Appearance: Read Rothbard (12/31/2016)

December 2016 has been a lot of firsts for me. My last post was my first ever debate… and now I would like to present to you my first ever podcast appearance. Today, I had the pleasure of joining the folks at Read Rothbard and we had an amazing discussion about the movie Ex Machina and how artificial intelligence relates to libertarianism.

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Source: Liam Cardenas

Special – Happy New Year – Can You Rape a Robot?

Hoppe New Year! We discuss the movie Ex Machina and the implications of AI in regards to NAP, Property Rights, Self-Defense and a myriad of other issues.

Our first non-family member guest, Liam Cardenas, joins us for a lively discussion that spans just over an hour.

You can check out Liam’s blog over at: https://ljc.io/

We hope you enjoy this one and here’s to the best to come in 2017!

For Show Notes and more, please visit:

http://www.readrothbard.com/Special-Happy-New-Year

Presented by Read Rothbard:

Read Rothbard is comprised of a small group of voluntaryists who are fans of Murray N. Rothbard. We curate content on the www.ReadRothbard.com site including books, lectures, articles, speeches, and we make a weekly podcast based on his free-market approach to economics. Our focus is on education and how advancement in technology improves the living standards of the average person.

The Read Rothbard Podcast is all about Maximum Freedom. We look at movies and current events from a Rothbardian Anarchist perspective. If it’s voluntary, we’re cool with it. If it’s not, then it violated the Non-Aggression Principle and Property Rights – the core tenants of Libertarian Theory – and hence – human freedom.

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Episode 32 – Change, Change, Change, Changeling

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We discuss the Clint Eastwood directed film Changeling starring Angelina Jolie and feature our very first guest! My wife jumps on the call near the end to offer her thoughts on the film where we discuss morality, police corruption, feminism, raising children and much more on this final episode of 2016. Enjoy!

Take advantage of the Tom Woods Liberty Classroom deal expiring midnight tonight (Dec 30th)! Go to: www.ReadRothbard.com/libertyclassroom

This episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/5DMhfO1j8JE

For Show Notes and more, please visit: www.ReadRothbard.com/Episode-32

Presented by Read Rothbard:

Read Rothbard is comprised of a small group of voluntaryists who are fans of Murray N. Rothbard. We curate content on the www.ReadRothbard.com site including books, lectures, articles, speeches, and we make a weekly podcast based on his free-market approach to economics. Our focus is on education and how advancement in technology improves the living standards of the average person.

The Read Rothbard Podcast is all about Maximum Freedom. We look at movies and current events from a Rothbardian Anarchist perspective. If it’s voluntary, we’re cool with it. If it’s not, then it violated the Non-Aggression Principle and Property Rights – the core tenants of Libertarian Theory – and hence – human freedom.

Website: http://www.ReadRothbard.com
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-read-rothbard-podcast/id1166745868
Google Play Music: https://play.google.com/music/m/Ii45fhytlsiwkw6cbgzbxi6ahmi?t=The_Read_Rothbard_Podcast
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Welcome to Science Via Markets

My name is Mark E. Deardorff. I believe that in an age when waste abounds, and the needs of science in the life of Humanity has never been greater, it is the time for the course the path of science to seek its level. Rather than bureaucrats and congressional Luddites, science must be guided by need rather than by politics, fame, jealousy, and optics.

The purpose of this site and blog is manifold. Through discussion, both fact and speculation, options for man’s future will erode the dogma and seek new options. How the Earth does not represent our future but how the unfettered alliances of science with the trifold agendas of free markets, philanthropy, and scientists can guide our world to greatness.

Apparently, much of this happens now regarding medical research through the various disease foundations and in business through industrial development. But there is a parti pris that government is always involved in scientific research.These ideas need not be de rigueur. Nor is it the case that when private agencies take on partnerships with government, there is no division of the state. It is more often a ruse. An appearance of privatization but a real tax benefit to the entrepreneur.

These among many other things will be part of the discussion held here; I invite you to join us.

