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Individualism and the Individual Mandate: Two Incompatible Concepts

In True nature of the State on March 28, 2012 at 3:53 am

For the last few days the Supreme Court has listened to a case in which they have been asked to decide the Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

This case is not about Health Care. It’s not about lowering premiums or rectifying the problem of the uninsured shifting healthcare costs to the insured, it’s not about increasing access to health care. It is simply a debate between whether or not the U.S. Federal Government is a government adhering more to the principles of Individualism or Collectivism.

The Individual Mandate is based upon the principle of Collectivism which is the opposite of the principle of Individualism,which the Federal Government was originally founded upon.  But over the course of the last 225 years after the Constitution was ratified more and more laws have been passed that were based upon the ideas of Collectivism and most have been upheld as “Constitutional” by the Supreme Court.

Ayn Rand wrote in her awesome essay titled “Textbook of Americanisms” that

“Individualism holds that man has unalienable rights which can not be taken away from him by any other man, nor by any number, group or collective of men. Therefore each man exists for his own sake and not for the sake of the group.”

http://c457332.r32.cf2.rackcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/Textbook-of-Americanism-by-Ayn-Rand.pdf

On the other hand the Individual Mandate which forces every American to purchase a product is based upon the ideas of Collectivism because it’s the majority who are using the force of Government to coerce individuals to act in a certain way.

In “Textbook of Americanisms” Ayn Rand explained what  the principle of Collectivism really boils down to:

 “Collectivism holds that man has no rights; that his work; his body; his personality belong to the group; the group can do with him as it pleases; in any manner it pleases; for the sake of whatever it decides to be it its own welfare”

But we must remember that the Affordable Care Act with its Individual Mandate is not the first Law based upon Collectivist principles passed by the Congress.  In fact over the last 100 years there have been innumerable laws that violate the Inalienable Rights of individuals for “the Greater Good of the Collective” and the Affordable Health Care Act with its Individual Mandate is just the latest of these.

One of the most dastardly of those laws that usurps Individual Liberty and confiscates justly earned property is the Social Security Act which was passed back in 1935.  Judge Ginsberg even cited this very law as a precedent during arguments in the Individual Mandate case.

Judge Ginsberg said Social Security caused “a big fuss about that in the beginning because a lot of people said — maybe some people still do today — I could do much better if the government left me alone. I’d go into the private market… I’d make a great investment, and they’re forcing me to paying for this Social Security that I don’t want; but, that’s constitutional.”

If Congress wants to address the problem of the uninsured then, Ginsburg said, “Social Security is its model.”

The Individual Mandate deals with everyone’s fundamental right to their property and their ability to dispose of that property as they see fit. Collectivism holds that no individual has a right to dispose of his property except by how the administrators of the “people’s will”, the State deems appropriate. The myriad of laws based upon Collectivism that brought us the tyranny of the income tax, social security, medicare, medicare part D, food stamps, corporate welfare, public education, and agriculture subsidies  have all laid the foundation for the “Individual Mandate” in the Affordable Care Act. All of these laws have taken the property of some individuals for the benefit of others. If the Government can take any of your property by force it can take it all. The question is how much can they get away with at anyone time and that is what is currently being argued in front of the Supreme Court.

Some would argue it’s not the Government who is taking your money. The Government is just forcing or “Mandating” that you pay insurance companies for health insurance. Well that’s not true. If someone can direct by force where an individual spends his income then that person no longer owns that property. Someone else does. And it is insidious if you think about the Government taking possession of your property and then handing it over to a private company all for the “Greater Good”. That is frightening.

If the Individual Mandate is struck down as Unconstitutional that will not eliminate all the other Collectivist Laws that are currently on the books. Even if it’s not struck down it gives those who love liberty a great chance to talk to folks who may not understand the underlying principles involved on both sides of the argument. For any of your friends and family who are unsure about what is truly at stake in front of the Supreme Court and really at stake every time any law is passed; a great way to get them thinking in these terms is to ask them the following question:

Do you want to live in a country where your rights are respected as inalienable and that they are part of who you are or do you want bureaucrats, politicians and your neighbors determining how much of your property you can keep, where you can live, who you can associate with, what products you must buy or whether you should live or you should die?

Frederic Bastiat a French Economist and Ardent Defender of Individual Liberty described in his classic “Harmonies of Political Economy” what a Government based upon the principle of Individualism would say to the citizens who constituted it.

You have invested me with the public Force. I shall apply it exclusively to those things in which the intervention of Force is permissible, and there is but one—Justice. I shall force everyone to conform himself within the bounds of right. You may work freely and as you please during the day, and sleep in peace at night. I have taken under my charge the security of person and property—that is my mission, and I will fulfill it—but I accept no other. Let there then be no longer any misunderstanding between us. Henceforth you shall pay me only the light tribute that is necessary for the maintenance of order and the administration of justice. Keep in mind that henceforth every man must depend upon himself for his subsistence and advancement. Turn no longer your longing eyes to me. Ask me no longer for wealth, for employment, for credit, for education, for religion, for morality. Never forget that the mainspring of your development is in yourselves. As for me, I never act but through the intervention of force. I have nothing, absolutely nothing, but what I derive from you, and for this reason I cannot confer even the smallest advantage on one except at the expense of another. Cultivate your fields, then, manufacture and export your products, carry on trade, afford each other credit, render and receive services freely, educate your children, set them out in life, cultivate the arts, improve your minds, refine and purify your tastes and sentiments, unite, form industrial and charitable associations, join your efforts for your individual good and that of the public, follow your inclinations, fulfill your destinies by the free exercise of your powers, your ideas, and your foresight. Expect from me only two things—Liberty and Security— and depend upon it you cannot ask me for a third without losing the other two.”
http://www.econlib.org/library/Bastiat/basHarCover.html

This passage from Bastiat’s “Harmonies of Political Economy” rings so true today. It was first published in 1850  during a time when Socialistic thought was being embraced by the majority of the French People. Unfortunately the same Collectivist ideas that existed back in Bastiat’s time are alive and well in America today as evidenced by the passing of laws like the Affordable Care Act. What would are current Federal Government say to us today? I believe it would say that you are not an individual you are part of the “Collective”. The will of the majority determines your rights. I am the administrator of the “Collective will”.  I confer to others confiscated property of some to benefit others in order to grow my power. Everyone who lives within my borders is my property and all the product of their labor is mine to dispose of as I see fit. Everyday I am working to ride myself of the last chains of the Constitution in order to fully express my desire for unlimited power. That is exactly what the Federal Government is doing before the Supreme Court with the Individual Mandate Case.

But I am hopeful, not necessarily for the outcome of the case currently before the Supreme Court but for the ideas that are being exposed by this blatant power grab by Government and the Collectivist Ideology that underpins it. Never before since  the American Revolution has there been so many individuals cognizant of the difference between Individualism and Collectivism and between Liberty and Coercion.

I don’t advocate for a violent revolution like the one that started this Nation. I advocate for peaceful political change. This “Change”will only happen when more and more individuals understand that the words ” You are endowed by your Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” are not dead words written on an ancient sheep skin but are an expression of living Natural Law. And that it is only when the law of man is congruent with the Natural Law will individuals be able to flourish and become what they are capable of becoming. A government that is based upon the Principle of Individualism is the only government that can create an environment where no law is passed to violate the Natural Rights of individuals. Under this environment a Free Market emerges and technological advances occur, food is produced in abundance and everyone has the best chance at creating the life that they desire.

Under a political system based upon Individualism as Ayn Rand wrote ” No one has a right to initiate force against another individual”. And that includes using the Force of Government to coerce uninsured individuals into buying health insurance.

