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Mark Davis is a husband, father and real estate analyst/investor enjoying the freedoms we still have in Longwood, Florida.

Columns by Mark Davis

Progressives, Libertarians and Selfishness
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Mark Davis 2014-12-12 08:22
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR "Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live." ~ Oscar Wilde The constant promotion of the elite meme condemning those people promoting liberty as being “selfish” has reached a feverous pitch of late. This label is typically attached as a pejorative by progressives (i.e....
Through Thick and Thin: Ahoy!
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Mark Davis 2014-06-25 06:17
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR Mini-statists love to use lifeboat analogies in an effort to reveal a weakness in the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP) and/or in respect for property rights (self-ownership).   But what is revealed?  These lifeboat situations are, of course, not even close to being universal experiences.  These analogies are used by statists to make the...
The Home Team
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Mark Davis 2014-04-07 07:29
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR Sports provide many benefits to society, not least of which are the many rich metaphors for life.  The understanding of social organization, establishment of rules, the dynamics of competition, individuals sacrificing for the team, learning accountability, commitment to a purpose and developing a work ethic in sports offers a range of wonderful...
A Foul Smell
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Mark Davis 2014-01-27 08:22
Column by Mark Davis. "[W]e are living in a sick society filled with people who would not directly steal from their neighbors but who are willing to demand that the government do it for them." ~ William Comer "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."  ~ William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet) Theft by any other name smells just as foul.  The concept of people...
Propaganda 101: An Introduction and Case Study
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Mark Davis 2013-09-12 07:25
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR "A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, newspaper...
Official Hypocrisy
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Mark Davis 2013-07-12 07:07
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR "To blindly trust government is to automatically vest it with excessive power. To distrust government is simply to trust humanity--to trust in the ability of average people to peacefully, productively coexist without some official policing their every move. The State is merely another human institution--less creative than Microsoft, less reliable than...
A Hornets' Nest
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Mark Davis 2013-01-25 06:46
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR A man showed up at my door one day not so long ago and said that he was from the Departmental Official Office of Motherland Security (DOOMS) and I was in danger of being stung to death by hornets. I told him that I did not fear hornets and, though I occasionally noticed one, I did not think that they were a big problem. As a matter of fact, I found that if I...
Everybody Does It
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Mark Davis 2013-01-08 07:44
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR “The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see." ~ Ayn Rand The good old “argumentum ad populum” or “appeal to the people” is a logical fallacy that has been used by countless children the world over for time immemorial. Unfortunately, the equally old lesson traditionally...
WTF, Max?!
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Mark Davis 2012-08-28 23:00
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR I’ve enjoyed Max Keiser and the Keiser Report for the last few years. His stands pointing out the thoroughly corrupt financial system, supporting silver and gold money and calling out the US Treasury Department pimps like Paulson and Geithner with their revolving door to Goldman Sachs have been outstanding. Max also took a very courageous stand...
Black and White (Are You Experienced?) - Part II
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Mark Davis 2012-06-11 23:00
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR   Part II – It’s the Little Things When I was a kid, of about 10 or 11 years old, my younger brother (9 or 10) and I would visit my grandparents’ house. My grandmother sometimes would let us walk to a little store about a mile away to get a soda, candy or snack. There wasn’t a straight road to the store and we had to...
Black and White (Are You Experienced?) - Part I
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Mark Davis 2012-06-10 23:00
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR   If you can just get your mind together Then come on across to me We'll hold hands and then we'll watch the sunrise From the bottom of the sea   But first, are you experienced? Have you ever been experienced? Well, I have   I know, I know you probably scream and cry That your little world won't let you go But who in your measly...
A Book Review of Jerome L. Wright’s 'Equal Freedom'
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Mark Davis 2012-01-05 00:00
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR “We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.” ~ Albert Einstein A new book by Jerome L. Wright would have made Einstein proud. The book is Equal Freedom – The Principle of Equal Freedom and Noncoercive Government.   It breaks new ground in the libertarian intellectual movement...
An Open Letter to Hank Williams, Jr.
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Mark Davis 2011-10-16 23:00
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR   Dear Mr. Williams,   You are the man! Standing up to the corporate media like you did was heroic. I know that heroic is a word that gets way overused these days, but I can’t remember the last time an entertainer stood their ground when assailed by the self-appointed politically correct Gestapo that polices the airwaves. ...
