Advocacy For Any Law is Advocacy For Violence

By Andrew Lepore | United States

You may have heard the term you don’t talk about politics at dinner. But why has political discourse become so hateful and volatile? Well, the answer lies in the system we have inherited.

Our system of constitutional republicanism is one of involuntary participation and involuntary funding. The debate will always consist of who is being coerced, who is in power, and who is required to fund it all.

Participation in our system is not like a voluntary organization or corporation, which has to convince you to voluntarily give up your money in exchange for a good or service that is provided by the corporation. If you don’t value the benefits as much as the cost, you aren’t required to give them your money or use their services. If they began providing shitty services at higher costs, you can no longer give them your business if you so choose.

Under our system, Politicians do not have to convince the populace that their programs are worthwhile; if you don’t like it well too bad. You don’t choose how much money you give, you don’t choose where your money goes, and you definitely don’t have the option to opt out.

People will say, “but wait, you have the right to vote and you have the right to have your voice heard!” People are so conditioned that they believe that is sufficient to expropriate you and your property. Using that as justification for the state taking your money is comparable to somebody saying “oh well it’s not theft if the burglar allowed you to argue your case why it is immoral for him to be taking your money.”

This idea of coercion and involuntarism applies to every person, every law, and every tax. When somebody is calling for the rich to be taxed, they are calling for the state involuntarily rob those who are more successful of the fruits of their labor because that’s what they want. If the “rich” refuse men with guns will come to punish them.

When somebody is calling for drugs to be banned, they are not only calling for sovereign individuals to be locked in a cage for consuming a substance which the state does not approve of, but they are calling for everyone else to be required to fund this prohibition.

When somebody is calling for assault weapons to be banned, they are calling for the state to forcefully prevent sovereign individuals from acquiring whatever means they wish to achieve the end goal of self-preservation. If they refuse to cooperate and are found to be in possession of an inanimate object which the state disapproves of, they will be punished by men with guns.

Now you can probably see why the talk of politics at dinner can get someone’s blood boiling. When you talk about politics, unless you are a libertarian, you are arguing who should be coerced, who should be robbed, and who should be thrown in jail. If this was debated in any other scope besides through the force of politics and government, it would be conspiracy to commit a crime. In what other sectors of our lives are we allowed to Decide who gets robbed and who gets coerced without it being seen as an egregious moral enormity?

As long as the mechanism of politics is thinking you know what’s best for the lives of others, and seeking to enforce your ideal with violence, the discussion will be rife with hatred and partisanship. The argument is who will be coerced and who will receive the benefits. It is who will be controlled and who will have the power.

In conclusion, this moral dilemma and injustice can only be resolved with a libertarian ideal of free, voluntary, and noncoercive society. When we talk about the betterment of society, it does not have to be through the immoral paradigm of force through government. When we talk about the betterment of society, it should be through the paradigm of peace, cooperation, and voluntarism.

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Outrage as Fresno State Professor Calls Barbara Bush ‘Amazing Racist’, Says She’s Happy ‘Witch is Dead’

By Jason Patterson | United States

In California, a college professor has sparked a social media controversy after calling former first lady Barbara Bush an “amazing racist” who raised a “war criminal,” and even going as far as to say she’s “happy the witch is dead.”

The comments were made just an hour after the news of her passing was released. The comments were made by Randa Jarrar, an author and professor in the English department at California State University, Fresno.

The hateful comments drew thousands of negative replies, sparking outrage on social media, with people universally condemning the professor’s tweets and some calling for her firing.

“I hope you find peace and one day walk away from this profound hatred,” writer Chad Felix Greene wrote.

In addition, Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro slammed Jarrar, tweeting: “Good news: you won’t have to see her when she’s in heaven and you’re burning in hell.”

Shockingly Jarrar remained unapologetic even after the rightfully harsh criticism, engaging with critics on social media and doubling down on her attacks against the Bush family, though she later set her Twitter account to private. She tweeted that she’s happy that “George W. Bush is probably really sad right now.”

After that, she boasted that because she is a tenured professor, she couldn’t be fired over her views. “I work as a tenured professor. I make 100K a year doing that. I will never be fired. I will always have people wanting to hear what I have to say,” she wrote on Twitter.

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CDC Says Throw out Romaine, Warns of E. Coli Outbreak

By Noah La Vie | United States

Unless the source… is known, consumers anywhere in the United States who have any store-bought romaine lettuce at home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, throw out any romaine lettuce if you’re uncertain about where it was grown. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.

