The first-ever libertarians were the Levellers, an English political movement active in the seventeenth century. The Levellers contributed to the elaboration of the methodological and political paradigm of individualism, and they are at the origin of the radical strand of classical liberalism. While the Levellers are often characterized as a quasi-socialist movement, closer examination shows that the Levellers had much more in common with advocates for free m
Month: March 2014
We totally agree that a Con-Con will only result in our tyrannical situation even worse.
In Vote2012, 98% of Americans failed to either notice or care that they were supporting collectivism under whatever sub-set you care to name.
This same bunch of bandits now control this GOVERNment, and we can be certain that they will also control any constitutional convention. It’s simply Bad to Worse!
Among the mistakes of the Founders was putting Government in total control of “money” by forbidding competition. Article 1, Section 8, of the Constitution provides that Congress shall have the power to “To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof… and to provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States”.
…Yet today envy is glorified as a virtue. Politicians advocate measures, not because they will bring any material benefit to anyone, but on the ground that they may assuage the public envy which they themselves have helped to inflame. Hitler promised that nobody would be permitted to have an income of more than 1,000 marks a month or be allowed to live on the income from investments. Franklin D. Roosevelt once proposed a limit of $25,000 a year on incomes…
Those who support coercive fine-tuning of social and commercial arrangements assume that rights can be “balanced” by bureaucrats blessed with infinite insight and bottomless wisdom. But the only way rights can actually be balanced is to recognize, and follow, three principles: 1) All rights are property rights; 2) property rights are absolute; and 3) aggression is always morally wrong and cannot be permitted.
I woke up this morning thinking about why on earth we have such great difficulties in furthering the cause of Liberty in all the myriads of blogs and so-called “discussions” which have come to be such useless waste of time.
Socialism is the doctrine that man has no right to exist for his own sake, that his life and his work do not belong to him, but belong to society, that the only justification of his existence is his service to society, and that society may dispose of him in any way it pleases for the sake of whatever it deems to be its own tribal, collective good.
Well, wonder no more, because the following eight events might give you an idea of where governments go to get a little extra cash.
1. In March, 2009, Ireland seized €4bn from its Pension Reserve fund in order to rescue its banks. In November 2010, the remaining savings of €2.5bn was seized to support the bailout of the rest of the country.
2. In December, 2010, Hungary told its citizens that they could either remit their private pension money to the state or lose their state pension funds (but still have to pay for it nonetheless).
3. In November, 2010, the French parliament decided to earmark €33bn from the national reserve pension fund FRR to reduce the short-term pension scheme deficit.
Yes, of course, there’s more! Please visit the link, and throw out your thoughts!
4. In early January 2011, $60 million in private retirement funds were transferred to the state’s pension scheme in Bulgaria. They wanted to transfer $300 million, but were denied on their first attempt