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skylien replied on Sun, Apr 22 2012 7:26 AM

2 great essays about ABCT I recently read::

 

 
"Quis custodiet ipsos custodes, qui custodes custodient? Was that right for 'Who watches the watcher who watches the watchmen?' ? Probably not. Still...your move, my lord." Mr Vimes in THUD!
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These might not be new to many of you, but I think they are some of the most interesting videos I've ever seen.

The Myth of Science as a Public Good

The Decline and Triumph of Classical Liberalism Part 1, Part 2

"They all look upon progressing material improvement as upon a self-acting process." - Ludwig von Mises
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Wheylous replied on Sun, Apr 22 2012 11:47 AM

This has been mentioned before, but now that I look at it, this seems like too big a coincidence:

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Clayton replied on Sun, Apr 22 2012 12:36 PM

Cryptocat chat client

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Jargon replied on Sun, Apr 22 2012 1:09 PM

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/20/plutocrats-and-printing-presses/

This man is really an unbelievable fraud. He's right that the fed hurts banks insofar as it hurts banks that it doesn't give money to. Most would call that cartelization.

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The Anarch is to the Anarchist what the Monarch is to the Monarchist. -Ernst Jünger

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Just came back from a great rally in Philadelphia.  A few thousand people showed up and withstood driving rains.  We had an End the Fed rally beforehand, not quite as large but still huge. While marching the crowd pretty much wrapped around all of City Hall in Philly.

http://www.ronpaul2012.com/2012/04/22/despite-downpour-ron-paul-draws-4300-plus-to-rally-on-independence-mall-in-philadelphia/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=despite-downpour-ron-paul-draws-4300-plus-to-rally-on-independence-mall-in-philadelphia

Pretty great feeling, although I was soaked and freezing.

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"4,300 people at a political rally in downpouring rain? Unelectable."

If I had a cake and ate it, it can be concluded that I do not have it anymore. HHH

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Clayton replied on Sun, Apr 22 2012 10:53 PM

@Gero: Awesome links, keep 'em coming!

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Clayton replied on Sun, Apr 22 2012 11:29 PM

Oh my God, I thought this was satire at first but then I realized... they're completely serious!

This confirms my suspicions about Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. TPTB are desperately trying to seize the high ground on the internet and use these supposedly innocuous "social media" services to trumpet their propaganda and push their initiatives, like the psychopathic nightmare of a global democracy. The President of the World says to 7 billion people, "Leave your comments on my Facebook page and I'll respond to them"?? WTF?

Also, notice the not-so-subtle programming in there, they show a clip of a drop-down box selecting "Taxation" as the issue and then voting "Yes" in the subsequent clip. "Yes, please impose a global tax in order to save the world from the plastic bottles."

Oh, and someone (ahem, SMBC!) really needs to satirize this.

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Someone literally wrote the book on Ron Paul vs. Paul Krugman...

 

Ron Paul Takes Down Paul Krugman

Congratulations to antiwar, non-interventionist foreign policy expert, Jeremy Hammond, for his new book, Ron Paul vs. Paul Krugman: Austrian vs. Keynesian Economics in the Financial Crisis. And it's just $8.99 in paperback, and $4.99 on Kindle.

 

 

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This guy just keeps on winning delegates and packing arenas...

 

Iowa District Conventions

Writes Whit Thiessen:

It was a stunning victory for the Ron Paul camp in the 4th district of Iowa, of which I was a delegate to. As well as all across the state. of the 16 republican central committee members who were elected, 8 of them were on the right side. Which was unimaginable just 2 years ago. And in the 4th district, every other position was filled by the Paulians running. And I must applaud the organization of the Paul campaign in its ability to inform those delegates who share our way of thinking as to who we should vote for.

I was also very pleased with how the voting on party planks went. A list of items that we were able to add yesterday: The repeal of the 16th and 17th amendment, the IRS, and the Patriot Act. But my personal favorite was the striking of a plank that supported bio-engineered crops. After a much heated debate in which the cancer risks of consuming genetically modified produce, the buddy-buddy relationship between the feds and Monsanto, and Obama's food czar Michael Taylor's past; it was removed. And it must be emphasized that in NW Iowa this is no small feat.

