In January of 2006, Army Lieutenant Ehren Watada publicly denounced America’s involvement in the Iraq war and refused deployment to Iraq. He did not do this because he was afraid to fight; he actually requested deployment in Afghanistan, a cause he believed in, even though Afghanistan is a more dangerous station. The Army denied his claim and denied his resignation. Watada was then court-martialed and tried in a military court facing up to a seven-year prison sentence.
Fortunately, Watada’s case was thrown out as a mistrial, but the risks he faced when standing up against the cause of the United States government were still very real. When Watada took his stand, he had nothing to gain and a lot to lose. He requested alternate stations that carried with them a greater likelihood of his being killed in battle. For absolutely no apparent reason at all, Watada stood up against America’s involvement in the Iraq War.
xcept that he believed it to be the right thing to do.
In all things important, this is an incentive that is drastically under-appreciated. Carrying a belief that benefits you is wholly understandable. Standing by a position out of fear of recourse for opposition is at least forgivable. But holding a belief for no reason other than that you believe it to be morally right is something that people often dismiss with a skeptical, “Yes, but…”
This is what I find when I discuss the idea of Anarchy with those people who despise government with every fiber of their being…up until the point at which I suggest abolishing the institution in its entirety. Read The Full Story
Back in June we first observed that "America's Most Important Housing Market Signals A Red Alert For Housing Bubble Watchers" and showed the following chart:
As expected, since then things have only gotten worse, and as today's Case-Shiller report confirmed, the annual price increase in San Francisco has now put double-digit percent appreciation territory in the rear view mirror, and has slid back into the single digits, or 9% Y/Y to be precise (and only the second . Read The Full Story
On Thursday, October 30th Nashville Transportation Licensing Commission will decide on regulations that could affect Lyft's ability to operate in Nashville!
Come out and show the Transportation Commission we have a community of drivers and passengers that support keeping Lyft in Nashville!
Thursday, October 30th
Creama Coffee- 15 Hermitage Ave, Nashville
We will bring t-shirts and snacks. Please bring your friends and Lyft-love.
Coeur d‘Alene, Idaho, city officials have laid down the law to Christian pastors within their community, telling them bluntly via an ordinance that if they refuse to marry homosexuals, they will face jail time and fines. Read The Full Story
One of the things most baffling to libertarians of the anarcho-capitalist persuasion is just how people can support the state when it is so obviously immoral and against the best interests of the vast majority of people. One would expect, given all the terrible things that government has done, that people would be far more receptive to the idea of shrinking the size and scope of government, but suggestions of this nature are almost universally met with scorn.