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Russell Kanning

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Re: Has Stefan Molyneux hooked you?
« Reply #105 on: January 10, 2008, 01:27 PM NHFT »

Very well stated.  I had not thought of the 'lottery ticket' angle. 
and it also funds the government's activities
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Re: Has Stefan Molyneux hooked you?
« Reply #106 on: January 10, 2008, 04:31 PM NHFT »

The true benefits to the RP campaign will all be in their educational value.

I've argued this point with "purists" since the beginning.    Paul's political campaign has done much to expose a new generation to the message of liberty. 

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Today reminded me that those dollars would be better saved, spent, invested.  Burned.  Rather I gave them to the state.  The analogy holds there too.  Stupid.  I realize this today.

How does the analogy hold?  Are these "tickets" votes? or campaign contributions?  Your contribution didn't enrich the state, it went to television stations and print shops.

The energy spent on this campaign wasn't about the purchase of "lottery tickets" -- it was invested in spreading ideas.

Skip the sanctimony over not voting -- unless you're also not legitimizing the state in other ways (submitting to licenses, registrations, fees and taxes).  If you aren't simply playing well-worn libertarian purity games and had conviction -- you would live your life according to these principles -- and ditch the licenses, registrations, fees and taxes.

I enjoy Molyneux occasionally -- his brand of dogmatic atomism isn't suited for every anarchist. 
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Re: Has Stefan Molyneux hooked you?
« Reply #107 on: January 10, 2008, 09:55 PM NHFT »

Very well stated.  I had not thought of the 'lottery ticket' angle. 
and it also funds the government's activities

The irony wasn't lost on me.
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Re: Has Stefan Molyneux hooked you?
« Reply #108 on: January 10, 2008, 09:58 PM NHFT »

The true benefits to the RP campaign will all be in their educational value.

I've argued this point with "purists" since the beginning.    Paul's political campaign has done much to expose a new generation to the message of liberty. 

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Today reminded me that those dollars would be better saved, spent, invested.  Burned.  Rather I gave them to the state.  The analogy holds there too.  Stupid.  I realize this today.

How does the analogy hold?  Are these "tickets" votes? or campaign contributions?  Your contribution didn't enrich the state, it went to television stations and print shops.

The energy spent on this campaign wasn't about the purchase of "lottery tickets" -- it was invested in spreading ideas.

Skip the sanctimony over not voting -- unless you're also not legitimizing the state in other ways (submitting to licenses, registrations, fees and taxes).  If you aren't simply playing well-worn libertarian purity games and had conviction -- you would live your life according to these principles -- and ditch the licenses, registrations, fees and taxes.

I enjoy Molyneux occasionally -- his brand of dogmatic atomism isn't suited for every anarchist. 

The point of this comment was lost on me.

The point of my comment was that the money and energy I spent on RP was like money and energy spent buying lottery tickets.  Slim chance of success.  Would have been better spent on something more likely to become capital rather than waste paper.  Sanctimonius about voting?  You must have read someone else's posts. 
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Re: Has Stefan Molyneux hooked you?
« Reply #109 on: January 14, 2008, 11:54 AM NHFT »

How does the Ron Paul campaign enrich the state?
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Re: Has Stefan Molyneux hooked you?
« Reply #110 on: January 17, 2008, 10:15 AM NHFT »

Who the hell is Stefan Molyneux?

Funny, I was wondering the same thing! ;D
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Re: Has Stefan Molyneux hooked you?
« Reply #111 on: January 19, 2008, 09:56 PM NHFT »

I agree with a lot of what he says, but I don't agree with his opinions that you should ostracize people who support government, or even that being involved with politics is bad. It doesn't matter how true it is that the government doesn't have the authority to pass laws, because the government will pass those laws and enforce them anyway. So if the government is going to enforce the laws it passes, you might as well email your politicians and vote for relatively pro-liberty candidates. If there is a law against owning marijuana, people will get arrested for it. If there is no law, people will not get arrested for it. So doing things that might lead to the law being abolished is a good thing. If you take part in civil disobedience, the point is to change public opinion to have the law changed.
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Re: Has Stefan Molyneux hooked you?
« Reply #112 on: February 12, 2008, 07:48 AM NHFT »

Should you vote in UN elections or hope to someday represent a country to that organization? They pass resolutions and enforce them , so?
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Re: Has Stefan Molyneux hooked you?
« Reply #113 on: March 02, 2008, 03:35 PM NHFT »

This is a great discussion; very thought-provoking.  And to answer Lauren's poll, I have listened to several of Molyneux' podcasts at this point, and look forward to listening to many more.

I would like to correct one error:

Excellent. So he never talks about the government needing to provide "national defense" or "border security" or creating money?

Border Security - He doesn't want to build a wall or spend any significant amount of money on the border.

Paul's Congressional voting record would indicate otherwise.
http://www.house.gov/paul/press/press2006/pr091406.htm

Paul Votes for Stronger Border Security

September 14, 2006     

Washington, DC:  Congressman Ron Paul joined more than 280 of his House colleagues in voting to better secure our nation?s borders.  The House of Representatives passed the ?Secure Fence Act of 2006? yesterday, taking a needed step toward real immigration reform.

?The problems associated with illegal immigration cannot be addresses unless and until we gain physical control of our borders and coastlines,? Paul stated.  The number one priority for Congress should be securing our borders?no immigration reform is possible until then.  Once we have control over who is entering the country, we can begin to reform the legal immigration process.? 

?Amnesty for lawbreakers is not the answer, and it?s time to rethink birthright citizenship,? Paul added.

The bill passed yesterday requires the Homeland Security Department to gain "operational control" of the country's international borders, authorizes the construction of approximately 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexican border, requires a study of implementing security systems along the U.S.-Canadian border, and directs the department to evaluate the ability of personnel to stop fleeing vehicles at the border.

Paul has joined a group of colleagues demanding that the Senate pass border security legislation this year.  The House passed a strong border enforcement bill nearly one year ago, but the Senate has failed to act on the measure.
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Re: Has Stefan Molyneux hooked you?
« Reply #114 on: March 02, 2008, 04:24 PM NHFT »

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnHP3W0rP2g[/youtube]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnHP3W0rP2g
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Re: Has Stefan Molyneux hooked you?
« Reply #115 on: March 06, 2008, 11:00 PM NHFT »

Hey!  Stefan's site Freedomainradio.com is showing up on the top ad. 
He's paying to catch our attention.  Isn't that flattering?
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Re: Has Stefan Molyneux hooked you?
« Reply #116 on: March 06, 2008, 11:25 PM NHFT »

Hey!  Stefan's site Freedomainradio.com is showing up on the top ad. 
He's paying to catch our attention.  Isn't that flattering?

I believe that's Google Adwords, which chooses different sites based on their content. I don't think he chose our site personally. Speaking of Adwords, I got a call from them yesterday about a free consultation. I'll talk about it in another thread so as not to hijack this one.
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Re: Has Stefan Molyneux hooked you?
« Reply #117 on: March 07, 2008, 06:29 AM NHFT »

No, he's not paying and it's not google.  I just made an ad for him cause I like him.
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Re: Has Stefan Molyneux hooked you?
« Reply #118 on: March 07, 2008, 07:01 AM NHFT »

I believe that's Google Adwords, which chooses different sites based on their content. I don't think he chose our site personally.
everything is personal :icon_pirat:
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Re: Has Stefan Molyneux hooked you?
« Reply #119 on: March 07, 2008, 09:04 AM NHFT »

No, he's not paying and it's not google.  I just made an ad for him cause I like him.

Oh neat!
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