Democracies and republics

March 12, 2023

Talk about word games! Hahaha! The people that worked on the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution made a BIG distinction between “democracy” and “republic”. Quoting 20th century politicians who conflate the terms with a new definition of “democracy” does not help the discussion. Witness the ridiculous names for totalitarian states like the Democratic Republic of North Korea!!

Lincoln’s definition is itself just word play. Abraham Lincoln had a federal officer return an escaped slave in Illinois to his “owner” in Missouri. He suspended habeus corpus illegally. He hounded one opposition congressman in a northern state who had to flee to Canada for his life. He had his troops shoot live fire into a crowd in New York that was protesting the military draft. Before the war started, he proposed making slavery permanent in the Constitution as a way to keep the Union, thereby proving once and for all that the whole Civil War was fought to protect tyranny by the central government. He had planned on shipping blacks all back to Africa, because the poor things could not compete fairly with whites, so he said.

Forget ex post facto laws. The tyrant went after opponents who violated no laws.

In truth I trust neither republics nor democracies nor monarchies nor any other form of “government” to be fair or to fulfill their defenders’ justifications. Checks and balances obviously have not worked at all in the US or elsewhere. The only fair society promotting peace and prosperity is one where its members practice the non-aggression principle. The outliers, like thieves and invaders, who violate this, in such a society, would be suppressed by the principle of self-defense. Before you say that’s impractical, look at what you already have in every place ruled in history and in the present by any kind of government. They all start their existence based on theft, without which they cannot exist: Pay “taxes” or meet forceful punishment.


Mr. Rogers said it

February 3, 2023

Mr. Rogers:

Beware ruling class media organs pushing a new initiative to ban guns

January 31, 2023

I just watched an NBC special video which was an effort to persuade somebody that the Second Amendment was not about a personal right to bear arms.

The elephant in the room for this debate over semantics and grammar is the following question.

Why would the writers of the Bill of Rights and the state legislators that voted for it bother with any amendment at all protecting the right of any government-owned or government-run militia to bear arms.

That amendment was a direct result of the experience the colonists had with their own government. And yet too many of today’s so-called leftists and fascists claim that the Second Amendment was to protect the state militia, as if it were the same as today’s too-much federalized National Guard.

These gaslighting power-grabbers are gaslighting the public.

The problem with mass shootings today is not that one drug-deranged mental case can get hold of a gun, never mind the most gun-banned jurisdictions in the US are where the most gun crimes happen. The problem is that when they start shooting, there aren’t enough people shooting back at them on the spot and in the act. This fact is so obvious that virtually every movie with a bad guy shooting innocent people is stopped by somebody shooting back.

Somebody might object, what about McGyver, who never carries a gun in the episodes but still manages to save the day? The glaring gaping flaw in that writing is that every time he and his friends are facing armed bad guys, McGyver always manages to rig up something like a homemade Molotov cocktail, or a bazooka made with handy materials, or something that shoots acid at them. In other words, some kind of weapon, often explosive.

What good is “the right of the people to bear arms” if it does not apply to persons living under a regime that does not qualify for the prefatory clause there, “necessary to the security of a free state”. What if the “state” becomes a tyranny?

Besides, that was also in the days when individual states understood the ratification of the Constitution as never prohibiting secession from that Union. After all, that’s implicit in the ratification and in many if not most or all of the legislators ratifying understood it that way.

In any case, the Second Amendment is best interpreted as a written acknowledgement that each person’s right to defend themselves, and by extension, the Constitution, “from all [its] enemies, foreign and domestic“.

Say their names. Again. Again.

January 27, 2023

Ashli Babbit, murdered by Lt. Byrd.

Roseanne Boyland, beaten to death, murdered by Capitol Police officer Lila.

Ray Epps, protected by the FBI Kangaroo Court and by the Pelosi J committee, the FBI refusing to indict this man recorded on public video telling J6 protestors to invade the Capitol building.

(If they throw Epps under the bus, then future potential informants and useful idiots and agents provocateurs won’t be able to trust their handlers.)

An Internet was forming before the feds got in

January 25, 2023

There were all kinds of PRIVATE networks popping up everywhere long before DARPA threw its closed network open for all.

On AOL, Compuserve, Discovery (I think that was a Sears-owned network) a similar network service), were growing in the 1980s and 1990s. People could buy stuff, sell stuff, reserve flights, buy tickets, communicate with each other. After DARPA had the protocols matured, presumably for control, they threw open their network (used among various universities and defense departments to share information), it expanded into the Internet. Tim Berners Lee at some point wrote code to handle imaging and that became the World Wide Web.

If the government would have kept its greedy hands out of it, the private companies would have matured just nicely. Take the phone companies, too. Early on, AT&T convinced the government that it would be better to let them have a monopoly. Phone technology took off after upstart companies sued in court to let them provide long distance using wireless.

Once the Internet started dominating, to give it a push, at some point a judge ruled that ISP’s could not charge per hour. What an arbitrary rule. It would have become moot soon enough, as private initiatives had already started, like Netzero, which started with a rule that they would provide free service.

Home schooling facts, Lincoln’s handling of the War Between the States

January 25, 2023

The numbers are real. It’s not just an isolated fact. Students at Patrick Henry University are big majority graduates from a home-schooled education. Their law department has won moot court competitions in the United States and even won the moot court competition in England using English law.

