quarta-feira, novembro 30, 2016

Climate Change NOT Alarming


Climate Change: What's So Alarming?

End the Fed

End the Fed To Really ‘Make America Great Again’:
Federal Reserve-generated increases in money supply cause economic inequality. This is because, when the Fed acts to increase the money supply, well-to-do investors and other crony capitalists are the first recipients of the new money. These economic elites enjoy an increase in purchasing power before the Fed’s inflationary policies lead to mass price increases. This gives them a boost in their standard of living.

By the time the increased money supply trickles down to middle- and working-class Americans, the economy is already beset by inflation. So most average Americans see their standard of living decline as a result of Fed-engendered money supply increases.

Electoral College

Let's Expand the Electoral College:
The current confusion about the mechanics of the electoral college appear to be largely a function of the fact that it is now widely forgotten that the United States is intended to be collection of independent states, and not a unitary political unit.

For an illustration of why a system like the electoral college is so essential, we can look to the European Union. Consider, for example, if the European Union were to hold a union-wide election for a single chief executive. (The EU does not hold such an election, however, because the EU is controlled by appointees, and because there is no president in the conventional sense.)

If the EU were to do this, we would immediately notice that a small handful of large and populous member countries could dominate election and policy decisions union-wide. Without some sort of mechanism to even out these disparities, smaller states wold continually be at the mercy of the larger ones.

speak ill of the dead

By all means, let’s speak ill of the dead this week:
And that’s the real takeaway from Castro’s contemptible existence. We shouldn’t constrain his infractions to the realm of economics—he chose socialism over capitalism; what an idiot—because the evil of his legacy is so much more instructive and universal than that. Castro’s Cuba is a reminder that government, given expansive power, will inevitably enrich itself and abuse others, regardless of whether it claims to be acting in the name of tradition, nationalism, the poor, science, whatever. This truth applies however incremental the state’s interventions might be, whether in Havana or at the VA. And just as Castro ascended in a relatively advanced Latin-American nation, so, too, could it happen here, if we allow government to seize more than it should.

That may be the only good to come from Castro. He died less than a month after Election Day and bequeathed to us a timely lesson.

Gun Freedom


An AR-15 in Every Home: 3D Gun Printer Cody Wilson on Resistance, Trump, the Media, & More

donde vem a legitimidade do Estado

Tiros na água…:
Na verdade falta tudo, porque ao Estado nada escapa. E eu todos os anos me interrogo porque é que em vez de andarmos a discutir este ou aquele número, a justiça deste ou daquele imposto, a relevância desta ou daquela fábrica de baterias operada por robots, não discutimos antes o seguinte: qual é a legitimidade do Estado para cobrar impostos, determinar o que estudam os nossos filhos, quantos filhos devemos ter, tratar-nos da saúde, transportar-nos, quem recebemos em nossa casa e quanto lhe cobramos, a quem damos boleia e quanto lhe cobramos, o que comemos ou o que bebemos? Era isto o que deveríamos debater até à exaustão: donde vem a legitimidade do Estado para nos saquear, se endividar em nosso nome e no fim, não satisfeito, ainda determinar onde gastamos o pouco que nos sobrou depois do assalto?

segunda-feira, novembro 21, 2016

the Myth of Nordic Socialism


Debunking Utopia: Exposing the Myth of Nordic Socialism

Liberdade do Estado

Poupar é ser livre por André Abrantes Amaral:
A extrema-esquerda, e este PS que lhe dá palco, não gosta de quem poupa porque quem o faz não precisa dela. É independente, livre de escolher outro caminho. A sociedade ideal, a sociedade estável, é aquela em que se trabalha no Estado ou em empresas que estejam debaixo do olho do governo. Se somarmos a isso o não termos qualquer poupança que nos valha nos tempos de aflição, não passamos de ovelhas de costas viradas para os lobos. Poupar tornou-se um ato de resistência.
Ódio de classe! por Maria de Fátima Bonifácio:
Também aprendi a “acumular dinheiro”!!! Quer dizer, a poupar o necessário para evitar depender de terceiros. Aprendi o valor da independência, condição da liberdade, o meu valor supremo .. Tenho orgulho de classe. Porquê? Porque a civilização burguesa, a que pertenço, foi a primeira civilização na História a dignificar o esforço e o trabalho.

