Freedom or Totalitarianism

Freedom or Totalitarianism
Liberty or Death

Monday, April 30, 2012

Reason Magazine: Ken Cavanaugh Interviewing Author David Brin- Libertarians, Transparency & Uplifting

Source: Reason Magazine- Author David Brin-
Source: Reason Magazine: Ken Cavanaugh Interviewing Author David Brin- Libertarians, Transparency & Uplifting

Author David Brin is dead right about how he critiques the current libertarian movement. That I've described as not pro-limited government, which is what Liberals and Conservatives believe in. The way you hear Libertarians talk today, like Peter Schiff and Judge Andrew Napolitano talk, they don't even now sound pro-small government but anti-government. They seem to take the approach that government is incompetent period and doesn't do anything right. Which is why I'm a Liberal and not a Libertarian. I believe when you limit government especially the Federal Government to doing only what it should and what it has the constitutional authority to do, you produce good government, thats not only cost-effective but does a good job. The way you hear Libertarians talking today, you would think good government is an Oxymoron. And thats why I'm not a Libertarian, because Libertarians today sound anarchist. Or perhaps just a step away from being anarchists.

Liberals want to limit government to what it only should be doing, again based on it's constitutional authority. And what it's effective at and can do in a cost-effective way. And have an economic system, where everyone has a quality opportunity to be successful in life, which is what equality of opportunity is about. And what the people do with these opportunities, is up to them and that they should be rewarded for what they produce for society. Not be rewarded for what they are lacking in order to be self-sufficient in life. Whereas so-called Progressives today ( Socialists in reality ) have more of a collectivist communitarian view of government and the economy. That we are one nation, one family, one community and in this environment, no one should have a lot more than anyone, even if they've worked and earned it. That we need to heavily tax this excess wealth, to take care of the people who can't take care of themselves.

Libertarians today seem to take the view that government has created all of the problems. And has none of the solutions to fix these problems. And that it shouldn't even be involved in areas like law enforcement and corrections. Because it's so incompetent and that these things should be privatized. I'm waiting to hear a Libertarian come out in favor of privatizing the military, maybe thats next. And why even though they are growing, are yet to be seen as a mainstream movement. But with Gary Johnson getting the Libertarian nomination for President, he could bring Liberals into the LP and maybe the movement will change.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Free to Choose Network: Milton Friedman- Why Do We Let This Happen?: Milton Friedman Arguing Against Big Government Socialism

Source: Free to Choose Network: Milton Friedman- Why Do We Let This Happen?

From the 1930s and you could even staring in the Progressive Era, twenty-years earlier, America was living in an era of progressivism. Of high tax rates, at least compared to where our tax rates had traditionally been. Before the Kennedy/Johnson tax cuts of 1963-64, our tax rates ranged from 25-90%. President Johnson and Congress brought the top Tax Rate down to 70% and the bottom tax rate to 20%. Our tax rates look like Sweden's or Britain's, but our government was spending about half of what they were. We created a safety net and brought economic progressivism into law in the 1930s and expanded it in the 1960s. But by the late 1970s and perhaps even before that, America was moving to the right. Something President Carter recognized and why he didn't try to expand the safety net in America. Which gave him problem with Progressive Democrats in Congress. And high tax rates and big government progressivism was becoming unpopular in America. Just like big government neoconservatism is unpopular in the country now.

This is what Libertarian Professor Milton Friedman was talking about in 1978. Arguing that our Federal Government was becoming too big. And when this happens, we end up giving up too much power to the Federal Government for them to take care of us and we lose the freedom to take care of ourselves and run our own lives. Professor Friedman was against all forms of a public safety net. Most Americans aren't. Social Security and Medicare are still very popular in America. But losing popularity amongst younger Americans. But what the country likes is the freedom to make these decisions on our own. Plan for our own retirements and health care and then have a safety net for people who fall through the cracks of the economy. Which is different from socialism, where you would have a welfare state to take care of the people. Or Libertarianism where there wouldn't be any public safety net. And we are all at the mercy of private charity, if we can't take care of ourselves.

Professor Friedman was speaking about this growing concern that the Federal Government was too big. And taxed too much, something he had been arguing his entire career. Its just by 1978 he was no longer in the minority on that. And he was speaking to more people who wanted to hear him and agreed with him. America gets President Jimmy Carter in 1977, but he was a Southern New Democrat. Who believed government could be used to help people in need help them self. But not there to manage to try to manage people's lives for them from cradle to grave. He was one of the first believers and supporters of Welfare to Work, that became welfare reform in 1996. He also had a lot of political luck in 1976 being a Georgia outsider who became prevalent just after Watergate with Richard Nixon and with President Gerald Ford pardoning him. But America was moving to the right on economic policy and not wanting an expansion of the New Deal and Great Society and new taxes on the middle class to finance it. And Professor Friedman, was speaking to those feelings. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Humble Libertarian: Blog: Judy Morris: Big Government at Work: Tennessee Senate Approves Bill To Warn Students That Hand-Holding is a Gateway Sexual Activity: Big Government Gone Wild

The Humble Libertarian: Blog: Judy Morris: Government at Work: Tennessee Senate Approves Bill To Warn Students That Hand-Holding Is A ‘Gateway Sexual Activity’

This post was originally posted at FRS Real Life Journal on WordPress

This just in, in the world of big government, a world so big Ray Charles could see it blindfolded. The Tennessee Senate just came up with an idea to restrict how Americans live their own lives, and beat Rick Santorum and Michelle Bachmann to the punch, or at least made this idea public before they did. They just approved a bill that would warn Tennessee students that they apparently don’t trust to make their own decisions in this area, that is consensual human contact. 

Apparently Tennessee schools aren’t very good or something. And their students aren't capable of making these decisions on their own. They just passed a bill That would warn their students, that "Hand Holding Is a Gateway to Sexual Activity”. And no this is not a joke, kinda like alcohol is a gateway to marijuana. Or flying in a gateway to bungee jumping. Driving is a gateway to drunk driving, smoking is a gateway to arson. Well that makes just as much sense as this Tennessee Senate bill. 
You know what the next step to this is, well I’ll tell you anyway. The Tennessee Senate may try to outlaw adultery or pre-marital sex. Maybe they'll create a Tennessee State Sex Police, where an officer would go by each home in the state everyday and night, to make sure no one is having an adulterous affair. Or go by every club and bar and demand to see everyone’s marriage license, to make sure they are not having an affair. 
These assumptions aren’t completely far-fetched. U.S. Senator  Jim DeMint, a champion of big government suggested back in 2010 that adultery should be illegal in the United States. But now he’s saying the Republican Party should become more libertarian on social issues. Holy Mitt Romney flip-flop Batman! Make up your mind man! You're on complete opposite sides of the same issues! Stop taking pages from Mitt Romney’s playbook. This is big government at its worse, interfering with how Americans live their own lives. 
And just another reason why sane intelligent people shouldn’t live in Tennessee. Even though I would like to visit both Nashville and Memphis. And makes Tennessee look like a laughing-stock to everyone who doesn’t live in a mental institution or in the Bible Belt. Which is most of the country, but with state senators like this, who needs mental patients. And it gives reason to believe that are mental institutions aren’t overcrowded enough.