Fun and Gun
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Mark Davis 2011-10-12 23:00
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR  I’ve had enough of the emotional handwringing about the evil of guns and the chastising rhetoric about gun owners. Of course, inanimate objects like guns can’t be evil or good; they are just tools that can be used for good or evil. Further, gun owners are no more inherently wicked than people who own knives, hammers, shovels or...
For What It's Worth (Go Thoreau!)
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Mark Davis 2011-07-07 23:00
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR There's somethin' happenin' here. What it is ain't exactly clear. There's a man with a gun over there A-tellin' me I've got to beware. I think it's time we stop. Children, what's that sound? Everybody look what's goin' down. ~ Buffalo Springfield   What to do?   When asked what to do about the predicament that I have described over the...
Debt Madness
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Mark Davis 2011-02-22 03:00
Column by Mark Davis.  Exclusive to STR  Finalist #1 in the "Odious Debt" essay contest   It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning. ~ Henry Ford   Are you mad yet? Tired of all the odious bulldebt being dumped on your head out of...
On Social Contracts Recommended
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Mark Davis 2010-12-31 03:00
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR “The great political superstition of the past was the divine right of kings. The great political superstition of the present is the divine right of parliaments. The oil of anointing seems unawares to have dripped from the head of the one on to the heads of the many, and given sacredness to them also and to their decrees.” ~ Herbert Spencer...
The Myth of Public Goods Recommended
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Mark Davis 2010-06-25 02:00
By Mark Davis   Exclusive to STR     The myth of public goods is based on the belief that there are special things that everybody needs, but nobody will pay for. The priests perpetuating this myth include self-interested professors who spend a lifetime informing young, bright-eyed students about the magical qualities of these special goods that can only be provided by popular...
Between Barack and a Hard Place
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Mark Davis 2010-06-14 02:00
Exclusive to STR   Socialism (noun)-   1. a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.   2. procedure or practice in accordance with this theory.   3. (in Marxist theory) the stage following capitalism in the...
Hail the Austrians! (Do the math)
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Mark Davis 2009-07-20 15:00
Exclusive to STR July 21, 2009 "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." ~ Mark Twain The current economic collapse and financial system breakdown were forecast and explained by only one "school" of economic theory: the Austrian. The irony is that the other two "major schools" - the Keynesian and...
The Grand Illusion
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Mark Davis 2009-01-22 16:00
Exclusive to STR January 23, 2009 I'll tip my hat to the new constitution Take a bow for the new revolution Smile and grin at the change all around Pick up my guitar and play Just like yesterday Then I'll get on my knees and pray We don't get fooled again Don't get fooled again No, no! Meet the new boss Same as the old boss From Don't Get Fooled Again by The Who The coronation of the new Emperor...
Problem Solving 101
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Mark Davis 2008-12-31 16:00
Exclusive to STR January 1, 2009 "I can't wait to get to Washington DC , roll up my sleeves and get to work solving everybody's problems." ~ Alan Grayson, Representative-elect of Florida 's 8th District The above statement seems to be the general theme of the Democrats, as they will now control the White House, Senate and House of Representatives. It was certainly the theme of Mr....
Creditism
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Mark Davis 2008-09-16 15:00
Exclusive to STR September 17, 2008 "I ain't never worked for a poor man." ~ George V. Davis Capitalism is blamed whenever the economy inevitably contracts after an artificial boom caused by the creation of credit money. The boom and bust cycle is considered by most to be as natural as the tides. The ignorant media trumpet that irrational business people just go overboard for no...
The Anarchist Vote
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Mark Davis 2008-01-13 16:00
Exclusive to STR The beatings will continue until morale improves. ~ Unknown The Ron Paul for President Campaign has been the cause of much discussion among anarchists as to whether we should all jump on the bandwagon. The exposure of ideas we all hold dear during his campaign pertaining to the elimination of state agencies and policies, especially central banks, has reached a larger audience...
Holy Wars
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Mark Davis 2007-11-13 16:00
Exclusive to STR November 14, 2007 In the beginning Man created God; and in the image of man created he him. And Man gave unto God a multitude of names, that he might be Lord over all the earth when it was suited to Man. And on the seven millionth day Man rested and did lean heavily on his God and saw that it was good. And Man formed Aqualung of the dust of the ground, and a host of others...
Where's the Bottom, Dude?
