Friday, May 5, 2017

Revised Position on Discrimination and Interstate Commerce

      Private businesses should be free to do whatever they want on their own property, free to refuse service and job offers to anyone they please, and free to charge any price they want for the goods and services they provide.
      ...As long as they aren't involved in interstate commerce, and their state says it's okay; and as long as they don't receive any taxpayer funding (to support subsidies, small business loans, intellectual property protections, trade promotions, corporate liability limitations, bailouts, police and military protections, professional licensing considerations favorable to already existing businesses, and other privileges granted by the public).
      We can only have full private property rights, and a real free market (with easy entry into competition and trade) when businesses give up all of these artificial privileges and protections (which are funded, in part, through the extortion of taxpayers' earnings)
      Until companies are willing to give up all of these privileges and protections, we should regard at least 99% of these businesses as our property; that is, public property. Until they give up their mercantilist protections – constitutional though they may be – they should do whatever we tell them to do.
      Since we, the public, fund the Secretary of States' offices that grant these companies their charters, and their corporate status (with the limited liability protections which come with that) in the first place, these businesses should hire and serve whomever we tell them to hire and serve. If they want exemptions, the public has every right to condition the terms of those contracts.
      If the public tells its property – the businesses – to give away the goods they sell, they should comply. At the very least, they should refrain from getting in the way of people who are attempting to obtain, access, or use these goods themselves.
      Consider this
patria potestas (“I brought you into this world, I can take you out”) applied to the relationship between government and enterprise. We the People created the government, so it is our right to alter or abolish it if and when it ceases to serve the purpose for which we created it. Moreover, it is our duty to abolish government that becomes destructive of these ends.
      Likewise, We the People created the government, which in turn created the businesses (through charters). Therefore, it is the right of the people – through their property, the government – to revoke companies' privileges (if and when they abuse those privileges). When companies form business alliances - which impersonate government Departments of Commerce - to steal from taxpayers to subsidize them and bail them out, it is the people's
duty to revoke their charters, or even to abolish the Secretary of States' offices, so that no new corporations (and no new corporate privileges) can be created.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

100 Articles About Arrest and Abusive Treatment of Students

   At least 90% of these articles were published about incidents in the U.S. that occurred between 2009 and 2017. Most victims were under 18 years old. Only a few articles refer to high school seniors aged 18, or incidents in Canada and the United Kingdom.



1. 'I Don't Like to Be Touched': Video shows 10-year-old autistic boy getting arrested at school
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2017/04/19/i-dont-like-to-be-touched-video-shows-10-year-old-autistic-boy-getting-arrested-at-school/

2. 'I'm Pregnant!': Teen mother screams in agony as NYPD officers shock her with Taser in the Bronx
http://www.scoopnest.com/user/PIX11News/831722161580732419

3. 'It's Kidnapping': Hospital Takes Custody of Teen Because Her Parents Were 'Too Active in Pursuing'Her Care
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2013/11/20/its-kidnapping-hospital-takes-custody-of-teen-because-her-parents-were-too-active-in-pursuing-her-care/

4. 'Over 12,000 school kids were arrested in Florida. It makes Florida the nation's leader in that area,' says Dream Defenders
http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2013/jul/30/dream-defenders/over-12000-school-kids-were-arrested-florida-it-ma/

5. 10-year-old suspended over finger gun
http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/04/us/ohio-boy-suspended-finger-gun/

6. 10th Circuit Oks School Arrest & Strip Search
http://www.courthousenews.com/10th-circuit-oks-school-arrest-strip-search/

7. 16-year-old hit with taser outside Long Island high school
http://abc7ny.com/news/16-year-old-hit-with-taser-outside-long-island-high-school/1781687/

9. 19 Crazy Things That School Children Are Being Arrested for in America
http://www.copblock.org/22616/19-crazy-things-that-school-children-are-being-arrested-for-in-america/

10. 2-year-old taken away from parents because they used marijuana, killed by foster mother
http://fox43.com/2014/11/06/2-year-old-taken-away-from-parents-because-they-used-marijuana-killed-by-foster-mother/

12. 34 New Jersey high school students arrested during post-prom party
http://6abc.com/news/34-nj-high-school-students-arrested-during-post-prom-party/1941425/

14. 6-Year-Old Suspended For Pointing Fingers In The Shape Of A Gun
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/06/6-year-old-fingers-shape-of-gun-suspended_n_6813864.html

17. Boy, 3, died after police handcuff and taser his stepfather to STOP him from running into burning home to save his child

20. Charlton Library Sends Police to Collect Overdue Books from-5 Year-Old
http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/01/02/charlton-library-sends-police-to-collect-overdue-books-from-5-year-old/

