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How Sound Ideas Can Translate into Despicable Laws, and Why Socialism Drives Social Dysfunction

Perhaps the most dangerous and costly intellectual endeavor is that nearly involuntary, visceral inclination to equip a thoughtful idea with the power of law. 

There is all the difference in the world between a worthy proposition and one backed by the unquestionable scope and authority of law. 

Remember, laws are neither soft suggestions nor guidelines for human behavior; they are absolute mandates supported by violent force and coercion. 

Proportionality, then, is an important standard to satisfy before rushing to the sweeping supposition that any iron-fisted law might prove successful in rectifying the perceived problem. 

In order to best preserve the freedoms which form the most atomic and precious bases for life, we must consistently investigate the marks and standards which ostensibly justify the invocation of law to carry out given aims, while always erring on the side of freedom. 

That is, of course, if we are to sustain a free world.

Whereas a great number of lazy pundits have sugge…
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This measure clearly tugs on the heartstrings of constituents and passive onlookers who identify with the spirit of the law, and yet those who parrot the talking points of safety seldom distribute anything more than a familiar form of conventional wisdom, while concomitantly embodying further examples of those content with the strategy of squandering every ounce of freedom for a few drops of presumed safety. 

Consider the hypothetical study commissioned to demonstrate a high inverse correlation between auto accidents and IQ. 

As a consequence of this contrived study, one might suppose that those of relatively lower IQ ought to be prohibited from driving. 

After all, platitudes abound wherever one discovers the subject of safety. 

What's more, the preponderance of road accidents tend to occur on public road…

Goldmoney: Real Money Purposed for the Future

The institution of money entered the minds of sophisticated traders several millennia ago, when instead of bartering with limited numbers of people within the cumbersome double coincidence of wants, large-scale economies developed from the reach and transparency of commodity money which was scarce, durable, fungible, transportable, divisible, recognizable, and usable in and of itself. 

While we may appear to have transcended those primitive times, the truth is that we have merely mutilated the concept of money by clandestinely replacing it with its more manipulable and abstract representative, the proverbial coat check without the coat. 

This is but the device of a large-scale social experiment run in real time, and we are its unwitting and non-consenting subjects who’ve largely never heard of the Federal Reserve’s dual mandate, much less its missions of “maximum employment” and 2-percent annual inflation.

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In effect, these friends then subject a wider community to the thought that since their friends are supportive of such ideas, then they ought to carry some merit or authenticity. 

Of course, most Facebook friends haven’t conducted even a shred of due diligence to ascertain the validity of either the story or the reporter, so the message travels more than halfway around the world, or dozens of times across it, before the truth comes out. 

Meanwhile, the average Facebook user begins to (either actively or passively) endorse the original message as truth, rushing to judgment and prescriptions as he or she becomes immune to that eventual emergence of actual truth. 

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Leftists Hate Guns Because They Hate Liberty

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All they know, especially those of the Left, is that a version of nirvana, which exists purely in their respective minds, enables them to consider restrictions on gun ownership as a viable means to rectification of a problem which they have, once again, only ambiguously identified.

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If so, when will we finally flip that switch, and will we still celebrate these four weeks as Black History Month?

I’ve always wondered why any person who’s passionate about any history, whether of a given civilization, culture, idea or whatever, would condense its celebration into such a narrow window. 

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As the institution endures, it begins to assume a life of its own, independent of its history and the flesh and blood which has comprised it. 

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