quarta-feira, outubro 30, 2013

The Power of Love

The Power of the State vs. the Power of Love por Robert Higgs:
In any event, society’s positive, productive forces always resided within the people themselves. All the genuine peace, cooperation, production, and order the society enjoyed sprang from them. So the state was never a solution to a problem the people could not solve for themselves, but itself a problem masquerading as the only solution to problems whose real solutions already lay close at hand, if they existed at all.
So long as the state exists, with its intrinsic violence, plunder, and insolence, and we seek solutions to our pressing social problems through it or in its dark shadow, we are doomed not to second-best or third-best solutions, but to make-believe solutions that are, at best, momentary rest stops on the road to our worsening degradation and ultimate demise. Destruction is what states do (or threaten to do); it is the nature of the beast. As technological changes augment state powers, the culmination of this terrible sequence may be our absolute annihilation.

terça-feira, outubro 29, 2013

Bitcoin - Resistance Starts Here!

Secessão, Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley Roused by Secession Call:
In a nutshell, Mr. Srinivasan, a computer scientist and co-founder of the genomics company Counsyl, told a group of young entrepreneurs that the United States had become “the Microsoft of nations”: outdated and obsolescent. When technology companies calcify, Mr. Srinivasan said, you don’t reform them. You exit and launch your own. Why not do so with America?
Nicholas Carr, author of “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,” said the speech was part of “a resurgence of millenarian thinking in Silicon Valley.” The dream of an extra-societal utopia grows in part out of a “naïve libertarianism” ascendant in the Valley, and in part out of older American cultist traditions dating as far back as the Pilgrims, he said.

The Pilgrims analogy is apt, because Mr. Srinivasan cast entrepreneurs as a persecuted people who must flee to survive. The Valley, he argued, is taking over the rest of America’s traditional raisons d’être. Netflix and iTunes challenge Hollywood. Twitter and blogs challenge New York media. The Khan Academy and Coursera challenge Boston’s universities. Uber and Airbnb challenge the regulatory state personified by Washington.
Mr. Srinivasan is happy to let reformers stay behind. “The best part is this,” he said. “The people who think this is weird, the people who sneer at the frontier, who hate technology — they won’t follow you out there.”

segunda-feira, outubro 28, 2013

Laissez-Faire Trade Policy

Milton Friedman - Laissez-Faire Trade Policy

Intellectuals and Self-interest

Why Are the Intellectuals’ Views on Self-Interest Wrong?:
The common sense view is that we should live by pursuing our own interests, without hurting others, by physical force or fraud. Most people recognize that if we don’t pursue our values—such as food, shelter, health, work, recreation—we cannot survive and be happy.
Why are the intellectuals’ views wrong? The idea that people’s interests automatically conflict and that pursuing self-interest means exploiting others is truly a straw man. It completely misses what self-interest actually means: pursuing one’s values—values that meet the requirements of human survival and flourishing. Pursuing self-interest is absolutely necessary if we want to survive and flourish, and most people know that simply from observation.

Exploiting others through force or fraud is not in our self-interest. Such action would invite others to do the same or get justice through the legal system, thus jeopardizing our values. Even if we derived some temporary gain, say, from deceiving others, such a gain would not be sustainable, as any pyramid investment schemer or other fraudsters eventually learn. As shown by Ayn Rand, people’s rational interests do no not conflict. Giving a raise to a productive employee does not conflict with the interests of the manager or the shareholders. Quite the contrary, it benefits them if the raise keeps the employee motivated and deters him from joining a competitor. As a consequence, the company will create more value, making possible a bonus to the manager and dividends to the shareholders. A bonus to a deserving manager would similarly promote the interests of the other parties.

Is Evil Rational?

Is Evil Rational? -- Prager University


“Creating Jobs”:
A politician creates or expands an existing bureaucracy. He panders to the make-workers therein employed by using the coercive power of the state to increase their wages or their benefits. In this way, he shifts resources – other people’s resources. But he does not create anything. He takes from the creators – without whom he’d have nothing to redistribute. It’s a zero sum game. For every winner, there is always a loser. Predation, nothing more.

Economics Teaches Us Humility

"Economics Teaches Us Humility": Q&A with George Mason University's Pete Boettke

Vendedores da banha da cobra

A Pobreza Teimosa por Daniela Silva:
Como questionou Hayek: “É possível imaginar uma tragédia maior do que a que se produz quando nos esforçamos por construir o nosso futuro de acordo com ideais elevados, e produzimos involuntariamente o contrário do que desejamos obter com a nossa luta?” Continuarão a bater de frente com esse muro trágico todos aqueles que ambicionarem corrigir a realidade com remendos que são pensados por cabeças que julgam que o mundo nasceu com elas. Não obstante alguns méritos da obra, devo confessar que a leitura de “O Fim da Pobreza” desperta-nos sensações semelhantes às que resultam do visionamento de um episódio do “Querido Mudei a Casa!”. Perante uma casa com 50 anos, eis que chega uma decoradora de interiores que julga conseguir resolver os problemas de som, humidade e podridão com o simples recurso a tintas coloridas, estampados e velas de cheiro. É uma tragédia perceber que grande parte da sociedade continua a acreditar em soluções de pouca durabilidade e em mudanças repentinas. Espera-se que os embates com a realidade sejam cada vez mais didácticos para todas as pessoas.

domingo, outubro 27, 2013

The Truth About Obamacare

The Truth About Obamacare

Liberty delivers

Liberty Delivers a Better World While Utopians Promise a Perfect One:
.. liberty, which produces voluntary arrangements that evolve once one’s rights to one’s self and production are protected, provides the means of achieving the best that is actually achievable in advancing society. As we develop ourselves, we each have more to offer others, without requiring immoral acts. And what freedom has historically accomplished, beyond anyone’s ability to envision it, extended to further as-yet-unknowable possibilities, provides ample reason to trust it over coercive alternatives.

Defending liberty requires developing our ability to “see” the unseen (and often unimagined) good that can only be accomplished by freeing people’s ability to peacefully create and innovate. We must also be able to “see” and articulate the inherent failings of the coercive and immoral means employed toward utopian goals, which are unachievable despite such means. With such vision, liberty can be recognized as far more inspirational than any statist alternative.

Exposing Yellen

Janet Yellen Exposed --The Truth Behind the Myth
Part 1 | Part 2

Never be the first one to stop clapping

The Plan Isn’t Working por Jeffrey Tucker:
You didn’t want to be the guy chosen to tell Stalin that the wheat crop failed or the production quotas on trucks and cars were not met. Why?

Because despots always blame people, not systems.
The problem is that government is not the best means to do anything well. The problem is the absence of two crucial things: the knowledge to assemble the resources properly and the means to make the economic assessment of the value of competitive resources. This is what happens when you eliminate the profit-and-loss system. You can throw massive resources at a problem with the end result being disappointing.
.. The truth is this: Government doesn’t work.

The Objectivist Philosophy

The Objectivist Philosophy

My Iconoclastic Agenda

My Iconoclastic Agenda por Laurence M. Vance:
My mission in life is to destroy anti-biblical Christian traditions about economics, politics, government, war, the military, and the state that are near and dear to the heart of many Christians, too many Christians. It doesn’t matter what their theological persuasion—Catholic, Baptist, Reformed, Anglican, Orthodox, Lutheran, Charismatic, Fundamentalist, Evangelical—there are enough of these anti-biblical traditions circulating for members of every group to have a handful.

