“Today’s decision is a vindication for everyone who believes that the public has a role in government. We owe it to the efforts of the brave reporters and their colleagues who kept working in the face of extraordinary intimidation, including the forced destruction of journalistic materials, the inappropriate use of terrorism laws, and so many other means of pressure to get them to stop what the world now recognises was work of vital public importance.”
— Edward Snowden, in a statement regarding the Guardian and the Washington Post, winning the Pultizer Prize for their stories on the N.S.A. (via assangistan)
(Source: theguardian.com, via writerwhocouldntwrite)
9:47 pm • 14 April 2014 • 90 notes
“Finally, as libertarians we might want to challenge some of our feminist friends with the following consideration: if patriarchy is real and men have disproportionate power over all of society’s major institutions, why should a feminist trust the government to be the solution to problems like the gender wage gap? Even without assuming patriarchy, given the track record of government in the 20th century and before, why should we believe it will not only care about women’s interests but be able to effectively pursue them? To simultaneously complain about how Congress is controlled by men and still think that the federal government is the solution to men’s oppression of women seems… problematic. And if our feminist friends agree that the state is not the solution, then it would seem we’re all on the same side”
— Bleeding Heart Libertarians - Some Thoughts on Equal Pay Day
2:40 pm • 9 April 2014 • 44 notes
“If a prominent politician hires a hall to make a speech, stay away; the absent audience will bring him to a realization of his nothingness. The speeches and the written statements of a political figure are designed to impress you with his importance, and if you do not listen to the one or read the other you will not be influenced and he will give up the effort. It is the applause, the adulation we accord political personages that registers our regard for the power they wield; the deflation of that power is in proportion to our disregard of these personages. Without a cheering crowd there is no parade.”
— Frank Chodorov (via hatredismymuse)
10:23 pm • 6 April 2014 • 46 notes
“[W]as there ever any domination which did not feel natural to those who possessed it?”
— J. S. Mill (via freemarketliberal)
1:55 pm • 4 April 2014 • 14 notes
“In 1979, when the minimum wage was $2.90, a hard-working student with a minimum-wage job could earn enough in one day (8.44 hours) to pay for one academic credit hour. If a standard course load for one semester consisted of maybe 12 credit hours, the semester’s tuition could be covered by just over two weeks of full-time minimum wage work—or a month of part-time work. A summer spent scooping ice cream or flipping burgers could pay for an MSU education. The cost of an MSU credit hour has multiplied since 1979. So has the federal minimum wage. But today, it takes 60 hours of minimum-wage work to pay off a single credit hour, which was priced at $428.75 for the fall semester.”
The Myth of Working Your Way Through College - Svati Kirsten Narula - The Atlantic (via infoneer-pulse)
You can thank federal student loans and the Federal Reserve for this.
11:19 pm • 2 April 2014 • 36,763 notes
“In a recent discussion on tax fairness, someone suggested to me that he believed the following average tax rates (i.e., after accounting for deductions etc.) were fair: The rich should pay 50% of their incomes; the middle class should pay 15% of their incomes; the poor should pay 0.5% of their incomes.
The actual figures (from the Congressional Budget Office) are: rich 28%, middle class 11%, poor 1%.
Now, these figures exclude transfers (i.e., negative taxes like the EITC). If we include transfers, the net figures are: rich 28%, middle class -17%, poor -55%.
Conclusion: Accounting for transfers, to get to this person’s suggested “fair” tax rates, we would have to double tax rates on the rich, quadruple tax rates on the middle class, and increase tax rates on the poor by a factor of 56.
Those who advocate that people need to pay their fair share should clarify what they mean by “fair.””
— Economist Antony Davies on his Facebook this afternoon.
1:54 pm • 1 April 2014 • 31 notes
“That discomfort you’re sensing all around you? It’s the American Establishment loading its Depends diapers over the prospect of a younger generation that is turning its back on political parties and other zombified artifacts of our glorious past.”
— Nick Gillespie, "In Defense of Millenials and Individualism" (via hipsterlibertarian)
2:20 pm • 24 March 2014 • 191 notes
“The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.”
