Edward Snowden - Order Without Justice
quarta-feira, abril 13, 2016
It never ceases to amaze me how people who personally advocate that I be forcibly subjugated and extorted to serve their agenda and priorities can then be shocked and offended when I criticize them for condoning violence against me. No, we can't "agree to disagree," and no, we can't get along "civilly," because YOU want armed agents of your "government" god to commit aggression against me. If you don't like me pointing out the immorality and hypocrisy of your authoritarian bullshit, that's your problem. Stop cheering for evil, and I will stop criticizing you for it.
Open Borders Isn’t Libertarian, It’s Global Communism:
Societies are made up of the people who reside within them. If you replace the people of one society with the people of another society, then the society will come to resemble that of the place the new people just fled. Democratically elected governments, though they may seem largely unresponsive to what you want individually, do respond to that which can get them elected. If the people now electing your government, are the same people who elected the government of Mexico, or Venezuela, or some other terrible place, then in rather short order, your government will resemble that government. This almost seems too obvious to have to state.
"Se todos pagassem os seus impostos" ou "A história da Carochinha":
Se todos pagassem os seus impostos há uma certeza que tenho: no ano seguinte havia défice outra vez.
terça-feira, abril 12, 2016
As engrenagens do parasitismo:
Resumidamente, o Estado faz depender de si praticamente metade da população, sendo que, da outra metade, assegura que a maior parte não paga impostos para que não levante um motim, chegando até a dar-lhe algumas regalias, indo buscar todo o produto de que necessita à cada vez mais ténue minoria de empreendedores e trabalhadores verdadeiramente produtivos e atarefados que compõem a classe média e alta do setor privado. Mesmo assim, não vá o diabo tecê-las, inventa o conceito de retenção na fonte, escondendo da vista dos trabalhadores o assalto, fazendo depender de uma minoria ainda mais pequena, a dos patrões, o processamento de toda a papelada e trabalho burocrático que levaria qualquer cidadão comum a revoltar-se contra a canalha assaltante (de notar que as entidades reguladoras se asseguram que, ao mínimo deslize, a empresa que lute contra este inferno será atirada para um espancamento fiscal e judicial, para não mencionar reputacional, que mais nenhum empreendedor tentará a gracinha de lutar contra o processo).
Para este fim, é importantíssimo criar a ideia de que não pagar impostos não é simplesmente evitar um assalto: há que instalar na mente de todos os cidadãos que não prestar tributo ao Estado é considerar que os interesses individuais estão acima dos coletivos, é ser egoísta. Todos temos de pagar a nossa ‘justa parte’. Para os engraçadinhos que mesmo assim não se convencerem, cria o Estado um sem fim de mecanismos de deduções fiscais, que são basicamente prémios por entregar a produção privada ao gang, e que podem ser usados para gerir os incentivos (como dizem os economistas modernos), de forma a que, mais uma vez, se coloquem os cidadãos a policiar os seus próprios vizinhos. É prova disto a dedução por gastos com manutenção de veículos, gastos com cabeleireiros, os sorteios de veículos ou mesmo esse grande prémio que são os certificados de dívida do Estado! Os economistas, professores e demais intelectuais ao serviço do Estado conseguiram a grande proeza de fazer o povo acreditar que toda a sua produção é devida ao gang, e que cabe ao gang gerir e orientar as melhores formas de gerar a riqueza.
aviso à navegação por by rui a.:
O estatismo projectou a ideia, que vingou em sociedades mais frágeis, como a portuguesa, de que os governantes são uma espécie de seres superiores ao comum dos mortais, de elevada inteligência, com capacidades para além do normal, que zelam, abnegadamente, pela nossa felicidade. Erro fatal: não apenas são homens exactamente iguais aos outros nas suas limitações e incapacidades, como muitos deles têm um elevado quociente de estupidez congénita, que o vício e a dependência da política agravaram e obstruíram o mais elementar sentido crítico. E esta gente toma decisões que a todos nos podem afectar. É bom estarmos conscientes disso.
segunda-feira, janeiro 04, 2016
Pope Francis’s fact-free flamboyance:
Pope Francis embodies sanctity but comes trailing clouds of sanctimony. With a convert’s indiscriminate zeal, he embraces ideas impeccably fashionable, demonstrably false and deeply reactionary. They would devastate the poor on whose behalf he purports to speak — if his policy prescriptions were not as implausible as his social diagnoses are shrill.
Francis lectures about our responsibilities, but neglects the duty to be as intelligent as one can be. This man who says “the Church does not presume to settle scientific questions” proceeds as though everything about which he declaims is settled, from imperiled plankton to air conditioning being among humanity’s “harmful habits.” The church that thought it was settled science that Galileo was heretical should be attentive to all evidence.
Francis deplores “compulsive consumerism,” a sin to which the 1.3 billion persons without even electricity can only aspire. He leaves the Vatican to jet around praising subsistence farming..
