Tearing down your idols

A few days ago, the NBA great and entrepreneur Michael Jordan penned a piece on the sports site Undefeated, in which he denounced the killings of blacks by law enforcement. He said “I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.” He followed this up with a donation of 1 million dollars to the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Isn’t that nice of the G.O.A.T?

Well, not everyone was happy about this. In particular, sections of the black community either rolled their eyes or hurried to their social media outlets or blogs (Hi bloggers!) to bloviate on how Jordan either “isn’t doing enough” or “is too late” in regards to getting involved in race relations in America. Jordan has an interesting relationship with the Black America. He is one of, if not the greatest basketball player of all time, and was celebrated by white and blacks a like throughout his career in the NBA. Blacks have always loved Jordan because as a minority group, you like to see “one of yours’” do well. Everyone wanted to “be like Mike.” Jordan also became an extremely successful entrepreneur, largely due to his Jordan brand tennis shoes that are still enormously popular today, even though he’s been retired from basketball for 13 years. The shoes are particularly popular among young blacks. When limited editions are released, people will line up outside of stores in the wee hours of the morning to get hold of new pair a “Jay’s.” While most blacks continue to idolize Jordan for his success, black academics, activists, writers, and people who feel they represent “the black community” do not really appreciate ol’ M.J. Michael Jordan has never been a vocal person, especially in regards to racial controversy, issues, or politics. This has rubbed many blacks the wrong way. They feel that an African-American with major influence and money should be vocal and use their status as a way to create change in society (in particular the change liberal blacks want to see, not Jordan himself). There have even been attempts to smear Jordan by attributing fake quotes to him and spreading them via social media.

Jordan

This meme has been floating around social media for years, but if anyone spends more than 3 minutes with Google, they will find that Michael Jordan has never said such a thing. It’s a hoax, but many people think it is true (my aunt shared it on Facebook a few months back, saying “Y’all better stop supporting that Uncle Tom!”)

In a recent piece in The Root, writer Stephen A. Crockett Jr. expressed his dismay with Jordan in a post titled “Michael Jordan: A Day Late and a Million Dollars Short”

It’s with great thought and all due respect that I say, “F–k Michael Jordan.” The cause doesn’t need his money, or his statement or his sympathy now; we needed it then, back when his name held weight. Back when he was the largest athlete on the planet. Back in 1990, when African-American U.S. Senate candidate Harvey Gantt was trying to wrestle North Carolina away from the racist control of Sen. Jesse Helms. That’s right, the same Jesse Helms who didn’t want to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a national holiday. Jordan was asked to endorse Gantt, a request to which he famously replied, “Republicans buy sneakers, too.”

For clarity, the “Republicans buy sneakers too” line has become a meme of it’s own. The line first appeared in Sam Smith’s book “Second Coming”, in it, Smith mentions Ganatt’s hope to get a Jordan endorsement for his Senate race. Smith wrote of Jordan, “He wasn’t into politics, he explained, didn’t really know the issues. And, as he later told a friend, “Republicans buy shoes, too.” This line has been reprinted so many times and attributed to Jordan in multiple settings. It has grown a life of it’s own. Many blacks feel that line is indicative of being a sellout. A man putting profit over fighting for black community.

I call it smart.

If Jordan has no interest in politics, no real understanding of issues as he said then, why would he endorse some hack politician? Because some other black elitist said so? If Jordan’s interest was in growing his brand and business then good for him! From what I’ve read Jordan has donated to the Obama campaign in the past. Is that not enough for Stephen? Do we ask the CEO of McDonald’s his political affiliation? What’s Ralph Lauren’s stance on Common Core?

Why should I care?!

Stephen continues with his blabbering:

If Jordan really wants to use his voice and cachet to stop violence, how about he talk with Nike and demand that it stop making shoes that carry his name and likeness so expensive and unattainable that kids are being killed for them? How about he call Dazie Williams and tell her he’s sorry that her 22-year-old son, Joshua Woods, was killed after he purchased a pair of his shoes? That’s one area where his voice could actually be effective.

