Vedic Anarchism

Once upon a time in India, voluntaryist societies existed. A voluntaristic society is that community where people transact, socialise and trade without fearing any coercion, hierarchy and taxtortion. In such a liberal society, people live tranquilly, responsibly and rationally because it empowers the cultural scope of spontaneous order and catallactic actions of all the participants or members. In today’s scenario, excluding the black markets, it is very rare to spot such open, free and transparent societies. Thanks to the government.

I am not an Indologist but I live in India. In this article, I do not intend to divulge the marketing skills of my authorship but helping my international amigos to know the features of Vedic anarchism. To begin with, the Vedas are a large body of knowledge texts originating in the ancient Indian subcontinent.

The Vedas are ancient Sanskrit texts of Hinduism. Above: A page from the Atharvaveda.

Composed in the Sanskrit language, the texts constitute the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduism. Hindus consider the Vedas to be apauruṣeya, which means “not of a man, superhuman” and “impersonal, authorless”. Vedic anarchism period existed in Bhaarat (India) between 4000 BC – 500 BC. But, in today’s time, in India as elsewhere, the anarchist thought is widely misunderstood. As Bhagat Singh (1907–1931), one of the few Indian revolutionaries who had explicit anarchist leanings, put it:

The people are scared of the word anarchism. The word anarchism has been abused so much that even in India revolutionaries have been called anarchist to make them unpopular.”

Vedic anarchism is a fearless trek into the unknown. Since it throws out the imposed normative ideals of other political philosophies, Vedic anarchism prescribes complete sacrifice of the ego of a politically-driven mind. It forebodes the usual prescriptions and solutions for society’s ills and trusts the forces of cooperative effort, mutual respect, and mutualism will do better. It’s the respect for the limits of human reason, the fallibility of human power, the unlikely, but unsurpassed, power of unconscious design, the appreciation of innovation and progress brought about by forces completely out of our control and, above all, humility – the recognition of one’s own mistakes, flaws, ignorance, and inability to know the unknown. Continue reading “Vedic Anarchism”

Episode 23 – Dazed and Confused (1:41:26)

Alright, alright, alright…if you were listening to our last show and thinking that we should have a guest…as in, “it would be a lot cooler if we did” you’re in luck.  This week’s show is about the coming-of-age high school movie set in 1976, Dazed and Confused with our special guest Mike Brancatelli of the podcast Mikeadelic!

Here is the ridiculously wrong Google description:

This coming-of-age film follows the mayhem of group of rowdy teenagers in Austin, Texas, celebrating the last day of high school in 1976. The graduating class heads for a popular pool hall and joins an impromptu keg party, however star football player Randall “Pink” Floyd (Jason London) has promised to focus on the championship game and abstain from partying. Meanwhile, the incoming freshmen try to avoid being hazed by the seniors, most notably the sadistic bully Fred O’Bannion (Ben Affleck).

And for those reading impaired, the theatrical trailer:

We discuss several themes ranging from the drug war, compulsory schooling, government-induced mental illness and more in this episode.

Here is the Wiki on the movie:

For more information on our guest, check out his show here:

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5 Tips to Start Investing as a Complete Beginner

By Andrew Altman

For a beginner, investing can be as intimidating and confusing as ordering something other than coffee at Starbucks. The problem is if you get your drink order wrong, you can always exchange it. If you get your investments wrong, it can cost you far more that the price of a latte.

The good news is investing doesn’t have to be complex or intimidating. Almost every brokerage and fund company offers numerous programs that can help new individuals learn the basics of investing and gradually work their way to a more confident place in the market.

Without doubt the best option for a beginning investor is to employ one of the safe and time-tested standard practices and use it to build forward momentum. It isn’t necessary to produce outsized returns. It is only necessary to turn successful investing into a habit, and then build from that success.

Dollar Cost Averaging

The standard investing technique that produces a combination of the best returns over time and the least risk investment by investment is called “dollar cost averaging.”

Using this technique is simple, provided you are committed to a regular schedule of investments and you are purchasing instruments with a variable cost, like stocks or mutual funds.

