Molyneux

The truth will set you free.

En route, it will break your heart.

C’est la vie.

41 responses to “Molyneux

  1. Jim Klein

    “En route, it will break your heart.”

    Easy resolution. Get to Point B now, so then you can move forward to C, D, E… And make those WINS too. Let the other guy worry about his own damn heart. The rational man’s is already hardened.

    • Of course, ALL rational men agree with you…..

      At risk of giving you the opportunity to spout… just how are points b, c, d, etc. supposed to be “won?”

      No, not “what would inning look like,” “end result/ideal” according to Klein…
      And, NO, not The Grand Formula of “nothing but individuals” contractual relationship orthodoxy according to Klein…………………..

      But fucking how?

      Everyone’s not going to suddenly wake up and get along down the Golden Road of “Egoism,” Jim, especially in opposition to the ideologies and apparatus(s) we face.

      Just repeating, ad nauseum, that “there’s nothing but individuals out there” and some formulation of “zip/zap/nap/mutual contractual benefit” does limp shit to get us there… oh, yeah, there is no “us.” There’s only “you.”

      Whoopee.

      In which case, if you’re right, “we” are fucked, because that is not how “we” humans are constructed.

      If you are right, why hasn’t your ‘beautiful vision’ of human behavior been enacted and realized long since?

      5000 years?

      10,000?

      Caves to skyscrapers?

      Bone clubs to nuclear bombs?

      Cuneiform to computers?

      Why, if it’s so obvious even you can grok it, hasn’t the majority of the human race tumbled? (But you’re so special… hardly a case for the universality of concept.)

      Could it be? Could it even be remotely possible, that human nature is plainly incompatible with your neat little construct? That “we” are simply incapable (and perhaps rightly so, by nature) of acting in accordance with your simplistic formula?

      These questions are to be considered by the commentariat… I am certain I’ve read your responses a hundred times, and that they will replicate, obfuscate, deflect and ad hominem as usual.

      • Anonymous

        oughtsix, I agree the libertarians don’t have the recipe right yet, otherwise none of them would be paying taxes. But, you imply the recipe is way, way off, and I don’t think you can support that. In 1910 the argument might be, man will never walk on the moon, because it never happened in the past. That’s the kind of argument I think you’re making. But by 1950, you would look around at the rockets being designed and consider maybe it’s not impossible, just difficult. Same for liberty. Invent a new bitcoin type thing with a mint mark so coins can be advertised as redeemable by mints for valuable stuff. Get the 1% of libertarians to switch to new-bitcoin, and stop paying taxes. Other taxpayers will follow, because nobody wants to be a chump. Tax collection collapses, unpaid government workers find other jobs. Done. The state and federal bankruptcies are about to be revealed anyway even as we sit here and talk.

  2. a follower

    “En route, it will break your heart.”

  3. Tricked on the 4th of July:
    https://www.garynorth.com/public/16833.cfm

    I do not celebrate the fourth of July. This goes back to a term paper I wrote in graduate school. It was on colonial taxation in the British North American colonies in 1775. Not counting local taxation, I discovered that the total burden of British imperial taxation was about 1% of national income. It may have been as high as 2.5% in the southern colonies.

    In 2008, Alvin Rabushka’s book of almost 1,000 pages appeared: Taxation in Colonial America (Princeton University Press). In a review published in the Business History Review, the reviewer summarizes the book’s findings.

    Rabushka’s most original and impressive contribution is his measurement of tax rates and tax burdens. However, his estimate of comparative trans-Atlantic tax burdens may be a bit of moving target. At one point, he concludes that, in the period from 1764 to 1775, “the nearly two million white colonists in America paid on the order of about 1 percent of the annual taxes levied on the roughly 8.5 million residents of Britain, or one twenty-fifth, in per capita terms, not taking into account the higher average income and consumption in the colonies” (p. 729). Later, he writes that, on the eve of the Revolution, “British tax burdens were ten or more times heavier than those in the colonies” (p. 867). Other scholars may want to refine his estimates, based on other archival sources, different treatment of technical issues such as the adjustment of intercolonial and trans-Atlantic comparisons for exchange rates, or new estimates of comparative income and wealth. Nonetheless, no one is likely to challenge his most important finding: the huge tax gap between the American periphery and the core of the British Empire.

    The colonists had a sweet deal in 1775. Great Britain was the second freest nation on earth. Switzerland was probably the most free nation, but I would be hard-pressed to identify any other nation in 1775 that was ahead of Great Britain. And in Great Britain’s Empire, the colonists were by far the freest.

