Once in a while, another anarchist will give me shit for voting. It’s often said that an anarchist who votes is like an atheist who prays. In most jurisdictions, I would agree that voting is hypocritical of someone who claims to not recognize the legitimacy of the state. But not in New Hampshire, where I’ve lived for the last four and a half years.

In New Hampshire, anarchists often do more than vote. They volunteer on campaigns and some even run for office. Why? Because for the most part, Granite Staters (That’s what people in New Hampshire call themselves) want low tax burdens and less regulation, so a lot of the taxes and laws that exist in other places are either lower or don’t exist in New Hampshire.

Anarchists (or voluntaryists, not sure if there is a difference) believe all interactions should be voluntary. Regulations force interactions between people, making them involuntary. Like myself, there are many people who moved to New Hampshire for the Free State Project. And some of them have taken to creating a freer New Hampshire by taking part in parliamentary politics, advocating for the relaxing of some regulations and the total repeal of others.

Since regulation produces coerced or involuntary interactions between people, relaxing and repealing even one regulation allows for more voluntary interactions between people. While the New Hampshire government may not be as expensive and bloated as other state bureaucracies, it’s still nowhere near being the limited government wet dream of miniarchists and Constitution-thumpers. New Hampshire bureaucrats still enjoy federal handouts like military assault vehicles for police departments and Congressional earmarks for local public works projects. With each regulation that is relaxed or repealed, New Hampshire becomes that much freer and allows those who believe all interactions should be voluntary to live life a bit more easily.

Yes, I’ve heard the argument that voting implies one’s consent to the system, but guess what? The sophisticated charade of legalized theft under the guise of benevolence will exist whether or not I vote or. If I truly believe that even one person is running for office who will fight to lighten the grip of government and allow for more voluntary interactions, shouldn’t I support that person ‘s campaign in some way, less someone who is pro-nanny state takes their place?

I don’t have the stomach to run for office myself, and sign-waving is something I do sparingly. Knocking on doors? Nope. But if I can support someone who is willing to strip a piece of the coercive nature of the state from my life and my community, the least this parliamentary atheist can do is make a short trip to the altar of the Almighty State, pencil in a dot next to that candidate’s name and walk away.

We’ve all seen the amusing autocorrect fails pics, right?

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Sites that display these are frequently shared via Facebook and Reddit. The other day I shared such a link, and a friend commented, “Do people never look at the words before they send the message?”

It then occurred to me that the general assumption made of these goofy messages is that the people sending them are stupid, an assessment far different from my own. Read the rest of this entry »

This summer, Shaw’s announced that the supermarket chain would be closing all of its New Hampshire locations. A week later, Stop & Shop, another supermarket chain announced that it would be closing its New Hampshire locations as well. The reason given by both chains was that their stores were under performing terribly.

No one had any doubt as to why both chains were suddenly losing money after years of being in the state. Market Basket, another supermarket chain expanded this year into Manchester, the largest city in New Hampshire. Stop & Shop and Shaw’s simply could not compete with Market Basket’s lower prices. Hannaford, another supermarket chain with two stores in Manchester, also boasts lower prices than Stop & Shop and Shaw’s.

Why are these two departing supermarkets unable to beat their rivals’ lower prices for essentially the same products? Because they are both unionized workplaces. Iron-clad labor contracts negotiated by unions often demand the employer pay for wage increases and a variety of benefits such as pension plans. Imagine how expensive breaking out of the labor contracts must have been that it was actually cheaper and easier for these two companies to shut down all of their New Hampshire locations. Read the rest of this entry »

Ever since that whole Travon Martin case made international headlines, I promised I would not blog about it, since almost every other blogger, political pundit and commentator would be doing the same thing. Furthermore, I felt the case had been over hyped (thanks in part to the MSM), and making some kind of blog entry would only add more credibility to something that was being marketed as some kind of groundbreaking civil rights case and a gauge on race relations in the U.S.

But when President Obama gave an impromptu speech about his personal experience as a man of color in the United States and the racial profiling and discrimination that black Americans endure throughout much of their lives, I felt I had to say something. Read the rest of this entry »

Over and over again, in the mainstream media as well as in real life, people use improper grammar. I used to use bad grammar as well, and once in a while I slip back into my bad habits, but am always quick to correct myself. It’s likely that you, too use bad grammar. It isn’t exclusive to one region or one demographic group. Even the most intelligent, sophisticated¬† and educated people are guilty of this, so it’s quite widespread.

So let’s begin the grammar lesson.

The bad grammar to which I am referring concerns pronouns. When people speak about the government, they erroneously use pronouns that include themselves, and if they are in the presence of others or are broadcasting themselves through various media formats, they are including their viewers, readers or listeners. For example: Read the rest of this entry »

Amidst work, social life, the occasional health complication and preparing for PorcFest, another thing that has kept me from blogging is a new project I launched in April.

It’s something I really didn’t want to do but it’s definitely something I wanted to see for a while. Basically, it’s a podcast that addresses issues affecting people of color from a pro-liberty perspective. Read the rest of this entry »

Conventional wisdom leads us to believe that women are always the victims of domestic violence and never the aggressors. Studies and polls suggest, however, that women are just as likely to initiate violence against their partners as men are.