So, now it’s Jordan’s fault that his shoes are so in demand (which is what makes them expensive), and somehow causes a criminal to want to murder to attain them? Jordan has to apologize for this? Shouldn’t Stephen be shaming the murderer? Shouldn’t we be denouncing theft and murder instead of pointing anger towards the guy producing shoes? If I was killed after being robbed for my Chevy Tahoe, should the CEO of GM apologize for selling me such a nice car? These people lack sense.

I don’t know Michael Jordan. For all I know he could be a piece of shit. I honestly don’t care. I do know I enjoyed watching him play basketball throughout his career which inspired countless numbers of young black children to believe they can follow their dreams of playing pro-sports. I never owned his shoes, they were too expensive and my parents were too frugal (incidentally I ended up frugal also), but if someone wants to spend their hard earned money his shoe, or any fashion, that is up to them.

What is it with black people and tearing down their idols? As if every black person with a hint of influence has to use it to support “the cause” as Stephen A. Crockett Jr. wrote. What is the “cause” anyway? Is it police brutality? Black lives matter? What are we  mad about today? Is my cause the same as yours?

 

Ryan

Source: The Afro Libertarian

Talking about inequality and/in fatherhood…

Pew Research recently released a new study on everyone’s favorite subject. You guessed it. “The racial wealth-gap!”

I must say, I found it quite fascinating. One interesting note was that the wealth gap between blacks and whites has actually widened since 1967.

 In 2014, median black household income was about $43,300, while white household income was about $71,300. 8 By comparison, 20 years prior, black household income was about $37,800 compared with $63,600 among white households. And in 1967, the first year for which data are available, median black household income was $24,700, compared with $44,700 among white households.

How could this be? Because Racism? Obviously racism still exists, but I think it’s not a stretch to say we’ve come a VERY long way since 1967, no? Particularly, when it comes to black’s education levels, poverty levels, upward mobility and not to mention the fall of Jim Crow. Why are blacks still lagging? Maybe it’s education. More blacks are poor therefore, there are less blacks with college degrees, right? Well, even when you normalize for college education, whites still outpace blacks by far:

For example, among those with a bachelor’s degree, blacks earn significantly less than whites ($82,300 for black householders vs. $106,600 for whites). In fact, the income of blacks at all levels of educational attainment lags behind that of their white counterparts.

“Well, it has to be racism now!” Wait. This study does not include the area of study for those college educated blacks and whites. A recent study dives deeper:

More African-Americans are going to college than ever before. But according to new research from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, African-American college students are more likely to pursue majors that lead to low-paying jobs, setting up many for future debt and underemployment.

Black folks rather major in studies that lead to social work or education than engineering, science, pharma, computers, etc. That will not help our wealth stats damnit!

African-Americans make up only a small percentage of some of the highest-paying of majors, including those in STEM and business. They’re only 8 percent of engineering, 7 percent of mathematics and 5 percent of computer science majors. Worse, Carnevale said even those who do major in high-paying fields, typically choose the lowest paying major within them. For example, the majority of black women in STEM typically study biology, the lowest-paying of the science discipline. Among engineers, most black men study civil engineering, the lowest-paying in that sector.

In contrast, black college students are over-represented in service-oriented fields: humanities, education and social work (shown in the chart below). One of the lowest-paying majors common among African-Americans with a bachelor’s degree is early childhood education and the median earnings is only $38,000 annually compared to $65,000 for computer science (the lowest among high-paying majors for African-Americans). Carnivale says this is largely because American society overall “does not value service-oriented occupations.”

Another factor that doesn’t help blacks earning is the increase in single parent homes. When the household consists of a struggling single mother, and 2 kids, it’s tough to move up the wealth gap charts. According to Pew Research:

Non-marital births are far more common among blacks than whites. In 2014, roughly seven-in-ten (71%) births to black women occurred outside of marriage, compared with 29% of births to white women. This gap in non-marital childbearing is a longstanding one. In 1970, fully 38% of all births to black women occurred outside of marriage, compared with just 6% among white women. By 1990, 67% of births to black women were non-marital, versus 17% among white women.

