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What Comes First: Individual Rights or The Will of Society?

Sometimes I think society understands some things, but they end up not. It disappoints me because it really is sad. What comes first? Individual rights? or The will of society?

The way it is supposed to work in our country is individual rights, but a lot of people think the will of society comes first. It's this thought process that sends us down the road of collectivism from the moral system that recognizes a person's individual rights.

The greatest prosperity ever created in the history of mankind was created on the principles of individual rights. People came to America with absolutely nothing and turned this country into the most prosperous ever. It grew on the ideals that the individual has the right to choose their path and that the individual's right to do that came before the will of society.

Collective thought exists, but when it comes to collective thought in government it is dangerous. We're not supposed to be in a country where free speech is fine, if it is ap…

Canadian Court Rules Sniffer Dog Searches Violate Rights

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled today that police can't randomly dog search people to find drugs and other things in public places(except airports). The court ruled 6-3 that these random searches violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Canada which protect against unlawful searches.

This ruling came out from two cases where evidence was seized with the use of sniffing dogs. They ruled that the police didn't have grounds to use the sniffer dogs at their whim. They need to have probable cause to use them.


I'm glad to hear this since people's personal rights are very important. No one should have to put up with random searches. We are free people and we don't need to be degraded with this kind of treatment.

What I find scary is the comments on the source page of most people saying there has been an injustice done... to the law enforcement. It makes me sad that Canadians don't have a sense of individual rights. There are people demonizing civil right gr…

Tax Cuts Benefit Everyone

It often amazes me how there is such a movement of people that are opposed to tax cuts. They view it as letting the rich not pay their "fair share", whatever that is supposed to mean. I think these people lack the foresight of basic economics and I think they already are content with their life, and they don't see the need to change.

Well, there are other people out there that aren't content with their life. It's not where they want to buy. They could be saving up for a home, but it would take less time if they had more of their money going into their pocket rather than the government's pocket.

Tax Cuts Benefit The Rich

Yes they do. This allows the people that create jobs, that create luxury, that make the new and exciting products that we use have more capital to invest in these types of projects. What does this do? It creates jobs, it creates luxury and it creates a higher standard of living.

It's not like the rich take all their money and hide it under …

Can Freedom Exist In A Socialist State?

Socialists would often say that you are "more" free in a socialist state. I'm not really sure how that would work, but they have a twisted view on morality.

Socialists and communists have a nice sounding ideology. From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. It sounds good, but if you've ever talked to a socialists and ask how it works, you get into the dark twisted views.

The Difference between Capitalism and Socialism

Capitalism is the only social system that recognizes individual rights. In this system, it has the most important property right, and that is of yourself. You can choose to live your life and produce as you choose. You also get the fruits of your labor. You are not required to live for the life of another person, nor are you allowed to force someone to live their life for you.

Socialism works on the idea that there is no individual rights. The only form of morality is that told to you by society. Your job is to do exactly whatever …

Why Do People Wear The Che Guevara Shirt?

I've always been amazed at the people wear the Che Guevara shirt. What message are they trying to convey?

I used capitalism to stick it to this communist!

I love communist killers!

I think too many people get caught up in these stupid ideas and assume this guys intentions were good, therefore he is a good guy. I'm not sure how that works, but there are a lot of things about people I don't get.

Che Guevara was a mass murderer. This is undisputed fact. Anyone that disagreed with him were executed. It was like he was part of a religious cult picking off the infidels. Of course he has his loyal band of religious followers wearing his t-shirt.

Here is the deal with Che. He was a communist fanatic. He was willing to kill anyone to achieve his goal. If you didn't agree, you were tied up, gaged, blind folded and executed. He did not believe in freedom or any ideals of individual freedom. He believed in a system of government where people were property of other people. That people …

Economic Freedom Brings a Higher Standard of Living

It is surprising how many people out there hate ideas like capitalism with the overwhelming evidence that individual and economic freedom of capitalism bring people's standard of living up. I support the Fraser Institute's Free The World project. They put out a report every year where they rank countries by the amount of individual and economic freedom. These reports show that these basic economic freedoms give countries huge standards of living. Click here for the latest report.

What is Economic Freedom?
Personal ChoiceVoluntary exchange coordinated by marketsFreedom to enter and compete in marketsProtection of persons and property from aggressions by others*This is the breakdown given in the 2007 report.

A lot of people tend to confuse democracy with economic freedom and the two are completely unrelated. Democracy is the ability for all adults in a country to make political decisions, which include participating, voting, lobbying, criticizing, etc. Economic freedom is an indivi…

Exxon Is Not The Enemy

People seem to have a negative demeanor when it comes to oil companies today due to the high price of oil. It's understandable to want to place blame, but this isn't the oil companies fault. I think people need to have a better sense of "don't bite the hand that feeds". If you start increasing taxes on oil companies, you're probably going to be effected.

Exxon is making record profits. I think of a lot of that has to do with dealing with a global product and having a US dollar in the dumps, but I'm digressing. Just look at how much tax Exxon pays.

This is an insane amount of money. To get a grasp of how much that is, think about this. Exxon pays more in taxes than the bottom 50% of American taxpayers. If you're looking for the data on that, you can check the 2004 IRS data(which was the last released) showing that 130 million Americans payed taxes and the bottom 65 million payed a grand total of $27 billion.

These ideas that oil companies "owe us&quo…

Are Biofuels Good For The Economy?

