quarta-feira, novembro 30, 2016

Climate Change NOT Alarming


Climate Change: What's So Alarming?

End the Fed

End the Fed To Really ‘Make America Great Again’:
Federal Reserve-generated increases in money supply cause economic inequality. This is because, when the Fed acts to increase the money supply, well-to-do investors and other crony capitalists are the first recipients of the new money. These economic elites enjoy an increase in purchasing power before the Fed’s inflationary policies lead to mass price increases. This gives them a boost in their standard of living.

By the time the increased money supply trickles down to middle- and working-class Americans, the economy is already beset by inflation. So most average Americans see their standard of living decline as a result of Fed-engendered money supply increases.

Electoral College

Let's Expand the Electoral College:
The current confusion about the mechanics of the electoral college appear to be largely a function of the fact that it is now widely forgotten that the United States is intended to be collection of independent states, and not a unitary political unit.

For an illustration of why a system like the electoral college is so essential, we can look to the European Union. Consider, for example, if the European Union were to hold a union-wide election for a single chief executive. (The EU does not hold such an election, however, because the EU is controlled by appointees, and because there is no president in the conventional sense.)

If the EU were to do this, we would immediately notice that a small handful of large and populous member countries could dominate election and policy decisions union-wide. Without some sort of mechanism to even out these disparities, smaller states wold continually be at the mercy of the larger ones.

speak ill of the dead

By all means, let’s speak ill of the dead this week:
And that’s the real takeaway from Castro’s contemptible existence. We shouldn’t constrain his infractions to the realm of economics—he chose socialism over capitalism; what an idiot—because the evil of his legacy is so much more instructive and universal than that. Castro’s Cuba is a reminder that government, given expansive power, will inevitably enrich itself and abuse others, regardless of whether it claims to be acting in the name of tradition, nationalism, the poor, science, whatever. This truth applies however incremental the state’s interventions might be, whether in Havana or at the VA. And just as Castro ascended in a relatively advanced Latin-American nation, so, too, could it happen here, if we allow government to seize more than it should.

That may be the only good to come from Castro. He died less than a month after Election Day and bequeathed to us a timely lesson.

Gun Freedom


An AR-15 in Every Home: 3D Gun Printer Cody Wilson on Resistance, Trump, the Media, & More

donde vem a legitimidade do Estado

Tiros na água…:
Na verdade falta tudo, porque ao Estado nada escapa. E eu todos os anos me interrogo porque é que em vez de andarmos a discutir este ou aquele número, a justiça deste ou daquele imposto, a relevância desta ou daquela fábrica de baterias operada por robots, não discutimos antes o seguinte: qual é a legitimidade do Estado para cobrar impostos, determinar o que estudam os nossos filhos, quantos filhos devemos ter, tratar-nos da saúde, transportar-nos, quem recebemos em nossa casa e quanto lhe cobramos, a quem damos boleia e quanto lhe cobramos, o que comemos ou o que bebemos? Era isto o que deveríamos debater até à exaustão: donde vem a legitimidade do Estado para nos saquear, se endividar em nosso nome e no fim, não satisfeito, ainda determinar onde gastamos o pouco que nos sobrou depois do assalto?

segunda-feira, novembro 21, 2016

the Myth of Nordic Socialism


Debunking Utopia: Exposing the Myth of Nordic Socialism

Liberdade do Estado

Poupar é ser livre por André Abrantes Amaral:
A extrema-esquerda, e este PS que lhe dá palco, não gosta de quem poupa porque quem o faz não precisa dela. É independente, livre de escolher outro caminho. A sociedade ideal, a sociedade estável, é aquela em que se trabalha no Estado ou em empresas que estejam debaixo do olho do governo. Se somarmos a isso o não termos qualquer poupança que nos valha nos tempos de aflição, não passamos de ovelhas de costas viradas para os lobos. Poupar tornou-se um ato de resistência.
Ódio de classe! por Maria de Fátima Bonifácio:
Também aprendi a “acumular dinheiro”!!! Quer dizer, a poupar o necessário para evitar depender de terceiros. Aprendi o valor da independência, condição da liberdade, o meu valor supremo .. Tenho orgulho de classe. Porquê? Porque a civilização burguesa, a que pertenço, foi a primeira civilização na História a dignificar o esforço e o trabalho.

