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I’m not focussed on abolishing the state as an objective because . . . it’s turtles all the way down anyway

October 30th, 2014 No comments

I’m not focussed on abolishing the state as an objective because:

(1) it is a distraction from other ways to recreate/revitalize community and “Zomia”;

(2) I see it as impractical in any event — while splitting up states and decentralizing are real options, any stateless/ungoverned areas that may arise are soon claimed by states; and

(3) I’m afraid it’s turtles all the way down anyway, in terms of brigands, great bands of brigands, and roving corporate bandits:

http://tokyotom.freecapitalists.org/?s=pirates
http://tokyotom.freecapitalists.org/?s=avatar
http://tokyotom.freecapitalists.org/?s=fishing
http://www.government.se/content/1/c6/12/11/81/d99cc30a.pdf

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We MUST stop, at all costs, bridge-building and agreements between conservatives, progressives and libertarians!

October 15th, 2014 No comments

From a Facebook post.

[Note: this is obvious snark — intended to get people to consider how reflexive, accurate and helpful their partisanship may be.]

On the day after Dave Bart bumped off ‪#‎CronyCapitalist‬-backed House Majority Whip Eric Cantor, Ralph Nader is at libertarian/Koch-backed “Reason”, acting like an ugly capitalist in flogging his new book, “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State“.

And The NEW YORKER, for crissakes, is going around calling Dave Bart the “Elizabeth Warren of the Right“!

Help me, my head is going to explode. We MUST stop, at all costs, bridge-building and agreements between conservatives, progressives and libertarians!

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Incentives matter: Ferguson? Police abuse? SWAT teams? Roving gangs with forfeiture powers?

October 15th, 2014 No comments

[dressed up from a Facebook post]

Incentives matter.

On top of ending the forfeiture powers that incentivize cops to heroically find crimes in order to confiscate assets, imagine if simply:

(1) we got rid of the Federal courts-created “doctrine” of “qualified immunity” under Federal law for cops (so cops would have to defend the reasonableness of actions that harm people and property);

(2) cops had to arrange, keep and pay for their own private liability insurance (NO municipal/county/state insurance or other citizen-backed “deep pocket” that means We The People are forever bailing out cops who are found to have wrongfully hurt someone); or

(3) the pension pool of the relevant police department were required to contribute 10-20% of all judgments/settlements related to police abuse claims (so cops and ex-cops would themselves have incentives to keep “bad apples” in check).

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