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    wkmac 7 years 36 weeks ago Web link Anthony Gregory
    Great article Anthony. Thanks again for getting out front on this issue (ie your LRC comment on Food Inc.). For others interested who've not seen and want more background, I recommend the movies "The World According To Monsanto" and "Food Inc" and view in that order because IMO it builds on itself. Both movies are available on the internet with "TWATM" being available on Google video and "Food Inc" available at Top Documentary Films website. Food Inc. may be on Google too but I've not looked. Having seen Food Inc. at the movie theater, it was interesting afterwards as people gathered to talk in the parking lot and it gave a wonderful opportunity to cause people to think that we have the corporate monsters not because of the "free market" but we have them because we don't have a true "free market." This also ties in well with many points made in the other article today on STR "Left & Right Against the Empire." When I listened and agreed with many on corporate abuse, they in turn listened and considered my points about how a true free market would offer a true people driven roadblock to such corporate hegemony. Even thought this was before the Obama election and many were planning on voting that way (I was unable to convince them of alternatives ie not voting) many did admit they weren't sure how well voting Obama would work out in the end. I'd love to talk with them now!
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    GregL 7 years 36 weeks ago Web link Anthony Gregory
    Ken, I've listened to several interviews that Scott Horton has done with Glen Greenwald. While he's not a libertarian, he is consistently anti-war and I think we would probably agree that war is one of the worst of all govt programs. Greenwald is very knowledgeable and does a good job of fact-checking and exposing lies told by the administration. He is very good at explaining the legal arguments and their flaws. Although he was hopeful Obama would be better than Bush, I think he's been very good at admitting that Obama is heading down the same path as Bush at least when it comes to war and civil liberties and contempt for constitutional protections.
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 7 years 36 weeks ago Web link Anthony Gregory
    Did Greenwald write stuff like this when Bush was in office? Just askin'. LRC features this guy a lot as some kind of libertarian Democrat but why it does just baffles me.
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 7 years 36 weeks ago Web link Anthony Gregory
    Noam Chomsky is no anarchist, "best known" or otherwise. He is a statist through and through. Read his stuff and this becomes readily apparent. Dr. Long is full of shit. Who Is Chomsky?
  • Glen Allport's picture
    Glen Allport 7 years 36 weeks ago
    Only Cowards Vote
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    Here again, my two cents worth is that on those rare occasions that we can vote to unambiguously END or REDUCE tyranny, the "voting strengthens the statist system" meme is simply wrong. I'd again use the example of voting to free the slaves: that one's obvious, I would think, but ANYTHING that truly ends or reduces tyranny is worthwhile. Waiting for "perfection" is a good way to get nowhere. You can wait your entire life (and probably will -- most people who have ever lived, did) for real freedom, and refusing to support at least a significant INCREASE in freedom is silly, IMO. Voting in any OTHER circumstance -- then I agree with you. On the other hand, your or my individual vote means almost nothing, statistically, so it's not likely to matter either way in ANY voting situation.
