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    negator 7 years 48 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.
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    Mike Powers 7 years 48 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 48 weeks ago
    The Justin Kates
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    Great pics!
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    Mike Powers 7 years 48 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 48 weeks ago Page Bob Wallace
    i just had this dream this weekend about a mathtest..
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    GregL 7 years 48 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 48 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 48 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 48 weeks ago Web link Robert Fredericks
    I know people who were inspired to homeschool because they read or heard about this speech.
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    Mike Powers 7 years 48 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 48 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 48 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 48 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 48 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 48 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 48 weeks ago
    The Value of Freedom
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    "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
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    Bill Ross 7 years 48 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 48 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
  • Glen Allport's picture
    Glen Allport 7 years 48 weeks ago
    The Year Ahead: 2010
    Page Glen Allport
    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 48 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 48 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 48 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 48 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 48 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.
  • Bill Walker's picture
    Bill Walker 7 years 48 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!)
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    Bill Ross 7 years 48 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 49 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 49 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 ;)
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    Bill Ross 7 years 49 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 49 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.
  • Bill Ross's picture
    Bill Ross 7 years 49 weeks ago
    More Than Zero
    Web link Don Stacy
    When you get down to basics, this and virtually all conflict are proxy issues in the eternal WAR between the productive (those who produce more than they consume) and the greedy (those who consume more than they produce). This is the root cause of the rise (honesty in control) and fall (predators in control) of civilizations, for all of history, including NOW. Easily proven: http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/ross/ross1.html Civilization was once protected by the "rule of law", now rationalized away by predators on the bench: http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/ross/ross3.html
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    Bill Ross 7 years 49 weeks ago Web link Don Stacy
    I seriously take issue with Edward Hudgins interpretation, although his points regarding Avartars being proxies for Haliburton, Oil, etc have merit. It is his equating of free enterprise with the "right" to exploit, steal property from and kill intelligent beings whom have been defined as savages (ie; Jews, by Nazis) that I take issue with. Therefore, because of this false definition of free enterprise, Avator is NOT an attempt by the left to discredit "free enterprise", but disputes the concept and morality of imperial rape and pillaging of peoples and environment. When the people are inevitably forced into self-defense, yes, they can be spun as "unreasonable savages" (if you ignore the history of provocation). The messages I take away from Avatar (best Imax experience ever) are: a) If you choose conflict, better understand your enemy - they may be able to defeat you b) No matter how peaceful your prey, at some point, their tolerance will be exceeded. Predators are a survival hit. c) Honest trade is the most profitable. Conflict is an unsustainable cost, unprofitable (except for those who profit) in the long run d) We have only one planet and should be trustees. As on planet Earth (doomed), the problem on Pandora (happy ending) is predators, who have slipped the leash of public control, reason and the "rule of law": http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/ross/ross3.html
  • Glen Allport's picture
    Glen Allport 7 years 49 weeks ago
    The Year Ahead: 2010
    Page Glen Allport
    Hi Bill Walker: I didn't say we would run out of food: I said we might have a food SHORTAGE that would raise prices (independently of other forces that raise prices, such as monetary inflation and global population growth). Evidence is strong that this is a real possibility in the next year or two, and in any case: there are many millions of people around the world who ALREADY cannot get enough food to prevent malnutrition and even starvation. When you live in a wealthy society and don't have such problems, it seems silly that shortages could be around the corner, but -- as I pointed out in the column -- more than 37 million in the US are already unable to feed themselves without assistance. I expect that number to grow, and if foodstocks are lower than expected, the shortage will contribute to higher prices. But yes: you, personally, will probably still be able to eat. As for me, I put in a garden last year, so I'm hopeful that I'll be able to eat also. As for oil, here again I am not saying we'll "run out" of oil. There will be oil available a century from now; the question is whether new sources of oil will come online in a timely fashion and in sufficient quantity to satisfy demand in a world of rapidly-growing population and with huge nations (India and China, in particular) ramping up their use of oil so fast it makes your head spin. China -- where no one but Party bigshots had cars in the recent past -- is already a larger market for new cars than the US. [ http://www.miamiherald.com/business/international/story/1372479.html ]. Individual examples of oil production in particular places are meaningless; the global oil supply is struggling to meet demand and even IF it can keep up over the next few years, new sources of oil are, on average, a LOT more expensive to harvest and to refine than oil has been in the past. Ergo, the expectation for higher prices (not to mention the forces of monetary inflation and population growth) and probably for shortages. Not "running out of oil", but shortages of oil. During the '73 oil embargo the shortfall of oil was a mere 5% compared to what we'd had available before the embargo, and the results were lines around the block for gasoline, 5-gallon limits at many stations, odd/even rationing (based on one's license plate number), and other annoyances. And, of course, a huge uptick in prices, a recession, higher unemployment, and so on. I was there; I remember.
