July 4, 2012
Locks.

Are we celebrating the ability to overthrow a tyranical government or blindly ushering in another, one open door, one misdirection at a time? Make certain the freedoms you celebrate with each explosive resound of a firecracker still exist; do not hesitate for a moment to question your government for what once evolved from tyranny can slowly slip again so long as the constituents turn a blind patriotic eye.

Know intimately each lock that was opened for the life you live today; inspecting each lock regularly ensuring it has not been shuttered, the key long since lost.

February 8, 2012
The Individual.

To make any progress as a society towards the salvation and sanctity of the individual we must first begin unlearning the assumption that it is only through government we have life, liberty, justice, and freedom. We must revisit and destroy the fallacy of government, if it should exist at all, that its being is the source of our Unalienable Rights. These Rights are those of the people, not as a collective whole, but as each and every individual, equally. Until we scratch back years of lecherous soot and ash from history from our cognitive present the greatest extinction, the final extinction,  inches ever closer with each new notch in the belt of collective control; the individual which once stood with the world at his feet ever closer to never having been. 

January 31, 2012
"[The socialists declare] that the State owes subsistence, well-being, and education to all its citizens; that it should be generous, charitable, involved in everything, devoted to everybody; …that it should intervene directly to relieve all suffering, satisfy and anticipate all wants, furnish capital to all enterprises, enlightenment to all minds, balm for all wounds, asylums for all the unfortunate, and even aid to the point of shedding French blood, for all oppressed people on the face of the earth.
Who would not like to see all these benefits flow forth upon the world from the law, as from an inexhaustible source? … But is it possible? … Whence does [the State] draw those resources that it is urged to dispense by way of benefits to individuals? Is it not from the individuals themselves? How, then, can these resources be increased by passing through the hands of a parasitic and voracious intermediary?
…Finally…we shall see the entire people transformed into petitioners. Landed property, agriculture, industry, commerce, shipping, industrial companies, all will bestir themselves to claim favors from the State. The public treasury will be literally pillaged. Everyone will have good reasons to prove that legal fraternity should be interpreted in this sense: “Let me have the benefits, and let others pay the costs.” Everyone’s effort will be directed toward snatching a scrap of fraternal privilege from the legislature. The suffering classes, although having the greatest claim, will not always have the greatest success."

Frédéric Bastiat

January 24, 2012
afternoonsnoozebutton:

“Tonight I am proposing that every state require that students stay in school until they graduate or turn 18.”


Or, perhaps, we could get over this fucked up notion that our bullshit facade of an education system somehow enables and empowers one to be a worthwhile employee. The only valid selling point someone with a GED may offer is the ability to take orders and conform to a bureaucratic system without questioning  or challenging the status quo. 
Then again, sounds like the perfect sheeple creation system. Oh Huxley, Orwell, Bradbury, Vonnegut, Rand, oh sweet et.cetera.

afternoonsnoozebutton:

“Tonight I am proposing that every state require that students stay in school until they graduate or turn 18.”

Or, perhaps, we could get over this fucked up notion that our bullshit facade of an education system somehow enables and empowers one to be a worthwhile employee. The only valid selling point someone with a GED may offer is the ability to take orders and conform to a bureaucratic system without questioning  or challenging the status quo. 

Then again, sounds like the perfect sheeple creation system. Oh Huxley, Orwell, Bradbury, Vonnegut, Rand, oh sweet et.cetera.

August 22, 2011
"Liberty once again must become more important to us than the desire for security and material comfort. Personal safety and economic prosperity can only come as the consequence of liberty. They cannot be provided by an authoritarian government… The foundation for a police state has been put in place, and it’s urgent we mobilize resistance before it’s too late… Central planning is intellectually bankrupt – and it has bankrupted our country and undermined our moral principles. Respect for individual liberty and dignity is the only answer to government force, force that serves the politically and economically powerful. Our planners and rulers are not geniuses, but rather demagogues and would-be dictators — always performing their tasks with a cover of humanitarian rhetoric… The collapse of the Soviet system came swiftly and dramatically, without a bloody conflict… It came as no surprise, however, to the devotees of freedom who have understood for decades that socialism was doomed to fail… And so too will the welfare/warfare state fail… A free society is based on the key principle that the government, the president, the Congress, the courts, and the bureaucrats are incapable of knowing what is best for each and every one of us… A government as a referee is proper, but a government that uses arbitrary force to direct every aspect of society threatens freedom… The time has come for a modern approach to achieving those values that all civilized societies seek. Only in a free society do individuals have the best chance to seek virtue, strive for excellence, improve their economic well-being, and achieve personal happiness… The worthy goals of civilization can only be achieved by freedom loving individuals. When government uses force, liberty is sacrificed and the goals are lost. It is freedom that is the source of all creative energy. If I am to be your president, these are the goals I would seek. I reject the notion that we need a president to run our lives, plan the economy, or police the world… It is much more important to protect individual liberty and privacy than to make government even more secretive and powerful."

