“In the 1880s, people all over the world looked to America for inspiration. Its very existence was proof that it was possible to have a relatively free and peaceful country. No income tax, no foreign wars, no welfare state, no intrusions on civil liberties.”—Harry Browne
As stories circulated of Iraqi cities falling to Sunni militia groups, I was struck by the words of Former Marine Staff Sgt. Keith Widaman, who spent a tour in Iraq: “When I left in April 2009, I said, ‘In five years there’ll be a civil war.’”
American politics is a real life Game of Thrones orchestrated by a cryptic self-serving ruling class of politicians, corporatists and bankster kingmakers.
The real power behind both the House of Republican and the House of Democrat picked familiar Old Warrior stereotype McCain and rubber stamp Status Quo Romney to run against Obama. Both were acceptable to both Houses, just as Obama was acceptable to both.
The fact that the modern college student’s instinctual response to the invitation of speakers whose views he finds disagreeable is to protest and attempt to prevent their appearance on his campus, rather than to welcome them and challenge their ideas, reveals a great deal about the nature of the education he is receiving there.
“Q: Let’s talk about your TV show Bullshit! Are there any groups you won’t go after?
PJ: We haven’t tackled Scientology because Showtime doesn’t want us to. Maybe they have deals with individual Scientologists—I’m not sure. And we haven’t tacked Islam because we have families.
Q: Meaning, you won’t attack Islam because you’re afraid it’ll attack back…
PJ: Right, and I think the worst thing you can say about a group in a free society is that you’re afraid to talk about it—I can’t think of anything more horrific.”—Penn Jillette
“The markets for city rides should be set free. It is unfair to taxicab companies for Uber to charge market prices while taxis must charge what regulators decree. But the sensible response to this unfairness is not to burden Uber the way taxis are burdened, but to unburden the taxis and leave all ride services free to compete.”—Howard Baetjer Jr.
“The struggle confronting mankind comes down to the question of whether human beings are to be the masters of their own lives, or whether they are to remain as resources to be exploited for institutional ends.”—Butler Shaffer (via hatredismymuse)
If you’re concerned about your own plight as an employee, or about the plight of workers/employees in general, then your passion should be in favor of whatever policies make employment high, rather than the many government policies that do just the opposite.
“Recent studies show that in countries where property rights are better protected, people are healthier and live longer due to better environmental conditions. For example, using the economic freedom index discussed earlier, Seth Norton found that in countries where property rights are protected, 93 percent of the population have access to safe drinking water, while in nations with weak property rights, only 60 percent of the population have that access. Similarly, in nations with stronger property rights, 93 percent have access to sewage treatment, while only 48 percent do in countries with weak rights. Life expectancy is 70 years in a nation with strong protection of property rights, while it is only 50 years in nations without that level of protection.”—Richard Stroup
Sadly, the same fate awaits the end of our nation-building stint in Afghanistan. A recent Washington Poststory quoted Sgt. Kenneth Ventrice, a veteran of three tours in Iraq and now serving his second in Afghanistan, saying, “It’s going to fall a lot faster than Iraq did.”
Libertarians believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.
"Markets are not just about the steam engine, iron foundries, or today’s silicon-chip factories. Markets also supported Shakespeare, Haydn, and the modern book superstore. The rise of oil painting, classical music, and print culture were all part of the same broad social and economic developments, namely the rise of capitalism, modern technology, rule of law, and consumer society.
The Renaissance occurred when growing cities and reopened trade routes created enough wealth to stimulate demand for beautiful art. Beethoven gave music lessons and concerts to a rising middle class and later sold them sheet music; his rise required the printing press, the affordable piano, and ready travel around Europe.”