The Principled Libertarian’s Guide to Using Food Stamps

Taxation is theft. Living off of tax money is leeching from productive workers. So, naturally, I’m going to teach you how to use food stamps and still keep all your libertarian cred.

No, this isn’t some convoluted rationalization for people looking to be parasites while pretending they’re not. This is how taking government assistance can actually help preserve, and expand, liberty. Think about it: if taxation is theft, and tax money is stolen from the people, taking it from the government is okay as long as it’s returned to its rightful owners. Just using it for your own benefit doesn’t cut it, though. There’s a process to make sure you use funds reclaimed from the state in a moral and responsible way.

So if you’re going to go on food stamps, but don’t want to lose your libertarian soul, here’s what to do: [Read more…]

One Aspect of UK Politics America Should Adopt

Vince Perfetto is an American liberty activist travelling abroad. He shares his insights gained from experiencing other cultures at VincePerfetto.com

If America imported this one particular thing from the UK, it would change presidential politics forever. I’m certainly not one to care who the current American Ceasar is or who the next one will be. Although I proudly supported and voted for Dr. Paul in the 2012 primary, I haven’t voted in the general election for president since 2008, and I don’t plan on ever voting for any federal politician again for the rest of my life. The less attention we all pay to Washington DC, the better.

Even though I won’t be bothered to check a box next to the lesser of two evils to elect the new Narcissist-in-Chief, I have to admit, while living in the UK for the past couple of months, there’s one feature that I really wish the United States would import from their former rulers, if only for its entertainment value: Prime Minister’s Question Time (PMQs). Members of Parliament (“MPs”, similar to Congressman in the US) get to ask the Prime Minister (“PM”, similar to the US president) questions for at least 30 minutes every Wednesday that Parliament is in session. [Read more…]

More Murdered in Chicago in 2016 Than Live in 33 Smallest NH Towns

More people have been murdered in Chicago in 2016 than live in the New Hampshire’s smallest 33 towns.

According to Chicago PD, 762 murders occurred in the city last year, from among 4,331 victims of shootings. This number more than doubles the reported murder total of New York City, a city several times the population size. According to Chicago PD’s superintendent Eddie Johnson, while no one cause can be cited for the high number of deaths, increased gang activity and boldness shares a large portion of the blame. [Read more…]

London: Communists, Vandalism, and Diversity

One of the things I wanted to do while I visited London was to go to a show. This isn’t the best time of year for tours, so the best I could find was a tribute band show: OutRage Against The Machine – UK’s Premier Rage Against the…, Nirvana UK, and FAKE NO MORE. By the time the second band took the stage, The Underworld Camden – a respected, below-ground music venue – was packed and everybody was having a great time.

I’m usually not into cover/tribute bands, but I have to admit, these guys were pretty impressive. Their hair, clothes, instruments, and of course, the music were very close to authentic.

They even subscribed to communism, just like the real-life Rage Against The Machine, as evidenced by the Che Guevara poster that you can see in the pre-show pic above. During their set, the singer said something that got a slight cheer from the crowd: “This next song goes out to anybody who supports Trump and Brexit. Ya’ll need to wake the [expletive] up!” [Read more…]

Armistice Day in the UK

As an American, there are things about other countries that you can read about, then there are things you can only truly understand while in those countries.

When was the last time a large war with a foreign State (not including the Confederate States of America) was fought on American soil for a prolonged period of time? I’d say the War of 1812. It’s been a while. Not many Americans can honestly understand what Europe and so many other parts of the world have gone through in the last 100 years.

I’ve been aware of this dynamic before today, but this moment… today… it really humbles me.

While I’m, absolutely, going to continue my journey by listening to locals and getting to know them and hearing their thoughts, I really hope that I never stop being thankful for the life that awaits me back home in NH, and its peaceful history for over 200 years.

There’s No Crying in Agorism

Proponents of liberty have always sought ways of reducing government’s size and scope. One of the best ways to go about this, and at the same time build a society that isn’t reliant on the current corrupted system, is agorism, or purposely doing business in a grey or black market environment. This is done in order to withhold money from government without having to wait for tax cuts to be enacted, which is slow and inefficient at best and nothing but a dream at worst.

Unfortunately, some people seem to be under the impression that agorism is a walk in the park. I’ve heard numerous complaints from people whose expectations of the agorist vendor experience haven’t been met. Well, I’m here to offer a dose of reality on what to expect as an agorist business, and set the record straight on some bizarre misconceptions.

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Looking Forward to Suicide

Suicide gets a bad rap. Many people talk about it as if it were sadder or more tragic than regular old dying, but why? If anything, shouldn’t death be more tragic when it comes to someone who was looking forward to living longer? I see suicide as the ultimate in taking control of your own life. If I’m lucky, it is the way I will go when the time comes.

I understand that many people think that suicides are the result of extreme hopelessness that could have been alleviated if someone had been able to intervene. I’m sure that is the case in some instances. But I feel certain that some hopelessness is rational. And in many cases, suicide may be less a reaction to hopelessness than a rational weighing of the pros and cons of living. It takes a lot of effort to live. A lot of the effort isn’t much fun: trying to make ends meet, working a job that one may not find fulfilling, dealing with problems, not having any time, energy, or money left for the parts of life that are actually fun. At the point that the hassles or pain of life overshadow the fun, especially if you don’t see any way to significantly improve that balance, what’s wrong with letting life go? [Read more…]

2016 New Hampshire Election Results Defy “Blue State” Myth

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There’s a persistent myth that New Hampshire is a blue state, politically speaking. Bernie Sanders won the Democratic primary in a landslide, Hillary Clinton barely squeaked out a win over Donald Trump, and both of 2016’s US Congressional elections went to Democrats. Beyond that, there’s the general impression that New England is one of the American bastions of leftism, and that ends up lumping the Granite State into the mix.

The reality, however, is far different. New Hampshire is a unique political animal, falling in neither the right-wing nor the left-wing category. While the national-level political landscape is completely blue, the local spread is a sea of red this time around. In terms of elected officials who actually impact the Live Free or Die state itself, we’re looking at a highly Republican government.

The following results were compiled by a local political activist for New Hampshire Freedom, and are reprinted here with the author’s permission. [Read more…]

The Empire Always Comes Home

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Have you seen Uncle Sam’s guard dog?
He got it back when he drove out the Brits
from our yard.

He kept it in case they tried to return
or if anyone else treaded onto our side of the fence.
For keeping us safe and free,
this dog had won our love and respect.

But then Uncle Sam descended into madness.
Convinced that all the neighboring yards belonged to him as well,
he trained his dog to snarl and attack our neighbors
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4 Things I Learned Doing Jury Nullification Outreach

Photo credit: Randy Clemens (RandyClemens.com)

Photo credit: Randy Clemens (RandyClemens.com)

It’s no secret I’ve been active in jury nullification outreach. You see, jurors in the United States act as the people’s voice in the justice system, protecting against an overreaching government putting citizens in jail for ridiculous reasons. Part of this sacred duty is the ability to refuse the conviction of a defendant, even if the facts clearly point to the law being broken. Sometimes, the moral thing to do is to nullify a bad law, or a bad application of the law.

Here’s four things I learned while educating jurors about this right to nullify:
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