The saint who is Francis’s namesake supposedly lived in sweet harmony with nature. For most of mankind, however, nature has been, and remains, scarcity, disease and natural — note the adjective — disasters. Our flourishing requires affordable, abundant energy for the production of everything from food to pharmaceuticals. Poverty has probably decreased more in the past two centuries than in the preceding three millennia because of industrialization powered by fossil fuels. Only economic growth has ever produced broad amelioration of poverty, and since growth began in the late 18th century, it has depended on such fuels.
Francis’s fact-free flamboyance reduces him to a shepherd whose selectively reverent flock, genuflecting only at green altars, is tiny relative to the publicity it receives from media otherwise disdainful of his church. Secular people with anti-Catholic agendas drain his prestige, a dwindling asset, into promotion of policies inimical to the most vulnerable people and unrelated to what once was the papacy’s very different salvific mission.
He stands against modernity, rationality, science and, ultimately, the spontaneous creativity of open societies..
The Myth of the Good Guy Cop por Christopher Cantwell:
This is absolute nonsense. The fact of the matter is, the best cop on the planet, would be a do nothing tax leech. Literally, the best case scenario for a police officer, would be somebody who showed up for work, got in his squad car, parked it, and went to sleep .. perhaps we could thank those sleepy evildoers for not harming anyone that day, except for the fact that they are getting paid to do the exact opposite, and they are paid by taxation.
Taxation is theft. No matter what your opinion on taxes is, this is proven by the fact that myself and others do no consent to taxation. Our money is taken from us without our consent, and under threat of violence. If we do not pay, men (cops, actually) will break into our homes, shoot our pets, and kidnap us. If we resist, they will gun us down without a second thought. If you think that’s a morally justifiable thing because some slave owners wrote a document 230 some odd years ago, that’s a topic for another article, but it’s still theft.
So really, when the highest possible aspiration for a man with a uniform is literally that of being a lazy thief, one can easily imagine that the jump to heroic savior of mankind is rather unlikely.
quarta-feira, dezembro 30, 2015
Why Libertarians Are Hopeless:
Libertarians, to our credit, have worked very hard to spread our ideas by way of reasoned logical arguments ..
In so doing, we have largely overlooked the crux of the issue. We have attempted to understand the realities of the universe and make better libertarian arguments, without trying to understand the flaw in our fellow man which prevents him from understanding reason. It is that inquiry which has led me to my startling conclusion, that libertarians are hopeless.
If libertarians are interested in reason, logic, and evidence, then they should start processing the evidence that reason and logic have nearly zero relation to modern social and political discourse. When one refuses to process a reasoned argument, giving them more reason is a senseless exercise in futility. Hence the great frustration of so many libertarians who might study themselves into the grave, never understanding why they have not saved mankind from his own irrationality.
PC Is About Control, Not Etiquette:
If PC truly was about kindness and respect, it wouldn’t need to be imposed on us. After all, we already have a mechanism for the social cohesion PC is said to represent: it’s called manners. And we already have specific individuals charged with insuring that good manners are instilled and upheld: they’re called parents.
But what exactly is PC? Let me take a stab at defining it: Political correctness is the conscious, designed manipulation of language intended to change the way people speak, write, think, feel, and act, in furtherance of an agenda.
PC is best understood as propaganda, which is how I suggest we approach it. But unlike propaganda, which historically has been used by governments to win favor for a particular campaign or effort, PC is all-encompassing. It seeks nothing less than to mold us into modern versions of Marx’s un-alienated society man, freed of all his bourgeois pretensions and humdrum social conventions.
Like all propaganda, PC fundamentally is a lie.
The Only Principle Is Faith in the Power of the State
As vague and misty as most modern leftist ideals can be, they do share one solid, bedrock principle: the need for continuous expansion of the government’s role in our lives. The government’s heavy handed regulation of our industries has imposed unbelievable barriers and costs to the supply of goods and services. No matter that this overhead hurts the poorest among us the most, to the Progressive, these costs are necessary in order to ensure we are protected from “greed” or “racism” or sexism” or “wage injustice” or whatever word-clothing that particular government expansion merits. The goal of the policy is vague therefore the government impediment will last indefinitely. The crusade will never end.
quinta-feira, novembro 26, 2015
Social Justice versus the Left:
In a free market — where there is private property, free association, reciprocity, and fair play — exchange will only take place if both parties believe they will be made better off by it. Of course, one or both parties may be wrong, and losses do happen, but it’s in everyone’s self-interest to engage in trades that make themselves better off. In that sense, trade in a free market is a positive-sum game — one that allocates scarce resources in a way that both parties gain.
Politics is the opposite. Unlike markets, political power requires physical violence or the threat of physical violence to achieve particular ends. That’s because the only way one person can gain from a political encounter, regulatory or redistributive, is for the other side to lose.
Economic reform that is branded as neoliberal, and as a conspiracy against the people, has lifted millions out of poverty in countries like India and China — a stark contrast to the mass starvation caused by failed socialist models. When I look at capitalism, I see hope in the eyes of children in the poorest countries as they anticipate having the same things we have in the West.
My dear friends, I don’t doubt your values, but I want to see your values bear fruit. We don’t differ in our values but in our methods. History has shown capitalism to be the superior mode of economic organization, not just in terms of output but as a harbinger of hope, democracy, and individual freedom.