segunda-feira, abril 29, 2013

Against the Next War

I’m Already Against the Next War and You Should Be Too:
And of course we can know — when we take the time to think about it, we DO know — that war is evil, that as Sherman put it, it is “all hell,” and that it always, every time, serves the interests of the politicians and their crony corporate profiteers at the expense of the victims on all sides who pay the butcher’s bill in blood, treasure or both.

The state did not invent war (in fact it may have been the other way around), but the state has normalized war. It has perpetuated, and continually worked to perfect, wholesale murder for four centuries now. Not just Kim’s state, but all of them. Even if anarchy resulted only in Hobbes’s imperfect, retail “war of all against all” — a doubtful proposition, in my opinion — that would be a dramatic improvement.

I set my own standards and I alone enforce them


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If you are hungry, I will offer food.
If you are thirsty, I will offer water.
If you are cold, I will offer warmth.
If you are in need, ask and I will give.
If you are in trouble, ask and I will help.

I do not do these things in the hopes of being rewarded, or out of fear of being punished.
I do these things because I know them to be right.
I set my own standards and I alone enforce them.
I am an Anarchist.

depredación

Distorsión y depredación por Joaquín Santiago Rubio:
La preferencia temporal de los ciudadanos es la primera víctima del crecimiento estatal cuya presencia omnipotente induce a exponer recursos públicos ante aquellos, que se excitan por la posibilidad de una captura inmediata. Queremos bienes y servicios rápidamente, y el único mérito que pretendemos atribuirnos es el de gritar y acosar para obtenerlos. En un argot decimonónico, reactivado en el tardofranquismo y nunca desaparecido en democracia, la lucha callejera, desaforada y acosadora, guarda en sí el germen de la validez. "Merezco algo gratis porque lloro, porque insulto, porque envidio, porque sufro". Protestar puede ser la reacción obligada ante un derecho legítimo pisoteado o, por el contrario, constituir la expresión del más primitivo instinto depredador. Mediante lo primero se reclama lo ganado; por lo segundo se accede a lo inmerecido.

el futuro de Cuba

Via O Insurgente,


Ian Vasquez entrevista a la bloguera disidente cubana Yoani Sanchez sobre el futuro de Cuba.

From Democracy to Anarcho-Capitalism

Um grande artigo de Bryan Caplan - Crazy Equilibria: From Democracy to Anarcho-Capitalism:
Imagine advocating democracy a thousand years ago. You sketch your basic idea: "Every few years we'll have a free election. Anyone who wants power can run for office, every adult gets a vote, and whoever gets the most votes runs the government until the next election." How would your contemporaries react?

They would probably call you "crazy." Why? Before you could even get to the second paragraph in your sales pitch, they'd interrupt: "Do you seriously mean to tell us that if the ruling government loses the election, they'll peacefully hand the reins of power over to their rivals?! Yeah, right!"

A thousand years later, the planet is covered with democracies. In most of them, defeated incumbents consistently make the "crazy" decision to peacefully walk away from power. In long-standing democracies, this pattern is so familiar we take it for granted.
Why bring this up? Because like the democrat of a thousand years ago, I advocate a radical political change: anarcho-capitalism. After we've privatized everything else, I think we should privatize the police and courts, and abolish the government.

I know how crazy that sounds. I also know I'm not going to change anyone's mind about this in a blog post. This post has a more modest goal: to convince skeptics that one prominent argument against anarcho-capitalism is greatly over-rated. The argument: "Do you seriously mean to tell us that privatized police companies will peacefully settle disputes, instead of attacking each other until one firm becomes the new government?! Yeah, right!"
Since we've never had anarcho-capitalism, this peaceful equilibrium sounds like wishful thinking. But it's no more wishful thinking than stable democracy. Both systems sound crazy when first proposed. Neither can be stable as long as people expect them to be unstable. But both can be stable once people expect them to be stable.

You could object: The expectations necessary to sustain anarcho-capitalism are highly unlikely to ever arrive. But the same was true for democracy a thousand years ago. Yet somehow, expectations radically changed and stable democracy arrived. How did expectations change so dramatically? It's complicated. But can expectations change dramatically? Absolutely.

Irwin Schiff

No seguimento de Any idiot can consume


Irwin Schiff at the Libertarian Convention 1996
part 1 | part 2

La presunción de un financiero

La presunción de un financiero. La arrogancia intelectual de Nassim Taleb:
El Sr. Taleb ha identificado correctamente algunos problemas que nos podemos encontrar ahí afuera, pero no ha podido darse cuenta de que son consecuencia de una excesiva regulación, y no deficiencias del mercado libre. Él falla al interpretar qué causó estos problemas, y yerra otra vez cuando no ve las ramificaciones de sus muy peligrosas sugerencias. Estas cuatro reglas prácticas, sólidas, sencillas y muy eficaces que, según dice, deben ser impuestas sobre todos nosotros coercitivamente no tendrían la capacidad de resolver ningún problema, pero sí tendrían el poder de hacer al gobierno más grande y más poderoso, restringir la acción humana, privar a los individuos de libertad y anular la función empresarial.

Si al menos uno de los problemas señalados por el Sr. Taleb se dejara en manos del libre mercado para que éste lo solucione, entonces 2013 será un gran año. Si alguna de sus ideas es impuesta de arriba hacia abajo, como él sugiere, entonces 2013 será un año pésimo.

Guerra do Iraque


Iraq: A Decade of Hell

Society gunned down

Society Falls:
Gun control is not about guns. It is about control. The criminals have legalized their actions and use guns to do it. The main thrust of the need for common gun ownership is not simply to protect ourselves against petty thieves –only official ones. We mustn’t think of weapons as preventing tyranny in the future. They should be used –if there is any sense of justice left in this wicked world –as protecting against all crimes, both legal and illegal, both denounced and approved, conducted by all persons public and private, foreign and domestic.

Gun control is not some horizontal line that is crossed from freedom into despotism. Rather, it is a point on a vertical line, a long trail of abuses which have been in play for over a hundred years in this country.

It establishes little new authority. It only makes it easier and safer for a certain group of people –those in charge of society– to continue their plunder. How can we protect each other when a State-sanctioned theft occurs? Or a kidnapping (which has been improperly labeled as “wrongful arrest”)? Or perhaps this institution threatens to prevent a business from operating simply because that business expressed an opinion which those with guns do not like? How should we then protect ourselves? The State does not create community, it destroys it! Without the means to protect ourselves and our neighbor to systemic criminality, what will become of society?

Education Is NOT The Same As Schooling

Menos Estado mais prosperidade

Ainda Sobre Reinhart-Rogoff:
Eu acho que não é preciso nenhum estudo para chegar à conclusão que, tudo o resto constante (ceteris paribus), um país que tenha que gastar parte da riqueza para pagar juros crescentes cujo valor económico é zero está em desvantagem em relação a um país que possa usar de forma produtiva essa riqueza.
O que nos traz à opção 3. que lhe vou chamar “Redução do Estado” e que consiste numa redução substancial do peso e estrutura do estado acompanhada de uma redução significativa de todos os impostos. Esta redução permitiria que os recursos se mantivessem no sector privado onde são utilizados de forma mais útil e eficiente ao mesmo tempo que a perspectiva de se ficar com uma parte maior do fruto do seu trabalho, investimento e risco, estimularia a actividade económica – o que por si, até poderia resultar num aumento de receitas fiscais. Esta opção não deixa de ser para já um “wishful thinking” dada a constituição, a configuração política e a mentalidade vigente. Quem sabe um dia, a realidade ou a matemática imponham um caminho diferente.

Welfare dependency


Dan Mitchell

Marxismo: a máquina assassina

Marxismo: a máquina assassina por R.J. Rummel:
Há uma lição supremamente importante para a vida humana e para o bem-estar da humanidade que deve ser aprendida com este horrendo sacrifício oferecido no altar de uma ideologia: ninguém jamais deve usufruir de poderes ilimitados.

Quanto mais poder um governo usufrui para impor as convicções de uma elite ideológica ou religiosa, ou para decretar os caprichos de um ditador, maior a probabilidade de que vidas humanas sejam sacrificadas e que o bem-estar de toda a humanidade seja destruído. À medida que o poder do governo vai se tornando cada vez mais irrestrito e alcança todos os cantos da sociedade e de sua cultura, maior a probabilidade de que esse poder exterminará seus próprios cidadãos.

