domingo, dezembro 28, 2014

Feminism: Socialism in Panties


Karen Straughan - Feminism: Socialism in Panties @NHLF14

Rant Liberal do Dia

O Churchill terá dito "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." Ora, na era das caixas de comentários abertos do Youtube e do Facebook -- não propriamente conhecidos por grande profundidade intelectual ou cívica --, impressiona como é que ainda haja quem defenda a dita "democracia". Dizem que é muito bonito "a palavra ao povo", mas na prática o povão tem voto em matérias sérias da vida de outros. Em alguns aspectos, esta gentalha, esta matilha de fanfarrões, têm mais peso na minha vida do que eu próprio. (E a malta "normal" que alinha no sistema, idem). Os "representantes" que elegem, por artes mágicas de "legitimidade democrática" passam a ser os meus representantes, e a deter poder sobre mim. Quando em situações sociais eu não escolheria conviver nem com uns, nem com outros.

terça-feira, dezembro 23, 2014

A Internet está segura com o Estado


Net Neutrality, Obama and Oatmeal (Berin Szoka)

Rant Liberal do Dia

Ainda há dias estava a passar os olhos pelas minhas prateleiras, fantasiando que um dia levarei para o 'exílio' tanto os livros que ainda não li, assim como os que são referência. Ali algures estava o livro do Compromisso Portugal -- que não cai em nenhuma daquelas categorias. Ainda em lembro da minha estupefacção (isto de ser-se crédulo dá azo a incredulidades) quando depois de vários diagnósticos acertados, os redactores lançam-se numa defesa apaixonada do "Estado Forte".

Entenda-se, um "Estado" mais "forte" que o existente. O qual pintam como anafado onde não interessava, mas fraco em áreas fundamentais em que -- por artes mágicas -- a política, a burocracia, a fossa moral do estatismo, e o cancro organizacional que dá pelo nome de socialismo... passaria a funcionar. Como Medina Carreira criticava ontem, basta a "mudança de mentalidades" salvítica que já vem da Fundação. A lógica é que em funções fundamentais da Economia/Sociedade devemos querer o sistema de gestão "mais péssimo" inventado pelo Homem, e com a força do pensamento mágico esse sistema funcionará.

São os liberais que temos - ou os que merecemos. If they had their way, teríamos um "Estado (mais) Forte", regulador, garante da paz social, e de outros pregões socialistas, capaz de "intervir" providencial, preventiva e correctivamente sobre os problemas mais complexos do país, um gestor exemplar do gado cidadão, e claro sempre perfeitamente respeitador das liberdades individuais. Aliás todo este programa muito eficiente nada tem que ver com estatismo.

segunda-feira, dezembro 22, 2014

Adaptabilidade


Global warming: scientists are not always the right experts

Morte por Estado

Don’t support laws you are not willing to kill to enforce:
Some critics of police misconduct implicitly assume that we can have our law enforcement cake and eat it too. They believe that we can simultaneously have police enforce thousands of petty laws and regulations, yet also extirpate .. excessive use of force to such an extent that police abuse of civilians will no longer be a serious problem.
But even if we make substantial progress on these fronts, a society where almost everyone is a criminal will still be a society where the sheer number of hostile interactions between police and civilians will be very large, which in turn ensures that there will be considerable room for abuse.
.. we should always remember that “[e]very new law requires enforcement; every act of enforcement includes the possibility of violence.” If we really want to curb police abuses, we should think carefully about whether all the laws we have on the books are really worth killing for.

Every law is a threat against your life

Every law is a threat against your life, podcast com Jeffrey Tucker

Dumb stupid foreign policy socialism

PETER HITCHENS: Forget 'evil' Putin - we are the bloodthirsty warmongers:
Now I seem surrounded by people who actively want a war with Russia, a war we all might lose. They seem to believe that we are living in a real life Lord Of The Rings, in which Moscow is Mordor and Vladimir Putin is Sauron.
We think we are the heroes, setting out with brave hearts to confront the Dark Lord, and free the saintly Ukrainians from his wicked grasp.

This is all the most utter garbage. Since 1989, Moscow, the supposed aggressor, has – without fighting or losing a war – peacefully ceded control over roughly 180 million people, and roughly 700,000 square miles of valuable territory.
The EU (and its military wing, Nato) have in the same period gained control over more than 120 million of those people, and almost 400,000 of those square miles.
Until a year ago, Ukraine remained non-aligned between the two great European powers. But the EU wanted its land, its 48 million people .. its Black Sea coast, its coal and its wheat.

So first, it spent £300 million (some of it yours) on anti-Russian ‘civil society’ groups in Ukraine.

Then EU and Nato politicians broke all the rules of diplomacy and descended on Kiev to take sides with demonstrators who demanded that Ukraine align itself with the EU.
Imagine how you’d feel if Russian politicians had appeared in Edinburgh in September urging the Scots to vote for independence, or if Russian money had been used to fund pro-independence organisations.

Then a violent crowd (20 police officers died at its hands, according to the UN) drove the elected president from office, in violation of the Ukrainian constitution.
But do we have any idea what we are doing? .. If anyone really is trying to punish the Russian people for being patriotic, by debauching the rouble, I cannot imagine anything more irresponsible. It was the destruction of the German mark in 1922, and the wipeout of the middle class that resulted, which led directly to Hitler.

Stupid, ill-informed people nowadays like to compare Mr Putin with Hitler. I warn them and you that, if we succeed in overthrowing Mr Putin by unleashing hyper-inflation in Russia, we may find out what a Russian Hitler is really like. And that a war in Europe is anything but fun.

domingo, novembro 30, 2014

You cannot will growth

Recado para o António Costa...


The Incredible Shrinking EU

Sócrates detido

BREAKING NEWS
José "Animal Feroz" Sócrates terá sido detido porque arruinou o país. O Partido Socialista, do qual Sócrates foi secretário-geral, e que o queria para PR, foi sumariamente extinto -- militantes passam em massa para o PSD e CDS, partidos afinal ideologicamente semelhantes, o LIVRE continua ser composto pelo Rui Tavares e pelo seu primo que faz amanhã cinco anos, estão todos convidados, procurem o evento no Facebook. Procede-se à identificação dos eleitores que votaram no partido do punho, serão proibidos de chegar perto das urnas pelo período de duas gerações -- não vão "legitimar" com a sua incrível presciência e sagacidade política qualquer novo Governo ainda mais ruinoso. Também há indícios que o ex-líder de audiências da RTP estará envolvido em negócios manhosos, mas não é isso que interessa.

quarta-feira, novembro 12, 2014

Secessão


Secession: the solution for Ukraine and Iraq

Rant Liberal do Dia

Só quem nunca esteve próximo de gestão de negócios não percebe o quão precária é aquela actividade, a quantidade de contexto que é preciso absorver, o controlo que é preciso exercer, a adaptabillidade necessária para reagir a um mercado sempre em mudança, debater-se com margens reduzidas, longas horas a fazer trabalho de sapa, tomar decisões que podem afundar projectos de vida. O Estado, esse, defende que o caminho a prosperidade é extorquir dinheiro àquela gente honesta, e "investir" em projectos de suposta relevância política -- que os privados pouco sabem, estas decisões populistas sim, é que criam "crescimento". Quem disse que o Socialismo é um Culto da Morte não estava a ser demasiado metafórico.

domingo, novembro 09, 2014

Pregando aos porcos

Secessão: Catalunha

Catalonian Secession and ‘Pure’ Motives:
It is fitting that the vote be scheduled on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall since that event, of course, began a process that led to the de facto secession of numerous states from what was in practice a Soviet megastate built on a system of client states throughout Eastern Europe. Hungary and Poland, et al were de jure independent states, but we all saw the reality behind that claim in 1956 in Hungary and 1968 in Prague.

I wonder, if today’s politicians in Madrid were sitting in their little velvet chairs in 1989, would they have disapproved of the Polish Solidarity vote, which essentially declared Poland to be free of Soviet rule? Or was that a “legal fraud” as the Madrid government calls the Catalonian vote? Most of the Eastern European moves toward independence were “illegal” as far as the Soviet state was concerned. And yet, those unruly law breakers went ahead with them anyway. Those troublemakers.

quinta-feira, novembro 06, 2014

How Government Works


How Government Works

When Hayek Abandoned Liberty

When Hayek Abandoned Mises:
In 1960, I regarded Hayek's book as one of the most profound books I had ever read. In retrospect, it was the first profound book that I had ever read. I have reread it two times since then, and I still regard it as a profound book. It is also a deeply flawed book. Part I of the book, The Value of Freedom, is a defense the ideal of freedom. Part II, Freedom of the Law, is his attempt to outline the kind of political order that is necessary to sustain freedom. Part III, Freedom in the Welfare State, is probably the most profound defense of conceptual errors in the history of the libertarian movement.
I knew at that point that I was dealing with a defender of the free market social order who had sold out intellectually to the fundamental error of the modern world, namely, the welfare state's programs for the aged ..

