Charity vs. Coercion

Another article from txfatherofseven.wordpress.com.

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When we oppose subsidies, we are charged with opposing the very thing that it was proposed to subsidize and of being the enemies of all kinds of activity, because we want these activities to be voluntary and to seek their proper reward in themselves. Thus, if we ask that the state not intervene, by taxation, in religious matters, we are atheists. If we ask that the state not intervene, by taxation, in education, then we hate enlightenment. If we say that the state should not give, by taxation, an artificial value to land or to some branch of industry, then we are the enemies of property and of labor. If we think that the state should not subsidize artists, we are barbarians who judge the arts useless. — Frederic Bastiat



I’ve posted this quote onFacebookonce but never got to dig into it more. One of the things about the…

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Russian media responds to Alaskan petition to join Russia

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More on the bizarre petition for Alaska secede from the US to join The Russian Federation.

While there is a sizable Russian immigrant community here (and an equally sizable Ukrainian community) I doubt most secessionist Alaskans would consider membership in the Russian Federation to be any improvement from its current situation.

Its current situation might be described as heavily militarized oil plantation of the US. Most Alaskans wouldn’t wish to revise that role with yet another statist overlord.

In Alaska, our largest political third party (sorry, Libertarians etc) is the Alaska Independence Party.

Both the socialist right wingers (Republicans) and socialist progressives (democrats) have appointed AIP members to positions and offices in their administrations.

Even right winger Sarah Palin has acknowledged the prominence of the secessionist movement here by delivering (by video) the keynote speech of the AIP’s convention recently, and marrying AIP voter Todd Palin- our former “First Dude”.

Enjoy this strange Russian viewpoint of an Alaskan phenomenon you probably didn’t know existed!

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In Crimea’s footsteps: Alaska wants to unite with Russia, puts petition forward

A petition entitled “Alaska Back to Russia” has been placed on the US administration’s website and has gathered over 14 thousand signatures in three days. All that despite the fact that that document vanished from the open list of appeals – although the first 150 signatures made it available for voting.

http://voiceofrussia.com/2014_03_25/In-Crimeas-footsteps-Alaska-wants-to-unite-with-Russa-puts-petition-forward-3906/

Some experts point out that one should not talk about any tendency for separatism in the US, but one should not take such petitions as a joke either. The authors of the petition – similar to other petitions for the secession of some other US states – are trying to remind the White House about the basis of the state, and specifically about the Declaration of Independence.
A resident of Anchorage, the largest city in the state of Alaska, published his petition a couple of days after Crimea seceded from Ukraine and rejoined Russia. To support his petition he cites the following historic facts: the first Europeans that put their foot on the land of Alaska in 1732 were the crew of the Saint Gabriel vessel, captained by Makhail Gvozdev and Ivan Fedorov. In conclusion the author calls for “seceding Alaska from the US to rejoin Russia”.
The US acquired Alaska in 1867 in exchange for $7.2 million. Even if there has been any violation of that treaty on Washington’s part (which has been discussed in certain circles lately), the period of limitation has long expired. Thus, at first sight the petition looks like a joke, or as mockery of the American authorities. But that document does not appear so unserious considering the situation regarding other states’ appeals to secede from the US. The same website called We The People hosts similar petitions from citizens of 29 of the 50 US states. The White House needs to at least take such a trend into account, thinks Dmitry Abzalov, vice president at the Center for Strategic Communications.
“As practice shows, the majority of countries focused on the external issues missed separatist processes inside their states. Take Spain or Great Britain, or Southeast Asia for example. For Washington it is more important to deal with internal problems: they are quite serious and concern primarily the state budget and external debt. That is a lot more important than the situation in Kiev or Ukraine, which most US citizens generally know nothing of. Otherwise, the risk of repeating the situation in the Southeast of Ukraine or in the European countries will be quite large in the USA”.
If the petition to return Alaska to Russia gathers 100 thousand signatures before April 20, the US administration would have to react to that appeal. Although that reaction would be just answering the appeal. For example, over 125 thousand people signed the petition for Texas to secede from the US in 2012. And the authorities answered them that the covenants left by the Founding Fathers did not include the right to secede from the country. They did not even recall the Declaration of Independence adopted by the same Founding Fathers: it states that a situation could come up when one people would have to break the political ties that tie it to another people, in order to guarantee it “security and happiness”. But now 29 states recalled those words. Although it is clear from the beginning that those petitions will be “soft-pedaled” as well.
It is also clear that nobody will remember the declaration in relation to the situation in Crimea and Ukraine. It Jupiter is not allowed to do it (refering to the Latin phrase “What is legitimate for Jupiter, is not legitimate for the ox.”- VOR), all the rest aren’t either. One should not talk about the “Kosovo precedent”: the “rest of the world” that is so far from understanding democracy cannot understand that Kosovo is a “special case”. Scotland and the Falkland Islands can follow that example, while Crimea should not! Washington and its allies are trying to come to peace with themselves using all these mantras. In the last few years the Big Brother policy has convinced the sober part of humanity that one should stay as far as possible from such “democratic” ideals, points out Sergey Grinyayev, director of the Center for Strategic Evaluations.
“The situation with the referendum in Crimea is the trend of our time. The thing is that over the past years the leadership of many countries has conducted inefficient policy. The global economic crisis that resulted in countless countries going bankrupt testifies to that. Undoubtedly, the majority of the planet’s population cannot accept such a situation. And naturally, given that we observe and will observe that nations demand their right for self-determination.”

