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Polyamorous, libertarian heinleiner. ENTP, student of traditional Shaolin kung fu, writer, cunning linguist.

Your Right to Not Support Evil <— Thomas Jefferson


to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves, is sinful and tyrannical"  — Thomas Jefferson, writing in a sister document to the First Amendment, expressing a principle that applies to Hobby Lobby's refusal to provide employees with services they consider immoral.

To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves, is sinful and tyrannical

Thomas Jefferson, The Virginia Act for Establishing Religious Freedom (1779)
…writing in the First Amendment’s sister document, expressing a principle that applies to the modern refusal to provide employees with services they consider immoral

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2013 in Philosophy, Politics, Religion

 

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Global Warming Shamanism <— P.J. O’Rourke


Global Warming Shaman — Fear Equals Funding

“Oh no, the Night Wolf is eating the Moon Virgin. Give me some silver and I’ll make him spit her out.”

The bullying of fellow citizens by means of dreads and frights has been going on since paleolithic times. Greenpeace fund-raisers on the subject of global warming are not much different than tribal wizards on the subject of lunar eclipses.

“Oh no, the Night Wolf is eating the Moon Virgin.
Give me some silver and I’ll make him spit her out.”

P.J.O’RourkeAll the Trouble in the World

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2012 in environment, Politics

 

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The Squeaky Wheel…May Be Foolish <— Dave Nalle


It seems to be a persistent failing that politicians listen to the loudest voices rather than the wisest ones.

It seems to be a persistent failing
that politicians listen to the loudest voices
rather than the wisest ones.

— Dave Nalle, RLC National Chairman

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2012 in Politics

 

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Disarming the Victims <— William S. Burroughs


Where do successful mass shootings occur? Public schools where guns are banned, or gun clubs with their "gun culture"?

“Most of the trouble in this world has been caused by folks who can’t mind their own business, because they have no business of their own to mind, any more than a smallpox virus has.”

 

After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it.

I sure as hell wouldn’t want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.

William S Burroughs, The War Universe (1992)

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2012 in Liberty

 

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The Inconvenience of Too Much Liberty <— Jefferson


"We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed"

“We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed”

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty, than those attending too small a degree of it.

Then it is important to strengthen the state governments: and as this cannot be done by any change in the federal constitution…it must be done by the states themselves, erecting such barriers at the constitutional line as cannot be surmounted either by themselves or by the general
government.

Thomas Jefferson, letter to Archibald Stuart, on the need to defend States’ Rights against the Federal government

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Politics

 

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The Supreme Court, on Nipples <— Dave Barry


Woman protesting with nipple-shaped pasties.

I think we can all agree that this is very important.

We need our highest judicial body to stop this childish bickering and get back to debating the kinds of weighty constitutional issues that have absorbed the court in recent years, such as whether a city can legally force an exotic dancer to cover her entire nipple, or just the part that pokes out.

Dave Barry, Dave Barry is Not Making This Up

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2012 in Freedom of Expression, Humor, Politics

 

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Information Must be Free <— Thomas Jefferson


“He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.”

If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of every one, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it.

Its peculiar character, too, is that no one possesses the less, because every other possesses the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.

— Thomas JeffersonLetter to Isaac McPherson (1813)

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2012 in economic, Freedom of Expression, Politics

 

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Err on the Side of Innocence <— Ben Franklin <— Blackstone


Blackstone’s Ratio, mentioned by Ben Franklin in this quote, identifies why the benefit of the doubt must always be given to the accused, especially if the accusation is really bad.

That it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer, is a Maxim that has been long and generally approved.

Benjamin Franklin, letter to Benjamin Vaughan (1785)

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2012 in Politics

 

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Many Laws = Corrupt Government <— Tacitus


When laws are carried out not only for the public good, but also to target and punish, it dos society great harm.

The more numerous the laws,
the more corrupt the government.

Publius Tacitus, Annals (117 AD)
(Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges)

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2012 in Philosophy, Politics

 

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Another’s Happiness, Equal to Your Own <— Heinlein


In the later novel, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, a character refers to the earlier book’s comment: “Dr. Harshaw says that ‘the word ‘love’ designates a subjective condition in which the welfare and happiness of another person are essential to one’s own happiness.”

Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.

Robert Anson Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2012 in People, Philosophy, society

 

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Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land <– Leviticus


For why should my freedom be limited by what someone else thinks? Corinthians 10:29

Set this year apart as holy, a time to proclaim freedom throughout the land for all who live there.

It will be a jubilee year for you, when each of you may return to the land that belonged to your ancestors and return to your own clan.

Leviticus 25:10
Origin of the Quaker motto that was
inscribed on the Liberty Bell at the suggestion of Isaac Norris

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Liberty, Religion

 

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Too Soon? Still Funny <– George Bernard Shaw


“When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth…and take all the fun out of it.”

