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I Fight for The Collective Good

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I needed to address this for the moment.

I am SICK and TIRED of hearing conservatives and libertarians complaining that the Progressives are arguing for the ‘collective good.’

These damn progressives don’t get it, it is about the individual NOT the collective good.

It’s always about the collective good with these dang progressives!

See I disagree, albeit in part. It is not a battle between the good of the individual and the good of the collective. What is best for the individual IS best for the collective. They are two seeds in the same pod. It is NOT about the collective good with progressives. Don’t let them have that moral high ground. LIBERTY is about the collective good, not oppression via progression. They sell their tyranny as for the good of the people but it is about the good of themselves, the ruling class, and exploiting the misguided philanthropy of the masses to get it.

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The Fall of Rome and Modern Parallels | Lawrence Reed at FreedomFest

If you have 17 minutes to spare this is an excellent, quick description of the Fall of Rome. The speaker need not even draw the parallels to modern society, it will be so obvious, you will do it on your own.

Bad character leads to bad policy and bad economics, which is bad for liberty. Without character, a free society is just not unlikely, it’s impossible.

To avoid the fate of the dead and buried Roman Republic, what does America need today?

America needs more men and women who do not have a price at which they can be bought; who do not borrow from integrity for expediency; who have their priorities straight and in proper order; whose handshake is an iron-clad contract; who are not afraid of taking risks to advance what is right; who are honest in small matters as well as in large ones; who treat the rights and properties of others as they expect others should regard theirs.

More transcript available after the break, or just watch above…

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Judicial-Political Racketeering – Grisham Trial Edition

The recent trial resulting in a mistrial of Army Master Sergeant CJ Grisham has created a stir in many Texans and Americans connected to the gun rights movement, particularly those advocates of open carry or constitutional carry. The leadership and outspokenness of MSG Grisham has led to a growing open-carry movement in Central Texas, but a love for guns is just a piece of the puzzle on what motivates those young and old alike to involve themselves in this one man’s court case.

MSG CJ Grisham Speaks at the "Come and Take It San Antonio" Rally at the Alamo on Oct. 19, 2013. The event was organized by Open Carry Texas, of which Grisham is the President and founder.

MSG CJ Grisham Speaks at the “Come and Take It San Antonio” Rally at the Alamo on Oct. 19, 2013. The event was organized by Open Carry Texas, of which Grisham is the President and founder.

Mr. Grisham may have been arrested while openly carrying an AR-15 rifle, it was the reason he was confronted by police that day. The firearm was also the basis of the charges against him at one point. But in the end, Mr. Grisham was only charged with interfering with the duties of a peace officer, hardly an offense to rally behind for the gun movement. You see, the one thing connecting all those following Grisham’s case closely and rallying in support behind him and his organization Open Carry Texas is not just a love of guns, it is a drive and a love of Liberty and Justice.

“With liberty and justice for all.”

Many of us recited those words everyday as children but didn’t learn what they meant until we were much older. CJ Grisham, given the vehicle of his unlawful arrest, has been leading a group of Texans in discovering the truth of those words as they follow him on his journey through the courts.

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The Genius of The Constitution: Courtesy Joe Pesci

The below clip is from the Movie “With Honors.”

I jumped up the start time of the video for those short on attention span, you can back it up and watch from the beginning if you like.

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Andrew Wilkow on Getting Too Comfortable

Here’s a clip from The Wilkow Majority that I thought was dead on.

If you are not familiar The Wilkow Majority, it is the daily radio show of host Andrew Wilkow. It is on the SiriusXM Patriot Channel, weekdays from Noon – 3PM East.

Andrew also has a primetime TV spot on TheBlazeTV with his show Wilkow! at 7PM East.

Check it out and let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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Why Would Somali Militants Attack a Kenyan Shopping Mall? – The Circle Bastiat

Published at The Circle Bastiat
Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
The U.S. government and the establishment media are in a quandary. How are they to explain the heinous attack on a Kenyan shopping mall by Al Shabab a militant Somali group with links to al-Qaida which left 59 innocent civilians dead and another 175 injured, with the victims ranging in age from  2 to 79 years old? After all, since the horrific events of September 11, 2001, U.S politicians of all stripes have repeatedly hammered home the message that “fundamentalist” Islamists hate us and want to kill us simply because we are free and prosperous. But Kenya is neither. According to the  Index of Freedom in the World that attempts to measure economic, civil, and political liberties, Kenya ranks 91 out of the 123 countries included in the index. As for prosperity, based on the CIA World Factbook 2012, Kenya’s per capita GDP was estimated to be $1,700 per year which ranks 192 out of 225 countries.

