He starts off going wrong with a rather gross misunderstanding of what being “of the left” in American terms means these days:
The digital revolution, we are told everywhere today, produces democracy. It gives “power to the people” and dethrones authoritarians; it levels the playing field for distribution of information critical to political engagement; it destabilizes hierarchies, decentralizes what had been centralized, democratizes what was the domain of elites.
Most on the Left would endorse these ends. The widespread availability of tools whose uses are harmonious with leftist goals would, one might think, accompany broad advancement of those goals in some form. Yet the Left today is scattered, nearly toothless in most advanced democracies. If digital communication technology promotes leftist values, why has its spread coincided with such a stark decline in the Left’s political fortunes?
What the left really wants is a centralized elite authority that pursues particular ends it claims to desire, often allegedly on behalf of “the people”; people who really want dethroned authority, free flow of information, and decentralization are libertarians.”
Category: Individual Responsibility
” “Work” and “purpose” are intimately connected: Researchers at the University of Michigan, for example, found that welfare payments make one unhappier than a modest income honestly earned and used to provide for one’s family. “It drains too much of the life from life,” said Charles Murray in a speech in 2009. “And that statement applies as much to the lives of janitors — even more to the lives of janitors — as it does to the lives of CEOs.” Self-reliance — “work” — is intimately connected to human dignity — “purpose.”
So what does every initiative of the Obama era have in common? Obamacare, Obamaphones, Social Security disability expansion, 50 million people on food stamps . . . The assumption is that mass, multi-generational dependency is now a permanent feature of life. A coastal elite will devise ever smarter and slicker trinkets, and pretty much everyone else will be a member of either the dependency class or the vast bureaucracy that ministers to them. And, if you’re wondering why every Big Government program assumes you’re a feeble child, that’s because a citizenry without “work and purpose” is ultimately incompatible with liberty. The elites think a smart society will be wealthy enough to relieve the masses from the need to work. In reality, it would be neo-feudal, but with fatter, sicker peasants. It wouldn’t just be “economic inequality,” but a far more profound kind, and seething with resentments. “
Illustration by Chip Bok
” In September, New York Police officers responded to an emotionally disturbed man causing a ruckus at a Times Square bus terminal by opening fire on him while they were surrounded by crowds and traffic. They missed him and hit two innocent bystanders (one of whom was in a walker). Police said at the time they thought the man, Glenn Broadnax, was reaching for a gun, but he turned out to be unarmed.
Even though Broadnax was not armed, an indictment unsealed Wednesday is charging him with assault for the injuries caused by police gunfire. From the New York Times:
Initially Mr. Broadnax was arrested on misdemeanor charges of menacing, drug possession and resisting arrest. But the Manhattan district attorney’s office persuaded a grand jury to charge Mr. Broadnax with assault, a felony carrying a maximum sentence of 25 years. Specifically, the nine-count indictment unsealed on Wednesday said Mr. Broadnax “recklessly engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of death.”
” One of the women shot by the police is absolutely not having it:
Mariann Wang, a lawyer representing Sahar Khoshakhlagh, one of the women who was wounded, said the district attorney should be pursuing charges against the two officers who fired their weapons in a crowd, not against Mr. Broadnax. “It’s an incredibly unfortunate use of prosecutorial discretion to be prosecuting a man who didn’t even injure my client,” she said. “It’s the police who injured my client.”
When we construct a society that grooms it’s citizens to refuse to take responsibility , a lesson consistently demonstrated from the President right on down to the beat cop , this is the end result . Not even the cops with the lousy aim are to blame for wounding bystanders , oh no … it was the “emotionally disturbed” man’s fault .
This is hardly the first time the NYPD have shot up the bystanders . In August of 2012 , Ny city cops fired sixteen rounds on a crowded street , killing the suspect but also wounding nine innocent bystanders . The police record on shooting accuracy leaves a lot to be desired and is an ongoing problem but it seems that law enforcement has come up with a novel way of shifting the blame .
