Monthly Archives: August 2016

Burning Man

Last year, someone asked me what I thought about the Burning Man festival, and I said that even though it is still wildly popular, we were watching its demise unfold in front of us. After reading Degen Pener’s article in The Hollywood Reporter, I am more convinced that I am correct in my analysis.

Industry “Burners” from Brad Falchuk to Dana Brunetti discuss the boundary-pushing wild festival in the desert, where inhibitions give way to abandon (drugs: yes; pants: optional), artists do extraordinary installations and the rich (of course) threaten tradition with private chefs, $10,000 tents and air conditioning.

This is a typical cycle that artists face. They create cool, free-spirited spaces, but eventually, the wealthy move in and try to co op things. The downward spiral is usually the same, because the influx of wealth drives up the price of the space, whether it is rent, or in the case of Burning Man, fees,.

The end result is that the very people that created the thing are driven out by social or economic factors. My comment last year was, “A festival of free expression dies with corporate sponsorships.” Burning Man used to be a festival of art and free expression.

Now it is more an event of pretentious self-absorbed wealthy assholes with their “private chefs, $10,000 tents and air conditioning.”

There was a time when I wanted to go, and that time was a decade ago.

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Free Speech By Appointment

Feel free to speak you mind. Just make sure to make an appointment for it. Crazy you say?

A public university in Louisiana has a speech code that permits students to express their beliefs freely for two hours per week at three predetermined locations.

The Northwestern State University policy requires students to apply 24-48 hours in advance before holding a public demonstration or assembly, and limits such activities to “one, 2-hour time period every 7 days, commencing on Monday.”

Eventually, we will progress to the point where we have the mandatory two minutes hate. The only difference is that once the left has trained the sheep to accept that there are limits on free speech, they will then decide just what “free speech” will be permitted during the allotted time slot.

“I don’t agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” While that quote is usually incorrectly attributed to Voltaire, the those words SHOULD be the mantra of every university in the Western world, as the entire purpose of any university should be the free exchange of ideas and knowledge. It is a pity that the opposite is the norm at our institutions of “higher learning.”

 

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Statism

Statism – a political system in which the state has substantial centralized control over social and economic affairs.

 

We often talk a lot about the religion of statism and how it is the most dangerous religion in the world. The definition above is something that everyone should know and remember when they think of politics. Many of us are trying to get away from it in the hopes that the free market will eventually take hold and we can live a life free from tyranny and oppression. While this definition does help to explain statism it doesn’t explain statist’s in the sense of the word that we use.

Statist’s are people who believe that the government can do anything better than the free market or individuals. If you believe that the government can provide charity to the down trodden better than private charities (like churches) congratulations you’re a statist. When we get into talking about government run welfare there is obvious waste and abuse of the system. Anyone and everyone is trying to get the most for the least amount of work. If you wanted to truly end illegal immigration get rid of welfare, I mean all of it. Most of the illegal immigrants that come over do want a better life, there is no denying that when you look at the countries they come from, however most of these people are unskilled workers. Unskilled workers get lower paying jobs, therefor they instantly qualify for most of these programs. If you want to end poverty on a massive scale you would be for getting rid of these programs anyway, when they were instituted American workers were on the rise out of harsh times. Everyone was becoming wealthier if you look at ten years before FDR ruined the country. As soon as he implemented these however it became a way of life for some people because sitting down and doing nothing is easier than getting up and going to work.

If you believe the government is better suited to handle your retirement than you, you are a statist. In my opinion this is where the middle class got off at the wrong bus stop, believing that social security is the only way to plan for retirement. It is the biggest Ponzi scheme on the face of the planet. If people would even match what the government puts into social security every paycheck into a private investment account and put 15% away for retirement chances are you would retire a millionaire. I mean just do the math, the average decent mutual fund does between 8-10 percent return a year. If you start at age 18 and put just 100 bucks in a month at 8% after forty years of work you end up with over $700,000 for retirement. If you only plan on living another ten years that is 70,000 grand a year for retirement if you don’t want to leave any for your children. That is triple what social security pays most people. The government once again fails you into believing that it is better suited to handle your retirement. And if you take that example to heart and look at this person only putting in 100 dollars you have to understand this guy must be a loser. He never got a raise for forty years of work which means he never raised his contributions.

