James Street And the US unlawfully tried to resupply its forces that were on sovereign Southern soil. The Second War for Independence was a defensive war: Lincoln invaded the South. Do not forget that.
James Street I consider "stop participating" to be a constructive suggestion. It leads to individual fulfillment, since one no longer sees himself as subject to the power of others. Certainly, as the world currently operates, one will always be affected by those around him, but liberty is an ideology and a state of mind, not just an external condition. Be free in your mind, spread the ideas of liberty, and wait for a time when the system collapses and then the time to implement individualism and voluntarism will come. Until then, endure.
James Street I never signed a "social contract." A contract isn't binding if it isn't signed. And, if it's forced, then it's even less enforceable, since that means it was based on coercion, which would get thrown out in any court of law. And it's hilarious that you think we wouldn't have schools or those other things without theft of my personal property. I never once used the public school system, and neither will any of my children, yet I consistently test ahead of my peers on standardized tests. Why should I be subject to coercive theft based on an accident of where I was born?
James Street Um, no. I do not deserve to have more stolen from me simply because I make more than you do (which I probably don't). Why does a wealthy person "owe" more to those around him than a poor person? In reality, the poorer a person is, the more of a drain on society he tends to be. If anyone "owes" "society" anything, it's those that have received public funds, not those that invest, build, and create.
James Street Or, how about "Why do I have to pay taxes at all, regardless of my chosen lifestyle or marital status?" Asking questions is good, but you have to ask the right questions in order to get anywhere.
James Street Alison, you've amazed me. I don't think I've ever seen so many logical fallacies crammed into two short posts in that manner. You should be commended for breaching all limits of incredulity.
James Street Secession and nullification on a State, local, and individual basis are what is needed to end the federal leviathan's hegemony. This is a symbolic step, but it's a valuable one toward informing people of the rights each individual possesses naturally.
James Street We export a lot of energy to the rest of the Southwest. We also control almost half of the US border with Mexico. If Texas seceded, New Mexico and Arizona would likely petition to join, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Louisiana consider it either. That combined would make probably the 10th largest economy in the world, and would significantly challenge the supremacy of the US in North America. It sounds exciting!
James Street Darryl, again, we could talk about the Kingdoms, or all sorts of other things, but if you reject the authority of the Scriptures, and ignore the fallen, sinful nature of mankind, then you're not going to be able to understand the doctrines of the Bible, because you are a natural man, and the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit, for they are foolishness unto you. That's why you've spent 35 years studying a Book you don't believe, and that's why you still don't understand it. You need to meet the Saviour, Jesus Christ, the Creator of all things, the Messiah, the King of kings and LORD of lords. Until then, you'll never be free of your sinful nature, and you'll never be able to understand the hidden things of God.
James Street Darryl, Jesus spoke of Hell more than any other single topic while He was on earth. Don't whine about "divine sadism" when it's your sin that caused Jesus to have to be born in the first place. Again, you can reject God, but you will stand before Him one day. He paid for your sin, to redeem your fallen nature, but you have to consciously accept that.
James Street Robert, you are arguing with someone who is incapable of understanding the things of God, as they are foolishness to him, being that he does not have spiritual understanding. Darryl, you may choose to reject what the Bible says about Jesus Christ, but that does not change the reality of Him any more than standing in the middle of the interstate and refusing to believe in Peterbilt trucks will keep you from becoming roadkill. One day, all of humanity will stand before God. The choice is yours: will you stand before Him as your Saviour, or as your Judge? The Judge part won't end well, trust me.
James Street So said the Romans, the Chinese, the Byzantines, the Zimbabweans, the Albanians, the Germans, the Argentineans, the Grecians... Every empire falls when it debases its currency, spends more than it takes in, and goes into debt. The only surprising thing is that the American Empire has lasted this long.
James Street Mark, I'm genuinely interested in her answer as to why she voted the way she did. I'm not blaming her; my question is purely for my own information. I think questions are key to learning.
James Street There's nothing that can be done now. Neither raising taxes will help, nor will enough cuts be made to matter, and only the most foolish optimist could imagine that both would happen simultaneously as needed to avoid the inevitable. The only options are default or hyperinflation: If the FED stays private, the US government will be forced to default, If Congress nationalizes the FED, they will inflate. The FED board has a long-term view, while Congress has a 2-6 year view (i.e. the next election cycle). Hyperinflation usually lasts a maximum of 3 years, so that would get the House past the next election cycle. Those are the two choices that the government has; the choices faced by the American people are as follows: Mexico, Singapore, Ireland, Honduras, Chile, or Myanmar (great place to invest). Also, one must consider whether he will store his wealth in a stable foreign currency (yuan/pound sterling), or hard money like gold and silver.
James Street Jonah, government is the very definition of coercion. Government takes, by threat of violence, part of my property, against my will, which in any other circumstance would be called theft. Theft by majority vote is no less immoral than theft by an individual. In fact, I can more easily deal with theft by an individual then I can theft by thugs with badges and guns. I can shoot the thief; the gun-toting, badge-wearing government killers will murder me if I try to defend myself against them. Coercion is immoral; thus, setting up a cabal of elites to "regulate" coercion is immoral.
James Street Andorra has a five-man army, composed completely of volunteers. They haven't had an armed conflict in 700 years. Don't tell me that you have to have a strong military to keep from being attacked. Japan had no desire to attack the US, and only did so when FDR forced them into it, and they very clearly had no intention of ever invading the mainland; as they said, there would be a gun behind every blade of grass. Armed citizens is the best defense; non-intervention is the best foreign policy.
James Street J, Ron Paul may as well have supported Obama as Romney. If he had done that, he would have destroyed every shred of faith that his supporters have for him. A man of principle like Ron Paul simply could not support Romney.
James Street That would be nice, if the multi-national banksters didn't control the system from top to bottom. The reality is that elective politics in this country is a waste of time, and is really just kept around by the elites as a distraction for the populace, as they lay waste to our monetary system and prepare for a global governance.