Posted tagged ‘Free Speech’

Walter E. Williams: “Liberty Is Not For Wimps”

March 22, 2017
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Walter E. Williams states in this article, Liberty Is Not For Wimps (read here): “Most Americans, whether liberal or conservative, Democratic or Republican, do not show much understanding or respect for the principles of personal liberty. We criticize our political leaders, but we must recognize that their behavior simply reflects the values of people who elected them to office. That means we are all to blame for greater governmental control over our lives and a decline in personal liberty.”

Our founders told us that eternal vigilance is the price of freedom. Since WWII we have not been vigilant at all. We vote and go back to living our lives. Being informed and active is the most important part of eternal vigilance. Voting is something that happens on one day every two years.

Why have not seen the growth in the power of Government over our lives? Because it has been an incremental increase.

When you see yourself in the mirror everyday you don’t realize how much you have changed over the course of 20 years. When you see a picture of yourself from 20 years ago you ask; “Who is that person?”.

This is what has happened to the growth of Government and the loss of our individual liberty. Unfortunately the majority of the people haven’t been shown a ‘picture’ of what individual liberty originally looked like. Their only picture from their past is a picture of Government solutions to every problem.

These people have not been taught about individual liberty in our schools and universities. In fact they have been indoctrinated into thinking Government is the end all and be all. They have to be educated about individual liberty before they can make informed decisions.

LIBERTY DEFINED

Excerpt from the article: “My initial premise is that each of us owns himself. I am my private property, and you are yours. If we accept the notion of self-ownership, then certain acts can be deemed moral or immoral. Murder, rape and theft are immoral because those acts violate private property.

“Most Americans accept that murder and rape are immoral, but we are ambivalent about theft. Theft can be defined as taking the rightful property of one American and giving it to another, to whom it does not belong. It is also theft to forcibly use one person to serve the purposes of another.”

“At least two-thirds of federal spending can be described as Congress’ Taking the rightful property of one American and giving it to another American, to whom it does not belong. So-called mandatory spending totaled $2.45 trillion in 2015. This, two-thirds of the federal budget goes toward Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, food assistance, unemployment and other programs and benefits that fall into the category of taking from some and giving to others. To condemn legalized theft is not an argument against taxes to finance the constitutionally mandated functions of the federal government; we are all obligated to pay or share of those.

RIGHTS DEFINED

Excerpt from the article: “Many say that government spending guarantees one right or another. That’s nonsense. True rights exist simultaneously among people. That means that exercise of a right by one person does not impose an obligation on another. In other words, my rights to speech and travel impose no obligations on another except those of noninterference. For Congress to guarantee a right to healthcare, food assistance or any other good or service whether a person can afford it or not does diminish someone else’s rights – namely, their right to their earnings. Congress has no resources of its own. If Congress gives one person something that he did not earn, it necessarily requires Congress drive somebody else of something that he did earn.

FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION

Excerpt fro the article: “A very difficult liberty pill for many Americans to swallow is freedom of association. As with free speech, the true test for one’s commitment to freedom of association does not come when one permits people of voluntarily associate in ways that he deems acceptable.”

“The true test is when he permits people to associate in ways he deems offensive. If a golf club, fraternity of restaurant were not to admit me because I’m a black person, I would find it offensive, but it’s every organization’s right to associate freely.”

“On the other hand, a public library, public utility or public university does not have a right to refuse me service, because I am a taxpayer.”

CONCLUSION

Excerpt from the article: “The bottom line is that it takes a bold person to be for personal liberty, because you have to be able to cope with people saying things and engaging in voluntary acts that you deem offensive. LIBERTY IS NOT FOR WIMPS.

It is our job to make the case for individual liberty. As I said earlier, people are not being taught about individual liberty in our schools and universities. If people are not curious enough to educate themselves, it is up to us to educate them.

Walter E. Williams has been ringing the bell for individual liberty his whole life. You don’t have to try to save the whole world. You just have to influence the people in your little part of the world. People are starting to be curious about what is going on. The election of Trump proves that people know there is something wrong with the status quo. These people represent fertile ground on which to plant the seeds of liberty.

 

Related Article: Walter E. Williams: The State Against Liberty, at austrianaddict.com.

Related Article: Walter E. Williams: Voluntary vs. Involuntary Exchange, or Seduction vs. Rape, at austrianaddict.com.

Related Article: Walter E. Williams Speaks About The Economics Of Liberty, at austrianaddict.com.