    I will say it, loud and clear: the freest society on earth in 1775 was British North America, with the exception of the slave system. Anyone who was not a slave had incomparable freedom.

    Jefferson wrote these words in the Declaration of Independence:

    The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.

    I can think of no more misleading political assessment uttered by any leader in the history of the United States. No words having such great impact historically in this nation were less true. No political bogeymen invoked by any political sect as “the liar of the century” ever said anything as verifiably false as these words.

    The Continental Congress declared independence on July 2, 1776. Some members signed the Declaration on July 4. The public in general believed the leaders at the Continental Congress. They did not understand what they were about to give up. They could not see what price in blood and treasure and debt they would soon pay. And they did not foresee the tax burden in the new nation after 1783.

    In an article on taxation in that era, Rabushka gets to the point.

    Historians have written that taxes in the new American nation rose and remained considerably higher, perhaps three times higher, than they were under British rule. More money was required for national defense than previously needed to defend the frontier from Indians and the French, and the new nation faced other expenses.

    So, as a result of the American Revolution, the tax burden tripled.

    The debt burden soared as soon as the Revolution began. Monetary inflation wiped out the currency system. Price controls in 1777 produced the debacle of Valley Forge. Percy Greaves, a disciple of Ludwig von Mises and for 17 years an attendee at his seminar, wrote this in 1972.

    Our Continental Congress first authorized the printing of Continental notes in 1775. The Congress was warned against printing more and more of them. In a 1776 pamphlet, Pelatiah Webster, America’s first economist, told his fellow men that Continental currency might soon become worthless unless something was done to curb the further printing and issuance of this paper money.

    The people and the Congress refused to listen to his wise advice. With more and more paper money in circulation, consumers kept bidding up prices. Pork rose from 4¢ to 8¢ a pound. Beef soared from about 4¢ to 100 a pound. As one historian tells us, “By November, 1777, commodity prices were 480% above the prewar average.”

    The situation became so bad in Pennsylvania that the people and legislature of this state decided to try “a period of price control, limited to domestic commodities essential for the use of the army.” It was thought that this would reduce the cost of feeding and supplying our Continental Army. It was expected to reduce the burden of war.

    The prices of uncontrolled, imported goods then went sky high, and it was almost impossible to buy any of the domestic commodities needed for the Army. The controls were quite arbitrary. Many farmers refused to sell their goods at the prescribed prices. Few would take the paper Continentals. Some, with large families to feed and clothe, sold their farm products stealthily to the British in return for gold. For it was only with gold that they could buy the necessities of life which they could not produce for themselves.

    On December 5, 1777, the Army’s Quartermaster-General, refusing to pay more than the government-set prices, issued a statement from his Reading, Pennsylvania headquarters saying, “If the farmers do not like the prices allowed them for this produce let them choose men of more learning and understanding the next election.”

    This was the winter of Valley Forge, the very nadir of American history. On December 23, 1777, George Washington wrote to the President of the Congress, “that, notwithstanding it is a standing order, and often repeated, that the troops shall always have two days’ provisions by them, that they might be ready at any sudden call; yet an opportunity has scarcely ever offered, of taking an advantage of the enemy, that has not been either totally obstructed, or greatly impeded, on this account…. we have no less than two thousand eight hundred and ninety-eight men now in camp unfit for duty, because they are barefoot and otherwise naked…. I am now convinced beyond a doubt, that, unless some great and capital change suddenly takes place, this army must inevitably be reduced to one or other of these three things: starve, dissolve, or disperse in order to obtain subsistence in the best manner they can.”

    Only after the price control law was repealed in 1778 could the army buy food again. But the hyperinflation of the continentals and state-issued currencies replaced the pre-Revolution system of silver currency: Spanish pieces of eight.

    The proponents of independence invoked British tyranny in North America. There was no British tyranny, and surely not in North America.

    In 1872, Frederick Engels wrote an article, “On Authority.” He criticized anarchists, whom he called anti-authoritarians. His description of the authoritarian character of all armed revolutions should remind us of the costs of revolution.

    A revolution is certainly the most authoritarian thing there is; it is the act whereby one part of the population imposes its will upon the other part by means of rifles, bayonets and cannon — authoritarian means, if such there be at all; and if the victorious party does not want to have fought in vain, it must maintain this rule by means of the terror which its arms inspire in the reactionists.