For years home-schoolers won spelling bees and math competitions until Asians started sharing the winnings, because the environment in Asian homes has parents very much involved in their studies.

For another note, Lincoln’s handling of the War Between the States included:

(1) suspending the constitutional right of habeus corpus, jailing dissenters and protestors at whim without bringing charges,

(2) ordering troops to fire into the crowds of young poor New Yorkers protesting the draft (the rich kids simply hired proxies to go for them),

(3) shutting down opposition newspapers that editorialized in favor of peace,

(4) chasing one pesky Congressmen clear to Canada to escape the order of arrest ,

(5) ordering General Sherman to do a scorched earth operation, meaning burn down houses and torch the crops because even though the North was winning, he was impatient to end it.

And slavery, the big issue they trot out today to justify the hagiography and all the slaughter of that war, was a side issue to him. He proposed a constitutional amendment to make slavery permanent in the Union, in exchange for permanent Union (a ban on secession). Centralizing power in the federal government in perpetuity was his main goal.

Copyright, translations and the Bible

January 22, 2023

Translations are infinitely reproducible strings of words and sentences. All “intellectual property” is exactly that. Books, designs and formulas and algorithms. I’m a software engineer and can point to “open source” as evidence that that coders and authors and composers can still get remuneration for being the “first”.

Copyright laws first appeared after the printing press invention. They were laws decreed by kings who hated what some books and pamphlets were saying. Those laws were meant for censorship.

That’s exactly why they continue today. At some point the “just because” justification for copyright that banned criticism of the king turned into incentives for creators. But governments still gave themselves the power to decide the rules.

Nowadays, you can get a copyright for a translation, and a second person can get another copyright if a certain percentage of the product is different from the first version.

You can see the corruption that ensues. The best-selling book of all time, including all translations, is the Bible. This is great incentive to produce yet another translation, even with so many versions out there, more than a hundred, included various “paraphrases”. There is even a corn-pone version!

So if a linguist is translating the Bible, he might know the best way to express a chapter, but it’s identical to another translation already copyrighted, he has to make less-than-best. or pay royalties.

That’s only one reason among a great many others for using the King James Bible instead of others, especially the modern ones.

Translations and behemoths

January 21, 2023

And in a court case they still have to measure how much was his and how much hers. I am a software engineer, and it is absolutely impossible for any software coder to say every single line is originally his. Even the greatest scientist of all time, Isaac Newton, said he stood on the shoulders of giants. It’s ridiculous.

Take translations. Copyright laws vary wildly between different countries. Bible translations show the idiocy of it. Every Bible translation of the same ancient documents has to differ by a completely arbitrary percentage from every other translation to qualify for its own copyright royalty demands. I have seem the most ridiculous verses in modern translations, doubling and tripling the verbiage to say something similar. And instead of the KJB transliteration of “behemoth” in Job, I’ve seen at least half a dozen guesses as to the animal referred to, because nobody knows what the original word meant. But oh no, they can’t use the description of the animal for accuracy because it describes a dinosaur.

Who is robbing poor blacks (and whites)?

January 20, 2023

Every chance you get, point out that it is the Dems who are telling the poor blacks (and whites!!) to take their crumbs and be happy because the billionaires are on the side of keeping them on the welfare plantation.

And. The lockdowns took away their jobs and put them under house arrest.

The masks to make breathing harder.

Closing the small businesses hurt the black-owned shops the most.

And it’s the donkeys that are importing competition for working-class jobs.

Remind them that there are lots more poor whites than poor blacks. When Martin Luther King started including poor whites in his work, that’s when they had him shot.

Well, folks, we did it

January 17, 2023

Well, folks, we did itI hope you’ll be there with me.

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As you know, it hasn’t been easy telling the truth over the past few years.

No matter how reasonable you are, no matter how in command of the facts and figures, you’ll find your voice taken away by Big Tech platforms who want only the Establishment line to be heard.

We’ve done our best to get around the gatekeepers with documentaries on Anthony Fauci, the shots, the vaccine injured, and so on.

But what we’ve also needed is a good, hard look at the effects of lockdowns on society.

Some time ago on the Tom Woods Show I mentioned a group of prominent filmmakers who decided to take on that very project. They’re doing it anonymously so their careers won’t be destroyed.

I can say this: you have surely seen some of the movies these people have been involved with in the past.

The finished product will be a five-episode, Netflix-caliber docuseries. And I am happy to announce that the world premiere of the first episode will take place on February 22 in Orlando, Florida, and that I will be hosting the evening. It will cost nothing to attend.

For the sake of transparency: not only do I not make any money from telling you about this, but I actually donated $10,000 to the project myself.

The details are being finalized as to the precise location (a few different theaters are being considered), but the premiere will definitely be taking place in Orlando.

I’m thrilled to add that Clifton Duncan will also be there. You will recall Clifton’s story from episode #2001 of the Tom Woods Show: he’s the Broadway actor who paid an enormously high professional price for refusing the vax mandate.

It will be my first time meeting Clifton, who as it turns out starred in one of my favorite plays (I saw him twice, not realizing our paths would one day cross because of medical hysteria).

Tickets are free, but please do register so the organizers can get a sense of the numbers involved:

Please spread the word far and wide so we can get a big audience. These filmmakers worked very hard, and in obscurity, to produce this for us.

The project could use a few more smackers, incidentally, so I hope you’ll join me in supporting it:

Tom Woods

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