Related Article: Walter E. Williams: Are We Moving Toward More Personal Liberty of More Government Control Over Our Lives, at austrianaddict.com.

Related Article: Walter E. Williams Talks About Individual Liberty, at austrianaddict.com.

Fake Headlines

February 3, 2017

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The headline of a news story is supposed to summarize what the news story is about. It is also supposed to make the reader curious to read the rest of the story. Unfortunately fake headlines have a different purpose. Fake headlines try to portray an ideological message, without the reader reading the rest of the article.

Headlines can and are used as propaganda.

Two days ago, Milo Yiannopoulous went to UC Berkeley to give a speech. Protesters forced him to cancel. Here are a few headlines from media outlets about the incident.

Protesters Force UC Berkeley To Cancel Far-Right Speaker’s Speech, at reuters.com.

Speech by Right-Wing Commentator Milo Yiannopoulous At Berkeley Canceled After Protest, at fox5sandiego.com.

Violent Protesters Block Berkeley Talk By Breitbart Editor, abcnews.go.com

Berkeley Cancels Milo Yiannopoulous Speech, And Donald Trump Tweets Outrage, nytimes.com.

The Real Headline.

First Amendment Rioters Bully Gay Conservative Commentator To Cancel His Speech At UC Berkeley.

Does this headline portray a different story?

The protesters wanted to exercise their free speech rights. The protest turned into a riot. The commentator was bullied into canceling the speech out of fear for his safety. The speaker was a Gay man. He was also an ideological conservative/libertarian.

I Have Some Questions

Was the original protest, which I have no problem with as long as it was peaceful, infiltrated by paid for professional rioters?

Were these rioters dressed in the black hooded sweatshirts part of the original protest?

Why weren’t the protesters confined to the place on campus that is designated as a free speech zone?

Do they have a free speech zone at Berkeley like other universities have?

Why didn’t any of the stories mention that Milo was gay?

Doesn’t being gay mean you are part of an identity group and can never be criticized?

Or does being a conservative and not politically correct trump your status as a gay person?

 

This is all very confusing. Will the left please write down the order of importance of the identity groups they’ve made up. I’m having a hard time knowing which group is more equal.

I know one thing for sure. If you don’t have a progressive left ideology, you are not considered a member of one of their identity groups. It is all about ideology, nothing else.

 

Related ArticleAre You A Democrat, a Republican, or a Libertarian, at austrianaddict.com.

Must Reads For The Week 8/5/16

August 5, 2016

Obama: Why We Paid Iran $400 Million In Cash, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Why am I letting this bother me? This is standard operating procedure for all administrations in general, and this administration in particular. First; was this a ransom for the hostages? Let’s answer a question with a question. Would Iran give back hostages unless they received something in return? The administration gave 5 Gitmo prisoners for Bergdahl. Was this exchange a ransom for a hostage?

This fudging of the truth (aka lie) isn’t what set me off. It’s this comment from his press conference. (Click on above article to watch what the President said, if you want to.) Besides telling everyone, “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for“, here is what he said. “…the US government paid Iran in cash because the government has been so strict with sanctions they did not have a banking relationship with Iran, that we couldn’t send them a check. And we could not wire them the money…. It is not clear to me why cash as opposed to a check or a wire transfer has made this into a news story.

Let’s throw the BS flag, go to the replay official, and look at it. 1) I thought the Iranian deal made sanctions null and void. 2) You or I could probably set up a bank account right now using our smart phones. 3) Mr. President have you ever used an executive order to circumvent the law? 4) You or I couldn’t withdraw $10k from our accounts without scrutiny from government. 5) If we did have $10k cash on us, we would have it stolen by government officials under civil asset forfeiture laws. 6) Ever heard of the war on cash? One of the reasons governments wants to do away with cash is because “cash makes it easier for criminals and TERRORISTS to do business”. Cash transactions can’t be traced. Do you think Iran deposited this cash in the ” National Bank of Iran”, showing up on the credit side of the ledger? The biggest State sponsors of terrorism gets $400 million in cash! What could possibly go wrong?

Venezuela’s Economic Collapse Is So Bad People Are Slaughtering And Eating Zoo Animals, at zerohedge.com. Everything happens on the margin. Prices originally rationed food. Then lines rationed food. People on the margin have now decided that standing in line for 12 hours with no guarantee of getting any food isn’t worth it. The new marginal activity to get food is to slaughter zoo animals and eat them. What could the next marginal activity be in this socialist utopia?

