Socialist Insecurity: How the Raw Deal Enslaved Americans

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The ideal of evolutionary biology is that parents would value the survival and betterment of their children above their own. In reality, however, parents vacillate between their own individual self-interests and those of their children, often resulting in either negotiated compromises or authoritarian dictates. Government central planners have legalized intergenerational parasitism through the mechanizations of taxation and welfare state subsidies in order to encourage senior citizens to directly feed off the productivity of the current workforce, thereby balkanizing the young and the elderly against each other.

 

to hell with social security

 

Two concepts are helpful for analyzing the political topic of Social Security. The Hegelian Dialectic shows how the pattern of “problem-reaction-solution” is used by Leviathan to further solidify its power, yet, Hanlon’s razor says that malice should never be attributed to that which can be satisfactorily explained by stupidity. These two ideas will be used during this examination of the history, legalities, economics, and the privacy implications of social insurance in order to measure its compatibility with human liberty.

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Dorcas Hardy’s 1986 Social Security Letter

Today’s document is another revelation about Social Security. The letter has been transcribed so as to make the legal references easier to hyperlink. Click the download link below the transcription for the original.

commissioner of social securityJuly 16 1986

Dear Mr. Rickman:

This is in response to your letter of June 25.

We can understand your concern about getting a Social Security number before you can begin work. The Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 6109(a)) and applicable regulations (26 CFR 301.6109-1(d)) require and individual to get and use a Social Security number on the tax documents and to furnish that number to any other person or institution (such as an employer or a bank) that is required to furnish to the Internal Revenue Service information about payments to the individual. There are penalties for failure to do so (see 26 U.S.C. 6676(a) and 26 CFR 301.6676-1).

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Charles Mullen’s 1998 Social Security Administration Letter

Today’s document is a revealing examination into how social insurance has infringed upon the right to privacy. The letter has been transcribed so as to make the legal references easier to hyperlink. Click the download link below the transcription for the original PDF.

social security letterhead

March 18, 1998

Dear Mr. McDonald:

This is in response to your letter to the Commissioner concerning Social Security numbers for your children.

The Social Security Act does not require a person to have a Social Security number (SSN) to live and work in the United States, nor does it require an SSN simply for the purpose of having one. However, if someone works without an SSN, we cannot properly credit the earnings for the work performed.

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Thomas Jefferson Thought That Every Generation Should Pay Its Own Debts

In a 1820 letter to Antoine Louis Claude Destutt de Tracy, Thomas Jefferson commented on various pieces of scholarly literature, and then remarked about how he thought it would be wrong for the United States to get mixed up and entangled in wars involving former Spanish colonies in South America (today’s meme is available courtesy of MomThink.org)

 

Quote of the Week – Regarding the Great Depression

“Let me end my talk by abusing slightly my status as an official representative of the Federal Reserve. I would like to say to Milton [Friedman] and Anna [Schwartz]: You’re right, we did it. We’re very sorry. But thanks to you, we won’t do it again.”

Ben Bernanke, 14th chairman of the Federal Reserve

On Milton Friedman’s Ninetieth Birthday, November 8th of 2002

Ending War-Mongering: How to Persuade Conservatives & Soldiers to Resist the Warfare State

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“From all these indignities, such as the very beasts of the field would not endure, you can deliver yourselves if you try, not by taking action, but merely by willing to be free. Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break into pieces.”

Étienne de La Boétie

 

 

Veterans are the former soldiers of the military who are systematically treated by the civilian federal government like refuse. Congresscritters simply don’t give a damn as to the consequences their own foreign policy decisions have upon military personnel, some of which include these facts, that, since 9/11:

Despite military propaganda, how are these veterans supposed to translate their skill sets well enough into the civilian labor market? One is left to simply assume that they are left to their own devices, much like the rest of the hapless citizenry.

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Are You Obligated to Register for the Draft?

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Military conscription, much like an “individual mandate,” is slavery. Unscrupulous chicken hawks will use government law to coerce citizens in waging warfare against frightened foreigners who have caused us no harm; the goal here for American patriots is to be able to navigate the Kafkaesque legal quagmire in order to minimize harm while also reducing pain. If there were a motto or slogan that encapsulates the libertarian spirit of draft resistance, it would be non serviam tyrannis!

 

ignorance of the law is no excuse - burning draft card

 

Constitutionally, the enumerated powers of Congress, as well as one of the roles of the President, appear to justify the legitimacy of the draft itself. The following clauses establish the federal military:

  • War Powers Clause (Art. I § 8 cl. 11)
  • Army Clause (Art. I § 8 cl. 12)
  • Navy Clause (Art. I § 8 cl. 13)
  • Insurrection Clause (Art. I § 8 cl. 14)
  • Militia Clause (Art. I § 8 cl. 15)
  • Commander-in-Chief Clause (Art. II § 2 cl. 1)

These constitutional clauses are enumerated, in the same order, thusly:

 

“The Congress shall have Power…To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water; To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years; To provide and maintain a Navy… To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions; To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia, according to the discipline prescribed by Congress…”

“The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several states, when called into the actual Service of the United States…”

 

So, what you have here is a situation whereby the federal legislature is constitutionally authorized to not only declare war, but also commission privateers. To those ends, Congress is delegated by the Constitution to not only have its own Army and its own Navy, but also regulatory control over the Militia as well. This is further reinforced by the federal executive’s role as the supreme commander of the federal military. In light of these half dozen constitutional clauses, it would be nearly impossible to argue that conscription is unconstitutional, for how otherwise is Congress able to carry out its powers and duties in a time of war, not to say anything of the President?

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Quote of the Week – I Care About Freedom!

“What kind of a man are you? The Benjamin Sisko I know would never sell his soul, and allow himself to become part of this tyranny against his own people. What do Terrans believe in? Raising their children to dig ore out of the mines for the Alliance? I’ve worked in the mines too, until I was old enough to start fighting for my freedom…I care about freedom! What I don’t understand is why you don’t care, why the only one on this station I have met who seems to give a damn was a Ferengi toad named Quark!”

Major Kira Nerys

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (“Crossover“)