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|Saturday, April 4th, 2015|
Shameless self-promotion of my poorly designed website.
I'm a Liberaltarian. That means I want more freedom both fiscally and socially. But I read John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx, Adam Smith, and Friedman/Keynes.
I am the FBI and the CIA and the CDC and Google. Any Neo-Nazis hiding under a Libertarian banner will be destroyed by my incoherent autistic rage. Blame Rachel Mills and Jesse Radin if you can't sleep tonight.http://www.jesseradin.com/thirdparty.html
Third party candidates are usually regarded as "spoilers" that ruin the elections of the two-party system. That in itself is part of the problem; the two parties want to scare people that could potentially be lured into voting for someone else by saying "you'll be electing the OTHER guy." Personally, I feel that the third parties would do best by banding together and throwing out their more extremist policies. Sadly, most of the third parties in America are founded as extremist parties or are focused so much on one issue that they cannot draw from a wide enough audience to have any chance of success.
The only parties that I see as stable and large enough to work together would be the Greens and the Libertarians. The Greens are regarded by some as socialists or social democrats, but their main focus is environmental policy, not an entire social democrat platform. The Libertarians have the potential, on their own, to be a "big tent" party, trying to appeal to people who feel that the government does too much overall.
Environmentalism can work with both Libertarians and Greens, as the Libertarians have often pointed out, the federal government is the greatest polluter. A non-democratic government would not have reason to care about their environment, as they would not have to listen to anyone's concerns. Social liberalism also can tie Libertarians and Greens together. Both are significantly further to the left on issues such as marriage rights, reproductive rights, and drug laws. A platform of making polluters pay for their own mistakes (rather than the government), legalizing gay marriage, taxing and regulating marijuana, and ending all farm subsidies would be a good place to start for a third party. None of these opinions would frighten off a large majority of potential voters, and it would allow both the Greens and the Libertarians to work toward their goals.
In this election, I feel Gary Johnson provides an exciting opportunity for the Libertarian party. The past Libertarian candidates have generally been very un-Libertarian on issues such as border control and social issues. But I must admit, a little bit of my hope for humanity every dies every time I see a Ron Paul fanboy claiming "Gary Johnson is a statist" or generally chastising any former Ron Paul supporters for even considering anyone else. Gary Johnson is more of a Libertarian than Ron Paul ever was, or ever will be. Hell, the same goes for Mike Gravel, Russ Feingold, and Bill Richardson. You can't be a Libertarian and want a fence around the border.
I do not agree with Gary Johnson on everything; I'm more comfortable with his social policies than his economic ones, but given my disagreements with Obama on social issues, I have been considering voting for Johnson. In all reality, I do not expect this election to be close. The media want it to be close... they want an "exciting" analysis full of talking heads obsessing over polls in Virginia and Florida. I'm really confident that Obama is going to win. You have an incumbent with a slowly growing economy who is very strong on terrorism and foreign policy, and an opponent from New England that seems out of touch and elitist. It seems like 2004, except the Republicans have John Kerry.
Don't be afraid to vote your conscience. Do not obsess over the fact that your favored candidate will lose if you decide to vote for Gary Johnson or any other third party. That is the only way that America can ever have a viable third party.. if we stop the false dichotomy between Red and Blue.
And as for the Greens, look into Libertarians as well. If your main concern is the environment, rather than fiscal policy, you do not need to stick with a party because of its name or key issue. Someday, I hope that the Greens and Libertarians can work together or even merge. I know that the ideological purity tests of the current LP and the detailed social democrat platform of the current Green party make this unlikely, but I'm optimistic that it could happen, and if it did, it would be more than just a 1% spolier "stealing" New Hampshire and Florida from Al Gore.
In this election, I do not see Gary Johnson as a huge spoiler. He will likely give Obama even larger victories in New Mexico and Colorado and Nevada, and possibly give him Montana, as McCain carried Montana by just 2.5% with an unofficial Ron Paul candidacy taking 2.2%. If Johnson got a lot of traction, Montana could possibly go for Obama. People have also been discussing Arizona as potentially changing sides this year. I myself suggested that earlier, but I would say that Montana is more likely than Arizona to vote Democratic in this election.
And in closing... look into all the candidates. "Throw your vote away" if you want to.
Feel free to troll me like it's 2004. :) Current Mood: autistic
Jesse Nicholas Radin (me) shouting loudly at all Libertarianism members
Yesterday I received another "Restricted" call from a Democrat.
See, 7 years ago I would have described myself as a "small l" "big D", someone who was enthusiastic about what Barack Obama actually was, a moderate with some libertarian leanings in school choice and an understanding of how the "gas tax holiday" wouldn't work. I preferred him strongly over any other candidate.
And in the heat of the moment, the passion (but I'm a straight white male here man) I gave him money.
Now these stupid cunt women keep call from a "Restricted" number.
I voted for Gary Johnson in 2012. Fuck you, Democrats. Fuck you, Republicans.
I'm voting for Rachel Mils.
Good night. No luck because I won life.
