Monday, August 20, 2012

Fundraiser time

(I'm pinning this to the top, so look below for the new stuff for a few days. Thanks.)

I need some money. However, I'm not asking for donations. What I am asking is that you buy things from me if you want them.

Or, if you feel so inclined, and you believe there is value in what I write, you could pay me for that. Whatever you believe my writings are worth to you.

If you are struggling or short of money I don't want any money from you. Only if you have "extra money", whatever that might mean to you, should you ever pay me for my writing. I don't want your kid to do without a single water balloon because of me.

If you don't think my blog is worth reading, or at least not worth paying for, I don't want your money.

I don't want welfare, and in this case I don't even want charity.

All I'm asking is that if you believe there is value- for YOU- in what I write, and you think you should pay me for it even though you can get it for free, then pay me what you think you should. If you can, without causing hardship to yourself. If you can't afford to pay, or you don't believe you should- for any reason at all- then please don't send a cent.



Sticking points

There are some pretty interesting groups out there I can't join, even though I otherwise would, because of just a couple of disagreements. It is the difference between a "liberty-supporting conservative" and a libertarian.

I got an invitation to join one such online group a couple of days ago that I was initially going to join, but their website had a couple things I can't agree to. For example: "We support bringing all U.S. Troops home, from overseas bases, and placing them in our homeland, to secure OUR borders."

Bring the "troops" home, by all means. But then let them find real jobs, paid for economically, not politically. And don't use them for political purposes. I secure MY borders just fine (without using people paid with stolen money) and I will help others do the same, but I don't recognize any collective "borders" like the ones the US government insists are real (and is willing to kill over). That one little problem prevented me from clicking "agree".

Well, there's another one. "We don't support Darwinism..." What is "Darwinism"? If they mean the science of evolution by natural selection over geological periods of time, well, it doesn't matter whether you "support" it or not. Just like gravity, it will keep on doing what it does with or without your support or approval. Now, if they mean "Social Darwinism" of the type advocated by genocidal collectivists, I would agree to refusing to support that, but that isn't what it says.

Another issue I have is the repetition of the terms "American"/"Americans". Rights are not dependent upon "citizenship" or where you were born. An Afghan shepherd has the exact same fundamental human rights that an American neurosurgeon has- no more and no less. Whether the local mafia/state recognizes those rights or not is a different issue, as is the issue of whether an occupying force of invaders respects your rights.

So, while I wish the organization all the best and I support most of its goals, and may even promote them in some ways, those sticking points mean I can't honestly join them "officially".

I'm still waiting for a group based upon the Covenant of Unanimous Consent.