    After the American Revolution, 46,000 American loyalists fled to Canada. They were not willing to swear allegiance to the new colonial governments. They retained their loyalty to the nation that had delivered to them the greatest liberty on earth. They had not committed treason.

    The revolutionaries are not remembered as treasonous. John Harrington told us why sometime around 1600. “Treason doth never prosper: what’s the reason? Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.”

    The victors write the history books.

    What would libertarians — even conservatives — give today in order to return to an era in which the central government extracted 1% of the nation’s wealth? Where there was no income tax?

    Would they describe such a society as tyrannical?

    That the largest signature on the Declaration of Independence was signed by the richest smuggler in North America was no coincidence. He was hopping mad. Parliament in 1773 had cut the tax on tea imported by the British East India Company, so the cost of British tea went lower than the smugglers’ cost on non-British tea. This had cost Hancock a pretty penny. The Tea Party had stopped the unloading of the tea by throwing privately owned tea off a privately owned ship — a ship in competition with Hancock’s ships. The Boston Tea Party was, in fact, a well-organized protest against lower prices stemming from lower taxes.

    So, once again, I shall not celebrate the fourth of July.

    • DWEEZIL THE WEASEL

      You forgot the part about the forced quartering of soldiers and the Writs of Assistance, which empowered the Crown’s minions to walk into any dwelling or business and tear the place apart, looking for things that had not been taxed. I think term back then was: NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION. I believe John Locke had something to say about that and he was quoted by the late Mike V in ABSOLVED.
      I refuse to celebrate the 4th for reasons stemming from the confiscation of my wealth by Bush, Cheney, and Paulson with the TARP scam in 2008. And, I also have issues with The Patriot Act and NDAA. But, I will not look at what happened in 1776 with 2017 lenses. George III was a psychotic despot.
      England was another Imperialist power which could not stand to have any group, nation, or culture disagree with them. Might made right, as far as the Brit Jingoists were concerned. They could not stand the fact that the Colonists did what they did and so we had the War of 1812. They then went on to bigger and better things involving Hindus, Muzzies, and Boers. And after they went broke, the baton was passed to Amerika, which eagerly picked it up. Sad.

      • As the saying goes:
        “The more there is of THAT, the less it is worth”

        Important to concentrate of those which are worth
        more the more there are 🙂

      • Northgunner

        That is true as far,as it goes regarding the War of 1812. The part of history that’s critical regarding it is that it was,a war over HEMP (Cannabis).

        The Hemp War of 1812
        http://www.electricemperor.com/eecdrom/TEXT/TXTCH11.HTM

        Yours in Daily Armed Liberty via anarchy!
        Northgunner III

    • Your last paragraph sums it up nicely. If you take the walking tour of Boston, you’ll be told, in effect, that the signers were a robust group of smugglers and reprobates in it for the money.

      For more fun, point out Washington’s crushing of the Whiskey Rebellion coincided with the time he was the country’s largest distiller.

    • Nice little piece of disinformation.

    • Northgunner

      “Great Britain was the second freest nation on earth.”

      Yeah right,…

      Tell that to the Scottish, the Irish and anyone else that the British parasite class were living off of and putting the boot to via their ‘lobster backs’..like the Boer!

      The Brutish Empire was the nazi’s of the western hemisphere..their troos and navy WERE the gestapo..they WERE the ss!

      Enough fawning and bootlicking to the parasite class already!!

      They ALL need to be killed!!

      Yours in Daily Armed Liberty via anarchy!
      Northgunner III

  4. the truth will set you free, and it’s gonna hurt! I got over my hurt in 2009

  5. What pisses me off, shit stains who have blogs and talk shit daily. You gonna lead then lead from the fucking front, get it done.

    I swear to god Pete, are guys like this beneficial, there spin doctors, great at pointing the problem out, not worth a fuck on the operational side.

    I’m frustrated, I’m a retired cop, I have seen the sins of my career field, I’ve been their and did NOTHING, I’m red white and blue to the core, yet I can’t find anybody, ANYBODY, worth a fuck to align with.

    I don’t trust anymore, to many fucking snitches out their.

    Was at the local Independence Day parade today. All I fucking heard all morning was happy 4th, from everybody. When my response was no happy Independence Day, people looked at me like I had a fucking dick growing out of my forehead.

    When I asked if they understood the meaning of this day, you would have thought I shot the pope. My conservative community, my friends, my associates actually had to think about this glorious day, its significance, and how it was achieved.