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Mark Davis 2007-09-12 15:00
Exclusive to STR September 13, 2007 The phrase "We have hit bottom" will be used a lot over the next couple of years; especially by the paid cheerleaders in the financial and political media. The "Don't worry, everything is okay" crowd will become shriller as events occur that they truly never believed possible. But the sky is not falling, just another pyramid scheme...
Conspiracies, Plots and Agendas
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Mark Davis 2007-06-03 15:00
Exclusive to STR June 4, 2007 Conspiracies and plots typically refer to nefarious covert schemes that the good, common folk would consider evil. Agendas are more overt, but can be just as evil. Co-conspirators and plotters are largely denigrated while the organizers of agendas are believed to be less harmful because they operate "out in the open." One person's agenda for saving the...
Ron Quixote
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Mark Davis 2007-03-05 16:00
Exclusive to STR Ron Paul for President gives many people hope that the system can work. If only the right man could take the reins, then this beast would be controlled and used for good purposes. The long years of conditioning and indoctrination are difficult to get past. As a naïve young man, I voted for him because I thought that capital L Libertarianism could really work to reform the...
Conscience vs. Authority
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Mark Davis 2007-02-21 16:00
Exclusive to STR February 22, 2007 Subjugating conscience to authority leads to an unhealthy person and dysfunctional societies. The state requires the subjugation of conscience to central authority as a matter of course. Therefore, a dysfunctional society and unhealthy citizens must follow from state control. The more control a state asserts over a society, the more dysfunctional that society...
Slaves, Serfs and Taxpayers
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Mark Davis 2006-10-30 16:00
Exclusive to STR October 31, 2006 "The essence of all slavery consists in taking the produce of another's labor by force. It is immaterial whether this force be founded upon ownership of the slave or ownership of the money that he must get to live." ~ Leo Tolstoy Slaves, serfs and taxpayers all refer to conditions of bondage. These conditions all restrict the use of your person and...
Bread and Circuses
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Mark Davis 2006-08-24 15:00
Exclusive to STR August 25, 2006 The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others. ~ Don Shula Bread and circuses have gotten a bad name thanks to the state. Who or what else could possibly disparage the goodwill associated with eating and entertainment? Of course the source of the negative connotation is that bread and circuses are used by politicians to buy loyalty and provide...
Striking the Root
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Mark Davis 2006-08-11 15:00
Exclusive to STR "I heartily accept the motto, 'That government is best which governs least'; and I should like to see it acted upon more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe 'That government is best which governs not at all'; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have." ~ Henry David...
Independence Day
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Mark Davis 2006-06-30 15:00
Exclusive to STR It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from his government. ~ Thomas Paine Independence Day is my favorite holiday because it celebrates the Natural Right to secede from political entities. It is also celebrated by getting together with friends to enjoy grilling a variety of meats and vegetables, boating and related water sports, playing with the kids in the pool...
Life Is Good (Voting Is Insane)
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Mark Davis 2006-06-15 15:00
Exclusive to STR "In Birmingham they love the governor (boo hoo hoo); now we all did what we could do. Watergate does not bother me; does your conscience bother you? (Now tell the truth)." ~ From "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd Questioning state authority is considered a sin by those who worship it. Negative comments about the state and its agents challenge the core...
Respect, Trust and Society
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Mark Davis 2006-05-15 15:00
Exclusive to STR "No arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short." ~ Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes The above premise is flat wrong. The state did not create arts, letters, or society. The state cannot eliminate fear, poverty, loneliness or violence: it institutionalizes...
Bankers, Bubbles and Fools
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Mark Davis 2006-04-19 15:00
Exclusive to STR There are two kinds of people in this world: those who pay interest and those who receive interest. ~ Darrell C. Simms Central Bankers eventually make fools out of most investors, especially real estate investors. This is because they get to create capital (credit money) where none existed before (out of thin air). The infusion of credit money into an economy sends false signals...
Hope: From Russia With Love
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Mark Davis 2006-04-02 15:00
Exclusive to STR The greatest reason to be optimistic about the future of liberty is the growing awareness of the lack of credibility the state has. The full faith and credit of the United State are inextricably intertwined. When the credit (ability to borrow) of the United State Government is gone then the faith in the United State Government will also be gone. Many believe that the ability to...
Risk Management
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Mark Davis 2006-03-17 03:00
Exclusive to STR "Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know....
