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  • Re: Why Socialism isn't the Problem.

    And great; even I managed to convince myself that military spending isn't socialistic then I'd only have to worry about a trillion in government spending as opposed to two trillion. TWO TRILLION??? when did you write this 1990. Try 4 trillion or 4000 billion or 4,000,000 million
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Mike on Wed, Apr 14 2010
  • Re: What are the best statist books?

    Hobbes Leviathon should be your first stop on the road back here - IMHO
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Mike on Fri, Mar 26 2010
  • Re: Putting animals(and people) out of there misery

    Ash, My international ignorance might be showing- but is high birth rates in Ireland possibly a function of Catholic Church dogma as opposed to welfare incentives?? In America the instance of out of wed-lock births have been directly correlated with increased welfare benefits.
    Posted to General (Forum) by Mike on Thu, Mar 25 2010
  • Re: Putting animals(and people) out of there misery

    Hi there Ash, It seems to me proven not only by my experience with people- but also economic laws. Any action that is subsidized will increase. Also there is an economy of scale with child bearing. Your “pay” goes up more than your cost to feed another mouth. Child bearing has always been, for the most part( outside of religious issues and
    Posted to General (Forum) by Mike on Thu, Mar 25 2010
  • Re: Putting animals(and people) out of there misery

    My opinion on this has changed since I have given up on the theory of a caring god. I believe because humans domesticated animals we have taken on the responsibility of their care. IMHO it is much better to alleviate suffering. Busting into houses etc. is a much larger issue. I would personally prefer to see sick and suffering animals put out of their
    Posted to General (Forum) by Mike on Thu, Mar 25 2010
  • Re: Stuff we can do

    [quote user="filc"] [quote user="Mike"] Please tell me how a few thousand or a few million libertarians NOT voting makes it better. I know there are great philisophical reasons that I'm sure I would agree on, but I still think an individual action is better than no action. This past election was the first one I didn't vote
    Posted to General (Forum) by Mike on Thu, Mar 25 2010
  • What are the point totals all about- I would like to know where people are located

    Hello All, I am new to forums in general, this one in particular. I am learning so much from some very smart people – that is good, but I feel dumber by the minute. how are the points per post determined – word count?? And do these points mean anything?? What do I win Bob?? Also I would love to know where the poster is from as I read –
    Posted to Help and Support (Forum) by Mike on Thu, Mar 25 2010
  • Re: Stuff we can do

    [quote user="filc"]Yes it's frustrating. You would feel better about it though when you realized that voting can only expand war, government, and welfare. Voting cannot retract those mechanisms. [/quote] Please tell me how a few thousand or a few million libertarians NOT voting makes it better. I know there are great philisophical reasons
    Posted to General (Forum) by Mike on Wed, Mar 24 2010
  • Re: Stuff we can do

    Very nice job Justin I tried a similar tact on my father.( taxation at the point of a gun - killed if you resist) his reply was interesting and I did not have a good reply. He said " don't resist" ... based on social contract theory.. if you do indeed believe in the social contract his answer makes sense and really expands the conversation
    Posted to General (Forum) by Mike on Wed, Mar 24 2010
  • Re: Stuff we can do

    It really saddens me when I hear people I respect ( Rockwell, Raico) talk of the uselessness of voting. I'll go with Rothbard on this one. If the lesser of two evils keeps us out of a war and saves your brothers life- it is worth whatever perceived principal you gave up. Also I totally agree that the Ron Paul campaign pushed forward Libertarian
    Posted to General (Forum) by Mike on Wed, Mar 24 2010
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