Non-marital births have risen in the U.S. across all races over the decades, but no other has seen such a dramatic rise like African-Americans. I know blacks hate to hear that stat thrown in their face when discussing issues that effect our community, but it is an ugly fact. The demise of the black family is the 800 pound guerilla in the room when you’re talking about black on black violence, black imprisonment, and economic stagnation. What caused such a increase is mothers raising fatherless children? Libertarians and conservatives love the point out the fact that the increase in out of wedlock births coincided with the growth of the welfare state due to LBJ’s Great Society (which was mostly implemented under Richard Nixon in his “War on Poverty” campaign). These programs largely incentivized fatherless households. If you had a husband, you weren’t getting food stamps and public housing. You might not want to hear it, but they are correct in pointing this out. That said, it’s not like poor black women literally said “Oh, no need for us to get married or anything, I can get welfare.” What it did do was create a culture where it was implicitly “OK” for the father not to do his duty as head of the household. A lot of these families ended up living in projects and slums, with poor schools and very little hope in sight. It also create a cycle of generational poverty, where a self-destructive culture has grown around it and metastasized like cancer. To where if you try to break out of that culture, you’re considered a sellout, Uncle Tom, or soft.

I don’t know what the answers are, but I do know 71% of black children being born to single parents will not help when it comes shrinking the wealth gap between blacks and whites. Maybe we should stop worrying about the wealth gap and look within, and build a better, more prosperous society for ourselves regardless of where we sit on the charts.

Ryan

Source: The Afro Libertarian

How I became a libertarian

I hate generalizations, especially when talking about human beings. We all are individuals, with different thoughts, motivations, emotional/physical strengths and weaknesses, talents, shortcomings, cultural influences, pathologies, etc. That said, it’s safe to say you won’t run into many black libertarians on a given day in the streets or on social media. There are many reasons, one being their aren’t many self identifying libertarians in general, but second is most blacks identify with the democrat party (since 1964, 82 to 95 percent of blacks voters have voted for the Democratic Presidential candidate). Now this isn’t to say most blacks are liberal. They might approve of some liberal policies depending on the issue, but like most Americans, most blacks are in the middle.

That was me. I grew up in a democrat household. My mother, a catholic church going woman, and my father, a Baptist preacher and entrepreneur were fairly conservative culturally. The didn’t drink, didn’t party, use welfare. They went to church and bible study and instilled in their children morality and love. But, every election, when it was time to vote they would take their democratic election ticket and vote down the line. I remember my mom taking me with her in voting booth, “why are you voting for him, ma?” I asked. She responded “Because he’s the democrat.” As I got older I would ask what’s wrong with the Republicans? They would typically say “Oh they’re a bunch of racists” or “David Duke was a Republican!” (the infamous ex-KKK leader who ran for Governor of Louisiana in the 90’s). As I grew into an adult, I began to gain more interest in politics. George W. Bush was president, and I knew most blacks didn’t like him so I fell in line. I wasn’t a fan of war, but it did fascinate me. I appreciated America having a super powerful military, and how we used it to spread democracy around the world to defend people. I didn’t like Bush because I figured he just wasn’t doing enough domestically like helping the poor, etc. When Katrina tore through my hometown of New Orleans, I witnessed the failure of all levels of government, and how they created a false sense of security for the citizens of the New Orleans. I often brain stormed on what could be done to bring more prosperity to my city. I was sick of seeing my people poor and riddled in crime and despair. “We need more businesses, and economic opportunity!” But how does that work?

I read typical black authors like Michael Eric Dyson, Cornell West, etc. While I enjoyed their readings, I still found myself unfulfilled. I read some Malcolm X and Booker T. Washington, I was impressed by their preaching’s of self ownership, self determination, and building strong foundations for economic freedom in the black community. I started getting more into the “game” of politics. I would watch Fox News and CNN and looked at it more as a sporting event. Still, I found myself without a  home ideologically. While I liked Democrats for the most part since they were good on police brutality, and  normally “said the right things” like “We need more money for education instead of prisons”, but I wasn’t a big fan of taxes and I’ve seen the dependency created by the welfare state first hand. I appreciated Republicans emphasis on lower taxes and building businesses. I was a young man in the work force, so I finally got to experience paying taxes and living on my own. So I identified with that. Yet, I still couldn’t buy into the Republicans love of war, and their emphasis on controlling culture. I also wasn’t a fan of some of the xenophobic behavior of some self described Republicans I knew. I was lost. I found myself becoming more and more disenchanted with the U.S. Foreign policy, especially after working for the Army as a contractor. I struggled to find a good reason we were over there. Then one day, I saw a movie called “Why We Fight“, and it opened with President Eisenhower’s farewell address to the nation where he warned about the “Military Industrial Complex”.  Eventually I started flirting with conspiracy theories. The Skulls and Bones and Masons! The Bush Family bloodline! The Illuminati!!! All this was fun, but still, seemed a bit fantastical to me.