  • Glen Allport's picture
    Glen Allport 7 years 36 weeks ago
    The Year Ahead: 2010
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    I've read some of his stuff, and indeed the idea that Americans will NOT do as well with a collapse as the Russians did is something I first saw in an interview with Orlov. Like many unsettling predictions, its an obvious point but we don't tend to think in that direction, meaning that most of us expect "normal" life in the US to continue, with minor changes over time and short ups and downs from the business cycle. Something much more severe is coming to a head, though, and this fact has begun to filter into more and more people's awareness. The first week or two of this year has already seen a large number of very scary predictions and commentary. Two examples: Willem Buiter [former Bank of England policymaker] warns of massive dollar collapse http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/4125947/Willem-Buiter-warns... and Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr. on the Failure of the Public Sector, the Coming Military Crackdown and What Can Be Done to Stop It http://www.thedailybell.com/724/Edwin-Vieira-the-Coming-Military-Crackdo... As for planning: the first thing is to understand the underlying forces and dynamics in play, and then apply that understanding to your own personal situation, including your resources, weaknesses, preferences, and so on. Fiat currency always dies; the entire world is using fiat currency today -- and the end-game for all of those currencies is very near. The dollar is now worth so little compared to its historic "1/20 oz of gold" that each dollar now has about the purchasing power of a PENNY (or two) in my grandfather's day. Combine that with mega-trillion dollar deficits, $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities, a dismantled manufacturing infrastructure and a largely centrally-controlled market for most things, and -- well, all the rest; you know the story as well as I do -- and SOMETHING big is coming. Be ready for that. How? Move overseas, maybe. Put in a large garden, maybe. Stock up on staples and goods for bartering. My personal situation is not the same as yours, and I am reluctant to suggest anyone else do what I think is right -- it might NOT be right, even for me, not to mention for you. But if you will look the future in the eye and see what today's information is telling you about tomorrow, you'll know what to do. It won't be easy, or cheap, or pleasant, so you'll want to not see it. Try to get past that and see things clearly -- that's the best advice I think I can give anyone.
  • Glen Allport's picture
    Glen Allport 7 years 36 weeks ago
    The Year Ahead: 2010
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    Thanks, golefevre (nice handle, btw). The possibility that the coming collapse and various other disasters will enlighten people about the dangers of coercive government and move them to better understand the importance of love and freedom in their lives is, to my mind, the ONLY positive we might see from the global fiat-currency meltdown and its attendant evils. I don't think our odds are good for a positive outcome, but the odds aren't zero, either.
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    Mike Powers 7 years 36 weeks ago Web link Derek Henson
    Body cavity searches can't be far off the horizon.
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    albergine 7 years 36 weeks ago Page Douglas Herman
    i see the point but on reading numerous reviews fail to get what the big deal is about this pic, no i haven't seen it but have seen bucket loads of films from either the big timers or small fry that make their point in a much more obvious manner, those i have in mind are set in the 'now' not in some fictional nowhere, are much more hard hitting and give no illusion as to there meaning, after the view (unless comatose) the watcher will know the sickness that the truth makes them feel rather than do a happy feely jig with big smiles after seeing the likes of Av*tar.
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    mike 7 years 36 weeks ago Page Scarmig
    How does the government keep track of someone w/o a SSN for tax purposes? I was born in the US, and have a valid US passport, but have lived my entire life in Canada and never got a SSN. I'm supposed to file taxes every year for the rest of my life! But I don't know if i'm even on record, so i don't want to start unnecessarily.. Any ideas?
  • Bill Ross's picture
    Bill Ross 7 years 36 weeks ago Web link Derek Henson
    Courts to FCC “You Don’t Have Power to Enforce Net Neutrality” Rule Of Law “Oh, yes, they do” Communications carriers, as corporate creations of law are subject to the “rule of law” (ALL are treated equally, in terms of rights and responsibility, by law): http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/ross/ross3.html This does not prevent communications carriers from lawfully using “bandwidth throttling” to penalize those who have not paid for their fair share of bandwidth with a more premium service. Throttling is absolutely necessary for fair allocation of service bandwidth between users at any particular service level. Premium service fees are absolutely necessary for providers to afford the capital / operational expense of meeting increasing customer needs (service improvement). You get what you pay for in a free market. Surely whatever residual capitalist sensibility still exists in the US gets this?
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    Bill Ross 7 years 36 weeks ago Page Douglas Herman
    Its just a matter of presenting the truth to the sheeple in a form they may get. Luckily, Hollywood still has ideological faction wars and has not fully succumbed to the "dark side". Our tyrants are toast if MSM ever figures out a way to make truth profitable. Currently, lies sell. Here's how and why: http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/ross/ross2.html
  • GregL's picture
    GregL 7 years 36 weeks ago Web link Derek Henson
    Yeah, but only because of a legal technicality related to this particular medical marijuana case.
