What’s The Dumbest Thing A Libertarian Has Ever Said?
Voting Is Immoral
Which brings us back to election day. Almost every politician with his or her name on the ballot—and certainly every politician with much of a chance of winning office at the state or national level—will use that power to engage in political acts via the state that clearly lack moral legitimacy. That’s because he or she will use government to enforce preferences instead of limiting the state to that narrow role there’s even a chance of justifying morally. What about voting defensively, like the old man hoping to keep his money? Except for those who genuinely embrace the radically limited government that has a prayer of passing moral muster, every politician represents a bundle of policies. Some are the political equivelant of “Let’s not take his money,” but most aren’t. Most are rights-violating and immoral. Even by voting defensively, you endorse innumerable wicked aggressions against your fellow men.
If you cast a vote today, there’s a pretty high chance that in morally significant ways you’re acting just like those friends mugging the old man. You may think there are good reasons for doing this, that a world where you vote for violations of basic human dignity and autonomy will be more livable—happier, freer, wealthier, more equal—than one where you don’t. But you’re still party to countless immoralities. You’re still expressing approval as politicians fail to live up to basic moral standards—and as they do so in your name.
This and other drooling idiocy can be found wherever libertarians gather.
Burn in hell, GOP.
Early voting starts today in NC.
At 8:15AM, I was the 38th person to vote at our polling station.
Now it’s just 18 days of heavy drinking while I await the results.
Nobody will be shocked to learn that…
Documents filed by special counsel prosecutors reveal that former Trump deputy campaign chairman Richard Gates was knowingly working with an individual with ties to Russian intelligence during the campaign, CBS News Paula Reid reports. In a late Tuesday court filing late, the special counsel alleged that this unnamed person worked for one of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s companies and was in touch with Gates in September and October 2016. This individual is also described as being “pertinent to the investigation.”
Countdown to “Lying Paul Manafort was a total loser and only worked on my campaign briefly and I never met Gates. There was NO COLLUSION!” starts now.
Shilling for the fellow who bilks the herd:
An investigation by Channel 4 News has revealed how Cambridge Analytica claims it ran ‘all’ of President Trump’s digital campaign – and may have broken election law. As the report went on air, the firm announced it has suspended chief executive Alexander Nix, pending a full investigation.
An undercover investigation by Channel 4 News has revealed how Cambridge Analytica claims it ran key parts of the presidential campaign for Donald Trump.
The British data company was secretly filmed discussing coordination between Trump’s campaign and outside groups – an activity which is potentially illegal.
Executives claimed they “ran all the digital campaign, the television campaign and our data informed all the strategy” for President Trump.
In the third part of a Channel 4 News investigation into Cambridge Analytica, bosses also talked about:
- The full scale of their pivotal work in Trump’s election win
- How they avoid Congressional investigations into their foreign clients
- Setting up proxy organisations to feed untraceable messages onto social media
- Using a secret email system where messages self-destruct and leave no trace
- Cambridge Analytica’s involvement in the “Defeat Crooked Hilary” brand of attack ads
Yes, fuck Cambridge Analytica, and fuck the Mercers. But what happened was not a hack or a breach or theft. What happened was someone shared data they legally got from Facebook with someone who wasn’t entitled (according to Facebook’s Terms Of Service or whatever) to have it.
That’s it. It was a breach of contract.
Does that seems insufficiently dramatic to account for the fact that CA got detailed personal information about 50,000,000 people without their consent and then used it to target them for political messaging? Yes!
But the problem is that Facebook has that data and sells that data. Of course people are going to use the data. It’s useful, and valuable. That’s why people pay for it. That’s why FB gathers it in the first place! And it happens all the time.
Maybe people should quit FB? Seems unlikely. Maybe they should stop taking “What Kind Of Dog Are You?” quizzes? Tighten their security settings?
And, if you think FB’s data collection is terrible, you should take a look at what the people who connect you to Facebook do with your info.
President Trump has fired his White House personal assistant John McEntee, who had been with the president since early in his campaign, an administration official confirmed Tuesday. The president’s campaign then announced McEntee will rejoin the campaign as a senior adviser of operations.
McEntee is the latest in a series of departures by West Wing officials, including communications director Hope Hicks and staff secretary Rob Porter. It was not clear why McEntee was let go. The Wall Street Journal first reported on the firing, citing an unspecified security issue.
Lemme guess: McEntee was working on the campaign as part of his WH duties and someone just discovered that doing so was breaking a law that we’re all going to learn about in the next week or so.