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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

There Is No Central Plan for Winning Liberty, by Richard M. Ebeling

Filed under: Media, Networking, Organizing, Politics, Principles — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:11 PM (20:11)

There Is No Central Plan for Winning Liberty

by Richard M. Ebeling

Published in The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty — January 2004

People who become enthusiastic supporters of the freedom philosophy often ask how the case for individual liberty, free markets, and constitutionally limited governments can be successfully spread across the land. How can it triumph over the prevailing system of governmental paternalism?

In frustration and despair they point out that the interventionist-welfare state has its advocates and indoctrinators everywhere in society. Whether they are in the government-run schools, or on the television news shows and in the pages of newspapers and mass-circulation magazines, or in the pulpits of too many of our churches, or in armies of special-interest groups feeding at the trough of government spending — no matter where we turn the supporters of intrusive, regulating, redistributive government dominate the arena of ideas and the battlefield of politics.

To defeat these forces of political coercion and control, it is sometimes said, we have to devise a strategy and plan of action to which all friends of freedom must apply themselves. In other words, it is implied that the proponents of limited government and the free-market society must design a central plan for winning liberty in which everyone must find his place, like a cog in the machinery advancing the cause of freedom. In fact, there is not, nor can there be, such a central plan for winning liberty.

We need to remember why socialist central planning was unworkable and inevitably bound to fail. During the heyday of collectivism in the first half of the twentieth century, free-market economists like Ludwig von Mises and F. A. Hayek swam against the intellectual and ideology currents of the time and showed that socialism lacked the ability to solve the most fundamental of economic problems. They explained that no matter how well-intentioned, knowledgeable, and wise we might assume the central planners to be, they could never have sufficient information and insight to know all they’d need to know to plan all the economic activities of all the people in any contemporary society.

Hayek, in particular, emphasized that in any society in which there is a division of labor there is, by necessity, a matching division informed, knowledgeable, and expert about, at most, handful of things, while remaining ignorant about all the other aspects of life on which our social, intellectual, and material well-being depends. The superiority of the free market is that it leaves each individual at liberty to apply his knowledge, abilities, and creativity as he sees fit, yet at the same time succeeds in coordinating all that everyone does through the incentives of profit and loss and the communication network of the competitively generated price system.

How, then, can we ever expect to win liberty through central planning? We would be handicapping all our efforts by subordinating them to the knowledge, wisdom, and insight of those who would construct the blueprint to which the rest of us would be required to more or less conform. The goal of establishing the free society can never be achieved through the application of such collectivist methods.

The methodology of winning freedom was a topic to which Leonard Read, the founder of FEE, devoted a lot of his attention over the decades. He reminded us that the one over whom we each have the most influence is oneself. To succeed in this battle of ideas we must begin with a process of self-education. Each of us, to the best of our abilities, must learn and master the meaning of freedom in its various social, economic, and political aspects. This also requires us to clearly comprehend the meaning of collectivism, regardless of whether it is called socialism, communism, fascism, interventionism, welfare-statism, the “middle way,” or “liberalism.”

Know What You’re Talking About

The more and better educated we are in the philosophies of freedom and collectivism, the more and better we can articulate the case for individual liberty and identify any proposal or policy that promulgates political paternalism. Furthermore, the greater our knowledge and power of articulation in these matters, the more we will seem the type of person that others may be interested in listening to and learning from. No one turns to someone who seems not to know what he is talking about, or who cannot persuasively explain the issues involved in any discussion.

Since none of us can become masters of everything, each of us must find that niche where our interest, inclination, and ability give us the greatest comparative dvantage. And where, precisely, is that niche? Each person must answer that for himself, sometimes discovering it only through trial and error.

We also need to appreciate that the same argument for freedom will not work equally on every person we talk to. There is no single button to push to get others to see the cogency of the freedom philosophy. Some will find persuasive an argument about the “fundamental rights of man.” Others may be more like the man from Missouri, who says “show me.” For such a person, a more “utilitarian” argument about the market’s ability to “deliver the goods” or handle various “social problems” better than any form of state intervention will carry greater persuasive force. Still others might be more easily reasoned with by historical examples of how free markets and free men have successfully operated in the past, compared to government control and regulation in more contemporary times.

In responding to people in discussion or debate, each of us must find that arena of ideas in which we feel most comfortable and knowledgeable. Likewise, each of us must find those people in our circle of friends, family members, co-workers, and associates who seem most likely to be open and receptive to what we have to say. Surely, no one can know this other than each of us as individuals in our respective corners of society.

Leonard Read also reminded us that no one likes it if it seems that something is being pushed down his throat. Our enthusiasm for making the case for freedom should be tempered with patience and appreciation that for many the full implications of freedom and responsibility take time to absorb and accept.