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    GregL 7 years 36 weeks ago Web link Derek Henson
    Yep. In terms of financial damage to the empire it's a hugely successful strategy. Eric Margolis is one of my favorite commentators on foreign policy. I've listened to several of his interviews with Scott Horton at antiwar.com.
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    White Refugee 7 years 37 weeks ago
    The Year Ahead: 2010
    Page Glen Allport
    Glen, I was just curious if you had read Dmitry Orlov's post: Fits in nicely with yours, for what to expect, and a few ideas on planning. Surviving Peak Oil & Economic Collapse: Post-Soviet Lessons for a Post-American Century, by Dmitry Orlov
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    rickdoogie 7 years 37 weeks ago
    Only Cowards Vote
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    Voting may be able to make a statist system a little less oppressive for a while. But the very act of voting helps strengthen the statist system. Small picture / Big picture.
  • Glen Allport's picture
    Glen Allport 7 years 37 weeks ago
    The Year Ahead: 2010
    Page Glen Allport
    Good question, and I don't think I have enough information to answer. Absent government intrusions, the answer would of course be "yes" -- there are plenty of areas where the people could take care of themselves, ride out the crisis, and maintain some level of civil society. Rural areas with small farms would be obvious candidates, and states or smaller areas with mining, oil, or other commodity wealth and the infrastructure to extract and/or refine and ship the products would also be more likely than average, I'd think, to do well. But as you suggest, the government response to this government-created [whether INTENTIONALLY or not] crisis is unknown. LOTS of things -- both historic examples and present day news and rumor -- suggest some very ugly actions by the feds, with skyrocketing taxes being among the lesser evils we might be subjected to. So far, the government response has largely been to steal breath-taking amounts of money from the citizens and hand it to bankers and other connected special interests. Actually reversing the damage and starting to solve the problem is NOT on the agenda. What will happen? What are the odds for various scenarios? Again, I don't have enough information to say anything definite. Personally, I expect large, crowded metro areas to be especially dangerous, but even THAT depends on the particulars of what happens. So good luck to us all, and here's hoping that the healthier, traditional American qualities -- self-reliance, fairness, respect for others (i.e., for their freedom), honesty, willingness to do real work, ingenuity, charity where appropriate, and so on -- carry the day and in the end, are strengthened. Plenty of forces are working for the extinction of such qualities, and I really think that too much is hidden from us right now (anybody think the dozens of alphabet agencies are being open and honest with us about their plans?) to even guess how things will work out.
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    SpykerSpeed (not verified) 7 years 37 weeks ago Web link Derek Henson
    lol, "Liberty County Jail".
  • Glen Allport's picture
    Glen Allport 7 years 37 weeks ago Page Douglas Herman
    Terrific column, Douglas. I especially enjoyed your "news coverage" comments -- right on the mark. I hadn't noticed it while watching the film, but now it's obvious that indeed Cameron missed an opportunity there. (Perhaps on purpose; filmmakers have to contend with running-time and other constraints). In any case I'd have enjoyed seeing CNN and FOX newsies reporting the Pandoran War to the folks back home. Avatar is doing more than twice as much business overseas as it is in the US, although even here it's setting records. I think you are right that a bigger percentage of the public in other nations sees Avatar as an only slightly-disguised look at the U.S. empire. Avatar receipts as posted at http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=avatar.htm, as of 1/10/2010: Domestic: $430,846,514 -- 32.1% + Foreign: $910,847,633 -- 67.9% = Worldwide: $1,341,694,147 This is after only 24 days, and the movie is STILL #1 in theaters world-wide by a solid margin.