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    tzo 7 years 49 weeks ago Web link Guest
    Donation wouldn't count as disposal?
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    golefevre 7 years 49 weeks ago Web link Guest
    I just love paying taxes. I love a government that threatens me with violence if I don't "volunteer" a portion of my income. I love a system of sales, marketing and "brand dilution" that encourages disposal of perfectly good commodities rather than dropping prices. How much of this disposal practice falls under the "disposal of obsolete inventory" in the Universal Accounting Procedures where the full-book value is deducted from sales? Would any serious company engaged in the very serious business of making a profit care about some "brand dilution" nonsense (come on, IT'S WAL-Mart and H&M here, folks) if it were not an advantage on the bottom line, and hence, the total tax liability? Of COURSE they wouldn't. They'd maximize every sale, every possible margin. So the next time you see someone that needs warm clothes, blame the IRS. Thank you, Stefan Molyneux and Frederic Bastiat for making this one exceptionally easy to diagnose.
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    golefevre 7 years 49 weeks ago
    Only Cowards Vote
    Page Per Bylund
    You swing from your tree, and I'll swing from mine....funny we all act like monkeys sometimes. Voting monkeys....
  • Glen Allport's picture
    Glen Allport 7 years 49 weeks ago Page Bill Walker
    Great column, Bill! Spot-on analysis and the writing is a joy, to boot.
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    golefevre 7 years 49 weeks ago
    The Year Ahead: 2010
    Page Glen Allport
    What are you going to do, crawl up in a hole someplace and wait to die? This essay is so well researched, so valid that we can only say it confirms what we know to be intrinsically true, that the "world feels wrong" as Will Groves wrote here about a year ago. If your brother be damned, you love him no less--and we are damned together by the "will" of the "majority." So let it be said that there was fair warning, that there were a few like minds dissenting to the machinations of "modern" economics and that we went on living, preparing. Who can guess the end game of all of this? Certainly not me, but I think we can all agree it will not be pleasant. If I have faith, it is in our ingenuity and our willingness to trade with one another. Hold fast to an axiom: despite the threat of violence, despite man's laws, despite the "will" of the people it remains a fact that we cannot "make" each other conform to what we think is correct. At most, we can persuade and I think you make our case very well here Mr. Allport.
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    Glen Allport 7 years 49 weeks ago
    Only Cowards Vote
    Page Per Bylund
    Great column, Per, as always. You've over-simplified just a bit, though. Voting is mostly a way to disempower the people, yes, and a way to hide the cruelty of State coercion behind a mask of pseudo-legitimacy. Voters are generally participating in tyranny and aggressing against their fellows. But there ARE times when voters are offered a chance to REDUCE or even ELIMINATE some portion of the State. For example: You live in South Carolina in 1850, and a statewide proposition is on the ballot to END slavery. Do you refrain from voting, or do you vote to free the slaves? Voting to REDUCE or ELIMINATE tyranny is not aggression toward others; it is at the very least an expression of brotherhood with those being oppressed, and a way to possibly improve the situation in a non-violent manner. Wouldn't it be nice if the South had ended slavery on its own via the ballot box (not that Lincoln gave a bleep about the slaves, of course; that isn't what the war was about but still: it would have been terrific if slavery had been ended prior to 1865 and without bloodshed). A more recent, less dramatic (but real) example: Prop 13 in California (1978). From the Wikipedia article on the subject: "The proposition's passage resulted in a cap on property tax rates in the state, reducing them by an average of 57%. In addition to lowering property taxes, the initiative also contained language requiring a two-thirds majority in both legislative houses for future increases in all state tax rates or amounts of revenue collected, including income tax rates. It also requires two-thirds vote majority in local elections for local governments wishing to raise special taxes. Proposition 13 received an enormous amount of publicity, not only in California, but throughout the United States.