If you buy ten shares of stock every thirty days, and the price of that stock increases five dollars every month, you are using dollar cost averaging. The reason your technique is safer is because a decrease in the price of that stock will not affect all your shares equally.

Your earliest purchases, say, 12 months ago, will likely still be more valuable than what you paid for them, even if the loss is significant on your most recent purchases. This strategy is very easy to track using the features of an online brokerage. 

Time In the Market is Key

The reason dollar cost averaging produces above-average returns is because its nature enforces a “buy and hold” strategy rather than one that attempts to time the market. Continue reading “5 Tips to Start Investing as a Complete Beginner”

Liberty Links: Week of May 14-21, 2017

Welcome back for the third installment of Liberty Links, your essential weekend news digest from Liberty Weekly!

This week has been a bit sparse in terms of Liberty Weekly content because my co-host Jerry and I have been hard at work recording the first episodes of the Liberty Weekly Podcast! We are very excited to launch and share our work with you all. The show is still slated for launch by the end of the month. Keep your eyes peeled.

Without further ado, it’s time to serve up the links:

Domestic News

A Quarter Of American Adults Can’t Pay All Their Monthly Bills; 44% Have Less Than $400 In Cash The Fed’s latest annual Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households heralds some troubling statistics

“Everybody’s Freaked” — Washington Nuclear Facility Admits Second Radiation Leak, Workers Contaminated While the world focuses on the Trump-Russia narrative, there may be a nuclear disaster unfolding in Washington State

The Russian Obsession Goes Back Decades Notes on the  resurgence of McCarthyism

Report: DoD May Have Improperly Booted Thousands of Troops With Mental Health Conditions The government can’t take care of our veterans

Cover-up of the Murder of DNC Staffer Seth Rich? It’s looking more and more likely that Seth Rich is the real source of the DNC leaks. Is he yet another victim of the Clinton Kill List?

Will Republicans Dump Trump for Pence? Peter Schiff weighs in on the opposition to Trump and new economic numbers in this week’s edition of the Peter Schiff Show

Foreign News

Highland Venezuelan town blitzed by looting and protests Reuters gives some much-needed coverage to the situation in Venezuela

Syria calls U.S. air strike ‘terrorism’, Russia says ‘unacceptable’ the U.S. airstrike eliminated militia supported by the Assad Administration on Thursday. It is the second U.S. attack on Syrian forces since Trump took office.

As Trump Pushes Massive Saudi Weapons Deal, Yemenis Suffer from Cholera, War, and Famine Some news from the Left side of the aisle about the suffering of the Yemeni people from Saudi aggression. 

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If you’re not growing you’re dying.

It takes a long time to make changes in public institutions. You have to get enough of the public interested to make it an issue, you might need to get into the media which itself is a hell of a job and even if you do rouse some attention the best most people can hope for is to vote, and they need to vote for one of the package deals on offer. Even if your reform is quite modest and sensible and its benefit is uncontroversial, it may be adopted by a party who have several other ideas on your mind that you disagree with. There is another path, and that is to get a small concentrated number of people who already have a lot of influence to get on board with your ideal and push it through as a bill but even then the matter is not settled; it needs to go through levels of bureaucrats, managers and administrators before the change enters into the system at large and even then many employees will resist the change because they resent being told what to do by central planners.

If we take the example of our education system there has been no small amount of evidence on how to improve it since the 60s when a wave of intellectual idealists from the flower power generation began discussing how “getting things right” when it came to government could change the world. Some of this data has been around for over fifty years, some of it is still coming out. Have these reforms not been adopted for a lack of political will? Yes to a degree but also because of the insurmountable obstacles to mustering the political will. The largest is the simple fact that most people are more comfortable doing what they have always done than doing something new. Doing things differently is anxiety-provoking and it is very irritating to be told or forced to do it by an authority figure, even one who has the evidence on their side, when you think, “Well I have been on the front lines doing it this way my whole life, this is how I was taught to do it in four years of university I think you’ll find I know how its done thank you very much you government busy body.”

