Monday, June 20, 2011

From RR
  • LRC: when the state breaks a man.
  • Challenging the modern assumption that we don’t need the Second Amendment check against tyranny. This is what the Declaration of Independence has to say: “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” And in order to make sure they could, the Founders included the Second Amendment as the ultimate last-resort guarantor. And they knew that just as arms deter individual assailants, so too does this work at a societal level. Based on all the idiot edicts they’re trying to pass, the government fears an armed populace. That means the Second Amendment is doing its job as a deterrent, and things can be resolved peaceably, without it having to become a remedy. It’s when they no longer fear an armed citizenry that things will get really dangerous and more likely to heat up.
  • Don’t know much about history. Not even a quarter of American students is proficient in US history, and the percentage declines as students grow older. Scary because a people without a past, without a culture, can’t govern themselves, which is what big government wants (think 1984: rewriting and re-rewriting history).
  • Of course the left give Obama a free pass. Even people I like, like Russ Feingold. Because they don’t get that government’s the problem not the solution. Every blogger and writer who is conscious and even fractionally honest now acknowledges that Obama has doubled down on every single policy of Bush’s that the progressives had condemned so loudly and for so long.
  • Cyberbullying: free speech or violating the harm principle? Here are some possible solutions that fall within libertarian principles. The bullying mentality is not a rational mentality. Sooner or later, and almost certainly sooner, the bully will step across the line into explicit threats. And that’s when you sock the thug with a lawsuit. Since all schools in a libertarian society will be non-taxpayer-funded (likely solving 90% of all bullying problems right there) you can tell your school’s principal and teachers – whose salaries you help pay directly – that your child will be recording all verbal abusers with streaming video. Anyone who threatens or attacks her will be identified and prosecuted. Libertarians, like everyone else, need to deal with bullies, but within their own principles. Yes and this problem seems to have its remedy built in (it’s self-limiting); as someone at Steve Sailer’s wrote about the Vancouver riot and other crimes kids commit, the modern young person’s urge to (electronically) document every single moment of socializing and put it on his or her Permanent Record makes such easy to catch when they do cross the line into real threats.

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