– Center for Disease Control (CDC) statement

The CDC sent out this missive at 4PM EST on the 20th of April and immediately warns consumers and service industry members that are in possession of Romaine lettuce to throw it away. A new outbreak of E. Coli, the food transmitted disease, has ripped through Yuma, Arizona where Romaine is primarily grown and has infected over 53 individuals as of the writing of this article.

A direct link to the CDC’s website with more information about the outbreak and what you need to know can be found here.

On April 9th, the CDC recognized a nationwide rise in E. Coli infections. They found 17 victims, of varying age, sex, and health inflicted with the condition. At this point, they were unaware of the cause. It must be noted that unless DNA samples, fingerprinting, and blood samples are agreed by an individual for release by the CDC they will be an unreported statistic. The number may have been higher than 17 but the CDC does not report incomplete data sets.

By April 12th, the victim count had doubled from 17 to 35. 3 victims were suffering from types of kidney failure. Illnesses that occurred after March 27, 2018, might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill with E. coli and when the illness is reported. It could be weeks before the full scope of the disease outbreak has been explored.

Also on April 12th, the CDC released that twenty-six (93%) of 28 people interviewed reported consuming romaine lettuce in the week before their illness started. This percentage is significantly higher than of healthy people of which 46% reported eating romaine lettuce in the week before they were interviewed in the Atlas of Exposure (2006-2007) which is used by the CDC for comparative data.

Again, on April 18th, 18 people added to the victim list bringing the count up to 53. Forty-one (95%) of 43 people interviewed reported eating romaine lettuce in the week before their illness started.

On April 20th, the CDC discovered the link between Romaine and this new outbreak while interviewing infected individuals in Alaska on the subject. These individuals then pointed to the leafy lettuce as the source and the CDC corroborated this version of events by interviewing other victims. This investigation is ongoing, and CDC will provide more information as it becomes available. The new Alaska cases were not counted and no new count was given by the CDC.

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Proposed DC Law Would Lower Voting Age to 16

By Colin Louis | United States

The actions of March for Our Lives have led many to believe that youth are competent when it comes to politics. In turn, the City Council in Washington decided to consider giving the ability to vote to those 16 and older, lowering it from 18. The legislation was introduced last Tuesday by Charles Allen (D-Ward 6.)

In an interview Alex Shyer, a 16-year- old sophomore at Woodrow Wilson High School expressed his support for the idea. Shyer states,

“We work, we pay taxes, we care for family members, we can drive, we can do so many other things. So, adding voting onto that isn’t going to be that big of a responsibility. We can handle it.”

The law would make DC the First Nation in the country to allow minors to vote.

The last time a major youth movement led policy was during the Vietnam War when Congress lowered the voting age to 18 after widespread youth protest.

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Did The Founding Fathers Write The Declaration Of Independence on Hemp?

Spencer Kellogg | @TheNewTreasury

Every 4/20, pot smokers and marijuana advocates alike join together to celebrate their love of cannabis. The holiday renews calls for legalization of the plant and stokes the fire of many urban legends that have been long held surrounding cannabis, our founding fathers and the early years of the republic. One thing you might hear while lighting up a spliff today is that “The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp.” But was it?

As much as we all want it to be true, sadly, the Declaration of Independence was not written on hemp. In fact, the document seen as the greatest testament to American freedom was actually written on parchment made of animal’s skin. Further investigation shows that the paper’s origin was likely Dutch or European and at that time, flax or linen was the prized material.

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According to (and backed by historical evidence), it is likely that many of the original drafts of the Declaration Of Independence and The Constitution were written on hemp. Before 1883, over 80% of the paper produced in the industrial world was made of hemp and laws had yet to be enacted that would criminalize the plant product.

Four founding fathers were farmers and proponents of the hemp crop. Washington, Madison, Jefferson, and Franklin are all on record as advocates for the robust use of the plant. Furthermore, it has been suggested that Thomas Paine’s declarative work “Common Sense” was published on hemp paper.

Officials at Jefferson’s Monticello have long argued that the DOI was not written on hemp and many of our politicians today will be happy to bury the suggestion as myth. However, what cannot be argued with is the dependence and use of hemp in the early colonies. Today, the cultivation and use of hemp is a major battleground pitting social conservatives and progressive liberals against one another. Although our founding documents weren’t written on hemp paper, the plant has a long and historic use in our country and its contemporary illegality is blasphemous for any early American scholar.

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