 weeks 8 hours ago Web link A. Magnus
    '...Ebola has more-or-less been exposed as a live drill in which the media, the military and other branches of government have coordinated to introduce the notion that, just like in the cinema, the military and the healthcare system are conjoined at the hip, and the military will be deployed in numerous scenarios nationwide. The Obama Administration will not only send troops into Africa to stop Ebola, but also into the US. The US will get so-called "quick-strike teams."...' https://www.dollarvigilante.com/blog/2014/10/20/pentagon-forms-military-...
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    Samarami 5 weeks 8 hours ago Web link A. Magnus
    I'm not generally a Paul Craig Roberts fan. Don't know why. But in this article (from 2012) he struck a note with me in connection with the Nixon affair resulting in his resignation in 1974. At the time, although I had not voted for Nixon (I voted for Kennedy in 1960) I saw through the "Watergate" clam-trap as entrapment -- not dissimilar to that which got Kennedy murdered in 1963. And "Watergate" might have been one of the major forces that launched me into anarchy. It seems my eyes were miraculously opened about that time (1974) to the sham of "media". I have not owned a television since. The internet reformation is among us. Be grateful. Sam
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    Samarami 5 weeks 8 hours ago Page Paul Bonneau
    If I'm a libertarian -- or an anarchist (I'm among the many who have difficulty defining the difference) -- "NAP" is part of the package. If non-aggression is not one of my built-in principles, no matter what I say I don't fit the libertarian or anarchist model. The terms generally mean (to me) "hands off". You're entitled to manifest and express your liberty in any way you see fit as long as you don't encroach upon my liberty. I don't see a need to make an issue (and certainly not a rule, or law) about that -- it's part of the script. One can hardly have one without the other. I'm with you on "rights" -- although I'm aware some at STR will argue vehemently over the use of the term. I never use it. Where most rights enthusiasts say "rights", I say "choices". I choose to walk down the street. I'd like to do so unmolested. That may not happen. So I need to be prepared to defend myself against that eventuality. Or take an alternate route. I look to no external force to protect my "right" to walk down the street free from harm.
  • Jim Davies's picture
    Jim Davies 5 weeks 1 day ago Blog entry Jim Davies
    Glen, I think we're in agreement - and am not surprised!  We agree that the key is, whether or not the cost of power generated from nukes is competitive, after all production costs have been properly counted, including those of insurance against possible disasters. My contribution perhaps was to stress that that question can and must be determined by the market alone, not by force. It may well be that no insurer would assume the risk, but I'll not pre-judge that.   Is Tokyo really uninhabitable? Surprising, to those still living there! I was impressed by a read, some years ago, of Ed Hiserodt's Under-Exposed. I recall he reported how the Hiroshima bomb survivors were outliving their unexposed peers (p. 114.) That is, those living several miles from Ground Zero received a modest dose of radiation, which actually did them good. Not, of course, that this happy and surprising outcome in any degree justifies the FedGov's incineration of the city.   Thanks for your opening remark; my entries in this STR Blog point readers to my own, Zero Government Blog; which is where I'm mostly writing these days. Today, as it happens, I posted the 50th such article since I left the STR stable in April. The archive is indexed here.
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    Glen Allport 5 weeks 1 day ago Page Paul Bonneau
    Yet another solid column, Paul. I especially appreciate the direct, clear, sensible support for the Non-Aggression Principle. The NAP is the foundation of any civil society, and those who are trying lately to weaken support for the NAP are doing no favors to the cause of liberty.
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    Glen Allport 5 weeks 1 day ago Page Paul Bonneau
    Nice comments, Sam -- thoughtful, unpretentious, wise.
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    Paul 5 weeks 2 days ago Page Paul Bonneau
    " I try never to be rude or unkind. It's not due to loyalty to NAP -- that has nothing to do with it. It's that I secretly want you to like me." On re-reading, I see your point here. This may be similar to my linguistic arguments with the word "rights". People don't usually kill their associates. At some point a philosopher decided to give this tendency a name (at least I imagine so): "right to life". Likewise people usually don't aggress against each other (or it takes a lot of indoctrination to get them to do it). And things tend to work better all around when they don't aggress against each other. At some point a philosopher decided to give that tendency a name: "NAP". Looks like I'm on the other side of the argument with NAP than with "right to life". I suppose I am because I don't really have a problem with this naming of tendencies per se, but with making the name bigger than the tendency. "Right to life" is obviously overblown these days, with a poor connection to reality. "NAP" on the other hand has not gone very far down that road, so I am not so concerned about it. But yeah, it certainly is more descriptive to say, "I secretly want you to like me."