Feel free to remove this if it scares you, but it's time for the Libertarians and the Greens to work together. Kick out the crazies and be a real third-party.
If you're one of those racist assholes that says things like "Gary Johnson is a statist" I hope the FBI kills you.
I'll be here all week.
Jesse Nicholas Radinhttp://www.youthink.com/Electric
(banned for being too sexually attractive)
I'm the next coming of John Stuart Mill.
|Saturday, September 20th, 2014|
|Monday, August 4th, 2014|
|Saturday, September 14th, 2013|
The REAL social contract
In short: You can live under any political system you like without leaving your driveway. Instead of joining a party, you join a political association and agree to live under its auspices—rules that track with your sense of the right and the good. A real “social contract.” The only cost of this quantum leap forward is this: You cannot force anyone to join your chosen association.
So, would you do it? If not, why not?
|Friday, September 6th, 2013|
|Monday, August 26th, 2013|
My novel: Assignment Yggdrasil (Revised edition)
The revised version of my novel has been published as an ebook. http://www.amazon.com/Assignment-Yggdrasil-ebook/dp/B00DL1DC7IBook description:Originally published by Chipmunkapublishing, and now thoroughly revised, Assignment Yggdrasil is a groundbreaking novel about how far governments can go in the fight against bioterrorism. Set during the presidency of George W. Bush and the height of the War on Terror, the United States Department of Defense has secretly garnered intelligence confirming that, within a decade, groups intent on mass murder will possess bioweaponry capable of annihilating either the USA…or the entire human species. A special operation, Assignment Yggdrasil, has begun in an attempt to avert the so–called ‘Ragnarok,’ doomsday. Although they appear human, subjects have been genetically converted from human to transhuman, given immunity to all biological pathogens known to infect humans, as well as special abilities from other species. Only the new species, the transhuman, is predicted to survive the bioterrorist Ragnarok. The government has staked its bets on these transhumans, hoping they will rebuild American democracy in the resulting chaos. Yet the government is performing this transhumanism covertly, infecting thousands of citizens with the virus through their food, drink, and medicine. Some test subjects have died unwittingly under experimentation and the government is hiding everything. An equally furtive resistance has formed, led by various radical groups who dispute the bioethics of the operation. In a precarious showdown with the government, the rebels question whether the removal of humanity is really a gift and if the end justifies the means.
|Thursday, July 18th, 2013|
|Wednesday, July 10th, 2013|
Adam Kokesh arrest and thoughts
Gun Rights Activist Adam Kokesh Arrested in Va.
"Kokesh posted a video of himself on the Fourth of July loading a shotgun with live ammunition at Freedom Plaza in D.C."
So Adam Kokesh is fairly well known in libertarian activist circles and I figured it was worth a post. He is charged with "possession of a Schedule I or II drug and possession of a Schedule I or II drug while in possession of a firearm." Both nonsense, NAP-neutral "crimes" of course. Predictably (assuming Adam's website
retelling is accurate), the media coverage has underreported on the ferocity of the siege itself.
Frankly I'm not a huge fan of this brand of activism*, which I consider largely an exercise in wasted energy and resources. Meaningful change toward a freer society does not come about by petitioning those whose power and/or riches are derived from the suppression of voluntary human interaction. I understand that this is difficult to digest for many, even while staring at the ceiling of a cramped jail cell - perhaps even having exhausted the bail and appeals processes of the kangaroo justice system, as has been the fate of more than a few libertarian activists. These spectacles lead to further backlash and entrenchment of the status quo, which in turn leads to growing animosity and frustration on the part of libertarians. Eventually, instead of symbolically loading those shells in a crowded plaza, someone is going to snap and start firing them. The legislators and media are apoplectic in anticipation of such an incident; each time there is a bombing or shooting, they hope for some right-wing/tea party/libertarian/guns-rights tie-in. The op-ed pieces and evening news segments are penned before the blood dries on the pavement, similar to obituaries for ailing celebrities and whatnot. Textbook vicious cycle ensues.
Shifts in social consciousness come about first, principally, and necessarily in the hearts and minds of individual men, women and children. In 2013 in the United States, gays can openly embrace their loved ones, marijuana restrictions are loosening, and other positive glimmers of progress occasionally creep into headlines, inevitably to be misattributed to the very leviathan that engages in daily murdering and looting around the globe. The reality is that in the West, the march of reason has selectively trampled over some of the 19th and 20th centuries' worst scourges (religion, racism) while leaving some (namely statism) quite intact, even invigorated. If you want a quick social barometer, ask youth under 30 in your life about gay liberty. The responses (if not polished) are generally pretty on-point: they're not hurting anyone, live and let live, etc. Now ask why some people wearing special uniforms, hats or lapel pins are granted impunity and privilege (domestically and abroad) to commit actions that the law deigns criminal for others - counterfeiting, murder, breaking-and-entering, etc. The responses, if even coherent, wind through a meandering maze of logical fallacies, sycophantic platitudes, misanthropy and masochism. Most Americans now know, love, are related to, or are themselves, someone who is openly gay. Most Americans also now know, love, are related to, or are themselves, someone government-employed or assisted
. No need to travel to DC to confront this juggernaut; it's right in your neighborhood, probably in your circle of friends and family, and the very immutable forces of self-interest that in theory promote mutual harmony are (within this polluted framework) paradoxically an impediment to it. 100% of creative energy in libertarian activism should be directed at confronting these questions: how do we raise families and children who embrace voluntaryism in our own private lives? Where do we do it? How do we interact with (or disassociate from) friends and family who don't? This is bedrock stuff, but while we're nowhere near a consensus on how to begin, unfortunately time is wasted and people are unnecessarily languishing in jail.