But the day did have its downsides. All of the major representatives giving speeches were lauded as royalty there. Our congressman Steve King, a bloodthirsty neocon if ever there was one, is especially loved in this district. He, along with bumbling senator Chuck Grassley and governor Terry Brandstad , spoke of the debt and bailouts as if it were only brought upon us by the blue team, not our beloved red team. The only mention of the bush regime throughout the entire day was actually given by my mother in her campaign speech for central committee, of which I am very proud to say she won.

The philosophy is spreading.

 

Ron Sweeps MN Delegates

"Paul is sweeping entire districts at the Minnesota GOP Conventions. These are unbound delegates who will vote at the National Convention in Tampa." (Thanks to Travis Holte)

 

4,400 for Ron Paul in Ithaca

Ron Paul packed the house again tonight at Cornell University. The Revolution continues…

 

4,300 for Ron Paul in Philly in the Rain

Even on a nice day 4,300 would be an impressive turnout. Simply amazing. Weather be damned, thousands of people showed up to hear Paul’s message of liberty and hope for a better future. Let’s see Mitt Romney inspire this kind of passion and devotion. Even on a sunny day.

Here’s Ron Paul speaking to the massive crowd just a few hours ago at Philadelphia’s Independence Mall.

 

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Interesting discussion on British politics and democracy. Galloway is a total wacko though in my opinion.

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In case anyone hasn't seen this:

 

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Clayton replied on Mon, Apr 23 2012 6:21 PM

+1 TOG, I love that video but totally forgot about it - thanks for posting it. I think that simple observation "there's always going to be fighting" is so crucial. The goal is not to achieve a social order without fighting. The goal is for that fighting to be ultimately constructive to each of us as individuals. It's kind of like those married couples who never fight. Their relationships are in the biggest trouble of all - they never air anything out, the conflicts just pile up and get shelved and - one day - it will simply come down to open war.

The constant brushing of elbows, bickering, haggling, heckling and even occasional shouting are all necessary for a healthy social order. The absence of these things is a symptom of social stasis, that is, the death of culture. Compare the boisterous markets in the back alleys of Kolkata or Beijing - for all the supposed socialism of the countries in which these markets exist, ask yourself whether the sterile, big box, Vegas-strip-style "markets" that characterize US urban centers are really more free. Where's the bickering, the haggling? Where is the price arbitrage? Where are the independent vendors? Fifty or a hundred years ago, our markets didn't look much different than thriving, bustling, chaotic markets. But those elements have been scoured away and all that is left is the mausoleum of supermarkets and shopping malls with their big-box brands.

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Any news on your police brutality vid?

 

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Clayton:
+1 TOG, I love that video but totally forgot about it - thanks for posting it.

Me too. I first read about spontaneous order from Hayek, but this video really hooked me on the concept. It's so breathtaking to think about- a concept that guides molecular activity is also apparent in the expansion of the cosmos. And everything in between.

 

If I had a cake and ate it, it can be concluded that I do not have it anymore. HHH

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Clayton replied on Mon, Apr 23 2012 7:02 PM

@JJ: I looked around and I absolutely cannot find it. I know it's on my hard drive somewhere, so I'll keep searching until I find it.

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John James:

You caught this one, right?

Examples of spontaneous order

Yep.

 

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Gero:

No way!  I thought for sure he'd be going out for American Idol

 

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Wheylous replied on Mon, Apr 23 2012 9:49 PM

Zach Weiner, as always delivering:

 

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ThatOldGuy replied on Tue, Apr 24 2012 12:04 AM

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In regards to this article, Capitalism posted this status on facebook:

This Manufactured Race War is brought to you by Al Sharpton, PresidentBarack Obama & Jesse Jackson.

http://bit.ly/JsuB3I

 

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I love rich celebrities in Hollywood bitching about the government and taxes...

 

I didn't realize Jon Lovitz was this sane...

 

 

But I knew Carolla was...