Debunking White Privilege


Debunking White Privilege: The Economic Reality

O Papa anticapitalista

La última del Papa Francisco: "Las empresas no deben existir para ganar dinero":
Si la semana pasada el Papa Francisco comparaba el cristianismo con el comunismo ignorando el genocidio que acometió este régimen durante décadas, este jueves, el pontífice argentino carga contra los empresarios del mundo.
En su discurso, el pontífice argentino les recordó que considera que "el dinero es el estiércol del diablo" y sostuvo que las empresas "no deben existir para ganar dinero", sino "para servir"
El Papaflauta:
A ustedes les puede sorprender la frase, pero se la explicarán mejor si tienen en cuenta otra afirmación que el Papa ha hecho en la misma audiencia, y que ya había pronunciado anteriormente: "El dinero es el estiércol del diablo". Ahí es nada.
Pero ahora ya tiene uno que pensar que, tal y como apuntaba Federico Jiménez Losantos este domingo, estamos, simplemente, ante alguien que no es capaz de pensar con claridad, por decirlo de una forma suave. Ante una persona que no sólo tiene una empanada teológica –e ideológica– de primera, sino que, directamente, necesita ayuda profesional.
Viniendo de cura rojo, el Santo Padre ha derivado en Papaflauta. Es un camino que podía resultar previsible pero que no deja de parecernos bastante lamentable a aquellos que, desde fuera del seno de la Santa Madre Iglesia, en los últimos años habíamos encontrado en ella una institución que, con sus más y sus menos, defendía grandes valores que muchos podíamos compartir: la libertad y el ser humano.

Algo que es evidente que Bergoglio ha decidido no hacer.

Virtue-signalling


"Virtue signalling" mini-film by James Bartholomew BBC 2 Daily Politics

Government Has a Toxic Personality

Government Has a Toxic Personality:
Travis Bradberry, the “emotional intelligence” columnist for Forbes, recently wrote a viral piece on toxic personality types and why you should stay away from them. Such toxicity can’t be fixed. They drain you emotionally. They sap your creativity. They disable your ability to function at your highest level. They bring down everyone around them. They make you unhappy. The only thing you can do is get away.
As I read it, it occurred to me that government itself manifests each of these traits and adds a few more, which explains why people want government out of their lives. Sadly, it’s not so easy as just walking away.
The Person Who Always Takes, Never Gives | The Passive-Aggressive | The Constant Downer | The Punisher | The Liar
The original article says that the solution to toxicity is to walk away. We keep trying. We vote the party in power out and a new party in, but the problem persists. We seek reforms and can’t get them. This is an institutional problem. There is no solution besides changing the institutions.

The article is right. We can’t be truly functional, creative, and happy until we get the toxicity out of our life, regardless of the source.

terça-feira, novembro 15, 2016

non-entitlement mentality


Nathaniel Branden - Capitalism vs The Vision of a Risk-Free Universe

How Libertarian Activists Helped Impeach Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

How Libertarian Activists Helped Impeach Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff:
The backstory is of particular interest to libertarians. Today's impeachment probably wouldn't have happened if it weren't for the Free Brazil Movement, a libertarian activist group that was determined to bring Rousseff down. The group helped organize a succession of demonstrations over the past year and a half that involved millions of anti-Rousseff protesters. In May of 2015, the Free Brazil Movement led a 33-day, 750-mile march from São Paulo to the federal capital of Brasilia while carrying an impeachment bill to deliver to Congress. After arriving in Brasilia, members of the group sat down with congressional leaders to make their case. Throughout the process, the group continued to meet with members of congress, promising to mobilize their constituents against them if they didn't come out in favor of impeachment.

Feet voting


The Most Effective Way To Vote

Refuse to Vote

I'm an Economist and I Refuse to Vote:
My honest answer begins with extreme disgust. When I look at voters, I see human beings at their hysterical, innumerate worst. When I look at politicians, I see mendacious, callous bullies. Yes, some hysterical, innumerate people are more hysterical and innumerate than others. Yes, some mendacious, callous bullies are more mendacious, callous, and bully-like than others. But even a bare hint of any of these traits appalls me. When someone gloats, "Politifact says Trump is pants-on-fire lying 18% of the time, versus just 2% for Hillary," I don't want to cheer Hillary. I want to retreat into my Bubble, where people dutifully speak the truth or stay silent.
Indeed, if, like von Stauffenberg, I had a 50/50 shot of saving millions of innocent lives by putting my own in grave danger, I'd consider it. But I refuse to traumatize myself for a one-in-a-million chance of moderately improving the quality of American governance. And one-in-a-million chance is grossly optimistic.

