domingo, julho 12, 2015

Freedom of Speech: How Is Offensive Speech Good For Society?


Freedom of Speech: How Is Offensive Speech Good For Society? | Learn Liberty

The Racist Origins of Government Marriage in America

The Racist Origins of Government Marriage in America:
Marriage licenses came about in the late 19th century to prevent mixed-race marriages. That should be appalling to anyone, and is in my opinion the strongest argument to privatize marriage.
Taking Marriage Private:
In 1215, the church decreed that a “licit” marriage must take place in church. But people who married illictly had the same rights and obligations as a couple married in church: their children were legitimate; the wife had the same inheritance rights; the couple was subject to the same prohibitions against divorce.

Not until the 16th century did European states begin to require that marriages be performed under legal auspices. In part, this was an attempt to prevent unions between young adults whose parents opposed their match.

The American colonies officially required marriages to be registered, but until the mid-19th century, state supreme courts routinely ruled that public cohabitation was sufficient evidence of a valid marriage. By the later part of that century, however, the United States began to nullify common-law marriages and exert more control over who was allowed to marry.

By the 1920s, 38 states prohibited whites from marrying blacks, “mulattos,” Japanese, Chinese, Indians, “Mongolians,” “Malays” or Filipinos. Twelve states would not issue a marriage license if one partner was a drunk, an addict or a “mental defect.” Eighteen states set barriers to remarriage after divorce.

In the mid-20th century, governments began to get out of the business of deciding which couples were “fit” to marry. Courts invalidated laws against interracial marriage, struck down other barriers and even extended marriage rights to prisoners.

But governments began relying on marriage licenses for a new purpose: as a way of distributing resources to dependents.

Tyranny of the Intellectuals


Eric Hoffer - Tyranny of the Intellectuals

Self-Determination and Secession

Self-Determination and Secession:
But if any community, no matter how small, can simply break off and join another state or remain independent, what’s to stop single households from doing this?

Rothbard asked this same question, and it brings us back to Mises’s comments on self-determination. Mises writes:
If it were in any way possible to grant this right of self-determination to every individual person, it would have to be done. This is impracticable only because of compelling technical considerations which make it necessary that the right of self-determination be restricted to the will of the majority of the inhabitants of areas large enough to count as territorial units in the administration of the country.

In other words, anarchism is theoretically justifiable, although technically problematic.

Roads in an Anarcho-Capitalist Society


Roads in an Anarcho-Capitalist Society

Citação Liberal do Dia

Robert Higgs:
Participatory fascism (now often called crony capitalism and long called mercantilism) is a bad form of economic order and an even worse form of political order in many ways, but it is infinitely superior to socialism, which is a perfect recipe for poverty and totalitarianism. Under crony capitalism the masses enjoy a high standard of living in the economically advanced countries and a rising standard of living even in many of the poorer countries. Under socialism, people enjoyed mass starvation in China and the USSR (as nowadays in North Korea) along with political dictatorship by a tiny party elite. Socialism now yields the abominations of Venezuela, a once thriving country turned into one with no toilet paper and scarcely anything else in the stores, growing poorer by the day. Under crony capitalism, the young protesters in the USA and Europe enjoy smart phones and $5.00 cups of the coffee concoction of their choice. The yearning for socialism is truly a poison fruit of deep, deep ignorance not only of economic theory, but also of modern history and current affairs.

Antiwar and Peace


Anarchast Ep. 226 Scott Horton: Antiwar and Peace!