“Ah well, guess I will get in line a vote for Obama.”

One day, as I walked by this coffee shop, I saw dozens of college kids inside wearing “Ron Paul 08” shirts and holding signs and stickers. I wondered “Who is Ron Paul?” The next day I recall driving to work, and seeing Ron Paul signs EVERYWHERE, hanging from over passes and on every corner.  Even though I planned on voting for Obama, I was always interested in candidates that weren’t mainstream, such as Ross Perot, Cynthia McKinney, and Ralph Nader.  I eventually google’d him. As I read Ron Paul’s stances on issues, I was floored.

Views on Education: Abolish the Department of Education

Views on Economy: Abolish the Fed

Views on Taxes: Abolish the IRS

“What?! This guy is nuts! I like him!” But after some research I saw the media had labeled him a “fringe candidate” and he had zero shot of winning the nomination, so I moved on (yet he lingered in the back of my mind). One night, I watched this documentary called “Zeitgeist Addendum” and they talked about the Federal Reserve, and how the fiat money is all a sham. I was very intrigued and found myself doing some research. “There goes that Ron Paul again!” when saw a video criticizing the Fed.  I started gaining more interest in the economy and how it worked. Then the 2008 bubble burst. Obama and McCain were running to DC to figure out how much of our money to hand to bankers. This felt wrong to me. “Shouldn’t Republicans be against taking tax payer money and giving it to big banks? Isn’t that the opposite of what a “free market”  is supposed to be?”  Eventually Congress approved a $700B bailout of various banks. There was one republican steadfast against this bailout, that was Ron Paul of course. This was my first time as a working adult experiencing a recession, and the media is telling me this is the worst since the great depression! I must know more! One day, a coworker sent me a link to a video called “Peter Schiff was right“. I was floored. This guy warned about the recession for years while everyone else thought he was a joke. Media is telling me no one could have saw this coming, but clearly they are lying.

I read Schiff’s wiki page and it noted that he was “Economic Advisor” to (You guessed it!) RON PAUL. Ok, something is pulling me to this Ron Paul guy. I researched him more and more, watched videos of speeches and debates, and read his writings. I found out about libertarianism. I watched Youtube videos of Milton Freidman talking about libertarianism and free markets. I bought Peter Schiff’s book “How and Economy Grows and why it Crashes”. I begin listening to programs like “Freedom Watch” with Judge Napolitano, and Lew Rockwell podcast. I stumbled upon Mises.org, which opened the door to a treasure trove of information, articles, books, etc from great libertarian thinkers and economists. For the 1st time in my life I was absorbed into gaining knowledge on something that had nothing to do with school or career. I just wanted the truth, and this felt RIGHT. The logic made sense. The morality felt honest. In 2009 while I was still in that small government libertarian phase, I noticed one of my coworkers wearing a Mises University polo shirt. We started talking about libertarianism and he was the first to make me aware of anarcho-capitalism. As a burgeoning libertarian myself, this was quite much to hear. He could tell, so he handed me 3 books:

Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt

Anatomy of the State by Murray Rothbard

Private Roads by Walter Block

I read Economics in One lesson the same day, and it was like a light bulb going off in my head. It cleared up so much. Then I read Anatomy of the State. If “One Lesson” was the light bulb, Anatomy of the State was a hydrogen bomb laying waste to everything I was taught to believe all my life. This was my “red pill” moment. Since then the education process has continued. Reading as much as possible from people I agree and disagree. Thankfully we live in the internet age, where we have sooo much access to knowledge right at our fingertips. I love listening and reading guys like Tom Woods, Lew Rockwell, Brion McClanahan, Judge Napolitano, and Bob Murphy. I am constantly amazed at the foresight and brilliance of people like Murray Rothbard, Henry Hazlitt, Ludwig Von Mises, Robert Higgs, Thomas Sowell, Frederick Bastiat, Lysander Spooner, and so many others. What other philosophical ideology could have done that for me?

