About the Antigovernment Extremist: I'm a recent graduate of Ohio University where I majored in Political Science with a minor in Economics. My emphasis in university was on constitutional law and American government. This blog is my outlet for political ramblings and where I post current events with a bit of personal commentary. Below you can find similar blogs that I would recommend as well as a series of tags that I've used to allow for better navigation of the topics I post about.
it’s gonna be fun when the republicans win back the presidency because suddenly every tumblr liberal is going to “discover” mass deportation, drone strikes and everything else that was going on under obama, but act as if it’s something the republicans started.
basically, imperialism’s okay if you can paint a smiley face on it.
I hope republicans win the White House so that the anti-war movement will make a comeback.
I like how statists of the left will often say “If you don’t like the laws why don’t you just leave?” and then as soon as Burger King does this they’re called traitors or unpatriotic. Now they’re calling for boycotts of BK. This may actually be one of those instances where I purchase a product as a show of support. Everyone benefits when businesses or corporations avoid burdensome tax rates. Not only will it likely result in cheaper products for consumers, it deprives the most immoral and unethical human institution of its primary source of funds. To quote Thoreau:
"If a thousand men were not to pay their tax-bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood. This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution, if any such is possible.”
Kudos to you Burger King. You have not only a pragmatic but moral and ethical obligation to seek out cheaper tax rates under which to do business.
This is such a know-nothing conservative thing to say.
"See that awful thing over there? Why can’t ‘we’ direct it against this thing I don’t like?"
Yes, by all means. Let ‘us’ spend billions putting armored vehicles and an army on ‘the border’ (presumably there’s only one now?) hmmm I wonder which border you mean…
That’s just what should be done. Let ‘us’ bombard, harass, attack, and generally make war upon people for daring to live somewhere the conservatives don’t want them to be.
Conservative xenophobia on display for the world to see. Please tell me about this is “limited government”? How can someone simultaneously claim to believe in small or limited government and then advocate for this sort of government action to be exerted on another group? The simple answer is that there’s nothing limited or small government about modern day conservatives. They just want to wield the apparatus of the state to enact their own worldview. In this instance its using paramilitary weapons and vehicles to keep undesirables away.
“Balko has been a kind of one-man category creator on this stuff,” said Reason editor in chief Matt Welch. “Reason did police stuff before, but he really popularized it as a topic institutionally at both Reason and Cato, and created a subgenre of what I call ‘Radley Balko libertarians.’”
Other writers, scholars, and speakers atReasonand Cato have followed in Balko’s footsteps, railing about police tactics and equipment. In short, say those funded by the Kochs, they have been sounding the alarm against the militarization of police for longer, and more persistently, than the left.
Another instance where the Koch Brothers out liberal liberals. Pretty excited for my internship this fall which I got through the Koch Internship Program. I guess I’m part of the evil Kochtopus now. I hope my leftist friends and family get a good kick out of that.
Do you know what I think of when someone asks for solidarity? I think of cops. Nobody shows more solidarity than cops. You could have a cop on video beating the crap out of someone, with a dozen of his fellow cops standing there watching, and not a one will cross that blue line to do what is right…
Solidarity is about group cohesion, which means you have to see value in group belonging. And I don’t. I’ve never wanted to belong to a group. All too often, group belonging means conformity. It’s why the Amish all dress the same. It’s why every kid in middle school has to run out and buy the same pair of jeans as their friends…
If you want me to do something or support something, do not appeal to me on the basis of group identity. Appeal to me on principle. Appeal to a real human relationship that we have. If I think your cause is just, I’ll be there…
If you just want solidarity, join the mob or the white nationalists or the police force.
“Due to its unjustified acceptance of the Phillips curve and its related misconceptions about price inflation and business cycles, the Federal Reserve will never be able to trade higher price inflation for lower unemployment. Nor can it sacrifice higher unemployment for lower price inflation. But it can, and likely will, generate high levels of both. If the Federal Reserve’s economic controls appear broken, it is because they never really worked in the first place.”
This is an interesting take on income inequality. Unfortunately this article doesn’t really answer the question posed in the headline but it’s interesting nonetheless. I would hazard a guess that it has something to do with the United States’ marginally freer markets. Every income bracket in America is better off than their Briton counterparts, excluding the bottom 5%.
“It should be emphasized that witnesses disagree about whether Brown was moving toward Wilson when he was shot, which is a central point of contention in the case, since it underpins Wilson’s claim that he fired in self-defense. But either way, attempts to explain Brown’s alleged actions by reference to psychoactive substances he might have consumed exaggerate the power of those chemicals, which may encourage the use of excessive force by stoking officers’ fears of people whom they perceive to be ‘on something.’ This kind of fear mongering is also regrettable because it harks back to a shameful history of warnings about people with dark skin and drug-infused blood.”
This entire article is excellent but I found this quote to be especially relevant. The parallels with this defense and Reefer Madness are unmistakable. It promotes racism masked under a thin veneer fear-mongering to train the public to be afraid of 1) drug users and 2) black men. Combine the two and the only remedy is six bullets to the face and torso, or so they want us to believe.
This is a powerful testament to the sheer lack of accountability that police departments operate under around the country. Anyone who can tell you with a straight face that police officers are held accountable for their actions is either ignorant or lying. There are too many cases where police are cleared of any wrongdoing after assaulting, imprisoning or even murdering people.
It took six years to get our wrongful death lawsuit settled, and my family received $1.75 million. But I wasn’t satisfied by a long shot. I used my entire portion of that money and much more of my own to continue a campaign for more police accountability. I wanted to change things for everyone else, so no one else would ever have to go through what I did. We did our research: In 129 years since police and fire commissions were created in the state of Wisconsin, we could not find a single ruling by a police department, an inquest or a police commission that a shooting was unjustified. There was one shooting we found, in 2005, that was ruled justified by the department and an inquest, but additional evidence provided by citizens caused the DA to charge the officer. The city of Milwaukee settled with a confidentiality agreement and the facts of that sealed. The officer involved committed suicide.
Reading this article brought back Robert Murphy’s quote on the nature of monopolies in law enforcement:
“They [cops] could do anything, literally anything, and there would be people who would rush to their defense. That happens because it’s a monopoly. People think they have to choose between having law enforcement or not. And well, if we have to have it, then yeah, sometimes people they overeact or whatever. That’s just the cost of living in a society of laws. And no it’s not. That is the cost of living in a society with one group that has a monopoly on law enforcement.”