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"A Brazilian proponent of the ban, Denis Mizne, of the anti-self defense group, Sou da Paz, was more honest about what happened. 'We didn't lose because Brazilians like guns. We lost because people don't have confidence in the government or the police.' This distrust was all the more intense because the socialist President of Brazil, Luiz Inancio Lula, is up to his eyeballs in scandal. Interesting, no? Corrupt, socialist politicians such as Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin in the United States are some of our most vocal proponents of domestic disarmament."
" I now think all authority -- I'm not talking about my bosses at Fox. I love them dearly. I'm talking about governmental authority -- should be challenged, should be questioned. Because government is the negation of freedom, when it does anything, it shouldn't be presumed valid. It should be presumed invalid. It should have to justify its taking away of freedom in a constitutional context, rather than the challenger having to prove that its behavior is unconstitutional."
"On Saturday, November 12, 2005, natural health freedom advocates at health food stores and public areas across the country will actively defend health freedom in the United States as part of the nation's second 'Natural Health Awareness Day.'."
"Why do people care about someone whose only relationship to them actually is a government issued passport? Why don't people shed a tear for 10,000 dead in an earthquake in that foreign land? Could it really be because of a passport? Is it really just because of brainwashing and indoctrination we have all received since the day we were born?"
"The net of it is that this month, in full public view (though the media, aside from a few articles in the Las Vegas Review-Journal and an outstanding front-page spread in the weekly Las Vegas Tribune, has been strangely silent, as if warned that IRS audits would follow any pro-Schiff reporting) the Federal Government has demonstrated with abundant clarity that whenever its financial survival is at stake, it will not hesitate to ignore any paper restraints that may stand in its way, and will use its monopoly over what passes for 'justice' for its true purpose, which is to provide a veneer of morality over its monstrous exercise of raw power."
"Paey insists his old doctor wrote him the prescriptions he needed. The Florida pharmacists who testified at his trial back him up. But the doctor says he forged the prescriptions. For his part, Paey holds no animus against his former doctor. Cops gave the doctor a devil's bargain -- give Paey up, or face 25-years-to-life imprisonment for the excessive proscribing of painkillers. Paey still maintains the prescriptions were legitimate, but understands why his doctor turned against him." This story chronicles an outrage against decency.
"The state is not about laws on pieces of paper. It is about looting and violence. Its principal methods of funding are theft and counterfeiting, its regular modus operandi is extortion and its most conspicuous projects are assault and murder. ... We should not fool ourselves. The state does not steal our incomes because we have overlooked a confusing regulation or fail to know our case law. The reason we have an income tax is because the politicians in power want an income tax, and have bamboozled the public into believing that taxation is acceptable in the first place."
"State power is only effective as long as those subject to it 'believe' in it. The state has no power except what we grant it. Its power is derived from our willingness to give up our own power. Thus, the state's primary role is to instill in its subjects the idea that it is absolutely necessary, and that without it, life would be miserable and chaotic (like present-day Iraq, perhaps!). State education, manipulation and control of the media, spin, censorship, fear-mongering, doomsday scenarios, mass hysteria, religious symbolism and 'grand visions,' are all tools of the state--in its constant quest to maintain control over people. And if that doesn't work, well there's always tear gas, guns and tanks!"
"I'm not your typical anarchist; in fact, some of you might prefer to call me a minarchist. Let's get this semantic issue out of the way. Do you agree with the following description of of anarcho-capitalism, or do you see it as minarchism?"
"If the Twentieth Century proved anything, it is that the single greatest danger to human life are the thugs of the centralized political State, who extinguished more than 170 million souls during the bloodiest rampage in recorded history."
"If participants have their way, the state whose former governor was laughed out of the 2004 presidential race after the infamous Iowa scream is going to take what some call its wackiness and others call its sanity in a crazy world and go home. Home to the 14 years in the late 18th century when Vermont was neither a British colony nor one of the original 13 states but was an independent republic."