* Note that Kokesh is also involved in radio/podcast/liberty fests/etc. - activism which I think is laudable and more productive.
|Thursday, June 27th, 2013|
Book Recommendations Wanted: Personal Responsibility
I'm looking for something suitable for middle school or high school students that emphasizes personal responsibility. This could be a work of fiction, or non-fiction. I'd like to get recommendations and reviews from liberty-minded people.
|Saturday, June 8th, 2013|
|Monday, June 3rd, 2013|
|Tuesday, May 21st, 2013|
Economics in one.. Graphic
Who has the only gun, has the only bag.
This graphic was inspired by randomdiversion. It also explains why socialism is an ephemeral state. When those without capital do get the gun, which is rare, the result is always the gun holder is the new bag holder. Socialism in history is merely an intermediate stage between another progressive/fascist state under new ownership.
|Saturday, May 4th, 2013|
|Friday, April 26th, 2013|
Perhaps not a lie qua lie, but to hear NPR lavish praise on Dubya is sickening and indicative of their agenda.
Subtext: Now that a Democrat is in office we look back at Bush and realize what a favor he did for us in setting the stage for our new fully fascist state.
I didn't listen to Democracy Now today but I hope they had enough integrity as socialists not to go on a Bush love-fest.
|Tuesday, April 16th, 2013|
NPR is trying to scare people into selling off gold. Beware! Remember when they pumped facebook? Hope you didn't fall for that.
You can make a lot of money just doing the opposite of what NPR says.
This is a manipulated gold selloff so the bad guys can buy up gold on the cheap, it's going to go back up and a lot. Don't fall for it.
I could spend all day debunking NPR lies, like Robert Reich : 'The Social Security trust fund is solvent' (the trust fund was raided years ago, it's gone
), or 'Where did this Austerity strategy come from?' (it's not a strategy, Greece, Italy, and Cyprus aren't choosing
to be broke, they are
Coming soon to a sporting event near you, TSA gropepoints
You can be sure that there is legislation ready to expand the TSA.
Whether this event was deliberate or not is still an open question. You will be able to tell from the narrative. If they don't have a tidy story with all
perpetrators dead or in no-press-access custody in a few days it was probably a 'real' 'terrorist' act.
Regardless they will try to rush through some expansion of the police state, and a complicit media will whip up the populace into a cringing fearful froth to 'demand' something must be done
If it is
a real event no one will connect the 'moral' outrage with the events like when 'we' blew 120 Afghans attending a wedding to bloody pieces.
Oops. Our bad. But why the hate? You guys should be used to it by now.
So while it might be thought by some that there would be some actual motivation for a bombing in Boston, we must always remember it has nothing to do with their dead at our hands, the real reason is of course they hate us for our freedom
(EDIT: I should add another likely scapegoat is teabaggers or other 'people who take the Constitution literally' types as per the SPLC)
|Friday, February 8th, 2013|
|Thursday, January 31st, 2013|
The Ring of Democracy
(This was a speech I gave at an OWS vs Tea Party debate/discussion last year. I decided to attack the root conceptual basis for the problems we face. Oddly it was well received, although some few were absolutely livid, realizing what I was saying was a direct attack on their lust for power. It was written on short notice so I don't think it's my best work. Still I thought some might enjoy)
poverty rate: in steady decline until the war on poverty
terrorism: rare until the war on terror
drug related violence: nonexistent until the war on drugs
income diversity: steadily increasing since the war on poverty
illiteracy rate: increasing since the war on illiteracy
single parent rate: declining until the great society, now increasingWAR
: literal and figurative, on people, or on ideas: endless
This is not accidental. The reason for this is the government class needs these problems to be perpetual.( Read more...Collapse )
|Tuesday, January 8th, 2013|
Taxes for all
Here's a quick point you have not heard from either left or right state controlled media.
The 1% do not earn enough to dig us out of the hole, even if you took it all, it's a tiny sliver. The real money is in the middle class.
The point of getting reality TV consuming democrats to go along with taxes on the rich is so that the rich, who actually have money to do so, would not lobby when they came for the middle class.
This is called divide and conquer.In fact the middle class is already being hit, as they are finding out right now.
When they came for the rich we said nothing. Be assured when they come for the real money, our money, the rich will not be saying anything.
We are cattle who are told our fellow kine are the enemy, fighting over a little meal. It's not our kine we should regard as the enemy, it's the rancher, and yes, the kine who abet them.