[Editor's Note: The following post is by TDV contributor, Wendy McElroy]
How do you know when the content of a nation's character is bankrupt? One way is to examine the dynamic symbols that embody its character and which shift in reaction to circumstance. These symbols are often found within literature and other cultural expressions.
You might have noticed that the world didn't end on December 21, 2012. I suppose this is as good a time as any to reveal that I am obsessed with cute cat pictures and absolutey adore "Tard" the Grumpy Cat. So here's a pic to sum up today's sentiments on the glaring lack of an apocalypse...
Hello from the San Marco district in Venice, Italy,
I've been in a different country, by car, every day now for the last 5 days straight. Starting in Dresden, Germany, then on to Prague, Czech Republic, then Vienna, Austria... then one night in Ljubljana, Slovenia. And, finally, Venice.
Welcome to the penultimate Feedback Friday of 2012, and so far it looks like the Mayans were wrong...which means that the fight for your freedom and liberty, and release from the clutches of the state continues. So, as 2013 approaches, your questions abound in search of a better life. Thanks, as always, for writing in and contributing to the discourse.
[Editor’s Note: The following post is by TDV contributor, Wendy McElroy]
Oh so quietly, the Obama Administration has removed embarrassing data from the public eye. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) no longer provides information on tax migration within the US. There was no announcement from either the IRS or the Census Bureau, which co-operates in compiling data. The reports have simply ceased.
[Editor's Note: The following post is by TDV contributor, Justin O'Connell]
As The New Yorker puts it, gun control is being taken to the streets. The US government will capitalize on every opportunity it can to ensure that stricter gun regulations are put into place. Right down the pipe, in the wake of a disgusting tragedy in Connecticut, the government is looking to implement controls as early as January 1st, 2013. Already WalMart has discontinued ads for guns and Dick’s Sporting Goods has stopped selling assault rifles altogether. The private equity firm that owns the manufacturer or the high-powered assault rifle used in the Connecticut shooting has announced it would sell off its subsidiary.
[Editor’s Note: The following piece is by TDV Editor, Gary Gibson]
Like every well-adjusted human being, I love getting stuff. I love being able to shell out the money I've won or earned and participate in the market system that keeps producing all sorts of goodies that constantly improve the quality of material life.
Oh, the irony. One of the top providers of passports in the world, myself (TDV Passports), has been having trouble getting a passport for his own daughter!
As you may recall, two weeks ago, I spoke of all my troubles at the slave processing center (passport office) trying to get permission from criminals to allow my 6-year-old daughter to travel. Then, last week I told you that by this time this week I'll be writing to you from Europe.