Blaming the victim has become a convenient way of shirking responsibility that reached the highest office in the land and was turned into a reliable self-protective measure by ‘Slick Willie” who’s womanizing always turned out to be the fault of the woman and never Bill’s . The trickle down theory has now spread the “it wasn’t my fault” excuse to everyday life .
” Screaming and topless, a woman chased a man through a Lenexa department store Monday after she caught him attempting to photograph her inside a dressing room.
The man made it out of the store, but Lenexa police were able to arrest a suspect several blocks away.
On Tuesday, Jeremy F. Bradley, 35, of Raytown was charged in Lenexa Municipal Court with a misdemeanor charge of breach of privacy.”
” Token Libertarian Girl crushes some of the bigger myths about liberty and human nature in this very funny four-minute video.
Ms Borowsky is a charming young lady who writes for Townhall and has a very engaging Youtube channel which produces some very enlightening videos on liberty , the Constitution and all things freedom related . In this effort she attempts to answer some of the most commonly raised questions pertaining to a theoretical Libertarian society . Do you know the difference between an anarchist and a minarchist ? Are libertarians Republicans ? Are libertarians naive to human nature ? Watch the video and see for yourself .
” The homeowner, who declined to give her name, said her children were in bed when the assailant walked in the front door wearing a black ski mask.
The homeowner said the intruder then held a gun to her friend’s head and demanded money.
When her friend refused, she said the intruder allegedly tried to fire the gun but it apparently jammed and a fight broke out.
Lartigue said the intruder was shot multiple times with his own handgun.
Police would discover Wilson dead on the kitchen floor, apparently killed by a gunshot to the chest. Lartigue, who didn’t release the names of the man and woman, said no one has yet been charged.”
” The California Air Resources Board is now embarking on a program that would help poor people buy energy-efficient vehicles. In one scenario posed by the agency, a “voucher” might even pay the full price for a Nissan Leaf, an electric car with an MSRP above $21,000, or for used cars with lower price tags.”
The list of “entitlements” grows by the day … food , housing , education , medical care and now California is floating the idea that people have a “right” to a car . Where does it end ? Or is that the point ? It doesn’t end until the incentive to provide for one’s self is banished once and for all , thus insuring government dependence in perpetuity . There is already ample evidence on how well that works out . Just look at all the “help” the State has provided the black community over the past two generations .
” In a staff report released on Nov. 19, the agency analyzes its Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program authorized in 2007. Funded by a $1 surcharge on vehicle registrations, the $30-million-a-year program is essentially a “cash for clunkers” deal. It provides motorists with $1,000 to $1,500 to retire their high-polluting vehicles.”
Given the fact that the original “Cash For Clunkers” program from the feds worked out so well it’s no surprise that the moonbats that rule California would decide to try to emulate that success . In the name of the environment , of course .
” Back in January I wrote an article entitled If They Come for Your Guns, Do You Have a Responsibility to Fight? The article went on to be read by a lot of people. However…
I have learned a thing or two about a thing or two since then. I wrote that article when I was just starting to wake up to what was going on around me. And to be quite blunt, if you think you are going to have time to reach for your gun during a full-scale confiscation, you may be sadly mistaken. Chances are you won’t even get to your guns before a red beam is dancing between your eyebrows.”
” We have to know what to expect. This is not about ego. This is about survival and living to fight another day. So sure, I can bow out my chest and talk about how I’m going to die a glorious death with hot smoldering brass up to my knees. I can talk about how they will pry my gun from my cold dead hands. The truth is that neither is likely to happen.
To understand the likely scenario we need to look at a situation in which full-scale gun confiscation was implemented and develop our strategy from there. Let’s talk about Hurricane Katrina.”
” Let’s get all thoughts of fantasy out of our head. We can’t assume that we will see them coming. We can’t expect a phone call from Bob who lives three blocks away. We can’t expect anything in this situation except to be surprised. Please listen to this account of someone who was there for the Katrina gun confiscation. This stuff happens with the precision of our military. This is not going to be Andy and Barney knocking on your door.”
