Elizabeth Warren and those of her ilk seem to think the remedy to crony capitalism is to further empower the very source of such abuses in the first place – state power. When they express righteous indignation in the face Wall Street executives’ impunity but turn a blind eye to the state’s own, it is nothing more than hypocrisy.

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  • Hey guys! I wanted to talk a bit about myself along with what I witnessed as a new Marine.   I grew up in a Vietnamese American family that firmly believes in the American Dream that many believe in because of the propaganda put out there. Everyone should know it by heart now: You go to school, get good grades, graduate from elementary, middle, high school, and college, with a piece of paper saying that you’re qualified to see the world, work in it, and make the most out of it. I don’t blame my parents; they grew up in a war that was started off of a lie, and had little to nothing when they escaped over here to start a new chapter in their lives. But they fell for what the statists in this world want us all to do: by not living freely through working a mediocre job in the name of security, and getting their kids to do it to continue to endless cycle. Growing up, I always wanted to be in the military, thinking that I was going to serve my country and all, but after listening to Ron Paul early on in college and waking up to what is really going on, I didn’t want to join because I didn’t want to participate in wars that our country didn’t need to be involved in. It was also the same time I dropped out of college because I realized that the degree that I was pursuing (Communications), was as worthless as post World War I German currency. That didn’t sit well with my parents because they wanted me to go to college and gave an ultimatum: go back to college or join the military. I could have just walked out and started a new life but besides the fact that it’s complete disrespect, I didn’t have money so I meekly chose the latter by joining the Marine Corps. I thought I was doing a favor by getting a challenge in life by joining the Few and the Proud, but when I got there, here’s what I witnessed that I don’t think many people know (If you do know, then I guess I’m repeating for you guys). 1. The Marine Corps has lowered its standards to the point where the dumbest of the dumbest can pass. Heck, you would have to try to fail in order to get dropped in anything. Just look at the PFT standards, if you can’t do two pullups, then I wonder how you even got to Recruit Training to begin with. It’s not just physical standards, but it spills over to academic learning and being a part of the team. 2. Hypocrisy was prevalent throughout Recruit Training. Drill Instructors taught us never to dehumanize a dead combatant, yet many told stories of how they poked eyeballs of dead people, stole war trophies, and killed civilians without remorse. Besides dehumanizing the enemy and telling us not to do it, they were also discouraging people not to chew but they themselves were rubbing it in the faces of those who did. I’m not a tobacco chewer myself but isn’t that hypocritical? 3. Instead of changing boys to men as advertised, it makes young men who decide to join submissive and brings the worst habits out of many individuals. I’ve seen many guys become as many would like to say, “boot” (where the guy can no longer speak in first person, stand at parade rest in places that don’t even require parade rest, or have no emotions at all), and outright selfish. Am I advertising statism itself by saying they had to change their individual habits, especially the selfish people? No, but I want to point out how it’s all completely false advertisement when people say that joining the military will make them mature and into men. It doesn’t. That being said, despite all this, I still managed to spread the message of liberty throughout boot camp in small doses. Many guys in my platoon really accepted it (except for the guys that aren’t awake yet, these guys I’d like to call the typical “Fox News Republican”), and some even reconsidered their plans of a career in the Corps. But I’d like to take it a step further, how can I continue to spread the message of liberty in a statist environment? And if I ever decided to get out, what’s the process to do so if I don’t want to be in there for 4 years? While I’m proud of claiming the title and truly wanting to serve the people and not the racket in DC as an Oathkeeper, I honestly am not proud of what I’ve seen in the Marine Corps so far. Hope to hear from all soon!

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  • In a stateless society, there is no monopoly on criminal justice that can grant immunity from prosecution to a minor criminal in order to get testimony that can convict a major criminal. One court company could grant immunity, but then another could use the minor criminal’s testimony to pursue a case against that person. Is there a way to make this work, or would a stateless society have to seek justice without the evidence gained from immunity grants?

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  • Many of us like to associate with like-minded people, but there is something to be said for associating with opposite-minded people. Know thy enemy. In this case, I was listening to a lobbyist who has written “As a Democrat, I think the government has a role to help people.”  I can’t imagine what role the criminally insane can have in helping people, and I can’t help but imagining what harm they can do. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. A telling statement made by this lobbyist was “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.” I think this is a concise summary of the evil of government power, but for this lobbyist it was an invitation to get involved in lobbying government to defend your interests and promote your pet projects. Microsoft had no lobbyists and ignored the government until the company was attacked with vicious anti-trust actions by the government. Subsequently, Microsoft invested heavily in lobbyists. It seems that government is a self-perpetuating power machine that cannot fail to grow.

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