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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Quote of the Day for Thursday, 20 July 2017

Filed under: Economics, Politics, Principles, Quote of the Day, Reading — Tags: — mikewb1971 @ 4:07 AM (04:07)

It is my contention that this concept of spontaneous order is the central idea of the enlightenment, brought to a pinnacle nine years later by Adam Smith with his invisible hand and applied to life itself by Charles Darwin some decades later. If the English language can get along without a government, why do we so quickly assume that English society cannot organise itself?

To labour the point, today in London roughly 10 million people ate lunch. Working out just how much of each type of food to have available in the right places at the right time to ensure that this happened was a problem of mind-boggling complexity, made all the harder by the fact people made up their mind what to eat mostly at the last minute.

Who was in charge of this astonishing feat? Who is London’s lunch commissioner and why does he get so little credit? Why is this system not subsidised? How can it be so lightly regulated?

The protesters who gather to criticise free enterprise from time to time use Facebook and iPhones to arrange their protest, drink Starbucks and eat Pret, wear shirts and shoes, in some cases even use toothpaste and shampoo before setting out. They swim where they wish to in a sea of possibilities provided by free enterprise.

— Matt Ridley, Free Markets are Revolutionary, Liberating, and Democratic (Foundation for Economic Education [FEE])


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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Frank Zappa Explains Trickle Up Economics

Filed under: Economics — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:59 AM (03:59)


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / Google Plus / Grassfire / Liberty.Me / Minds / seen.life / Tea Party Community / Twitter / WordPress.com
    2. Libertarian Party –
      1. New MexicoBlog / FB page / FB group
      2. Bernalillo County, New MexicoBlog / FB page / FB group
    3. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    4. Extropy Unbound Facebook page
    5. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    6. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    7. The Libertarian Enterprise Facebook group
    8. The Coiled Serpent: A Virtual Tavern Facebook group

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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

What would a Libertarian Administration look like?

Filed under: Economics, Media, Politics, Principles — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:06 PM (13:06)

The Gary Johnson presidential campaign seems to be the Libertarian Party’s best chance at winning the White House to date. That possibility seems to have lots of people scared out of their minds.

So let’s take a look at some ways that a Libertarian Administration would conduct business.

First, we need to understand that libertarianism is all about the Non-Aggression Principle: No one has the right to initiate force or fraud against anyone else, nor to threaten or delegate that initiation. No exceptions will be granted “under color of law.”

Also understand that we’re NOT looking to be Romney / Bush Republicans with “L” after our names. If we wanted that, we would simply cut to the chase and sign up as Democrats.

With that in mind, here are some examples of the policies that our prospective Libertarian Administration will undertake:

First, a Libertarian Administration will NOT seek to expand the size, intrusiveness or expense of government by one iota, on any issue. We’re not looking to grow the federal government — not by two percent, much less the ten or twenty percent that a Clinton or Trump Administration will attempt. At worst, we will FREEZE it where it’s at when we take the reins. The 2017 budget that we receive on January 21st will be the budget for 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

No, we’re not looking to expand the welfare state one bit. Nor are we looking to create more regulations upon business or your personal life. Those regulations stifle creativity, growth and economic progress.

Second, the White House will become a pardon factory. All of the people in prison solely for federally-mandated victimless crimes — sawing off a shotgun barrel, having more than a certain amount of marijuana, draining a puddle on their own property — will be pardoned, because they didn’t really do anything wrong.

Third, we’re going to STOP putting people in prison in the first place for those victimless crimes — after Obama decided that he can pick and choose which parts of Obamacare he can enforce, we can choose not to enforce the victimless crime laws, as well — and we’re going to call for the repeal of those laws.

Fourth, we’re going to drastically reduce taxes, if we can’t wipe them out completely. This idea that we’re going to settle for a 25-30 percent national sales tax is nonsense. If we’re going to compromise on a tax rate, it will be more like five percent, and disregard that “revenue neutrality” hogwash — that’s just pundit-speak for “We don’t really have to cut spending.”

Fifth, we’re looking to fundamentally transform the welfare state from what it is now — a massive top-down, bureaucratic system for legalized vote-buying — into something that actually helps the people it’s supposed to help. We’ll turn the various agencies into 501-c-3 charities, and forbid them from taking tax money or lobbying governmental bodies in their charters. Then the people who support them will know that their donations will go a lot further.

Nor do we support any corporate welfare. No more bailouts, no more tax-funded football stadiums, movie subsidies, or contracts for white-elephant projects. The “Albuquerque Rapid Transit” inanity is a prime example of this.