At the end of the day, if freedom is achieved it will be done by winning over enough people one person at a time through reason, persuasion, and example. It is not an easy task, but it is the only way that is consistent with the principles of freedom we hold so dear.

Richard M. Ebeling is BB&T Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Free Enterprise Leadership at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. He was president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) from 2003 to 2008.


NOTES

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Thursday, 19 April 2018

Waco: A New Revelation [Video]

Filed under: Media, Politics, Principles, Viewing — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:09 AM (03:09)

On Monday, 19 April 1993, the federal government of the United States sanctioned and executed the murder of 86 people, including 27 children, by CS gas asphyxiation, automatic weapons fire and incineration, all to get at three adults who were wanted on nonsensical tax and paperwork charges related to firearms and explosives.

See also https://youtube.com/results?search_query=waco+a+new+revelation


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / Google Plus / Liberty.me / Liberty Society / Minds / Oneway / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK
    2. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    3. KCUF Media Facebook page
    4. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    5. Vote Dumpster Fire Facebook page
    6. Wood Chipper 20xx Facebook page
    7. Freedom Rally Point New Mexico Facebook group
    8. Independent Insights Facebook group
    9. Living Liberty Study Group Facebook group
    10. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    11. New Mexico Voters Remorse (Lest We Forget) Facebook group
    12. The Libertarian Enterprise Facebook group

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Requiring the Callow Performance

Filed under: Dark Side, Humor, Media, Politics, Principles, Viewing — mikewb1971 @ 11:58 PM (23:58)

I would have posted this for publication last week, but Sunday was, well, April Fools Day, and this is serious subject matter to be considered here.

Politicians need to learn their place, and stick to it.

Too often, they see themselves as “shepherds” of the general population, and that same population as “sheep” to be herded, fattened up, slaughtered and sheared as the “shepherds” see fit.

And so we have modern political campaigns, as various factions of “shepherds” compete for the favor and attention of the “flock.”

Thus, my proposal is as follows —

Anyone newly elected or appointed to public office should be required to first complete a performance akin to that of the fictional British Prime Minister Michael Callow in the Black Mirror episode “The National Anthem”.

Specifically — they should be required to have sexual intercourse with a livestock animal on live television before taking office.

Political Classholes of the Muslim and Jewish persuasions should be required to do the deed with pigs, just as Hindu applicants should be required to get their groove on with a bull or cow.

Don’t like it, Classholes?

Fine, then — walk away and decline to be seated as a public official.

Otherwise, if you want a “career path” of screwing over the Great Unwashed, it seems only fair and proper that you should get a taste of what it’s like before you’re enthroned in public office.

ALWAYS remember Lord Acton’s postulate from 1887. NO ONE, regardless of partisan affiliation, professed beliefs, office held, whatever, is immune to this —

I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men, with a favorable presumption that they did no wrong. If there is any presumption it is the other way against holders of power, increasing as the power increases. Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility. Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it. That is the point at which the negation of Catholicism and the negation of Liberalism meet and keep high festival, and the end learns to justify the means.

John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, Letter to Mandell Creighton (5 April 1887)

Parts in BOLD type are as found in the Wikiquote article

And who knows? Maybe the Political Classwipes might actually enjoy this particular prerequisite to taking office?


NOTES

  1. Published at The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 968 – 8 April 2018
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Google Plus / MeWe / Minds / Oneway / Twitter
    2. Absurdist Discordian Party of New Mexico Facebook page
    3. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    4. KCUF Media Facebook page
    5. Vote Dumpster Fire Facebook page
    6. Vote the Air Facebook page
    7. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    8. Wood Chipper 20xx Facebook page
    9. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    10. New Mexico Lest We Forget (voters remorse) Facebook group
    11. The Libertarian Enterprise Facebook group
    12. , Independent Insights Facebook group

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Larry Correia’s Advice to Writers — It’s Also Valid for Liberty Activists

Filed under: entertainment, Media, Politics, Principles — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 3:11 PM (15:11)

Fantasy writer Larry Correia offers some advice to other writers in a recent Facebook post

Here is a quick object lesson for writers about why you should never ever give a crap what perpetually offended social justice reviewers say about your stuff.

Back in 2011, Mike Kupari and I released a novel called Dead Six. It’s a great book. A thriller with two competing narrators, trying to kill each other.

Well, one of the main bad guys in D6 is this mysterious crime figure known only as Big Eddie. This dude is so dangerous, and involved in so much organized crime, that at the beginning my main character thinks Big Eddie is just a term for a cabal of powerful string pullers. Eddie is just that connected and terrifying.