À medida que uma elite governante adquire o poder de fazer tudo o que quiser, seja para satisfazer suas próprias vontades pessoais ou, como é o caso dos marxistas de hoje, para implantar aquilo que acredita ser certo e verdadeiro, ela poderá impor seus desejos sem se importar com os custos em vidas humanas. O poder é a condição necessária para os assassinatos em massa. Quando uma elite obtém autoridade plena, várias causas e condições poderão se combinar para produzir o genocídio, o terrorismo, os massacres ou quaisquer assassinatos que os membros dessa elite sintam serem necessários. No entanto, o que tem de estar claro é que é o poder — irrestrito, ilimitado e desenfreado — o verdadeiro assassino.

segunda-feira, abril 22, 2013

Soviet growth


CA vs. The Suburbs: Planners, Smart Growth, and the Manhattan Delusion

75 (3)

No seguimento de 75 (2),
.. in the late nineteenth century, statism and Big Government returned, but this time displaying a proindustrial and pro-general-welfare face. The Old Order returned, but this time the beneficiaries were shuffled a bit; they were not so much the nobility, the feudal landlords, the army, the bureaucracy, and privileged merchants as they were the army, the bureaucracy, the weakened feudal landlords, and especially the privileged manufacturers. Led by Bismarck in Prussia, the New Right fashioned a right-wing collectivism based on war, militarism, protectionism, and the compulsory cartelization of business and industry — a giant network of controls, regulations, subsidies, and privileges which forged a great partnership of Big Government with certain favored elements in big business and industry.

Something had to be done, too, about the new phenomenon of a massive number of industrial wage workers — the "proletariat." During the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, indeed until the late nineteenth century, the mass of workers favored laissez-faire and the free competitive market as best for their wages and working conditions as workers, and for a cheap and widening range of consumer goods as consumers. Even the early trade unions, e.g., in Great Britain, were staunch believers in laissez-faire. New conservatives, spearheaded by Bismarck in Germany and Disraeli in Britain, weakened the libertarian will of the workers by shedding crocodile tears about the condition of the industrial labor force, and cartelizing and regulating industry, not accidentally hobbling efficient competition. Finally, in the early twentieth century, the new conservative "corporate state" — then and now the dominant political system in the Western world — incorporated "responsible" and corporatist trade unions as junior partners to Big Government and favored big businesses in the new statist and corporatist decision-making system.
In Germany, Bismarck was able to split the previously almost triumphant liberals by setting up the lure of unification of Germany by blood and iron. In both countries, the result was the destruction of the liberal cause.
Murray Rothbard, For a New Liberty

AntiRacist Fascism


AntiRacist Hitler

The bankruptcy of governments

The bankruptcy of governments por Alasdair Macleod:
For a long time governments have been redistributing peoples’ income and wealth in the name of fairness. They provide for the unemployed, the sick, and the elderly. The state provides. You can depend on the state. The result is nearly everyone in all advanced countries now depends on the state.
.. The classical economists explained the benefits of doing away with tariffs and the guilds. This revelation was instrumental to the industrial revolution. Then along came Marx who persuaded people that economics was a class interest, that free market economists were promoting the interests of the bourgeois businessman to the disadvantage of the worker. That became the justification for communism and socialism .. Keynes was no more an economist than Karl Marx, whose beliefs led to the economic destruction of Russia and China; or John Law, who bankrupted France, with similar fallacies to those of Keynes.
Let me define economics for you at the simplest level. We divide our labour. Each one of us is a consumer; an entrepreneur whether for wages or profit; and a saver for the future. We invest savings to improve production. Each of us discharges these three functions in the proportions we choose as individuals, we interact with others doing the same thing. We exchange our goods at mutually agreed prices using money to facilitate the exchange. We use money to keep score, and that money has to be sound for our calculations to mean anything. Together we are society itself, each providing things others want and will pay for.

The state has no role in this process. Instead it is a cost to society, because it takes some of our spending and savings to support itself. The more the state takes the greater the burden. It destroys society’s potential wealth. But it has not stopped there. Socialism forces the vast majority of people to give up saving and rely on the state to provide. Governments everywhere are now encumbered with obligations they cannot possibly discharge.
The misallocation of economic resources which is the result of decades of increasing government intervention cannot go on indefinitely. Businesses have stopped investing, which is why big business’s cash reserves are so high. Money is no longer being invested in production; it is going into asset bubbles. Dot-coms, residential property, and now on the back of zero interest rates government bonds and equities. These booms have hidden the underlying malaise. There can be no economic recovery. Our bureaucrat-carrying marathon runner is finally collapsing under his burden.
There can only be one outcome: the bankruptcy of governments.

Global Warming Denial


'Man-made global-warming' hypothesis dead in the water - Godfrey Bloom MEP

relentless, ignorant criticism

The Rodney Dangerfields of the Ideological Universe por Robert Higgs:
Libertarian anarchists are the Rodney Dangerfields of the ideological universe. Born and reared in a world pervaded by the state and statism, we must fight our way through a dense jungle of clinging, collectivist vines, obscured by murky, mendacious propaganda, and populated by brainwashed lizards, political opportunists, and a multitude of wormy moochers. If we are hardy and continue to hack our way toward the light of truth, we ultimately grasp an understanding of the state in all its violent, unscrupulous, and shameless glory. Our reward for these arduous efforts is being seen as kooks and weirdos, at best, and all too often as unwashed, bomb-throwing vandals bent on senseless acts of destruction. I tell ya, we don’t get no respect at all.
I was not consulted. Statists and their supporters created this world. My fate was to be tossed into it, only to realize, in the fullness of time, how utterly fouled up it is owing to the state’s pervasive involvement in it.

Punishment is unpleasant even when one has sinned and has it coming, but punishment—and even relentless, ignorant criticism—is even worse when one’s only crime is that one has, after long and difficult effort, pried open his eyes to see the state and its actions for what they are—the emperor that has no clothes, the falsest of false gods, the fairy tale that nearly everybody believes even though it consists of little more than fantastic counter-factual claims and dreamy wishful thinking.

Saving Patagonia’s Grasslands


Saving Patagonia’s Grasslands

The Fact-Free Gun-Control Crusade

The Fact-Free Gun-Control Crusade por Thomas Sowell - um artigo que merece ser lido na íntegra, fica um excerto:
One of the dangerous inconsistencies of many, if not most, gun-control crusaders is that those who are most zealous to get guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens are often not nearly as concerned about keeping violent criminals behind bars. Leniency toward criminals has long been part of the pattern of gun-control zealots on both sides of the Atlantic. When the insatiable desire to crack down on law-abiding citizens with guns is combined with an attitude of leniency toward criminals, it can hardly be surprising when tighter gun-control laws are accompanied by rising rates of crime, including murders.




should you obey all laws?


Subcommitte - Walter E Williams

Any idiot can consume (2)

No seguimento de Any idiot can consume, Production versus Consumption por George Reisman

Production versus Consumption por George Reisman:
.. There are two fundamental views of economic life. One dominated the economic philosophy of the nineteenth century, under the influence of the British classical economists, such as Adam Smith and David Ricardo. The other dominated the economic philosophy of the seventeenth century, under the influence of Mercantilism, and has returned to dominate the economic philosophy of the twentieth century, largely under the influence of Lord Keynes.

What distinguishes these two views is this: In the nineteenth century, economists identified the fundamental problem of economic life as how to expand production. Implicitly or explicitly, they perceived the base both of economic activity and economic theory in the fact that man's life and well-being depend on the production of wealth. Man's nature makes him need wealth; his most elementary judgments make him desire it; the problem, they held, is to produce it. Economic theory, therefore, could take for granted the desire to consume, and focus on the ways and means by which production might be increased.

In the twentieth century, economists have returned to the directly opposite view. Instead of the problem being understood as how continuously to expand production in the face of a limitless desire for wealth resulting from the limitless possibilities of improvement in the satisfaction of man's needs, the problem is erroneously believed to be how to expand the desire to consume so that consumption may be adequate to production. Economic theory in the twentieth century takes production for granted and focuses on the ways and means by which consumption may be increased. It proceeds as though the problem of economic life were not the production of wealth, but the production of consumption.
The consumptionist's advocacy of consumption by those who do not produce, to ensure the prosperity of those who do, is, the productionist argues, a pathological response to an economic world which the consumptionist imagines to be ruled by pathology. The consumptionist has always before him the pathology of the miser. His reasoning is dominated by the thought of cash hoarding ..

Hoarding is not the only phenomenon upon which the consumptionist seizes. Where nothing in reality will serve, the consumptionist is highly adept at bringing forth totally imaginary causes of economic catastrophe. Invariably, the solution advanced is consumption by those who have not produced, for the sake of those who have. Always, the goal is to demonstrate the necessity and beneficial effect of parasitism — to present parasitism as a source of general prosperity.

Deficitugal

Via O Insurgente, Género trivial pursuit: qual foi o único país que esteve 14 anos no euro com 14 défices excessivos? Bingo!