Student Body Vice President Suspended For Tweeting, #Forget Black Lives Matters, More Like All Lives Matter, After Dallas Cops Shot, at zerohedge.com. Why do we tolerate the intolerance of the left? Who is the bully here?

“We Have Lost Our Way….Someone Has To Stand up For The Truth“, at zerohedge.com. The answer to all of our problems is individual liberty. Government shackles on Individual liberty have to be taken off and clamped on our government.

Racial Discipline Quotas Create Chaos In St. Paul Schools, at thefederalist.com. Parents have to take back schools from their anointed betters who have pushed this kind of lunacy. It won’t be changed unless parents say ‘enough is enough’.

Shocking Undercover Videos Reveal Just How Easy It Is To Commit Voter Fraud, at zerohedge.com. Which party wrote the book on voter fraud?

New UN Report: Tax Meat Until It Is Too Expensive To Eat, at economicpolicyjournal.com. And I thought Socialists didn’t understand the economic principles of supply and demand. When you raise the price of a good, less of that good will be consumed. The UN wants to reduce the consumption of meat, because the production of meat causes “Global Warming”. I’d rather be hot while eating a medium rare steak, than cool while eating a tofu burger.

Concealed Carry Saves Cop Pinned By Meth Addict, at thefederalist.com. The citizen showed poise and restrained in the use of his gun. This perp would have been shot by most cops.

Switzerland, Land Of Peace, Sees Gun Sales Soar After Terror Attacks, at usatoday. And it is not because the Swiss President is talking about gun control. Gun sales go up in America after a mass shooting because our President starts talking about “common sense gun control laws”. The Swiss want to protect themselves from terrorists, while Americans want to protect themselves from our elected tyrants.

The FDA’s Insane Definition Of ‘Tobacco Product’ Drives Vaping Innovation, at reason.com. Another example of a government agency, namely the FDA, grabbing power by making law. Legislating is supposed to be the job of congress. They abdicated this right decades ago. The good news is Americans always try to get around every law the government passes. Americans ‘don’t tread on me’ attitude is part of the DNA we inherited from our founding fathers.

Obama To Bulldoze Chicago Lakefront For Presidential Library, Environmentalist Silent, at tammybruce.com. Is Obama going to get an ‘environmental impact statement’ to build this library? Let’s see! The IRS and the Tea Party groups. The FBI and Hillary’s EMail server. The EPA and Obama’s library. “I report, you decide”.

A Women Ran For President In 1872, at targetliberty.com. Talk about your glass ceilings! This was before women had the right to vote. I guess Hillary isn’t going to make history.

Father Of Benghazi Victim: Hillary Lied To Me And The American People.

Who do you believe? The father of a Navy Seal, who happens to have contemporaneous notes about what Hillary said to him; Or Hillary, who was called a liar about her EMails by FBI director Comey,  and actually convicted herself with her own previous statements?

Must Read “Leftovers”

December 8, 2015

Why The Fed Has To Raise Rates, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. The US dollar is the worlds reserve currency. This puts the Fed in a situation of trying to control the domestic economy and the international economy. It can’t help both at the same time. An action that helps one, hurts the other. The Fed is trying to use it’s policies to steer the economy. It doesn’t understand that economic laws are trying to correct the Feds steering.

Bernie Sanders Is Right: The US Is Already A Socialist Country, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Money quote, “..if a democratic socialist of the 19th century were to get into a time machine and travel to the modern United States, he’d be forced to exclaim “mission accomplished!”

A Resurgence of Intolerance, by Thomas Sowell, at jewishworldreview.com. College administrators surrender to students storm trooper tactics.

Free Speech, by Walter E. Williams, at jewishworldreview.com. Colleges don’t want diversity of opinion on campus. They want to ban free speech.

Learn Economic Nonsense From The Fed, by Patrick Barron, at patrickbarron.blogspot.com. Print money, print more money, print even more money.

Our Feckless Leader Apologizes For US ‘Role’ In Global Warming, at tammybruce.com. This is not from the Onion. President Obama used a quote from Martin Luther King to stress the urgency of fighting global warming.

Innocent Man Paralyzed After Being Mistook For Suspect By Cops – Struck 50 Times, at copblock.org. HT libertypenblog.blogspot.com.

CARTOONS

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Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

 

Must Reads For The Week 6/6/15

June 6, 2015
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Why Butter And Eggs Won’t Kill Us After All: Flawed Science Triggers U-Turn On Cholesterol Fears, by Chris Brooke, at dailymail.co.uk. So your telling me that global warming science isn’t settled! I can’t wait to have bacon with two eggs over easy and real butter on my toast this Sunday morning. Hat Tip lewrockwell.com.