Side note: I recently got a PS4 and my PSN username is Hayeksplosive as a nod to the great Fight of the Century music video. You guys would be amazed at how many people have picked up on the reference. It gives me hope. Feel free to add me on PSN too.
12:24 pm • 22 March 2014 • 15 notes
“That there is an entity known as the community which is the rightful owner of all land anarchists deny. I … maintain that the community is a non-entity, that it has no existence, and is simply a combination of individuals having no prerogative beyond those of the individuals themselves.”
— Benjamin Tucker (via utilitymaximiser)
11:49 am • 13 March 2014 • 40 notes
“In a very real and terrifying sense, our Government is the CIA and the Pentagon, with Congress reduced to a debating society. Of course, you can’t spot this trend to fascism by casually looking around. You can’t look for such familiar signs as the swastika, because they won’t be there. We won’t build Dachaus and Auschwitzes; the clever manipulation of the mass media is creating a concentration camp of the mind that promises to be far more effective in keeping the populace in line. We’re not going to wake up one morning and suddenly find ourselves in gray uniforms goose-stepping off to work. But this isn’t the test. The test is: What happens to the individual who dissents? In Nazi Germany, he was physically destroyed; here, the process is more subtle, but the end results can be the same.”
— Jim Garrison in 1967 (via amphigoryglory)
(Source: the-anarchic-astronaut, via amphigoryglory)
1:57 pm • 11 March 2014 • 189 notes
“If large differences in incomes truly are unjust as Pres. Obama and other ”Progressives” proclaim, then redistributing incomes from rich Americans to poor Americans does almost nothing to address this injustice. The reason is that even the poorest Americans are among the richest people on earth today, not to mention in human history. So given that the President and other “Progressives” really believe that transferring money from rich to poor is a justified and effective means of helping poor people – and believe also that large income differences are an outrageous injustice – then Mr. Obama and other “Progressive” politicians should have the courage of their moral convictions and call for higher taxes on all Americans, with the proceeds to be distributed directly to people in Chad, Ethiopia, Haiti, and other countries whose citizens languish in poverty unimaginable to “poor” Americans.
That the President and his fellow “Progressives” in Washington issue no such call suggests that the true aim of their public moralizing is to paint a pretty face on their selfish quest for votes and power.”
While normally I find the use of such scare quotes to be obnoxious (even with regards to how ideological opponents wish to refer to themselves), in this instance it serves to highlight the falsity of the term: there’s nothing “progressive” - that is, forward-thinking or innovative - about clinging to the barbaric, anachronistic idea of legitimizing the initiation of force to implement uniform, centralized control (i.e. “order”).
(Source: laliberty, via isavethesewordsforyou)
8:46 am • 26 February 2014 • 45 notes
“To preserve our free societies, we have to defend not just against distant enemies, but against dangerous policies at home. If we allow scarce resources to be squandered on surveillance programmes that violate the very rights they purport to defend, we haven’t protected our liberty at all: we have paid to lose it.”
— Edward Snowden (via hipsterlibertarian)
12:51 pm • 21 February 2014 • 755 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)
11:12 am • 12 February 2014 • 127 notes
“If you believe in equal rights, then what do ‘women’s rights,’ ‘gay rights,’ etc., mean? Either they are redundant or they are violations of the principle of equal rights for all.”
— Thomas Sowell (via satans-advocate)
(Source: donttreadonvirginia, via self-ownership)
11:55 am • 6 February 2014 • 1,364 notes
“Overall, the Dow has now fallen more than 1000 points from the peak of the market (16,588.25) back in late December. This is the first time that we have seen the Dow drop below its 200-day moving average in more than a year, and there are many that believe that this is just the beginning of a major stock market decline. Meanwhile, things are even worse in other parts of the world. For example, the Nikkei is now down about 1700 points from its 2013 high. This is causing havoc all over Asia, and the sharp movement that we have been seeing in the USD/JPY is creating a tremendous amount of anxiety among Forex traders. For those that are not interested in the technical details, what all of this means is that global financial markets are starting to become extremely unstable.”
— Michael Snider | Consider This
11:57 pm • 4 February 2014 • 28 notes