domingo, julho 12, 2015

Freedom of Speech: How Is Offensive Speech Good For Society?


Freedom of Speech: How Is Offensive Speech Good For Society? | Learn Liberty

The Racist Origins of Government Marriage in America

The Racist Origins of Government Marriage in America:
Marriage licenses came about in the late 19th century to prevent mixed-race marriages. That should be appalling to anyone, and is in my opinion the strongest argument to privatize marriage.
Taking Marriage Private:
In 1215, the church decreed that a “licit” marriage must take place in church. But people who married illictly had the same rights and obligations as a couple married in church: their children were legitimate; the wife had the same inheritance rights; the couple was subject to the same prohibitions against divorce.

Not until the 16th century did European states begin to require that marriages be performed under legal auspices. In part, this was an attempt to prevent unions between young adults whose parents opposed their match.

The American colonies officially required marriages to be registered, but until the mid-19th century, state supreme courts routinely ruled that public cohabitation was sufficient evidence of a valid marriage. By the later part of that century, however, the United States began to nullify common-law marriages and exert more control over who was allowed to marry.

By the 1920s, 38 states prohibited whites from marrying blacks, “mulattos,” Japanese, Chinese, Indians, “Mongolians,” “Malays” or Filipinos. Twelve states would not issue a marriage license if one partner was a drunk, an addict or a “mental defect.” Eighteen states set barriers to remarriage after divorce.

In the mid-20th century, governments began to get out of the business of deciding which couples were “fit” to marry. Courts invalidated laws against interracial marriage, struck down other barriers and even extended marriage rights to prisoners.

But governments began relying on marriage licenses for a new purpose: as a way of distributing resources to dependents.

Tyranny of the Intellectuals


Eric Hoffer - Tyranny of the Intellectuals

Self-Determination and Secession

Self-Determination and Secession:
But if any community, no matter how small, can simply break off and join another state or remain independent, what’s to stop single households from doing this?

Rothbard asked this same question, and it brings us back to Mises’s comments on self-determination. Mises writes:
If it were in any way possible to grant this right of self-determination to every individual person, it would have to be done. This is impracticable only because of compelling technical considerations which make it necessary that the right of self-determination be restricted to the will of the majority of the inhabitants of areas large enough to count as territorial units in the administration of the country.

In other words, anarchism is theoretically justifiable, although technically problematic.

Roads in an Anarcho-Capitalist Society


Roads in an Anarcho-Capitalist Society

Citação Liberal do Dia

Robert Higgs:
Participatory fascism (now often called crony capitalism and long called mercantilism) is a bad form of economic order and an even worse form of political order in many ways, but it is infinitely superior to socialism, which is a perfect recipe for poverty and totalitarianism. Under crony capitalism the masses enjoy a high standard of living in the economically advanced countries and a rising standard of living even in many of the poorer countries. Under socialism, people enjoyed mass starvation in China and the USSR (as nowadays in North Korea) along with political dictatorship by a tiny party elite. Socialism now yields the abominations of Venezuela, a once thriving country turned into one with no toilet paper and scarcely anything else in the stores, growing poorer by the day. Under crony capitalism, the young protesters in the USA and Europe enjoy smart phones and $5.00 cups of the coffee concoction of their choice. The yearning for socialism is truly a poison fruit of deep, deep ignorance not only of economic theory, but also of modern history and current affairs.

Antiwar and Peace


Anarchast Ep. 226 Scott Horton: Antiwar and Peace!

Uber

De cavalo para Uber:

A desconfiança em relação às novas formas de transporte não é inédita. Há coisa de um século, a indústria do cavalo e dos transportes hipomóveis desconfiava do new kid on the block, que ameaçava satisfazer as necessidades de deslocação do ser humano de forma mais capaz, porque mais rápida, confortável e conveniente — o automóvel.
A concorrência do transporte automóvel, dizia-se, prejudicava as empresas de caminhos-de-ferro. “Tal concorrência ainda seria aceitável se se fizesse em condições de igualdade, mas não foi isso o que sucedeu. (...) Ainda há de facto quem impugne a regulamentação legal nesta matéria e preconize os benefícios da livre concorrência de cada uma das duas formas de transporte (...). Mas não há o menor fundamento para supor que a livre concorrência levaria cada uma das formas de transporte a limitar-se ao seu terreno próprio”.