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    jjmonkeys (not verified) 7 years 37 weeks ago
    The Year Ahead: 2010
    Page Glen Allport
    Glenn, do you forsee pockets of stability based on some geographic areas having higher percentages of people who will be prepared to care for themselves withough federal government support? I'm referring to some rural areas and some areas where there are resources of international value that are grown, mined etc? Or will the federal government tax all businesses and resources out of viability.
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    negator 7 years 37 weeks ago
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    love the fact that i can get feeds now. i wish the big blue intro box would go away. personally, i don't think much would be gained by adding a forum other than cluster headaches for the admins. strike the root is perfect in this format. the quote at the top left, the beautiful or haunting photograph, and my cup of coffee. peace, love and kudos to str.
  • Mike Powers's picture
    Mike Powers 7 years 37 weeks ago Web link Mike Powers
    This is a very interesting video. I highly recommend it, if you have the time to watch it (23 minutes long).
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    Mike Powers 7 years 37 weeks ago
    The Justin Kates
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    Great pics!
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    Mike Powers 7 years 37 weeks ago Web link Mike Powers
    Greg - Good observation. I did read the D.C. statute on prostitution-free zones, and you are correct. There is no provision that demands arrest of those who exceed the two condom limit. However, like many arbitrary laws - particularly those that are implemented to control voluntary behavior between consenting adults - it makes for interesting reading. For example, this passage regarding enforcement of the law: "If two or more persons are in violation of the Prostitution Free Zone law, they first will be informed by an officer that they are in a Prostitution Free Zone, and that they should disperse and depart within a reasonable time frame before any arrests are made." Presumably, they are free to leave the 'Prostitution Free Zone' and engage in their amoral behavior in a zone that is not designated as 'Prostitution Free'. Nonetheless, I wonder if D.C. bureaucrats realize that if prostitution was legalized, the 'health and safety of residents' would no longer be 'endangered', as there would be no streetwalkers prowling for customers.
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    McMe (not verified) 7 years 37 weeks ago Page Bob Wallace
    i just had this dream this weekend about a mathtest..
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    GregL 7 years 37 weeks ago Web link Mike Powers
    This is an interesting article and apparently at least some DC Cops have attempted to use possession of multiple condoms as evidence of prostitution. However, the best thing about the article is a comment from one posters who did his homework and found that this is apparently not an official policy as one might infer from the article. It demonstrates why skepticism is so important when you hear something outlandish. (However many of the things especially regarding the police that I might once have thought were outlandish, occur so regularly and are so well-documented that I just consider them commonplace and a symptom of a growing police state).
  • Bill Ross's picture
    Bill Ross 7 years 37 weeks ago
    Neither Left Nor Right
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    Justice Defined: We are all free to profit or suffer and learn (adapt to excellence) by facing the consequences of our OWN choices. Injustice is to be forced to suffer the consequences of choices of unaccountable (irresponsible) others. The "rule of law" once ENFORCED peace and justice, now rationalized away: http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/ross/ross3.html "The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern. The law of liberty tends to abolish the reign of race over race, of faith over faith, of class over class." ~ Lord Acton Darwin also warned us: Survival EQUALS ability to adapt to environment EQUALS ability to choose correctly EQUALS freedom: http://www.strike-the-root.com/62/ross/ross1.html THINK about it: http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/ross/ross2.html
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    SpykerSpeed (not verified) 7 years 37 weeks ago Web link Robert Fredericks
    I wish the corporations would stand up for their customers and put their foot down on things like this, but they are entrenched with the State via licensure I guess.
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    CB (not verified) 7 years 37 weeks ago Web link Robert Fredericks
    I know people who were inspired to homeschool because they read or heard about this speech.
  • Mike Powers's picture
    Mike Powers 7 years 37 weeks ago Web link Robert Fredericks
    Airline travelers may want to prepare for body cavity probes by the friendly TSA agents in the near future.
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    Plant Immigrati... 7 years 37 weeks ago Web link Don Stacy
    Evan, that is a good point. In that respect it kind of reminded me of Mike from Robert A. Heinlein's classic novel "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress". Except that Mike was modeled after the giant room sized computers that existed before the advent of the personal computer.