Tragedy Elicits State Worship

The Boston Marathon Bombings, Selective Empathy, and State Worship por John Glaser:
Whenever there is a horrible attack like this one, Americans invariably morph their feelings of anger and sadness into overt expressions of state worship. It seems almost instinctual. Everybody starts proclaiming their love for the USA – their pride and admiration for the police, military, and elected officials.

This is not trivial. States are violent institutions by their very nature, but they thrive on what is called “stability” because stability means people aren’t unsatisfied and disillusioned and are therefore less likely to question the authority of the government and “cause trouble.” It is a testament to hundreds of years of ideological propaganda in concert with state formation that the first instinct of most people after such an incident is to rally around the flag, the government, its officials, and its armed militias.

In times like these, patriotism and nationalistic fervor take over – which is just another way of saying dissent and self-criticism are met with heightened hostility.

Defining Racism


Walter E Williams - Defining Racism

the "Enterprise Society"

Margaret Thatcher: How I Privatised Britain and Rebooted the "Enterprise Society":
A system of state control can't be made good merely because it is run by "clever" people who make the arrogant assertion that they "know best" and that they are serving the "public interest" interest which of course is determined by them. State control is fundamentally bad because it denies people the power to choose and the opportunity to bear responsibility for their own actions.

Conversely, privatisation shrinks the power of the state and free enterprise enlarges the power of the people.
For Britain, the 1970s was a decade of decline: even worse than that, our people seemed to accept it. Our nationalised industries were inefficient, overmanned, and weakened by restrictive practices. Government had no business being in business.

We tackled privatisation in the way which best suited us.
Altogether, through our programme, we demonstrated that we could rebuild an enterprise society and we showed that privatisation worked. It was better for the consumer, better for the taxpayer, and better for the health of an industrial and commercial country. Many others followed our example.

Indeed as the Economist put it:
Nationalisation, once all the rage, is out; privatisation is in. And the followers of the new fashion are of the left, the right and all hues in between.

domingo, abril 21, 2013

Sugar socialism


John Stossel - One Sweet Deal

O Estado Social

A caminho do Estado "social" por Alberto Gonçalves:
Se não for pedir demasiado, convém que as pessoas decidam se preferem corrigir as contas públicas pelo lado do emagrecimento da coisa pública ou pelo lado do emagrecimento dos contribuintes (também existe aquela ala folclórica que prefere não corrigir contas nenhumas, mas aqui falo de gente crescida). O que não se pode é defender apenas o fisco que estrangula os outros ou a poupança que não nos afecta. Condenar o aumento de impostos e, em simultâneo, atacar o seu reverso é, sem ofensa, uma palermice.
.. um Governo austero com o dinheiro alheio é melhor do que um Governo magnânimo. Infelizmente, o estranho "liberalismo" do primeiro-ministro e do ministro das Finanças é na essência pouquíssimo liberal. Sempre que não se entretêm a saquear os cidadãos, os esforços deles dedicam-se a evitar reformas e a adiar os "cortes" de 4 mil milhões, agora elevados a 5 mil e 300 milhões ou, há quem garanta, a 7 mil milhões. Caso alguma vez procedam de facto ao "corte" estrutural de uns cêntimos será sob ameaça da troika, a qual, se continuarmos a brincar às nações independentes, seca definitivamente a fonte e transforma-nos enfim no Estado "social" com que tanto sonhamos. "Social" no sentido de miserável, claro.

Taxes Are What We Pay for an Impoverished Society


Taxes Are What We Pay for an Impoverished Society | Panel Discussion

evil actions

Robert Higgs:
Socialists, social democrats, progressives, and others of such ilk consider the state a force for great potential good to humanity and therefore strive to control it in order to make it realize this potential. They obsess on helping the poor, the handicapped, the socially marginalized, and others seemingly left in misery under "capitalism." Yet they disregard completely the nature of the state itself, an organization whose very existence presupposes the use or threat of violence against one and all in order to acquire the means of its own support and to enforce its dictates against anyone with the temerity to resist or evade them. In practice, of course, states complement their ultimate reliance on violence with copious quantities of fraud, corruption, self-dealing, croneyism, wanton waste, and self-aggrandizement. In sum, the paramount organization by which the left-statists presume to do great good is itself inherently engaged in the vilest activities from the get-go, and the larger it grows, the greater do its intrinsic evils become.

Conservatives, classical liberals, and other anti-socialists differ only in degree, not in kind, because although they claim to seek limits on the state's size, scope, and power, they nevertheless exalt it as an indispensable means of keeping order, enforcing property rights, and supplying public goods. By supposing that the state can be kept from gravitating, when it is not lurching, toward complete authoritarianism, the right-statists reveal either insincerity or naïveté.

As St. Thomas Aquinas instructed us, "An evil action cannot be justified by reference to a good intention." So much for the state as a moral resort for the well-intentioned of all stripes.

Eurocommunism


EU Common Criminals

Sacred Spontaneous Order

Spontaneous Order: Awakening the Sacred:
In markets, humans search through these endless networks of possibility, combining and recombining resources and technologies with never-ending freshness in ever-changing contexts. (This is similar to what science writer Matt Ridley calls “ideas having sex.”)
The “econosphere,” as Kauffman calls it, roils with novelty and creativity, just like the biosphere. Markets are the collective expression of our creative work, and they are more than the sum of individuals that compose it. We do not fully understand them, and we cannot predict them. We never will, because things will always suddenly appear and change the course of their evolution. But in their creativity, Kauffman believes we can rediscover the sacred. To sacralize, after all, is to venerate the sources of creativity that are beyond any one mere human’s own powers of creation. For many in the past this was an all-powerful Creator God. For Kauffman, it is the natural creativity of the universe.

To say markets exhibit something sacred is not “market fundamentalism.” Many times, markets are just as fragile as ecosystems, and certainly can be just as messy and inefficient. But this is what gives them their beauty. Evolution, co-evolution, and emergence push us toward novelty.

Markets are merely one expression of the ceaseless creativity of the universe, as particles become atoms, atoms become molecules, molecules become organisms, organisms become simple life, simple life becomes thoughtful humans, and humans become societies and economies.


Read more: http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/spontaneous-order-awakening-the-sacred#ixzz2QADFqAxL

Not State Property


You Don't Need To Sign A Piece Of Paper To Not Be State Property

anticapitalismo cultural

O Zé não poupa por Carlos Guimarães Pinto:
Se pedir um empréstimo, o Zé é, aos olhos do estado, um pobre explorado pela banca, merecedor de benesses fiscais que o ajudem a ultrapassar as dificuldades. Se o empréstimo correr para o torto ainda pode beneficiar de algumas benesses da justiça. A justiça social assim o impõe. Já se poupar para comprar a casa, o mesmo Zé passa ao papel de rico capitalista a viver à custa dos retornos de capital.em nome da mesma justiça social, o Zé agora tem que pagar impostos sobre esses retornos. Com algum azar, se a coisa der para o torto ainda se arrisca a que ao fim de 10 anos os euros poupados se tornem em Chicos. E ninguém terá pena dele, afinal, se ele tem 60 mil euros no banco só pode ser rico, e é obrigação dos ricos contribuir para o bem comum.

O Zé, que antes estava indeciso, acabou de decidir: irá pedir um empréstimo. Acumular capital em Portugal é uma actividade de alto risco.

Any idiot can consume


Irwin Schiff Talking Sense on the Consuming Economy

ruas sempre a descer

Austeridade: em França, é rigor,
Em tempos, .. na aldeia .. havia um maluco que dizia que, se mandasse, a ruas seriam só a descer.

Os seus conterrâneos esforçavam-se logo por mostrar que tal não seria possível. Mesmo assim, o homem insistia: se for eu a mandar as ruas serão só a descer.
Foi então que descobri que a ilusão de que a vontade política pode mudar a realidade tem tradição. Uma tradição de visionários que deixou marca no ensino e nas demais políticas públicas. Daí as vias abertas ao crescimento sem austeridade, aos direitos sem deveres e a mais e mais despesa. Até que a realidade deu sinal de vida e os credores entraram porta adentro. Mais uma vez. Mas tal não obsta ao elogio a quem nos arruinou e ao insulto a quem empresta. Daí a acusação ao Vítor de ser um tecnocrata ao serviço de estrangeiros.

Entretanto, o País imaginário da Constituição louva-se no consenso democrático e socialista, sem se reconhecer nos interesses instalados e desenvolvidos a coberto do Estado de Bem-estar. Ou será antes de Bem-estar do Estado?

Volta e meia a malta indigna-se: "Rua com a ‘troika'". O que faz crescer a popularidade de quem condena os sintomas e apoia as causas do nosso empobrecimento.

