Thursday, December 11, 2008

Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster



Since we are approaching the time of year when "Christians" celebrate the birth of their mystical, mythical savior I though it would only be fair to give other religions their equal time. One of my favorites has to be Pastafarianism. This makes just as much sense as the Christian religion and tastes a hell of a lot better than eating the body of Christ. Merry Christmas Christians and Bon Appetite Pastafarians…obey your noodley master!
More on Pastafarianism- http://www.venganza.org/

Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Real World Order Is Chaotic



Chaos is found in greatest abundance wherever order is being sought. Chaos always defeats order because it is better organized. ~ Terry Pratchett


"Desperation" may well be the best word to describe our current responses to the ubiquitous malfunctioning of social systems premised on the necessity for vertically-structured, top-down, command-and-control organizational forms. Western civilization collapses all around us, and yet most of us continue to insist upon a renewed commitment to variations of the Platonic vision of a world made orderly by philosopher-kings.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

If You Vote, You Have No Right To Complain





George Carlin tells it like it is. What I have been saying for years, if you vote, you have no right to complain about the outcome because you participated.


Monday, October 27, 2008

More Dumbocracy



Not to be outdone, McCain supporters show their intelligence as well.
To be fair there are as many idiot McCain supporters as there are Obama supporters. One difference to point out though is how the McCain supporters are not just morons, but bigot morons as well. Also it's nice to see that most of them are religious as well...what nice "Christians". Rednecks, beer, god and voting, what a dangerous mix.


and

Dumbocracy in Action




Howard Stern had someone interview Obama supporters in Harlem to see if they actually were voting for him because they agree with his policies or because he is black. He switched Obama's policies for McCain's and they were clueless. They even thought Sarah Palin was Obama's running mate. This just further illustrates what morons we have in this Country. In all fairness though, I would bet the outcome would have not been that different if they would have interviewed McCain supporters in West Virginia either. "Dumbocracy" at it's finest here-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhbH9IYirD0&feature=related



Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Politically Incorrect- John Stossel 20/20



This is one of the best 20/20 episodes ever! It is laid out in such a way that even the sheeple will understand it.

This is the first part of 6. Be sure to watch all 6 parts by clicking on the other parts on the right said on the YouTube link.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Ron Paul: Bailout means we'll all suffer



U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, who has been an opponent of the government's bailout plan, spoke Friday with CNN's Kiran Chetry on "American Morning." The Texas Republican says the bailout's infusion of government money will lead to inflation, that our current monetary system is coming to end, and the market, not politicians, can best solve the economic crisis.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Bible Is Total Bullshit!



Penn and Teller do a great job with help from Michael Shermer of the Skeptic Society of illistrating just what utter bullshit the Bible is. It really is embarrassing that people still believe this nonsense in this day and age. Please free your mind!
View here:

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Is US Government Preparing for Martial Law ?



By F. William Engdahl 26 September 2008
As street protests grow across 150 cities in the USA, and the economic crisis spreads, there are indications that the Bush Administration may be preparing for severe repression measures to quell any protest. This takes place against a backdrop of open, callous financial abuse by US Treasury Secretary Paulson and President Bush over their TARP bill for a $700 billion carte blanche to Paulson to bail out his cronies in Wall Street. Paulson, it has been revealed, holds $700 million worth of stock options in his former firm, Goldman Sachs. The unprecedented step he took with Federal Reserve chief Bernanke to allow Goldman Sachs to immediately transform into a Bank Holding company in order to get access to Federal Reserve credit, is just another indication of the outrageous climate of not mere corruption in Washington. It is of a scale of the legend of Nero playing violin as Rome burns.

