Michael E. Fournier MBA

Why I Understand Ron Paul’s Position on Foreign Policy But Don’t Agree With It

In Uncategorized on July 13, 2012 at 9:13 am

Published on the blog of the Libertarian Defense Caucus, May 12, 2012.  http://defendliberty.net/

Ron Paul defends the libertarian position of individual freedom from an individual as well as a national perspective.  Individual freedom makes sense as long as a society of people are living under the same set of laws and those laws protect individual liberty equally for all citizens.  But what if the law protected the liberty of some individuals and not others?  Surely this can be compared to America before civil rights legislation.  Slaves had no rights at all and after emancipation, blacks in the south had few rights.  In this sense it is clear that the individual liberty of white individuals was protected while that of blacks was not.  This same argument can be carried out to members of our society who feel themselves subjugated even today, users of marijuana for example.  These members of the society organize with like-minded citizens within the society to attempt to equalize their liberty with the rest of society. 

For a society to possess individual liberty it is clear that all members of that society must also possess the same rights of individual liberty as all the other citizens.  For any citizens who may be subjugated, not possessing the same amount of liberty as other members of the society, it becomes their mission to obtain the same amount of liberty as everyone else, whether this be by force, legislation or some other means.  So as civil rights has attempted to equalize the liberty of black citizens, also members of the society who use marijuana also make their attempt at liberty.  Some would still hold that things are still not equal due to wealth, political favor, being members of powerful lobby groups (unions).

In making the supposition that a nation, which is a citizen among other nation citizens of the world is either naïve or intellectually lazy.  If a nation possesses some amount of liberty due to the laws of that nation, it does not hold that any nation as citizen of the world holds the same amount of liberty as any other nation and that we can get along with those nations simply by applying that assumption on a worldwide basis.

Nations hold certain amount of strengths as citizens of the world due to economic, military, alliances, and many other conditions.  Some nations, in this respect are subjugated citizens of other nation citizens simply due to these factors.  It is unlikely that all nations will hold the same beliefs at any point in time regarding the individual liberty of other nations.  In fact, we have many examples of nations throughout history attempting to subjugate other citizen nations.

The Romans, the British, the Nazis, and lately the Islamic nations believe that they are superior and rightfully subjugated other nations.  I am not attempting to say that the Nazis and British subjugated other nations for the same reasons, but they were able to exert their military, economic and other advantages over other citizen nations of the world, subjugating those nations and the liberty of those nations as equal citizens of the world.

Just as a subjugated group within a nation takes matters into their own hands to equalize their liberty with other members of that society, nations who are citizens of the world must make the assumption that they are or will be subjugated at any time due to these same reasons and take the necessary steps to ensure that they have the liberties that they expect.  If China for example were to exert their economic muscle and subjugate the liberty of other nation citizens are we to sit by and be subjugated?  We probably would, like oppressed minorities within our own nation, take a stand to equalize our nation within the citizens of nations and again maximize the liberty of our nation compared to others.

For these reasons, it remains important to be ready, even though we may be a leader among nations at the moment and enjoying the amount of liberty that we allow ourselves.  Other nations are trying to not just equalize the situation but subjugate us and lessen our liberty.  Our own President also seems to believe that we have to much liberty in relation to other nations and is trying to lessen our liberty to equalize things.  So from forces both internal and external to our nation citizen are trying not only to equalize our liberty but to subjugate to other citizen nations.  Not to prepare for this eventuality is naïve.


Big Brother is Here: Safeguarding Our Civil Liberties

In Uncategorized on July 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm

As a generally right leaning person, I am usually critical of the ACLU and other civil liberty organizations.  But over the last few years, Congress has implemented bills to put a GPS in every automobile, Section 31406 of the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” (MAP-21) bill calls for “Mandatory Event Data Recorders” to be installed in new vehicles, starting in the year 2015, essentially putting a black box data recorder in every vehicle.  This has the capability of tracking your movement, how fast you go, whether you perform required maintenance, and pretty much anything a car loaded with electronics can measure.

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) and related legislation will allow companies to share with the government everything you do on the Internet, what you look at, what you buy, your emails.  Definitely legislation that is designed to spy on individuals in the worst way.  The NSA already has computers that sort through tons of information on the internet looking for keywords that may identify terrorists.

At least in California, the Electric company has been installing new usage meters that monitor and report on usage throughout the day.  Also the DHS has several methods for tracking the movements and financial activity of citizens all in the name of anti-terrorism.  Does anyone feel more secure due to the efforts of DHS?

THE TIME IS NOW TO PUT DOWN OUR COLLECTIVE FOOT!  The government is rapidly taking away, or planning on taking away our rights and our freedoms.  Who is responsible for writing this into the legislation?  I want to know!

On Entitlements

In Immigration, Laissez-faire on July 4, 2012 at 1:15 pm

The free market case would compel me to argue for open borders, as I believe in the free movement of goods, resources, and capital across borders.  The resources in this case being labor.  Except that having open borders for labor does not work when the people coming here can receive several social benefits without having paid anything into the system, receiving the benefit without any of the cost.

The progressive’s case for allowing immigrants into this country without going through the proper legal process, is ill founded.  Their claim is one of compassion, letting people come in for better opportunity, not breaking up families, etc.  In reality they are trying to influence the election with fraudulent votes from undocumented workers.  Not to mention pandering to a large voter group.

In most states, illegal immigrants and their children, can receive scholarships for tuition, healthcare (significantly greater healthcare benefits under Obamacare), and other forms of assistance, without paying any taxes or other payments into the system.  A significant portion number of their monetary transactions are by cash – which is not a problem in itself, but a large amount generally flows out of the country to help relatives who have remained behind.

Latinos constitute the largest group of illegal aliens, they can come up from South or Central America and enter through the porous border with Mexico, and once in the U.S. typically vote with the Democrat Party, Democrats have a vested interest in pandering to their interests.  It is interesting to note that latinos are no longer the largest immigrant group in the country, Asians now claim that title.  Most Asians, due to the distance of those countries came here legally after waiting long periods and wading through mountains of paperwork.

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