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WA Delegate: The Motors of Lincoln Sydney (elected 1 year 118 days ago)

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Welcome! This is a region conceived for the libertarian minded - the belief that liberty is the primary virtue of humanity and that the State should be minimized to the greatest possible extent.

Anyone who believes in individual free will is welcome. Here you'll find the cure for stateholm syndrome.

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Liberty is not a means to a political end. It is itself the highest political end.
- Lord Acton

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- H.L. Mencken

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Laissez Faireholm contains 56 nations, the 212th most in the world.

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The Shortest Average Lifespan in Laissez Faireholm

Citizens of nations ranked highly tend to die earlier, whether from poor health, crime, accident, or government encouragement.

As a region, Laissez Faireholm is ranked 1,112th in the world for Shortest Average Lifespan.

#NationWA CategoryMotto
41.The Oppressed Peoples of AnarchocrapiaCorporate Police State“We let babies starve!”
42.The Federal Republic of That personal nationCorporate Bordello“To live and let live”
43.The Republic of Liberal UtelandCapitalizt“Where no man owns another.”
44.The Kingdom of SzekelyfoldAnarchy“Forever blessed and beautiful”
45.The Armed Republic of QuayleNew York Times Democracy“The Free State.”
46.The Galactic Confederacy of The Space PiratesCivil Rights Lovefest“The rougher the seas, the smoother we sail. Ahoy!”
47.The Democratic People's Republic of SergeyLeft-Leaning College State“Working Together For a Better World”
48.The Kingdom of TravilleWA MemberCapitalizt“Do as you wish. Aside from forming a government”
49.The United Socialist States of MarlencomPsychotic Dictatorship“Munire viam ad Communismum”
50.The Republic of Isles ArgentumCivil Rights Lovefest“Citizens United Through Liberty”
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Laissez Faireholm Regional Message Board

The Ravens Nation of Maryginia wrote:Hey guys, I'm back, so whats changed since I left?


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The NSG senate ior do we have a regional senate now, that I'm not seeing?

The Confederacy of Minarchist States wrote:Because it does? You cannot take a slice of the market, or say, believe that the conditions are exactly the same everywhere, at all times.

What sort of period of time are we looking at, is it pure "net?" Of course "market poverty" will be lower if you just give people money - temporarily. Then inflation hits and it's worthless. And "keep throwing money at it" is a terrible way to solve a problem. Money devalues while it inflates. Any kind, see food stamps in the us. Prices for food go up - they become worthless.

I'm also skeptical about this finding's definition of market poverty level, is it referring to the price needed to stay afloat, so to speak? The amount of money needed for a 4 person family in Topeka Kansas to survive is around 60 grand. Government transfers haven't done sh!t, sure this is above the poverty level - way above - but they are still "poor," if not by the government status then by market status. Yet with a 7.25 minimum wage and lots of entitlements, you'd think they be well off, but no.


I think you need to understand what you are talking about before you respond.

Chicago sees a drop in crime after concealed carry laws were reintroduced:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/24/chicago-crime-rate-drops-as-concealed-carry-gun-pe/?page=all

The Republic of Atlanticatia wrote:The statistics I gave from the OECD are standardised relative poverty rates - 50% of the median equivalised disposable income.

Whatever.

The Republic of Atlanticatia wrote:
It is a reduction in poverty. If someone's disposable income is above the poverty line, then guess what - they aren't in poverty. If the poverty line is $12,000 and someone is unemployed but receives $15,000 in unemployment benefits, then they are not in poverty. Why do you think it only has to include earned market incomes? Incomes can come in various forms - transfer payments, market incomes, etc.

It's a temporary relief. It does not solve the problem. Only a symptom. You are not curing the problem. Only treating it. As shown to you by everyone else on the RMB and the statistics we have shown.

The Republic of Atlanticatia wrote:
If we went by your idea that someone is only out of poverty if they earn a market income, then I guess all homemakers would be in poverty. If a married mother is unemployed, you know - being lazy, sitting around on the couch all day with her five kids.. getting housing, food, and spending money from her husband's $100,000 salary, then she's obviously in poverty, right? Because she didn't earn her own market income... I mean, definitely, that's the definition of poverty!

Oh is that what we're doing now? Why don't you move to North Korea then? Clearly you want more state.

At no fvcking point did I say anything about homemakers. Get your sh!t together.

The Republic of Atlanticatia wrote:
Whether someone receives income from child support, their spouse, government transfer payments - perhaps, a negative income tax, or from working at a job, it's all income that can increase someone's disposable income and put them above the poverty line.

Welfare is not a cure. It is treatment. This is basic. And it only encourages for people not to seek the cure.

When I was in property management, we had one property in the portfolio that had generations of families living at the expense of the taxpayers. None of them work. This is not ok. These are able-bodied men and women. At times, the labor market is tough, and jobs are hard or even impossible to find. At no point in history has that lasted for generations.

The Confederacy of Minarchist States wrote:Chicago sees a drop in crime after concealed carry laws were reintroduced:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/24/chicago-crime-rate-drops-as-concealed-carry-gun-pe/?page=all

As to be expected.

The Voluntary Society of Sibirsky wrote:Whatever.
It's a temporary relief. It does not solve the problem. Only a symptom. You are not curing the problem. Only treating it. As shown to you by everyone else on the RMB and the statistics we have shown.