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    KenK 5 weeks 2 days ago Web link Government Deni...
    I'd love to see the Social Justice Warriors 'splain that one. Some animals are just more equal than others, right comrade?
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    Glen Allport 5 weeks 2 days ago Blog entry Jim Davies
    Hi Jim, It's good to see you back at STR, even if just in the blog. I agree with your position on the market, of course, but I think you underestimate the risks, the size of the potential harm, and thus overestimate the willingness of insurance companies to insure nuclear power plants. The overall costs, both for insurance and for all the other things that taxpayers have been forced to pick up the tab for since the beginning, including safe disposal of the waste, are high enough that I cannot imagine nuclear power being cost-effective in the market place. If it IS, of course, so be it -- but it is not. You mention a few dangers of other methods of power generation in your generally terrific No Nukes Please, We're British, but none compares to the million-plus deaths (so far) from Chernobyl or to the vast area contaminated not only in Japan (a Japanese physician recently wrote that Tokyo is not fit for habitation, and that much of the city is far more contaminated than even much of the Chernobyl exclusion zone -- "The levels of contamination were up to 7 000 Bq/kg; in the US, anything registering these levels would be considered nuclear waste") and at lower but still dangerous levels around the entire Northern Hemisphere. Yes, there are widespread symptoms of this contamination among the population already. Tokyo is the largest metro area on the planet at about 35 million inhabitants; no "solar power disaster" or disaster from any other type of power generation, for that matter, would approach what Fukushima has already done -- and the destroyed reactors and their many tons of on-site waste will keep contaminating the air, the ocean, the local water table, and more for our lifetimes and beyond. I understand the allure of high technology; I was a science geek as a kid and still love learning about science and technology. But nuclear power exists ONLY because those running large coercive governments WANT nuclear weapons; without them pushing for nuclear power in order to generate weapons-grade material, there would be no business case to be made for using uranium or other radioactive metals to boil water to spin generators.   See my Reaping the Whirlwind of State Aggression: Nuclear Consequences from last year for a bit more detail. 
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    eugenedw 5 weeks 3 days ago Web link KenK
    KenK: In many parts of Africa people still live in an essentially medieval world, with the attendant mindset. In some of the rural areas here in South Africa (and elsewhere in Africa) they still now and then burn witches too. These folk remedies are indeed utterly absurd, and what really gets to me is how otherwise educated and informed people sometimes fall for it. But it is also an opportunity for business, so as far as I am concerned, we should just start farming the species involved. There is really no reason why species that have value to people should ever become extinct. One would think we'd know better than to slaughter the goose that lays the golden eggs! The problem with many of these poached species is that thanks to government interference, they are now literally worth more dead than alive. Nobody can legally profit from them, which leaves only illegal profit. I have seen some commentators rather naively suggesting more draconian punishment for poachers, but of course, that will simply drive up the price of the illegal product, which will create an even bigger incentive for even more ruthless people to get in on the business.
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    Samarami 5 weeks 4 days ago Page Paul Bonneau
    I'm not talking about "dumping NAP". Not in the least. Of course, I can't and won't attempt to speak for "libertarians". I can only speak for me. And that sums up my assessment of where you were headed in your critique of Zwolinski -- and of Kuznicki and Julian Sanchez as well; all three of whom presumed to know what "libertarians" believe and/or practice (and know what they "ought-to" believe and practice). To repeat, I can only speak for me. They would perhaps be well advised to follow the same principle -- but who am I to say? And to compare the argument over the identity of Higgs boson with how "we" should practice "NAP" is non-sequitur ridiculousness. My point is that I adhere to what sloganists call "NAP" by my nature -- not because I belong to a group or a movement. It's probably that part of me -- one of my principles if you will -- that makes me the type of individual you might wish to call "libertarian". I can't very well value my liberty unless I respect your liberty as well. Debating a philosophical issue with you without malice could be my way of respecting your liberty (to be wrong -- unless you agree with me :-]). Another point is the concept that aggression can take two major formats: physical aggression and intellectual aggression. Rudness and/or unkindness (of word) fall into the latter. Fraud might consist of a combination of the two -- telling a lie and chiseling. But in any case what has been isolated and identified as "NAP" is merely one segment of the whole that makes up a libertarian. In my humble opinion. Sam