Rent A Car Drive For Uber, at money.cnn.com. HyreCar is a start up that brings individuals who want to rent their personal car and people who want to drive for Uber or Lyft. Technology is helping us use our scarce resources more productively.

zTailors – High-Quality Affordable Tailoring At Your Door, at aTailors.com. Tailors making house calls.

North Korea Is Kind Of Awesome At Earth Hour, by Sean Davis, at thefederalist.com. If only crazy environmentalists could be as committed to not using electricity as the North Koreans are.

The Danes Are Revolting: Tax Administration Set On Fire, at zerohedge.com. No comment needed.

Free Speech Facebook And The NSA: The Good The Bad And The Ugly, at zerohedge.com. Do you think the NSA quit collecting data for the three days prior to the Patriot Act being reauthorized? Not a chance. Data collection, in violation of the fourth amendment, is here to stay. What would government do with the massive data collection center in Utah?

Protecting Perks, Power, And Profits Has Perverted The Entire System, at zerohedge.com. Electronically printing counterfeit money brings the future into the present before its time. Here is an excerpt form the article, “Cronyism depends on the credit bubble. the future is where new wealth is created. When you try to stop and twist the future into the shape you want, you prevent the future from ever happening. So you switch from creating wealth now to taking wealth from the future so you can consume it now.

From Whence Cometh Our Wealth- Peoples Labor Or The Fed’s Printing Press? by David Stockman, at davidstockmanscontracorner.com. If you were stranded on a deserted island you would have to use labor to produce food, whether is was knocking coconuts out of a tree, or catching fish. If I could give you a million dollars would it do you any good? The money would only have value in starting a fire or for use as toilet paper. It would have no exchange value.

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Must Reads For The Week 5/9/15

May 8, 2015
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ECONOMIC LESSONS ABOUT PRICE FLOORS AND CEILINGS

NYC Mayor: Lets Bomb New York City With Rent Controls, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Rent control is a price ceiling. When the price of rent is not allowed to go above what the price would be under normal market conditions, an artificial shortage is created. Less is supplied at a lower price than a higher price, and more is demanded at the lower price than a higher price, creating a shortage of housing and a surplus of renters. It’s simple supply and demand.

Robert Reich: Economic Malpractice On The Minimum Wage, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. A minimum wage law is a price floor that a wage can’t go below. Watch the difference between the explanation about the minimum wage from Robert Reich, and the explanation by the Kahn Academy. Robert Reich is trying to fool people who are economically ignorant. When a wage is set at a rate higher than what that labor produces, the demand for that labor will decrease, creating unemployment. Less labor will be demanded at a higher rate than a lower rate, and more labor will be supplied at a higher rate than a lower rate, creating a surplus of labor or a job shortage.

Meet The Hotel Robot That Will Battle Minimum Wage Hikes, at economicpolicyjournal.com. When a wage is set higher than what the labor produces, the labor will go away. Automation is one way this will happen. Robert Reich forgot to mention this as well as some other salient points.

Free market prices coordinate supply of and demand for scarce goods and services. Government price controls, like minimum wage laws and rent control laws, are interventions that are factored into the economic law of supply and demand. Government force can’t do away with the economic reality of scarcity, it can only distort the coordination process.

MORE GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION

Ripple Labs Faces Fines From FinCEN, at payments.com. Ripple Labs is the first virtual currency exchanger to be fined by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. The Government wants to keep its monopoly on money creation via the Federal Reserve, by making virtual currency providers comply with anti-money laundering laws. This is curious because the US Treasury and the Federal Reserve are running the biggest money laundering operation in the history of the world.

Obamacare Killer? Global Spending On Cancer Drugs Surges To $100 Billion, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Obamacare has taken over decision-making from what was left of a free market system in the healthcare system. Coordination of supply and demand through prices barely exists. Lobbying Government for protection and favors through Government decision-making is no way to run an industry, just ask the former USSR.

The Mysterious Source Of Surging Demand For GM Cars, Revealed, at zerohedge.com. The first trick to increase sales was channel stuffing. The second was subprime car loans. Now the Government has increased its purchases from Government Motors. Maybe it does pay to get into bed with the Government! They bailed GM out. They subsidised purchases of the Chevy Volt. Now they are buying cars, (for whom, I don’t know).

Government Using Subprime Mortgages To Pump Housing Recovery, Tax Payer Will Pay Again, at zerohedge.com. This didn’t end well last time, did it?

