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As George Orwell once wrote: “Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.”

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  • As I was browsing through the members of Liberty.me to see if there were people whose names I recognized and might have been acquainted with from other domains or activities, I was struck by the proportion of names that seemed like pseudonyms or other ways in which the real person might not be identified. In one way, given the number of stories that have circulated about identity theft, abuses, cyber stalking, etc, this isn’t surprising, but I’m wondering if there might be other motives, especially in this domain. Are some people, particularly those who haven’t registered their real names, or complete names, with or without a photo afraid that they might be subjected to some kind of ostracism, persecution, discrimination or other treatment that they’d like to avoid? What about people who are already well known as out-spoken critics of the government, the status quo and other aspects of our modern life who have registered under their real names.  Have these people experienced any serious threats to their well being that they might have wished to avoid, had they been able to? What are the real risks of taking a stand for what libertarians believe in, or what they are perceived to believe in by people who are against their ideals? And, finally, if there are important risks which one faces in standing up for these ideals, how might the dangers be avoided, minimized and/or combatted?

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  • In the absence of the ever expanding lexicon of regressive leftists, what do you think would be their responses to these two questions: Why does being undoubtedly persuaded of the purity and power of your cause allow you to do absolutely anything? Why does being habitually used to moral superiority, to piety and to thinking well of yourself not amount to an ugliness festering within you?

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  • People tend to think that despots are a surprise. Suddenly a society encounters a Hugo Chavez, a Hitler, a Fidel Castro, Mussolini. After that society suffers as a victim the rigors of despotism. In this book I put myself away of the the myth of the innocent society. On the contrary, the despot is the product of misconceptions that have been injected or prevail in a society. They are very specific ideas, completely incompatible with the notion of limited government, representation and rule of law. The book is now available in the Liberty.me library to download. Those misconceptions, which are not exhausted in this list are: identification of dictatorship with physical violence, absolute democracy, social democracy, egalitarianism, the class struggle, identifying legislative will of state law and the pursuit of government wise, the income tax even the notion that the press is going to keep us free. And there is an answer that we can search together: Can this happen in the USA? Just ask yourself if these misconceptions are already settled.

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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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  • The Surprising Thing People Who Resist Authority Have in Common – Mic If you aren’t familiar with the Milgram Experiment and the more recent duplicate then maybe you should be. It is horrific to see what people will do when they are allowed to harm others based on word of a third party. If you are a member of Liberty.me then you probably would be in the stop hero group. Long live the rebellion! More on this subject

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