This is not a minor issue. The Social Security system, which includes state subsidized medical care for the aged, is by far the most widely accepted institution associated with welfare state economics. More than any other pair of institutions, in every western nation, Social Security and government medicine are guaranteed to bankrupt all national governments. There is no escaping this. There will be a great default. They will abandon the programs which have been promised to the masses as the absolute guarantee provided by the state. Hayek defended these programs in the name of liberty.
It was not just that Hayek was a puzzler in terms of not instantly correlating a new piece of information within an overall perspective. It was that Hayek, at a fundamental level, did not have a general principle of economic or political interpretation which enabled him to classify something as comprehensive and as crucial to the modern welfare state ideology as old age retirement and medical programs funded by the state. If a man cannot not identify these programs as inherently in conflict with the system of ordered liberty, then he lacks a fundamental understanding of how to link his general principles and specific cases.

quarta-feira, novembro 05, 2014

Bitcoin


Andreas M. Antonopoulos educates Senate of Canada about Bitcoin (Oct 8, ENG)

Desmantelando o socialismo instrutivo

Querem acabar com os caos das colocações? Eu digo como por José Manuel Fernandes:
O caminho tem de ser outro: passar para as escolas a responsabilidade total por estas contratações. Quem tem competências internas para ter ganho estatuto de autonomia, tem de ter a liberdade, e a competência, para contratar os seus professores e ser responsabilizado por isso. Cada escola deve fazer o seu concurso, com as suas regras, pois as necessidades em Almodôvar não são as mesmas de Boticas ou da ilha do Corvo. Ao Ministério caberá apenas a responsabilidade de facilitar este processo, criando uma plataforma onde os professores possam conhecer as vagas disponíveis e ir a concurso. Mais nada.

green reds (hate) brown + blacks


Energy Policy and Poverty

Gospel in, Gospel out

A Simple Truth; Computer Climate Models Cannot Work:
IPCC computer climate models are the vehicles of deception for the anthropogenic global warming (AGW) claim that human CO2 is causing global warming. They create the results they are designed to produce.

The acronym GIGO, (Garbage In, Garbage Out) reflects that most working around computer models knew the problem. Some suggest that in climate science, it actually stands for Gospel In, Gospel Out. This is an interesting observation, but underscores a serious conundrum. The Gospel Out results are the IPCC predictions, (projections), and they are consistently wrong. This is no surprise to me, because I have spoken out from the start about the inadequacy of the models. I watched modelers take over and dominate climate conferences as keynote presenters. It was modelers who dominated the Climatic Research Unit (CRU), and through them, the IPCC. Society is still enamored of computers, so they attain an aura of accuracy and truth that is unjustified. Pierre Gallois explains,

If you put tomfoolery into a computer, nothing comes out but tomfoolery. But this tomfoolery, having passed through a very expensive machine, is somehow ennobled and no-one dares criticize it.

Michael Hammer summarizes it as follows,

It is important to remember that the model output is completely and exclusively determined by the information encapsulated in the input equations. The computer contributes no checking, no additional information and no greater certainty in the output. It only contributes computational speed.

It is a good article, but misses the most important point of all, namely that a model is only as good as the structure on which it is built, the weather records.
The models are built on data, which either doesn’t exist, or is by all measures inadequate.

Because I got high


Afroman - "Because I Got High" Positive Remix

Open borders?

Immigration and Libertarianism por Hans-Hermann Hoppe:
.. Left-libertarians are typically ardent advocates in particular of a policy of ‘free and non-discriminatory’ immigration ..

But on what grounds should there be a right to un-restricted, “free” immigration? No one has a right to move to a place already occupied by someone else, unless he has been invited by the present occupant ..

.. From the fact that government property is illegitimate because it is based on prior expropriations, it does not follow that it is un-owned and free-for-all. It has been funded through local, regional, national or federal tax payments, and it is the payers of these taxes, then, and no one else, who are the legitimate owners of all public property. They cannot exercise their right – that right has been arrogated by the State – but they are the legitimate owners.

In a world where all places are privately owned, the immigration problem vanishes. There exists no right to immigration. There only exists the right to trade, buy or rent various places. Yet what about immigration in the real world with public property administered by local, regional or central State-governments?

First off: What would immigration policies be like if the State would, as it is supposed to do, act as a trustee of the taxpayer-owners’ public property? What about immigration if the State acted like the manager of the community property jointly owned and funded by the members of a housing association or gated community?
Why, then, one might ask, does the State not adopt the left-libertarian “free” immigration policy and grasp the opportunity offered by the predictable crisis to further strengthen its own power? ..

.. In contrast to left-libertarians, the ruling elites are still realistic enough to recognize that besides great opportunities for State growth, the predictable crisis would also entail some incalculable risk and could lead to social upheavals of such proportions that they themselves may be swept out of power and be replaced by other, ‘foreign’ elites. Accordingly, the ruling elites proceed only gradually .. because it helps the State not just to stay on its present divide et impera course but to proceed on it at an accelerated pace.

Contrary to their own anti-statist pronouncements and pretensions, then, the peculiar left-libertarian victimology .. actually turns out to be a recipe for the further growth of State power. The cultural Marxists know this, and that is the reason why they adopted the very same victimology. The left-libertarians do apparently not know this and are thus the cultural Marxists’ useful idiots on their march toward totalitarian social control.

privatizar é bom


Imperdível: Saiba por que privatizar é bom!

the State is a death cult

Brittany Maynard – Suicide Advocate Who Walked The Walk:
When assisted suicide is made illegal, it of course doesn’t prevent a person from ending their own life. It only makes the process more frightening, lonely, and potentially tragic. I personally find it hysterical that in my home state of New Hampshire, I am welcome to carry a handgun without a permit, which nobody could realistically stop me from using to evacuate my skull. If I were to get a suicide pill from a doctor on the other hand, we’d both be facing prosecution.

The former option makes a horrific mess, a loud noise, risks others being injured by a passing bullet or skull fragments, rules out an open casket, and could even leave me still living with severe brain damage, a burden to my family and society.

In the latter option, the only risk, is the State.
The State has no regard for life, as it is itself a death cult. The State will end your life without your consent simply for being disobedient. Surely they care not if you die willingly. It is not their veneration for life, but their lust for suffering that inspires these laws.

Remember Remember

5 November 1605 - Guido Fawkes - "The Only Man Ever To Enter Parliament With Honest Intentions"

Voting as a Moral Wrong

Voting as a Moral Wrong por Aaron Ross Powell:
When we vote, we aren’t just deciding for ourselves. We’re attempting to decide for others, too. We’re not just expressing a preference (“I prefer traditional taxis to ride sharing services.”), but also expressing a desire to see that preference made, through the application of violence or the threat of violence, the law of the land. We’re saying our opinions are so informed, correct, and important that we’re willing to have men with guns make our fellow Americans obey them, even if our fellow Americans also believe their own opinions are informed, correct, and important.
Almost every politician with his or her name on the ballot—and certainly every politician with much of a chance of winning office at the state or national level—will use that power to engage in political acts via the state that clearly lack moral legitimacy. That’s because he or she will use government to enforce preferences instead of limiting the state to that narrow role there’s even a chance of justifying morally.
If you cast a vote today, there’s a pretty high chance that in morally significant ways you’re acting just like those friends mugging the old man. You may think there are good reasons for doing this, that a world where you vote for violations of basic human dignity and autonomy will be more livable—happier, freer, wealthier, more equal—than one where you don’t. But you’re still party to countless immoralities. You’re still expressing approval as politicians fail to live up to basic moral standards—and as they do so in your name.

quinta-feira, setembro 25, 2014

Separados à Nascença

Citação Liberal do Dia

H. L. Mencken famously said that “every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.” By now, however, I am no longer ashamed, because I do not identify with the government under which I live. Rather, I view it as a criminal organization that without provocation has chosen to make war on my just rights—not only mine, of course, but everyone's. Although this vile enterprise is my problem, because it robs and bullies me relentlessly and without mercy, it is not my responsibility: the nail is not the hammer.
Robert Higgs

sexta-feira, setembro 19, 2014

Citação Liberal do Dia

Robert Higgs:
Suppose I said, murder is wrong and I advocate that people stop committing murder or supporting those who do commit it. Now, sure enough, along comes someone to tell me how utopian and impractical I am, pointing out that historically murder has always been committed everywhere that humans have lived together. Clearly murder has demonstrated its social superiority as a form of social behavior. Murder has revealed itself as the "fittest" sort of behavior in the evolutionary shakeout.

