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.