Wealth Redistribution

Parece-me que este vid já passou por aqui, mas a repetição não fica mal:

Penn & Teller: Bullshit! Explain Wealth Redistribution

Citação Liberal do Dia

If a man proposes to redistribute wealth, he means explicitly and necessarily that the wealth is his to distribute. If he proposes it in the name of the government, then the wealth belongs to the government; if in the name of society, then it belongs to society. No one, to my knowledge, did or could define a difference between that proposal and the basic principle of communism.
Ayn Rand

(via Quem Distribui A Riqueza, Assume Que A Riqueza É Sua Para Distribuir)

Government Debt Addiction

The Mises View: "Government Debt Addiction" | Judge Andrew P. Napolitano


Uma Implosão Constitucionalíssima:
Subscrevendo as palavras do Carlos Novais: “Bela ideia, terem colocado um botão de auto-destruição do Estado Central na Constituição. Estou a adorar”. Não há muito a temer, já que o Estado Central tem as finanças, a demografia e o tempo contra ele. As restrições financeiras vieram em boa hora, apesar da teimosia das classes obstinadas. Mais vale corrigir atempadamente do que remediar no futuro? Como cantava Freeddie Mercury: you’re headed for disaster because you never read the signs”.


Stefan Molyneux - An Open Letter to Russell Brand - Let's Start a Revolution!

Russell Brand I love you but you're wrong - Topher VBlog 009 response to Paxman vs Brand interview

"free market"

Students Claim Econ Department is Too Free Market [!]:
Here’s a sliver of a picture of the “free market” that exists in the U.S., just on the money side alone:

(1) a coercively imposed monopoly on the production of money;

(2) monopolistic legal tender laws, which artificially privilege the money issued by the government-established central bank;

(3) a central bank with the monopoly power to create legal-tender money out of thin air, a power granted to it by the government, and with a mandate to manipulate the money supply in the purported service of maximizing output and minimizing unemployment and price inflation;

(4) interest rates influenced by a monopoly monetary authority instead of by the free market;

(5) implicit and explicit bailout guarantees for large financial institutions;

(6) artificially low borrowing costs for large institutions, since the public knows these institutions will be bailed out;

(7) artificial protection of the banks, in the form of government deposit insurance and various Federal Reserve mechanisms, thereby keeping afloat a fractional-reserve system that would be radically different under a free market; under the existing system the banks will therefore create more money out of thin air than they otherwise would.

Now that’s just the money side. Forget about government real-estate programs and the whole rotten system of government intervention.

Citação Liberal do Dia

Quanto à «economia paralela», começo por lhe observar que é, essa, uma designação eufemística. A sua designação correcta é a de «economia clandestina». Quer dizer: uma economia cuja actividade se exerce à margem das leis estabelecidas, o que é condenável. Mas se observarmos que essas leis são contrárias aos justos direitos dos homens, como o direito de cada um ser dono do que é seu, trabalhar no que entender, produzir o que quiser, vender e comprar por livre contrato, não ver extorquidos pelos impostos os seus salários e os seus lucros, então a economia clandestina nada tem de condenável, é um factor de prosperidade que está compensando os Portugueses dos erros da política económica do Estado, uma luta pela liberdade contra a servidão que conta já com um milhão de combatentes. A isto nos trouxe o socialismo: os Portugueses têm no Estado o seu primeiro inimigo!
Orlando Vitorino
(desta fonte, pouco justa para com o AMN)

sexta-feira, outubro 25, 2013

Government Spending and Debt

John Stossel - Government Spending and Debt

inimigos da juventude urbana

CDS, o partido inimigo da juventude urbana:
A triste verdade é que no PS, PSD ou CDS encontramos a mesma matriz socialista e corporativista. Mais ou menos progressista, mais ou menos centralistas, mais ou menos outras variáveis laterais, mas todos socialistas.

Não vais ser fácil esquecer que foi o CDS/PP que forneceu 2 dos ministros mais colectivistas deste governo, Conceição Cristas e Mota Soares. A ala social-cristã tem demasiada força para que o CDS seja uma alternativa de voto para jovens urbanos liberais.

Rejecting War

The Mises View: "Rejecting War" | Ron Paul

Economia, e acumulação de capital

Economies are Not Destroyed in a Day:
Institutional changes, however, define the long-run destiny of a country, not its short-run prosperity.

Imagine that Cuba and North Korea became, overnight, the two most free-market, limited-government countries in the world. The two countries would have immediately gained civil liberties and economic freedom, but they would still have to accumulate wealth and to develop their economies. The institutional change affects the political situation immediately, but a new economy requires time to take shape. For example, as China opened parts of its economy to international markets, the country started to grow, and we are now seeing the effects of decades of relative economic liberalization. It is true that many areas in China continue to lack significant freedoms, but it would be a much different China today had it refused to change its institutions decades ago.

The same occurs if one of the wealthiest and developed countries in the world were to adopt Cuban or North Korean institutions overnight. The wealth and capital does not vanish in 24 hours. The country would shift from capital accumulation to capital consumption and it might take years or even decades to drain the coffers of previous accumulated wealth. In the meantime, the government has the resources to play the game of Bolivarian (i.e., Venezuelan) populist socialism and enjoy the wealth, highways, electrical infrastructure, and communication networks that were the result of the more free-market institutional realities of the past.

Eventually, though, highways start to deteriorate from the lack of maintenance (or trains crash in the station killing dozens of passengers), the energy sector starts to waver, energy imports become unavoidable, and the communication network becomes obsolete. In other words, economic populism is financed with resources accumulated by non-populist institutions.

quinta-feira, outubro 24, 2013


Rise of Eurosceptism is an Assertion of Identity - UKIP Leader Nigel Farage

A falácia do consumo

A falácia do consumo por Carlos Albuquerque:
A generalidade dos meios de comunicação e dos analistas económicos pede insistentemente que se aumente o consumo interno para gerar crescimento económico. Como alternativa a políticas de austeridade.

O consumo não é causa de crises nem de crescimento. O consumo é sempre uma consequência. A quebra do consumo na atual crise resulta das políticas de baixas taxas de juro artificialmente implementadas pelas autoridades monetárias. A distorção dos investimentos, a expansão desenfreada do crédito e o aumento do endividamento das famílias e dos estados não eram sustentáveis por muito tempo.
O produto não se gera em meras manipulações monetárias. E o aumento do consumo não pode ser uma artificialidade de despesas públicas. O consumo é uma consequência de maior criação de riqueza. Com mais inovação, mais produção, mais exportações, mais empreendedorismo e mais liberdade económica. E com menos estado e mais empresários. O resto, são falácias. Que não entendem mais que as parcelas da simples soma no cálculo do valor do PIB.

What About the Roads?

"But What About the Roads?!": Road Provision in a Voluntary Society

Climate change alarmism punishes the poor

Climate change alarmism caused our high energy prices:
There is sometimes an almost vindictive streak in politics whereby governments follow policies which they know will harm the electorate but nonetheless they keep them, sometimes for years ..
There are cheap sources of energy either available or possible but there is a reluctance to use them. Coal is plentiful and provides the least expensive electricity per megawatt, while fracking may provide a boon of shale gas. Unfortunately, coal-fired power stations are being shut down because of European Union regulations and shale gas exploration is moving at a slow pace.

