Thursday, April 28, 2011

TSA molests beauty queen

The TSA makes me sick. This chick is fine as wine and I would love to touch her where the sun don't shine, but I would be in jail if I did, and so should these fuckers, a badge does not give you the right to violate people.

here is the FIF song TSA, it was written and made very quickly, but it captures my rage well.
TSA by Flag in Flames

Keynes vs Hayek round 2

I am an economics geek, so I found this video enthralling. Keynes vs Hayek round 2, rapping your economics.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pirate Radio

I saw the movie Pirate Radio a few days ago and I have to say, it is a great film! I enjoyed it more than Atlas Shrugged and felt it was equally as libertarian in theme, maybe a bit more libertine in some ways. If you haven't seen it and lean libertarian and like tales of rock and roll, you must see this movie.

A quick synopsis of the movie would be that it is about a heroic crew of radio DJ's who are fighting the British government and censorship in an effort to bring rock and roll to the oppressed masses in the socialist England of the not too distant past. The government had banned rock radio from the official channels and so the pirate radio crew played from a boat stationed a couple of miles off of the English coast, away from the intrusive censorship laws. This does not stop the evil government officials from seeking to shut them down, even though they are not breaking any laws. A great line in the movie is when the government official is told that they are not breaking any laws and he responds “that's the nice thing about being in government, if they are not breaking any laws, we simply change the law!”.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sheldon Richman and schools

The other day at work I managed to raise the ire of a coworker by stating that "there is no such a thing as a good government school", of course he got defensive and said "I have to disagree, my kids go to a good public school". I didn't mean to start an argument, and I am sure his kids go to a better government school when compared to other government schools. I said that because to me the structure of the government school system is flawed and no amount of money or effort will remedy the problem as long as the one size fits all structure remains in place.

On a related topic, I had dinner with some friends who have a teenage boy in the government school system, I asked him about his classes, what they did in school, etc. On one hand it sounded like he was doing a lot, being young and in a trigonometry class (something I never even took in high school), on the other hand he described class after class where they watched movies, youtube videos and other stuff like that. His mom even told me in an almost proud fashion "they are very into multimedia at his school". I am not sure about this. I find kids working at restaurants who cannot calculate correct change in their heads, despite supposedly being taught algebra by fifth grade, and the multimedia thing seems great for lazy teachers. This is just one case, but it gave me a glimpse into the school system that I don't see.

Sheldon Richman agrees with me on schools and the need to eliminate all government education. It is not only the morally right thing to so to eliminate the theft that is behind the taxation used to fund these schools, but it is also the right thing to do in terms of an overall improvement in the quality of education most kids will receive.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Adam vs the Man

I have been watching Adam vs The Man. I like it, a 30 minute daily show presenting current events from a libertarian perspective. I like his presentation better than Judge Napalitano. I like the Stossel show as well, but it is a once weekly show.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Atlas Shrugged Movie

Went to see Atlas Shrugged

If you liked the book, I think you will like the movie. I liked the book, but read it about 15 years ago (actually I listened to the book, on cassette!) so I had forgotten as much as I remembered.

The movie was very true to the book which was both a bonus and a curse, the bonus because it allowed many of the ideas in the book to be presented, a curse because like the book at times it was slow and wordy. At times it had the feel of a soap opera.

I normally like my movies to be action packed and full of ultraviolence, so this was definitely a slower movie for me, but overall it was fun. It got exciting towards the end. After seeing so many movies about some cop, some military “hero” or other bureaucrat, it was a refreshing change to see a movie where the heroes are all smart, driven, hard working people. These are real life heroes, men and women who work hard to create something beautiful, instead most films are about those who seek to destroy things instead of build things.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New FIF song

New Flag in Flames song has been posted. Government it is a cancer.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

What does give mean? What does take mean?

I watched last weeks episode of Stossel last night. He had a liberal on explaining his take on the budget plan. He said “The republicans plan will take food from the mouths of the poor while giving the richest people in America a fat paycheck”. His argument would be persuasive if you accept his definitions of the words "GIVE" and "TAKE". In the world I live in "give" means to give someone something they didn't previously have, and "take" means to take something from someone they already have, however this liberal commentator reverses the meaning of these words to make his argument. When he says “The republicans plan will take food from the mouths of the poor”, he meant that the plan will not give food stamp recipients as much in future food stamp dollars. When he says “They are giving the richest people in America a fat paycheck” he means the government is not taking as much in tax money from people. It is completely ass backwards and that kind of rhetoric is why a serious discussion and debate cannot be had on the issues that confront people, if an agreement on the definition of simple to understand words like give and take cannot be agreed on then what about more esoteric words like “terror”, “war”, “poverty” and many other words where the definitions are already far more subjective?

I support an abolition of the entire federal government, so I don't see cuts of any sort as a bad thing. This puts me at odds with the spend happy liberals. However, I believe that if the only way you can craft a persuasive argument for your ideas is to change the definition of words in order to create an argument that is acceptable to people then you have already lost the debate. I hope most people are smart enough to see through this kind of crap, but unfortunately I do not have a lot of hope in this matter. Politicians have already ruined the term "cut" as in "the government cut spending". In my world if I say I cut my food budget, I mean something like I went from having a food budget of $100 to $80, but in government speak cutting the budget means going from spending $100 to spending $102, and the cut was because at some point in the past they believed they would be able to spend $105.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Government shut down tricks

If the government shuts down, on the news you will hear mostly stories about how people are on vacation and could not get into some national park, or are leaving for vacation and cannot get passports. The funny thing is that passports and most national parks are self funding entities so they only shut those down to build public pressure to have all these government functions restored.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Great intro into Voluntaryism

50 minute long intro into voluntarism, this is actually very well done and is entertaining. If you have a friend who does not understand the philosophy of voluntary interaction for all issues, but is willing to learn, direct him/her to this video.