Do you accept this argument about murder? If not, why do you accept it when we substitute "the state or a similar ruling organization" for "murder"?

Why I support anarchy is really an utterly simply matter: I'm opposed to genuine crime. The state is a criminal organization, and I therefore oppose it. Telling me that states have always existed or that nonstate alternatives would not be viable in competition with states does not dissuade me one bit. I'm still opposed to criminal actions -- you know, theft, extortion, murder, kidnapping, and all the other criminal actions the state takes to sustain itself.

quinta-feira, setembro 18, 2014

Choose Life

Choose your future. Choose life... But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin' else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got WESTMINSTER?

Choose Life - Trainspotting (1-12) Movie CLIP (1996) HD.mp4

The Ethics of Entrepreneurship and Profit

The Ethics of Entrepreneurship and Profit por Hans-Hermann Hoppe:
Logically, what is required to avoid all conflict is clear: It is only necessary that every good be always and at all times owned privately, i.e., controlled exclusively by some specified individual (or individual partnership or association), and that it be always recognizable which good is owned and by whom, and which is not. The plans and purposes of various profit-seeking actor-entrepreneurs may then be as different as can be, and yet no conflict will arise so long as their respective actions involve only and exclusively the use of their own, private property.
All profits gained or losses suffered by an actor-entrepreneur with justly acquired means are just profits (or losses); and all profits and losses accruing to him through the use of unjustly acquired means are unjust.
The state .. contrary to its own self-serving pronouncements, is not the originator or guarantor of private property. Rather, it is the conqueror of private property. Nor is the state the originator or guarantor of justice. To the contrary, it is the destroyer of justice and the embodiment of in-justice.

secede from any nation-state

Is the UK a “Nation by Consent”?:
In short, every group, every nationality, should be allowed to secede from any nation-state and to join any other nation-state that agrees to have it. That simple reform would go a long way toward establishing nations by consent. The Scots, if they want to, should be allowed by the English to leave the United Kingdom, and to become independent, and even to join a Gaelic Confederation, if the constituents so desire.

A common response to a world of proliferating nations is to worry about the multitude of trade barriers that might be erected. But, other things being equal, the greater the number of new nations, and the smaller the size of each, the better.
In sum, if we proceed with the decomposition and decentralization of the modern centralizing and coercive nation-state, deconstructing that state into constituent nationalities and neighborhoods, we shall at one and the same time reduce the scope of government power, the scope and importance of voting and the extent of social conflict. The scope of private contract, and of voluntary consent, will be enhanced, and the brutal and repressive state will be gradually dissolved into a harmonious and increasingly prosperous social order.

O Papa anticapitalista

Should the Pope Excommunicate All Catholic Politicians (and His Fellow Jesuits?) por Thomas DiLorenzo:
Pope Francis recently excommunicated (i.e., kicked out of the Catholic Church) all members of the Italian Mafia, denouncing their “evil ways” as an affront to God. If he was consistent, however, he would similarly condemn and excommunicate all Catholic politicians and their networks of big-government worshipping Catholic political activists, among the most prominent of which are his fellow Jesuits. Politics is many orders of magnitude more evil and immoral than the Mafia or any other “private” criminal gang.
Politicians are natural criminals .. In order to finance their campaigns for election they must promise to steal money from those who have earned it and give it to others who have no moral right to it. They are inveterate liars, as everyone knows, since they all make campaign promises that they know they could never keep. The most successful among them are those who are the least hindered by strong moral principles opposed to lying and stealing and confiscating their fellow citizens’ property.
Theft, intimidation, threats, censorship, imprisonment, and murder are all defining characteristics of the state and statists. It is fine that Pope Francis has excommunicated the Mafia, but he actually supports and promotes far more sin and evil in the world with his Jesuit-inspired views of welfare statism and his incoherent and uneducated denunciations of peaceful exchange among consenting adults through the benefit of the international division of labor (i.e., capitalism).

FREEDOM!


FREEDOM! is popular

Turismo AMN

Adolfo Mesquita Nunes: Behind Portugal's New Free-Market Tourism:
“Freedom is the most important political value for me. It comes before anything else,” he says. “So when somebody comes to me, my first question is never, ‘How can I help?’ but ‘What can I do to let the market do what it wants?’”
BÓNUS - Turistas nada acidentais por Sérgio Figueiredo:
E os grandes heróis desta história chamam-se empresários. Que começaram lá atrás, desenvolvendo estratégias empresariais consistentes, tornando-se competitivos, ganhando capacidade para internacionalizar e dando escala ao sector.

Scotland

Unicorn Governance

Unicorn Governance:
Our problem is that we have to fight unicorns.

Unicorns, of course, are fabulous horse-like creatures with a large spiraling horn on their forehead. They eat rainbows, but can go without eating for years if necessary. They can carry enormous amounts of cargo without tiring. And their flatulence smells like pure, fresh strawberries, which makes riding behind them in a wagon a pleasure.
Problem: "the State" is a unicorn

When I am discussing the State with my colleagues at Duke, it's not long before I realize that, for them, almost without exception, the State is a unicorn .. their solution is, without exception, to expand the power of "the State." That seems literally insane to me—a non sequitur of such monstrous proportions that I had trouble taking it seriously .. I realized that they want a kind of unicorn, a State that has the properties, motivations, knowledge, and abilities that they can imagine for it ..
Go ahead, make your argument for what you want the State to do, and what you want the State to be in charge of .. Then, go back and look at your statement. Everywhere you said "the State," delete that phrase and replace it with "politicians I actually know, running in electoral systems with voters and interest groups that actually exist."
To paraphrase Hayek, then, the curious task of the liberty movement is to persuade citizens that our opponents are the idealistic ones, because they believe in unicorns. They understand very little about the State that they imagine they can design.

quarta-feira, setembro 17, 2014

from "limited government" to anarchism


How to get from "limited government" to anarchism with Larken Rose

Estado Orwelliano fiscal

O Extraordinário Cobrador:
Nunca no Portugal contemporâneo, incluindo os tempos do Estado novo e da sua polícia política, o estado teve acesso a tanta informação sobre a vida diária e as interacções da generalidade dos indivíduos. Nunca as pôde consultar e cruzar com tanta facilidade. Nunca a omnipresença do estado na vida diária das pessoas foi tão destacada, intrusiva e em tão grande escala. A máquina fiscal torna-se na força de ocupação consumada da vida diária das pessoas.

the Gender Gap


Bridging the Gender Gap: The Problems with Parental Leave | Learn Liberty


Choice and Change: How to Close the Gender Gap | Learn Liberty

Blowback

Glenn Greenwald:
Does it ever occur to such flamboyant warriors to ask why those sorts of groups enjoy so much support, and whether yet more bombing of predominantly Muslim countries – and/or flooding the region with more weapons – will bolster rather than subvert their strength? Just consider how a one-day attack in the U.S., 13 years ago, united most of the American population around the country’s most extreme militarists and unleashed an orgy of collective violence that is still not close to ending. Why does anyone think that constantly bringing violence to that part of the world will have a different effect there?