Life does not cease to be funny when people die

any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.

— George Bernard Shaw, The Doctor’s Dilemma (1906)

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Humor, Politics

 

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An Unjust Law is No Law at All <– St. Augustine <– MLK Jr.


“To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.”

One may well ask: “How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?” The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws.

One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that “an unjust law is no law at all”.

— Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963)

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2012 in Philosophy, Politics

 

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To Silence Dangerous Ideas <– Thomas Jefferson


“I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”

If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this Union or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.

Thomas JeffersonFirst Inaugural Address (1801)

 
 

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The Founders’ Complaints Still Apply <– P.J. O’Rourke


“‘This is living!’ ‘I gotta be me!’ ‘Ain’t we got fun!’ It’s all there in the Declaration of Independence. We are the only nation in the world based on happiness. Search as you will the Maga Charta, the /Communist Manifesto/, the Ten Commandments, the Analects of Confucius, Plato’s /Republic/, the New Testament or the UN Charter, and find me any happiness at all.

There are twenty-seven specific complaints against the British Crown set forth in the Declaration of Independence.

To modern ears they still sound reasonable, in large part, because so many of them can be leveled against the federal government of the United States.

— P.J.O’Rourke, Parliament of Whores (1991)

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2012 in Humor, Liberty, Politics

 

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Prefer Safety over Liberty? GO HOME <– Sam Adams


“Our Union is now complete; our constitution composed, established, and approved. You are now the guardians of your own liberties.”

Bid us and our posterity bow the knee, supplicate the friendship, and plough, and sow, and reap, to glut the avarice of the men who have let loose on us the dogs of war to riot in our blood, and hunt us from the face of the earth?

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude, than the animating contest of freedom—go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.

May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

Samuel Adams, Son of Liberty, in a speech given to the Philadelphia state house (1776)

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2012 in Liberty, Politics

 

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Frequent Punishment Means a Corrupt Government <– Rousseau


“We may add that frequent punishments are always a sign of weakness or remissness on the part of the government.”

In a well-governed state, there are few punishments, not because there are many pardons, but because criminals are rare; it is when a state is in decay that the multitudes of crimes is a guarantee of impunity.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract (1762)

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Politics, society

 

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Mandating Your Health is Tyranny <– Heinlein


“What I fear most are affirmative actions of sober and well-intentioned men, granting to government powers to do something that appears to need doing.”

There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.

— Robert Anson HeinleinThe Moon is a Harsh Mistress (1965)

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2012 in economic, Health, Philosophy, Politics

 

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Government’s Power to Give, is Its Power to Take <– Albert Jay Nock


Gerald Ford's famous paraphrasing of Nock's statement: "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have."Address to Congress (08-12-74)

You get the same order of criminality from any State to which you give power to exercise it;
and whatever power you give the State to do things for you carries with it the equivalent power to do things to you.

Albert Jay NockThe Criminality of the State (1939)

(note that the famous version is often misattributed to Jefferson, Goldwater, or Reagan, but is actually from Gerald Ford)

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2012 in Politics

 

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The Defense of Liberty <– Barry Goldwater


For the past century, Americans have mostly voted against unprincipled "moderates".

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.

And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

— Barry Goldwater, presidential nomination acceptance speech (1964)

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2012 in Liberty, Politics

 

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Right and Left Wings of the Same Bird of Prey


"What the country needs is fewer laws and more freedom."

After years of secret slavery the Republican Party and the Democratic Party come out into the open and reveal to themselves and to the nation as nothing but the right wing and the left wing of the same bird of prey.

There is not a word in either of their platforms that might not have been written and unanimously endorsed by a convention exclusively of corporation lawyers and Wall Street Bankers.

The only difference between these platforms as some one has remarked, is the number of words used to say nothing. Confronted by the gravest crisis in the history of civilization, they have demonstrated, even to their own adherents, that they are without the vision of statesmanship, the courage of leadership or the conviction of patriotism.

— Allen McCurdy, Keynotes for the Third Party National Convention (1920)

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2012 in Politics

 

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Arms Protect Your Property and Freedom <– Thomas Paine


"Not all the treasures of the world, so far as I believe, could have induced me to support an offensive war, for I think it murder; but if a thief breaks into my house, burns and destroys my property, and kills or threatens to kill me, or those that are in it, and to 'bind me in all cases whatsoever' to his absolute will, am I to suffer it?"

These people are either too superstitiously religious, or too cowardly for arms; they either cannot or dare not defend; their property is open to any one who has the courage to attack them. Send but your troops and the prize is ours. Kill a few and take the whole. Thus the peaceable part of mankind will be continually overrun by the vile and abandoned, while they neglect the means of self defence.

The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property.

The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside. And while a single nation refuses to lay them down, it is proper that all should keep them up.

Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them; for while avarice and ambition have a place in the heart of man, the weak will become a prey to the strong. The history of every age and nation establishes these truths, and facts need but little arguments when they prove themselves.