But as more and more laws are passed based upon the ideas of Collectivism that violate the Natural Law, the ability of individuals to innovate and create diminishes, products become more scarce and more expensive and human potential rots on the vine.  No amount of social engineering can change the immutable laws of Nature.

Individualism or Individual Mandate. We can’t have both!

Brad Miller

AdvocateofLiberty and Living Life

I am an advocate of Maximum Individual Liberty within a Free Market Society devoid of any Government. But until that day is here I advocate for the reduction of the Federal Government and all forms of state, county and city governments down to their core mandate which is , as Bastiat wrote, “to the Maintaining of Order and Justice”.

Decline of American Power – Is that a bad thing?

In True nature of the State on March 23, 2012 at 1:06 am

A lot of conservatives lament the decline of “American Power” around the World. Just this week Bill O’Reilly had a rant about that. But to those who love Liberty, American Power is just another phrase for Government Power, and the less Government there is at home and abroad the better the lives of all individuals around the world will be.

 Thoreau had a great quote about that:

“I heartily accept the motto,—“That government is best which governs least;” and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which I also believe,—“That government is best which governs not at all;” and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have”.

I look forward to the  day when men are prepared for a government that governs none at all.

But until then the Leviathan that is the State with its Coercive Power will be with us. Our job for those who love liberty is to educate ourselves and others about the True Nature of the State and the Blessings of Liberty.

Franz Oppenheimer made it crystal clear the difference between how the State acquires what it desires and the way free individuals voluntarily trade to gain what they desire:

There are two fundamentally opposed means whereby man, requiring sustenance, is impelled to obtain the necessary means for satisfying his desires. These are work and robbery, one’s own labor and the forcible appropriation of the labor of others. Robbery! Forcible appropriation! These words convey to us ideas of crime and the penitentiary, since we are the contemporaries of a developed civilization, specifically based on the inviolability of property. And this tang is not lost when we are convinced that land and sea robbery is the primitive relation of life, just as the warrior’s trade – which also for a long time is only organized mass robbery – constitutes the most respected of occupations. Both because of this, and also on account of the need of having, in the further development of this study, terse, clear, sharply opposing terms for these very important contrasts, I propose in the following discussion to call one’s own labor and the equivalent exchange of one’s own labor for the labor of others, the “economic means” for the satisfaction of needs, while the unrequited appropriation of the labor of others will be called the “political means.”

When anyone advocates for the use of “American Power” they are advocating for the use of coercion to benefit themselves. They are advocating for the threat of violence to gain compliance. They are advocating for the use of force when compliance is not given and they are advocating for the destruction, acquisition and redistribution of the property of those who don’t comply. Come to think of it that is exactly what happens in America everyday. Consent or die. That is the “Political Means” of attaining “sustenance”.

When “American Power” is projected around the world who really benefits? It isn’t myself or you. Do you feel any safer with the U.S. Government having 900 military bases around the world? Do you feel any safer with the U.S. Government using force to dictate how the individuals of other countries constitute their governments? Do you feel any safer that Special Ops teams are hunting a fictitious threat in Uganda? Do you feel any safer that Gaddafi is dead? Do you feel any safer that Drones are killing “suspected terrorists” around the world? Do you feel any safer that the U.S. Government is still occupying Afghanistan after they have been told to leave?

My answer to all of those questions is an emphatic no. In fact all of those actions are not to make anyone “safer” but to enrich a few at the expense of the many. Who advocates for these military bases overseas, these endless wars and expansion of the assassination programs? It is the State itself. It is the contractors who suckle at its teat and the Bankers who loan the money to make it all happen. Whenever you hear someone advocate for the projection of “American Power” remember what they always mean is that they are really advocating for  expansion of Government Power  to enrich themselves. That is the “political means” for the attaining of “sustenance” as Oppenheimer put it and it is no different from out right theft. When you use force to gain something from someone who would not voluntarily give it to you,that is theft.

Not only does the use of “American Power” overseas violates the Natural Rights of individuals in those countries that are the victims of it, the use of American Power abroad expands Government Power at home. When The State uses “Political Means” to attain what it wants abroad it must also use “Political Means” at home to make it happen.

Albert J Nock who wrote in “Our Enemy the State” that as the State’s power grows Society’s power shrinks. Everything that the Government has it has taken from individuals. Ever bullet, bomb, and aircraft manufactured, transported and used by the Guardians of the State was purchased with money taken by the State from productive individuals or borrowed against their future production from bankers who have a long and nefarious history of stirring up and supporting wars around the world. When “American Power” is used abroad it is in direct proportion used at home to facilitate that foreign intervention. Not only does taxation increase but also regulations do as well. When Government grows it “governs”. That literally means to limit. When the huge machine of the State is geared more and more towards war it must more and more control the actions of individuals in order to continue the flow of funds to buy more bullets, bombs and aircraft and make sure to pay the interest it owes to the bankers.

http://library.mises.org/books/Albert%20Jay%20Nock/Our%20Enemy,%20The%20State_2.pdf (Link to “Our Enemy the State by Albert J Nock at Mises.org)

Now those who love liberty are advocates for only using the Economic Means to gain “sustenance”. That is what occurs when Individuals are free to trade with each other. The Economic Means of attainment is simply when two individuals voluntarily trade for mutual benefit. That is a simple as can be. And great things occur when individuals are free of Government Edicts and Coercion. They are free to pursue their passions and uniqueness and unimaginably awesome new products and services are invented and made available for purchase by anyone around the world, (unless governments intervene with tariffs and other protectionist b.s.). Today people do not realize how Free Trade enriches us all. In Leonard Read’s Classic “I, Pencil” he does an amazing job of showing how the rational self-interest of individuals leads them to trade their goods and services to others to gain what they want which in turn makes it possible for others to trade for what they desire until after thousands and even millions of individuals satisfying their own needs working through “economic means” produce a simple “pencil” that is made available for purchase by consumers. It is millions of people “cooperating” not through the edict of central planners but through the pursuit of rational self-interest which in turn produces the beautiful spontaneous order of the Free Market.

http://c457332.r32.cf2.rackcdn.com/pdf/books/I,%20Pencil%202006.pdf (Link to I, Pencil at FEE.org)

All the products we enjoy today are the result of what is left of the Free Market. If you want more innovation at a lower cost then Less “American Power” is what you should be advocating for because Less “American Power” means less Government Power and that always means more Individual Liberty.


So the next time you hear anyone talking about using “American Power” abroad remember it’s not “American Power” that is being projected, its’ Government Power, it is the Political Means of attaining what someone desires,  and it is the song of those who want to Grow the State’s power at Home and Abroad at the expense of a peaceful and free Society.

The Government that governs best governs least. Or stated differently the Government that interferes the least with the lives of individuals at home and abroad is the best, and that is what  we can hope for until men deserve the Government that governs none at all.

When Individuals are free to trade amazing things happen from Ipads  to enjoying Lemons in Winter, to being able to swallow a camera pill to see inside your small intestine to being able to fly for fun into Space.  Peace, Liberty and Free Trade are the cornerstones of a Free and Prosperous Society. The less Government intervenes around the world the less it will intervene in our own lives at home and the more Freedom we will have to pursue our own individuality which in turn enriches us all.

Brad Miller

AdvocateofLiberty and Living Life

TSA and the Holocaust -Dehumanization of individuals leads to mass murder

In True nature of the State on March 20, 2012 at 12:59 am

The word Holocaust has been used so often that it falls upon deaf ears nowadays. It occurred less than a century ago. yet most people on a daily basis don’t think about it. Worse yet as they ignore what occurred they fail to learn the horrible lessons from that dark chapter of human history.  People have more of an interest in the Titanic, Lindsey Lohan’s court troubles, Kardashian Wedding, or whose getting kicked off Dancing with the Stars.