1000’s sign White House.gov petition- for Alaska to join Russia

Today for my WTF moment I found this Fox News article. I can understand wanting to secede and I recognize the right to do so- whether from your ex-girlfriend, your boss, your state, or country. But come on, Alaska! You don’t secede to join Russia!
Thousands sign WhiteHouse.gov petition for Alaska to secede — to Russia
Published March 27, 2014

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/27/thousands-sign-official-white-house-petition-to-return-alaska-to-russia/?intcmp=trending

Mar. 10, 2014: A frozen beach on the Bering Sea coast is seen near the last stretch mushers must pass before the finish line of the Iditarod dog sled race in Nome, Alaska.REUTERS
Moscow’s annexation of Crimea was condemned worldwide, but some people in Alaska apparently are yearning for the days when they, too, were part of Mother Russia.

A petition on the White House website created by “S.V.” of Anchorage is calling on Alaskans and others to “vote” for Alaska to secede from the U.S. and become a part of Russia.

In less than a week, the petition, titled “Alaska Back to Russia,” has garnered nearly 30,000 signatures, though it’s unclear where they are from.

“Vote for secession of Alaska from the United States and joining Russia,” the petition says.

The petition, though strangely worded and difficult to understand, describes how Alaska was originally settled and populated by native Russians.

Secretary of State William Seward purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million, in a decision decried at the time as “Seward’s Folly.” The territory officially became the 49th state on Jan. 3, 1959.

Even if the White House responds to the Alaska petition, it is almost certainly going nowhere. The Alaska petition offers no specifics for how the proposed secession would even be executed, whether by referendum or some other process. Further, the Supreme Court ruled, in the wake of the Civil War, that unilateral secession is unconstitutional.

The White House typically issues an official response to petitions on the official website if they receive 100,000 signatures in 30 days — in this case, the deadline would be April 20. A similar petition in 2012 calling for Texas to secede from the U.S. reached this goal, and the White House responded by saying “our states remain united.”

“Our founding fathers established the Constitution of the United States ‘in order to form a more perfect union’ through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government,” the official response to the Texas petition said. “They enshrined in that document the right to change our national government through the power of the ballot — a right that generations of Americans have fought to secure for all. But they did not provide a right to walk away from it.”

Welcome to FPFM!

People who know me say I’m a person with strong opinions- let’s say that’s true. I have opinions about all kinds of things. But let’s start out by saying I think most folks DO, so how how does that make me different?

It’s what I do with my opinions, and just as importantly-
What I DON’T do with my opinions.

What I don’t do is go around thinking that my awesome opinion ought to be a rule.

I don’t go around thinking that my opinion ought to be crammed down anyone’s throat (but let’s face it- you’re reading this on MY blog so this is different).

And I never, never, never go around thinking that just because I might find a magic number of other people who, along with myself of course, constitute a “majority”….

and that said majority ought to take said opinion and make it into some kind of “law”.

“Law” in quotes? Why?

Because “laws” are just strong opinions someone else thought up, talked the majority of people sheep (assume you live a a so-called democracy here) into petitioning their friendly neighborhood tax-farmer who then goes about forcing the rest of them to follow along.

That’s it. Nothing more.

The basis of all just law is compensation for damages to person or property.
So if you need a law to keep lesbians from getting married, or a law to force a Christian to bake a cake against his will, or a law that requires all 18 year olds of the male gender sign up for possible future involuntary military service…. Than what you have is an OPINION, and that should be kept to yourself.

What does that mean? It means have opinions, voice them, try to convince folks that you have the facts. But never forget-

Good ideas don’t require force.