Handbook for Rulers (2)

No seguimento de Handbook for Rulers,

The Intellectual Yet Idiot

The Intellectual Yet Idiot:
The Intellectual Yet Idiot is a production of modernity hence has been accelerating since the mid twentieth century, to reach its local supremum today, along with the broad category of people without skin-in-the-game who have been invading many walks of life. Why? Simply, in most countries, the government’s role is between five and ten times what it was a century ago (expressed in percentage of GDP). The IYI seems ubiquitous in our lives but is still a small minority and is rarely seen outside specialized outlets, think tanks, the media, and universities — most people have proper jobs and there are not many openings for the IYI.


segunda-feira, novembro 14, 2016

War on Cash


The War on Cash: Your Money or Your Life

Individualism

What Individualism Is Not:
Metaphysically, individualism holds that the person is unique, not a sample of the mass, owing his peculiar composition and his allegiance to his Creator, not his environment. Because of his origin and existence, he is endowed with inalienable rights, which it is the duty of all others to respect, even as it is his duty to respect theirs; among these rights are life, liberty, and property. Following from this premise, society has no warrant for invading these rights, even under the pretext of improving his circumstances; and government can render him no service other than that of protecting him against his fellow man in the enjoyment of these rights. In the field of economics (with which libertarians are rightly concerned because it is there that government begins its infringement), the government has no competence; and the best it can do is to maintain a condition of order, so that the individual may carry on his business with the assurance that he will keep what he produces.

The New Zealand Story


Trailblazers: The New Zealand Story - Excerpt

Double Thank You

The Double Thank You of the Market:
The “Double Thank You” of the market happens all the time and we barely notice it. We do it largely without conscious thought. When you do think about it, it’s actually rather strange. In many situations where we thank someone for having done something for us, they follow with a “you’re welcome,” or the somewhat less enthusiastic “no problem.” We tend to see those situations as one-sided, as if we had received a gift and were offering the verbal equivalent of a thank-you note.
When we unreflectively treat social interactions as mutually beneficial when they are not, we blur the line between the mutual benefit of the market and the zero-sum game, or worse, of politics. Not only does that reduce our resistance to the exploitative nature of coercive relationships, it leads us to under-appreciate the virtues instilled by the market. The more we can do to be conscious of the mutual benefit of the market and the deeply ingrained habits of virtue we have absorbed from it, the more we will appreciate those aspects of the market and recognize their absence in relationships of coercion and exploitation.

If we want the market order to survive, we will have to continue to treat it both in theory and practice as a realm of moral and virtuous behavior.

The Social Contract Destroyed


The Social Contract Destroyed In Under 5 Minutes

Friendliness Is an Economic Revolution

Friendliness Is an Economic Revolution:
Socialists and interventionists have lost the intellectual battle. The arguments presented by Austrian economists for free markets and against government are irrefutable. Since Mises told us nearly a century ago that economic calculation is impossible under socialism leading to chaos and crushing poverty, socialist thinkers have been completely helpless in their efforts to refute him. As Mises would later point out in his book Socialism, they knew it then, and they know it now. The only tool they have left is that of emotional appeal, a tool which they have always brilliantly exploited around the world to disastrous effect.

.. little acts of friendliness, appreciation, and kindness take away their only tool. They subtly and implicitly reveal the true nature of free markets, and they make people happy. Could Lenin and Trotsky have led the Russian people to revolution if they had been happy with their lives, if the two had only appealed to completely flawed economic theory? Hardly.

More than this, these little interactions that take place in the market are the beginnings of bigger conversations and potentially friendships. One of the great things about friends is that they’ll listen to what their friends are passionate about. That’s when a real discussion about free markets could begin.

So the next time you go to order your fast food craving, start a rebellion for free markets. Smile. Be friendly. Show people how valuable they are. The world will be a brighter, freer, and more prosperous place because of it.

sábado, novembro 12, 2016

Defending the Undefendable


Defending the Undefendable | Walter Block

Friendships & Politics

Don’t Lose Friendships Over Politics:
One of the great tragedies of politics is that it can take people who in real life would be peaceful and loyal and loving friends and turn them into bitter enemies. I’m always struck by this when I see a political rally, with face offs between backers and protesters. What exactly is gained by this? If you put these same people in a shopping mall or movie theater or restaurant, they would have every reason to get along and no reason to be screaming obscenities at each other.