Six million people being systematically slaughtered is not polite dinner conversation. It is not something that people can rationally process.It is not something one wants to dwell upon. But what is of vital interest to every human being on Earth is the question “how could it have happened? “How could individuals push other individuals into gas chambers seal the door and then gas them? How could they then dispose of the bodies by burning them like wood. Members of Unit 731 a secret Japanese bio-warfare outfit during WWII had a called the Chinese that they were experimenting on as “Marutas”meaning “logs”. They called them that because after they were done conducting all manner of heinous experiments on the Chinese prisoners they would burn them as “logs” in the fire. And the biggest question of all can it happen again?

The answer is that it has already happened since. In the last century 170 million individuals were slaughtered by governments that were based upon the ideology of Collectivism. That ideology states that the man has no rights. That his life and labor belong to the group and the group, the collective, the majority, the State can do with him what it pleases. And so it happened with the Soviets, and the Chinese, the Cambodians and most infamously by the Nazis.

I watched a documentary on NatGeo called “Nazis Scrapbook From Hell”. And in it is a book filled with the only pictures taken of the process from start to finish of the systematic death of men, women, and children at Auschwitz. Everything is documented on film from when the men, women and children were collected and put onto cattle cars to, to their processing and  internment at the concentration camp and even moments right up until they were sent into the gas chambers are captured. The aftermath is also documented. What looks like hundreds of naked bodies are laying outside on the ground with Nazis soldiers looking over them like it’s just another day at the office. They were preparing the bodies to be burned.

Out of all the photos none affected me as much as the photos of the children and the how their faces were full of fear and confusion.  I’m writing this post because I saw that same fear and confusion in the eyes of a child in a photo today. It was taken right here in America at an Airport.  And the confusion and fear was caused by a Guardian of the State.  The photo was of a three-year old boy  in a wheelchair going to Disneyland on vacation and being subjected to a pat down by a TSA agent.  In the photo the little boy is in tears and you can see on his face he can’t  understand what is going on. That same look was on the face of the children who went to Auschwitz. The line of the song “Gasman Cometh” comes to mind. “When power is threatened life is cheap”

The mom of the three-year old boy had a quote that literally almost brought tears to my eyes. She said that she wanted to go over and hold the little boys hand but the TSA wouldn’t let her and that she had to pretend everything was okay so he wouldn’t be more upset.

How awful is that? The State is power. And it is exercising that power more and more. “Silence is the doorway to consent”. If we are silent the power of the State will grow. And as it grows individual liberty dies. It dies because the State dehumanizes individuals. When the State invades your privacy, when it steals your income or controls your choices it is in effect telling you, that you are a non-human. That your free will has now been substituted by the will of others. And  those in power will decide how you live and by logical extension of that ideology they have to power to decide if you live at all.

I talk about the “State” a lot and I do believe that it is an evil organization. But it is as Etienne de La Boetie that the State has no hands or eyes. It is the individuals in the employ of the State that supply the hands, the eyes and the tongue to carry out the orders. The everyday bureaucrat, the police man and the soldier are the real perpetrators of the crimes. But these are not “monsters” or “psychopaths”. They are everyday men and women who view us as less than human or stated differently less than themselves. So if they have to kill, steal or imprison others who are less than themselves for the “greater good” at the same time enriching themselves, they gladly do it.

Most folks think that it is too much of a stretch to think that gassing men women and children at Auschwitz is comparable to a TSA agent patting down a three-year old and not letting his mother hold her child’s hand.   That TSA guy was just following orders. I disagree and ask a simple question how far will a TSA or other government employee go? Unfortunately across the world UAV drivers are killing hundreds of men, women and children with hellfire missiles fired from Predator drones. And the response to these atrocities is that “War is Hell”. What kind of answer is that? So the question must be asked How far will individuals employed by the State go? Where is the line?   The agents of the State are little by little losing their ability to empathize with “civilians”. When something separates your ability or desire to view another individual as a human being and you no longer can empathize with him than there are literally no limits to what man can do unto man.

There are two ways people learn, one is by direct experience and the other is by observing the experiences of others. I say to you that anyone who doesn’t already fear what the State can do should watch the documentary “Nazis Scrapbook From Hell”.

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/national-geographic-channel/specials-1/the-third-reich/ngc-nazi-scrapbook-from-hell/

Those individuals killed at Auschwitz didn’t have time to prevent what was happening to them. But we can learn from those horrible deaths. The systematic murder of Six Million individuals didn’t start at Auschwitz. It began in the minds of ordinary Germans years earlier who bought into the idea that somehow they were “human” and those the State  deemed unfit to live were “non-humans”.  Ideas matter and the idea that individuals only have rights granted by the whim of the majority can happen anywhere and is happening today around the world. It is foolish to think that gas chambers can not be up and running again.

The lesson of the past is that  small acts of dehumanization lead to great acts of slaughter. That is the lesson. That is what the fear in the eyes of those children and the dead naked bodies are screaming to us from the past. To not learn those lessons by their experience may lead us to being photographed waiting our turn to enter the gas chamber in a new  “Scrapbook from Hell” documenting the modern version of “Auschwitz” in America.

I don’t like to dwell on the dark side of history. But unfortunately we must face the reality of where certain ideas lead. That is why I advocate for personal revolutions in which individuals believe that they and every other human on Earth is granted by God with Natural Right to their life, liberty and property.  All actions begin with thoughts and that is where the holocaust began. That is what led to the soldiers burning the bodies after they were gassed and that is what led to the fear in the little boys eyes while he was being accosted by the TSA agent. The majority of Americans are cool with the TSA patdowns of three year old little boys in wheelchairs just as most Germans were cool with the dehumanization of the Jewswhich led to the slaughter of six million individuals.

I am optimistic about the future. The internet is a powerful tool which is transporting the ideas of liberty and self-reliance to millions of individuals across the world. Don’t think for a second your thoughts and your actions don’t matter, because they do. Your thoughts and your actions help to keep the veil of darkness from completely falling over the minds of men. If your mind is illuminated those in the dark seeking the light will see it and will find you. Keep learning, keep improving yourself, keep following your passion and your purpose in life. That is the best course of action for keeping the ideas of individualism and liberty alive and keeping the gas chamber doors closed forever.

Brad Miller

AdvocateofLiberty and Learning lessons from the past

 

 

 

National Lottery – End the IRS and fund the Federal Government Voluntarily

In True nature of the State on March 17, 2012 at 1:05 am

I believe that all taxation is theft because it is not a voluntary transaction. If you go by a Wal-Mart and don’t go in do they send armed guards to steal money from you? Do they then use that money to buy products for other people with your money and then tell you how you indirectly benefit from the theft?

I say not. The free market is by definition is the voluntary exchange between individuals or groups of individuals for mutual benefit within an enviroment that is absent of coercion. Government on the other hand is coercion incarnate and it wields its most power,besides invading and killing thousands overseas, by taxing every productive citizen.

Taxation is theft. Government is force. My goal is to eliminate both the theft and the force that allows that theft to occur. But until “men are angels” most people believe we need at least a night-watchman State. For me I am okay with that as because it is a step closer to the elimination of all Government activities including the police and military which can be provided by  private corporations dependent on customers who voluntarily choose to purchase their services. Until that day occurs I would be thrilled to live in a country which enjoyed such a feeble and poor federal government as was first fielded in America after the ratification of the Constitution. Personally I think a return to the Articles of Confederation is a better start but its a much easier for most Americans to grasp the second Constitution then the first. Both were flawed and I think we can do better. But those are the best examples in the History of Humankind of men asserted that they have God-given rights and that they wrote in their founding charters limitaions not on individuals but on Government.

