Free people own guns, slaves don’t

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Found at the Libertarian Christians web site:

http://libertarianchristians.com/2009/02/13/40-reasons-to-ban-guns/

This is an excerpt from the Supreme Court Dred Scott decision, that declared blacks cannot be real people because then they’d be able to bear arms and defend themselves, and then slaves of the same color then would see them with them, and this would encourage “discontent” among the slaves and might result in insubordination among them. This would be a danger to the “state”, said the Court.

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Trump wants up to 4,000 National Guard troops protecting border with Mexico

Swords of the Forgotten

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Pictured: President Donald Trump talks with reporters aboard Air Force One, Thursday, April 5, 2018.

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The Lessons of the Scottish Enlightenment’s Greatest Thinkers

Austin S. Hooe

Dennis Rasmussen’s The Infidel and the Professor explores the relationship of Adam Smith and David Hume to teach us about the value of human rights, morality, and freedom of thought.

Overreaching executive orders, fiery political rhetoric, and ill-advised policies fill the airwaves and Internet in our age of 24/7 news. Group think is on the rise. Transparency, integrity, and honesty are replaced with backroom deals and poor ethics. Looking for someone to blame for this gloomy picture? Look in the mirror. Our collective failure to critically think about what makes our society great has led us astray.  Fortunately, there are lessons to be learned. By reflecting on the wisdom of the Scottish Enlightenment, we may restore the values that made us free and prosperous.

The Scottish Enlightenment was a shift in political and economic thought that eventually led to the institutional abolition of slavery, legal equality of humans, individualism, and…

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China’s New Frontiers in Dystopian Tech

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Rami Niemi
by RENE CHUN

Facial-recognition technologies are proliferating, from airports to bathrooms.

Dystopia starts with 23.6 inches of toilet paper. That’s how much the dispensers at the entrance of the public restrooms at Beijing’s Temple of Heaven dole out in a program involving facial-recognition scanners—part of the president’s “Toilet Revolution,” which seeks to modernize public toilets. Want more? Forget it. If you go back to the scanner before nine minutes are up, it will recognize you and issue this terse refusal: “Please try again later.”
China is rife with face-scanning technology worthy of Black Mirror. Don’t even think about jaywalking in Jinan, the capital of Shandong province. Last year, traffic-management authorities there started using facial recognition to crack down. When a camera mounted above one of 50 of the city’s busiest intersections detects a jaywalker, it snaps several photos and records a video of the violation. The photos…

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Progressives Can Do Better

Wickersham's Conscience

Undated photo released by the U.S. Army shows Cpl. Jeremy Morlock, of Wasilla, Alaska. Morlock is among five Stryker soldiers charged with premeditated murder and conspiracy to commit premeditated murder. In interviews with Army investigators, he described a plot led by Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs to randomly kill civilians while on patrol in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan, an investigator testified Monday, Sept. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/U.S. Army) Undated photo released by the U.S. Army shows Cpl. Jeremy Morlock, of Wasilla, Alaska. Morlock is among five Stryker soldiers charged with premeditated murder and conspiracy to commit premeditated murder. In interviews with Army investigators, he described a plot led by Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs to randomly kill civilians while on patrol in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan, an investigator testified Monday, Sept. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)

A shared story turned up in WC’s Facebook news feed today, reporting a U.S. soldier had admitted to murdering three Afghan civilians and rhetorically asking if Fox News would cover the story.

It’s fake news. Sure, the incident happened, and was every bit as gruesome as any anti-war protestor could want. But the murders happened in 2010. And the soldier was sentenced to 24 years in prison in 2011. As reported by Fox News.

War is evil. It can bring out…

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LGBT Voices: Meet the gay couple that’s taking their transgender child to conversion therapy

APR: American Public Radio News

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — A local gay couple, Jerry and Francis Jameson, has decided that they will be taking their transgender child, aged 16, to conversion therapy. This is in order to repair what they told us is the “degenerative brain dysfunction of transgenderism.”

Their child, who asked remain unnamed but his name is Thomas, is going through a phase where he believes that he was born in the wrong body and would like to someday go through surgery to correct for this.  For now, he dresses in such a way as to appear female and acts as a woman as well, like by requesting his employer to pay him 23%, which they’ve graciously accepted.

Jerry and Francis are not quite convinced that such a thing is actually real. They believe that their child has been brainwashed by media and the internet. We sat down and spoke with the fathers of the…

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The Sum of Politics

If you haven’t noticed, we’re spinning out of our lanes here at the Sum of Something. Life keeps throwing us curve balls, projects keep popping up that have little to do with our podcast/blog, and, well, we can only focus so much attention on the giant snowball of bullshit that is politics before we succumb to the inevitable existential crisis that comes with caring too much about everything and everyone all at once.

So, we’re taking a break. We’re taking it slow, anyway. We’re still here. We’re still pissed off. We’re still talking to each other. But… Well…

Here, I tell you what, I’m going to make a commitment, and we’re gonna see if I can follow through, and if so, for how long. I recently realized how large and eclectic this WordPress community is. I, just a moment ago, typed ‘politics’ into the search bar, and holy smokes is there a lot to read. But where to start?

Start right here.

I’m creating a new category called “Blogitics”- I’m going to repost the first article/post that pops up. We’re gonna let other people do the work for us for a little while.

I’m betting it won’t be long before we end up interjecting our opinions, cause it’s gonna be random, and we’re going to see some shit that we just really don’t agree with.

And that’s what life’s all about, am I right?

Stay tuned, y’all.

-Justin

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