paul - Mon, 08/05/2013 - 19:54
With the recent repeal of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) and California's Prop 8 (elimination of same-sex couples right to marry) there has been a lot of celebration among the LGBT community, libertarians, and other groups and persons who consider individuals' inalienable rights of self-determination, expression, and equal protection derived from nature and the United States Constitution cannot be abridged.
paul - Sun, 05/12/2013 - 14:18
What is money? Historically money was created to represent a permanence of value. Whereas the value of labor or a commodity could be fleeting, money and therefore value could be retained for the future. It also provided a common currency for trade.
paul - Wed, 02/20/2013 - 20:38
Did you ever start having a conversation with a person that drifted into the political realm and realize you're not dealing with a logical person. The hardest part I have with this is that is usually with a friendly acquaintance, so I try to bow out gracefully before my blood begins to boil to the point where I become the irrational one.
paul - Sun, 12/23/2012 - 19:09
The 'Fiscal Cliff' seems to be the same as the 'Too Big to Fail' crisis that was created for the banking and some manufacturing industries. It seems to me that the only reason we have this problem is our Federal Government and its subsidiaries (states and local government) has gotten to the size where it impacts not only our own, but global economies, by every little twitch they make. To the astute observer one can easily see that they've become the elephant in the room.
paul - Wed, 10/31/2012 - 12:01
Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson is getting my vote. There, I said it and nobody will be surprised as I've been quite honest in my opinions of both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
When voting many of us find one issue that is a must. We simply pick the candidate that boasts how they are going to have the government do something for us. In many cases what they are going to give us, as in what program will they add to assist our own personal bottom line. Whether it is a monetary subsidy specifically aimed at our situation or a privilege denied to others.
paul - Sun, 09/16/2012 - 08:56
While there seems to be an increased interest in libertarian values as of late, there is an inherent incompatibility with those values and its success in today's society.
Those who are Libertarians or have come to embrace libertarian values are faced with a conundrum. Libertarian values of self-direction, liberty, and accountability create independent people. People who realize that they, themselves, are or should be in control of their future.
paul - Fri, 08/03/2012 - 21:28
Everybody seems to be talking about Chick-fil-A's president's opposition to same-sex marriage, so I thought I'd throw in my 2 cents (or 12 to 55 cents based on 2 cents in the year I was born).
How does this sit with my libertarian viewpoint?
Since he has been vocal about his opposition to marriage equality he certainly is willing to be in the cross-hairs of an issue with a lot of friction and energy. The agitation caused within our society is the direct result of our governments' insistence on being involved with marriage in several different ways, one good, many bad.
paul - Mon, 06/25/2012 - 07:58
Did you know the USDA (US Department of Agriculture), the people who approve your meat, are in the business of making home loans? Not only are they in this business, but they offer low interest, no money down loans in specific areas. One of these areas happens to be the San Lorenzo Valley (also Watsonville, Salinas, and Hollister) for people with credit scores as low as 640 and rebates which can be used for closing costs and other items including possibly renovation.
paul - Tue, 06/05/2012 - 08:00
We see signs like this everywhere we drive either fixed posts or lighted billboards. Whether it's Slow Down, Fasten Your Seat Belts, Move Over, Don't Litter or the multitude of other "It's the Law" commands.
It isn't only through driving where we are introduced to these commands. We are given this reason by government jurisdictions with many things we do daily. If you inquire from many official bodies why you need to be doing one thing or not doing another they will commonly reply "because it's the law".
paul - Sat, 05/19/2012 - 09:26
My friend and colleague Steven Kiefel at Q54 Strategic recently posted a blog about marriage titled "Who are you going to Marry". This is a topic I've spent little time thinking about recently, but as with him President Obama's recently announced support for same-sex marriage brought it to the forefront of my thoughts.
Many would think that as a gay individual that this would be more a more predominant item on my agenda. I suppose I've been watching the course of the LGBT fight for equality and felt that the individuals driving the effort were handling things just fine and little did they need my help. Another reason might be that I don't foresee any prospect for wanting marriage in my near future. Or maybe I've just become apathetic to the process with all the other issues affecting our lives.