If you believe police are responsible for your safety, you probably are a statist. If someone kicks in my door at 2 a.m. I am responsible for the safety of my family at that moment. I have less than ten seconds to decide whether to grab my phone or my gun. I will call the police but first clearing the house and making sure the threat to my family and my property is my responsibility. The anti-gunner’s don’t get this. They think police are stationed on every street corner to make sure bad people don’t do bad things. The truth is it is our job to make sure bad people don’t make victims of others. I could go on and on with these examples but these were the first ones on my mind this morning.

The fact is that if you believe you need government to live a successful life, or to help the poor, or to regulate what you eat you probably are a statist. When the truth is that if you want to be successful you have to want it more than anything and be willing to learn the skills to be successful. If you don’t want to be poor be willing to learn new skills to help you out of poverty. If you don’t want to eat things that are harmful to you, read up on healthy living. The most important thing though is being charitable to others. Private charities accomplish far more work than government ever could. Believe more in yourself than government and you will no longer be a slave to the cult of statism.

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Thought Ramblings

Writer’s block has been killing me these past couple of weeks. I haven’t known where to start or what to even consider writing about. I mostly try and concern my posts to this blog with economics because that is something that I truly enjoy. While we watch the world burn around us, countries going broke (including our own), wars waging, genocide, and even the internal struggle we are seeing in America right now it reminds me of the times that I felt hopeless. While we worry about what the state is doing we also must realize that we are the cause of our own misfortune. Yes America we voted and lead ourselves to where we are today. Where the real unemployment rate among working age individuals is 37%, where 47 million people are on some form of government aid, and to where our economy could come crashing down at any moment. The good news is that it isn’t over, and while ideas of liberty and peace are in our minds we can change the course of our future.

Straight out of high school in 2006 I made decent money for an unskilled worker. I never made great money but in my eyes 20k a year wasn’t doing too badly. Then the economy tanked due to the housing bubble and our government saw fit to print money at an alarming rate. One hundred dollars at the grocery store would no longer feed me for two weeks it took much more. Overtime became a necessity not a luxury and eventually a new job was needed in order to keep up with the times. Everything in the course of the last ten years has become more expensive it seems. Maybe it is the fact that now I am married and a father. I still fear for my child however at the rate this country seems to be going.

I started listening to books on tape when I worked overnights at Walmart. I crammed as much information as possible into my brain. I consumed learning on a massive scale. The biggest thing that I tried to learn was more about personal finance. I was only making ten dollars an hour, and for the first year of my marriage I was the only one working. I still supported my wife on this wage. And I never asked for help from the state. I also realized that I was not in a position to afford a car payment. We lived in a studio apartment where all utilities were included. After doing that for a year I realized being poor is a choice. Yes that is right being poor is no one else’s fault but your own. I started working two jobs, I worked more in my life to pay off debt and get rid of bills than I ever had in my life. I still am firmly against any sort of loan other than a mortgage, and even then I will fight tooth and nail to only have a 15 year fixed with 10% or more down. I will not go back to where I was.

So how does all of this come back to the state? I made my future happen despite being at a point where welfare of some sort was an option. I never asked for help but instead looked at the luxuries I had to cut. I set out and doubled my income in a year. I still work two jobs. It was the belief that I controlled my future, not some government handout. People say that I have no compassion for the poor or that because I think cutting out the welfare safety net would be the best thing that I am heartless. It is because I have been there and now I want more for my life that I will never return there. Anything that government does is never as great as the free market.

I guess maybe I needed to vent and just find something to write about that was more personable. I needed to hear my own story and why I strive for liberty and economic freedom. Or maybe I needed to remember and remind myself why this fight is so important, and every day I look at my daughter I remember that if I don’t fight for liberty she will have to.

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We Have Reached The Other Side Of The Racism Coin

“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr., August 28, 1963

A few months before I was born, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. I grew up in a very integrated neighborhood in Southern California, so racism was not something I observed as much as someone in other parts of the country would have lived with. That is not to say it did not exist, but it was subtle, and I honestly can never  remember anyone outwardly voicing the kind of hate that is associated with the racism of my youth.

