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The Remnant and the Message

Been thinking a lot about the next steps for the liberty movement recently. Where do we go from here? We have seemingly lost the momentum of the Ron Paul movement where 18 year old college students were chanting “End the Fed!” and reading 900 page books because a goofy old doctor told them about Austrian Economics. Now the kids are chanting for free college and socialized medicine. How do we get back?

I remembered Dr. Paul would mention The Remnant all the time. At the time, I never really knew what he was speaking too much about and I kind of overlooked it. But turns out, it’s actually a very important concept for us moving forward and can tell us a lot about the strategy that we should take. It comes from a great little essay called Isaiah’s Job written by Albert Jay Nock in the 1930’s.

It gave me a lot clarity of where we need to go from here. We must take care of the Remnant.

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Libertarians Hate Tax Breaks

I never thought I’d see the day where libertarians would complain about tax breaks for a company, yet here we are. All of a sudden, tax breaks are subsidies and are a clear indication that cronyism took place, and thus should be rejected.

Bob Murphy sums it up perfectly in this tweet:

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And he’s right for calling out the absurdity of the libertarian outrage. Libertarians should be overjoyed at the thought of someone getting a tax break. I keep thinking back to the Ron Paul quip when asked what he thinks about half of the US population not paying taxes. His response? “Good. We’re halfway there.” Corporations shouldn’t be any different.

Is it lame that only one company is getting a tax break? Sure. But the response shouldn’t be to get angry at this corporation and at tax breaks, it should be fighting to get EVERY corporation this tax break. 1 down, many many more to go.

Tax breaks and loopholes are awesome! We need more! As Mises said: “Capitalism breathes through loopholes.” Here is Rothbard’s column “Long Live the Loophole.”

Thankfully, the Mises Institute exists to be the one voice of reason in this world where “libertarians” hate tax breaks.

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Hurricane Matthew is Racist

In case you have been living under a rock, or on the West Coast (if we are being honest, what’s the difference?) you may have heard about this hurricane tearing through the Caribbean and soon to hit the South East coast of the US. As a resident of Charleston, SC, this means the inevitable flooding and evacuation of thousands of people. In fact, our governor has already mandated that people leave their homes.

But we aren’t here to talk about that, kind reader. Oh no, we are here to talk about the fact that Hurricane Matthew is racist.

Yes, I woke up today and checked twitter to see the progress of Matthew barreling toward me, and instead I was met with the hottest of takes,

The death toll in Haiti from Hurricane Matthew is 339. That’s what environmental racism looks like.

This legitimately saddened me. We have poor people in poor countries dying, we have people in the US that very may well die due to the intensity and flooding caused by this storm, and it’s instantly turned into a political cause.

But let’s say this is true, let’s say that nature is racist. How do we go about fixing this? How do we solve this issue? Since the dawn of time people have been trying to figure out how to survive nature and what it has to throw at us. But this doesn’t fit the narrative, right? The narrative that black people are oppressed so much that even a non-living thing has decided to take it’s anger out on black people.
I happen to believe that black people do get the raw end of the stick a lot of times. However, it’s not at the hand of nature, it’s at the hand of the State. Wherever there is oppression, there is a State-backed force. If BLM turned their eyes on the State, instead of nature, change may actually take place to give people liberty.

But instead, we are distracted from actual issues caused by the State, because of a racist hurricane.

Mother nature is not racist. She is an equal opportunity destroyer.

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Is Monarchy better than Democracy?

Democracy: Worse than Monarchy? 

I came across this article today on Facebook and I thought it put a lot of my own incoherent thoughts down pretty well. This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot recently. The libertarian goal should be to maximize freedom. I think there is a very good case that a monarchical system could maximize freedom better than a democracy. This may not be anything groundbreaking, but just another thing an anarchist can use to spice up the Thanksgiving Dinner table.

Give the article a read and let me know what you think! I’d love to hear opposing views!

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Demystify the State

The libertarian therefore considers one of his prime educational tasks is to spread the demystification and desanctification of the State among its hapless subjects. His task is to demonstrate repeatedly and in depth that not only the emperor but even the “democratic” State has no clothes; that Property and Exchange 29 all governments subsist by exploitive rule over the public; and that such rule is the reverse of objective necessity. He strives to show that the very existence of taxation and the State necessarily sets up a class division between the exploiting rulers and the exploited ruled. He seeks to show that the task of the court intellectuals who have always supported the State has ever been to weave mystification in order to induce the public to accept State rule, and that these intellectuals obtain, in return, a share in the power and pelf extracted by the rulers from their deluded subjects.

Murray Rothbard, For a New Liberty, pg. 29-30.

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