"The airlines are responsible for carrying their cargo and their passengers. Why should we assume that a bureaucracy can do better?"-
Ron Paul, R-TX, during the Republican debate at the Reagan Library.
I say go for it. And let’s not stop there:
—auto manufacturers never resisted seatbelts, airbags or antilock brakes (or fireproof gas tanks, or break away steering wheels, or … ), so I am sure they will spontaneously adopt new safety technologies going forward.
—the food and drug companies never put rat carcasses in sausages, or cocaine in “health pills” when they were unregulated, so I am sure they can be trusted to never do anything like that again.
—the financial markets have always been made up of sophisticated, self-interested investors who would never buy an interlocking set of mutually reinforcing investment packages that they actually didn’t understand, crashing the global economy as a consequence, so I am sure they’ll not do it in the future.
—manufacturers never used to make cribs that collapsed on babies’ heads, strangling them, or clothes that were fire hazards filled with toxic chemicals, so I am sure they’ll never do it in the future. The same can be said for food products, lead painted toys, etc.
I mean really—the market is perfectly self-regulating and all government ever does is wreck things.
Then again, if pigs had wings they might be able to fly.
"But when we abolished slavery the meaning of “freedom” became entirely unclear. Its opposite was gone. It’s as if the color “black” was abolished: how would we now understand the color “white?” Freedom is much harder to define after 1865: what does it mean without slavery? I know what I prefer—the capacity to speak my mind, a certain amount of property rights, protection from violence—but if you ask me to define “freedom” it’s going to be a challenge. Freedom obviously can’t mean “the right to do whatever you want,” since that impinges on the freedom of others, and it can’t simply mean “the possession of property,” since property could be gained by violent means. The laws which secure my rights (or if you like, my freedoms) are also constraints–they require the paying of taxes and a degree of obedience to authority. Lots of people now equate freedom with choice, imagining something like “I’m free because the market gives me 100 different choices of breakfast cereal.” This is clearly not quite what Jefferson had in mind, and of course you might have 100 different kinds of breakfast cereal but little or no choice about the kinds of work you might have to do to earn a living and little meaningful political choice. “Freedom” is hard to define in the absence of slavery. Libertarians always refer back to the age of “classical liberalism,” the age of Jefferson and Locke. This is not coincidentally also the age of racial slavery: slavery gave meaning to freedom, while racial slavery legitimated a notion of natural rights founded in biological difference. Racial slavery wasn’t a regrettable accident: it was crucial to the formation of ideas about liberty and freedom. It was the opposite that gave those ideas meaning. Because the end of actual slavery destabilized the notion of freedom, modern libertarians have to keep finding new forms of “slavery” to keep their world view sensible."
"Rights don’t come in groups. We shouldn’t have gay rights."-
Ron Paul (via apsies)
Oh, for fuck’s sake. If they gave everyone the same rights, we wouldn’t have to fucking fight for them separately, you stupid clown.
i really hate libertarians.
Here we have a perfect example of the libertarian delusion. ‘We don’t need gay rights.’ ‘We don’t need civil rights.’ ‘Those rights are granted by GOD and only taken away by governments!’ Right? …right? Hey, Mr. Libertarian, why don’t you take your privilege-denying white ass down to West Philadelphia. Walk through Harlem, visit Detroit. Take a look at history and see what it meant for a Black man to try to vote in the 50’s in the South. Did Brown V. Board of Ed. take away someone’s rights? Hey, maybe it did. The way you libertarian fuckers frame it, it took away the school’s right to segregate. Well, if that’s the case than no rights exist except at the expense of another’s. This whole free-market prayer you keep chanting is a fucking lie. It doesn’t exist. You’re not be practical. You’re not being logical. You’re being idealistic and, ultimately, a distraction.
The biggest crime here is enough of these pseudo-intellectual ninnies got together and elected Ron Paul to office. And then, just to show how ‘different’ they were than the regular Republicans, they voted his fucking son into office! Where have I heard this dynasty story before?(via goodreasonnews)
I can respect someone who has a libertarian viewpoint, for the most part. I mean, I don’t agree with it, and I don’t think an anarchial economic society will work without severe detriment to our most vulnerable, and the only way we were able to have such a robust “free market” during the first formative years of our nation was because of basic government regulation, but at least they’re consistent. While I don’t believe the libertarian concept of government is the best, it is a valid theory that is consistent and can make sense.
Mainstream conservatism, however? I want to punch these assholes in the face. Don’t sit there and talk about how *hard* your life is as a christian white male business owner. Don’t tell me how “America has always been and always will be right of center” and go on about small government when you support any government imposition into people’s private lives as long as it doesn’t affect you as a straight white christian business owner. Don’t talk about cutting government spending when you support our current military actions in the middle east, the drug war, and morality legislation. You’re a hypocritical piece of shit and I will tear you apart any time. And DON’T judge “kids these days” as ungrateful pieces of shit who haven’t had to work for anything ever, when the only reason you can bitch about the economy is because your personal liberties have never been threatened.
Right? These assholes like to fantasize about being patriot rebels in some 2011 mix of the revolutionary war and WWII. This fantasy casts the government as red coats, liberals as nazis and America as “Reagan Land”. For the conservatives, this delusion is much more pleasant than the reality that the times are a changing. The country is getting darker, younger and more liberal. And they are left like abandoned Japanese soldiers on islands who think the war is still going on years after it ended.
"Opinion polls consistently show that only about 5 percent of blacks have sensible political opinions"
You’re telling me, that a CEO who makes 500x more than his average employee is simply 500x more intelligent and hard working??