I do not remember at what age I first heard King’s famous speech. What I do remember, however, is what my initial reaction to is was. It was not some new radical idea that I had never considered. To me, his words were simply common sense. If anything, I felt a sense of sadness that we were not already at a point in our history where his dream was a reality.

I did have hope that we would get there in my lifetime.

So imagine my dismay at reading this on my newsfeed this morning:

Race agitators in Milwaukee used the police shooting of an unarmed armed black man to burn down their city and attack white people. Several videos show white drivers being stopped in the middle of the street and the “protesters” attempting to pull them out of their vehicles.

“They’re beating every white person!” one of the agitators shouted in the video. “They jumpin’ every white person.” When the mob spotted a white driver, they attempted to block his car from passing.

“He white! Beat his sh*t!” the man yelled.

In the 1960s, White racists harassed, beat and murdered African-Americans, and the pop culture, and the political class, and the media not only looked the other way, or excused their actions, but often openly supported the actions of the racists. It was a time of national insanity (or the continuation of a national insanity that existed since the first slave was brought to America in the 17th century).

Today, BLM agitators openly harass, beat and murder White Americans, and the pop culture, the political class, and the media provide cover for them, excuse their behavior, and often openly support their actions.

Congratulations my fellow Americans. We have reached the other side of the racism coin. We are just as far from the society that King spoke about now as we were in the 1960s. It is our national shame, and it is because we suffer from a national cowardice, where we submit to the pressures of political correctness and the desire to keep from offending anyone. It is pathetic.

Speaking out against racism is the right action. Every. Single. Time. Whether that racism comes from Whites, or Blacks, or Muslims, or from any other group is immaterial. Racism, bigotry and hate cannot be cured by more racism, bigotry and hate. Anyone who believes otherwise, and acts on that belief should be called out to answer for their own stupidity.

To quote the great Edmund Burke, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” It is long past time that good men step up and push back against the racist terrorism that BLM practices. Regardless of how noble many who support BLM are in their intentions (and there instances where better relationships between police and the community they serve are possible), racism and violence have no place in our society.

The actions of those in Milwaukee only serve to further fray the fabric of our society. Enough is enough.

 

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Can We Get Actual Libertarians To Run For The Libertarian Party?

The two major parties have nominated candidates so unpalatable that for the first time, many American voters would actually take a hard look at some of the fringe parties and the candidates that represent them. This is especially true for many small-government-minded Republicans who have watched as the GOP took their money and their enthusiasm, and in return pushed country club liberal republicans who not only didn’t stand in the way of the Obama agenda, but also helped grease the skids to make it easier for the President to ram through everything he could have ever dreamed of.

So who could have come along and benefitted from the disatisfaction of those who tend to support small government, lower taxes, and a return to the constitutional republicanism the founders envisioned? The Libertarian Party of course.

Then again, maybe not. In a recent interview with Vice-Presidential candidate Bill Weld of the LIbertarian Party, Weld dropped this gem when talking about gun control.

“The five-shot rifle, that’s a standard military rifle; the problem is if you attach a clip to it so it can fire more shells and if you remove the pin so that it becomes an automatic weapon, and those are independent criminal offenses. That is when they become, essentially, a weapon of mass destruction.”

Bob Owens over at bearingarms.com has a great write up on the whole fiasco that is worth a read. When you combine this with the statement the other day from Weld that Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson would nominate Supreme Court justices in the mold of Stephen Breyer or Merrick Garland, it makes you wonder what part of limited government they would actually stand for.

What’s a libertarian to do?

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Media, Democrats Feign Outrage Over Trump Comment

If you had any question as to whether or not the mainstream media is nothing more than the propaganda wing of the DNC, consider this latest story.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign strongly condemned Donald Trump Tuesday over an aside at a rally that they said suggested that the Democratic nominee or federal judges should be shot.

The remark came at an afternoon rally in Wilmington, N.C., when Trump was talking about how if elected Clinton would get to appoint federal judges to lifetime positions, including a vacant seat on the Supreme Court.