Debunking White Privilege


Debunking White Privilege: The Economic Reality

O Papa anticapitalista

La última del Papa Francisco: "Las empresas no deben existir para ganar dinero":
Si la semana pasada el Papa Francisco comparaba el cristianismo con el comunismo ignorando el genocidio que acometió este régimen durante décadas, este jueves, el pontífice argentino carga contra los empresarios del mundo.
En su discurso, el pontífice argentino les recordó que considera que "el dinero es el estiércol del diablo" y sostuvo que las empresas "no deben existir para ganar dinero", sino "para servir"
El Papaflauta:
A ustedes les puede sorprender la frase, pero se la explicarán mejor si tienen en cuenta otra afirmación que el Papa ha hecho en la misma audiencia, y que ya había pronunciado anteriormente: "El dinero es el estiércol del diablo". Ahí es nada.
Pero ahora ya tiene uno que pensar que, tal y como apuntaba Federico Jiménez Losantos este domingo, estamos, simplemente, ante alguien que no es capaz de pensar con claridad, por decirlo de una forma suave. Ante una persona que no sólo tiene una empanada teológica –e ideológica– de primera, sino que, directamente, necesita ayuda profesional.
Viniendo de cura rojo, el Santo Padre ha derivado en Papaflauta. Es un camino que podía resultar previsible pero que no deja de parecernos bastante lamentable a aquellos que, desde fuera del seno de la Santa Madre Iglesia, en los últimos años habíamos encontrado en ella una institución que, con sus más y sus menos, defendía grandes valores que muchos podíamos compartir: la libertad y el ser humano.

Algo que es evidente que Bergoglio ha decidido no hacer.

Virtue-signalling


"Virtue signalling" mini-film by James Bartholomew BBC 2 Daily Politics

Government Has a Toxic Personality

Government Has a Toxic Personality:
Travis Bradberry, the “emotional intelligence” columnist for Forbes, recently wrote a viral piece on toxic personality types and why you should stay away from them. Such toxicity can’t be fixed. They drain you emotionally. They sap your creativity. They disable your ability to function at your highest level. They bring down everyone around them. They make you unhappy. The only thing you can do is get away.
As I read it, it occurred to me that government itself manifests each of these traits and adds a few more, which explains why people want government out of their lives. Sadly, it’s not so easy as just walking away.
The Person Who Always Takes, Never Gives | The Passive-Aggressive | The Constant Downer | The Punisher | The Liar
The original article says that the solution to toxicity is to walk away. We keep trying. We vote the party in power out and a new party in, but the problem persists. We seek reforms and can’t get them. This is an institutional problem. There is no solution besides changing the institutions.

The article is right. We can’t be truly functional, creative, and happy until we get the toxicity out of our life, regardless of the source.

terça-feira, novembro 15, 2016

non-entitlement mentality


Nathaniel Branden - Capitalism vs The Vision of a Risk-Free Universe

How Libertarian Activists Helped Impeach Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

How Libertarian Activists Helped Impeach Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff:
The backstory is of particular interest to libertarians. Today's impeachment probably wouldn't have happened if it weren't for the Free Brazil Movement, a libertarian activist group that was determined to bring Rousseff down. The group helped organize a succession of demonstrations over the past year and a half that involved millions of anti-Rousseff protesters. In May of 2015, the Free Brazil Movement led a 33-day, 750-mile march from São Paulo to the federal capital of Brasilia while carrying an impeachment bill to deliver to Congress. After arriving in Brasilia, members of the group sat down with congressional leaders to make their case. Throughout the process, the group continued to meet with members of congress, promising to mobilize their constituents against them if they didn't come out in favor of impeachment.

Feet voting


The Most Effective Way To Vote

Refuse to Vote

I'm an Economist and I Refuse to Vote:
My honest answer begins with extreme disgust. When I look at voters, I see human beings at their hysterical, innumerate worst. When I look at politicians, I see mendacious, callous bullies. Yes, some hysterical, innumerate people are more hysterical and innumerate than others. Yes, some mendacious, callous bullies are more mendacious, callous, and bully-like than others. But even a bare hint of any of these traits appalls me. When someone gloats, "Politifact says Trump is pants-on-fire lying 18% of the time, versus just 2% for Hillary," I don't want to cheer Hillary. I want to retreat into my Bubble, where people dutifully speak the truth or stay silent.
Indeed, if, like von Stauffenberg, I had a 50/50 shot of saving millions of innocent lives by putting my own in grave danger, I'd consider it. But I refuse to traumatize myself for a one-in-a-million chance of moderately improving the quality of American governance. And one-in-a-million chance is grossly optimistic.

Handbook for Rulers (2)

No seguimento de Handbook for Rulers,

The Intellectual Yet Idiot

The Intellectual Yet Idiot:
The Intellectual Yet Idiot is a production of modernity hence has been accelerating since the mid twentieth century, to reach its local supremum today, along with the broad category of people without skin-in-the-game who have been invading many walks of life. Why? Simply, in most countries, the government’s role is between five and ten times what it was a century ago (expressed in percentage of GDP). The IYI seems ubiquitous in our lives but is still a small minority and is rarely seen outside specialized outlets, think tanks, the media, and universities — most people have proper jobs and there are not many openings for the IYI.


segunda-feira, novembro 14, 2016

War on Cash


The War on Cash: Your Money or Your Life

Individualism

What Individualism Is Not:
Metaphysically, individualism holds that the person is unique, not a sample of the mass, owing his peculiar composition and his allegiance to his Creator, not his environment. Because of his origin and existence, he is endowed with inalienable rights, which it is the duty of all others to respect, even as it is his duty to respect theirs; among these rights are life, liberty, and property. Following from this premise, society has no warrant for invading these rights, even under the pretext of improving his circumstances; and government can render him no service other than that of protecting him against his fellow man in the enjoyment of these rights. In the field of economics (with which libertarians are rightly concerned because it is there that government begins its infringement), the government has no competence; and the best it can do is to maintain a condition of order, so that the individual may carry on his business with the assurance that he will keep what he produces.

