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Masking Totalitarianism

John2261 Wrote: Nov 27, 2013 11:52 AM
Rights are not from God. Properly defined, they are merely the necessary rules for proper human interaction in a social context.
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Masking Totalitarianism

John2261 Wrote: Nov 27, 2013 11:50 AM
I agree with you 100%, that people should reap the consequences of their actions and welfare, even well intentioned, just breeds more demand for welfare. Charity can help the genuinely disable, and those who have a streak of bad luck. However, there's one wrinkle. While adults deserve the "tough love", lots of them keep producing little children who would have to live in a deplorable state because of their parent's "lack of character", shall we say. These parent's are using their own children to obtain "ransom" in the form of social assistance. I don't want to support bums, but I don't want innocent children to suffer. It's a tough call.
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Masking Totalitarianism

John2261 Wrote: Nov 27, 2013 11:41 AM
So-called liberals want the state to have economic control such as redistribution of income, setting minimum wages etc. So-called conservatives want the state to have social control, such as deciding who can marry whom, whether or not you can smoke dope, etc. This has always seemed to me to be a contradiction. Either people have the right to run their own lives, both socially and economically, or they don't. It's a question of liberty. People who chose to have others run their lives are, right now, free to turn over that control to whomever and in whatever degree they wish. Unfortunately, they insist on inflicting their view on everyone else. If you want to be someone's slave, go ahead, you have that right. But if I want to be free, please leave me alone. My life is my own; you have no right to try to control me as long as I'm not infringing on your right to your life.
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Honesty and Trust

John2261 Wrote: Sep 25, 2013 11:30 AM
Re-read the article. Williams outlined the practical, real world reasons why people should be honest. You don't need a made-up god to threaten you to be honest (or to not murder, steal, etc.). It's a rational choice for your own good. Religion is not necessary to be a good person, and many "religious" people are not good people. But a rational person, who consistently behaves in his own rational self interest, will always be a good person.
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Official Lies

John2261 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 11:42 AM
Everyone who is a net contributor (ie. a taxpayer) should be sent a bar code. On election day, you scan the bar code to enable you to vote. People who are takers from the system should not be allowed to vote. This includes corporate welfare bums. This does not deny anybody the right to vote... if you want to vote, all you need to do is become a producer, not a moocher.
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Are Guns the Problem?

John2261 Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 11:43 AM
You don't need religion to be a moral person, and indeed, many killings have been committed in the name of religion. A moral code that respects the rights of life, liberty and property of all is what's needed. No need for a "supernatural" component at all. Ayn Rand's Objectivism fills the bill. Check it out.
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An Overdue Book

John2261 Wrote: Nov 29, 2012 11:59 AM
You are saying that if human nature were only different, then leftist policies would work. You cannot make human nature disappear by declaring it "illegal." This is what the left doesn't comprehend. Policies work when they are in tandem with human nature, harnessing that human drive for betterment of self and family. Dr. Sowell understands reality; you prefer to deny reality. You may be correct that the right loses the argument, but not because they're wrong. It's because there are more and more people divorced from reality. They don't know enough or don't think enough to realize that liberal policies are not suited to human, but to ants.
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