Army to Deploy in October for Domestic Operations
Beginning in October, the US Army plans to station an active unit inside the United States for the first time ever, to serve as an ‘on-call’ federal response in times of ‘emergency.’ The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent thirty-five of the last sixty months in Iraq. They are now training for domestic operations. The unit will soon be under the day-to-day control of US Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command (NORTHCOM). The Army Times reports this new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to Northern Command. The paper says the Army unit may be called upon to help with ‘civil unrest and crowd control.’ The soldiers are learning to use so-called non-lethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals and crowds.
The deployment of Army troops for domestic law enforcement had been forbidden since Congress passed the Posse Comitatus Act in 1878. Posse Comitatus Act was passed with the intent of removing the Army from domestic law enforcement. Posse comitatus means “the power of the county,” reflecting the inherent power of the old West county sheriff to call upon a posse of able-bodied men to supplement law enforcement assets and thereby maintain the peace. Following the Civil War, the Army had been used extensively throughout the South to maintain civil order, to enforce the policies of Reconstruction, and to ensure that any lingering sentiments of rebellion were crushed. The Army necessarily became involved in traditional police roles and in enforcing politically volatile Reconstruction-era policies. The stationing of federal troops at political events and polling places under the justification of maintaining domestic order became of increasing concern to Congress, which felt that the Army was becoming politicized and straying from its original national defense mission. The Posse Comitatus Act was passed to remove the Army from civilian law enforcement and to return it to its role of defending the borders of the United States.
Homeland Security?


As the US economy continues to deteriorate at an accelerating tempo, tens of thousands of illegal Mexican and other immigrants are facing tough police crackdown for the first time in years. Federal agents have arrested at least 200 people in immigration raids in Illinois, Indiana, Colorado and California over the past week. Most of the arrests took place in the Chicago area and northern Indiana. Beginning on Sept. 12, four ICE Fugitive Operations teams detained and arrested 144 people in nineteen towns in the region. Fifty-nine more immigrants were arrested in Colorado, where agents conducted raids in fourteen cities. In California, agents arrested twenty-one undocumented immigrants working at a chain of Chinese restaurants. Meanwhile, a new study by the Pew Hispanic Center has found that nearly one in ten Latinos in the United States reported that in the last year police or other authorities stopped them and asked them about their immigration status. Last year, ICE agents arrested more than 35,000 undocumented immigrants—more than double the number in 2006.
The actions of Secretary Paulson and Fed chief Bernanke over their proposed $700 billion financial bailout, as I detailed in my two previous pieces here, Finanz-Tsunami: Wird Washington die Wall Street verstaatlichen?, and Weitere Hintergr├╝nde zu Henry Paulsons versuchtem Finanzputsch, is the most brazen attempt to rob the US taxpayer to make good the criminal abuses of the major banks and financial houses that have knowingly engaged in fraud totalling trillions of dollars in the Asset Backed Securitization schemes that former Fed chief Alan Greenspan went out of his way to support. As discontent across the population spreads, and a realization begins to break through the controlled US media manipulation that ordinary Americans are being massively defrauded by their elected officials, the likelihood grows that there will be massive spontaneous public protest, peaceful or otherwise, in the period up to elections. Some observers have speculated that such social unrest, perhaps made violent by well-placed professional agent provocateurs, would provide the present Administration the pretext to declare martial law and suspend elections altogether.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ron Paul on the "Bailout"

Ron Paul on the coming meltdown that I and others have predicted for years.


The financial meltdown the economists of the Austrian School predicted has arrived.
We are in this crisis because of an excess of artificially created credit at the hands of the Federal Reserve System. The solution being proposed? More artificial credit by the Federal Reserve. No liquidation of bad debt and malinvestment is to be allowed. By doing more of the same, we will only continue and intensify the distortions in our economy - all the capital misallocation, all the malinvestment - and prevent the market’s attempt to re-establish rational pricing of houses and other assets.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Dr. Evil to the Rescue



My question is, if it’s so easy to just create this kind of “money” out of thin air, why only half a trillion? Hell, let’s fire up those printing presses! I say we should make it $100 trillion dollars (my finger raised to the corner of my mouth) and let’s not stop there. Let’s give every person in this country let’s say . . . oh, I don’t know . . . $1 million (once again finger to mouth); that should really fix things!
The problem with this kind of thinking is it won’t work. All that will happen is the problem will get much worse, inflating our already devalued dollar. The government knows this yet still has no problem creating more “wealth” out of nothing. You cannot make something out of nothing; it doesn’t work that way. This is nothing more than a scheme, one that would land the average broker on Wall Street in prison, but the government gets away with it every day! The United States government is the number one counterfeiter in the world, the number one Ponzi scheme operator and the number one enemy of the free market system.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Death of Libertarianism


Those who know me know I define myself as an Anarcho-capitalist more than a Libertarian. I was never much on party politics so when describing myself politically I preferred the term Anarcho-capitalist to Libertarian because I did not associate myself with a voting group. With that said I always supported many Libertarian principles and admired several Libertarian candidates such as Harry Brown and Ron Paul.