The kingdom of God, socialism, democracy and tyranny


Part 4 The kingdom of God, socialism, democracy and tyranny

Citação Liberal do Dia

Robert Higgs:
As a libertarian anarchist, I am pressed from time to time to defend anarchy against those who dispute its desirability or its feasibility. But, really, why should I be the one who must defend this condition (that is, the absence of rulers)? I live in a world in which gangs of total strangers -- people I do not know, people who do not know me, people I want nothing to do with -- presume to order me about in countless ways and to strip me of my wealth at their pleasure, putting the plunder to uses that in many cases I consider utterly abhorrent and achieving this domination over me only by making credible threats to bring violence to bear against me should I resist their impositions. THAT outrageous complex of actions, not my embrace of anarchy, is the condition that requires a defense. Strange to say, although the prevailing rulers' insolence and moral arrogance rise to horrifying heights, many of their victims take completely for granted the legitimacy of the degrading and exploitative setup under which they live -- Stockholm syndrome writ large.

terça-feira, setembro 16, 2014

Here’s to the Warmongers


Here's to the Warmongers | Criminals, Liars and Psychopaths

Prisioneiros do Socialismo

Prisioneiros e Reguladores por José Manuel Moreira:
Lembrei-me então de uma piada de Walter Block, o grande "defensor do indefensável", destinada a audiências de reguladores, com primeiras filas repletas de economistas do sistema e advogados aptos a ganhar dinheiro com os dois lados. Vamos à piada. Três prisioneiros na ex-URSS desataram a comparar as penas a que tinham sido condenados. O primeiro disse ter sido por chegar sempre atrasado ao trabalho, sendo, por isso, acusado de defraudar o Estado. O segundo, que chegava muito antes da hora, foi acusado de ser puxa-saco. Ao terceiro, por chegar sempre a horas, acusaram-no de ter um relógio de pulso ocidental. O fartote de risos contrastou com o silêncio que se seguiu à segunda parte da piada. Que reza assim. Havia três prisioneiros nos EUA por violação da concorrência. O primeiro por cobrar preços elevados, foi acusado de exploração. O segundo, por preços baixos, acusaram-no de concorrência desleal e preços predatórios. Já o terceiro, por ter preços iguais aos dos outros, foi acusado de fazer cartel.

É este mundo kafkiano e parasitário que nos cabe aguentar. Até se conseguir ligar esta maldição à proliferação de entidades que nos policiam, fiscalizam e saqueiam. A bem da protecção dos interesses instalados no Orçamento do Estado. Num crescendo de legislação e controlos burocráticos que perseguem sem parar o cidadão comum.

segunda-feira, setembro 15, 2014

Envy

Selling Envy:
.. The idea is to appeal to the age-old feelings of envy and guilt that arise in virtually every person: Why should some have more than others? Is it fair that some people or whole countries have greater wealth and higher incomes while others struggle?
Envy pits us against each other, letting politicians leverage an instinctive reaction to gain power .. the policies it perpetuates will end up impoverishing any country.
Wealth redistribution inevitably robs every person of their freedoms. Equality is never achieved; the wealth is mostly shifted to those currently in power, who administer and derive political support from redistributive programs. The masses remain impoverished, and those in power remain, for as long as they can, the supposed champions of those masses, struggling for a fair redistribution.
.. Socialist policies that attempt to level the economic playing field are repeatedly unsuccessful. As Winston Churchill stated, “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy," and "The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”
A society that encourages envy in order to “level the playing field” for its citizens is a society that will implode from within. Oppressive government spending programs requiring high taxation and controls on individuals can lead to economic stagnation or even collapse.

The Fall of Rome


The Fall of Rome and Modern Parallels | Lawrence Reed at FreedomFest

"Pausa" contrarevolucionária

There Are Now 52 Explanations For The Pause In Global Warming:

Existe um consenso planetário à volta destas 52 explicações (muitas delas incompatíveis entre si) para a "pausa" no "Aquecimento Global Antropogénico Matagatinhos" - "pausa" que já dura há mais de 15-20 anos, "pausa" que oficialmente não existia há cinco anos (eram histórias pagas pelo "big oil"), e "pausa" que ninguém no "consenso" previu. Tal como ainda não conseguem os modelos matemáticos, e os powerpoints, explicar passadas variações do clima, porque enfim, as temperaturas globais históricas não batem "bem" com os níveis globais de CO2, nem com tanta coisa que não sabemos. O certo é que a "pausa" pode ter sido causada pelo Homem, ou talvez não -- mas a culpa de tudo o que de terrível que está para acontecer (se não houver outra "pausa") (e mesmo que o planeta comece a arrefecer) é TUA por ainda usares lâmpadas incandescentes que destruirão o mundo num holocausto de fumo e fogo.

The Truth About Net Neutrality


The Truth About Net Neutrality

Rant Liberal do Dia

Hoje é o segundo aniversário da grande marcha triunfal entre Pastelaria Versailles e Praça do Comércio, que reuniu entre 5000 a 500000 pessoas (algumas foram parar à Praça de Espanha...) para reclamar a saída da Troika e a reposição de um regime de abundância económica e prosperidade social. Missão parcialmente cumprida! Parabéns e Muito Obrigado aos Heróis de 15 de Setembro, restauradores da soberania nacional, inauguradores de uma nova forma cívica e cidadã de fazer Política, um Legado que perdurará pelas eras! Naquele lusco-fusco de Verão, suportaram a multidão, muitas horas antes de ser razoável subirem ao Bairro Alto e ao Príncipe Real para o descanso dos justos! Hoje ninguém se lembra como foram meros peões às ordens da extrema-esquerda, os louros refulgem na vossa fronte banhada pela aurora de um futuro mais humanista!

sábado, setembro 13, 2014

Government Fails to Maintain Anything

Why the Government Fails to Maintain Anything por Jum Powell:
.. as power is centralized, those further down the chain of command, who are nominally responsible for maintaining government assets, have less and less authority to do so. Since nobody really owns government assets, nobody has a personal stake in protecting their value. Consider a few cases.
Why Can’t Government Maintain New Orleans’s Levees? .. The nearly half-million people of New Orleans wanted to live in their big bowl below sea level .. Then Hurricane Katrina hit .. We all know what happened next .. Bottom line: Nobody in the city, state, or federal governments wanted responsibility for maintaining the levees.
Why Can’t Government Maintain Public Housing? .. Because poor people tend to live in poor housing, many people thought it would be a good idea for government to build housing .. Without constant vigilance it is nearly impossible to keep the units clean .. Despite spending millions of dollars on law enforcement in the housing projects, neither the federal government nor the city have been able to maintain public safety. Maintenance people were afraid to enter the housing projects, which contributed to their deterioration .. The government was incapable of maintaining anything it built.
Why Can’t Government Maintain National Parks? .. More than a century ago, “Progressives” promoted the idea that only government could be trusted to take care of natural wonders like Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon .. Since the federal government “owns” the national parks, their funding depends on Washington politics .. There has been a big backlog of deferred National Park Service maintenance jobs that lacked funding. Roads are sometimes hazardous because of potholes. Visitor facilities are falling apart. Historic structures are in jeopardy. Sewage systems have broken, causing pollution.
Government cannot be counted on to maintain anything well because there’s no political glory in maintenance. Those who sign major laws, who launch new government programs, and who cut the ribbons for new government buildings can brag about their exploits during reelection campaigns. But politicians don’t seem to gain any credit with voters when they maintain programs that somebody else started .. Since taxpayer money is wasted when it’s spent on projects that subsequently suffer from inadequate maintenance, and often much harm is done, government should be limited to projects it might be able to maintain. If this means government ends up doing little, so be it.

quarta-feira, setembro 10, 2014

Murray Rothbard


David Gordon: The Life and Times of Murray Rothbard

Pax Americana

As the Romans Did por Cullen Murphy:
Imagine a small agrarian republic that gradually grows into the world’s greatest military and cultural superpower. Over time, as public power is concentrated in the hands of a relatively small group of wealthy private citizens, that ruling elite falls increasingly out of touch with the world beyond its borders. Those borders, porous and steadily expanding, become ever more difficult to manage and defend. Faltering under the growing burden of policing them, the military is forced to recruit considerable mercenary support to handle conflicts that might arise, as well as those already under way. Eventually, losing its grip on power both internally and externally, the superpower enters a state of accelerating decline, ultimately fading into a shadow of its former glory.

Escola Superior Socialista


How the Liberal University Hurts the Liberal Student

A Internet está segura com o Estado

Don't Break the Net:
Myth:
Broadband should be a public utility.

