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
I've been saying this over and over but thanks to Robert Higgs for saying it better than I could. It's necessary to emphasize this because we keep hearing the idiotic objection that most cops are good guys and the nonsense that "the cops I know personally, have encountered, etc., have been nice and are sweet as pie". Bullshit!
The whole good cop/bad cop question can be disposed of much more decisively. We need not enumerate what proportion of cops appears to be good or listen to someone's anecdote about his Uncle Charlie, an allegedly good cop. We need only consider the following: (1) a cop's job is to enforce the laws, all of them; (2) many of the laws are manifestly unjust, and some are even cruel and wicked; (3) therefore every cop has agreed to act as an enforcer for laws that are manifestly unjust or even cruel and wicked. There are no good cops.
The most active group I had discussions in was one saying women should have no rights. Most posters think that women shouldn’t even have the right to say “no,” when it comes to sex. “A woman should NEVER have the right to say no. It’s her duty to be sexually available to men whenever.” Some say that the only value women have is to be a “cook, maid, and whore to her man.” Viewing women as nothing but property was the reoccurring theme here.-BDSM is abuse and rape culture
at 4:49 AM
People like to call Fox News "Faux News", and I'm not personally a fan of their version of statist big government pro-military "conservatism". That said, I'm watching the 3 major cable news networks right now, and only Fox is covering the 6.0 earthquake in California that just happened. MSNBC doesn't even run much news on the weekends (they were showing one of their prison shows again), and CNN, well, fuck 'em.
at 4:40 AM
Friday, August 22, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Socialism, Communism, Democide, Homeschooling, Unschooling, Voluntaryism, Non-Aggression, Property Rights, Self-Ownership, Capitalism, Corporate Fascism, and Initiated Force vs. Voluntary Transactions...
at 7:55 AM