Economic Freedom in Africa


Economic Freedom in Africa | An Interview with Scott Beaulier

The Adams Law of Slow-Moving Disasters

Fact Checking: Adams Law of Slow-Moving Disasters por Scott Adams:
I'm skeptical of any claim so big and contrarian, but it does fit with The Adams Law of Slow-Moving Disasters. Simply stated, my observation is that whenever humanity can see a slow-moving disaster coming, we find a way to avoid it. Let's run through some examples:

Thomas Malthus famously predicted that the world would run out of food as the population grew. Instead, humans improved their farming technology.

When I was a kid, it was generally assumed that the world would be destroyed by a global nuclear war. The world has been close to nuclear disaster a few times, but so far we've avoided all-out nuclear war.

The world was supposed to run out of oil by now, but instead we keep finding new ways to extract it from the ground. The United States has unexpectedly become a net provider of energy.
Can anyone give me an example of a potential global disaster that the general public saw coming, with at least a ten year warning, and it actually happened as predicted?

Climate Change & Global Greening

No seguimento de


John Stossel - Climate Change & Global Greening

a sua vida nas mãos dos leitores da ¡HOLA!

Laissez Faire por Don Boudreaux:
.. every time I’m in a supermarket check-out lane and catch the headlines of the reading materials on sale there – soap-opera digests, magazines featuring Oprah and other entertainment celebrities, and the like – I literally get a bit of a queazy feeling in the pit of my stomach. It somewhat sickens me that people care who Jennifer Anniston is dating, what Oprah is eating, or why male hunk du jour just ditched female sex-goddess du jour for some other equally vacuous if va-va-va-voom!-inducing babe. I don’t wish to prevent anyone from reading about or caring deeply about these matters about which I truly couldn’t care less. But it scares me that people who read that nonsense – because they care about that nonsense - have a say in how my life is conducted. I resent the fact that such people, if only through the ballot box, influence how government orders me about.

The more expansive is the scope of government authority, the more my life is subject to commands issued in part under the influence of people who read Us magazine.

Scary.

Exchange

Recognizing the State for What It Is

Recognizing the State for What It Is por Aaron Ross Powell:
This love affair with the idea of the state is what baffles me most about non-libertarians. Arguments about data I understand. Disputes about whether free markets or heavy regulations produce better results I can get. But at some deep level, I simply don’t see how someone can look at one group of people telling another group of people what to do—and backing it up with threats of force—and say, “Therein lies utopia.”
One reason the state looks like such an appealing avenue for such action—as opposed to, say, one-on-one intimidation—is that using the state to coerce others costs the voters so little. If you don’t do what I want you to do, and I vote for a law to make you, enforcement of that law gets done by someone else. I don’t have to risk my own safety or take up my own time compelling you.
The state is not “us.” Rather, it’s a group of us, acting (sometimes) on the orders of a larger group of us, and using force to compel another group of us to do things they don’t want to do. We need a state because there are some people who would do awful things if given the opportunity, and because when awful things are done, the perpetrators need to be coerced into compensating the victims. But we should never lose sight of what the state is, and never let utopian thinking about “government as ‘us’” cloud our moral standards to such a degree that we shrug at—or, worse, encourage—outright evils.

quarta-feira, abril 10, 2013

Ron Paul Talking Foreign Policy


Ron Paul On Fox's Off The Record Talking Foreign Policy 02/06/12

Libertarian pessimism

Libertarian Wishful Thinking por Robert Higgs:
In truth, the time for liberty lovers to make a stand that had a fighting chance of success was a century ago. But that chance was squandered, if indeed it ever packed much punch. Powerful economic, institutional, and ideological currents were working against it even then, and by now those currents, swelled by the self-interested efforts of several generations of statists in positions of great power and influence, have grown into a mighty river. This fascistic Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it wasn’t built by accident, either. It is not so flimsy that it will collapse because someone gives a libertarian-sounding speech in the Senate, because thousands of powerless college students turn out to hear Ron Paul speak, or because a writer embeds a libertarian sentiment in a film script. These things, however much they may cheer the libertarian heart, are the equivalent of the proverbial sparrow pecking at a pyramid. Wishful thinking about the impending triumph of liberty may be uplifting for libertarians, but it avails neither them nor the world anything of real importance.

Minimum Wage (4)

No seguimento de Minimum Wage (3)


Minimum Wage (4)

Bitcoin - competing currencies

A Rebuttal To Bitcoin: Money of the Future or Old-Fashioned Bubble?:
Korda writes, “ .. there are numerous knockoffs such as litecoin, namecoin, and freicoin in place.” By this statement, it seems that Korda doesn’t understand that none of the digital currencies mentioned are in anyway interchangeable, that they all have different underlying economic structures, and none of them share a common ledger or network. They are all totally independent digital currency systems.

So in essence, what we are seeing here is the market at work. I personally think competition in currencies is a good thing. The guys who created Litecoin think their system of money creation is better than the guys who came up with Bitcoin, so they are putting their currency out there in the hopes that people will chose it over other alternatives. So far, the market seems to prefer Bitcoin by a large margin. Korda seems to think this is a point against digital currency systems, while to me, this is an exceptionally strong point in favor of them. Competition will only breed better currencies.

Korda goes on to say, “Those who compare bitcoin to a language neglect the fact that most people do not have an incentive to create a new language out of the blue. On the other hand, a great chunk of human history consists of people searching for the philosopher’s stone to magically produce gold.” I would argue that people don’t have an incentive to change currency systems unless the one they are presently using is under attack by a gang of marauding counterfeiters and thieves. Further, comparing Bitcoin to the magical production of gold is just plain silly. There is nothing magical about resource intensive computational algorithms. Bitcoins require real world resources to produce and they come into existence as a money in the same way gold nuggets do, people mine them up and trade with them.

the Falkland Islands

um pouco tarde...


What's the Deal with Obama and the Falkland Islands?

BÓNUS
- Falkland
- ¿Las Malvinas o las Falklands?

Our Rulers Really Are Unempathic Predators

Psychopathic Kyriarchy – Our Rulers Really Are Unempathic Predators:
Psychopaths are drawn to and uniquely capable within politics. They are charismatic, show no remorse, crave power and rise to the top. Leading psychologists have built the literature on the corporate form, but statist psychopathy bears investigation.
It requires a certain mindset to want to rule others. This person believes they are qualified to and morally justified in making life-changing decisions for millions at the point of a gun (state law).

Desire to rule is one thing, but the qualities that enable one to rise in the political hierarchy are perhaps rarer and more pernicious. Psychopaths are manipulative, charming, narcissistic and excellent liars. Most importantly, they score low on the empathy scale — showing little or no remorse for inflicting suffering (and readily violate the non-aggression principle). As children, many psychopaths torture animals and bully peers. They learn to mimic the normal outward display of emotionality, but it is purely an act.

It is easy to compromise your morals if you don’t have any. Being a politician means lying. The job description includes making back room deals and compromising on campaign promises. People often joke about politicians being heartless, deceitful, untrustworthy, self-aggrandizing and vindictive. But perhaps they must be to become politicians.

"Wealth Inequality In America"


What Wasn't Said in "Wealth Inequality In America"

Citação Liberal do Dia

We are the lucky heirs of our father and forefathers whose saving has accumulated the capital goods with the aid of which we are working today. We favorite children of the age of electricity still derive advantage from the original saving of the primitive fishermen who, in producing the first nets and canoes, devoted a part of their working time to provision for a remoter future. If the sons of these legendary fishermen had worn out these intermediary products—nets and canoes—without replacing them by new ones, they would have consumed capital and the process of saving and capital accumulation would have had to start afresh.
Ludwig von Mises

Who favors more freedom?


Who favors more freedom, liberals or conservatives?

Cortes

À atenção dos bacocos que percebem muito de política e nada de matemática.

Antonio Nogueira Leite: Muita conversa por aí. Factos: salários + pensões pagas pelo estado sao mais de 90% do total dos impostos. Com os juros passam dos 105%. Para que Portugal tivesse uma despesa publica comportável sem hipotecar ainda mais o futuro, teriam de desaparecer entre 8 e 9 mil milhões. Esta é a realidade. O resto, de uma forma ou de outra, serão um montão de sacrifícios. Digam o que disserem os comentadores.

A propósito, as PPPs -- essa maravilha sobretudo guterro-socratista -- custam 1000-1500 mil milhões por ano. Renegoceie-se, e poupe-se - quanto? um terço? - uns 300-500 milhões retirados ao défice! Wow! Ainda ficam 7500-8500 milhões. Sobretudo salários e pensões.

The Incubator of the Nanny State


"The Incubator of the Nanny State:" Nick Gillespie on the Sorry Condition of Universities

Turismo AMN (4)

No seguimento de Turismo AMN (3), Relvas "perde" Lei das Regiões de Turismo:
Já com supervisão política do novo secretário de Estado do Turismo, Adolfo Mesquita Nunes (CDS), os deputados do PSD e do CDS aprovaram uma versão final da Lei das Regiões de Turismo que constitui uma derrota para o ministro Miguel Relvas (PSD).

