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4 days ago

Commit yourself in all the most important things in your life, whatever those things may be.
A common distinction between conservatism and libertarianism is a lack of commitment. A common distinction between progressivism and conservatism is a lack of commitment.
That’s not always bad.
There is nothing wrong with a lack of commitment to bad things. There is everything wrong with a life absent commitment. How easy it is to go about finding adult men-children and adult women-children living lives absent commitment.
To commit to nothing is practically the moniker of our era. To commit to nothing wholesome or edifying is a little closer to the reality.
There is a series of memes called NPC. The NPC comes from video games:

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Face Masks and Freedom: Beware of Skepticism as a Tool of Inaction.

8 days ago

We are taught a healthy and critical mind is skeptical. That is not true. A healthy and critical mind is skeptical when appropriate. Skeptical must never be a default, for then skepticism can be as self-sabotaging as apathy.
To be convinced to not care about the outcome of your own actions, or to not believe that your actions bring meaningful consequences, is one of the greatest harms that can be done to you in the modern era. An additional harm is done to an individual in modernity by injection of undue skepticism in his world view.
Libertarians, conservatives, and other heterodox thinkers of our contemporary and overly trendy era are especially at risk of this.
It can be easy to come to heterodox thinking because one is, by

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Face Masks, Lockdowns, & Would-Be Rulers: The Great Reset Comes Every Sunday

15 days ago

The Great Reset comes every Sunday.
It happens when you arise and bow down to your maker, when you do things so hard so much of the week and then humble yourself on the seventh day, ease into the comfort of giving in a little, and reflect on how much better you can be.
None of us are perfect. Reflecting on that detail is so humbling and leveling. Life can make a lot more sense after that few minutes or few hours of prayerful reflection.
You put your other tasks on hold, prioritizing this reflective prayerful period, if you are one who honors the sabbath.
To let all other frivolity leave your mind, like a yoke lifted off the shoulders.
And greater priorities rise up, like cream on the milk, the finest of your life rises up.

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When You Assume…

18 days ago

They became my Sunday School students. That happened the year before, after Miss Tilly asked me to replace her.
I was in high school and teaching the Book of Genesis according to the material of the day to the middle school students.
I loved those guys and they loved me.
Making this all the more painful. There’s something more self-forgiveable about being an ass in front of someone you don’t really care for. At least I personally find it a little easier to delude myself into saying “So what?” and moving on in a situation where I am surrounded by strangers.
But this one stays with me.
In Genesis 1:6-8, God created the firmament.
In Genesis 1:9-10, God created the dry earth.
One of the kids asked about the word firmament.

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Face Masks Refusal Says So Much, Because Courage Is the Prerequisite to All Virtuous Behavior

29 days ago

I don’t care if I agree with a person or not. I don’t have a need to surround myself with those who will repeat my own views back to me. But I care very much if that person has guts.
Courage is the prerequisite to virtue.
If a person doesn’t have guts, they can’t be trusted. The rest of their qualities are worthless because the foundation of their character is weak and promises to give way under pressure.
I will always choose a courageous man I agree with 25% over a coward I agree with 95%. One, I know where he stands. The other, I know where he stands until he pulls his head out of the book and walks out into the real world, at which point the cowardly man is a syncope.
It has been the greatest benefit to have this lesson

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Why Technocrats Believe in Face Masks

December 24, 2020

“My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!”– Percy Shelley
There’s a group of people who walk the earth who don’t just believe that life can be improved by humans, they take it a step further.
They believe humans can be improved.
While this sentence may not seem irksome to you, because it is so commonplace, I hope in a few paragraphs you’ll see how truly twisted it is.
Most people who observe nature and humanity — the overwhelming majority of people walking the planet — learn some version of “If it ain’t broke, then don’t try to fix it.” Many religions teach this.
Man is created in the image of God, but is fallen.
Man has perfection in him if he can find it.
All creation is of the Creator.

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Face Masks: Why You Don’t Want To Be in the Second World During Times of Crisis

December 16, 2020

“Dear Allan, 
Argentina has been completely locked down for 38 weeks, the longest and most egregious immoral, illegitimate, and illegal evil tyranny in the world that I know of.
As far as I know, the mask mandate is permanent and without exemption. Everyone is masked from the toddlers to the elderly nearly bedridden. And the ‘Karen’s’ of South America are ready to take you to the ground, especially ‘gringos,’ if you don’t mask up.
I have reluctantly put on a bandana.
Allan, what words of advice can you give me?
Places Become Prosperous Because They Adopt Freedom 
Prosperous places on earth are prosperous because the people there adopted freedom.
The United States, Hong Kong, Switzerland, and many other places globally

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Is It Prudent To Confront Strangers for Wearing a Face Mask?

