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Richard “Optional” Cardenas
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"It has come to my attention that many people have been directing some of their anger about our country’s foreign policy toward the members of the military themselves rather than to our political leaders who dictate what our policy is. As a soldier, this saddens and upsets me..."
The following post is guest-authored by a soldier who is currently deployed in service to his country. To whom it may concern: It has come to my attention that many people have been directing some of their anger about our country’s foreign policy toward the members of the military themselves rather than to our political leaders who dictate what our policy is. As a soldier, this saddens and upsets me. I joined the military not Read More
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hahahah voting... like it matters.  vote harder next time n00bs! 

http://news.yahoo.com/congress-abruptly-overrules-d-c-voters-nixes-marijuana-133248464.html
When residents of the District of Columbia voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana last month, cannabis fans cheered. Then they quickly realized that Congress – which has oversight over D.C.’s affairs – could overrule the will of the voters.
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Business cards I designed for a friend. Getting back into the design of things! #graphicdesign
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Haha, who I am? :)
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Via +Alan Lovejoy​ earlier:

Any state at all always results in tyranny, given sufficient time. There are no exceptions.

Anarchy is no guarantee that some won't steal from, enslave and murder others. But having a state is a guarantee that some will.

The state is an artifact of the willingness to peacefully engage in joint action, not a cause. It is not peace, cooperation, collaboration, rights, property, business, rules of behavior, and rules of interpersonal interaction and engagement that cannot exist without the state, but rather it is monopoly power that cannot.

It is impossible that peace, cooperation, collaboration, rights, property, business, rules of behavior, and rules of interpersonal interaction and engagement only exist or operate effectively because a state makes it so. Those concepts must have existed, must have been known to have utility and validity before any state existed. It is impossible to form a state without them.

Civil society functions as it does in spite of the state, not because of it. It is our collective agreement to work together, to cooperate, to collaborate, to respect rights, to engage in business, to abide by commonly-accepted rules of behavior, and to follow commonly-accepted rules of interpersonal interaction and engagement that enable any organization or group (involving two or more people) to operate effectively--especially including the state itself.

Yes, we have conflicts with each other. But we rarely appeal to the state to resolve them. Certainly, edge cases happen where some external, neutral agency is needed to resolve disputes. But the free market can provide that function more effectively and at less cost than any monopoly can match--and can do so with less risk of corruption, precisely because there is no monopoly. 

"Great part of that order which reigns among mankind is not the effect of government. It has its origin in the principles of society and the natural constitution of man. It existed prior to government, and would exist if the formality of government was abolished. The mutual dependence and reciprocal interest which man has upon man, and all the parts of civilised community upon each other, create that great chain of connection which holds it together. The landholder, the farmer, the manufacturer, the merchant, the tradesman, and every occupation, prospers by the aid which each receives from the other, and from the whole. Common interest regulates their concerns, and forms their law; and the laws which common usage ordains, have a greater influence than the laws of government. In fine, society performs for itself almost everything which is ascribed to government." ~ Thomas Paine

The alternative to a state is a society where "laws" (rules of engagement,) law enforcement and judicial services are provided by competing private institutions that have no monopoly: Only in that way can each individual personally consent to the 'rules of engagement' that will be used to govern and judge his actions.

"Anarchy is the order of the day among hunter-gatherers. Indeed, critics will ask why a small face-to-face group needs a government anyway. [...] If this is so we can go further and say that since the egalitarian hunting-gathering society is the oldest type of human society and prevailed for the longest period of time – over thousands of decades – then anarchy must be the oldest and one of the most enduring kinds of polity. Ten thousand years ago everyone was an anarchist." ~ Harold Barclay, American anthropologist (Barclay, Harold (1996). People Without Government: An Anthropology of Anarchy. Kahn & Averill. ISBN 1-871082-16-1)

For a deeper dive into how and why the stateless free market could obviate any need for a state, peruse the following:

But Wouldn't Warlords Take Over? => http://mises.org/daily/1855

A Consequentialist Theory Of Anarcho-Capitalism => http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcxGXcmr4ig

Why the advantages of living in society do not justify a monopolistic state: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0H2rSJayL_c