It is against this background that energy companies have announced price rises. The regulations imposed by the Government underlie them and additional green taxes exacerbate the situation. The expansion of relatively expensive nuclear power at £92.50 per megawatt, almost double the current market price, is justified by some because it is cheaper than the quite unnecessary wind schemes. But it is much more expensive than coal or gas and these high energy prices which punish the poor most particularly are a matter of choice not of necessity.
The reason this has been done is, of course, because of climate change fears. But is it a reasonable or proportionate response? .. This country is responsible for under 2 per cent of global emissions so even if the British freeze and industry is made uncompetitive it will not save the world.
The solution to this is to free the market, not to control prices which will simply reduce supply. Hence the time has come to copy Sir Robert Peel. He saw that the Corn Laws made the condition of the people worse. Modern politicians know that their constituents will suffer this winter and some may die because they cannot afford fuel. This can be stopped by ending the environmentalist obsession and delivering cheap energy.

Government is God

Government is God - Topher VBlog 008

Citação Liberal do Dia

I've had a growing sense for several years that there is a new kind of libertarianism in the making, and it is crystallizing now. Faced with not only the utter failure of the state, the new libertarianism also recognizes the failure of politics too. As a result, they are taking the task of liberty into their own hands, forging new enterprises and innovating new strategies to build a new liberty outside official approval -- using the disruptive tools of entrepreneurship to cobble together new and innovative forms of exchange and social association. This libertarianism is at once radical but open to surprise, innovative but rooted in historical experience, dedicated but broad minded, learned but in a different way and using different means from what was possible in the past. These are the pioneers of a new time, the creators of a new and freer world.
Jeffrey Tucker

quarta-feira, outubro 23, 2013

the future of European Nation States

Punk Economics - Women's wedges and the future of European Nation States

desagarrar o agarrado

America's Shutdown:
É muito difícil para os políticos reduzirem o poder de um estado. Mais difícil o é quando esses políticos não acreditam nos benefícios dessa redução. Não foram educados nesse sentido.

1984 is Happening

Sen Rand Paul Explains How Orwell's 1984 is Happening Now

uma sociedade sem classes

Sen. Paul Introduces Constitutional Amendment:
Sen. Rand Paul last week introduced S.J. Res. 25, a Constitutional amendment that would hold government officials to the same standard as the American people.

às vezes no silêncio da noite socialista...

Caetano Veloso desilude inocente útil de Esquerda no Altas Horas


Christopher Columbus: The Man, The Myth, The Murderer:
His contemporaries despised him. He was a slave trader, taking people from their families to make up for the fact that he was inept at trying to “discover” a new trade route or riches. People tried to assassinate him, and he was returned to Spain in chains and stripped of his nobility and the entitlements that came with that status.

So, why do we, as Americans, praise Columbus and celebrate a day in his honor? It could be theorized that the story we were taught as children caters to our nature as a dysfunctional society of conquerors; a survival of the fittest mentality and a society that reveres avarice.
In truth, Columbus really has nothing to do with America at all. Using him as a symbol of liberty and independence is a grave insult to those who have fought for the same. Rather than teaching blatant lies to our children, we should use him as an example of the cruelty and inhumanity of those who torture and kill innocent people under the guise of subduing the enemy. The atrocities committed by Columbus and his men should serve as a lesson that diplomacy is preferable to war.
BÓNUS - Christopher Columbus was awful (but this other guy was not) (The Oatmeal)

terça-feira, outubro 22, 2013

Mike Maloney was right

GoldSilver.com - Mike Maloney's 2005 Warnings Come True - Silver Summit Presentation

open entry into the field of education

The State’s Education Monopoly Increases Prices and Destroys Choice por Ron Paul:
Bureaucrats in the field of education, which is almost exclusively nonprofit education, have a bias against price-competitive academic programs. They assume that these programs are of low quality. They think it is a good idea to close the market to sellers of any kinds of curriculum not certified by educational bureaucrats. They have greater control over the content and structure of education when they can restrict entry into the marketplace. In the name of helping children, these promoters of self-interested restrictions on entry conceal the fact that they are able to exercise greater power over education and then charge more for the privilege of doing so.

This is why libertarians believe that there should be open entry into the field of education.

Daylight Robbery

Tax Sunshine: Spain govt's bright idea to tackle energy debt

infâmia socialista

A infâmia por André Abrantes Amaral:
O governo apresentou o Orçamento de Estado para 2014 e a contestação está ao rubro. Depois do forte aumento dos impostos, veio o corte nos salários dos funcionários públicos e das pensões. Quanto ao estado propriamente dito, nada. Este continua à solta e não está a ser combatido, na esperança que, passada a crise, e conforme mencionou a ministra das finanças, possa voltar a gastar como anteriormente.

Esta ideia de que podemos regressar ao passado, além de irrealista, é infame. Parte do pressuposto que vivemos para pagar o estado. Do princípio que este é mais importante que a nossa vida; que ele é o mestre e nós os servos; Implica que trabalhamos não para nós, mas para o poder político; que o esforço a que assistimos por parte do governo para controlar as contas públicas só é feito porque a economia privada, esmagada pela dívida pública, não consegue sustentar o monstro.

segunda-feira, outubro 21, 2013

If Not For Government

If Not For Government

Citação Liberal do Dia

I AM an Anarchist.

All good men are Anarchists.

All cultured, kindly men; all gentlemen; all just men are Anarchists.

Jesus was an Anarchist.

A Monarchist is one who believes a monarch should govern. A Plutocrat believes in the rule of the rich. A Democrat holds that the majority should dictate. An Aristocrat thinks only the wise should decide; while an Anarchist does not believe in government at all. Richard Croker is a Monarchist; Mark Hanna a Plutocrat; Cleveland a Democrat; Cabot Lodge an Aristocrat; William Penn, Henry D. Thoreau, Bronson Alcott and Walt Whitman were Anarchists. An Anarchist is one who minds his own business. An Anarchist does not believe in sending warships across wide oceans to kill brown men, and lay waste rice fields, and burn the homes of people who are fighting for liberty. An Anarchist does not drive women with babes at their breasts and other women with babes unborn, children and old men into the jungle to be devoured by beasts or fever or fear, or die of hunger, homeless, unhouseled and undone.
Elbert Hubbard

domingo, outubro 20, 2013


Glenn Jacobs, (Kane) Interviewed by Austin Petersen on "The Future of Liberty"

Monetary dictatorship

We All Know Who Janet Yellen Is, And That's Terrifying por Brendan Brown:
If we were living in a stable monetary order she would be the least powerful woman in the world. Think back to the era of the gold standard before 1914. Britain was the leader of the orchestra in the monetary system. But no one outside a few discount brokers in London knew the name of the Bank of England Governor, who changed each 2 years.

The name and personality of the Governor was unimportant because in that monetary system (gold) a set of automatic rules determined the growth of high-powered money supply whilst interest rates were free of manipulation and market determined ..
The dollar monetary system presided over by the Federal Reserve through the chairmanships of Alan Greenspan and then Ben Bernanke has gravitated towards the opposite end of the pole. The Maestro presides over the setting of short-term interest rates whilst attempting to gain increasing power to determine long-term interest rates. The Maestro sees himself as pulling key levers which determine the macro-economic outcome ..
The doctrine is deeply flawed. Its pursuance has produced violent cycles of asset price inflation and deflation including the greatest financial panic and greatest recession in modern times and now the weakest economic recovery ever from great recession ..

