Rand Paul as President might be the worst thing that would happen to the liberty movement.
wouldn’t focusing any efforts toward the presidency be a defunct move at this point? Are you truly convinced we haven’t passed the point of no return, so to speak,…
The thing about free riders is, no matter what the govt does, there will always be a significant number of people who can’t take care of themselves. I think we are going to have to decide if these people have a value as humans, or if they don’t. If not, we need to cut our losses and quit pretending. If they do, we need a way to actually take care of them. I think this will be the biggest turning point of the next century.
All humans have value. (yes, all of them).
I think that there is value in preventing poverty or helping those in poverty for those who live above it.
#1, these people need to buy what you’re selling.
#2. these people need to work for you and produce goods.
#3. there is “critical mass” that is required for both upholding a certain life style that the rich have become accustomed to and also for maintaining the existence of humanity.
There are probably other reasons that I missed, but I think these 3 are important enough aspects to motivate the rich from protecting the less fortunate.
For example, if the gap between rich and poor is too great, you have the Bolshevik revolution of Russia. Where the poor were so fed up and so great in number that the upper class was no longer able to control or suppress them. Same thing happened in America in the 1770s and other parts of the world. If you let the perceived gap of the quality of life widen to far, eventually people will revolt.
We’re headed in that direction, as is a large portion of the world.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
It could go in many ways. There could be a peaceful revolt and revolution, as we saw in Iceland. Or we can have the Arab Spring, with civil war burning throughout the country.
There’s also no real way to predict the outcome of such changes, peaceful or violent. The government can win and instill worse regulations. A real police state. (ROBOTS AND DRONES!) or the worst ideas of the people can win and we live in socialism (MOTHER FUCKING MARX! SEE YOU IN HELL ŽIŽEK!!!)
It’s not just hard to predict where we’ll end up, or how, it’s ridiculous to do so. But given the current path, we are certainly on the cusp of some kind of push-back by the vast public. It’s actually begun, as I mentioned, in parts of Europe and the Middle East.
I think the next big one to watch out for is in Asia. Pakistan, Russia or North Korea. I’ll hold back on putting China on there because their government so far has been smart enough to keep pushing towards more deregulation, freedom and free market economics. Sure, it doesn’t seem like it, but it’s slowly evolving. Hong Kong is China’s grand experiment and the eventual position in which China hopes to find itself. Hong Kong is also the world leader in many respects (economic and civil), so it’s a good bulls-eye for China.
Just say no to Socialism.
If we can avoid a socialist revolt in any of the major countries, I think we’ll be safe. (I’m looking at you, America!)
It’s coming, I can feel it.
Now that we know the NSA has records on the entire human population that’s connected to the internet, we can also conclude that they know where all the libertarians/volunteerists/anarchists/anti-government folks are.
Sooner or later, they’re going to come for all these people in one capacity or another. Either by paying a visit, putting them on no fly lists, confiscating property, including guns. Maybe even arresting them or putting them in a “secured” camp. Not sure how or when, but I have a feeling that it’s going to come.
The only positive note I can add to this is that there is a rapidly growing disdain among the people. Not only does less and less of the population trust the government, more and more people are figuring out that they actually hate the government.
And this change of heart isn’t just in the USofA, it’s world-wide. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think there has ever been a decade in human history filled with so much revolution and civil war as we’ve seen since the start of the 9/11-War on Terror era.
It seems like every single year, at least one country is going through some form of revolution. Either a complete overthrow of the government or a complete revamping of elected officials. It’s been astonishing to witness. The shame is that most of humanity has no idea how extraordinary of a time they are living through. The only event that could top what we are experiencing would be if aliens from another planet touched down in Central Park. Historians a thousand years from now will recite the events of the 2000’s to the 2010’s to their students with immeasurable zeal.
And yet, my mind pulls me back to the present day as we live it now and a bit of fear crawls back into my nerves. It’s not a fear of anything specific, more like the fear one gets from thinking to much about what swims beneath while taking a dip in the ocean. The government in mysterious and unpredictable. I stay wondering not if but how they will react, because they will react. They must react, given the throbbing discontent that’s flowing through the public.
Anonymous asked: Is there any social safety net you do believe in? Yea Obamacare sucks, but if noone paid $200 for that advil, would the drug companies make enough to create the next drug? Where's the enhanced profit to pay for R&D? Why does it cost so much more for an MRI here vs abroad? Or medical school in general? Absent Defense, and maybe not even that, is there anything you believe the government should be involved in?
Social Security if the worst ponzi scheme in human history (besides the dollar, but that’s one long and complex story for another time). I don’t know much about Medicare or Medicaid, I just know that we keep having to reform it because it always on the brink of going broke. Sounds like a real winner.
I don’t know if there is anything I support to be run by the gov’t. Not saying that government was never necessary or that it hasn’t done any good. I just think that we’ve come to the point that there are too many people, access to information is much better with the internet and wireless communication and that people are ready (ready enough) to evolve passed this idea of government.
Yes, people would come up with an advil, even if they couldn’t charge $200 for it. People create things without having “money” as a motivator all the time. But there is always an incentive. Doesn’t have to be profit. It could be that they have a need to fill or they just like creating, but there’s always an incentive. But for many, it is money. Not solely, but mainly.
You’re also right to say that $200 for an advil is the market rate and the market always finds the most efficient price. Yes, I’d agree with that, but it’s not an efficient market, there are certain artificial prices floors and inflators. So while $200 is the market rate given the market conditions, I think that we can fix the conditions.
Most of the R&D costs in this country have to do with gov’t regulations and trials and retrials and all of the costs that are tied up in there. Those same costs don’t exist around the world and you can find many drugs in markets (legal, as well) outside of America that aren’t legal here. Not because they’re ruled illegal, but because they haven’t passed the approval process yet.
Then there’s the issue of such his litigation costs for both doctors and pharma. But that’s also a different story. We are a litigious culture, and I know you’re a lawyer and you might not agree, but high volume of laws and suits is a death spell for a country. We’re eating ourselves from the inside out in many industries.
The craziest part about the cost of procedures in this country is that other countries have to import machines and operators from western countries, like America and they still cost less over there. Why is that? I don’t really know but if I had to guess, I’d say the admin (insurance) costs, legal costs and the abuse of services since people don’t directly pay for an MRI. If you only think the cost of the MRI to you is the $50 co-pay, how much more likely are you to force your way into a machine for your knee pain? What if you knew that it would cost you $50 co-pay and premiums would go up $10/month for the rest of your life? We don’t EVER calculate for that second cost. In many ways, this cost being hidden makes people more willing to get care but in many more ways, it adds to the total cost of the system and we all end up paying for that system. A side note: I was just doing research for a business proposal about imaging costs; it costs about $100 for an MRI in Eastern Europe/Russia (without insurance!)
Medical school is expensive because it can be. It’s a highly specialized school with years and years of education and training and there’s a very limited number of positions. The real question should be “Why is medical school as cheap as a Law degree or a Masters in Business?” A 3rd tangent topic is how big of a scam 3 years of law school is. It’s probably a big driver in increased medical costs. All there lawyers with very few corporate jobs waiting for them. What’s the best place to go? Personal injury. No offense to all my PI attorneys, but the abuse in this sector is rampant and disgusting. Let’s not pretend otherwise. Every time you promise a client a payout, you’re fucking the entire system, including your client.
What should the gov’t be involved in? Not sure. I know that we can scale it back. Way back. Get them out of a lot of industry. Maybe we can just leave them to run the courts and postal service and make those services self-sufficient. Perhaps some form of military which scales down every year until it’s not there anymore. Private courts are very possible as is mitigation. The postal service won’t last, I like to just see it try mainly because their failure would be funny and their survival would be cool to see.
But obviously none of this can just happen overnight. Anyone who thinks so is silly. Got to peel back the layers of the onion. But eventually, I don’t think there should be anything run by a gov’t unless it’s agreed upon by 100% of the people who fund it.
Voting should go digital. We should be informed of every single issue and vote on it via some sort of web access. You don’t have to vote, but if you do, you also have to pay for the services you vote for. e.g. you want trash service and I don’t. You vote yes, I vote no. For everyone that voted yes, a second tax notice is served and you see what the cost is. You either accept it (that’s your final YES vote) and you pay that fee or you say NO (if you said NO the first time, you’re left alone, you don’t pay for it and you don’t get garbage collection from the city). It’s pretty simple.
Same with voting for war. You vote YES, you get a bill AND you have to serve. You want war, cool. I don’t. You can pay for it and fight it and give your life for it.
If it’s anything worth paying for people will pay for it and if it’s useless, people won’t. This way you only get the services you want and you only pay “tax” on services you want/need/use. If you want to use the roads, you pay the fee, get a pass and you can drive. If you don’t have the pass, you can’t get on the roads. If you’re caught on a paid road without a license, you’re kicked off and they can impound your property and use it as payment for your usage because you’re trespassing.
This way no majority can force a minority into paying for anything. It’s no longer rule by majority. It’s rule by individuals for individuals. 200+ years ago, we didn’t have the technology for this and a democratic republic was the best option. Today, we do, yet we refuse to evolve our culture and adapt technology to make life better for everyone.
This was way too long. i apologize.
China’s been pushing for an alternative reserve currency, namely their own, since at least 2009, if not earlier.
They set up the BRICS union, they have private exchange bonds, they are buying up gold and using that as an exchange medium. They are manipulating the dollar’s worth and getting into competitive diplomacy, mainly in Africa.
China, in the eyes of many knowledgeable people, is already on the way to dethroning the dollar.
The US government can “legally” have more money printed and tax you to pay for it.
But don’t you dare try to print your own money to pay those taxes, that would be illegal.
Japan surrendered after we bombed them…
Nope. They tried to surrender numerous times but America ignored all of those request. Probably to test out their new weapon of mass destruction. Just like America ignored all the intel on Japan’s coming attack on US soil and yet we let Pearl Harbor happen to justify our entry into WWII.