Friday, October 3, 2008

George Carlin on government & freedom

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This is one of the better videos by George Carlin.....wish I could say it was a comedy.

Andrew Sheldon

Where do the smart capitalists and parasites hide?

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"Four Corners tells the story of Heinrich Kieber – roguish hero to some, amoral thief to others - and the worldwide fallout from his actions".

Hiding money overseas is not difficult if you have a lot. All you need to do is hire some consultants. The trick is to find a way of hiding money without anyone finding out. The art of money laundering is attacked by Western (OECD) governments because it reduces their tax receipts. These people are depicted as drug traffickers and other low life. But could it be possible that they are just people who don't agree with the government's right to tax their wealth? Is it possible that these people are just pragmatic or practical capitalists trying to escape an immoral system, just as the Jews escaped persecution from Hitler.
It does not surprise me because I have such principles....too strong to hide behind some bank vault. Fortunately I am ready for any government tax agency that believes they have a right to my cash. Of course they can expropriate my wealth if I earn income, but as long as I live on savings they can only collect tax from what I spend. Fortunately I have modest needs.

So is Heinrich Kieber a hero? Well clearly not since he was not motivated by principles, but by money. He was paid $6 million for the information and he broke the law to achieve it. Now, before you respond that he is no worse than the capitalist he exposed, consider the following:
1. The capitalists will include among them men of principle who don't believe in tax
2. Men of no principles just trying to pragmatically hide stolen money by fraud or deception

The difference is that Heinrich Kieber is alleged to have stolen proprietary information, which is a Common Land offence, whilst the capitalists have breached an arbitrary legislative law, enacted by politicians wanting to enslave capital and capitalists for their constituency. A great many people don't think so they will not make a distinction, but they are hardly the same offences. Legislation is based on arbitrary, subjective law. I don't think it makes much difference whether you are enslaved by a majority or a minority, if you are forced to hand over your wealth or earnings, you are not a free man. So Heinrich Kieber to me is the equivalent of a gun runner for terrorists. The capitalists are just average men, most of whom don't have the clarity of mind to express their ethical principles, or otherwise they just think REASON is not the standard, so why should I show my money. Good luck to them. I trust they did not put all their money in the one place. Clearly the best way to hide money is:
1. In different people's names
2. In different countries
3. In different languages
I would rather help 10 honest men and 10 dishonest men than 1 government because every government I know is intent on enslaving the people they represent. The truth of the matter is that Western governments are imposing their system on every corner of the world. I actually think its great that there are conflicts in the world, because as long as there are ethical divides there will be:
1. Greater reflection on moral principles
2. Somewhere to hide
3. A critic of Western practices - where Western governments have defiled the concept of freedom. The concept no longer means anything. Ideas don't mean anything. People are anti-science. Even scientists are anti-conceptual. This is another fascist period again. You might be surprised by the things I say but consider the following:
1. Most academics are paid by government-owned institutions - places of safety, not competition
2. Most scientists only utilise the scientific method, which is based on indiction rather than deduction. Science has been reduced to statistics. Causation has been abandoned
3. Most philosophers are sceptics, who engage in rationalist arguments like its a mental game detached from reality. You see this from academics who sproute different ideas, but they have no commitment to any. They want to show how small you are because you don't know their secret terminology. They are word snobs, yet they would starve without a government salary. These are the impractical intellectual brutes. They are teaching your children.
Andrew Sheldon

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The best 'low tax' states to live in the USA

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Income taxes in the USA are levied at both a national and state level. I'm not sure about the state level, but I do know from Aaron Russo's movie 'Freedom to Fascism' that federal income taxes are not constitutional. Unless there is specific powers for the US constitution to allow U.S. states to levy an income tax then that also is unconstitutional.
If you want to avoid such burdens, you might ask where you should live. CNN provides a list of the 7 states of the USA which have the lowest state taxes. The risk of course is that economic activity has allowed these states to cut or defer tax imposts, so it remains to be seen which states will have low taxes in a few years. Economic activity is slowing, so government taxes are likely to increase. They include:
1. Wyoming: No corporate or personal income taxes. This state has just a population of 1 million, but it produces 38% of the nation's coal, so you might expect most of the state government's revenues to come from coal royalties. If that is the case then you can expect no new taxes I think because farmers and miners will be doing nicely in future years. This is the wild West. Very quiet.
2. Nevada: No corporate or personal income taxes, plus no inventory tax and low state payroll taxes. I particularly like the idea of buying in Nevada because Las Vegas is the gambling capital of the USA, and there are a lot of foreclosed properties there, so good to buy a house there. Actually I understand there are 38,000 houses in foreclosure there. Might just be the place to set up a business. With a slump in gambling you might expect higher taxes, but they do say gambling is recession-proof. I don't believe it, but they say it.
3. Florida: Well Florida is the retirement capital of the USA. A great place to buy because of the pleasant climate and those baby boomers will keep buying, so good investment. No personal income taxes here, so a great place to retire.
4. Texas: This state has no personal incomes taxes, and has a number of favourable cities to live based on CNN's lifestyle indicators.
5. Washington: Washington State would be one of my favourites. It has no income taxes at a state level.
6. New Hampshire: Another good choice, no personal income taxes.
7. Tennessee: This is the home to Nashville, the country music capital. No personal income taxes.
Andrew Sheldon

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