Welcome to Bernie Sanders’s America

Venezuelan professionals are abandoning hospitals and universities to scrounge livings as street vendors in Peru and janitors in Ecuador. Here in Trinidad and Tobago — a petroleum-producing Caribbean nation off Venezuela’s northern coast — Venezuelan lawyers are working as day laborers and sex workers. A former well-to-do bureaucrat who once spent a summer eating traditional shark sandwiches and drinking whisky on Trinidad’s Maracas Bay is now working as a maid.

www.washingtonpost.com/news/world/wp/2018/07/27/feature/as-venezuela-crumbles-its-fleeing-citizens-are-becoming-latin-americas-new-underclass/

What these two incidents prove is that crazy people who want to kill will do so with or without a gun and with or without permission from the state to have said gun. However, only one of these incidents was brought to an end with lives saved—and that was solely due to the fact that Americans refuse to give up their right to own and carry guns.

Source: As Disarmed Canadians Rocked by Bombing, Armed American Citizen Stops Mass Shooting

People hell-bent on killing will find a way.

As Disarmed Canadians Rocked by Bombing, Armed American Citizen Stops Mass Shooting

The kids are not quite right

What explains this generational divergence? The first factor is that young adults may take for granted the bounty capitalism has bestowed, from cellphones to inexpensive air travel to an endless array of food and beverage options. They can’t remember the time when those things didn’t exist.

Why does socialism hang around like fruit flies in an otherwise clean kitchen? Because people like free stuff and hate the rich.

From Reason Magazine. Read more.

Eminent domain ready for its close-up

Haven’t seen this movie, but I hope it covers the fact that after all that, Pfizer never built on the property. In fact, it would later announce it was moving its headquarters out of New London altogether.

It does note that the liberal justices sided with Pfizer. So much for your property rights.

When the Supreme Court finally reached its 5-4 decision in 2005, it was the more liberal justices who sided with the corporation, while the conservatives dissented. However, as director Coutney Moorehead Balaker stated in the Q&A after the pic’s premiere, Donald Trump has extolled the ruling. Most states have reached the opposite conclusion, so the issues remain unsettled.

Source: ‘Little Pink House’ Review | Hollywood Reporter

Overplaying the Left hand

Too many libertarians hate the left more than they love liberty. One response I’ve heard to my pushing back on their take on Trump is that “well Obama/Clinton was/would have been worse!” No, actually he wasn’t and I don’t think she would have been. Yes, they might have expanded the regulatory state, but there would be no revival of torture, no wall, no registry, no trade war, no attempt to muzzle the media, etc.. Trump is a tin-pot dictator wannabe (and startingtobe), without an ounce of knowledge or respect for constitutional limits on government, who threatens the foundational institutions of the liberal order. Obama was not. Clinton is not. I confess to some schadenfreude myself as the left squirms in the aftermath of a defeat they didn’t see coming. But every time Trump opens his mouth, the fundamental threat to liberty he and his supporters embody overwhelms that.

Plain and simple, the Left overplays its hand, which should surprise no one in this volatile political climate. Right or wrong, however, they will only make Littlefinger’s supporters dig in even deeper, with no net progress on any front. Displays of destruction, pussy hats, and Elizabeth Warren’s caterwauling play very badly to people who only want a decent job and a sense that their government listens to them.

Source: Liberalism in the Balance – Bleeding Heart Libertarians

Government science lays another egg. Cholesterol now OK.

Studies are now showing that government studies are bad for your health, your job, and the economy as a whole.

Cholesterol has been a fixture in dietary warnings in the United States at least since 1961, when it appeared in guidelines developed by the American Heart Association. Later adopted by the federal government, such warnings helped shift eating habits — per capita egg consumption dropped about 30 percent — and harmed egg farmers.

Source: The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol – The Washington Post

Health care well down the road to nationalization

Seeing a lack of competition in many of the health law’s online insurance marketplaces, Hillary Clinton, President Obama and much of the Democratic Party are calling for more government, not less.

We can add the health care industry to a long list of industries “helped” by government intervention. Of course, this usually comes after government regulates said industry to its knees, and just before it is about to breathe its last, it steps in and takes over.

Government created what is effectively an oligopoly. It set up the regulations that almost completely insulate this industry from the laws of supply and demand. It offers to help by adding another layer of insulation, and then wonders why it fails. It’s final solution: Nationalization.

Source: Ailing Obama Health Care Act May Have to Change to Survive – The New York Times

I believe it is wrong to hurt people. 

I am a Libertarian for one very simple reason. I believe it is wrong to hurt people. Non-aggression lies at the very core of Libertarian philosophy.