— Ron Paul

August 17, 2011
Penn Jillette: I don't know, so I'm an atheist libertarian

coeus:

Last week I was interviewed for Piers Morgan’s show (which used to be Larry King’s show). Piers beat me up a bit for being an atheist (that’s his job) and then beat me up a bit for being a libertarian (also his job). He did this by asking me impossible questions, questions that none of us, Harold, Richard, me, (or Piers), could ever answer.

He started with “How did you get here?” and I started talking about my road to showbiz and atheism and he interrupted and said he meant how the universe was created. I said, “I don’t know.”

He said, “God,” an answer that meant Piers didn’t know either, but he had a word for it that was supposed to make me feel left out of his enlightened club.

Then he asked me what we could do to help poor people. I said I donated money, food, medical care, and services and he said, “No,” he meant, what could society do to solve the problem of poor people. Again, I was stumped.

He said the government had to do it, which I interpreted as another way of saying he didn’t know, but he thought that made me look mean … even though I do care and do try to help.

What makes me libertarian is what makes me an atheist — I don’t know. If I don’t know, I don’t believe. I don’t know exactly how we got here, and I don’t think anyone else does, either. We have some of the pieces of the puzzle and we’ll get more, but I’m not going to use faith to fill in the gaps. I’m not going to believe things that TV hosts state without proof. I’ll wait for real evidence and then I’ll believe.

And I don’t think anyone really knows how to help everyone. I don’t even know what’s best for me. Take my uncertainty about what’s best for me and multiply that by every combination of the over 300 million people in the United States and I have no idea what the government should do.

President Obama sure looks and acts way smarter than me, but no one is 2 to the 300 millionth power times smarter than me. No one is even 2 to the 300 millionth times smarter than a squirrel. I sure don’t know what to do about an AA+ rating and if we should live beyond our means and about compromise and sacrifice. I have no idea. I’m scared to death of being in debt. I was a street juggler and carny trash — I couldn’t get my debt limit raised, I couldn’t even get a debt limit — my only choice was to live within my means. That’s all I understand from my experience, and that’s not much.

It’s amazing to me how many people think that voting to have the government give poor people money is compassion. Helping poor and suffering people is compassion. Voting for our government to use guns to give money to help poor and suffering people is immoral self-righteous bullying laziness.

(my italics)

That last paragraph really stuck with me. If you take nothing from this opinion piece, at least take that last paragraph.

(via coeus-deactivated20120628)

August 3, 2011

Oh how the impulse grinds at me to reblog a post of soliders with shaved heads for a little girl with cancer. All of the naive patriotism about all of the great things our soliders do for us in the comment thread makes me cringe while repeatedly vomitting in my mouth and swallowing it as punishment and reminder for the sheep I exist among.

The only thing stopping me is a young girl with cancer. Somehow though I feel she would be better off without the government fucking everything up. Just a hunch.

Complete fucking bullshit. They should not be anywhere and have not needed to do much of anything for us since world war 2. We just can’t seem to mind our own business and worry about our own sham of a country propped up by nothing but blind patriotism and governmental sleight of hand.

August 1, 2011
Twenty seven whores moan.

Twenty seven whores moan and lurch like clang bang whirring washing machine churning hell bashing clawing bitches biting for an ear to scream today twenty seven whores moan into the church while four priests fuck four priests fuck four babies shitting feces throwing crosses into barren barrels bursting with blind delight oh cowardice cock suckers just slowly bristle your tail and tell me a tall tale and ill create nothing out of something what is was control wreckelss we are wildly winding so tightly springs fucked beyond bouncing what we have yet to write writing right wrongs not quite words we’ve not known for beyond today golden seas of golden showers upon the mouths of the working class twenty seven whores woke up on wall street scrawling capitol hill into open forearms decreeing vaginal juice upon the open mouths of theives fortune telling to ears open empty cavernous caves lest lecherous leaches listen listlessly so sly under ear and eye twenty seven whores ran the streets in search of lady liberty dildos found found pounding only fists of sam repeatedly into tightly closed vaginas forced forced harder now never now not twenty seven whores shouted rape upon well conditioned ears what with words not now known meaninglessly deaf.

July 24, 2011
"The gradual unification of America as a collective We has slowly led to the destruction of each and every I within it; for a We can only be governed through fear and sleight of hand when there is no I left to stand up and fight for individual liberty. The collective We loses all concept of liberty and knows only the rules and regulations it has been molded to follow."

— Self.

June 23, 2011
"That government is best which governs least."

— Henry David Thoreau 

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