"She hopes a recent study published in the June 18 issue of the British Medical Journal will add credence to her argument. The study, based on more than 5,000 births attended by American CPMs in 2000, found that 'planned home births for low risk women in the United States are associated with similar safety and less medical intervention as low risk hospital births.' But so far, the state is not budging." I doubt licensure would be the boon the author thinks, but repealing prohibition would be an advance.
"Empires are extended States. Within them are still the non-producers and the producers, the parasites and the hosts. Sometimes it is hard to tell one from the other. The parasitical rulers do not want to see their current supply of hosts shrink. They benefit from a bigger supply of hosts. The key terms in understanding empires are (1) preservation (or security) and (2) gain (of power and wealth). Rulers are like anyone else. They think in terms of loss and gain. Self-preservation or security is prevention of loss. More power and wealth are gains."
"Since the term 'fascism' is so often misunderstood thanks to five decades of European academics desperately trying to scrub the history books clean, let us put it aside for the nonce. Perhaps a more useful term capable of accommodating honest individuals on both sides of the political spectrum is 'corporatism,' which refers to a political ideology which gives primacy to the marriage of state and big business."
"Before John Roberts was nominated, and then confirmed by the Senate, to be the new chief justice, he had demonstrated that he is stalwartly in support of the commander in chief's unlimited authority by ruling to that effect in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, denying basic due process to imprisoned terrorism suspects in Guantánamo. Had Harriet Miers been on the Court, John Roberts would have had two votes. Keep in mind, moreover, when considering the next nominee, that should there be anything approaching another 9-11 here, the Supreme Court will be ruling on domestic internment camps, as in the fearful days of World War II."
"Because service in the military is not coerced these days, this phenomenon could be interpreted as a marketplace-like signal that the American people -- or at least those of military service age and aptitude -- are less willing than before to buy what the military is selling, that is, to fill the ranks with people willing and ready to be sent on whatever imperial mission the political leaders have in mind this year or next."
"The American people should be terrified by the warmongering ideologues that President Bush has put in charge of his government. The greatest danger that the US faces are the fools in the Bush administration."
"What remains unremarked on is the fact that, whoever finally manages to plant himself in Sandra Day O'Connor's big chair, the end result will almost certainly be the same. The chances of someone making it to the High Bench who will significantly change its direction are close to nil. That's because the Supreme Maximum Priesthood is not concerned with truth or justice and still less with the adherence of laws to the Constitution. If it were, its proceedings would be of little interest to anyone except lawyers and law professors. We wouldn't be getting all this Sturm und Drang about whether or not Miers 'supports' or is 'against' Roe v. Wade, or any other issue."
"The Internet may have grown out of a government project, but it has never really been a creature of government. Why, then, is the debate over the Net's future being framed as a contest between whether one government or a group of them will get to breathe down the neck of ICANN or its successor organization? We have an opportunity now to put the root in the hands of an organization that is not international--in the sense of being 'between nations,' though still defined by them--but truly global, responsible to the citizens and stakeholders of the world rather than its governments."
"Having mothers as the default custodians has at least two advantages. Firstly, maternity is rarely in question. Secondly, it appears to be the societal norm that mothers are the primary caregivers of their children even in the case of mothers with full time jobs."
"As technology evolves, private forms of money may crowd out the importance of government money. Peter Thiel, co-founder of Paypal, said that in 2000 his company thought, 'we're going to replace every government currency in the world.' Although Paypal is an alternative payment system it's not an actual alternative money since it is denominated in national currencies. If other companies, which denominate accounts in commodities such as gold, like E-gold, increase to Paypal's size, technology may yet provide alternatives to government money."
"The effect of requiring other firms to pay wages just as high as theirs is the same as if the company lobbied to force other companies to purchase only in high quantities, to open large stores only, or to stay open 24 hours. By making others do what Wal-Mart does, the company manages to put the squeeze on anyone who would dare vie for its customer base."