A nova legislação consagra a redução do número de organismos regionais de onze para cinco (extinguindo os Pólos de Desenvolvimento Turístico) e de quadros dirigentes retribuídos (apenas dois por instituição) de 45 para dez.

O governo avalia em um milhão de euros a poupança anual daí decorrente, tratando-se de matéria consensual e que poucas alterações sofreu ao longo do processo legislativo.

The madness of the precautionary principle


The madness of the precautionary principle

BÓNUS
- A Principle without Principle
- Precautionary Principle (1)
- Precautionary Principle (2)

Socialismo geracional (2)

No seguimento de Socialismo geracional, Conflito geracional por Michael Seufert:
E vistas bem as coisas estamos perante um problema não só económico, como também ético. Os sucessivos governos e parlamentos do passado – sem qualquer embate com a nossa Constituição – permitiram-se em nome dos eleitores de hoje endividar o país para lá de qualquer limite razoável ..

O problema, naturalmente, leva-nos ainda a caminhos mais profundos: pode por exemplo alguém que não vota, ou que vota pela redução da despesa pública e dos impostos ser depois carregada com os impostos decorrentes da opção de terceiros por mais despesa pública? .. O que fica para hoje (para amanhã, na verdade) é mesmo a dívida que os nossos filhos vão pagar em nosso nome e do nosso estado.
A Constituição .. Permite que se onerem por via da dívida gerações de portugueses que ainda nem nasceram e já devem dinheiro. Está-lhe, ainda, subjacente um sistema de Segurança Social que torna os mais jovens, sobretudo na actual configuração da pirÂmide etária, garantes de direitos adquiridos .. sem reais expectativas de terem iguais benesses. E, claro, não tem uma palavra de solidariedade intergeracional quando estão causa encargos assumidos por outras vias, como a das PPP. Merece por isso, em nome da dignidade humana que diz defender que se possa rever profundamente. Porventura revogar mesmo para escrever uma nova .. uma Constituição que limite a acção dos governos e governantes face aos direitos, liberdades e garantias que devem ser cimeiros num texto fundamental – incluindo os direitos dos até agora esquecidos.

Does Government Create Jobs?


Does Government Create Jobs?

You Are an Anarchist

You Are an Anarchist. The Question Is How Often?:
Classical liberals have long debated whether they should support a minimal state or no state at all. Unfortunately that debate is usually framed as an all-or-nothing proposition. Either you believe that “a minimal state is everywhere and always necessary” or that a “state everywhere and always does more harm than good.” This polarization is a mistake. Everyone, at least sometimes, is an anarchist.
Classical liberals who typically label themselves anarchists believe that modern societies would function better without the state, while those who label themselves minarchists believe the opposite. That debate falls outside the scope of this essay.

Instead, it is my hope that classical-liberal minarchists will drop the label and realize that in many current situations, in other parts of the globe, they may prefer anarchy to any obtainable state. Furthermore, as classical liberals who are interested in a free and prosperous society, we should recognize that further study of anarchism is a valuable endeavor because it can inform where each of us believes we should draw the line in preferring no state at all to ones we live under. In short, all classical liberals should be interested in the study of the “A word.”

terça-feira, abril 09, 2013

elected dictatorship


European Parliament is an elected dictatorship - Stuart Agnew MEP

Socialismo geracional

Conflito e traição por Helena Matos:
O nosso conflito não é portanto entre agentes políticos, institucional ou com os nossos credores. O nosso conflito é entre gerações: o país ficção que fomos levou as gerações mais velhas a blindarem-se em proteccionismos que condenam as gerações futuras. Os trabalhadores de hoje pagam reformas, apoios e subsídios que eles nunca terão a gente que todos os dias se queixa de estar a perder os seus direitos adquiridos.

Milhares de jovens adultos gastam horas de vida em engarrafamentos nas vias que os levam aos subúrbios onde estão as casas que foram obrigados a comprar porque leis oficialmente muito virtuosas de protecção aos inquilinos acabaram com o mercado de arrendamento. (Inútil será a acrescentar que também pagam com os seus impostos os inúmeros programas de recuperação dos centros urbanos condenados à ruína por essas mesmas leis protectoras dos inquilinos).

Sindicatos dirigidos por uma gerontocracia inamovível negociaram contratos e acordos em que os direitos dos mais velhos cresciam à medida que aumentava a desprotecção dos mais novos: note-se que foi preciso vir a ‘troika' para que se criasse o subsídio de desemprego para os trabalhadores a recibo verde!

O conflito ou melhor dizendo a traição a que se assiste em Portugal é entre as gerações que receberam em 1974 um país em que a dívida pública equivalia a cerca de 14% do Produto Interno Bruto (PIB) e aquelas que agora o recebem com a dívida em 120% do PIB. O resto é apenas estratégia para não ficar mal nos livros de História.

Filibuster (4)

No seguimento de Filibuster (3),


Shep Smith And Judge Napolitano Eviscerate Obama's 'Reprehensible' Drone Strike Policy

Full Disclosure: "Rand Paul's 13 Hours That Changed Public Opinion"

the Ron Paul Homeschool Curriculum (2)

No seguimento de the Ron Paul Homeschool Curriculum,

Ron Paul launches his own school:
Although Ron Paul has left Congress, he will likely remain an influential voice: the libertarian-leaning Texas Republican has launched his own homeschooling curriculum for students, which he hopes will be “revolutionary” in restoring limited government.

“We cannot expect a federal government controlled school system to provide the intellectual ammunition to combat the dangerous growth of government that threatens our liberties,” Paul said during his farewell speech to Congress last November. Months later, he has launched his own online school to provide students with the education that he believes the government will never teach them.

The K-12 curriculum, which can be found at RonPaulCurriculum.com, provides free education through the fifth grade, after which it charges parents for courses. The program’s aim is to provide “education in liberty like no other”. Topics include Austrian economics, the basics of Western Civilization and Western liberty, American history, the US Constitution, and starting a home-based business. Students will also receive practical training for the modern age, including instructions on how to start a successful YouTube channel.
Claro que a esquerda "libertária" não achou graça - Gary North: The ‘Libertarian’ Taliban Who’s Writing Ron Paul’s Curriculum

The War Conceit


The War in Afghanistan: What Went Wrong? (Colonel Gian Gentile)

Reality is not optional

Reality is not optional: the greater the power of government to use discretion to do what is thought to be good for society, the greater the number, and the more intent, are the rent-seekers who scramble in and scheme to have government use discretion to do what in fact is harmful to society and good only for the successful rent-seekers. To disregard, or to only lightly regard, this reality when pondering or planning public policy has as much scientific merit as disregarding, or only lightly regarding, the reality of friction when building your dream perpetual-motion machine.
Dismantling certain state and state-enforced institutions by repeal, privatization, and, at the margin, by reduced scope and reduced budgets for continuing programmes, has an interesting and I believe far-reaching by-product: it lowers the stakes that can be gained or lost by exerting some influence on the redistributive aspects of governing.
Anthony de Jasay, Against Politics

Yes Margaret


Yes Real Prime Minister AKA The Thatcher Sketch (1984)
I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
Margaret Thatcher

O Liberal

Passos Coelho nervoso com notícias sobre Margaret Thatcher por medo que as pessoas percebam o que é um liberal por Vítor Elias n'O Inimigo Público:
Passos Coelho, acusado constantemente de ser um liberal, um neo-liberal, um ultra-liberal ou mesmo um über-liberal, está preocupado com os perfis e obituários de Margaret Thatcher que apareceram hoje nos jornais, receando que os portugueses descubram o que realmente é um liberal e não alguém que prometeu coisas mais ou menos liberais, cumpriu coisas mais ou menos estadistas e acabou por tornar-se uma espécie de "cobrador do fraque". Vítor Gaspar lamentou a morte de Thatcher, apesar de nem saber quem ela é. VE

segunda-feira, abril 08, 2013

Imoralidades do Socialismo

Um excelente podcast com André Abrantes do Amaral e Paulo Laureano:


Tempo_de_antena_7v2

El diseño "inteligente"

El desprestigio de los economistas por José Carlos Herrán:
El diseño inteligente del orden social parte de teorías acientíficas promovidas por pensadores que se identifican moral e ideológicamente con los fines propuestos por quienes promueven dicha intervención masiva contra la sociedad. Intervenir supone violentar a los agentes que, libremente y en un entorno institucional, persiguen fines particulares estableciendo acuerdos voluntarios entre sí. La intervención aspira a conseguir un resultado concreto que se estima imposible de alcanzar en un escenario donde diversos fines y una pluralidad de voluntades interactúan libremente. Por ello, se trata de sustituir el orden espontáneo por una organización deliberada que ingenuamente se considera adecuada para la consecución del resultado propuesto. La acción, que a priori es siempre personal y competitiva, adquiere un carácter más amplio cuando se encauza a través de una organización que reúne a una multitud de agentes. Para que dicha organización eluda las reglas que imponen tanto el orden espontáneo como la libertad institucional, deberá recurrirse a la coacción irresistible.

