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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality

↳ Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14137_large_net_neutralityAs a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
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Comment » | Computers, Government, Internet, News, Politics, Sticky

Secessionist Seasteading

↳ Posted on December 30th, 2013 by Ben Spera

Via Lew Rockwell:

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My Vote is Going to Gary Johnson

↳ Posted on September 23rd, 2012 by Ben Spera

I originally discovered Ron Paul during his 2008 run, and voted for him in both primaries. Although I voted for Libertarian Bob Barr in the 2008 general election, I wasn’t very enthusiastic about him. He seemed like a former GOP insider that turned Libertarian only because he wasn’t getting the attention he wanted within his original party. This year is different.

I’ve heard Gary Johnson’s name mentioned countless times within Ron Paul circles and online forums but never actually gave him much thought. I figured he was another Paul Ryan, gave true libertarian ideology nothing more than lip service. And like the many Paul Ryans out there they tout their constitutional principles and fiscal conservatism on the campaign trail, and that’s where it stops. Gary Johnson is not another Paul Ryan. I got bored one day and just started watching some YouTube videos about Johnson and I am hooked.  Read more…

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Romanticizing Reagan

↳ Posted on February 7th, 2011 by Ben Spera

Now I know the title of this article alone is probably going to get some people ready to rumble, but just hear me out. I am by no means here to Reagan bash. He was a great president and arguably the best in recent times. I don’t deny that, what I take issue with is Reagan’s recent induction into sainthood, with people giving him a lot more credit than what he deserves. People inevitably tend to only remember the good things about people, and allow the not-so-good ones to fade in oblivion. It’s been twenty years, and a lot of things have faded from America’s memory. So next time you proclaim Reagan to be the savior of our republic, just keep what you read here in mind. Read more…

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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14137_large_net_neutralityAs a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
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Vietnam Pow Mutilated Himself to Prevent Propaganda

Posted on March 13th, 2013 by Ben Spera

420px-James_Stockdale_Formal_PortraitJames Stockdale, then a Commander with the US Navy, was captured by communist forces after ejecting from his disabled jet over North Vietnam. To prevent his captors from using him as propaganda he cut his scalp with razors and beat his face with a stool until he was unrecognizable. During his entire 7 1/2 year captivity he never lost faith, he continued to be a leader and primary organizer of resistance among his fellow POWs. When he was captured with information that could implicate his fellow American POWs, he slit he own wrists so he couldn’t be tortured into revealing his brothers. Read more…

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