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"though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth" -Corinthians 13
"if by supporting the rights of mankind... I shall contribute to save from the agonies of death one unfortunate victim of tyranny, or of ignorance, equally fatal, his blessing and tears of transport will be a sufficient consolation to me for the contempt of all mankind."-Marchese di Beccaria

“Through no fault of their own, [the immigrant children] are caught in political crossfire. And while we continue to put pressure on Washington and change its course of lawlessness, we must also help. It is not either, or. It is both. We have to be active in the political game, and we must open our hearts.”

Glenn Beck

Immigration policy 100% aside, I’ve got to give Beck kudos for this. He’s organizing a significant effort to bring food, water, and toys to churches and other organizations caring for the undocumented immigrant children who have been such a regular feature of the news cycle lately.

I’ve not been a fan of Glenn Beck in the past, particularly during his time on Fox News. His style was hysterical; he was often misinformed; and he was hardly a voice for sensible and peaceful foreign policy.

In recent years, however, Beck seems to have swung toward a more libertarian position. He’s been honest about the fact that he’s still learning, which I appreciate.

And while many libertarians remain suspicious of him because of his past views, to the extent that Beck becomes more consistently pro-liberty, I applaud him. It’s not an easy thing to make such a dramatic philosophical shift with such a large audience watching. Nonetheless, I’m not big on talk radio, so I don’t really follow his work.

Now, back to this quote. I’m not fully informed on Glenn Beck’s immigration policy. It’s probably not the same as my own preferences. And I can’t know all his exact motives for this plan to help. But what he’s doing here is fantastic. Beck is using his enormous network to bring real help to people in need regardless of what the government does or what their legal situation is. I love it on a political and theological level both.

It’s voluntarism. It’s serving the “least of these.” It’s awesome.

If immigration is an issue of interest to you, I encourage you to check out what he’s doing and consider supporting it.

(via hipsterlibertarian)

“You cannot be more pleased in talking about your children, your methods of instructing them, and the progress they make, than I am in hearing it, and in finding that, instead of following the idle amusements which both your fortune and the custom of the age might have led you into, your delight and your duty go together by employing your time in the education of your offspring. This is following nature and reason, instead of fashion; than which nothing is more becoming the character of a woman of sense and virtue.”

– Benjamin Franklin, Smyth 8:455. 1782

Terrorists are 2848% more likely to be killed in Gaza than civilians »


Here is a statistical analysis by Ilya Zhorov on Facebook, translated by Yenta Press in the comments here:

Lately I’ve encountered many who claim that the IDF is attacking Palestinians “indiscriminately”. Watching Al Jazeera one can see that the majority of those who were killed in Gaza were young men. This does not go hand in hand with the claim that the killing is random, considering Gaza’s demographics.

With that in mind, yours truly decided to carry out some simple calculations in order to test the claim that the IDF kills combatants and civilians indiscriminately.

First, let us look at the size of the population in Gaza, which is estimated at 1,805,000 (based on the 2010 census + extrapolated population growth).

The size of the various armed organizations in the Gaza strip is estimated at 25,000. This is also the figure the Hamas boasts (the Zionists have larger estimates, but why trust them?)

Therefore the number of uninvolved civilians in Gaza is 1,780,000.

At this point, according to the press, the number of Palestinian casualties in Gaza is 572, with 28% being combatants and 72% being civilians.

Therefore, as simple calculation shows that the odds for being killed by the IDF is 0.0064 if you’re a combatant/terrorist and 0.000247 if you’re a non-involved civilian.

That means your odds of being killed by the IDF if you’re a Hamas terrorist (or combatant, depending on one’s point of view) is 28.48 times greater than if you’re a civilian. It appears that there is a very cut and clear distinction with the IDF specifically going after Hamas and not civilians.

Some people, not familiar with the basics of the science of probability may ask, “So how come there are more dead civilians than combatants?” The answer is simple. Most of the people in Gaza are non-involved civilians. The terrorists are only 0.0138% of the population.

imageConsider this: Had the IDF truly been killing people indiscriminately in Gaza, considering there are only 0.00138% Hamas terrorists in Gaza, one would expect to see only 0.070 dead terrorists out of the total of 572 fatalities.

Of course, Zhorov is accepting the Hamas-created statistics as to who is a civilian and who is a combatant at face value. In fact, evidence shows that the number of terrorists killed is probably around double these figures, so the actual chances of being killed if you are a Hamas terrorist is closer to 50 or 60 times the chances of being killed if you are a civilian.

Anyone who claims that the IDF fires “indiscriminately” is either completely innumerate, or a liar.

“The game of chess is not merely an idle amusement. Several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired or strengthened by it, so as to become habits, ready on all occasions. For life is a kind of chess, in which we often have points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with, and in which there is a vast variety of good and ill events, that are in some degree the effects of prudence or the want of it. By playing at chess, then, we may learn,

I. Foresight, which looks a little into futurity, and considers the consequences that may attend an action; for it is continually occurring to the player, “If I move this piece, what will be the advantages or disadvantages of my new situation?…”

II. Circumspection, which surveys the whole chessboard, or scene of action; the relations of the several pieces and situations, the dangers they are respectively exposed to….

III. Caution, not to make our moves too hastily…. And lastly, we learn by chess the habit of not being discouraged by present appearances in the state of our affairs, the habit of hoping for a favorable change, and that of persevering in the search of resources.—

– Benjamin Franklin, Smyth 7:358. (1779.)

“Some time or other you may have the opportunity of assisting with the equal sum a stranger who has equal need of it. Do so. By that means you will discharge any obligation you may suppose yourself under to me. Enjoin him to do the same on occasion. By pursuing such a practice, much good may be done with little money. Let kind offices go round. Mankind are all of one family.”

– Benjamin Franklin, Smyth 8:299 1781

“The whole gospel of Karl Marx can be summed up in a single sentence: Hate the man who is better off than you are. Never under any circumstances admit that his success may be due to his own efforts, to the productive contribution he has made to the whole community. Always attribute his success to the exploitation, the cheating, the more or less open robbery of others.

Never under any circumstances admit that your own failure may be owing to your own weaknesses, or that the failure of anyone else may be due to his own defects — his laziness, incompetence, improvidence, or stupidity. Never believe in the honesty or disinterestedness of anyone who disagrees with you.

This basic hatred is the heart of Marxism. This is its animating force. You can throw away the dialectical materialism, the Hegelian framework, the technical jargon, the ‘scientific’ analysis, and millions of pretentious words, and you still have the core: the implacable hatred and envy that are the raison d’être for all the rest.”

Henry Hazlitt, “Marxism in One Minute” (via laliberty)