The Time Traveling Contrarian

One question I’m positive the majority of you are familiar with and have been asked, I will visit now in a somewhat contrarian way, which I hope someday soon will be a view shared by the majority. In one way or another the question which begs for the suspension in belief about time travel, “If you could travel back in time knowing what you know now, to the summer of 1939 and to be fortunate enough to be alone in a room armed with Adolf Hitler, would you kill him?” I will make an approximate guess that roughly nine out of ten people would answer yes, with very little hesitation. I will now alter the nature of that question with another similar one. If you could travel back in time to around May of 1889 and found yourself alone with the infant one month old Adolf Hitler, would you kill him? I imagine the answer the majority would respond to this alteration of the original question, after a pause for contemplation, with the answer no. No one of sound mind would want to be a baby killer regardless of the baby (short of Rosemary’s).

In reference to my stating how I will visit this question in a contrarian way, I mean this by stating that I wouldn’t kill Adolf Hitler in either scenario and wish to explain my reasoning. Coming from angles of economic theory, political science, philosophy and neurobiology I can explain my contrarian position. In recent studies mostly put forth by acclaimed neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris, free will has proven to be impossible. Every decision we make as human beings comes from neurological processes that deal both with physiology and psychology. Our brains operate uniquely from person to person. Someone with the genes and brain patterns of a serial killer (i.e. the serotonin needed for rational behavior of response isn’t produced enough in the frontal cortex) can turn out not to be a serial killer and instead a rather pleasant human being. This being due to their past experiences and environment that they were raised in. If for example a person with this disease* is raised in a loving family with good relations with both their parents and their siblings this can possibly, and has been proven to in some cases, alter their genetic programming ( not necessarily altering exactly but rather countering) and train their behavior to be responsive in a similar way as the average person who does not suffer from this deficiency. (more…)

Sen. Rand Paul and the Truth Behind Anti-American Sentiment

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul recently addressed the Senate on the topic of foreign aid and anti-American sentiment in an excellent speech. He brings forth many true stories about the dangers of foreign aide and global policing. He brings up solutions to diplomatically deal with foreign nations. I would possibly bore you if I listed them so allow Senator Rand Paul to explain everything in his honest speech.

Wasting Your Vote?

This is the question and often times the statement thrown at Libertarians and Independents when discussing how we’re planning on voting for a third party candidate. I’m sure you all know this quite well. This scare tactic works to some degree too. The threat comes in a few different forms which I will address. One is if we vote for a third party we will throw the election to Obama. Another is we should vote for the candidate that is closest to our beliefs of liberty but the closest candidate of the two parties. The other classic one is “choose the lesser of two evils.”

I’ll address them in order. First voting for a third party should not be viewed as throwing an election. It should only be viewed as choosing the right candidate that you believe in. If you don’t vote Republican it means the Republican candidate did not sell their position to you and obviously did a poor job in attempting to do so. So why reward them? If you don’t vote Democrat then it’s the exact same issue. Why reward them for not selling their position? Vote for who you choose based on their policies and your personal values. If you vote otherwise then you are truly wasting your vote. (more…)

Refuse to Vote?

There’s no denying that between Libertarians exists barriers. Some Libertarians are more Anarchists or Anarcho-Capitalists; while others consider themselves to be Classical Liberal or Constitutionalists.  My heart is with those who are idealists, while my hands work for those who are realist [subjectively speaking of course] who are not apathetic to politics and the processes thereof. I’m addressing those who have been involved with the Liberty movement when I say: we all have freedom of choice here, the choice to opt out of voting, to be apolitical, to vote Libertarian Party, to infiltrate Republican Party, to switch back to the Libertarian Party, etc. I preface by saying, we are Libertarian because we hold a common credo: The Non-Aggression Principle.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” These words were spoken by Edmund Burke, a supporter of the American Revolution. Samuel Adams and The Sons of Liberty did not choose to opt out of the system. They organized, from the taverns to the farms, from the piers to the courthouse, and they fought the system! The founders of this country were not apathetic to the blatant tyranny, they required no approbation from the British crown; they used violent force which is only justified in the defense of life, liberty and property. They were the first society that believed in self-governance.  So why should we give up today? Especially as government continuously grows in power and exercises force wherever possible. (more…)

Principles of a Free Society

In a truly free society there are a few principles we should live by. These truths have become very evident in the recent years on interventionism by the U.S. government in policies, laws and the policing of the world. I guess it doesn’t surprise me that they are not clear to the masses due to the extreme conditioning we citizens have gone through since our childhood.

If these simple principles were at the forefront of our political beliefs we would see prosperous longevity in our economy and in our happiness as a whole. And as opposed to many other attempts at sound policy these principles cost the country absolutely nothing. I wish to outline these principles.

As a government we should refrain from forcing issues upon others because with every force there is a counterforce. Nor should we defeat enemies by force of arms for even when violent actions are well intentioned at first these actions always rebound on ourselves. This has been evident in recent years with our various entanglements with the Middle East. It does no one good economically nor does it any good for national prosperity.

