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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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Sweet Angel of Death, Please Take Me Now

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Courtesy of CJ Grisham.

Why do you Open Carry at Starbucks? Is It Time To Give Them a Break?

Gun Appreciation Day at Starbucks. August 10, 2013. Photo Courtesy The Daily Dot.

Gun Appreciation Day at Starbucks. August 10, 2013. Photo Courtesy The Daily Dot.

I can’t help but think Starbucks Coffee has shown sufficient resolve to follow the laws of the respective states with regards to carry thatdragging the company further into this issue may very well be unproductive. I think that goes double if people start dragging AR-15s into Starbucks to show their appreciation.

I just believe if we’re going to show appreciation, it would behoove us to leave the rifles at home. To be honest, I think even pistol OC, if done to make a point (and not just because you do it) probably isn’t helping Starbucks remain comfortable with their decision.

At this point, I think if Starbucks reverses its policy, we have no one to blame except ourselves. We’re already seeing hints this may be getting pushed too far by our own side. Last year, when this issue heated up again, I thought our side was working too hard to help the antis keep the issue alive. I think the best way we can help Starbucks is not to fan the flames. Keep spending your money there, and when the antis make noise, drop a note to corporate saying you’re a regular customer, and you appreciate their decision to follow state law on firearms.

The above is from Sebastian at pagunblog.com in his piece Time to Give Starbucks a Break: 2013 Edition.

I have to say I agree. Starbucks has decided that they will support local gun laws, and have done so in the face of the anti-gunners on the left. This was a bold stance for Starbucks, as the company leadership has been aligned with the Democratic Party for some time. This should be the norm and the expectation and should keep them off of a ‘Boycott’ list for second amendment supporters, but it should not be were a battle is struck out. The battle should be waged at  those businesses and localities that choose to ban weapons on the their private property, in effect making the decision that the ban is more important to them than your business with them. It belongs on the doorsteps of the police departments that insist on illegally searching and detaining individuals outside the confines of the law. Read more…

Halfway Crooks and Halfway Patriots

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I shared the one below via TTAG a little while back before I had my own blog. I figured I would share it here in the new home of my rantings. Link love to TTAG.

We all know there ain’t no such thing as halfway crooks.  If you are a thief, you are a thief, plain and simple. If you wish to take from me my life, liberty, or property, you are a crook. Since there is no such thing as a halfway crook, I contend there is no such thing as a halfway patriot. You either believe there is no rightful reason for taking my life, liberty, or property other than in defense of your own, or you don’t. Restricting my liberty or the use of my property to those uses that appease you or your cause is one and the same, and it makes you a crook.

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