Michael E. Fournier MBA

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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!

Global Economic Order

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Great piece at LewRockwell.com on the Global Economic Order and the total misconception by the left on free market economics.  Like I always say, ‘liberals do not understand economics’ the premises are so simple and yet they continue to try and pervert them towards their own ends.

Take Back the American Dream conference

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2012 at 6:31 pm

the Campaign for America’s Future is hosting this conference in mid-June in Washington DC.  The only problem, it is their leftist dream, not one shared by most Americans.  Looking at the board of directors we find ‘community organizers’ and Hollywood elites, people who are generally out of touch with the mainstream.  The type of people who want to bring down capitalism because they know what is best for us all.  Maybe we should institute a Hollywood tax to show those people what it is like.

30 Years Later, Supply Side Economics Still Under Attack

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2012 at 6:07 pm

When the left keeps up its insipid drumbeat over thirty years, it should tell us something.  In this case it is telling us that supply-side econonomics not only worked, but that it is the polar opposite of redistributionist.  The polar opposite because instead of forcing uniformity on all, it provides the opportunity for some to rise above mediocrity.  Even though the Soviet Union nearly came to ruin over the failed policy of redistribution, the left won’t give it up, and the Huffington Post, ABC News, MSNBC, and MarketWatch all tore into Supply-Side and the Republican presidents since Reagan who administered it.  Wait a minute, this just proves how little they understand economics, neither GW I nor GW II were supply siders.  Only Reagan had the gumption to stand against the tide for something that worked and he knew was right.

Orwellian Newspeak

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Milton Friedman cuts to the chaffe of the issue, comparing liberal lingo on spending to 1984.  Milton Friedman on Orwellian Newspeak.  The year was 1978, the place, Pasadena CA.

An Interview with Chris Leithner on Austrian Economics and Australian Central Banking

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2011 at 8:10 am

Excellent article in the Dollar Vigilante (which is focused on the collapse of the US economy), about investor Dr. Chris Leithner an his free market, libertarian philosophy, and how he applies this in Australia.

Crony Capitalism Index

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2011 at 3:01 am

The Future of Capitalism blog discusses its theory of hte Future of Capitalism Index.  The theory that the friends of the governmeent elites make out better under the capitalist system than the rest of us.

The Post Capitalist Society

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2011 at 2:57 am

Interesting concept applying Peter Drucker in the electronics industry.

Democrats and the Debt Ceiling

In Uncategorized on July 11, 2011 at 1:58 am

By this time, it should be obvious that the American people don’t really care about what happens with the debt ceiling, it is just politics as usual!  The Dems are using this as an opportunity to inflict class warfare, even though we all know that Social Security and Medicare have to be reformed.  I will be eligible for both in 12 years and no one in my generation expects to get much from either.  We are all saving like crazy to have enough money to make it through retirement.  The only ones who might are those public employees who are trying to make it through on the backs of the rest of us.  Another liberal constituency group who expects to get more than they put in.

I don’t know about anyone else, but when politicians start talking about raising taxes on the rich, my taxes always go up, and I am not rich.  So this class warfare thing has me worried because it is basically a lie, and it means more money out of my pocket.

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