We Are the Watchers Szandor Blestman Dot Com. We are the Watchers. http://www.szandorblestman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage Wed, 18 Oct 2017 03:49:18 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb The Pope Should Embrace, not Condemn, Libertarianism http://www.szandorblestman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=473:the-pope-should-embrace-not-condemn-libertarianism http://www.szandorblestman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=473:the-pope-should-embrace-not-condemn-libertarianism As a recovering Catholic, I normally couldn't care less about what the Pope has to say. I am no longer a child interested in the fairy tales he has to sell. Unfortunately, he is still an important figure in this world and many human beings are influenced by his words. When he attacks a movement, organization or philosophy that is different from his own, there is a potential that thousands, if not millions, will rally to his call and heed his warnings, shutting their minds off to new or different ideas that could help humanity find peace, that could help secure the common good, not threaten it. His recent comments about the nature of libertarianism is one such example.

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sblestman@yahoo.com (Szandor Blestman) frontpage Thu, 04 May 2017 15:47:22 +0000
Reflections on the 2016 Election http://www.szandorblestman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=472:reflections-on-the-2016-election http://www.szandorblestman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=472:reflections-on-the-2016-election  

This last presidential election cycle seems to have been particularly divisive, at least if you examine some of the comments on social media. People have been particularly nasty when posting about candidates they did not particularly care for or their supporters. I have seen arguments online where people I thought were kind, soft spoken people have verbally, viciously attacked their supposed friends because they expressed a point of view different from the one held by the attacker. It's interesting to think that people seem to believe that these verbal attacks are going to change the minds of those who think differently. I believe the opposite is true. I believe that such attacks are going to cause those with differing opinions to dig in, fortify their positions, and mount counterattacks. That is what those in power are counting on.

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sblestman@yahoo.com (Szandor Blestman) frontpage Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:40:10 +0000
Discussions With a Liberal; Part 3: What to Fight for and How to Fight? http://www.szandorblestman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=471:discussions-with-a-liberal-part-3-what-to-fight-for-and-how-to-fight http://www.szandorblestman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=471:discussions-with-a-liberal-part-3-what-to-fight-for-and-how-to-fight

There is a question I have wondered about. As a libertarian, I believe that one should not initiate violence. Like a pacifist, or a conscientious objector, I find violence and fighting abhorrent. Yet I believe wholeheartedly that one has the right, nigh, the duty, to defend one's self and those who are weak and unable to defend themselves. In my opinion, violence is usually a result of a failure to bring other solutions to bear on a problem. This brings about the question that titles this piece, what to fight for? When is it justified to become violent? I can only use my experiences, philosophies and my imagination to help answer this question.

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sblestman@yahoo.com (Szandor Blestman) frontpage Thu, 10 Nov 2016 19:15:44 +0000
Discussions With a Liberal, Part 2: Taxes http://www.szandorblestman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=470:discussions-with-a-liberal-part-2-taxes http://www.szandorblestman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=470:discussions-with-a-liberal-part-2-taxes Taxes are theft. More specifically, they are a type of theft called extortion. They are not a voluntary exchange of money for services, but are money paid for services one may or may not use under threat of losing one's property, freedom or life should one decide one does not want to participate in the exchange. That's something most dyed in the wool liberals do not understand, or if they do understand it doesn't matter to them. It's certainly something my liberal friend who I have had discussions with doesn't understand, or at the very least doesn't care about. He tried to explain to me all the good things that taxes pay for, all the nice little social programs taxes fund. I told him it didn't matter because the premise of taxes is wrong. Theft is wrong. He makes a joke about it, laughing at me because it seems to him such a silly thing that I should be thinking of taxes as theft.

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sblestman@yahoo.com (Szandor Blestman) frontpage Fri, 28 Oct 2016 19:35:52 +0000
Discussions With a Liberal: Part 1: Rights http://www.szandorblestman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=469:discussions-with-a-liberal-part-1-rights http://www.szandorblestman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=469:discussions-with-a-liberal-part-1-rights

I have recently been engaged in some political discussions with one whom I would consider to be a zealous liberal. He is, in fact, a self described socialist. He sees nothing wrong with socialism and thinks it's a marvelous thing. He has argued that modern socialist (not communist) countries are all very prosperous. I think he is self deluded and very much unable to see the hypocrisy and flaws of his own arguments. He is, at times, very willfully ignorant as he wants so badly for his point of view to be accepted and put into practice all over the world despite the fact that the point of view he espouses is nothing more than a Utopian view of a form of neo-feudalism.

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sblestman@yahoo.com (Szandor Blestman) frontpage Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:04:51 +0000
Duck Dynasty, the Fed and the NDAA http://www.szandorblestman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=468:duck-dynasty-the-fed-and-the-ndaa http://www.szandorblestman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=468:duck-dynasty-the-fed-and-the-ndaa Until last week I didn't know anything about Duck Dynasty. I really couldn't have cared less about those people, their business or their antics. Apparently, however, enough of my fellow human beings find them entertaining enough to make it worth A&E's time and effort to produce a show based on their lives. Now, suddenly, I know way too much about them. Now, suddenly, I feel like someone has grabbed me by the neck and shouted in my face "These people are important! What's happening to them is important! Pay attention to them!" All this because some old dude with a ratty looking beard expressed an opinion that to him a woman's vagina is more appealing than a man's anus, an opinion I happen to agree with, by the way.

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sblestman@yahoo.com (Szandor Blestman) frontpage Fri, 27 Dec 2013 14:54:59 +0000
The Spirit of Christmas, the Nature of Humankind http://www.szandorblestman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=467:the-spirit-of-christmas-the-nature-of-humankind http://www.szandorblestman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=467:the-spirit-of-christmas-the-nature-of-humankind Christmas, for me, is a beautiful time of year. It's not the pretty lights and the shiny decorations that make it beautiful, although they are quite pleasant to the senses. It's not nature's show of ice and snow that make it beautiful. Although such scenes make nice postcards to look at, dealing with them in real life is annoying to me and can actually be quite hazardous. It's not the clear air and the twinkling stars in the night sky that make it beautiful, although I do enjoy contemplating them I prefer the longer warm days to the longer cold nights. What makes Christmas beautiful to me is the spirit that's in the air. Not the spirit of commercialism, but the genuine spirit of giving and caring that comes from the heart.

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sblestman@yahoo.com (Szandor Blestman) frontpage Mon, 23 Dec 2013 17:18:25 +0000
Central Banks and the Enslavement of Mankind http://www.szandorblestman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=466:central-banks-and-the-enslavement-of-mankind http://www.szandorblestman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=466:central-banks-and-the-enslavement-of-mankind There is a saying that he who has the gold makes the rules. Indeed, throughout the history of mankind it has been shown that wealth is power. Why do you suppose that is? The answer to that question appears to be obvious. If you have money, many people will do what you want them to do simply to obtain that money. This is true whether you own a business and try to provide something costumers will pay for, or you work for a business and provide labor, or you sell sexual favors to lonely people. The answer should be obvious, and yet there exists sinister subtleties that allow for crafty conmen to take control of large swaths of governments and economies in this world. You see, there is evil afoot in this world, and I'm not talking about insignificant evil such as individuals doing drugs or having sex with strangers, I'm talking about industrial sized evil, evil on the scale of the holocaust, evil against all humanity, evil so subtle and pervasive that to many it doesn't seem like evil at all.

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sblestman@yahoo.com (Szandor Blestman) frontpage Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:25:16 +0000
The Biggest Bullies, Big Central Banks and Their Big Central Governments http://www.szandorblestman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=465:the-biggest-bullies-big-central-banks-and-their-big-central-governments http://www.szandorblestman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=465:the-biggest-bullies-big-central-banks-and-their-big-central-governments I've been seeing a lot on bullying lately in the news and on social networking sites. It seems that no one really seems to like bullying much and everyone loves to see the little guy stand up to the bully. And yet there seems to be a disconnect when it comes to those who stand up to the biggest bullies of all. There seems to be some kind of cognitive dissonance that takes place when someone feels the bully is doing the bullying for your own good, or for the right reasons. I don't think bullying is ever good, no matter the reasons one might dream up for engaging in the practice. No matter how well intentioned, the ends never justifies the means when the means is immoral, and an immoral means always taints and corrupts a moral intention.

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sblestman@yahoo.com (Szandor Blestman) frontpage Fri, 29 Nov 2013 20:53:59 +0000
Should Doctors be Arrested for Non-compliance? http://www.szandorblestman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=464:should-doctors-be-arrested-for-non-compliance http://www.szandorblestman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=464:should-doctors-be-arrested-for-non-compliance "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it."

Nancy Pelosi on The Affordable Care Act.

There are many misconceptions about The Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. The first is that it is a law. The second is that it is a tax. It is really neither, but it is both. It is a strange hybrid between the two. In short, it is an odd creature that has never really been seen before. Perhaps the best explanations for what Obamacare is, or is not, can be found here.

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sblestman@yahoo.com (Szandor Blestman) frontpage Mon, 04 Nov 2013 19:05:45 +0000