    When and how did Independence Day turn into happy 4th of July, loosing the significance the meaning and the honor it once represented. How did “We The People” allow big business to pimp this special day into just a fucking BBQ, and a case of PBR beer?. Disgraceful.

    Sorry, it’s hot, and I still care !

    Dirk

    • Abide.

      Things are changing.

      Abide.

      You are not alone.

    • ‘I’m red white and blue to the core, yet I can’t find anybody, ANYBODY, worth a fuck to align with.’ <———THAT!!

      • And THAT! ^^^^

        That Flag every cynical piss blooded sumbitch (tFaggot I’m looking at you) is OUR flag, the flag of those who believe in the ideals of the founding, who believe in Liberty, responsibility, individuality, property…

        That the Flag has been appropriated and bastardized by the same assholes who seek to destroy and/or enslave us is of the same order as every other damned thing they have done to defame and deconstruct OUR culture.

        It’s OUR flag, OUR ideals, OUR nation and OUR language/borders/culture.

        We take it all back, or we are dead men.

        Men do not rally to, or offer their “lives, fortunes and sacred honor” for nitpicking, philosophical beta testing litmus tests… NO enemies to the right!

        They do so for common interest and their very right to exist!

        Such need symbols and, for the normies, that most compelling symbol might well be “that detestable rag” so many here use to SYMBOLIZE there fear and loathing.

        Common Ground!

        Find it!

        • fuck you old man.
          and fuck that piss soaked shit stained rag you call a flag.

          YOU are my enemy.

          http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-04/how-make-people-respect-flag

        • as a matter of fact.

          anyone who flies or displays that cloth of corruption is the ENEMY.

          go ahead and wrap yourself in your death shroud.

          LOSER.

        • “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

          We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government…”

          what don’t you understand?

          you must be st00pit…

          • Know what comes after the carrot, moron?

            The stick. Come get some, shit for brains.

            • tell me what’s it like to be obsolete?

              a brainwashed tool for tyranny.
              a sheep to be fleeced.
              a useless idiot to be manipulated.

              it’s like this old man…

              your grandchildren will be slaves.
              either for sex, or for labor.

              nothing else.

              ponder that while you wrap yourself in your precious rag.

  6. Definitely worth the watch – one of Molyneaux’s better videos.

  7. Notice the 3D marking on new Glock barrels where the pentagram used to be?

    Orwell is here.

    https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2016/07/nist-3d-ballistics-research-database-goes-live

    • No.

      Orwell had his time.

      This is ours.

      He isa good bellweather and canary. Blesshis heart. He did well.

      Let us now do our part. We have work to do.

    • What you guys don’t get is that this guy took four hours to produce an hour of video worth to describe his predicament in an appeal to our brethren.

      As fellows.

      Hear that.

  8. hummus abedin

    Yawn……
    Blah, blah, blah.……
    Yawn……
    Blah, blah, blah.……
    Yawn……
    Blah, blah, blah.……

  9. Jim Klein

    “But fucking how?”

    That’s why you need to set back, accept that you’re looking at life in the rear view mirror, enjoy what days you have left as best you can, and understand that there are men alive who can not only figure that out, but actually do it.

    Yes, you could have been one of them and that’ll probably haunt you for the rest of your life. But YOU chose to abandon your mind and YOU chose to do what you do here, and so YOU suffer the consequences. Go read what I wrote at the top and see how you reacted. Then live with it.

    It’s not that tough to figure out “fucking how” when you’re dealing with thugs. “Either this shit gets stopped or it doesn’t.” You’re off in the weeds with your fantasies and you’ve turned yourself into a madman basically, a nutcase who thinks everyone’s gonna one day wake up and buy into every bullshit fairy tale that you ever swallowed. And then kill everyone who doesn’t. Stop baring yourself like this in public; it’s embarrassing already.

    And stop being so busy analyzing the “human race.” Clearly you have enough challenges just figuring out your one instance of it. See if you can take care of that first, then maybe you can join the adults.

    But at least there’s still me rooting for you—I hope you figure out a way to enjoy yourself anyway. Tall challenge, that one.

    • Thanks for the fine example of this:

      “These questions are to be considered by the commentariat… I am certain I’ve read your responses a hundred times, and that they will replicate, obfuscate, deflect and ad hominem as usual.”

      As predicted. Oh, and thanks as well for the good wishes for my hoped for awakening and enjoyment of what’s left of my pathetic life.

      What a pompous ass. You know exactly zero about me, my life, my capacity for understanding or enjoyment, what I’ve accomplished, or any other aspect.