The Humble Libertarian

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Gary Johnson Is Returning to Politics

Gary Johnson, the two-term Republican governor of New Mexico and twice nominated Libertarian Party presidential contender, is making his return to politics this Summer after leading the Libertarian Party to a historic record high voter turnout of over 4 million votes in 2016.

Johnson’s campaign more than quadrupled the highest vote total the Libertarian Party had ever received for a presidential nominee, while the Republican and Democratic Parties both stalled at a twenty-year low.

That result was achieved with 1/1000th of the money the two major political parties spent.

Gary Johnson issued a statement to the libertarian magazine Reason, in which he announced his plans to mobilize “the largest grassroots army of liberty activists” in the nation.

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Way Marxists Think

Sometimes when I am lacking in the level of initiative and motivation I need to sustain to achieve all my goals short term and long range, I go onto message forums and Facebook groups and join in some debates with Marxists and socialists to get my head right.

Just to think, if I keep staying unmotivated and uninspired long enough, my mind could atrophy so badly I end up like one of these blighted souls! It's a real gut check.

Well recently some one started off a debate asking for some Marxists to justify their belief that wage labor and the employer-employee relationship are inherently exploitative.

One happily obliged:

"Wage labour pays only a fraction of what it's worse. [I think he meant to type "worth"] That's where the exploitation happens. Your wage isn't the whole value of your work, most of it is retained by the boss as surplus, or profit."

To which I responded:

"Of course the labor is worth more than the wages to the employer. That's why the employer willingly exchanges the wages for the labor.

But by the same token, the wages are worth more than the labor to the employee. That's why the employee willingly exchanges the labor for the wages."

And a fellow economic literate and clear thinker agreed further down the discussion:

"Wesley's first comment ends the entire thread tbh."

But the Marxist would not relent. Here's how Marxists think:

"Wesley, you're ignoring the threat of homelessness and starvation. There's no willing exchange in the majority of employment"

My obvious answer:

"Who's making that threat? The employer? No that's the default human condition. Our ancestors came down from the trees. They had to work to eat too. A LOT harder than we do."

The Marxist's retort:

"There's nothing natural about poverty. It is man made and can be undone by men, it is capitalists and their system which benefits from it

Default human condition, same thing. I think we're a bit too late on in history to try and compensate for our downfalls with cave dweller logic"

And my final answer was:

"I guess you're right that the worker must work or face homelessness and starvation, but that's a cry against the nature of reality, not a critique of employers and employees exchanging wages for labor.

The employer has to keep paying workers and exchanging goods for payment or else go out of business and be homeless and starve, right? No willing exchange on her side either? No body engages in willing exchange? Because we all have to make an effort to live?

That's a cry against God take it up with him."

The Marxist stopped commenting after that.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

I Predicted This in 2010!

A study of FBI crime statistics released last month has found that marijuana legalization is decreasing violent homicides related to the illegal drug trade in U.S. border states.

In this article I talk some about the study and link to an article I wrote in 2010 in which I predicted this would be the outcome of legalizing marijuana by thinking about the problem of drug related violent crime economically.

When we think economically about tough social problems, it can reveal truths that are counter to intuition.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Good Stuff By The USA Today: How long can humans live?

Last year, a trio of New York researchers claimed humans had already lived as long as they possibly could.

About 115 years, said Albert Einstein College of Medicine researchers, that's the maximum human lifespan. Now a group of Canadian researchers challenges that assertion, saying its possible human existence may be boundless.

"It does not mean that we know there is no limit. But because we can detect no limit it is possible that indeed there is no limit," said McGill University biologist Siegfried Hekimi. "Average human life span keeps increasing dramatically and maximum human lifespan seems to follow. I see no statistical or demonstrated biological reason how we would know that this must stop."

Friday, June 23, 2017

Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Latest Scandal: A Case for Impeachment?

As the corruption scandal swirling around Wasserman Schultz’s IT staffers unfolds, each new development is more bizarre — and incriminating — than the last.

And it looks like some rogue IT staffers are holding dozens of Congress members hostage by blackmailing them with their own emails. That must be why this family of five Pakistan IT staffers, who are under criminal investigation for stealing sensitive congressional data, have been paid millions of dollars since 2010 for mostly no-show jobs. What is going on here?

Read all the details in my latest
at The Independent Voter Network.