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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