This article is a nice primer on hiding your guns from the State and includes the following bits of helpful tips on long term storage of firearms …
Three ways to prep your gun for hiding
Three types of storage containers
Three places to hide a gun
In addition to the videos above that provide tips on long-term firearm storage we’ve included the video below that provides tips for the storage of ammunition , because what is a gun without ammo but a very expensive club .
Remember that all of these videos are provided by individual citizens with varying degrees of knowledge of the subjects on which they hold forth and so there is undoubtably room for debate .
” A Memphis homeowner who came face to face with two suspected burglars during a home invasion last week put one in the hospital and sent the other fleeing, WREG reports.
Police said the homeowner called 911 when he heard someone smashing the glass of a back room window, but before officers could arrive, the two suspects were already inside the home. However, little did the suspects know that the man was not only home, but armed as well.
The homeowner shot at the intruders, hitting one, who was later found about a block away. The suspect was taken to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition.”
Self-Defense … The finest , most effective crime deterrent there is … Far superior to waiting for the police to collect your body or that of a loved one .
” Daniel Griswold argues that free trade is not only more efficient than protectionism but also more moral.”
” One: Free Trade Respects Individual Dignity and Sovereignty
A man or woman engaged in honest work has a basic right to enjoy the fruits of his or her labor. It is a violation of my right to property for the government to forbid me to exchange what I produce for something produced by a fellow human being, whether the person I’m trading with lives across town or across the ocean.
Protectionism is a form of stealing, a violation of the Eighth Commandment and other prohibitions against theft. It takes from one group of people, usually a broad cross section of consumers, and gives the spoils to a small group of producers whose only claim to the money is that they would be worse off under open competition.
Free trade meets the most elementary test of justice, giving to each person sovereign control over that which is his own. As Frederic Bastiat wrote in his 1849 essay, “Protectionism and Communism”:
Every citizen who has produced or acquired a product should have the option of applying it immediately to his own use or of transferring it to whoever on the face of the earth agrees to give him in exchange the object of his desires. To deprive him of this option when he has committed no act contrary to public order and good morals, and solely to satisfy the convenience of another citizen, is to legitimize an act of plunder and to violate the law of justice.”
Read the whole thing . The essay dates from 2001 but that does nothing to diminish the validity of Mr Griswold’s argument . On the contrary , the intervening years of State growth and the corresponding inflation , depression and recession demonstrate more than words how the morality of the free market far surpasses that of the coercive State .
Libertarian Homeschooling – From The Mises Institute
Published on Nov 27, 2013
” In this episode of the Mises Academy Podcast, Daniel J. Sanchez interviews Ana Martin, the “Libertarian Homeschooler.” “
” The National Football League has been infested with political correctness, and the league has decided that a punchy and poignant ad promoting self-defense just doesn’t make the cut.
The National Football League can no longer be trusted to be apolitical; whether it’s Bob Costas’ ignorant rants at halftime games or the month-long, unnecessary pink regalia, or the incessant babbling about
hazingbullying or treating us to baseless chatter about ineffective gun control – the radicals have hijacked the league with the intention of ruining it.
Mission accomplished: the manly, competitive game of football is increasingly shunned and the sport’s youth participation is plummeting. A nation full of whiny weaklings – that’s the left’s utopia.”
Don’t forget the NFL’s cooperation with the Obama administration in trying to sell Obamacare . Our “leaders” in that cesspit we call Washington have managed to corrupt and co-opt virtually all of the entertainment industries in the pursuit of the Statist agenda .
Remember who supports liberty and individual responsibility and who supports Statism when it comes time to spend your hard-earned entertainment dollars . It used to be that all we had to worry about was Hollywood but now even the sports franchises are being infected with the rot of political cronyism .
” The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the Obama administration to respond to a petition by the Home School Legal Defense Association to hear an appeal in the Romeikes deportation case.
