It's Rule 5 Friday!

Boss's Daughter

Merry Christmas Rule 5!

"The initial promises made with such conviction for new government 'solutions' have been unrealized pipedreams. And unlike self-ownership and the jointly beneficial market arrangements it allows, which has produced uncountable successes without theft, there are no such 'success stories' that demonstrate miraculous improvement from the intrusion of government that can match the historical successes of the market."

Rule 5 Sunday Thursday!

"Social Security and Medicare's generational high-jacking has become "the third rail of politics" in large part because seniors want to believe that they paid their own way. But they have not. They have only paid for part of what they have gotten. The rest has indeed been a Ponzi scheme. And as Social Security is already revealing, the future cannot be put off forever, however much wishful thinking is involved. Some are already being forced to confront the exploding pot of IOUs involved, and it will get much worse."

It's Rule 5 Monday!

The Pretty Reckless — Going To Hell
H/T - Postaldog!

Rule 5 Saturday Thursday!

"Many of the new mega rich of the 1990s and 2000s got their wealth through their government connections. Or by understanding how government worked. This was especially apparent on Wall Street. … This was all the more regrettable because, in a crony capitalist system, the huge gains of the few really do come at the expense of the many. There was an irony here. Perhaps Marx had been right all along. It was just that he was describing a crony capitalist, not a free price system, and his most devoted followers set up a system in the Soviet Union that was cronyist to the core."

It's Rule 5 Sunday Monday Tuesday!

"[T]he claim that 'voters want a lot of government services' … is less self-evident. The current partial shutdown of some government operations helps to illustrate the dubious nature of this assertion. If the taxpayers were uniformly appalled and outraged at the thought of a government shutdown, it seems unlikely that the federal government would need to go out of its way to make a big show of what government services were being shut down."

It's Rule 5 Sunday Tuesday Thursday!

CAKE: The Distance

It's Rule 5 Sunday!

"The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning. Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom." — Ludwig von Mises

It's Rule 5 Sunday!

"[Dr. Sanjay Gupta's] reversal is a good reminder that our ultimate goal is to be rid of an entire health care system by which we are ruled by health care technocrats, bureaucrats, and politicians."

Rule 5 Update


"If all you [want to] see" are hot chicks and pretty girls … I feel your pain. It sure beats the absurdity of politics, doesn't it? Any day of the week!

Let's analyze …

To restore our liberty, we must learn to think outside (and beyond) the official "narrative" box.
It's Rule 5 on the Fourth of July!
"There are those in our own country too who today speak of the "protection of country" — of "survival." A decision must be made in the life of every nation at the very moment when the grasp of the enemy is at its throat. Then, it seems that the only way to survive is to use the means of the enemy, to rest survival upon what is expedient — to look the other way.

Well, the answer to that is "survival as what?" A country isn't a rock. It's not an extension of one's self. It's what it stands for. It's what it stands for when standing for something is the most difficult!"

It's Rule 5 Sunday!

"The State is not some beneficent body of men and women devoted to public service who are unselfishly acting on behalf of the welfare of Americans. Barack Obama, Dianne Feinstein, John Boehner, Harry Reid, John Roberts, David Petraeus, Keith B. Alexander, Robert Mueller, and Michael Hayden are not saints. They are not even close … If there is one thing we can be sure of, it is that men and women in the U.S. government have immense power to do many evil and foul deeds, and they have done them, and they will continue to do them."

It's Rule 5 Monday!

It's Rule 5 Sunday!

"As Western Civilization is swept into the dust-bin of history, it is crucial for us to ask: what will replace it? What values, moral principles, economic understanding, and social practices will prevail in the future? You will not hear these questions asked by any of the establishment hacks – who will confine themselves to refashioning statism in a "new and improved" package … They will continue to entertain us with trivia from the lives of the political sinners, but will not explore either the causes of, or the alternatives to, what brought down our freer and more prosperous culture … their minds do not work in any transcendent, principled manner. It is power, and power alone, that both impresses and motivates them."

It's Rule 5 Sunday Monday!

"Government was given the run of things after 9-11, and what did we get? Wars, bureaucracy, debt, death, despotism, insecurity, and lots of confusing color-coded warnings from our DC masters that seem only designed to keep us ever-more dependent. Yes, government has behaved exactly as libertarianism predicted it would behave. It has abused the trust of the American people. And yet, at some level, government has benefited in the end. We have lost, they have gained."

It's Rule 5 Sunday!

Alice In Chains: Stone

It's Rule 5 Sunday!

"Despite the stump rhetoric, the political class is not interested in fostering a vibrant commercial life to help you and me get by in this world. Instead, it is interested in extracting as much revenue as possible from the existing commercial environment. The government elites want their cut, regardless of the consequences."

It's Rule 5 Sunday Monday!

"Drug prohibition is a burden on taxpayers. It is a burden on government budgets. It is a burden on the criminal justice system. It is a burden on the health care system. The economic crisis has intensified the pain from all these burdens. Legalization reduces or eliminates all of these burdens. It should be no surprise that alcohol prohibition was repealed at the deepest depths of the Great Depression."

It's Rule 5 Sunday Monday!
"This isn't to say that stop-and-frisk doesn't have its place. It could be an invaluable tool for protecting New Yorkers and Americans in general — provided cops use it correctly. But they'll need to move their gangs of rapists from tenements and poor neighborhoods to the halls of legislatures, bureaucracies, governors' mansions, the White House, courts, and Congress."

Rule 5 with The Donnas!