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Libertarian critique of Libertarianism

This is a good read. It's a pretty fair critique of American (right-wing) libertarianism from a libertarian perspective. Libertarians tend to glorify the late 1800s as the golden age of laissez-faire, but the author rightly points out that the government actually did substantially intervene in the economic affairs of most people, to an extent that this era cannot even be regarded as an era of laissez-faire.

Contracts under capitalism

Contracts under capitalism don't represent real voluntary agreement. They are generally asymmetrically enforced wherein one party, usually a corporation, has a dominating role with power over the other party. For instance, rental agreements are hard to enforce on the landlord because tenants are generally poor and can't afford litigation, gym membership agreements favor the gym over the member, and internet/phone service on a fixed monthly basis don't automatically come with partial refunds for downtime when the provider fails to hold up their end of the deal.

Radical Frankenstein

So, here's some radical history for you....

Sensitive Little Snowflakes

Trump supporters are such sensative little snowflakes. They're boycotting Walmart because of the "impeach 45" shirts. "Oh, we're offended." Fuck you, you racist little pissants. Y'all are a bunch of homophobic and misogynistic assholes that pride yourselves on saying offensive things and then complain about people getting upset at you. And y'all are upset about restaurants denying service to Trump administration officials?! Fuck you, y'all assholes support the right of businesses to discriminate based on race and sexual orientation. Hypocrites!

Holding Kids Hostage

Donald Trump is literally holding kids hostage. He has basically admitted that they are keeping kids in cages in inhumane conditions in order to force Democrats and principled conservatives to support funding for the border wall. This asshole is literally keeping kids locked up without adult supervision (other kids who aren't even related have been having to change kids' diapers because adults aren't taking care of them)...and this fascist fuck has the audacity to say "well, we'll stop doing this to these kids when the opposition caves on the border wall."

Real Republicans

Conservative: "America is a Republic, not a Democracy."

Dude, shut the fuck up! You are a fucking idiot.

Republicanism is a philosophy of democratic government that specifically defines liberty in such a way that their very definition of freedom entails universal healthcare, elimination of poverty, abolition of wage-slavery, free college, et al. Bernie Sanders is basically the only real republican in American politics.

Kissinger's War Crimes

"Mistakes were quite possibly made by the administrations in which I served"
-- Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger received a Nobel Peace Prize for ending the war in Vietnam before the war had even ended. Meanwhile, as Secretary of State, he orchestrated mass murder and carried out the illegal bombing of Cambodia (a neutral country). The number of bombs dropped on Cambodia during the Vietnam War era exceeds the number dropped on Japan during the entirety of WWII.

Karl Popper's Critique of Marxism

Karl Popper's critique of Marxism is equally applicable as a critique of Austrian Economics, and Hayek failed to recognize that.

Something good about Facebook

First off, the bad grammar in the following is intentional, because screw grammar/spelling authoritarians! Language is the only real direct democracy dammit, so don't let the fascist English teachers take that away from you with their arbitrary rules!

Facebook says today is a "friendversary," marking the day that me and Mitchell became friends on Facebook. Normally, I ignore Facebook when it spams me with such things, but I couldn't help but notice the huge impact that Mitchell has had on my life.

Land Value Tax and Basic Income Already Exist

People often object to land value tax because they think it will increase their taxes. However, for most working class folks, your taxes would actually go down. In reality, you probably already pay land value tax. Most of us pay a land value tax to a landlord in the form of rent or to a bank in the form of mortgage payments. This "tax" in the form of rent allows landlords and capitalists (mortgage holders) to survive and thrive without having to actually work for a living like the rest of us.

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