Some Thought-Provoking Articles

Thought-provoking article from the Mises Institute on immigration:

Shortly before his death, Murray Rothbard published an article called “Nations by Consent: Decomposing the Nation State.” He had begun rethinking the assumption that libertarianism committed us to open borders.

And here Murray posed the problem…: in a fully private-property society, people would have to be invited onto whatever property they traveled through or settled on.

If every piece of land in a country were owned by some person, group, or corporation, this would mean that no person could enter unless invited to enter and allowed to rent or purchase property. A totally privatized country would be as closed as the particular property owners desire. It seems clear, then, that the regime of open borders that exists de facto in the U.S. and Western Europe really amounts to a compulsory opening by the central state, the state in charge of all streets and public land areas, and does not genuinely reflect the wishes of the proprietors.

That’s private ownership. What about public ownership?

…we have to look more closely at what public property really is and who, if anyone, can be said to be its true owner… There are two positions we must reject: that public property is owned by the government, or that public property is unowned, and is therefore comparable to land in the state of nature, before individual property titles to particular parcels of land have been established.

Certainly we cannot say public property is owned by the government, since government may not legitimately own anything. Government acquires its property by force, usually via the intermediary of taxation. A libertarian cannot accept that kind of property acquisition as morally legitimate, since it involves the initiation of force (the extraction of tax dollars) on innocent people. Hence government’s pretended property titles are illegitimate.

But neither can we say that public property is unowned. Property in the possession of a thief is not unowned, even if at the moment it does not happen to be held by the rightful owner. The same goes for so-called public property. It was purchased and developed by means of money seized from the taxpayers. They are the true owners.

So in this view, all state ownership is theft.

In an anarcho-capitalist world, with all property privately owned, “immigration” would be up to each individual property owner to decide. Right now, on the other hand, immigration decisions are made by a central authority, with the wishes of property owners completely disregarded. The correct way to proceed, therefore, is to decentralize decision-making on immigration to the lowest possible level, so that we approach ever more closely the proper libertarian position, in which individual property owners consent to the various movements of peoples.

… it’s bad enough we have to be looted, spied on, and kicked around by the state. Should we also have to pay for the privilege of cultural destructionism, an outcome the vast majority of the state’s taxpaying subjects do not want and would actively prevent if they lived in a free society and were allowed to do so?

Is there no role at all for the state in the libertarian view?

Next, How Government Killed the Medical Profession:

Once free to be creative and innovative in their own practices, doctors are becoming more like assembly-line workers, constrained by rules and regulations aimed to systemize their craft. It’s no surprise that retirement is starting to look more attractive…


Universities have become almost completely detached politically from the rest of society. The overwhelming majority of academics are now firmly on the Left; the academic echo-chamber is even more stultifying than Twitter’s. Neil Gross and Solon Simmons, the experts in this field, calculated that just 9.2 per cent of US academics are conservative, with 44 per cent describing themselves as liberals and 46 per cent as moderates.

Henry Kissinger on Syria and the Middle East:

Defeating Islamic State should take precedence over regime change in Syria, Henry Kissinger has argued, adding that Russia’s intervention may help re-establish order in the Middle East that was once entirely dominated by the US.

“The destruction of ISIS is more urgent than the overthrow of Bashar Assad,” the elderly US statesman, who served as Secretary of State to Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, wrote in the Wall Street Journal on Friday.


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18 Responses to Some Thought-Provoking Articles

  1. prog says:

    The more intelligent Corbyn on BBC ‘This Week’

    about 10mins in

  2. Harleyrider1978 says:

    The way it works is no piece of private property can be landlocked not like the idiot above is trying to make out. All land held privately by law must have access to public thourofare. That’s how it works anywhere capitalism is the economic system.