Hidden Secrets of Money

The Biggest Scam In The History Of Mankind - Hidden Secrets of Money 4 - Mike Maloney

consequências de passar as famílias para o sector empresarial do Estado

Felicidade Ineficiente

sábado, outubro 19, 2013

Mises and the Failure of Socialism

Ivan Pongracic on Why Socialism Failed

Que se lixe a troika, mais recente episódio

Uma pergunta back home -- aquela maltosa wannabe-hipster, daquela manif de 15 de Setembro, peace & love & solidariedade & fraternidade &c... juntou-se hoje à CGTP? Ou Alcântara já fica longe do Santini do Chiado? Só para saber.

Becoming A Voluntaryist Libertarian

How Dr Walter Block Became A Voluntaryist Libertarian

Free the Markets

To Save Europe, Free the Markets por Frank Hollenbeck:
People love freedom for themselves, but fear freedom for others. Planners fear that free markets would lead to anarchy ..

The planners fear it, but anarchy is a term that could be used to describe the impossibility of determining exactly how preferences will change over time. Yet, a free market will ensure the least amount of anarchy since price and profits are the best way to have resources channeled to produce the goods and services that society most urgently needs. No government planner can compete with the resource allocation efficiency of a market system.

You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately

My constituents are telling me, Better Off Out! - Roger Helmer, UKIP MEP

Fundo Mais Internacional Socialismo

FMI sugere imposto de 10% sobre a riqueza das famílias:
O FMI refere que "há uma quantidade surpreendentemente grande de experiência no desenho" de tais medidas..
IMF Discusses 'One-Off' Wealth Tax:
Apparently the IMF judges that stealing 10% of all private wealth in one fell swoop is perfectly fine as long as 'some see it as fair'. Some of course would. There is however a crucial difference between imposing such a levy at gunpoint and letting bondholders take losses. The latter have taken the risk of not getting repaid voluntarily. No-one forced them to buy government bonds.
As Franz Oppenheimer has pointed out, States are essentially the result of conquests by gangs of marauders who realized that operating a protection racket was far more profitable than simply grabbing everything that wasn't nailed down and making off with.
The particular wealth tax proposal mentioned by the IMF en passant is odious in the extreme, especially as the wealth to be taxed has already been taxed at what are historically stratospheric rates.

The Fatal Conceit of Foreign Intervention

Rant Liberal do Dia

Mesmo em domínioc não-sociais cconstrutivistas incorrem em vários erros cognitivos, muitos dos quais podem ser resumidos a 'cargo cult'. 'Cargo cult', na forma mais genérica, designa a actividade de tentar reproduzir causas replicando consequências.

Por exemplo, constrói-se um aeroporto internacional em Beja, e Beja tornar-se-á uma metrópole vibrante. No fundo Post hoc ergo propter hoc. Ora, o "raciocínio" por detrás deste "racional" supostamente é menos tosco do que é. Os grandes transformadores da economia são apoiados pelos grande teóricos da realidade alternativa - sobretudo do funcionamento alternativo de realidade. Se o papel aceita tudo, a realidade não aceitará?

Estes delírios com vestes científicas, no campo empresarial, assumem vários axiomas:

- O capital reproduz-se por si só. O "capital financeiro" não tem uma origem, é só uma inevitabilidade. O dinheiro gera dinheiro. O capitalista só tem de esperar. Para perpetuar-se eternamente. Logo deve ser expoliado, etc e tal

- O empreendedorismo - chamemos-lhe "capital disruptor" - depende unicamente da "atitude". E de algum incentivo financeiro. Atira-se dinheiro a quem tem ideias, e a inovação surge. Curiosamente se a inovação consistir em produzir mais com menos esforço (por exemplo produzir usar tractores para produzir mais comida com menos trabalhadores agrícolas), já é uma má inovação. A inovação perfeita usa mais recursos do que antigamente. Incluindo financiamento. E também por isso o "incentivo" à "inovação perfeita" tem de usar mais dinheiro ("público") do que a "inovação" socialmente menos consciente

- por fim, não existe tal coisa como "capital operativo". Toda e qualquer actividade empresarial pode ser montada, acerta logo -- sobretudo se tiver uma "missão" --, e começa logo a produzir lucros e mais lucros - ou, no caso de NGOs, maravilhosas transformações sociais. Isso de processo de crescimento das unidades de negócio, de aprendizagem de processos, de adaptação ao mercado, é conversa de gestor pequeno-burguês sem visão, sem capacidade de engenharia empresarial, e sem espírito de liderança para navegar o navio através de mares cheios de faltas de confiança, maus-olhados, e incompreensões do "mercado".

Porquê 'cargo cult'? Quem assim pensa (pese um nada de exagero) é incapaz de ter noção as causas do seu futuro fracasso (antes ou depois do facto), é incapaz de se prepara adequadamente (desde logo equipando-se com alguma humildade), é incapaz de pensar duas vezes - nay, de pensar - antes de saltar directamente para a implementação. E a implementação resume-se à cópia, a la macaco-de-imitação com fato-e-gravada, daquilo que com muito "capital" acumulado, no sector privado, agora parece ter tido sucesso.


Ron Paul on American Exceptionalism: Inspire Other Countries; Don't Threaten or Attack Them

Sociopatas - How they see you

How They See You

sexta-feira, outubro 18, 2013

Economistas ou Deuses?

Transcrição integral de Economistas ou Deuses? por André Abrantes do Amaral:
As a profession we have made a mess of things.
Friedrich Hayek, 1974

Na década de 60 os economistas julgavam-se mágicos. Planeavam e, ajudados pela pouca dívida pública existente, conseguiam o que desejavam. Durante anos funcionou. Subia-se a despesa; desciam-se os impostos; mexia-se nas taxas de juros, reduzindo ou aumentando o dinheiro em circulação. Em última instância, desvalorizava-se a moeda. Para se ser economista era preciso conhecer estes instrumentos. Dominando-os, comportavam-se como magos.

A magia falhou e por isso os economistas são mal vistos. Já não conseguem fazer crescer a economia usando os mecanismos desses tempos. Durante muitos anos Hayek defendeu, em contraposição a Keynes, que os economistas não sabiam tudo. A economia era a soma de decisões de milhões de seres humanos. Querer direccioná-las seria um atentado à liberdade delas e um ultraje à sua inteligência e direito de escolha. Um caminho para a servidão. Embasbacados com o sucesso alcançado, ninguém ligou a Hayek.

Os economistas falharam porque pensaram que podiam ser deuses. E com eles os políticos. Antes disso, um economista estudava o porquê das decisões das pessoas. Porque compravam, porque investiam. Quando poupavam. Depois passaram a forçar as decisões que queriam. Manipularam. Os economistas falharam porque a manipulação acabou. Todos os dias as projecções saem furados porque as pessoas decidem de forma diferente da pretendida. Porque não somos máquinas, mas indivíduos.

quinta-feira, outubro 17, 2013

The Beauty of Emergent Order

Hollywood (hearts) Communism

Hollywood's Missing Movies ’ Why American films have ignored life under communism.:
.. in the decade since the Berlin Wall fell, or even the decade before that, no Hollywood film has addressed the actual history of communism, the agony of the millions whose lives were poisoned by it, and the century of international deceit that obscured communist reality. The simple but startling truth is that the major conflict of our time, democracy versus Marxist-Leninist totalitarianism--what The New York Times recently called "the holy war of the 20th century"--is almost entirely missing from American cinema.

