““The libertarian creed rests upon one central axiom: that no man or group of men may aggress against the person or property of anyone else. This may be called the “nonaggression axiom.” “Aggression” is defined as the initiation of the use or threat of physical violence against the person or property of anyone else. Aggression is therefore synonymous with invasion.
If no man may aggress against another; if, in short, everyone has the absolute right to be “free” from aggression, then this at once implies that the libertarian stands foursquare for what are generally known as “civil liberties”: the freedom to speak, publish, assemble, and to engage in such “victimless crimes” as pornography, sexual deviation, and prostitution (which the libertarian does not regard as “crimes” at all, since he defines a “crime” as violent invasion of someone else’s person or property). Furthermore, he regards conscription as slavery on a massive scale. And since war, especially modern war, entails the mass slaughter of civilians, the libertarian regards such conflicts as mass murder and therefore totally illegitimate.
All of these positions are now considered “leftist” on the contemporary ideological scale. On the other hand, since the libertarian also opposes invasion of the rights of private property, this also means that he just as emphatically opposes government interference with property rights or with the free-market economy through controls, regulations, subsidies, or prohibitions. For if every individual has the right to his own property without having to suffer aggressive depredation, then he also has the right to give away his property (bequest and inheritance) and to exchange it for the property of others (free contract and the free market economy) without “interference. The libertarian favors the right to unrestricted private property and free exchange; hence, a system of “laissez-faire capitalism.”
In current terminology again, the libertarian position on property and economics would be called “extreme right wing.” But the libertarian sees no inconsistency in being “leftist” on some issues and “rightist” on others. On the contrary, he sees his own position as virtually the only consistent one, consistent on behalf of the liberty of every individual. For how can the leftist be opposed to the violence of war and conscription while at the same time supporting the violence of taxation and government control? And how can the rightist trumpet his devotion to private property and free enterprise while at the same time favoring war, conscription, and the outlawing of noninvasive activities and practices that he deems immoral? And how can the rightist favor a free market while seeing nothing amiss in the vast subsidies, distortions, and unproductive inefficiencies involved in the military-industrial complex?””
– Excerpt From: Murray N. Rothbard. “For A New Liberty.” (via stopobamunism)
Seth Meyers [made fun of me for] saying Texas is a possible outbreak site due to prison guards, one third are from Africa, and the border. Mocked again for a logical argument while the administration said it would be highly unlikely that we would ever have a case in the US.
Honestly, what do your friends say now? Who was it? Salon, Vanity fair? Who mocked me?…
Is anyone interested in what I think is coming next? How many times do you have to be right? And on big things! Ebola, the President said ebola would not come to our shores. I said it was likely to come to our shores and probably to Texas!…
The point is, why are we letting people fly back and forth… Why are we letting people fly back and forth to west Africa. But Texas has such a high number of people doing it, it probably looks like a hot zone!”
– Glenn Beck, on Radio, Oct 1, 2014, 23 mins in
Pope Paul VI - Humanae Vitae #17
“The most puzzling and most galling aspect of corporate executive’s compensation, for many people, are the multimillion dollar severance payments… Since human beings are going to make mistakes, whether hiring an entry-level employee or a corporate CEO, the question is: What options are available when it becomes clear that the CEO is a failure and a liability? Speed may be the most important consideration when someone is making decisions which may be losing millions or even billions of dollars. Getting the CEO out the door as soon as possible, without either internal battles within the corporation or lawsuits in the courts, may well be worth many millions of dollars.”
– Thomas Sowell, Economic Facts and Fallacies, Ch 5, “Income Facts and Fallacies” (via insert-spooky-into-url)
“When will we learn? People are human, and humans are weird. Normality itself is not a virtue. It is the good in us or the good lacking in us which makes up our value. Just as democracy does not dictate what is good, nor does abnormality dictate what is bad.
Objective truth may be a difficult formula to conceive But the Golden Rule, Charity, and absence of material harm are a good place to start.”
– Asderathos, Oct, 15, 2014
I love this quote. I love this movie.
This scene impressed me so much when I first saw it. It still fills me with… idk something. I love it.
Still one of my favorite lines from a movie ever.
“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
– Abraham Lincoln (via bullit1987)
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“The power to do good is also the power to do harm and those who control the power today may not tomorrow; and, more important, what one man regards as good, another may regard as harm.”
– Milton Friedman (1912 – 2006) American economist (via philosophicalconservatism)