Experimente agora reler as citações substituindo “caminhos de ferro” por “táxis” e “automóveis” por “Uber”.
Relacionado: Depois da proibição do Uber, datilógrafos querem o fim do computador

Uber Solves the Fundamental Problem of the Marketplace:
The fundamental problem of markets is the need to establish trust among strangers.
.. Not only are you getting into the backseat of a stranger’s car; you are getting into the backseat of their personal vehicle, which has no obvious marking that it is intended to provide rides to strangers. At first blush, it seems like a case similar to an apparently random person showing up at your home to do repairs.

But Uber overcomes this apparent problem in several ways that make clever use of technology. When you request your ride, you are immediately given identifying information about the driver and car, including a thumbnail picture of the driver, the color and make of the car, and its license plate. An additional way in which Uber establishes trust is by using GPS technology to show you exactly where your car is and how long (and what path) it will take to get to you. Watching the car drive up on the Uber app as you see it in front of you is a major signal of trust.

Uber also gives you a cell number for your driver, which is useful if the pickup location is ambiguous. It also makes retrieving anything you left in the car much easier. Have you ever tried to get a lost item back from a cab company?

"Fair" Trade


Fair Trade: Does It Help Poor Workers?

O Papa anticapitalista

Bergoglio, o dito papa Francisco, não me representa! Ou: O sangue de Cristo e de 150 milhões de vítimas do comunismo:
Em Santa Cruz de la Sierra, nesta quinta, Bergoglio fez um discurso que poderia rivalizar com o de Kim Jong-un, aquele gordinho tarado que tiraniza a Coreia do Norte. Atacou o capitalismo, um “sistema que impôs a lógica dos lucros a qualquer custo, sem pensar na exclusão social ou na destruição da natureza”, segundo ele. E foi além: “Digamos sem medo: queremos uma mudança real, uma mudança de estruturas. Este sistema já não se aguenta, os camponeses, trabalhadores, as comunidades e os povos tampouco o aguentam. Tampouco o aguenta a Terra, a irmã Mãe Terra, como dizia são Francisco”.

É de embrulhar o estômago. Em primeiro lugar, esse papa, com formação teológica de cura de aldeia, não tem competência teórica e vivência prática para cuidar desse assunto. Em segundo lugar, os movimentos que hoje lutam pela preservação do planeta são exclusivos de regimes democráticos, onde vige o capitalismo. Ou este senhor poderia fazer essa pregação na China, por exemplo, onde o capitalismo de estado é gerido pelo Partido Comunista?
Evocando um igualitarismo pedestre, disse Sua, não mais minha, Santidade: “A distribuição justa dos frutos da terra e do trabalho humano é dever moral. Para os cristãos, um mandamento. Trata-se de devolver aos pobres o que lhes pertence”. A fala agride a lógica por princípio. Se o tal “que” pertencesse aos pobres, pobres não seriam. A fala repercute a noção essencialmente criminosa de que toda a propriedade é um roubo. Como esquecer que essa concepção de mundo de que fala o papa já governou quase a metade do mundo e produziu atraso, miséria e morte?
.. uma expressão do trogloditismo de patetas terceiro-mundistas como Rafael Correa, Evo Morales, Nicolás Maduro e Cristina Kirchner.

Public Choice And Government Failure


Public Choice And Government Failure

Attempts To Reach The Left: An Unmitigated Disaster

Attempts To Reach The Left: An Unmitigated Disaster:
Leftists improve nothing. They are destruction incarnate, and as has been said many times, anything not inherently opposed to the left, will be taken over by it. We’ve seen it with the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, countless police accountability efforts, the list goes on and on.

Some uninformed figurehead at an organization is desperate to see some progress. He realizes he can quickly increase his numbers and gain access to resources by teaming up with leftists, not realizing that it doesn’t matter how many people are on your side, if your side has no meaning. The strategy is tantamount to inviting cockroaches into one’s home to clean up some spilled food. Before you know it, they are in everything, literally crawling out of the woodwork. They eat the food that was spilled, replace it with insect feces, then contaminate every morsel in the building.