 

 

 

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John James replied on Tue, Apr 24 2012 10:06 AM

Student Suspended For Hugging Teacher

 

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John James replied on Tue, Apr 24 2012 10:13 AM

Ron Paul guest-hosting Squak Box on CNBC

 

We’re challenging the status quo of the entire country as well as the Republican Party,” Paul said. “People don’t like to give up their power. But the momentum is very powerful. I’m part of it, but I’m not it. It’s much bigger than me.”

 

 

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Exclusive: National Security Agency Whistleblower William Binney on Growing State Surveillance

Guest:

William Binney, served in the NSA for over 30 years, including a time as director of the NSA’s World Geopolitical and Military Analysis Reporting Group. Since retiring from the NSA in 2001, he has warned that the NSA’s data-mining program has become so vast that it could "create an Orwellian state."

 

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Gman1944 replied on Tue, Apr 24 2012 5:15 PM

^ Surveillance State Evils

An interesting Glenn Greenwald piece discussing that same interview. He provides some great insight into the issue.

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Clayton replied on Tue, Apr 24 2012 5:42 PM

@JJ: Wow, that was amazing ... lots of gems in there but I think the best one, "He sure makes you think, that Congressman".

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Clayton:
@JJ: Wow, that was amazing ... lots of gems in there but I think the best one, "He sure makes you think, that Congressman".

Yeah that one actually kind of pissed me off...talking about him in front of his face as if he wasn't there.  I get what he was doing but I don't think there's anyway to say something like that without being at little condescending.

But yeah I'm wondering if this might be a new venue for Paul after he retires.  He seems comfortable enough, and like Peter Schiff I think it would be a nice catharsis for him to be able to continue talking about issues that were important to him and obviously having him on television every week, talking to guests and destroying them would be invaluable.

 

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Bob Murphy on Stossel speaking on insider trading...

 

 

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Okay so I ended up clicking through more Carolla, and can never seem to get enough, so here's one more good long one.  He's great, as always, and you'll love his description of the content of his book toward the end.

 

 

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Bert replied on Tue, Apr 24 2012 7:20 PM

I've been reading The Wicker Man novel that was written by the same two who wrote the original movie in 73 with Christopher Lee as Lord Summerisle (not that embarrasingly awful remake).  It's definetly one of my favorite movies, and the book does well at filling in the gaps with all the cuts they had to make coming from the distributor.  Anyway, unlike a movie, a book can tell you a character's thoughts and their unspoken views on a matter.  The book explains that Sergeant Howie (the Christian) is a socialist (which is not explained in the movie).  When he finally meets Lord Summerisle he views him as this aristocrat who's inheritance should be "taxed away."  Lord Summerisle owns the island (he lives in a rather lavish castle), and the people of the island "work for him."  One of the islanders states "he's not the feudal tyrant the mainlanders make him out to be."  The distinctions and how Summerisle and Howie are written seem to be a bit refreshing compared to how modern literature may perceive things.  Summerisle, the aristocratic Heathen, is put in a rather excellent light, who's family saved the island and the residents of the island live a happy and simple life (and who's great grandfather kicked the ministers off the island).  The contrast is Howie's Christian views in not understanding the ways of Summerisle island (that they are a bunch of "inbred Scots who believe nonsense.")

Outside of the fantasy genre I don't think you're going to find much praise on some monarch or lord like this (I suppose Game of Thrones is taking the place of promoting kings/monarchs in television.)

I had always been impressed by the fact that there are a surprising number of individuals who never use their minds if they can avoid it, and an equal number who do use their minds, but in an amazingly stupid way. - Carl Jung, Man and His Symbols
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Refresh my memory...Who won Iowa, again?

 

 

She goes through some good history in the beginning, but It gets even better toward the end...

 

As a side note, if you've seen any of Maddow's coverage (some of which you can find in this thread), you have to love the way she never fails to paint this as a Republican Party trait.  She always makes very certain you're aware this is the Republican primary, the Republican Party, Republican proceedings, The Republicans this, and that...as if this weren't just the political system as usual...as if it were any different in the party that she obviously supports.

I'm not defending the Republican Party, I just find partisan hackery and hypocrisy hilarious.

 

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