"None of this can be passed off even by rabid free-marketers as private enterprise. At every step the state has to be shanghaied into the game to preserve and extend the company's monopoly in the cyber-community through licenses, patents, and the whole intellectual property regime."
"A phone call I’d like to hear…."
"The state wants us to disregard such numbers [2,000 Dead Soldiers]. It asks, as do you, that we bask in some pretended glory that will arise from the butchery and destruction visited upon innocent people, and to ignore the costs. The state is never comfortable having us consider the consequences of its actions."
"From the U.S. media's fraudulent reporting about Gulf of Tonkin events in early August 1964 to the fraudulent reporting about supposed Iraqi weapons of mass destruction in the first years of the 21st century, the U.S. news media have been fundamental to making war possible for the United States. We need to confront the roles of the corporate media in helping to drag the United States into one war after another. In a country with significant elements of democracy, it matters what people think. The propaganda functions of media are crucial for the war makers."
"More cracked than the idea of an enforced quarantine is the blithe suggestion that men and women trained to kill outside U.S. borders are the ideal candidates for dealing with vulnerable flu victims stateside. The Great Influenza is, as much as anything, a work that limns the dangers of ignoring the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act, which bans the military from taking police action in domestic situations. The 1918 flu struck at a time when U.S. forces were repeatedly asked to keep order at home, and repeatedly trampled individual rights to do so.."
"The fact is that the fate of billions living beyond US borders is determined by decisions made in Washington. Yet, we are told, this is not an empire. True, the US prefers indirect over direct rule; its domination is exercised, for the most part, through military and commercial alliances, rather than outright conquest. But empires of the past have also used these methods. What really makes the US different is the persistence and in most cases the sincerity of its imperial denial."
"The system of justice that once protected the innocent and held contracts and private property to be near-sacred entities, has become a mechanism through which lawyers legally loot businesses and rogue prosecutors regularly charge, convict, and imprison the innocent. ... To put it bluntly, the courts see themselves as having a mission to implement the policies of the Progressive Era."
"Years before the advent of the Internet, the Voice grew in size, as did the range of its readers: Far above 14th Street, beyond the city, it became evident that the paper had established 'a community of consciousness.' (The phrase was that of my wife, Margot, a former Voice writer and editor.) "
"Another reason the WMD lie matters is that the real reason the administration invaded Iraq, 'to redesign the Middle East,' reveals (officially) a truly breathtaking hubris, coupled to a monumental ignorance of the region in question. Redesign the Middle East? What do the Bushies think it is, a Chevrolet?"
"One would think that the American public's justifiable casualty aversion in wars of choice would make the nation’s leaders cautious about committing military forces to conflicts that didn't affect U.S. vital interests. But given the history of U.S. meddling in, for example, Lebanon, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, and now Iraq, the leaders haven't given up their unwise interventionism, but instead have opted to try to fight brushfire wars without massive casualties."
"Markets generate economic opportunities that make war less desirable. Territorial aggrandizement no longer provides the best path to riches. Free-flowing capital markets and other aspects of globalization simultaneously draw nations together and raise the economic price of military conflict, because the political destabilization resulting from war deters profitable investment and trade. Moreover, sanctions, which interfere with economic prosperity, provides a coercive step short of war to achieve foreign policy ends."
"A classical liberal author, he pleaded for individual liberty, restrictions on government authority on the individual, and increasing voting rights. He is well-known for his theory of modern liberty. This theory says that modern social organisation, above all the rise of commercial social relations, makes it historically necessary that moderns enjoy individual liberty and political participation."
"Macaulay is most famous for his History of England, the most popular book of its kind ever published in that country. Its very first paragraph sets forth what much of his life was devoted to defending: 'the authority of law and the security of property were found to be compatible with a liberty of discussion and of individual action never before known…from the auspicious union of order and freedom, sprang a prosperity from which the annals of human affairs had furnished no example'."