In Defense of Selfishness


In Defense of Selfishness

O modelo sueco

Scandinavian Unexceptionalism: Culture, Markets and the Failure of Third-Way Socialism:
Left-leaning pop stars, politicians, journalists, political commentators and academics have long praised Scandinavian countries for their high levels of welfare provision and for their economic and social outcomes. It is, indeed, true that they are successful by most reasonable measures.
However, Scandinavia’s success story predated the welfare state. Furthermore, Sweden began to fall behind as the state grew rapidly from the 1960s. Between 1870 and 1936, Sweden enjoyed the highest growth rate in the industrialised world. However, between 1936 and 2008, the growth rate was only 13th out of 28 industrialised nations. Between 1975 and the mid-1990s, Sweden dropped from being the 4th richest nation in the world to the 13th richest nation in the world.Left-leaning pop stars, politicians, journalists, political commentators and academics have long praised Scandinavian countries for their high levels of welfare provision and for their economic and social outcomes. It is, indeed, true that they are successful by most reasonable measures.

However, Scandinavia’s success story predated the welfare state. Furthermore, Sweden began to fall behind as the state grew rapidly from the 1960s. Between 1870 and 1936, Sweden enjoyed the highest growth rate in the industrialised world. However, between 1936 and 2008, the growth rate was only 13th out of 28 industrialised nations. Between 1975 and the mid-1990s, Sweden dropped from being the 4th richest nation in the world to the 13th richest nation in the world.

sexta-feira, julho 10, 2015

People Hate Feminism


Why Do People Hate #Feminism? #1 - Feminists Hate Men | #2 - The Patriarchy | #3 - The Gender Pay Gap (#EqualPayDay) | #4 - Gender Studies Degrees | #5 - Hashtag Hate Group

Statist rainbows

So You Think That Rainbow Makes You Look Cool?:
By making this display, you have done nothing but tell the world that you are a useful idiot .. You are displaying support for judicial activism, expansion of government power, and the forced revocation of actual rights like freedom of association ..

Were the court to strike down marriage licenses as an interference with contracts, I would celebrate with you. Were a legislature to repeal all laws pertaining to marriage, I would join your parade. Despite what these despots would have you believe, an opposition to government involving itself in more people’s sex lives is not an indicator that one hates gay people. I am entirely uninterested in the sex lives of complete strangers, and I think the government should hold the same position. Any person or group should be able to enter into any contract they see fit, and call it anything they want. Any person or group should be able to do whatever they want sexually without fear of government violence. Were the court to recognize these obvious truths, this would be a cause for celebration, but that’s not what they did.
.. a “license” is an indicator that you do not have a “right” to do something. Licenses are a thing government issues, specifically to prevent someone from doing something, until they get government permission to so do. They are, by their very definition, a constriction on rights, a limiter of freedom. To license a thing is to outlaw it, and to then grant one permission to break that law. To say that you are fighting for gay “rights” by seeking to have licenses issued to them, is not just a complete failure to understand rights, it is a complete failure to understand rudimentary English.
.. So why the sudden concern for the wellbeing of gay people?

The answer is quite simple. To expand federal authority, centralize power, and give the left a win that they would never be able to accomplish through elections. While portrayed as being a lessening of restrictions on gay people, it is an increase in the power of the court and of the federal government, which could just as easily be used to federally ban homosexuality entirely.

terça-feira, junho 23, 2015

Your enemy is the State

An Open Letter to Baltimore Rioters:
I’m not going to give you the cliche “violence is not the answer” line, because that’s a lie. There is a predatory gang of criminals at large who rob, assault, kidnap, and murder with impunity. The police, and the institution they stand for are your enemy, and they will not stop victimizing you until doing so becomes so dangerous that they find more productive ways of sustaining themselves.