Sixth, on foreign policy: for decades, libertarians have been defamed as “isolationists.” True isolationism was Japan between 1635 and 1853, or China between 1757 and 1839. We simply don’t want America to be micromanaging the affairs of the rest of the world.

Seventh, we will not support forced association under the rubric of “non-discrimination” or “public accommodation.” The slogan “NO means NO” used against rape apologists works just as well here. No Jew should have to bake a cake for a Nazi wedding. This concept should be applied consistently across the population.

To summarize, We The Libertarians simply want to live our own lives, and let everyone else live theirs.


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 12.8
  2. Published elsewhere
    1. nmpolitics.net – Sunday, 23 October 2016
    2. The Santa Fe New MexicanSaturday, 29 October 2016
    3. ABQ Free PressWednesday, 2 November 2016, page 9 (“Libertarianism Explained In 700 Words or Less”)
  3. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / Galaxy2 / Liberty.Me / seen.life / Tea Party Community / Twitter / WordPress.com
    2. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    3. Extropy Unbound Facebook page
    4. Libertarian Party of New Mexico Facebook page
    5. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    6. Libertarian Party of New Mexico Facebook group
    7. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    8. The Libertarian Enterprise Facebook group

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Monday, 6 June 2016

Winner of the Internet for Sunday, 5 June 2016

Filed under: Economics, Politics, Principles — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 6:40 AM (06:40)

Or at least the libertarian part of it.

That would be Christopher Schmidt, by the way —


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Google Plus / Liberty.Me [blog / profile] / Minds / seen.life / Tea Party Community / tsu / Twitter / WordPress.com
    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Google Plus / Twitter / WordPress.com
    3. Darth Mike – Facebook / WordPress

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Saturday, 4 June 2016

Quote of the Day for Saturday, 4 June 2016

Filed under: Economics, Politics, Principles, Quote of the Day — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:39 AM (07:39)

“Governments can create the climate for economic growth . . . [but] only the private sector can produce a peace that will endure.”

Former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher,
(1 December 2004). Prosperity in the New Middle East: Building the Structures of Peace, remarks made at the 1994 MENA Economic Summit. Casablanca, Morocco.


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook page / Facebook profile / Google Plus / seen.life / tsu / Twitter / WordPress.com
    2. Libertarian Party –
      1. New MexicoLPNM Blog / LPNM Official Facebook page / LPNM Official Facebook group
      2. Bernalillo County, New MexicoLPBC Blog / LPBCNM Official Facebook page / LPBCNM Official Facebook group
    3. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Google Plus / Twitter / WordPress.com
    4. Extropy UnboundFacebook / WordPress.com
    5. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    6. The Libertarian Enterprise Facebook group

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Richard Berry, Keynesian (Letter to the Editor)

Filed under: Economics, Media, Politics, Principles — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:50 AM (06:50)

From: Mike Blessing
To: Editorial Page Editor, Albuquerque Journal
Date: Wednesday, 8 April 2015
Subject: Richard Berry, Keynesian

Today’s Journal had as its headline a bit of free advertising — dare I call it a “puff piece” ? — about Richard Berry’s 50-mile bike loop.

Back in 2011, when Berry first proposed this elephante blanco project, he said that it “would create jobs.”

And it will for some — in the same way that Barack Obama’s “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” (the 2009 “stimulus package”) created jobs.

First, there’s the construction jobs for workers hired to build the project. But — those aren’t permanent jobs. When the project is completed, those jobs go away.

Then there’s the positions in Parks & Recreation and Public Works that will be added to maintain it. Those positions (and the funding for them) will be subject to the whims of future City Councils and Mayors.

The basic idea here is that public spending will create economic activity in the private sector, because those hired to build and maintain this project will spend their paychecks in the market, thus the “stimulus.”

What Berry and Obama either don’t realize or care about is that monies taxed from the private sector could also be spent in the market by the people who earned them in the first place in the same manner. Is that not a “stimulus” as well?

No, Richard Berry wasn’t the first to propose this sort of nonsense. Nor was Barack Obama. That “honor” goes to John Maynard Keynes.


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 10.7
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Facebook / Google Plus / Twitter
    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Google Plus / Twitter / WordPress

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Monday, 9 March 2015

[LPNM] Does “Everybody” Truly Support Laws Against “Predatory” Lending? (Letter to the Editor)

Filed under: Economics, Politics, Principles — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:39 AM (03:39)

Subject: Does “Everybody” Truly Support Laws Against “Predatory” Lending?
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:33:50 -0700
From: Mike Blessing
To: Albuquerque Journal

Ms. Nathalie Martin recently wrote in a guest column titled “Remember who votes against cap on loan interest rates” that

“The bottom line is that everybody favors the cap, except the legislators who have lined their pockets with industry funds.”