We should hold on to that realization. Each of us is a human being with feelings, hopes, dreams, and a vision of a life well-lived – every single person, regardless of race, religion, gender identity, or ideology. Politics should change nothing about that.

If we long for a better world of mutual understanding and peace, one way to help achieve it is to live as if it already exists. Above all, that means never letting politics get in the way of rewarding human relationships.

A Lesson from Atlas Shrugged


A Lesson from Atlas Shrugged

Why Mises (and not Hayek)

Why Mises (and not Hayek)?:
The state, for Mises, is legalized force, and its only function is to defend life and property by beating antisocial elements into submission. As for the rest, the government is “the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen. The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisonment. Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.”

Moreover (and this is for those who have not read much of Mises but invariably pipe up, “but even Mises is not an anarchist”), certainly the younger Mises allows for unlimited secession, down to the level of the individual, if one comes to the conclusion that government is not doing what it is supposed to do: to protect life and property. And the older Mises never repudiated this position. Mises, then, as my own intellectual master, Murray Rothbard, noted, is a laissez-faire radical: an extremist.

Ranked Choice


Jill Stein on Ranked Choice Voting

O Papa anticapitalista

Portanto, Karol Wojtyla era um um mau cristão.

Comunistas "pensam como os cristãos", diz Papa

sexta-feira, novembro 11, 2016

Equality at last


The Harrison Bergeron pill -> MinusIQ | The pill to lower your IQ permanently

SJW Attack Survival Guide

SJW Attack Survival Guide por Vox Day:
Fortunately, SJWs are highly emotional, cowardly, and prone to depression, so demoralizing them tends to be considerably easier than you might imagine. They will still hate you, but after repeatedly meeting with staunch and confident opposition, they will usually decide to leave you alone and go in search of less difficult prey.

The Entitlement Mentality


Nathaniel Branden - The Entitlement Mentality

Catholics not Commies

Catholics Don't Have To Be Commies:
If all you knew about Christianity and economics were drawn from Pope Francis' comments, you'd doubtless be deeply confused. This pope certainly does seem to mistake the Gospel's call for voluntary charity and unworldiness with an ideological program for the forced redistribution of wealth. His ecological encyclical urged governments to band together and assault private property through multinational conspiracies – oops, I meant “organizations” – such as the United Nations.

"Wage gap"


Former male feminist explains why the gender wage gap is horseshit

Differences Between the Alt-Right and Libertarianism

Five Differences Between the Alt-Right and Libertarianism por Jeffrey Tucker:
1. The Driving Force of History
2. Harmony vs. Conflict
3. Designed vs. Spontaneous Order
4. Trade and Migration
5. Emancipation and Progress

quinta-feira, novembro 10, 2016

The minimum wage does not work


How Does the Minimum Wage Work?

Society needs Anarchy

The More Complex Society Becomes, the Greater the Need for Anarchy por Butler Shaffer:
As vertically-structured, chain-of-command systems collapse into horizontally networked systems, decision-making is decentralized. One sees this in modern business management organization – sometimes referred to as “participatory management” – in which employees exercise increased control over their work. Decision-making that had heretofore been directed by management supervisors – such as how and when work is to be performed, modifying work practices, and selection of new employees – is often made or shared with non-supervisory workers. Such decentralizing practices have led to increased productivity, creativity, and problem-solving, as those who are most familiar with the work to be performed and the tools to be employed are presumed to be more knowledgeable about what needs to be done. Such thinking also underlies the concept of academic freedom in schools, as well as First Amendment assumptions about the individual liberty to express alternate ideas.
Does the vertically-structured model by which mankind has long been subjected to political control fail to serve the ends proclaimed for it? Are wars, depressions and other economic dislocations, corruption, police brutalities, politically-generated conflicts, genocides, torture, looting, seemingly limitless levels of taxation and government debt, inflation and other currency failures, indispensable elements for what you would expect to see as part of a sane, decent, free, and productive society?
Those who have schemed so insistently to create and maintain their monopolies of violence over all of mankind never found comfort in Gutenberg’s invention. But neither the banning nor burning of books, heresy trials, Inquisitions, the hanging or burning of witches, nor Luddite machine-breaking riots, were able to destroy the civilizing consequences of the decentralized and liberating character of expanded information that produced the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the Reformation, the Age of Reason, or the Scientific and Industrial Revolutions. Perhaps our children and grandchildren, sharing with one another the dispersed and individualized powers of information that the established order so mightily fears, will transform the thinking, and clean up the mess, that my generation so ignorantly allowed to be created.

