Natural Rights Vs. Legal Rights

What is the difference between natural rights and legal rights? Natural rights require no “law” to interpret – these are unalienable rights – like the right to life, to consume foods and products that one desires, and the right to protect one’s body and one’s property. Legal rights are those so deemed by various “legal” or “political” entities with a vested interest in what is best for the people living within that system – or so we would hope.

 

What happens when legal rights start to infringe upon natural rights? As you can see throughout history – the people living under legal rights that encroach upon their unalienable natural rights as humans – eventually stand up for themselves and revolt (peacefully and otherwise) against the legal system that is constraining their free actions as humans. Whether it is has been slavery, economic oppression, or disgusting acts killing millions of people because of their identity – the people who live under legal and political systems that take away humans’ basic natural rights – must try to stand up for themselves.

 

An interesting phenomena taking stage for the American people is this focus on food and substance issues at the federal level of government – e.g. food regulation and marijuana use – both of which are natural rights for the human being – the right to decide what to put into one’s body. It is our natural right to decide for ourselves what to consume and how to consume such. It is our natural right to make these choices for ourselves without the heavy hand of legal or political entities dictating how and when we consume such. The recent “regulation” of salt, sugar, raw milk, etc., as well as the relentless war against a plant that has not one proven death from overdose – is such a waste of time and focus for the American people who should be concentrating on the economic disaster at hand.

 

I would like to argue that the ability to create exchanges between one another – either as labor or as products – is a part of our natural rights. This ability to create exchanges amongst our communities is the basis for all civilization and therefore a natural right. Our current debt-monetary-system enslaves anyone who participates, as the fiat money supply (our Federal Reserve Notes) – is nothing but promises upon promises to pay banks back. Our “money” is nothing of substance or value – it is only debt. Therefore, the nature of winners and losers is created by elite, private, self-proclaimed authorities who control the value of the interest and the rate of the inflation. If we really want to be free – we must opt out of this system.

 

There are ways to do this, and I have been able to find several across the nation. The whole concept of exchange allows for individuals and communities to build and grow – the basis of all of this is the value of our labor.

Colorado Mountain Hours : http://mtnhours.com/

Ithaca Hours (New York): http://www.ithacahours.org/ and http://www.paulglover.org/hours.html

River Hours (Oregon) : http://riverhoursalternate.weebly.com/

Madison Hours (Wisconsin) : http://madisonhours.org/

 

 

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BANKING REFORM – Limited Purpose Banking

We will be continually promoting this concept that was brought to our attention from one of our readers – it is WE THE PEOPLE that will save this country.

Have you heard the term “limited purpose banking”?  It is a very simple, efficient, and honest means of getting our financial system back on the track of preserving YOUR money.  The concept?  All financial institutions change to operate strictly as “pass-through mutual-fund companies”(Bloomberg, 2010), where the investments can lost value, but the funds themselves can never fail.  Details about mutual-fund securities would be disclosed in real-time (giving the market valuable information to be able to make purchasing decisions).  This would also replace 115 federal and state financial regulatory bodies with ONE “Federal Financial Administration” to oversee limited-purpose-banking funds.

Create transparency, eliminate bureaucracy, and let the free-market work.  That is what I call smart and sustainable solutions to our banking industry.  Read more about it HERE.

– Tisha Casida

Access to Local Food

In an AP article, a phenomena and trend which has been taking shape for quite awhile, is highlighted.

That trend is the limited access to food in rural areas (e.g. grocery stores), and the reason has to do with economics.  Smaller operations are generally more costly to run, and larger operations who can utilize the benefits of economies of scale to offer products and services for a lower price – will be able to attract more customers who are looking for cost-savings (especially if facing bad economic conditions).

Government proposals will include spending initiatives, and there are grants and other opportunities for these small grocery stores to try and stay in business.  What is truly sustainable, though, would be for consumers to change their purchasing patterns.  Because if the demand is not there, you cannot subsidize it – it will simply not work in a free market (and we are assuming that we are keeping the free market that we have).

So, if you are reading this and are a consumer and want to make a difference – find local farmers, ranchers, and producers to support, and be willing to spend some extra money to keep them in business.  If we keep our local guys open, and help their businesses to thrive, then eventually we will actually see local food prices decrease, and the wonder and beauty of economics in a free market can once again be realized.

It will take time, it is not easy, and we must all work together.  But it is possible.

– Tisha Casida

WALK THE TALK – Support Local

It’s easy to tell people what they should do.  It’s easy to say what you are going to do.  But actually doing something is a whole other level, and the level that we need to be at to really make sustainable changes with anything.

Simply a rant against people who talk but don’t walk?  Perhaps.  Or perhaps a reminder that we all need a reminder to do things.

Supporting local means trying to source products and services from someone imediately in your community – meaning that person is alive and operating in that community.  A local farmer or gardener grows produce there, a local shop-keeper has items that he or she resells there, a local brewer makes their beer there, a publication houses writers and advertisers there.

It is hard to purchase everything local – so don’t try doing that.  To start, try one or two things, and then build as you go – that is generally more sustainable for those of us who work for a living.

It all starts somewhere, but it must start – we make the difference, and we must walk the talk.

