Pirates and Emperors
An amazing animated clip that shows how terror is terror regardless of who perpetrates it, us or them.
To me, poor people are like bonsai trees.
Go and look at the tallest tree in the forest and pick the best seed of that tallest tree and plant it in a flower pot. You get a plant that is about a meter high — an exact replica of the tall tree you saw in the forest. And you say, “what’s wrong with this little one? Is it the seed? No, we picked the best seed possible and planted it. So what’s wrong?”
The wrong thing is the flower pot! Because you didn’t allow the large base on which it could grow. If you had planted it in the real soil, it would be as tall as the tree you saw in the forest.
Poor people are bonsai people. There is nothing wrong in their seeds. Simply, society never gave them the base to grow on. All we need in order to get the poor out of poverty is for us to create an enabling environment for them. Once the poor can unleash their energy and creativity, poverty will disappear very quickly.
Muhammad Yunus, Bangladeshi entrepreneur, economist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient who advocates free markets, the rule of law, and private property rights (rather than detrimental and coercive foreign aid boondoggles) for impoverished people in developing countries. (via statehate)
We may test the hypothesis that the State is largely interested in protecting itself rather than its subjects by asking: which category of crimes does the State pursue and punish most intensely—those against private citizens or those against itself?
The gravest crimes in the State’s lexicon are almost invariably not invasions of private person or property, but dangers to its own contentment, for example, treason, desertion of a soldier to the enemy, failure to register for the draft, subversion and subversive conspiracy, assassination of rulers and such economic crimes against the State as counterfeiting its money or evasion of its income tax.
Or compare the degree of zeal devoted to pursuing the man who assaults a policeman, with the attention that the State pays to the assault of an ordinary citizen. Yet, curiously, the State’s openly assigned priority to its own defense against the public strikes few people as inconsistent with its presumed raison d’etre.
—Murray Rothbard (via disobey)
Fantastic look at the complexity and advanced design/production process of an F1 car. If you ever doubted that racing was a technology driven industry, than this will change you mind.
I’m glad you guys are interested in my opinion on this, and I’m more than happy to give you some reasons that people should stay away from the military at all costs, but if you’re looking for something with a ton of detail and a bunch of obnoxious citations, you might try asking one of the more dedicated anti-state bloggers, or check Glenn Greenwald. Actually, stop reading this right now and just read Glenn Greenwald. Read everything he has ever written. Then track him down and give him a bit wet kiss on the lips.