Archive: 2014

The Interview

Ok, so to summarize the events thus far: group of people A is using the threat of violence in order to influence the behavior of group of people B so that group of people C may not experience something that group A does not approve of. When abstracted this way does this pattern now seem more familiar?

December 29 / 2014
December 23 / 2014
Author Greg Morin
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“It stops today” Eric Garner, hero

No one should be required to ask for permission to earn a living. But, anyone who stands up for their rights will necessarily distinguishes themselves from a crowd all too eager to surrender theirs. The man who does so makes himself a target … Eric Garner exited this world exhibiting the universally lauded virtue of willing self-sacrifice in pursuit of defending one’s liberty. We have a word for that: hero.

December 08 / 2014
Author Greg Morin
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Perpetual Panopticon of Permission

Got this from Western Union today (I have a business account with them) “In order to meet our legal and regulatory responsibilities we undertake regular Know Your Customer checks to verify the identity of our customers and to establish the source of funds and the nature of the transactions being undertaken.” Now bear in mind […]

December 02 / 2014
Author Greg Morin
Category Anti-state
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Not Neutrality, Part 3

To “fix” the issues Net Neutrality proponents fear, we must reduce, not expand, the scope of government intrusion in the market. We need fewer grants of monopoly privilege for both private and “public” interests. Municipalities should have no rights to grant charters or licenses to any business. This removes the whole notion of “public” utilities. With that antiquated framework swept away, we would witness competition between electric, gas, water, sewage, phone, and Internet providers solve an array of problems that are intractable under the current “public” system.

November 24 / 2014

Not Neutrality, Part 2

Net neutrality is nothing more than two parties disagreeing over pricing for a service. Cronyism comes in to play when one side demands the government take their side and implement a price ceiling. Of course such naked rent seeking would never fly politically, so it is camouflaged under the guise of protecting freedom, equality and baby kittens. Who could be against baby kittens?

November 17 / 2014

“Muh Ebola outbreak!”

There is a total structural problem in how society is organized. This is why there is no simple “what liberty says we should do” answer when we consider how we should handle quarantines within the current system. It is insufficient to say “we must respect the right of the individual who is infected” while ignoring the systemic problem of monopolistic state ownership that both crowds out competitors that would do a better job and that eliminates liability for its own mistakes.

November 11 / 2014
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