    • Frank Davis says:

      Some of the private property can take the form of roads. Roads can be privately owned. In England turnpike roads were built much like railways or canals. They were toll roads that you had to pay to go down. They were all taken into public ownership at one time or other.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        That’s how Americas first national road was built as a toll road where the government surveyed the land and donated it while a corporation was formed to sell stock in it for its revenues. The road had a toll booth about every 20 miles going thru Pennsylvania. Ive been to one of those original toll booths in Brownsville penn. Believe it or not the roads were nearly 300 feet wide so camping and turning of oxen driven wagon teams could be accomplished.

        The one big thing I remember of that time was a stump pulling set up using 16 foot wheels and chains with a 30 horse team that pulled stumps right out of the ground,quite an amazing feat for the times Id say.

        In Kentucky we built our hiway system the same way,state chartered companies to build private roads and to hold them for 40 years to make the return on investment worthwhile.

        Now the roads have all been handed over to the Federal interstate system for upkeep and maintenance. I remember back in 2004 when they tore down all the toll booths!

  3. smokingscot says:

    Labour won in Oldham – as you predicted.

    They increased their share of the vote with a roughly 40% turnout.

    Tories took the brunt of the losses and I believe UKIP saw its share reduced as well. (1.5% I think – but not sure at the moment).

    One thing UKIP did that was in very poor taste was having a mobile advert on the side of a Transit van blaring “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas”. Not subtle and faced – correctly – enormous criticism.

    Seems Nigel is rather irate, blaming their poor showing on postal ballots, people who don’t speak English and – today – coming out with a tweet that the postal was “bent”. It’s coming across as a frustrated temper tantrum at the moment, though in fairness people like Carswell and others in UKIP are handling it far better.

    Hoping don’t win elections and Nigel hasn’t ;learned to never predict outcomes. Something Kinnock could have told him.

    On the other hand it does seem that Labour voters are not in the least dismayed about the election of Mr. Corbyn to Party Leader, something his detractors within the party will have to come to terms with.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Sounds like the libdems pull the same shameful tricks the democrats do in America,getting likely illicit votes via mail order ballots from folks who don’t even live there yet get an address assigned to them making it appear they live there. In America its called provincial ballots or absentee ballots but provincial ballots you don’t neccisarily have to prove you live there as in an actual street address rather you can claim a neighbors or moms place as your addy while abroad.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Military ballots fall under a whole law unto themselves. You are still a state resident from where you entered service unless you claim state citizenship where you are stationed like say Floriduh which I did in the end. You see theres a law called the soldiers and sailors act of 1941 that says as long as your active duty your state drivers liscence is still valid for the whole 20 or whatever years you serve. States hate that law and try like the devil to make you surrender it and get the money for a new one. I kept mine for 12 years in service and at one time before NCIC came online I had 7 state drivers liscences as nobody but the states issued them. Some truckers had state liscences from 30-40 states. Then in 1989 or so you had to surrender all state driving liscences except for your home state of claimed residence. I kept Tenn and they couldn’t do a damn thing about it. I kept a copy of the soldiers and sailors act in my pocket because everytime I got stopped they tried to take my liscence as out of date and write me up for it. I even made a judge return all my fines when his fellow judge showed him the law on the soldiers and sailors act. Talk about a pissed off judge in his own courtroom having to admit he was WRONG!

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          I finally got a Fla drivers liscence before I got out of service as my liscence was barely ledgible by then. I did 14.5 years active duty.

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Heres a kicker Tennessee gives all 100% vets permanent and total 2 free tags for you cars and you never have to renew them. In ky they make you buy the plate and every year you still have to renew it.

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    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Yes the picture is real taken of Obama in Indonesia in school learning to be part of an Islamic Honor guard as the story went.