Today I have lost what little respect I once had for the Libertarian Party with their nomination of Bob Barr. Libertarians are supposed to be for less government and more freedom. The Libertarian Party nomination of Barr as their candidate should be a slap in the face to any real Libertarian. Barr is not a Libertarian, never has been and he has made it obvious never will be.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Let the House of Cards Tumble!




Question: What should you do when your good friend parties too hard one night, downs more alcohol than is thought humanly possible, generally makes a reckless ass of himself in his inebriation, and wakes up the following morning with a hellish hangover and confused guilt over what transpired before?
Solution: you let them sit it out and suffer.
That’s right; you let them face the consequences of their actions. Assuming your friend is (or should be) a mature adult, he cannot expect a savior on a white horse to deliver him from his foolishness. Your friend would be doing you a disservice by having you make excuses for him, and certainly it’d be cruel to expect you to foot the bill for the damage he’s done. Enabling your friend’s behavior wouldn’t spur him to learn from his mistakes and prevent another fiasco in the future.
So when the question arises of what to do about the credit crisis and the failing banks and subprime mortgage-holders, et cetera, there’s only one sane answer: “let ’em fail.”

Monday, September 8, 2008

Hayek Was Right: The Worst Do Get to the Top



Those who, in Hayek’s words, “think that it is not the system which we need fear, but the danger that it might be run by bad men,” are na├»ve utopians who will forever be disappointed by the socialist outcome. Indeed, this is the history of twentieth-century statism—the endless search for a place where the dream might actually be made to work, settling on a spot until disaster is embarrassingly apparent to all, then blaming persons rather than the system and flitting off to the next inevitable disappointment. Perhaps someday, the dictionary definition of “statist” may read, “Someone who learns nothing from human nature, economics, or experience, and repeats the same mistakes over and over again without a care for the rights and lives of people he crushes with his good intentions.”

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Are You a Deathbed Libertarian?


Paine fiercely defended Age of Reason. In “an answer to a friend,” a letter dated May 12, 1797 , Paine asked:
. . . by what authority do you call the Bible the 'word of God?' for this is the first point to be settled . . . The Popish Councils of Nice and Laodicea, about 350 years after the time the person called Jesus Christ is said to have lived, voted the books that now compose what is called the New Testament to be the 'word of God.' This was done by yeas and nays, as we now vote a law . . . I am as capable of judging for myself as they were, and I think more so, because, as they made a living by their religion, they had a self-interest in the vote they gave.
In the same letter Paine further says:
It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine, and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man. That bloodthirsty man, called the prophet Samuel, makes God to say, (i Sam. xv. 3,) "Now go and smite Amaleck, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not, but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass."
He concludes his epistle by saying his letter was
written to satisfy you, and some other friends whom I esteem, that my disbelief of the Bible is founded on a pure and religious belief in God; for in my opinion the Bible is a gross libel against the justice and goodness of God, in almost every part of it.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Who Threatens You Most?


The President, Congress, Fed--Or Iran?


Some day in the not-too-distant future, someone will pen a book called Who Wrecked America ? If the book is honest, fingers will be pointed at the crooks and liars in Washington DC and Wall Street, at lobbyists (pimps) and Congressmen (whores), at bankers and war toy makers, at AIPAC and PNAC, at presidents, executives and generals.
Doubtful that anyone will conclude that Iran had much to do with the destruction of America . Although today Iran remains in the gunsights of the master criminals in DC, that distant land does less damage to America than a handful of high American officials. Truthfully, I feel more threatened by Bush and Bolton , by Barack and Barak, by McCain and Cheney and Pelosi, than anyone in Iran .

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

All You Need To Know About Bob Barr


What I find funny as hell is some moron with the Barr campaign listed my blog as one of the Blogs for Barr- http://blog.bobbarr2008.com/ (look on the right side of the page about half way down under bloggers and you will see my name "Mike Wasdin") oh you poor fools...

Bob Barr recently said he’s running for the office of US president in order to “rekindle peoples faith in government”. That is an anti-libertarian agenda.

