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Some analysts argue that China’s new artificial land formations in the South China Sea are not worth worrying about as they could be easily “taken out” if war broke out. But those who take that view are failing to see how these islands fit into China’s slow motion strategy to achieve regional hegemony in the Asia-Pacific.
Some analysts argue that China’s new artificial land formations in the South China Sea are not worth worrying about as they could be easily “taken...
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Governments are going to eventually realize, if they haven't already, that the eventual success of Libertarianism absolutely requires the death of government.

Government cannot exist in any size without taking liberty and property from the governed. Government does not create anything, it consumes and it uses violence and the threat of violence to consolidate ever more power and to ensure that it can continue to consume at the expense of the governed.

Some governments will kill as many people as they feel it is necessary to kill to maintain and to grow the power and resources they require. The United States Government is not such a government yet, although it is edging closer to becoming such a government every day. China is such a government. As it becomes more and more emboldened by the diminishing power and influence of the United States, it will become more and more diabolical in its use of violence to take whatever it wants to maintain it hold on and to increase its power over the world and its resources.
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Cops love to believe their own hype. They always spout off nonsense about "risking their lives every day for you" (kinda like jesus dying for your sins). I can tell you that, in over a decade, I've only felt that I might be in physical danger maybe 20 times, and only felt that my life was in danger maybe 5 times. It's a far cry from "risking my life every day". Don't buy that nonsense. It's simply not true. Roofers risk their lives far more often than police do. 
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The thing that [volutarily] puts danger into enforcement is the willingness to force Freedom away from the general public, at the behest of self-promoting "master" gov workers.  People don't take to that.  Freedom is as important as life itself.  Screw with that, you get what's coming to you.  Want to be safer?  Don't do as you're "told."  One can't be a bully/terrorist with no eventual consequences. 
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christine ford

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Everywhere you look, if you just PAY ATTENTION, you can see that preparations and conditions are escalating at an exponential rate for something massive. What will be the final catalyst that will have enough momentum and fear associated with it, that the door to MARTIAL LAW will be cracked open long JUST enough for Overlord Obama to bum rush the throne, crown himself EMPEROR OF THE UNIVERSE, and finish dismantling what was once the United States?
By: Voice of Reason FOR MORE NEWS BY VOICE OF REASON CLICK HERE!     HOW LONG  BEFORE JADE HELM 15 GOES LIVE TO MARTIAL LAW? Everywhere you look, if...
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"MARTIAL LAW will be cracked open long JUST enough for Overlord Obama to bum rush the throne, crown himself EMPEROR OF THE UNIVERSE, and finish dismantling what was once the United States?"

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christine ford

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The lies are getting bigger and bigger to the point at which they are now ludicrous or even perverse.
[If you really study the patterns] you can actually see when they turn on and off the algorithm program used to manipulate the gold and silver...
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Geaux broke.
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Obama's announced plan to limit transfer of some types of military equipment to local police forces is too little, too late. Already the local police have become essentially a federal police force and limiting a few armored, tracked vehicles will do little to change that. Local police have been given NSA-style spy equipment as well. Does anyone think this has anything to do with "protect and serve"?

Militarization Is More Than Tanks and Rifles: It’s a Cultural Disease, Acclimating the Citizenry to Life in a Police State!
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Keep thinking that current police is "militarization".

You couldn't be further from the truth.

We need to change this Libertarian Community to the Anarchist Community or The Anti-Cop Community.

Current police officers won't be invited to the new Militarized Police Force. Only a few.

The military itself will become your police. Why do you think the National Guard always gets called for curfews?

And whining on social media won't stop it. Everyone in this country has become too lazy to log off the internet, much less march to Washington, D.C.
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Thomas Knapp

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Jacksonville, Florida's politicians have, once again, arrived at an impasse on the matter of how to regulate “ride-sharing” services UberX and Lyft (Christopher Hong, “UberX, Lyft remain in limbo as City Council looks to state for new regulations,” Florida Times-Union, May 17).
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+Thomas Knapp I didn't claim it's market-based. I claimed it was arguably more market-based than +Jan Bruun Andersen's alternative of deep and detailed government regulation.
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We Austrians economists have very good theoretical reasons for opposing government stimulus programs, but those reasons are liable to remain unknown to the average person, who seldom studies economics and who even more seldom gives non-establishment opinion a fair hearing. That’s why it helps to be able to point to historical examples, which are more readily accessible to the non-specialist than is economic theory. If we can point to an economy correcting itself, this alone overturns the claim that government intervention is indispensable.
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Ludwig Von Mises: No taxation is legal without parliamentary consent. But if the government has other sources of income it can free itself from this control. If war becomes unavoidable, a genuinely democratic government is forced to tell the country the truth. It must say: “We are compelled to fight for our independence. You citizens must carry the burden. You must pay higher taxes and therefore restrict your consumption.” But if the ruling party does not want to imperil its popularity by heavy taxation, it takes recourse to inflation. https://mises.org/blog/mises-why-governments-prefer-inflation-taxation
From Omnipotent Government (page 252) by Ludwig von Mises: 
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Raising rates even a fraction of a percentage point would be like seeing how close you could get to an over inflated balloon with a needle before it exploded...!

