Probably the most important bill in congress right now: a bill that seeks a more open and transparent (and ideally limited) government in the Philippines.
The bill basically attempts to make the Philippine government open and transparent and gives individuals the power to audit or question all kinds of spending and policymaking. All spending and suppliers will be listed online for all projects. I do believe that before any other kind of major bill to be passed this one should be priority and must be enforced.
There are a lot of problems though with our lawmakers and bureaucrats over at the Presidential Communications Group who are trying to limit freedom instead of enhancing it. They include arbitrary fees, suppression of "classified" information, creation of a bureaucracy that will manage the transparency of government, and many others.
Remember when Jon Stewart exposed mainstream media's attempts to conceal Ron Paul's successful campaign?
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It's just funny that I was in 711 a while ago and saw Rick Perry on the cover of Time magazine. It's just so weird, especially for someone who's been watching closely into the GOP nomination campaign, for there to be this big hype of Rick Perry being the top tier from both liberal and conservative media.
Isn't that a form of massive global campaign? A propaganda of sorts lead by the media itself! Imagine, Perry's face on all coffeeshops, bookstores, groceries, not just the US but as I have said even in 711s here in the Philippines.
He wasn't even there during the first few debates. His voting records contradict the stuff he is campaigning for now. He's riding with the whole fiscal conservative "tea party" economics trend when really Ron Paul has been talking about these issues for a very long time now, even predicting many of the current problems the the US is facing.
I'm not really much on the conspiracy theories (well maybe a bit), but watching the whole campaign so far, sometimes it's so obvious that there are those in power who manipulate and orchestrate world politics and economics.
So I wake up and 'Anti-Planking Act of 2011', proposed by Quezon city representative Winnie Castelo is still trending on Twitter (only locally now though). I figured this is a perfect time to expose the evils of giving the state the power to regulate lifestyle, prohibit personal habits and "victimless crimes".
The premise is that for as long you are not hurting anyone, for as long as you are not stealing or destroying the property of others, for as long as you are in your own property or the property of others who has given you consent, then there's absolutely nothing immoral about the act of planking.
For instance, there are those who expose themselves to potential danger by planking (like the guy on the photo above). But as our premise states, not only is he exposing himself to danger but also others. Plus, he is risking destroying the property of others. But these things are already illegal. The act of hurting others or destroying property is already punishable by law. To legislate specifically just for the act of planking is a waste of the time of our congress and of taxpayer's money.
Proposals like this one is a perfect opportunity for libertarians like me to expose what kinds of power we are giving to the state. In fact, it's times like these when the state exposes itself. It's the evils of a big brother or nanny state telling individuals what to do with their lives, bureaucrats imposing their will and values on others and having coercive power to do so. Plus, it contributes to wasteful and obviously unnecessary spending.
“The parent in me tells me that this precedent in the case of this massive transport strike where militant street protesters who are students of various schools have to lie down or serve as ‘planks’ across the road to disrupt what should be normal traffic could just be very dangerous in the future. Life and limb are pretty much at risks here were unbelieving bus drivers or law enforcement authorities might just ram through these warm and living bodies rolled out on highways" - Winnie CasteloOf course it's illegal to plank, stand, lie down, or dance in the middle of the road and disrupt traffic or put the lives of others in danger (as we've already established in my premise above). So why would the representative want to waste their time in congress debating such a useless bill?
Here's a great reference I was introduced to when I met up with fellow Filipino libertarians and French people researching about classical liberalism in South East Asia:
Just got home from driving and doing some chores when I saw these on our kitchen table. And as the title suggests, I just really couldn't resist. I had to take a picture of myself with it.
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First of all, I would like to begin by saying that I watched the Zeitgeist: Addendum more than two years ago. The reason I remember so well is because I know that I watched it before meeting Adrienne Nicole Bernal and remember that I even encouraged her to watch both Zeitgeist documentaries.
The first part of the documentary deals with fractional reserve banking system, the Federal Reserve, and fiat currency. What's interesting is that libertarians are against this as well. Libertarian Ron Paul who is now seeking the nomination of the Republican Party in the US for presidency actually wrote a book on abolishing the Federal Reserve called End the Fed. Here's just one of his many videos as he stands up against the Federal Reserve:
Now, as my title suggests, this is merely an introductory article, much like a supplement of sorts. Something I can go back to, like a reference, in case I bump into similar arguments when finally writing a critique on the Venus Project. I can't really argue against it without clearing up these issues first. And there's just so much more that's lacking and not addressed. I actually planned to write this in early August when I discussed the Venus Project and the resource-based economy with a friend of mine. Problem was, I knew it was going to be too long and there was going to be so much I'm going to have to discuss in order to effectively show why I am advocating free market over the resource-based economy of Jacque Fresco.