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WSJ gets in my head

Beautifully stated: Inside the Cold, Calculating Libertarian Mind

“Government is the embodiment of rights violation – it cannot function otherwise. Taxation violates property rights, extending imagined rights to others violates liberty (the patient may be getting a “right”, but ask the doctor if he isn’t a slave), and any refusal to comply will ultimately lead to government violating the right to life.”

Still think voting for Barry or Mitt is smart?

FEAR

I’ve become a regular listener of Joe Rogan’s podcast over the past month. The most recent episode featured comedian Bryan Callen and a good chunk was a discussion about fear and its relationship with success. For the uninitiated, Rogan’s podcast is not really a comedy show despite the host and most guests hailing from that world. It’s very long form, averaging two and a half to three hours and covers a myriad of topics. Callen brought up a book in the works by a psychologist friend of his who has counseled athletes and corporate execs and other folks in high intensity careers. [Sidenote: Callen is incredibly interesting.]

There was one anecdote Callen was relating that really stuck out for me. He asked the doc what is the most common hurdle faced by the CEOs and other high powered businessmen he’s had therapy with. He said they all are afraid of being discovered as frauds; that somehow they lucked into their position and are in over their heads.

That is fucking fascinating. Think about that for a minute.

With very, very few exceptions (and it’s not going to be the guys seeking professional counseling) none of these guys were handed the keys to a Fortune 500 company. God did not simply smile on them and they wound up there. It seems to me that they all possess a level of humility beyond what would be expected. Sheeeit, there are girls on Twitter that never finished high school with bigger egos.

Contrast that with the assholes in Congress and the last, oh I don’t know, 30 presidents. Every single one of those dicks thinks they have some right to be there. Obama is a glaringly obvious example of this mentality. For chrissakes he’d written two (2!!!) autobiographies before he even ran for President. And yet the chairman of Chevron’s board is worried he’s not qualified for his job.

This is the big reason why it’s not now and never will be about “just getting the right people in office.” I used to naïvely believe that. Then I finished the 11th grade and used my brain. The people who want to be in politics are never the people who should be in politics. You don’t willingly give a tyrant power; you do everything you can to keep them from obtaining it.

I’ve got more on this, stay tuned.

Ding, Dong, the Witch Is Dead!

President Obama’s “bipartisan health care summit” that was announced during an interview on the Super Bowl pre-game show will be held Thursday. “I want to come back and have a large meeting, Republicans and Democrats, to go through systematically all the best ideas that are out there and move it forward,” Mr. Obama said in the interview from the White House Library.

Yesterday the President released his updated reform proposals and posted them to the White House website. The bullet points supposedly show that the proposal “puts American families and small business owners in control of their own health care.”

In reality, the proposal would put the federal government in control of health insurance (which is not at all the same as health care). It would make it a federal crime for people to not buy insurance, or for insurers to offer plans that did not meet expensive federal mandates (such as insuring “children” up to the age of 26.) The only families who would remain in control are those exempted from compulsory insurance because they can’t afford it. But I thought that was the reason why people are not insured today?

The new blueprint is almost exactly the same as the House and Senate health care bills that the public have opposed since July. It mostly just splits the difference between the two. This is fantastic news and for those who view politics as nothing more than farcical theater, another great source of amusement.
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Weep for Your Country

From Cato:

Since today (12/15)  is Bill of Rights Day, it seems like an appropriate time to pause and consider the condition of the safeguards set forth in our fundamental legal charter.Let’s consider each amendment in turn.

The First Amendment says that Congress “shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.” Government officials, however, insist that they can make it a crime to mention the name of a political candidate in an ad in the weeks preceding an election. They also insist upon gag orders in thousands of federal investigations.

The Second Amendment says the people have the right “to keep and bear arms.” Government officials, however, insist that they can make it a crime to keep and bear arms.

The Third Amendment says soldiers may not be quartered in our homes without the consent of the owners. This safeguard is doing so well that we can pause here for a laugh.

The Fourth Amendment says the people have the right to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures. Government officials, however, insist that they can storm into homes in the middle of the night after giving residents a few seconds to answer their “knock” on the door.

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Audit the Federal Reserve NOW!

This deserves to be brought back to the top:

Texas Congressman Ron Paul introduced a bill to audit the Federal Reserve back in the 80’s. It gained him some notoriety during his presidential campaign at the time but things are surely different nowadays.

HR 1207, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, has 297 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and 30 more in the Senate for its companion bill, S 604. It has very real potential to pass and with every fiber of my being, I hope that it does. It’s the first step on the road to completely eliminating the Federal Reserve.

Here’s why we should do just that.
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Why I am Protesting at the G-20

Just crackin' skulls, ay?

Gettin' right aggro in here innit?

For the hippies, communists, and pacifists of western Pennsylvania (and whoever else traveled to town), Thursday and Friday’s Group of 20 summit is another excuse to make papier-mâché globes and rant against ‘capitalism.’ Admittedly, I really do not like being lumped in with the usual protestors, as frankly, they have become caricatures and clichés for lazy idiocy.

I’m swallowing my pride however, and will be occupying my own slice of sidewalk along Liberty or Penn Avenue, or wherever the security perimeter allows, protesting this meeting of presidents, prime ministers, and central bankers.

But Greg! Why would a nice fellow such as you want to be considered a ragamuffin and hang out with those crazy ‘anarchists?’ I have several reasons.
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