Source: Science Via Markets

That Which is Seen and That Which is Not Seen

In economics we talk about the fallacy of the seen and the unseen. For example when you tax the population for a government make-work project you create jobs but as many or more jobs are being lost because the population doesn’t have that money to spend in the shops. Well talk about a laboured analogy, but everyone posts about the stars who are dying, yet no one sees the stars that are being born!

RIP. George Michael and Carrie Fischer, et al.

Source: Seeing Not Seen

When your sons smash the misandry

Back in 2000, philosopher Christina Hoff Sommers declared, “It’s a bad time to be a boy in America.” In her book, The War Against Boys, she wrote, “Routinely regarded as protosexists, potential harassers and perpetuators of gender inequity, boys live under a cloud of censure.”

Since Sommers penned these prescient words nearly two decades ago, our cultural decay has become even more entrenched. The feminists have dug in their combat-boot heals, and the louder they shriek and stomp and cry about their fictional mass victimhood, the more my sons suffer. The anti-male creed has taken on a life of its own, with the habitual caterwaul to a supposed all-powerful, women-crushing patriarchy, and a specifically a white one at that.

Within the pages of Vice, HuppPo, and Elle; on the broadcasts of The View, MSNBC, and Girls; and in the miseducation classes of America’s universities, social-justice assemblies in our nation’s public schools, or mandatory diversity training smothering the corporate cubicle grid and boardroom alike, it’s mandated that all must bow at the altar of “(White) men suck. Women rock.”

The anti-male bias is proclaimed from beyond the ivory towers and has woven its lethal thread into the daily commonplace of daycares, churches, moms groups, and home-owners associations. “Straight white men” are evil. There’s even a wretched play and song to hammer home the sexism for ultimate effect.

What Sommers coined as the “myth of shortchanged girls” is a sinister scam, in which progressives aren’t merely clamoring for “equal access” and “equal pay for equal work.” Rather, they desire egalitarianism, and special status and rules for anyone with a vagina.

Furthermore, they seek to demote men, their professions, their uniqueness as humans, and their roles as providers, protectors, fathers, brothers, and sons. It’s punishment veiled as equality, subjugation masqueraded as fairness.

Social-justice warriors seek to shortchange my boys because they weren’t born with the right plumbing. Of course, the irony is that this is the same inanity that for so long supposedly kept women out of coveted positions of power. (I will argue in future blogs that women have always wielded control and influence, albeit not necessarily in public fashion. Give me a stern, tough-as-nails matriarch, and she can make even the boldest of kings shake in his boots.)

But in our era, the populous is drowning so deeply in the surging noxious waves of feminism that we’re either becoming numb to the misandry, or we’re just so worn down by the ridiculousness, that we want to shrug it off for our own sanity.

But hate unabated and unchallenged always has a way of wriggling its way into the nooks and crannies of the culture and into the mindsets of the masses. Really, if the enmity weren’t so detrimental to civilization, it actually would be pretty comical.

Take, for example, a few of the go-to ad hominems the “grrrrrrls” spew forth in an effort to silence half the population.

Toxic masculinity” is code for dehumanizing boyhood and manhood. It’s a bludgeon used for belittling all males, at all costs, and elevating all women (except those of the non-leftist variety), no matter the cost.

Mansplaining” is a dagger aimed at killing the expressions of my children, husband, and every man I know and respect. It’s an implement meant to censor men’s thoughts, thus, giving dominance to those in opposition to real equality and freedom: feminists.

Manspreading” is a more farcical version of the above, but it’s just as menacing. This verbal weapon is meant to demean men for their stature, not their opinions, but is nonetheless objectifying and degrading.

Hell, if women were endowed with testicles and a penis, you can bet they’d be stretching out in an effort to cool off their junk. They’d also declare it some kind of human right, and then try to make us all either subsidize it (as some feminists suggest for motherhood and menstruation) or worship it (like the growing breastfeeding in public hysteria).

All men are potential rapists,” to the even worse, “All men are rapists and should be put in prison and then shot,” are simply polemics – tools aimed at silencing opposition. Is it any wonder that “polemics” in Greek translates to “warlike” and “belligerent”?