22. Common Core math experts say teachers need to stop using shortcuts and math 'tricks'
http://hechingerreport.org/common-core-math-experts-say-teachers-need-stop-using-shortcuts-math-tricks/

23. Dad arrested trying to pick up kids at school

25. Family Crushed After Autistic Teen is Tasered by Burbank Police
http://abc7.com/news/family-crushed-after-autistic-teen-is-tasered-by-burbank-police/1429360/

27. Family of teenage girl tasered in groin by Pennsylvania cop in 2011 settles for $100,000
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3448759/Family-teenage-girl-tasered-groin-Pennsylvania-cop-2011-settles-100-000-court.html

28. Florida is officially nuts: 13-year-old arrested for farting
https://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x4532760

34. Girl's arrest for doodling raises concerns about zero tolerance
http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/02/18/new.york.doodle.arrest/

35. Girl, 10, Arrested for Using Knife to Cut Food at School
http://www.foxnews.com/story/2007/12/18/girl-10-arrested-for-using-knife-to-cut-food-at-school.html

36. Here's Why a Zero-Tolerance Policy in Our Schools is a Terrible Idea
http://www.alternet.org/books/heres-why-zero-tolerance-policy-our-schools-terrible-idea

37. How Kentucky's child-protective agency abandoned an 8-year-old girl in hel
http://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article130534864.html

38. How kicking a trash can became criminal for a 6th grader
https://www.pri.org/stories/2015-04-10/how-kicking-trash-can-became-criminal-6th-grader

40. How Zero Tolerance Policies Hurt Kids
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/10/05/how-zero-tolerance-policies-hurt-kids

41. In Texas schools, response to misbehavior is questioned

44. Judge upholds suspension of the Pop-Tart Gun Kid
http://reason.com/blog/2016/06/16/judge-upholds-suspension-of-the-pop-tart

45. Kids Create Salt Black Markets in Cafeterias Due to Michelle Obama's Lunch Rules
http://freebeacon.com/issues/kids-create-salt-black-markets-in-cafeterias-due-to-michelle-obamas-lunch-rules/

46. Kids Suffer Panic Attacks After New York School Locks Them In Padded Cell To 'Calm Down'
https://www.sott.net/article/269990-Kids-suffer-panic-attacks-after-New-York-school-locks-them-in-padded-cell-to-calm-down

48. Landry Thompson, 13, Taken Into Custody After Dozing Off In Dance Instructor's Car
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/02/landry-thompson_n_4372573.html

49. Lawsuit: 12-Year-Old American School for the Deaf Student Tasered by West Hartford Police
https://patch.com/connecticut/westhartford/lawsuit-12yearold-american-school-for-the-deaf-student-tasered-by-west-hartford-police

50. Let's put a stop to school lunch shaming in Texas
https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/04/27/put-stop-school-lunch-shaming-texas

51. Louisiana elementary teachers arrested for allegedly bullying, pushing student
http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/article_2c1c1b6a-2b82-11e7-997a-abdd39a3dad2.html

53. Michelle Malkin has the facts about Common Core every parent in America needs to know

55. Mom of boy Tasered in high school cafeteria files lawsuit (documents)
http://www.middletownpress.com/article/MI/20110614/NEWS/306149975

57. Mother and Daughter Arrested for 'Dangerous Drug' Ibuprofen
http://healthland.time.com/2010/12/16/mother-and-daughter-arrested-for-dangerous-drug-ibuprofen/

59. No charges for officer who body slammed female student

65. Police Handcuff, Charge 6-Year-Old Girl for Misbehaving
https://www.infowars.com/police-handcuff-charge-6-year-old-girl-for-misbehaving/

66. Police tase, shoot and kill 90-pound schizophrenic teen
http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/police-tase-shoot-and-kill-90-poundpolice

67. Police Taser boy with broken back 19 times
http://www.wnd.com/2008/08/71096/

68. Report: Florida Schools Scanned Children's Eyes Without Permission
http://tampa.cbslocal.com/2013/06/03/report-florida-schools-scanned-childrens-eyes-without-permission-eyeswipe-nano-iris-scan-biometric-data-collection-big-brother/

69. San Antonio schools' test of student ID 'locator' chips faces religious suit
https://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/2012/11/27/san-antonio-schools-test-of-student-id-locator-chips-faces-religious-suit

70. School Force Feeds Garbage to Kid With Healthy Lunch, Parents Fined
http://www.activistpost.com/2013/11/school-force-feeds-garbage-to-kid-with.html

