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Clash of ideas

Another meme.

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NeoNotes — Marriage revisted

That is when marriage ceased to be religion and control shifted to the state.

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Cash means freedom

The End of Cash; The End of Freedom

Recently the Indian government took high value bills out of circulation, in order to fight corruption. This has been bad for the economy, not just because the gray economy is large in India, but because India is a place where a ton of business is done by cash, not by credit.

In France, because of “terrorism”, cash purchases are now limited to one thousand euros.

In many countries there is a push to move away from cash, towards electronic payments. Electronic payments are, of course, easier for governments to track.

The obvious point is about taxation; you can tax money you know about. But the less obvious point is about control and surveillance: if everything is done electronically you can know who is doing what, because spending is doing. Nothing meaningful can be done in the modern world without money following it: people need money to live and money must be used to buy any goods involved.

If everything can be seen, everything can be controlled. Readers may remember when PayPal, Visa and Mastercard all decided to cut off payments to Wikileaks. I know it’s common on the left now to hate Wikileaks, but only a fool doesn’t understand the power involved in stopping someone from getting money.
     — Ian Welsh

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Language of force

“Tear Gas, Guns and Riot Squads: The Police State’s Answer to Free Speech Is Brute Force”

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Monday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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Worthy of freedom

The only faiths worthy of freedom are those freely chosen.
     — NeoWayland

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from crux № 3 - Shame & sex

Are they not freely consenting adults?

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☆ Government should be governed

Government exists to protect freedom.

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Defend the inoffensive

It’s not freedom if you only defend the inoffensive.
     — NeoWayland


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Fool

Call me a fool for freedom.
     — NeoWayland

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Freedom demands

Because freedom demands more than just black and white.
     — NeoWayland

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Progresses

Authority progresses and freedom regresses.
     — NeoWayland

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Destroyed

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
     — Abraham Lincoln
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Headline roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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“It's a Wonderful Loaf” by Russ Roberts

“A whimsical animated short film based on Russ Roberts's poem about emergent order and the supply of bread”

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Trump

Trump launched a missile attack on a nation which had not attacked the United States, and he did it without Congressional authorization.This is NOT a good thing.
     — NeoWayland

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“Make Mine Freedom (1948)”

Animated classic from 1948 shows the politics of disunity

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Tiny houses banned

“Tiny Homes Banned in U.S. at Increasing Rate as Govt Criminalizes Sustainable Living”

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“Because FREEDOM demands more than just black or white”

Because FREEDOM demands more than just black or white

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DOJ delays Apple case

The FBI was fighting a PR war

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The FBI wants your iPhone

The FBI and the DoJ don't believe the U.S. Constitution applies

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NeoNotes — Smear

Why should they feel shame?

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NeoNotes — Taking over the world

The only point in taking over the world is to make sure people make their own choices

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Leave them alone

Give government all the power you think is necessary. Watch as the one person who you think can’t be trusted with that power commands it against everything you hold dear.

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NeoNotes — Tyranny of the absolute

If the choice is between the absolute on the left side or the absolute on the right, I am going to pick freedom despite both.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.

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Why does your enlightenment demand that I sacrifice?

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