Only later on, we actually meet Big Eddie. And it turns out that his public persona is as a spoiled rich guy, heir to a big family fortune, and I based him on Carson from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Only deeply disturbed, incredibly violent, and a criminal genius mastermind.

He’s also gay. (In actuality, Eddie’s sexual orientation is Hurt People) but he hams it up in his public persona, as it helps hide his truly dangerous nature.

One of my favorite villains I ever created, really popular among readers, and he’s so over the top that when Bronson Pinchot narrated the audiobook, he told me it was one of the funnest roles he’d ever taken (keeping in mind, he was Serge in Beverly Hills Cop and stole the show from Eddie Murphy when he was at the top of his game). And it got nominated for the Audie for Best Thriller.

But angry Social Justice reviewers screamed at me anyway. Having a crazy bad guy be gay was deeply offensive. Homophobic. Triggered. Hatemongery. You know, all the usual stuff. HOW DARE YOU HAVE AN EVIL PSYCHO BE GAY! REEEEE!

So fast forward to this week, and there’s a petition floating around to force DC to make the Joker gay . . .

Yes . . . The Joker. So if they don’t make this charismatic psychotic criminal mastermind gay . . . Then they’re homophobic.

But when I wrote a charismatic psychotic criminal mastermind as gay, I was homophobic.

Basically, no matter what you do, they’re going to be pissed off. You will never ever make these people happy for long. If you comply with their demands, that’s just showing weakness, and the first time you cross one of their invisible lines, they’ll just start screaming at you again. So remember, just write whatever you want, and the critics can go back to eating Tide Pods.

I’ve experienced this sort of shrieking directed at myself in the libertarian movement, both inside the Libertarian Party and outside of it, as well.

I’ve witnessed this sort of hysteria levelled at others.

When people harangue me with this sort of nonsense, I find it difficult to stay pissed off at them. They’re mostly annoyances in the long run.

As Larry tells writers, don’t worry about your detractors. Any attempt on your part to appease them will fail in the long run — they’ll simply find another reason to stick knives in your back.

When they tell you “YOU CAN’T SAY THAT!” about something you’ve said verbally or written, reply with “What do you mean, I can’t say that? I just did say it.”

When they tell you what sort of rhetorical style to use, respond with “Don’t tell me how to do this — SHOW ME.”

In earlier days (1997-2011), I was producing and hosting a public-access TV show here in Albuquerque titled The Weekly Sedition. Someone told me you can’t be like that on the air.” I replied to that with “Anyone who doesn’t like how we run the show is free to sign up at Channel 27, put their own show on, and show us how it’s done.” I then provided the station’s phone number and physical address, so he would have less of an excuse for non-performance. My detractor backed off almost immediately, saying that he “didn’t intend to offend anyone.”

Ghods, I LOVED doing that show every week.

In short, don’t do a thing to appease the Socialist Just-Us Whiners, because you’ll never appease them for long, and you’ll end up tossing your own soul into the trash bin in the process.

It. Just. Is. Not. Worth. It.

Just do it YOUR WAY, and have fun in the process.


NOTES

  1. Published at The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 958 – 28 January 2018
  2. Approximate reading level – 10.1
  3. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / Google Plus / Liberty.me / Liberty Society / Minds / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK / WordPress.com
    2. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    3. KCUF Media Facebook page
    4. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    5. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    6. The Libertarian Enterprise Facebook group

Monday, 25 December 2017

Kevin Bloody Wilson — “Hey, Santa Claus”

Filed under: Dark Side, Frustrations, Fun, Humor, Life, Listening, Media, Viewing — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 2:36 PM (14:36)


Saturday, 11 November 2017

What Would Tyr Do?

Filed under: Life, Media, Viewing — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:29 PM (19:29)


Thursday, 28 September 2017

America Under Siege: Antifa, by Trevor Loudon

Filed under: Media, Politics, Viewing — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:31 AM (01:31)

On Facebook and YouTube) !


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. “Antifa (United States)” at Wikipedia
  2. Black bloc — Infogalactic / Wikipedia
  3. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration & Immigrant Rights, and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (“By Any Means Necessary (BAMN)”) — Infogalactic / Wikipedia
  4. “Refuse Fascism” at Wikipedia

NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Gab / Google Plus / Liberty.me / Liberty Society / Minds / seen.life / Twitter / VK

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Helloween — Another Shot of Life [Video with Lyrics]

Filed under: Life, Listening, Media — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:21 AM (01:21)

I am no stranger to darkness
I am no stranger to pain
I had to suffer ’till I went insane
Learning from pain and from heartaches
How to forgive and forget
Never give up ’cause life goes on again

Pushed all around I can’t take it no more
Don’t tell me how to behave
Won’t hide away I can make it for sure
I will survive
I will live my own life

