Every day we all vote in the consumer marketplace. We buy or decline to buy. We do this by choice. Our choice makes a difference. How we use money determines which companies rise and which ones fall. Unless government jumps in to put companies on life support, consumers themselves can vote any company into non-existence simply by failing to buy its products and services. Ludwig von Mises described this as market democracy. It is the only kind of democracy that really works. Jeffrey Tucker - You Will Be Betrayed (via laliberty)

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Imagine buying cars the way we buy governments. Ten thousand people would get together and agree to vote, each for the car he preferred. Whichever car won, each of the ten thousand would have to buy it. It would not pay any of us to make any serious effort to find out which car was best; whatever I decide, my car is being picked for me by the other members of the group. Under such institutions, the quality of cars would decline.

This is how I must buy products on the political marketplace. I not only cannot compare the alternative products, it would not be worth my while to do so even if I could. …

— David Friedman, The Machinery of Freedom (via laliberty)

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obitoftheday:

On this Election Day 2012, Obit of the Day hopes you enjoy this first in a series of posts of former presidents and other political figures.

Don’t forget to vote!

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Obit of the Day (Historical): John Adams & Thomas Jefferson (1826)

In one of the greatest coincidences in U.S. history, Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died within hours of each other on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Adams, who some considered the strong arm of the Continental Congress pushing for the Declaration was president from 1801-1805. Jefferson who actually wrote the Declaration was president from 1805-1813.

Although vicious political rivals (OOTD recommends America Afire by Bernard Weisberger) by the end of their days they were frequent correspondents. Both lived long enough to see Adams’ son, John Quincy become president.

John Adams died at age 90. (He was the second longest-lived president, along with Herbert Hoover. Reagan was the oldest, passing away at 94.) His last words were “Thomas Jefferson still survives.”

He was wrong.

Jefferson died hours earlier at the age of 83.

The images above, from the National Gallery and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, respectively, were both painted when the gentlemen were elderly. Adams was painted by Samuel Morse (best known for Morse Code) when he was about 80. Jefferson was painted by Thomas Sully when he was 78.

If you’re looking something else to do this week to honor America, OOTD also recommends the film version of 1776 (1972) which featured William (Boy Meets World, St. Elsewhere, Knight Rider) Daniels as Adams and Ken (The White Shadow, Grey Gardens, 30 Rock) Howard as Jefferson. Underrated.

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America is over $16 trillion in debt. The “official” unemployment rate still hovers around 8%.

Our federal government claims the right to spy on American citizens, indefinitely detain them, and even assassinate them without trial.

Domestic drones fly over the country for civilian surveillance.

Twelve million fewer Americans voted in 2012 than in 2008, yet political pundits scratch their heads.

It’s not hard to see why, though.

To go along with endorsing a never-ending policy of bailouts, “stimulus packages,” and foreign military adventurism, the establishment of neither major party questions the assaults on Americans’ liberties I’ve named above.

As my campaign showed, the American people are fed up. Many realized heading into Tuesday that regardless of who won the presidential election, the status quo would be the real victor.

GOP leadership is now questioning why they didn’t perform better.

They’re looking at demographic changes in the United States and implying minorities can only be brought into the party by loudly advocating for abandoning what little remains of their limited government platform and endorsing more statist policies.

My presidential campaign proved that standing for freedom brings people together.

Liberty is popular – regardless of race, religion, or creed.

As long as the GOP establishment continues to not only reject the liberty message, but actively drive away the young, diverse coalition that supports those principles, it will see results similar to Tuesday’s outcome.

A renewed respect for liberty is the only way forward for the Republican Party and for our country.

I urge all my Republican colleagues to join the liberty movement in fighting for a brighter future.

Ron Paul (x)

Are you in?

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Major fail, newspaper. Major fail. 

Major fail, newspaper. Major fail. 

self-ownership:

chrisray:

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antigovernmentextremist:

Nick Gillespie: Why Republicans Lost

People still think Gillespie is a libertarian?

Understanding why Mitt Romney lost the shit out of the election doesn’t bring Gillespie’s libertarianism in question.  Like for instance, Mitt Romney is a mom-jeans wearing robot who couldn’t be likable if he literally payed you to do so and Obama is so cool that people completely forget how many war crimes he commits all the time.  Doesn’t mean I’m less libertarian for having an understanding of politics now does it?

Not at all.

But saying things like “The GOP should take the lead in ending the War on Drugs …” does. It wasn’t purely an analysis of the election and the GOP’s loss. It was a bit of coaching as well.

I think there are two different takes on how the libertarian principles can prosper. 

Some of us believe that people are sick of the GOP, their leadership, their scams, their behind-the-curtain bullshit and that people are going to leave the GOP and form a 3rd that is strong and capable of taking office. 

And then there’s Nick Gillespie’s brand of libertarians who believe that moving people to the Libertarian party, that’s something like 70 million active voters, is a very daunting and near impossible task. They believe that It’s easier to sway the handful of people that make up the leadership instead of the millions that make up the base. 

I can totally see why they think this way and I’d agree if it weren’t for one thing: Karl Rove and his NeoCon assholes. These guys will change the platform by 2016, watch and see. They will embrace libertarian principles. They will pander to us and sadly, they will retain and even gain followers by doing so. 

I don’t know if this wins them 2016 or not but I am absolutely sure that they will never actually enforce those libertarian principles, just like the NeoCon leadership has never enforced their supposed fiscally conservative platform which they employ now. 

This is why I don’t agree with Gillespie on the idea that the GOP should become libertarian. I think all of you should jump ship and let Rove, Reilly, Hanity, and the rest of the scumbags skin to the bottom of their shit-filled ocean. 

Only in America can a president who inherits a deep recession and whose policies have actually made the effects of that recession worse get re-elected. Only in America can a president who wants the bureaucrats who can’t run the Post Office to micromanage the administration of every American’s health care get re-elected. Only in America can a president who kills Americans overseas who have never been charged or convicted of a crime get re-elected. And only in America can a president who borrowed and spent more than $5 trillion in fewer than four years, plans to repay none of it and promises to borrow another $5 trillion in his second term get re-elected. — Judge Andrew Napolitano (via eltigrechico)

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Mitt Romney is the prefect example of the old adage, “If you don’t stand for something, Karl Rove will program you into anything he wants.” — I’m actually glad Mitt lost, it’s given me a bottomless bag of jokes. 

How much did each vote cost the Presidential candidates? Thevocalibertarian breaks it down.

thevocalibertarian:

We hit 1% (1.1mm) of the vote on only $2 million dollars. Obama/Romney spent $1 BILLION each for 59.5mm and 56.9mm respective votes.  BO spent $16.78 per vote. MR spent $17.56 per vote. GJ spent $1.75 per vote.

How much did each vote cost the Presidential candidates? Thevocalibertarian breaks it down. 

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rationallibertarian:

hyroncore:

thegayrepublican:

Fuck the electoral college. 

Shouldn’t you be against decision by majority?

I like Alaska in this picture. It looks so lonely and cold even in map form.

I think the OP is confusing dirt and trees for actual people. Obama won the majority vote last night. It just so happens that the GOP voters like to live in the middle of vast, open land. 
Besides, the electoral college exists for a reason, which you are clearly way too uneducated to understand and probably too uneducated to comment about politics. 
America isn’t one giant country, America is 50 Nation States who have agreed to form a Union under certain bylaws and to protect certain rights through out all the land in a uniform fashion. And that the Federal Gov’t would be responsible for certain aspects of inter-State trade and relationships, like the Federal Courts, Military and Postal Services. 
What happens during an election is that each state votes for who they want as the Federal President and based on population size, they get an equally represented number of votes in the electoral college. 
Don’t think of America as 100 million voters, think of it has 50 countries, each voting for a President. It’s not perfect, but politics never is. 
Once you realize these two facts (that the red is mostly empty space and that states are quasi independent) you’ll see why the electoral college exists and why you’re an idiot. 

rationallibertarian:

hyroncore:

thegayrepublican:

Fuck the electoral college. 

Shouldn’t you be against decision by majority?

I like Alaska in this picture. It looks so lonely and cold even in map form.

I think the OP is confusing dirt and trees for actual people. Obama won the majority vote last night. It just so happens that the GOP voters like to live in the middle of vast, open land. 

Besides, the electoral college exists for a reason, which you are clearly way too uneducated to understand and probably too uneducated to comment about politics. 

America isn’t one giant country, America is 50 Nation States who have agreed to form a Union under certain bylaws and to protect certain rights through out all the land in a uniform fashion. And that the Federal Gov’t would be responsible for certain aspects of inter-State trade and relationships, like the Federal Courts, Military and Postal Services. 

What happens during an election is that each state votes for who they want as the Federal President and based on population size, they get an equally represented number of votes in the electoral college. 

Don’t think of America as 100 million voters, think of it has 50 countries, each voting for a President. It’s not perfect, but politics never is. 

Once you realize these two facts (that the red is mostly empty space and that states are quasi independent) you’ll see why the electoral college exists and why you’re an idiot. 

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Meanwhile in Colorado…

Meanwhile in Colorado…

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To everyone saying “Maybe next time the GOP should be nicer to us libertarians”

Umm… I was never, ever, ever, ever voting for a GOP candidate unless said candidate was Ron Paul. 

Other that, I’m switching right back to a Libertarian Party member and the GOP can kiss my ass.  

Romney is scrambling to pay someone to write his concession speech right now. 

I’m a little proud of you tonight, America. Just a little, but I’m proud.

A couple of big wins for humans tonight: #1. Same-Sex Marriage is being legalized in a lot of states and #2. Marijuana use is being legalized in a couple of states. #3. New Hampshire just abolished their state income tax. I’m a little proud, America. Just a little.

We still need to get our shit together on a Congressional and Federal level. 

Al Gore doesn’t know anything about Florida, you guys. 

Al Gore doesn’t know anything about Florida, you guys.