  • Bill Ross's picture
    Bill Ross 7 years 37 weeks ago Web link Robert Fredericks
    Surveillance is the flip side of Information suppression / subversion. Both are tools used to enslave us. Accurate information for our predators, bullshit for us. Surveillance provides information used to control us. Information subversion is used for Environmental Control 101, to trick us into CHOOSING our own slavery. Darwin warned us: Survival EQUALS ability to adapt to environment EQUALS ability to CHOOSE correctly EQUALS freedom: http://www.strike-the-root.com/62/ross/ross1.html THINK about it, choose correctly and survive: http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/ross/ross2.html
  • Bill Ross's picture
    Bill Ross 7 years 37 weeks ago Web link Robert Fredericks
    Gees, I am so disappointed in the "land of the free and home of the brave". Why no comments, by anybody? Let's make STR a bastion of freedom by contributing. Silence leaves everyone under the impression they are alone and isolated, pissing in the wind. Make some noise, wreak some intellectual havoc. Don't you understand that if you don't take a risk and fight tyranny, you are really choosing between the certainty of long term doom versus the chance of tyrant retaliation?
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    Plant Immigrati... 7 years 37 weeks ago Web link Robert Fredericks
    "as a way to help creative entrepreneurs who the wave of digitization has left behind." If they are "left behind" in this the wave of digitization how "creative" are they exactly?
  • Bill Ross's picture
    Bill Ross 7 years 37 weeks ago Web link Robert Fredericks
    Duh... He's a "useful idiot" How? Because the law has formed a symbiotic relationship with criminals by abusing their monopoly. Crime does pay, very well, for the legal "profession". Those who pretend to deal with threats to civilization also have a monopoly due to public ignorance. They get to falsely frame the "problem" and define "solutions", to their benefit. This will continue until ALL stored resources of our civilization, including ALL of your property is in the hands of those who falsely claim to provide "security" while creating the very problems they pretend to deal with.. This is how asymmetrical warfare works: Spend a $ in a random, unpredictable threat and, the system (to the profit of choosers) will spend $millions of OUR MONEY setting up new "process" at the expense of OUR FREEDOM in a pointless response and attempt to predict and prevent the unpredictable. Terrorists are not stupid. They know us far better than we know ourselves. Our "rulers" have provoked them just to increase their power by dealing with "problems" of their own creation. This is a smash and grab criminal strategy and can only "work" until the tipping point of the productive is exceeded, at which point, the economy and civilization collapses. The best, our "rulers", as parasites can hope to achieve is that they will be the last to perish. This is a false hope because, historically, when the majority cannot survive, they turn on and destroy anyone who appears to be surviving or has resources to steal. This will be the final nail in the coffin of civilization and appears to be the end game of the Luddites and Malthusians who are driving events.