Shot of life — I will take another shot of life
I played my pride — There’s no place to hide for me
Shot of life — I will take another shot of life
Shot of life — ‘Till I find my destiny

If you feel strange and emotional
Carrying the weight of the world
Open your soul and let the spirit in
It’s not the end of the rainbow
It’s not the end of the line
Your time will come and you will rise again

Pushed all around I can’t take it no more
Don’t tell me how to behave
Won’t hide away I can make it for sure
I will survive
I will live my own life

Shot of life — I will take another shot of life
I played my pride — There’s no place to hide for me
Shot of life — I will take another shot of life
Shot of life — ‘Till I find my destiny

Shot of life
Shot of life
Shot of life
Shot of life

I’m leaving all my pain away
My sorrows are not here to stay
Tomorrow comes another day
Another hope, another try

Shot of life — I will take another shot of life
I played my pride — There’s no place to hide for me
Shot of life — I will take another shot of life
Shot of life — ‘Till I find my destiny

https://azlyrics.com/lyrics/helloween/anothershotoflife.html


NOTES

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    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Gab / Google Plus / Liberty.me / Liberty Society / Minds / seen.life / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK / WordPress.com
    2. Extropy UnboundFacebook / WordPress.com
    3. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Google Plus / Twitter / WordPress.com

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Trump and Jefferson Tag-Team the Lamestream Snoozemedia

Filed under: Dark Side, Humor, Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:59 AM (06:59)

Much has been made lately from a 38-second YouTube clip in which Donald Trump knocks “CNN” to the floor at WrestleMania 23.

In particular, the CNN staff seem to view this as an existential threat.

If the talking heads and executives at CNN took a look back to history, they would find that The Donald isn’t the first First Executive to disparage their profession. For example, the following quote —

“To your request of my opinion of the manner in which a newspaper should be conducted, so as to be most useful, I should answer, ‘by restraining it to true facts & sound principles only.’ Yet I fear such a paper would find few subscribers. It is a melancholy truth, that a suppression of the press could not more completely deprive the nation of its benefits, than is done by its abandoned prostitution to falsehood. Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day. . . . I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. He who reads nothing will still learn the great facts, and the details are all false.”

— Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Norvell (11 June 1807)


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Ixquick search — Thomas Jefferson newspaper
  2. Intellectual Takeout: Thomas Jefferson Had Some Issues with Newspapers by Daniel Lattier
  3. The Washington PostThe Fix: Memo to Donald Trump: Thomas Jefferson invented hating the media by Lindsey Bever

NOTES

  1. Published at The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 930, Sunday, 9 July 2017
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / Google Plus / Minds / seen.life / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK / WordPress.com
    2. Absurdist Discordian Party of New Mexico Facebook page
    3. Egg McMuffin for President Facebook page
    4. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    5. Vote Dumpster Fire Facebook page

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Just Say No 2017-2018 v1

Filed under: Media, Politics, Principles — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:21 AM (05:21)

“After Albuquerque mayoral candidate Brian Colón filed his first campaign finance report, he issued a statement touting the $357,000 he raised and the support he received from ‘some of the area’s key stakeholders.’

“But Colón has returned $5,150 to one of those key stakeholders — Attorney General Hector Balderas — after the Secretary of State’s Office determined that the contribution wasn’t legal because it was made through Balderas’ campaign fund.”
Albuquerque Journal: Mayoral candidates forced to return some contributions, by Martin Salazar, Journal Staff Writer

Shouldn’t Balderas as the sitting State Attorney General have been aware that he was about to make an illegal campaign contribution and thus refrained from doing so?

Of all people, the State Attorney General should expected to know the current law and stick to it.

If Balderas is going to use the line “Ignorance of the law is no excuse” against others, then he shouldn’t be breaking the law himself.

Likewise, Colón, being a practicing attorney and member of the NM Bar Association himself, should also have known the law and not accepted the 5,150 from Balderas.

At any rate, I will be scratching Balderas’ name off of my list of acceptable gubernatorial candidates at this point.

Nor will I be supporting Richard Berry’s 2018 gubernatorial bid.

Likewise, I will not be supporting either Brian Colón or Dan Lewis to be the next Mayor of Albuquerque.

Aside from the mayoral candidacy of Wayne Johnson, I’ll be supporting either Dumpster Fire or Cthulhu for mayor.


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 15.4
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Gab / Google Plus / Liberty.me / Liberty Society / Minds / seen.life / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK / WordPress.com
    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Google Plus / Twitter / WordPress.com
    3. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    4. New Mexico Dissent and Expose Facebook page
    5. Vote Dumpster Fire Facebook page
    6. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    7. New Mexico for Liberty Facebook group
    8. New Mexico Lest We Forget (voters remorse) Facebook group

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