One of the reasons why markets are so important, and why products adapt to user preferences far quicker is because only one person needs to be bothered enough to accept a new innovation in order to force all the other providers in their sector to step up and do a better job. They can do that by matching the innovation, by implementing one that is equally valuable, by providing an inferior service but at a lower price, or in numerous other ways – but the fact is they have to step up and serve customers or on average over time they will be out of business. This means people don’t even need to all be receiving the same service or a one-size-fits-all but it does mean that services that are way behind the times will fall out of favour. Public institutions are not under the same pressure to adapt to the times because people cannot divest from them easily since they are funded through the tax system rather than voluntary contributions that can be withdrawn if the service is poor, and also because they have a relative monopoly on the provision of services in their sector which means that people can’t compare their performance to those of competitors who are trying different approaches which may have their own advantages or drawbacks.

People need to have a choice when it comes to services if the quality of services is to increase and not stagnate or fall behind the times. This is not because “ruthless tooth n’ nail capitalist competition drives innovation” but simply without the petri-dish of trial and error which is a multitude of entrepreneurs with different information and ideas trying to sell them to a skeptical public there is really no way of discovering the best way of doing things. No one has all the answers, but many people have some of the answers, and by constantly turning over the soil society learns to combine the best ideas and discard the worst ones over time. The soil of government turns very very slowly and that’s why innovation in the private sector continues (despite various government restrictions on who can innovate) while public institutions stagnate and become more expensive each year while providing poorer standards to the people.

Source: Seeing Not Seen – If you’re not growing you’re dying.

California Governor Brown calls Republicans “freeloaders”

Hail! Art thou a freeloader?

California has one of the highest income tax rates in the nation. It also has some of the nation’s worst roads. Meanwhile, the state government routinely diverts gas tax money from road maintenance for general spending purposes. (Thanks to ZeroHedge for the links.)

However, that hasn’t stopped the New Venezuela Party, I mean the Democrats, from pushing for an increase in gas taxes and vehicle license fee, to the tune of about $52 billion. And while a majority of Californians reject the proposal, that hasn’t stopped Governor Jerry Brown from describing Republican lawmakers as “freeloaders”.

While criticizing a Republican plan to fund road maintenance, Brown said:

“The freeloaders — I’ve had enough of them,” Brown said, adding that the approved tax and fee hikes bring those charges to the level they were 30 years ago if adjusted for inflation. “They have a president that doesn’t tell the truth and they’re following suit.”

It’s fascinating that a man whose career consists mainly in holding public office would have the audacity to call anyone else a freeloader.

Project much, Governor Brown?

Brown’s 2018 budget called for $179.5 billion in spending, a 53% increase since just 2010. With such a large budget, a strong argument can be made that the state ought to prioritize how much should be spent. However, Brown wants to hear none of that, and instead demonizes the state’s taxbase.

However, the state risks losing that very taxbase because it keeps losing residents. In 2014, the state lost 129,000 net residents. After all, why should productive people stay in the state when all they do is keep paying more taxes and get nothing in return?

At some point, California’s destructive policies will come back to haunt its residents. Until then, responsible Californians will be forced to suffer through Governor Brown’s prudish outbursts.


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Your Facebook Friends Are Wrong About Healthcare

Your Facebook Friends Are Lovely People…

But They’re Clueless on Health Care

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 why people claiming Obamacare saves 36,000 lives per year  are full of it — you won’t believe the real figure

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Diet Coke of Fascism

There’s a self-proclaimed intellectual tribe which believes in a contradictory premise and that is “removing 80% of the tumor solves the cancer, while the remaining 20% should be left intact”.

It is just not a belief but also a modern ideology. They worship this political ideology, like the way jihadists worship Islam, but without directly initiating violence. The tribe also believes that it is morally correct to have freedom in all economic activities because they trust the principles of government-constituted free market.

When it comes to defense, police and courts or law, the tribe would not mind distrusting the principles of laissez-faire. To add, the tribe does not realise that it suffers from a psychotic disorder called ‘stockholm syndrome’ (which means, sympathising with the crime doer).

For example: they chant, blog & podcast “government is evil” (without realising that they’re the ones who are always eager to necessitate the evil at the expense of everyone else). They tend to forget that ‘limiting’ the evil does not equate to abolishment of evil.

Evil is evil, no matter what’s the size of it.

I do not intend to bash these intellectuals in this article. I am simply analysing their unnoticed hypocrisy.

Drink in the hypocrisy of minarchism

What makes their myth so different from other political ideologies like democracy, communism, etc., when their own ideology is a diet coke of all the fascist tendencies? Continue reading “Diet Coke of Fascism”

Utilitarianism and Natural Rights

Much has been made over the years about economic science being value-free, and the public choicers will resort to economic models to measure the relative utility of various options and select the one that achieves the “best” outcome.

While this may have some merits in practice, using it as your basis for decision making is dubious at best; and downright dangerous at worst.

While economics may be value-free, it is a tool, like a weapon that can be used to protect life and property, or it can be misused and destroy it.  Without having the principled moral grounding, a utilitarian can justify damn near anything.

Here are several articles by Murray Rothbard, with appropriate quotes presented making the case that Natural Rights are necessary when considering appropriate action, and though utilitarianism may often support the conclusions of moral actions – they cannot alone be justifications in taking such action. Continue reading “Utilitarianism and Natural Rights”

Thoughtcrime Thursdays: “Equilibrium,” North Korea, and the Surveillance State

Hello everyone and welcome back for another issue of Thoughtcrime Thursdays, the weekly column where we explore the world of fictional dystopia as a critique on our current society. This week, we are going to compare life under the North Korean Regime to life within the fictional regime in the 2002 film Equilibrium starring Christian Bale and Sean Bean.

In the film, it is the year 2072 and the totalitarian city-state of Libria has arisen from the ashes of WWIII. Libria is governed by the Tetragramaton Council and its mysterious leader, known only as “Father.” Seeking to prevent another world war, the regime has identified human emotion as being the main cause of war and conflict. Correspondingly  all human emotion and all forms of artistic expression are illegal.

The secret police force, the Grammaton Cleric, of which Christian Bale’s character is a member, enforces these laws by destroying artistic works and assuring that citizens take their scheduled doses of Prozium II, a drug which suppresses their ability to feel emotions. In many ways, citizens of Libria live in a complete surveillance state, where privacy is virtually nonexistent. Citizens are encouraged to spy on one another and report “sense offenders” for immediate execution.

The utter tyranny imagined in the film pales when compared with the real life abomination that is the North Korean regime. Like the film, citizens of North Korea live in a complete surveillance state. However, instead of the coercive administration of Prozium II, it is mandatory that every North Korean citizen regularly attend self-criticism sessions. In these sessions, individuals are expected to report their wrongdoings to the group and inform on the wrongdoings of other group members.

In order for the regime to completely dominate the populace, North Korean families are separated into 50 different castes according to their Songbun, a merit-based system which determines a family’s trustworthiness with the regime. Each caste is geographically confined to their corresponding districts within the country.  Freedom of movement does not exist, and every citizen must obtain and carry a permit to go anywhere. Furthermore, only the elite members of society are allowed to set foot in the city’s capital, Pyongyang.

Enemies of the Korean regime are either publicly executed or sent to prison camps. In the most severe cases, punishment for an individual’s infractions will be inflicted on their entire family–this means the extermination of three complete generations: the person’s children, siblings, and parents.

The incomprehensible repugnance of the Korean Regime cannot be fully documented here and the above infractions are merely a glimpse of the crimes against humanity being committed in North Korea.

In the fictional world, the film ends with the Tetragramaton overthrown and the people of Libria freed from the yoke of oppression. It must be assumed that in the aftermath of the revolution, the former citizens of Libria would exhaust or refuse to take their intervals of Prozium II and begin to feel emotion.

Because they had never before possessed the ability to feel, the former citizens of Libria would be completely unprepared to handle these new emotions. Likewise, life in North Korea is so propagandized that, if the North Korean Regime disappeared tomorrow, North Koreans would be similarly unprepared.

While Michael Malice notes that in the short term, there is little hope for the North Koreans, it is possible that the regime could collapse quickly and peacefully. For now, they are very much deserving of our thoughts and prayers.

Please stay tuned for the three-episode launch of the Liberty Weekly Podcast which will include an entire episode dedicated to discussing the Korean War and the resulting nightmare that is the North Korean Regime.

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