  • Bill Ross's picture
    Bill Ross 7 years 37 weeks ago
    The Value of Freedom
    Web link Robert Fredericks
    "The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern. The law of liberty tends to abolish the reign of race over race, of faith over faith, of class over class." ~ Lord Acton
  • Bill Ross's picture
    Bill Ross 7 years 37 weeks ago
    The Value of Freedom
    Web link Robert Fredericks
    Democracy is only a threat to freedom, economic or otherwise when "democratic excesses" are not controlled by honest law. The problem is that law and the legal "profession" has realized that controlling "democratic excesses" by enforcing the "rule of law" (All persons are to be treated EQUALLY in terms of rights and responsibilities by law) is unprofitable, since it maintains balance of power between individuals which has the effect of keeping the peace, reducing conflict and legal fees. Far better to enforce (All persons are NOT to be treated EQUALLY in terms of rights and responsibilities by law using false pretext X). The Nazis were a "democratic excess" who legally deemed Jews and others "subhuman". It was a very expensive survival hit to civilization to deal with them, but they were brought down by honest "rule of law", now rationalized away: http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/ross/ross3.html Failure and personal accountability, as a consequence of freedom are an absolute survival necessity, so we can learn and adapt. Justice Defined: We are all free to profit or suffer and learn (adapt to excellence) by facing the consequences of our OWN choices. Injustice is to be forced to suffer the consequences of choices of unaccountable (irresponsible) others.. Darwin warned us: Survival EQUALS ability to adapt to environment EQUALS ability to choose correctly EQUALS freedom: http://www.strike-the-root.com/62/ross/ross1.html Since the balance of power between prey (we, the people) and predators (system connected perps) has been upset by absence of honest law, Pandoras box of "war of all, against all" has been re-opened by "rule of corrupt, parochial man", destroyer of civilizations, for all of history. The grim reaper of "Mathematics Of Rule" proves where this folly leads: http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/ross/ross1.html THINK about it: http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/ross/ross2.html
  • Bill Ross's picture
    Bill Ross 7 years 37 weeks ago Web link Robert Fredericks
    The problem is that law and the legal "profession" has realized that controlling "democratic excesses" by enforcing the "rule of law" (All persons are to be treated EQUALLY in terms of rights and responsibilities by law) is unprofitable, since it maintains balance of power between individuals which has the effect of keeping the peace, reducing conflict and legal fees. Far better to enforce (All persons are NOT to be treated EQUALLY in terms of rights and responsibilities by law using false pretext X). The Nazis were a "democratic excess" who legally deemed Jews and others "subhuman". It was a very expensive survival hit to civilization to deal with them, but they were brought down by honest "rule of law", now rationalized away: http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/ross/ross3.html Since the balance of power between prey (we, the people) and predators (system connected perps) has been upset by absence of honest law, Pandoras box of "war of all, against all" has been re-opened by "rule of corrupt, parochial man", destroyer of civilizations, for all of history. The grim reaper of "Mathematics Of Rule" proves where this folly leads: http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/ross/ross1.html
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    Glen Allport 7 years 37 weeks ago
    The Year Ahead: 2010
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    I agree with you, Bill Ross [why do replies not attach to the comment being replied to? -- EDIT - hey, thanks Web guy, for fixing the problem. Quick service, too], and I enjoyed reading your math-based column again. The possibility that a large enough percentage of people will begin to see the truth and to act on it is what makes STR more than a pity party among a group heading for extinction, but I can't say I'm terribly optimistic. I do feel we each have an obligation to support the healthy, positive elements in life in whatever way seems right to us, but that isn't the same as saying I think civil society will prevail.
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    Evan 7 years 37 weeks ago Web link Don Stacy
    The Na'vi had a massively powerful, sentient organic supercomputer! It could be argued that the more technologically advanced race won the war in this movie.
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    tzo 7 years 37 weeks ago Web link Don Stacy
    Another take on the movie: http://www.freedomainradio.com/Videos/PlayFreedomainRadioVideos/tabid/15...
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    Plant Immigrati... 7 years 37 weeks ago Web link Don Stacy
    I am a former Objectivist so I understand where this author is coming from. Indeed I might not be a libertarian today had I not come across the writings of Ayn Rand and other Objectivist authors. However, one of the things that, even in my Objectivist days, truly annoyed me was the seeming contempt that some in the Objectivist movement had for any lifestyle that did not fit within their world-view of Romantic Realism or “modern civilization”. I remember reading (with horror) an article in The Intellectual Activist that actually justified the treatment of American Indians by European colonists and later by the United States government. The justification was basically that since some did not recognize land as property in the same way Europeans did it was perfectly OK to force them to leave where they did live. This is one of the reasons I began to drift away from Objectivism. This is doubly horrific since libertarians could easily point to the treatment of American Indians as evidence of the evil of government itself. I saw the film and saw it as a condemnation of the Mercantilist** system. Period. Anyone who has ever seen both the classic film Lawrence of Arabia and Avatar can see close parallels between the two. Lawrence of Arabia by the way, is a great film in its own right. Like Avatar, it is best seen on a big screen. As a side note, I found it interesting, despite some environmentalist overtones, I did not hear a word about manmade global warming. They could have easily inserted one if they wanted. It may be evidence that, even in Hollywood, word is getting out that it is a fraud. ** For those people who stumble on this web-page by accident and do not already know – mercantilism is VERY different from capitalism.