I plan on using this site to share the knowledge I come across and to document my growth. I deeply care about the state of the human condition, and I believe freedom and liberty is the ultimate answer to us living free and prosperous lives. I will focus a lot of my thoughts on issues concerning blacks and minorities due to the fact that I think the message of liberty is not being exposed to that demographic for various reasons. I want to make a very very tiny contribution to moving us ALL in the direction of liberty.

Ryan

 

 

Source: The Afro Libertarian

Shielding Assange Sneak Peek 2

Hello friends!

Shielding Assange: The Voluntaryists vs. the NSA 2 is progressing as scheduled.

I have another sneak peek to share with you from this latest issue!

Looking forward to giving more good updates!

In liberty,

-J ( :

Shielding Assange Sneak Peek 2


Source: Volcomic

The Real Crash

As I have mentioned, I have been reading Peter Schiff’s The Real Crash.

Although spotted with a few typos and grammatical errors, Peter Schiff does a great job of explaining the insurmountable financial obstacles that face the United States–and most of the world’s economies.

In a very brief summation: the government is plagued by programs that are inherently unconstitutional and financially insolvent. These programs are being financed with debt and central bank monopoly money that is created out of thin air. Essentially, politicians keep kicking the proverbial can down the road. In The Real Crash Schiff argues (and has been for years) that we are about to run out of asphalt.

Since the Fed has continued to “fix” our recessions by artificially holding interest rates too low and flooding the economy with fake money (quantitative easing), the dollar itself is teetering on financial abyss.

Right now, the Fed is backed into a corner. Since the 2008 financial crisis, Ben Bernake—and now Janet Yellen, have kept interest rates at zero for about seven years. These seven years have seen little to no real economic growth. If the economy had recovered from 2008, the January 2016 rate hike would have been a non-issue. Instead, it triggered the deepest January plunge that stock market has ever seen.

Schiff further argues that the government is manipulating economic numbers—for instance, changing the way that the consumer price index is calculated in order to hide inflation. Other methods include downward revisions to critical economic data. These revisions are released a few months after the fact, usually after investor confidence has already pervaded the markets.

No matter how hard the government tries to hide poor data, the public can feel it. It is obvious that the economy is sick—people all over America are struggling. Nowhere is this better exemplified than the outright bizarre populist movements that are sweeping this nation. I mean, for Christ’s sake—Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders (who, before 2015 was described, as a political outcast by his constituents) were/are all serious presidential candidates.

At this point in time, the government has two choices, it can either default on the national debt and restructure (hopefully massively reforming everything about our country and government) or, we could continue down the path we are on, which will eventually lead to hyperinflation. Obviously, I support massive secession.

As you can imagine, politicians probably won’t default on the debt, because it would be political suicide. The latter is the most likely path. Either way, it will mean bad news bears for a lot of people. 

In the wake of the Brexit decision, the instability of the global financial markets has been lain bare (for instance, Europe’s biggest commercial bank, Deutsche Bank is on the verge of insolvency). As a result, the world’s central banks have unleashed massive rounds of quantitative easing. Why are the markets posting record highs? It certainly doesn’t feel like the economy is doing well.

Perhaps, this is all just hoopla, but the natural conclusions of the economic principles that we ascribe to predict eventual insolvency. Hopefully, we are not in for disaster, but if we are–look out below. It will be a long way down.

On a personal note, I am getting married on Sunday, so new content might be a little sparse–please don’t forget about Liberty Weekly! I really appreciate all of the new traffic that we have been seeing, and it is very encouraging! Welcome to all new readers, and be sure to subscribe via email for notifications of new content.

 

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Freedom Fest 2016

After a red-eyed overnight flight from Las Vegas back to the Twin Cities, a seat covered in dried vomit, guy sitting next to me who couldn’t sit still, and a twenty dollar Lyft ride, I am back home safe and sound.

