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"Tax day is not a day of cooperation; it is a day of disappointment. It is a day that reminds us that the state cripples human potential. It is a reminder that the state is a constant hurdle to the resurgent market. It is a day that reminds us of the horrors and costs of central planning."

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"What do you call a “withdrawal” that doesn’t end drone strikes? A faux one. The term withdrawal implies an exit from the area. If U.S. drones will continue to kill people in Afghanistan, the military presence is not truly over. We should be worried about the continued and apparently indefinite use of imperial violence by the U.S. government."

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Hello everyone! Appalachian State University (ASU) State Students for a Stateless Society (S4SS) are raising money to help Charles Johnson from the Alliance of the Libertarian Left and co-editor and contributor to the book “Markets Not Capitalism” visit ASU to speak about the relationship between liberty and social justice as part of the annual ASU Social Justice Week! 
 
At S4SS we believe the best way to advocate for justice is to advocate for freedom and vice versa. Charles’ trip to ASU in Boone, NC will serve to educate members of the social justice advocacy crowd on this fact and inform us on ways to best accomplish this! We’re hoping to raise about $170 to raise gas and car rental money. We’ll be recording the event and it’ll make for some great, free S4SS/C4SS content!

Donate $5 today here —> http://www.gofundme.com/7r2j2s

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"Authority is divorced from reality: It does not directly perceive the material impediments to translating its will into action, or receive accurate feedback about difficulties encountered in doing so. The reason for this is simple. As Robert Anton Wilson pointed out, subordinates don’t tell the truth to anyone with a gun — or anyone in a position to fire or punish them."

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"With carte blanche to ramp up violence against the people, the government has felt especially free to economically exploit the people in the last few years. June’s protests, ignited by the poor condition of public transportation all over the country, are but a symptom of a larger problem. Heavy subsidies to real estate development (in reality, little more than government handouts to contractors) have made Brazil’s large cities grow even larger, making the country on of the most expensive in the world — and creating a housing bubble very similar to the American one. Urban infra-structure can’t take the shock and falls apart everywhere."

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“Journalists are asked to make too many judgments under conditions of too little time and too much uncertainty for the news to be the last word,” Patterson writes, preceding a quote by early-20th century journalist Thomas Lippmann. “’When we expect [the press] to supply a body of truth, we employ a misleading standard of judgment. We misunderstand the limited nature of news [and] the illimitable complexity of society.’”

Compare to Hayek in “The Use of Knowledge In Society”

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"It is important to understand that disability is not purely medical, it is also social. Our societies systematically enable certain people, with certain conditions, and disable other people, with other conditions. I think some disabilities are almost entirely medical problems, for example, my having asthma poses medical problems, and secondarily social problems such as how to avoid allergies; by way of contrast, my being autistic poses social problems, such as how to avoid strobing lights, eye contact, and high-pitched beeps, without posing medical problems."

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"A free society is harmed by this convergence of state and corporate power. If people are not free to publish damaging things about either institution, both are left off the hook for bad behavior. The punitive potential of both of these institutions is vast and needs to be opposed. People should be free of the power of either. This is a necessary aspect of total freedom. Let us work at making it a reality."

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"In the insurrectionist and collectivist side of anarchism, a similar phenomenon was taking place, though with constant references to the idea of Go given by Deleuze and Guattari. In the second half of the nineties, the first groups that begin to think about Go as a metaphor to theorize libertarian alternatives that incorporate the Internet and free software into their design were already appearing. But it will be with the crisis, starting in 2010, that the strategic metaphors based on Go begin to multiply."

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"Public education is an environment wherein children are taught that there is such a thing as objective authority figures. This may not be overt, especially given how many well meaning and sincere public educators are out there, but the fact remains that public schools are among the first places where children start to be molded into compliant, servile people. There is not a whole lot of room for individuality, and even less room for questioning the teacher’s lesson plans. It is the perfect place to instill far-reaching values, such as statism, when children are at their most intellectually vulnerable."