If a truly “minarchist” State was demanded and instituted by the people then the question about how to fund that limited State would naturally need to be addressed. In fact you need to drastically reduce the size of government say by 85 – 90% before ever talking about the Tax Code. I am all for Abolishing the IRS but if it is abolished before the size and scope of the Federal Government is reduced those benefiting from the Trillions of the Federal Budget will demand that the Guardians of the State extract the tribute from the productive to feed their parasitic life. So as long as there are individuals who believe that they are “entitled to the labor of others” ending the IRS will accomplish nothing. A new bureaucracy would be created to continue the theft in the name of the politicians and those who suckle at the Federal teat.  The Fair Tax is not the solution. I used to think it was. My brother pointed out to me that spending is the issue and not the method of extracting taxes from the productive. Taxes are the symptom of the problem of individuals not being self responsible. And that mind-set of entitlement to the product of another person’s labor has to be eliminated. That is by the way what I am working towards with my 2.3 Billion personal Revolutions program.

Until no one wants to use the force of government to steal from others all talk of reforming the tax code is a waste of time. Now once the spending is drastically reduced we can get to talk about how to fund the Federal Government .I came across the idea of the Lottery when I was reading Rand’s small book, really a collection of Essays  titled “The Virtue of Selfishness”. Which if you haven’t read it you should, and in it she talked about some people at the time of her writing advocating for the funding of the Federal Government by a National Lottery System. I thought at the time that is brilliant. She wasn’t sold on it. But I am.

The National Lottery system to fund the Federal Government would be Voluntary and secondly since I would never buy a Federal Lottery Ticket I would never ever spend my life supporting something that is fundamentally against my Philosophical code. That to me would be awesome.

What is interesting about this concept that it takes advantage of an innate human desire which is to get the most for the least. This human compulsion is the basis for all economic activity. The problem is when it is  coupled with the ignoring of the Natural Rights of others it is the reason why Collectivism exists in the first place. But once the Natural Rights endowed to each of us by our Creator are no longer violated by Government and instead protected by it, funding for this limited government could be sufficiently done with the Lottery system.

In Georgia in 2010 individuals purchased more than 50 Billion dollars worth of lottery tickets!!! And according to Bloomberg it has the lowest odds of any legal form of gambling. Of which 63 cents of which was won back by the individuals. $843 Million Dollars was spent on Education.

If the Federal Government was held down to the Minarchist State of just protecting life and property without violating your Natural Rights it could be funded by a National Lottery. If the Federal Government was only 10% of its current girth that would be a budget of 320 billion dollars.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-14/georgia-lottery-players-suckers-spending-most-for-least.html

I say why not open it up to the world. The Federal Government currently lets anyone around the world by Treasury Bills, why not open it up to every individual on Earth to buy Federal Lottery Tickets? And this system of a lottery would as a prerequisite require the elimination of the ability of the Treasury to borrow money as well.

Why doesn’t the Federal Government ask for donations like charities? Like this mess with Kony in Uganda and the endless wars overseas. Why not have people who advocate for these wars out of Humanitarian Concerns put up their own money to fight these wars and better yet go over there and kill the people they believe should be killed.

Just imagine a super limited government with a Budget of only $300 billion and how few favors it could bestow. The campaigns of politicians would immediately change. No longer would anyone want to spend one Billion dollars to be president or millions to be a Congressman. The juice would not be worth the squeeze. That is what I advocate for. And when all those trillions which are being stolen by the Federal Government are back in the hands of the productive individuals who earned that money unbelievable amounts of innovation and leaps in efficiency will occur.

People who advocate for Liberty believe that this is too far-fetched. For me I believe in living in the Ideal. To have the highest quality thought of who I want to be and what world I want to live in.

“Great men never accepted circumstances as they are. If they had they wouldn’t have become great men.”
” To Hell with Circumstances I create Opportunities.”

And that is what I am focused on doing is creating opportunities to live as free as I can now, help others desire to be free and present the best alternatives I know to the tyranny of Collectivism. The good thing about any creation of man is that it can be undone by other men. And Government is nothing more than a creation of man. It all begins with thoughts of individuals and the belief that everyone can change their own life and from that unimaginably awesome changes will occur. I believe that the greatest amount of Liberty ever to be experienced by man has not occured in the past but will be enjoyed by those in future.

The Truth can not win out if it is not believed. The Truth can not win out if it is not spoken. The Truth can not win out if it is not lived.

Brad Miller

AdvocateofLiberty

Jeffrey Lewis’ Gas Man Cometh – “When Power is Threatened Life is Cheap”

In True nature of the State on March 16, 2012 at 1:02 am

Do you think what happened in Communist Russia or Nazis Germany can happen in America today? If you don’t think so I urge you to listen to”GasMan Cometh” performed by Jeffrey Lewis.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLVrjfb1L94

Jeffrey Lewis is an amazing singer/songwriter and comic book artist. I saw his show last week at The Earl in Atlanta and it blew me away. His lyrics are incredible. I first started listening to him because of his song “Time Trade”. Which by the way if you haven’t heard I encourage you to get it on ITUNES or Pandora it. The song is about how Time takes so much away but there is a way to offer time a trade. He talks about doing something that takes a long time that you can get better at because that in the end is all that time leaves you. It’s a real motivating song that helped to reorient my view of myself and the world at the time I heard it. And when my perspective is becoming skewed I listen to that song and it is amazing how it brings me back to focusing on what I love to do and that is to read and write about Liberty and Living life.

Now you may be wondering what Time Trade has to do with “Gas Man Cometh”. Well I bought the song on Itunes and also made a Jeffrey Lewis Channel on Pandora and one day I was listening to it and the song “Gas Man Cometh” came on. It blew me away. .It is a cover of a Crass song and it was written in the context of English oppression of the Irish. The Band Crass is an anarcho-punk band from the 1970’s. How cool is that? I didn’t even know such a thing existed. They used aggressive music to spread a message of Pacifism. Which I can totally get behind.

The song’s basis is that, what happened in Nazis Germany with the Gas Chambers can happen in the present. It is a warning to everyone who thinks that a little loss of liberty here and there for security can’t ever lead to as Rand put it “bloody ruins and concentration camps”. All the Collectivist out there should listen to this song and think long and hard about the Increasing size of the Police State in America, the Drones spying on peaceful individuals, the groping and naked scans of individuals by the TSA, the invasiveness of the IRS knowing all your banking information, what jobs you’ve ever held and how much you make, the prosecution of the Drug War in which millions of individuals enjoying marijuana are thrown in jail, who a lot of them leave after their stint harden criminals, the endless wars overseas, the drones killing hundreds of innocent individuals around the world and the war on terror at home where now  targeting Americans on America soil for assassination is now the law.

The Song “Gas Man Cometh” focuses on what happens when the State shows its true colors. One of the Lines that I love is “When Power is threatened Life is Cheap”. That sums up the Collectivist Philosophy.  In the last century 170 million individuals were killed by their own collectiivst governments. I don’t think that can be repeated enough. That is not a fluke. If a government is based upon the ideology of Collectivism it leads eventually to the deaths of millions. That is not an aberration. The massacres of the 20th century were not the result of a few bad men who gained the reigns of power, which is the excuse the current crop of collectivists use to rationalize the bloodshed.Mass murder is a fundamental calling card of Collectivism. Life is cheap. The Individual is nothing. The only thing that matters is who has the power to force others to do what they want. And if any individual goes against the “majority” then they are killed in every way conceivable from starvation to what Jeffrey Lewis sings about in “Gasman Cometh” in Gas Chambers.

The song starts off with an eery train whistle and a woman saying “Train now standing on Platform four”. It is an illusion to the cattle cars that Jews, Gypsies, Gays and other undesirables were forced into to before being sent to their deaths at the concentration camps in Nazis Germany. If that doesn’t give you chills I don’t know what will.

