Study their behaviors. Observe their territorial boundaries. Leave their habitat as you found it. Report any signs of terrestrial intelligence.
Monday, July 31, 2006
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Remember -- to get people to vote our way, we only have to convince them we're not as stupid as the Democrats and not as evil as the Republicans and not as silly as the Greens and not as self-disenfranchising as NOTA. How hard can that be?
(I was going to say "not as bad as the Republocrats", but we have to be careful to distinguish them. While both major parties are horribly bad in terms of rent-seeking and pandering, there are real and principled differences between Left and Right, and combining the best of both is still our best sales pitch.)
Saturday, July 29, 2006
) We don’t win elections because after 35+ years, in most jurisdictions, we don’t recruit and support viable candidates. A viable candidate, for example, for school board is someone who has long roots in the community, has been on the PTA, has kids in the local schools, knows his or her neighbors, likes to talk to people [...] We have not had the successes we wish for because we don’t do the hard work necessary to elect someone even to school board. (
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
- complete abolition of laws regulating prices, wages, hours, plant closure, family leave, hiring, firing, occupational licensure, zoning, rents, etc,
- completely private provision of education, health care, health insurance, agriculture, and retirement savings; and
- complete legalization for adults of gambling, suicide, drugs, "assault rifles", polygamy, sexual services, reproductive services, cloning, and organ sales.
- "We must take aggressive steps to restore a fair distribution of income"
- "Restructure our patterns of income distribution to reflect the wealth created by those outside the formal monetary economy: those who take responsibility for parenting, housekeeping, home gardens, community volunteer work, etc."
- "All people have a right to jobs that pay a living wage"
- "a universal, comprehensive, national single-payer health insurance program"
- "We encourage the social ownership and use of land at the community, local, and regional level."
- "consolidating housing into such structures as ecolonies, to free open space, and to move about by bicycle, train, bus and on foot so that roadways may be converted to parkland and agriculture."
- "phase-out man-made pesticides and artificial fertilizers"
- "Allowing municipalities to approve or disapprove large economic projects"
- "The concept of a "job" is only a few hundred years old; and the artificial dichotomy between "employment" and "unemployment" has become a tool of social leverage for corporate exploiters."
- "Adopting a reduced-hour (30-35 hours) work week"
- "The government should ensure that low- and moderate-income persons and communities, as well as small businesses, have access to banking services, affordable loans, and small-business supporting capital."
- "Thoughtful, carefully considered gun control laws such as the "Brady Bill" and the waiting period for record search before gun dealers may sell a gun should be supported."
- "A clear living wage standard should serve as a foundation for trade between nations, and a "floor" of guaranteed wage protections and workers' rights should be negotiated in future trade agreements."
- "Reducing consumption to minimize outsourcing"
- "More progressive taxation. Raise corporate taxes. Increase the burden on large and multinational corporations and the super wealthy. Raise the state income tax for higher income people. Re-establishment of the inheritance tax. Inheritance tax revenues should be dedicated to health and welfare benefits for the poor"
- "Broadband access should be a taxpayer-funded utility"
- "We oppose privatization of Social Security. We support increased funding for Social Security, public housing, higher education, public transportation"
Monday, July 24, 2006
It's typical of anarchopurists to think theirs is the only principled and self-consistent liberty-oriented ideology, when there are half a dozen others that can be as rigorously defended via combinations of principles like
- radical federalism;
- geolibertarian resource communalism;
- left-libertarian critiques of alleged coercion inherent in original property acquisitions and unequal economic associations;
- libertarian paternalism based on game-theoretic analysis of bounded rationality;
- the denial of pacifism and anarchism and sovereigntarianism to yield liberventionism;
- the theory of public goods;
- the theory of negative externalities; and
- the public goods analysis of the free rider problem in providing justice for the weak.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
I detest the puerile effusions of all village atheists. "Me so smart! Believers so dumb! Me so brave! Believers moral cowards needing crutches!" Well, I'd say you a leetle bit smarter than the fathead fundies who apparently inhabit the intellectual stratum into which your natural gifts have delivered you