The Weekly Sedition

Sunday, 29 November 2020

Book Review — Faith Seeking Freedom: Libertarian Christian Answers to Tough Questions

Filed under: Media, Philosophy, Principles, Reading — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 2:41 PM

BOOK REVIEW — Faith Seeking Freedom: Libertarian Christian Answers to Tough Questions

129 pages, by Dr. Norman Horn, Doug Stuart, Kerry Baldwin, and Dick Clark

FULL DISCLOSURES:

  • Kerry Baldwin has been a Facebook friend for several years now.
  • I don’t profess to be a Christian of any denomination or sect or whatever. Organized religion and I simply don’t do well together.

With those out of the way . . . .

Faith Seeking Freedom is easy reading, in that the authors don’t try to cram you chock-full of data and information and jargon, such that you would feel overwhelmed by it all.

When the authors cite Biblical content, they put the citation right there in the same paragraph as the point that they’re making, so you don’t have to keep flipping back and forth to the end of the chapter or the end of the book. This is probably for the best where electronic versions are concerned. Also, for those inclined to have a Bible nearby to check on the authors, it’s right there where you can compare and contrast the authors’ points against the Bible verse(s) itself.

The authors don’t attempt to take sides where the big divisions of libertarian thought occur, such as the minarchy vs. anarchy debate, or whether or not to be involved in the LP, with the exception of the abortion issue.

SPECIFIC POINTS

[Page numbers cited here are what listed is on the particular page. The actual pages on the PDF version that I used for this review will be that number, plus 10 pages.]

Chapter 2 (The Libertarian Basics, pp. 23-34) gives the reader a decent summary of the Non-Aggression Principle and how it applies to everyday life.

p. 26, part of the answer to Question #13 (How do libertarian Christians account for people who violate the non-aggression principle (NAP)?) takes on the minarchy vs. anarchy question rather well — the authors explain both sides without explicitly favoring one side or the other. (Disclosure: I personally lean towards the anarcho-capitalist side.)

p.39, Question #25 (Do libertarians believe any and every government is illegitimate?) also tackles the minarchy vs. anarchy adroitly, explaining both sides without favoring one or the other.

pp. 67-68 give a succinct and principled response to the “What about roads?” shibboleth.

OK, enough spoilers.

Do me a favor Do yourself a favor — Go and get a copy and read it for yourself.

SUMMARY

Faith Seeking Freedom is an easy-to-read, principled guide for Christians who are seeking to understand libertarianism, on par with Inclined to Liberty by Louis Carabini, The Law by Frederic Bastiat, or Down With Power by L. Neil Smith.

Go get a copy, read it, then tell your friends and family.


NOTES

  1. Published at The Libertarian Enterprise [TLE] — Number 1,096: 6 December 2020
  2. Reposted —
    1. Albuquerque Liberty Forum — Facebook page / Spreely page
    2. KCUF Media — Facebook page / Spreely page
    3. New Mexico Libertarians — Facebook group / Facebook page / Minds group / Spreely group / Spreely page / Wimkin group / Wimkin page
    4. The Old Drunken Old Irrvelivents — Facebook page / Spreely page

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Sunday, 28 February 2016

Obama’s Presidential Firsts

Filed under: Humor, Politics, Reading — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:52 AM

Obama’s Presidential Firsts

The Many Accomplishments of President Barack Hussein Obama (r. 2009-2017 (?))

By Tom Ririe

Quit trashing Obama’s accomplishments. He has done more than any other President before him. Here is a list of his impressive accomplishments:

  1. First President to be photographed smoking a joint.
  2. First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.
  3. First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.
  4. First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States.
  5. First President to violate the War Powers Act.
  6. First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
  7. First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.
  8. First President to spend a trillion dollars on “shovel-ready” jobs when there was no such thing as “shovel-ready” jobs.
  9. First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.
  10. First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat.
  11. First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions.
  12. First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.
  13. First President to tell a CEO of a major corporation (Chrysler) to resign.
  14. First President to terminate America’s ability to put a man in space.
  15. First President to cancel the National Day of Prayer and to say that America is no longer a Christian nation.
  16. First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.
  17. First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.
  18. First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke out on the reasons for their rate increases.
  19. First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state it is allowed to locate a factory.
  20. First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).
  21. First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago.
  22. First President to actively try to bankrupt an American industry (coal).
  23. First President to fire an inspector general of AmeriCorps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.
  24. First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office.
  25. First President to surround himself with radical left wing anarchists.
  26. First President to golf more than 150 separate times in his five years in office.
  27. First President to hide his birth, medical, educational and travel records.
  28. First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.
  29. First President to go on multiple “global apology tours” and concurrent “insult our friends” tours.
  30. First President to go on over 17 lavish vacations, in addition to date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends paid for by the taxpayers.
  31. First President to have personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.
  32. First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.
  33. First President to fly in a personal trainer from Chicago at least once a week at taxpayer expense.
  34. First President to repeat the Quran and tell us the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth.
  35. First President to side with a foreign nation over one of the American 50 states (Mexico vs Arizona).
  36. First President to tell the military men and women that they should pay for their own private insurance because they “volunteered to go to war and knew the consequences.”
  37. Then he was the First President to tell the members of the military that THEY were UNPATRIOTIC for balking at the last suggestion.

I feel much better now. I had been under the impression he hadn’t been doing ANYTHING . . . Such an accomplished individual . . . in the eyes of the ignorant maybe!

H/T Michael Z. Williamson


NOTES

  1. Original article

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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

[Garrison Center] Arbitration Isn’t The Problem

Filed under: Media, Politics, Principles, Reading — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 10:21 PM

Arbitration Isn’t The Problem

November 5, 2015 — Thomas L. Knapp

Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Robert Gebeloff of the New York Times claim to have discovered “a far-reaching power play orchestrated by American corporations” (“Arbitration Everywhere, Stacking the Deck of Justice,” October 31[1]). They’re missing the forest for the trees. Arbitration is not the problem.

Corporate preference for private arbitration instead of litigation in government courts is nothing new. The twist in the Times expose is that arbitration clauses have evolved to make it more difficult for dissatisfied customers to band together and bring particular types of suits: “Class actions” in which numerous complaints are bundled together, reducing the plaintiffs’ costs and resulting in huge potential aggregated damage awards.

In recent years, arbitration clauses have begun specifying individual arbitration. Corporate attorneys know that most customers won’t spend hundreds or thousands of dollars arbitrating $10 complaints. If the complaints can’t be aggregated, they’re not worth pursuing from a financial standpoint. A win for the corporations, a loss for consumers whose complaints don’t pass the financial test.

What Silver-Greenberg and Gebeloff leave out are two important consumer tools: Information and choice.

Their story opens with reference to “a clause that most customers probably miss” on “page 5 of a credit card contract.”

The reason most customers probably miss that clause is that most customers don’t bother to read contracts pertaining to small-money matters, or have them reviewed by attorneys, before signing them. That’s a choice. So is the decision to sign something one hasn’t read.

The Times piece quotes F. Paul Bland Jr. of Public Justice, a “national consumer advocate group.” Bland claims that “[c]orporations are allowed to strip people of their constitutional right to go to court.” No, people are allowed to voluntarily waive their right to go to court, in return for valuable considerations. If they do so from voluntary ignorance, that’s their fault and no one else’s.

It’s not that complicated:

If you don’t want to commit to arbitration in general, or to individual arbitration in particular, don’t sign contracts committing yourself to those things.

If you consider reading and understanding a contract before you sign it to be too much work, don’t complain when your decision to remain ignorant comes back to bite you.

If you really, really want something, but the only way to get it is to accept an arbitration clause, then make your choice. Do without that thing or to accept the clause. Nobody owes you a smart phone or a credit card or whatever. Take the deal or don’t take the deal. Don’t blame arbitration itself, which is as good in some cases, and better in most, than resort to government courts. Remember, it was government that made the corporations so powerful in the first place.