Global Warming + Global Greening


Matt Ridley: Global Warming Versus Global Greening

Matt Ridley: Global Warming Versus Global Greening:
After covering global warming debates as a journalist on and off for almost 30 years, with initial credulity, then growing skepticism, I have come to the conclusion that the risk of dangerous global warming, now and in the future, has been greatly exaggerated while the policies enacted to mitigate the risk have done more harm than good, both economically and environmentally, and will continue to do so.


Elections is a game in which almost everyone loses, and loses badly.

Is Playing Powerball More Rational than Voting for President?:
voter has a greater chance of dying in a car accident on the way to the polling station than of affecting the outcome of the presidential election. But you wouldn’t know it from the way engaged voters assiduously deliberate and strategize over their presidential “pick”: balancing pros and cons, prioritizing issues, and agonizing over character judgments, as if they were pondering a decision that would actually make a difference in their lives, like choosing a romantic partner or a dentist.

Get a grip. Handing in a piece of paper is not going to make you a billionaire, and it’s not going to make you a political kingmaker either. Agonizing over your World of Warcraft avatar would impact your future happiness far more than agonizing over your pick for president. Whether you vote for or support candidate X or candidate Y, or whether you doodle on the ballot, it will not make a whit of difference. So you might as well show a little independence, say to hell with the whole corrupt lot of them, and take a public stand for principles instead of personas.

Bombing for Peace

Via Blasfémias,


How Many Countries is the U.S. Currently Bombing?

Nobody Is Entitled

The Entitlement State that Nobody Mentioned:
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition, therefore, in the political arena an "entitlement" is a program of benefits that the government provides to a privileged group, a group that comes to believe that it deserves those benefits, and even comes to consider such benefits as their "right."

The government, however, cannot provide benefits to any privileged group in the society that does not reciprocally obligate others to supply the required resources, goods, or financial means to cover what has been promised. Since government has no supply of resources, goods or sums of money that it does not first tax or borrow from others, any such entitlement compels some other people in society to provide the means necessary for the government to meet its promises to the privileged groups.

That is, one group's privilege entails a compulsory obligation on others that is imposed and enforced through the government's police power to tax and garnish the income and wealth of any and all members of society.

Thus, society becomes divided into two groups: taxpayers and tax receivers; the unprivileged and the privileged; those who are forced to give up a portion of the production, income and wealth they have honestly earned in the peaceful transactions of the market place and those who have that production, income and wealth transferred to them through the power of the state.

This is, of course, what the famous nineteenth century French free market economist, Frederic Bastiat, referred to as legalized plunder. The government, instead of acting as a protector and guardian of each individual's right to his life, liberty and honestly acquired property, becomes the most powerful and intrusive violator of people's liberty.

domingo, novembro 06, 2016

Anonymity Against Oppression


Anonymity: The Greatest Weapon Against Oppression - Learn Liberty

Hillary Socialism

Hillary, It Takes a Village, Not a State:
And there you have it: a portrait of what Hillary Clinton and her horde fancies the American “village” whereby she as President will shepherd the people through their perpetual childhood, sparing them as best as she can “all the care of thinking and all the trouble of living.” Let me be clear, the program Hillary Clinton advanced in It Takes a Village is very much the program she hopes to advance as President. Whether it be more mandates or subsidies, gun control restrictions or minimum wage increases, universal health care expansion or education mandates, domestic surveillance at home or wars for democracy abroad, Hillary Clinton hopes to further foster the “supreme authority” Tocqueville foresaw nearly two centuries ago.

Freedom on Trial


Freedom on Trial: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Why not Socialism?

Why not Socialism? por Lawrence W. Reed:
“A man who chooses between drinking a glass of milk and a glass of a solution of potassium cyanide does not choose between two beverages; he chooses between life and death,” wrote Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises. “A society that chooses between capitalism and socialism does not choose between two social systems; it chooses between social cooperation and the disintegration of society.”
Socialism isn’t happy thoughts, wishful thinking, mere good intentions or children sharing their Halloween candy with one another. In a modern political, economic and social context, socialism isn’t voluntary. You can’t opt out. Its central characteristic is the concentration of power for these purposes: central planning of the economy, government ownership of property and the redistribution of wealth.

