Paulius, if you want me to address the argument, extremism in any form is probably not a good idea. To paraphrase Nietzsche, if you're going to fight against monsters you have to take care not to become one yourself.
Since you and Hunter want to deal in absolutes, then an extremist is an extremist. Does it really matter what ideals are being defended if the person defending them is rabidly unwilling or unable to see things from any other perspective?
You're right on one thing...there's not much to argue with because it's spot on. And it seems like you missed the point. "Liberals are like this but Conservatives are like this." No, he's saying liberals and neocons are the same when it comes to using fear for political gain and eroding the Constitution. And.....scene.
Here it is explained visually: http://i.imgur.com/xVce9.jpg
What is there to argue with? Hunter is becoming extremely formulaic. "Liberals are like this but Conservatives are like this. Constitution. Reagan. Scene."
Jack is almost right on this one.
And he's also clearly moving away from the "libertarian" wing.
Godwin 2.0--By all means, don't argue with the column head on. Just replace "Nazis" with "Islamic militants" and imply they might say something similar. Intellectual laziness at its finest.
Right now in the Kabul City Paper, some Islamic militant is writing an op-ed justifying his extremism too. I guess it makes sense, Islamic militants have a lot in common with the American Right - their views on women and other minorities and their ambitions for total theocracy, for example. You guys should get together and exchange notes.
It's interesting how so many of the comments against this column don't attack Mark Sanford's brand of conservatism (what this column is actually about), but instead question Jack's motives for writing it...as if Jack hasn't always agreed with Sandford. Same for the Pauls; he was praising them long before he was working for them. If Jack ever touts the virtues of Lindsey Graham and follows it up with a paycheck, then you'll actually have a point.
Also, it looks like Larry's using his other logins to give his posts artificial likes. That is all.
Jack, the criticism of you from the anarcho-libertarian individuals was inappropriate. Your rebuttal ought to have been merely defensive of your own beliefs rather than returning the offense and calling people "cowards". All of the efforts to advance the cause of liberty have a positive effect. Some people will act insecurely and that is regrettable. Please try to avoid following the same course.
Political disconnectedness is not necessarily the result of apathy or cowardice. Agorism is just a different (apolitical) tactic to achieve the same goal.
What you should be doing is applauding apolitical efforts while making the case for whatever political efforts you support.
Either you do not understand these apolitical efforts or you are experiencing cognitive dissonance because that is not the path you have chosen.
I take little issue with people not caring, only take issue with people who don't care voting.
Your snarky all cap outburts are startin to give me headaches more than Clarkie.
It was better when you at least tried to support your points with your coherent writings.
MONEY IS LIBERTY! TYRANNY IS TAXATION! BARTER SYSTEM IS FREE MARKET! WAR IS PEACE! HAPPINESS IN SLAVERY!
"This criticism is usually followed by a certain posturing from the critic that he is somehow morally superior because he has maintained a purity that I have not."
I get this sometimes, too. The plain truth is this: you and I (and many others) ARE moving the ball down the field, away from tyranny and towards liberty. I know this. I saw congressional candidates start talking about sound money this cycle a mere 6 months after I started talking to them about auditing the Fed.
Those same federal office candidates are questioning the efficacy of the war on drugs, the Wilsonian foreign policy, and whether the HUD, Commerce, and Education Departments are doing more harm than good.
I have no illusions that a constitutional republic is one cycle away nor might we return to it in my life time but I know we're gonna get closer to it...soon.
Zionist? Well, there goes taking anything u write serious.
We applaud your passion and involvement and commitment to work for those who talked the talk. However, not all of the messengers of the message liberty or otherwise, will make it to the envisioned destination. In fact, probably few do. Their delivery and results might be ineffectual and even hurtful to the cause. Their flaws, if they continue unabated, detrimental personally and professionally. The distraction becomes a turn-off from the message instead of an enlightenment. We thank them for their attempts but for those folks I say, time to hand off the baton.
By framing it as an argument between doing absolutely nothing and flailing about with anything, you've framed it deceptively.
What you've chosen to do is invest your time and energy in a candidate and a system which are integrally defective. This is time and energy which could have been invested in more fruitful efforts outside the mainstream political system.
You should be commended for your effort, but it back-fired. You didn't merely walk home empty-handed, you got cuckolded and exploited. You supported a candidate who threw his political capital behind his Zionist warmonger son, flipped on mass immigration and amnesty, and backed down on the pivotal issues when cornered.
You didn't merely take a risk which came up short...you made a tactical mistake. Making mistakes is all well and good, unless you refuse to learn from it...as appears to be the case.
Thanks for what you do Jack.
In case people have forgotten how to add & subtract, our nation has been taken over by the worst criminal cabal called Wall Street, stealing money at will by the mega billions and manufacturing an endless war on provoked victims we steal their polluting oil and allow their dope to flow freely on our streets for a police state prison system with over 1 million Americans behind bars denied jobs or decent food to eat.....we have changed since FDR spelled out our 4 freedoms into a fascist corporation called the Pentagon, more honestly called the War Department from 1787 to Harry Truman... we need to elect people in Congress who will live by the Constitution not the jack boot pork barrel of mega weapons and mega corruption devaluing our money.... we can have Democracy for the 99% or we can have willing tea bagger idiots who vote for Boner & Reid & Obusha who just keep on spreading their tit for tat lies while the trillion dollar heist each 3 months now clicks onto number 17 trillion our grand children are indentured to pay...843-926-1750 @LarryAccomplish .... we need to jail those who take bankster bonus money not keep paying them and allow them to run the Federal Reserve & trade stocks by the millions per minute.... we can tax each stock sale one penny to keep a paper trail of this huge swindle intermingled with honest businesses of Americans making good products & services.....
Great Article Jack as always. Governor Mark Sanford is a principled Conservative who kept his pledge for three terms and he left when he said he would. It has been over twelve years since Governor Sanford has served in Congress. And the Three Terms was for three Consecutive terms, Which was a Promise that he Kept. Governor Sanford only took the money after the Legislature went around him. His Fiscal Prudence is desperately needed in Washington Dc.
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