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Is Tax Reform Libertarian? – LewRockwell

Posted by Martin C. Fox on December 11, 2017

Shuffling the deck without reducing taxes and employing the necessary reduction in the size of government is worthless.

The implication is there will be winners and losers.

This government we are talking about. I do not expect to come out a winner.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/12/laurence-m-vance/what-makes-tax-reform-libertarian/

And if taxation is organized theft, then, as Rothbard also says: “There can be no such thing as “fairness in taxation” since “the concept of a ‘fair tax’ is therefore every bit as absurd as that of ‘fair theft.’” And as Frank Chodorov adds: “There cannot be a good tax nor a just one; every tax rests its case on compulsion.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Stand for liberty with Libertarian Sen. Laura Ebke | Libertarian Party

Posted by Martin C. Fox on December 6, 2017

They fear the voice of freedom, just like with Ron Paul in Maine.

https://www.lp.org/stand-for-liberty-with-libertarian-sen-laura-ebke/

Last week, the Nebraska GOP showed its true colors when it attacked the intelligence and the integrity of the voters of Nebraska’s Legislative District 32. In the process, it showed that the most important strategy for the old parties is to prevent discussion and deliberation instead of advancing a principled message.

In an email blast sent to voters in Nebraska’s 32nd district, the Republican politicians desperately attempted to scare people away from a family movie night. A screening of the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life hosted by Libertarian state Sen. Laura Ebke was dishonestly painted by establishment politicians as an “illegal” event. Read the rest of this entry »

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Victim Blame: Media Suggests Rand Paul Deserved To Be Attacked | The Daily Bell

Posted by Martin C. Fox on November 8, 2017

In a post Constitutional, post liberty society the individual/free(dom) thinker must be shown no mercy. His brand of disease must not be allowed to spread.

http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/victim-blame-media-suggests-rand-paul-deserved-to-be-attacked/

The media has got their narrative and they are sticking to it.

It doesn’t matter that a shooter specifically targetted a Republican softball practice in June. It didn’t fit the narrative that the right is brewing hatred and violence. So most media was quiet about the Democrat Bernie supporter shooter.

Senator Rand Paul was one of the members of Congress at that softball practice in June. And now, for the second time this year, he has been literally attacked by a Democrat. Read the rest of this entry »

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Libertarian response to latest North Korean missile launch | Libertarian Party

Posted by Martin C. Fox on August 31, 2017

https://www.lp.org/libertarian-response-latest-north-korean-missile-launch/

Libertarian foreign and defense policy derives from the common-sense ideas of a vigorous defense of our own country against foreign aggression, coupled with refraining from interference in the affairs of other countries, and free trade with all.

Most Democratic and Republican politicians are at the beck and call of the military/industrial/security/intelligence complex and their K Street lobbyists.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Afghanistan and NATO | Libertarian Party

Posted by Martin C. Fox on August 23, 2017

There is nothing left of the dead Afghan horse to beat.

https://www.lp.org/afghanistan-and-nato/

According to Forbes: “Since [the initial] intervention in the aftermath of 9/11, roughly 2,400 American military personnel have died and more than 20,000 been wounded attempting to bring democracy to Central Asia. Some 3,500 military contractors have been killed, along with more than 1,100 allied personnel. Overall the US has poured more than $800 billion into the war. Set aside the costs of combat. The US has spent $117.3 billion on relief and ‘reconstruction,’ that is, attempting to create a functioning state in Afghanistan.”

Despite all of this sacrifice and hard work, nation building in Iraq and Afghanistan has been a failure. No matter how sophisticated our military is and no matter how much we sacrifice, nation building is far more difficult than our politicians believed. Not only that, it may create more terrorists than it quells. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rubio=Cruz=Trump=Clinton=Sanders-A Five Sided Coin

Posted by Martin C. Fox on February 8, 2016

Now is your chance to vote Libertarian. It is not as if you would be wasting your vote.

Many of the sources I read say they quit voting long ago or vote with little enthusiasm. I would think How can you do that? What about keeping out the worst of the worst out?

The answer to that question is more obvious than ever this election season. There is no difference.

Ask yourself who is going to make an effective difference. Think ending perpetual war, instituting economic sanity and restoring personal liberty.

