the libertarian contrarian

Apr 22

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Apr 21

The great exception:

Threats by an adult against an adult = psychological abuse

Sexual violence by an adult against an adult = rape

Violence by an adult against an adult = physical assault

Violence by an adult against a spouse = domestic abuse

Threats/violence by a child against a child = bullying

Violence by a child against an adult = juvenile delinquency

Violence by a parent against child = discipline

“The function of that police action, those interventions in Central America and the Middle East, the function is system sustaining. It is to maintain that overall system! And you don’t look at the particular cost. I could demonstrate to you that every single bank robbery, that in every single case practically, the cost of the police was more than the actual money that the robbers took from the bank. Does that mean, ‘Oh, you see, there’s really no economic interest involved, then. They’re not protecting the banks. The police are just doing this because they’re on a power trip, or they’re macho, or they’re control freaks, that’s why they do it.’ No, of course it’s an economic… of course they’re defending the banks. Of course, because if they didn’t stop that bank robbery, regardless of the cost, this could jeopardize the entire banking system. You see, there are people who believe that the function of the police is to fight crime. And that’s not true; the function of the police is social control and protection of property.” — Michael Parenti (via and-the-devil-makes-three)

(Source: queer-edge, via theyoungradical)

Apr 20

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Apr 19

Selling Envy

Apr 18

Super-IQ Group Calls For Less Government -

What are the politics of the super-intelligent? A nationwide poll just taken among members of the Triple Nine Society (TNS), a worldwide super-high IQ group, shows the surprising result that their views on most issues are closer to libertarian than to either Democratic or Republican positions.

Here Are the Rights You Have When Interacting With a Police Officer in One Detailed Infographic

Apr 17

“Obedience is the great multiplier of evil.” — John Holt, Freedom and Beyond

Apr 16

Study: The U.S. Is an Oligarchy -

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.

(Source: thefreelioness)

FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States -

Spanking Linked to More Aggression in Kids -

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

Apr 15

(Source: givemeinternet, via thefreelioness)

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