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.
Melanie Pinkert (via eccentric-opinion)
1:19 pm • 26 August 2014 • 220 notes
“We need not endorse whoredom to find that laws against it are a remedy that are much worse than the disease. And yet I will say this in defense of whores: Unlike social conservatives, I have never seen them lobby the government to force others to live their lifestyle.”
Jason Kuznicki - But Of Course I’m a Libertine
This is an excellent article on the dangers of libertarian and conservative “fusionism” and the misguided attack against libertines (even by some libertarians).
12:37 pm • 21 August 2014 • 38 notes
“Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?”
LAPD officer Sunil Dutta, writing 100% seriously in a WaPo op-ed entitled (I kid you not) “I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me.” (via hipsterlibertarian)
"Stop resisting!" A phrase exclusively said by rapists and police officers.
(Source: kohenari, via hipsterlibertarian)
12:55 pm • 19 August 2014 • 4,023 notes
“The means of defense against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.”
— James Madison
10:14 pm • 18 August 2014 • 26 notes
“The minimum wage is actually zero. That’s what you earn when wage controls price your labor out of the market.”
— Antony Davies
3:34 pm • 16 August 2014 • 201 notes
“Deflation is the Federal Reserve’s worst nightmare for many reasons. Real gains from deflation cannot be easily taxed. If a school administrator earns $100,000 per year, prices are constant, and she receives a 5 percent raise, her real pretax standard of living has increased $5,000, but the government taxes the increase, leaving less for the individual. But if her earnings are held constant, and prices drop 5 percent, she has the same $5,000 increase in her standard of living, but the government cannot tax the gain because it comes in the form of lower prices rather than higher wages.
Deflation increases the real value of government debt, making it harder to repay. If deflation is not reversed, there will be an outright default on the national debt, rather than the less traumatic outcome of default-by-inflation. Deflation slows nominal GDP growth, while nominal debt rises every year due to budget deficits. This tends to increase the debt-to-GDP ratio, placing the United States on the same path as Greece and making a sovereign debt crisis more likely.
Deflation also increases the real value of private debt, creating a wave of defaults and bankruptcies. These losses then fall on the banks, causing a banking crisis. Since the primary mandate of the Federal Reserve is to prop up the banking system, deflation must be avoided because it induces bad debts that threaten bank solvency.”
— James Rickards, The Death of Money
I’ve always wondered why governments fear deflation so much. I always chocked up to propaganda wins in the quest for public opinion in favor of inflation. But really it’s just to prop up the debt financed economic system the government has constructed for us. Almost every action taken by monetary and fiscal policy central planners has been to perpetuate the debt driven, consumerist economy.
Deflation is good for the savers and ghastly for the debtors. Conversely, inflation is a saving grace for debtors and a slow cancer for savers. It all starts to make sense. You guys should read this book. I’m only into the introduction and I like it.
11:01 am • 16 August 2014 • 83 notes
“Danger comes from within and without. We have a misplaced confidence that central banks can save the day; in fact, they are ruining our markets. The value-at-risk models used by Wall Street and regulators to measure the dangers that derivatives pose are risible; they mask the over-leveraging, which is shamelessly transformed into grotesque compensation that is throwing our society out of balance. When the hidden costs come home to roost and taxpayers are once again stuck with the bill, the bankers will be comfortably ensconced inside their mansions and aboard their yachts. The titans will explain to credulous reporters and bought-off politicians that the new collapse was nothing they could have foreseen.”
— James Rickards, The Death of Money
10:01 am • 16 August 2014 • 17 notes
“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 overact 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.”
Robert P Murphy commenting on law enforcement and police misconduct
The Market For Security
2:30 pm • 15 August 2014 • 133 notes
“When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law.”
— Frédéric Bastiat
6:40 pm • 14 August 2014 • 1,482 notes
“If they changed the name to Fergustan, the Obama admin might intervene.”
— Jeremy Scahill
4:53 pm • 14 August 2014 • 77 notes
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
— John F. Kennedy
3:02 pm • 14 August 2014 • 2,311 notes
“The general consensus here: if this is militarization, it’s the shittiest, least-trained, least professional military in the world, using weapons far beyond what they need, or what the military would use when doing crowd control.”
— Veterans on Ferguson
2:45 pm • 14 August 2014 • 127 notes
“[Mike Brown’s] friends and family now not only have to work through their grief, but against a posthumous slur campaign. Johnson described his friend in an MSNBC interview as cool and quiet. Brown’s uncle, Bernard Ewings, said in a Sunday interview that Brown loved music. Brown’s mother, Leslie McSpadden, said that he was funny and could make people laugh. He graduated from high school in the spring, and was headed to college to pursue a career in heating and cooling engineering. Monday would have been his first day.
By all accounts, Brown was One Of The Good Ones. But laying all this out, explaining all the ways in which he didn’t deserve to die like a dog in the street, is in itself disgraceful. Arguing whether Brown was a good kid or not is functionally arguing over whether he specifically deserved to die, a way of acknowledging that some black men ought to be executed.”
— Greg Howard, “America Is Not For Black People.” (via quickhits)
11:00 am • 14 August 2014 • 601 notes
“The ‘private sector’ of the economy is, in fact, the voluntary sector; and the ‘public sector’ is, in fact, the coercive sector.”
— Henry Hazlitt (via thewoodentrees)
8:58 pm • 12 August 2014 • 188 notes