Archive for the ‘Property Rights’ Category

The responsibility of gun ownership

March 20, 2018

The human right to own and to carry weapons is absolute. No one has the right, and certainly not the imaginary quality called “authority“, to violate that right. Anyone who advocates violating that right, whatever weasel-words they use, is an evil monster.

Of course, that right comes with an iron-clad responsibility: you are responsible for not harming the innocent or their property.

I accept that responsibility. Even the NRA, as weak and wishy-washy as they tend to be on gun rights issues, has always emphasized that responsibility. Anti-gun bigots pretend that gun owners shirk their responsibilities. Some do, but most do not. Very few gun owners avoid the responsibility that goes along with the right to own and to carry weapons.

All anti-liberty bigots reject their own responsibility to respect the rights of others; they reject and ignore their primary human responsibility. Every single one of them, just by “virtue” of being an anti-gun bigot. So what you see on their part is projection: they imagine gun owners are as irresponsible and slimy as they understand themselves to be. They simply can’t imagine others are better people than they are, so they assume the worst. It’s because they are the worst.

As a gun owner, you don’t have the responsibility to surrender your rights just because some evil loser murdered people. You don’t have the responsibility to act as though anti-gun bigots, or their demands, are reasonable. You don’t have the responsibility to obey counterfeit “laws”. You have the responsibility to not harm the innocent. I know you are already living up to your responsibility.


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Hooray for smugglers!

March 19, 2018

Smuggling. What a funny little non-crime. I can’t even wrap my mind around any possible way it could be wrong. It’s just the act of going around a bully who’s standing in your way, wanting to rob you or prevent you from getting products to those who want them.

Here’s the “legal definition” of smuggling:

The criminal offense of bringing into, or removing from, a country those items that are prohibited or upon which customs or excise duties have not been paid.

The only wrongs I see there are prohibition and taxation. Those are the acts of the State, not those trying to get around the State. So, yeah, smuggling is an indication of a crime, but not a crime committed by the smugglers.

And there are a lot of other non-crimes like this: “money laundering”, “tax avoidance”, “evading arrest”, “assaulting an officer”, etc. “Crimes” that no one would even bother with, except that government and its “laws” have made them necessary as a way to avoid being violated by the State. To all those who commit this kind of “crime”, I say Thank you for your service!


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You support… that?

March 13, 2018

There are businesses around which display support for Blue Line Gang molesters on their electronic signs. I’m glad to know what they support so I can spend my money elsewhere. 
There are houses which fly the Blue Line Gang molester flag; the flag that declares that the lives of molesters are more important than yours or mine. I’m glad to know where these people live so I can avoid them and leave them to their heroes in an emergency.
There are cars driving around with stickers on them advertising their support for the molester gang. I encourage them to let themselves be known everywhere they go.
I’ll always encourage the enemies of all that is decent to display who they are and what they support. It’s helpful to know where anti-liberty bigots are.


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Scammers and their enthusiastic victims

March 6, 2018

An acquaintance of mine has a job which frequently involves sending electronic money transfers for individuals. A huge chunk of that money is sent to Nigeria (and other “less than ideal” places). Often the senders are elderly, or people who are really lonely (the two categories overlap). And she sees the same people come in over and over again. They often want to tell her the story of why they are sending the money.

To her credit, she has tried to tell the people they are being scammed (and has gotten in some trouble at work for doing so). The denial is strong and none of them want to believe it. They will go to any lengths to tell her she’s wrong.

One guy is sending money to a “woman” who is coming to America to be his bride. She keeps needing more and more money due to various problems that crop up. But, finally, a week or so back, he was sending her the money for the plane ticket! Hallelujah!

But, oops. Apparently, her taxi was involved in a terrible wreck on the way to the airport. Now she’s in the hospital unable to speak, but the hospital was able to get in touch with the man to tell him how much he must send to pay her hospital bill. So that she can recover and come marry him, of course. Ugh.

It’s the same story every time. And she’s seen every variation.

She has practically given up trying to help the people– although she did save a guy from getting scammed out of $9,000 a few months back, and he was very grateful. Of course, he was back sending money to someone else before the week was out.

Part of me thinks “a fool and his money are soon parted“. Another part of me feels really bad for the fools, and a deep hatred for the scammers who take advantage of them.