“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know,” Trump said.

Any sane individual would conclude that Trump was talking about the political power that those who are strong supporters of the 2nd Amendment wield, and that maybe their energy could thwart a possible Clinton Administration by defeating her in November.

Instead, the media and the Democrats (and the establishment RINOs for that matter) immediately ran to microphones, or Twitter, or any other outlet to claim his words were a call for an assassination. Yes, seriously.

 

You get the idea.

Of course, all of the major DNC apparatchiks (CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC and the rest of the alphabet propagandists) were quick to run this smear as much as possible.

The only group in this campaign that has actively called for the assassination of anyone has been the BLM speakers that the DNC embraced and invited to be a part of their convention. BUt hey, who gives a shit about cops? Not the left.

Anyone who lets the mainstream media tell them how to vote in this election is a fool. Ignorance is one thing. Wilful ignorance is another thing entirely.

 

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Another Suspicious Death Surrounding Hillary Clinton

Jim Hoft over at Gateway Pundit has the lowdown on yet another suspicious death of someone involved in standing up to the Clinton machine.

On July 3, 2016,Shawn Lucas and filmmaker Ricardo Villaba served the DNC Services Corp. and Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz at DNC’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., in the fraud class action suit against the Democrat Party on behalf of Bernie Sanders supporters.

Shawn Lucas was found dead this week.

Most people dismiss this as just coincidence, but this is getting to be ridiculous. It reminds me of a line from Clint Eastwood’s classic movie The Outlaw Josie Wales, which reads, “Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.”

Maybe there is nothing to this, but as the old saying goes, where there is smoke, there is usually fire. Just consider this list:

1- James McDougal – Clintons convicted Whitewater partner died of an apparent heart attack, while in solitary confinement. He was a key witness in Ken Starr’s investigation.

2 – Mary Mahoney – A former White House intern was murdered July 1997 at a Starbucks Coffee Shop in Georgetown .. The murder …happened just after she was to go public with her story of sexual harassment in the White House.

3 – Vince Foster – Former White House counselor, and colleague of Hillary Clinton at Little Rock’s Rose Law firm. Died of a gunshot wound to the head, ruled a suicide.

4 – Ron Brown – Secretary of Commerce and former DNC Chairman. Reported to have died by impact in a plane crash. A pathologist close to the investigation reported that there was a hole in the top of Brown’s skull resembling a gunshot wound. At the time of his death Brown was being investigated, and spoke publicly of his willingness to cut a deal with prosecutors. The rest of the people on the plane also died. A few days later the Air Traffic controller commited suicide.

5 – C. Victor Raiser, II – Raiser, a major player in the Clinton fund raising organization died in a private plane crash in July 1992.

6 – Paul Tulley – Democratic National Committee Political Director found dead in a hotel room in Little Rock , September 1992. Described by Clinton as a “dear friend and trusted advisor”.

7 – Ed Willey – Clinton fundraiser, found dead November 1993 deep in the woods in VA of a gunshot wound to the head. Ruled a suicide. Ed Willey died on the same day his wife Kathleen Willey claimed Bill Clinton groped her in the oval office in the White House. Ed Willey was involved in several Clinton fund raising events.

8 – Jerry Parks – Head of Clinton’s gubernatorial security team in Little Rock .. Gunned down in his car at a deserted intersection outside Little Rock Park’s son said his father was building a dossier on Clinton He allegedly threatened to reveal this information. After he died the files were mysteriously removed from his house.

9 – James Bunch – Died from a gunshot suicide. It was reported that he had a “Black Book” of people which contained names of influential people who visited prostitutes in Texas and Arkansas

10 – James Wilson – Was found dead in May 1993 from an apparent hanging suicide. He was reported to have ties to Whitewater..

11 – Kathy Ferguson – Ex-wife of Arkansas Trooper Danny Ferguson, was found dead in May 1994, in her living room with a gunshot to her head. It was ruled a suicide even though there were several packed suitcases, as if she were going somewhere. Danny Ferguson was a co-defendant along with Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones lawsuit Kathy Ferguson was a possible corroborating witness for Paula Jones.

