Archive for June, 2016

Free World

I have no witnesses I know of to what I’m about to relate, so you can believe me or not.

I once had a conversation at a science-fiction convention with Isaac Asimov, whom I knew advocated a one-world government. Isaac knew I was a libertarian science-fiction writer.

I asked Dr. Asimov, “If you can’t get a one-world government, would you settle for a world anarchy?”

Dr. Asimov replied, “Yes.”

UK Brexit Ballot
UK Brexit Ballot

I write this right after the British people in national referendum voted to extract the UK from its decades-long immersion in the European Union. I suspect when Britain joined the EU they saw the advantages to border-irrelevant trade, travel, and freedom of migration with European countries. Instead what they got was an overriding bureaucracy and a mass influx of Muslims to a country that still has an established Christian Church and a Christian monarchy.

I’m a libertarian. I’m entirely for doing away with national borders that restrict the free movement of people and trade goods. But I understand entirely why the British people thought the European Union tyrannical. My own country came to that same conclusion in 1776 regarding a British monarch and parliament.

Today when governments make trade agreements it’s called “free trade.” It isn’t free trade. It’s an expansion of mercantilism, by which one national power historically used troops and warships to install economic monopolies on other nations.

The European Union is a trade cartel and an aggressive multinational bureaucracy with a fiat currency not backed by any real commodity.

In theory I favor knocking down barriers to free migration and free trade. But I also favor the principle of eliminating, weakening, and decentralizing statist power to whatever extent possible.

In a politicized world that is not free — and in which there are vast affiliations of nationalists, ethnic groups, and religious identities — there are often nothing but conundrums for people like me who just want more freedom for as many people as possible.

Which is why I see the British exit from the European Union as a good thing. I see it as decentralization of power.

Whether the British people use that decentralization of power to submit to a more-localized oppression, or to institute a new era of real free trade and cultural values based on their historic expansion of enlightenment-based human rights, is something I will just have to wait and see.

I favor world freedom, which I believe comes about by recognizing, as did a universalist document written in 1776:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
The Declaration of Independence

My British friends, you have just voted to be American. Facing toward the future, I hope you adopt the above principles better than we Americans have.

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Petition: No US Money or Arms to Foreign States with Gay Death Penalty

A few days ago I started a petition on Change.org with the title “No US Money or Arms to Foreign States with Gay Death Penalty.” The recipients of the petition are President Barack Obama, Senator Rand Paul, and Representative Justin Amash.

Here is the text of the petition:

We demand an immediate end to any U.S. taxpayer funding, military aid, or provision of military-grade weapons to any foreign State that has laws providing a death penalty for being gay or being part of any LGBT community.

It’s unusual for any libertarian to write and circulate a petition like this since begging political officials for anything isn’t exactly radical or revolutionary. But in this particular case I’m taking an opportunity to reach beyond the libertarian movement.

The left is trying to make the narrative regarding the shootings at Pulse about the need for more gun-control and bigotry against both the LGBT community and Muslims.

The right is trying to make the narrative regarding the shootings at Pulse about the need to go to war against “radical Islamic terrorism” — and fuck any inconvenient liberties and due process that gets in the way.

Libertarians are largely either trying to avoid the political crossfire (Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson, for example) or just be reactionary to the assaults from both sides.

The purpose of my petition is to combat both left-wing and right-wing hypocrisy. It’s focusing on current United States government policy subsidizing and arming the very governments that systematically violate the human rights the United States claims to be defending.

If you’re libertarian, anti-interventionist, pro-LGBT, or simply anti-hypocrisy, I ask you to sign this petition at https://www.change.org/p/barack-obama-no-us-money-or-arms-to-foreign-states-with-death-penalty-for-gays?recruiter=6671293&utm_source=petitions_show_components_action_panel_wrapper&utm_medium=copylink

J. Neil Schulman

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Full text of the petition to President Barack Obama, Senator Rand Paul, and Representative Justin Amash:

We demand an immediate end to any U.S. taxpayer funding, military aid, or provision of military-grade weapons to any foreign State that has laws providing a death penalty for being gay or being part of any LGBT community.

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The Race Card Used as a Trump Card

Donald Trump is not a racist.

Mexicans are a nationality, not a race — despite “The Race” used in Spanish as “La Raza” being an organizing meme used by Hispanics and Latinos.

And let’s define those terms: “Hispanic” is a person whose primary language is Spanish. “Latino” is a person whose primary language derives from Latin — and properly used without political exclusion would include not only speakers of Spanish but also Portuguese, Italian, and French.

Muslims are not a race. It’s a religion spanning many nationalities, ethnic groups, and cultures. There are Chinese Muslims, Indian Muslims, Arab Muslims, Persian Muslims, African Muslims, Polynesian Muslims, European Muslims.

Donald Trump has a problem with a judge he thinks should have dismissed a civil law suit against him when the primary plaintiff was dropped. The judge who declined to do so, Gonzales Curiel — an American whose parents emigrated to the U.S. from Mexico — is a member of a pro-Hispanic bar association that has boycotted Trump businesses — clear grounds for recusal due to prejudice.

Donald Trump also concludes that the set of Islamic-motivated terrorists exists within the set of adherents to Islam. That is a tautology.

I disagree with Donald Trump on immigration policy, economic policy, and 4th Amendment policy.

I am not a Donald Trump supporter because I’m a libertarian and reject his embrace of statism.

Donald J. Trump
Donald J. Trump

But Donald Trump is nowhere near as racist as the people accusing him of racism and if they keep this up I just might have to vote for him in the hopes these lying hypocrites are eliminated from political power and media attention.

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