Uber

De cavalo para Uber:

A desconfiança em relação às novas formas de transporte não é inédita. Há coisa de um século, a indústria do cavalo e dos transportes hipomóveis desconfiava do new kid on the block, que ameaçava satisfazer as necessidades de deslocação do ser humano de forma mais capaz, porque mais rápida, confortável e conveniente — o automóvel.
A concorrência do transporte automóvel, dizia-se, prejudicava as empresas de caminhos-de-ferro. “Tal concorrência ainda seria aceitável se se fizesse em condições de igualdade, mas não foi isso o que sucedeu. (...) Ainda há de facto quem impugne a regulamentação legal nesta matéria e preconize os benefícios da livre concorrência de cada uma das duas formas de transporte (...). Mas não há o menor fundamento para supor que a livre concorrência levaria cada uma das formas de transporte a limitar-se ao seu terreno próprio”.

Experimente agora reler as citações substituindo “caminhos de ferro” por “táxis” e “automóveis” por “Uber”.
Relacionado: Depois da proibição do Uber, datilógrafos querem o fim do computador

Uber Solves the Fundamental Problem of the Marketplace:
The fundamental problem of markets is the need to establish trust among strangers.
.. Not only are you getting into the backseat of a stranger’s car; you are getting into the backseat of their personal vehicle, which has no obvious marking that it is intended to provide rides to strangers. At first blush, it seems like a case similar to an apparently random person showing up at your home to do repairs.

But Uber overcomes this apparent problem in several ways that make clever use of technology. When you request your ride, you are immediately given identifying information about the driver and car, including a thumbnail picture of the driver, the color and make of the car, and its license plate. An additional way in which Uber establishes trust is by using GPS technology to show you exactly where your car is and how long (and what path) it will take to get to you. Watching the car drive up on the Uber app as you see it in front of you is a major signal of trust.

Uber also gives you a cell number for your driver, which is useful if the pickup location is ambiguous. It also makes retrieving anything you left in the car much easier. Have you ever tried to get a lost item back from a cab company?

"Fair" Trade


Fair Trade: Does It Help Poor Workers?

O Papa anticapitalista

Bergoglio, o dito papa Francisco, não me representa! Ou: O sangue de Cristo e de 150 milhões de vítimas do comunismo:
Em Santa Cruz de la Sierra, nesta quinta, Bergoglio fez um discurso que poderia rivalizar com o de Kim Jong-un, aquele gordinho tarado que tiraniza a Coreia do Norte. Atacou o capitalismo, um “sistema que impôs a lógica dos lucros a qualquer custo, sem pensar na exclusão social ou na destruição da natureza”, segundo ele. E foi além: “Digamos sem medo: queremos uma mudança real, uma mudança de estruturas. Este sistema já não se aguenta, os camponeses, trabalhadores, as comunidades e os povos tampouco o aguentam. Tampouco o aguenta a Terra, a irmã Mãe Terra, como dizia são Francisco”.

É de embrulhar o estômago. Em primeiro lugar, esse papa, com formação teológica de cura de aldeia, não tem competência teórica e vivência prática para cuidar desse assunto. Em segundo lugar, os movimentos que hoje lutam pela preservação do planeta são exclusivos de regimes democráticos, onde vige o capitalismo. Ou este senhor poderia fazer essa pregação na China, por exemplo, onde o capitalismo de estado é gerido pelo Partido Comunista?
Evocando um igualitarismo pedestre, disse Sua, não mais minha, Santidade: “A distribuição justa dos frutos da terra e do trabalho humano é dever moral. Para os cristãos, um mandamento. Trata-se de devolver aos pobres o que lhes pertence”. A fala agride a lógica por princípio. Se o tal “que” pertencesse aos pobres, pobres não seriam. A fala repercute a noção essencialmente criminosa de que toda a propriedade é um roubo. Como esquecer que essa concepção de mundo de que fala o papa já governou quase a metade do mundo e produziu atraso, miséria e morte?
.. uma expressão do trogloditismo de patetas terceiro-mundistas como Rafael Correa, Evo Morales, Nicolás Maduro e Cristina Kirchner.

Public Choice And Government Failure


Public Choice And Government Failure

Attempts To Reach The Left: An Unmitigated Disaster

Attempts To Reach The Left: An Unmitigated Disaster:
Leftists improve nothing. They are destruction incarnate, and as has been said many times, anything not inherently opposed to the left, will be taken over by it. We’ve seen it with the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, countless police accountability efforts, the list goes on and on.