It all comes down to persuasion versus force.
If it’s not the use of force to shape society the way you want it, then socialism is nothing more than a nebulous fantasy. It’s a giant blackboard in the sky on which you can write anything your heart desires, and then just erase it when embarrassing circumstances arise.

So “why not socialism?”

Socialism preaches envy and theft and delivers strife and conflict. It pits class against class. It cynically buys off one faction at the expense of another. It thrives on victimology and shuns personal responsibility. Its advocates are intellectual dope pushers — foisting addictive, soul-sapping dependency and paternalism on others. They concentrate wealth and power in the hands of the people whose character and naivete make them the most susceptible to corruption.

It’s the bottom line that most effectively answers the question, “Why not socialism?” It’s force, pure and simple. If it were voluntary, it wouldn’t be socialism. It would be capitalism.

Democratic Socialism is Still Socialism


Democratic Socialism is Still Socialism

Unjust Law

Law Has Become the Anonymous Violence of the Crowd:

The law – the mechanism by which we maintain peace in our society .. is not an alien construct that has imposed itself upon us. No, we are all complicit in a law that has enshrined chaos as justice.

Whether it's the drug user or the raw milk seller, we insist on blindly using violence.Some of us scapegoat the policemen we hire to carry out these chaos-causing anti-laws. Some scapegoat the victims of these chaos-causing anti-laws. But rarely do we ever step back and see the cause for what it really is: our ancient, universal need to use violence and domination to subdue those who disagree with us. Whether it’s the drug user, unlicensed driver, prostitute, tax objector, or raw milk seller – we insist on blindly using violence: hiring armed agents to subdue, capture and cage nonviolent human beings.

Of course, none of us would barge into these people’s homes or cars ourselves with firearms drawn. None of us would do it on our own if we lived on an island with these persons. Not one of us would put our knee on the back of our neighbor’s neck, electrocute him, draw a gun, kidnap him in a cage in the back of our car and place him in a shame cage with actual violent persons, leaving him unable to protect himself from further collective violence and assault. None of us would do that to neighbors we found using drugs in their home or selling raw milk from their cow or being too greedy with how much of their labor they wish to pay the collective. But get a group together, get a mob or a crowd, or, even better, a cast of 50 million anonymous voters involved, and suddenly we become possessed – suddenly things we would find repulsive to do ourselves magically become “law and order.” This “law,” this addiction we have to using collective anonymous violence to dominate nonviolent people, betrayed Philando Castile when it sent an armed man to take money from him so he would fix his taillight. And it will betray us all if we do not repent of it and exorcise it out of our civilization.

Every time you vote or sit on a jury that results in the continuance of laws that initiate violence for nonviolent behaviors, you murder your brother.

sábado, novembro 05, 2016

No Obligation to Vote


There's No Obligation to Vote

Market Democracy

Let's Take Back Our Market Democracy:
The free market is a truly democratic process, one in which everyone has a voice. In fact, it’s the only system capable of recognizing the value of each and every peaceful, cooperative effort in society, thereby ensuring all members are rewarded in proportion to their contributions to the lives of others.

The leaders of this democracy are not politicians, but entrepreneurs. Rather than being elected once in a term of years, entrepreneurs are elected minute-to-minute in a never-ending campaign to win support from their patrons. Consumers vote for entrepreneurs by buying and refusing to buy. Every decision is a message to the market about which entrepreneur is most effective at improving people’s welfare.

Consumers’ decisions thus determine whether entrepreneurs become rich or poor, as well as which businesses succeed and fail, and who will make decisions about how to use society’s scarce resources. Yet this popular mandate is fickle: whereas elected politicians can at best be removed after several years, entrepreneurs are removed overnight by unsatisfied customers. Politicians’ disastrous policies persist long after their authors are forgotten, but if entrepreneurs make harmful decisions in the market, they are punished with ruthless efficiency by competitors.

When consumers are in control, markets reflect the values and wants of each member of society; entrepreneurs aren’t captured by special interests, but by customers who urgently need what they have to sell. In this system all voters can get what they want, not just the ones lucky enough to be members of the majority party.

