the libertarian contrarian

In essence, the researchers found that government policy changes are correlated with the wishes of the wealthy and with interest groups, but not with the wishes of the average American—even though the whole idea of “Democracy” is to ensure that the wishes of the majority tend to carry the day.

The study notes that the position of the median American and the position of the affluent American are often the same; therefore, regular people tend to think that their political interests are being represented when they see the triumph of some political position that they agree with. In fact, the researchers say, this is a mere coincidence. Yes, the average American will see their interests represented—as long as their interests align with the interests of the wealthy.

thinkoutsidethestate:

"There can be no consent where it can’t be withdrawn" - Miguel Duque

thinkoutsidethestate:

"There can be no consent where it can’t be withdrawn" - Miguel Duque

thedarkartisan:

Stefan Molyneux’s The Truth About Taxes

(Warning: This Is Gonna Be An Angry One)

A fundamental breakdown about what taxes are, what they do, and how they are used from the government. He goes on further to explain that taxpayer’s money (used “properly” or misused) does not improve any of the public system’s programs since it instills the mediocrity and destruction of our future. 

Errol Morris on Donald Rumsfeld, The Unknown Known, and Evidence-Based Journalism

Rumsfeld’s Infuriating Oblivion

Seriously, think about it. The answer will reveal the depth of our slavery.

Seriously, think about it. The answer will reveal the depth of our slavery.

Most institutions have a propensity to promote mediocrities, those whose primary strengths are knowing where power lies, being subservient and obsequious to the centers of power and never letting morality get in the way of one’s career. The military is the worst in this respect. In the military, whether at the Paris Island boot camp or West Point, you are trained not to think but to obey.

Chris Hedges, "The Menace of the Military Mind"

This echoes a post I made last year in which I note that “[t]he only true military value is unflinching obedience.”

(via laliberty)

This interview is well worth listening to.

Did anyone else hear of this?

The “Ron Swanson” effect!

The “Ron Swanson” effect!

I am against slavery simply because I dislike slaves.
H.L. Mencken