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Does forcing vaccinations violate rights?

Little Girl with Polio
For the sake of this particular discussion we are going to ignore arguments related to anti-vaccinating. This really isn't about vaccinations. This discussion is about what power the government should have when it comes to the choices parents make concerning their own children. Does a person have a right not to get vaccinated or for their children not to be? If there are 10 people in a room and...
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The Men Taking Classes to Unlearn Toxic Masculinity

Men being Men
All libertarians and classical liberals are feminists in the true and original sense of that word. We believe in rights and believe those rights equally apply to women as well as men. That SHOULD be what feminism means to everyone. However, modernly speaking the new wave (4th I think) is quite a different animal. This new wave is really just a mix of other philosophies that act as parasites on ...
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Don’t Be Scared About The End Of Capitalism—Be Excited To Build What Comes Next

No!
There aren't any other options. It's all either one form or the other of each of the two types of systems. This article refers to it as "old binaries" and intimates that there will be some future option so much better than either. There won't be. You can tell the author isn't on solid ground when you read statements like this, "...not all experiments with socialist principles have gone so horribly...
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PETA drops lawsuit arguing animals have right to own property

PETA brought a law suit against a photographer on behalf of a monkey. PETA didn't own the monkey. So it's difficult to see who they could have standing in the case at all. For that alone it should have been dismissed out of hand. "That case involved the intellectual property rights of an Indonesian macaque monkey named Naruto who took pictures of himself in the wild with a nature photographer's...
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End Warrantless Deep State Spying: Don’t Renew 702 – Reason.com

There are three things about this that have always disturbed me greatly. First is the spying part. Spying is one thing when it's on an enemy. This was spying on citizens. Defenders will say, "yes, but it was to catch terrorists". To which I say, "ah, so you admit they were spying on citizens!" The second thing is the fact that it is done without a warrant. This means no one is controlling the lega...
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Google’s Anti-Bullying AI Mistakes Civility for Decency – Motherboard

Victorian reclining with a laptop
The article linked to below actually argues against civil discourse. It laments that the idea of civil discourse is, to the author, simply a mask. A mask for YOUR hatred. You see, this is how it works: at first, you get to say whatever you want, however, you want. Then they don't like what you say, but you have the right to say it, so they say you should at least not shout about it, can we all ...
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Schrodinger’s Cat and Abortion

All Humans are Feral
Sometimes I hear things that make my head hurt. This is one. In the video below the woman's argument in favor of abortion is - well - I call it the "Schrödinger's Cat" argument for abortion. She says, "But, what I think is actually among early fetuses there are two very different kinds of beings. So, James, when you were an early fetus, and Eliot, when you were an early fetus, all of us I thi...
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A Paradoxical Alliance by Jack Buckby and Matt Palumbo

A paradoxical alliance cover art
Normally my book recommendations are short and sweet with just enough explanation of the book to get you going. This post differs from those in that it not only is a recommendation but is a commentary partly on the book itself and partly on the subject the book covers. I apologize to the authors of the book in advance for a review that is not entirely focused on their book. However, since I feel t...
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Law Keepers Vs Law Makers

The default state of all behaviors that do not infringe upon the rights of others should be liberty
Darn Cops! Here's a story for you. It's the story of a cop. The story of an undercover drug enforcement officer to be exact. Imagine him inside of a criminal organization having gained the trust of the drug dealer who sells to him. The cop's job is to get the drugs off the street and arrest the people selling it. He's worked very hard to get this deep into the organization and has literally riske...
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Taxation isn’t Rape (or Theft)

Taxation be represented ya'll
One of the libertarian pages actually attempted to explain "taxation is theft",  one of their favorite bits of propaganda. I give them credit for this. Interesting it occurred on the very day I posted my article on roads in which I accuse them of never explaining their two favorite things (taxation is theft and government shouldn't build roads). However, I do not think their self-named philosop...
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Healthcare is not a Right and Government Can’t Run Your Life

This is not your slave
"What do you want to be when you grow up Billy?" "I want to be a doctor!" "Well, isn't that nice. If you work hard and keep your grades up, I bet you can do it." And so Billy does just that. Billy is driven by this idea of what he wants to be when he grows up. In high school he earns a place on the honor roll and a scholarship to university. He works heard to keep his GPA high and studies most...
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Does liberty mean suicide is a right?

You have to let me die
This is an example that shows why libertarianism is so hard for people to embrace. The libertarian ethos is that people have a right to chose if they live or die, the right not to be protected from themselves. But most people reading such stories know in their gut that killing yourself because you're an alcoholic is wrong. So people are left with a strong human desire, an inborn desire, to help ot...
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Trump Does Not Know What Civil Forfeiture Is, but He Likes It

Deal with the devil
So far President Trump has done pretty well. His executive orders have kept within the scope of his office. Of course some have complained about this, that's to be expected. I've discussed the travel ban order at length. Anyone who thinks that it's a Muslim ban or anything new simply haven't read it. But, when Trump does support something wrong, I will also call him out on that too. My desire is b...
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Men are the Cure for the Grip of the Masterminds

Mastermind
There is sometimes an argument about the difference between leftism, socialism, and communism with people arguing all day long what the minute differences are. But you and I know that foundationally speaking, there is no difference, they are each the same as the others. I'll explain. The New York Times article below is a perfect example of this foundation. The article talks about climate change...
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Don’t Ever Humanize Abortion!

Humans are not Property
The man who is evil uses excuses to murder. To justify his actions, to ease what tiny conscience he has, he dehumanizes his victim. And so does the woman. I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the sa...
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