In this analogy, the balloon is of course representative of the economy...
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Kenneth Cochran

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+Theodore Minick , +Brian Boring and other anarcho-capitalists in this community were right. They told me if I sincerely examined my beliefs I would come to realize that minarchism was an inconsistent philosophy and I would embrace anarchism. They were right. I now realize that government is just a means to bend others to your will. There really are only two consistent political philosophies: Anarchism and Totalitarianism. Everything else requires making excuses for violence.

I am now faced with a dilemma.  My employer indirectly helps perpetuate the existence of government by providing software to law enforcement agencies. In a way it was the knowledge of the law I gained from working there that helped convince me of how morally bankrupt government truly is. How can I continue to work for an employer that is almost entirely funded by taxes, fees and penalties extracted from others through threat of force?
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I understand your conundrum. I think as long as your job does not involve doing something unethical, then you are morally in the clear. Obviously, it's ultimately up to your own conscience. Some take avoiding the state at all costs more seriously than others. This doesn't necessarily make them better anarchists or more consistent, it is just more important to them.

The reality is we are stuck in an evil system for a while. The system has worked its way into nearly every aspect of everyday lives. Using it is practically unavoidable for many of us, perhaps all. What are we to do? Not eat any food which comes from farmers who are subsidized? Not use the roads? Not purchase products which were shipped on government funded roads? Not go to government schools? They have made it prohibitively difficult to function without them. So we use the stuff they provide with the money they steal from us and others. This is not different than getting paid by them.

My wife is a nurse. She has lots and lots of patients who use government funded healthcare. It is conceivable to find a job at a tiny clinic where they only take cash patients, but this is really difficult to do. She is paid by the government. It's okay. It sucks, but she's not acting immorally and she is actually using the taxpayer's money to do more good in the world.

We aren't responsible for their theft. As long as you're not lobbying the government to create a job for you and are merely functioning in a position which would exist with or without you, from my perspective your conscience should be clear. Honestly, as someone who has money taken from him by the government regularly, I'd rather have my money go to you than some statist. At least you will use it to make the world better by helping convince others to reject the initiation of violent force.
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Lenore Skenazy

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Public Service Ad:  “Don’t Leave Your Child in the Car for  Even a MOMENT.” 

Because they DIE instantaneously? 

Welcome to "TRAGICAL THINKING."

 http://bit.ly/1Q6nwTc
If children died in cars this quickly, they'd be dead the second mom came to a red light. The fact is, each year, more children die in parking lots than die while waiting in the car. So this ad is not only going to subject more children to danger, it is scaring parents about an extremely ...
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Thomas Knapp

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In the United States, same-sex marriage is de facto legal — based on a combination of court rulings and legislation — in 36 states, the District of Columbia and several American Indian jurisdictions. The Supreme Court is widely expected to come down on the side of ending marriage apartheid ...
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Johnathan Doe

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This is so wrong on so many levels 
Tonya McDowell sent her son to an elementary school in Norwalk, Connecticut, instead of her home city of Bridgeport. She said she wanted the best education possible for the boy.
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That'll teach her.

And her son learned a lot, too.
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Nova Prime

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Okay. So Rand did a filibuster. But it wasn't really a filibuster it was symbolic? Or he didn't object to everything he only objected to the civilian phone logs thing? I need some help with what actually happened if anyone has insight.
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orwell was also an anarchist. Spooner was a socialist anarchist. the two are not mutually exclusive. 
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Ethan Boyle

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NAPpy cakes, are they?
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Seth Mason

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Solidus.Center discussed with Dr. Keith Weiner, economist, founder of the Gold Standard Institute, and CEO of Monetary Metals, the benefits of the Gold standard and the problems that abandoning it has created.
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Solidus.Center Discusses the Gold Standard with Keith Weiner
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Mitchell C

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Minarchism is a self contradictory philosophy.
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+Phil Tubb​ just gotta find the standard that works best for you and your group. ;). Standards are mostly guidelines, people follow them because it benefits them. After all it makes it easier for the community to work with each other. Sure you don't have to follow them, but your stuff might be harder to work with. But then I'm thinking of code again... Probably nothing to do with law, or the community. Although law does help maintain harmony, order.

I think what I'm saying is I would like to see a more open community. Kinda like the open source world. 
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