Wednesday, October 25, 2017

If Only We Had Abolished Slavery

Many people mistakenly believe we've abolished slavery in the United States.  It was certainly the impression I got in history class, so it's understandable if people don't realize this ugly truth.  If you've read the 13th Amendment thoroughly, you will have noticed there are exceptions that allow slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for a crime.

Once you recognize this reality, it becomes clear why we have more laws being written in one year than some nations have over their entire history.  There are private corporations running prisons for profit, which also have a strong lobbyist influence with lawmakers.  It's no surprise our incarceration rate is the highest in the world, there's a lot of money to be made.

It's quite impossible today to imagine a world where we did abolish slavery with the 13th Amendment, but I can't help but think the country would be much stronger, and have a much lower incarceration rate.  We currently spend countless taxpayer dollars to incarcerate people for crimes, and if those crimes caused a victim (corpus dilecti) it's money well spent.  Unfortunately, we don't just prosecute people for breaching the common law, but pursue their legal persons and file charges against them for code and statutory compliance failures.  These laws are meant for corporations, but since your legal person created at birth by the 14th Amendment is technically a corporation, a prosecutor will seek to establish joinder between your legal person and you and then hold your body in bondage for the debt if you refuse to pay the charges.

This is how we ended up with the huge incarceration rate we have today, a system has been created to profit off of the practice.  Further evidence the judicial system is more about money than justice was provided to us recently at a press conference where a Sheriff complained that justice reforms were causing him to lose the "prisoners that will work" and help keep his prison running.

It's a sad state of affairs, and an Article V convention to fix the 13th Amendment seems a longshot at this point.  Lack of awareness about this issue is also a problem, and it wouldn't hurt us to acknowledge we do in fact practice slavery and indentured servitude in The United States.  It'd be a start.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Facebook Censorship and Projecting Racism

This is a good example of someone taking their own racism and projecting it on to someone else who disagrees with their sentiment that white people should be silenced.  Posted and reported multiple times on Facebook, I've shared it here to make sure we have these racists on the record somewhere.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Why Anarchy is Just as Much of a Pipe Dream as Communism

When researching history, it's easy to find the deadly effects of trying to implement communism.  It's literally all over our history books.  However, one power structure (or lack of one in this case) has never really been given much attention in the history books:  Anarchy

Now, don't get me wrong, if I had a choice only between anarchy and communism, anarchy would be a no-brainer.  As a matter of fact, anarchy and voluntaryism are quite appealing.  Unfortunately, anarchy and communism share the same Achilles heel, which is human nature.  Specifically, greed, and ego are the primary reasons both communism and anarchism are pipe dreams.

Imagine all forms of government disappeared tomorrow, what would happen?  Under the theory of voluntaryism, you wouldn't have to subject yourself to anyone's jurisdiction, you would be sovereign.  This is the utopia anarchists dream of, but if they ever achieved it, it would be short-lived.

Most anarchists believe in the Non-aggression principle, which says violence can only be used for defense.  However, if there was no government or authority to punish those that violate the NAP, we'd soon see people banding together voluntarily to protect themselves from violent outsiders.  Everyone knows that there's safety in numbers.  When those people band together, they might come up with a set of laws for their society to follow, and even establish boundaries (borders) so they could feel safe from outside attacks on their own land.  Other people would do the same, and before you know it, multiple factions will be competing over resources.  Some factions will undoubtedly choose violence as a way to impose their will on rival factions, and the peace and prosperity of voluntaryism will have been shown to be unworkable. 

If you want to see the results of anarchy, you can find it all around you.  The end results are drawn on a map for you to see.  A map that shows  195 factions (196 if you count Taiwan) made up of millions of people, each with their own set of rules to follow, borders, strengths, and weaknesses.

Therefore, I feel it's safe to conclude that if all governments of this world magically disappeared, we would simply start building new ones.  It would basically be like hitting a reset button, so we could struggle and kill each other like we did before to get to this point.  After all, there's safety in numbers.