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Libertarianism is a political philosophy grounded in a set of principles about rights and their impact on the permissible scope of government. But it’s also an attitude of skepticism in the face of claims by the state that, if only given more power, it can fix whatever ails us.
Aaron Ross Powell — The Lesson the Tech Community Should Have Learned from SOPA

(Source: libertarianism.org)

Defend our freedom to share (or why SOPA is a bad idea) (by TEDtalksDirector)

I want them to remember that lawmakers and lobbyists who don’t understand the Internet have no business trying to regulate it.
Erik Martin, reddit general manager, telling us what he thinks you should take away from today’s Internet blackouts. (via newsweek)
(Reblogged from newsweek)

Apanhado do smog

O que Câmara descreve como “poluição ligeira”, a embaixada americana regista como “perigosa” desde novembro. Enquanto o mercado triunfa na venda de máscaras, os chineses revoltam-se na net (nenhuma das fontes que li se abstém de os citar, como esta, que cita a suspeita de um utilizador de que “não respiramos ar, mas política”). Aqui está um vídeo do smog de Beijing. E em baixo está o que parece ser uma fotografia moderna de LA nos anos setenta.

The Telegraph: Chinese lose patience with pollution

Uma maneira fácil de conhecer os dois lados, como visto aqui e falado aqui.

In the midst of the Kremlin’s toughest anti-alcohol campaign since the 1980s, Dmitry Medvedev has taken an unusual step, calling for an increase in wine production to wean drinkers off more intoxicating liquor. “Winemaking is one of the sectors that should be developed to help contribute to the eradication of alcoholism,” the president said during a visit to Krasnodar region earlier this year. “Problems with alcohol abuse stem from other drinks,” he added, presumably referring to his countrymen’s love of vodka.
Drinking: Effort to re-engineer drinking habits — Financial Times
The movement is leaderless, centered upon the statement: “The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.” The protests have brought together people of many political positions including liberals, political independents, socialists, conservatives, anarchists, and libertarians. Religious beliefs vary as well including, but not limited to, Christians, Jews, Muslims and atheists.
sobre o movimento Occupy Wall Street na wikipedia
We are not a perfect opportunity society in the United States. But if we want to approach that ideal, we must define fairness as meritocracy, embrace a system that rewards merit, and work tirelessly for true equal opportunity. The system that makes this possible, of course, is free enterprise. When I work harder or longer hours in the free-enterprise system, I am generally paid more than if I work less in the same job. Investments in my education translate into market rewards. Clever ideas usually garner more rewards than bad ones, as judged not by a politburo, but by citizens in the marketplace

Arthur Brooks - President of the American Enterprise Institute

Well put. The logic doesn’t hold all of the time, but enough to warrant serious consideration of the statement regardless of your feelings about AEI.  In my mind, it’s very hard to argue against the merits of a meritocratic system.  

J N O M I C S 

(via jnomics)

(Reblogged from jnomics-deactivated20130129)
A minha visão é que não deve haver ‘vacas sagradas’. O governo deve fazer o que for melhor, e a moeda única europeia não é uma vaca sagrada, tal como não é o estado social como vocês o entendem em Portugal. Tudo tem de estar aberto para debate, ou vão sofrer com crescimento baixo para sempre.
By turns funny and caustic, with a fine sense of oratory, Ms Le Pen’s skill is to defend her ideas with principles that all voters share. She is “not against Islam”, she claims, but against the “Islamification” of society that breaches France’s principle of laïcité (secularism). “I don’t believe that Islam is incompatible with Western values,” she says. “But sharia law is, and that’s what fundamentalists want to impose in France.”
neste artigo sobre Marine Le Pen
… não entendo como um drama a utilização dos instrumentos de ajuda financeira colocados à disposição nos meios internacionais. Aliás, esta circunstância pode ser uma boa oportunidade para recuperar o tempo perdido, desde a adesão ao euro, para o país deixar de gastar em demasia, controlar as suas finanças públicas e lançar as reformas necessárias para ser uma economia liberal de sucesso.
Diogo Feio no Diário de Notícias
In the long run, no society can neglect the will of the people. Democracy means much more than majority rule — it also means respect for individual freedom, for minorities, human rights and the rule of law.
(Reblogged from pantslessprogressive)
O negrito é meu.
pantslessprogressive:

Rep. Bachmann drops plan to cut veterans’ benefits | Star Tribune

Rep. Michele Bachmann backed off a plan on Friday to cut $4.5 billion in benefits to veterans, following strong opposition from several veterans groups.
The $4.5 billion proposed cut was one of dozens Bachmann suggested last month in a plan to slash $430 billion from the budget over five years. Those cuts included everything from replacing farm subsidies to privatizing the TSA, FAA and Amtrak.
But since Bachmann released her proposal, veterans groups have voiced the loudest objections, causing Bachmann to drop them from her budget-cutting plans.
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O negrito é meu.

pantslessprogressive:

Rep. Bachmann drops plan to cut veterans’ benefits | Star Tribune

Rep. Michele Bachmann backed off a plan on Friday to cut $4.5 billion in benefits to veterans, following strong opposition from several veterans groups.

The $4.5 billion proposed cut was one of dozens Bachmann suggested last month in a plan to slash $430 billion from the budget over five years. Those cuts included everything from replacing farm subsidies to privatizing the TSA, FAA and Amtrak.

But since Bachmann released her proposal, veterans groups have voiced the loudest objections, causing Bachmann to drop them from her budget-cutting plans.

(Reblogged from pantslessprogressive)