[2]" Dramatically reducing taxes and making it harder to RAISE taxes is a good thing indeed; not anything like "freedom" but still something that reduced tyranny in a real, on-the-ground way and which allowed many Californians to keep their homes when they'd been on the verge of being taxed out of them. By now, other sources of tyranny have wrecked CA beyond what most would have believed back in '78, so yes: as long as the State remains, it is a danger, and it always strives to grow. But opposing State power via the ballot box with Prop 13 did slow the growth of tyranny and improved lives for many Californians for many years. It was NOT a form of aggression in any fashion. I am aware of arguments that such partial victories are counter-productive, and I don't agree with them. The voters (and non-voters) who benefited from Prop 13 could and would have waited until they were dead for a Stateless society to come along and free them from their slavery. ABOLITION of all forms of initiated coercion is my goal, but I have no quarrel with those who want whatever reductions in tyranny they can actually get in their own lifetimes. My point is that voting can, in rare cases, be used in support of freedom, and in those rare cases it is not merely non-aggression but perhaps even a moral duty. Voting in favor of human rights and for the reduction of tyranny is NOT the same as voting to increase or re-arrange an existing tyranny, which is why the chance to do so is very rare. The many arguments against voting do not sway me in such cases. I discussed the subject in more detail in To Those Who Vote, and Those Who Don't: http://www.strike-the-root.com/71/allport/allport21.html
  • Bill Walker's picture
    Bill Walker 7 years 49 weeks ago
    The Year Ahead: 2010
    Page Glen Allport
    We aren't going to run out of food... even if the crops were halved, we could just eat more vegetables and less meat. We aren't going to run out of oil, either; check out the Shell plant in the Gulf that makes diesel out of natural gas for $25 a barrel. Nor are we going to run out of uranium or thorium... though only the Chinese may be allowed to build nuclear plants. Of course if the US keeps giving a couple trillion to bankers and blowing another trillion on foreign adventures every year, we may not be able to BUY any food. But there will be plenty around.
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    Bill Ross 7 years 49 weeks ago Web link Guest
    Why? Its simple really: law of supply and demand. Demand falls (economy sucks), supply goes up, given competition, price must fall. Solution: destroy excess supply, try to match supply to demand, to maintain price. Same way war economically works (for some, basic secondary school math required): http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/ross/ross1.html
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    Bill Ross 7 years 49 weeks ago
    The Year Ahead: 2010
    Page Glen Allport
    When you get down to basics, Glen's points are consequences of choices (made / tolerated) that have increased the ratio of greed to productive economic activity far beyond fatal. In the eternal war between the greedy (those who consume more than they produce) and the productive (those who produce more than they consume), the greedy are winning. This is the root cause of the rise (honesty in control) and fall (predators in control) of civilizations. Easily proven: http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/ross/ross1.html
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    GregL 7 years 49 weeks ago Web link Guest
    This is the first time I have even seen anything about this story. Thanks for linking to it. Assuming it is true, imagine the outcry and how the U.S. might respond if children in this country were intentionally killed by foreign operatives.
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    albergine 7 years 49 weeks ago Web link Christopher Lempa
    I would say, , don't allow oneself to become chained to repetition in the first, though easier said than done if you were late to notice and found the debt payments the only reason to attend. The only advice worth taking in this article imo is to " head out the door at the first opportunity". Life is for Living, that doesn't mean suffering :)
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    albergine 7 years 49 weeks ago Web link Cheryl Cline
    Quote: It is truly sad when someone in a position of authority can make such a statement. My sentiments exactly, West is obviously a very twisted individual, and of course, is the kind of machine mind the state is happy to have fill a position of influence, oddly, today such lunacy is an order of egotistical piggery that's very noticably in ascendancy in post's of power.
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    SpykerSpeed (not verified) 7 years 49 weeks ago Web link Cheryl Cline
    I've read in other places that the woman pressing charges is the wife of a cop. So this outcome makes total sense. Anybody seen the movie "Lakeview Terrace"? Scary stuff.
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    Persona non grata 7 years 49 weeks ago Web link Cheryl Cline
    Anyone for coffee?
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    KenK 7 years 49 weeks ago Web link Christopher Lempa
    Not much fun being a wage slave.
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    DennisLeeWilson 7 years 49 weeks ago Web link Christopher Lempa
    The author has NO coherent idea of the nature of capitalism.
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    tzo 7 years 49 weeks ago Page Marcel Votlucka
    @ReverendDraco: Can you explain how you, personally, have honestly acquired all of the public land within the borders of the United States? That is an interesting concept. If you have a claim to all that land, then so do I, and I hereby invite anyone interested in visiting to be my guest. Does your wish to keep them off "our" land override my invitation to them? I see some problems here in your definition of property rights.