Capitalism, Government and the Good Society

Capitalism, Government and the Good Society

climate change is good for the world

Why climate change is good for the world:
Climate change has done more good than harm so far and is likely to continue doing so for most of this century. This is not some barmy, right-wing fantasy; it is the consensus of expert opinion. Yet almost nobody seems to know this. Whenever I make the point in public, I am told by those who are paid to insult anybody who departs from climate alarm that I have got it embarrassingly wrong, don’t know what I am talking about, must be referring to Britain only, rather than the world as a whole, and so forth.
The chief benefits of global warming include: fewer winter deaths; lower energy costs; better agricultural yields; probably fewer droughts; maybe richer biodiversity. It is a little-known fact that winter deaths exceed summer deaths — not just in countries like Britain but also those with very warm summers ..
The greatest benefit from climate change comes not from temperature change but from carbon dioxide itself. It is not pollution, but the raw material from which plants make carbohydrates and thence proteins and fats. As it is an extremely rare trace gas in the air — less than 0.04 per cent of the air on average — plants struggle to absorb enough of it. On a windless, sunny day, a field of corn can suck half the carbon dioxide out of the air. Commercial greenhouse operators therefore pump carbon dioxide into their greenhouses to raise plant growth rates.
Britain’s climate policies — subsidising windmills, wood-burners, anaerobic digesters, electric vehicles and all the rest — is due to cost us £1.8 trillion over the course of this century. In exchange for that Brobdingnagian sum, we hope to lower the air temperature by about 0.005˚C — which will be undetectable by normal thermometers. The accepted consensus among economists is that every £100 spent fighting climate change brings £3 of benefit.

So we are doing real harm now to impede a change that will produce net benefits for 70 years. That’s like having radiotherapy because you are feeling too well. I just don’t share the certainty of so many in the green establishment that it’s worth it. It may be, but it may not.

quarta-feira, outubro 16, 2013

We the Living

Duncan Scott recalls working with Ayn Rand on "We the Living."

Citação Liberal do Dia

For while libertarians have too often been opportunists who lose sight of or under-cut their ultimate goal, some have erred in the opposite direction: fearing and condemning any advances toward the idea as necessarily selling out the goal itself. The tragedy is that these sectarians, in condemning all advances that fall short of the goal, serve to render vain and futile the cherished goal itself. For much as all of us would be overjoyed to arrive at total liberty at a single bound, the realistic prospects for such a mighty leap are limited. If social change is not always tiny and gradual, neither does it usually occur in a single leap. In rejecting any transitional approaches to the goal, then, these sectarian libertarians make it impossible for the goal itself ever to be reached.
Murray Rothbard

terça-feira, outubro 15, 2013

Fim do Welfare Laranja

Dutch king declares end of the welfare state
BÓNUS - Het beste pensioenstelsel ter wereld - deel 1

Rant Liberal do Dia

Lendo os feicebuques de hoje, estou verdadeiramente orgulhoso dos meus compatriotas que hoje souberam defender garbosa e apaixonadamente a auto-estima diplomática do Estado Português, sem se deixarem condicionar por essas entidades abstractas a que outros chamam "pessoas" - "portugueses" e "angolanos" - meros artifícios retóricos ante necessários estadismos e inevitáveis estatismos. E, indo para além de questões ideológicas, dá-se que os mesmos paladinos da Verdade criticam com conhecimento de causa! Sempre que aterro em Lisboa, aprendo imenso sobre o que se passa em Luanda -- assim que entro no taxi! Verdeiramente, nunca me tinha ocorrido que se os taxistas são tão sábios, as elites só podem ser um firmamento.

Welfare Pays More than Minimum Wage

Welfare Pays More than Minimum Wage in 35 States: Q&A with Cato's Michael Tanner

segunda-feira, outubro 14, 2013

Rant Liberal do Dia

Reportagem na SIC-Notícias sobre o novo Museu dos Coches. Uns dizem que há dinheiro para acabar o edifício, e que basta "vontade" para coisas maravilhosas acontecerem. Outros dizem que a operação dará prejuízo, mas nenhuma palavra sobre a recuperação do investimento (renda sacada à economia, >30M€). Socialismos para todos os gostos.

Gender Balance Directive

Godfrey Bloom exposes the fallacy of the EU's gender balance directive

domingo, outubro 13, 2013

the violence of statism

Encouraging Signs por Butler Shaffer:
The meaning of “anarchy” is found in the word itself: one dictionary refers to “archy” as “rule” or “government.” “An” is a prefix that means “absent,” or “without.” Thus, “anarchy” means “without rule by government.” Since governments are generally defined as “agencies with a legal monopoly on the use of violence,” to defend government is, by definition, to advocate violence as the dominant means by which society is to be organized.

The anarchist philosophy rejects violence, precisely because coercion is a denial of the liberty of individuals to direct their own lives. It is the nature of all living beings to pursue their own ends; a purpose that requires no external force to accomplish. When violence is employed against another, it is an admission that life is being forced to do what it chooses not to do, or to refrain from doing what it chooses to do. Government – the monopolist of violence – is, therefore, organized and revered on the principle of being at war with the fundamental processes of life.
.. on a micro level (i.e., where ordinary people live their daily lives) peaceful relationships with others, and with respect for the inviolability of one another’s boundaries, are the norm. But the statists have no interest in individual purposes or behavior – other than as examples of deviance to be brought under their control – for theirs is a macro world; a universe of abstractions to be subjected to their management.

As statists pursue their accusations of what they insist on seeing as the violent motivations of anarchists, I respond as follows. “If I were desirous of employing violence as a means of accomplishing my purposes, I would not condemn the state, but would try to take it over! I would join you guys, who have created this destructive monstrosity and provided it with all kinds of tools of violence with which to subdue and control mankind.

US government greatest enemy of Liberty

Lavabit founder: US government greatest enemy of the Constitution

40 Years Later: Mises

40 Years Later: Mises’s Lasting Legacy por Jörg Guido Hülsmann:
Ludwig von Mises is well known as a fountainhead of the revival of classical liberalism and libertarianism after WWII. But his influence on contemporary political thought was based entirely on his groundbreaking contributions to social analysis, and to monetary economics in particular. At the very moment when inflationist ideas had made their intrusion into the academic world and were about to supersede classical economics, Mises revolutionized the theory of money. He was the first economist to develop a full-fledged explanation of money prices, and he was also the first to develop a comprehensive analysis of the causes and consequences of money production. His work renewed and greatly reinforced the case against monetary interventionism, which had been at the heart of classical economics.
It was Mises’s personal misfortune that, during all of his life, his economic and political ideas were thoroughly out of fashion. But, precisely for this very reason, his legacy is lasting and strong. Today the ideas that Mises had painstakingly refuted have run their course. Inflationism, socialism, and statism have spelled misery, corruption, and chaos. Reading Mises enables us to understand this world, and it helps us to see the road that leads out of these quagmires.