Only a fool or a villain would want to restore people’s faith in government — because both the supposed moral legitimacy and the supposed practical utility of government are lies. Myths. Tall tales. Whoppers. Bullshit.
Read more- http://www.bradspangler.com/blog/archives/1013

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Understanding How Screwed We All Are - "The Greatest Depression"


Summary:

Central bankers devised a way of taking physical possession of all of the stocks in every Initial Public Offering (as far as I can tell it seems like _ALL_). This allows for selected entities (broker friends etc.) to use the stocks as “collateral” in such a way that they are counterfeited into many many many many times their value into ‘the market’ (Example, for the scale of this: $75 Trillion in worldwide real estate value, $50 Trillion in worldwide annual Gross Domestic Product - $675 Trillion in estimated “derivative value”)

Sooner or later someone is going to want to see the actual stock that they purchased or whatever is being used as collateral. Well, this has been going on in Europe unknown to the general public in America for many months in an attempt to lessen the damage to Europe’s Economy.

What Is Anarchy?


I have mixed feelings about the use of labels to describe philosophical views, whether of myself or others. It is difficult to avoid doing so because our efforts to understand and communicate about the world necessarily involve the use of words and words are, as Alfred Korzybski warned us, abstractions that never equate with what they are meant to describe. His oft-quoted statement that "the map is not the territory" offers a caveat whose implications for confusion are further compounded when addressing such abstract topics as political philosophy.
One philosophical abstraction that seems to befuddle most people is "anarchy." To those challenged by complexity – such as radio talk show hosts and cable-TV "newscasters" who are convinced that all political opinions can be confined to the categories of "liberal" and "conservative" – the word anarchy evokes an unfocused fear of uncertain forces. Images of bomb-throwing thugs who smash and burn the property of others are routinely conjured up by politicians and the media to frighten people into an extension of police authority over their lives. "Disorder" and "lawless confusion" are common dictionary definitions of this word.

Monday, July 21, 2008

THE SAD ROAD TO SOCIALISM


“But if the government undertakes to control and to raise wages, and cannot do it; if the government undertakes to care for all who may be in want, and cannot do it; if the government undertakes to support all unemployed workers, and cannot do it; if the government undertakes to lend interest-free money to all borrowers, and cannot do it; if .... ‘The state considers that its purpose is to enlighten, to develop, to enlarge, to strengthen, to spiritualize, and to sanctify the soul of the people’ -- and if the government cannot do all of these things, what then? Is it not certain that after every government failure -- which, alas! is more than probable -- there will be an equally inevitable revolution?”
-Frederic Bastiat, “The Law,” June, 1850

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Zimbabwe Introduces 100-Billion-Dollar Note


More Monopoly money. Our Federal Reserve notes have no real value either, our government has just managed to keep the scam going longer than other countries have.


Zimbabwe, grappling with a record 2.2 million percent inflation, has introduced a new 100-billion-dollar bank note in a bid to tackle rampant cash shortages, the central bank said Saturday.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Here Be Dragons



An introduction to critical thinking.


Here Be Dragons is written and presented by Brian Dunning, host and producer of the Skeptoid podcast, author of Skeptoid: Critical Analysis of Pop Phenomena, and Executive Producer of The Skeptologists.


Watch video: http://herebedragonsmovie.com/

Friday, July 18, 2008

How Do You Cheat a Thief?



The story reads "American citizens cheating the government out of Billions" What a fucking joke! Cheating the government? How is it cheating to find a way to keep a thief from stealing from you? People found away to keep the Nazi bastards of the IRS from stealing their money, good for them, I applaud them! Fuck the IRS!


Listen here: http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?cl=8863572

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Anarcho-Capitalism: An Annotated Bibliography

Here is the essential reading on anarcho-capitalism, which might also be called the natural order, private-property anarchy, ordered anarchy, radical capitalism, the private-law society, or society without a state. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list. Indeed, only English-language works currently in print or forthcoming are included.

Read more: http://www.lewrockwell.com/hoppe/hoppe5.html

Monday, July 14, 2008

US School Rebuked For Ibuprofen Strip Search


I always wonder why the parents never go to the school and beat the hell out of the people that do these things..I know I would have.

