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The Truth About Black Lives Matter

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The truth is that Black lives do matter. So do White, Asian, Middle Eastern, Indian, and African lives. All lives matter.

Civil disobedience has been used by the likes of Ghandi, Rosa Parks, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to advance equality for those suffering unfair treatment. The difference with these fighters for human rights, however, is that although they broke the law they were not violent.

BLM is based on a violent fallacy. BLM originated out of the shooting of Micheal Brown in Furguson, MO. The media promoted the idea that Michael Brown was a gentle giant who had his hands up and was asking not to be shot by Darin Wilson. When the facts of the case came out it was revealed that he had an extensive juvenile criminal record, had committed a robbery that night, and was attempting to beat and disarm a policeman who had not yet exited his vehicle.  Black Lives Matter (BLM) was born out of an event where a police officer defended himself against a thug.

BLM continues to be a violent group more concerned about making a political statement than advancing the lives of suffering black people.  We see BLM protesters destroying private property.  We see BLM attacking people who are not black.  It’s very difficult to associate a group with a struggle for equality between the races when you see them kicking in a window and carrying a TV out.  Apparently the theft of a television advances equality between the races.

BLM is racist.  For the last 50 or so years in the United States racism has predominately referred to white racism.  It has focused only the struggle between white and black people.  It has completely ignored any historical accounts of any other forms of racism that have occurred across the globe.  Because of this laser focus on only white racism there is a simple test that can be conducted to determine if a black group is racist; replace black with white.

Our family was sitting in the St. Louis airport about six months ago waiting to depart.  My daughter saw a wall display in the snack store where about fifty copies of Ebony magazine were on the wall.  She asked me what it was.  I said it was a magazine that focused primarily on black issues and primarily featured black people in the magazine.  I told her that ebony was a dark color between brown and black.  I told her it was racist.  She asked me to elaborate.  I then asked her what she would think if there was a magazine called Ivory, which is a color approaching white, that primarily focused on caucasian people to the exclusion of other races.  She’s only in 8th grade but she’s a very smart girl.  She immediately understood.  Now, imagine if you will WLM.  White Lives Matter.  Immediately racist images of the KKK appear and they should because it’s racist.

BLM fails in its message.  Because BLM engages in violence any message they may be trying to get across fails.  The focus becomes the use of violence by BLM.  After that, most intelligent people don’t care what they have to say.  Terrorist groups use violence to get their message across.  Smart civil rights groups change the world with nonviolent civil disobedience.

BLM also fails in it message because it’s a racist group that doesn’t really care about black violence against other black people.  If BLM took five minutes to look into crime where blacks are victims they would realize that the vast majority of it is committed by black people.  There are many social reasons for this but the fact still remains that we have a problem in the USA with blacks killing blacks but BLM doesn’t care about that.

I would love to live in a country where crime rates across the races are equal.  I’d love to live where my friends of different races suffer the same statistical rate of violent crimes as my race does.  If BLM wants to advance the position of blacks in the USA, and it’s not apparent they do,  they need to step down off the police cars, put on a coat and tie, and learn how to engage in effective civil disobedience instead of domestic terrorism.

The Broken Window Fallacy

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If I were king for a day the one book that would be mandatory reading for the 535 people I despise most would be Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt.  Sadly, I’m a libertarian.  I don’t force people to do things unless I’m defending myself.  Not even congress.

Hazlitt’s book, written in 1946, reads like it was written yesterday.  I have explained portions of the book to liberals and they have told me it’s just another right wing author trying to attack President Obama.  I usually get a confused blank stare when I explain that the book was published more than a decade before his birth.

Economics is One Lesson is an easy read based on an essay written by Frederic Bastiat in 1850 called “Ce qu’on voit et ce qu’on ne voit pas” or for people who share my ability with French  “What is Seen and What is Not Seen.”

The basic fallacy goes roughly like this:

A bakery shop owner has one of his windows broken out and now has to get it repaired.  It costs him $100.  People are standing around watching the repair and one person comments about how it’s actually good for the economy.  The person replacing the glass now has a job.  They will earn money.  The people who manufactured the window will earn money.  The people who distributed the window will earn money.  They will spend some of the money they earn.  The entire economy will be enriched by the broken window.  That’s what is seen and it’s all true.  But, what is not seen is never considered.  What is not seen is that the baker was planning on using that $100 to buy each of his children a pair of shoes.  The shoe manufacture would have earned money and on and on.  Now, instead, he has to replace the window and the old shoes will have to last a while longer.  So, what exists now and is seen is a window.  What is not seen is that had the window not been broken out in the first place a window and two pairs of shoes would have existed instead.

Economics is about the real goods and services that are available to us.  In the case of the broken window less is now available.  Hazlitt then goes on to cover many other parts of basic economics in terms any high school student can understand.  As libertarians we don’t force others to do things.  But, if you only read one book during your lifetime on economics I beg you to consider this one.

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