President Ventura (3)

No seguimento de President Ventura (2)

Politicking with Jesse Ventura

Secessão, edição EUA

Is Red State America Seceding?:
The spirit of secession, the desire of peoples to sever ties to nations to which they have belonged for generations, sometimes for centuries, and to seek out their own kind, is a spreading phenomenon.

Scotland is moving toward a referendum on independence from England, three centuries after the Acts of Union. Catalonia pushes to be free of Madrid. Milanese and Venetians see themselves as a European people apart from Sicilians, Neapolitans and Romans.

Dutch-speaking Flanders wants to cut loose of French-speaking Wallonia in Belgium. Francophone Quebec, with immigrants from Asia and the Third World tilting the balance in favor of union, appears to have lost its historic moment to secede from Canada.

What are the forces pulling nations apart? Ethnicity, culture, history and language — but now also economics. And separatist and secessionist movements are cropping up here in the United States.
“Citizens, lend your names to this manifesto and join in the honorable task of rejecting the immoral, corrupt, decaying, dying, failing American Empire and seeking its rapid and peaceful dissolution before it takes us all down with it.”

This sort of intemperate language may be found in Thomas Jefferson’s indictment of George III. If America does not get its fiscal house in order, and another Great Recession hits or our elites dragoon us into another imperial war, we will likely hear more of such talk.

Losing Fear

Losing Fear - For The Children

pelo direito que os outros não escolham por nós

da liberdade de escolha:
.. Cerca de 75% dos casamentos feitos em Portugal terminam em divórcio .. Não apenas isso. Não só a grande maioria dos portugueses não sabe escolher o cônjuge como, a julgar pela tendência, cada vez sabe menos. Mas se os portugueses, na sua grande maioria, não sabem escolher o cônjuge, que razão temos nós para acreditar que eles sabem escolher um partido político, uma ideologia política, um programa de governo ou o homem que irá governar a sua terra nos próximos quatro anos?

Climate Change Reconsidered

Climate Change Reconsidered: Science the U.N. Will Exclude from Its Next Climate Report


A Constituição não passa de um repositório de direitos pagos por terceiros e sem deveres associados, o Código do Trabalho por si só consagra o desemprego e o desincentivo à contratação das pessoas, a Justiça faz o que pode para impedir que empresas e pessoas possam dedicar-se ao que lhes interessa em vez de andarem a perder tempo e a burocracia, caramba, a burocracia. Por si só merecia um Tratado. O papel dos burocratas auto justifica-se nas dificuldades criadas a quem quer que seja que tenha o desplante de tentar combater o Grande Plano. Ou nem isso. Basta que alguém se queira mexer e lá está a burocracia a exigir esta licença, aquela taxa, a certificação, a declaração, a inspecção, o impresso. Especialmente este último: o impresso. Nada se faz sem o impresso e de preferência em triplicado para que não haja dúvidas.

sábado, outubro 12, 2013

Neocons Wrong

Neocons Wrong on Secession, Nullification and the Union

Libertarians vs. Lincoln

We’re the Sweetie-Pie Libertarians:
.. there are perfectly good reasons one might have to oppose the Lincoln regime. Lysander Spooner opposed it, and Spooner supported John Brown. (I suppose Spooner supported slavery?)

A few thoughts off the top of my head:

(1) Lincoln was a man of his time, which means he viewed large, centralized states as self-justifying goals. This was the age of centralization in Italy, Germany, and Japan, after all. Yes, large, centralized states can abolish slavery. They can also wage horrifying wars, carry out genocides, and erect massive police states. As many people were killed in World War I, the first great war of the world’s centralized states, as there had been slaves in the South.

(2) The precedents set by Lincoln during the war have been exploited ever since by left-liberals and neoconservatives, who are all too glad to respond, when you object to some enormity of the War on Terror, “Why, even Lincoln did these things!”

(3) In every other country in our hemisphere in which slavery was abolished in the nineteenth century it was done peacefully, without 1.5 million people dead, wounded, or missing.

(4) The Lincoln legacy involves glorifying wars of nationalism and demonizing efforts at secession, wherever they may be and whatever the circumstances. To this day, Americans are taught to sympathize with central governments trying to keep territories from breaking away, and to look with disgust at smaller units seeking self-government.

(5) Lincoln is the creator of the centralized, imperial regime under which we live today, which is the real reason left-liberals and their neoconservative cousins will brook no criticism of the sixteenth president.

Now I am about to quote one of those Wicked Southerners, which will of course make me suspect of longing for slavery, but Robert E. Lee told the great libertarian Lord Acton in 1866 that “the consolidation of the states into one vast republic, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of that ruin which has overwhelmed all those that have preceded it.”

The Dog-Eat-Dog Welfare State

The Dog-Eat-Dog Welfare State Is Lose-Lose:
The truth is that the goal of the welfare state is to make the productive sacrifice for the unproductive. It establishes the principle that a person is entitled to state support simply by virtue of his need. But the state doesn’t have any money. In order to provide support, it has to take money from the people who earned it. Translation? A person’s need entitles him to your money. The less value he creates, the more rewards you owe him—and the more value you create, the greater your duty to serve him, and all the Daveys of the world. As Ayn Rand put it in her novel Atlas Shrugged, “If you succeed, any man who fails is your master; if you fail, any man who succeeds is your serf.”

How is that fair?

sexta-feira, outubro 11, 2013

Taking Back The Power

Ben Swann Truth in Media: Taking Back The Power of The Patriot Act

the stunning arrogance

Obama's Nomination Of Janet Yellen Is A Blow To Recovery-Starved Americans:
Implicit in Yellen wanting to run the Fed is a belief that the cost of credit, easily the most important price in the world after the dollar, should be manipulated by her and other supposedly wise individuals laboring alongside her. Think about the stunning arrogance that underpins such a belief. The 20th century was in a sick-inducing way a gift to humanity for showing in murderously brutal fashion the horrors of central planning, yet Yellen honestly believes that she can divine the cost of credit better than can the infinite actions and decisions taking place every millisecond among billions of humans in the private markets.

President Ventura (2)

No seguimento de President Ventura,

Ventura/Stern 2016 - Pros and Cons (Jeff Giles)

O gado contribuinte escapa-se

Tenho várias - demasiadas - objecções a esta "reportagem" Jovens portugueses qualificados emigram para poder "ser adultos", mas esta passagem é deliciosa:
Do lado de cá, e também porque não precisam das autoridades portuguesas para planear a sua saída, "estes jovens escapam totalmente às malhas das políticas públicas", ou seja, "deixam de existir". Assim, a única coisa que o país ganha com estas saídas é redução das taxas de desemprego, segundo Teixeira Lopes: "O país não conseguirá rentabilizar o facto de ter pessoas altamente qualificadas e bem inseridas no mercado de trabalho francês, se não conseguir chegar até estes jovens".


The New Mises.org

Why Climate Science is Fallible

Why Climate Science is Fallible:
The popular conception is that scientists dispassionately discover truth through a foolproof technique called the scientific method. In some simplistic views, the scientific method reduces to a series of procedural steps analogous to instructions in a cookbook. The results produced by this hypothetical scientific method are verified by something called peer review, a process that allegedly certifies reliability.

