Saturday, September 13, 2014
"The End of Oppression" is a six-part series of videos which show what it will take for humanity to finally outgrow and escape its long history of violence and oppression. Part Two ("The Game") shows how tyrants use the game called "politics" to legitimize violent domination and to deceive decent people into advocating their own subjugation and enslavement.- http://youtu.be/e9ofweXTYX4
at 3:11 AM
“People prefer to be with people like themselves. For all the celebration of ‘diversity,’ it’s sameness that dominates. Most people favor friendship with those who have similar backgrounds, interests and values. It makes for more shared experiences, easier conversations, and more comfortable silences. Despite many exceptions, the urge is nearly universal. It’s human nature.” - Robert J. Samuelson
at 3:03 AM
Friday, September 12, 2014
As a libertarian anarchist, I am pressed from time to time to defend anarchy against those who dispute its desirability or its feasibility. But, really, why should I be the one who must defend this condition (that is, the absence of rulers)? I live in a world in which gangs of total strangers -- people I do not know, people who do not know me, people I want nothing to do with -- presume to order me about in countless ways and to strip me of my wealth at their pleasure, putting the plunder to uses that in many cases I consider utterly abhorrent and achieving this domination over me only by making credible threats to bring violence to bear against me should I resist their impositions. THAT outrageous complex of actions, not my embrace of anarchy, is the condition that requires a defense. Strange to say, although the prevailing rulers' insolence and moral arrogance rise to horrifying heights, many of their victims take completely for granted the legitimacy of the degrading and exploitative setup under which they live -- Stockholm syndrome writ large.-Robert Higgs
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Thursday, September 11, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
Reason #8: Another mushy-headed concept which communists like to harp on is "the means of production." In short, they wanted some excuse that sounded philosophical that would justify stealing factories. But to try to define this is any specific or rational sort of way is impossible.
Again, consider the island analogy. Two people are on an island. One finds a rock and a stick and makes a spear, while the other sits on his butt. The guy with the spear then says, "Hey, I made a spear, and if you can use my spear to get a fish, we can split the fish between us." But as it happens, the other guy is a communist, declares the spear to be "capital" constituting the "means of production," bitches about being oppressed by the other guy's offer, slugs the guy and steals his spear. Because to ACCEPT the guy's perfectly reasonable offer is to accept capitalism.
Yes, you can try to make up some distinction between a spear and a factory, but that distinction will be based on envy and emotion, not actual moral or philosophical principles. If the first guy took two weeks to build a boat, and then offered to let the other guy use it to go catch bigger fish, would the boat-builder be some evil capitalist oppressor? After all, how dare he benefit from the "labor" of the other guy? (Never mind what he had to do to GET the boat.) The other guy neeeeeeeeds a boat to fish! He should seize it, and righteously overthrow the evil oppressors in the name of the collective (which in that case, is just him)!
Or he could choose NOT to be a dumbass, accept capitalism and the concept of private property, take the deal, and BOTH could benefit from the arrangement.-Larken Rose
at 7:06 PM
Sunday, August 24, 2014
The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free. The war crimes in the Middle East, especially now in Gaza, the war criminals go free. And yet, you know, he acted as if he was both a progressive and as if he was concerned about the issues of serious injustice and inequality and it turned out that he’s just another neoliberal centrist with a smile and with a nice rhetorical flair. And that’s a very sad moment in the history of the nation because we are—we’re an empire in decline. Our culture is in increasing decay. Our school systems are in deep trouble. Our political system is dysfunctional. Our leaders are more and more bought off with legalized bribery and normalized corruption in Congress and too much of our civil life.-Cornel West: “He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit..."
at 3:38 PM
Burning the American flag is an excellent display of the founding principles of Liberty, as you are showing contempt for State. Getting mad about someone burning the American flag is an excellent display of being a government worshiping faggot that the Founding politicians shot at in 1775.-Tom Jefferson