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Stephen Walt, the Robert and Renée Belfer professor of international relations at Harvard University, discusses why the US should stay out of the fight even if the Islamic State “wins” by retaining power in the areas now under their control.

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  • Since humans are subjective it is impossible for arbitrary regulation to serve the individuals; which is exactly why self-regulation is condemned by the interventionists. Interventionists are serving themselves at the expense of individuals and their arbitrary regulations are not only scientifically invalid (since humans are subjective) but they enrich the interventionists and their friends at the expense of everyone else. Interventionism is the manifestation of statism which is also a type of socialism. It is a scourge to human civilization.

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  • It can be a challenge to keep up with all the taxes one needs to pay throughout the year, and than to deal with all the paperwork that needs to be filed can be frustrating. What would be a good way to simplify the Tax Code? Below is a list of some of the taxes that we the people need to pay, or at least we experience their effects at one time or another. -Medicare, Medicare, Social Security, Federal Inocme Tax, State tax, Local Tax, Corporate tax, Sales Tax, Property Tax, estate tax, alcohol tax, tobacco tax, gift tax, tariffs on imports and exports, etc. Would a simple flat or consumption tax do the trick?

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  • I’ve just recently blogged about Insidious Government Encroachment which I believe would provide the basis on a useful discussion here.   I’d be interested and hearing the views and experiences of others from this group.

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  • History shows that control of the individual is achieved through the factors of production: labor, land, capital control through labor = slavery control through land = feudalism control through capital = the debt system Government is not necessary to control individuals through the factors of production. It is only necessary to own the factor of production. A study of history reveals multiple examples of this control. Are there any examples when this control of the individual through the factors of production has not existed?

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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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