America’s Pangloss

Title: “Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom”

Author: Ron Paul

Rank: 24

Blurb: “Dr. Paul writes that to believe in liberty is not to believe in any particular social and economic outcome. It is to trust in the spontaneous order that emerges when the state does not intervene in human volition and human cooperation.”

Review: “He is not unlike Voltaire was in the 18th century, a constant voice of liberty in the face of persistent tyranny and corruption by those in power.”

Customers Also Bought: “Where’s the Birth Certificate?: The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President”, by Jerome Corsi

Footnote: Libertarians live in the best of all possible worlds.

Liberty Defined [Amazon]

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He’s a lot like Voltaire. Apart from the talent, intelligence, wit, and international standing it’s sometimes hard to tell them apart.

So in other words, White Fairyland Somalia, where everyone is rational and the invisible hand gives everyone a hand job.

For a bunch of guys who call themselves realists, they act/write like a bunch of Fatuous Pollyanna types.

Huh. I’m sitting here watching the video of Seth Meyers from the WHCD and I’m puzzled.

Why did C-Span edit out part of Meyers’ remarks about Ron and Rand Paul and Tim Pawlenty?

“If you looked up boring in the dictionary, that’d be more exciting than listening to Tim Pawlenty,” Meyers said. “Tim Pawlenty makes Al Gore look like Ru Paul.”

It is to trust in the spontaneous order that emerges when the state does not intervene in human volition and human cooperation.

This explains why talking to Paultards is like having a conversation with a kitchen table – just what exactly the FUCK is “the state” BESIDES “human volition and human cooperation”? Does the author think we need to overthrow our sekrit reptilian overlords and/or body Thetans? WTF?

Black Eagle strikes back last night:

As a hair-gelled, grimly unsmiling Mr. Trump sat at a nearby table — a guest of the Washington Post — Mr. Obama ripped one punch after another at the real estate tycoon.

“Donald Trump is here tonight,” the comedian in chief said, grinning. “Now, I know that he’s taken some flak lately, but no one is prouder to put this birth certificate to rest than The Donald. Now he can get to focusing on the issues that matter. Like, did we fake the moon landing? What really happened at Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?”

It was almost painful to watch, the juxtaposition of the president, flexing his new post-birther comedy chops, and the real estate mogul-cum-politician, grimacing at his table as Mr. Obama basked in his post-long-form-birth-certificate glow.

“All kidding aside, we all know about your credentials and experience,” Mr. Obama said, as people in the room either chortled or grimaced nervously, all depending on their proximity to Mr. Trump.

In “Celebrity Apprentice,” Mr. Obama told Mr. Trump, teeth flashing, “the men’s cooking team did not impress the judges from Omaha steaks, but you recognized that this was a lack of leadership, so you fired Gary Busey.”

“These,” Mr. Obama said, “are the kinds of decisions that would keep me up at night. Well-handled, sir. Well-handled.”

Daaaaaaayum. Who is this Unicorn?

ADD: Found a clip

ADD2: found a full clip

Best joke by Seth Meyers: “Donald Trump owns the Miss USA pageant, which is great for Republicans because it will streamline their search for a vice president.”

Related: here’s an example I’d never heard about of what happens when “the state” isn’t paying attention:

The Radium Girls

I was particularly irritated by the fact that the company *knew* the paint was dangerous, had higher-level workers using protection, but just didn’t give a fuck about the peons.

Angry Birds is workin my last nerve.

@SanFranLefty: Yeah, but why did C-Span cut it? It just seemed odd to me.

Paging Cynica and baked: Tell your spouses that there’s another reason to like Aung San Suu Kyi – she’s a Deadhead.

@karen marie has her eyes tight shut: I have no idea. When I was watching the CSPAN clips, they were choppy. Probably just be a technical snafu in uploading.

Representative Ron Paul a few nights ago had a serious debate with Obama on John Stossell’s show on Fox. Anybody catch that?

Don’t you mean “Obama” or Faux-Bama?

@ManchuCandidate: White Fairyland Somalia


But Candide answers a question I’ve had for decades: How best — best for me, anyway — to explain their blind faith in a system that magically works out best for all involved? With private fire companies, private highways, and all the rest?

1972 Libertarian veep candidate Tonie Nathan was a Eugenean, after all. I’ve been aware of these folks long before Ron Paul was noticed.

Of course, Panglossian Philosophy isn’t limited to Libertarians. See also Neocons.

@SanFranLefty: I saw Kathy Griffin’s royal wedding show Friday night when I was out of town for turkey hunting. Watched with my friend’s wife while he was getting ready to teach Sunday School. The show was pretty funny. An hour well spent.

A surprise spring snow storm chased me off my friend’s ranch today. Saw three turkeys yesterday beyond maximum range of my 20 gauge shotgun. Called in two toms early in the morning but they hung up at about 50 yards. After they quit responding to my calling, I stood up and walked over to my friend’s hideout to confer – and those evil turkeys gobbled from 20 yards away. We were busted. I swear I heard laughing as we scrambled for cover.

I didn’t actually see the debate so I couldn’t say if the Real Ron Paul knew whether not he was debating “Obama” or Faux-Bama.

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