Liberals and Conservatives will never say this. They can’t. They both believe that under the right circumstances pertaining to their particular agendas, it’s acceptable to hurt people. Unfortunately, this almost always has unintended consequences.

So many people who find libertarianism unpalatable begin their arguments with something like:

“Well, I don’t know much about Libertarian philosophy, but…”

Or:

“I got into an argument with a Libertarian the other day, and …”

Or:

“I once knew this Libertarian and he was a jerk.”

I’m 56. I’ve considered myself a Libertarian my entire adult life. I have subscribed to Reason Magazine. I have read almost every book by Ayn Rand. I have read and re-read the Libertarian party philosophical stances, and dozens and dozens of essays and articles. I (apparently) know the philosophy better than almost everyone I know.

I have also read progressive and conservative writings over all that time, and all the arguments pro and con. I subscribe to the New York Times, and I listen to NPR. I read Michael Harrington’s The Other America, and my first vote for president went to Jimmy Carter.

But like I said, at the end of the day, I believe it is wrong to hurt people. People left to their own devices will usually do good things, but like everyone, we basically want to be left alone and free to make our own choices.

This doesn’t mean I am anti-social. Quite the opposite. No one enjoys meeting friends and doing things in the world more than I do. I help my neighbors and friends when I can, and I’m involved in my local community. I don’t live in the woods, but in a densely populated traditional suburb outside of Philadelphia. My neighbor’s house is 20 feet away. We talk to them all the time. I couldn’t survive without associations with others.

No, I don’t always agree with other Libertarians, and yes, I often find some of them too strident in their tone. If I’m in the room full of people I agree with, I tend to take the contrary position just to make things interesting. I consider myself more pragmatic than some. Meanwhile most of my friends lean to the liberal side, but many lean right as well.

But to address some just a few of the points from those less studied:

No, Libertarianism isn’t corporate freedom or pro-corporate welfare. We hate corporate welfare. In fact, we probably hate it more than social welfare, because we dislike concentrated power of any kind. It is the biggest threat to individual liberty there is.

No, Libertarianism won’t leave starving people homeless in the streets. We genuinely want the truly destitute to get help and Libertarians will help them. Libertarianism will further encourage the spread of better managed and more effective private efforts to help people. Will there be failures? Well, after trillions of dollars of taxpayer money spent on social programs since the New Deal, aren’t there failures now?

If you want to solve a problem, a Libertarian will first ask you, “How can we do that without hurting someone?” If your solution in any way involves the use of force against a law-abiding citizen, you will not get a Libertarian’s approval. That’s why it’s called LIBERTY.

When it comes to hurting people, there are no “yes, buts…” You are either in favor of violence to advance your agenda, or you are not.

And by the way, to address those who wonder where our water will come from or who will provide fire protection: Our water, like our other utilities, already comes from a private company. Our fire companies are private non-profit entitles contracted by the Borough. And I live in a very blue part of Pennsylvania.

And yes, government built the roads, but they built them through many of our major cities, destroying neighborhoods wholesale, displacing hundreds of thousands, and caused enough economic damage to those places to make Hitler cringe.

Before government built the roads, private companies did. We called them RAILroads, and they did great until government decided to get into the transportation business, taxing and regulating the railroads to near extinction.

But hey, we went to the moon.

I’m in

Any reasonable person living in a state that’s a lock for either of the major candidates that must hold their nose to pull their lever must vote for a third party candidate. It’s the only way to make your vote actually count. There’s no such thing as a wasted vote, except when you vote for the candidate sure not to win your state.

For instance, if you live in Massachusetts, you know Hillary will carry that state by a wide margin. Voting for Littlefinger means absolute nothing in the grand scheme of things, because you cast your vote for an elector who will not vote for him (and may not vote for Hillary either). A Democrat disgusted with their nominee has to think the same. It’s long past time to end the two-party hegemony.

I’m voting Libertarian because like many of you, I’m tired of government intrusion in every aspect of our lives. Trillions spent, trillions wasted. Time for something new. And better.

Good guy with a gun story goes ignored

The interesting thing about this incident is that it flies in the face of the narrative that people would be safer if we make it harder for individuals to gain access to, or legally carry, firearms.

Source: Media Silent as Concealed Carrier Stops Mass Shooting in Progress at a South Carolina Nightclub | The Daily Liberator

I’m a huge first amendment guy (none bigger), but I also know that like it or not, even the most impartial media outlets have their agendas. Sure, the New York Times might be impartial about the stories they cover, but it’s the stories they choose to cover that reveals their biases.