I mean, how can one argue in defense of rapists? Or not rally to the cause of the victim? You’re called horrible names if you even cling to the notion of innocent until proven guilty or that someone’s not an immoral felon merely by virtue of having a dick. The feminists win by stating fiction as fact. From Marx to Marcuse, this tactic has always worked well for the polemicists, so why stop now?

White privilege” is a bit of a hornet’s nest, so for another day and another blog. But all we need to chew on for now is that it’s acceptable for “journalists,” Hollywood insiders, “educators,” and apparatchiks of all stripes to unapologetically state that they’re “repulsed and mystified by men” and look forward to a day when “old white men holding culture back will all be dead.” This kind of hate is becoming normalized.

Sadly, I could go on, but let’s wrap this up with the two biggies, those all-encompassing and discourse-annihilating nails in the coffin of reason, intellect, and true equality: when in doubt, just tag someone either a misogynist or a tool of the patriarchy. Easy peezy, debate done. Conversation over.

Now, consider uber-PC pastor, John Pavlovitz, writing about his daughter, who supposedly “smashes the patriarchy” just because she’s strong-willed, rebellious, and fearless. Huh, sounds like most kids to me, especially young girls. I was one once, ya know.

But then again, this dude has his thumb on the pulse of truth and enlightenment because he heads a big social-gospel church, so perhaps I should defer to his infinite wisdom instead. Nah, challenging the liberal elitism of what I like to call the “evangeleftists” is way more satisfying, both creatively and spiritually. (And if that term takes off, please remember you heard it here first!)

Hey, Pastor John, I’m partial to teaching my sons, who are obviously in the cross hairs of progressive puritans like you, that being a boy is awesome! Scratching butts, farting, playing with Nerf guns, being natural math geeks, wrestling, wielding swords, competing over anything and everything, warming their hands down their pants, constantly moving and wiggling, picking boogers, being enamored with battles and flags and armament, wearing camo, loving history and geography, disassembling things in order to figure them out, and thinking that dookie jokes are funny is not only okay, but it’s super cool.

Please continue to “push back against a big world” that seeks to define you, fellas. Resist cultural Marxism. Man up! Embrace masculinity and celebrate the joy of being who God made you to be: all boy, no apologies. Keep on smashing that misandry, kiddos. And this recovering feminist will be cheering you on all along the way.

Source: Dissident Mama

A Very Murray Christmas Carol

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Murray Christmas! We discuss Charles Dickens and his holiday story A Christmas Carol and how it is an anti-capitalist, anti-industrial revolution propaganda piece used to argue for additional government interventions. From the anecdotal testimony that is used to play on emotion vs. the reality of actual improvement in living standard (so long as they are voluntarily working in the factories, it is an improvement over their prior alternatives), the enclosure movement, corn laws, etc…So, we pretty much ruin your holiday story with this one….and, there is no Santa Claus! Enjoy!

For show notes and more, please visit: http://www.readrothbard.com/murraychristmas

This Episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/mNXg1jykPVE

Presented by Read Rothbard:

Read Rothbard is comprised of a small group of voluntaryists who are fans of Murray N. Rothbard. We curate content on the www.ReadRothbard.com site including books, lectures, articles, speeches, and we make a weekly podcast based on his free-market approach to economics. Our focus is on education and how advancement in technology improves the living standards of the average person.

The Read Rothbard Podcast is all about Maximum Freedom. We look at movies and current events from a Rothbardian Anarchist perspective. If it’s voluntary, we’re cool with it. If it’s not, then it violated the Non-Aggression Principle and Property Rights – the core tenants of Libertarian Theory – and hence – human freedom.