The Obama administration has sought to deport the Romeikes, a German family that fled to the United States to protect their right to homeschool. If they had stayed in Germany, they risked fines or having their children taken from them, as recently happened with another homeschooling family in Germany.
An appeals court agreed with the administration, which argued that the freedom to determine the education of one’s children is not a fundamental right. The administration also agreed with a German court’s argument that banning homeschooling teaches tolerance of diverse views. HSLDA petitioned the Supreme Court to review that appeals court decision.”
If the determination of our children’s education is “not a fundamental right” then nothing is . That line of reasoning leads only to servitude and subjugation and slavery . If we are not free to best decide the future of our children whether it be educational or medical then our children are nothing but future servants of the State .
” The fact that the Supreme Court wants the administration to weigh in on the petition increases the likelihood that it will hear the case, but it is no guarantee.
” We are pleased by the Court’s interest in the issues we have presented in our petition,” HSLDA Chairman Michael Farris wrote in an email to HSLDA supporters. “Romeike v. Holder gives the Court an opportunity to address important religious freedom and human rights issues. We hope that after due consideration of the government’s brief they will agree to hear our case.”
Here’s to hoping the Supreme court decides to hear this case . We the people need a ruling once and for all regarding the limits to the State’s power to indoctrinate . If our children are not ours , then they are not their own either … that leaves nothing but serfdom with the State as our Lord of the Manor .
” A jury found Crystal Mangum guilty of second-degree murder Friday for stabbing and killing her boyfriend, Reginald Daye, in 2011.
After Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway sentenced Mangum to 14 years and two months to 18 years in prison, deputies immediately led her handcuffed out of the courtroom.
In 2006, Mangum accused three Duke lacrosse players of raping her at a party. The charges were later dismissed after the evidence did not back up Mangum’s story. Her accusations tore apart the Duke lacrosse program and resulted in the disbarment of District Attorney Mike Nifong.
Assistant District Attorney Charlene Franks, who prosecuted the murder case, said it was never about Crystal Mangum, the Duke lacrosse accuser.”
Is it my turn yet ?
” According to investigators, a gunman entered a Get and Go convenience store Monday morning in Jefferson Davis County on Mississippi 42 and demanded money.
The armed robber shot the store owner in the leg before all the money had been taken. The gunman exited the store but returned to take the rest of the cash. By that time the owner had a 9mm handgun. When the gunman approached, the owner shot the robber at least 11 times.”
Eleven or twelve hits ? The police should shoot half as well .
Ask a native American what happens when you don’t control immigration . And while you are at it , as a commenter suggests :
“ Also ask them what happens when the government tells you they will give you everything you need. Food and housing, Ha. The reservations are hideous and in 1 generation, they made diabetics and alcoholics out of them . “
The promises granted to the native American populations of the continental US by the government and the inevitable betrayal of those self same promises offer a cautionary tale to the rest of us . Is there really any reason we citizens should expect to be better “taken care of” by the State than were the Tribes?
That’s a rhetorical question , but still an answerable one … in a word , NO . At the end of the day we are all just chattel to the self -perpetuating bureaucracy to which all governments devolve . There is no such thing as benevolent government … such is an oxymoron of the highest order .
Benevolence as defined by Dictionary.reference.com is :
[buh-nev-uh-luhns] Show IPA
noun1.desire to do good to others; goodwill; charitableness: to be filled with benevolence toward one’s fellow creatures.
2.an act of kindness; a charitable gift.
The definition is plain enough … benevolence is an act of charity or good faith that is given freely and at a cost only to the benefactor . You cannot be benevolent with someone else’s time , effort or money . There is nothing charitable about robbing Peter to pay Paul and in the final analysis that is all that it is possible for the State to do . It creates no wealth of it’s own and so relies on picking your pocket to pay their (take your pick) whatever .
There is one more part to the definition of the word benevolence though and it is much more in keeping with State entitlements than with charity as we have come to know it and that is this , again from Dictionary.reference.com :
English History . a forced contribution to the sovereign.