Part of me is also angry at the fools, knowing that as long as idiots keep making scamming pay, evil people will keep going into the business of scamming. Those who send the money only encourage the scammers and recruit more of them into the ranks. It pisses me off.

I’ve seen libertarians justify scammers by saying no one is forcing their victims to pay; that it is voluntary. That, again, if you’re too or gullible to keep your money, then you deserve getting scammed. I don’t see it that way. I see it as a property rights violation– theft, by lying. Lies told to harm the innocent, facilitating theft, seems to be archation in my mind.

I think I would be fired from the job my acquaintance holds because I don’t think I could be a middle-man in the scamming business.


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Libertarianism means respect

March 4, 2018

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for January 31, 2018)

I am not libertarian because I expect to get anything from it.  Well, that’s not completely true.  I should say I am not libertarian because I expect to get anything from you because of it. I don’t even necessarily expect civilized behavior from others.

Respect for life, liberty, and property– without excuses– is the hallmark of both libertarianism and civilization. I expect civilized behavior only from other libertarians, and not even all of them manage to deliver. After all, they are still only human.

I am libertarian because I don’t have any desire to own you, nor do I wish to be owned. I am libertarian because I recognize your life and the products of your life– your property– are yours, alone, to use as you wish, as long as you don’t violate anyone else. I am libertarian because I expect to be treated as I treat you, while exercising the right to defend myself and others against any who refuse to cooperate.

I don’t want something for nothing. I’m not libertarian because I hate roads, parks, libraries, and food safety. I am libertarian because I know my appreciation for something doesn’t justify forcing you to pay for it against your will. I am perfectly willing to pay for what I use– however, I want to be able to choose the provider I buy the service from, and I want to be able to opt out of things I have no use for, such as police. Monopolies never serve customers’ needs adequately, and never survive long without government favoritism. I prefer free enterprise, liberated markets, competition, and options over mandatory “one-size-fits-all” monopolies.

One precious thing I get from being libertarian is freedom from the stress of trying to control your life. You do your thing, and as long as you don’t try to stop me from doing mine, and you violate no one, we’ll have no problem.

Unfortunately, the non-libertarian crowd seems to find this civilized compromise unacceptable. They can’t abide something so mature and respectful; based on mutual consent.

It doesn’t change how I’ll live, though. I won’t call for anyone’s life, liberty, and property to be violated simply because they can’t respect mine. I support self-defense for anyone being violated for any reason, and I hope the bullies learn about actions and consequences before it’s too late.  Someone has to take the first step toward maturity when dealing with others. Let’s take the step together.


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The right to keep and bear nukes

March 4, 2018

Just because I am against any sort of violation of the right to own and to carry weapons, it doesn’t mean I think everyone should have nukes. I’m opposed to anyone owning nuclear weapons– especially governments. (But I’m also opposed to government employees possessing any sort of weapon while on the “job”. They have proven they can never be trusted.)

I can’t figure out how anyone could ever use nukes (on Earth, anyway) strictly defensively without damaging the life, liberty, or property of innocents (“collateral damage”). If you can’t do something without archating, then it can’t be a right.

Yes, I realize possessing nuclear weapons isn’t the same as using them. Is not possessing nukes a credible threat to use them, which necessarily means archating? If not, then I’m wrong.

Being against the possession of nuclear weapons doesn’t mean I want governments banning them from private hands. That’s worse than letting the fox guard the henhouse. Much worse. Government doesn’t have the right, nor does it have the imaginary quality called “authority“, to forbid others from owning anything, including nuclear weapons.


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Not all molestation is sexual

March 1, 2018

All cops are molesters. Not all of them are necessarily sexual predators.

Sure, that Oklahoma cop who was raping women he pulled over was a sexual molester. So were those New York City cops who raped the girl then tried to say it was consensual. And the Texas cops who “searched for drugs” inside the woman’s vagina after she was pulled over. And… well, I could go on with thousands of examples. Probably not all cops have sexually molested people, but all cops are molesters. Worse, they are paid stolen money to molest people.

Your “polite” neighbors believe cops have a legitimate function: to molest bad guys by stopping them from hurting people or violating property. And if they actually did that without molesting the rest of us, I wouldn’t be completely against policing. But they don’t– because they can’t. Molestation is built into the “job” and is a result of every encounter with them.

“Molest” simply means “to bother, interfere with, or annoy“. You can do that non-sexually. And that is most definitely what cops do. Cops are molesters. Not every cop is molesting at every moment, but all cops molest or they get fired for “not doing their job”.