Many women understand that the law and the culture is biased in their favor.  Female violence is not seen as serious as male violence, and violence against men is not taken as seriously as violence against women is, as evidenced by this PSA.



Female violence is trivialized, in some cases eroticized like in media depictions of catfights and such. Violence against men is often a punchline, like in the case of prison rape, or when a man is overpowered and beaten by his wife or girlfriend, that man is almost always ridiculed and emasculated. Read the rest of this entry »

I found the following in an Internet forum.

PUT ME IN CHARGE . . ….

Put me in charge of food stamps. I’d get rid of Lone Star cards; no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho’s, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.

Put me in charge of Medicaid. The first thing I’d do is to get women Norplant birth control implants or tubal legations. Then, we’ll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine. If you want to reproduce or use drugs, alcohol, or smoke, then get a job.

Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks? You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your home” will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.

In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a “government” job. It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the “common good..” Read the rest of this entry »

Kira Peikoff’s debut novel, “Living Proof“, takes readers to a disturbing world in the not-so-far future where church and state are anything but separate. The story’s hero, Dr. Arianna Drake, runs a fertility clinic in 2027 New York City. Like most clinics, hers is under constant scrutiny from bureaucrats who inspect her inventory of embryonic cells to ensure the cells’ “souls” are preserved. In this nightmarish collusion between religious fanatics and big government, destroying embryonic cells is legally considered first degree murder. Even pregnant women caught smoking or drinking alcohol can be charged with attempted homicide or manslaughter. Read the rest of this entry »

This just in: Beyonce fakes her performance of the theme song of the fictional entity known as the United States government at a ceremony in which the ruling elite disguised as two distinct political parties fabricates the illusion that some sort of change of power has occurred when in fact the same figurehead/puppet ruler was simply re-elected in a process marketed as being democratic but is in fact closed to anyone who is not down with the oligarchy.

And the sheeple call Beyonce on her bullshit because they believe she was the only fraud at that event.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2013/01/why-we-care-about-beyonce.html

When I saw the coming attractions for the new NBC series Revolution, I knew it was something I wanted to watch. Packed with all the elements of survivalism and geopolitical dynamics in a dystopian world and a generous amount of swashbuckling and stabbing, Revolution is sure to please.

Currently the first season of Revolution has been in hiatus since Thanksgiving, with the show scheduled to resume sometime in March. As has happened time and time again to many a great show, network executives either frequently change the show’s time slot, air episodes out of the intended order of the storyline, give it a mid-season four-month hiatus, or find some other ways to ensure it loses its audience. A slow, disappointing network-induced death a la Firefly, The Event, Terra Nova and Jericho.

But I digress.

If you’re not familiar with Revolution, here’s the synopsis: epic global electromagnetic pulse, except nothing electric ever functions again. Modern conveniences are a thing of the past as the 21st Century world is suddenly set back 200 years. The U.S. government and political subdivisions thereof collapse, militia take over. Fifteen years after the power goes out, the United States now looks like this: Read the rest of this entry »

In celebration of the new year, I thought it would be fun to predict what the world might see in 2013. Here are mine, in no particular order:

1) By the end of the year, 25 states will have legalized medical marijuana, and three more states will have full legalization.

More and more Americans are coming to the realization that despite what the federal government thinks, marijuana is harmless and has been proven to have medical benefits. Already 20 states and Washington D.C. have approved medical marijuana and Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana for general use this year. There is no chance of stopping the momentum on the marijuana movement in this country. The only question is, how many states will have to legalize marijuana for either medical or general use before the feds stop persecuting people over a plant? Read the rest of this entry »

Yes, you read that title correctly. There is a war on Christmas…and it’s being waged by the government.

The first blow against Christmas began in 1870, when Congress passed a bill establishing several federal holidays. Read the rest of this entry »

I recently came across this graphic on Facebook.

My guess is that this serves to inspire people to donate to organizations that build and operate girls’ schools in developing nations. Forget private microloans, building wells or administering life-saving vaccines; educating girls and only girls is the key to improving the lives of people in the developing world!

This infographic is based on the misconception that all boys in the developing world have access to education and always have. For the most part, with the exception of a small elite minority, both boys and girls in the developing world have historically been denied access to educational opportunities. More politically correct nonsense; what could be more imperialistic and condescending than looking at a Third World problem through a First World mindset? Read the rest of this entry »

So apparently secession is on everyone’s mind these days, whether they’re calling for it or arguing against it. Although the nationwide buzz and White House petitions for secession are only as young as this month’s election results, the desire to break away from the United States is almost as old as the Union itself.

The first attempt at secession, or at least increased autonomy from the federal government, came from New England during the War of 1812. South Carolina threatened to secede in 1828 in protest of a tax on Southern goods sold in Northern states.

These attempts, of course, are dwarfed by the much more famous secession attempt made by the 11 states making up the Confederate States of America. We all know how that ended, and the message conveyed by the Civil War was that any state attempt at secession will be forcibly put down by the U.S. military. Since the Civil War, no state has attempted to leave the Union. Read the rest of this entry »

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