This question has now come to my attention on more than one occasion, and so, I suppose it deserves someone to formally address it. How can property rights be enforced in a voluntary society without the use of force?
Now, hold on for a minute before you hastily click on the reply button. On one account this question is very easy to address. That is, if someone is, for instance, physically stealing your property, the NAP allows for defensive use of force. Case closed.
However, what if you establish a contract (verbal or otherwise) with another party, for example a loan contract, and the other party doesn't live up to their end? Can you drive over to their house and beat them or kill them? Does that fall within the NAP?
These two cases, while both infringements on property rights, are fundamentally different in one regard. In the case where the thief is physically stealing your property, the interaction, on your part, is completely involuntary - whereas, in the case where you contracted, you voluntarily entered into an agreement with another. Why is that important?
In the first case, you were a victim. In the second case, you made a poor business decision.
A House Republican decided he’d had enough with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce stance on amnesty and China by refusing an award from the organization.
In a marvelous example of leading from behind, the New York Times breathlessly reports today that it suddenly supports marijuana legalization. This has led to widespread speculation among observers: who or whom let granny out of the basement?
Federal Judge Rules DC Ban On Handguns Unconstitutional
Court ordered city to allow residents and non residents carry handguns outside their homes..
WASHINGTON Sat Jul 26, 2014 8:05pm EDT
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Saturday overturned Washington D.C.'s ban on carrying handguns outside the home, saying it was unconstitutional.
The Typical Household, Now Worth a Third Less - New York Times
By Anna Bernasek | July 26, 2014
Economic inequality in the United States has been receiving a lot of attention. But it’s not merely an issue of the rich getting richer. The typical American household has been getting poorer, too.
The inflation-adjusted net worth for the typical household was $87,992 in 2003. Ten years later, it was only $56,335, or a 36 percent decline, according to a study financed by the Russell Sage Foundation. Those are the figures for a household at the median point in the wealth distribution — the level at which there are an equal number of households whose worth is higher and lower.
These photos are horrific; the destruction of Gaza...this is horrible...why does our country support this?
As a 12-hour pause begins in Gaza, residents returned to their streets and surveyed what was left of their neighborhoods. Eight-five new bodies were dug out of rubble Saturday morning, and ambulances were still trying to reach other areas in Gaza.
According to reports, the destruction in the past 48 hours far exceeds previous Gaza wars.
Long ago, when I was a much younger wacko, we spent many meetings looking at the details of OKC & realizing this was another case of our gov't at work covering up the truth. I thought this was another dust covered travesty, like Waco. But, there is a trial starting on Monday that might bring out some truths.
By the New York Times Editorial Board:
It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.
The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.
We reached that conclusion after a great deal of discussion among the members of The Times’s Editorial Board, inspired by a rapidly growing movement among the states to reform marijuana laws.
In 1983, 50 companies owned 90 percent of the media consumed by Americans. By 2012, it was just six.Submitted by Allegory on Sat, 07/26/2014 - 19:32
by James B. Stewart | July 25, 2014
The much-admired Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black may be rolling in his grave at the prospect of a merger between 21st Century Fox and Time Warner Inc., which would reduce control of the major Hollywood studios to five owners, from six, and major television producers to four, from five.
“The widest possible dissemination of information from diverse and antagonistic sources is essential to the welfare of the public,” he wrote in the majority opinion that decided a 1945 antitrust case involving major newspaper publishers and The Associated Press. “The First Amendment affords not the slightest support for the contention that a combination to restrain trade in news and views has any constitutional immunity.”
The deals would allow BSkyB to offer premium sports and movie services to roughly 20 million customers from Ireland to Italy.DealBook: BSkyB to Buy Italian and German Units of Murdoch’s 21st Century FoxJULY 25, 2014
Mass incarceration, perhaps the greatest social crisis in modern American history, is without parallel on a global scale.
by Matt Ford | July 23, 2014
On Friday, the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously to allow nearly 50,000 nonviolent federal drug offenders to seek lower sentences. The commission's decision retroactively applied an earlier change in sentencing guidelines to now cover roughly half of those serving federal drug sentences. Endorsed by both the Department of Justice and prison-reform advocates, the move is a significant step forward—though in a global context, still modest—in reversing decades of mass incarceration.