December 12, 2020

“Tacit approval” is the allowing of a lie in your presence. It is not you lying by omission or commission, but it is you giving your support to a lie by saying nothing.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer asks people to not allow tacit approval and to do so peacefully. Unfortunately her version is based on bad science.
I’ll edit her to help her out:
Is it prudent to “politely, but forcefully assertively” confront another person not wearing a face mask in public? That’s what Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asked Michigan residents to do at a July 9 press conference. a thriving desire for honesty asks free people to do.
“But at the end of the day, i It’s on all of us to do our part to educate the people around us whether it is in the store or

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Face Masks: If You Announce Your VIP Status to the World, the World Will Accommodate Your VIP Status

November 30, 2020

Recently, at a hardware store that I called ahead of time, asking for recognition of a face mask exemption, the manager notified all employees that a customer would be coming in unmasked.
I did so, true to my word.
When an employee then got after me about the face mask, he was quickly reprimanded by that same manager and not once but twice sought me out and offered sincere and lengthy apologies for giving me a hard time.
As part of my political consulting work, I have advanced presidential candidates, senators, and congressmen. I go ahead of them and make sure all appropriate accommodations are in place and that they receive frictionless, white glove treatment in all of the usual spots where regular people encounter friction.

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Face Masks: We Live in the Era of Gluttony

November 19, 2020

Gluttony does not mean overeating.
Gluttony means: the constant pursuit of decadence to the point of decay and beyond.
The unchecked pursuit of comfort, so prevalent in my own homeland, the United States of America, and exported to the world, goes far beyond food, yet is sheer gluttony.
Decadence around food plays into this as a symptom. It can be no surprise that obesity is so prevalent for self-control seems such a quaint notion in this time and place.
Don’t Blame Immediate Gratification 
It is not immediate gratification that is problematic. The potential for immediate gratification is merely the natural output of a functioning and established relatively free market economy, a treasure of the human experiment that all who

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Today Is the Day That Communism Came to an End

November 17, 2020

Today is the day that communism came to an end.
It was autumn 1989. Momentous things were taking place in the world.
The Berlin Wall had fallen. The people of the Eastern Bloc had succeeded at getting to the West through Hungary. The firm line between east and west was wavering. The situation was moving away from the course that Warsaw Pact communist governments had charted: that their populations must remain captive within the borders of the Communist Bloc.
It was unclear whether this social contagion for freedom would spread into Czechoslovakia.
But then November 17, 1989, arrived, a day etched in history. This was Students Day, a legal holiday. Everything had to close under government fiat. People were off school and off work.

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The Question I’ve Wanted To Answer for Twenty Years Is Suddenly So Clear to Me

November 14, 2020

Shortly after the turn of this century, I found myself standing in one of the halls of political power in former Czechoslovakia, after hearing the umpteenth horror story from communism, and saying to myself “I wish I could live through a little bit of communism to see how normal people allowed it to all happen.”
You see, I just couldn’t believe how this stable and prosperous interwar democracy could find itself in the throes of Stalinist communism and its psychological turmoil. It was shortly after World War II though, in 1948, that the communists came to power and there was a lot of “new normal” to deal with after the horrors of war. Akin to our current era, there was even a period of Czechoslovak communism called “normalizacia”

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Reminder: CDC Says Facemasks Don’t Stop Covid

September 24, 2020

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has an estimated 15,000 in its workforce; some 88 of them work on Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID), a highly regarded, peer-reviewed journal of epidemiology, published by the CDC.
April 3, 2020 — CDC Face Mask Order On April 3, 2020, the CDC announced that everyone should wear face masks, wash their hands, and clean surfaces in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
CDC 4/3/20: Wear Masks To Fight Covid On April 3, 2020, the CDC advised “Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.” Private and governmental policies across the US and internationally were crafted according to

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Shift the Face Mask Focus Off of You and Onto the Downtrodden Employees

September 21, 2020

Dear Stevo,
I would be the exception to what most people do. I read the order and I’ve printed it out many times, along with supporting documents, for others to read and understand.
I do not own a mask. I’ve only been challenged a few times. Never once has this resulted in banishment or a loss in services.
As you can see the local “rule,” has exemptions.  Wearing a mask makes it difficult to breathe, so I demonstrate my opposition openly, and cite the exemption, if challenged by an employee who feels compelled to suffocate slowly.
In the bigger picture, the rules themselves are absurd.  I’ve advised my state rep, health department, and governor that they are way out of bounds.  I send videos and articles to the corporations who

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Even Whitmer’s Mask Edicts Have Loopholes

September 19, 2020

Stop Calling Whitmer A Tyrant If You‘re Being A Mask Coward
You can drive a bus through Michigan’s face mask exemptions.
If you and I took the teleporter to Michigan right now, we might see a lot of obediently masked people, even though Michigan has some of the loosest face mask exemptions I’ve ever seen.
While I love to booh the villain in The Perils of Pauline (1914) as much as the next guy does, looking at Gretchen Whitmer‘s face mask order, she is not a villain, and no fully functioning adult reading these pages is entitled to claim status as a damsel in distress, helpless and in need of saving.
Here are highlights of the Michigan order.
No Masks Until 5 Years Old A lot of states and localities call for masking starting at 2

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The Feds Want to Snoop on Your Encrypted Data. It’s “for the Children.”

