10 Reasons Why I Am Optimistic About The Future

 Someone once said that Gravity Is A Bitch. That is true enough, but gravity has nothing on Economics, which could be called the Ultimate Vindictive Bitch. And the state has spent far too much time cheating on her, don’t get in the way when she shows up for payback.

We have all heard why we need to be terrified of the way things are. Doom is around the corner! The government will be putting chips in our heads soon! AAAGGGGGHHHHHH!!!

Screw pessimism. Here are some reasons to look forward to the future.

1. The nation state appears to be collapsing.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) Yes, I know it looks like the state is becoming more powerful by the day, but the power of individuals is increasing faster. The increased power of the state appears to be more akin to the thrashing of the dinosaur in the tar-pit.

2. The nation state must necessarily be collapsing.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)Someone once said that Gravity Is A Bitch. That is true enough, but gravity has nothing on Economics, which could be called the Ultimate Vindictive Bitch. And the state has spent far too much time cheating on her, don’t get in the way when she shows up for payback.

3. We are actively eroding the states powerbase.

Combat Shooter's HandbookPeople have understood what was wrong with the state for a long time, but it didn’t really take off until the internet became mainstream. Numerous features of the internet directly attack the choke-points that the state and state-sympathizing entities were formerly able to control. The very design of the internet has libertarianism baked into in, it was not guaranteed that this would happen. We are very lucky in that regard.

4. We have (or soon will have) the tools to dodge the state as it collapses.

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute The internet laid the groundwork, bitcoin gives us a value store that they more or less can’t touch in the usual ways. Even better, many of the foundational technologies (one of the most important being open source) have powerful allies defending our flanks, hilariously, at least one of them (IBM) was the Evil Empire before Microsoft was.

5. The supporters of the second amendment have the upper hand.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsThis has been true since Bellesiles was exposed as a fraud in the Arming America fiasco. The panicked screaming of the gun control supporters is such sweet, sweet music.

6. I live in a country where a large and growing segment of the population is armed.

Many of them are ex-military and as such know how to fight, and take their oaths regarding domestic enemies seriously when it comes to totalitarians (even if they are a little slow to understand that the state is evil period…). The only thing that chews up an army faster than guerrilla warfare is guerrilla warfare against its own population. The officers know this.

7. SpaceX is demonstrating again how much better a private* company is at doing anything.

They are making fools of NASA, Lockheed, Boeing, and everyone who insisted (and continues to insist) that not only can only governments really afford to do spaceflight, but that the cost of spaceflight will never be reduced below what it costs under a government system.

* Yes, I know that they take government money, but they have a much cleaner nose on that score than the Big Two. Different culture also.

8. I believe that many, if not most, of the cultural problems we face can be traced directly to government subsidies. With the implication that when the state collapses the rest will come down with it.

For a simple example: what are the incubators for modern day “anti”-racists and the insane wing (how much of the total this happens to be is not relevant here) of the feminists? Universities. What allows the universities to ignore the fact that these people can’t function in the real world? Education and Research Subsidies.

9. There are female anarcho-capitalists.

They are quite attractive. Far in excess of the Marxist females *shudder*, though admittedly that is not a very good measuring stick.

10. I don’t know enough about the human eye to be an optometrist.

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View

edited by

Dr Jimmy T (Gunny) LaBaume

Is now available in both PAPERBACK and Kindle

BookCoverImageMurray N. Rothbard was the father of what some call Radical Libertarianism or Anarcho-Capitalism which Hans-Hermann Hoppe described as “Rothbard’s unique contribution to the rediscovery of property and property rights as the common foundation of both economics and political philosophy, and the systematic reconstruction and conceptual integration of modern, marginalist economics and natural-law political philosophy into a unified moral science: libertarianism.”

This book applies the principles of this “unified moral science” to environmental and natural resource management issues.

The book started out life as an assigned reading list for a university level course entitled Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View.

As I began to prepare to teach the course, I quickly saw that there was a plethora of textbooks suitable for universal level courses dealing with environmental and natural resource economics. The only problem was that they were all based in mainstream neo-classical (or Keynesian) theory. I could find no single collection of material comprising a comprehensive treatment of environmental and natural resource economics based on Austrian Economic Theory.

However, I was able to find a large number of essays, monographs, papers delivered at professional meetings and published from a multitude of sources. This book is the result. It is composed of a collection of research reports and essays by reputable scientists, economists, and legal experts as well as private property and free market activists.

The book is organized into seven parts: I. Environmentalism: The New State Religion; II. The New State Religion Debunked; III. Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resource Economics; IV. Interventionism: Law and Regulation; V. Pollution and Recycling; VI. Property Rights: Planning, Zoning and Eminent Domain; and VII. Free Market Conservation. It also includes an elaborate Bibliography, References and Recommended Reading section including an extensive Annotated Bibliography of related and works on the subject.

The intellectual level of the individual works ranges from quite scholarly to informed editorial opinion.


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