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Why I am no longer a libertarian.

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My first political party was the libertarians. To me it made perfect sense. Government was a danger to freedoms, and business was needed to keep an economy strong and flowing. Yes, I knew all about the Austrian  School and Ron Paul. I arrogantly thought I had the right economic and social policy at at fourteen.

I think what attracted me most was the strong anti-war sentiment, something I still hold dearly.

But something happened all at once…and that was reality.

My father was involved in a bad wreck that was not his fault (he is a wheelchair user) and we won the court case against the man who hit my father. Then that man went bankrupt….and the hospital came after us. They wanted both our properties, but we had a sympathetic judge and he arranged it so that he only took the property that had our house on it.

Th other property has a building on it that we fixed up (with a lot of help form our community) into a livable house. It is still not entirely ready, but it is good enough for us. We only got by sheer luck, and the kindness of others.

My mother worked over a decade in the hot cafeteria of a university. She kept getting weaker and weaker. To the point where her doctor forced her to retire. When she was retired she was in her late 50’s, had no insurance, and had a medical condition. I hope you can imagine what happened next. No private insurer would take her, and we tried everywhere, but we could not afford the fees that they would charge for her.

We ended up having to wait till she was old enough for medicare, two years. Th first spell I ever did was for my mother to keep her health, until she got medicare. I remember being so scared she was going to die on me and had nightmares about it.

But she ended up holding out, then…it was by turn. In my year I had a mental breakdown and was suffering mild psychosis and depression. My grades went down the toilet…..and my family would not have been able to afford my treatment without government help

My family would be in pieces in a truly libertarian society, that I longed for when I was a stupid fourteen year old.

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Attack of the Drones

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msHJLwYWX30&list=HL1339440821&feature=mh_lolz

(Sorry for any deaf/HOH people reading tis blog, but there are no CC’s for this. I will write to Journeymenpictures and ask them to include them in the future)

This is a fascinating documentary about Drones. I have seen in the media surprisingly little debate about the ethics of this, especially since the only time you usually hear about it on the mainstream media is when a drone killed Pakistani civilians. One of the most telling moments of the video is when the reporter asks the officer if the American civilians whose cars they are tracking, for training have any idea. The officer gives a noticable pause before answering, No.

As this video shows robots are currently more advance than the general public realizes, soon the debate , that science fiction authors have being writing about for decades, about what the limits of machine’s should be will enter mainstream debate not only for about war and privacy, but when they start threating human jobs as well.

We will have to ask ourselves how much do we trust technology and machines.

Doe we trust them enough for them to make the choices between a human’s life  of death? To pull the trigger to bomb? What jobs we should let them do?

….. and many other things