– Owen Sotto

Principles of "Conservatism"

Being “conservative” can mean a lot of things – it is all up for the interpretation to the people who are discussing what it means – it is all in they eyes of the beholder.

Today’s “conservatives” are sometimes considered to be Republican, and often there are people in the Democratic party that are also deemed to be “conservative democrats”.

Concerning the topic of sustainability, sometimes also called the “green” movement, often those on the “Right” side of the isle will deem such a concept as a waste of time, or something not worth supporting (and supporting DOES NOT necessarily mean creating legislation for).  What is strange, is that the BASE of the word in conservative is CONSERVE.  The reason for this, is that not too long ago, those who were conservative, often-time republican, were those who recycled, limited expenses (including energy), and wanted to preserve their land and environment.

That is why it is crazy to group or lump people into categories or classifications – because most ALL OF US, at least all good Americans, want to see conservative principles – like those above.  Being conservative isn’t about being republican or being “green” – being conservative means to make choices that benefit one’s pocketbook, community, economy, and environment.

– Dixie Signum

BANKING REFORM – Limited Purpose Banking

We will be continually promoting this concept that was brought to our attention from one of our readers – it is WE THE PEOPLE that will save this country.

Have you heard the term “limited purpose banking”?  It is a very simple, efficient, and honest means of getting our financial system back on the track of preserving YOUR money.  The concept?  All financial institutions change to operate strictly as “pass-through mutual-fund companies”(Bloomberg, 2010), where the investments can lost value, but the funds themselves can never fail.  Details about mutual-fund securities would be disclosed in real-time (giving the market valuable information to be able to make purchasing decisions).  This would also replace 115 federal and state financial regulatory bodies with ONE “Federal Financial Administration” to oversee limited-purpose-banking funds.

Create transparency, eliminate bureaucracy, and let the free-market work.  That is what I call smart and sustainable solutions to our banking industry.  Read more about it HERE.

– Tisha Casida

Slow Money Alliance

Meet the Slow Food Alliance – an organization with an outstanding mission to build sustainable local food systems (which are inherently better for the economy).

Their Goal?

A million Americans investing 1% of their assets in local food systems…within a decade.

Their Reasoning?

In order to enhance food security, food safety and food access; improve nutrition and health; promote cultural, ecological and economic diversity; and accelerate the transition from an economy based on extraction and consumption to an economy based on preservation and restoration.

Their Method?

Have people sign onto their principles – you can access those HERE!

Want to Learn More?

Watch what they are working on via their BLOG, which you can find HERE!

We applaud the Slow Money Alliance in their efforts to educate our communities about the importance of supporting and maintaining sustainable food systems.  Please take the time to listen to what they are creating, and take action to support local food.

More Reasons to KNOW YOUR FARMER

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In an article from Bloomberg, producers are accusing and filing suit against Dean Foods (Dallas, Texas) and the Dairy Farmers of America (Kansas City, Missouri) for suppressing milk prices through controlling market access.

The economics behind this may or may not be complex, depending upon one’s political and social perspective.  So instead of arguing who is right or wrong (which will play out in court), let’s figure out how we can positively affect milk-companies that are producing a high-quality, safe, and nutritious product.

Here is one way – purchase milk shares from a local producer.  Have you researched if there is a dairy in your city/county?  Do you know if it is possible (or legal in the case of raw/unpasteurized milk) to purchase your milk and dairy products from someone locally?  Find Out!

Free-markets, which The Good American Post stands behind, are markets where consumers have access to information regarding what they are purchasing, and therefore can make an honest and informed judgment about what to purchase.

So, now you have some knowledge – KNOW YOUR FARMER, know who is raising those cows or goats that create your dairy products, and support the people who are making an honest living by providing a product you can feel good drinking and giving to your family.

– Joseph Poder

The Reinvention of Journalism?

Please take the time to read the FTC’s Discussion Draft on the “Reinvention of American Journalism”.

What you will find is the most ludicrous advance against the first amendment of all time, and the beauty of it is, that they are actually telling us that this is their plan.

The “challenges” that they (the FTC) face are that over 300 million Americans have potential access to information from millions of Americans via mediums like the Internet.  Proponents of a free market where consumer knowledge available in real-time is a matter of great efficiency, and what makes for a health and robust economy, not to mention the embracing of our first amendment rights (which is in effect, liberty and freedom), would say that there DOES NOT need to be any taxing/subsidizing/grant-giving from the government to our next generation of journalists.

Because, if the government is taxing/subsidizing/grant-giving, then it is arguable that they will have some type of “control” over who gets taxed/subsidized/awarded.  So, if Uncle Sam doesn’t like your journalism, then you will could be ran out of business.  This is NOT LETTING THE MARKET DECIDE – this is allowing the heavy hand of government to decide what information is taken, promoted, and disseminated.

In my opinion, that is what The Good American Post is the anti-thesis of, and we will stand behind protecting journalist’s rights to free speech as well as vehemently opposing any type of government-funding or intervention into the realms of journalism.

Reinvention of Journalism_FTC Discussion Draft – Please take the time to read this.

– Tisha Casida, Publisher

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