Liberty vs. Leviathan

Chronicling Liberty's battle against Leviathan


Here’s your pro-life Democrat in his own words.


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Rent-seeking 101

In a sentence, rent-seeking is the economic phenomenon of a small, powerful special interest group using the power of government for its own benefit at the expense of a much larger but less powerful group (consumers, you and me).

Sheldon Richman of The Future of Freedom Foundation, exposes the insurance industry as the rent-seekers of so called Healthcare Reform in “Not So Strange Health-Care Bedfellows“.

Under a mandate the industry would have millions of new captive customers, mostly healthy young people who will pay premiums but make few claims. This will mean huge new politically derived profits.

For a more detailed explanation of rent-seeking, see Sanford Ikeda’s Rent-Seeking : A Primer, published by The Freeman at the Foundation for Economic Education.  Ikeda makes clear the distinction between wealth building and wealth destroying rent.

And last, but by no means least, in The Law (L.27-L.30) Bastiat sounds a warning of suffering to those who fail to oppose the evil of plunder inherent in a rent-seeking society:

Men naturally rebel against the injustice of which they are victims. Thus, when plunder is organized by law for the profit of those who make the law, all the plundered classes try somehow to enter—by peaceful or revolutionary means—into the making of laws. According to their degree of enlightenment, these plundered classes may propose one of two entirely different purposes when they attempt to attain political power: Either they may wish to stop lawful plunder, or they may wish to share in it.

Woe to the nation when this latter purpose prevails among the mass victims of lawful plunder when they, in turn, seize the power to make laws!

Until that happens, the few practice lawful plunder upon the many, a common practice where the right to participate in the making of law is limited to a few persons. But then, participation in the making of law becomes universal. And then, men seek to balance their conflicting interests by universal plunder. Instead of rooting out the injustices found in society, they make these injustices general. As soon as the plundered classes gain political power, they establish a system of reprisals against other classes. They do not abolish legal plunder. (This objective would demand more enlightenment than they possess. ) Instead, they emulate their evil predecessors by participating in this legal plunder, even though it is against their own interests.

It is as if it were necessary, before a reign of justice appears, for everyone to suffer a cruel retribution—some for their evilness, and some for their lack of understanding.

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“That kind of logic…”

A father nails it regarding forced vaccinations and fear of those who are not vaccinated (at 1;49), “I don’t understand why I would need to vaccinate my children in order to keep you safe.  If you think about it, that kind of logic just doesn’t make any sense.  If you’re vaccinated you’re safe.”  He echoes my own thinking from almost a year ago when home schoolers were being criticized for not following the state mandated vaccination regimen, “If the vaccines are as effective as we are supposed to believe, wouldn’t those vaccinated have nothing to fear?

(ht LRC)

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Homeschool, Health and Leviathan

From USATODAY we learn that the homeschool ranks are growing; now because of Leviathan’s attempt to take control healthcare parents give their children.

Now, I’m not a doctor or scientist, not even the sharpest tack in the box, but…

Of the infected, 91% were unvaccinated, most because of “philosophical or religious beliefs,” the CDC said.

Is this a surprise? Wouldn’t you expect most of the infections to be among those not vaccinated? I’m surprised it’s not closer to 100%.

Home-schooled children accounted for 25 out of 30 cases in an outbreak of measles in suburban Chicago in May, according to the CDC.

But how many of those were unvaccinated?

In Grant County in Washington, public health officials tied 11 of 19 measles cases to unvaccinated home-schooled children.

So that means that the other 42% were what? Vaccinated children? Adults? What?

Lance Rodewald, director of the CDC’s Immunization Services Division, says the measles outbreaks show a problem with state policies allowing home-schooled children to escape vaccines. [Emphasis mine]

So they admit that these policies are coercive.

Some fear that by allowing parents more choice, pockets of unvaccinated children will be created, spawning more outbreaks. [Emphasis mine]

Allowing parents choice? If parents are allowed choice, does that not presuppose that the children belong to the state?

“Unvaccinated children pose not only a risk to themselves, but to their families, other children they come in contact with and especially older people they might visit or encounter in a movie theater or mall,” he says.

If the vaccines work, wouldn’t those not vaccinated be the only ones at risk? And, if so, wouldn’t those unvaccinated and at risk have already considered that risk and accepted it? If the vaccines are as effective as we are supposed to believe, wouldn’t those vaccinated have nothing to fear?

Tracking outbreaks down to the neighborhood level shows a high correlation between the disease and families who have filed exemptions to escape vaccinations, Rodewald says.


The Department of Education estimated in 2003 that more than 1 million children were home-schooled, and home-schooling groups such as the National Home Education Research Institute say the number has grown to around 2 million.

If present trends continue, I think the day will come when numbers force Leviathan to take notice and attempt to put an end to homeschooling.  This many families teaching their children to think for themselves and to question Leviathan puts Leviathan’s very existence at risk.

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