A divided US appeals court has ruled an Arizona school violated the constitutional rights of a 13-year-old student by conducting a strip search for ibuprofen.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Fannie, Freddie, Fascist


Ludwig von Mises had a theory about interventionism. It doesn't accomplish its stated ends. Instead it distorts the market. That distortion cries out for a fix. The fix can consist in pulling back and freeing the market or taking further steps toward intervention. The State nearly always chooses the latter course, unless forced to do otherwise. The result is more distortion, leading eventually, by small steps, toward ever more nationalization and its attendant stagnation and bankruptcy.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Another unfree birthday for America


Podcast of my Faux of July on Complete Liberty.

The nation of unwitting slaves; new planet shopping, anyone?Are Obama and McCain your typical Nazis?

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Gas Puzzler


Soon after landing on American soil, I found myself lining up for gasoline for 45 minutes, and that told me something was wrong with this land of free enterprise. When all the establishment media I could lay hands on failed to explain the shortage, I knew it was worse. When only a fringe magazine (The Libertarian Review, July/August 1979, with outstanding articles by D.T. Armentano, Murray Rothbard, Roy Childs et al) offered a credible explanation, I learned where to go for more good sense on all manner of anomalies; and so in due course I encountered Strike The Root.
This year, there aren't any gas lines (though stay tuned), but the price seems outrageous; and in particular, its rate of increase recently has been amazing. Once again, establishment media offer no credible explanation; reports of gas prices often follow weather information, which seems quite appropriate since they have little idea what causes either. But this time, there's a difference: I've not yet seen a fully credible explanation of what's going on even in libertarian literature. That's a first.

Monday, July 7, 2008

The Real Meaning of the Fourth of July


Although I disagree with all the nutty "god" references in this, it is still a good read and makes good points.

Contrary to popular myth, the men who signed the Declaration of Independence were not great Americans. Instead, they were great Englishmen. In fact, they were as much English citizens as Americans today are American citizens. It’s easy to forget that the revolutionaries in 1776 were people who took up arms against their own government.
So how is it that these men are considered patriots? Well, the truth is that their government didn’t consider them patriots at all. Their government considered them to be bad guys – traitors, all of whom deserved to be hanged for treason.


Read more: http://www.lewrockwell.com/hornberger/hornberger149.html

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Ron Paul: I hear members of Congress saying "if we could only nuke Iran"

Congressman warns of imminent confrontation
"If we do (attack) it is going to be a disaster," the Congressman told the Alex Jones show this Thursday.
"I was astounded to see on one of the networks the other day that the debate was not are we going to attack? but are we going to attack before or after the election?" Paul continued.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Why I’m Not Patriotic


“Love of country isn’t natural. It’s not something you’re born with. It’s an inculcated kind of love, something that is foisted upon you in the home, in the school, on TV, at church, during the football game.”

Friday, July 4, 2008

The July 4th Lie


I have long been a critic of the state’s co-option of holidays to serve governmental purposes, thus negating the messages these holidays originally served. July 4th – designed to celebrate independence from the state – has been refashioned as a holiday for revelling in the state’s favorite activity, war. Television treats us to a seemingly endless supply of John Wayne films, urging us to embrace the contradictory idea that submitting ourselves to increased state power is the way to promote our liberty! It is such twisted thinking that leads those who refuse to examine the content of their minds to bleat about the soldiers who "fight for our freedom." What nonsense. Shall we next be told that Sunset Boulevard hookers are peddling virtue?

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Bush's Crimes Against Humanity



"Ha! I kill me!" Unfortunately, the death of hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq is not metaphorical.


"...the rulers of the states are the most criminal group in a respective population. With a limitation of their power their criminality tends to decrease; but it still remains exceptionally high in all nations."


Read More: http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2008/07/fiat-justicia-ruat-caelum.html

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Another US Drug War Success!



“Americans are the world's top consumers of cannabis and cocaine.”

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Faux of July


"Yes folks, the Faux of July is upon us, and it’s calling out to idiot Amerika. It won’t be long now before the sheep fire up the grills, throw on some burgers, drink a few beers, hoist their flags and pretend they are free; I guess ignorance really is bliss." Column by Mike Wasdin.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

It’s Illegal to Say. . . .


Trevor Moore pushes the boundaries of free speech. (youtube)

This is great!

Against School


Philip Dru interviews John Taylor Gatto about the deliberate plan to use compulsory school to create "manageable people." Mr. Gatto is a former Teacher of the Year in New York City, and is the author of "Against School," the cover article in Harper's Magazine for September 2003. He is also the author of the books Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling, The Exhausted School, A Different Kind of Teacher, and The Underground History of American Education.