Not only is violence the answer, it is the only answer, and the answer is so obvious that I am perpetually baffled by the fact that people don’t see it and act on it every day. The dumbed down docile nature of the public at large is so frighteningly destructive that it makes the looting look civilized by comparison.
So by all means Baltimore, burn buildings to the ground. Go ahead, kill your oppressors. Throw rocks, bottles, firebombs, and whatever weaponry you can muster at your enemy.

But perhaps you might want to figure out who your enemy is before you begin.
The State is your enemy, kill him before he kills you. He is not difficult to identify. He is so brazen in his aggressions that he brags about them on television. He claims his authority to brutalize you, by winning a popularity contest that you call an election. He wears uniforms, displays his emblems proudly, threatens you with sirens and strobe lights. He is not hiding.

Your enemy is the State. Kill him! Gun him down! Set him on fire! Break his spinal cord! Strangle him! Take his property! Make his family live in fear until they disassociate from him!

But if you instead loot businesses owned by your fellow victims, if you set fire to buildings that are not the property of your enemy, if you harm the innocent, then you have become the enemy yourself.

Income Inequality + Globalization


Trading Away Income Inequality: the Effects of Globalization | Learn Liberty

O País dos Fachos

O País dos Fachos por Ricardo Lima:
O português é aquele tipo que questiona o porquê de determinado fulano – ou entidade – não pagar taxas ou licenças e nunca o porquê dessas mesmas taxas ou licenças existirem. Vivemos numa luta de classes distópica em que grupos de interesses se tentam, diariamente, enterrar uns aos outros. Os fumadores que não bebem estão-se marimbando para as taxas sobre o álcool, quem bebe e não fuma aplaude as taxas sobre o fumo. Os taxistas querem ver a Uber pelas costas mas ai de quem taxe os turistas que a clientela voa – e não é para cá. Não nos entendemos. Com o mal do outro convivemos nós bem ..
Vivemos num país maioritariamente católico mas não nos amamos uns aos outros, longe disso, quanto mais respeitar a vontade do próximo. Somos chicos-espertos socorrendo-nos do nosso chico-espertismo para entalar o próximo, que tomamos sempre como um chico-esperto a tentar entalar-nos com o seu chico espertismo.
O que presentemente ocorre com a Uber em relação aos Táxis é o que se vem passando com as bancas de cerveja e as garrafeiras em relação aos bares, com os hostels em relação aos hotéis, com as tascas típicas em relação a alguns restaurantes, com as low-cost em relação à TAP, com os produtos da China e com outros infindáveis casos. É a treta da certificação e dos padrões de qualidade. É a história do cumprimento exímio da lei, da protecção do consumidor, da monitorização e do raio que nos parta. Somos um país de pequenos fascistas. A concorrência é uma coisa chata.
Se para pagar impostos um tipo quase precisa de uma pós-graduação em contabilidade, a burocracia é uma coisa aborrecida, medonha, quase kafkiana. Mas se o vizinho do lado precisa de meia dúzia de requerimentos para pintar as paredes ou mudar o portão do quintal acha-se muito bem. Era o que mais faltava o indivíduo fazer o que lhe apetece com a própria casa .. há sempre um energúmeno a bater palmas ..
.. Enquanto nos acharmos no direito de intervir no espaço do próximo, através do Estado – de outra forma seria uma agressão – estamos a legitimar que este mesmo Estado intervenha no nosso. A história provou que os precedentes que abrimos são perigosos e a última década vem mostrando que cada vez menos existem limites para a esfera interventiva dos governos .. de facto, em Portugal, a burrice tem um passado glorioso e um futuro promissor.”

Keynes was wrong


Jeffrey Tucker Explains Keynes' Backwards Thinking

Just say no

Saxo Bank CEO: "The Election Outcome In Britain Is Our One Chance To Say Stop To Brussels":
Last year, we celebrated the 25 year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Back then, in 1989, who could have imagined that just 25 years later, we would have forgotten about capitalism’s victory, about the dangers and failure of supranational government and control, forgotten socialism's absolute bankruptcy and the importance of competition, efficient capital allocation and specialisation. Yet, here we are, with the EU repeating the failed experiments of the past.

Enough is enough.

