“For decades, however, Congress has allowed its core authority to drain into a fourth branch of federal agencies with increasing insularity and independence. It has left Congress intact but inconsequential in some disputes. If this trend continues unabated, Congress will be left like some Maginot Line on the constitutional landscape – a sad relic of a once tripartite system of equal branches.”—Jonathan Turley
Democracy has no magic power to make wrong become right.
How many votes does it take to make murder morally permissible? What about rape, assault, or theft? There is no such number, is there?
Criminal acts remain criminal, even when a majority endorses them.
Might does not make right, not even the might of a majority.
We rightly rejected the divine right of kings, but now too many of us believe in a divine right of majorities and pluralities. We wrongly assume that no empathy is required for minority viewpoints, provided a vote was taken.
But fundamental moral principles, like the Zero Aggression Principle, cannot be voted out of existence. Even the “Great-God” Democracy must bow down before them. If you want to help cure the public’s confusion about democracy, sign-up.
A winner of three Academy Awards, the AIDS drama Dallas Buyers Club is being hailed as a landmark film for its sympathetic portrayal of gays and transsexuals. But what really makes the film a landmark is how it makes the Food and Drug Administration its villain. The film portrays the FDA […]
""Tax reform" plan unveiled by Rep. Dave Camp, the Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Camp’s tax system would resemble today’s. It would be complex and have high rates.” — Robert Samuelson
"We call for the repeal of the income tax, the abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service and all federal programs and services not required under the U.S. Constitution. We oppose any legal requirements forcing employers to serve as tax collectors." — Libertarian Party Platform 2012
“One of the things we did to kill time was play chess, play hearts, smoke cigarettes. We would lay out the board and he would kind of waddle over and wipe you out in 15 moves. One time I actually got him to blunder and I won the game — big deal, 1 out of 50. But I said: “Hah, I got ya, I got ya. You have to resign now.” And he said to me: “The only reason you won, Adam, is because I have so little respect for your game that I made a blunder. Now get back to work.” He had that little wry grin of his and walked away.”—
“The Feds alone add 80,000 pages of new rules every year. Local governments add more. There are so many incomprehensible rules that even the bureaucrats can’t tell you what’s legal. In the name of public safety, politicians strangle opportunity.”—John Stossel (via anarcho-alowisney)
The Obama plan recently announced by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expands the military.
Both Democratic and Republican politicians routinely deceive taxpayers by portraying slight reductions in the growth of government as cuts. President Obama and Secretary Hagel propose creation of a new $26 billion “Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative” (read: slush fund) while keeping the 2015 Pentagon budget at the same level as 2014. That’s an increase of $26 billion.
They also propose wiping out what’s left of the so-called “sequester,” thereby sheltering the military from automatic spending cuts.
They propose reducing the total employment of the Army, National Guard, Reserves, and Marine Corps by a mere 3.9 percent — while touting it as “shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years.” This tiny reduction in personnel — if it ever happens — is not backed by cuts in spending. No cost savings. No real reduction.
Any savings will not go to taxpayers but to spending in other areas of the military.
Libertarians need not shy away from the question, “Do you mean that whites should have been allowed to exclude blacks from their lunch counters?” Libertarians can answer proudly, “No. They should not have been allowed to do that. They should have been stopped — not by the State, which can’t be trusted, but by nonviolent social action on behalf of equality.”
The libertarian answer to bigotry is community organizing.
Rachel Canning and her parents are involved in a family feud in New Jersey. Rachel Canning, 18, is suing her parents asserts that her parents kicked her out of
And this is what happens when outside groups start whispering in the ears of children. They pit child against parents and ultimately wreck the family. I dearly hope this is tossed out for the frivolous suit that it is.
“The criminal and the soldier at least have the virtue of being against something or for something in a world where many people have learned to accept a kind of grey nothingness, to strike an unreal series of poses in order to be considered normal. It’s difficult to say who is engaged in the greater conspiracy- the criminal, the soldier, or us.”—Stanley Kubrick
“If you can’t trust a lot of people to solve smaller problems in decentralized ways with a functioning feedback process, how can you trust a small number to solve big problems with a crappy feedback process?”—Steve Horwitz (via freebroccoli)
“Stopping people from taking terrible jobs – through prohibitions or protections or minimums, justified by the warm if mistaken feeling over one’s second cappuccino that one is thereby being generous to the poor – takes away from the poor what the poor themselves regard as a bettering option. It’s theft from the poor of deals the poor want to make.”—Deirdre McCloskey