Inspirational Quote of the Day: One about Tax Slavery

When I was an economics professor, the libertarian faculty would sometimes bring up the name Nozick, as if he were a god.

Excerpt from Wikipedia

Robert Nozick (/ˈnoʊzɪk/; November 16, 1938 – January 23, 2002) was an American philosopher. He held the Joseph Pellegrino University Professorship at Harvard University, and was president of the American Philosophical Association. He is best known for his book Anarchy, State, and Utopia (1974), a libertarian answer to John Rawls’ A Theory of Justice (1971). His other work involved decision theory and epistemology.

Nozick was born in Brooklyn. His mother was born Sophie Cohen, and his father was a Jew from the Russian shtetl who had been born with the name of Cohen and who ran a small business.

For Anarchy, State, and Utopia (1974) Nozick received a National Book Award in category Philosophy and Religion.[2] There, Nozick argues that only a minimal state “limited to the narrow functions of protection against force, theft, fraud, enforcement of contracts, and so on” could be justified without violating people’s rights. For Nozick, a distribution of goods is just if brought about by free exchange among consenting adults from a just starting position, even if large inequalities subsequently emerge from the process. Nozick appealed to the Kantian idea that people should be treated as ends (what he termed ‘separateness of persons’), not merely as a means to some other end.

The Examined Life (1989), pitched to a broader public, explores love, death, faith, reality, and the meaning of life. According to Stephen Metcalf, Nozick expresses serious misgivings about capitalist libertarianism, going so far as to reject much of the foundations of the theory on the grounds that personal freedom can sometimes only be fully actualized via a collectivist politics and that wealth is at times justly redistributed via taxation to protect the freedom of the many from the potential tyranny of an overly selfish and powerful few.[12] Nozick suggests that citizens who are opposed to wealth redistribution which fund programs they object to, should be able to opt out by supporting alternative government approved charities with an added 5% surcharge.[13] However, Jeff Riggenbach has noted that “…in an interview conducted in July 2001, he stated that he had never stopped self-identifying as a libertarian. And Roderick Long reports that in his last book, Invariances, [Nozick] identified voluntary cooperation as the ‘core principle’ of ethics, maintaining that the duty not to interfere with another person’s ‘domain of choice’ is ‘[a]ll that any society should (coercively) demand’; higher levels of ethics, involving positive benevolence, represent instead a ‘personal ideal’ that should be left to ‘a person’s own individual choice and development.’ And that certainly sounds like an attempt to embrace libertarianism all over again. My own view is that Nozick’s thinking about these matters evolved over time and that what he wrote at any given time was an accurate reflection of what he was thinking at that time.”[14]

Inspirational Quote of the Day: One About a “Giant Conspiracy”

Excerpt from Jeffrey Tucker’s Wikipedia

Alleged role in Ron Paul Newsletters[edit]

In an interview with Reason, Timothy Virkkala, former managing editor of the libertarian magazine Liberty, alleged that Tucker played a role in the production of racially charged newsletters written on behalf of Ron Paul. By Virkkala’s account, he heard from Bill Bradford, then the editor of Liberty, that Tucker was an “assistant, [and] probably a writer” who assisted “editor and chief writer” Lew Rockwell in creating the newsletters.[9] Eric Dondero, who served as (election) campaign coordinator and senior aide to Ron Paul in the mid to late 1990s, told the American Spectator in an on-line reader comment that “Lew Rockwell and Jeff Tucker wrote the newsletters.”[23] According to a political blog by Economist, unnamed “numerous veterans” of the libertarian movement said it was an “open secret” throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s that Tucker and Rockwell ghostwrote the newsletters.[24] In response to questions about his role with the newsletters from Reason, Tucker said, “I just really am not going to make a statement, I’m sorry. I’ll take all responsibility for being the editor of Mises.org, OK?”[9]

Dr. Walter Block Responds to My Email re Incident on United Airlines

A BIT OF HUMOR TO LIGHTEN THE SUBJECT.

Heh, heh. I admit to being the guilty party that sent the following email to America’s leading libertarian professor yesterday.

Dr. Walter Block, whose intellect I greatly admire, has responded, disagreeing with me and coming down on the side of “bribing” passengers with higher offers until someone agrees to leave the plane. This is regular commenter Robert’s position too.

Lew Rockwell

From: R
Sent: Tue 4/11/2017 2:21 PM
To: wblock@loyno.edu
Subject: incident on united airlines plane

Dear Dr. Block, Can you articulate briefly a libertarian perspective on the incident in which a man was forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane in Chicago? Twitter is raging with social justice warrior condemnations of United’s action in having him removed. A lot of that Twitter commentary revolves around accusations of racism against United. Some of it revolves around the law of transportation, which SJWs claim does not allow a carrier to remove a man from a plane once he’s boarded it. The property from which he was removed is presumably owned by United. However, it was sitting on “public” land–an airport terminal. That would mean that United has entered into a contract with the airport and must therefore agree to its rules. I’m sure that any thoughts you might have would be of wide interest. My position is that anyone has the right to remove anyone from his property. The removed man in this case received monetary compensation. Thank you. http://abcnews.go.com/US/video-shows-man-dragged-off-united-plane/story?id=46702631
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4401980/Dr-dragged-United-swapped-drugs-secret-gay-sex.html