But the common understanding of science is largely an ignorant misconception.

Although most science is based on observation and reason, there is no such thing as an agreed upon scientific method. It doesn’t exist.
Peer review is a highly unreliable process that produces nothing but opinion .. Furthermore, the peer review process may be, and usually is, cynically manipulated. Scientists aggregate in social cliques that facilitate orthodoxy and suppress dissent. When manuscripts are submitted for review authors are commonly asked to suggest reviewers. Invariably these tend to be acquaintances holding the same views. Thus peer review often amounts to pal review. Neither does peer review detect fraud.
A group of people offered billions of dollars to investigate climate change is unlikely to conclude that it is a benign, natural process unworthy of further attention.


This One Time At Anarchy Camp. . .

Our Enemy, The State

Our Enemy, The State (Part 1: Social Power vs. State Power) by Albert Jay Nock

quinta-feira, outubro 10, 2013

Escolhas públicas

Alternativas por André Azevedo Alves:
Mas talvez a lição mais importante - a ter em conta na apreciação do OE 2014 - é que o sucesso dos grupos de pressão mais poderosos na protecção dos seus interesses transfere inevitavelmente os custos do ajustamento para sectores politicamente menos poderosos.

O País no qual se visa obter uma poupança de 100 milhões de euros com esta medida é o mesmo que continua a canalizar cerca de 200 milhões por ano para a RTP e que insiste em adiar a privatização da TAP. É também o mesmo país que "salvou" o BPN e que mantém um sistema de ensino superior estatal com muitos milhares de vagas por preencher. Tudo, naturalmente, à custa do contribuinte.

quarta-feira, outubro 09, 2013

Free nations trade freely

Free nations trade freely

Rant Liberal do Dia

“Pedir desculpa é uma expressão que não é do léxico da diplomacia”:
Nesta porcaria de país e de "ordem internacional" em que vivemos, conspurcada pro todo o tipo de socialismos nacionalistas, os Estados têm direito a orgulhos, disposições psicológicas, e outras manifestações de imaturidade emocional mais próprias de uma miúda de 9 anos no Facebook. Portugal bem pode ser uma república das bananas no que diz respeito ao segredo de justiça, mas para fora tem de encher a boca com o "Estado de Direito". Aparentemente a crispação entre Estados faz bem à miserável auto-estima dos estatistas, tanto no poder como na plateia. Que o tal de "Estado Direito" funcione, para bem das pessoas tanto em território nacional como fora, não parece entrar no "léxico".

terça-feira, outubro 08, 2013

Why business can be good at solving social problems

Michael Porter: Why business can be good at solving social problems

o legislador sociopata

Ideias para o ministro da economia. Ou: o legislador sociopata. Ou: por que razão neste país nada se consegue fazer.:
Como o legislador sociopata não conhece outra realidade que não a dos meandros públicos ou partidários, onde o dinheiro dos contribuintes é visto como inesgotável, ou das grandes empresas com ligações ao estado, novamente com grandes recursos, supõe que também as PME e as microempresas têm recursos à larga para desperdiçarem nestas sociopatias.

E nestas regulamentações imbecis o nosso governo ultra-uber-neo-liberal não achou por bem mexer. Mas ainda vão a tempo, se para aí estiverem virados.

segunda-feira, outubro 07, 2013

Altruism or Capitalism

Altruism or Capitalism: Which Moral Code Should We Adopt?

smart money not with stupid

Crash boom bang — The smart money is starting to abandon the CO2 vessel:
While the IPCC and a number of key political figures such as Merkel and Obama are stubbornly staying the course, the smart money has already started to react. More and more lifeboats can be seen leaving the ship. The giant Desertec project aiming at producing solar energy for Europe in the Sahara desert is virtually dead in the sand. Spain is severely cutting back on its “renewable” subsidies. The German solar sector is in free fall, with big players such as Siemens and Bosch closing shop at a loss. Wind energy seems to be more robust, but even the market leader, Danish company Vestas, is experiencing severe headwinds. And last but not least, some governments such as those of Czechia and Australia prove their common sense by throwing useless “renewable” policies over board. As soon as this trend will have gained enough momentum, one might expect to see a new generation of scientists emerge producing nice colorful computer charts proving beyond doubt that CO2 is beneficial for plant growth and thus for feeding our populations.

domingo, outubro 06, 2013

How Democracy Really Works

The Diner From Hell (How Democracy Really Works)

Mais modelo sueco

Norway breaks with social democracy:
Until recently oil-rich Norway has remained unique, as the only nation where Social Democrats have resisted change to highly generous welfare benefits. In 1999 the former Swedish social democratic minister of business, Björn Rosengren, famously called Norway “the last Soviet state” due to the lack of willingness to adopt market policies. But now even Norway is shifting ..
.. although Norway has yet to introduce market liberalizations which promote competition, reduce state involvement in the economy and promote workfare policies, it seems headed in this direction. Norwegians can continue to afford an overly generous welfare system. But they have good reasons to be concerned over the social and economic consequences that follow long‑term welfare dependency and deterioration of the work ethic. Like many other European systems, Norway has much to gain in bringing in more emphasis on individual responsibility and free markets ..

Supply-chain socialism

Talking about controlling conflict minerals:
.. Their proposal is that everyone (yes, all individuals and all companies, those who first introduce a product onto the EU market) must be legally responsible for the entire supply chain of the ingredients in what they are selling. They seem not to get that no one at all knows how to make any particular product. They'd not even heard of I Pencil. No one person, no one company, knows how to make a pencil: or a smartphone, a computer, nor almost any piece of modern day gizmoidery. So how in heck can anyone track down the entire supply chain for doing this? Let alone agree to be legally responsible for the entirety of it?

They are quite literally insisting that if I ship in a box of Chinese pencil sharpeners to sell on e-Bay (of the soon to be popular "Hello Rover!" brand) then I am legally responsible for ensuring that the steel making the blade was not made from conflict mineral tungsten. Which means tracking back through any number of Chinese companies not just to a steel mill but to the ferro-alloy producer before that and interrogating him as to where he got his ammonium paratungstate from. Which means going further back to the plant that made that from the original ore. And I've got to do that again with the screw that keeps the blade in place.

These people are of course mad. For the entire point and purpose of a market economy is that I cannot know all of that and it is the markets that ensure that I don't need to. I can just look at the prices to see where I'm going to get my gear from. I am entirely blind as to what happens two or four steps down the line from me: the point being that the system simply cannot work any other way. Full supply chain analysis, of the sort they are insisting that everyone should do, entirely negates that value of a market economy for us. We're back to being GOSPLAN and look how well that system worked.

Death, Taxes and Death Taxes

'Death Tax' killing small businesses

Immoral Greenpeace

Has Greenpeace lost its moral compass?:
The two senior founders of Greenpeace, Jim Bohlen and Irving Stowe, were Quakers, a faith that emphasizes peace and humanitarian goals. Greenpeace’s first campaign to prevent nuclear war was indeed a humanitarian campaign, an effort to prevent untold suffering among people, as well as to prevent the destruction and contamination of the environment.