If you want to watch Jeffrey Lewis Perform it here is the link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLVrjfb1L94

The train now standing on platform four,

What will you do when the gas taps turn?

Where will you be when the bodies burn?

Will you just watch as the cattle trucks roll by?

Pretend it isn’t happening? Turn a blind eye?

See the army convoys quietly passing by?

Heard the helicopters in your little bit of sky?

Have you seen the squad cars packed with boys in blue?

Have you ever wondered what they’re there to do?

Pictures in the paper of soldiers in the street,

Pictures in the history books of rotting human meat.

Auschwitz’s now a tourist spot for the goggle eyed to pry,

Still in working order just for you and I.

Photos of the victims, of gas, of gun, of bomb,

Inheritance of violence in the bookshelves of your home.

Don’t wait for it to come to you, cos come it surely will,

The guardians of the state are trained to search, destroy and kill.

There’s people sitting at this moment, fingers on the trigger,

There’s loyalty and royalty to make their violence figure.

Allegiance to the flag, they say, as they lock the prison door,

Allegiance to normality, that’s what lobotomies are for.

God, queen and country, they say we’ve got the choice,

Free speech for all if you’ve got no voice.

Propaganda on the airwaves, here’s the way to live,

Not for you and me the alternative.

The look for peace in Ireland with a thousand squaddy boys,

Torture in their mental homes is another of their ploys.

They’ll keep us all in line, by christ, they’ll keep us on our toes,

But if we stand against their power, we’ll see how violence grows.

Read it in the paper about rebellious youth,

But it’s them that are so violent, it’s them that hide the truth.

Stay in line, or pay the cost,

Do you think they care when another life’s lost?

Auschwitz’s now a tourist spot for the goggle eyed to pry,

Still in working order just for you and I.

To ashes at Auschwitz it’s just a small leap,

From coshes at Southall, life is cheap.

Don’t think that they won’t do it, cos they already do,

But this time ’round the pawns are me and you

The song is written to protest the English oppressive rule of Ireland. and what happened when people spoke up about it. But for me it is a warning to all of us who love liberty that anyone who has the reigns of power and wants to tell you how to live, will resort to violence to control you and like the songs says “Auschwitz is just a small leap”.

Government is force. Anything that Government does it does at the barrel of a gun. If you don’t think so don’t pay your income tax. Ignore all the threatening letters from the IRS. Then close your bank accounts so they can’t levy them and quit your job so they can’t garnish your wages. Then when they come to seize your property to pay what they say you owe tell them “NO”. What do you think will happen? The armed guardians of the State will proceed to arrest you. If you resist they will kill you!!!

Auschwitz did happen. Regular everyday people were the “gasmen” who put the individuals on Cattle Cars, pushed them into the gas chambers and delivered the Zyklon B to murder them. Six million men women and children were killed in concentration camps because of a Collectivist Nation believed that only certain individuals had rights and those rights were determined by the majority and carried out by the ruling Elite, in this case the Nazi Party.

Six million people is more than live in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area which only has a population of 5.5 million. That gives some scale to the slaughtered that occurred not at the hands of one man, but by the hands of thousands of ordinary people who either turned a blind eye to the truth or bought into the propaganda or truly thought murdering these people was the right thing to do. No matter what their motivation or rational was it happened and it can happen again. But at the basis of all their rational is that only certain individuals have rights and that is determined by who wields power. They didn’t believe that all Individuals are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights. We take that idea so much for granted. Just think how many people around the world have never heard those words yet alone lived under a government based upon that fundamental idea of individualism expressed by those beautiful words?

In the last century 170 million individuals were killed by Collectivist Governments around the world. These were their own people. That is more people than the current populations of Germany and France combined. Think about the murder of all the Germans living in Germany and all the French living in France. Wiped off the face of the Earth. That is how many citizens were killed by their own governments which were founded upon Collectivist principles. .

The Song “Gasman Cometh” is a warning to us all that The State will murder anyone who opposes it. That is the simple fact. The more Collectivist a State becomes the more Militarized and more murdering it carries out. I really like this song and I hope you check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLVrjfb1L94

I don’t know Jeffrey Lewis’ politics but I dig “Gasman Cometh” and “Time Trade”. They are both awesome. He has a lot of other great songs too. Check out his website and if he is in your city go check him out you won’t be disappointed. http://www.thejeffreylewissite.com/

I also like the whole idea of Anarcho-punk rock. I’ll be checking out more of that. Read up on the band Crass. They were it seems left leaning anarchists but they were still preaching pacifism and the anti-war message which we need as much of that as we can get today.

Brad Miller

AdvocateofLiberty and Advocate of Living Life to its fullest and presenting the positive alternative to living as a slave under Collectivist Tyranny

Pravda – Ten Myths of Capitalism. We will agree to disagree.

In True nature of the State on March 13, 2012 at 5:56 pm

You may have read an article recently on the Russian News site called Pravda,  praising Sheriff Joe Arpaoi’s quest to arrest the “persons of interest” concerning the forging of our current President’s birth certificate. (The sheriff if he’s interested in the biggest counterfeiting scheme ever in human histroy should arrest Bernake and the members of the Federal Reserve Board.)

While I do agree that the current resident of the White House is ineligible to lead it’s not because of his dubious birth. I believe that he is unfit to lead because of the principles he holds dear. He believes in the philosophy of Collectivism. The basic tenet of which is that the “collective”, the “State”, or the “majority” grant rights to individuals, and that no one has any inalienable Natural Right to their life, Liberty, and justly earned property. It is those in power who determines how everyone else should live.

It’s funny how the Collectivists in Russia are trying to get the Collectivist in the White House fired. But that is how it has always been with Collectivists. All Central Planners, those who want to determine how others should live, always believe their system their plan, their brand of collectivism is the best and can not tolerate anyone else who has a different plan.

The most famous split of the Collectivists occurred within Communist Soviet Union between Stalin and Trotsky. Eventually Trotsky was hunted down and eventually killed in Mexico. And the animosity between Hitler and Stalin was not Fascism vs. Communism. No, it was two collectivist central planners who thought their plan for the lives of the world’s inhabitants was the best and couldn’t stand to have anyone stand in the way of realizing their Global Dream of Conquests. We must remember that Lenin wanted Moscow to be the Communist Capital for not only the USSR but for the entire world and Stalin was in lock step with his ideology. And everyone is familiar with Hitler’s Thousand Year Reich in which he wanted to rule the world. These two Central Planners, these two Collectivists differed only on the specifics of how to violate the Natural Rights of Individuals, not in if they should be violated.

An interesting quote from another article was that anything that ” The U.S. wants for Russia is bad for Russia and anything the U.S. is against Russia having is good for Russia. It’s as simple as that. ” To me that sums up Pravda’s ideology.

I by no means am defending the United State Federal Government. And what the quote above expresses may in fact be true. The Federal Government is out of control.  That being said I think the anti-west mentality of a lot of the world wrongly focuses on the concept of freedom, individualism and private property as the problems in the U.S. instead of the massively intrusive increasingly Collectivist Federal Government. Those who “hate the West” don’t hate the  ideals of Liberty, Private Property and Individuality directly, instead they hate the U.S. Federal Government which they believe is the expression of these values. When in reality the U.S. Federal Government is no longer based upon Individualism, Personal Liberty and your inalienable Natural Rights.

And that is where the Article “Ten Myths of Capitalism” misses the mark. The writer fails to grasp that it is not Free Market Capitalism that exists and causes all the problems in America and the world but it is Crony Capitalism or more accurately stated, Fascism that is causing all the problems.