  6. harleyrider1978 says:

    Guess what My comment was and these had to go thru moderation to boot.
    From Scotland on second hand smoke

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) could not even produce evidence that passive smoke is harmful inside, this is what they wrote prior to the smoking ban in article 9 OC255/15 9 “The evidential link between individual circumstances of exposure to risk in exempted premises will be hard to establish. In essence, HSE cannot produce epidemiological evidence to link levels of exposure to SHS to the raised risk of contracting specific diseases and it is therefore difficult to prove health-related breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act”. The reason the ban was brought in under the Health Act 2006, and not by the HSE, because no proof of harm was needed with the Health Act 2006, and the HSE have to have proof, seems the DM has lost rational thought about anything smoke related

    Then I sent them this, Since when is it a violation of TOS to post the truth!

    Then I resubmitted the HSE findings again

    Edinburgh Council bans smoking in play parks

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  7. harleyrider1978 says:

    Australian Politician: Climate Change is a UN Hoax to Create a ‘New World Order’

    The Australian prime minister’s chief business adviser Maurice Newman says that climate change is a hoax created by the United Nations to propagate a new world…

    The Australian prime minister’s chief business adviser Maurice Newman says that climate change is a hoax created by the United Nations to propagate a new world order under United Nations control.

    The UN has been using false models to exhibit temperature increases in the hopes of scaring the world into delivering their sovereignty to the UN. Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbot has called the science behind global climate change “crap” back in 2009 and has been reluctant to join climate policy talks.

    At the G20 summit held in Brisbane last month Abbot warned that the Paris summit would fail if it chose to prioritize cutting carbon emissions over economic growth.

    This would be par for the course for Obama and the UN. The climate change hoax s been used in the past to control businesses and create legislation that infringe on the rights of private citizens.

    The Australian prime minister’s chief business adviser Maurice Newman recently stated that climate change is a hoax created by the UN to scare the world into handing their sovereignty to a new world order.

    It’s a well-kept secret, but 95 percent of the climate models we are told prove the link between human CO2 emissions and catastrophic global warming have been found, after nearly two decades of temperature stasis, to be in error,” he wrote in an opinion piece published in The Australian newspaper on Friday, without providing evidence.

    “The real agenda is concentrated political authority. Global warming is the hook,” he said, adding that the UN is against capitalism and freedom and wants to create a “new world order.”

    The prime minister has been reluctant to take part in climate change politics, trying but failing to keep it off the agenda at last year’s G20 summit.

    Both Abbott’s office and the United Nations have so far declined to comment on Newman’s statements.

    A well-known climate change skeptic, Newman has made similar provocative comments in the past, calling the notion a“myth” and a “delusion.”

    Source: RT
    Photo: Rob Homer

    The conspiracy to create a New World Order has been out in the open for years as an unacknowledged fact among the socialist Left.

    The strangling of our rights as free and private citizens and businesses are under attack by the members of this conspiracy. Of course, the UN wants to keep as many people cowed for as long as possible, when their final move to hoard global authority can be made.

  8. harleyrider1978 says:

    Canada: The anger rises among Quebecois professionals

    By classifying the electronic cigarette as a tobacco product, Quebec introduced a ban for vaping in specialty stores, depriving consumers of the ability to test materials and e-liquids. Very dissatisfied professionals claim for an exemption

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  10. junican says:

    I think that the paradox was eliminated in England many centuries ago when it was decided that all the land of England ‘belonged’ to the King. In effect, that meant that the King represented all of The People. Sure, that idea became corrupted so that the King handed out parcels of land to favourites, but the principle stood. Only the King ‘owned’ the land, and to ‘prove’ title, a person would have to prove occupancy (actual use of the land). If he could not do so, then there was a supposition that the King could hand out occupancy, and therefore ‘title’, to whomsoever he decided. We have to imagine a small population, centred in the most habitable places, surrounded by wilderness in the form of bogs, forests, thickets, barren uplands, lakes, rivers, mountains, etc. I would also imagine that the King’s authority was devolved to Barons and such in accordance with some sort of understanding. I don’t think that medieval society was generally unjust, even though there was ‘The Nobility’. I should imagine that, in those ancient days, stability was of the utmost importance so that food supplies etc were maintained efficiently.
    England was not perpetually engaged in a civil war.

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