Monday May 20, 2013
Today in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act, taking 250 million acres of land in the West and selling to any citizen or intended citizen, 160 acres - one quarter square mile - of surveyed government land.
When one gets in bed with government, one must expect the diseases it spreads. —
LarkenRose | A lot of statists are trying to hijack the term, in the hopes of making themselves sound learned and principled. When anyone says, “I’m libertarian on certain issues,” he’s either demonstrating his ignorance, or intentionally lying. Libertarianism is a philosophy, based on the non-aggression principle, which says that it’s wrong to initiate violence against someone.... - [More]Posted: January 1, 2012 in Videos
LibertarianNews.org | Most libertarians have already come to accept that a privatized school system is vastly superior and vastly cheaper than State run indoctrination camps. Most libertarians have already come to accept that a fully privatized healthcare system is superior to the State run monstrosity we have today. Most libertarians have already come to accept that private airport security is superior to the State run Stasi pervert squads we have today. etc.. etc.. etc..... - [More]Posted: December 23, 2011 in Articles
Mises.org | Sometimes it is difficult to escape the conviction that there is a sickness so deep in the soul of the American people that they are beyond redemption. On May 15 and in ensuing days the massed armed might of the State, local police, state police, National Guardsmen, zeroed in on a few thousand unarmed citizens of Berkeley, California, who were doing what? Who had taken a muddy lot and transformed it lovingly into a “people’s park”. For this crime, and for the crime of refusing to move from this park which they had created with their own hands, the brutal forces of the State, led by Governor Reagan, moved in with fixed bayonets; shot into the unarmed crowd, wounding over 70 people and murdering the innocent bystander James Rector; flew a helicopter over the crowd and sprayed a super-form of mace over everyone in the area, including children and hospital patients; rounded up hundreds of people and humiliated and tortured them in the infamous Santa Rita concentration camp—one of the major camps for Japanese-Americans during World War II. All this has happened in our America of 1969, and where oh where is the nationwide cry of outrage? Where is the demand for the impeachment of the murderer Reagan and all of the lesser governmental cohorts implicated in this monstrosity?... - [More]Posted: June 15, 2011 in Articles
Mises.org | All societies, no matter how despotic their rulers, must possess a basic degree of respect for property rights, even if such respect is given due to custom rather than intellectual appreciation. All people know that it is a crime to rape or murder; even rapists and murderers know this. Of course, the major hurdle of anarchism is to convince people that murder is wrong even when duly elected “representatives” order it.... - [More]Posted: June 11, 2011 in Books
LewRockwell.com | Compulsory labor permeates our legal and judicial structure. Thus, much-venerated judicial procedure rests upon coerced testimony. Since it is axiomatic to libertarianism that all coercion – in this case, all coerced labor – against everyone except convicted criminals be eliminated, this means that compulsory testimony must be abolished as well. In recent years, it is true, the courts have been alive to the Fifth Amendment protection that no alleged criminal be forced to testify against himself – to provide the material for his own conviction. The legislatures have been significantly weakening this protection by passing immunity laws, offering immunity from prosecution if someone will testify against his fellows – and, furthermore, compelling the witness to accept the offer and testify against his associates. But compelling testimony from anyone for any reason is forced labor – and, furthermore, is akin to kidnapping, since the person is forced to appear at the hearing or trial and is then forced to perform the labor of giving testimony. The problem is not only the recent immunity laws; the problem is to eliminate all coerced testimony, including the universal subpoenaing of witnesses to a crime, and then forcing them to testify. In the case of witnesses, there is no question whatever of their being guilty of a crime, so the use of compulsion against them – a use that no one has questioned until now – has even less justification than compelling testimony from accused criminals.... - [More]Posted: April 13, 2011 in Articles