The State Is Not Great: How Government Poisons Everything => https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KXNRzI64L9Q

Government: The Unnecessary Evil: => https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uCP0QY8vUo&feature=player_embedded

Government Explained => http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUS1m5MSt9k

Government Explained 2 => https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NhSqzANQvbk

The Jones Plantation => http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vb8Rj5xkDPk

Anarchy => https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NwztaQgv3-Y

How Could A Voluntary Society Function? => http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tE9dZATrFak&feature=related

Criminal Justice In a Voluntary Society => http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUKF1tFf5_w&feature=youtu.be

Law without Government: Principles => http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khRkBEdSDDo

Law without Government: Conflict Resolution in a Free Society => http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kPyrq6SEL0&feature=related

Law without Government: The Bargaining Mechanism => http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qmMpgVNc6Y

Law Enforcement Without Government PART 1 => http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJfaW5DnmbM&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL62D40FEEC3CD7125

The Market for Liberty | Chapter 1: If We Don't Know Where We're Going... => http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKyt8ZmltY0&feature=related

State or Private-Law Society => http://mises.org/daily/5270/State-or-PrivateLaw-Society

REFLECTIONS ON LEGAL POLYCENTRISM => http://mises.org/journals/jls/22_1/22_1_2.pdf

Anarchy And the Law: The Political Economy of Choice =>  http://books.google.com/books/about/Anarchy_And_the_Law.html?id=nft4e62nicsC

Anarchy – Never Been Tried? => http://www.notbeinggoverned.com/anarchy-never-been-tried-part-i/

Anarchy – Never Been Tried? Part II: Emerald Anarchy => http://www.notbeinggoverned.com/anarchy-never-been-tried-part-ii-emerald-anarchy/ 

Anarchy – Never Been Tried? Part III: Fire and Ice => http://www.notbeinggoverned.com/anarchy-never-tried-part-3-fire-ice/

Anarchy – Never Been Tried? Part IV: In The Beginning => http://www.notbeinggoverned.com/960/

Anarchy – Never Been Tried? Part V: Anarchy in the U.S.A.??? => http://www.notbeinggoverned.com/anarchy-never-been-tried-part-v-anarchy-in-the-usa/

Anarchy – Never Been Tried? Part VI: The Living Anti-Nation => http://www.notbeinggoverned.com/anarchy-never-tried-part-vi-living-anti-nation/

Introducing the Tarahumara => http://aianattackthesystem.com/2011/05/24/introducing-the-tarahumara/

Stateless Societies: Ancient Ireland => http://peacerequiresanarchy.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/stateless-societies-ancient-ireland/

Government Can Be Prevented! Repelling States: Evidence from Upland Southeast Asia => http://bastiat.mises.org/2012/10/government-can-be-prevented-repelling-states-evidence-from-upland-southeast-asia/

Ireland's Success with the Free Market and Anarchism => http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=su9OqvBbSD0

The Decline and Fall of Private Law in Iceland => http://praxeology.net/libertariannation/a/f13l1.html

Privatization, Viking Style: Model or Misfortune? =? http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig3/long1.html
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Those damn parents who home school their children. Such trouble makers. Smh.
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Have some invites to Ell.co Anyone want one?
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Just started playing Ingress. Already feel like I should have chose to be part of the resistance.
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Nice. I just got an Ello invite! :)
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 MESSAGE TO OBAMA SUPPORTERS  
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"Greed” also means, to some people, an unwillingness to share what’s yours with others....
 
Who is the greedy one? The guy who wants to keep what's his, or the guy who claims what's yours?
How is it greedy to want to keep money you earned fairly and not greedy to demand other people's money for your own purposes?
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The food looked toxic. Perfect recipe for diarrhea. Just barely finished eating it like 20 minutes ago and my stomach feels like it is going to explode. Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be punched by wolverine with his metal claws fully extended? Well, try eating here and that is what you will feel like just shortly after you finish. Never eating there again. Outside of the crap and grease taste the food was tolerable when doused in hot sauce. P.s. they're sweet and sour sauce looks like and has the consistency of pink lemonade koolaide.
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