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I Oppose Government School

I am an opponent of Common Core(2009+) [1], Race to the Top(2009) [2], No Child Left Behind(2001) [3], and all prior federal action in education [4],  because Congress has no Constitutional authority to intervene in education, government action always disrupts the voluntary interactions of individuals (the free market) [5], and learning requires inspiration not standards.  The teacher motivates and inspires. The student is ultimately responsible for learning.

I believe that individuals taking responsibility for their own learning is far superior to imposed education.

I believe compulsory education is immoral.

I believe that good standards do not have to be forced on people(government action is always coercive).  Being in the software field, computing is full of standards that were voluntarily adopted. HTTP for example was not imposed on everyone, yet it is now a nearly ubiquitous standard.  I do not believe it requires coercive action to make thousands of professors and teachers agree that the pythagorean theorem is a relation in Euclidean geometry among the three sides of a right triangle.

I included a list of video resources that have had an impact on the way I think about government education.

Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity
http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity

Ken Robinson: Changing education paradigms
http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_changing_education_paradigms

Dr. Duke Pesta: Common Core
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si-kx5-MKSE






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Only the State Can Run a Gambling Operation

Are there any actual journalists in this town that will not simply be the idiot mouthpiece of the state?

Why is it that there are no charges of defrauding the consumer? Oh that’s right, because only the state is allowed to run a gambling operation. Don’t be fooled, this has nothing to do with protecting anyone, and everything to do with protecting the IRS resource pool and the state’s monopoly of gambling.

Florida Constitution of 1968 – Section 7 – Lotteries.
Violation of Lottery Law F.S. 849.09
Violation of F.S. 849.15, 849.16 Slot Machines
Florida State Statute 849.01 pertaining to Keeping gambling houses, etc.
F.S. 896.101 Money Laundering Act
F.S. 896.103 Transaction which constitutes separate offense.
Rackteering is described simply as “Any crime that is chargeable by petition, indictment, or information under the following provisions of the Florida Statutes”

Why in the world is money laundering a illegal? Think about it. You are effectively money laundering when you transact in gold or any other money. Remember eGold? If the state doesn’t control the money in your transactions, it is money laundering!

http://www.news4jax.com/news/Allied-Veterans-executives-top-officers-at-FOP-face-judges/-/475880/19294694/-/s3b9dxz/-/index.html
(see linked affidavit)

“Senate Gambling Chair Garrett Richter, R-Naples, said .. Internet cafes were illegal, he said, because all gambling in Florida must be authorized by the state.”

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/fl-senate-internet-cafe-ban-20130318,0,7184804.story

“Sen. Garrett Richter, a Naples Republican, said the objective over the next two years will be to determine how gambling regulations and revenues benefit Floridians before changes are made.” i.e. shutting down gambling operations are about state revenue not gambling.

http://www.newsherald.com/news/government/florida-lawmakers-plan-comprehensive-gambling-review-1.78717

“Florida will gain $8.1 million in revenue for education next year under legislation passed by the House on Thursday that allows state Lottery vending machines to expand the type of games they sell.”

http://www.thefloridacurrent.com/article.cfm?id=26506130

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The Ethics of Capitalism Part I

Published on March 7, 2013, by in Capitalism.

The Ethics of Capitalism Part I (Capitalism & Morality Seminar 2012) – Stefan Molyneux

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Conservative Congressman Changes View on War

Published on February 27, 2013, by in War.

Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr. from North Carolina’s 3rd congressional district does an about-face on aggressive, unconstitutional war.  He toed the party line,  strongly supported the Iraq war, and yes, he was the one that led the effort to have french fries renamed to “freedom fries” in House cafeteria menus as a protest against French opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.  Now he is a strong anti-war advocate. Listen to him talk about the experience here:

And here is the documentary he referenced:

Hubris : Selling the Iraq War

Tom Woods Discusses War & The False Left-Right Paradigm

Tom Woods: War

 

 

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Gun Control, Judging Astute Politicians

It is easy for politicians to weight in on gun control. Whether they come out in support of gun control or against, there is little political risk to any politician taking a position – their respective voting blocks will remain in tact. In fact, a good politician will surely take advantage of easy political points. Will they really follow through when federal agents come knocking?

We should not be so quick to praise a politician for standing up for the second amendment. We must ask ourselves, are they supporting the 2nd amendment out of genuine regard for it or merely to win political points? There’s no easy way to tell just from this one position. You must look a little deeper into their history and record. Look for those things that will actually be a political risk for someone to support, like opposing undeclared war.

Remember, sheriffs are politicians.

 

Utah:

We are prepared to trade our lives for the preservation of its traditional interpretation.

Florida:

Florida Sheriffs affirm they will not assist, support, or condone any unconstitutional infringement of that right;

 

This is a sad excuse for support of the 2nd amendment:

http://florida.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2013/02/insufficient-the-sunshine-state-florida-sheriffs-association-and-florida-house-responses-to-second-amendment-protections/

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Jacksonville, Florida Red Light Cameras – Not for Safety, but Extortion

Sheriff John Rutherford, the Jacksonville Police Department, and the criminals in the Jacksonville City Council continue to expand the red light camera scheme. Cronyism at it’s finest. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s for safety. It is not. Flat out extortion.

Jay Beeber Defeats LA’s Red Light Cameras:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W_aXo4UOlo

Sheriff John Rutherford lies to you(do not trust politicians):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMtVBDWItOE

The criminal organization’s scheme:
http://www.coj.net/departments/sheriff-s-office/patrol-division/jacksonville-s-red-light-enforcement-program.aspx

Funding provision in the ordinance: “The monies deposited in this trust fund shall carry over fiscal years. However, on September 1st of each year, a transfer shall be deposited into the General Fund in the amount of any net revenue over expenditures received into the trust fund during the last reporting period.”

The council ordinance cites Florida, Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act:

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=42367

The votes (on companion act):

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/floorvote.aspx?VoteId=11042&BillId=42624&&

Well look what we have here… Here’s the bastard that introduced the state red light camera bill, Ron Reagan. 

“Since leaving the Florida legislature, Reagan has been Director of National Advocacy and Outreach for the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR), a Texas nonprofit supported by American Traffic Solutions of Scottsdale, Arizona, a manufacturer and operator of red light camera systems.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Reagan_(Florida_representative)

 

Redflex:

The company provides funding for “grassroots” groups that support traffic cameras, thus benefiting Redflex.[10][11] In 2010, the company invested $38,000 in Safe Roads Ohio, 99.5% of the money the group received.[11]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redflex_Holdings

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A Private Law Society (by Hans-Hermann Hoppe)

My introduction to Hans-Hermann Hoppe. I guess I will be reading Democracy: The God that Failed next.

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Heh, The Three Types of Churches

I love these guys..

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Milton Friedman v Young Michael Moore

Published on January 2, 2013, by in Economics.

An important point is made about risk and the subjective value of decreasing risk.

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The Founding of the Federal Reserve

Published on January 2, 2013, by in Economics.

Great piece by Murray Rothbard about the Fed.