Secessão - edição bávara


Separation Anxiety: Breakaway touted in Bavaria tired by poor Berlin

os sensíveis

A corporação dos sensíveis por Helena Matos:
.. os sensíveis não têm memória. Só indignações. Sempre que, até num passado relativamente recente, se questionava a sustentabilidade da Segurança Social, as pessoas sensíveis sensibilizavam-se muito e achavam um horror que (diziam) se questionasse o direito à reforma. Como ninguém queria ficar nesse odioso papel - ser objecto da indignação de um sensível condena qualquer um ao opróbrio! - o assunto foi sendo iludido até se tornar uma tragédia anunciada. Perante o avizinhar da catástrofe os sensíveis num ápice passaram a lastimar a ausência de estadistas e de líderes com coragem para atempadamente terem evitado esta dramática situação que, claro, muito os preocupa a eles e à sua sensibilidade.

Privatize zoos


How To Save America's Zoos: Privatize Them

sources intellectuelles du “thatchérisme”

Deux sources intellectuelles du “thatchérisme” : Friedrich Hayek et Milton Friedman:
Margareth Thatcher est morte ce 8 avril à l’âge de 87 ans. Parmi les éléments fondateurs de sa carrière politique, il y a deux livres de philosophie économique : La route de la servitude de Friedrich von Hayek, et Capitalisme et liberté de Milton Friedman. S’inspirant de leur pensée, elle voulait « refouler les frontières de l’État » et le recentrer sur ses fonctions naturelles : garantie de la monnaie, maintien de l’ordre public et défense nationale.

Fossil Fuels are Greening the Planet


Matt Ridley on How Fossil Fuels are Greening the Planet

Filibuster (3)

No seguimento de Filibuster (2),

Don’t overlook Rand Paul for 2016:
Paul represents a powerful idea in American politics: Government is the antithesis to freedom. He could appeal to downscale populist voters who see Wall Street and other monied interests as relegating them to second-class citizens, as well as more upscale suburbanites who are more classically libertarian on social and economic issues ..
The younger Paul may be still be a tad bit scary on defense issues to mainstream Republicans, a little soft on gay marriage for evangelicals and squishy on immigration for the remaining nativists. But he will make things interesting, and he already has a better platform for publicity than his father ever did — and Ron Paul, remember, broke double-digits in most of the Republican primaries. Which major-party candidate might ultimately benefit from a Rand Paul third-party bid is unclear, but don’t rule him out as a potential winner of the Republican nomination outright.

New leader of the GOP: Rand Paul:
That's right. At least for the time being, tea party darling Sen. Rand Paul is the effective leader of the Republican Party. And that's a pretty big deal.

The GOP's shellacking in 2012 has thrust a new generation of Republicans -- including leaders like Rubio, Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Govs. Bobby Jindal and Chris Christie -- into the spotlight. But it's Paul who has become the clearest voice of the new guard in the Republican Party. And he is effectively driving the entire GOP message right now.

36 Hours That Changed The Republican Party — Libertarians Believe Their Moment Has Finally Arrived:
"Rand has always said that he wanted to be a leader on the message of the Republican Party, and that means talking about old ideas that were part of the party's original message, and introducing new ideas that might help the party broaden its appeal to groups that may have been left out of the conversation," .. "Rand is one of the only people who can speak to libertarians, social conservatives, as well as your average mainstream Republican voter."

Rand Paul Highlights Obama and John McCain’s Horrible Civil Liberties Records por Julie Borowski:
People from all different political backgrounds united behind Rand Paul on social media. CODE PINK on the far left, FreedomWorks on the right, and millions of Americans united in solitary over our constitutional right to due process.

taxing people to death


Broken Britain is taxed to death

Libertarian Philosophy

Philosophy the Right Way por Aaron Ross Powell:
My general sense is that young libertarians tend to be better read in political philosophy than young progressives or conservatives. And that’s good! We ought to take that philosophical inclination—that sense of one’s self as part of an intellectual tradition—and run with it, embracing the careful study of ideas as an ongoing project.
We should never close off fields of inquiry simply because they appear to reach conclusions we find implausible or distasteful or wrong. For starters, what seems wrong to us now may in fact be right, even if the chances of it being right are astronomically small ..

We just can’t know for sure until we explore the ideas. Even if after exploring them we have good reason to reject the conclusions, we can still learn much by studying how the author arrived at them. And learning much is why we’re reading all this political philosophy in the first place.

Socialismo burocrático-energético


Milton Friedman - Department Of Energy

Hierarchy or the Market

Hierarchy or the Market por Kevin Carson:
In an article in last June’s Freeman, I applied some ideas from the socialist-calculation debate to the private corporation and examined the extent to which it is an island of calculational chaos in the market economy. I’d like to expand that line of analysis now and apply some common free-market insights on knowledge and incentives to the operation of the corporate hierarchy.

F. A. Hayek, in “The Use of Knowledge in Society,” used distributed, or idiosyncratic, knowledge—the unique situational knowledge possessed by each individual—as an argument against state central planning.

Milton Friedman’s dictum about “other people’s money” is well known. People are more careful and efficient in spending their own than other people’s money, and likewise in spending money on themselves more so than in spending money on other people.

A third insight is that people act most efficiently when they completely internalize the positive and negative results of their actions.

The corporate hierarchy violates all of these principles in a manner quite similar to the bureaucracy of a socialist state. Those at the top make decisions concerning a production process about which they likely know as little as did, say, the chief of an old Soviet industrial ministry.
The problem is not hierarchy in itself, but government policies that make it artificially prevalent. No doubt some large-scale production would exist in a free market, and likewise some wage employment and absentee ownership. But in a free market the predominant scale of production would likely be far smaller, and self-employment and cooperative ownership more widespread, than at present. Entrepreneurial profit would replace permanent rents from artificial property and other forms of privilege. Had the industrial revolution taken place in a genuine free market rather than a society characterized by state-backed robbery and privilege, our economy today would probably be far closer to the vision of Lewis Mumford than that of Joseph Schumpeter and Alfred Chandler.

orgulhosamente bem acompanhados

Via O Insurgente, A Constituição da III República em boa companhia

Bitcoin em Português

Bitcoin Portugal:
O que é o Bitcoin? Bitcoin é uma moeda virtual com base no sistema P2P. P2P significa que não existe uma autoridade centralizada a controlar a moeda ou as transacções. Todas estas tarefas são geridas pela rede.

Com este site pretendemos divulgar a moeda Bitcoin em Portugal e fornecer ajuda a estabelecimentos que pretendam aceitar Bitcoins como método de pagamento. Visita a secção Aceitar Bicoins.
blog do Bitcoin Portugal

Why Economic Freedom?


Why Economic Freedom? Here's Why

Desconstituição (5)

No seguimento de Desconstituição (4)

a esparrela:
Começa a formar-se a ideia, nos partidos do governo e na opinião pública e publicada, que a decisão do Tribunal Constitucional aponta, como forma de resolução do défice do estado, o caminho do aumento «ilimitado» de impostos, em vez da redução efectiva da despesa pública, esta essencialmente concentrada em salários e pensões que se afiguram, agora, verdadeiramente intocáveis. Perante isto, de duas uma: ou o governo cai nesta esparrela, mantém-se em funções e continua a aumentar a carga fiscal, como tem feito até aqui, ou percebe, de uma vez, que resolver os défices de curto prazo das contas do estado não é o mesmo que resolver os problemas do país. Pelo contrário, se feito novamente pela via tributária, será agravá-los irremediavelmente e, com isso, comprometer qualquer equilíbrio imaginável das contas públicas, no médio e no longo prazo.

Deste modo, é finalmente chegada a hora de ver de que massa é feito Pedro Passos Coelho.

Se é para andar ao sabor dos empurrões da oposição, fazendo, no fim de contas, o que ela quer, mais vale demitir-se e não voltar a pensar em política. Se ainda se achar útil ao país, ou consegue convencer os credores a darem-lhe prazo e condições para ajustar os seus compromissos às disponibilidades orçamentais existentes, ou, se isso não for possível, entrega o poder ao senhor Presidente da República, e ele que marque eleições, às quais apenas se deverá candidatar se tiver condições para apresentar um programa com objectivos claros, no qual terá deverá propor aos portugueses uma reforma profunda do estado, com a sua saída da maior parte dos serviços onde ainda se encontra, encerrando-os ou privatizando-os, nos casos em que isso ainda seja possível. O que ele devia ter feito há dois anos, quando dispunha de todas as condições polítacas para o fazer. Agora, provavelmente, já lá não vai.
Tempo de rupturas por Miguel Noronha:
Sejamos claros. É tempo do PSD (e já agora, o CDS) assumir que é urgente uma profunda alteração deste regime. Não podemos continuar a viver num sistema que .. outorga a certas castas o direito de viver à custa do rendimento alheio e que não obstante o continuado aumento da carga fiscal não evita falências frequentes.