71. School Guards Break Child's Arm And Arrest Her for Dropping Cake
http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=23886

72. South Carolina high school student faces jail time over paper airplane incident
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/01/23/south-carolina-high-school-student-faces-jail-time-over-paper-airplane-incident.html

76. Student suspended for “revealing” prom dress; mom says it's because she's plus sized”
http://fox4kc.com/2015/05/03/student-suspended-for-revealing-prom-dress-mom-says-its-because-shes-plus-sized/

77. Student Suspended For Butter Knife She Brought to Middle School in Packed Lunch
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/29/student-suspended-butter-knife-lunch_n_2979808.html

78. Tampa teacher spit on student's face, slammed boy's head onto desk
http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/tampa-teacher-charged-with-spitting-on-student-and-slamming-head-on-desk/2318601

79. Taser used on 8th grade student who was disruptive, assaulted officer

80. Taunton second-grader sent home over drawing of Jesus
http://www.tauntongazette.com/article/20091215/NEWS/312159872

81. Teen Girls Sent Home From High School For 'Distracting' Boys With Their Visible Bra Straps
https://thinkprogress.org/teen-girls-sent-home-from-high-school-for-distracting-boys-with-their-visible-bra-straps-3c318393a5b1

82. Texas boy crying after being locked in 'focus room' for 90 MINUTES

84. Texas Police Officers Shut Down Girls' Lemonade Stand Because They Didn't Have a Permit
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/11/texas-cops-shut-down_n_7562278.html

85. Texas school clashes with parents over bizarre anti-pedestrian pickup policy
https://www.treehugger.com/culture/texas-school-clashes-parents-over-bizarre-anti-pedestrian-pickup-policy.html

86. Tennessee judge who vetoed Messiah as baby's name is fired
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/tennessee-judge-who-vetoed-messiah-as-babys-name-is-fired/

88. Texas Student Gets $637 Fine for Swearing
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/texas-student-gets-637-fine-for-swearing/

89. The Common Core is today's New Math – which is actually a good thing

91. There's Only One Country That Hasn't Ratified the Convention on Children's Rights: US
https://www.aclu.org/blog/speak-freely/theres-only-one-country-hasnt-ratified-convention-childrens-rights-us

93. Three black students arrested while waiting for school bus in Rochester

94. TSA agent seizes gun from sock monkey in St. Louis before flight
http://fox6now.com/2013/12/09/tsa-agent-seizes-gun-from-sock-monkey-in-st-louis-before-flight/

95. Two Sisters Seized by Phoenix Hospital, Mother Ordered Not to Talk – Another Medical
Kidnapping?
http://www.inquisitr.com/1524122/two-sisters-seized-by-phoenix-hospital-mother-ordered-not-to-talk-another-medical-kidnapping/

96. Video Shows Texas Police Talking a 14-Year-Old Student With a Chokehold
https://mic.com/articles/126600/video-shows-texas-police-tackling-a-14-year-old-student-with-a-chokehold#.CH13LEJ6R

97. VIDEO: Students react to Ed Schultz sandbag “slave labor” comment
http://www.inforum.com/content/video-students-react-ed-schultz-sandbag-slave-labor-comment

98. Was a Canadian Student Punished by His School After Stopping a Knife-Wielding Classmate?
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2013/06/06/was-a-canadian-student-punished-by-his-school-after-stopping-a-knife-wielding-classmate/

100. Why Colorado may require teens who were caught sexting to register as sex offenders
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-colorado-sexting-child-pornography-20160416-story.html

Friday, April 21, 2017

Tredecuple Taxation

Author's Note #1:
     A just government would only draw revenues from sources #4 and #10. An extremely just government would draw revenues from source #2, in addition to #4 and #10.
     However, this does not mean that none of the other sources should be taxed. Sources #1, #3, #5, #6, #7, #8, #11, #12, and #13 should be taxed only as they extend to land (sales of land, income from land, etc.), and except as given voluntarily (i.e., through sales taxes, or income donated to the Treasury).
     This policy would create ideal geolibertarian conditions.

Author's Note #2:
     The list of taxes enumerated in this image is not intended as an exhaustive list of all types of taxes. Tariffs, imposts, and duties comprise another category of taxes entirely, and there are others.




Click image to expand



Image created April 21st, 2017
Author's Note #1 added on April 23rd, 2017, and edited on April 26th, 2017.
Author's Note #2 added on April 26th, 2017.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Evolution of the Political Spectrum

      The idea that Democrats represent the Left and Republicans represent the Right is even more ridiculous than the idea that the left-vs.-right political spectrum can explain politics. But of course, we all know this. However, what many of us don't know is how the traditional left-vs.-right “political spectrum” or “political compass” got the way it is, and exactly how and when it outlived its usefulness. Understanding the history of the spectrum, and how the modern two-dimensional square political spectrums developed, are vital keys to understanding what the real map of politics and anarchism looks like.


