Human beings are reliant on daily interpersonal communication. In order to buy the things we want, express our feelings and thoughts to others, or simply to let someone know we are trying to get around them we use some form of communication. Among the most obvious and common are speech and writing, there are also more subtle ways to get info across such as non-verbal communication like body language (Non-verbal communication). Regardless of the method, without communicating society would shut down. On a grand scale you could picture a breakdown in diplomacy between two bitter nations, or on a smaller scale you could imagine trying to buy something from a vendor without pointing, using words, or writing something for him to read. Everything would grind to a halt. So if communication is what we do to get across ideas, motives, thought etc, would not prices fall into this category?
About a year ago today, Mark Fiorino was stopped and threatened by several Philadelphia police officers for openly carrying his firearms, as we mentioned in an earlier blog post. Fortunately for him, he recorded the entire incident on his voice recorder, which was then put on youtube by our fellow blogger, Timothy Havener. The youtube video with the most content can be seen here, with parts two and three here and here (the first video contains most of what you’d be interested in hearing).
When Kelly Voluntaryist and I (after having found myself suddenly working as her newly-employed assistant and videographer) decided to embark on a semi-spontaneous road trip to tour our new home “state” of New Hampshire in a truck with a missing headlight and a tail light that was out of commission, we were (of course) expecting some sort of encounter with at least one officer of law enforcement. Being from the veritable police state of New Jersey myself (and Kelly from the equally third reich-esque Arizona), there is inevitably, unfortunate though it may be, some degree of reasonable paranoia invoked by the practice of traveling in a vehicle that serves as such a bulls-eyed target for agents of oppressive bureaucracies. So naturally, the two of us expected to receive some degree of harassment and initiated aggression by men in badges who were surely to be armed to the teeth with an arsenal of various instruments for the implementation of state-sanctioned violence. In the seemingly mundane reality of the oppressive nanny colony known as the twenty-first century U.S.A., these men are more commonly referred by the average citizens as “police officers”. We, however, prefer to call them what they really are: members of an oppressive gang of a monopolizing and uniformed circuit of organized crime.
As the date of my trial continues to approach (somewhat more rapidly than I might prefer), it’s difficult to ignore the pressing and unpleasant matter of the federal government and its ever-ongoing war against drugs. My own upcoming summons to the court aside, I can easily think of roughly half a dozen friends who either have pending drug-related legal cases or are the victims of some type of probationary sentence as a result of the state’s apparent distaste for controlled substances. Many of them (peaceful people, all) are presently being threatened with extended jail sentences–in fact, one of them is facing a potential sentence of up to one hundred years behind bars, locked away in one of the state’s many cages. I myself am presently being threatened with potential incarceration (my maximum sentence has a ceiling of one year’s time) for peacefully possessing a plant–cannibus–that was forcefully removed from my bedroom drawer while I was at work. If it’s true that the constitution of a crime demands both a victim and an agressor, then my alleged “crime” must surely be insufficiently complete in such regard–there was neither a victim nor an act of aggression created or exhibited by my personal decision to possess and consume marijuana. However, in an age where prohibited substances are as plentiful in number as they are apparently punishable, it is easy to imagine why so many of the nation’s inmates are presently serving time for similarly non-violent, drug-related, so-called “offenses”.
Following the Greek Parliament’s emergency decision to approve a second round of austerity measures in the country, gold prices, the Australian dollar, Asian shares, the value of the euro, and instances of rioting and violent crimes have increased dramatically.
On the presidential campaign trail, race has been a pervading issue for many candidates. From Ron Paul’s racist newsletter scandal to Newt’s comments on poor children’s work ethic to to the Mormon Churches controversial and possibly racist history, the candidates have been struck with hard questions while the population waits with bated breath for what they perceive to be the “correct” answer. The candidates offer all kinds of solutions to many of the problems associated with race relations, but most, if not all of them, ring hollow. Why? Because many see these solutions as empty promises of the campaign trail, a talking point for debates that are not real, hard-nosed practical solutions. As a libertarian and an individualist, a practical and hard-nosed solution that I recognize is also one of the most important qualities an individual can have, that of self-determination.
What’s worse than a Democratic liberal? A Republican liberal who tries to mask as some sort of conservative!
The Republican Party seems to be gearing up for a Romney nomination, who, by the way, is pretty similar to President Obama in a lot of ways.
Rather than nominating someone like Ron Paul, who reaches out to a vast array of people, which is what the Republican Party will need to beat Obama in 2012, they seem content with a Republican liberal who accomplished everything most Republicans scream about today, while he was the Governor in Massachusetts.