Archive for October, 2009

Ten Things to Thank our President For

October 6, 2009
  1. He helped reform former tax cheats and collect their back taxes by offering them jobs in his cabinet.
  2. He removed some undesirable persons from Congress through their becoming members of his cabinet.
  3. During his administration the true nature of some politicians and organizations were exposed to public scrutiny.
  4. Renewed interest in the U.S. Constitution and its meaning as intended by its Founding Fathers developed during his administration.
  5. Voter participation and grassroots political activity from various political parties increased during his presidency.
  6. Awareness of States’ rights increased during his administration.
  7. Increased awareness of the dangers of big government and the Nanny State.
  8. Increased outrage and protest against high taxes and ever increasing government spending that enslave future generations to costly, unaffordable, and repressive social programs which degrade the proper role and function of the sacred unit of the family.
  9. His administration helped the sales of guns and ammunition that have armed a militia of private citizens who know damn well that all their rights ultimately hinge upon the 2nd Amendment.
  10. He got a lot of people closer to God.

Everything Has A Price

October 6, 2009

A friend recently posed the question: “Should we put a price tag on life?”.  Our loved ones are priceless in our eyes.  Yet Mt. Everest has shown that some expeditions were deemed too expensive to abandon in order to save the lives of less fortunate climbers.  Whether we like it or not there is a price tag on life.  Individually or as a whole, we can only afford so much.  Do you give all your money to all charities?    It depends on your personal means and priorities.  Should you feel guilty every time you eat ice cream or buy your kids new shoes, because there are starving kids somewhere else in the world?  Certainly it is good to sacrifice some selfish desires to help others and be a good samaritan. Yet there needs to be a balance.  Our human nature might backlash into a rash embrace of over self indulgence, if we don’t allow ourselves some guilt free pleasures.

Would you be upset if a friend forced you to join their church and/or donate to their favorite charity?  Yet we do this all the time when it comes to government.  Which state religion might be in power may change, but we’re all re-baptized willingly or not when that does happen.   It’s time to change this, and limit government to its original role of establishing liberty and justice for all, rather than enslaving us all to the combined special interests (the state religion) of the whole.

Hope In Agorism

October 6, 2009

I just found an interesting label for a political ideology I share many beliefs in common with: Agorism.

As stated on Wikipedia:

Agorism is a political philosophy founded by Samuel Edward Konkin III and developed with contributions by J. Neil Schulman that holds as its ultimate goal bringing about a society in which all “relations between people are voluntary exchanges – a free market.”[1] The term comes from the Greek word “agora,” referring to an open place for assembly and market in ancient Greek city-states. Ideologically, it is a term representing a revolutionary type of anarcho-capitalism or free-market anarchism.[2] Schulman integrated the idea of counter-economics into Konkin’s libertarian philosophy[3], which is the advocacy of untaxed black market activity, which agorists say will lead to development of private defense force sufficient to protect private property and liberty from the state to the point where such protection is strong enough to overthrow the state.

I think it is interesting to note that the statement “where such protection is strong enough to overthrow the state” doesn’t necessitate that the agorists would overthrow the state, but would probably just maintain their independence from the otherwise oppressive taxation of the state.

Later it speaks of how Agorists regard capitalism:

Agorists hold that the evils attributed to capitalism are not caused by laissez-faire but by government working together with private industry.[10] By preferring the term “free market,” Agorists feel they are not bound by the implications of the term “capitalism”.

Agorists despise the tendencies of governments to become fascist and oppressive and seek to undermine such oppression by promoting extralegal free markets that undermine such oppressive government monopolies of power:

With the State’s coercive monopoly undermined, the market is then able to generate the security services necessary to openly defend their clientele against coercive government as a criminal activity (with taxation being treated as theft, war being treated as mass murder, et cetera). The organisational nature of these services will ultimately be determined by the market based on effectiveness, efficiency, and expense. Agorists spurn political participation in favour of counter-economics, as political participation is seen to be costly, time consuming, and ineffective. Involvement in advocacy and outreach activities are motivated by the goal of making more people aware of Agorism and counter-economics, indirectly increasing the conscious practice of counter-economic activity.

