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.


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 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
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

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


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