Libertarians in Thailand

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Libertarian Quotes – Promoting Freedom and Limited Government

A collection of quotes

Libertarian Quotes

(in no particular order)

A quotation at the right moment is like bread to the famished. – Anonymous

  1. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul, can always count on the support of Paul. – George Bernard Shaw
  2. America needs fewer laws, not more prisons. – James Bovard
  3. War is just one more big government program. – Joseph Sobran
  4. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. – John Adams (1814)
  5. They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin
  6. One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation. – Thomas B. Reed (1886)
  7. If you are not free to choose wrongly and irresponsibly, you are not free at all. – Jacob Hornberger (1995)
  8. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. – P.J. O’Rourke
  9. The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates. – Tacitus
  10. Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. – George Washington Continue reading

August 30, 2010 Posted by | Information | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Most people prefer ‘none of the above’ – a Libertarian Party is welcome?

In the news today we can read a editorial titled ‘Most people prefer ‘none of the above‘. it is about the fact that 61.8 per cent said that they don’t want to approve or disapprove of the current government. Perhaps since they don’t like the government but are also afraid of the ‘options’.

Can we perhaps see a rise of a true Libertarian party in the near future?

August 19, 2010 Posted by | Editorial | , , | Leave a comment

MICT orders block of access against WikiLeaks website

In yet another attempt to stifle free speech and an open debate about the ailments and possible solutions in Thailand, yet another website has been blocked from access from within the country.

MICT today announces that it is blocking WikiLeaks due to national security concerns over the site’s content.

Thai authorities have used their emergency powers to block domestic access to the WikiLeaks whistleblower website on security grounds, a government official said Wednesday.

The order came from the government unit set up to oversee the response to political unrest that rocked the nation’s capital earlier this year, a spokeswoman for the Information and Communication Technology Ministry said.

“Access to this website has been temporarily suspended under the 2005 emergency decree,” she said.

While the enforcement is sporadic at ISP level (some allowing users to access the front page, some cannot handle the user going directly against the site without a DNS-lookup and others forget to block the mirrors or alternative addresses) it is clear that the reported 500 sites the MICT block per day is not only affecting ‘obscure’ or ‘unknown’ sites. It does and will affect major sites and even more so in the future when the MICT and the government will become more and more brave in their attempt to control exactly what kind of information the population should have access to.

Do you part, contact your ISP and protest their enforcement of the MICT block-list. Contact your MP and demand that any and all blocks be subject to a judicial hearing with proper and transparent ways of demanding unblocks in case of altered content or falsely flagged content blocks.

One day we might even be able to push them towards having no blocks at all…imagine that. A beacon of openness and free speech to other countries.

August 18, 2010 Posted by | Editorial | , , , , | Leave a comment

Libertarian t-shirts

We have t-shirt web-shop running now with some Libertarian t-shirts etc. Click here to go there.

We also have some t-shirts with a more Thai political slant.

August 12, 2010 Posted by | Information | , , , | Leave a comment

Couple is sentenced for selling Mickey Mouse bags – death to IP laws

We could today read an opinion piece called ‘Second Thought on Piracy Crackdown’ regarding a small shop being ordered to pay 30k baht in penalty for selling 4 bags with Mickey Mouse logos. The article however misses the point, and that is that IP legislation in its foundation is unjust and should be abolished.

I would recommend a read over at ‘The Death Throes of Pro-IP Libertarianism‘.

August 5, 2010 Posted by | External posts | , , | Leave a comment

Thailand continue to cover for substandard industries by using protectionism

In the news we read that Thailand to remove alcohol, tobacco from FTA. Is anyone surprised?

Ignore their mentioned reason, as there is no limit on the amount of crappy Thai whisky being sold in the nation, as it is just a paper-reason.

The real reason is pure and simple: protectionism.

The government is taking cues from their friends in the oligopolistic internal market that fear quality products to market prices, as it undercuts their substandard products. Profit is threatened so they pick up the phone and call their friends in the government. Policy for sale. Corporatism in action.

And it is the population that suffers.

August 3, 2010 Posted by | Editorial | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Thai prisons are bursting with drug offenders’

News-post in the TV-forum reports that Thai prisons are bursting with drug offenders. So up to 60% of the people in prison are in there due to drug usage or dealing. And these are a drop in the ocean of all users in the nation.

When will this government, and the once before that did summary executions of low level drug dealers, realize that they will not solve the issue with a ‘War on drugs’?

How many generations must be lost?

August 3, 2010 Posted by | Editorial | , , | Leave a comment