Archive for August, 2013

The Libertarian Cure for a Vile,Violent World

August 24, 2013

Look what a mess the Politicians are making around the world, and no one is stopping it. Assad chemically gasses a thousand people — one supposes that the previous tens of thousands of murders by Assad weren’t enough for the castrated heads of the “international community” and the UN to carpet-bomb him. A few days before, hundreds of people are gunned down in Cairo, the same people who claimed to be non-violent while they torched 61 churches and murdered Coptic Christians in a Muslim Brotherhood Kristallnacht against the Christians in Egypt. A few days later, 36 prisoners are gassed to death in a van, while their comrades in philosophy shoot 24 soldiers in the back of the head in the Sinai.

The BBC reports on sadistic gulag prison conditions that occur routinely in Kazakhstan, while new reports coming out on North Korea refer to the horrendous prison conditions in the many gulags there. But Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama and David Cameron and Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel and Kevin Rudd do nothing about it, even though the North Korean Kim Gang and the top military leadership could have been and should have been carpet-bombed into oblivion years ago. Evidently Human Rights — the Natural Law Rights of the Libertarians or Classical Liberals — means very little to these Politicians. To them, it means collaborating with whole gangs of murderers and torturers who would get the death penalty in many states in America, and life in prison in Europe if they could be brought to justice. But because they call themselves Heads of State, the Western Politicians collaborate with them, and  thus themselves are guilty of complicity in murder, obviously.

And Hilary Clinton finally got her pro-Arab propaganda on American TV in the form of Al-Jazeera, the mouthpiece of the Muslim Brotherhood, and their violently anti-Semitic, anti-Christian hatred. Mrs. Clinton, you will recall, whitewashed the station on March 2nd, 2011, by extolling the quality of its “real news”. “Well, if our Beloved Hilary loves it, it must be OK”, clicks the robot-like brain of most Democrats, and anyone who attacks it will be considered a “reactionary Republican” or an alarmist. And ain’t it interesting that Al Gore, that supposed supporter of Israel, sold his broadcast license to an anti-Israeli, anti-Semitic. Monarchy-owned station. Careful Democrats, your Jimmy Carter scabs are starting to show through your well-taylored clothes. Now the American public will be subjected day and night to the pro-Arab, Jew-hating propaganda of the Emir of Qatar and his emirate, another bastion of the violation of Natural Human Rights. Just what the world needs, the return of the legitimacy of Monarchy, one of the most bestial forms of government ever thought up. Silverwolf will be sure he never ever watches Al-“Nazi”ra.

Meanwhile, over in South Africa, it’s been a year since 34 Black miners were gunned down by the Government’s police, but nobody has been prosecuted or brought to justice. This is an example of the corruption and injustice that Socialist Regimes always bring to their people, although when they were out of power they themselves cried for justice. The crimes of the Botha Regime are now being carried out with impunity by the ANC. See, Blacks and Whites are equal — equally depraved.

But turning to the “civilized” West, we find that in Australia, a country the size of America with less population than California, they don’t seem to have enough room for a few tens of thousands of refugees fleeing Fascist-like regimes in South and Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Under the sadistic policy of the Left-wing Labour Party and its shrew, Choleria Gizzard, and her replacement, Kevin “Bloody” Rudd, these incredibly harried and brave people, probably mostly seeking asylum because of the physical persecution of themselves or their communities, are to be detained and segregated in “detention camps” in Papua New Guinea, a place with a horrendous rape and unemployment problem, and will never be admitted to Aussie-Nirvana. Somehow these Middle Easterners and Tamils are supposed to “integrate” into a completely foreign culture to theirs, which cannot even employ all its own citizens, and which is incredibly violent. What a bunch of lice are the Aussie politicians, both Labour and so-called Liberal.

And in Italy, we see an old Nazi War Criminal, a mass murderer of young boys and old men, living a comfortable retired life in an apartment, free to come and go shopping, and supposedly under “house arrest” — this the decision of the Italian Government and Courts. The 335 murdered old men and young boys this man helped shoot in the back of the head have lain in their graves for 69 years, while Erich Priebke has enjoyed a comfortable life in Argentina and now Italy, and nothing is done about it. At the least, Priebke should be kept in chains in solitary, and forced to wash prison dishes all day long for his plate of gruel, until he dies. Is there not one person in Italy willing to bring justice to Erich Priebke, SS War Criminal?

