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NeoNote — Socialism, fairness & choice

There was a late night bull session I attended. One very drunk person announced, very authoritatively, "Socialism is jealousy."

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Underground computer gaming and freedom

A new category and a story about defying government authority with the internet

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The standard argument

An argument against gun control has much wider application than I realized

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Government should be a referee

Government has three primary functions. It should provide for military defense of the nation. It should enforce contracts between individuals. It should protect citizens from crimes against themselves or their property. When government-- in pursuit of good intentions tries to rearrange the economy, legislate morality, or help special interests, the cost come in inefficiency, lack of motivation, and loss of freedom. Government should be a referee, not an active player.
     — Milton Friedman

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Gradual

There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
     — James Madison

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NeoNote — Compulsion by law

Under what circumstances does the state or the people have the moral authority to compel someone to act against their beliefs?

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Inequality


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The Great Secret

You can’t hoard freedom. It’s not really liberty unless you share it.
     — NeoWayland, Lady Liberty
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That's dependency

Freedom is not empowerment. Empowerment is what the Serbs have in Bosnia. Anybody can grab a gun and be empowered. It's not entitlement. An entitlement is what people on welfare get, and how free are they? It's not an endlessly expanding list of rights -- the "right" to education, the "right" to food and housing. That's not freedom, that's dependency. Those aren't rights, those are the rations of slavery -- hay and a barn for human cattle. There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.
— P.J. O'Rourke
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Measure of happiness and well-being

First, there is nothing either intrinsically right or intrinsically wrong about liberty or slavery, democracy or autocracy, freedom of action or complete regimentation. It seems to us, however, that the greatest measure of happiness and of well-being for the greatest number of entities, and therefore the optimum advancement toward whatever sublime Goal it is toward which this cycle of existence is trending in the vast and unknowable Scheme of Things, is to be obtained by securing for each and every individual the greatest amount of mental and physical freedom compatible with the public welfare.
     — E. E. Smith, First Lensman
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NeoNotes — compel an individual

Is it moral for the state to compel a product or service?

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Monday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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Thursday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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Freedom and responsiblity

Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
     — Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents
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NeoNotes — Bad purposes

It's my old friend, the parity test.

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Authority banner

Authority progresses and freedom regresses
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Liberty demands

Because LIBERTY demands more than just black and white.
     — NeoWayland
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Single issue

If I have a single issue, it's less government and more freedom.
     — NeoWayland
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Compelled

If you choose to do something, that's freedom. If you're compelled to do something, that's coercion.
     — NeoWayland
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Path to freedom

Politics is about power over people. Once you understand that government is not your friend and the politico only wants to get re-elected, you’re on the path to freedom.
     — NeoWayland
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Choose your beliefs

Free choice. Choose your beliefs, just don't choose mine. And I will do the same. Faith imposed is no faith at all. The only faiths and beliefs worthy of freedom are those freely chosen.
     — NeoWayland, United We Stand - Dragging religion into politics
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Tragedy of the “American Century”

That is the tragedy of the “American Century.” We forgot that liberty can't be imposed by the top down, it has to be seized from the bottom up.

As long as our government plays the games of international brinkmanship and global politics, we lose.

We're best when we protect our own freedom and inspire others though our example. People in other nations have to crave freedom and demand their own rights. It's the only way it will take root.

As a nation, we can't take out another government except by invading. Historically, that has not worked out well for America. It certainly destroyed our prestige.

But building trade, private investment in local economies, that delivered wonders.
     — NeoWayland
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The goal is freedom

The goal is not the institution of the Federal government.

The goal is freedom.
     — NeoWayland
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Defending scoundrels

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.
     — H. L. Mencken

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Speech wars

The internet is the last, best hope for freedom.

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from crux № 18 — choice and consequence

Our problem is that we excuse people from the consequences.

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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”

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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?

Make your choice

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