MISCELLANEOUS

Meet Three Kids Alive Today Thanks To 3D Printing, by Ashley Welch, at cbsnews.com. We are only scratching the surface of what can be done with 3D printing.

Creative Destruction: Newspaper Ad Revenue Continues Free Fall, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. The market (decisions by individuals), picks the most productive goods and services. I predict the print media will, at some point, ask for a Government bailout.

CNN Anchor, Chris Cuomo, Ignorant About The Constitution And Hate Speech, by Robby Soave, at reason.com. And Chris Cuomo has a law degree from Fordham University? He must have missed the class when they talked about the first amendment!

Hello Al Gore: Low Sun Spot Cycle Could Mean Another ‘Little Ice Age’, by Chriss Street, at americanthinker.com. Who would have ever thought that the sun is the most important factor when it comes to the earths temperature.

CARTOONS THAT MAKE YOU THINK

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Must Reads For The Week 3/21/15

March 21, 2015
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Mesmerizing 3-D Printer Forms Objects Out Of Ooze, And Fast, by Tim Moynihan, at wired.com. The innovation in the field of 3D printing is amazing. Carbon3D’s Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) technology is mind-blowing. This technique is mush faster than printing an object layer by layer. The object actually grows out of a tray of resin. Watch the video below.

 

Solar Industry Fiascos Continue, at instituteforenergyresearch.org. When Governments try to bring a technology forward before it’s time through tax breaks, tax subsidies, and tax payer backed loans, fraud is ultimately the result. When politicians and bureaucrats are handing out a big pile of tax payer money, there will be no shortage of con artists trying to get their hands on it. Government officials make bad venture capitalists, because they never have to pay the cost of their failures. Tax payers do.

Forget Oil, A Water Revolution Is About To Gusher In Texas, by James Stafford, at economicpolicyjournal.com. New desalination technology has lowered the cost of purifying water from $8 per barrel, to $1.50 to $2.00 per barrel.

UNINTENDED OR INTENDED CONSEQUENCES?

Oakland’s Minimum Wage Hike Is Crushing Childcare Sector And The Domino Effect, at economicpolicyjournal.com. and Seattle’s New Minimum Wage Law Already Leading To Restaurant Closings And Job Losses, by Mark J. Perry, at aei.org. These two articles show the “unintended” consequences of intervention by politicians and bureaucratic busy bodies.

The Robot Lobby Loves A Minimum Wage Hike, atconsultingbyrpm.com. Consequences from Government intervention may actually be “intended”.

Oil Train Derailments In Canada Expose Folly Of Anti-Pipeline Movement, by Kenneth P. Green, at fraserinstitute.org. Environmentalists who have stopped the installation of oil pipelines, are responsible for more oil spills. Shutting down the pipeline doesn’t stop oil from being transported to refineries. More oil is being transported via rail and trucking which increases the chance of a spill. “Unintended” consequences?

German Court Places Nationwide Ban On Uber, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Government always tries to prop up the status quo. Government by its very nature is always tardy. It will always stand in the way of economic innovation that leads to the advancement of our standard of living. The recent passage of Net Neutrality by the FCC will eventually lead to regulations that will slow economic innovation. “Intended” or “unintended” consequences?

More Than 52,000 Canadians Left The Country For Medical Care In 2014, Bacchus Barua, at fraserinstitute.org. Government always produces a decreased supply of a lower quality product of service. The market produces an increased supply of a higher quality product of service. Obamacare will be no different from other socialist healthcare systems. “Unintended” or “intended” consequences?

MISCELLANEOUS

Snowiest Place In America Copenhagen NY, at syracuse.com. 21 feet of snow this winter in this upstate NY town. The pictures are amazing.

Students Attack Preacher Holding Anti-Abortion Sign, Cop Says Free Speech Has Limits On Campus, by Robby Soave, at reason.com. The free speech door only swings in the direction of the progressive left.

Dear Gay Community: Your Kids Are Hurting, by Heather Barwick, at thefederalist.com. Heather Barwick’s perspective on being raised by her mom and her moms same-sex partner. This makes you think.

The Difference Between Going To High School In 1970 vs. 2015, Perfectly Expressed, by Steve Straub, at thefederalistpapers.org. Younger people read this to see how much freedom you’ve lost. Older people read this and ask: How did we let this happen?

Nagging Wife Complains About Her Husband, Gets Unexpected Response, at thechive.com. I know this might come as a shock, but men and women think differently.