And over in our own Paradise, in Mr. Moonbeam’s “cool” California, prisoners, who have been on hunger strike to protest the horrendous numbers of people being sadistically kept in solitary confinement for years, are going to be force-fed against their wills, a vile violation of Libertarian self-ownership of one’s body. Prisoners should never be force-fed in jails, although if a prisoner goes on hunger strike, the custodial authorities should then be let off the hook as far as their responsibility in keeping the prisoner healthy and alive. If a Prisoner chooses to fast himself to death, or to the point where he passes out, he should be allowed to do so, although once he is passed out, it is permissible to give him nourishment or other physical succor, since he is not objecting at all at that moment of unconsciousness. Just because they are imprisoned, prisoners do not lose their inalienable right to self-ownership, so well defined in Libertarian Doctrine. That right is merely circumcised in the circumference of its practice by the confinement of the cell. But within the Prisoner’s skin, he is still King, or even better, Jeffersonian Citizen of America. What a phoney, classic Politician is Governor Jerry Brown.

The only antidote to this horrendous violence we see in the world is a radical Libertarian Revolution in people’s political and philosophical thinking, first in the West, and then in some of the more repressive regimes that are nominally semi-Democratic but mostly Fascistic, like India and Malaysia, where there is little recourse against police brutality, and finally in the real outhouse regimes, like Kazakhstan, Zimbabwe, Syria and North Korea. China will undergo an internal Libertarian Revolution eventually, perhaps after they have been allowed to read the blogs of Silverwolf; after all, it is the home of Taoism, that Radically-Libertarian Religion or Philosophy.

Only such a Libertarian Revolution in consciousness and economic thinking, and a bringing to justice of all the perpetrators of anti-Libertarian Human Rights Crimes around the Globe, from the highest officials, politicians, and war criminals, to the lowest cop and prison guard, will rectify the mess on our Planet. We must put the planet in order by legitimizing the Anarchy of Freedom for the Individual, Liberty, but Liberty only up to the point where it begins to aggress against another Individual, should be the Universal Doctrine of all Mankind.

Currently, we have true Anarchy without any Individual Rights in this world, the world created by the Politicians and Governments. Let’s jail the Criminals and vote the Bums out!

Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

Is it Constitutional in America to Discriminate in a Business? An Internal Debate

August 5, 2013

Silverwolf cleared the decks of his internal Parliament, and presented to the tabula rasa MP’s the following question: Should it be legal and is it constitutional to discriminate, on whatever basis one wishes, in one’s business in America? For example, should it be legal for an American Citizen, of Turkish cultural background and ethnicity, to refuse to sell to American-Armenians, or not let them in his store, which is open otherwise to the general public?

Obviously, this was one of the key questions and objections in the Civil Rights Act of 1963, Few doubted that picketing in protest outside of a business was a legitimate exercise of Free Speech Rights as long as the thoroughfare was kept open to the flow of pedestrians, but was it legal to enter the premises and then sit-in, in effect crippling the owners ability to do business?

This was the question that tormented Silverwolf through the long, stormy, frigid nights of the winter of ’11. Tossing and turning in his wolf’s lair, Silverwolf debated with himself this key issue which is so weighty for American jurisprudence and political theory.

First off, if I can discriminate in whom I let into my private residence, why should I not be able to discriminate in whom I let into my business premises? The meateater, the Nazi, the hunter, the fisherman, the vivisectionist, and the Stalinist all pay taxes, but if I choose not to let them into my private residence or property, nobody cries foul or racial discrimination. So why should it be different for a business?

I put this question to the late Blue Dog, a bluedog Democrat. His snap answer was that businesses were there to serve the public.

Silverwolf chewed this over, but it seemed a little idealistic to him after a few hours mulling. Come on, businesses ain’t there to serve the public; they’re there to make a profit for the owners and stockowners, and they wouldn’t start it if they didn’t think they would materially gain from it (unless they were a Good Samaritan starting the business solely to serve the public, with no interest in any profits over and above those necessary for a rude self-maintenance — not your typical business owner in America). The businessmen’s interest in profit, to further their personal pleasures, was no different than my interest in my own personal pleasure in keeping the meateater, the hunter, and the Nazi out of my desmesne, even though the meateater, hunter and Nazi might all pay taxes that pay for police and fire protection that benefits me and my property, and from which they are excluded. If it’s fair for me to exclude them from my Residential Property, why is it unfair, and even immoral, for them to deny me access to their business property, simply because I’m a wolf?