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    Plant Immigrati... 7 years 37 weeks ago Web link Don Stacy
    Henry David Thoreau only becomes more and more relevant with each passing year. I wish more people would heed his advice - advice such as this : "[40] Let each inhabitant of the State dissolve his union with her, as long as she delays to do her duty."
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    SpykerSpeed (not verified) 7 years 37 weeks ago Web link Don Stacy
    Avatar is about property rights and aggression. I think James Cameron made the Na'vi a bit too sanctimonious (they hardly ever showed any emotion other than seriousness or reverence). Some people might find that annoying, but if they choose to live that way... it's really not our right to bulldoze them into oblivion.
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    Bill Walker 7 years 37 weeks ago Web link Don Stacy
    I'll agree with Mr. Ross about Dances With Smurfs. The movie is about the sanctity of property rights of the poor as well as the rich... and the Smurfdoran forest is just a metaphor for the Internet. The movie's subversion of our legionaries' "hoo-rah" tribal ethic is pretty slick, too.... libertarians take note. (Of course there are some howlers... they have cryonics in routine use, but it doesn't occur to them to save the dying scientist... well, it's Hollywood!)
  • Bill Ross's picture
    Bill Ross 7 years 37 weeks ago Web link Don Stacy
    Affirmative action has two purposes: 1) Under false pretexts of "fairness". Historically and politically, "might is right" pretexts for power have been refuted and rejected. Then, power claimed to be "helping". Oops, USSR collapsed, socialist "helping" is disincentive against productivity by altering motivational economics of choice away from contribution to entitlements. Collapses civilization. New pretext: survival of civilization from "terrorists" who have been provoked. AGW (mammoth resource grab) just refuted. The law will NOT maintain balance of power (and therefore peace) by treating us all "equally, in terms of rights and responsibilities". They feed and collect our power from the conflict inequality under law creates (the Nazi final solution, generalized). Affirmative action is just one example. 2) In the area of promotions and merit (having competent educators / choosers), affirmative action is FATAL. It places the less competent in control, part of the general war on intelligence (the greatest and most dangerous enemies of arbitrary power and tyrants). This is also the script according to Machiavelli (strategically denied bible of arbitrary power – politics): Machiavelli Paraphrased: “Arbitrary power can get away with ANYTHING, so long as it appears “necessary” to intellectually crippled populations (falsely framed arguments, based on lies for input facts, flogged by corrupt experts, shilling and prostituting their academic degrees for power, blind trust of populace, a social disease and mental illness I call “expertitus”) . In essence, all such arguments are a house of cards, false assumptions built upon false assumptions, the false equating of speculation to REALITY.” The is the exact same algorithm used to rationalize the initiation of aggression against Iraq, a war crime. The same false “argument” is being carefully constricted against Iran. Embargo, the first step of war, initiated. With the discrediting of socialism, all pretexts regarding slavery of the productive to “help the unfortunate” (who adapt to dependency, collapsing civilization) have been replaced by pretexts “to avoid terror” such as necessity for preemptive justice, war or “save the environment” (AGW fraud, etc). In these false arguments, the “bad guys” always have something to steal. The “good guys” are those who intend to profit by the thievery. The "bad guys" are the civilized, the "good guys" are barbarians. We are in the thick of the "war on us".
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    Bill Walker 7 years 37 weeks ago Page Glen Allport
    >I also look forward to government-run restaurants, to a government-run music industry, and to replacing our chaotic, unregulated computer, software, and electronics industries with compassionately run government versions, Hah! Yes, exactly... that's a great meme; keep hammering on the comparison between the computer industry and the "cell-computer" industry... the technologies are similar, but the regulation environment keeps the "cell-computer" companies from doing much that's useful. -Bill
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    Bill Walker 7 years 37 weeks ago
    The Year Ahead: 2010
    Page Glen Allport
    >I said we might have a food SHORTAGE that would raise prices I'm right with you there... all the economic damage we've suffered from inflation, bailouts, etc. is definitely going to make it harder for US to buy food, even if the crops were normal. My problem when talking about "peak oil" is that ANY resource will die out under our current "system" of not letting anyone build anything (e.g. fission power plants). If the market prevails (and it will in China and India), our problem is going to be "peak oxygen", not peak oil ;) Here's my old article "Googling For Oil": http://www.lewrockwell.com/walker/walker16.html (I would have called it "Googling For He-3", but I was afraid that would cause me to prematurely attain Nerdvana and lose my Techno-Bodhisattva status ;)
  • Bill Ross's picture
    Bill Ross 7 years 37 weeks ago Web link Don Stacy
    No, but we have the right to be left alone (unless we harm someone) and CHOOSE to be happy. Slavers have defined us exercising out "right to be left alone" as an assault on "common interest", another way of saying we are guilty (from the perspective of slavers) of the original sin of "refusal to be subservient". THINK about it, and CHOOSE wisely: http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/ross/ross2.html Darwin and Evolution PROVES: Survival EQUALS ability to adapt to environment EQUALS ability to CHOOSE correctly EQUALS freedom. http://www.strike-the-root.com/62/ross/ross1.html The concept of the right to be left alone dates back to a 1928 Supreme Court wiretapping decision called Olmstead vs. the United States in which the Supreme Court Justice Brandeis said "the protection guaranteed by the amendments (of the Constitution) is much broader in scope. The makers of our Constitution undertook to secure conditions favorable to the pursuit of happiness. They recognized the significance of man's spiritual nature, of his feelings and of his intellect . . . They sought to protect Americans in their beliefs, their thoughts, their emotions, and their sensations. They conferred as against the government the right to be left alone -- the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men." Of course, Orwell warned us: Anything can be rationalized away by subverting the REAL meaning of underlying words and concepts thus destroying all knowledge built on them. Redefine or limit the scope of "equality" and, you subvert all law.
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    PeacefulKancer 7 years 37 weeks ago Page Scarmig
    I came across this and and am very interested. Interested enough that I signed up just so I could comment. I hope that I don't resurrect a thread that shouldn't be dug up. First off, any updates? Secondly, I did a little searching around myself and found that some of the things we "need" SSNs for, we actually don't. It just happens that most places assume you have a SSN and use that. http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10096.html#1 Quote: Lawfully admitted noncitizens can get many benefits and services without a Social Security number. You do not need a number to get a driver’s license, register for school, obtain private health insurance, or to apply for school lunch programs or subsidized housing. Some organizations use Social Security numbers to identify you in their records. Most, however, will identify you by some other means if you request it. We cannot assign you a Social Security number solely so you can get a driver’s license or a service that requires a credit check. Although many companies, such as banks and credit companies, may ask for your Social Security number, you are generally not required to provide one if you don’t have one. Hmf. Interesting. There has been plenty of talk about what we are and are not. As my research shows (and certain government documents admit/contribute to this fact) we more than likely are nonresident aliens, not US Citizens. Look at Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railway in 1916. Brushaber was a Citizen of New York State and a resident of the Borough of Brooklyn. Then if you look at Treasury Decision 2313 it says that Brushaber was a "nonresident alien" (for the purposes of taxation). Hmmm... Check it out.