Sunday May 6th, 2012
|The Cult of the State: What The Kent State Massacre Anniversary Should Teach Us
posted 05/06/2012, 6:00 PM (Libertarian News)|
(May 4, 2012) - Today is the anniversary of the Kent State shootings by the Ohio National Guard. The shootings should serve as a reminder to us of what underlies all political processes: violence. The political process should more aptly be named the process of violent imposition, because any edict, no matter how small or inconsequential, is ultimately enforced with the threat of death.
If you receive a parking ticket, and you feel it is unjust so you refuse to pay it, eventually a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest. Should you resist arrest, the arresting officer will escalate his use of force up to the point of killing you.
If you refuse to fight a foreign war of aggression against your consent through the imposition of a draft, an arrest warrant will be issued for your arrest. Should you resist arrest, the arresting officer will escalate his use of force up to the point of killing you.
No matter what the law, it always carries the ultimate threat of death for continued disobedience. Any resistance to the state is always met with violent force. Any escalation of resistance is always ultimately met with lethal force. All projects, laws and bureaucracies created by the state are funded through the threat of violent force.
The Kent State shootings, in which no National Guardsmen were charged with any wrong doing, after killing several unarmed girls and boys that were hundreds of feet away from them, is a symptom of a disease called the state. Because violence underlies everything the state does, it is impossible to “fix” the state or correct it to be some kind of benevolent force for good. As Milton Friedman used to say, the badness of means will ultimately corrupt the goodness of intentions. It is simply not possible to do “good” without doing equal “bad” as far as the political process is concerned.
|Resembling the Pinochet Regime
posted 05/06/2012, 6:00 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)|
Let’s assume that an American critic of U.S. foreign policy goes abroad and travels around the Middle East delivering a series of lectures, speeches, and articles attacking the U.S. invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. He refuses to support the troops, saying that when people are engaged in wrongdoing, regardless of their particular occupation, they should not be supported by people of conscience. He repeatedly calls for an end to U.S. imperialism and interventionism, including a t... (more)
|France: Hollande Defeats Sarkozy in Shift of Power to Socialists
posted 05/06/2012, 5:57 PM (Bloomberg)|
Francois Hollande defeated French President Nicolas Sarkozy as voters handed control of the second-biggest European economy to the Socialists for the first time in 17 years.
The 57-year-old Hollande got about 52 percent against about 48 percent for Sarkozy, according to estimates by four pollsters. The campaign isn’t over. France elects its lower house of parliament in five weeks, prompting calls from backers of both candidates to keep fighting.
The challenger inher... (more)
From one socialist to another! - Chris
|He's living a sexual nightmare: Says alleged oral-sex assailant is still a cop
posted 05/06/2012, 5:57 PM (Philly.com)|
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
JAMES HARRIS is a man tormented.
He dreams often of suffocating, choking as he wakes, unable to catch his breath. He keeps a knife tucked into his waistband almost always, a desperate defense against horrors he can easily imagine because he says he has lived them. He hesitates to get into anyone’s car, unwilling to surrender control to the person behind the wheel. He has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and paranoia.
Although five years have passed... (more)
|Amish farm kids remarkably immune to allergies: study
posted 05/06/2012, 5:04 PM (Reuters)|
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Amish children raised on rural farms in northern Indiana suffer from asthma and allergies less often even than Swiss farm kids, a group known to be relatively free from allergies, according to a new study.
"The rates are very, very low," said Dr. Mark Holbreich, the study's lead author. "So there's something that we feel is even more protective in the Amish" than in European farming communities.
[...] The study did not determ... (more)
I'd guess this is due mainly to raw milk consumption, of course for us plebs it's illegal to consume such a superfood (at least in some states). Secondarily, they tend to avoid vaccines. - Chris