This really puzzled Silverwolf, and he recalled that Senator Barry Goldwater had objected to the Civil Rights Act precisely on this point of business owners being able to have property rights over their business premises.

Then Silverwolf argued with himself against this business discrimination with the following argument: the business district in town in limited to a certain area; if businesses were allowed to discriminate, it would be possible for a block of racist business owners to effectively exclude everyone in an area from vital necessities and services which would, de facto, force them to leave the area. For example, if all the hardware stores and food stores in the business district of a rural town were owned almost exclusively by a group of White racists, they could in effect make it impossible for all the Black people in an area to obtain the food and building materials they would need to survive in that area, and no new Black entrepreneurs could come into the market because the White racists held a virtual monopoly on all the available business licences and rentals.

Now this problem bifurcates into two problems for the Libertarian, for his reply might be that zoning laws are anti-Capitalist restrictions on Free-Market activity, and in a Libertarian society one could set up a business wherever one deemed fit. This would in effect end the monopoly on business licences that occurs when a business district is created, and business permits are required to conduct trade, that blatantly Communist restriction on Capitalism which has been so miserably tolerated for so long in America. This ending of business zoning would mean that would-be Black entrepreneurs could set up shop wherever they willed, and the racist monopoly over business licences and premises would be smashed.

But here we come to another problem in the road. So far, we have only discussed discrimination in those businesses which front onto public thoroughfares, and let’s assume for the moment that such discrimination is illegal exactly because these businesses, due to their location, can be called public businesses which have a moral duty under some undefined natural law to serve all customers, regardless of race, religion or creed. But what if we postulate a business that does not front onto a public thoroughfare, a business which was contained completely within the property of a private landowner? Should the owner of such a business be free to discriminate on the basis of race or religion?

For example, say a Korean Supremacist opens a business on a 40 acre parcel of land he is fortunate enough to own in the midst of a major downtown metropolis. The parcel is divided into two 20 acre parcels. He operates a public business that faces onto the public street in which he does not discriminate, located on the front 20 acres, But on the back 20 acres, which at no point border public property, he creates a 5 acre business zone, enclosed entirely by the private 20 acres, to which he will only permit admittance to those he regards as racially pure Koreans, who share his Korean-Supremacist views. No Whites or non-Koreans or “Whitey-lover” Koreans are allowed in this complex of stores, and the stores only accept Korean Won in payment. Is such a store illegal under the 1963 Civil Rights Act?

At this point, a great Rothbardian White Light seemed to blind Silverwolf, although he had his eyes closed to give his eyelid muscles their usual afternoon nap. He suddenly saw the solution to his dilemma, but it proved not to be final.

The solution was actually very simple. What does it say on the money? A Federal Reserve note, legal tender for all debts, public and private. It was herein that the solution lay.

If a Federal Reserve Note is legal tender and a store owner on a public street (or in a public announcement like a newspaper ad) advertises something for sale in his storefront window, then the asking price of that good or service becomes a private debt publicly advertised, and any person with the requisite amount of federal reserve notes should be able to satisfy that private debt and obtain the good or service touted. In other words, offering something for sale in terms of Federal Reserve Notes requires that you accept those notes from anyone who offers them if the private debt was publicly advertised. Not to do so would violate the contractual conditions printed on the money.

So the real reason why it is illegal to discriminate on business properties but not on private residence properties is because the Federal Reserve Note is legal tender for all debts, public and private, and anyone in America who has these notes has a right to exchange them for any publicly advertised private debt.

However, what would happen if we had precious metal coinage, as is stipulated by the U.S. Constitution? Since this coinage would not be a Federal Reserve Note, (and the Federal Reserve itself would hopefully not exist at that point) then it seems to us that the argument we made above, for non-discrimination when it comes to the use of Federal Reserve Notes, might no longer be valid. And the same problem might arise if the store only displayed its prices in foreign currency or currencies, since these are not legal tender for all debts public and private in America.

So under current law, could business owners legally discriminate against customers if they only accepted gold and silver (and copper?) coins or foreign currency as payment for their wares?

This question remains unanswered, and Silverwolf is still as Libertarianly-puzzled as before. As to what the truth of the matter is, and if there is an unshakeable political reason why discriminating in one’s business premises is immoral, it remains unclear to him.

Hoooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww—Silverwolf

Uncle Ben Franklin’s Lessons in Capitalism: The Best of Poor Richard’s Dictums

August 4, 2013

For one taking the first steps upon the long Capitalist road from penury to wealth, there are few more valuable guideposts of Reason than the observations and wisdom of “Uncle” Benjamin Franklin, who was the physical embodiment of the economic philosophy of America. In his Poor Richard’s wise sayings, we find the basic wisdom that guided the men of the 18th century in their economic thinking, and which undoubtedly reflected a general psychology that must have existed for centuries before Franklin wrote down these gems of wisdom. Some of them are not originally Franklin’s, but come to us from general sayings of the times, or from various specific cultures. But they all seem to reflect a basic wisdom and insight into universal human behaviour when it comes to economic matters, and we can easily recognize ourselves and our own past economic follies when we read them.

Silverwolf read these when he was a wage-slave, beginning the miserable process of accumulating Capital, a process in which the first hundred steps are the hardest, and which, the longer one works at it, becomes easier and easier. They provided inspiration and insight into the truths of Capitalism and general human economic psychology that were invaluable, not only in observing ones own economic behaviour, but also in observing the behaviour of others. Make a foolish mistake and learn from it, and one will be able to recognize that mistake in others.

Anyway, for what it is worth, Silverwolf gathered together all the dictums of Poor Richard, published by Franklin in the 1730s and 1740s, and selected those which he thought were the most relevent to the budding Capitalist in terms of economic behaviour, but also those that reflected wisely on the necessary psychological outlook of the would-be Free-Marketeer. And here they are:

Light purse, heavy heart.

When bread is wanting, all is to be sold.

Would you live with ease, do what you ought, and not what you please.

Hope of gain, lessens pain.

All things are easy to industry, difficult to sloth.

Necessity never made a good bargain.

Diligence is the mother of good luck.

Wealth is not his who has it, but his who enjoys it.

He that buys by the penny maintains not only himself, but other people.

The use of money is all the advantage in having money.

If you have time, don’t wait for time.

There are three faithful friends, an old wife, and old dog, and ready money.

At a great pennyworth, pause a while.

Industry need not wish.

If you’d be wealthy, think of saving more than getting.

Industry, perserverance, and frugality make fortune yield.

Sloth (like rust) consumes faster than labour wears; the used key is always bright.

Light gains, heavy purses.

He that resolves to mend hereafter, resolves not to mend now.

Want of care does us more damage than want of knowledge.

What maintains one vice would bring up two children.

Many have be ruined by buying good pennyworths.

Tis a well-spent penny that saves a groat.

Great estates may venture more; little boats must keep to shore.

Patience in market is worth pounds in the year.

Diligence overcomes difficulties; sloth makes them.

Sloth moves so slowly that Industry must run all day to catch up to it.

Get what you can, and what you get hold, Tis the stone that will turn all your lead into gold.

Diligence is the mother of good-luck.

Creditors have better memories than debtors.

If you desire many things, many things will seem but a few.

After crosses and losses, men grow humbler and wiser.

The creditors are a superstitious sect, great observers of set days and times.

Buy what thou hast no need of, and e’er long thou shall sell thy necessaries.

Lend money to an enemy and thou’lt gain him, to a friend, and thou’lt lose him.

Lying rides upon Debt’s back.

Well done, is twice done.

He that hath a trade, hath an estate.

He that speaks ill of the Mare, will buy her.

If you’d lose a troublesome visitor, lend him money.

He who multiplies Riches, multiplies Cares.

The second vice is lying; the first is running in debt.

Wise men learn by other’s harms; Fools by their own.

Drink does not drown care, but waters it, and makes it grow faster.

The busy man has few idle visitors; to the boiling pot the flies come not.

If you’d know the value of money, go and borrow some.

Beware of little Expenses, a small Leak will sink a great ship.

He who buys had need have 100 eyes, but one’s enough for him that sells the stuff.

When the Well’s dry, we know the Worth of Water.

The Borrower is a Slave to the Lender, the Security to both.

Spare and have is better than spend and crave.

The Art of getting Riches consists very much in THRIFT. All men are not equally qualified for getting Money, but it is in the Power of every one alike to practice this Virtue.

Well, there you have it. All the distilled wisdom you need to set the Capitalist world on fire with your activities in the Market. Just add in a reading of Professor Murray Rothbard’s “Man, State, and Economy”, along with its adjunct, “Power and Market”, and you’ve got all the basic true knowledge you need to be a Capitalist.

Hoooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf