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  1. TheFinalSolution commented on Lisa Benson 13 days ago

    Taxation. Why is it not theft to force someone to pay you just because you call yourself government? Extortion is a crime, no matter who commits it, and there is no moral justification. Save all the inane comments about goods and services. Government is FORCE, period!

  2. TheFinalSolution commented on Shoe 13 days ago

    42 here. Seems like 5 minutes…………………………under water!

  3. TheFinalSolution commented on Pearls Before Swine 3 months ago


    I’m sorry. I didn’t realize that the words “ALMOST” and “MOST” were not available in your browser. Besides, I don’t know your lying posterior. :=)

  4. TheFinalSolution commented on Pearls Before Swine 3 months ago

    @ Sherlock Watson

    Why limit it to just congress? Almost everyone I know is a pathological liar. It’s second nature for most people.

  5. TheFinalSolution commented on Lisa Benson 3 months ago

    You want jobs? How about NO tax. But it’s not theft if you call yourself a government, is it. It’s a 23% cost of doing business. Incredulous is right. All taxation is theft!

  6. TheFinalSolution commented on Clay Bennett 3 months ago

    Didn’t he graduate from UCLA?

  7. TheFinalSolution commented on Nick Anderson 3 months ago

    And you can tell a psychopath by asking just one question. Should goods and services be provided at the point of a gun?
    The sane person will say no. The psychopath will say yes, we need more government and taxes and anybody who disagrees should be jailed or murdered if they won’t comply.

  8. TheFinalSolution commented on Ripley's Believe It or Not 3 months ago

    @ Bruno Zeigerts

    No, he should be chastised for plagiarism. Although embellished from when I first heard it 50 years ago.

  9. TheFinalSolution commented on Ripley's Believe It or Not 5 months ago

    I’m more worried about the appending of ist to anything you don’t agree with. America was still a free country in the 1930’s.

  10. TheFinalSolution commented on Bloom County 9 months ago

    Buckley Revealed

    by Murray N. Rothbard

    Note that Murray was 26 when he fingered Buckley.

    BUCKLEY REVEALED: Review of William F. Buckley, Jr., “A Young Republican View,” The Commonweal, January 25, 1952.

    Buckley’s article in the recent issue of this Catholic magazine is significant in its revelation of the full extent of Buckley’s views. As a result, we congratulate ourselves for treating the Buckley Boom on the intellectual Right with considerable skepticism. The article is completely deplorable, and reveals the morass into which the individualists of today have sunk.

    The brief article begins splendidly, with the affirmation that our enemy is the State, and excellent quotations from such great individualists as Albert Jay Nock, Herbert Spencer, and H.L. Mencken. Buckley declares that the great issue of our time is freedom vs. Statism, and sides with Spencer that the State is “begotten of aggression and by aggression.” He goes on to castigate the Republican Party for offering no real alternative to the Statist power-drive. It begins to appear that young Buckley is indeed a welcome newcomer to the libertarian ranks.

    But such an illusion is not destined to remain very long. It soon appears that Buckley is really, in 1952 terms, a totalitarian socialist, and what is more, admits it.

    He admits that his opposition to Statism, eloquently expressed at the beginning, is merely romantic academicism. For Buckley favors: “the extensive and productive tax laws that are needed to support a vigorous anti-Communist foreign policy,” and by implication supports ECA aid and 50-billion dollar “defense” budgets. He declares that the “thus far invincible aggressiveness of the Soviet Union imminently threatens U.S. security,” and that therefore “we have got to accept Big Government for the duration–for neither an offensive nor a defensive war can be waged…except through the instrumentality of a totalitarian bureaucracy within our shores.” Therefore, he concludes, we must all support “large armies and air forces, atomic energy, central intelligence, war production boards and the attendant centralization of power in Washington–even with Truman at the reins of it all.”

    In the light of this errant nonsense, Buckley, considered by practically everybody (and, saddest to relate, by himself) as an “extreme individualist” must be classified as a defacto totalitarian.

    This unhappy incident reveals that individualism is practically non-existent in present-day America, and that the biggest and most important defection stems from the uncritical support given to the wasteful, dictatorial policy of military-socialism that now prevails. It spurs us on to continue our analysis of foreign policy and formulate a program in that field. But it is certainly clear that our foreign policy must not be aimed at holy crusades against Communist infidels. Neither should it be based on a policy of blithely and enthusiastically taxing the American citizen in order to pile up useless armaments. Freedom and peace are inherently intertwined, and the way to preserve peace is to avoid war, not to go out of your way to seek one. The best rule for foreign policy is still the great Richard Cobden’s “Peace and Retrenchment.”

    Copyright © 2001 Ludwig von Mises Institute