THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 509, March 8, 2009
"A bust has become a panic and is
well on its way to becoming a rout."
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Re: "The Money of Your Choice" by L. Neil Smith and Rylla Cathryn Smith
The US has always had a problem making sure the cash and credit supply has kept up with our economic growth. On a personal level it is the a matter of balancing integrity about paying debts, common sense about managing cash flow, and the hutzpah to lend a man holding a straight flush money to stay in the game with the wisdom to not back an inside straight. Until institutions such as banks and governments can combine these traits we will have a problem.
As for backing for currency I recommend double- and triple-A batteries, RAM chips, and 50 round boxes of 124 grain hollow point 9x19 mm cartridges loaded to 1200 feet per second. I know .45 ACP is a better choice but 9 mm is more ubiquitous. The important thing is to make sure that there is some way to facilitate swapping the wealth (goods and services) you create for the ones you want. Our current economic crisis is a consequence of separating creating goods and services from acquiring and spending money.
So develop a reputation for keeping your word on at least trying to pay your debts, show some common sense on the debt you contract, and stash trade goods. Please remember it is possible for individuals and families to prosper during the worst depressions and to go broke during the best of times. Also, rugged individualism has its merits, but money is ultimately about trust and good will so make sure you show and earn both.
By the by, considering how much trust and good will governments show and earn the failure of government money to hold its value isn't that hard to understand.
A.X. Perez wrote:
No. Other way around by more than four years.
Kristallnacht (literally "Crystal night") or the Night of Broken Glass or "night of shattered crystal" was a pogrom in Nazi Germany on November 9-10, 1938.
The Night of the Long Knives (German: Nacht der langen Messer) or "'Operation Hummingbird", was a purge that took place in Nazi Germany between June 30 and July 2, 1934, when the Nazi regime carried out a series of political executions, most of those killed being members of the Sturmabteilung (SA), the paramilitary Brownshirts.
To Which Mr. Perez Replied:
Thank you for the correction. However, I stick to my main point. There is no honor among tyrants. Men who value power above all else will turn on their friends as well as their foes. This is a warning and an opportunity to resist them.
However, please note that the Reichstag fire preceded both. Let us see what test comes for our current leaders to betray or uphold liberty. Our last crop chose the Dark Side in 2001, let us see how Mr. Obama handles his test.
Don't know about you, but if my spouse turned in my guns we'd be in divorce court.
Back in old days there used to be this thing called alienation of affection. Sue gun grabber for alienating affections or modern equivalent. Sign pauper's oath going in and let local government (which was in on grab) soak up tab. Make multiple appeals, waste Administrator's time.
Put the enemy on autodestruct.
Learning from the Enemy
As an alleged professional educator I've observed that often students learn things we didn't mean to teach them. Often these lessons are more important than the ones we meant to teach. To tell the truth watching students learn in this manner should be one of the greatest rewards of teaching. It's a sign they are starting to think for themselves.
On the Second of March episode of "Saving Grace" the protagonist tells her sister not to arm herself to deal with a serial killer and asks her to pass the same advice to her friends. The show comes out on TNT which is part of Time Warner, not famed for their pro gun stance. Of course you can trust them to stick in the occasional anti-gun message.
Then I was forced to concede their logic. The sister and friends were non gun people who were taking up weapons they didn't know in panic. Of course the intended anti gun lesson is that civilians arming themselves in self defense is futile. The correct lesson to learn from this is to study on the use of arms when there are no emergencies, not wait until someone is coming at you with murderous intent to learn how to use weapons.
Now is the time to learn and practice how to use weapons, something most if not all readers of TLE are already doing. Now is the time to stand up for liberty, to strengthen rights not under attack and defend the ones that are, to challenge the enemies of freedom while they are still mustering their forces. Otherwise we will find ourselves barely starting to fight as the manacles are closing on our wrists.
Re: "Just a Few Thoughts on Fixing the Economy" by A.X. Perez
Last week my buddy (or is he an alter ego? I forget) Crazy Al sent an article on Gun Economics (under my byline, the rat!) and promised to explain why he is against putting taxes on firearms, specifically machineguns in a future article or letter. He asked me to write and send the article for him. Currently Crazy Al is meditating the consequences of introducing a megatonne of antimatter into the Earth's core. It is comforting to know that the technology does not exist to run the experiment in real time.
Of course, as libertarians, those of you reading this agree with my psycho buddy that it is just plain wrong to tax anything, period.
Secondly, it is improper to tax essential freedoms, and the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right. Gun taxes are a tax on this fundamental freedom.
Thirdly, if the ballot box fails as a tool to protect freedom we yet retain the right to vote in by force a new government that will respect our liberty. The right of the people to forcibly defend their liberty is something even Alexander Hamilton and Abraham Lincoln recognized. Many readers of TLE excoriate these men as tyrants, yet they never denied that people had the right to forcibly defend their freedom. They even went so far as to give people the opportunity to defend their freedom by force. Just as poll taxes are illegal in federal elections, there should be no tax on the tools needed to defend liberty by force.
Taxes are bad. Taxes on rights are bad. Taxes on the tools needed to protect rights are bad.
And that's why the tax on machine guns is wrong.
People are beginning to make a fuss that 90% of the guns used in the three way war between various cartels in Mexico try gain control of the drug trade and the Mexican Government to stop the trade come from he United States. Implied by this "discovery" is the need for stricter gun control laws in the US.
Let's consider another point of view. 100% of the money to buy those guns came from the US. 100% of the money to hire the pistoleros who are doing the killing came from the US. 100% of the bribe money used to buy Mexican officials and convince them to look the other way while the cartels became so powerful and infiltrated the police came from the US.
Close to 100% of the demand for cocaine, heroin, meth, and marijuana these guys are meeting came from the US.
If the current drug prohibition ended the price of most of these drugs would drop drastically. If the US dealt properly with its other social problems so that the need to self anesthetize themselves was reduced for drug users the demand for and price of drugs would drop.
If drugs were legal there would not be criminal gangs fighting over control of the drug trade.
Libertarians promise to cut off or reduce 100% of the money going into Mexico to finance the drug cartels. Gun banners are trying to reduce 90% of the dealers' weapon supply.
Which sounds like a better plan?
If Barack Obama is really willing to play hard ball on his economic plans now is the worst time to push gun control, even with a pretext.
Ad argumendo, we will concede that BO and company honestly believe their economic plans are the best things for America and necessary to deal with the current crisis. I don't agree with these plans, but let's assume the folks implementing them do. Armed insurrection is a possible outcome of their plans' failure from their point of view. Obstructionism by their opponents is also another potential cause of rebellion.
Let the people stay armed. Then threaten their opponents with death at insurrectionist hands if the rebellion is not forestalled. Then let the potential insurrectionists stay armed.
Just a thought.
[Crazy Al is the (an?) alter-ego of our Mister A.X. Perez... or something like that... we thinkEditor]
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