Truth:
Public utilities are lousy at delivering high-tech services.
What’s the difference between water and the Internet? Internet gets faster, cheaper, and more innovative over time, while water... pretty much stays the same. Water, electricity and other utility providers charge a lot for standardized products. They’re slow to innovate because they’re monopolies, and regulation protects them from competition. Broadband providers are constantly pushing the boundaries of technology to keep pace with exploding demand. If you regulate broadband like you regulate water, competition will evaporate — and with it, the incentive to keep upgrading networks. Your water stays the same, and so does your electricity, but do you really want your Internet frozen in time?

terça-feira, setembro 09, 2014

Individual Courage


Glenn Greenwald - Courage In Jounalism

Rant Liberal do Dia

Não, não iremos morrer a Donetsk

Aparentemente, "fazemos" parte da mesma "sociedade" dos ucranianos (vs. os russos), e dos israelitas (vs. os outros gajos que vivem a meia dúzia de quilómetros), e dos xiitas "moderados" (vs. sunitas "bárbaros" - nb ainda há dois anos era diferente). E porque em sociedade, as pessoas matam morrem umas pelas outras, por esta "sociedade" devíamos querer matar e morrer por estas gentes. Ou se calhar pertencemos à "sociedade" de quem manda e executa as guerras, sanções económicas e checkpoints, e rockets e decapitações, e bombas teleguiadas que desintegram gente má e não-inocente (bem mais simpático e limpinho do que decapitações). Dessa "sociedade" de humanistas que não olha a meios para estar nos conflitos sempre do lado certo. De facto é muito triste quando no mundo que vivemos as pessoas (sobretudo as "jovens") questionam a propaganda baseada em manipulação emocional, irracionalidade retórica, e o nobre colectivismo de matar e morrer longe a mando do Estado (e nb, "as pessoas" =/= "nós"). Vamos, plebes, liderem por exemplo, que ficaremos aqui na retaguarda a preservar o nosso modo de vida pacífico.

domingo, setembro 07, 2014

Four Things the State is Not


Four Things the State is Not | Tom Woods

Secessão: California

51st State? Two counties in California seek to form new Jefferson State:
Two counties in northern California have submitted a petition for the right to form a 51st State of America, which they want to name Jefferson. They claim a lack of representation and that their grievances aren’t heard at state level.

Police: shock and awe


Pentagon Has 'Everything Must Go' Sale

o Estado é uma entidade extorsionária privada

Así funcionan las burocracias estatales por Juan Ramón Rallo:
.. las burocracias estatales —esas mismas que dicen constituirse desinteresadamente en nombre del interés general: "la televisión de todos"— son explotadas en privativo beneficio de aquellas oligarquías que consiguen controlarlas. Todos deberíamos ser conscientes de que cada vez que pagamos impuestos, cada vez que nos castigan con el 21% de IVA o cada vez que nos retienen la correspondiente mordida del IRPF, no lo hacemos por nuestro propio bienestar, ni siquiera por el bienestar de aquellos sectores de la sociedad más desfavorecidos que desde luego merecen algún tipo de ayuda; no: lo hacemos esencialmente para alimentar a las burocracias estatales que han logrado patrimonializar los Presupuestos Generales del Estado.

Ésa, la auténtica casta gobernante que todavía nadie se ha atrevido a denunciar y a proponer desmontar en España, constituye el verdadero destino último de nuestros pluridiezmos. Toda la propagandística narrativa construida alrededor del Estado para hacernos creer que ese mismo Estado responde a colectivos, solidarios e incuestionables intereses generales es sólo una cortina de humo para hacernos olvidar que el emperador está desnudo, es decir, que la redistribución estatal de la renta es, en última instancia, una redistribución desde grupos desorganizados (contribuyentes) a grupos organizados (lobbies).

Y justamente por eso las ideas liberales resultan amenazantes para todos aquellos que han erigido su modus viviendi en torno a la extracción de rentas del contribuyente ..
Ese es el muy privado servicio público que, tanto en TVE como en tantísimas otras burocracias estatales, se está haciendo con el dinero que periódicamente nos arrebatan por la fuerza. Y esa es la lección que deberíamos aprender de este asunto.

sábado, setembro 06, 2014

Secessão: Escócia


Andy Duncan: The Charade of Independence for UKIP and Scotland

kaput Global Warming Gospel

Whatever Happened to Global Warming? - Now come climate scientists' implausible explanations for why the 'hiatus' has passed the 15-year mark.:
The U.N. no longer claims that there will be dangerous or rapid climate change in the next two decades
Let's .. concentrate on more pressing global problems like war, terror, disease, poverty, habitat loss and the 1.3 billion people with no electricity.

sorcerers of death’s construction

Civilized Genocide

Civilized Genocide:
If what upsets you is the murder of an innocent human being, then you cannot advocate a reaction that would lead to the murder of innocent human beings. Bombing campaigns are the single most effective means of killing innocent people. Shrapnel is indiscriminate and imprecise, and any means of making a bombing campaign more effective at killing terrorists necessarily makes the campaign more effective at killing innocents as well.
To put it bluntly, this will simply be a case of one terrorist organization – ISIS – taking the life of a single innocent person, and as a response, another terrorist organization – the United States government – will take the lives of possibly thousands of innocent people. This is not justice; this is “my gang is bigger and badder than your gang.”
You either must acknowledge that if we take action that costs the lives of innocent people in other countries, we are at least no better than ISIS (except we are the more civilized killers ..), or you should acknowledge that absolute annihilation of every person within a certain geographic region is a justified cost to prevent the deaths of even a single American citizen.
We have to stop killing. That burden is on us. Because we are more civilized, by most people’s standards – and most importantly, by the standards of the people who are advocating genocide , we are the more civilized people. But if we commit genocide in reaction to murder, then we are certainly not the more civilized people.
.. The answer is to cease the killing, and to cease the funding of people who will help with the killing.

Terrorism will not dissolve over night if we do. The dangerous organizations and third-world despots will not fall out of power just because we pull out. But if we continue the same policies that we’ve pursued in the past (and you can rest assured that we will), we will see a continuation of the same pattern that has created this cycle.

And for some reason, I suspect that the continuation of this costly pattern is exactly what the government wants.

domingo, agosto 24, 2014

We do not need a State


Doug Casey: Do We Need A State?

O Papa anticapitalista

Papal Indulgences and “Impersonal” Markets
The worship of the ancient golden calf . . . has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose.
Pope Francis
Critics have long attacked market systems as being “impersonal.” The implication is that markets somehow violate morality by treating others merely as means rather than as valuable ends in themselves. In Pope Francis’s first apostolic exhortation, he jumped on that bandwagon by criticizing market systems as representing “the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose.”

Attributing the term "dictatorship" to market systems is sure to produce confusion. So what are markets anyway?

Markets are what results when people are free to choose how to associate with one another in the absence of coercion. The only “dictatorship” is the restriction that such arrangements be voluntary. That clearly advances human purposes—those of each individual involved in an exchange. It is surely an odd sort of dictatorship that consists in people not dictating choice to others.
Restricting markets does not mean that what would take their place would be caring, personal relationships—it may well be abuse of others by governments (as so dramatically demonstrated by our past century’s experience). Overriding the voluntary arrangements people create for themselves means depriving them of their liberty and forcing them into collectivized alternatives they do not choose. That in no way guarantees a more loving or caring society. That cannot be created by force.
.. In contrast, government imposition ignores a vast array of people’s preferences and hinders adjustment in the face of change. In Read’s words:
The market . . . continuously and automatically moves ever-changing satisfactions and ever-changing aspirations—supply and demand of particular goods and services—toward a harmony one with the other. . . .

The alternative to the free market is the rigged, planned, dictatorial, coercive, interventionist, authoritarian market, variously known as the planned economy, the welfare state, omnipotent government . . . disruptive and antisocial . . . of necessity forcing ever-changing satisfactions and ever-changing aspirations toward a state of disharmony one with the other—shortages of this, surpluses of that . . . [ignoring] your countless and ever-changing preferences or what constitutes your idea of your welfare.
.. government interventions, despite their boilerplate rhetoric, frequently treat citizens impersonally as little more than means to the ends imposed upon them by their rulers.

And there is perhaps nothing more impersonal than such an imposition.

A internet está segura com o Estado (xx)


Brad Templeton: Today's Surveillance Society is Beyond Orwellian

Secessão: Nova Hong Kong

A Free Market Case for Independence: Let’s Make Scotland Like Hong Kong por Alasdair Macleod:
In September, Scottish residents will vote in the independence referendum, following months of intense political debate between the Yes and No campaigns ..
There is no reason why 5m Scots cannot do far better as an independent nation, but it will require that they ditch both welfare dependency and subsidies, and embrace reality. Get it right and Scotland’s diaspora, many of whom have abandoned Scotland’s parochial, socialistic shores for free markets elsewhere, would be back like a shot.

In leaving the UK, Scotland would establish its own constitution. The country could give greater protection to property rights, while reducing the scope for political intervention in economic and business affairs. Its own legal system gives Scotland a head start in this process. Contrary to the threats from Westminster about not keeping the pound, an independent Scotland could run a currency board pegging the new local currency to sterling or even the euro, providing the restraints for monetary stability. The prize for the taking is that Scotland could become an entrepot centre in its own right.

This is the basic formula behind Hong Kong’s success. Remember that Hong Kong emerged from the rubble of Japanese occupation in 1945, and has climbed a far higher mountain than that faced by Scotland. There’s no reason (from a purely economic point of view) why Scotland cannot be a roaring success as an independent nation, as long as it embraces free markets, rejects state intervention and provides legal security.