September 10, 2020

Although governments continue to insist “it’s for the children,” we should never go back to the dark ages of privacy before easy-to-use encryption. Nor should we allow a “back door” for governments to access our data. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros. Original Article: “The Feds Want …

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How To Fly the Friendly Skies With Your Friendly, Maskless Face

September 7, 2020

The airlines have quickly become a choke point for the face mask orders.
On the ground you have a choice. If Walgreens turns you away, you can go to CVS. If CVS turns you away, you can go to the locally owned place. If Menards turns you away, you can go to Lowe’s. If Lowe’s turns you away, you can order online. If Sprouts turns you away, you can go to a farmers market. If the farmers market turns you away, you can go meet the farmer around back and buy what you need out of the back of his truck. Most of those places don’t turn people away, anyway, at least not if you invoke an exemption.
As predicted, the lockdown doesn’t end when some blue ribbon panel says it ends. The lockdown comes to an end as every locked down person

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The Word ‘Until’ — A Key Reason To Never Explain Your Face Mask Exemption

September 3, 2020

A wise man once said “You’re either selling or being sold.” I disagree with his dichotomous and adversarial view of life, but, indeed, there are some people who constantly look for someone to push around and for whom this approach toward life becomes self-fulfilling.
They are the bullies, the psychopaths, the sociopaths, and the cowards.
This group moves around life looking for key indicators in those around them that communicate to the predator “I have an in,” “I have a hook,” “I can get this guy.”
These people are a key reason it’s disadvantageous to talk about your health, disability, religion or any other matter when trying to invoke a face mask exemption.
Don’t say any more than “I am unable to wear a face mask safely.”

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The Feds Want to Snoop on Your Encrypted Data. It’s “for the Children.”

September 1, 2020

Technology exists that allows anyone to effectively hide from government’s prying eyes as long as they do some basic legwork. The perennially awful US senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) is leading the charge on making sure Americans are denied that ability. Governments Hate Encrypted Data The most basic foundation of that is encryption, which uses math …

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If the Vaccine Comes and You are Still Wearing a Face Mask, You’re in for a World of Pain

September 1, 2020

If I were to lay in bed for the next twenty years, and to then rise, I would not have much strength in my muscles to do the activities I once enjoyed.
I might collapse onto the ground, with my poor quivering atrophied muscles shocked by the sudden immense force that they have been called on to exert in this untrained state.
If I trained every day for a week, I might be able to get out of bed again. If I trained every day for a month, I might be able to go for a walk again.
It’s going to take some doing to work through that kind of rust, and to train yourself out of that kind of neglect — but if you know that going in, maybe that little bit of effort won’t be so bad.
You’ve done harder things. There was a time in your life, early

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Send Me Your Local Face Mask Order

August 31, 2020

I don’t really want to see your local face mask order. I want you to find your local face mask order.
Because then we are one step closer to you reading your local face mask order. And that brings us one step closer to you understanding your local face mask order. And that brings us one step closer to someone thinking about your local face mask order.
Because I have an interesting statistic for you: since your local face mask order has been issued, not a single person has read it and thought about it.
I challenge you to prove me wrong.
Some may have interpreted the face mask order according to the accompanying press releases and accompanying press conferences. Some may have enforced it based on the emails the orders were attached

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How To Invoke a Face Mask Exemption at the Barber & Get VIP Treatment

August 29, 2020

Dear Stevo,
Thanks for all of your writing on how to use a medical exemption to end these face mask orders.
I walked by the barber the other day, and he’s got a sign up saying you need to wear a face mask.
I can’t safely wear a face mask, but I don’t know how to say that.
-Gaynelle F., Vallejo, California
Short answer: Just tell him.
Long answer: 
Do you have any idea how many fine pieces of hair a barber inhales each day? This is not to mention the hair product, chemical treatments, skin cells and anything else that’s in your hair, made airborne by him preening you.
It can be a dusty business.
Plenty of barbers have these little nagging tickles in the throat and lightly cough in response to that irritation. The light cough would

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How To Invoke a Face Mask Exemption at the Veterinarian & How To Make Sense of all Face Mask Orders

