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Am I mocking you? Kind of

I'm glad you liked the clip. It cracked me up the first time I saw it in the movie (A Hard Day's Night), probably close to 30 years ago now. Isn't it funny how something like that can stay with you for the rest of your life?

What I liked about it is that Ringo rejects the binary question: Are you an A or a B? In this case, are you a Mod or a Rocker? As if those are the only two choices by which one could classify themselves in the music scene in 1964. The question on the face of it is ridiculous, and that is what makes Ringo's answer so charming and unexpected. "Neither (in my memory, he says 'neither), I'm a mocker!"

Charming. Disarming.

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Yes, I'm the owner of this site.

If you take a stand do you fear you would alienated some portion of the participates?

That is a good question, and I've never thought of it in those terms. I'm not so much worried about alienating a certain group of believers so much as I'm concerned about creating a firestorm for myself, where I have to defend myself against half the site, with people chasing me around and calling me names and stuff, and try to get me to "clarify my stance." Etc.

My opinion is that yes, the greenbackers are a net positive. Why? Because at the very least, they get people thinking and talking about the issue of money, which is better than talking about whatever's on TV these days.

But beyond that it is my opinion that the government printing its own money would be an incrementally better than letting the Fed print it, and then borrowing it from the Fed at interest. That is simply ridiculous. Greenbackers would definitely be an improvement over that.

Does that make me a Greenbacker? No.

However, anything that gets people thinking, talking and debating about things as fundamental about the nature of money, the government, the Constitution, the Fed, congress, budgets, deficits, spending, etc. That is a net positive.

Does that make me an Anti-Statist Libertarian? No.

And like scawarren said below, I don't label myself. Labels are for the convenience of others. I wrote a comment about that somewhere.

Why yes, here it is.

The world is much richer than an A/B choice.