In dealing with the issue of violence it should be of only the last possible resort for survival. In victory over the enemy we shouldn’t rejoice and declare victory as a triumph but instead with our heads held low in despair. While yes we may have found ourselves in a situation with only one option of survival we shouldn’t be proud of our victory because then we are also proud of the confrontation. This is a sign of men hungry for power. (more…)

Election Year Money Printing Scheme Courtesy The FED

Well it’s that time again. The temperatures are dropping, the kids are back in school, and the smell of bullshit is in the air. The bullshit and time of year I speak of is none other than presidential election time with false positive economic signs to boot. The tactic is what has become an unfortunately recurring one from the Federal Reserve. Ben Bernanke is at it again printing more money we don’t have to boost the economy. Of course though it doesn’t boost the economy it only drowns it more. He seriously cannot be this foolish to believe printing more money will positively boost the economy.

At one time in my life I believed Bernanke and predecessor Greenspan to be ignorant and overly optimistic of the Fed’s role in economics. But I have found I was being too friendly and rather overly optimistic myself. Here again just in time to artificially boost the economy to help Obama win re-election. (I wonder what deals Bernanke received in exchange for future Fed criminal disasters).

QE3 is the name of this new round of money printing. What can we do to prevent it from happening one might ask. Well I’m positive we can’t stop this round but we can spread the news that we know what’s going on and we won’t be fooled so easily. We can and should contact our congressman with our opposition to QE3 to let it be known. Spread the word! Printing money does not work and never has worked in the past!

Religious Extremists Strike Again! Free Alber Saber!

“Separation of church and state”. It’s astonishing how such beautiful and few words can be viewed so complicatedly. In the United States our original plan as opposed to what many American’s (the U.S.) swear otherwise, was to be a nation free of religious persecution and free of religious power within our government. This is true in the United States and is one of our greatest policies. Even though we true liberty movers face ridiculous opposition from the religious institutions here in the United States, it is not near as bad as almost everywhere else in the world. While our only real reason for having religion lobbying in our government successfully is due to pandering to voters and financial gain for the elected officials. With us it comes down to the money and position in office.

With other countries like Egypt it’s a bit more than just politics. I honestly believe that they actually believe in their religion and desire to rule in accordance with it. Why else would a free thinking blogger and spreader of atheist and secular ideology be imprisoned for such free thinking and acting behavior? His name is Alber Saber, a victim of a totalitarian government devoted to the beliefs of Islam. His association with a Facebook page for atheists caused neighbors and an angry Islamic mob to form at his house threatening him. The police showed up not to help him but to arrest him for the crime of insulting Islam. (more…)

Let Them Smoke, Or Don’t

I found myself in sort of a dilemma last Saturday early morning. As a minor detour I ended up staying over night in Las Vegas, carefully choosing a hotel not too close to the madness of the strip but also lively enough to inspire me as I would be writing in the cafe that featured free WIFI. When I write early morning I’m referring to late Friday night/early Saturday morning around two am.

After finishing my blog post one hour before it’s midnight deadline I decided to play blackjack (a blackjack table is hard for me to keep away from). Bringing only one hundred dollars to a ten dollar minimum bet table to maintain frugality while having fun and possible minor gain, I found myself as I often do enthralled in the game and losing track of time. After one hour or so passed I was left at the table with one middle-age Asian woman and a new comer, a man roughly in his early fifties with an assertive attitude which in turn gave him a somewhat menacing presence. He never made eye contact with me nor anyone else at the table. At  one point he reached into his shirt pocket and pulled out a package of cigarettes. I am not one for smoking but I rarely find myself annoyed when others smoke around me. The Asian woman to my right decided to move closer to me as I was in front of the smoking man on the opposite far end of the table, in order to get away from him and his discharge of smoke. The dealer stopped for a moment and addressed the smoker telling him that he must put his cigarette out. The smoker replied to this command with a rather nonchalant remark disguised as the question “Why. did I offend someone?” The dealer then pointed to a sign next to me which stated this table is to be a no smoking table. The smoking man saw this and replied again rather nonchalantly, “I’ve been coming to this town for over twenty years and not once have I encountered a no smoking blackjack table.” To which I replied similarly, “Wow, neither have I.”  (more…)

In Defense Of Clint Eastwood

A few days ago you might have encountered or at least heard of  the speech Clint Eastwood gave at the RNC. Since then, well almost immediately after, his appearance went under a lot of scrutiny which in turn furthered my belief that the human species never truly matures as far as the brain is concerned. Many including jesters John Stewart and Stephen Colbert insulted Eastwood, laughing at his speech, pointing out his age which by the way the left would sing an entirely different tune say if it was Morgan Freeman declaring loudly that such behavior  is agist.

I used to enjoy Stewart and Colbert. I defended them as jesters but now I see their true colors based on their obsession with Obama (even after consistently siding with anti-war movements while their “saviour” and “promiser of change” president continues war and even worse sending drone attacks that slaughter innocent children in Pakistan) and now see them as political leftist goons. (more…)