Free people own guns, slaves don’t

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Found at the Libertarian Christians web site:

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

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

Full storyat The Washington Times, image from marfeel(.com) – 4/5/18. Tags: donald trump, potus, president, trump. 𑗉

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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 - by F. Kaskais

Rami Niemi

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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It’s Not Enough!

Vortex of Awesome

Have you ever come up short? The bills come in and you don’t have enough to pay them? You have a quota to meet at work for sales and you just can’t get seem to get there? You have a goal to lose a certain amount of weight and you can’t break through that certain barrier?

Well, the problem is not with what you’ve got. The problem is not that you don’t have enough. The problem is you are doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

When you hit a 10 foot wall and all you have is shovel you usually start digging, right? Well unfortunately this time you have run into a wall that has a concrete floor under it and you can’t dig your way out of this one. What do you do? Try digging anyways? All you’re going to do is…

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