— Thomas Paine, Thoughts on Defensive War (1774)

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2012 in Liberty, Politics

 

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Conservatism is Libertarian <– Ronald Reagan


Reagan appointee Ron Paul, sitting with The Gipper, himself

If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.

I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals — if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories.

The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.

— Ronald Reagan, interview with Reason Magazine (1975)

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Liberty, Philosophy, Politics

 

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I’ll Defend, to the Death, Your Right <– Evelyn Beatrice Hall


Evelyn Beatrice Hall was paraphrasing Voltaire's mindset, not quoting him. The closest he ever came was "Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too", in Essay on Tolerance

What a fuss about an omelette!‘ he had exclaimed when he heard of the burning. How abominably unjust to persecute a man for such an airy trifle as that!

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,’ was his attitude now.

— Evelyn Beatrice Hall, in The Friends of Voltaire, summarizing Voltaire’s defense of a censored book (1906)

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in Freedom of Expression, Philosophy, Politics

 

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The Flip-Flopping Moderate <– Mencken


It is moral by his code to get into office by false pretences. It is moral to change convictions overnight. Anything is moral that furthers the main concern of his soul, which is to keep a place at the public trough.

Ostensibly he is an altruist devoted whole-heartedly to the service of his fellow-men, and so abjectly public-spirited that his private interest is nothing to him. Actually, he is a sturdy rogue whose principal, and often sole aim in life is to butter his parsnips.

His technical equipment consistes simply of an armamentarium of deceits.

It is his business to get and hold his job at all costs. If he can hold it by lying he will hold it by lying. if lying peters out he will try and hold it by embracing new truths.

His ear is ever close to the ground.

— H. L. Mencken on elected politicians, Notes on Democracy (1926)

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2012 in Politics

 

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Honest Cynicism <– Lillian Hellman


Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.

— Lillian Hellman, The Little Foxes (1939)

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in education, Humor, Philosophy

 

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Punishing the Industrious <– J.S. Mill


"The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant."

Both in England and on the Continent a graduated property tax (l’impôt progressif [progressive tax]) has been advocated, on the avowed ground that the state should use the instrument of taxation as a means of mitigating the inequalities of wealth.

I am as desirous as any one that means should be taken to diminish those inequalities, but not so as to relieve the prodigal at the expense of the prudent.

To tax the larger incomes at a higher percentage than the smaller is to lay a tax on industry and economy; to impose a penalty on people for having worked harder and saved more than their neighbours.

It is not the fortunes which are earned, but those which are unearned, that it is for the public good to place under limitation.

— John Stuart Mill, Principles of Political Economy (1848)

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2012 in economic, Philosophy, Politics

 

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Freedom vs the Chains of Security <– Ron Paul


"We need a strong president, strong enough to resist the temptation of taking power the President shouldn’t have."

Freedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference.

Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives.

Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons.

Ron Paul, Security and Liberty (2007)

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Philosophy, Politics

 

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Your Body is Your Own <– Mark Twain


Twain was speaking against the government's attempt to regulate Osteopahy...the osteopaths/chiropractors had hoped he was a believer, but it turned out he thought bone-adjustment was a sham, yet defending people being free to choose for themselves.

Now what I contend is that my body is my own, at least I have always so regarded it. If I do harm through my experimenting with it, it is I who suffer, not the state.

Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), address to the New York General Assembly (1901)

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2012 in economic, Health, Liberty

 

Government Spending <- Dave Barry


We'll try to cooperate fully with the IRS, because, as citizens, we feel a strong patriotic duty not to go to jail

 

One important reason we have a Defense Department is that when we give it money, it spends it, which creates jobs, whereas if we left the money in the hands of civilians, we don`t know what they`d do with it.

Probably put it in open trenches and set it on fire.

— Dave Barry, The Ultimate Deterrent against Political Fallout

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2012 in Humor, Politics

 

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Wise and Just Governments Don’t Soak the Rich <– James Madison


"They will equally respect the rights of property, and the property in rights"

A just security to property is not afforded by that government, under which unequal taxes oppress one species of property and reward another species: where arbitrary taxes invade the domestic sanctuaries of the rich, and excessive taxes grind the faces of the poor; where the keenness and competitions of want are deemed an insufficient spur to labor, and taxes are again applied, by an unfeeling policy, as another spur; in violation of that sacred property, which Heaven, in decreeing man to earn his bread by the sweat of his brow, kindly reserved to him, in the small repose that could be spared from the supply of his necessities.

~ James Madison, Property (1792)

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2012 in Politics

 

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Liberty, not Hypocrisy <– Noam Chomsky


Censorship, like all other oppression, is always imposed with the excuse that its victims are obviously wrong, bad, unhealthy, or foolish

 

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.

Noam Chomsky, Guardian (UK), November 23, 1992


 

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