Thursday, 1 March 2012

I got libertarianism under my skin

["go back to yo momma, you libertarian."]

What if you belonged to a group that used a symbol, and that symbol
was actually misinterpreted by your group, and many of its
strongest supporters have tattooed it into their skin.

Well, Libertarians are such a group, and their symbol means the
opposite of what they think it does.

As you may know, words are not a simple thing. They often have
a deeper social meaning, e.g. banker = cheating scumbag.
In other languages, words are combined to create new words.
For example, in Chinese, man= strength in the field,
because men did the hard work, unless the family had oxen.
Anyway , you get the point.

Well, Sumerian is an equally ancient language, but written in
cuneiform. And the word they found in Sumerian was the first
recorded human word for "liberty".
Not so fast, Nebuchadnezzar. In Sumerian,
liberty = go back to your mother. i.e. your debts are wiped
and you've been set free, you deadbeat debtor, piece of sh*t.
I might have exaggerated the explanation a bit.

What this brings up is not liberty from government, but

liberty from usury and debt slavery

Of course, "debt jubilee" is one of the most popular
concepts today, as it has been for the last 5000 years.
Nowadays though, bankers of every persuasion (they believe
in money and capitalism, especially crony capitalism)
are trying to change the course of human history, not only
by denying a jubilee to countries, but in making countries
pay for the bankers' immoral gambling.
What's the Sumerian expression for "fukkin' arseholes."

I also really like how some Libertarians are trying to be

'profound' by getting all ancient and Holy. They should also

be spending time on why their theories are about as

sensible as anarchy, and about as well thought through.

I like Ron Paul's stand on most things, like banking, but
when he said essentially that "poor people should be left to die",

he lost me. Perhaps I'm too European, but I don't think health is

a business. Perhaps it's not so much a Libertarian concept as an

American one to let people die.

I would agree with that policy if the rich had to return most of

their millions to the society that helped them flourish, rather than

passing it on to their lazy, drug-taking children.

Libertards / January 24, 2012
More Great Moments In Libertarian History: Ancient Sumerian Word For “Libertarian” Was “Deadbeat”, “Freeloader” (Updated!)
By Yasha Levine
Y’all have probably heard of the ancient Sumerian peoples and their penchant for spooky burial rituals and books like the Necronomicon Ex Mortis, which was penned in human blood and has the ability to raise the dead. But did you know they also cared deeply about liberty, freemarkets and private property rights?

Or at least that’s what the Liberty Fund, a libertarian moneybag outfit that bankrolls all sorts of Koch-linked youth-oriented baggertarian propaganda projects, would have you believe. In what must go down as the mother of all cuneiform-malapropisms, the Liberty Fund appropriated a weird looking Sumerian cuneiform symbol as its cult-logo, in what appears to be an attempt to prove that libertarianism is not just an ideology thought up by a bunch of rank 20th century oligarchs, but rather comes from an ancient small government tradition older than even Jesus. It goes back back to the dawn of civilization itself!

If you go onto one of the Liberty Fund’s project websites, the Library for Economics & Liberty, you’ll find this ancient cuneiform symbol at the footer of the home page:

The Liberty Fund-backed website goes on to explain that the significance of the amagi symbol goes deeper than just the word “liberty.” It represents the first popular struggle against big government tyranny:

Lagash was the site of the first recorded social-reform movement. Once considered a relatively free society of farmers, cattle breeders, boatmen, fishermen, merchants, and craftsmen, the Lagashites found that a change in political power had stripped them of their political and economic freedoms and subjected them to heavy taxation and exploitation by wealthy officials.

Sumerian historians believe that at this low point in Lagash’s history, Urukagina became the leader of the Sumerian city-state of Girsu/Lagash and led a popular movement that resulted in the reform of the oppressive legal and governmental structure of Sumeria. … On the tablets of the period is found the first written reference to the concept of liberty (amagi or amargi, literally, “return to the mother”), used in reference to the process of reform…

There’s only problem with Liberty Fund’s lesson in Sumerian history and language: the real meaning of the amagi cuneiform isn’t about abolishing “big government” or abolishing the Fed–nope, it’s about abolishing debts to free citizens from debt slavery. What the history-failures at Liberty Fund hilariously mistranslated was that the term “return to mother” is Sumerian-speak for “jubilee”–as in “debt forgiveness” or “freedom from debt.”