Condemn Inflation

Ten Reasons to Condemn Inflation:
1. Inflation Causes Booms and Busts
2. Inflation Redistributes Wealth and Purchasing Power
3. Inflation Prevents the Price of Goods From Falling
4. Inflation Causes the Welfare State to Grow
5. Inflation Destroys Families
6. Inflation Corrupts People
7. Inflation Expands the State Bureaucracy
8. Inflation Makes People Materialistic, Envious, and Egotistical
9. Inflation Depresses People
10. Inflation Leads to Waste and (Natural) Resources Becoming More Expensive

PIB Keynesiano

How GDP Metrics Distort Our View of the Economy:
GDP’s faulty theoretical underpinnings and politically motivated acceptance distort the performance and nature of an economy while failing to satisfactorily estimate a society’s standard of living. In fact, Kuznets partially understood this. In his very first report to the US Congress in 1934, Kuznets said “the welfare of a nation [can] scarcely be inferred from a measure of national income.” Yet the blind usage of GDP persists. That its permanence and persistence only serves the Keynesian policies of greater consumer spending, increased government expenditures, and larger exports through currency debasement should not be considered coincidental. Unfortunately, the resulting economic stagnation, debt accumulation, and price inflation are as inevitable as they are predictable.

From Marxism to Capitalism


Thomas Sowell - From Marxism to Capitalism

tia Ayn Rand

AYN RAND, WORST AUNT EVER: READ HER LETTER TO HER 17-YEAR-OLD NIECE:
If you really want to borrow $25 from me, I will take a chance on finding out what kind of person you are.
I want you to understand right now that I will not accept any excuse—except a serious illness. If you become ill, then I will give you an extension of time—but for no other reason. If, when the debt becomes due, you tell me that you can’t pay me because you needed a new pair of shoes or a new coat or you gave the money to somebody in the family who needed it more than I do—then I will consider you as an embezzler. No, I won’t send a policeman after you, but I will write you off as a rotten person and I will never speak or write to you again.
I will tell you the reasons for the conditions I make: I think that the person who asks and expects other people to give him money, instead of earning it, is the most rotten person on earth. I would like to teach you, if I can, very early in life, the idea of a self-respecting, self-supporting, responsible, capitalistic person. If you borrow money and repay it, it is the best training in responsibility that you can ever have.

Sindicatos


Do Big Unions Buy Politicians?

Socialismo, burocracia, incompetência

Coisas que me tiram do sério (1) por Helder Ferreira:
.. não existe qualquer possibilidade de, em média, a qualidade da gestão pública ter sequer uma fracção da qualidade da gestão privada, pura e simplesmente porque não é possível alinhar os incentivos correctamente e porque a gestão pública é muitas vezes submetida a interesses políticos. As pessoas são o que são e reagem a incentivos. Ponto.
BÓNUS: Governo pergunta aos interessados na TAP se por mais 2€ não querem levar também a Carris, a CP e o Metro

Wealth Disparity


Thomas Sowell - Wealth Disparity

bad people

Robert Higgs:
The array of ad hominems flung in the face of libertarian anarchists is astonishing. We are called utopian, simplistic, unrealistic, impractical, and unconstructive, at best, and quite commonly called idiotic, arrogant, ill-informed, stupid, malevolent, and even destructive. A man from Mars listening to these calumnies might be forgiven for supposing that libertarian anarchists are very bad people, indeed.

Yet we are not the ones who willingly support and justify the rapacious state under which everyone except the privileged few is now plundered economically and debauched morally. We are not the ones who've approved the slaughter of millions of human beings in unnecessary foreign wars, the imprisonment of millions in the USA for victimless crimes, the ruin of entire subgroups of the population by means of welfare dependency, the miseducation of generation after generation in government schools, where the children are fed propaganda and political correctness with delicate concern for their self-esteem but no concern for their ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide numbers. We are not the ones who have voted into office corrupt politicians in one election after another, expressing shock when one of them is episodically revealed to be the kind of scumbag that, in reality, nearly all of them are. We are not the ones who've supported the unjust redistribution of income in a thousand different programs and projects and the destruction of wealth through political machinations that create regime uncertainty, placing private property rights at incalculable risk and paralyzing investors and entrepreneurs who might otherwise drive rapid economic growth. We are not the ones . . . well, the litany might be extended indefinitely.