Traffic stops are molestation.
Drug “arrests” are molestation.
Weapon “arrests” are molestation.
Property code enforcement is molestation.
“Checkpoints” are molestation.
Having a cop driving down the road behind you is molestation, because it is a threat to your life, liberty, and property.
A cop walking up to you and demanding ID is molesting you.

Add that word to your toolkit of descriptors for police officers, along with “pig”*, badgescum”, “jabbut” (JBT/jack-booted thug), “reaver”, “Blue Line Gang member”, “Popo”, “Hero”, “Registered Liberty Offender”, “Barney”, etc.

When you see a cop, think “Molester”.

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 *I don’t like calling cops “pigs”, because pigs are intelligent, sensitive, useful animals of value. Totally unlike cops.


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Cornered by bigots

February 27, 2018

When someone threatens me, personally, I get angry. If they are within striking distance I may violently defend myself from them.

And, make no mistake, those demanding more anti-gun “laws” are threatening me personally. They are threatening to violently attack, rob, and enslave me… and murder me if I resist. That’s what “laws” are: a threat.

But no one has had the guts to do it to my face, even when directed at me. As is the nature of these anti-liberty cowards, they do it while hiding behind screens, hundreds of miles away. They still make me angry and trigger my “fight or flight” response.

The danger to them is there is nowhere left to fly to. The anti-liberty bigots have closed off the entire freakin’ planet. “Pro-gun” places like Texas impose anti-gun “laws” no civilized place would ever tolerate– and the anti-liberty bigots whine that it’s not enough. It’s never enough. That leaves fighting as the available option.

I understand the sentiment of “Kill ’em all” even though I disagree with it in practice.

I’ll continue to use my words to try to show them the error of their ways and to make it clear I gave them every chance to do the right thing and get their filthy government off my rights. But I know what it’s going to come to. Sooner or later. It’s only a matter of time.


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Valuing collective above all unsustainable

February 25, 2018

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for January 24, 2018)

Like most people, I enjoy fiction; books, movies, and television programs. Fiction can be entertaining, educational, and inspiring as long as you don’t confuse it with reality.

As a child I loved re-runs of “Gilligan’s Island” and dreamed of being marooned on a deserted tropical island.

The older I became, the less realistic their situation seemed.

The lack of variety in their diet, the constant parade of accidental transient visitors who never sent back help, the clothing which never wore out, and the near magical technology built from coconut shells by people unable to build a simple boat. The better I understood reality, the more I needed to suspend disbelief to enjoy the show. Eventually it became too much.

Now I prefer things which are a bit more realistic, unless I want to let my brain snooze.

This is why I can’t buy into politics. Especially the socialism promoted by both of America’s “mainstream political parties”.

Socialism– which comes down to the belief that people with political power can dictate how, or if, individuals will be allowed to use their property and the products of their labor — isn’t realistic or sustainable. It is based on poor understanding of how things are connected, and a denial of human nature. It can’t work without violently forcing everyone to comply and forbidding anyone to opt out; an idea so good it must be imposed by threats of death.

One popular idea currently pushed by one faction of socialists is what they call “Universal Basic Income”– money paid to everyone for simply being alive. This ignores basic universal economic reality in favor of wishful thinking.

Where does this money come from? Coconuts? Is it stolen through acts of taxation, or is it counterfeited by the Federal Reserve? Either way, it will make the economy worse and hurt the people who believe they will benefit. It will cause greater inflation, because eventually– and probably fairly quickly– this basic income level will become the new “totally broke” as prices rise in reaction. People will then demand more and the cycle will repeat. That’s without even taking into account the economic damage of new taxes or the accelerated influx of debased money.

Any ideology which places a collective– be it a nation, society, or political party– above the individual is the same. It is unsustainable; based on a happy fiction which can’t work in the real world, no matter how desperately people wish it could. Welcome to Gilligan’s Planet.


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Stand up for liberty, not slavery

February 21, 2018

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for February 21, 2018)

A defining trait of libertarians is our opposition to all slavery; we are abolitionists.

Libertarians were among the loudest of the Nineteenth Century’s voices against the enslavement of people of African descent. Libertarians are the lone voices against slavery today, because most people believe slavery was abolished rather than realizing it was expanded to include everyone…read the rest


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