Libertarianism

10 Reasons Why Every Conservative Should Vote for Trump

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Hello fellow conservatives, lend me your ears. There has been a lot of chatter as of late regarding whether or not we should support Trump in the 2016 presidential race. Well, after reading this post, I hope you will have no question as to whether or not you should support Donald Trump to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain.
Here is a list of why Trump is the perfect conservative candidate:

1. We conservatives are always in favor of as little taxes as possible, and certainly do not support those stupid liberal tax plans. This is why I support Donald Trump’s plan to institute a progressive tax plan that looks very similar to a dirty hippy liberal’s tax plan but it certainly isn’t that because Donald Trump is a conservative. I mean, look at it. It is definitely not your typical conservative tax plan but that’s fine. If you’re tired of #FeelingTheBern of liberal tax policies, we should embrace Trump’s liberal tax policy and slap a conservative label on it. If I’m going to get a liberal tax policy, I’d much rather FeelTheTrump than FeelTheBern.

2. The second reason that Donald Trump is a perfect conservative candidate is that he is 100% in favor of our natural and constitutional right to own property and not have it seized from us. Yes, I know, he thinks using government force to take your property from you is ok. Listen. The only reason he thinks that “eminent domain is wonderful” is because he wants to make America Great Again, and how can you do that if people won’t get out of your way while you’re trying to make America great? Cling to your property rights somewhere else, hippy. Read the rest of this entry »

Seat belts & Kidney Markets – My Introduction to Libertarianism

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Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 9.42.08 PMSeveral years ago I watched and listened for anything I could understand during a debate between a handful of presidential hopefuls. I did not know much about politics, economics, foreign policy, or anything else they were talking about.
But I do remember being angry when I heard something I disagreed with.
… or thought I disagreed with.

The real story is that I was ignorant and overwhelmed. I wasn’t angry because the people were saying things I disagreed with, I was angry because I didn’t have the slightest clue what I was talking about. I didn’t know which political perspective was correct because I didn’t know which news sources to trust or which political philosophies were consistent.
Everything seemed loaded with assumptions and I didn’t know how to discern right from wrong. And given my interest in epistemology, this really frustrated me.

But I gave up politics for a little while. My ignorance forced me into apathy.
If I didn’t know anything about it, why should I care? I’ll let other people figure out that mess, I thought.

Now fast-forward about a year. I was on my way back to work after lunch and I got pulled over. As I was pulling to the side of the road, I thought this should be interesting. My inspection is up to date and registration is fine. I was not speeding. My phone is in my bag. There is no reason why he should be pulling me over right now.

“Hello officer”, I said.
“License, registration, and proof of insurance please”, he responded.
“Sure, here you go. Mind if I ask you why I am being pulled over?”
“You’re not wearing a seat belt. I’ll be right back”
“My seat belt? I didn’t know you could pull me over for not wearing my seat belt”
“Yes sir, it is against New York state law to drive without a seat belt. Now hang tight while I run your license”

… really?
I was pulled over (and eventually ticketed) because I was not wearing a seat belt? I should be able to drive around and put myself in danger if I want to. I’m not hurting anyone. Why in the world is this a law? Read the rest of this entry »

Awesome Podcast Recommendation – The Tom Woods Show!

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Hello internet inhabitants! I am ecstatic to bring you this week’s favorite podcast of the week…logo

THE TOM WOODS SHOW! (iTunes link)
yaaayy!

Specifically, episode 309: On Being a Workaholic. This episode is great, but is very very very unlike his normal podcast content… which is just as great, but in a totally different way. In this episode, Tom talks about the lessons he learned while being a ‘workaholic’; namely that he used to carry his work over into his family life. As someone who has moderate workaholic tendencies, I’m going to learn vicariously through him and take his advice.

woods_bigUsually, Woods discusses libertarian political philosophy. He puts out a new episode every weekday, and they’re usually around 30 minutes long. I love that they’re so short because it allows for a full episode while driving to work, or it allows you to binge listen to 250 of them in a month or two (#PersonalExperience). One of my favorite things about the Tom Woods Show is that he doesn’t do politics; I hate politics. He does political philosophy.

By “politics” i mean pointing at specific people and arguing about their voting record and arguing over whether the tax rate should be 15% or 17%.
By political philosophy, I mean economics, the role of government, taxation, foreign policy, etc. Tom does mostly political philosophy. And when he does do ‘politics’, it doesn’t suck because it is mostly political philosophy anyway!

So after you listen to On Being a Workaholic, you should listen to these other episodes (listed below). I’ve been listening and writing down the episodes that I think are the best of the best, and these are them. My top 15, if you will.
Should you listen to my top 15? Yes.
Should you binge listen to his entire podcast repertoire? Even more yes.

Be careful though. Woods is the kind of libertarian that makes the average non-libertarian uncomfortable with how much he LOVES FREEDOM. (lol)

Seriously though. Listen to this guy. He’s great.
Here he is on Twitter and on Facebook.
If you have a podcast that you love and think I’ll love, comment here or tweet at me! @ElijiahT

Jesus & Santa Are Socialists (Merry Christmas!)

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I usually try to stay away from internet memes. They’re usually a horrendously bastardized version of something attempting to be a critical thought. Rarely do I find a meme that I agree with. And when I do, it really isn’t all that funny.
I can make a meme out of that! But I won’t.

What I want to do here is address this silly image because it has a larger, more ‘meta’ problem.
Here she is:Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 4.22.10 PM
The sentiment behind this is clear.

Those who express some form of charity are obviously socialist in their thinking.

Now… I know this is a meme. But it is expressing a fairly common perspective that I genuinely don’t understand. Where did people get the idea that any time someone expresses charity, it is an expression of socialism? In fact, all 5 of the people in this picture… the ones who are supposed to be our socialist heroes, are actually representing voluntary charity. Voluntary interactions being, of course, one of the cornerstones of a libertarian view of proper charitable giving. Read the rest of this entry »