My take is that Capitalism is just the means of production in private sector vs. publicly held. But that belies the point that in America today we don’t have a Free Market system at all. Private Property is all but a myth because of taxation, regulation and inflation. All levels of Government regulate and tax every transaction, they charge property taxes, they control what is built where and over 30% of the land in the U.S. is owned by the Federal Government. So it is not unfettered Free Market Capitalism that is the issue but the government regulation, taxation and inflation that is destroying that very system.

It all boils down to the fact that  all levels of Government in the U.S. violate on a daily basis the Natural Rights of Individuals and that is what the . Let me be clear that if you are reading my blog for the first time I advocate for a Stateless Society in Which individuals are free to voluntarily exchange with one another without coercion. Until then I advocate for the drastic shrinking of all government especially the Federal Government back down to a strictly night watchman state. That is a government that is only constituted to protect the life and justly earned property of individuals. When the Collectivists of all stripes look at the U.S. they are not seeing a Collectivized State, at least not one that is collectivized enough. And I think that maybe what the author of the Pravda article is trying to accomplish.

The Word Capitalism by the way was first coined by Karl Marx. So it is a loaded word to begin with. We must remember we are all Capitalists and Entrepreneurs. Everyone of us deploys our “Capital” everyday to better our lives by investing in ourselves. Everyday we are entrepreneurs because we sell our labor. So these terms are very loaded and should be scrutinized. The Collectivist like nothing more than to divide and then group all of the “alienated” members of society together in order to wield power to gain the reigns of Government.

This debate boils down to what Rand talked about with the two diametrically opposed systems that Governments can be based upon, either  Individualism or Collectivism. The Pravda article fails to see that the U.S. has for the last 100 years moved away from the Individualistic system to one that is more and more Collectivist everyday.

http://english.pravda.ru/business/companies/15-02-2012/120518-ten_myths_capitalism-0/
Here are the myths and my refutation.

Myth 1#

Myth 1. Under capitalism, anyone who works hard can become rich

The capitalist system will automatically provide wealth to hard-working individuals. Workers unconsciously formed an illusory hope, but if it does not come to fruition, they will be blaming themselves only. In fact, under capitalism, the probability of success, regardless how much you may have worked, is the same as in a lottery. Wealth, with rare exceptions, is not created by hard work, but is a result of fraud and lack of remorse for those who have greater influence and power. It is a myth that success is the result of hard work and, combined with luck and a good dose of faith, depends on the ability to engage in entrepreneurial activity and level of competitiveness. This myth creates the followers of the system who support it. Religion, especially Protestant, works to support this myth as well.

It was only in the last 220 years that man has progressed more than at any other time in the 6000 years of recorded history. It is only because of the mostly free individuals in America and England to a certain respect that the material innovation that the world enjoys is possible. Capital formation in the hands of private individuals pursuing their own self-interest is the best means by which to achieve prosperity. No central planners on Earth can do what free men can do. I agree that influence is used to gain favors from Government. But its Government who has the power of Legalized force behind them. No Amazon or Intel or Apple have police forces. So if hard work, faith, with some luck don’t allow for an individual succeed what does that leave us with? I guess he answers it when he writes that it is only through the result of fraud and lack of remorse for those who have greater influence and power. In the end that is what the Collectivists are always trying to acquire, POWER.

Myth 2. Capitalism creates wealth and prosperity for all

Wealth, accumulated in the hands of a minority, sooner or later will be redistributed among all. The goal is to enable the employer to accumulate wealth without asking questions. At the same time the hope is maintained that sooner or later workers will be rewarded for their work and dedication. In fact, even Marx concluded that the ultimate goal of capitalism is not the distribution of wealth but its accumulation and concentration. The widening gap between the rich and the poor in recent decades, especially after the establishment of the rule of neo-liberalism, has proven the opposite. This myth has been one of the most common during the phase of “social welfare” of the postwar period, and its main task was the destruction of the socialist countries.

The problem again is Not Free Market Capitalism. It is Government intervention and the use of Legalized Force to benefit some and punish others. How can anyone think that Government Regulations, Taxation, and Inflation are mechanisms of a Free Market that is based upon the Natural Rights of Individuals? Only when Individuals are free from the shackles of government coercion can they be free to pursue their definition of happiness, uncover their potential and follow their own uniqueness. You don’t need central planners to do that. You just need to get government out-of-the-way and this always includes eliminating the Federal Reserve.

Myth 3. We are all in the same boat

Capitalist society has no classes, therefore the responsibility for the failures and crises also lies on all and everyone has to pay. The goal is to create a guilt complex for workers, allowing capitalists to increase revenues and pass expenditures onto the people. In fact, the responsibility lies entirely on the elite consisting of billionaires who support the government and are supported by it, and have always enjoyed great privileges in taxation, tenders, financial speculation, offshore, nepotism, etc. This myth is implanted by the elites to avoid responsibility for the plight of the people and oblige them to pay for the elite’s mistakes.

Everyone is responsible for themselves. There is no “plight” of the people. There are only individuals. Only individuals act, only individuals feel, only individuals can think. I do have a problem with Privatizing gains and socializing losses. Again this boils down to the central planners at the Federal Reserve, the White House and the Congress who intervene into every aspect of our lives. If the Federal Government stayed within the enumerated powers and was ran on a shoe string budget it would have no favors to dole out. By the way we are all in the same boat. Every Human on Earth is on the same boat, its called Earth. And the best way for us all to live in Peace and for everyone to have the best chance at prospering is through Free Trade which must have the Right of Private Property as its foundation.  We are all Social and Rational Animals. The best way to prosper is to trade with other humans.

Myth 4. Capitalism means freedom

True freedom is only achieved under capitalism with the help of the so-called “market self-regulation.” The goal is to create something similar to a religion of capitalism, where everything is taken as is, and deny people the right to participate in making macroeconomic decisions. Indeed, the freedom in decision-making is the ultimate freedom, but it is only enjoyed by a narrow circle of powerful individuals, not the people, and not even the government agencies. During summits and forums, in the narrow circles behind closed doors, the heads of large companies, banks and multinational corporations make major financial and economic decisions of strategic nature. The markets, therefore, are not self-regulating, they are being manipulated. This myth has been used to justify interference in the internal affairs of non-capitalist countries, based on the assumption that they have no freedom, but have rules.

The idea that I should have any say over a corporate board is insane. That being said I do believe that the Federal Reserve should be abolished, the Entitlements ended, the income tax ended and fund the Federal Government with a National Lottery. That way no coercion is necessary for the funding of the Federal Government. Free Markets are self-regulating. It is called Spontaneous Order. It happens everyday without the interference of central planners. It is precisely because Central Planners are interfering with the Free Market that distortions are occurring. By the way when anyone talks of regulating the Free Market they are talking about regulating individual behavior. That is because the Free Market is simply individuals voluntarily trading with each other for mutual gain. No one needs to plan these interactions because no one knows what each individual values.  And the Free Market is self-regulating becasue each individual is responsible for their choices and will have to adjust their behavoir to those consequences. In others words individuals will do more that profits them and do less that causes a loss. That is how the pursuit of self-interest is the most efficient means of production and must be done by each individual and not dicatated by central planners.

Myth 5. Capitalism means democracy

Democracy can only exist under capitalism. This myth, which smoothly follows from the previous one, was created in order to prevent the discussion of other models of social order. It is argued that they are all dictatorships. Capitalism is assigned such concepts as freedom and democracy, while their meaning is distorted. In fact, society is divided into classes and the rich, being ultra-minority, dominate over all others. This capitalist “democracy” is nothing but a disguised dictatorship, and “democratic reforms” are processes opposite to progress. As the previous myth, this one also serves as an excuse to criticize and attack non-capitalist countries.

