Libertarian News Updates & The Valiant Story of Hero McTeague

Well, there is absolutely nothing of interest happening in my life that anyone would want to hear about. I live in paradise. My life is paradise. I literally do what I want and get what I want 24/7… from having girlfriends who actually work in the building and can come, and then go, at my beck and call, to spending my days at the gym, the beach, the pool…. I really can’t understand why everyone doesn’t live the way I do… but hey, keep doing that 9-5. I’ll hold down the fort living the good life for ya!

In the meantime, every day I read a minimum of one or two news articles that boggle my mind. The viewpoints expressed are so untethered to reality that I find myself, even though my life is literally the good life, in a state of anger and frustration.

And so, since I have ended my worldwide tour, at least temporarily, and have absconded to Acapulco and Thailand for the most part in a quest to see how happy I can make myself, I have decided that I might as well use my blog to blow off steam on how incredibly, unbelievably stupid government, the media and most people are.

So, here is todays rant:

Ottawa Must Get Canadians Out of Bangkok

This proposal, and the ideology underpinning it, is so unbelievably ignorant.

No matter where I am. No matter what I am doing. No matter how crazy of a situation I am in… the LAST thing. Literally, the LAST thing I would think, is that my government would save me. In fact it wouldn’t even be the last thing, that idea would never even cross my mind.

I, apparently, am in the minority.

Some assinine individual named Dan McTeague, who is apparently a Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) in Canada spent his taxpayer paid paycheck today trying to help Canadians in a highly dangerous situation!

He reads newspapers and those newspapers tell him that Thailand is in chaos and it is a very dangerous situation. Protesters have taken over Bangkok’s two airports and the government looks to be on the verge of collapse.

Therefore, it is his duty, as a public ‘servant’, to save Canadians in Thailand! My god! The horror!

Well, this only once again proves that government is useless and out of touch.

Anyone who knows anything about Thailand knows that this is just their biannual changing of the guard. I was in Thailand for the last coup two years ago. It was fun. Great party.

But Dan McTeague, who has likely never been to Thailand, nor has ever been anywhere or done anything, is writing letters and doing press conferences! We must save the poor Canadians who are likely holed up in Bangkok, eating amazing fresh food, engaging in relationships with unbelievably beautiful and sweet girls and stuck on pristine beaches in 30c+ weather or, god forbid, in some of Bangkok’s world class malls or hotels!

We must airlift them out of there and get them back to dark, bleak, cold, communist Canada!!!

Good work Dan McTeague!

Believe me, I wish I never even heard of Dan McTeague. I only heard of him today with this ridiculous ‘news’ story but after consulting with Wikipedia it only gets worse.

Prior to his recent work trying to get Canadians out of the terrifying situation in Thailand, Dan McTeague also was involved in many other crucial and heroic situations.

It was Dan McTeague, world-improver, who asked Immigration Minister Joe Volpe to restrict rapper 50 Cent from entering Canada, citing the death of a constituent at the performers previous concert in Toronto in 2004. Thank you Dan McTeague for trying to forcibly restrict 50 Cent from Canada! Who knows what kind of terror he would have unleashed! I can’t even imagine what would have happened! At the very least, 50 Cent would have told Shorty, its your birthday, and he certainly wouldn’t give a f**k if its your birthday!

As well, Hero McTeague recently chaired the Liberal Government Task Force on gasoline pricing, challenging the premium prices Canadians were forced to pay for gasoline in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Apparently McTeague could not understand how, in a free market, when supplies of a commodity are suddenly cut, the price of that commodity rises as demand outstrips supply. Great work McTeague! People like Ludwig Von Mises or Murray Rothbard could never come close to finding out the true reasons behind economic events as well as you could with your highly intellectual and awe inspiring Task Force!

Last but not least, McTeague was also instrumental in pushing his own Government to do more to address the African AIDS pandemic. A pandemic that only exists in the mind of the big drug companies, since AIDS caused by HIV certainly does not even exist. McTeague didn’t notice that though, nor the fact that this pandemic only seems to affect black Africans or gay people… what a coincidence… two of the least liked groups by the western establishment and the Catholic church. But McTeague is more than happy to jump on the genocidal bandwagon and push to spend taxpayer billions to pay for toxic drugs which, in the end, are what actually kill those unfortunate enough to be tagged as having HIV.

I never heard of this delusional bastard before today but after reading about all his amazing work I actually pictured what he looked like. I then Google Imaged him. I was right. A grinner.

Keep up the great work McTeague, the world is a safer and better place thanks to you!

OBAMA – I’ve been trying SO hard not to comment on this… but I finally had to give in

I watched in dismay this week as millions of people around the world exalted in euphoria over what was should have been an insignificant, if not deplorable, event.

My mind begins swirling at where to even begin with the ridiculousness of this reaction.

Let me start with the most basic items and then move on to the more important issues.

First, many people are excited as this is America’s first “black� President. Barack Obama is not black. His father is black and his mother was white. So, if you are going to call him black, using that logic, you’d be just as equally correct just to call him white. It is almost as ridiculous as calling Tiger Woods black. Tiger’s dad was of African, Chinese and Native American descent. His mom is basically just Thai, with some Chinese and Dutch thrown in. So, actually calling Tiger Woods black is patently incorrect. If you are going to refer to someone by the race which is most prevalent in their blood, then you would have to… unequivocally, call Tiger Woods Thai. African barely even makes the list, tying with Chinese as the next largest segment of his makings.

Not that I care. I’d be perfectly happy if race was never even really mentioned again. I’ve never seen anything but one race since the day I began and that is the human race. Beyond that, everyone is just varying shades of tanned as far as I am concerned… hardly anything worth using in any way to judge a person. You’d be better off judging someone by their shoe size than their hue.

But if you are going to talk about it, at least get it right. Tiger Woods is Thai and Barack Obama is white… just as much as he is black.

But that is just a typical, completely ignorant, common misperception. I see thousands of irritating things like that daily. That’s not what has me cringing every time I watch the news and/or hear about someone talking about how this is an amazing moment of history that occurred a few days ago.

For the sake of having some fun, allow me to enter into a faux discussion with myself as a way to get some points across.

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Question/Comment (Q/C): This is a big deal, America’s first black President

My Reply (MR): He’s not black

Q/C: Okay, but he comes from a far different background than all prior Presidents

MR: Who cares who is President of the US, other than knowing which person holds the potential destruction of the entire planet in the palm of their hand? If anything, the American government is essentially the largest organized crime racket in the world. And definitely the largest terror organization. If anything, the head of that institution should be publicly stoned, not exalted.

Q/C: But America is the leader of the free world

MR: America leads nothing anymore after decades of corruption and ignorance. And, of all the countries I’ve ever visited it is one of the least “free�. There is hardly anything free about America at all anymore. It is a fascist police state and is barely even relevant on the global stage.

Q/C: But America is the richest country in the world

MR: No, it’s not. By any standard. In actuality, its government is the most bankrupt state in the world. America owes more than any country ever has in the history of the world. The day that Chinese workers decide to stop sending their savings to America every month to carry on its solvency charade will be the day the USA officially files for bankruptcy as opposed to its unofficial current bankruptcy. A bankruptcy I expect will come soon.

Q/C: But America is the most powerful country in the world

MR: Yes, it might be, but that is not a good thing. Power effectively means that you have lots of guns and are willing to use them to coerce people to do things they otherwise wouldn’t do. So, by saying America is the most powerful country you are also basically saying America is coercive and takes things by force or by threat of force. Hardly a noble thing. It’s despicable.

Q/C: Even so, it’s government is a beacon of hope. Democracy is the best form of government and the US is who does it best

MR: Democracy isn’t a form of government. Democracy is just a method in which to change governments. When the US founding fathers came up with democracy it was hardly the whole concept. It was really just a very small part of the initial plan. A plan to form a free state where individual liberty was enabled. After a few hundred years everyone seems to have forgotten about that and now the American government goes around the world killing women and children with satellite guided missiles in order to try to spread “democracy�. That’d be like bombing, attacking and occupying nations around the world with the intent of spreading the infield fly rule of baseball. It’d make as much sense. But even if you do think democracy is a form of government and do think it is something important, how unbelievably poor is the American democratic system? Two parties? Wow, that’s a heck of a lot of choice! Don’t overwhelm everyone, now! And you could get millions and millions more votes than the guy in the other party and still lose the election. Howzat? Say again?

Q/C: Well, he’s way better than Bush

MR: Well, I can agree with that. But is this the only reason we can get excited nowadays? Because someone who was horrendous is replaced by someone who is going to be a disaster, but of a different style? Sure, more Obama and less Bush, in general, likely means less pointless, criminal wars. It’ll likely mean less neo-con atrocities such as torture and the holding back of science (stem cell research etc). That is good, obviously. But it will be replaced with homegrown bankruptcies, famines, riots and an even greater Big Brother police state as Obama meddling with the economy will only further the problem. But even that all assumes that the President actually really controls anything. The bankers and corporations are who run the US government. If Obama were to actually really do something to change that, like JFK, who proposed getting rid of the Federal Reserve system, he’ll quickly come to the same fate. If he did go against their wishes I’d advise him from taking any convertible, open air car rides through downtown Dallas. But by the looks of things, the bankers and corporations will be thrilled at Obama’s coming tsunami of spending so he will likely remain comfortably unassassinated.

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But the main reason I am dissapointed at the world reaction to Obama is in how everyone has bought into big government now to the point where they think that one man, in one position in government, can change the world for the better. One man, in private enterprise can definitely change the world for the better. The guy who invented antibiotics (although the jury is still out on whether that one will eventually backfire – but for now, no more worrying about gonorrhea!). The guy who invented refrigeration. Or, my personal favorite, the guy who invented the internet…. Al Gore.

But, government can never, ever change anything for the better. They can steal from one person and give to another but that is not changing anything for the better. That’s common theft. The very best possible case for a government is that it does not make anything much worse.

Obviously, after 8 years of Dubbyah, we can see how much worse things can get. What a disaster. In that sense I can partially understand why some people may have been excited last week. Relieved is probably a better way to put it. I was excited and relieved to know that the Bush & Cheney horror show was soon leaving town too.

If only it wasn’t going to be quickly usurped by the next great disaster. A man who has never… in a conventional sense, held a real job. He spent many years in the incredibly ignorant American university system. The system that gave us Ben Bernanke! And what did he study? Anything of real value? Nope, law. Law! He basically studied the unending, never-ending list of laws that completely choke all remaining life out of America… the land of the free, indeed.

And then, when he finished that, what did he do, he went straight into politics!

Here is a man who knows nothing about the real world. All he knows is all the inner workings of the incredibly oppressive American government. And, from all he’s seen, the big problem is that THERE ISN’T ENOUGH government!!!

That’s his conclusion! I can’t tell if the tears pouring from my eyes right now are tears of laughter or fear!

The man has absolutely no idea what a sad state of affairs the US is in. He states that he wants to spend more on things like healthcare. Spend more of what? The US government is bankrupt. What a fool.

And so I watched his first press conference. Again, like he’s been saying for months now, he didn’t really say anything. He definitely has some skills and his main skill is the ability to talk at length without saying anything and make it sound knowledgeable – at least to the middling IQs of the American populace.

He gave only one concrete proposal during the entire conference, besides his views on which dog he will buy for his daughters. And that was that he wants to do a “stimulus package� the day he enters office. He intends to do what Dubbyah did a few months back, which worked great, which is to mail cheques to everyone in the country, to get them spending! If it wasn’t reality I would never have believed that anyone would even utter this concept without expecting to quickly be sent off to an insane asylum.

Okay, Mr. Obama, the country is bankrupt. The entire Federal Reserve central banking price fixing and money monopoly scam has finally reached the end of the road. The entire country is collapsing under the weight of debt piled on for decades. What do you propose? MORE DEBT! Send everyone cheques! But, Mr. Obama, we have no money. Nothing. Well, just print up more and send it to everyone! This is the solution!

150 years ago, Alexis de Tocqueville in his famous work – Democracy In America said this:

“The government covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing but a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.�

And how the flock was elated on Tuesday! Here comes our shepherd!

How prescient was Tocqueville. It is obvious he completed his education prior to the fascist government “education� system got to work really dumbing people down.

But, his comments are precisely what I see not only in the US, but now it seems nearly round the world. Although there are pockets of hope for liberty and free markets. Where? In places like China and parts of the former Soviet Union. It’s like 20 years ago the entire world flip-flopped.

And so, earlier this week, people around the world were overjoyed to find out that a “black� man who has never held a real job of consequence and who obviously has no idea about why America originally was prosperous (hint: small/no government / free market) and who so obviously has no clue how basic economics works was elected to be the leader of an bankrupt, criminal former empire which has no relevance in the world today.

Ya, woohoo! What a day! I’ll always remember what I was doing when I heard that news, too! Fearing for the planet and stocking up my cupboard full of non-perishables and ammunition!

Is Obama the beginning of a great new era? Looks a lot more like the final stages of one to me.

Told ya….. — crickets chirping — And, Don’t Rock the Vote!

It’s quiet. Real quiet. What more can I say about my daily activities of spending the day at the pool and the gym in one of the most beautiful locales in the world and spending the nights quietly reading or learning some Spanish and, from time to time, out and about living la vida loca with and amongst the beautiful mexicanas. There really is only so much to say about it… and I’m sure you really can only take hearing so much of it!

And so… nothing. I don’t have a lot to say about my own life except it is nicely ongoing.

But, I thought I would, without permission, but I doubt he minds, reproduce a short recent article by someone who I have oft quoted here and who is one of my personal favorites, Doug Casey.

It is on the topic of voting, an apres peau topic for this week. Following his article I chime in with a few paragraphs of my own diatribe… here goes:

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None Of The Above by Doug Casey

Once again we find ourselves in the midst of the quadrennial American circus, when shameless power-mongers come out to blather moronic and vacuous platitudes in hopes of getting Boobus americanus to “get out and vote,�granting them the power of life and death for the next four years.Regrettably, they won’t be disappointed.

But one can hope they will be.

I think back to the ‘60s,when the wistful saying “Suppose they gave a war. And nobody came“ was current. It was a noble sentiment. In that vein, I also like “Suppose they gave a tax. And nobody paid� around April 15. And “Suppose they gave an election.And nobody voted� now.

You’ve heard all the reasons why you should vote.Most of them are humbug at best, and some – like “It doesn’t matter how you vote. Just vote�– are simply idiotic.

Voting today has nothing to do with “civic duties�you learned about in grade school.Your fellow citizens aren’t Jimmy Stewart and Gary Cooper lookalikes earnestly trying to do the right thing. Well over 50% of U.S. citizens are now net tax recipients, and they’ve trundled down to the polls in their tank tops and shower slippers only to help ensure they stay on the gravy train.

It’s sickening to hear thoughtful nonvoters, who can sense in their gut something is terminally wrong with the process,make lame excuses because they feel guilty for not participating. I would, therefore, like to give you five reasons why you shouldn’t vote.

1.Voting in a political election is unethical.The political process is one of institutionalized coercion and force; if you disapprove of these things, then you shouldn’t participate in them, even indirectly.AsMao, a leading expert on the subject, famously said: “The power of government grows out of the barrel of a gun.�

Sure, if government limited itself only to defending its subjects from domestic and
foreign aggression and adjudicating disputes, you could argue there was nothing unethical in voting for who plays the night watchman. But the fact is that
elections have long been, as Mencken observed, nothing but advance auctions on stolen goods.

If you want something, vote with the dollars you’ve earned, in the marketplace.

2.Voting compromises your privacy. It just gets your name in another government computer bank.One that they can use to call you up for jury duty and other forms of involuntary servitude. It’s true that, at least if you live in the U.S. or the UK, privacy exists only as an academic concept.Still, the less the government knows about you, even in small ways, the better off you are.

3.Voting is a degrading experience. Voting (as well as registering) involves spending possibly considerable time standing in line,hanging around government offices, filling out forms, and dealing with petty bureaucrats.A self-respecting person can find more enjoyable or productive things to do with that time.