Ou o PSD assume que quer cortar de vez do socialismo ou pouco se distinguirá de socialistas e comunistas. Não vale a pena alimentar fantasias ..

Se mesmo na actual conjuntura o PSD não consegue perceber isso melhor será unir-se ao PS numa grandiosa e renovada União Nacional.

the Collapse of the Soviet Union


An Examination of Key Factors in the Collapse of the Soviet Union | Robert Wenzel

a bunch of socialists

You’re all a bunch of socialists por Miguel Botelho Moniz:
Tenho notado algum melindre por parte de algumas pessoas quando confrontadas com o facto de serem socialistas. Fico perplexo com a reacção, na medida em que apontar a origem das ideias que uma qualquer pessoa defende não é uma ofensa ou um exercício de name-calling. Especialmente porque quando, aqui n’O Insurgente, apontamos a alguém que o que defendem é socialismo, fazemo-lo com um mínimo de rigor argumentativo.

O socialismo é um sistema económico. Um sistema onde, por definição original, os meios de produção são propriedade social (colectiva, estatal, cooperativa, whatever) e a sua gestão e planeamento têm fins sociais e colectivos. A maior parte das pessoas, mesmo muitas inscritas no Partido Socialista, não se reverão neste definição, pois o significado do termo tem vindo a evoluir para a social-democracia. Esta, por sua vez, define-se como um caminho democrático e reformista que visa, como objectivo final, a implantação do socialismo por uma via pacífica, democrática, de transição progressiva do capitalismo. Um social-democrata é portanto um pouco como Santo Agostinho: Dai-me o socialismo, mas não agora. Por fim, temos a democracia-cristã, que mais não é que uma doutrina que defende, em termos económicos e de forma geral, as mesmas políticas que a social-democracia, mas que por pensamento mágico parece achar que o resultado final será diferente.

Não vale sequer a pena referir as doutrinas totalitárias como o fascismo (o socialismo com corporações em vez de sovietes ou cooperativas), o nacional-socialismo (este nem se esconde, ainda por cima) ou o comunismo (a via revolucionária para o socialismo).

Temos assim que ideias que em geral implicam a condução da economia pelo estado, a alocação de maior quantidade de recursos para a prossecução de intervenção económica estatal, a nacionalização e monopolização da emissão de instrumentos monetários, a atribuição de decisões económicas cruciais ao estado, etc, são, efectivamente, ideias socialistas, ou que visam atingir o socialismo de forma gradual, ou que o sendo julgam não se-lo (uma bizarria, bem sei).

domingo, abril 07, 2013

How Much Can We Blame On Slavery?


Walter E Williams - How Much Can We Blame On Slavery?

Secessão, edição alemã

Bernd Lucke interview: 'Why Germany has had enough of the euro':
The 50-year-old’s breakaway political party is the first to challenge the previously unassailable orthodoxy that Germany must stay in the eurozone. And his newly-formed movement, the Alternative For Germany, is hoping in general elections this September to tap into the 25 per cent of voters who say they could envisage Germany without the euro.
.. he makes no pretence to be a “man of the people” – indeed, he describes accusations that he is playing a “populist” card as a smear dreamt up by Left-wing academics.
But nonetheless, he is firm about the problems created by Europe, and convinced that in its current form, the European Union is fostering disunity, not harmony.

“The euro is not a currency under which the European project can prosper,” he said. “There is a division of Europe now and this is going to become bigger in the future, if we don’t stop this process and introduce more monetary flexibility for those countries who suffer the most.”

Is this a response to the northern European view that their work ethic is incompatible with that of the south?
“Yes,” he said firmly.

As such, Mr Lucke advocates a progressive “dissolution” of the eurozone ..


Social Security: Libertarian Alternative


Social Security: The Current Crisis and the Libertarian Alternative (Audio Only)

Manning (2)

No seguimento de Manning,

Bradley Manning and Freedom of the Press por Darryl W Perry:
Reading from a prepared statement, Manning said he was not pressured by WikiLeaks to release the information ..

Regarding the Collateral Murder video, Manning said the “most alarming part to me was the seemingly delightful blood-lust ” and that those in the video “seemed to not value human life by referring to them as ‘dead bastards.’”

Manning added, “I was disturbed by the response to injured children… I wanted the American public to know that not everyone in Iraq and Afghanistan was a target that needed to be engaged and neutralized.” He also said, “I believe that if the general public … had access to the information … this could spark a domestic debate as to the role of the military and foreign policy in general,” and “I felt I accomplished something that would allow me to have a clear conscience.”
You can find the recording here.

Horror aos cortes no Estado (2)

No seguimento de Horror aos cortes no Estado


Sequester Shocker: It Feels Like Nothing's Changed

Since the Sequester Has Been in Place for More than One Month, Shouldn’t We All Be Dead from Plane Crashes and Tainted Meat?

Desconstituição (4)

No seguimento de Desconstituição (3), Tribunal Constitucional (4) por Vital Moreira:
Desiluda-se quem julga que ganhou com esta decisão do TC (designadamente os funcionários públicos e pensionistas que recuperaram um mês de rendimento). Os efeitos desta decisão sobre a incapacidade do País de atingir as metas de consolidação orçamental e de regresso ao mercado da dívida só vai agravar e prolongar a fase de austeridade (mais cortes de despesa, mais impostos durante mais tempo). Isto sem contar com a possilidade de uma crise politica, cujos custos financeiros podemos deduzir pelo que sucedeu na Grécia há um ano.

No final, todos os portugueses, incluindo os que agora festejam a decisão do TC, terão perdido bem mais de um mês adicional de rendimento por ano.
Endireitem-se! por Ricardo Lima:
Acrescento: se o PSD queria, de facto, mudar a Constituição deveria ter-se alinhado com as restantes forças reformistas antes das eleições, construindo uma alternativa que, mesmo ficando aquém dos dois terços, pudesse ter lançado o debate na sociedade. Preferiu perder-se com think tanks, pavonear-se sozinho nas legislativas, preferiu gastar o seu estado de graça em desatinos de adolescente com o CDS, preferiu atirar pela janela a pouca credibilidade e confiança que lhe restava numa comunicação amadora e na protecção de Miguel Relvas. A política é a arte da persuasão, onde é necessário saber convencer e onde o ter razão não basta. E se um governo que perdeu o apoio popular ainda governa, devia prezar mais a Constituição que o protege de um embate vergonhoso com o povo português e concentrar-se menos em lançar o seu exército de papagaios de serviço contra o TC. Ao governo exige-se que governe, os tempos e a Troika encarregar-se-ão de tratar da CRP. De vez.

Bitcoin - end the Nation State


How Bitcoin Will End the Nation State - Jeffrey Tucker

Libertarians are Heartless

More anti-libertarian nonsense: Libertarians are heartless:
There are many variations on this theme. Libertarians oppose government-run education so they must not want poor people to get an education. They oppose government-run healthcare so they must want poor, sick people to die. They oppose government-subsidized housing so they must want poor people to be homeless, too (if they aren’t already). Libertarians are selfish, amoral…You get it.