Surveying this sordid vista, well might one ask, Who are the truly foolish, destructive, and malevolent people in the USA?

Everything Has Its Price


Everything Has Its Price (And That's A Good Thing) | Learn Liberty

The libertarian case against vouchers

The libertarian case against vouchers por Jacob G. Hornberger:
Would that be morally justified? We all know it wouldn’t be. It is ingrained in all of us that stealing is wrong, even when the money provides “choice” to the robber.

That’s one of the fundamental moral objections that libertarians have always raised with respect to not only public schooling but to the entire welfare-state way of life. We have always held that forcibly taking money from a person to whom it belongs and giving it to someone else can never be morally justified, not even when it’s the government (or the majority) doing the taking and the giving. If it’s morally wrong for a robber to take your money to fund a child’s education, it’s just as morally wrong for the state to take your money to fund a child’s education.

Voucher schemes are based on the same immoral principle on which public schooling is based. Public schooling involves the government’s taking of money from people to whom it belongs in order to use it to fund the state’s schooling of people who have children. By the same token, vouchers are based on the government’s taking of money from people in order to fund the costs of private schooling for a select number of people’s children.

Immorality is immorality. Wrongdoing is wrongdoing.

segunda-feira, junho 22, 2015

Por que você é pobre?


Por que você é pobre? | Fernando Holiday

No compromise with thieves

Larken Rose:
Carjacker: "Hand over the keys, or die!" [aims gun at victim]
Victim: "Screw you, you thieving bastard!" [aims gun at car-jacker]
Carjacker: "Come on now, I was only expressing myself! No need to get all violent and divisive! Can't we all just get along?"
Victim: "Not while you're trying to rob me."
Carjacker: "Let's just agree to disagree."
Victim: "You mean you'll stop robbing me?"
Carjacker: "No, I mean we should agree to disagree about whether I should steal your car. I think I should. You think I shouldn't. But does that mean we can't be polite and civil, and appreciate opposing views?"
Victim: "You stupid shit. No, we can't get along or be civilized as long as you're trying to rob me!"
Carjacker: "Hey, no need for name-calling! You're so judgmental and intolerant! I'm offended!"
Victim: "Piss off, thief."
Carjacker: "My viewpoint is just as valid as yours!"
Victim: "No, it isn't."
Carjacker: "So you think you're BETTER than me? You think your opinion is more valid than mine?"
Victim: "YES, you jackass! Because I'm not trying to rob you!"
That's pretty much how debates between statists and voluntaryists usually go.

War


WAR | What They Won't Tell You!
Texto - War, Profit, and the State

Aristo-sindicalismo

Labor Unions Create Unemployment: It’s a Feature, Not a Bug:
.. the labor movement, from the very beginning, meant to protect organized white male labor from competition against black labor, immigrant labor, female labor, and nonunion labor.

Rule of Law or Emergence by Anarchy?

Embora com uma opinião pouco sofisticada relativamente ao voluntarismo...


Hayek and Hazlett: Rule of Law or Emergence by Anarchy?

O Papa anticapitalista

Pope Francis Condemns Legalization of Marijuana

John Galt Speech


Atlas Shrugged: John Galt Speech (raw footage)

O Papa anticapitalista

Coisas que não entram na cabecinha imoral do Papa: Stanford research finds climate change regulation burden heaviest on poor

The Ideas of Friedrich Hayek


Episode 85: The Ideas of Friedrich Hayek (with Steven Horwitz)

O Papa anticapitalista

The Vatican’s global warming blunder
:
Amazingly, the Vatican’s refusal to consider the mountains of scientific data that challenge the UN’s dogma on climate makes the comparison with Galileo’s trial remarkably apt. Books were burned and consideration of the heliocentric theory of the solar system banned. Today, for global warming pressure groups, censorship is a first resort.