Figure #1: The Left-vs.-Right Model


      The concept of a linear, one-dimensional, left-vs.-right model evidently originated in the late 18th century in the French National Assembly, during the French Revolution (see Figure #1). It was the press who gave the “left” and “right” labels to the representatives, who were seated on the left or right of the chamber according to their support for either the monarchists and those loyal to the Ancien Régime (on the right), or the Revolution (on the left). This arrangement continued after the body's replacement with a Legislative Assembly, and through a National Convention, to today. In the mid-19th century, influential economists Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, and Claude Frédéric Bastiat sat on the left of the chamber at the same time.
      Today in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, Democratic Party representatives sit on the left, while Republicans sit on the right. It's similar, but that does not necessarily mean that Republicans are more likely to support monarchy, nor Democrats revolution. And it certainly doesn't mean that the Republican Party is conservative, nor that the Democratic Party is Leftist. Additionally, the existence of totalitarian socialists and libertarian and “anarcho-” capitalists show that the old left-vs.-right paradigm is no longer relevant.
      But that was true back when Proudhon and Bastiat both supported the French Revolution. That's because according to the modern, common perception, Proudhon is regarded as a Mutualist of the left, while Bastiat is considered a classical liberal of the right. Bastiat influenced Belgian economist Gustave de Molinari, the author of The Production of Security, and the first person to articulate what is now called “market-anarchism”. The Molinari Institute bears his name, and many self-described libertarians, anarcho-capitalists, and Agorists are influenced by Molinari, including self-described Aristotelian objectivist Roderick T. Long, who has written on the difficulty of classifying anarchists on the traditional left-vs.-right spectrum.
      After the Paris Communes of 1848 and 1871, and the careers of Marx, Proudhon, Bastiat, and Molinari, the early 20th century saw the rise of synthesis-anarchism; people like Rudolf Rocker and Voltairine deCleyre wanted individualist anarchists, socialists, and anarcho-communists to work together to fight capitalism and the state. Some modern variants of “Anarchy Without Adjectives” integrate the most anti-capitalists elements of libertarian-leaning anarchism, such as contributions from left-Rothbardianism and left-wing market-anarchism, mutualist anarchists, Geo-anarchists (anarchist students of Henry George), and others.
      In the mid-20th century, the rise of Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Japanese imperialism, and the U.S.S.R. gave rise to Horseshoe Theory (see Figure #2). The pre-WWII Molotov-Ribbentropp treaty (to carve-up Poland between Germany and the U.S.S.R.) and the late 20th century Stasi of East Germany, showed the public that liberalism is a moderate center, while the extreme left of communism and the extreme right of fascism met at an evil authoritarian center. However, Horseshoe Theory only goes so far; it only shows the top half of the political compass, leaving anarchism out of the mix (see Figure #3). Thus, anarchism is considered “fringe” by most Americans, and even as “extreme” as totalitarian systems (partially owing to the widespread perception of anarchism as necessarily chaotic or violent).


 Figure #2: Horseshoe Theory



Figure #3: The Full 2-D Political Spectrum


      It's not entirely accurate to describe Adolf Hitler as a socialist snowflake art student who hated privilege and capitalism, nor Barack Obama as Adolf Hitler. Nor is it accurate to describe Nazism as socialism just because “National Socialism” has “socialism” in the name. It's also inaccurate to describe Gregor and Otto Strasser as Nazis, because although they were the Nazi Party's socialist propaganda arm, they were betrayed and assassinated by the party's leadership. Just as National Socialism was capitalist, today the closest descriptor for Strasserism that we have is “social-nationalism”, which makes it sound more nationalistic than National Socialism. But the Strassers were to the left of the larger segment of the Nazi Party that betrayed them; the Strassers were German socialists who opposed both Jewish and German capitalism, and they were more socialist than the National Socialist German Worker's Party (Nazis).