Dear R: In my view, United had no right to remove any paying customer to whom they had issued a ticket, merely because they were overbooked. UA should have, instead, offered both that person and, all others, higher and higher buyout prices until they had one person leave that flight voluntarily. Some people think that private property rights give United the right to remove any passenger from any flight for any reason since they owned it. Not so. Of course, they may do so to an unruly or threatening passenger, but that was not true in this case. The passenger in question did not become violent until the authorities tried to remove him forcibly, and improperly. In effect, this passenger “rented” a seat on that plane, and, as long as he abided by the contract (sit quietly, behave, etc.) they had no right at all to expel him from the plane. He in effect “owned” that seat for the duration of the flight. When a landlord gives a two-year lease to a tenant, even though the former owns the building, the latter in effect “owns” that one apartment for the duration (provided of course he behaves himself.) Yes, this passenger received monetary compensation, but he did not AGREE to take it in lieu of his paid for trip

DR. WALTER BLOCK, ECONOMICS, LOYOLA UNIVERSITY.

Andrew Klavan: Multiculturalism Explained

Enjoy three minutes of an entertaining explanation of multiculturalism. Then send the video to your liberal friends to make their heads explode.

Uploaded on Feb 24, 2011

Why does the left expect us to tolerate intolerant cultures like that of Iran? Will moral relativism be the end of our culture? Find out as Andrew Klavan explains the dangers of multiculturalism. http://www.pjtv.com

Wikipedia

Andrew Klavan (born July 13, 1954) is an American writer of mystery novels, psychological thrillers, and screenplays for “tough-guy” mystery films. Two of Klavan’s books have been adapted into motion pictures: True Crime (1999) and Don’t Say a Word (2001). He was nominated for the Edgar Award five times and won twice.[2] Playwright and novelist Laurence Klavan is his brother.[3]

Klavan has written columns and appeared as a political commentator for a variety of conservative publications such as the news-magazine City Journal and PJ Media. He currently releases a daily podcast named The Andrew Klavan Show for news and conservative opinion website The Daily Wire.[4]

Klavan has two children with his wife, Ellen (Flanagan).[8] Klavan was raised Jewish, but became an agnostic after his Bar mitzvah.[7] He later converted to Christianity.[7]

Official Trailer: Get Me Roger Stone

Opinions about Roger Stone are flying fast and furious on youtube. From the youtube information box, we learn:

Published on Mar 29, 2017

The whole world was shocked by the rise Donald Trump, but there was one man who had been plotting it for years: Roger Stone. Diving deep into the mind of the master manipulator, Get Me Roger Stone provides a raw perspective on the transformation of American politics. Coming exclusively to Netflix on May 12, 2017.

President Donald Trump seems to have distanced himself from the controversial Stone, who has used the word “Negro” and thus gotten himself banned from CNN and MSNBC. Stone remains close to Alex Jones.

Wikipedia

n the first grade, Stone claims, he broke into politics to further John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign: “I remember going through the cafeteria line and telling every kid that Nixon was in favor of school on Saturdays… It was my first political trick”.[17]

When he was a junior and vice president of the student government at a high school in northern Westchester County, New York, he manipulated the ouster of the president and succeeded him. Stone recalled how he ran for election as president for his senior year:

“I built alliances and put all my serious challengers on my ticket. Then I recruited the most unpopular guy in the school to run against me. You think that’s mean? No, it’s smart.”[18]

Given a copy of Barry Goldwater’s Conscience of a Conservative, Stone became a convert to conservatism as a child and a volunteer in Goldwater’s 1964 campaign. In 2007, Stone indicated that he was a staunch conservative but with libertarian leanings.[17]

During the 2016 election cycle, Stone was banned from appearing on CNN and MSNBC after making a series of offensive Twitter posts disparaging other television personalities.[60] Stone specifically referred to a CNN commentator as an “Entitled Diva Bitch” and imagined her “killing herself”, and called another CNN personality a “stupid negro” and a “fat negro”.[61]

Stone’s Tweets tend to be combative:

Leaked Twitter Shadowban List Shows Bias Against Truth, Conservatives

Richard Spencer, Mark Dice, Alex Jones, Brittany Pettibone, Lew Rockwell, and a host of other “racists,” truth tellers, and conservatives are on the list.

Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, is destroying his own creation with his insane leftist nonsense. Be aware that this is only a partial list. More shadowbanned users are yet to be revealed by the leak.

Breitbart explains how a Twitter shadowban works.

Just in case Twitter suspends Tennessee GOP, here’s another Tweet that has the list.

Thomas Sowell Talks Black Education and Culture (Video)

“There’s no gangsta rap.” This intriguing 3 minute video talks education, IQ, and culture.

Learn more about conservative economics professor Tom Sowell at Wikipedia.