Posts tagged politics

Posted 7 months ago
The popularity of inflation and credit expansion, the ultimate source of the repeated attempts to render people prosperous by credit expansion, and thus the cause of the cyclical fluctuations of business, manifests itself clearly in the customary terminology. The boom is called good business, prosperity, and upswing. Its unavoidable aftermath, the readjustment of conditions to the real data of the market, is called crisis, slump, bad business, depression. People rebel against the insight that the disturbing element is to be seen in the malinvestment and the overconsumption of the boom period and that such an artificially induced boom is doomed. They are looking for the philosophers’ stone to make it last
Ludwig Von Mises
Posted 8 months ago

Slavery facts:

  • The word “slave” derives from the word “slav”, referring to Eastern Europeans, who were subject to slavery for thousands of years by the Celts, Greeks, Romans, and Conans
  • in the year 0 A.D, half of the Roman Empire were slaves and 75% of the city of Athens were slaves
  • At the peak of slavery in the US, 6% of white southerners owned slaves.
  • At the peak of slavery in the US, 1.4% of white Americans owned slaves
  • Ethiopia outlawed slavery in 1942, Saudi Arabia in 1962, Peru in 1968, India in 1976, and Mauritania in 1980
  • The Catholic Church didn’t officially oppose slavery until 1965
  • In 1830 US, roughly 1/4 of all free African Americans owned slaves
  • Less than 2% of slaves in the Atlantic trade arrive in the US
  • The largest slave trade in History was the Arabic slave trade, which lasted for 14 centuries and included over 200 million slaves.
  • The Irish slave trade began in the early 17th century when James II sold 30,000 Irish slaves to the new world. By the mid 1600’s, the Irish were the main slaves sold to Antigua and Montserrat.
  • at one point, 70% of slaves in Montserrat were Irish slaves
  • between 1641 and 1652, over 500,000 Irish were killed by the English, and another 300,000 were sold as slaves.
  • Ireland lost more than half of its population in one decade
  • There are more black slaves today than in the US in 1850
  • Slavery has existed throughout history and still exists to this day
  • All major religions at one point or another have been involved in the slave trade.
  • Slavery is an institution of the State.
  • Slavery has nothing to do with race - and everything to do with power.


Posted 8 months ago


  • It can track the numbers of both parties on a phone call, as well location, time and duration. (More)
  • It can hack Chinese phones and text messages. (More)
  • It can set up fake internet cafes. (More)
  • It can spy on foreign leaders’ cell phones. (More)
  • It can tap underwater fiber-optic cables. (Clarification: Shane Harris explains that there were reports the NSA was trying to tap directly into cables using submarines, but is now more likely trying to intercept information once it has reached land.) (More)
  • It can track communication within media organizations like Al Jazeera. (More)
  • It can hack into the UN video conferencing system. (More)
  • It can track bank transactions. (More)
  • It can monitor text messages. (More)
  • It can access your email, chat, and web browsing history. (More)
  • It can map your social networks. (More)
  • It can access your smartphone app data. (More)
  • It is trying to get into secret networks like Tor, diverting users to less secure channels. (More)
  • It can go undercover within embassies to have closer access to foreign networks. (More)
  • It can set up listening posts on the roofs of buildings to monitor communications in a city. (More)
  • It can set up a fake LinkedIn. (More)
  • It can track the reservations at upscale hotels. (More)
  • It can intercept the talking points for Ban Ki-moon’s meeting with Obama. (More)
  • It can crack cellphone encryption codes. (More)
  • It can hack computers that aren’t connected to the internet using radio waves. (Update: Clarification — the NSA can access offline computers through radio waves on which it has already installed hidden devices.) (More)
  • It can intercept phone calls by setting up fake base stations. (More)
  • It can remotely access a computer by setting up a fake wireless connection. (More)
  • It can install fake SIM cards to then control a cell phone. (More)
  • It can fake a USB thumb drive that’s actually a monitoring device. (More)
  • It can crack all types of sophisticated computer encryption. (Update: It is trying to build this capability.) (More)
  • It can go into online games and monitor communication. (More)
  • It can intercept communications between aircraft and airports. (More)
  • (Update) It can physically intercept deliveries, open packages, and make changes to devices. (More) (h/t)
  • (Update) It can tap into the links between Google and Yahoo data centers to collect email and other data. (More) (h/t)


Posted 8 months ago

Google is spyware

Google’s entire business model is built upon consolidation of your personal information into a user profile and selling the information to advertisers for targeted advertising. Google’s entire business is essentially Spyware.

Google Wallet: Tracks your purchase history

Google Chrome: Tracks the websites you visit

Google Hangouts, Contacts and Gmail: Tracks who you talk to and what you talk about

Google Maps/Now & Android: Tracks your location and movements, including your house, school location, and where you work

Picasa and Google + backup: Collects your photographs and the metadata associated with where the pictures were taken.

Google Drive: collects all of your work documents and presentations

Google Calender: Collects your schedule

Google Play: collects your media preferences.

All of this information is consolidated into a unique profile on your where everything about you is known. Information then goes to two locations: The NSA and advertisers.

Posted 8 months ago


is a fringe extremist belief. You can not go any further on the spectrum then anarchy, so WHY would you rather fight with members of belief systems who are only one step closer to the center? Classical liberalism is closer to anarchy than it is to the current system, and has a much larger, more mainstream following. Classical liberals and minarchists are the closest things to anarchists besides anarchists themselves, so by encouraging infighting, you only hurt all 3 of our respective groups. we share 90% of the same goals.

The “barbarian” tribes of Europe stood no chance to Rome until they united.

Posted 10 months ago

Is the US "The Freest Country In the World"? - By the Numbers

Posted 10 months ago

3 Things You Didn’t (Want To) Know About Nelson Mandela - The Backbencher

Posted 10 months ago

Calling Edward Snowden a traitor for exposing the Government’s violation of the 4th Ammendment

is like calling Rosa Parks a criminal for violating seating laws, rather than criticizing those laws.

Posted 10 months ago

The State Causes the Poverty It Later Claims to Solve


Related: How Government Hurts the Poor

Posted 11 months ago

Conservatives Are Completely Wrong On Common Core

Posted 11 months ago

China Announces That It Is Going To Stop Stockpiling U.S. Dollars | MND - Your Daily Dose of Counter-Theory

This is sort of a big fucking deal

For years, China has been accumulating dollars and working hard to keep the value of the dollar up and the value of the yuan down.  One of the goals has been to make Chinese products less expensive in the international marketplace.  But now China has announced that the time has come for it to stop stockpiling U.S. dollars….Thanks to the massively unbalanced trade that we have had with China, tens of thousands of our businesses, millions of our jobs and trillions of our dollars have left this country and gone over to China.

And now China has apparently decided that there is not much gutting of our economy left to do and that it is time to let the dollar collapse.”

Posted 11 months ago
If the Treasury were to fill old bottles with banknotes, bury them at suitable depths in disused coalmines which are then filled up to the surface with town rubbish, and leave it to private enterprise on well-tried principles of laissez-faire to dig the notes up again, there need be no more unemployment and, with the help of the repercussions, the real income of the community, and its capital wealth also, would probably become a good deal greater than it actually is.
John Maynard Keynes was really that stupid
Posted 11 months ago

 1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

Posted 11 months ago
The Obama administration has separated more families and nearing 2 million, he’s deported more people than the last three administrations combined.
Posted 12 months ago

Anarchism can’t work

Because there is nothing to stop an organized gang from exercising their power and seizing control,  besides another organized gang,  leading to rule of the most powerful one.

Libertarians accept this and realize an organized gang should be placed in charge under strict contract by the people determining what they can and cannot do to maintain some sort of dispute mediation,  national defense,  and protection of individual rights.

The Constitution is that document.  It isn’t a law against the people,  but rather the people’s contract with the government stating certain rights people have that cannot be violated at the hand of the state, in writing,  contrary to the belief that the Constitution grants these rights.

It is imperative that the American people hold their public officials accountable for any breach in this contract and demand their impeachment from public office.  They should demand that government officials be held accountable, in the eyes of law,  equal to their subjects.  Otherwise, what differentiates government from organized gangs?