The Problem of Authority (3)

No seguimento de The Problem of Authority (2)


Exploring Economic Freedom: The Illusion of Authority with Michael Huemer

Minarchism Found Dead

Minarchism Found Dead at Ferguson por Jeffrey Tucker:
As incredible as it seems, the bourgeoisie seem to be turning against the police ..
.. The police are the “thin blue line,” long perceived as the most essential and irreplaceable function of the state. This perception is now under pressure from public opinion, and this joins a shift in intellectual opinion that has been developing for decades.
The police power has pushed and pushed for decades: more power, more personnel, more weapons. Even as public opinion has turned against many other “services” offered by government, there has been no push back regarding police ..
Step back and ask the fundamental question: why is the state necessary? Why do we have to pay all these taxes? Why must we constantly defer to its power? Why must we adore its leaders and pay homage to those who die for it and raise our children to adore its history and works? What is the point of this gigantic contraption that lives in our midst and at our expense?
.. The roots of the modern state dating to the era of the Enlightenment — the 18th century — postulate that the whole function of the state is to provide security for person and property. This is the basis of its legitimacy .. It’s supposed to be a “night watchman.” Once it does that, it can and will do other things but this is the reason for its existence.
Security is not the most essential function of the state; it is the most dangerous one, the very one that we should never concede lest we lose all our freedom. The night watchman is the biggest threat we face because it is he who holds the gun and he who pulls the trigger should we ever decide to escape.
.. If the conviction that the state cannot even perform its most “essential” functions at net benefit to us evaporates, the rest of the great services that the state provides comes into question too.
We live in times of radical disenchantment with the state. Its welfare state, its drug war, its educational institutions, its energy and transportation infrastructure, its monetary policy, its wars and regulations, its courts and jails — none of it lives up to its promise. The costs exceed the benefits for all of us. And now the police too are a net drain, even a threat? Yes.

Revolution


George H Smith - Revolution

Room 101, Europe

Europe: A Union of Common Censorship:
For once Brussels has unified Europe, albeit by marrying Kafka with Orwell in a modern day Ministry of Truth.
Freedom is fundamental to prosperity. Those who cherish freedom most are often those who have not always enjoyed it. Thus the souls whose lives were blighted by Communist totalitarianism often rejoice at the simplest pleasures, even 25 years after the evils of the system were unraveled across Europe. Their joy in being able to travel has been hugely enhanced by that core Western value - freedom. Unfortunately, just as the European Union appears to have forgotten how to create prosperity, so, too, it seems to have gone somewhat patchy on the notion of freedom.
The latest political insanity comes from meddlesome Brussels bigots and their judicial cousins at the European Court of Justice, or the liberal loonies of Luxembourg as they deserve to be named. The phrase Orwellian is often overused but here it is justified after the ECJ upheld the utterly daft “right to be forgotten.”
.. Thus they have surpassed even the Soviet era with their censorship! As ever failing to understand the digital world, this crackdown on free speech is probably unenforceable in the long-term. Meanwhile, the EU has again demonstrated that it’s overweeningly Stalinist, all while proclaiming adherence to democracy and freedom - neither of which virtues it practices despite its histrionic preaching.

the Internet Undermines the Nation-State


Jeffrey Tucker on Liberty.me and How the Internet Undermines the Nation-State

de-police-ify our communities

We Need Cops Like Mike Brown Needed a Hole in the Head:
To understand the interest that the police has in public security, one must understand the nature of the state itself. The state is not an agent of the public, commissioned to provide security; that is just the cover story. The state is, as Albert Jay Nock put it, a “monopoly of crime.” Its whole function is to systematically coerce (“regulate”) and plunder (“tax”) the public. It only combats other coercers and plunderers because it simply doesn’t want the competition. It is a band of big-time criminals that, when it kills or imprisons small-time criminals, is essentially saying, “Back off: this is my turf, and those are my victims.”
This explains why the criminal “justice” system hardly provides any actual protection or restitution for victims, but only neutralizes its competition by throwing non-state criminals in a cage (which only makes it harder for their victims to obtain restitution from them) ..
.. how do you feel when you see a cop on the road? Do you suddenly feel more “secure”? Not really, right? .. you know you are less secure in your person and property: the very things cops are alleged to make secure.
Even when they restrict themselves to executing the law, most of what cops do is trample on the rights of their fellow man. That is because most laws that are on the books are completely unjust. All mandates of behavior and prohibitions of any activity that does not directly violate someone else’s person or property are fundamentally unjust ..

The police not only fail to provide and directly threaten security, but many of the ways in which they threaten it corrosively undermines security by systematically making it harder for individuals to provide it for themselves ..
The police are antithetical to peace and security; they don’t provide it, they directly attack it, and they undermine it ..
There has been a lot of talk of “demilitarizing” the police, but again, the whole function of the police is and has always been to serve as an extractive military occupation ..

Rather than demilitarizing the police, we should de-police-ify our communities .. Only then will we be free.

quarta-feira, agosto 20, 2014

Pensamento Liberal do Dia

Um corolário interessante do muito moral ditado "paga o justo pelo pecador" é que quem aparece a defender o justo é logo atacado por estar a defender o pecador.

Path to a Free Society


Milton Friedman - Path to a Free Society

Rant Liberal do Dia

Há por aí uma "atitude", que me parece bastante rascalhona, de porreiro-democratizar a vida social. Explicando. "somos todos iguais", certo? Tu e eu, mesmo que eu não te conheça de parte nenhuma, e mesmo em situações bem claras em que "antigamente" eu devia dirigir-me a ti na terceira pessoa. É que "aqui" não há lugar a arrogâncias. E assim "marcha" toda a gente - os mais velhos, os superiores hierárquicos, e novos e maçaricos. Esta coisa não se trata de informalidade, que também obedece a códigos e contextos, mas de nívelar primeiro, e sempre por baixo, sob um qualquer pretexto "bom". Não falta quem, em ocasiões mais exuberantes, promova que toda a gente participe numa qualquer palhaçada pirosa "super-divertida" porque é boa onda, e porque temos "todos" de participar ao mesmo nível. Caso contrário, obviamente a pessoa, que estava no seu cantinho, tem problemas. Isto também a propósito do "desafio do balde de gelo". A malta que se divirta muito, força com isso, angariem muito dinheiro para uma doença que nem sabem soletrar. Agora, há um certo gáudio em ver "os poderosos", os "que se acham melhor do que os outros", a descer do seu pedestal, inflingindo-se com um banho de água gelada (podia ser uma tarte de natas, o espírito é o mesmo), cedendo portanto ao bullying social das massas. Vai pelo ralo a classe com as "classes".

Libertarianism as Common Sense Morality


Libertarianism as Common Sense Morality

Citação Liberal do Dia

The trouble with trying to deprogram people out of an irrational, faith-based superstition (such as statism) is that there is an endless supply of completely irrational and bogus "arguments" they can use to cling to their indoctrination. For example, on a regular basis I hear statists proclaim that libertarianism/anarchism/voluntaryism means "every man for himself." There isn't the slightest shred of a logical excuse to conclude that; they believe it ONLY as a psychological reflex excuse to not THINK at all. They desperately want some cop-out, however irrelevant and unfounded, so they don't have to THINK about actual concepts.

1) "I think it's bad to attack people who haven't hurt anyone."
2) "Oh, so you think everyone should just live in a cabin in the woods like a hermit?"

Sorry, but if you think #2 is a rational response to #1, you're just a well-trained doofus. And to have to rationally explain how #2 doesn't follow from #1 is pretty damn pathetic. "No, the fact that I don't want people VIOLENTLY ATTACKING each other doesn't mean I don't want people organizing and cooperating." This is a fine example of why I say that, while humanity is hugely advanced in various aspects of science, most of "us" are three-year-olds when it comes to thinking about even basic principles of morality and philosophy.

sexta-feira, agosto 15, 2014

Infalibilidade do consenso

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/08/15/why-deniers-are-always-wrong-models-cant-be-falsified/:
No matter what the observation, no matter how the world changes, we can never falsify alarmist climate theories. Any possible change, any possible observation, can always be explained by anthropogenic global warming.
Recomenda-se a leitura.

sábado, agosto 09, 2014

Creating Disrespect For The Law


Milton Friedman - Creating Disrespect For The Law

Citação Liberal do Dia

W
ith regard to government planning and the implementation of such plans: Mises said there is a calculation problem; Hayek said there is a knowledge problem; I say there is a crime problem. Those who control the state seek power and plunder, and as a rule they get, more or less, exactly what they seek. Mises and Hayek framed their arguments by crediting the planners' stated intention to promote the general public interest. I choose not to make such a counterfactual concession to the looters.

