domingo, março 15, 2015

Introduction to Objectivism


Introduction to Objectivism, by Leonard Peikoff

Global Warming

Global Warming:
Climate change propaganda is simply a ruse for a socialist agenda. Consider the statements of some environmentalist leaders. Christiana Figueres, the U.N.'s chief climate change official, said that her unelected bureaucrats are undertaking "probably the most difficult task" they have ever given themselves, "which is to intentionally transform the (global) economic development model." In 2010, German economist and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change official Ottmar Edenhofer said, "One must say clearly that we redistribute de facto the world's wealth by climate policy." The article in which that interview appeared summarized Edenhofer's views this way: "Climate policy has almost nothing to do anymore with environmental protection. ... The next world climate summit in Cancun is actually an economy summit during which the distribution of the world's resources will be negotiated."

The most disgusting aspect of the climate change debate is the statements by many that it's settled science. There is nothing more anti-scientific than the idea that any science is settled. Very often we find that the half-life of many scientific ideas is about 50 years. For academics to not criticize their colleagues and politicians for suggesting that scientific ideas are not subject to challenge is the height of academic dishonesty.

Humanitarian Action Fails


Chris Coyne: Why Humanitarian Action Fails

Da ditadura fiscal à miséria moral

Da ditadura fiscal à miséria moral de André Azevedo Alves:
.. o problema central neste caso é a dimensão do Estado e a sua voracidade fiscal, que assume com preocupante frequência contornos para-totalitários. Ter um Estado que vive muito acima das possibilidades do país acarreta a imposição de uma carga fiscal muito acima das possibilidades dos contribuintes. A busca incessante do aparelho de Estado por mais recursos implica por sua vez uma brutal e crescente assimetria de poder entre a máquina fiscal e o cidadão comum.

Assim, a Autoridade Tributária (uma designação que em si mesma é já todo um programa…) que impõe prazos e obrigações declaratórias aos cidadãos é a mesma entidade que frequentemente não cumpre prazos e falha nas notificações. Acresce que, por via do alegado “combate à evasão” (o tal que supostamente propiciaria baixas de impostos que ainda ninguém viu), o ónus da prova está hoje cada vez mais invertido, de tal forma que em muitos casos, na prática, é já o cidadão que tem de provar a sua inocência face à máquina fiscal.
Não sairemos deste perigoso caminho enquanto não percebermos que a verdadeira miséria moral é termos políticos que ao mesmo tempo que aumentam o peso do Estado e o seu poder para interferir nos mais diversos sectores da sociedade se manifestam publicamente preocupados com a corrupção ..

.. O que é realmente grave é que todos contribuíram, à sua maneira, para construir e manter um sistema que se assemelha cada vez mais a uma ditadura fiscal em que todos os cidadãos são culpados até prova em contrário.

Representative Slavery


Tom Woods - Representative Slavery

nationalism is no answer to failed multiculturalism

Sorry, Nigel Farage, Judeo-Christian nationalism is no answer to failed multiculturalism:
While Farage is correct to point out that state-sponsored multiculturalism creates an array of tensions and potential problems, he is completely wrong to suggest that using the power of the state to create a “Judeo-Christian” monoculture is the correct solution. Instead, Farage should recognise that it’s a mistake to think that governments can or should deliberately promote any sort of culture at all.

As the past few decades have shown, state-sponsored multiculturalism is not the proper or helpful role of Western, democratic governments. Policies of this kind have created a rift in British society, causing the progressive values of minority protection and egalitarianism to collide with the classical liberal values of free speech, choice, and toleration.

The best thing that Britain can do is take a step back from the culture wars and recognize that civil society should take the lead in answering what culture should look like.

sábado, março 14, 2015

the Right Minimum Wage


What's the Right Minimum Wage?