Although I do disagree with the label of some of the more faithful Agorists as the “New Left”. Some disagree with such labelling as noted on the wiki:

The labeling of market anarchism as left-wing libertarianism is not accepted by some scholars, such as David DeLeon, who regard “anarchists” that stress “the individualism of the unregulated marketplace” to be right-wing libertarians, with left-wing libertarians being communitarians such as anarcho-communists.[8]

While I wouldn’t advocate black market activity such as drug trafficking or prostitution — i.e. anything that would violate God’s commandments. I would highly advocate free market activity that circumvents oppressive taxation.  Luckily there are ways to circumvent oppressive taxation  without necessarily breaking the law — e.g. barter, trade outside the government regulated retail markets. Oppressive governments, including our own might label such as “black market” activity, but I would simply call it the true and proper activity of the free market, unsullied and unraped by government and government regulation (even that done under the guise of Consumer Advocacy that has led to stifling regulations).

A wonderful book that promotes Agorism and liberty is “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” by Robert Heinlein.  It discusses a futuristic society on the moon that rebel against their earth bound oppressors and their Federated Nations (a spoof on United Nations) until they are recognized as a sovereign nation unto themselves.  The book stresses natural rights (i.e. rights inherent by birth) as opposed to government provided rights.

I’m also interested in purchasing Ragnar Benson’s book “Ragnar’s Guide to the Underground Economy” as well as “The Other Path: The Economic Answer to Terrorism” by Hernando de Soto, who has written several works on how South American nations have combatted the threat of communism and communist terrorists by using free market principles.

The Past Year

October 6, 2009

This year has been full of memorable events.  Nationally, the first black president has unfortunately been accomplished by a man aligned with the most crooked and ideologically perverted persons in the nation and perhaps the world.  Never before has the Constitution of the United States hung by a thread, and barely suspended above the consuming reach of the flames of fascism.

Demagoguery abounds as the president and Congress of our country are increasingly apt to pass legislation that burdens the people with ever growing taxes or unceasing increases in spending that adds to the national debt.  All this is done under the false pretenses of providing the people with gifts.  Some groups clamor for more such bestowals of government provided riches despite the inevitable bankruptcy of our nation.  Some such groups even demand the guarantee of future bestowals and falsely frame such demands under the context of rights.  This being done despite the truth that god given rights never have and never will involve depriving some of their freedom and/or property to satisfy the demands of others.

One such false demand to tax and enslave future generations is the demand of the majority party in Congress, the Democrats, and others for Universal Health Care.  Such want to establish such a provision as a guaranteed right.  They continually try to play on our emotions by portraying those in need as victims in need of the general welfare.  Certainly our hearts go out to those in need of help, but shame on those who use the needy as pawns in promoting a socialized system that robs us of our liberty and dignity!  Government has always been force and must always be regarded with utmost caution. lest it enslave us all in the special interests it inevitably favors.

It is such unjust use of government that demands retribution!  How much longer will we endure tyranny and oppression under such false leadership!  The President of our United States, Barack Obama and many in Congress like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi should be tried for treason for they have betrayed the very Constitution they swore to defend as they have embraced the spirit of despotism and the close knit ideologies of fascism and communism.  They erode the very fabric of this once great nation as they continue to build up a state religion that increasingly shrinks the role of the family and its benevolent protector, God the Father of us all.  They should be tried for treason, the punishment for which can be exile or even death as a last resort.  Hopefully no one needs be put to death for their treasonous actions, yet the seriousness of their offense shouldn’t be regarded lightly.  Hopefully justice shall be dealt and the Rule of Law restored as opposed to the arbitrary mandates of powerful magistrates and czars of an increasingly corrupt government.