Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Series on Government without Taxation
I'm writing up some scientific findings even as I prepare to move, so this is just as much to remind myself to read this later on as it is to bring it to your attention.
That said, head on over to Live Oaks, where Brian Phillips has written a series on how to finance the proper functions of government -- without the government stooping to theft.
- The Size of Government
- The Police And Military
- The Courts
- Other Revenue Sources
- Final Thoughts
Mike Bahr's House of Exuberance blog has moved, and I have added Powell History to the "Sponsored Links" section. I also have several new blogs to add to the sidebar, but they'll have to wait a little bit longer.
I recently had to take Driver's Ed -- which, luckily, I could do cheaply and at my convenience using the web -- in order to have a very dubious traffic citation not count against my record. It had been at least five years since I had to do this, but wow, what a difference a few years can make! A significant part of this "safety" course was devoted to the environment. I am not making this up. At one point, we were even urged to "do our part" by reminding local government officials that a clean environment is a high priority.
But at least I'm an adult, and I can recognize propaganda and inappropriate government marching orders when I see them.
LB tells of much more -- and much worse -- directed at children.
The New York Times reports "Story of Stuff" is the next big thing in environmentalist propaganda in the classroom. Of course, they don't report it that way; the Times actually calls it "cheerful" as its simple drawings and friendly presenter are accessible to even the very young. I don't think that the shaking, desolate line-drawn individuals standing on their little piece of destroyed earth – who have no alternative but to work in nasty factories and poison their own babies through their toxic breast milk because you had to have an iPod – is "cheerful" even if the presenter refers to it in scare quotes as the "beauty” of the system.Public "education" must be abolished.
My mother recently sent me a hilarious series of photos taken of an exchange that took place via the announcement signs of two churches across the street from one other.
I was even more delighted to see that the entire series appears in order on a blog. Enjoy!
[Update: The exchange apparently did not actually happen, but as a commenter at Silicon Valley Watch points out. Still, quite funny. And, as a former Catholic, I plead Poe's Law.]
This post was composed in advance and scheduled for publication at 5:00 A.M. on May 13, 2009.
Today: (1) Added note to end of last section. (2) Corrected two typos.