With all the talk on biofuels like ethanol, it is often lost in the hype of the media whether this is a sound move or another government forced failure. I see a huge negative impact on our economy from this, but it isn't discussed much on the main stream mediums.

Ethanol is a biolfuel produced from corn. The Federal government has regulated that so much biofuel has to go into regular gasoline. Currently it is set at 5.9% of the total make of gasoline. The problem I see here is that it costs a lot more to produce ethanol than it does to produce regular gas. This has causes huge sums of corporate welfare to go out to farmers because they can't produce cheap enough. This leaves tax payers footing the bill to pay for something that does absolute nothing to the cost of gas. In fact, it's very difficult for farmers to even come up with the supply to meet the demand of gas, so it is in fact bringing the price up.

There is also another side effect to the ethanol and that is the sup…

Earth Day is Anti-Mankind

With Earth Day just finishing I thought I'd take the time and share with you why I detest it. The main reason is that it's anti-Mankind. It's a movement that hates what made us great. It hates mankind's accomplishments, success, luxury and standard of living.

Let me first say that I'm not advocating trashing the Earth. There is nothing wrong with wanting to keep the air clean and water safe to drink, but most of the harmful pollutants have been taken care of long ago. Yes there is pollution going up in the air everyday, but it really isn't that bad. Consider the time before we started polluting to now. Our lifespans have doubled. I think that shows that pollution can have a positive effect on us.

With that said, we have eco-extremists that us for it. The idea of driving a car is like a sin. The fact that we can move food from one side of the world to here to feed people is a bad thing. They believe that mankind is not an animal and we're not part of this Eart…

The Attack On The Plastic Bag

I'll admit that there are a lot of things I don't understand. One of the biggest things is this environmental movement against the plastic bag, I just don't get it. It's sort touching close to home since cities close to me are banning them and I don't know why.

Plastic bags are great. They are convenient, sanitary and very cost effective. I love them, I reuse every bag in my house for the little garbage cans. I've always feared these "environmental bags" they sell at the grocery store. These people probably feel pretty good, but probably buy a box of plastic bags for their little garbage cans around the house.

Currently the state of Maine is looking to do a plastic bag ban. The most apparent reason I'm gathering here is that they are an eye sore. Granted some bags get blown into the woods. I don't really see why looking at it is so bad because I can think of a lot of things that I don't like to look at.

Dave Littel from Maine's Department…

The Advantages of Globalization

The advantages of globalization are numerous and extremely beneficial to everyone that is involved. It is the most extensive form of prosperity building, anti-poverty policy the world has embraced. Yet, there are people that still hate it.

The economy becomes more efficient since there is more competition. Businesses that cannot compete fail. Countries that cannot compete in one sector are forced to get into a more efficient market.The consumer always wins. Despite the rhetoric about protecting jobs, there are more consumers than job takers. Forcing someone to buy from an inefficient business and pay more for it, is immoral.Prosperity grows for everyone. Look at China and India. They used to be horrible places to live. But with the globalization movement and the opening up of markets to foreign competition has pushed these two countries into huge booms. People are having higher standards of living because of this. People that couldn't even afford a car are driving them no…

Stop The Attacks On Free Trade

It's no secret that both Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton both hate free trade. They say they want to protect the interest of Americans and jobs. Which, as I discussed before is a form of corporate welfare. The bandwagon they stand on is the "fair trade" ideal. Fair? Ironic. If you think of the United States as "the world", than effectively there is free trade all around it. That isn't bad, it's good. What if states started putting up barriers? Starting taxing goods coming over its borders? Or stepping in to protect its businesses? The market would sour, good entrepreneurs would leave the market, the state and corporations would start to mold into one force with excessive lobbying and bribery.

The best way to understand why free trade is the best is to look at the individual in the market. You are able to buy the whatever product you want from any country. You aren't forced to buy "American". This often means a product that is higher qualit…

End Corporate Welfare and Bailouts!

The ideas of corporate welfare exist in high doses today. Sometimes it is hidden in other words, but essentially it is the same thing, corporate welfare.

We need to protect the consumers.
We need to protect jobs.
We need to protect our economy.
They're all different and sound like a really nice thing to do, but it's all just doublespeak for corporate welfare.

Let's look at an example where consumers are getting bailed out; the sub prime issue. People do get bailed out, but most of the bailing out goes directly into the banks pockets. People ended up getting $500,000-$1,000,000 houses only making $30,000 a year. Of course you're not going to be able to pay that.

Protecting jobs is the most common one used. Money is handed out to failing businesses that can't even stay afloat because they have such a poor business model. Taxpayers are forced to keep some business afloat, so a small minority of people can hold onto jobs that are usually lost within a year.

Protecting the eco…

The Anomaly of Market Success

Ask yourself, what happens when a business is successful? I'm not talking about a little successful, but big time successful? The government comes into punish it. We all strive to do our best and be the best. We all want more wealth and to live a higher standard of living, but the government doesn't play by those rules.

We've all heard it from different angles. It doesn't matter how the business is done or how many customers they serve or how much profit they make or how many businesses they run out of business. There will always be upset politicians ready to loot them.
Become too successful, than you are a monopolist.
Prices are too high, you're price gouging.
Prices are too low, it's unfair competition.
Prices are the same, it's a cartel.
I have a lot of respect for businesses because they're the ones that go out there everyday doing great things and they are hated for it. Exxon invests time, capital, labor, etc into pumping oil out of the ground and delive…

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