12 – Bill Shelton – Arkansas State Trooper and fiancee of Kathy Ferguson. Critical of the suicide ruling of his fiancee, he was found dead in June, 1994 of a gunshot wound also ruled a suicide at the grave site of his fiancee.

13 – Gandy Baugh – Attorney for Clinton’s friend Dan Lassater, died by jumping out a window of a tall building January, 1994. His client was a convicted drug distributor.

14 – Florence Martin – Accountant & sub-contractor for the CIA, was related to the Barry Seal, Mena, Arkansas, airport drug smuggling case. He died of three gunshot wounds.

15 – Suzanne Coleman – Reportedly had an affair with Clinton when he was Arkansas Attorney General. Died of a gunshot wound to the back of the head, ruled a suicide. Was pregnant at the time of her death.

16 – Paula Grober – Clinton’s speech interpreter for the deaf from 1978 until her death December 9, 1992. She died in a one car accident.

17 – Danny Casolaro – Investigative reporter, investigating Mena Airport and Arkansas Development Finance Authority. He slit his wrists, apparently, in the middle of his investigation.

18 – Paul Wilcher – Attorney investigating corruption at Mena Airport with Casolaro and the 1980 “October Surprise” was found dead on a toilet June 22, 1993, in his Washington DC apartment had delivered a report to Janet Reno 3 weeks before his death.

19 – Jon Parnell Walker – Whitewater investigator for Resolution Trust Corp. Jumped to his death from his Arlington ,Virginia apartment balcony August 15, 1993. He was investigating the Morgan Guaranty scandal.

20 – Barbara Wise – Commerce Department staffer. Worked closely with Ron Brown and John Huang. Cause of death: Unknown. Died November 29, 1996. Her bruised, naked body was found locked in her office at the Department of Commerce.

21 – Charles Meissner – Assistant Secretary of Commerce who gave John Huang special security clearance, died shortly thereafter in a small plane crash.

22 – Dr. Stanley Heard – Chairman of the National Chiropractic Health Care Advisory Committee died with his attorney Steve Dickson in a small plane crash. Dr. Heard, in addition to serving on Clinton `s advisory council personally treated Clinton’s mother, stepfather and brother.

23 – Barry Seal – Drug running TWA pilot out of Mena Arkansas, death was no accident.

24 – Johnny Lawhorn, Jr. – Mechanic, found a check made out to Bill Clinton in the trunk of a car left at his repair shop. He was found dead after his car had hit a utility pole.

25 – Stanley Huggins – Investigated Madison Guaranty. His death was a purported suicide and his report was never released.

26 – Hershell Friday – Attorney and Clinton fundraiser died March 1, 1994, when his plane exploded.

27 – Kevin Ives & Don Henry – Known as “The boys on the track” case. Reports say the boys may have stumbled upon the Mena Arkansas airport drug operation. A controversial case, the initial report of death said, due to falling asleep on railroad tracks. Later reports claim the 2 boys had been slain before being placed on the tracks. Many linked to the case died before their testimony could come before a Grand Jury.

THE FOLLOWING PERSONS HAD INFORMATION ON THE IVES/HENRY CASE:

28 – Keith Coney – Died when his motorcycle slammed into the back of a truck, 7/88.

29 – Keith McMaskle – Died, stabbed 113 times, Nov, 1988

30 – Gregory Collins – Died from a gunshot wound January 1989.

31 – Jeff Rhodes – He was shot, mutilated and found burned in a trash dump in April 1989.

32 – James Milan – Found decapitated. However, the Coroner ruled his death was due to natural causes”.

34 – Richard Winters – A suspect in the Ives/Henry deaths. He was killed in a set-up robbery July 1989.

Note that I am not accusing the Clintons of  any involvement in the demise of the people listed above. I just find it curious that the media has NEVER really dug into this with any seriousness. Yet, we’re going to hear endless accounts of how people were wronged because Donald Trump is a verbally abusive asshole. And even though those accounts involving Trump are most likely true, one would hope that the media would take a passing interest into whether or not the Clintons are involved in something that would make the Sopranos look like amateurs.

