“I find it nothing short of amazing that all of this indignation has been (most correctly, in my view) been levelled at this Marxist ‘teacher’ – yet no one is pointing out the most abundantly obvious underlying fact here: That the ‘public’ (government) tax-financed school system itself is a 100% Marxist construct.”
At the risk of covering old ground, I find it necessary to begin by re-paraphrasing something I believe Dr. Robert Higgs stated quite some time ago — to the effect that one of the biggest mistakes modern libertarians make is the erroneous presupposition that people, by and large, actually want to be free.
Sounds like, in spite of their overtly Marxist intentions, the leftist “Defund the Police” crowd on the Burlington City Council have inadvertently sparked something advocates of government-reduction and free markets should be only too happy to encourage!
For some time now, I’ve had an item for sale online. It’s an antique tractor seat, forged about a century ago in nearby Hoosick, New York, and various collectors prize these particular kind – though they generally don’t fetch much at market. Mine’s priced well above the going rate, and that’s quite deliberate: If someone wants it badly enough, and is willing to pay extra, I’ll part with it.
Popular gun control advocacy position: “We have to keep guns out of the hands of bad people.” Well, then the best way to do that is to abolish government.
It was a fluke, really – a case of the enemy having their guard down that enabled Donald J. Trump to navigate his way to presidential victory in 2016 to begin with. Personally, I chalk it up to overconfidence on the part of the establishment: A smug certainty that such an entrenched, politically-connected public figure as former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could easily wipe an outspoken billionaire-entrepreneur-turned-TV-personality off the map without much rigging of the system. But of course, they were wrong.
Or, horror fiction on a libertarian website, if you prefer (see my bio below). Most of us have heard this expression, but for the uninitiated, it means attempting to market a product, service, or idea to the wrong or inappropriate audience or demographic. Thing is, I recall a hardware store in New Hampshire about 20 years ago that did sell fried chicken – and it was delicious.
The results, so far, of the 2020 US presidential election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden have been nothing so much as chaos – and where they go from here is absolutely anybody’s guess, but I’ll venture one (admittedly obvious) prediction: Whichever “side” loses will regard the outcome as having been stolen and achieved fraudulently by the opposition.
It’s incredibly fundamental and basic, isn’t it? Don’t physically attack anyone, and don’t steal or destroy what belongs to them. And aside from those two rules, do whatever the fuck you please. And don’t ask permission.
With respect to libertarianism, I’m far past the point where I’m really interested in changing other people’s minds. Ultimately, I don’t care what or how you think at all. I only care that if what you believe is something that calls for the control of my life and/or property, that I’m able to find some way to extricate myself from your plans.