I for one do not favor the proposed cap, as it pushes those who can’t qualify for loans from businesses that meet with Ms. Martin’s approval to the extra-legal market — the gangs, Mafia remnants and such.

I submit that losing a car title for nonpayment is much less stressful than having your fingers or leg broken. But maybe that’s just me?

Still, I don’t remember being directly polled on this issue in any way, shape or form, so I have to ask — what sort of polling did Ms. Martin undertake?

To which polling firm was this contracted out?

What was the sample size? What was the demographic breakdown of the respondents? What was the poll format — telephone, direct mail, via the web, or face-to-face?

Another loaded line from the article:

“One-thousand percent interest loans hurt New Mexicans, and we unquestionably need to destroy these high-cost lenders before they destroy us.”

One easy way to avoid being “destroyed” by high-interest lenders is to simply not do business with them. I’ve gotten offers through the mail from such outfits in the past, and never been close to being “destroyed” — I simply put the mailings into the shredder.


Who owns you? Who runs your life? Who should — you or someone else?
Freedom is the answer — what’s the question?

“Government is the disease that masquerades as its own cure.”
— Robert LeFevre

“If you wanna live long on your own terms
You gotta be willing to crash and burn”
— Motley Crue, “Primal Scream”


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 9
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Ello / Facebook / Google Plus / Twitter
    2. LPUSA / LPNM
      1. Libertarian Party of New Mexico – Blog / Facebook group / Facebook page
      2. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    3. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Google Plus / Twitter / WordPress
    4. Albuquerque Journal article (Copied to Facebook)
  3. Viewing – Predestination

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Monday, 10 February 2014

A “Brewery District” for Albuquerque?

Filed under: Economics, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 9:51 PM (21:51)

Recently, State Senator (and Majority Leader) Tim Keller sponsored a Senate “Memorial” (SM81) that a “brewery district” should be created in Albuquerque.

The Legislature’s page for SM81

Here’s the actual text of SM81.

Here’s the KOB puff piece on this – Lawmakers call for brewery district in Albuquerque

How is a “memorial” (basically a non-binding resolution) going to do anything besides give Keller & Co. some press coverage about how they’re “pro-business” ?

What are Keller & Co. going to do to reduce the regulatory burden upon new and existing businesses?

What exactly are Keller & Co. proposing to REPEAL in this session?


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 12.7
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Facebook / Google Plus / Twitter / Yahoo!
    2. Libertarian Party –
      1. LPNM – Blog / Facebook page / Twitter page / Facebook group / Yahoo! group
      2. LPBCNM – Blog / Facebook page / Facebook group
      3. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    3. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Google Plus / Twitter / WordPress / Yahoo!
  3. Current mood: cranky, pessimistic
  4. Listening – Gambling with the Devil by Helloween

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Saturday, 17 August 2013

Walking with Richard Berry? Nope!

Filed under: Economics, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:55 AM (03:55)

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: Walking with Richard Berry? Nope!
Date: Friday, 16 Aug 2013 23:10:23 -0600
From: Mike Blessing
To: my public email archive, The Weekly Sedition @ Yahoo!
CC: Paul Heh for Mayor Campaign, Eye on Albuquerque, Patriot Minute, pat.frisch@cumulus.com
BCC: [43 individuals]

——– Original Message ——–
Date: Friday, 16 Aug 2013 18:57:58 -0400 (EDT)

“Intellectual freedom cannot exist without political freedom; political freedom cannot exist without economic freedom; a free mind and a free market are corollaries.” – Ayn Rand

Except when a person draws conclusions that would lead them to courses of action other supporting candidates pushed by the McCleskey Clique. Like staying home, or supporting other candidates who seem to be more supportive of things like free-market economics, individual rights, Constitutionally-limited government and public-sector fiscal restraint.

Then that person is simply told “shut up and do as you’re told – what you do want, a Democrat in office?!”

In the online environment, that missive is often misspelled, with many exclamation points added at the end:

“shut up n do as ur told – wat do u want, a Democrat in office!!!!!!”

2. August 17, Saturday. 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 noon. Walk with Mayor Richard Berry. Meet at the _____________ Ranch Community Park, _____ Universe NW – a little north of ________ Blvd NW on Universe. Look for the Berry for Mayor Signs. For a map, access http://mapq.st/xxxxxxx.