Some uninformed figurehead at an organization is desperate to see some progress. He realizes he can quickly increase his numbers and gain access to resources by teaming up with leftists, not realizing that it doesn’t matter how many people are on your side, if your side has no meaning. The strategy is tantamount to inviting cockroaches into one’s home to clean up some spilled food. Before you know it, they are in everything, literally crawling out of the woodwork. They eat the food that was spilled, replace it with insect feces, then contaminate every morsel in the building.

In Defense of Selfishness


In Defense of Selfishness

O modelo sueco

Scandinavian Unexceptionalism: Culture, Markets and the Failure of Third-Way Socialism:
Left-leaning pop stars, politicians, journalists, political commentators and academics have long praised Scandinavian countries for their high levels of welfare provision and for their economic and social outcomes. It is, indeed, true that they are successful by most reasonable measures.
However, Scandinavia’s success story predated the welfare state. Furthermore, Sweden began to fall behind as the state grew rapidly from the 1960s. Between 1870 and 1936, Sweden enjoyed the highest growth rate in the industrialised world. However, between 1936 and 2008, the growth rate was only 13th out of 28 industrialised nations. Between 1975 and the mid-1990s, Sweden dropped from being the 4th richest nation in the world to the 13th richest nation in the world.Left-leaning pop stars, politicians, journalists, political commentators and academics have long praised Scandinavian countries for their high levels of welfare provision and for their economic and social outcomes. It is, indeed, true that they are successful by most reasonable measures.

However, Scandinavia’s success story predated the welfare state. Furthermore, Sweden began to fall behind as the state grew rapidly from the 1960s. Between 1870 and 1936, Sweden enjoyed the highest growth rate in the industrialised world. However, between 1936 and 2008, the growth rate was only 13th out of 28 industrialised nations. Between 1975 and the mid-1990s, Sweden dropped from being the 4th richest nation in the world to the 13th richest nation in the world.

sexta-feira, julho 10, 2015

Logic vs. Feminism


Milo Yiannopoulos SCHOOLS & OUTWITS TWO Feminists with Charm and Logic! - Sky News - MGTOW MRM MRA

Statist rainbows

So You Think That Rainbow Makes You Look Cool?:
By making this display, you have done nothing but tell the world that you are a useful idiot .. You are displaying support for judicial activism, expansion of government power, and the forced revocation of actual rights like freedom of association ..

Were the court to strike down marriage licenses as an interference with contracts, I would celebrate with you. Were a legislature to repeal all laws pertaining to marriage, I would join your parade. Despite what these despots would have you believe, an opposition to government involving itself in more people’s sex lives is not an indicator that one hates gay people. I am entirely uninterested in the sex lives of complete strangers, and I think the government should hold the same position. Any person or group should be able to enter into any contract they see fit, and call it anything they want. Any person or group should be able to do whatever they want sexually without fear of government violence. Were the court to recognize these obvious truths, this would be a cause for celebration, but that’s not what they did.
.. a “license” is an indicator that you do not have a “right” to do something. Licenses are a thing government issues, specifically to prevent someone from doing something, until they get government permission to so do. They are, by their very definition, a constriction on rights, a limiter of freedom. To license a thing is to outlaw it, and to then grant one permission to break that law. To say that you are fighting for gay “rights” by seeking to have licenses issued to them, is not just a complete failure to understand rights, it is a complete failure to understand rudimentary English.
.. So why the sudden concern for the wellbeing of gay people?

The answer is quite simple. To expand federal authority, centralize power, and give the left a win that they would never be able to accomplish through elections. While portrayed as being a lessening of restrictions on gay people, it is an increase in the power of the court and of the federal government, which could just as easily be used to federally ban homosexuality entirely.