Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Solution To Government

God has given to men all that is necessary for them to accomplish their destinies. He has provided a social form as well as a human form. And these social organs of persons are so constituted that they will develop themselves harmoniously in the clean air of liberty. Away, then, with quacks and organizers! A way with their rings, chains, hooks, and pincers! Away with their artificial systems! Away with the whims of governmental administrators, their socialized projects, their centralization, their tariffs, their government schools, their state religions, their free credit, their bank monopolies, their regulations, their restrictions, their equalization by taxation, and their pious moralizations!

And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works.

- "The Law" by Frederic Bastiay

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Us for Them

It is merely irritating - or simply ignorable - when a fan says that "we" won the Super Bowl. It is only a slight confusion of terms. It has little effect on society except for instilling marginal intellectual sloth and promoting armchair participation.

But Frédéric Bastiat pointed out a much more nefarious form of the same fallacy:

"Socialism, like the old policy from which it emanates, confounds Government and society. And so, every time we object to a thing being done by Government, it concludes that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of education by the State—then we are against education altogether. We object to a State religion—then we would have no religion at all. We object to an equality which is brought about by the State then we are against equality, etc., etc. They might as well accuse us of wishing men not to eat, because we object to the cultivation of corn by the State."
- The Law, Bastiat (Mises edition)

Friday, January 5, 2018

The New Juvenilism

I couldn't begrudge the liberal MSM's antics the early morning that Donald J. Trump won the presidency. They were going through mourning, including plenty of bargaining, over something they were highly emotionally, unprofessionally invested in.

I didn't begrudge them. I felt for and empathized with their loss. But I still laughed heartily. And I still enjoy videos of their suffering.

I was also emotional invested in the elected. I cheered for joy. But I did NOT loose my mind, start petting my guns, and thank God Trump for allows me to burn liberals at the stake. 

Moving on. Thanks to Mark Dice, I have learned of a new Watergate involving Trump. It is a minor story, but it illustrates quiet well the mentality of many "journalists" we have come to trust over the years.

Watergate II 

If you thought Iran-Contra, Whitewater, Lowensky, Benghazi, or others were the new Watergate, you were wrong. During a press conference in November, President Trump needed a drink of water. Through the valiant efforts of several hack reporters, our president acquired the much needed hydration and was able the continue the press conference.

Needless to say, the MSM found "news" in this incident.

"The average male hand measures 7.4 inches from wrist to fingertip and 3.30 inches across the palm. If Trump's hands are not sufficiently large for him to easily grasp the 500 mL bottle with just one of them, then the logical fit would be the next size down: the Lil' FIJI." (11/15/17 drivel)
- Serious New Juvenilist Kastalia Medrano of Newsweek 
And crazily, Newsweek has not bother to remove that crap. 

There is nothing like clinging to minutiae as harbingers of social standing. But it gets worse.

The main-stream (self-avowed silly) media latched onto the story like an available teat, and helped further to discredit the likes of CNN (Fake News Network) and Newsweek (Newsweak) by aping their delivery.

This incident succinctly illustrates the new mentality of the MSM. They have been able to combine journalistic skills with pubescent fretting. They are the new junvenilists. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Trump: MSM's Master

Trump just continues to bat around CNN and the rest of the LSM (lame stream media).

Trump plays with his food

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Personal Challenge: Day 14

I am giving myself until October 31, 2018 to develop a better healthcare payment and insurance plan for my family.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Fallacy of "Healthcare Insurance"

It is easy to forget that for decades the United States HAD a health care system that was the envy of the world. We had the finest doctors and hospitals, patients received high-quality, affordable medical care, and thousands of privately funded charities provided health services for the poor. I worked in an emergency room where nobody was turned away for lack of funds. People had insurance policies for serious health problems but paid cash for routine doctor visits.
The Revolution: A Manifesto by Ron Paul


Friday, October 13, 2017

Responsibility for Healthcare

The financing of healthcare in our country is a huge policy issue that is fought over on multiple fronts. Politicians, bureaucrats, giant corporations, lobbyists, big and small providers, vendors, nonprofits, you, me, and anybody else that pays for or mitigates the costs of healthcare. The battlefields are all over the place. The battlelines are constantly changing.

READ MORE on Masters of Healthcare blog

Friday, October 6, 2017

NRA and Bump Stocks

Is the NRA ideologically flexible?

I think it is . It appears that the NRA is playing practical politics by throwing the left a bone: Maybe, the NRA will support additional federal regulation of bump stocks. 

Wayne LaPierre's comeback to the "rumor" that the NRA would support banning bump stocks was like drunk-monkey kung fu. To paraphrase LaPierre, (1) bump stocks were not around 10 years agO, and (2) they make semiautos fullautos or something. The NRA needs to get its story straight and start every yarn it spins with:

     "shall not infringe"

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Road Ahead by John T. Flynn

This book was recommended on a Tom Woods podcast recently featuring Mises Institute fellow David Gordon (Ep. 956). I had started As We Go Marching a while ago, but it just seemed to be an airing of grievances and disintegration. This book claims to have solutions, but they don't appear until Chapter 13. I did a little skimming and then settled on starting with the end, since I feel we really need solutions now.

CONTINUE ON Blunt Freedom blog

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