Saturday, June 28, 2008

Ron Paul on Iran & Energy


Ron Paul tells it like it is...no bullshit just the truth about Iran, war and gas prices.


Friday, June 27, 2008

How to Be a Better Voter (sheep)


By George Stephanopoulos, PARADE Magazine
H.L. Mencken is often quoted as saying, "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public."
Great line, but Mencken got it wrong — at least when it comes to voters.

Editors comment-
Actually George, he got it right! Voting is one of the things Mencken would have been talking about when he said what he did. You see George, Mencken was an Anarcho-Capitalist and understood the insanity in voting...too bad you don't.- Mike Wasdin


Ever since I planted my first lawn signs for a county judge as a high-schooler in Cleveland, I've been fascinated by campaigns and elections. Now, 30 years later — after working in the Capitol and the White House, serving in three Presidential campaigns, and covering three more as Chief Washington Correspondent for ABC News — I'm still fascinated.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Tiny Shetland Island Declares Independence

"There will be no income tax, VAT (value added tax), council tax, corporation tax, or any of the other taxes instituted by the British government."
“I also invite anyone from any country in the world, who supports these aims, namely to become free of liars, thieves and tyrants in government, to become a citizen of Forvik.” One man stands up to the former world empire.

The Specter of Speculators


Chance is a word devoid of sense; nothing can exist without a cause.~ Voltaire


Whenever regulatory schemes of the state go awry, urgent campaigns are undertaken to find scapegoats upon whom to unload explanations for the ensuing failures. We saw this in the so-called "savings and loan scandals," when governmental restrictions on the industry combined with rapidly growing inflation that raised interest rates into double-digit numbers, produced disastrous consequences. Because the state knew that the regulatory system had to be protected at all costs, a number of S & L executives were singled out for the blame. This practice continues today, with managers of hedge funds facing criminal prosecutions for the investment decisions they made during periods of economic tumult. Someone other than government regulators must be held to account for such dislocations, and the prosecution of those who failed to respond adequately to the state-generated confusion will be used to convince Boobus that state regulation does work to instill order and protect his interests!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Why Be Libertarian?


"To have a passion for justice, one must have a theory of what justice and injustice are."


The true test, then, of the radical spirit, is the button-pushing test: if we could push the button for instantaneous abolition of unjust invasions of liberty, would we do it? If we would not do it, we could scarcely call ourselves libertarians, and most of us would only do it if primarily guided by a passion for justice.

The genuine libertarian, then, is, in all senses of the word, an "abolitionist"; he would, if he could, abolish instantaneously all invasions of liberty, whether it be, in the original coining of the term, slavery, or whether it be the manifold other instances of State oppression. He would, in the words of another libertarian in a similar connection, "blister my thumb pushing that button!"

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

George Carlin: A Four-Letter Threat to Authority


Political systems, advertising, organized religions, corporate practices, school systems, ideologies, political and social fashions of all sorts, came in for well-deserved skewering. Prior to 9/11, he did a routine on airport security which, if performed more recently, would doubtless have earned him a visit from Michael Chertoff and his thugs. And what devotee of the new religion of environmentalism – and its global-warming sect – could withstand Carlin’s treatment of this latest racket for subjecting humanity to the control of those who fashioned themselves fit to run a planet? Before the day is over, I will get out and play part of my collection of George Carlin DVDs as a reminder of the state of mind he helped all of us to develop as an antidote for the insanities perpetrated by institutionalized thinking.
The last comment I heard George Carlin make was in a video of a book-signing, in which a young man asked him if he believed that 9/11 was an "inside job." Carlin did not offer an opinion on the matter, but only replied – in words I do not recall precisely – that it was a mistake to ever accept consensus-based definitions of reality. What better words to inscribe upon a tombstone or other memorial to this remarkable man!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Bush might attack Iran if he thinks Obama will win


President Bush is more likely to attack Iran if he thinks Senator Barack Obama may be elected, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol told FOX News Sunday morning.

Bush Behind Bars?