As time went on Greenpeace evolved to take on many other campaigns; save the whales, stop the baby seal slaughter, end the dumping of toxic waste into the air and water, making Antarctica into a World Park. During my 15-year tenure a change occurred, from concern for the welfare of people to a belief that humans were the enemy of the earth.

sábado, outubro 05, 2013

Feliz dia da Secessão

Government Looking for Witches Will Find You

Government Looking for Witches Will Find Them por Andrew P. Napolitano:
If the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — which are the stated reasons for forming the United States of America in the first place — mean anything, they mean that we all possess the inalienable right to be different and the inalienable right to be left alone. Neither of these rights can be honored when the government knows all. And when the government knows all, and doesn’t like what it knows, we will have an authoritarian state far more odious than any history has ever known.

On the face of an all-knowing secret government are large and awful eyes — and no smile.

If You Give a Socialist Somebody Else’s Cookie

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by IsItModern?

On Appeasing Envy

On Appeasing Envy por Henry Hazlitt:
Any attempt to equalize wealth or income by forced redistribution must only tend to destroy wealth and income. Historically the best the would-be equalizers have ever succeeded in doing is to equalize downward. This has even been caustically described as their intention. “Your levellers,” said Samuel Johnson in the mid-eighteenth century, “wish to level down as far as themselves; but they cannot bear levelling up to themselves.”
All this does not mean that we should hesitate to take any measure truly calculated to relieve hardship and reduce poverty. What it does mean is that we should never take governmental measures merely for the purpose of trying to assuage the envious or appease the agitators, or to buy off a revolution. Such measures, betraying weakness and a guilty conscience, only lead to more far-reaching and even ruinous demands. A government that pays social blackmail will precipitate the very consequences that it fears.

quinta-feira, outubro 03, 2013

President Ventura

Jesse Ventura: Shutdown is 'despicable,' pardon Manning and Snowden

as crianças pertencem ao Estado, e o dinheiro dos pais também

Am I a 'social leper’ for caring about my kids?:
My crime? Sending my children to private school, of course. I could have done the decent thing and used my earnings to help drive up property prices in a good state-school catchment area; or I could be splurging the same amount of dosh on an annual skiing holiday, a safari and a lease on that nice, chunky Range Rover I’ve always coveted.

But instead, miserable, selfish bastard that I am, I’ve chosen to squander my money on my children’s education. What kind of monster must I be? Well, in my modest opinion, a loving, caring sort of monster, actually. In fact, the way I see it, parents like me shouldn’t be treated like pariahs – or “social lepers” .. We should all be given medals in recognition of our stoicism, our courage and our self-sacrifice for the greater good of the nation.

quarta-feira, outubro 02, 2013

Charter Cities (15)

No seguimento de Charter Cities (14),

What is in store for LEAP zones in Honduras? Q&A with presidentail advisor Mark Klugman

O socialismo

O socialismo dos interesses por André Abrantes do Amaral:
É comum confundir-se um liberal com um defensor dos grandes interesses económicos. Um erro que resulta da ignorância, mas também da má-fé e da incapacidade argumentativa para rebater os pontos de vista do liberalismo.

Na verdade, defendendo um liberal a separação entre os negócios e o Estado, preconiza que o Estado não intervenha na economia. Não favoreça quem quer que seja em detrimento de outros. Não privilegie ninguém; que deixe essa função para os consumidores que escolhem o produto que mais lhes convém.

A percepção desta realidade tem implicações interessantes. Leva a que compreendamos que é o socialismo (e a social-democracia) que se associa aos mais fortes para fazer mexer a economia. Na medida em que o estado socialista (ou social-democrata) vai além das suas meras funções sociais, intervindo na economia e dando incentivos e subsídios a certas empresas para que invistam e se desenvolvam, somos levados a concluir ser o socialismo que se associa aos mais fortes para o cumprimento de metas económicas politicamente estabelecidas.

É assim que um liberal acaba por defender um Estado verdadeiramente independente e livre, apesar de limitado. Que seja um justo mediador de conflitos e um ponto de equilíbrio entre os cidadãos, precisamente porque sujeito ao controlo efectivo dos indivíduos. Para que tal seja conseguido precisamos apenas de políticos que representem o povo, limitando o Estado, ao invés dos que em seu nome restringem as liberdades individuais.

Reasons Obamacare is Not Apple

3 Reasons Obamacare is Not Apple

Citação Liberal do Dia

Let me state this as plainly as possible. The enemy is the state. There are other enemies too, but none so fearsome, destructive, dangerous, or culturally and economically debilitating. No matter what other proximate enemy you can name – big business, unions, victim lobbies, foreign lobbies, medical cartels, religious groups, classes, city dwellers, farmers, left-wing professors, right-wing blue-collar workers, or even bankers and arms merchants – none are as horrible as the hydra known as the leviathan state. If you understand this point – and only this point – you can understand the core of libertarian strategy.
Lew Rockwell

terça-feira, outubro 01, 2013

Rant Liberal do Dia

Há alguém no país que _não_ lamente a falta de conhecimentos básicos de matemática entre miúdos e graúdos? Não há? É assim mesmo! E quantos é que foram votar no Domingo - quando a probabilidade de fazerm a diferença era absurdamente infinitesimal? Porreiro pá!

Abstenção e Legitimidade

Em defesa da abstenção:
Por que razão é que alguém que, por exemplo, votou num partido ou candidato que concorreu a uma eleição com um programa repleto de medidas irrealizáveis ou nocivas; que, com esse voto, deu a sua caução a essas mesmas medidas, tem mais legitimidade que alguém que se absteve por considerar que nenhum partido ou candidato se apresentava com um programa realista ou benéfico?
Por que é que quem cauciona o que depois critica tem mais legitimidade para o fazer do que quem à partida não quis ser cúmplice do eleitoralismo e da politiquice?

O Significado Da Nova Relação de Confiança Entre os Portugueses e o PS:
O Tó-Zé Seguro afirmou ontem depois do resultado das eleições autárquicas, que o “PS obteve o melhor resultado de sempre em autárquicas“, e que “há uma nova relação de confiança entre os portugueses e o PS“. Creio que “esta nova relação” pode ser observada no gráfico e na tabela abaixo, com o PS a registar menos cerca de 250 mil votos (ou menos 12%) dos votos obtidos nas autárquicas de 2009. De salientar o aumento substancial da abstenção, votos brancos e votos nulos.

Leituras (1):
Os votos em branco sobem de 94.627 para 192.832
e os votos nulos de 68.907 para 146.836
A abstenção cresceu em 538.334 eleitores não-votantes.

Abstenção de 47,4%, a mais alta de sempre em eleições locais
Votos brancos e nulos subiram para mais do dobro face a 2009

Bad arguments

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

Citação Liberal do Dia

Via Robert Higgs:
State is the name of the coldest of all cold monsters. Coldly it lies; and this lie slips from its mouth: "I, the state, am the people."

It is a lie! It was creators who created peoples, and hung a faith and a love over them: thus they served life.

Destroyers are they who lay snares for the many, and call it state: they hang a sword and a hundred cravings over them.

Where there are still peoples, the state is not understood, and is hated as the evil eye, and as sin against laws and customs.

This sign I give to you: every people speaks its own language of good and evil, which its neighbor does not understand. It has created its own language of laws and customs.

But the state lies in all the tongues of good and evil; and whatever it says it lies; and whatever it has it has stolen.

Everything in it is false; it bites with stolen teeth, and bites often. It is false down to its bowels.
Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra