Is there a political version of MGTOW???

I am not one to make fun of Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW). I had a friend that was a very sociable creature that got “burned” by a fiancee’ and he got hit by a DUI charge that made him re-think his entire social life.

He seemed to drop completely off the map. But he gave me a series of strange thought processes.

Is there a political form of MGTOW? For folks who want to live a life around a smaller community that doesn’t involve random people from (x) place that have no bearing in their lives?

Perhaps he could pay for services that he wants. He could trade social security for gaming? He could sign away medicaid/medicare for a solitary life? If he walks the same area without using the roads, maybe he shouldn’t pay for Valdosta, Georgia’s highways?

He doesn’t want anything to do with your lives. He impacts your life very little and he ask for little to nothing. Why are we taking from him?

Can we not exclude those that don’t want to engage in our political system? I do believe in freedom of association. You have the freedom to disassociate.

If you have nothing to exchange for or you can’t break even; why stay within this system?

Why not “go your own way”?

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Libertarians Arent Alone, We Suck Together

I had forgot about this gem from our friends at Reason. I am glad that I wasn’t the only libertarian that recognizes how kooky libertarians are.

 

I had originally started this blog to skewer the most “public” examples of libertarianism. I have fallen by the wayside, much like many of my New Hampshire friends.

I promise to pick up the slack and do a better job of making fun of our lesser halves.

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Poor man w/ phony friends finds no riches

Earning the ducats won’t won’t make you happy. We see someone that starts with nothing (and shitty friends) make a ton of money. We see how this person ends up.

This person can feel alienated around the new people, even uncomfortable. He or she might pine for the “old days” of simplicity. This person is concerned that these elbow rubbing creatures are not “real friends”.

The weird thing is that the poor man is worried that the “crew” from back in the ‘hood would turn on him when he tries to “get up in this world”, (or as a few folks overseas call “tall poppy syndrome”).

The difference between the poor man and a rich man are slight. Without a proper “community” or a support base; both men are at a loss. Resources are hard to come by, (whether financial, moral, personal, or even romantic).

Plenty of rich men find themselves at a loss when tragedies strike. They find themselves talking to secretaries and answering machines when things go south.

In the hood’; most men with bad upbringings can count on someone taking advantage of someone with “their hands down”. The only loyalty exists when it is to someone else’s advantage.

Without true “people” in our life; we are nothing. Phony friends make you poor, no matter what background you are from.

I don’t have that many people I call family in my life. There weren’t that many people I could count on for the “4am airport call”.

You can be rich if you have a few people that you can count on.

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Taming The Soul’s Turbulence

***Weekend Repost from a person who cultivates wisdom: Quintus Curtius***

Quintus Curtius

In our lives we often encounter people whose behavior seems to make no rational sense.  I am referring to people who do things that seem to be against their own self-interest:  those who say one thing, but do something else.  We ourselves can fall into this trap on occasion.  It is almost as if there exists some morbid consciousness in all of us, a voice calling out for us to exactly what we should not do.

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Repost: Is it time to punish false accusers?

***This was originally published on The Hill.com, link below

https://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/411905-is-it-time-to-punish-deliberate-false-accusers

Is it time to punish false accusers?

BY WENDY MCELROY, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 

Should deliberately false reports of sexual assault be subject to the same legal penalties as false reports of other felonies? Right now, accusers who lie about sexual abuse are criminally liable for filing a false report and perjury, as well as civil sanctions for defamation, but legal consequences rarely occur.

The question was spotlighted by the accusations surrounding Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh. It was clear during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing: An accusation of sexual assault can devastate a man’s life, family and future. Those who reject the account of his main accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, don’t suggest bringing legal proceedings against her. A sincere report of sexual abuse should not be penalized for being confused or mistaken.

Jeffrey Catalan and Julie Swetnick are different stories; in the wake of Ford’s accusations, Catalan and Swetnick claimed to have witnessed sexual abuse by Kavanaugh; Catalan quickly recanted. But the chairman of the Senate Committee that presided over Kavanaugh’s hearing has asked for an official review of the claim as a possible crime. In a NBC interview Swetnick contradicted a sworn statement to the Committee, which had implicated Kavanaugh in gang rapes. Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz has called for Swetnick to be investigated and then prosecuted for perjury, if appropriate.