I don't see it that way - if you're above the poverty line, it doesn't matter how you got there. The majority of poor people are not able to work, so how do you suggest they escape poverty otherwise?
[quote]Oh is that what we're doing now? Why don't you move to North Korea then? Clearly you want more state.[/quote]Mmm, so you can't think of a proper response so you use hyperbole and compare the welfare state to North Korea. Totally makes sense.

[quote]At no fvcking point did I say anything about homemakers. Get your sh!t together.
Welfare is not a cure. It is treatment. This is basic. And it only encourages for people not to seek the cure.

When I was in property management, we had one property in the portfolio that had generations of families living at the expense of the taxpayers. None of them work. This is not ok. These are able-bodied men and women. At times, the labor market is tough, and jobs are hard or even impossible to find. At no point in history has that lasted for generations. [/quote]
I was just showing how illogical your argument is - why are transfer payments valid as 'curing' poverty when they come from a family member, but not from the state?

And yes, there will occasionally be people who abuse the system but it's rare. The vast majority of people end their benefit claim within a timely manner.

However it is important to know who the poor actually are: http://www.demos.org/sites/default/files/imce/poor1987.png http://www.demos.org/blog/4/30/15/who-are-officially-poor-1987-2013

The largest portion is children, followed by the elderly, disabled, students, those in-work, the unemployed, carers, and the 'rest'.

So about 92% of people below the poverty line are children, elderly, disabled, students, in work, or caring for someone. (for example, caring for a disabled person full-time).

All of these people are either working or unable to work. I'm not sure how you go about 'curing' the problem of poverty among the elderly or disabled or in-work people - do you force an 80 year old to get a job, or force someone with disabilities into the labor market? If someone's working, do you tell them to just work harder? No - these are an example of a market failure to provide adequate incomes for those who cannot work, or who work but do not earn enough. Increasing welfare spending would surely cure the problem of poverty.

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Excellent job on the quotes The Republic of Atlanticatia. Even better than your argument.

The Republic of Atlanticatia wrote:I don't see it that way - if you're above the poverty line, it doesn't matter how you got there. The majority of poor people are not able to work, so how do you suggest they escape poverty otherwise?

Of course it matters how you get there. We want productive members of society to contribute.

The Republic of Atlanticatia wrote:Mmm, so you can't think of a proper response so you use hyperbole and compare the welfare state to North Korea. Totally makes sense.

It makes far more sense than you implying that I am arguing a housewife living in a household with $100,000 in annual income is in poverty. That was the proper response.

The Republic of Atlanticatia wrote:I was just showing how illogical your argument is - why are transfer payments valid as 'curing' poverty when they come from a family member, but not from the state?

My argument is consitent and logical. Yours isn't.

Families gather resources by providing valuable services to their employers, communities, society, the world.

States? States get their resources through death threats and extortion.

The Republic of Atlanticatia wrote:And yes, there will occasionally be people who abuse the system but it's rare. The vast majority of people end their benefit claim within a timely manner.

It is not rare. It is common and you want to exacerbate the problem.

The Republic of Atlanticatia wrote:All of these people are either working or unable to work. I'm not sure how you go about 'curing' the problem of poverty among the elderly or disabled or in-work people - do you force an 80 year old to get a job, or force someone with disabilities into the labor market? If someone's working, do you tell them to just work harder?

I beg your pardon?

THE ONLY ONE THAT HAS SUGGESTED THE USE OF FORCE IS YOU!

The Republic of Atlanticatia wrote:These are an example of a market failure to provide adequate incomes for those who cannot work, or who work but do not earn enough. Increasing welfare spending would surely cure the problem of poverty.

These are not market failures. These are government failures, as has already been shown to you with data. Poverty was declining before welfare. It is no longer declining. We have addressed the majority of the issues, but I would like to touch on the disabled in a bit more detail.

I'm sure you are a staunch supporter of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Between 1991 and 1995, in an expanding economy, this idiocy of a law decreased employment for the disabled by 7.8%. By 2001, the sharp drops in employment continued.

These days, with the internet, telecommuting, teleconferencing, and so on, the employment rate for the disabled should be much higher, not lower, as they can perform many tasks from home, while they could not before.

As usual, all of your statist solutions, make the matters worse.

The Voluntary Society of Sibirsky wrote:Excellent job on the quotes The Republic of Atlanticatia. Even better than your argument.

Of course it matters how you get there. We want productive members of society to contribute.

It makes far more sense than you implying that I am arguing a housewife living in a household with $100,000 in annual income is in poverty. That was the proper response.

My argument is consitent and logical. Yours isn't.

Families gather resources by providing valuable services to their employers, communities, society, the world.

States? States get their resources through death threats and extortion.

It is not rare. It is common and you want to exacerbate the problem.

I beg your pardon?

THE ONLY ONE THAT HAS SUGGESTED THE USE OF FORCE IS YOU!

These are not market failures. These are government failures, as has already been shown to you with data. Poverty was declining before welfare. It is no longer declining. We have addressed the majority of the issues, but I would like to touch on the disabled in a bit more detail.

I'm sure you are a staunch supporter of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Between 1991 and 1995, in an expanding economy, this idiocy of a law decreased employment for the disabled by 7.8%. By 2001, the sharp drops in employment continued.

These days, with the internet, telecommuting, teleconferencing, and so on, the employment rate for the disabled should be much higher, not lower, as they can perform many tasks from home, while they could not before.

As usual, all of your statist solutions, make the matters worse.


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