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Quote of the Day
Feb 21st, 2017 by Ken Hagler

Private property ownership has nothing even remotely to do with political borders. Property lines are determined nonaggressively, they are subject to market forces, owners are strictly limited in what they can do by considerations of proportionality and equal liberty (if you smoke in my house or trespass on my lawn I have a right to throw you off my property; I don’t have a right to lock you in a cage or throw you out of the country). They are wildly different in scope and powers granted and processes by which they are established, enforced, divided and reallocated. One is a spatial expression of individual liberty and the other is a collective assault upon it. Equating the two is sophistry on a par with “Banks are a good place to put your money. The Mississippi River has two banks. Therefore, the side of the Mississippi River is a good place to leave your money.”

Rad Geek

A good example for us
Jun 9th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

Virtual Nations. Good read of the day: “The Somali Potentates of Suburbia,” an Awl piece about the various secessionist paper states that supposedly exist in Somalia and are actually run from abroad. A quick excerpt:

Awdal State wasn’t declaring independence from Somalia. It was declaring independence from Somaliland, a secessionist movement that’d declared its independence from Somalia two decades prior. And the Awdalites didn’t want their own independence. They wanted autonomy (including their own president) within Somalia. And when I say “Awdalites,” I don’t actually mean people in Awdal. The hall with all those awkward dancers was in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The government election later that year took place in London. And the president they wound up electing was a middle-aged dude living permanently in Ottawa, whose day job was stuffing flyers into a local paper.

[Hit & Run]

Clearly the Somalis have the right idea. If only we could restrict the US President to a meaningless role filled by someone with a day job shuffling flyers.

Quote of the Day
May 20th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

Do I as an individual have a right to use force upon my neighbor to accomplish this goal? If I do have such a right, then I may delegate that power to my government to exercise on my behalf. If I do not have that right as an individual, then I cannot delegate it to government, and I cannot ask my government to perform the act for me.

Ezra Taft Benson

Quote of the Day
Apr 20th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

A lot of Americans aren’t interested in debating or thinking about policy. They just want to blame someone, preferably someone they’ve already been socialized to despise, be they the rich, the poor, the white, the black, as long as there’s no blame left for them.

Ed Krayewski

The real shariah threat
Apr 7th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

In recent years it’s been common for neo-Nazis to oppose Muslims living in the US by claiming that they want to impose shariah here. However, that’s just an Arabic word for laws inspired by religion–what used to be criticized here as “legislating morality” before most of the critics started doing it themselves. The truth is that the US is already dominated by shariah laws, many of which have the full approval and support of the neo-Nazis. Not a single one of them was inspired by Islam, though–in the US they almost all come from Christianity and Environmentalism. I decided to keep a list of every news story I saw about a shariah law in the US for a month, and here it is:

Quote of the Day
Apr 4th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

When one person doesn’t understand economics, we call it ignorance. When millions don’t, we call it a political movement.

Scott Adams

Quote of the Day
Feb 19th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

Much of what passes for political argument is not merely fallacious and unconvincing, but not even intended to be convincing. It’s only a fig leaf so people can pretend to have a reason other than their real reason for voting as they do. It’s not intend to be analyzed, it’s merely to be pointed at.

Joe Shipman

Definitely a change for the worse
Dec 20th, 2015 by Ken Hagler

Oberlin Students Accuse the Cafeteria of Cultural Appropriation. But cultural appropriation in the cafeteria isn’t the only thing on the minds of Oberln students. Activists recently released a lengthy list of demands—many of them reminiscent of the demands made by students at dozens of other universities. Perhaps most notable: Oberlin students want blacks-only safe spaces and allowance money for black student leaders. [Hit & Run]

It’s a bit depressing that I’m now in a position to say, “I’m old enough to remember when segregation was almost universally regarded as a bad thing.”

Evil Empire hates free speech
Jun 11th, 2015 by Ken Hagler

Lately the monsters who rule the Evil Empire from Mordor on the Potomac have been working overtime to demonstrate their hatred of the First Amendment. Just in the past few days I’ve read about the government hunting for political dissidents angry with the scum who presided over political prisoner Ross Ulbricht’s show trial, threatening political dissidents who talk about guns, and imprisoning a political dissident for writing about how to donate money to an organization that the Evil Empire helped to create, but now opposes.

I’m not particularly good at writing, so I’ll show my opinion of all this with the following quotes. I completely agree with all of these quotes.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.

Thomas Jefferson

And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family?

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

John F. Kennedy

Quote of the Day
Feb 28th, 2015 by Ken Hagler

…”Government” is just bad people with control issues gathering together under one label to do things to you that you’d recognize as evil if someone did them without first calling themselves “government”.

Kent McManigal

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