Ignorant or Evil

I regard the actions of almost every member of the establishment with the following question.

Is this person ignorant or evil?

For example, I believe that Bernie Sanders means well, but is completely ignorant of economics and history, while I believe that Hillary Clinton is evil. She knows exactly what she is doing.

As I learn more about the creation of the US Constitution via the Liberty Classroom courses, I can’t help but wonder the same thing about the various founders.

Where those who argued against the need for explicit language ignorant of the effect that the loose language would have, or were they deviously plotting the all-powerful government that they really wanted?

Patrick Henry smelled a rat.
Maybe we should too.

What’s The Plan

If you reject the initiation of force for political change, and reject political action on moral grounds, how do you make change happen?

Are you waiting for the day that the entire population agrees with you and the government voluntarily goes away because no one wants it? Do you think there is a chance of that happening in our lifetime?

Is the plan is to wait for things to get so bad that there is a total societal collapse? Then we can go off and form our own communities? That would explain the number of survival articles I have seen on Lew Rockwell’s site over the years. Yet, most of the people who I have met in the movement don’t have the health, physical fitness, or skill-set to survive the period between societal collapse and the establishment of AnCapistan. Most would be dead within the month.

Do we hope that others will somehow do the work for us?

Are we all just a bunch of lazy whiners who will never do anything past posting on Twitter and Facebook?

Whats the plan?

The 10 Worst and 10 Best Presidents

I am halfway through Liberty Classroom’s The 10 Worst and 10 Best Presidents.

It’s the kind of high quality content that I’ve come to expect from Liberty Classroom in general, and Brion McClanahan in particular.
Brion uses this course to explore the radical idea that the presidents should be ranked on their fidelity to the oath of office, and not on popularity or the ends that they achieved. This approach leads Brion to conclude that some the presidents commonly held to be the best are actually the worst.

9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America

Brion’s book 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America And Four Who Tried to Save Her, explores the topic in greater depth. I liked this book enough to buy a copy for myself and a copy as a father’s day gift. Don’t be turned off by the one star reviews on Amazon, as they are almost all written by people who are judging the book by its cover and have never read it.

Johnson/Weld on Spending & Taxes


I admit that I have not paid much attention to Gary Johnson and Bill Weld.
Right off the bat they started with the nazi cake fiasco and the stupid idea that we need two presidents.

How can the Libertarian Party candidate suggest that we should force people to labor for other people?Why would the supposed small government candidate suggest we should double the number of presidents? Are there two first ladies? Two desks in the oval office? How do you address the Constitutional issue?

Clearly, Johnson/Weld is not the candidate that I would have chosen, but I’m sure they are radically better than Trump. And they couldn’t possibly be worse than Clinton.

Are they good candidates with some flaws, or just the lesser of three evils?

I spent some time looking at their positions on the issues, and will present my initial reactions over a series of posts.

I start today with Wasteful Spending & Taxes. Continue reading “Johnson/Weld on Spending & Taxes”

Questions

Why does a blog called No State No Problem have a post about Trump?Why do I talk about Politics on Twitter?

Why will I be writing posts that talk about the Constitution?

These are all good questions.

I decided to name my future blog No State No Problem while reading Lew Rockwell’s Against the State: An Anarcho-Capitalist Manifesto and dreaming of a stateless society.The name is easy to remember, clear in its intention, and not taken. If you have never tried to register a website name, you may not be able to understand the importance of “not taken”, but I ensure you, it is the hardest to overcome. 

Against The State
I believe that an Anarcho-Capitalist society would fantastic.

Yet, I recognize that we live in a world where the majority of people believe that the state is not only necessary, but desirable.

We are a minority, and the uninitiated tend to dismiss our ideas when they are presented directly.

The only way to open some people up to our ideas might be to begin with a Constitutional argument.

The only way to reach others may be a political campaign.

Ron Paul introduced me to Rockwell and Rothbard, and he was a congressman running for president. His message first resonated with me because he spoke of what was constitutional, and those arguments opened me up to the others.

I also believe that we cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

I think there are constitutional amendments that could make things better.

I believe that there are some candidates that will be better than others.

I believe that if the minarchists make progress, then we make progress, and minarchism is easier for the masses to accept.

So I will talk about the dream of a stateless society, and reference Rothbard, Hoppe, Rockwell, and others, but I will also try to deal with the reality of today, and try to find ways to improve it.