To be an Anarchist is a great idea


Ron Paul "To be an Anarchist is a great idea"

Rant Liberal do Dia

NASA Climate Scientist Explains 15-Year ‘Global Warming Hiatus’

Depois de anos a se cobrirem de ridículo a negarem que as temperaturas globais tinham estagnado - pelos seus próprios indicadores - os altos sacerdotes da Igreja do Pecado do Homem finalmente admitem que há 15 anos (já é mais, mas que se quer...) que não há "Aquecimento Global" fritogénico. Como as coisas mudam...

Para já, mesmo que não se consiga explicar a coisa nem o seu contrário, há que insistir que a culpa é do Pecados do Homem. E não se diz "Aquecimento Global", há que dizer "Climate Change", que dá para tudo. Se as estações não são como os livros da primária de há 50 anos (quem diz que a endoutrinação salazarista não funcionava?), há que responder "climate change".

Se as estações de há 50 anos já eram diferentes das estações de há 100, 200, 400, 2000, 4000, 8000 anos, climate change. É que os Sumérios não aproveitavam os zigurates para converter energia solar, os Romanos não poupavam água no duche, e o Carlos Magno não desligava os carregadores dos smartphones quando não estavam a ser carregados, etc etc.

sexta-feira, agosto 08, 2014

Dirty laws


How Dirty Laws Trash The Environment | Learn Liberty

How Statists Think

How Statists Think (Or, Don't): Their Top 20 Traits:
1. They spend more time promoting dependency than they do encouraging self-reliance.

2. Lies and deceptions (for example, "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan") don't rankle them because they believe their ends justify almost any means.

3. They think intentions matter far more than actual results.

4. They lump people into groups and assign them fictitious rights.

5. They learn little or nothing from history or economics.

6. They think emotions, slogans and bumper-stickers trump reason and logic.

7. Compassion is their favorite word even as they put a gun to your head.

8. They respect property if it's theirs, but not if it's yours.

9. They'd rather shut you up than engage you in serious debate.

10. Individuals are never among the minorities they say they support.

11. When the first conservative or libertarian faculty member is hired at their university, they think it's a hostile takeover.

12. They think a welfare check is an entitlement, but a paycheck isn't.

13. When their policies flop, they assume no responsibility and demand more of the same.

14. They're always busy reforming you even if their own lives are dysfunctional.

15. They claim to know the future (e.g., which industry to subsidize) while showing no evidence they even understand the past.

16. They dislike business less because they have sound arguments against it and more because they have no idea how to start or run one themselves.

17. They criticize people and companies for not paying more in taxes than they are legally required to, yet never make any "donations" to government themselves beyond their own legal tax liability.

18. They are angry most of the time, have no sense of humor, and can't even tell a joke that's reasonably funny.

19. They've perfected the fine art of the double-standard, exempting their own from the very actions they criticize in others.

20. They appeal to the worst in us by emphasizing racial divisions, pitting class against class, and buying votes with other people's money.

Liberty and Economics


The Role of Austrian Economics in the Liberty Movement | Tom Woods

Citação Liberal do Dia

GOVERNMENT: Dysfunctional parenting for adults.
Kurt Tischer

terça-feira, agosto 05, 2014

Teaching Liberty


Connor Boyack - Teaching Liberty To Kids

Stealing and Murdering

Israel Is Stealing and Murdering Its Way Through Palestine por Paul Craig Roberts:
As Zionists have endeavored to teach the world for decades, Israel is not subject to criticism. Only Jew-haters, anti-semites, and people who want to gas Jews and boil them in oil criticize Israel. Israel is above criticism, because Israelis are God’s Chosen People and despite being God’s Chosen People suffered the Holocaust.

This means that the Israeli government, like the one in Washington, can do whatever it wants and remain above criticism.

Since the 1940s Zionists have been stealing Palestine from the Palestinians. The majority of Palestinians have been removed from their homes and their country. They exist in refugee camps in other countries and 1.5 million are concentrated in the Gaza Ghetto, which is blockaded by Israel on one end and by the Washington paid Egyptians on the other.

This makes it convenient for Israel from time to time to attack the civilian population and civilian infrastructure in Gaza with military force. So far in Israel’s latest war crime, Israel has murdered more than 1,200 Palestinians, largely women and children.
What is another 1,200 murdered Palestinians? Who cares? Not Washington or the British PM in Whitehall and certainly not the Israelis. As far as Israel and the Great Moral West is concerned, 1,200 murdered Palestinians amount to nothing. They are not even chafe in the wind.
After seven decades the Palestinian people remain unarmed. Hamas has a few ineffective weapons, but the people themselves are unarmed. Their response to the Israeli murders of their children, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, parents, cousins, and friends is to cry. This is not the response of a warlike people.

The view brainwashed into the West that Palestinians are a threat to Israel is absurd. If Palestinians are a threat and a danger to Israel, how is it possible that Palestinians are locked away into sealed ghettos in the remnants of their own country or into refugee camps in foreign countries?

sexta-feira, agosto 01, 2014

The Invisible Hand In Politics


Milton Friedman - The Invisible Hand In Politics

Fascist

Obama is Not a Socialist por Thomas Sowell:
It bothers me a little when conservatives call Barack Obama a “socialist.” He certainly is an enemy of the free market, and wants politicians and bureaucrats to make the fundamental decisions about the economy. But that does not mean that he wants government ownership of the means of production, which has long been a standard definition of socialism.

What President Obama has been pushing for, and moving toward, is more insidious: government control of the economy, while leaving ownership in private hands. That way, politicians get to call the shots but, when their bright ideas lead to disaster, they can always blame those who own businesses in the private sector.
One of the reasons why both pro-Obama and anti-Obama observers may be reluctant to see him as fascist is that both tend to accept the prevailing notion that fascism is on the political right, while it is obvious that Obama is on the political left.

Back in the 1920s, however, when fascism was a new political development, it was widely — and correctly — regarded as being on the political left ..
Mussolini, the originator of fascism, was lionized by the left, both in Europe and in America, during the 1920s. Even Hitler, who adopted fascist ideas in the 1920s, was seen by some, including W.E.B. Du Bois, as a man of the left.
The left’s vision is not only a vision of the world, but also a vision of themselves, as superior beings pursuing superior ends ..

Inequality Every Day


We Vote For Income Inequality With Our Wallets Every Day - Mike Maloney

Rand, Morality & the Middle East

Rand on the Middle East por Murray Rothbard:
Asked what the American people and the government should do about the Middle East war. Rand answered unhesitatingly: “Give every help possible to Israel.” Not American soldiers, she conceded; but military weapons. We need not stress here the assault on liberty involved when the U.S. government taxes Americans in order to send arms abroad; surely, this is as statist and immoral, though not to the same degree, as sending American soldiers to the Middle East ..

Why? What is the overriding cause for which we must set aside libertarian principle, isolationist principle, and opposition to altruism; why is Israel’s “emergency” to be a claim on our hearts and pockets? ..

The real issue? Because “civilized men” are “fighting against savages”, and when that happens, says Rand, “then you have to be on the side of that civilized man no matter what he is.” The fact that Israel is socialistic, she adds, pales into insignificance before this great imperative.
This brings us to the even more important moral question: namely, assuming that one can really define “savagery”, what’s wrong with being a “savage”? Isn’t a nomad or a savage, a person? Doesn’t he therefore possess inslianable rights? Isn’t he to be allowed to own his own person and his property? What happened to the great libertarian principle, to which Miss Rand presumably adheres, of no initiation of force against another person? If savages are people, what is the justification for initiating force against them? .. I am sorry to say that this is fascist ethical theory, and that therefore in this respect the many charges about Randianism being “fascist” seems to have a certain core of truth.