 
      The work of the Strassers – as well as that of Egoist Max Stirner, Ernst Junger, Charles Maurras, Georges Sorel, Austromarxist Otto Bauer, Nestor Makhno, Enver Hoxha, the National Bolsheviks and national communists, other “proletarian nationalists”, and patriotic socialists - only compound the difficulty of mapping all political philosophies on the traditional left-vs.-right axis (especially authoritarianism and fascism and their variants). This difficulty owes itself to the existence of nationalist-leaning communist and socialist philosophies on one hand, and progressive and Marxist-influenced philosophies oriented towards markets and free enterprise (such as those of Adam Smith, the Physiocrats, and the Chicago School) on the other. The difficulty of mapping all the strange and new philosophies – often bearing such absurd names as “National-Anarchism”, “Anarcho-Fascism”, “Anarcho-Monarchism”, “Anarcho-Statism”, and the bizarre Marxist-Stirnerite philsophy of “EGO DIKism” which perhaps unintentionally synthesizes the post-Left with the alt-Right - prompts us to look at politics in a new way.

      In middle school biology, we were taught to use Punnett squares (named for Reginald Punnett, who devised them). A Punnett square is a variation of the Pournelle chart; it it used to predict the chance that certain dominant or recessive genetic traits would be inhereted by offspring. This is done by displaying two aspects of one parent's genes on the X-axis, against the other parent's genes on the Y-axis (see Figure #4). We can do the exact same thing with anarchism and totalitarianism on one axis, and communism and capitalism on the other. The result is the two-dimensional development of the one-dimensional left-vs.-right axis; the “Nolan chart” (see Figure #5), popularized by Libertarian Party co-founder David Nolan in 1971. In the previous several years, similar political spectrums had been published by Maurice C. Bryson and William R. McDill (in their article “The Political Spectrum: A Bi-Dimensional Approach” in The Rampart Journal of Individualist Thought in 1968), and Stuart Christie and Albert Meltzer (in The Floodgates of Anarchy in 1970).




Figure #4: A Punnett Square



Figure #5: The Nolan Chart

 
      However, the two-dimensional map does not fully solve our problem. If we consider that we have communism on the left and capitalism on the right, and totalitarianism on top and diffusion of power and chaos on the bottom, then there's no reason why we can't have a third dimension. Why not moderate compromise vs. radical discord? After all, the goal of anarchism is, more or less, to work together, and if we can't, then for different anarchist schools to leave each other alone. If anarchists can live with only working together when we agree, then not only does that make sure nobody is harmed when people voluntarily cooperate, it also shows that what the anarchists want is the opposite of the goal of politics.

      Of course, what politicians want is compromise by any means necessary. But moderate compromise has not worked for us. That's why the “radical center” has emerged, and so has the “progressive-libertarian alliance” that began ten years ago between Ron Paul, Ralph Nader, Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, and others. With the third dimension of moderate political compromise vs. radical (whose Greek root radix means “root”) centrism, we can now show how where the East German Stasi are in relation to market-tolerant Anarchists Without Adjectives. My 62-sided, color-coded, three-dimensional political spectrum – which my friend Charles Poston named “the Politosphere” (see Figures #6 and #7) - attempts to map these three dimensions onto a globe.


Figure #6: The Politosphere (View from Top)


Figure #7: The Politosphere (View from Bottom)

      Anyone interested in finding out more about political spectrums can visit politicalcompass.org, Jacob Asplund's asplundchart.blogspot.com, or iSideWith.com; Google-search “The World's Smallest Political Quiz”; read the Wikipedia article “Left-right politics”; or go to my blog www.aquarianagrarian.blogspot.com and type “political spectrum” into the search field on the top-left. You may also wish to look for the three-dimensional cubic political spectrum at NationStates.net, the site of an online video game that allows players to make political decisions to run their own fictional e-nations, complete with flags and mottos.

      The discovery, delineation, and enumeration of economic schools of thought bearing implications in politics as well as anarchism make it possible to expand the number of economic categories which may be shown on any particular spectrum (see Figure #8), for, as anarcho-syndicalist Rudolf Rocker explained, anarchist tendencies are “only different methods of economy”. But the left-vs.-right economic axis aside, tools like those listed in the above paragraph will help make it possible for more people to understand that we live in a three-dimensional political continuum, not a black-and-white, left-vs.-right false dichotomy. Venn diagrams and Euler diagrams are also helpful learning tools (see Figure #9).


 Figure #8: A Political Spectrum with
12 Economic Categories and 5 Power Categories


Figure #9: An Euler Diagram of
Statism, Socialism, and Capitalism



      Not only that, these tools will make it possible for more people to fully understand anarchism and totalitarianism, and it could also enable collaborative efforts to create more detailed political spectrums, perhaps even with radically different axes and shapes from the figures shown here.






Written on March 18th and 19th, 2017

Figures #1-#4 and #6-#9 Created by Joseph W. Kopsick

between 2011 and March 19th, 2017

Figure #5 came from
http://nolan.jimeyer.org/nolan_example.php

Friday, March 10, 2017