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A Equals A

June 03, 2010 By: Phred Category: Uncategorized

A equals A.  Existence exists.  Things are as they are.  Truths are true.  We have the ability to determine the truth or falsehood of our judgments in relation to the facts of reality.

If the above sentences seem so obviously true, ask yourself why we have found ourselves in this mess.  Ask yourself why politicians (Republican as well as Democratic, liberal as well as conservative) continue to push for programs that fly in the face of logic, reason, and ultimately reality.

We fight “wars for peace,” heavily regulate the economy in an effort to increase economic activity, often both heavily subsidize and heavily tax the same product (ie, tobacco), redistribute wealth to promote “economic efficiency,” and so on.  Clearly, our leaders have failed to grasp the simple truths contained in the first line of this article.

If our “leaders” have failed, however, it is because We the People have failed by selecting illogical people to act as our overseers.

If we want to see real change in our lifetimes–a change in the right direction, towards individual Liberty and a respect for logic, reason, and ethics, we must make the change in ourselves first.

There are many ways to accomplish this goal in our society, including grassroots political activism, developing workable alternatives to the present system, and education.

Economic activity depends on a division of labor–when people specialize in areas in which they are proficient, society can take on more tasks and advance faster than it could if everyone tried to do everything themselves.  Similarly, all of the above methods of achieving Liberty must be employed by those best suited to these tasks.

While all of these methods are important, it is my opinion that education is the most important.  Education is the cornerstone of good policy.  Education is also “the gift that keeps on giving.”  If I educate someone about the fundamentals of economics, he or she can then turn around and use their abilities and new knowledge to educate people they know.

It is simply impossible to achieve a society based on natural law, the principles of self ownership, and respect for private property if people are not educated about these concepts.

Although I dabble in philosophy, my website focuses mainly on economics.  But just as we must specialize our labor if we want economic growth and we must specialize in our methods of promoting Liberty if we wish to achieve this goal, we must specialize in educating and informing people about the ideas of Liberty if we wish for our educational efforts to be successful.

If all websites promoting Liberty were written and constructed in the same manner and focused on the same topics, we would only reach the same few people.  Therefore, it is important and even vital for this movement that different types of educational and informational resources are developed.

With the above in mind, I am pleased to present yall with an exciting new resource.  My friend, Dubbs Galt has spent a considerable amount of time developing a great new website.

A=A is a new, comprehensive resource designed to educate people about logic, reason, philosophy, economics, and natural law.

This site has a ton of resources, including information about how we got into this economic crisis, a detailed and comprehensive section on philosophy, a section on the importance of the study of sound economics (based on the study of human action), and a great section full of resources which will allow you to educate yourself.  Dubbs is a very talented writer who has the unique ability to break issues down to their core principles, investigate these principles, and then reconstruct the issues themselves.

There is much more to this site than what little I have described and I urge you to check it out.  In the coming weeks and months, Dubbs plans to further develop his already excellent site, so I urge you to continue to follow A=A as it develops.

Americanly Yours,

Phred Barnet

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Plaxico: Pistol Whipped By The Law

August 24, 2009 By: Phred Category: Uncategorized

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard that NFL star Plaxico Burress has been sentenced to two years in prison for “criminal possession of a weapon” and “reckless endangerment.”  Plaxico had a gun in the waistline of his pants at a nightclub, it slipped, and as he went to grab it, the gun went off, shooting him in the leg in the process–yet injuring no one else.  And now he is going to jail for two years.

Forget for a second that the United States Constitution states that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Plaxico Burress is famous football player with no history of major criminal actions.  It is pretty safe to assume that Mr. Burress was carrying the gun to protect himself prom any possible threats, rather than with the intent of committing a crime.

The man shot himself in the leg.  No one else was injured.  The fact that the presence of the gun “could have” resulted in injury to someone else is irrelevant.  The truth of the matter is that no one except for Plaxico Burress was injured.

Anyone, whether they are a celebrity like Plaxico or a “regular Joe” has the right to defend themselves. The right to bear arms is protected by the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution.  It is my opinion that the right to self defense is a natural and inalienable right of man.  This idea comes to me directly from the works of John Locke.

A law that violates the spirit and the letter of the Constitution, as well as “natural law” is an unjust law.

Plaxico will be going to prison with rapists and murderers for the next two years as a result of New York’s unjust “law” concerning guns.  His young son will be left without a father for the next two years because the city of New York rejects the right of a man to defend himself.

As I said above, Plaxico was almost certainly carrying this weapon as a defensive measure to use only in case of a hostile threat.  Sentencing a productive, non-violent member of society for two years for this offense is an affront to justice, as well as an affront to the Constitution of the United States of America.

Americanly Yours,

Phred Barnet

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