Changing Rules


Football Law: Changing the Rules of the Game | Learn Liberty

Citação Liberal do Dia

Political tags — such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth — are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.
Robert Heinlein

quarta-feira, julho 30, 2014

Citação Liberal do Dia

Sobretudo útil quando se debatem conflitos entre Estados...
A group, as such, has no rights. A man can neither acquire new rights by joining a group nor lose the rights which he does possess. The principle of individual rights is the only moral base of all groups or associations.
Ayn Rand

Health, Education And Welfare


Milton Friedman - Health, Education And Welfare

terça-feira, julho 29, 2014

La libertad explicada a terrícolas


Luis Alberto Iglesias - La libertad explicada a terrícolas

Escravatura fiscal

O Estado não é pessoa de bem por José Manuel Fernandes:
O Estado português especializou-se, nos últimos anos, em sugar os portugueses contribuintes até ao tutano. Não falo apenas dos sucessivos aumentos de impostos, única forma aparentemente constitucional de equilibrar as contas públicas. Falo sobretudo da forma desleal como o Estado se relaciona com os cidadãos, das armadilhas legais que se destinam unicamente a onerá-lo e da forma como os serviços públicos tratam sempre de cobrar primeiro e perguntar depois.
Porque é mesmo verdade, e volto ao Henrique: em Portugal, “uma pessoa honesta é vítima de extorsão legal e de abuso de autoridade”.

Teachers Unions vs. Students


Teachers Unions vs. Students

abolish all police

Former decorated cop says abolish all police:
Police should react similar to firemen and never leave the building until it is time to investigate a crime that has been committed against a person or property.

When a murder, robbery or theft occurs, investigators should be sent to gather evidence, solve the crime and make the arrest. This should be the only role of police.

We do not need police to be our first responders or protectors. As mentioned earlier, police rarely catch a thief, or stop rape or robbery in progress. We can be our own first responders and do it faster and with greater skill. Neighbors and friends and passerby’s can respond and help much faster than the police.

Finally, nowhere in history can we find an example of government working.

In fact, governments have always turned dark and corrupt which always leads to mass suffering. Government lovers claim humans are incapable of governing themselves yet they cheer and vote for a few humans to control them.

If humans can’t govern themselves, then how can one expect a few of these humans to govern millions? Abolish all governments. They don’t work. Any continued support of government is continued support of force, coercion and non-consensual relationships.

Peaceful Anarchy is a good start.

domingo, julho 27, 2014

Capitalism is Better


Why Capitalism is Better than Socialism

Epitaph on the Politician Himself

Here richly, with ridiculous display,
The politician's corpse was laid away.
While all of his acquaintances sneered and slanged,
I wept--for I had longed to see him hanged.
Hilaire Belloc

Neocon "Peace"


Ron Paul: I Don't Blame America for 9/11, 'I Blame Neocons'

BÓNUS - What the Media Won’t Report About Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 por Ron Paul

War

Robert Higgs:
Imagine a war in which there are no genuine good guys among the leaders on either side and in which a great many others, who bear no significant responsibility for the war's being initiated, constitute nearly the entire body of those killed and those whose property is damaged or destroyed. You've just imagined most of the wars in history. Once again, collectivism is the root of the evil.

There's no need to take sides, except with the innocent who suffer through no fault of their own.

Democracy Is a Fraud

What If Democracy Is a Fraud? por Andrew P. Napolitano:
What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn’t make a difference? What if no matter how you voted the elites always got their way? What if the concept of one person/one vote was just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance?

Liberdade vs. Estatismo


Clearly explained why Orthodox Jews refuse to serve in IDF

quarta-feira, julho 23, 2014

Convenient Boogeymen


Convenient Boogeymen

Convenient Boogeyman - transcrição

Thou shalt not steal, except by majority vote

A Dialogue on Social Justice:
We live in an era in which voters have elected politicians who vote for programs of state intervention. People with badges and guns threaten those who prosper through exchange. Yet, lo and behold, economic inequality is still with us. But what we find is this: those who get very rich seem to be able to avoid the long arm of the law. In fact, they seem to be the beneficiaries of it. A century after the Progressive movement gained its greatest triumphs -- the Federal Reserve System, the federal income tax, and the direct election of U.S. Senators -- there is still economic inequality. The spiritual heirs of the Progressive offer a solution: more of the same.

Those of us who remain skeptical of the Progressives and their heirs propose a rollback of the power of the state.

If you get individual justice, there will be greater social justice. That is our position. We are beginning to get a hearing. Meanwhile, the West's economy is in the hands of unelected central bankers and the few dozen major banks, which central banks represent. We are told that we need central banks in order to insure the independence of banking from politics. The defenders of social justice actually believe this -- all in the name of mass democracy. What we have are the most powerful cartels in history: commercial banking cartels.

Consistency is not one of the strengths of those who defend social justice.
It's a debate over two views of theft:
  • Thou shalt not steal.
  • Thou shalt not steal, except by majority vote.
Take your pick.

terça-feira, julho 22, 2014

domingo, julho 13, 2014

Brutalism and Libertarianism


Jeffrey Tucker on Brutalism and Libertarianism

On Free Immigration and Forced Integration

On Free Immigration and Forced Integration:
The classical argument in favor of free immigration runs as follows .. the produced output will increase over-proportionally, and real incomes will actually rise ..
As it is stated, the above argument in favor of free immigration is irrefutable and correct. It would be foolish to attack it, just as it would be foolish to deny that free trade leads to higher living standards than does protectionism.
In an anarcho-capitalist society there is no government and, accordingly, no clear-cut distinction between inlanders (domestic citizens) and foreigners. This distinction comes into existence only with the establishment of a government, i.e., an institution which possesses a territorial monopoly of aggression (taxation). The territory over which a government’s taxing power extends becomes “inland,” and everyone residing outside of this territory becomes a foreigner.
Moreover, with the establishment of a government and state borders, immigration takes on an entirely new meaning. Immigration becomes immigration by foreigners across state borders, and the decision as to whether or not a person should be admitted no longer rests with private property owners or associations of such owners but with the government as the ultimate sovereign of all domestic residents and the ultimate super-owner of all their properties. Now, if the government excludes a person while even one domestic resident wants to admit this very person onto his property, the result is forced exclusion (a phenomenon that does not exist under private property anarchism). Furthermore, if the government admits a person while there is not even one domestic resident who wants to have this person on his property, the result is forced integration (also non-existent under private property anarchism).
.. The current situation in the United States and in Western Europe has nothing whatsoever to do with “free” immigration. It is forced integration, plain and simple, and forced integration is the predictable outcome of democratic – one-man-one-vote – rule. Abolishing forced integration requires a de-democratization of society, and ultimately the abolition of democracy .. The means to achieve this goal are decentralization and secession (both inherently un-democratic, and un-majoritarian).

Libertarian Philosophy


Penn Jillette Explains His Libertarian Philosophy

Khan

Khan Academy's Challenge to State-Certified Educators por Gary North:
Khan has proven that 100+ years of educational theory is wrong. With no training whatsoever in a formal program of education, he became, almost overnight, the most important teacher in the history of the world. The teachers' union can scream bloody murder, but it won't do any good. His program is clearly better than anything that the typical tax-funded public school has to offer. Other charter schools will pick up Khan's program. Why not? It's free. They get all of this educational support material, and it does not cost them a dime. All the school has to do is buy used computers, add Wi-Fi, and let the students loose on Khan Academy's site.


domingo, julho 06, 2014

The School of Salamanca


The School of Salamanca

Bigotry

The Non-Antagonization Guideline:
Bigotry is not politely declining to cater a gay wedding, or relating racial opinions and misgivings to your girlfriend; neither involves active antagonization. Bigotry does include both wielding the State against gays, blacks, etc (like Jim Crow laws, etc), and such non-State antagonization as protesting a gay wedding or funeral, as do the Westboro Baptist Church bigots, or hostilely belittling a black man by addressing him as “boy” or some other epithet.

But bigotry also includes boycott organizers trying to destroy the business of religious bakers, feminists trying to get a disc jockey fired for playing the song “Blurred Lines,” and thought police publicly hounding elderly men over coarse things they get caught saying in private or merely politically incorrect or poorly phrased things they state in public.

The BOP strategy, when directed at people over their personal views and how they arrange their personal and commercial affairs, is predicated on antagonization over a difference in thought and behavior, and it is therefore bigotry. What else can you call even non-violent campaigns against people’s very livelihoods and against their welcome in society itself, over their different personal beliefs and unobtrusive practices?

Hobby Lobby & Private Property


The Mises View: "The Hobby Lobby Decision & Private Property" | Peter G. Klein

Five Ways To Think Like a State

Five Ways To Think Like a State por Jeffrey Tucker:
Experience shows that if something is going to go really wrong, predictably waste your time, annoy you and attack your dignity, and finally just prove to be totally ineffective at accomplishing the task, there’s a good chance that it involves the government.
1. Presume that all things worth knowing are already known.
2. Presume that the path of victory is paved by enforcement.
3. Presume that all disagreement amounts to betrayal and treason.
4. Presume that the material world matters more than ideas.
5. Oppose every unapproved change in the plan.