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October 20, 2009 – Comments (7)

Not for rec's, just for sharing knowledge.  Here is a special on PBS discussing ideas of freedom, anarchy, limited government, central planning, and more with Thomas Woods.  It's a 30 minute video, however, it is definitely worth your time if you wish to explore these ideas on a deeper level.  

David in Qatar

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#1) On October 20, 2009 at 12:17 AM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:

The other fellow being interviewed in this video is investor Doug Casey, anarcho-capitalist, and founder of Casey Research.

David in Qatar

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#2) On October 20, 2009 at 12:41 AM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:

Doug Casey makes one hell of a dire prediction at the end. I sure hope that binve is right and Doug is wrong. Unlike Doug, I do hope to be back in the USA at some point, and I want to watch good things unfold.  I can't imagine such a horrible 10 year run, even though every piece of evidence I can find on Keynesian intervention tells me that is EXACTLY what will happen.

David in Qatar

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#3) On October 20, 2009 at 2:11 AM, ReadEmAnWeep (41.17) wrote:

Sry, it is getting late - haven't watch it yet. Just had a question for you or thought.

 

So I think that libertarians can be considered conservative, or that they want a conservative government, right?

 

Not the conservative government as in republicans - I think most have the conservative part backwards. Just conservative as in less. 

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#4) On October 20, 2009 at 7:57 AM, Gemini846 (52.58) wrote:

Most people hear the word conservative and assume we're talking about the tools on Fox from 6-10pm. I tend to stay away from the word because I don't wish to be grouped with those warmongering, "bailouts for banks and big business" facists.

I'm a Republican, but I believe in things like a low flat tax, reductions in government entitlement programs et et. If that means it's easy to group with Libertarians then so be it.

The challenge is overcoming years of entitlement mentality built into our current system. People have gotten used to the government scratching thier behind. Read this quote I found on yahoo today:

'Experts say it is also important to educate the population, particularly healthy twentysomethings, that -- much like buying car insurance -- purchasing a policy is simply the right thing to do. As Richard Curtis, president of the nonprofit think tank Institute for Health Policy Solutions, says, "We need to instill a culture of insurance, a culture of mutual responsibility."'

No not mutual responsibility. Personal responsibility. Self insurance is a good practice. Minimalist insurance is a good practice. Paying higher premiums so that the insurance company can pocket the difference while still finding a reason to drop grandma when she gets cancer is BAD. Comprende?

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#5) On October 20, 2009 at 9:51 AM, kdakota630 (29.67) wrote:

I don't have time to watch it at the moment and it might have to wait until the weekend, but I gave you a rec anyway simply on your reputation for posting good blogs.

If your video sucks, I'll withhold a rec for a future good blog.  LOL!

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#6) On October 20, 2009 at 4:29 PM, ReadEmAnWeep (41.17) wrote:

"I'm a Republican, but I believe in things like a low flat tax, reductions in government entitlement programs et et. If that means it's easy to group with Libertarians then so be it."

 

Yes that is what I was getting at. The mainstream idea for conservative is kinda backwards at the moment. In my opinion conservative means a smaller government, just like you mention. People seem to think that everything needs to be the way they think it is.

 

Idk, an example of what I am thinking is this: You have typical republicans or who ever claiming that they are conservative, but then they want to pass laws to control everyone to what they believe things should be. such as "I don't believe in abortion... so it should be illegal for everyone" things like that. I think that the government should stay out of these sort of things.

 

I think I classify myself the same way you do. Conservative in the sense of less government. 

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#7) On October 20, 2009 at 11:35 PM, angusthermopylae (40.24) wrote:

I think I classify myself the same way you do. Conservative in the sense of less government.

Same here, but I would probably word it more like "Conservative, as in very reluctant government."

"Less" government, to me, means that government should only get involved in areas with an overriding national/regional/jurisdictional concern.  Same sex marriage?  Not going to tell you how to live your life, and certainly not the government's issue.  Same for  abortion, religion (any religion!), bailouts/government takeover, etc.

Health care?  Arguably in that arena...although I still believe that it is more a matter of holding health insurance companies to the same standard as every other industry--anti-trust laws and all.

 

The pinnacle of bad "government" is the homeowners association.  Sure, it sounds like democracy in action--neighbors grouping together to "protect" their homes and home value.  But before long, Mr. Keep-the-Standards Smith is handing out fines for having too many pink flamingos in your yard, and Miss You-Buncha-Hooligans is measuring your grass to make sure it's within "legal" standards.

We've been drifting too close to the homeowner's association model of government for too long.  Just let me wear my loud Hawaiian shirt and flip-flops, and mind your own damn business...

...and while you're at it, get offa my lawn, you buncha hooligans!

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