"Born on the Lower East Side of New York in 1891, the third of four children of immigrant saloon-owners, Fania Borach decided early in life to become a performer. ... Brice's 'Semitic looks' slotted her into Jewish roles. Despite her efforts to succeed as a serious actress and singer, Brice - who spoke no Yiddish - rose to stardom performing comedy with a Yiddish accent."
"There are two 'serpents' in this tropical 'paradise' - the obvious one of World War II, and the more subtle but perhaps deadlier one of racial prejudice. These 'serpents' corrupt Joe and Nellie introducing problems into an otherwise idyllic setting. How the personal lives and dreams of determined individuals surmount those problems constitutes the remainder of the film, accompanied by some of the greatest music ever presented in movies."
"While I may never live to see a society in which the majority of people respect the lives and rights and property of others, fiction offers me an opportunity to experience such a universe, if only for a little while. And since no one else (including Ayn Rand) has published a contemporary tale in which freedom is the default position, I have."
"'Serenity' the movie explores one particular story line interrupted by 'Firefly's' cancellation: that of Simon and River, and exactly why they were fleeing from the Alliance. Simon had rescued River from a secret government research facility, where she had been brainwashed, surgically altered, and tortured in an attempt to make her an assassin. Whether as a side effect of the experiments or otherwise, she also turned out to be psychic. That is how she came into possession of a secret so terrible the Alliance would do anything to stop it from getting out."
"It should be noted, of course, that the right to bear arms (such as wooden stakes, ultraviolet flashlights or liquid-garlic spray) would of course have to be assured for the human population to feel safe. Conversely, any threat to use these weapons without provocation should be considered as an act of aggression in itself. ... Our fear of that which is different and foreign often drives us to understand a situation in a way that is more emotional than rational. However, if we calmly look at the facts of the matter, nothing prevents vampires from enjoying the same individual rights as humans."
"Responding to 'a possible threat of terror and fright,' Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced Monday that trick-or-treaters will be subject to random bag searches this Halloween season."
"While some aides to the president have called for him to tap into the Strategic Crony Reserves, an old-boy network of Republican insiders warehoused in various think-tanks and lobbying groups in Washington, D.C., the president said that such a solution is 'little more than a quick fix'."
"That is to say, it is moral that people be free to make peaceful choices even if the choices they end up making are considered immoral by others. Conversely, it is immoral to force someone to make a certain peaceful choice, even if the choice is considered moral by most people. Thus, the concept of morality is inextricably linked with the concept of freedom."
"Not every real individualist who values non-coercion and the free market is a cultural conservative, a traditionalist who goes to church and expects people to dress and act in cookie cutter fashion. Such mindsets can actually be dangerous. There are many everyday people of the 'there ought to be a law' variety who hold such traditionalist views. If I wish to paint my own house pink, not maintain an artificially green and weed-free lawn, place goofy ornaments in my yard (that's yard, not lawn), have an organic garden, and perhaps even have a chicken or two, it is none of my neighbor's business."
"Creating the life you want means knowing the specific things you want, not just a vague feelings of peace and contentment. Your thoughts can make these dreams come true, as they direct your actions and make you alert to the opportunities that come together in the outer world."
"The organ shortage is the result of bad public policy. It is illegal to buy and sell human organs in the United States. The only available organs are donated organs. Imagine if it was illegal to buy or sell food. Does anybody think we wouldn't have massive food shortages?"
"It isn't by accident that government schooling is the way it is. Millions of teachers are doing things exactly as they believe they should--and want to. The soft, undemanding approach to education suits most of them perfectly. Why, for example, is it now rare to find a teacher who will take a red (or purple or any other color) pen to a student essay and give it severe, line-by-line scrutiny? Without that, students simply won't learn to write well."
"When I was very small, G'pop Joe made me help him take care of the chickens and other animals when we came to visit, and instilled in me a love and understanding of animals that lasts to this day. Not the sappy, unrealistic, anthropomorphic type of the eco-freaks, but the practical, hard-headed appreciation of a man who lives with, loves, and uses the animals on an everyday basis."
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