The New Zealand Story


Trailblazers: The New Zealand Story - Excerpt

Double Thank You

The Double Thank You of the Market:
The “Double Thank You” of the market happens all the time and we barely notice it. We do it largely without conscious thought. When you do think about it, it’s actually rather strange. In many situations where we thank someone for having done something for us, they follow with a “you’re welcome,” or the somewhat less enthusiastic “no problem.” We tend to see those situations as one-sided, as if we had received a gift and were offering the verbal equivalent of a thank-you note.
When we unreflectively treat social interactions as mutually beneficial when they are not, we blur the line between the mutual benefit of the market and the zero-sum game, or worse, of politics. Not only does that reduce our resistance to the exploitative nature of coercive relationships, it leads us to under-appreciate the virtues instilled by the market. The more we can do to be conscious of the mutual benefit of the market and the deeply ingrained habits of virtue we have absorbed from it, the more we will appreciate those aspects of the market and recognize their absence in relationships of coercion and exploitation.

If we want the market order to survive, we will have to continue to treat it both in theory and practice as a realm of moral and virtuous behavior.

The Social Contract Destroyed


The Social Contract Destroyed In Under 5 Minutes

Friendliness Is an Economic Revolution

Friendliness Is an Economic Revolution:
Socialists and interventionists have lost the intellectual battle. The arguments presented by Austrian economists for free markets and against government are irrefutable. Since Mises told us nearly a century ago that economic calculation is impossible under socialism leading to chaos and crushing poverty, socialist thinkers have been completely helpless in their efforts to refute him. As Mises would later point out in his book Socialism, they knew it then, and they know it now. The only tool they have left is that of emotional appeal, a tool which they have always brilliantly exploited around the world to disastrous effect.

.. little acts of friendliness, appreciation, and kindness take away their only tool. They subtly and implicitly reveal the true nature of free markets, and they make people happy. Could Lenin and Trotsky have led the Russian people to revolution if they had been happy with their lives, if the two had only appealed to completely flawed economic theory? Hardly.

More than this, these little interactions that take place in the market are the beginnings of bigger conversations and potentially friendships. One of the great things about friends is that they’ll listen to what their friends are passionate about. That’s when a real discussion about free markets could begin.

So the next time you go to order your fast food craving, start a rebellion for free markets. Smile. Be friendly. Show people how valuable they are. The world will be a brighter, freer, and more prosperous place because of it.

sábado, novembro 12, 2016

Defending the Undefendable


Defending the Undefendable | Walter Block

Friendships & Politics

Don’t Lose Friendships Over Politics:
One of the great tragedies of politics is that it can take people who in real life would be peaceful and loyal and loving friends and turn them into bitter enemies. I’m always struck by this when I see a political rally, with face offs between backers and protesters. What exactly is gained by this? If you put these same people in a shopping mall or movie theater or restaurant, they would have every reason to get along and no reason to be screaming obscenities at each other.

We should hold on to that realization. Each of us is a human being with feelings, hopes, dreams, and a vision of a life well-lived – every single person, regardless of race, religion, gender identity, or ideology. Politics should change nothing about that.

If we long for a better world of mutual understanding and peace, one way to help achieve it is to live as if it already exists. Above all, that means never letting politics get in the way of rewarding human relationships.

A Lesson from Atlas Shrugged


A Lesson from Atlas Shrugged

Why Mises (and not Hayek)

Why Mises (and not Hayek)?:
The state, for Mises, is legalized force, and its only function is to defend life and property by beating antisocial elements into submission. As for the rest, the government is “the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen. The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisonment. Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.”

Moreover (and this is for those who have not read much of Mises but invariably pipe up, “but even Mises is not an anarchist”), certainly the younger Mises allows for unlimited secession, down to the level of the individual, if one comes to the conclusion that government is not doing what it is supposed to do: to protect life and property. And the older Mises never repudiated this position. Mises, then, as my own intellectual master, Murray Rothbard, noted, is a laissez-faire radical: an extremist.

Ranked Choice


Jill Stein on Ranked Choice Voting

O Papa anticapitalista

Portanto, Karol Wojtyla era um um mau cristão.

Comunistas "pensam como os cristãos", diz Papa