The idea of other models of social order always means coercion and in the previous myths the writer spoke of the “elites” ruling a country. Who does he think will “plan” and “run” these new Social Orders. My only thought is that he thinks he will be one of the one’s at the top. It’s amazing how someone from Russia doesn’t remember the Soviet Days and how those in Power lived like kings while everyone else suffered. Again I’m not excusing the current system in America. It is more of an Empire than anything else. What I am defending is the Ideas of Natural Rights, Spontaneous Order and the idea that human interactions are harmonious if left alone.

Remember what Ayn Rand said “the smallest minority in the world is the individual.”

And where in any collectivist society was the rights of the minority of “one” placed above the needs of the “many”?

Myth 6. Election is a synonym of democracy

Election is synonymous with democracy. The goal is to denigrate or demonize other systems and prevent a discussion of political and electoral systems where leaders are determined through non-bourgeois elections, for example, on the virtue of age, experience, or popularity of candidates. In fact, it is the capitalist system that manipulates and bribes, where a vote is a conditional term, and election is only a formal act. The mere fact that the elections are always won by representatives of the bourgeois minority makes them unrepresentative. The myth that bourgeois elections guarantee presence of democracy is one of the most entrenched, and even some left-wing parties and forces believe it.

Voting is not the answer if there is not a Candidate like a Ron Paul or Gary Johnson. All the other Big Government Collectivists will keep the status quo. But the Answer is not the taking of power by the masses either. the best option  is through individual action and self-improvement will there be any change in the world.

” If a man wants to move the world, he must first move himself.” Socrates.

“Everyone wants to change the world but no one wants to change themselves.”

When we first educate ourselves then others people will naturally be so disgusted with the Collectivists of both parties they will not only vote for them and will demand more and more Liberty minded politicians to limit government down to protecting the lives of individuals and their property from force and fraud. And then people would demand an end to all compulsory taxation as well. Government would then only be funded by voluntary means like a National Lottery system. People would also demand competing currencies and an end to the Government’s monopoly of money.

Myth 7. Alternating parties in office is the same as having an alternative

Bourgeois parties that periodically alternate in power have alternative platforms. The goal is to perpetuate the capitalist system within the dominant class, feeding the myth that democracy is reduced to the election. In fact, it is obvious that two-party or multiparty parliamentary system is a one-party system. These are two or more factions of one political force, they alternate, mimicking the party with an alternative policy. People always choose an agent of the system, being sure that this is not what they are doing. The myth that bourgeois parties have different platforms and are even oppositional, is one of the most important, it is constantly discussed to make the capitalist system work.

Again the author misses the point. It is not the “Capitalist Bourgeois System”, which by the way is impossible to classify, it’s the force of government intervening into the lives of individuals that is the problem. It doesn’t matter who has the reigns of power whether it is the “workers” or “proletariat” or the “ruling elite” it is still legalized force with which it is used to direct, control and plan the peaceful interactions of individuals. That is what is evil, no matter what system it occurs under, or who holds the reigns of power.

Myth 8. The elected politician represents the people and can therefore decide for them

The politician was granted authority by the people, and can rule at will. The purpose of this myth is to feed the people with empty promises and hide the real measures that will be implemented in practice. In fact, the elected leader does not fulfill that promise, or, worse, starts to implement undeclared measures, often conflicting and even contradicting the original Constitution. Often such politicians elected by an active minority in the middle of the mandate reach their minimum popularity. In these cases, the loss of representation does not lead to a change of the politician through constitutional means, but by contrast, leads to the degeneration of capitalist democracy in the real or disguised dictatorship. The systematic practice of falsification of democracy under capitalism is one of the reasons for the increasing number of people who do not go to the elections.

It’s interesting he cites the Constitution. If he means our Constitution then he should know that it was based upon the securing of The Natural RIghts of Individuals in America from Government. It was an imperfect but unique document in the annals of Human history. It stated that the Creator not the State granted the individual his rights and that they were inalienable and included the right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Also the right to justly earned property is included as well. So clearly our Federal Government is no longer chained down to these principles and it is more and more implementing and acting upon Collectivist principles.

Myth 9. There is no alternative to capitalism

Capitalism is not perfect, but it is the only possible economic and political system, and therefore the most appropriate one. The goal is to eliminate the study and promotion of other systems and eliminate competition using all possible means, including force. In reality, there are other political and economic systems, and the most known is scientific socialism. Even within the framework of capitalism, there are versions of the South American “democratic socialism” or European “socialist capitalism”. This myth is intended to intimidate people, to prevent the discussion of alternatives to capitalism and ensure unanimity.

The only alternative to all Collectivism is Individualism. That is the only two systems that the author should be talking about. He is in error thinking that in America we do not already have massive amounts of Socialism in our government. How does he explain the concentration of wealth of 3.5 trillion annually into the Federal Government and another 1.5 Trillion or so into State and Local Government? I believe that when individuals are more  free great things are possible. The less government the better. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Federal Reserve, Welfare for individuals and businesses, and the ever-increasing invasions overseas is based upon Collectivist ideology and not upon the philosophy of Individualism.

Myth 10. Savings generate wealth

The economic crisis is caused by the excess of employee benefits. If they are removed, the government will save and the country will become rich. The goal is to shift the liability for capitalist debt payment onto the public sector, including the retirees. Another goal is to make people accept poverty, arguing that it is temporary. It is also intended to facilitate the privatization of the public sector. People are being convinced that savings are the “salvation” without mentioning that it achieved through the privatization of the most profitable sectors whose future earnings will be lost. This policy leads to a decrease in state revenue and reduction of benefits, pensions and benefits.

The dependence on anyone besides yourself is the problem. Think about all the laws today concerning 401ks, IRAs, Social Security and Medicare, The new Health Care Mandate, the EPA, the Energy Dept, Public Education, the War on Drugs, the War on Terror, the Federal Reserve, the Progressive Income Tax, the regulation of the Airwaves and Roads. Think about the police state that is growing everyday. It is becoming more and more like 1984 everyday. And isn’t that the kicker. Everyone is trying to “plan” a new society to tell others how to live and the very act of trying to “plan” the peaceful interactions of individuals leads every one of those Collectivist systems to a future like 1984.

I would love to see an end to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. I would love to have 100% of my paycheck which is truly mine. No one else worked for that. I am the only one entitled to the product of my labor. I want an end to all “entitlements”. It violates not only Economic Law but your very Natural Right to your Liberty and your justly earned Property. Collectivist always want to demand more and more from everyone. They are never satisfied until 100% of the productivity is under their “control” through the direct means like in COmmunism or in the indirect means like with Fascism. Either way the individual has no rights except what the Ruling Elite administering the will of the “PEOPLE” grant them. That is Collectivism and we are sliding more and more into that everyday. I wish it was the opposite and we were going towards a more Free Market Society in which everyone’s Natural RIghts were respected and everyone was free to do what they wanted to as long as it didn’t violate the Natural Rights of others.

The Collectivist Governments of the world killed over 170 million of their own citizens instituting their “plans” in the last century. We should all be careful when anyone wants to tell you how to live and at the same time are seeking to acquire the seat of power in Government. Because all too often in history when the worker revolutionaries gained the reigns of power and controlled the Government they unleashed a reign of terror.

Freedom is good. And as Mises put it “Freedom always means freedom from Government” I want to live in a world in which every individual has the courage and confidence  to live their lives as they see fit, to pursue their passion and to do like Leonard Read wrote “anything Peaceful”.

The Pravda article is interesting and gave me a glimpse into the mind of a Collectivist who is focused on Capitalism as the great evil, when in reality it is as always, Government Action that is evil. Taken a step further it is the very Collectivist ideas that the author of the article espouses that has led to the massive Government Intervention we see in this country today and around the world. That is because all Collectivism is based on the notion that the ruling elite administering the will of the people have the moral authority to determine who has what rights. That is scary.