The marketplace is like a democracy where a million political parties can each peacefully go about the business of trying to improve the lives of their members. Whereas politicians gerrymander voting districts to manufacture support from the public, entrepreneurs use the price system to hear directly from consumers how they would like to be treated.
.. markets are more truly democratic because being unable or unwilling to “vote” declares a preference, just as buying does: refusing to buy is a vote against the status quo. It’s a declaration that prices are too high, or that quality is too low. Entrepreneurs must improve their offerings or surrender their capital. This is the power of the market in a nutshell: every decision, whether it’s to buy or to abstain from buying, influences the vast structure of prices that governs the economy and “distributes” wealth to every individual based on his or her productivity.

.. in the market, people see each other as mutual contributors to the welfare of all. It’s politics that reduces people to sources of revenue, statistical data, and faceless cannon fodder.





"gender pay gap"


Is There a Gender Pay Gap?

“Gender Identity”

The Absurdity of “Gender Identity”:
But since “gender identity refers to an individual’s internal sense of gender,” and therefore has nothing to do with sex-change surgery, hormones, clothing, sexual orientation, body transformation, sexual practices, or even outward appearance—

Can someone identify as a senior citizen and collect Social Security?
Can someone identify as a resident of Colorado, Alaska, Washington, or Oregon and legally use marijuana recreationally?
Can someone identify as a resident of Missouri and only pay a 17-cents-per-pack tax on cigarettes?
Can someone identify as a college graduate and qualify for a job?
Can someone identify as a new parent and take advantage of a company’s paid family leave?
Can someone identify as a TSA agent and grope people in airports?
Can someone identify as an ex-con and be released from prison?
Can someone identify as a cop and seize cash from motorists?
Can someone identify as a NASCAR driver and disregard the speed limit?
Can someone identify as a minority and take advantage of a company’s Affirmative Action policy to land a good job?
Can someone identify as an unwed mother with three children and get a huge Earned Income Tax Credit?
Can someone identify as a resident of Seattle and get paid a minimum wage of $15 an hour?
Can someone identify as having an income below the poverty level and receive welfare benefits?
Can someone identify as a veteran and get a free or discounted meal on Veterans Day?
Can someone identify as a U.S. Air Marshall and board an airplane with a gun?
Can someone identify as a resident of a state where medical marijuana is legal and smoke a joint when he gets a headache?
Can someone identify as the president and have a hit list of people to be killed?
Can someone identify as a season ticket holder and get free access to Yankee games?
Can someone identify as a senior citizen and get a senior citizen discount?
Can someone identify as a child and take advantage of a “kids eat free” promotion at a restaurant?
If the answer to all of these things is no, then why should a boy be able to identify as a girl and use the girl’s restroom? Why isn’t that idea viewed as just as absurd as all the others I have mentioned?

The Tyranny of Feelings


THE RIGHT TAKE: The Tyranny of Feelings

Political and Governmental Corruption Is a Feature

Political and Governmental Corruption Is a Feature, Not a Bug por Robert Higgs:
Political partisans in particular are utterly unprincipled in regard to the corruption of the political process ..
.. If governments confined themselves to protecting people’s natural rights, à la John Locke, they could operate with a tiny fraction of the money and personnel they now command.

.. If the money, power, and sadism were removed from politics and government, there would be nothing left but hollow promises and childish make-believe.
.. People who wouldn’t consider stealing a nickel from their neighbor’s loose-change jar will support politicians who bankrupt entire countries while enriching and empowering their political supporters and pals.

quinta-feira, novembro 03, 2016

Inequality NOT a Problem


Is Inequality a Problem?

Liberty Loses with Trump or Hillary

Whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton Is Elected President, Liberty Loses:
What if the presidential election this year has become a beauty contest — devoid of intellectual substance, without serious debate over the limited duties of government in a constitutional democracy, rolling in the gutter and largely motivated by hate and fear? What if both Clinton and Trump recognize the paradox that government is essentially the negation of personal liberty? What if whoever wins will largely use it for that purpose?

What if liberty really is attached to humanity? What if all rational people yearn for personal freedom? What if the government — in order to stay in power — has detached liberty from humanity and made it a gift of the state instead of a gift of God? What if government knows that by restricting and then expanding liberty, it can command loyalty?