August 22, 2020

Dear Stevo,
Just wanted to thank you again for your advice and encouragement regarding resistance to mandatory mask mandates.
I have an appointment with my vet this week. The vet clinic has a “mandatory” mask requirement, with which I do not intend to comply.
So I emailed the clinic an inquiry this weekend, and not having gotten a reply yet, I called and stated my concerns about not being able to wear a mask safely, as you suggested in several of your LRC articles: here, here, here, here, and here . The person to whom I spoke was most friendly and solicitous.
Turns out the “mandatory” mask policy refers to the parking lot, since the clinic is not allowing pet owners inside, mask or not.
Or in other words, the mask policy is

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Biden’s Face Mask Dog Whistle

August 18, 2020

On Thursday, August 13, 2020, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris appeared together at a press conference at which they called for three months of mandatory face masks orders.
Biden said the following:
“Every single American should be wearing a mask when they’re outside for the next three months at a minimum. Every governor should mandate, every governor should mandate mandatory mask wearing. The estimates by the experts are it will save over 40,000 lives in the next three months — 40,000 lives — if people act responsibly. And it’s not about your rights. It’s about your responsibilities as an American. So let’s institute a mask mandate, nationwide, starting immediately and we will save lives. The estimates are we’ll save over 40,000

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How To Invoke a Face Mask Exemption at the Doctor or Dentist

August 14, 2020

Dear Stevo,
Thank you for the excellent article about not wearing the mask at the grocery store. Bravo! Neither have I, and each time we do so, we create just a little more precedent to exercise our God given Liberty. 
I am scheduled to have a dental treatment shortly. Any advice you can offer how not to comply with the mask mandate? It would be most appreciated. I don’t intend to wear a mask under any circumstances, but neither do I wish to endanger my dentist’s license to practice. 
Blessings, and may Liberty increase forever!
-John S. 
No one wants to cause their dentist to lose their license, and those with a legitimate face mask exemption don’t want to put themselves at risk by wearing that mask. Your dentist’s office has a

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How To Be Exempt From a Face Mask at the Grocery Store Every Time

August 13, 2020

There are many valid exemptions to wearing a face mask. For more about that read my August 12, 2020, piece on the topic.
I have never worn a face mask in a grocery store. For more detail on that, please see my May 2, 2020, piece on this topic.
Many write me about this topic. The most common face mask request I receive is how a person can exercise an exemption at their grocery store.
This has worked for me every time.
Step 1.) Look up the store’s phone number online.
Step 2.) Take out a pad of paper, write the date, time, and phone number.
Step 3.) Call and ask for the manager, writing down the name of anyone who says their name. If asked, your reason for calling is that you have a question about the face mask policy. If the

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You’re Still Exempt. Just Say ‘I Am Unable To Wear a Face Mask Safely.’ Nothing More.

August 12, 2020

Many millions cannot safely wear a face mask. With the one-size-fits-all face mask approaches, this presents a problem.
Those who can’t safely wear a face mask are pressured into wearing one, to their own detriment, or they are alternately, discouraged from using vital services due to the heavy-handed enforcement measures that place personal safety secondary at best.
The reasons for not being able to safely wear a face mask are many: from obvious issues such as chronic lung ailments and terminal heart conditions, to less obvious issues like panic attacks, dyspnea (shortness of breath), angina (chest pains), cephalalgia (headaches), migraines, internal physical deformations from injuries, or genetic abnormalities.
Since my

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Will Trump Have Cities Named for Him & Monuments Built for Him?

August 7, 2020

While I don’t seek to bring about the deification of Donald Trump, or any other government official, I do seek to encourage calm minds and historical context when talking about the world.
In the triggered, emotion-heavy moment we live in, manipulation of mass opinion against Trump is a popular hobby among journalists, intellectuals, and a double-digit percentage of the population.
The Lincoln Memorial, desecrated repeatedly the past months, was not dedicated until 1922, 57 years after the 1865 death of President Abraham Lincoln, who in his lifetime, was one of the most hated American presidents.
You can hardly get any worse than Lincoln. When Trump was elected, a handful of celebrities threatened to leave the country. Few

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The Government Wants Your Crypto Data. And Lots of It.

August 3, 2020

Cryptocoins aren’t entirely anonymous, and the state is hard at work gathering as much information as it can on all crypto users. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros. Original Article: “The Government Wants Your Crypto Data. And Lots of It.​”

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The Story They Want You to Believe: Why Didn’t More Americans Resist?

August 1, 2020

A brilliant reader points out about American cowardice circa 1913:
“That idiot Wilson gave us:
an unnecessary war, which killed over 100,000 young Americans;the income theft tax;the bank robbers known as the Fed;the League of Nations which morphed into global crooks known as the UN…The sad part is that there was no push back. People accepted the theft then and now.We have been tax slaves for 107 years. Now we are becoming propaganda-virus slaves.”
So well put.
Another writes about the confiscation of gold by the US government from the 1930s until the 1970s:
“I wonder if it was ‘prosperity’ that made them obedient. But that prosperity was gone during the Great Depression and still people didn’t really react to Executive Order

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