War Planning
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Mark Davis 2006-02-15 16:00
Exclusive to STR "Warfare is the art of deceit. Therefore, when able, seem to be unable; when ready, seem unready; when near-by, seem far away; and when far-away, seem near. If the enemy seeks some advantage, entice him with it . . . Attack where he is not prepared: go by way of places where it would never occur to him you would go." (Sun Tzu - The Art of War - Chapter 1) "In...
The War on Citizens
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Mark Davis 2006-01-23 16:00
The phrase "Police State" stirs up emotional responses that differ among citizens depending on whether they support or oppose increased control over individuals by the state as a means of providing security. Knowledge that "trading" freedom for security diminishes both individual freedom and security goes back at least to the founding fathers, yet too many people today are...
License To Steal
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Mark Davis 2006-01-04 16:00
The central banking system is the tap root of the modern Corporate-State: the main root that must be struck at for the state to collapse. If the income tax, all business regulations, wealth transfer schemes and the military/industrial complex were somehow miraculously ended tomorrow while central banking remained, then the state would still have the means to enslave you. The modern Corporate-...
Truth and Happiness
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Mark Davis 2005-12-20 16:00
Truth and happiness are two of the highest ideals among people. Ideals are those intangible principles that we seek with passion. Some people hold no ideals, but they are barely alive, as they have no passion. These men and women do not seek truth or happiness and therefore rarely find either. However, conflicts will arise when people are passionate about different ideals and prioritize those...
Fascists-R-Us
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Mark Davis 2005-11-02 16:00
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who believe they are free. The truth has been kept from the depth of their minds by masters who rule them with lies. They feed them on falsehoods till wrongs look like right in their eyes." ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe The United States of America is the premier modern Corporate State in the world today. This system of government we have...
Defining Anarchy
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Mark Davis 2005-09-07 15:00
Anarchy is a functioning society free of government controls. That is individual persons operating together in harmony based on freely reached agreements concluded between individual members and groups of a society. Anarchy is simply a free society. Anarchy is not the result of a statist-government failure; that would be chaos. The chaos in New Orleans is not due to anarchy, it is an example of...
Gumption
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Mark Davis 2005-08-25 15:00
"All you need in this life is a tremendous sex life and a great ego. Brains don't mean shit." ~ Captain Tony Tarracino Gumption is what makes humans act. That is, take initiative to act decisively, purposely. Human motivation arises when first there is need followed by the desire to satisfy that need and finally the fear that this need will not be satisfied. This system is the basis of...
It's About Time
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Mark Davis 2005-08-21 15:00
And God said, "Let their be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. God made two great lights--the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God...
Be Free
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Mark Davis 2005-07-10 15:00
The state has grown too big and powerful and conversely the individual appears small and powerless. Libertarians of all stripes can debate endlessly on why this has come about and where we should ideally be instead. When the question of what to do about it comes up, there is typically a moment of silence and perhaps a chuckle or two coupled with some frustrated cynicism. After this moment of...
Suckers
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Mark Davis 2005-05-26 15:00
"There's a sucker born every minute." ~ George Hull No, it was not P.T. Barnum, though he was part of the story. It is truly amazing what people will believe. For instance, that voting is equivalent to liberty. The ritual of voting is a collective act of self-delusion. A grand illusion weaved into the societal fabric of freedom-loving people. This coping mechanism is obviously not...
The Reserve Bank of Oz (Part Two)
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Mark Davis 2005-05-03 15:00
(Read Part One here.) "We're off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz. Because, because, because, of the wonderful things he does." ~ People of Oz "I can turn paper into gold," the Wizard said. The Council and the Sheriff laughed, but some fools said: "How?" The Council and the Sheriff then looked at each other sideways and asked the Wizard to come before...
The Reserve Bank of Oz (Part One)
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Mark Davis 2005-05-02 15:00
"We're off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz. Because, because, because, of the wonderful things he does." ~ People of Oz When the Land of Oz was but a backwater kind of place, people worked their land and tended their family businesses. People and families were eventually able to produce enough corn, grain and animals in summer and fall to save for use in the winter and...
The Politicalization of Society
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Mark Davis 2005-04-17 15:00
There appears to be a common tendency to confuse the concepts of power and freedom as well as disregard the differences between the economic and political means. These tendencies brought together result in the general acceptance of politics as morally defensible. When greed and envy are used to justify initiating the use of force, politics then becomes perceived as the arbiter of justice. The use...
What About the Bad Guys?
