In Nepal : Are we really seeking Freedom ?

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Originally Posted @ anuj.liberty.me

Nepal has a history of series of revolutionary fights for the freedom. We have experienced various changes in rule and governance. We fought against the Rana Regime . A sort of Democracy was obtained in 1951 which was robbed again by King Mahendra and started Panchayat system (1962) in Nepal. In 1990 “People’s Movement I” brought an end to absolute monarchy and the beginning of constitutional democracy elininating Panchayat System. After undergoing a decade of civil war , in 2006, “People’s Movement II” ended up the monarchy and a run for the “Constitution Assembly” started up. We have already surpass “Constitutional Assembly I ” and the “Constitution Assembly II” is in action.

What have been Nepali people expecting from these changes in governance for so many decades is only the Freedom. But are we Nepali actually seeking Freedom? Being a Libertarian, I do not think we have been searching for freedom these many years. From my prospect we have been fighting to hand over our freedom to some middleman called as politicians in the form of government.

We have expected long these decades for the government to make good policies for the national development and prosperity. We have fought to send our representatives who will be in the government to care for us and feed for us. We have long been fighting by our lives to surrender our life to a third party who will be making the plans and policy to how to run our business and living.  Some third party guides us which way to walk, what communication to use, what education to receive, what health services to use, what we plant in our farm, what business we do, what achievement we receive. Is that what is called Freedom for Nepali ? Are we really expecting freedom or are we expecting our freedom to be robbed?

From No Government to All Government: How Do You Score on the Circle Test?

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Venn Diagram speaks alot here…

International Liberty

It’s not as sophisticated as Professor Bryan Caplan’s Purity Quiz and it doesn’t have the simple elegance of the World’s Smallest Political Quiz, but at least you don’t need to answer any questions to see where you stand in this Venn Diagram that my intern shared with me.

We don’t know who created it, but it’s a clever shortcut to help people to identify their philosophical alignment based on what they think are the proper roles of government.

I’ll do a bit of nit-picking later in this column, but my immediate observation is that I belong in the “Minarchism” camp but that I’m willing to settle for “Classical Liberalism.”

Philosophical Circles

Now it’s time to quibble.

1. There’s no scope for federalism in this Venn diagram, and that may affect the answers of some people. I am completely against the notion that Washington should have any role in our education system…

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The Missing Data in Krugman’s German Austerity Narrative

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International Liberty

There’s an ongoing debate about Keynesian economics, stimulus spending, and various versions of fiscal austerity, and regular readers know I do everything possible to explain that you can promote added prosperity by reducing the burden of government spending.

Simply stated, we get more jobs, output, and growth when resources are allocated by competitive markets. But when resources are allocated by political forces, cronyism and pork cause inefficiency and waste.

That’s why statist nations languish and market-oriented countries flourish.

Paul Krugman has a different perspective on these issues, which is hardly a revelation. But I am surprised that he oftentimes doesn’t get the numbers quite right when he delves into specific case studies.

He claimed that spending cuts caused an Estonian economic downturn in 2008, but the government’s budget actually skyrocketed by 18 percent that year.

He complained about a “government pullback” in the United Kingdom…

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What is liberty and why all laborers should demand it over socialism or communism

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I find it really convincing…

Brian By Experience

The core pretense to liberty is that you own yourself.

That is you own your body and the fruits of its work.

  • If those fruits are sweet, then you enjoy the sweet fruit of your labor.
  • If those fruits are bitter or rotten, then you wallow in the fruit of your labor.

Understanding that, you will understand that it isn’t just buyer beware, it is seller beware. That is, you could, without knowing any better, undersell yourself. Oops. So as the seller, you got both the bitter and sweet fruits. Learn from it, and do better next time. However the buyer also has the same risk. He could accidentally over pay for the goods or services, then oops.

If I am paid to make a painting, should I get paid every time that it resells?

(legalese calls that royalties. I call it sponsored thuggery.) If I had in my contract that…

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The Government needs to stop acting like God.

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No matter how noble purpose it is… a theft is a theft… either be it the person or the government….

Brian By Experience

When God does something for you, it is from the riches of his realm, but when man does something for you, find out if it is from his wealth, a wealth given to him, or stolen wealth.

Many times the services that you receive from your fellow man, is actually ill gotten goods or services. War on hunger creates hunger because the money that would be spent on my family is now taken in taxes and given to another. The war on poverty creates poverty because the money which I would have used to create jobs, or created wealth, is taken and given to those who create neither. The war on drugs creates life time drug addicts, because they now have a criminal record, they are less employable, and more susceptible to doing worst drugs as a result.

We are talking about here is Man trying to be a sufficiency…

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