9 definitions by Thomas Liberty Paine

Fascism is the end result of capitalism without liberty. It is an autocratic system used by people who have large amounts of power or capital to protect their self-interests from communism or populist events surrounding economic depressions.
Fascism is capitalism plus murder. - Upton Sinclair

Fascism is capitalism in decay. - Vladimir Lenin
by Thomas Liberty Paine August 10, 2008
A slang term for the British labour party. They follow in lock step with the Republicans of the United States in both policy and politics.
NuLabor and NeoCons everywhere but not a decent soul in sight.
by Thomas Liberty Paine August 12, 2008
Liberty is philosophy that entranced several generations and was built around the concept of a social contract, a document that all men would respect on common consent akin to a gentleman’s handshake agreement. The contract itself was designed to ensure the greatest amount of freedom for all mankind as long as those bound by the contract respected and defended it.

Liberty itself demands certain aspects from a community in order for it to function, which are often mentioned in the tripartite motto, “Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity”.

Liberty is based on egalitarian principles, not because it is simply a moral standard to adhere too, but is a logical necessity for the survival of liberty itself. In a situation where you have masters and slaves liberty is unable to survive because people are seen as inferior or superior and thus undermines the social contract by the natural abuse of such relationships. This eroding of liberty through authoritarian relationships then goes on to fight over the balance of power in government as they attempt to control government for the benefit of themselves at the expense of others.

The balance of power designed into the US constitution is based on the philosophy of liberty in that neither the strong, nor the weak should harm one another but live together in peace and use government as a means of defending each others individual freedom to the utmost level.

One of the greatest lies of this age is that capitalism is liberty and necessary for liberty. This is incorrect, Liberty is the foundation of which trade and production can flourish with our without any ideological construct of capitalism. Liberty only works so long as everyone treats one another with the golden rule of respect and the balance of power between all parties remains intact.

It is understood that in a society that respects liberty the strong have a duty to protect the weak, in order to maintain justice for all. A society that preys upon the weak will not long have liberty or justice.

Within the bounds of the social contract it is the duty of all people to defend that agreement with one another and protect each other’s freedom.

The philosophy of liberty isn’t pure freedom but based on attempt to move towards the greatest amount of freedom for individuals within a society. The contract is essential as it is designed in an attempt to balance respect of all individuals so that we have freedom for without it the tyranny of freedom reigns. When an individual has absolute freedom it becomes tyranny and results in the action of might makes right.
Capitalism didn’t make this country great, Liberty did!

When people respect liberty there is no need to worry about capitalism, trade and production will take care of itself.

“Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.”, Thomas Paine in Common Sense

"An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.", Thomas Paine and the First Principles of Government

"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.", Thomas Jefferson

"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.", Thomas Jefferson

"It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.", Thomas Jefferson

"Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.", Thomas Jefferson
by Thomas Liberty Paine August 10, 2008
First you create a set of measures to define merit and then you promote those individuals which rate the highest on the measuring stick.

The term meritocracy gained strong usage in society with the wealthy after Michael Young's publishing of the book, The Rise of the Meritocracy.
This is my meritocratic measuring stick. It fits me perfectly and thus I am the greatest of you all.

Down with meritocracy
The man who coined the word four decades ago wishes Tony Blair would stop using it
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2001/jun/29/comment
by Thomas Liberty Paine August 12, 2008
Meritocracy is often a fancy word for fascism.
Our eugenics program proclaims I am of greater merit than you and that is why I lead and you follow.

In meritocracy only those who believe they are the most deserving rule.
by Thomas Liberty Paine August 10, 2008
The lawyer known as Cheney's Cheney. The man who uses his knowledge of law and politics to assist the republicans in undermining the constitutional government of the United States. People claim he has no sense of right or wrong and follows any and all orders without question for Dick Cheney.

In political circles he is known as a knife fighter. He is brutal politician that runs things from behind the scenes and prefers absolute secrecy to his movements.

Possibly one of the most dangerous and powerful non-elected citizen of the United States.
“It’s Addington,” Mayer quotes Powell. “He doesn’t care about the Constitution.”

David S. Addington’s admirers have remarked on his ruthlessness as a political warrior.
by Thomas Liberty Paine August 12, 2008
What simply is.

Understanding the world around us is something often difficult to discuss or even completely understand. Almost all-human understanding is composed of symbol sets designed to measure and then define the world and human experience. The symbols are not truth, but what they are attempting to measure is true reality.

Calculus and other forms of mathematics are symbol sets that represent tools for measuring aspects of our true reality. We know these symbol sets work from experiential knowledge, not simply symbolic manipulation.

The scientific method is a reasoned way of attempting to find and catalogue the truth. With reproducible experiential tests we can come to understand if our symbolic measurements actually represent truth.

The concept that truth will set you free mentioned in the Bible is actually ironically true. Belief is the opposite of truth and truth itself breaks down all belief. Truth does not respect belief nor does it need belief to function because it simply is. Truth is what will always exist even if there is no existence. Truth is the beginning and the end and everything. Truth is rare for us to understand but it is also always present and always available.

The truth is amazing because it simply is. Truth isn’t something we can know; it is something we have to experience.

That is often why experience is considered of greater value than academics. Because an experienced person has worked with reality to create, design, produce and solve problems. An Academic though often focuses on the symbol set manipulation and lacks experiential knowledge for true understanding of what is reality versus fictional representations of abstract concepts.
There is only one thing that exists in all the universe, it is the truth and nothing but the truth.

Science is the measuring stick of truth. Science is not the truth, but it is our tool to measure the truth.
by Thomas Liberty Paine August 12, 2008