THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 439, October 14, 2007
"Yet another good reason to avoid world government."
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Oil and Cops
Believe it or don't, I am part of the evil oil cartel. Under old Spanish and Mexican Law the state of Texas retains mineral rights (or so I've been told) and has to be paid a royalty for minerals recovered on your property. Texas sure as hell gets a royalty on oil production. Money from this royalty is supposed to go to the state permanent education fund. Allegedly that's a major part of my pay.
So how come we had to waste a big chunk of the last decade having special sessions of the legislature over equitable funding for education? Shouldn't the oil income have been big enough to pay for things without local property taxes being so big a part of school funding?
In principle I agree with getting the state involved in earning an honest living instead of collecting protection money and calling it taxes.
Just make sure the money is spent to protect rights (For example, buying honest history, government, and biology books for schools) instead of suppressing them (Buying wire taps to snoop on honest history, government, and biology teachers.).
Most police are honest, I should know, I have enough in-laws in law enforcement. We need to start making sure that police officers are thoroughly brainwashed (just short of hypnotism and Skinnerian conditioning) that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land and that it is their duty to arrest any superior who orders or tries to cause them to violate people's Constitutional rights, using deadly force if necessary to affect the arrest.
If Lon Horiuchi can get commended for shooting a woman with her hands full of baby, I'm sure honest local and state cops, FBI, ATF, DEA, and ICE will deserve commendations if they are ever required to forcibly arrest criminal hiding behind their rank to violate the supreme law of the land or cause others to do so.
While we're discussing getting the various police forces to clean themselves up, let us consider that technically law enforcement agents violating people's rights are making war against the US. That puts them in a state of armed rebellion against the US, and dealing with such rebels is the military's job.
The idea of Delta Force and 10th Mountain descending on the "heroes" of Ruby Ridge and Waco tickles the cockles of my heart.
With Sarbanes-Oxley's 5th anniversary, its time to ask: Is what's good for the goose also good for the gander?
Congress passed a bill requiring corporate officers attest to the audacity of their financial statements with mandatory jail time for offenders.
Now Congress can expand the law to require 'officials' of any government agency attest to their financial statements as well with the same punishment for offenders.
Sue the Libertarian
Forwarded to Letters to the Editor:
Press Release on Secessionist Conference:
On 3-4 October 2007 AD, the League of the South, the premier organisation of the Southern independence movement, and the Middlebury Institute, cosponsored the Second North American Secessionist Convention in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The convention was attended by delegates from the numerous secession movements currently active within these united States. The purpose of the convention was to provide a forum for the representatives of those movements to discuss strategies, exchange ideas and information, and find areas of mutual understanding and cooperation. The event was a resounding success, and resulted in the issuance of the following joint statement by the delegates.
THE CHATTANOOGA DECLARATION
The Chattanooga Declaration was drafted and approved by delegates to the Second North American Secessionist Convention on 4 October 2007.
We, the delegates of the Secession movements represented at the Second North American Secessionist Convention, acknowledging our differences, yet agree on the following truths:
1. The deepest questions of human liberty and government facing our time go beyond right and left, and in fact have made the old right-left split meaningless and dead.
2. The privileges, monopolies, and powers that private corporations have won from government threaten everyone's health, prosperity, and liberty, and have already killed American self-government by the people.
3. The power of corporations endangers liberty as much as government power, especially when they are combined as in the American Empire.
4. Liberty can only survive if political power is returned from faraway and self- interested centers to local communities and States.
5. The American Empire is no longer a nation or a republic, but has become a tyrant aggressive abroad and despotic at home.
6. The States of the American union are and of right ought to be, free and self- governing.
7. Without secession, liberty and self-government can never be sustained, and diversity among human societies can never survive.
Go to you search engine. Look up "The Underground Grammarian." Bookmark that page. Use it to study how to write and speak clearly and concisely, as well as to see how many of the author's ideas you agree with and why. It was good enough for Jeff Cooper, it's good enough for me.
The human brain thinks in a language, same same a computer. The more effectively we use language the better we are at programming ourselves to be think freely. Conversely, the less command of grammar and semantics we have the easier we are for tyrants to dominate.
I'm not talking grammar like we were taught in schools and the rules of which we regularly violate. I am talking the ability to make clear sense of what others say and speak our minds so that others understand us, and we understand ourselves.
I remarked to a friend that I have to work on translating "Albert" into "everyone else," that is, take my idiosyncratic use of English and restate what I have to say it the way the rest of the World does. I don't think I'm the only one who has this problem. Yet we are trying to communicate to people how to struggle to spread liberty in a peaceful manner and to outsiders why they want to join us.
Mastery of our shared language is necessary to achieve this goal.
If we don't really know what is in our minds, we cannot stop tyrants from infecting us with their ideas, and we can not communicate our ideals. People will learn to be masters, straw bosses, and slaves because that is how the language they think in programs them. We must teach them the language of liberty instead.
PS: Mr. Perez is off sharpening his proof reading skills to match his brave words. Lossa luck buddy.
