Humour at Liberty on the Rocks

27 02 2009

Kudos to this US group for their funny vids promoting capitalism. 

Check out http://www.libertyontherocks.com/

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The Religion of “Peace”

24 02 2009

Did you know that Islamic terrorists have carried out more than 12,787 deadly terror attacks since 9/11? (at the time of writing).

Interesting website:

http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/





Two latest LTEs

17 02 2009

1) The government has dishonestly called its latest display of $42 billion worth of ignorance a “stimulus” package.  Unfortunately, in reality they are (again) trying to throw petrol on a fire in their feeble attempt to put it out.  Forced wealth re-distribution will not stimulate the economy and never has.  Those who wish to blame “evil” capitalists should wake up and see the mixed economy reality.  Governments long ago monopolized banking (ie: the federal reserve) and over the last few decades we have seen exponential growth in property rights violations through economic regulations.  The world can only take so much unnatural violations of human freedom.  We should learn from the US experience.  Their government intervention eg/ the implicit guarantees of tax payers to rescue Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Community Reinvestment Act, the guaranteeing of risky mortgages with taxpayer money through the Federal Housing Administration and of course the terrible US Federal Reserve policy which is still continuing to inflate the currency were the causes of this mess.  To think more of the same will help is a tragic fantasy.

2) I whole heartedly thank the Liberal party for their opposition to this latest Australian record of government wealth re-distribution also known more dishonestly as a “bail out”.  I may even vote for them if they continue to support capitalism, freedom and human life and prosperity.

If the Labour party really wants to help us economically, here’s the tried and proven recipe:

1)Cut the corporate tax rate.  Ie: Stop enticing businesses to move overseas.

2)Cut the personal income tax rate.  Ie: Stop punishing financial success. 

3)Stop discouraging people from using their own creativity, skills, and effort to succeed in business through restrictive regulation. 

4)Cut capital gains tax rate.  It’s unjust double taxation that distorts the market.

5)Eliminate all tariffs and protectionism.  Any barriers to trade hurt Australians.

6)Massively cut government spending on welfare and health programs, eliminate corporate welfare, and eliminate the regulations that make doing business a mess of inane red tape.

Freedom – not more government spending – is the recipe for a speedy economic recovery.

 

 





Bush fires happen but why so severe?

12 02 2009

There’s no way around it.  If you forcibly restrict people’s ability to act on their free will which implicitly means their ability to impact on the environment around them, you will destroy human life in one way or another. 

 

I’ve been doing a bit of reading today and it seems the evidence is pretty good to show how government policy can kill people in very direct ways.  The socialization of Victoria’s forests in the 1920s and in the 1970s both led to massive bushfires a decade or so later because back burning was reduced. 

Recently there have been successful political pressure from green groups to reduce back burning and obviously reductions in back burning will increase bush fire severity. 

In addition the ridiculous increases in regulations and the violations of property rights by councils have all led to massively increasing the severity of the fires. (see article)     

 

Fire is a natural part of the Australian forest ecosystem.  Fire germinates some flora’s seeds.  Obviously Australia is bush fire prone and people must prepare for fires. 

 

http://www.theage.com.au/national/angry-survivors-blame-council-green-policy-20090211-83p0.html

 

I hope I’m wrong but I suspect the masses are too dumb to put 2 and 2 together and instead of reducing government control we’ll see it increased now. 

 

The only good thing I can think of that will come out of this horrible tragedy is that I reckon the sale of concrete bunkers will now go up.





Link to Ed Cline’s Post on Mending Fabric

9 02 2009

Ed articulately describes many of my thoughts and then a few with his recent essay discussing the values behind why he blogs and why he writes fiction.

http://ruleofreason.blogspot.com/2009/02/mending-fabric.htm

Interesting and inspiring.





Australia’s upcoming compulsory internet filter

6 02 2009

All mainstream opposition to this had been pragmatic and not based on principle.

Here’s a recent example:
http://www.vtown.com.au/customers/iinews/internet-filtering.html

Ayn Rand said, “the moral is the practical”.  And I have thought for some time that she was right on that one.  There’s no reason to think that behaving ethically should put you at odds with what is good for your life and your values, and good for everyone else if you accept that the standard of morality is your life. 

Moral principles can be understood on a fundamental level and no amount of pragmatic statistic bending or precautionary BS can dispute moral principles especially in the clear cut example of Australia wide government forced censorship.
It’s easy to be misled by short range pragmatic or utilitarian arguments that do not consider moral principles.  It’s very difficult to account for all practical consequences.  One common mistake is to assume surrounding circumstances will remain constant and only the issue at hand will be altered.  eg/ a politician may wish to raise the minimum wage to “help out” workers, without considering the unemployment this will cause. 

If only people understood that it is not just impractical but immoral for the government to censor it’s citizens – because censorship denies us our individual right to act on our volition and therefore the right to our lives. 

Human life will stagnate and die when the ability to act on one’s decisions is denied by government.

The only exception is if the actions from your descisions forcefully stop others acting on their descisions.  ie: The principle of initiation of force. 

Government are clearly initiating force against the innocent in the case of an internet filter.  This is immoral and is exactly the opposite of our government’s rightful function. 

A message to K Krudd:  Stop violating our rights and start protecting them!





LTE

6 02 2009

I have decided to keep a record of my letters to the editors here.  Because I often forget what I have written or sent, and because lately I haven’t had a good strike rate with getting published:

This was my latest:

The government has dishonestly called its latest display of $42 billion worth of ignorance a “stimulus” package. 

Unfortunately, in reality they are (again) trying to throw petrol on a fire in their feeble attempt to put it out. 

Forced wealth re-distribution will not stimulate the economy and never has. 

Those who wish to blame “evil” capitalists should wake up and see the mixed economy reality.  Governments long ago monopolized banking (ie: the federal reserve) and over the last few decades we have seen exponential growth in property rights violations through economic regulations.  The world can only take so much unnatural violations of human freedom.

We should learn from the US experience.  Their government intervention eg/ the implicit guarantees of tax payers to rescue Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Community Reinvestment Act, the guaranteeing of risky mortgages with taxpayer money through the Federal Housing Administration and of course the terrible US Federal Reserve policy which is still continuing to inflate the currency were the causes of this mess.  To think more government meddling will help is a tragic fantasy.