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Mark Davis 2005-04-04 15:00
Security for you and your family's persons, property and liberty from intrusion by those not respecting them is a basic consideration of everyday life. Fear of thugs, thieves and shysters instinctively initiate social cooperation amongst those individuals who seek peaceful cooperation in a society. There has always been and always will be "bad guys" who just won't play by the rules of a...
Organizing Society
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Mark Davis 2005-03-20 16:00
"My political opinions lean more and more to anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning abolition of control, not whiskered men with bombs)." ~ J.R.R. Tolkien, in Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien Anarchy is the natural order of human existence that arises from the desire to survive and associate as free individuals. Time is on the side of society, and we should be optimistic that the state...
Who Invaded Whom?
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Mark Davis 2005-02-28 16:00
A recent blog discussion at Reason On-Line Hit and Run (link thanks to Karen De Coster on the lewrockwell.com blog) concerning the recent book The Politically Incorrect Guide To History by Thomas E. Woods, Jr. evolved primarily into a discussion of The War Between The States. The central point argued by many could be summed up in the following sentence from one of the posters: "The CSA's...
Question State Authority
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Mark Davis 2005-02-10 16:00
It is often said that the state is a necessary evil and there is nothing that can be done about it. Why any type of evil would be considered necessary by so many people always puzzled me. Saying that nothing can be done about it challenged my spirit. As a kid, a popular bumper sticker was "Question Authority." This simple message inspired faith that there were others who had liberty in...
A False Dilemma
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Mark Davis 2005-01-26 16:00
"There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance--that principle is contempt prior to investigation." ~ Herbert Spencer One of the most egregious fallacies used in the debating arsenal of statists is the false dilemma. The strawman argument and appeals to authority are probably...
The Stupid People
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Mark Davis 2005-01-13 16:00
"Life is tough; it's tougher if you're stupid." ~ John Wayne This morning on the way to work, listening to the radio I heard the reason why so-called conservatives are so supportive of growing state control over the personal decisions of individuals. For many years, most conservatives seemed interested only in having the state control foreign bogeymen, not citizens at home. This has...
Be Free
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Mark Davis 2005-07-10 15:00
The state has grown too big and powerful and conversely the individual appears small and powerless. Libertarians of all stripes can debate endlessly on why this has come about and where we should ideally be instead. When the question of what to do about it comes up, there is typically a moment of silence and perhaps a chuckle or two coupled with some frustrated cynicism. After this moment of...
On Social Contracts Recommended
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Mark Davis 2010-12-31 03:00
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR “The great political superstition of the past was the divine right of kings. The great political superstition of the present is the divine right of parliaments. The oil of anointing seems unawares to have dripped from the head of the one on to the heads of the many, and given sacredness to them also and to their decrees.” ~ Herbert Spencer...
A Hornets' Nest
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Mark Davis 2013-01-25 06:46
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR A man showed up at my door one day not so long ago and said that he was from the Departmental Official Office of Motherland Security (DOOMS) and I was in danger of being stung to death by hornets. I told him that I did not fear hornets and, though I occasionally noticed one, I did not think that they were a big problem. As a matter of fact, I found that if I...
Fun and Gun
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Mark Davis 2011-10-12 23:00
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR  I’ve had enough of the emotional handwringing about the evil of guns and the chastising rhetoric about gun owners. Of course, inanimate objects like guns can’t be evil or good; they are just tools that can be used for good or evil. Further, gun owners are no more inherently wicked than people who own knives, hammers, shovels or...
A Foul Smell
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Mark Davis 2014-01-27 08:22
Column by Mark Davis. "[W]e are living in a sick society filled with people who would not directly steal from their neighbors but who are willing to demand that the government do it for them." ~ William Comer "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."  ~ William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet) Theft by any other name smells just as foul.  The concept of people...
The Home Team
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Mark Davis 2014-04-07 07:29
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR Sports provide many benefits to society, not least of which are the many rich metaphors for life.  The understanding of social organization, establishment of rules, the dynamics of competition, individuals sacrificing for the team, learning accountability, commitment to a purpose and developing a work ethic in sports offers a range of wonderful...
Everybody Does It
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Mark Davis 2013-01-08 07:44
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR “The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see." ~ Ayn Rand The good old “argumentum ad populum” or “appeal to the people” is a logical fallacy that has been used by countless children the world over for time immemorial. Unfortunately, the equally old lesson traditionally...