 

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Japan’s Economy in the tank

When will politicians learn? It seems that all  who follow in the Keynesian style of economics are lost. About six months ago the Japanese started hoarding there money outside of banks so much so that they ran out of safes to keep them in. Today in the news, alongside what I am sharing, the Japanese are raising their minimum wage for part time workers, making labor more expensive and the impact will be higher unemployment in the future. Now this stimulus package comes to try and crush the heavy deflation that is ruining their country.

“We’ve put together a bold stimulus proposal that is an investment in the future,” Mr. Abe said on Tuesday. It will allocate money to social programs and infrastructure, including the construction of a high-speed train that will use magnetic levitation, or maglev, technology to float above its tracks.

The stimulus program represents a redoubling of Mr. Abe’s effort to promote growth and crush deflation, which has dogged Japan since the 1990s.

Though he has approved spending increases before, he has relied heavily on the money being pumped into the economy by the central bank, the Bank of Japan. This year, the bank took the extreme measure of reducing its benchmark interest rate below zero.

Number one government stimulus packages never work, and are proof that the free market would ride out the bubble and force companies to liquidate or close their doors. Investing in things that should not be in government control is another thing that shouldn’t work. Social programs and infrastructure should not be the concern of the central government. In America we worry about inflation or the hidden tax that government uses to devalue our money. In Japan however people have been hoarding money which has caused the opposite. In America with our fractional reserve banking banks loan out their money with interest to hopefully get a return and to have money flowing in the economy.

When it gets to the point that you have negative interest rates there is a severe problem. It means money is not changing hands at all and instead is being kept out of circulation.

The central bank’s policies have let the government borrow at extremely low interest rates. Some economists saw the latest increase in spending as a sign that Mr. Abe is in effect assuming that the bank will underwrite government spending more directly in the future — an approach sometimes called helicopter money because it essentially drops money into the public’s hands.

“While helicopter money is a concept still frowned upon thus far, such coordination does make the first step in blurring the line as central banks run out of stimulus measures,” said Lee Jin-Yang, an analyst at Aberdeen Asset Management.

This is the problem with paper money. When you can print and print yourself into oblivion it makes your currency worthless. Furthermore when people start talking about “helicopter money” as Bernanke has done the people of the country hoard even more. It is a completely different culture there, the people of that country see all the money coming out of their central bank and instead of spending it wildly like Americans would do they hide it in their mattresses.

Mr. Abe is not only betting that Japan can spend its way to growth, but that economic expansion will help the country claw its way out of a canyon of debt. Japan’s government debt is bigger than that of any other country, relative to the size of its economy. Mr. Abe argues that things will only get worse if output keeps shrinking, so spending more now will make Japan financially stronger down the line.

When you have this kind of debt as a country people become scared. It is the whole reason why many Americans have started “prepping” for our own collapse as we hit the 20 trillion dollar mark. When you look at this kind of rampant debt there is only two ways government can make sure that they stay afloat. Its either option A where they take the dollar and inflate the debt away (along with the money you have saved for retirement) or B they cut off every program in order to make the debt payments.

When I talk about inflation I talk about the government printing so much money that our money is worthless. Venezuela is a perfect example of that. When you have to bring a duffle bag full of dollar bills to buy a gallon of milk, this is the problem of fiat currency. The even larger problem is that almost every government on the globe uses fiat currency.

(excerpts from nytimes.com)

 

 

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Property Rights

One of the biggest issues in the country right now is property rights. The definition of public vs. private property has been so misconstrued that it is almost to the point of disgust. Recently we all saw the event that had risen between the Bundy family and the federal government. Being a libertarian I have learned that the federal government never truly wants you to own the money an individual works for, the property an individual owns, and even an individual’s body. Many people think that I am a fanatic when I say things like this but how can that be? So when I think of a problem in this country I think property rights and how they not only affect individuals but also how this issue can be solved.

