a weekly journal of local, national and international commentary from a
free market point of view.
Ayn Rand's best-seller
Atlas Shrugged embodies the underlying philosophy in
Where do we stand? The happiness of the
individual -- not the alleged public good, not a collectivist religion, and not the
collectivist welfare state -- is the goal of free individuals.
We posit as a given axiomatic primary that man is
inherently born free, obtaining his individual rights from the fact of his existence,
his very Nature, regardless of geographical birth, gender or heredity.
Based upon this given
philosophical principle, all individuals inherently obtain freedom of
speech, freedom of religion, freedom of voluntary association, freedom to their own minds and bodies, and all
corollary freedoms of voluntary economic exchange. Individual
freedoms are individual rights obtained at birth, not from any government. Individual rights are defined as
rights to voluntarily give or exchange, not rights to receive from others by coercion
or fraud or democratic majority rule.
Based upon individual
freedom, the only legitimate form of government that can be created
without violating individual rights is a limited constitutional republic.
The function of all legitimate governments is to protect individual rights. The only
legitimate form of economic organization that can be created without violating
individual rights and freedom is laissez-faire capitalism with no special
interest groups receiving special consideration from government. Any other form
of government or economic organization must result in a logical contradiction and thus
violate the individual's inherent rights and freedoms.
We, therefore, reject
the notion that individuals are not born free. We reject the notion that
obtain their freedoms and rights from another individual or collection of
individuals whether that collective is a government, a religion, the so-called
public good, society, or any other collectivist group.
reject today's philosophy of altruism or self-sacrifice as the highest ideal for
individuals. We reject the notion that the individual must exist as a sacrificial animal for
any other individual, the collectivist state, religion,
or any other collectivist organization. We reject today's philosophy of
collectivist statism as the highest social order. We reject today's
philosophy of anti-capitalism, whether it's called socialism, fascism,
communism, or a mixed economy -- as a moral form of economics.
We reject today's philosophy
of "rights to receive" from others by force or fraud such as taxation by the
government to redistribute any individual's legitimately earned wealth. We reject
today's notion that everyone has the right to receive services or commodities
from everybody else, thus creating involuntary servitude of one person to
basis for the weekly commentary in FreeMarketDuck.com is: (1) inherent
individual freedom obtained at birth, (2) a limited
constitutional government as protector of individual rights, and (3) free market capitalism
as the only moral economic order.
Sep 2002, FreeMarketDuck.com began as a satirical humor site and quickly moved into
the # 1 position out of 7,800 humor sites at
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weekly periodical of free
commentary for Boise, Idaho in particular, and state, national, and international
commentary in general. In the Fall of 2006, FreeMarketDuck.com retained
its free market commentary function and added a forum for writing including
non-fiction, novels, screenplays, marketing, and other forms of communication.
With a population of
450,000 in Boise's Treasure Valley, the only other major newspapers available
are decidedly Left Liberal. Our goal is to provide an
alternative view, a free market interpretation of current events, for intelligent readers in
Idaho as well as to our national and increasing international audience. No
murders, no robberies, no car crashes, and no socialist editorial opinions.
Only kick-ass free market commentary about what's going on in the Boise
metropolitan area, Idaho, and the nation and globe in general: from
Education, Health Care, Money & the Federal Reserve to what's happening in the
Idaho State Legislature and U.S. Government and how
it affects you.
As a corollary to
individual rights and free market news commentary, Free Market Duck corporation
publishes investigative journalism in the form of books such as
Boise's Watergate: University Place & All The
Governor's Men and Bread and Circuses: The
Politician's Primer, both available at major online bookstores such
only soccer, the thinking person's "chess on grass." Baseball (yawn)
is boring, basketball is too easy (317-316), football requires a Harvard Law degree to
interpret the rules, and golf is too slowww (ho-hum Z-Z-Z-snore). Ice hockey
is boxing on ice. Boxing? We don't report sports whose
goal is to dislodge another person's brain by purposefully
inflicting cerebral hemorrhages called "knock-outs" -- except for commentary to
ban this stupid sport.
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