He Who Pays The Piper Calls The Tune (L85)

Is there a difference between state-subsidized churches and state-subsidized schools?

In the grand scheme of things, there are really no differences between any two state-subsidized buildings. He who pays the piper calls the tune, and rest assured that the government is not paying for anything that doesn’t support their agenda 100%. Money is only handed out according to rules and regulations. So, despite the fact that one building supposedly teaches religion and the other supposedly offers education, they are both calling people to commit to the same authority figure because they are both trying to meet, in essence, the same state regulated requirements. From both buildings comes the very same bought-and-paid-for lesson, wrapped in two different cloaks.

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Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Speech (L80)

The four freedoms pin-pointed in President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speech on January 6, 1941 were what he believed to be “essential human freedoms”.

The first is freedom of speech and expression–everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way–everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want–which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants–everywhere in the world.

The fourth is freedom from fear–which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor–anywhere in the world.

The main idea here is to disarm the people, and create complete and total dependence on a one-world government. Despite specifically stating that this itself was the “very antithesis of the so-called new order of tyranny,” he was clearly calling to New World Order. Framing disarmament as a peace-promoting act, and rallying the very same people for war (at the same time); build the governments gun armory, and relinquish your means of defense. (Now if that isn’t blindness…)
Roosevelt was pro-war, and anti-liberty; presenting himself as a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

 Bibliography

North, Gary. “Government 1A: Lesson 80.” Ron Paul Curriculum. Ron Paul Curriculum, n.d. Web. 25 May 2015.

“Four Freedoms.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 6 May 2015. Web. 25 May 2015. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Freedoms&gt;.

The Remnant and The Majority (L75)

Can the Remnant ever become the majority?

In chapter 13 of The Freedom Philosophy, “Isaiah’s Job”, Albert J Nock speaks on mobilizing the masses. More specifically, he talks about the conflict between the masses and the Remnant. When touching on the Remnants, he speaks of them as few in number (though not directly indicating their size as a group). Though the true number remains unclear, why couldn’t it be said, that there were many Remnants? There is no reason why they could not grow to become the masses (the majority). Although it may be unlikely, it is not impossible in the least.

Personal Responsibility: The Free Market Vs. The Welfare State (L70)

Which promotes greater personal responsibility, the free market or the welfare state?

The free market promotes greater personal responsibility than the welfare state, by a landslide, to say the least. In fact, the welfare state exemplifies the exact opposite of promoting personal responsibility by using coercion as means by which they steal from working party A, to support party B. What this is really teaching people is that they don’t need to be worried about themselves, or their families, because they can depend on the government. They need not look for a job, because they have comfortably large checks coming in to feed and clothe their children with; checks that were filled with money stolen from the people actually working to earn a living. (Reward the dependent citizens, punish the independents workers.) The free market, on the other hand, not only promotes personal responsibility, but it requires it. If one can not keep up with their finances, supply and demand, marketing, etc. then they can not survive. One must be disciplined and hard working to become a top competitor; no state granted monopolies here.

Stick to the Devil You Know (L135)

What is one of Kipling’s copybook headings that applies to recent public opinion?

The copybook heading that I chose to apply to recent public opinion was “stick to the devil you know”. To me, what this means is that you should choose the lesser of two evils given the option; if all that lays before you are bad situations, pick the one you’re the most familiar with and most likely to survive. I chose this heading not only because of recent happenings with protesters and the media, but because of widespread public blindness. The verse goes like this:

“When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace. They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease. But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe, And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: ‘Stick to the Devil you know.'”

When I read this now, all I can see are the thousands of Americans surrendering their rights every day to the state, “for the greater good”. More specifically, I see the violation of our Second Amendment rights. Be not so naive and trusting of those controlling of you, and fight the battles you know you can win. If you don’t know enough to protect yourself from those with who you’re involved, don’t get involved in the first place.

The Source (L65)

Is the state the source of human rights?

The state is not the source of human rights, I believe, because I am a sovereign human being. For the state to be the source of my rights, would also mean that they could deprive me of those very rights. This is not the case. Some people believe that God is the source of our human rights; other people believe that the source of their rights is, well, themselves. It is also widely accepted that the constitution is the source of these rights. Personally, I believe that God made me a sovereign being, and has granted my rights and liberty here on earth. It is up to me however to defend those rights against the state, and any other false source claiming authority over me.

Restitution Vs. Jail (L60)

Please Note: As simple as this question seems, it is not. I even brought it to an online forum to discuss with other liberty-minded people because I was so stuck. Then I realized my fault; the question is not black and white. I cannot offer a one-or-the-other answer without more information, and so this is my take on it. I would love feedback on my response, as well as other opinions and explanations!

Is restitution to victims better for society than jail sentences for criminals? Explain.

It is not unknown that cages create criminals; according to the NAACP “the US is 5% of the world population, and has 25% of the worlds prisoners”. When we place a human being into a prison environment, they are exposed to a high concentration of infectious diseases, dangerous and malevolent behavior, and violence. They are not in a setting to recognize their behaviors and correct them; they’re in prison for punishment, not rehabilitation. Because of this fact, two thirds of prisoners will re-offend. Billions and billions of dollars are stolen from people each year to fund the degradation of society.
So, given the circumstances, restitution to victims would seem the correct route to travel. However, then one must consider, who will decide the restitution? Who will enforce the restitution? What happens when a thief steals food and then by the time he is caught, the goods are gone? Should he have no money, how could they force him to pay restitution? It would be physically impossible to force him to give up something he did not have. All of these questions it seems can be easily answered with “the government”. But, one must consider, if they conclude that restitution to victims would greater benefit society, would the government intervention that comes with it also benefit society? No.
Both of the options offered result in the coercion of another being, which I do not support. That brings me to the conclusion that these answers offer me a lose-lose situation. Sending a criminal to jail only worsens his future, and the future of society. On the other hand, restitution may not be practical or applicable. I do not believe that either of these options (as is) are going to better society.