In the end there is benevolence as might be seen through the doings of the Church : good for it’s own sake at no cost to the beneficiaries , and then there is The State : ham-fisted , plunder-funded , uncaring , and unaccountable … nothing benevolent about it .
“State benevolence” has destroyed the Native Americans and if left unchecked will do the same for the rest of it’s citizens as well . Our fortieth president described it best with his famous quote about the nine most terrifying words in the English language ” I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
There is very little helpful about the State even though it may appear to be doing good . Often the unseen costs of these State sponsored “benevolent” programs are many times greater than the benefits received and perhaps the whole process of dulling the public’s senses and lowering expectations as they slowly bring about the demise of the middle class and do to us what they’ve done to the Native Americans .
They’ll turn us all into beggars ’cause … Anybody ? …
“They’ll turn us all into beggars ’cause they’re easier to please …”
” After a long history of medical problems, a West Hartford teenager is now “trapped” inside a hospital with seemingly no way out.
In December 2012, Justina Pelletier was an active 15-year-old girl who would go ice skating, laughed and spent time with her family.
But just two months later, her family says their nightmare began.
“[Exhales] It’s beyond any wildest nightmare that you could think of,” says Justina’s father, Lou Pelletier.
“It’s the most bizarre situation … I’ve ever been involved with,” says Dean Hokanson, the clinical psychologist who has worked with Justina the past five years.
Justina was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease a few years ago. It’s a genetic disorder that can cause loss of muscle coordination and weakness.
The corrupting influence of the State is even turning the medical establishment against the citizens . A young girl is forcibly taken from her parents because the parents desired a second opinion . Where are parent’s rights ? Since when does the State authorize the medical profession to kidnap and hold children against their will ?
This is an outrage , yet an inevitable result of the growth of the Leviathan State . Maybe Obamacare is a good thing after all and will drive us away from the medical state and foster the creation of an underground healthcare system that adheres to first principles , individual freedoms and accepts cash payments for reasonably priced treatments without threat of dealing with medical staff that in reality are government stool pigeons .
This is another fine example of Hillary Clinton’s “it takes a village” idea and we should expect more of this sort of thing as the State grows ever more powerful . Imagine where we will be if the State becomes the sole provider of our healthcare .
Glenn Beck has picked up the story :
“We are talking about the story that is up on The Blaze, ‘It’s kidnapping: Hospital takes custody of a girl.’ Imagine your 15-year-old daughter, you take her in because she has a flu, and you are told you have to get out. And you are escorted out by police, and you no longer have custody of your child because you disagree with the diagnosis,” Glenn said exasperatedly. “And so the parents now, for nine months, have been fighting this. The judge put a gag order, so nothing can get out, which is another thing that is absolutely wrong. That is absolutely wrong. “
” An intruder in Milwaukie tried to break into a home after he had already walked into two other apartments and had a gun pulled on him Friday night.
The man was captured on surveillance video walking up to a home and looking through a window at children playing with their babysitter. The man is then seen trying to open the door and get inside. When he discovers the door is locked, he takes off.
Before trying to get in the home, the man had reportedly walked in two other apartments. In one, he followed Crystal McKinney upstairs and inside.”
The armed citizen is the greatest deterrent to crime , of that there is no doubt . Criminals have little to fear from the police and everything to fear if they know that their potential victims are not defenseless sheep . Kudos to Ms McKinney for having the gun handy and for being confident enough of her abilities to use it in her own and our defense . We say “our” defense even though we live thousands of miles from her town in Oregon because every successful defense against the criminal class by law-abiding citizens makes all of us safer .
The progressive trend of deferring to the police and disarming the public over the past couple generations , which thankfully is receding , has been a major cause of the rise in crime . When criminals have no fear of consequences crime proliferates . When thugs fear for their safety they go elsewhere or pay a price . We are all better off for Ms McKinney’s actions and for that we thank her .