The debate on how to handle blatantly false accusations of sexual abuse has re-opened. Feminists argue that punishing any accuser chills the willingness of victims to come forward. Rule-of-law advocates counter that false accusations are not victimless crimes. In most cases a real person is named as an attacker and he or she confronts severe consequences. Genuine victims are also damaged by false allegations. Every lie casts a shadow of doubt over every future report of sexual assault. So legal disincentives should attach to the act of lying not merely to protect those falsely accused but also to encourage real victims to make reports.

False accusations on crime are everyday events  

The danger of using the Kavanaugh hearing as a springboard for discussing false accusations is threefold: the session was highly politicized, with unrelated agendas attached; it was played out in the Senate, with the Supreme Court as a backdrop; and the true context of false accusations in everyday life may be lost. False accusations are not partisan, elite, or recent occurrences.

The recent re-evaluation grows out of a backlash that has raged on college campuses for over seven years. At some universities the battle has been much longer. In 2011, President Obama’s Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights sent a letter to every college that received federal funding. To continue the flow of funds colleges needed to dilute the due process that on-campus hearings offered to students accused of sexual misconduct.

The purpose: To combat sexual misconduct and to protect victims who were overwhelmingly female. Accused students were denied legal representation and the presumption of innocence, as well as standard protections of justice such as facing an accuser and questioning witnesses. As a matter of policy, accusers were to be believed.

As a result, false accusations increased — at least, that was a widespread assessment. Legal experts signed petitions in protest; lawsuits proliferated from students who had been found “guilty;” high-profile cases of false accusations rocked the media.

Finally, new Title IX guidelines were recently drawn up by the DOE’s new administration and they will be unrolled shortly. The guidelines direct colleges to restore due process rights to students accused of sexual misconduct.

The human cost of false accusations

Petitions and guidelines do not capture the human suffering that caused a rebellion against the imperative to #BelieveWomen. For that real stories are required. Consider the Flood family of Pennsylvania and their teenage son, whom the media identifies as T.F.

According to a local newspaper five girls at T.F.’s high school “terrorized” him with accusations of sexual molestation. T.F. was fired from his part-time job, “tortured in school by the other students and investigators,” expelled and “forced to endure multiple court appearances, detention in a juvenile facility, detention at home, the loss of his liberty and other damages.”

Finally, the girls confessed to lying. Why did they? One explained, “I just don’t like him…I just don’t like to hear him talk…I don’t like to look at him.” The girls have not been punished. Meanwhile, the boy is under the care of a psychologist and being schooled at home. Devastated by the experience, his parents are suing.

The Kavanaugh hearing brought the question of false accusations into people’s living rooms. That’s where the issue belongs because average and disadvantaged people need due process far more than the elite of society.

Average people have fought through centuries to gain and maintain these protections against imperious government and bad actors. The protections benefit both men and women because they stand in defense of common people. No sincere accuser, mistaken or not, should have anything to fear from impartial justice. But no intentionally false accuser should be able to bypass the protections of justice in their own self-interest.

Conclusion

#BelievetheWomen is the culmination of a push that began decades ago to achieve much-needed reform within the justice system. In the 1960s feminists crusaded against rape laws that brutalized women by treating them as though they were responsible for their own assaults. They weren’t and they aren’t, but the reform has gone too far. It is not an insult to ask for evidence when a crime is alleged. It is a sign of taking the accusation seriously and that’s what feminists crusaded for in the first place.

Wendy McElroy is a research fellow at the Independent Institute and the author or editor of nine books on women’s issues, government and liberty.

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Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the Unravelling of US Empire

I believe it is time to do what many libertarians believe in and break bonds when not represented. I think it is time to slough off Puerto Rico. It may be a beautiful slice of land in a beautiful sea. (I have been there and I was capitivated by its beauty).
The grouping of islands is home to wonderful people, (although I am the first to crack a Puerto Rican joke or spin a tale from my Navy days that doesn’t paint them in a loving light).
But it has been an experiment that we have failed at. It might be one of the most economically advanced “lands” in the Caribbean but it falls into the mainland’s shadow. Puerto Rico has become a territory that we have had to take care of instead of count upon “one of us”. (Note infrastructure bonds and “loans” to keep their basic needs going. But even this hasnt kept the population of proud Puerto Ricans from fleeing.).
I feel like Puerto Rico is better served on being let go and allowed for their own self determination. They are poorly represented by the mainland and I think that people of their “nationality” would be better served by Puerto Ricans. (Corruption or no).
I feel this way about many territories and assets that we have. If we arent wanted there and we have no “familial bonds”; why are we there?
(The govt. shutdown Roosevelt Roads Naval Station and the Vieques Island training grounds. Culebra is no longer in use. And I have a hunch that the remaining US forces could be reassigned in the mainland or somewhere else).
It is sad considering I am military veteran. I am not a left leaning person. I know of the beauty of PR and many other “overseas” territories (Samoa, Hawaii, various Pacific Island areas). But it would be best to allow poorly represented people from different nationalities to represent themselves. I also think that it would be better for us to save our money.
This might not be popular but it could save us some headache in the long run, (learn the lessons from Puerto Rico, set them free).

The New Dark Age

2 August 2019 — Consortium News

To be a law-abiding nation, the U.S. must grant self-determination in areas it has stolen, write Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers.

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
PopularResistance.org

The results of centuries of U.S. empire, which began with Manifest Destiny that crossed the North American continent and grew into a global empire, are coming home to roost in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.

Puerto Ricans had an important victory in July with the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló after more than one million people protested to demand his removal. This was a powerful display of people power, but changing the head of state does not confront the real issues for Puerto Rico: ending colonialism and ensuring self-determination.

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Write Yourself In for 2020

I wanted to reach out to the people in the Electoral College battleground states and encourage them to do something ridiculously silly:

Write Yourself In for 2020

If you hate the “Orange Man” because “Orange Man Bad” and you might not believe in anyone in the Democratic Party because you really don’t believe that free stuff is free:

Write Yourself In for 2020

If you understand that you won’t get money from heaven. If you have a feeling that we probably won’t get our troops home if you vote for (x) person:

Write Yourself In for 2020

If you feel like you can’t vote for a TV host or a Korean War surgeon because “they are un-electable”:

Write Yourself In for 2020

It is time to get more involved in this process. It isn’t time for you to cry about. You should have started working on these problems on your own at a local level along time ago, but you fell asleep at the proverbial wheel.

The lesson today is that there is no magic bullet. You depend on someone with no stake in the game to rain manna from heaven when you should have started feeding yourself to begin with.

You easily could get the results you have been getting if you had a five way tie between the top five presidential candidates: (Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Green, Reform). You haven’t gotten anywhere playing popularity “pickem”. Try something new, freeze the system and:

Write Yourself In for 2020

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Tim Pool Schools Antifa, Antifa Loses

I am a fan of Tim’s. And I am not a fan of Antifa. I think that the chickensh*t level of violence has hurt Antifa, (and the days are almost numbered when Antifa is designated as a domestic terrorist group).

I don’t think that Tim Pool is the next coming of Christ or the ghost of Augusto Pinochet but I think that he wins this one. I will give you a few disses that makes him the winner:

“Antifa is fairly low level terror”

“They are a bunch of young, dumb priviledged kids that run around throwing milkshakes at people”

“Antifa is annoying and dangerous”

“frail, weak, skinny, urban…”

“…a bunch of losers, with frail little weak arms, who are terrible at what they do”.

“squeaking like morons”.

Tim Pool 23, Antifa 0

 

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Democrat Debate Round 3: The Rest

I give you the skinny on who is left to debate. And these people want to be president?

Why represent everyone when you support Mattress Girl??

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University of Louisville attacks professor of psychiatry for disagreeing with transgenderism — WINTERY KNIGHT

A while back, I watched a panel of scholars discussing the science behind transgender doctrine. The panel was hosted by the Heritage Foundation, my favorite think tank. One of the participants was Dr. Allan M. Josephson, a distinguished professor of psychiatry at the University of Louisville. He disagreed with the official position of the secular […]

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