Frustrated by the Churcgalileoh’s deliberate blindness to the facts revealed by telescopes about astronomy, Galileo wrote to Johannes Kepler, “what do you have to say about the principal philosophers of this academy who are filled with the stubbornness of an asp and do not want to look at either the planets, the moon or the telescope, even though I have freely and deliberately offered them the opportunity a thousand times? Truly, just as the asp stops its ears, so do these philosophers shut their eyes to the light of truth.”

Is it modern-day heresy to point out that the UN’s climate computer models project a warmer world than satellite observations record? That these satellites can find no meaningful global warming since the 1990’s? That the weather is historically normal and the incredibly painful and expensive “solutions” the UN prescribes would have very little impact on the climate, even if the UN’s models were correct?

quarta-feira, abril 08, 2015

The Cycle of The State


The Cycle of The State (by Daniel Sanchez)

Nothing will reverse Climate Change Churchism

Isto é delicioso - malta da Google andou a ver como salvava o planeta, e ainda fazia algum dinheiro no processo. The smartest guys in the room. Conclusão - para mudar para energias "renováveis" é preciso mais energia do que a que se produz. Nem há caso para aquele misticismo de "falha de mercado", em que supostamente a malta não investe porque os proveitos são dispersos -- todo o ciclo de produção é menos ineficiente, logo mais caro, logo destruidor de riqueza.

Quanto mais os Estados investem, mais destróiem capital que poderia ser usado em funções produtivas. A tecnologia que nos salvará de nós próprios (por favor esquecer que nunca na História a Humanidade viveu tão bem, e já não há "Aquecimento Global há 18 anos) ainda não foi inventada.

What It Would Really Take to Reverse Climate Change:
As we reflected on the project, we came to the conclusion that even if Google and others had led the way toward a wholesale adoption of renewable energy, that switch would not have resulted in significant reductions of carbon dioxide emissions. Trying to combat climate change exclusively with today’s renewable energy technologies simply won’t work

Checks and Balances


George H Smith - Checks and Balances

Chegou a altura do ano

Larken Rose:
Apparently two members of the biggest street gang in New York--the NYPD--were just shot while sitting in their patrol car, and both died. And apparently the motive was revenge for the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. (For the record, I don't know exactly what happened in the Michael Brown case, but Eric Garner was flat out murdered.) Before the shooting, the person presumed to be the shooter posted some comments, including: “I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today,” and “They Take 1 Of Ours…Let’s Take 2 of Theirs,” and included hashtags mentioning Eric Garner and Michael Brown, making the motive kind of obvious. The shooter then apparently killed himself, though I wouldn't just assume that to be true.

Gunman executes 2 NYPD cops in Garner ‘revenge’

Personally, I would rather see the exact INDIVIDUALS who commit evil being the ones targeted for retribution. I don't generally approve of the pack mentality thing, where people lash out at members of a group (whether based on race, religion, nationality, or anything else), for what other members of that group have done. However, other members of the violent NYPD street gang were not merely accidentally born into that group; they CHOSE to be in it, and chose to CONTINUE to be in it, even after the group has an obvious, well-documented history of being violent fascist bastards.

A whole lot of state mercenaries ("law enforcers") are quite open about the fact that they expect to be able to get away with extortion, assault and murder, whenever they want, and so far that is what has happened. So to any hired thugs of politicians ("police"), I have to ask, what did you THINK was going to happen if you kept acting like jackbooted Nazis? Whether those two cops "deserved" to die, I don't know (though it wouldn't at all surprise me, since they were professional thugs and thieves). But given the mentality the badge-wearing dumbasses in this country, this sort of thing was inevitable, and will only increase. As I've said before, if you have a job that makes lots of people hate you, and makes some people want to kill you, you should probably consider the possibility that it's because YOU'RE THE BAD GUY.

The Truth About Ayn Rand


The Truth About Ayn Rand: Criticisms [3 of 4]

Lesser of two evils

Penn Jillette on the Lesser of Two Evils:
In this clip Penn is explaining, to lock-step-Republican Sean Hannity of all people, why voting for the lesser of two evils is wrong .. He explained how voting for the lesser of two evils just gets more evil. It’s not about who wins the election to him, it’s about people actually voting for what they believe in. It’s about not voting for people who don’t represent you, and not rewarding the two parties for nominating them. That’s why libertarians don’t vote for the lesser of two evils.