As exciting as all of that sounds, Freedom Fest was–in all seriousness–probably the coolest experience that I have ever had in the liberty movement, if only for the very fact that I was surrounded by people who knew Ludwig von Mises. I guess I don’t get out much.

I had a lot of good conversations with a lot of very interesting people–including listening to an Objectivist Randian bash Murray Rothbard extensively during the first day of the conference. (Didn’t enjoy that so much, but gave me perspective).

All things aside, while I still identify as an Anarcho-Capitalist, I have gained some very keen insight to the practical aspects of bringing about a stateless society–that may involve some small participation in the political process. (Voting is still aggression).

Quick side note: this topic makes me think about a Mises Weekend podcast in which Jeff Deist interviews Michael Boldin from the Tenth Amendment Center about grassroots activism (with a touch of Agorism). Check it out here. It is very hopeful and an all-around good listen.

In other news, I got to meet economists Bob Murphy and Peter Schiff as well as senators Ben Sasse and Rand Paul. There were many other big figures in attendance whom I didn’t get a chance to meet personally, including: Reason Magazine’s Nick Gillespie, Steve Forbes, Austin Petersen (not a big fan), Gary Johnson (who’s festival exploits I heard some gossip about), Bill Weld, Judge Napolitano, and Jeffrey Tucker etc . . .

Of all the figures I met, Ben Sasse and Bob Murphy were by far the most friendly and personable. Although I am still a big fan of Peter Schiff, the few words that he said to me involved investing with EuroPacific Capital. (I am enjoying his book “The Real Crash,” but am finding that it is blemished with grammatical errors and typos). Rand Paul was also distant, but not outright rude. I’ve heard that he is just a very reserved guy.

Although I have mostly been involved with Young Americans for Liberty at the University of Minnesota, I attended the conference with Students for Liberty, an international liberty organization, and found them to be a genuine pleasure to work with.

I was able to leave the conference with a sense of community, new friends, and a literal tote bag full of books, all of which I should eventually discuss on the blog as I read through them.

Most encouraging at all, Liberty Weekly has seen a huge jump in subscribers and traffic in the last week as a result of networking, a retweet from Bob Murphy, and continued support from my friends at @Catoletters and @AnarchoNerdist! Thanks guys for the support.

Yet another note! I received news on Friday that I have been accepted as a writing associate with my law school’s public policy journal. My write-on submission has now taken the form of the anti-minimum wage E-book that I give to every new subscriber. Subscribe and check it out if you haven’t already.

As always, thanks for reading, and I will be in touch later in the week!

 

 

 

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Tom Woods Podcast Spot and Freedom Fest Update

Welcome to all new Liberty Weekly readers!

Yesterday, Tom Woods was kind enough to feature Liberty Weekly in episode 694 of his podcast (Liberty Weekly is featured around the 30 minute mark). The episode featured Michael Malice and discussed the prospect of an American secession in the wake of the great Brexit vote.

In other news, I have just arrived at Freedom Fest and will be providing coverage through my twitter account @LibertyWeekly. I am here representing Students for Liberty through a great scholarship opportunity and will be simultaneously promoting the blog.

Among the many great speakers presenting here at Freedom Fest, I am most excited to cover economists Peter Schiff and Bob Murphy from Euro Pacific Capital and the Mises Institute, respectively. So stay tuned for that!

If, in the future, you are reading this post through a conversation that I’ve had with you at Freedom Fest, thank you so much for checking my site out.

That’s it for now, my opening conference starts in seven minutes.

Shoutout here goes to Tom Woods for the free publicity. Thanks Tom!

Source: Liberty Weekly

The Not-For-Profit Government Model – Concurrent Policies in Reshaping America for Liberty

