5 Thoughts on Election Results

5 thoughts on the election results.

1. If there was a year the Libertarian and Green parties should have been able to get double digit vote shares, it was this one, yet Gary Johnson got only 3.2% of the popular vote with a total of 3,718,178, and Dr. Jill Stein got less than 1% with a total of 1,097,981 votes. Sure, the entire system is rigged against them and that is clearly a factor, but the inability of the minor parties to do better is a testament to how terrible Johnson and Stein were as candidate choices.

2. Johnson broke the 5% barrier in Alaska, Maine, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wyoming, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Libertarians will have future success there. Many of those votes may very well have been nothing more than protest votes.

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The idea that “we” are the government is the great lie of american history.

It was not true 200 years ago and it is not true today.

Sure, they point to elections and say that we have the power, but the whole thing is rigged to ensure that we are left to choose between two sociopaths from the ruling elite whose differences are superficial at best. The voting population is led to choose between the lesser of two evils. 

The result? Evil.

Then they look down upon us from the inaugural podium, proclaim that the people have spoken for change, and go and do the same things we didn’t approve of when the last guy did them.

No, we are not the government.

They are the government.

We are mere subjects, serfs, or slaves, and they know it.

Spain Has No Government For 10 Months – Economy Grows, Unemployment Falls To 18.9%

We are continually told that every country must have an activist government. No economy nor society can be allowed to just bumble along by itself, the firm smack of political control is necessary for the world to continue to turn on its axis. This is not really what the empirical evidence tells us of course.

Source: Spain Has No Government For 10 Months – Economy Grows, Unemployment Falls To 18.9%

Who Will Build The Roads?

 

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“Who will build the roads without the state?”

The statists say this as if it is some incredibly difficult question that no one has ever considered.

The same people who build the roads now can also build them in the future, and those people are not the state. They are private contractors with a workforce of roughly 235,000 people, who are merely paid by the state with your tax dollars minus the cost of the bureaucracy. We can eliminate the middleman and directly pay them without the state.

The state is the only thing currently stopping you, me, or a group of us, from paying those same private contractors to build all of the roads that we could ever want.

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Spain Is without a National Government — And Spaniards Are Digging It | Mises Wire

In contrast to dire predictions of chaos, everything is proceeding smoothly and some Spaniards are learning a valuable lesson about the resilience of society when left to its own (voluntary) devices. The lesson has been pithily summed up by Felix Pastor, a language teacher, who states:

No government, no thieves.

https://mises.org/blog/spain-without-national-government-%E2%80%94-and-spaniards-are-digging-it

Constitutional War Amendment Questions

Dan K, brought up several great questions in the comments of the Constitutional War Amendment, and I thought I would re-post my response here.

DK: Interesting approach, but I would be concerned about misapplication by Congress to justify maintaining the current military machine, especially with the shift in warfare to conflicts involving violent non-state actors.

RSW: Misapplication will certainly occur as the state cannot be trusted to obey its limits. After all, if the state stayed within its constitutional limits, this amendment wouldn’t be necessary.

Congress is hesitant to declare war; otherwise they would be doing it. A recorded vote on a war declaration is something the opposition can run against in the next election, and individual members of congress don’t want that.

Violation of the amendment is also grounds for impeachment, which means the congress will always be looking for overstep by the executive as long as they are not the same party. I believe that Bush and Obama would both have been impeached under this amendment at the points in their presidencies when they lost the super majority.

DK: If Congress declares war on North Korea, where would deployment of armed forces be okay? North Korea, South Korea, Japan, China, Russia, etc.? Non-local regions/nations, e.g. Iran, Syria? What’s the limit? Continue reading “Constitutional War Amendment Questions”