How large is America's prison problem? More than 2.4 million people are behind bars in the United States today, either awaiting trial or serving a sentence. That's more than the combined population of 15 states, all but three U.S. cities, and the U.S. armed forces. They're scattered throughout a constellation of 102 federal prisons, 1,719 state prisons, 2,259 juvenile facilities, 3,283 local jails, and many more military, immigration, territorial, and Indian Country facilities.
By John Stossel | July 24, 2014
...Washington Post reporter Radley Balko points out that they’ve used SWAT teams to raid such threatening haunts as truck stops with video poker machines, unlicensed barber shops and a frat house where underage drinking was reported.
In New York City, these men in black raided standup comedian Joe Lipari’s apartment.
“I had bad customer service at the Apple Store,” Lipari told me in an interview for my upcoming TV special “Policing America.” “So I bitched about it on Facebook. I thought I was funny. I quoted ‘Fight Club,’” the 1999 movie about bored yuppies who attack parts of consumer culture they hate.
“People (on Facebook) were immediately responding that it was obviously from ‘Fight Club,’” says Lipari. “It was a good time, until 90 minutes later, a SWAT team knocked on my door. Everyone’s got their guns drawn.”
It took only that long for authorities to deem Lipari a threat and authorize a raid by a dozen armed men. Yet, says Lipari, “if they took 90 seconds to Google me, they would have seen I’m teaching a yoga class in an hour, that I had a comedy show.”
David Perdue, one of several innocent people shot at during LAPD’s vengeful kill mission for Christopher Dorner, has been awarded 1.8 million dollars from the city of Torrance. The money, of course, will be paid by the tax payers and not the out-of-control officers themselves.
The officers were cleared of any wrong doing, despite his truck being an entirely different make, model, and color, than the one Dorner was allegedly driving.
Ten dark suited men entered the premises of FBME bank in Cyprus on Friday afternoon and took it hostage.
The men were from the Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC). And they commandeered FBME because an obscure agency within the US government recently issued a report accusing the bank of laundering money. It just so happens that FBME… and Cyprus in general… is where a lot of wealthy Russians hold their vast fortunes.
Bear in mind, there has been no proof that any crime was committed.
There was no court hearing. No charges were read. It wasn’t even the government of Cyprus who accused them of anything.
When HSBC got caught red-handed laundering funds for a Mexican drug cartel last year, the US government gave them a slap on the wrist. HSBC got off with a fine.
It doesn't make any sense that the only people who write statutes and lobby congress are corporations.
What if we had a site where we could pose government over reach problems to a group of sharp individual liberty minded people(like asset forfeiture without due process).
Then those or all people could craft a bill together to stop it.
And once the bill was finished, it could be presented to the legislature and "lobbied" for.
It seems like we have enough people now a days to put real political pressure on congressmen.
In any free society that area of life which is left to the sole discretion of the individual includes all actions that are not specifically forbidden by a general law.
In our nation when it came time for the ratification of the Constitution it would have been impossible to gain the votes needed if the backers of a centralized national government had not promised that the first thing they did was pass a Bill of Rights. It had been asserted by the proponents of liberty that to enumerate such a list would eventually become a statement that only those rights enumerated were protected. However, it was generally believed certain rights were so important and so open to suppression that fundamental guarantees were needed. In consequence the Constitution was lengthened to include the first ten amendments as the opening business of Congress.
Over time the argument that these enumerated rights would come to be seen as the only ones protected has certainly come to pass, which is another of the assertions of the Anti-Federalists that have stood the test of time. However, it has also been shown that without these constitutional protections these enumerated rights would have long ago been relegated to the ash heap of History.