Libertarianism is not a panacea

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In recent years libertarianism has taken of like a rocket. There are many persons who are claiming to be libertarians or at least follow it as some kind of ideology. But one does need to be careful when one claims to be a libertarian because it isn’t a panacea to the worlds problems or your own personnal problems. It doesn’t solve the worlds issues magically and any one who says that might be deluding oneself. However, embracing libertarianism does put one on the right path, just as much as working out or becoming a christian points you in the right direction.

There are various factions that are within libertarianism from thick and thin, brutalists and humanists and lets not forget tea partiers and minarchists. But this is just like any other movement there are always various flavors and degrees of a movement cause not every one is going to agree with one another over what a movement holds. However what I am seeing is that there are various people who are leaving the movement because apparently it isn’t answering the questions they are asking. The Article Why I left Libertarianism: An ethical criritique of a limited ideology is written by a person who has left libertarianism because apparently his questions are not being answered. While I can understand some of this persons rationale I think that they are completely over looking the fact that libertarianism is a political ideology and there for does not provide salvation.

You still have to live your normal life and accept the day to day realities. It would be great to be able to have everything just fall into place and have the road be smooth sailing. But that is not the case at all, life is full of choice and communities. So the day to day events determine may determine what you do and what relationships you form but libertainism isn’t going to change who you are or how life turns out for you. But you do have the option to make decisions based on your philosophy and you can change the world around you.

New to Libertarianism? Libertarianism 101

I have run into quite a few young and new libertarians who say that they are libertarian and may or may not have a well rounded idea of what it means. Let me be the first one to say welcome. I am assuming that a lot of the recent interest in it is because people feel disaffected by the 2 major parties and want something new. Also the philosophy of libertarianism draws on 3 principles that appeal to people. Fiscal responsibility, not forcing morality on one another and the golden rule.

Many people start out being enthusiastic about being libertarian, but are not entirely sure where to go to gain more knowledge of this movement. One of the biggest issues I run into with starting out as a libertarian is that it is kind of hard to find basic resources that can lay a good foundation. There are quite a few resources out there that can help. This article is trying to lay down some basic places to go and books to read that will help you gain a well rounded understanding of what is libertarianism.

Websites:

For people very new to the movement there is Reason.com. Its a pretty decent website with plenty of good articles about libertarianism.

Now, then there is Mises.org. It is a massive resource with books and links and videos that you can down load. It can be a bit overwhelming.There are many books there some really long and theoretical others quite short and insightful. Please look around and see what strikes your interest

I recommend that you down load the book Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt from Mises.org website. Its a small book, easily readable and explains basic Libertarian economics.

I highly recommend the books called “The Money Mystery” and “Whatever happened to Penny Candy” the author is Richard Mayburry. He has more books but these two books were mind blowing when I read them.

Also anything by Ron Paul is really good and easily read.

Learnliberty on YouTube is a series of videos produced by IHS and offer really good insights into Austrian economics.

Julie Borowski is on Youtube and Facebook. She was a prior republican who came over to libertarianism and has a produced a series of (funny) videos on the subject of libertarianism and is worth checking out.

Tom Woods at tomwoods.com is another individual that has many Youtube videos and a website with a lot of really good information.

These aforementioned websites are some of the resources I use to point new comers to gain further knowledge about libertarianism. There are many more resources and persons out there that are wonderful for gaining new information and understanding of the philosophy of freedom. Peter Schiff, Stephan molyneux, Gary North, Lew Rockwel and I can go on. However these individuals tend to be a bit more theoretical and I would recommend you check out the names mentioned at your own behest. You never know how far down the rabbit hole you will go.

No time to go to the gym?

This is a satirical piece on working out with your kids.

Most people feel like they should work out and eat healthier and sleep more but they don’t know where they would get the time to do that. I have a small suggestion in 2 of these categories. The solution is what is known as the kids work out system. This is where you get to spend quality time with your kids and still get to work out at the same time. This work out will also wear you and your kids out there for they and you will sleep better at night. You lift your kids and run with them to work out.* Here goes:

You can do some curls by picking your kids up from the ground and then lifting them up and down. Trust me kids will love this. 

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Once you are done with this you can pick them up and held them above your head. This will work your arms, back and core muscles. 

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After lifting them up you can gently throw them up in the air. Just don’t throw them too high, its not a competition.

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Kettle bell kids, you can swing your kids by their arms between your legs.

You can also bench press kids.

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If you enjoy doing push ups you can put them on your back and do push ups with them on your back.

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Lastly you probably need to do some running so go to a field and do some short sprints around the field and play tag with your kids. They will love it.

There you have it. A thirty minute work out and you get to play with your kids at the same time.

*This is in no way meant to be taken seriously or confused for actual work out advice. It is purely meant for entertainment purposes. 

12 reasons the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are better in 2014

Why the modern day turtle series is awesome.

On GYPH there was an article on “Why the Turtles were better in the 80’s”. I am here to to address this notion.

Growing up in the 80’s I watched the originial Turtles and loved it. I couldn’t wait to get home from school and watch it. But now I am a dad and I am watching the newest Turtle series with them and it is amazing. There maybe a new TMNT movie in the theatres right now that is catching much of the fanfare of the kids who watched it in the 80’s. But, I am here to tell you that the latest TMNT series beats everything so far. Oyeah its not directed by Michael Bay, so what’s not to love about it.

1 They are still all about the pizza.

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2 They are still fashion icons

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3 Their technology is better then in the previous series and the ring tone of their phones is the 1980’s TMNT song

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4 There is an ongoing story line that draws you right in, it allows the kids to watch the individual episodes and the parents watch it for the story line.

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5 The new episodes have a lot of tongue cheek jokes and references the original series quite a bit. For example the hockey sticks on Casey Jones back are branded Eastman and Laird. They are the creators of the Turtles. Also the turtles cross dimensions at one point and end up going to the original series universe. (do you see the TMNT video game in the back ground?)

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6 There is a whole episode about pizza and how it trying to take over the world.

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7 April O’neil is a much more serious character and is a focal point of the series. In fact she is part of the Kra’ang’s plot to take over the earth.

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8 Raphael is a badass in this series.

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9 Have you seen the newest action figures, they have not changed at all. But this series is trying to keep the figures to a minimum unlike the original series that had a crazy amount of figurines that made you wonder where they came from….anyone remember Ace Duck?

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10 Shredder is a total badass.

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11 Shredder is voiced by this guy (He has done just about every voice out there: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0724656/?ref_=tt_cl_t8) (Image is from IMDB)

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12 They still love, love their pizza

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