Five Lessons Learned from the Scottish Referendum

Five Lessons Learned from the Scottish Referendum:
Lesson 1: Global Elites Greatly Fear Secession and Decentralization
Lesson 2: Secession Movements Will Demand a Vote
Lesson 3: American Ideas about Secession Are Unsophisticated and Parochial
Lesson 4: Secession is a good way to bargain
Lesson 5: Centralization is Unnecessary for Economic Success
Some British newspapers have declared that “the dream is over” for Scottish independence. That seems hardly likely, unless by “over,” the newspapers mean “over for the next few years.” Europe-wide, the drive for more regional independence and autonomy will only continue to grow as economies stagnate, and as elites from Brussels or Rome or Madrid continue to maintain that they know best. Eventually, the promises of the centralizers will fall on very deaf ears.

The Progressive Income Tax Tale


The Progressive Income Tax: A Tale of Three Brothers

The Libertarian Case Against Public Schools

The Libertarian Case Against Public Schools:
The libertarian case is a simple one. Libertarians oppose public schools because they are government schools. It doesn’t matter if none of the evils of public schools mentioned above even exist. It is simply not the proper role of government to educate children. Neither is it the proper role of government to force Americans to pay for the education of their children in a public school or to pay for the education of the children of other Americans. It is an illegitimate purpose of government to have anything to do with the education of anyone’s children. It is the responsibility of parents to educate their children. How they choose to do that is entirely up to them, but public schooling shouldn’t even be an option.

The Truth About The Gender Pay Gap


The Truth About The Gender Pay Gap

Pizzatarianism

Pizzatarianism:
For all the liberty lovers out there who feel powerless and their efforts meaningless, I remind them of the wonder, the awe inspiring power of human cooperation and spontaneous order..

Despite the best efforts of the greatest libertarian thinkers of the 20th century, the state has remained unyielding in its domination .. Now what are we gonna do with it? .. I implore you to channel your inner Ludwig von Mises and repeat his famous quote “Tu Ne Cede Malis,” meaning “Do Not Give in to Evil.” If we want to gain any ground against statism we need to remember three things:
1. Remain Stoic ..
2. Be Positive ..
3. Have Fun ..
This is Pizzatarianism. You see, pizza is the most libertarian of all foods. Pizza, like human freedom, has no limitations ..

Pizza is the epitome of the human creative spirit. It represents the utmost ingenuity, personalization, and individualism of people. Each pizza is a person’s own little utopia. They choose whatever kind of pizza they want, regardless of what others are doing. You don’t need to be told what to get on your pizza. There are no top down orders when it comes to making your own pizza. The kitchen of a pizza place is the home of spontaneous order. It’s where people come together to engage in voluntary cooperation and choose exactly what the want on their pizza without rules or dictates about what they can order. And, just like the magic of a free society, the pizza place becomes a place where people make their own choices about their own pizza without reverence for authority.

Pizzatarianism is the idea that we should have fun while fighting for freedom. It’s the idea that liberty not just includes, but requires, fun .. Remember it and remember how fucking amazing human liberty really is.

sexta-feira, março 13, 2015

privacy matters


Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters

Economia aplicada

We Can Predict The Effects Of Seattle's $15 An Hour Minimum Wage (Março 2014):
So that’s what we would expect from this rise in the Seattle minimum wage to $15 an hour. Some rise in unemployment. A much larger rise in high school graduate unemployment relative to the general unemployment rate. And a significant reduction in the job related benefits that workers receive.
More Seattle restaurants close doors as $15 minimum wage approaches (Março 2015):
Restaurant owners, expecting to operate on thinner margins, have tried to adapt in several ways including “higher menu prices, cheaper, lower-quality ingredients, reduced opening times, and cutting work hours and firing workers,” .. when these strategies are not enough, businesses close, “workers lose their jobs and the neighborhood loses a prized amenity.”
“ .. fewer people will be able to afford to dine out, and as a result there will be fewer great restaurants to enjoy. People probably won’t notice when some restaurant workers lose their jobs, but as prices rise and some neighborhood businesses close, the quality of life in urban Seattle will become a little bit poorer.”