Africa: Establishing Free-Market Societies


George B. N. Ayittey | The New Path for Africa: Establishing Free-Market Societies

Habits of Highly Effective Libertarians

7 Habits of Highly Effective Libertarians por Jeffrey Tucker:
What can be done to sustain the passion for liberty throughout a lifetime? Here are my suggestions for seven habits to foster a lifelong attachment to liberty and to live a life that makes the best possible contribution to human well-being.
1. Oppose oppression but love liberty even more.
2. Read broadly and be confident in your ideas.
3. Look beyond politics.
4. See everyone as an ideological friend.
5. Don’t have all the answers.
6. Hack your life.
7. Be joyful.
Imagine a small group of people going out into the world armed with these seven habits. Soon, that infectious optimism helps grow the group, as more and more people are drawn to its light. Those who doubt, criticize, and clamber for power will come to be seen not as progressive and forward thinking, but rather as stuck in old ways that don’t work. And the group of networked changemakers will prove their value one experiment at a time. People will turn not to the politicians and the paid experts, but to the geeks, volunteers, and entrepreneurs — to those with a vision of a beautiful future. That’s what freedom looks like. And that’s how you change the world with it.

The Gender Wage Gap Myth

The Gender Wage Gap—A Myth that Just Won’t Die:
The first thing to notice is that the “77 cents on the dollar” metric isn’t comparing apples to apples. It is a comparison of gross income. That is, it compares the income of all women to that of all men. It fails to take into account important factors—like education, experience, or even just comparing people in the same career. You wouldn’t compare the incomes of elementary school teachers with Bachelor’s degrees to those of individuals with PhDs in physics and complain that there is a “teacher-physicist wage gap” —but this is precisely what this statistic does.

When you take these characteristics into account, the purported “gap” all but disappears.
The gender wage gap falls completely apart if one thinks of it from the perspective of an employer. Suppose you own an accounting firm. Further suppose that the gender wage gap is real—women and men do the exact same work, but you can pay the women in your firm 77 cents for every $1 you pay your male employees.

You need to hire five new accountants. What are your options?
What would you do? Hire the women, of course! In fact, you’d be foolish to hire any men at all! You’d get the same work from either group of employees, but by hiring women you’d save $57,500 every year.

Will President Rand Be Good for Liberty?

Will President Rand Be Good for Liberty? por Jeffrey A. Tucker:
There is something about politics that elicits a faux sense of certainty. No matter how many times that political action contradicts political promise, we still mostly pretend as if we know for certain what will happen when so and so wins. We know that Jim would be better than Jane, that Joan will be better than John, and so on. How do we know? By what they say in the campaign and nothing more. But the truth is that rhetoric is not decisive.

.. No single elected official has the power to change the system. The system is, in fact, largely unelected and unappointed. The bureaucracies are massive. The cumulative regulations and legislation that empowers them are monumentally complex, impossible for any single mind or any one generation to comprehend. The process of reform is messy, structured so that the special interests with the most lose get decide where it goes. It is highly unlikely that this process will result in an overall net good for the cause of human liberty.

This is why there seems to be so little relationship between promised results and actual results. Reagan was going to cut the budget. It doubled and then tripled. Bush was going to have a humble foreign policy. Instead, we went empire-building. Obama was going to break down the prison state and empower minorities. Instead, he grafted the surveillance state to the existing architecture of oppression.
One way to think about government is as a giant corporation with its own interests to better its position and power. The president is the CEO. How do you do a good job and earn the support of the stockholders and customers? Not by cutting the budget, driving down the stock price, and pulling back its market share. Everything that hurts government as an institution will be resisted at all levels and in every conceivable way. You win by boosting the prospects of the state.

This is why it is such an enormous and implausible effort to use the presidency to enhance liberty. Everything we know about government pushes against this .. we do well to keep in mind that politics is more about cosmetics than reality.