What if there is a sense of hopelessness in the land? What if this hopelessness is bred by a government that kills, lies, steals, conceals, and denies? What if that hopelessness is furthered by a rational fear that things will only get worse, no matter who wins the presidential election? What do we do about it?

Handbook for Rulers


3 Rules for Rulers

O que realmente é o neoliberalismo

Você sabe o que realmente significa ‘neoliberalismo’?:
Mas a verdade é que a ideologia neoliberal de fato existe — embora ninguém se identifique como tal — e .. nada tem a ver com o genuíno liberalismo. Há uma clara — e intransponível — distinção entre o liberalismo clássico da Escola Austríaca e o neoliberalismo.

Poucos sabem, mas o neoliberalismo surgiu como uma terceira via entre o socialismo e o liberalismo. Como explicou Jorg Guido Hülsmann:
.. as primeiras declarações programáticas do neoliberalismo foram publicadas somente na década de 1930 — novamente, e previsivelmente, na Alemanha e nos Estados Unidos. O manifesto mais influente veio do economista de Chicago Henry Simons, que, em 1934, fez circular uma monografia intitulada A Positive Program for Laissez Faire .. — no qual a palavra "positivo" indicava que esse programa justificava amplas intervenções governamentais ..

Simons exortava o governo a regular a oferta monetária e o sistema bancário, a impedir a formação de monopólios, e a fornecer uma renda mínima para os destituídos — um desvio e tanto do liberalismo laissez-faire.

O neoliberalismo, portanto, surgiu entre ex-socialistas que haviam percebido que o socialismo não funcionava, mas que também não queriam abraçar inteiramente o liberalismo clássico.

O neoliberalismo possui uma agenda abertamente intervencionista, ainda que menos intervencionista que o próprio socialismo. Historicamente, neoliberais defendem monopólio estatal da moeda por um Banco Central, agências reguladoras para controlar determinados setores da economia, programas de redistribuição de renda, leis e regulações anti-truste, concessões em vez de genuínas privatizações e desestatizações, ajustes fiscais por meio de aumentos de impostos, além, é claro, de monopólio estatal da justiça, e saúde e educação fornecidas pelo estado.

O próprio Ludwig von Mises batalhou contra um grupo de economistas .. que, na década de 1940, poderiam ser rotulados de 'neoliberais'. Para Mises, esses neoliberais eram apenas relativamente liberais — comparados aos doutrinários socialistas —, mas ainda eram intervencionistas que defendiam o monopólio estatal da moeda por um Banco Central, programas assistencialistas, e todo aquele supracitado aparato regulatório e burocrático comandado pelo estado.

The Dictator’s Handbook


Bruce Bueno de Mesquita: The Five Rules of Power Politics

Free Trade Right Now

Britain Should Embrace Unilateral Free Trade Right Now:
The unilateral free trade program is very simple: the British Parliament declares the abolition of all tariffs. To avoid a race in non-tariff barriers, the Parliament can pass a law declaring that every product which conforms to the EU norms and regulations can be sold freely in the UK. This should not be a problem since the UK still is a member of the EU. By Parliament’s act, most of the “non-tariff barrier” problem withers away without any need for regulatory harmonization. If the EU legislator considers it necessary to regulate the curvature of vegetables, so be it! But, although EU producers will be free to sell their product in the UK, the British legislator may deem it unnecessary to regulate its producers in the same absurd way.

The advantages of this approach are many. First, the UK can have free trade now instead of waiting through years of negotiations. No need to wait for bureaucrats to agree on which laws we burden consumers and producers with.
There certainly is a more efficient policy than maintaining trade barriers or threatening to raise some in order to force trade “partners” to keep their markets open. Indeed, the British government can make it clear that if the EU unfairly penalizes British interests in some sectors, e.g., finance, then the British government will work to maintain the competitiveness of the industry in question by aggressively lowering their taxes. Imagine that the EU wants to damage Britain’s car manufacturers. Then the British government should not be afraid to create a loophole and to lower manufacturers’ corporate taxes — even to zero. In an economy which was never as globalized and competitive as today, the UK would have good chances of prevailing over the EU interests.

Perhaps the EU will consider making trading conditions with the UK harder, but they would have way too much to lose if doing so means creating a fiscally ultra-attractive market just next door. In the short run, unilateralism in trade can achieve what multilateralism cannot, a quick and radical liberalization of exchanges. In the long run, unilateralism can achieve what multilateralism cannot, genuine free trade.