Seamus Light This is the way out, Jesse! This could be the realization that you don't have to support these hypocritical, big-government, Democrats-in-red! If you were to drop the militarist philosophy, you could finally be a part of the real opposition - the libertarians - and not just a pawn in the false Left/Right paradigm. Otherwise, you should either join the Dems, or give up politics all together.
Seamus Light Onward to the next debt ceiling, Mr. Giokaris! Where the Republicans will cave in pretty much immediately, so that both sides can keep their unsustainable war and entitlement spending for a little bit longer. Should I take your article as an endorsement of libertarians? It seems so. I guess after this, the constant caving in to Democratic whining, and the failure of that absolute insult to "fiscal conservatism" that was Mitt Romney, you've finally given up on the GOP. It took a while, but at least it seems to be happening. Just don't run off and join the Democrats. Instead, take some time to learn from the Austrian School, and take the N.A.P. to heart, and soon you'll be on the side of real change.
Seamus Light Chris Miles, If you believe that the destruction of the US currency will not happen, then you've been willfully ignoring history. No empire that cannot pay its debts, inflates its currency to having less than 2% of its original value, and discourages private growth has ever survived. Not Rome, not China, not Spain, not France - not America. Ed Hancox, Unless you have something to actually contribute, then keep quiet. This website is becoming another fucking inane message board.
Seamus Light While the three geopolitical superpowers are unconquerable, even if we had one world currency, collapse would still be an inevitability. When a system such as ours can't pay its debts, even to its own members, it doesn't go bankrupt. It simply starts inflating its currency out of existence. After that, you'll see people scrambling for commodities. Just think: Zimbabwe has plenty of money. You'd just be crazy if you tried to use it.
Seamus Light "For starters, the cuts weren’t exactly across the board; Social Security and Medicaid were exempt, and reductions to Medicare limited to 2%" - This is especially important to remember, as well as this chart: http://www.marketobservation.com/blogs/media/blogs/r/US_Government_Spending_2004.jpg The welfare state accounts for more of our spending than the most expensive military in the world.
Seamus Light "The crude, amateur criminal pranks you recommend — illegal import, distributor theft, serial number alteration — were all solved long ago." - Tell that to our foreign friends in West Springfield. Want guns? Heroin? Prostitutes? It's just across the bridge.
Seamus Light "Today, “punishment” is prison, which is no restitution for the victim" - So legalize law enforcement and arbitration, and allow the conflicting parties to work out their own arrangements. Check out The Machinery of Freedom. "it will be near impossible to find or buy an un-registered, un-insured firearm" - Seeing how you'd be turning guns into even more of a black market item, it'd be more like trying to find specific drugs (pretty easy.) "You said that it’s just “fine” that Congressmen deceive lobbyists" - Do you think lobbyists are that stupid? The NRA gave Paul a few thousand bucks because he's reliable to vote against gun control. He didn't need to trick them. "Lobbyists told Paul what they wanted" - Have you proof? "and he publicly opposed their goal" - He opposed a weird recent suggestion, but was enough in line with the NRA BEFORE the incident to warrant money. You're just acting on your hostility towards lobbyists, and not the facts of the matter.
Seamus Light "You may be from a less advanced state, but in most states today, cars are registered, insured, tagged, and permitted in advance, throughout their lives" - What state are you from? Where is this vehicular utopia where nobody ever drives a car that's uninsured, or even drives without a license? "So, regardless of whether you plan your violent crime in advance, or decide on it spur-of-the-moment-like, or let a friend/relative commit the violence, your firearm would already be registered, insured, and permitted to somebody" - Unless I'm buying it from some guy on the corner who got it shipped in from abroad, stole it from a warehouse, scratched off the serial number, etc.
Seamus Light You've certainly written enough responses, so it's obviously worth it to you. Plus you haven't invested any time into learning to debate, probably because you possess little more than your brain stem, so you're reduced to throwing humorous insults back and forth with moi. Now, let's get this skit back on track. SO - is THIS the man who hurt you? : http://kathleenrooney.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Rich-Uncle-Pennybags.jpg
Seamus Light "You suggest that harm to others is resolved by 'punishment' but punishment isn't restitution" - Restitution is a form of punishment. "Registered, insured guns (just like registered, insured vehicles) ensure that compensation needed for victims is already in place before the gun owner commits the crime" - And what if I acquire gun outside this regulated sphere, just as the vast majority of people who commit gun crimes do? "It's dysfunctional in about 10 ways" - List them, so I can knock 'em down in order. "When the voting record, statements, and lobbyist cash don't match" - The voting record and statements do match, Ned, and the lobbyist cash comes as a result of the former.
Seamus Light "Their cars are all registered, and all insured" - Now that's a damn lie. It's hard enough to get your regular schmuck to buy insurance. Also, if I'm going to be using my gun in a violent crime, why would I register it?
Seamus Light "Consumers already have that right; no lobbying is needed" - Oh, so the anti-gun people have disappeared? Guns have been deregulated? I wasn't aware. "No, the purchase does not; but what happens later often harms others" - Then you can punish people for the actual crime, instead of pre-emptively punishing the innocent. "With respect to Ron Paul keeping 2 positions simultaneously ('I take NRA money AND I oppose their goals')" - Straw man. He opposed one of their suggestions, but agrees with the basic right to own a gun. And even if he disagreed entirely, isn't it nice to get your enemy to pay you to oppose them? " No one can know what his principles are, or to what extent he stands behind them" - Unless you look at his voting record, which is the way we actually determine a congressman's positions.
Seamus Light "Every firearm owner should be required to carry full liability insurance on every firearm every year," - Haha, right. I'm sure the Ozone Park Bloods will have all their paperwork in order.
Seamus Light "the NRA lobbyists are no constitutional scholars" - The Constitution has no real authority, but go ahead... "and they don't lobby for anyone's rights" - Besides the rights of consumers to purchase a specific product, which is inseparable from basic property rights. "they lobby for one reason, and one reason only: to increase profit at other people's expense" - Me buying a gun is not an act which harms you. You must learn to differentiate between acts which initiate force, and those which are passive. "He's cheating one side, or the other, or both." - The NRA knows his positions. He's standing by his principles, and if people want to give him money because of them, even if they don't agree entirely, that's fine.
Seamus Light Nothing wrong with being elite, Georgi. Can't you just be happy for us? "Oooo, those intelligent bastards. How dare they question my masters..." Now come on. Spit one last gob of Harry Reid's throat yogurt at me. I have to be off.