Thomas L. Knapp is director and senior news analyst at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism (thegarrisoncenter.org). He lives and works in north central Florida.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. http://nytimes.com/2015/11/01/business/dealbook/arbitration-everywhere-stacking-the-deck-of-justice.html

NOTES

  • Reposted –
    1. Libertarian Party –
      1. New MexicoLPNM Blog / LPNM Official Facebook page / LPNM Official Facebook group
      2. Bernalillo County, New MexicoLPBC Blog / LPBCNM Official Facebook page / LPBCNM Official Facebook group

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    Wednesday, 9 January 2008

    Book Review — The Black Arrow, by Vin Suprynowicz

    Filed under: Politics, Reading — Tags: , , — weeklysedition @ 10:06 PM

    The Black Arrow

    Book by Vin Suprynowicz – Review by Mike Blessing

    (This review originally appeared in the May 2005 issue of New Mexico Liberty)

    When I first heard that Vin had written a novel, I was a bit puzzled. After all, he had said in Send in the Waco Killers that he had no real intention of writing fiction, as he saw more strange and stupid things from people (usually in the government sector, but not always) than he could ever think up on his own.

    His previous books, Send in the Waco Killers and The Ballad of Carl Drega, are certainly proof of this. Some of the incidents that Vin has written articles about are so asinine, so strange, and so petty that I certainly could not think up that sort of stupidity, evil and insanity.

    So what did Vin do for his novel? Simple — he used those articles as the basis for some of his characters. (I won’t go into detail here — I don’t want to give too much away.) For example, one of the characters (Yuri Petrov) gets into trouble for making plastic irrigation parts, and the government goes after Petrov for drug-related “conspiracy” charges, because some of the products could be used by people who grow marijuana. Never mind that the Petrov himself never touched the stuff, and didn’t want anything to do with pot. This character was derived from the guy who made plastic vials for perfume packaging, yet the DEA went after him for “conspiracy” to provide crack vials, or the light bulb makers the DEA attacked because the bulbs can be used to grow pot indoors, hence they “must” be involved in the drug trade.

    The main plot of The Black Arrow will be somewhat familiar to those who have read Unintended Consequences by John Ross — a group of people fed up with the system are pushed by that system to where they can’t take it any more, and they strike back. Think of the Black Arrow as a Batman-like character who whups on the real (read state-sanctioned) criminals, as opposed to the free-lancers that you bump into on the street.

    Well worth the ∅24.95 plus shipping and handling.

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    Republished at the Bernalillo County LP site (version 1) — http://lpnm.us/bernalillo/blackarrow.html


    NOTES

    1. Approximate reading level – 13.4
    2. Reposted –
      1. KCUF Media – Xanga
      2. LPUSA / LPNMBernalillo County LP site (v1) / LPNM Blog (v2)
    3. Listening – Hell to Pay by Dokken

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    Tuesday, 2 October 2007

    New Mexico Liberty — October 2007

    Filed under: Media, Politics, Reading — Tags: , , , , , — weeklysedition @ 1:37 AM

    NEW MEXICO LIBERTY

    “Let Freedom Ring”

    The Official Newsletter of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico

    www.myspace.com/nmliberty / groups.yahoo.com/group/nmliberty

    October 2007 — www.lpnm.org — Vol.2.1 No.10

    EditorMike Blessing [ gunssavelives@comcast.net ]

    Print Distribution — Ron Bjornstad / Bill Koehler

    PublisherKCUF Media

    Who owns you? Who runs your life?

    Who should — YOU or SOMEONE ELSE?

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    [These are the links to the HTML versions of each article or section that I’ve posted to the Myspace page. The PDF version is available in the Files section of the NM Liberty Yahoo! group (the link is above) and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and read the file — www.adobe.com — MWB]

    Cartoons, Quotes, Notes from the Editor, and a Letter to the Editor

    Food Stamp Realities

    Field Reports / Calendar — October 2007

    Voice of the Chair — October 2007

    The 2008 LPNM Road-To-Freedom Motorcycle Raffle

    Bill Richardson’s Health Care Boondoggle

    Help Wanted in the LPNM

    Repeal the 20th Century!

    Can DHS Force Real ID?

    Toward an International Bill of Rights Union

    Authorization for Automated Transfers

    Contacts / Internet Resources

    Administrivia

    LPNM Enrollment / Renewal / Donations


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