I feel first I have to define what personal property is because even our local governments infringe on our constitutional rights. Personal property is anything that an individual owns which can be a vehicle, a building or piece of land, any item which the individual has purchased, but most importantly an individual’s body. The problem is that the government feels constantly like they have to protect people and enforce laws based on the common good and the idea that individuals don’t know what is best for themselves. Another government is known for that and it is a form of government that we have been at war with, that government would be the communist Soviet Union. So if I were to make a list of things that infringe on individual’s rights it would have to start with public smoking bans that are in fact privately owned buildings, not allowing businesses to discriminate if they wish, building a pond in their land, making suicide illegal, and prohibiting people from using drugs.

Often people hear me talk about this and they think so I want to encourage businesses to allow smoking which harms others? My answer to this is no I don’t want people to be exposed to second hand smoke if they don’t want to be, but isn’t that what the market is for? If anyone truly does not want to smell cigarettes while they eat then why would they go to a building that allows it? Why would they go to a building that says “whites only” if they agree that racial discrimination is wrong? The mere notion that I have control over someone else’s life and property is morally wrong to me. Government often crosses the line in my eyes when it comes to the belief that just because people congregate there it is public property.

So now when I think of public property I think of anything that my taxes go to pay for. Of course government doesn’t see it that way, they see it as their property. Police officers, national parks, FAFSA, food stamps, disability payments, and even roads are a part of public property because we the people pay for those things. So what that means to me is that every individual who pays taxes should have the right to say how much our politician’s make, how much money we put into a certain program, and even how we get the funds for these things. Many people now believe that taxes are too high even Obamacare is technically a tax but how did it get this way? We kept allowing people to distribute the nation’s money how they saw fit and in that notion we have destroyed our currency, made social security bankrupt by allowing it to be part of the general fund, and made our unemployment rate sky rocket. This is all a cause of government intervention and the first step to fixing a problem is admitting it even though the solution is much simpler.

My solution to fixing the government whether it is local, state, or federal is reverting back to the constitution. How I apply this to all of my examples of the infringement of our rights is by simply taking my rights and asking myself if I am infringing on another individual’s rights. If I owned a bar and wanted to allow smoking cigarettes in the establishment I would ask myself if this infringes on anyone’s rights involuntarily. Am I forcing people to come into this bar? Obviously not they come to relax and have a good time of their own free will. If I were to open a laundromat that said only a certain race could come to the establishment is that forcing any form of violence on others? No it isn’t and if the majority of people don’t believe I am right I am still granted this because of the first amendment, my business will suffer and obviously I will have to retract my sign. Do I have the right to do drugs? Well it is my body and as long as I am not hurting anyone else I feel like it is a fourth amendment right. Can I own a firearm that is fully automatic or even an explosive device? Yes I can, the second amendment didn’t say everyone must have a 1776 musket it stated that the people’s right to have the ability fight back against tyranny is a must to keep the government in check. The constitution was written to maintain the people’s power over government not the government’s power over the people.

Yet still there are those that disagree with the notion that we are a free people and that we won our independence from a tyrannical government long ago. The argument shifts blame on those property owners that wish to continue allowing smoking in their bars or those who wish to do drugs. Often times I here that the sole reason for drugs being illegal is that they need to keep the children safe, when in reality it funds another side of the economy. If drugs were legalized tomorrow there would be less judges, lawyers, rehabs, and prisons than there are now. The same goes for allowing smoking inside of bars. If smoking were allowed in bars there would be less police officers and more traffic in the bar scene. I am approached with this argument several times a week by coworkers on the greater good and how we need to protect the masses and my rebuttal always is the same, people were given free will for a reason. The basis of our constitution is that an individual can do what they want as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others. The government in these cases are just trying to legislate morality like they do with cigarettes and alcohol.

In closing there are many solutions to fixing our current state of affairs but none remains more prevalent than our most sacred text as American citizens, the constitution. This document has governed our land since its creation and it should still be a reference for every law passed and every program funded. There are still many challenges ahead of this country and I truly hope that we restore ourselves as a free and independent country in the future.  Many places in this country even have and are trying to discredit this document and even change it to fit their needs. We often find that when a document or sacred text is changed to fit someone else’s agenda that tragic things happen. My advice to those that read this paper and see that what I am asking for is not just a change in government but a chance for my fellow Americans to be truly free of the chains that have been brought on us.

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