Monday, August 29, 2011

Funny Video of Pelosi and Cheney; Ron Paul back in 2008

If you checked my HubPages post about new TV shows I watch, you'll notice that I'm currently watching a TV show called Parks and Recreation. In that show, the main girl has a photo of Nancy Pelosi on her desk in some of the episodes. This reminded me of a David Letterman skit where they showed Nancy Pelosi and Dick Cheney having a blinking contest:

Hilarious video Nancy Pelosi vs Dick Cheney

Bush and Cheney are neoconservatives. Not everyone in the Republican party are neocons. There are conservatives who use the word in the classical liberal sense much like fiscal conservatives who want to reduce spending and balance the budget.

Above is a series of different clips and videos of Ron Paul including the one from the 2008 Republican presidential debate where he stood for his beliefs and principles regardless if it was a marginalized minority position. That's actually one of the first videos of Ron Paul that I watched back then and look at me now blogging and learning more about libertarianism.

When you search Ron Paul in YouTube all the results are usually economics stuff because of the debt and economic issues (which he all predicted and warned against). So I figured it would also be nice to share clips from his old videos such as the one above.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Reflecting About Cuba

When I watched the documentary Welcome to North Korea, I saw how their government aggressively prohibited the filmmakers from getting footage of anything that will portray their nation negatively. Soldiers kept a watchful eye over them and constantly inspected their tapes and other belongings.

Historically, we've seen the communist state-controlled media produces nothing but propaganda and suppresses truth. In principle, lack of competition and monopoly of information will do the same. Now, I ask myself: Is media in Cuba controlled by the state?

In this video, libertarian journalist John Stossel questions Michael Moore's popular documentary "Sicko" and his portrayal of Cuban healthcare.

In Cuba, such competitive ideas are forcefully suppressed. There is no Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, or YouTube where citizens can send and receive information. There is only one newspaper. All media is controlled by the state. Anyone one who speaks against the party will be punished. The truth becomes a smuggled good. Many struggle to smuggle out the truth.

My only real motive in writing this would be to show people that it's always better to check out competing ideas and perspectives first before saying stuff like 'we should copy Cuba's healthcare'.

As much as I'll still hate it, I wonder why no one ever says let's copy Hong Kong or Singapore's healthcare (theirs is a mixed economy as well). It's just something I'd prefer to hear because at least I'd know that people still research and are not limited to having just Michael Moore's documentary as source.

Also, don't even get me started on the World Health Organization.

It's just really so hard to be a libertarian, I've been realizing. To stand for liberty is actually a stand for the most unpopular and controversial positions against the status quo which is statism.

I hope I was somehow able to introduce a different perspective by writing this blog post.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Something I wrote for my OJT about Road Safety and Traffic Regulation

I remember posting this for Cars PH, one of the many websites that the company I used to work for managed. I do try to incorporate advocacies with many things I do when I can. My libertarian leanings was still very shaky then. In fact, there was still a lot of traces of statism in my body.

traffic chaos

Since Google is very particular with copied content, I figured I'll just take a screenshot and put it here. On the last sentence I meant to say courtesy. That's a much fitting word, I think (something I noticed just now when I got to read it again).

Also, that being said, I'll just warn the readers of this blog that I have other blogs and might be inconsistent sometimes but this is the only place where you'll find my real take on political philosophy. Sometimes in other blogs I might sounds statist (although I try really hard not to), but that may just be because I'm trying to sell something and it's easier to sell something when it supports status quo ideas.

I did someone's homework today for money. It was an entirely voluntary exchange between two mutually consenting individuals. Anyway, I realized I wrote it without really advocating anything I said. Of course I needed to appeal to the audience (surely a statist prof). In case it goes out one day, I'd just like to say here early on that I don't necessarily agree with or advocate everything that I write outside of this blog. Ron Paul is still criticized up to now for a bunch of newsletters that his interns wrote a long time ago (although I do admit it was his responsibility).
"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them; disagree with them; glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do." -Jack Kerouac

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

DTI requires bloggers to have a permit for online contests?

