Several libertarian scholars (such as The Cato Institute’s James Dorn) have made the case that Taoism is a philosophy supportive of libertarian values. Having read the Tao Te Ching a few times, I have to agree. For example –
“Colors blind the eye. Sounds deafen the ear. Flavors numb the taste. Thoughts weaken the mind. Desires wither the heart.”
Hmmm. Well, maybe something got lost in translation, or perhaps this passage doesn’t make sense when taken out of context. But there are portions where the connection is decidedly clearer –
“The more prohibitions you have, the less virtuous people will be. The more weapons you have, the less secure people will be. The more subsidies you have, the less self-reliant people will be.”
In all honesty, the Tao Te Ching has far more passages like the first example than the second. But the unmistakeable message of the second example suggest that there may be truth and wisdom to be gathered from the more obscure portions. If you are interested in studying The Way, you can begin your journey here.
“A Virginia man who wrote an abbreviated version of the Fourth Amendment on his body and stripped to his shorts at an airport security screening area won a trial Friday in his lawsuit seeking $250,000 in damages for being detained on a disorderly conduct charge.
Aaron Tobey claimed in a civil rights lawsuit that in 2010 he was handcuffed and held for about 90 minutes by the Transportation Security Administration at the Richmond International Airport after he began removing his clothing to display on his chest a magic-marker protest of airport security measures.”
The dissenting judge criticizes Tobey for creating a distraction that could potentially have provided a diversion for “nefarious actors”. But the majority judges saw what is obvious – the distraction wasn’t caused by the honest citizen exercising his rights, but rather, by the heavy-handed government agency violating them. Chalk one up for the little guys.
As I mentioned, a few members of the LBC got their Possession and Acquisition Licences last year. Next step? Acquiring and possessing a firearm! No doubt, this can be an expensive task, but it doesn’t have to be. The firearms market is very competitive, which means even cheap guns can provide good value. For example –
Set aside a little money each paycheque, and soon you will be able to build up a collection that will allow you to become adept with the various styles of firearms. And because guns tend to hold their value, you will be in good position to trade up over time.
It’s been fashionable in the last little while to have a laugh at the expense of preppers, but Hurricane Sandy has put a lot of that to rest. Naturally, all human beings are concerned with uncertainty, and prepare for disaster by purchasing insurance, wearing seatbelts, and other such minor activities. Libertarians, however, being both particularly distrustful of the state, and particularly contemptuous of the states ability in protecting and aiding the populace, are likely to have a higher proclivity towards preparing for self-rescue. As for myself, I have my guns and a growing supply of ammo, along with some water and some gas-fired cooking appliances. In time, I will get a generator, and I should probably lay by some food. I also try to keep a good stock of firewood in case I lose my heating system. To that end, my son found someone who had some rounds from a tree that had recently come down, and he trucked them home. There was so much that we decided to rent a splitter for the first time, and boy, was that fun to use. For about $65 we got 9 horse-powers of practically-unstoppable-4-ton-wood-splitting mayhem! Days of exhausting wood splitting with axe, wedge, and sledge were reduced to hours of vigorous, pleasant, outdoor activity. Inspired and impressed by the human ingenuity that permitted the development of such an impressive device, I went to YouTube to see what a search of wood splitters would net me. Behold!
For some time now, I have been posting Libertarian Book Club ads in UsedEverywhere.com all across Canada. Recently, I received a response from a woman in Sault Ste. Marie, asking when and where we meet. After explaining that there was no club in her area, I asked if she was interested in helping to grow one. She said yes! Since then, she has placed ads in Craigslist, Kijiji, and a couple other sites. I am confident that, given time, this fledgling group will grow and flourish. If you live in the area, or know someone who does, please help out and promote the group. Who knows… perhaps one day the Libertarian Book Club will be the pre-eminent libertarian organization in Canada!
“What difference does that make? You can’t arrest me because I want you to… I have to break the law. And I’m not breaking the law.”
Time and again I’ve seen videos with bad cops asking “Do you want to get arrested?” when trying to drive off witnesses (especially those with cameras) who are breaking no laws (Here’s an example, that refuses to embed – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FymfGq_3Adg). Consider standing up for your rights.
Firearms are federally-regulated in Canada, and we already have the sorts of restrictions on high-capacity magazines that many in the U.S. seek: handguns are limited to ten rounds, and most semi-auto centre-fire rifles are limited to five. Proponents of such restrictions offer arguments like “No one needs a high-capacity magazine” and “It doesn’t take 7 rounds to kill a deer”. Now, it’s my view that no one’s rights should be subject to violation based on a cost/benefit analysis. However, since the utilitarian argument in favour of high-cap magazines is particularly strong, I don’t mind making it.
When a mass murderer acts, he is almost always attacking the unarmed and the defenceless. The victims are frightened, and attempting to hide or flee. Being defenceless, they offer little threat to the attacker, who can well-afford the 1-3 seconds it takes to eject one low-cap magazine and then insert another.The number of lives saved by criminalizing high-cap mags is likely to be zero.
On the other hand, someone who is using a firearm in self-defense will usually be facing someone else who is armed, or perhaps multiple aggressors. For the target, any interval during which he is unable to fire may cost him the upper hand, and could prove fatal.
The fact is, in most situations banning high-capacity magazines offers no impediment to bad guys, while disadvantaging the good guys a great deal. Banning them is a mistake for Canada, and it would be a mistake for the U.S., too.
I have suffered from cold sores my whole life, and I usually get a blister on my mouth just as I’m recovering from a cold. On the advice of a co-worker, I started taking lysine whenever I have a cold (1000 mg thrice daily) until the risk has passed. I’ve had 3 – 4 colds since, but no more cold sores.
If you are trying to follow a primal/paleo regimen (as I am) you might be interested in knowing that brussels sprouts are delicious when you cut them in half and fry them in lots of bacon grease/butter/duck fat/whatever. Cook them to the texture you like best, season with salt and pepper, and enjoy. I’m not a sprouts lover, but this boosts the nutty flavour while reducing any bitterness, and I gobble them up.
My beverage of choice is diet pop (Coke Zero), and I drink what has to be an unhealthy amount of it. I don’t much care for coffee or hot tea, and I find most iced teas bitter and unpleasant. Happily, I have recently discovered cold-brewing, which makes iced tea that’s more to my taste. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons loose tea to 2 litres of water, and leave in the refrigerator overnight. I like liquorice flavours, so I also toss in 1 tablespoon of anise seed before refrigerating. Strain out the liquid and enjoy.