The Not-For-Profit Government Model – Concurrent Policies in Reshaping America for Liberty The following is further discourse on the not-for-profit government model in advocating for concurrent policies to reduce violence. The original article of discussion can be found here: https://volcomic.liberty.me/from-tyranny-to-liberty-a-practical-solution/ In applying the not-for-profit government model, it is essential to hone in on the policy changes that must be made to bring American government into a more Voluntaryist structure. The policies laid out here are recommendations to help reduce institutional violence by ensuring that the government’s only chief functions are to enforce laws which have actual human victims and to remediate historical harms due to government theft. LAND GRANTS AND DEED ISSUANCE FOR RESTORING INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY The total amount of land exclusively controlled by the Federal government amounts to approximately 635,600,000 acres. In order to restore individual sovereignty, the Federal government must divest this land into private hands in the form of allodial title. A policy of making land grants to individuals will help to remedy historical losses and foster a form of modern equality so that everyone who is living has a chance at having a secure home. With this in mind, each natural person alive at time of enactment in the United States should be granted approximately 2-3 acres of allodial title land so that everyone has some form of real property. The land grant options should be made in order of priority of proximate harm, with those who have been notably displaced being remediated first. For example, those who are decedents of natives displaced by the U.S. government like the Cherokees should have priority as to which tracts they receive, followed by those who have had lands taken from them via eminent domain. Other groups who have been historically disenfranchised should also receive a priority selection. While it can be argued that everyone has been harmed due to taxation, the remediation method serves the purpose of correcting some past injustices in a manner that does not absolutely exclude others because everyone will receive an equally-sized land tract. In delivering the property, the government should create adjacent public-use trails for traffic so that no property is landlocked. Doing this will ensure that everyone’s parcel will at least have the opportunity for use access without the need to buy special easement rights from the onset. PUBLIC ROAD TRUST The government should place all roads and sidewalks under public trust to ensure that people will continue to have uninterrupted travel. In doing so, the government should ensure that there is a means of no up-front cost access for all while permitting means to road funding in special access lanes. The special access lanes can be funded through tolls and help to provide funding for the maintenance of roads. This model of road development already exists in most states and, thus, should not be difficult to expand. The government may also use other forms of revenue generation that are non-violent such as billboard/advertisement rental. CRIMINAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ONLY FOR CRIMES WITH VICTIMS Criminal law enforcement should be brought into Voluntaryist ethical norms by eliminating any law and which has no victim, with “victim” meaning one person intentionally causing harm to another’s person or property without consent. The chief laws that will be affected will be those which ban possession of something without a victim harmed, such as is with drugs laws. Individuals should be held accountable for their own risk-taking when they actually harm another. CRIMINAL PUNISHMENT The prison-industrial complex must be brought to an end as prison is a burden on society that does not fix the underlying harms or remediate the victim. Prison, as defined as incarceration for over a year, should completely cease to exist. Any punishment that requires a holding cell should be brought to an end within a year. If the crime is severe enough in harming the bodies of other people, then the punishment should be banishment, not an extended stay behind bars. Criminal justice studies demonstrate that persons who are incarcerated for 5 or more months become acclimated to the environment of being behind bars and begin to lose the ability to adjust to a criminality-free life after release. Crimes with victims should generally lead to sanctions that help remediate the victim as much as possible and only punish the offender with removal from society as little as needed. During the time of punishment, the focus of the criminal justice system should be on helping the offender learn from his or her mistakes and helping to ensure there is no recidivism afterward. This has been accomplished already with different types of criminal diversion programs where convicted persons are able to get educational and job training from mentors to help them be more productive and peaceful upon release. BANISHMENT MODEL Crimes of severe harm to others such as murder, serial rape, or serial aggravated battery should be punishable by banishment. The government should establish a remote island where those who have been convicted of such crimes are sent to live in a primitive state with no outside help. The purpose for this is to offer a means of retributive justice without having to pay for upkeep of the offender which, in some states, is upwards of $40,000 per year. Before banishment, an exoneration period of 1 year should be permitted to allow for exonerating evidence. Alternatively, those who are sentenced to banishment should have the opportunity to choose to work with a mental health institute for research and remediation study purposes, but they should have the option to reject the mental health commitment and go to the banishment island. Perimeter security of the island should be solely for the purpose of making sure no one unauthorized makes access or escapes. REFUNDING GOVERNMENT ENTITLEMENTS All mandatory entitlement payments shall cease and the government shall refund all persons the funds that they have paid into mandatory entitlement structures. CUTTING THE MONEY SUPPLY WITH DIVESTMENT To curb inflation and restore wealth to the people, the U.S. government should begin selling off all buildings and goods it maintains that are no longer demanded by the people or are no longer used due to the changing of laws to Voluntaryist norms. The government should sell off these goods and buildings for US dollars and then proceed to destroy the paper currency gained to restore wealth to the people’s remaining dollar power. DEMONOPOLIZATION The government should no longer hold monopoly over any good or service and should allow failing agencies to close. For example, the United States post office should no longer be subsidized and should only receive money given to it through its business transactions or other voluntary means. END COMPULSORY PUBLIC SCHOOL Public school should no longer be compulsory. Public schools may receive funding voluntarily through charging students and parents for attendance and through gifts and grants. DEMILITARIZATION 10-YEAR PLAN The U.S. military should be brought into a purely defensive, non-interventionist position. To accomplish this, all military members and bases in countries with no active conflict should be brought to a close and returned home within 5 years of implementation. Those countries with active hostilities should have all members and bases brought to close within 5 years after the non-hostile personnel return home. At the 10-year mark, there should be no military presence active overseas with encampments or installations in foreign countries. DEBT REPAYMENT The U.S. government should begin to pay off all debts through the sale of surplus goods and buildings. Excess military goods can be sold or traded from the demilitarization to help pay down the national debt. While there can be more policies enacted to align the U.S. government into a more Voluntaryist nature, these are the chief policies that can bring the U.S. government into a mechanism for peace and prosperity.

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Liberty Weekly–Freedom Fest Update

I have to apologize for not being super active in posting to the blog this week.  I’ve been pretty busy in my personal life planning my upcoming wedding and spending vacation time with my family.

I have a few pieces coming up in the “Money: The Basics” series that will deal with fractional reserve banking, central banking, and the Federal Reserve.

In more recent news, I have received a scholarship from Students for Liberty to attend Freedom Fest in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood! The conference starts on Wednesday afternoon and runs through Saturday night. I will be moderating a couple speaking events and also doing some tabling. If, by chance, you will be in attendance, send me a direct message through Twitter and maybe we can meet up!

In yet more news, I am waiting on some free publicity from Tom Woods as soon as he gets finished moving his family across the country. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out his podcast at www.tomwoods.com.

Alright, that is all from me for now. I will try and pound some blog posts out during the conference this week. I am currently reading some Bastiat and making progress on Rothbard’s “The Mystery of Banking.” I hope that this post finds you all well.

Best,

Patrick MacFarlane

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“Total War” and Anatomy of the State

In one of the most seething criticisms of government, “Anatomy of the State” exposes government for what it is: a mafia shakedown racket with a virtual monopoly on institutionalized violence.

In its natural, parasitic form, the State seeks only to leech more and more resources from productive members of society using what esteemed German sociologist Franz Oppenheimer called: the political means of acquiring wealth. That is, coercion through asset seizure and taxation, or legalized theft.

In order to see these concepts illustrated, one need only look to the realm of video games.

I have been a long-time fan of the “Total War” series published by SEGA and The Creative Assembly. Inherent in these games (as their title would suggest) is the idea that war is the modus operandi of the State. For anyone who has played “Total War,” or games like them, it is clear that war is the only path to accumulate real wealth–that is, the enslavement of new tax livestock.

These concepts may also be seen in games such as Cities: Skylines, in which a player may create, control, and manage an entire city with godlike dominion over zoning, private property, and taxes. Once you think about the implications of the game, the overall concept is quite alarming, because it is a simplified version of the truth.

Sure, in real life, city planners have political processes and various other hoops to jump through before violating property rights, but in the end, the process gets done and “the will of the people” is carried out. In the game, the process can be as simple as clicking the bulldozer icon and deleting someone’s home or business.

Once the veil is lifted and government’s true purpose is exposed, it is very easy to see through the illusion of government. While it is true that a video game cannot entirely capture its real-life intricacies, Rothbard’s concept of what the State inherently is, is conceptually communicated even at these very basic levels.

That being said, the popularity of these games may partially be derived from the fact that, for once, one of us little guys can get in the control seat and orchestrate some of humanity’s longest running criminal syndicates.

Once again, thanks for reading, and try not to knock yourself out cold from all the facepalms associated with social media and the 4th of July today!

 

Source: Liberty Weekly