Could it be that Al Shabab was telling the truth about the reason for its murderous assault yesterday when it tweeted: “For long we have waged war against the Kenyans in our land, now its time to shift the battleground and take the war to their land.” After all 4,000 Kenyans troops invaded and have been occupying part of Somalia since 2011. But then this raises the uncomfortable possibility that terrorist attacks by militant Muslim groups on the U.S and its interests throughout the world were not motivated by envy and hatred of our freedoms and high standard of living. Maybe, just maybe, Ron Paul was right and they were provoked by incessant U.S. meddling in the Middle East since World War 2 through numerous wars and economic embargoes including on food and medicine and the billions of dollars sent to payoff and prop up tyrannical and oppressive regimes that do U.S bidding, e.g., the Mubarak dictatorship in Egypt.

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“Reject all systems, and try liberty” – Bastiat (Part 2)

Continued excerpt from yesterday’s post of the closing statements of Frederic Bastiat’s 1850 manifesto “The Law.” This piece is  one of the most integral parts of my foundation of political and economic thought. Please click here to read the entire piece free of charge in a pdf file courtesy of the Ludwig Von Mises Institute.

Law is justice.

And it is under the law of justice, under the reign of right, under the influence of liberty, security, stability, and responsibility, that every man will attain to the fullness of his worth, to all the dignity of his being, and that mankind will accomplish with order and with calmness—slowly, it is true, but with certainty—the progress ordained for it.

I believe that my theory is correct; for whatever be the question upon which I am arguing, whether it be religious, philosophical, political, or economical; whether it affects well-being, morality, equality, right, justice, progress, responsibility, property, labor, exchange, capital, wages, taxes, population, credit, or Government; at whatever point of the scientific horizon I start from, I invariably come to the same thing—the solution of the social problem is in liberty.

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“Reject all systems, and try liberty—liberty, which is an act of faith in God and in His work.” – Bastiat (Part 1)

Frederic Bastiat's "The Law" was originally published in French in 1850.

Frederic Bastiat’s “The Law” was originally published in French in 1850.

The excerpt below is from the closing Frederic Bastiat’s 1850 manifesto “The Law.” This piece is  one of the most integral parts of my foundation of political and economic thought. Please click here to read the entire piece free of charge in a pdf file courtesy of the Ludwig Von Mises Institute.

What is law? What ought it to be? What is its domain? What are its limits? Where, in fact, does the prerogative of the legislator stop?

I have no hesitation in answering, Law is common force organized to prevent injustice;—in short, Law is Justice.

It is not true that the legislator has absolute power over our persons and property, since they pre-exist [the legislator], and his work is only to secure them from injury.

It is not true that the mission of the law is to regulate our consciences, our ideas, our will, our education, our sentiments, our works, our exchanges, our gifts, our enjoyments. Its mission is to prevent the rights of one from interfering with those of another, in any one of these things.

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Morning Tyranny

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Nothing like a little bit of TSA tyranny to get the blood flowing in the morning.

How the State Leads People to Their Own Destruction – R.Higgs

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I would like to share with you some of the work of Robert Higgs. This piece in particular pushed me to another step in understanding the true meaning of liberty. It strengthen my understanding in the evils of large government and the mechanisms used to oppress people today and in history. It is firm and tenacious in it’s delivery and holds no punches. I was introduced to this speech while watching video’s as part of Virtual Mises University – 2012 via the Mises Academy, an extension of the Ludwig Von Mises Institute. This was the opening speech given to select group of college students in their week long education in Austrian Economics at the Mises Institute as part of what is dubbed Mises University. The video and audio of the enter week were made available online through the Mises Academy as a Virtual Course.

Robert Higgs is senior fellow in political economy for the Independent Institute and editor of The Independent Review. He is the 2007 recipient of the Gary G. Schlarbaum Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Cause of Liberty. Send him mail if you like.

The state is the most destructive institution human beings have ever devised — a fire that, at best, can be controlled for only a short time before it o’erleaps its improvised confinements and spreads its flames far and wide.

Whatever promotes the growth of the state also weakens the capacity of individuals in civil society to fend off the state’s depredations and therefore augments the public’s multifaceted victimization at the hands of state functionaries. Nothing promotes the growth of the state as much as national emergency — war and other crises comparable to war in the seriousness of the threats they pose.

States, by their very nature, are perpetually at war — not always against foreign foes, of course, but always against their own subjects.

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