I believe that every individual even the author of the Pravda Article has a God-given Natural RIght to his or her Life, Liberty and Justly acquired Property. Even if the Collectivists of the world don’t believe that.

Brad Miller

AdvocateofLiberty and Living Life to the Fullest

Voting: Meaningful Exercise in Civic Duty or Self Indulgent Dillusion?

In Liberty, True nature of the State on March 6, 2012 at 2:12 am

Vote Or Die.

Just kidding. I don’t buy into that. In fact I wish fewer people would vote. Because if you don’t vote according to what you believe you are expressing the ideas of others through action and violating your first basic duty as a Rational Human being ,which is to think for yourself.

That being said I did think for myself and actually voted early the other day Republican Primary. I have to say it felt good to cast my vote for Ron Paul. Now is this self-delusion or am I actually making a difference in the world?

I’ve voted in the past and have compromised my beliefs in order to do so. My two Senators from Georgia are anything but advocates of Liberty. They were the lesser of the two evils I believe at the time. But how terrible a system does it have to be in order for that to be a comforting type of rationalization that I used to justify my violating what I belive? They support Big Government Programs like TARP and National Defense Authorization Act and most of the other nefarious Government expanding programs. I didn’t vote for my current Representative who is a full-blown collectivist but he has a lot more in common with the Two Republican Senators then most folks think.

Government is the problem; Liberty is the answer.

I will  vote straight Libertarian from now on or not vote at all. I don’t believe voting is the best way to change the world by any means.

The only reason I will choose to do that is to maintain the integrity of my own mind. I’m tired of the argument of choosing between the least “evil” option. Both parties are really one party, The Big Government Party.

The whole amount of attention given to politics is really a lamentable fact in America today. I love when the politicians say it shouldn’t be about politics when discussing an issue, or that the other side is playing politics. When in reality politics is the “theory and practice of government”. So everything a politician does is by default “Political”

Anyway I look forward to a day when every American can go about their business and not have to be concerned at all with what the Federal Government is doing at home or abroad. Not because individuals choose to be voluntarily ignorant or choose to hide their heads in the sand but because the Federal Government is so small it doesn’t interfere with the peaceful transactions of individuals who are pursuing their definition of happiness.

It did feel good to vote for Ron Paul as the candidate for Republican Nominee. But somehow it feels like a hollow victory. The whole two-party system, the Federal Reserve, the 16 trillion-dollar debt, the endless wars overseas, the militarization of the police at home, the ever expanding wars at home against Drugs and imaginary terrorists made me think that punching a button for a candidate makes zero difference in reality.

When I think that I tell myself that is totally wrong. (I talk to myself a lot btw.) . Every thought you have, ever action you take matters. In the grand scheme of things sure, no Federal Election has ever been decided by one vote. Your vote matters because it is like any action you take. It should be one in which you don’t compromise your principles. It is an act of the will.

Emerson has a quote that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately : “Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind”.

That sums it up. Your vote should be an extension of that thought. In fact every action we take should be one in which you pay homage to the “sacredness” of the integrity of your own mind. That is the litmus test for all action.

Too often I’ve compromised in my life. I’ve not gone after what I desired because I didn’t think it mattered or I didn’t have the confidence in myself to obtain it. Emerson’s quote really brings into stark relief what is truly important against the back drop of all the  things that do not matter in  this world.

I am responsible for myself and the integrity of my own mind. Integrity is defined as a state of being whole.Your sacred duty is to maintain the “wholeness” of your mind. That is the path I believe to Happiness and isn’t that what we are all truly seeking?

: “Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony”. Gandhi

That is what I’m working towards in my life. Another way to say that is that I am looking for resonance in my life. That sounds like a new age term but in practice it is simply brining into agreement your thoughts and actions. This is the process of creating the external world according to the pattern of your internal thoughts.

How can I possibly have resonance in my life if  I vote for anyone who doesn’t believe that every individual on Earth has God-given Natural Right to their LIfe, Liberty, justly earned Property and the Pursuit of Happiness? The answer is I can’t and I won’t. Not because I believe it will change the external world in any significant way but because if I didn’t it would change my internal mental world in a significant way.It would be a violation of my “integrity”. How many people even talk of integrity any more? I know that is a daily challenge for me.

And with voting at least  I can say with certainty I will not be a party to “compromise” any longer.

Some Libertarians and Radical Individualists eschew voting all together. I can see that. But I also know I live in a world in which I must breathe, and eat and trade with others. There are things beyond my control and I must live within the world. That being said how I live in this world is totally my choice. I did seriously think about not voting this year. I would say if Ron Paul and Gary Johnson were not running I probably wouldn’t have voted unless there was another candidate who believed in Individual LIberty as they do.

I personally don’t believe Ron Paul will win the Republican Nominee for President. Instead I think he will be more like Obi Wan Kenobi. The Empire will think he has been “struck” down but he will only become more powerful outside of their reality. The State only sees force and power. They want us to believe we as individuals are weak and need to “collectivize” with them in control in order to live. That is false and Ron Paul and Gary Johnson are carrying the mantle of Liberty for us today. It is our job to do so in our own mind first then share that glimpse of the truth we’ve seen with others.

You matter. Your thoughts matter. Your actions matter. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that they don’t.

So to answer my own question do I think Voting is a meaningful Civic Duty? No. Because I abhor the State and any credence we give to “civic duty” is anathema to individualism and Natural RIghts. That being said I don’t think it is self-indulgent delusion either. Thoughts are the most powerful force on Earth. For my money the most powerful thought held in the mind of man is that we are all individuals granted by our Creator with Inalienable Rights. So when we vote as an expression of that idea we are carrying on the battle of  a long line of champions of Liberty stretching back through the centuries. And every Vote for Ron Paul and Gary Johnson is in some way keeping alive the best of what humans can conceive and accomplish, because it’s an expression of the thoughts of Liberty held in the minds of individuals.

The world is changed by ideas and the actions expressed based upon those ideas. That is why I am working to reach 2.3 billion people and help them each spark their own personal revolution. The kind of personal revolution I’m advocating for is one in which the individual understands that he is in control of meeting his needs and fulfilling his dreams. And more importantly that he is capable of doing so. I believe Collectivism grows because of a lack of self-confidence in individuals.

If  a third of the world is confidently pursuing their passion with a faith in their own personal power the shackles of the Collectivists will fall away.A personal revolution of thinking must occur before the external peaceful political revolution can occur.  I get the 33% figure from the fact that only a third of the Colonists wanted to secede From England, a third didn’t care and a third were against it. A majority is not necessary to stop the Collectivist Train.

I believe that once individuals again strive to have as Kierkegaard wrote “perfect faith in themselves and God” we will see an external peaceful political revolution in which Liberty is the norm and any form of government coercion is the aberration. When I talk about God, I refer to not only the deity, how every you define Him, but also to Providence or the Working of the knowable Universe. That is the belief and faith that everything that we desire and work persistently toward we can obtained because the Universe Contains everything we need to meet our needs and fulfill our dreams. Life is awesome. I know too often I’ve lost my awe of this Universe. But I would advocate for everyone to pause during these crazy times and really dwell upon the vastness and interconnectedness of this Amazing Universe we get to call home for only a blink of an eye.

It is enough that people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.” Joseph  Stalin

The Government that people vote for is  just an expression of their internal thoughts. I choose to spend my time in first clarifying for myself why Liberty is so important and then day by day trying to figure out how to think and live as a free man and then help others to do the same.

“Let him who that would move the world first move himself.” Socrates

So when there are enough individuals who care about their own Individual Liberty and believe and live by the creed of “I can and I will be self-responsible” the Joseph Stalin’s of the world will have no power and there will be no position for them to be in to decide anything for anyone ever again.

Brad Miller

AdvocateofLiberty, Living in Awe and Embracing Life

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