James Street "Who will build the ROOAADDSS???" Why can Statists not comprehend the idea of voluntary association? Probably for the same reason that Rick Santorum (Statist) denounced what he called "radical individualism." Mark, you and Rick should get together for beers, though he, being Catholic, would probably drink you under the table.
James Street Rand has a lot of explaining to do, and a lot of work to do in order to regain the trust of the Liberty movement. That said, don't write him off completely. Everyone makes mistakes, and he may have learned from this. He wasn't quite bowing before Romney like the talking heads were, even during the campaign.
James Street I would disagree with including abortion in that list, but I do think the government should get completely out of marriage, then whoever wanted to be "married" could sign a legally-binding marriage contract. It's not government's job to regulate that kind of thing.
James Street Russ, when one of the two main parties is anti-war, anti-drone assassinations, anti-FED, anti-cronyism, truly pro-life, actually pro-Constitution, and really conservative in deed, then we can talk. Until then, I see a single War Party with two bickering factions. Taxes almost invariably go up, freedom goes down, and we start more wars, regardless of which faction controls the government.
James Street Hardly. Ownership is a simple matter to determine. Much like banks are trusted to keep records, a private entity could easily record property ownership. These records would be the ultimate and final determination of who was the owner of an item or piece of property. You assume that violence is necessary to have peace. That's as Orwellian as could be.
James Street And the US unlawfully tried to resupply its forces that were on sovereign Southern soil. The Second War for Independence was a defensive war: Lincoln invaded the South. Do not forget that.
James Street I consider "stop participating" to be a constructive suggestion. It leads to individual fulfillment, since one no longer sees himself as subject to the power of others. Certainly, as the world currently operates, one will always be affected by those around him, but liberty is an ideology and a state of mind, not just an external condition. Be free in your mind, spread the ideas of liberty, and wait for a time when the system collapses and then the time to implement individualism and voluntarism will come. Until then, endure.
James Street I never signed a "social contract." A contract isn't binding if it isn't signed. And, if it's forced, then it's even less enforceable, since that means it was based on coercion, which would get thrown out in any court of law. And it's hilarious that you think we wouldn't have schools or those other things without theft of my personal property. I never once used the public school system, and neither will any of my children, yet I consistently test ahead of my peers on standardized tests. Why should I be subject to coercive theft based on an accident of where I was born?
James Street Um, no. I do not deserve to have more stolen from me simply because I make more than you do (which I probably don't). Why does a wealthy person "owe" more to those around him than a poor person? In reality, the poorer a person is, the more of a drain on society he tends to be. If anyone "owes" "society" anything, it's those that have received public funds, not those that invest, build, and create.
James Street Or, how about "Why do I have to pay taxes at all, regardless of my chosen lifestyle or marital status?" Asking questions is good, but you have to ask the right questions in order to get anywhere.
James Street Alison, you've amazed me. I don't think I've ever seen so many logical fallacies crammed into two short posts in that manner. You should be commended for breaching all limits of incredulity.
James Street Secession and nullification on a State, local, and individual basis are what is needed to end the federal leviathan's hegemony. This is a symbolic step, but it's a valuable one toward informing people of the rights each individual possesses naturally.
James Street We export a lot of energy to the rest of the Southwest. We also control almost half of the US border with Mexico. If Texas seceded, New Mexico and Arizona would likely petition to join, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Louisiana consider it either. That combined would make probably the 10th largest economy in the world, and would significantly challenge the supremacy of the US in North America. It sounds exciting!
James Street Darryl, again, we could talk about the Kingdoms, or all sorts of other things, but if you reject the authority of the Scriptures, and ignore the fallen, sinful nature of mankind, then you're not going to be able to understand the doctrines of the Bible, because you are a natural man, and the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit, for they are foolishness unto you. That's why you've spent 35 years studying a Book you don't believe, and that's why you still don't understand it. You need to meet the Saviour, Jesus Christ, the Creator of all things, the Messiah, the King of kings and LORD of lords. Until then, you'll never be free of your sinful nature, and you'll never be able to understand the hidden things of God.
James Street Darryl, Jesus spoke of Hell more than any other single topic while He was on earth. Don't whine about "divine sadism" when it's your sin that caused Jesus to have to be born in the first place. Again, you can reject God, but you will stand before Him one day. He paid for your sin, to redeem your fallen nature, but you have to consciously accept that.