In his new book, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder (Vanguard Press, 2008), Vincent Bugliosi, the man who successfully prosecuted Charles Manson for murder, argues convincingly that President George W. Bush's conduct in taking the U.S. military to war against Iraq under false pretenses in March of 2003 qualifies him to be prosecuted for murder in any state in the nation. The victims in the case would be all the soldiers from that state that were killed in the war against Iraq. He lays out his case in a devastatingly logical and methodical manner, weaving together all the relevant facts to paint the definitive portrait of just how reckless and criminal was the behavior of President Bush in his push for war against Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Famous for his true crime books, such as the book about Charles Manson that launched his literary career, Helter Skelter, Bugliosi shows us that he is still in fine form.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Ron Paul Vote: A Headache for John McCain?


There is plenty of focus these days on whether Barack Obama can win the lion’s share of the 18 million or so voters who backed Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries and caucuses.
It is a worthy question. But just as important may be the ultimate destination of the 1.2 million voters on the Republican side who cast their ballots for Ron Paul. For while there has been a rapprochement of sorts between Sens. Clinton and Obama, that has not been the case as yet between Rep. Paul and John McCain.
The outspoken libertarian, anti-Iraq war congressman from Texas has been regarded by many in the GOP as a “nutty uncle,” with his ubiquitous campaign signs and dedicated cadre of Internet-savvy supporters. Asked recently by Newsweek what his relationship was with Sen. McCain, Rep. Paul responded: “It pretty much doesn’t exist. He has his beliefs and I have mine, and they just don’t come together very well.”

Saturday, June 21, 2008

The Shared Faith of an Unfree Society


Wilt Alston on what we can do about it.


As I read Butler Shaffer’s outstanding piece "The Messenger is the Message," which was ostensibly about Tim Russert, but was actually about so much more, several things occurred to me. First, Dr. Shaffer almost always seems to cover the concepts I’ve been considering better than I would have. Secondly, the timing of his essay was ironic given that I had recently been pondering something: would the State "work" if the population didn’t "believe" in it? The coercive apparatus of the State, fine-tuned in the U.S. since the time of Washington and Jefferson, has risen to a level of fine art as it generates a belief in its necessity while simultaneously remaining just out of view.
Given that we are both anarchists, it is no surprise that I have enjoyed Dr. Shaffer’s essays, most recently citing him in my "Anarchy, Anarchy – Wherefore Art Thou?" piece. That the solid logic that undergirds market anarchism – or whatever you want to call it – remains somehow in doubt is one of the most troubling and fascinating subjects to which I apply my available skills of analysis and modest writing talents. Why is it that almost any suggestion of even the possibility of a peaceful, anarchistic society is so often met with pseudo-intellectual derision or worse yet, insulting, pat-on-the-head "utopian dreamer" condescension? Excluding the corruption of those who enrich themselves from the State, it is met with these responses because honest people have been conditioned over years and years of public (Read: statist propaganda-laden) schooling.

McCain Called Her a What?







oh no he didn't!!!!...Oh fa'sure!

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Black Tuesday


Originally appearing in La Jornada of Mexico, on 9/19/2001. No US publication dared run it. Many thanks to our heroic translators Greg Bresiger and Richard Wall who also brought the article to our attention. By Gore Vidal


During the last few decades there has been an implacable sanitizing of the Arab world in the American media. Given that I am a loyal American, I can’t say why this has happened, but, at the same time, it isn’t normal for us to examine the reason for these things. On the other hand, we blame others for our faults.
The Bush administration, despite its disturbing ineptitude in doing its work – except the primary task, which is to exempt the rich from taxes – has been capable of breaking treaties signed by civilized nations such as the Kyoto Protocol and a missile treaty with Russia. But the Bush administration has pillaged the Social Security Trust Fund (supposedly a trust fund). It has permitted the FBI and the CIA to operate without the least controls, and with complete the indifference of Bush, leaving in their hands the control of the last global empire, like the Wizard of Oz feigning magic tricks and hoping no one would discover him.

How To Debate A Statist


Well, really there is no way to debate with a statist because they are braindead to begin with, but here are some good talking points.


Taxation is coercive, since if you do not pay your taxes, you are kidnapped at gunpoint and thrown in jail – where if you try to escape, you are shot.

Being offered a choice between two violent alternatives is not the same as being free to choose. If a store owner gets to choose which Mafia gang he pays “protection” money to, can it be really argued that he is making a “free” choice? If a woman can choose between two potential husbands – but will be forced to marry one of them – can she said to be really “choosing” marriage? People can only freely choose governments, if they have the choice not to choose governments.