Who among the above will does not advocate all out war in Syria and Iran? Cruz makes noises about being in a no-win situation. Trump and Sanders have disavowed Iraq and Trump thinks it OK for Russia to disinfect Syria. No one has admitted the current state of the Middle East is a result of our meddling. No one wants US to leave. No one will close bases in South Korea, UK, Germany nor any of the other hundreds of overseas bases. They all want to lick Netanyahu’s boots once elected. Who will require AIPAC to register as a foreign agent or rant against Israel’s ownership of congress? Trump wanting to work with Russia won’t help him with the unwashed low information masses. Hillary never met a war she didn’t like. Although she is the only candidate to make helicopter landing in a free fire zone with her daughter and a comedian in tow. Sorry, had to say it! Read the rest of this entry »

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Dear Matt Drudge, Forget the Tweets and Put It on The Front Page.

Posted by Martin C. Fox on September 4, 2013

I admit it, I look at the Drudge Report.  I check it out to see what major thing might be going on.  The  family reunion in Bezurkistan we “Droned”, how did Putin make Washington look stupid again today, who did the biggest flip on what they said last week…that sort of thing.

That being said I don’t care when food nanny-in-chief Michelle Obama is caught buying a cheeseburger.

But low and behold Drudge is quoted on The Blaze. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rebuttal to Mr. Brian Pitzer’s letter criticizing my advocating the succession of public funding for Amtrak

Posted by Martin C. Fox on June 16, 2013

See the letter here.

Three things immediately come to mind:

-The Constitution does not allow nor did the founding fathers intend for the government to be in business.

-All of my working life I have heard from contractors it costs the government twice as much to do a project as the private sector.

-Governments with printing presses don’t worry about profit and loss statements.

Crony capitalism did not start in the 21st century. Railroads have always benefited from the largess of the government, particularly during the Lincoln administration and later. Have you ever thought how all those rights-of-way were paid for and how the owners were “persuaded” to sell?

There were numerable reasons for rail’s decline in the twentieth century. The depression (the Fed’s first major accomplishment), government regulation, railroad labor unions (Amtrak currently has to deal with a dozen or so unions), the emergence of cars and air travel, ICC’s inept rate setting and heavy government subsidy of highways and airlines. Government is a major source of its own problems.

To address Mr. Pitzer:

I am glad gasoline taxes initially paid for Eisenhower’s highway project. This must be the only government project where only the intended user fully paid for what they were using. As Mr. Pitzer commented, that is no longer the case as costs have sky rocketed. Remember, government projects cost twice as much. The Highway Trust Fund may get $53B compared to $1.4B for Amtrak but I am guessing there are more than 38 times more automobile passenger miles travelled.

The figures I see tell me the average Amtrak ticket is subsidized by $45. These are Federal subsidies we are talking about. Many states also subsidize Amtrak, PA included. These figures aren’t addressed in this discussion.

Yes, airlines are in a mess also. Where else but in a government project would you have federal, state and county government give US Air a billion dollar airport in Pittsburgh and allow US Air to walk away leaving a $62M annual mortgage? A deal crooked as a dog’s hind leg. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Roadblock to Libertarian Nirvana

Posted by Martin C. Fox on June 13, 2013

Updated below

Today EJ Dionne tells us Libertarianism will never work. Why hasn’t it blossomed?

I can understand why those that have actually taken the time to understand the concept would be less than enthusiastic.

There is that bugaboo personal responsibility.

No more government freebies.

Legalized drugs.

Privatized police.

The gold standard, no more free “government money”.

OOOH Scary!

But Mr Dionne is asking the wrong question. The real question is why, when anyone with half a brain see it is a failure, are we sticking with the current system.

Follow the money and you will find the answer.

Be seeing you

Update I

Tom Woods response to EJD

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What 9/11 Hath Wrought and What to Do About It

Posted by Martin C. Fox on September 11, 2012

I have always been of the mind that the reason we are in Iraq is oil and oil pipelines. Initially we were told we had to capture the weapons of mass destruction. When the public discovered there were no WMDs the reason changed to freeing the people from their yoke. We are performing our divine duty bestowing the nation with democracy they don’t want. Read the rest of this entry »

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