The Myth of Public Goods Recommended
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Mark Davis 2010-06-25 02:00
By Mark Davis   Exclusive to STR     The myth of public goods is based on the belief that there are special things that everybody needs, but nobody will pay for. The priests perpetuating this myth include self-interested professors who spend a lifetime informing young, bright-eyed students about the magical qualities of these special goods that can only be provided by popular...
WTF, Max?!
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Mark Davis 2012-08-28 23:00
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR I’ve enjoyed Max Keiser and the Keiser Report for the last few years. His stands pointing out the thoroughly corrupt financial system, supporting silver and gold money and calling out the US Treasury Department pimps like Paulson and Geithner with their revolving door to Goldman Sachs have been outstanding. Max also took a very courageous stand...
Progressives, Libertarians and Selfishness
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Mark Davis 2014-12-12 08:22
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR "Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live." ~ Oscar Wilde The constant promotion of the elite meme condemning those people promoting liberty as being “selfish” has reached a feverous pitch of late. This label is typically attached as a pejorative by progressives (i.e....
Official Hypocrisy
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Mark Davis 2013-07-12 07:07
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR "To blindly trust government is to automatically vest it with excessive power. To distrust government is simply to trust humanity--to trust in the ability of average people to peacefully, productively coexist without some official policing their every move. The State is merely another human institution--less creative than Microsoft, less reliable than...
Ron Quixote
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Mark Davis 2007-03-05 16:00
Exclusive to STR Ron Paul for President gives many people hope that the system can work. If only the right man could take the reins, then this beast would be controlled and used for good purposes. The long years of conditioning and indoctrination are difficult to get past. As a naïve young man, I voted for him because I thought that capital L Libertarianism could really work to reform the...
For What It's Worth (Go Thoreau!)
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Mark Davis 2011-07-07 23:00
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR There's somethin' happenin' here. What it is ain't exactly clear. There's a man with a gun over there A-tellin' me I've got to beware. I think it's time we stop. Children, what's that sound? Everybody look what's goin' down. ~ Buffalo Springfield   What to do?   When asked what to do about the predicament that I have described over the...
A Book Review of Jerome L. Wright’s 'Equal Freedom'
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Mark Davis 2012-01-05 00:00
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR “We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.” ~ Albert Einstein A new book by Jerome L. Wright would have made Einstein proud. The book is Equal Freedom – The Principle of Equal Freedom and Noncoercive Government.   It breaks new ground in the libertarian intellectual movement...
Black and White (Are You Experienced?) - Part II
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Mark Davis 2012-06-11 23:00
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR   Part II – It’s the Little Things When I was a kid, of about 10 or 11 years old, my younger brother (9 or 10) and I would visit my grandparents’ house. My grandmother sometimes would let us walk to a little store about a mile away to get a soda, candy or snack. There wasn’t a straight road to the store and we had to...
An Open Letter to Hank Williams, Jr.
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Mark Davis 2011-10-16 23:00
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR   Dear Mr. Williams,   You are the man! Standing up to the corporate media like you did was heroic. I know that heroic is a word that gets way overused these days, but I can’t remember the last time an entertainer stood their ground when assailed by the self-appointed politically correct Gestapo that polices the airwaves. ...
Propaganda 101: An Introduction and Case Study
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Mark Davis 2013-09-12 07:25
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR "A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, newspaper...
Through Thick and Thin: Ahoy!
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Mark Davis 2014-06-25 06:17
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR Mini-statists love to use lifeboat analogies in an effort to reveal a weakness in the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP) and/or in respect for property rights (self-ownership).   But what is revealed?  These lifeboat situations are, of course, not even close to being universal experiences.  These analogies are used by statists to make the...
Between Barack and a Hard Place
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Mark Davis 2010-06-14 02:00
Exclusive to STR   Socialism (noun)-   1. a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.   2. procedure or practice in accordance with this theory.   3. (in Marxist theory) the stage following capitalism in the...
Black and White (Are You Experienced?) - Part I
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Mark Davis 2012-06-10 23:00
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR   If you can just get your mind together Then come on across to me We'll hold hands and then we'll watch the sunrise From the bottom of the sea   But first, are you experienced? Have you ever been experienced? Well, I have   I know, I know you probably scream and cry That your little world won't let you go But who in your measly...
Debt Madness
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Mark Davis 2011-02-22 03:00
Column by Mark Davis.  Exclusive to STR  Finalist #1 in the "Odious Debt" essay contest   It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning. ~ Henry Ford   Are you mad yet? Tired of all the odious bulldebt being dumped on your head out of...