4.Voting just encourages them. I’m convinced that most people don’t actually vote for a candidate; they vote against the other candidate.But that’s not how the guy who gets the vote sees it; he thinks it’s another mandate for him to rule. It’s ridiculous to justify voting by endorsing the lesser of two evils. Incidentally, I got as far as this point in 1980 when, as luck would have it, I did an hour alone on the Phil Donahue Show on the very day before the elections. The audience had been very much on my side up to the point where Phil accused me of voting forMr.Reagan, and I had to explain why I wasn’t. Unfortunately, telling them they shouldn’t vote was just more than they could handle.The prospect of their stoning me precluded my explaining the fifth and possibly most practical point.

5.Your vote doesn’t count. Politicians and political hacks like to say every vote counts because it gets everybody into busybody mode. But statistically, one vote in scores of millions makes no more difference than a single grain of sand on the beach.That’s completely apart from the fact that, as voters in Chicago in 1960 and Florida in 2000 can tell you, when it actually is close, things can be rigged. And, anyway, officials manifestly do what they want – not what you want
– once they’re in office.

The only way your vote counts is to make you complicit in the crimes that will inevitably be committed by its recipient.

Some may argue: “Perhaps you’re right. But my guy is different,he’s good; he sees the problems and wants to change things.�That perception is almost certainly an illusion created by slick handlers.And even if he is good and different,he’ll almost certainly be corrupted in short order. It’s rare that someone of quality goes in for politics. My arguments are based on principle, not on the hope for a deus exmachina event.

My sentiments on the topic have little, incidentally, to do with the fact that both candidates in this presidential election are certifiable liars, lifelong ne’er-dowells, and borderline sociopaths, differing very little in basic philosophy – they’re both statists – except one seems to prefer to emphasize the warfare state, the other the welfare state. It’s rare that someone of quality goes in for politics. My arguments are based on principle.

There are certainly romantics among you who, despite your better judgment,will go out and vote anyway. In that event, the only thing that makes sense is a protest vote for a third party, in which case the Libertarian candidate might have some appeal – at least if you believe in both economic and social freedom. And since there’s absolutely no danger a Libertarian could be elected, it’s arguably a good way to register a protest vote.

Unfortunately, their candidate this year, one Bob Barr, can best be described as a fraud.No help there.Of course, if you really want to treat the elections with the respect they deserve, and insist on voting, you might consider a write-in for, say, “Donald Duck.�

But, undoubtedly, some of you are thinking: “Counseling people not to vote is ridiculous – and unpatriotic. Who would run society if we didn’t have a government? Schools? Roads? Police?�

That question is usually quite innocent and sincere, put forward by someone who’s only ignorant.Occasionally, however, it can be asked in a rhetorical way by the malevolent.

The answer, in brief, is that absolutely anything worth doing can and will be done by the market. Again, I urge you to read Tannehill’s TheMarket for Liberty or Friedman’s TheMachinery of Freedom. If you want to do something right now, watch this video link by John Stossel. It’s in six short parts, each better than the one before.

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I agree 100% with the above and can only add my own, slightly more aggressive tone to it. Perhaps because I am younger (not young, but younger) than people like Doug Casey I might have a bit more youthful aggression. Or maybe it’s just the way I am.

But when I look at all the lost opportunity… the lost lives… the waste… of government, no matter what flavor, I can only add that I wish people would not only realize the things Doug Casey is talking about but would then also march down to their local government building with torches and pitchforks and just rid themselves of this menace.

Alas, the government run schooling system has ingrained in us all of us very well the importance of government. Even making us stand up at various events and sing some anthem devised to make us feel patriotic… patriotism, by the way, is a negative thing and is never a positive thing. If someone tells you that you are unpatriotic you should thank them for the compliment.

There is only one thing we should feel any patriotism for and that, of course, is the planet Earth and the human race. Anything less than that is varying levels of racism and/or xenophobia.

And with that, I blend back into the poolside… not to be heard from again for another few weeks, I’m sure.