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Obama’s New Black Panther Party

July 19, 2010

Many Americans are not at all aware of what is possibly the most textbook case of voter intimidation which could ever take place in this day and age. In 2008, an amateur cameraman captured footage of two Black Panthers stationed outside a Philadelphia, PA polling station. As you can see in the YouTube video linked, the men were dressed in paramilitary dress and carried billy clubs.

J. Christian Adams, a former DOJ official who quit the department over the issue of the voter intimidation case, has testified before the Civil Rights Commission that Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered the Department of Justice to cease its pursuit of cases against black defendants.

Obama and his regime, like all people on the Left, claim to be tolerant. We heard it in the incessant campaign rhetoric that his administration would “reach across the aisle” and unite all Americans under one banner. Obama and his supporters, especially in the Black Panther party, are only tolerant of the people and ideas of which they approve.

Obama and Eric Holder have now given the Black Panthers carte blanche to intimidate voters with billy clubs.

This is your Hope and Change, America. Enjoy your freedom to vote while it lasts, because by 2012 you won’t even recognize your country anymore.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/06/ex-official-accuses-justice-department-racial-bias-black-panther-case/

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Preserving Freedom

June 15, 2010

Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make a good use of it If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it. — John Adams

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The New Idol

June 12, 2010

“There, where the state ceaseth, there only commenceth the man who is not superfluous; there commenceth the song of the necessary ones, the single and irreplaceable melody.

There, where the state ceaseth–Pray, look thither, my brethren! Do ye not see it, the rainbow and the bridges of the Superman?”

— Nietzche, Also Sprach Zarathustra

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Hayek, on Democracy

May 18, 2010

“Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one’s government is not necessarily to secure freedom.”

— Frederick Hayek

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Memory

January 22, 2010

The first step in liquidating a people is to erase its memory. Destroy its books, its culture, and its history. Then you have somebody write new books, manufacture a new culture, invent a new history. Before long the nation will begin to forget what it is and what it was.

— Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

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Supreme Court Decisions Every American Should Know About #2: U.S. v. Lopez

August 10, 2009

Today I continue my series of posts on Supreme Court decisions that, in my opinion, greatly redefined how a particular provision of the Constitution is interpreted or had a long-lasting impact on some area of public policy in the United States, for better or for worse.

This installment features the case United States v. Lopez, a 1995 case on the Commerce Clause which may have actually saved federalism in America from near-certain demise.

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United States v. Lopez, 514 U.S. 549 (1995) put an end to the ridiculous expansion of Congressional power through the Commerce Clause that had occurred for the 50 years following the decision in Wickard v. Filburn (see my post on Wickard for more info). Justice Rehnquist, writing the opinion, put his foot down and said that there is a clear limit to what constitutes economic activity in interstate commerce within the meaning of the Commerce Clause.

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Libertarians and immigration policy: first things first

July 30, 2009

The mainstream libertarian view on immigration is that open borders are necessary. This rests on the premise that a free immigration policy goes hand-in-hand with free trade and that restrictions on border crossings are by their nature coercive.

Murray Rothbard, in the last chapter of For a New Liberty, argues that libertarianism cannot succeed unless we advocate an immediate and total transition to a libertarian society; that is, we cannot take things one at a time or prioritize some types of reform ahead of others. That is to say that if we were to prioritize the privatization of a particular industry for 15 years down the line, it would be like saying that the socialization of that industry is acceptable for now until we can get to it lat, which would be a false statement, as all socialization is wrong now, and we must abolish all of it now.

While Rothbard’s logic is quite persuasive and reasonable, I cannot accept that logic when it comes to immigration. Illegal immigration in America has been proven to create a greater drain on government subsidized programs–healthcare, education, and hundreds of others. Illegal immigration therefore promotes government’s plunder of individuals because we live in a welfare state where such plunder is acceptable and encouraged.

If Rothbard’s desire for wide open borders were to come to fruition tomorrow, we would be in trouble. The welfare state would be forced to deal with them by increasing taxes, and the right to be free from plunder would be eroded very quickly.

Since it is certain that in a welfare state illegal immigration requires increased taxation to handle the social problems that result, we cannot decriminalize illegal immigration until we abolish the welfare state. To do so would be contrary to the goal of libertarianism, which is to decrease plunder and coercion at the hands of government rather than to increase it.

Thus, while Rothbard is correct in saying that libertarians must pursue an immediate and total transition to a libertarian society, libertarians must also be careful to recognize the potential practical consequences of not prioritizing certain reforms ahead of others. Unless we can open the borders and abolish the welfare state simultaneously, we must prioritize the latter ahead of the former to avoid making our situation worse than it already is.

Comments and debate from other libertarians are highly encouraged.