[Here are two posts from the "Dilbert Blog" of Scott Adams that illustrate the oftimes difficulty of communication:
It does appear that there are people who do not actually care what was said and only want to react to what they assumed/thought/imagined was said. I know, it doesn't make any sense to me, eitherEditor]
Re: "Triple Dog Dare" by L. Neil Smith
Current midrange cell phones do audio, data, instant messaging, and have a camera, GPS, and file storage. Imagine wearing one folded closed over a breast pocket or a neck chain, with the camera facing out, and having it take a continuous loop of audio and video of your surroundings. Imagine pushing a panic button, whereupon the last 20 seconds is posted to YouTube or a private drop box, and your friends are Instant Messaged to check it out and call your prepaid legal aid plan, an ambulance, or both.
What is going to get you more freedom? Having one person write one video-logging program for one popular model of cell phone, and giving it to a bunch of 20-somethings to serve as a free press in their own self-defense, or writing letters to advertisers saying you won't buy their soap flakes because you don't believe the newscaster?
Remember that scene in Unintended Consequences where the Holocaust survivor describes pictures of victims in the camps being herded around by guards who did not have magazines in their guns? Ever get the feeling that computer ignorance now is like gun ignorance then? Shouldn't you really take that $500 you've been saving for a new rifle, run down to Best Buy, and get a laptop to tinker with Linux on?
> Of course it's unlibertarian as hell, but what if there were a law
If it's unlibertarian, why would you encourage anyone to imagine it? Aim at zero: The remedy for state controls on the price and production of oil is not different price controls, it is no price controls. The fifty cents in "profits" the state keeps is just a tax, and why do you know what the price of gas "should" be? How could it be an improvement to have the state even more involved in producing oil than it is now? Only a Minarchist or worse could imagine being happy about expanding the state.
A libertarian approach would be to encourage people to build their own backyard-sized thermal depolymerization units, and use them to recycle their garbage and lawn clippings into auto fuel. Maybe it would fit on a trailer and you could tow it around to your friends.
Re: "Lookie! Lookie! Freedom Cookie!, Reviewing Aaron Zelman's 'Goody Guns'" by L. Neil Smith
Alert from Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
October 9, 2007
JPFO ALERT: The Battle's Begun Over "Goody Guns"
When we at JPFO introduced our Goody Guns program (www.goodyguns.com), we expected controversy ... and we got it. All over the 'net, people are talking about it, with comments all over the board.
Says Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America, "Gun owners have a wonderful opportunity with Goody Guns to counter the Zero Tolerance nonsense. Whether at school, or any other place, Goody Gun cookies and other snacks should be ostentatiously enjoyed. Yummmmmm!!"
As we predicted, the gun-grabbers are screaming, referring to JPFO as an "extremist" organization. Even Sarah Brady's Violence Policy Center commented on Goody Guns. Amusingly, while the VPC listed most of the contents of our "Goody Guns" package, they failed to note the inclusion of our two "Gran'pa Jack" booklets, "Do Gun Prohibitionists Have a Mental Problem?" and "Gun Control Kills Kids". Apparently they'd rather not encourage their followers to think about possible holes in the "gun control" argument.
Another thing left out of the negative reviews was our focus on safe firearms handling. As noted on the Goody Guns website (www.goodyguns.com), parents should stress that Goody Guns be eaten from the back end, with the "muzzle" pointing in a safe direction. This reinforces safe firearms handling at an early age, before children are ever exposed to an actual firearm. Yet the gun-haters didn't want to mention that either.
Sadly, many negative comments on the Goody Gun program come not only from the liberal "ban 'em all" crowd, but from within our very own ranks: the Jim Zumbos and the Joaquin Jacksonsthose who think "nobody needs a semi-auto rifle" and "five rounds ought to be enough." These are the folks bowing and scraping for political correctness, trying to be "reasonable" with those who want to destroy a fundamental right.
Let the gun-grabbers and the fence-sitters know that your rights are not up for negotiation. Send 'em a Goody Gun cookie!
The Liberty Crew
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Hello Mr. Holder,
Someone pointed out this site to me:
I hadn't noticed it linked on TLE before and thought you might be interested. It looks like an interesting primer on the principles of libertarianism and how they're derived.
Always assume a gun is loaded.
Never point a gun at anything you don't want to destroy.
Keep your finger off the trigger until you're ready to shoot.
Be sure of your backstop.
Basic rules of gun safety. There are others. They all get down to two basic principles: Be aware of as many of the possible consequences of your actions and make sure you try to prevent all unintended negative consequences of your actions.
These two principles can be applied to power tools, safe driving, running off at the mouth (and keyboard), and always to the exercise of political power. Learning these principals are a major part of growing up.
Tyrants do not want you to learn them. They do not wish to be held accountable under them. They do not want you to grow up and be able to manage your own life.
Among the many reasons that guns and other weapons are anathema to tyrants is that they require that those who pick them up learn to think like adults.
Tyrants do not want us to grow up. They want us to be good little boys and girls who obey Mommy Eva and Daddy Adolph.
Freedom. like weapons and power tools are for adults and children trying to learn adult virtues.
Uncle Tommy understood this when he recommended stump shooting as daily exercise. Now you know why.
Now its illegal to buy guns for our children to shoot? Its illegal for a child to be disturbed? Its illegal for a child to have an opinion (even if its twisted and wrong?)? But the laughable point of the story is that its illegal for children to have "containers of BB's"! Where will it all end?
Andrew G. Eggleston Sr.