Website: http://www.ReadRothbard.com
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-read-rothbard-podcast/id1166745868
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Why The State will Not solve Social Problems

The impulse of the state is not to solve social problems but to create as many dependents as possible, including a bloated public sector full of Marxists and as many people as possible on welfare who they can then turn on whenever they need someone to blame for their own excesses. That is why the size of government grew massively even under so-called free market Thatcher who made hand-outs to big business and sent military spending through the roof. Every dependent will make justifications for the existence of the state as a necessary evil and attack the free market which takes people out of poverty. The natural state of everyone who is born is poverty; all wealth was created by individuals for themselves or to trade with other people for something which they agree upon in a voluntary exchange. Voluntary exchange enriches both parties as each trader values what they get from the trade more than what they part with, and so trade takes people out of poverty not government. Government retards this organic process by putting restrictions on who can trade with whom under what circumstances and passing an ever increasing litany of laws that make it impossible for poor people to find employment so that many people will have to compete for few jobs and accept whatever conditions are given to them. This creates dependency upon which government survives. To complete the trick the government directs the attention of the oppressed to their crappy bosses rather than the conditions which created the crappy bosses, those state interventions which restricted the number of jobs.

The government cannot solve social problems because the government lives on social problems. If tomorrow everyone woke up in a world without crime then what need for a large police force? In a world with little poverty and many routes out of poverty, then what need for huge welfare programs and government bureaucrats to administer them? If there wasn’t a shortage of medical staff pushing the price of medical care through the roof then who would tolerate a million people on NHS waiting lists? If we didn’t fear any enemies in the Middle East or Russia what need for a large military and curtailments on civil liberties? Who would need government without social problems? Who would want it? It is in the interests of government to perpetuate social problems internally and create enemies abroad, then blame all of this on capitalism and the free market so the average individual will call on government to save them.

If we want to solve social problems we need to dig in with our own hands and start helping. We can volunteer, create organisations, or support organisations that are already doing good work. 

Source: Seeing Not Seen

Merry Christmas from Libertopia Cartoons!

Christmas, Libertopia Cartoons, Santa Claus, Leftism, Conservatives, Liberals, Democrats, Republicans, Political Cartoon, Illustration, Libertarian, modern society, progressives, progressivismFrom all of us here at Libertopia Cartoons, we hope you have a Merry Christmas and a happy 2017! For those of you who don’t celebrate Christmas, or the heralding in of a New Year, we of course wish you happiness and success too – so please don’t send me hate mail or anything ha ha. But seriously, this year has presented some difficult challenges for a lot of folks out there, what with the divisive election and general negativity/hysteria generated largely by the Establishment Media. Even Santa Claus (as pictured in the cartoon above), isn’t sure what to do! However, as libertarians and voluntaryists, I think we’ve got some really compelling reasons as to why we can extend the olive branch of peace to others and celebrate the Holiday season with all – and continue to look forward to a hopeful future of “peace on Earth and goodwill towards men”!

Thoughts or suggestions? Leave a comment! ! Check out our graphics page for even MORE of our exclusive libertarian cartoons and infographics! Also, you might want to check out some of our holiday themed cartoons that we did last year, which are (shockingly enough) still very relevant. See Peace on Earth? and Libertopia’s Christmas Wish for 2015!


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Episode 31 – Inconceivable!

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We didn’t say the word Inconceivable while discussing the great Princess Bride movie, which is in itself inconceivable. Robert lists this as one of his favorite movies and we endeavor to pack a few libertarian messages into this familiar story. Also, spoiler alert, I make a mistake on a word definition that Robert is correct on – and I smugly, and incorrectly, try to correct him. Oh well. We hope you enjoy the show!

For show notes and more: http://www.readrothbard.com/Episode-31

This episode on YouTube:

Presented by Read Rothbard:

Read Rothbard is comprised of a small group of voluntaryists who are fans of Murray N. Rothbard. We curate content on the www.ReadRothbard.com site including books, lectures, articles, speeches, and we make a weekly podcast based on his free-market approach to economics. Our focus is on education and how advancement in technology improves the living standards of the average person.

The Read Rothbard Podcast is all about Maximum Freedom. We look at movies and current events from a Rothbardian Anarchist perspective. If it’s voluntary, we’re cool with it. If it’s not, then it violated the Non-Aggression Principle and Property Rights – the core tenants of Libertarian Theory – and hence – human freedom.

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