Libertarians also oppose state religions, but no one makes the claim that libertarians are against religion. I wonder why? It seems to follow.
.. Libertarians understand that all government action is violent action. That’s not because people in the government aren’t doing it right. It’s because that is what government is designed to be. Violence is its raison d’etre.
So what do libertarians really say that is supposedly selfish or amoral? That initiating force against people is wrong. Period. You are free to help other people who need it, but you cannot force your neighbors to do so under a threat of violence if they don’t. You may build schools and hospitals for the poor and ask for contributions from anyone you wish. You just can’t pull out a gun if they decline to participate.

the Ron Paul Homeschool Curriculum


Tom Woods - Announcing the Ron Paul Homeschool Curriculum

http://www.ronpaulcurriculum.com/


Ron Paul Curriculum: Introduction

Turismo AMN (3)

No seguimento de Turismo AMN (2), e via O Insurgente, excerto de 'Entrevista do Sol a Adolfo Mesquita Nunes' (ao Jornal Sol):
Num sector e numa economia em que o próprio Estado habituou as pessoas a que o Estado é financiador, mecenas, licenciador, comprador, fiscalizador, regulador, não é fácil. Os empresários adaptam-se à realidade que têm. E adaptaram-se a um sistema que vivia como Estado como motor e central. No sector hoteleiro, os grupos que estão mais sólidos são os que precisam pouco do Estado e que tiveram uma estratégia de internacionalização. Conseguiram ter uma estratégia de sucesso, apesar do peso do Estado. O Estado é sócio majoritário da vida de todas as pessoas em Portugal e podia ser um silent partner [termo tem inglês para dizer que não interfere], mas nem isso é e isso tem de acabar.
BÓNUS - link Jornal Sol

Computers Replace Teachers


Can Computers Replace Teachers?: Reason's Katherine Mangu-Ward

Desconstituição (3)

No seguimento de Desconstituição (2), A Constituição faz birra perante a realidade por Henrique Raposo:
A realidade é inconstitucional. É este o ar do tempo em Portugal: a realidade é inconstitucional, a crise é inconstitucional, a bancarrota é inconstitucional, mas o peso brutal das pensões e demais "direitos adquiridos" é constitucionalíssimo. Confesso que fico fascinado perante este processo mental: decreta-se que o efeito (a crise, a bancarrota, a necessidade de cortes) é inconstitucional ao mesmo tempo que se consagra a intocabilidade da causa (os tais "direitos adquiridos" de partes da população) .. Resultado final do miminho? Como é impossível tocar estruturalmente na despesa, o regime lança mais impostos sobre a sociedade que produz e que está lá fora, fora do espaço dos "direitos adquiridos".

E esta absurda injustiça é feita, repare-se na perversão, em nome da Constituição. Das duas, uma: ou a interpretação em voga da Constituição está errada, ou temos uma Constituição inconstitucional que não merece respeito.
O tribunal constitucional leva-me de volta à adolescência por Maria João Marques:
O país cansa-me .. e eu estou mesmo cansada de sustentar um estado que negligencia aquilo que devia privilegiar (a justiça, que é uma anedota de mau gosto, só para dar o exemplo mais flagrante) e esbanja os meus recursos para satisfazer as mais variadas clientelas a que se teima em dar protecção constitucional .. E além de cansada começo mesmo a ficar envergonhada. Sempre me ensinaram a ser de boas contas e embaraça-me partilhar o país com gente que insiste em ser sustentada por outra parte da população – a que vive do sector privado – a quem explora indecorosamente e pretende até aumentar o grau de exploração, mesmo quando a exploração já se traduz numa taxa de desemprego de quase 20%, em falências a molho e em perdas de rendimento das famílias que em tantos casos já constringem as despesas mais essenciais.

Government Inherently Immoral


Is Government Inherently Immoral?

Libertarian persuation

Question of the Week: Why Aren’t Libertarians More Persuasive? por Dan Mitchell:
Having given hundreds of speeches and engaged in thousands of conversation, I can say that many people make the following assumptions about libertarians.

1. On economic policy, libertarians don’t care about the poor ..

2. On social policy, libertarians are libertines, embracing and endorsing hedonism ..

3. On foreign policy, libertarians are oblivious to external threats such as al Qaeda ..

4. And in general, libertarians are ultra-individualists who reject concepts such as community, family, and nation ..
Looking at what I’ve written, I realize I haven’t answered the question. All I’ve done is identified some stereotypes and explained why they’re not accurate.

So I’ll simply conclude by making a rather unremarkable observation that overcoming these perceptions is a big challenge for libertarians – assuming that we want to make greater inroads with the masses.

Bankers


What Happens When A Journalist Tries To Force A Banker To Actually Answer A Question

Slums

Slums Are Hubs of Hope, Progress and Dignity por Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar:
Yes, slums are dirty, but they are also entrepreneurial hubs where India’s poor are climbing up the ladder of opportunity and income. The census report shows that 16.7% of slum households are factories, shops and offices. These are humming commercial centres, not dead-ends.

Dalit writers like Chandhra Bhan Prasad and Milind Kamble have highlighted how cities are hubs of opportunity and dignity. Ambedkar rightly denounced villages as cesspools of cruelty and prejudice. Dominant castes continue acting like feudal rulers in many rural areas. Social barriers make it difficult for dalits and shudras to raise their heads in many villages. But once they migrate to towns, they escape the caste discrimination and landowner-dependency of rural India. They earn far more in towns than in villages, and the money they send home frees their relatives from historical dependence on village feudatories.
Forget tear-jerkers about our filthy slums. Instead, see them as entry-points of the poor into the land of urban opportunity. See them as havens of dignity for dalits and shudras. See them as hubs of rising income and asset ownership, which have already generated several rupee millionaires.

This means we need more slums, more hubs of opportunity. The urban gentry want to demolish slums, but they are plain wrong. Instead we should improve slum sanitation, water supply and garbage disposal. We need more improved slums, upgraded slums, but slums nevertheless.

Swanson


Ron Swanson - Government Joke

Anarquismo liberal

Anarquismo liberal sensato por Francisco Capella:
.. El Estado, el monopolio impuesto de la coacción y la jurisdicción sobre un territorio y unos súbditos, es ilegítimo en la medida en que no respete los derechos de propiedad y no sea fruto de acuerdos contractuales libremente aceptados por los individuos: las constituciones no son contratos libremente pactados si las mayorías las aprueban en contra de minorías que no tienen oportunidad de rechazarlas. Una sociedad libre no tiene Estado así entendido.

Según el minarquismo un Estado mínimo es necesario para proporcionar a un colectivo ciertos bienes públicos .. mediante límites constitucionales, contrapesos institucionales o mecanismos de elección de los gobernantes.

Un problema esencial es que estos controles funcionan mal en la práctica, como demuestra el progresivo crecimiento del intervencionismo estatal. Pero un problema más fundamental del minarquismo es la justificación de la delimitación del colectivo organizado por dicho Estado: cómo se define el grupo, qué individuos y qué territorios forman parte del mismo y cuáles no (y por qué), y qué requisitos son necesarios para integrarse en él o abandonarlo. Esto es esencial porque para controlar al poder la voz (libertad de expresión) y el voto (participación política) son mucho menos eficientes que la salida (dejar de formar parte del grupo o no participar en alguna actividad común).

Según el anarquismo liberal (anarcocapitalismo) los monopolios estatales no son necesarios, no son eficientes o incluso son nocivos: la eliminación de la posibilidad de la competencia deteriora la calidad del servicio o incrementa su precio; y además el poder corrompe fácilmente a los gobernantes. Las funciones del Estado deben eliminarse o privatizarse. Los presuntos bienes públicos en realidad no son tales al ser de consumo rival y/o excluible, y pueden prestarse por asociaciones, empresas o cooperativas privadas: agencias de seguridad, jueces en competencia, producción de ley mediante cláusulas contractuales.




sábado, abril 06, 2013

The Internationale


The Internationale (Left-Wing Parties) Parody, ThDubya

all about power


MEPs vote to subsidies smoking

Era bom era

New Poll Finds 86 Percent Of Americans Don't Want To Have A Country Anymore:
According to study organizer David Griffith, poll respondents were surprisingly uniform in their opinion that the nation is too much of a hassle.

"I already belong to a health club, a church, and the Kiwanis Club," Tammy Golden of Los Angeles wrote. "I'm a member of the Von's Grocery Super Savers, which gets me a discount on certain groceries. These are all well-managed organizations with real benefits. None of them send me a confusing bill once a year and make me work it out myself, then throw me in jail if I get it wrong."

Death By Drones


John Stossel - Death By Drones

Would You Die for Free Trade?

Transcrição integral de um grande artigo - Would You Die for Free Trade? por Pedro Albuquerque:
Since David Ricardo it's impossible to ignore the fact that free trade is good for the global economy and for humanity. Yet, even when this fact is rationally acknowledged, the most stubborn anti-traders will frequently argue that it's not fair to ask a minority of compatriots to temporarily sacrifice their standards of living in order to improve the lives of the rest of humanity.

Leaving aside the fact that it's perfectly possible to design compensation mechanisms, and that nobody should have rights to stable power rents, consider the following political paradox: in all countries that I know of, it's normally assumed by a large part of the population that it's "honorable to die and kill for the sake of their fellow countrymen and countrywomen," and that "it's your duty to serve your country through sometimes regretful but necessary violence and exposure to danger." Why is it then that these same people, most of the time, don't necessarily assume that it's much more honorable to service all countries through small and temporary personal sacrifices and joyful and necessary economic cooperation? Why is it that both the left and the right refuse to apply to free trade, global peace, international cooperation, and the good of humanity the same moral standards that they apply to military service or most other sacrificial collective duties?

I believe that the answer to this paradox is that people living in modern nation-states develop cognitive dissonance through brainwashing, and that the dissonance persists because it's an important enabler of power grab, which in its turn leads to continuous brainwashing. If you think that you have a better explanation, then I'd be curious to hear from you.