We’re All to Blame, by Walter E.Williams

“The only way Congress can give one American a dollar is to use threats, intimidation and coercion to confiscate that dollar from another American. Congress forcibly uses one American to serve the purposes of another American. We might ask ourselves: What standard of morality justifies the forcible use of one American to serve the purposes of another American? By the way, the forcible use of one person to serve the purposes of another is a fairly good working definition of slavery.”

https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/09/17/were-all-to-blame

Words are not violence

Young Christopher Machold has trouble understanding the English language (and, perhaps all language) when he accuses the NRA of using language in a “frightening way.” The Frightening Way the NRA Just Co-Opted the Term “Hate Speech”

When the lines of these categories are blurred and our understanding of what constitutes violence is so contorted, it becomes possible to unironically argue that the answer to speech you don’t like is hurting people.

It’s shocking that he makes the same case that the video makes that he is attempting to refute. He, like so many of his generation, confusedly assumes that somehow the video is a call for violence. If the young man understood English, he would see that the video makes the very case against violence that he mistakenly makes against his malformed idea of what the the video communicates.

The fact that young Christopher Machol does not like the NRA does not mean that the NRA constitutes a call to violence. If young Christopher understood language, he might understand that the natural right to be armed (protected by the Second Amendment) is a safeguard against violence.

Escaping Socialism

Watch “Go To Where The Light Is: Escaping North Korea — Yeonmi Park” on YouTube

What she escaped from is Socialism. What she escaped to is Freedom. Socialism is antifreedom. Why any person would desire to inflict Socialism on themselves, their neighbors, their children is something I cannot understand.

Against the myth of the vote

I like this idea….

To rob this get-out-the-vote myth of its glamour, no more is required than to compare ballot-casting as a means of selecting representatives with a method devoid of all voter judgment: selection by lot. Politically unthinkable as it is, reflect, just for fun, on your own congressional district. Disqualify those under 21, the insane, all illiterates, and all convicts.4 Write the names of the balance on separate cards to put into a mixing machine, and let some blindfolded person withdraw one card. Presto! Here is your next representative in Congress, for one term only. After all, how can a person qualify to vote if he is not qualified to hold the office himself? And, further, it is assumed, he will feel duty-bound to serve, as when called for jury duty.
– Leonard Read

Famine is about freedom, not just food – quote 2

Economic freedom for individuals and the protection of property rights is the reason that famines do not occur in democracies today, as Amartya Sen documented in his book Development as Freedom. Hunger isn’t just about food – it’s about freedom.
JOY BUCHANAN, Famine is about freedom, not just food

http://www.learnliberty.org/blog/famine-is-about-freedom-not-just-food/

Famine is about freedom, not just food – quote 1

Fortunately, most humans today do not live and die by whether rain happens to fall on their farm. Today, episodes of mass starvation only occur when people are oppressed by authoritarian government regimes or gang violence organized on a smaller scale.
JOY BUCHANAN, Famine is about freedom, not just food

http://www.learnliberty.org/blog/famine-is-about-freedom-not-just-food/

Progressive agendas


 “Progressives’” first and overriding instinct whenever they encounter some economic or social situation that they disapprove of is to forcibly push, pull, demand, and prohibit individuals who are going peacefully about their own business to behave in ways that “Progressives” have divined is best.
Don Boudreaux

http://cafehayek.com/2017/03/quotation-of-the-day-2006.html

Organizing theft 


Some people will say, You are partisans, then, of the laissez passer?—economists of the school of Smith and Say? You do not desire the organization of labour. Yes, gentlemen, organize labour as much as you choose, but have the goodness not to organize theft.
Frédéric Bastiat, Economic Sophisms

Markets vs Politics 


One cannot observe markets without coming away mightily impressed with the intelligence, the courage, the prudence, the fortitude, the self-discipline, the astuteness, and, above all, the creativity of fellow human beings. To observe and reflect on markets is an uplifting experience that makes one proud of the human species.

One cannot observe politics without coming away mightily distressed at the stupidity, the cowardice, the recklessness, the timidity, the prodigality, the gullibility, and, above all, the cruelty of fellow human beings. To observe and reflect on politics is a disheartening experience that makes one ashamed of the human species.

Don Boudreaux
An Off-the-Cuff Observation http://cafehayek.com/2017/02/an-off-the-cuff-observation.html

Objectivification 

Socialism and communism literally objectify the individual, who exists only as a means of advancing the interests of the state.  There is no individual, and no valid reason for people to have rights, separate from their membership in and contributions to the state.

Michael Munger, “Capitalism and Objectivification