First of all, Berry is a Keynesian – he supports big spending public works projects as a way to reward his buddies in the construction industry who donate to his political coffers. I cite the APS West Side Stadium and the proposed 50-mile bike path around the city as examples of his big-spending tendencies. Back in 2011, he pitched these with an op-ed piece in the Albuquerque Journal :

Mayor Urging ‘Yes’ Vote on Tuesday for Bonds

Here’s another bit about a previous version of “ABQ the PLAN” – or perhaps to be resurrected as “ABQ the PLAN II,” to be served up to us in 2014 after Berry’s re-election?

Sports Complex, Bike Trail, Boardwalk And White-Water Park Would Go to Voters

Yeah, that’s what we need – a white-water park. So while We The Private Citizens are directed to limit our water usage, considering that we live in a desert, it’s OK for the public sector to throw the stuff around willy-nilly?

Remember the 50-mile bike path around the city? Yeah, that’s an absolute necessity.

Mayor Seeks Proposals To Complete 50-Mile Bike Loop

Remember the Paseo Project? Originally, the price tag was 46 million, now it’s up to 93 million. I know inflation is getting worse, but this is ridiculous.

City Seeks $46 Million for Paseo, I-25 Project – Thursday, 8 December 2011

Paseo project wins fed approvals – Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Design team is chosen for Paseo/I-25 – Monday, 5 August 2013

See also http://abqjournal.com/search?q=Paseo+I-25+project+93+million

So Berry comes across as Obama with an “R” after his name. But he’s got that magic Big R, so he MUST the proper guy to support, correct?

Walking Albuquerque’s Westside neighborhoods with the Mayor will be State Senator Sander Rue, State Representatives Tom Anderson, Paul Pacheco and Monica Youngblood, City Councilor Dan Lewis, and Bernalillo County Commissioner Lonnie Talbert.

Paul Pacheco and Monica Youngblood were two of the eight Republicans who chose to kick gun owners around like a soccer ball when they supported HB77 in the last Legislative session.

As with Richard Berry, they deserve to lose their re-election bids.

Better an up-front enemy than a back-stabber professing friendship.

_______________________________________________________________________
Mike Blessing / Phone – 505-249-1248
Creator, Host and Publisher, The Weekly Sedition

Who owns you? Who runs your life? Who should – you or someone else?
Freedom is the answer – what’s the question?

“Government is the disease that masquerades as its own cure.”
– Robert LeFevre

“If you wanna live long on your own terms
You gotta be willing to crash and burn”
– Motley Crue, “Primal Scream”


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 11.7
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Blogspot / Facebook / Google Plus / Tumblr / Twitter / Xanga / Yahoo!
    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Google Plus / Twitter / WordPress / Yahoo!

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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

The “Sequester,” The Budget and Other Goodies

Filed under: Economics, Philosophy, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:37 AM (03:37)

Taking note of an article in The Weekly StandardReporter Asks Carney: Will Obama Cut Back on Lavish Vacations, Golf Trips?

So I guess a cut of 85,000,000,000[1] out of a budget of 3,800,000,000,000[1] really isn’t such a bad thing after all, is it? Maybe, just maybe . . . they could, you know, cut a bit more?

Dare I hope for such “slash and burn” legislation?

Never mind that no such budget has actually been passed by both U.S. House and U.S. Senate and been signed by Dear Leader Obama, as the U.S. Constitution supposedly requires?

Isn’t someone who was allegedly a “Constitutional law professor” supposed to notice things like these?

How is it that I, with ZERO formal schooling beyond the high school level in the law, the legislative process or the political process can notice this, but 535 people who allegedly swore to uphold and defend the Constitution blow it off without a second thought?

In my opinion, it would be worth it to pay Obama (and Biden, and Boehner, and the other 534 idiots) 1,000,000 a year, tax free, to do nothing but play golf all year around.

Just make sure that they understand that the deal is OFF the second any of them picks up any sort of writing implement or touches any sort of keyboard.


NOTES

  1. These numbers are ballpark wild-assed guesstimates, of course. As the cliche goes, “close enough for government work.”
  2.    

  3. I have a habit of using the null set symbol (“∅”) to represent Federal Reserve Notes as opposed to the “dollar sign” (“$”), because the dollar is supposed to be backed by gold or silver, where the Federal Reserve Note is redeemable upon government demand from yours and my life, liberty, property and pursuit of happiness.
  4. Original article

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