A few months ago, I decided to have an online contest for my other blog Beating the Search Engine. The plan is to give a free donut to the 100th liker of the blog's Facebook page.

online contest

This is entirely voluntary. If people think that I'm just tricking them and I won't really give away a free donut then they're free to not join my contest. I am not coercing anyone into joining this contest. The profit incentive also prevents me from putting poison on the donut. Why would I want to lose my reader's patronage, right?

Bureaucrats over at DTI seem to think differently. They think that if they are able to regulate my contest it will ensure that my contest is fair and safe. I've already discussed on my previous post about why we should keep the government away from the internet, the different reasons why government intervention in people's voluntary online transactions are coercive, immoral, and counter-productive. It doesn't matter if it's just a smalltime contest or a large scale one, the bottom line is that these are voluntary exchanges.

I'm scared that this might only be the beginning of a much grander plan to regulate and restrict bloggers in the near future especially those who are voluntarily trading and earning from online transactions. And even if there is no grand plan yet, this issue might give bureaucrats the idea to do so.

I'm glad, though, with the reactions of people on Twitter about this issue. DTI was trending locally and a lot of Filipino bloggers were very wary of the government intervening with their business.

From what I hear, the permit requires you to pay a small fee and sign a piece of paper that says you are giving up your individual liberties. Sounds reasonable, yeah?

Monday, August 1, 2011

Presidential Campaign Update

There’s this interesting take on the “lesser evil” concept on and being that I’ve become somewhat paranoid with Google AdSense rules in regards with copied content, I’ll just provide a screenshot:

That being pointed out, maybe you’ll notice that I’m actually against the whole concept of becoming a statesman or even the very inherent concepts it is founded on. A few weeks ago I got a chance to learn about Agorist political philosophy and they go as far as saying that bureaucrats are a certain class of people whose power steps down on a much lower class: the entrepreneurial class, those who thrive on innovation and voluntary exchanges.

The support I got was very surprising. I’d usually post my article link on Facebook and no one would bother to click like and I’ve actually picked up on a habit of liking my own posts at around 9pm onwards (or whenever I notice that a lot of people are online) just to bump up my links on people’s homepages.

I’m not really the political type; first of all I hate smalltalk. There’s just so much PR and pretentiousness involved with becoming a potential bureaucrat and I’m not very fond of that. I don’t think waking up early to put up a show on a bunch of cameras or shake hands all day is something I’ll enjoy doing.

The idea was mostly based on the concept of a mockumentary of sorts. I was thinking it’s a video project that could go viral, inject the right values and philosophies into people’s minds, and at the same time something that would be fun for me to work on. I could probably persuade my friends into helping out (I know a lot who are very interested in filmmaking) and if not I can do it all on my own, all I’d need is a cameraman and I could do everything from editing to marketing all on my own. It’s funny that I’ll be forty by then and yet I see myself as the exact person I am now.

I honestly never thought anyone would take it seriously. Either they were very amused by it or they’re really so pissed about the current system that even the most ridiculous idea of me becoming president is a desirable alternative for them. I even had people telling me they’d fund me. There were those giving me tips on how I can actually make it possible. 17 years is a long time to prepare, I guess.

There were a lot of amusing jokes about me appointing my close friends to positions I knew they’d enjoy. You see, that’s what happens with a big government with no limits—cronyism becomes inevitable. Even if your president is not corrupt, if the system allows it then everyone else who has the same opportunity to even the very bottom-feeders of this system will be corrupt. I’ve addressed this issue several times.

It is a limited-government and people’s entrepreneurship and trade that will make us prosperous. That is the political philosophy I have learned to love—the philosophy of liberty.

So now that issue is settled, there is some serious blog writing that I have to attend to. Last week, for instance, I was at the CMFR (Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility) policy forum on the Freedom of Infromation bill. This is about transparency and giving the people power to audit bureaucrats. I got free food and my face was on TV the next day for a few seconds. The video is online and I’ll post it along with my thoughts regarding this issue as soon as I can. For now maybe I can refer you to a previous post I wrote regarding transparency. I've just really been busy especially nowadays I've been freelancing and trying to earn some cash.

I am outside Shakey's right now stealing their wi-fi yet again. I would like to yield my remaining time. That would be all. I am Harry Santos and I approve of this message.