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Introduction to the QS Platform

The QuestionableSource platform articulates our vision of an ideal government consistent with the QS Principles.

The New World was a void into which the most ambitious ideas of the Western Enlightenment could be applied without the baggage of European institutions.  It was on American soil that immigrants came together and asked the simple question: how can we build the world’s greatest government?  Despite their diverse philosophies, divergent economic interests and disparate geographic locations, the founding fathers came together around one issue: limiting government.  America’s founders knew that government, like all institutions, loses focus on its founding mission and becomes increasingly concerned with it’s own survival and growth.

Over the course of the last two centuries, the Federal Government has traveled the well worn path towards empire, growing steadily as it pressured Americans to exchange individual liberty for centralized power.  This power has been used to make the Federal Government an integral part of everyday life: from business operation to education, health care to recreational choices, our government’s growth would surely frighten the authors of our Constitution.

The intention of our founding fathers was to make sure the American people remained free.  The greatest threat to freedom does not come from the threat of violence; it comes from the promise of plenty.  When government promises to provide for people, it diminishes the value of the concept of freedom.  Why would an individual struggle to find their own path and improve themselves if they could live the life of a fat slave?

The Federal Government isn’t interested in instilling in the American people a love of authentic freedom.  Indeed, after two centuries of expansion, it’s clear that the Federal Government wants us all to believe that the concept of liberty is as antiquated as the paper upon which our Constitution was written.

Government: People with Guns
Government is an organization of people who have a monopoly on the legitimate use of force. This means that the Government has the right to coerce you with the threat of imprisonment or death.  Such an organization is perfectly structured to perform the essential task of keeping the peace internally (by administering a system of justice) and externally (by defending the integrity of our national borders) but just as a hammer is too clumsy an instrument to mend people, government is too clumsy an instrument to mend society.  The fact of the matter is that we don’t want the people with the guns running our education systems, providing us with health care, certifying our plumbers or performing any task that we could do ourselves.

Community: People with Words
Communities don’t have the right to coerce people with the threat of physical harm, but they do have the right to use the tools of social coercion.  Indeed, it was the forces of compassion and social coercion that compelled individuals to self-organize and finance the many thousands of diverse philanthropic institutions (nonprofit, for-profit, religious) that provided countless Americans with health and education services before the income tax was established during The First World War.

The forces of compassion and social coercion have the strength to finance philanthropic health and education services superior to those run by the government, but the government, like any competitive organization, works to prevent competition from entering the market by levying high taxes on the people and creating complex regulations with high compliance costs.  These tactics, and others, have successfully prevented private philanthropic services from competing with the government and allowed the government to continue to grow in size and scope.  While advancements in technology, especially the internet, have made the dream of privately run universal health care and education attainable, Federal programs continue to expand into the space, preventing that dream from becoming a reality.

QS Platform
The QS Platform presents a set of policy proposals that will allow people to organize themselves so they can provide their own communities with the social services necessary for the existence of a compassionate society.  We believe that the internet enables people to organize so effectively that, when properly used, it will eliminate the need for government intervention in our everyday lives.  In other words, the internet will allow us to construct the classically liberal society of all our dreams.

We believe that all humans are compelled by nature to self-actualize.  We also believe that a perfectly free market operates under the same rules that govern natural evolution.  Like blowing wind or surging water, man-made structures can channel the natural, evolutionary force of the free market into unnatural arraignments that transform the  liberation of voluntary exchange into a coercive relationship of dependency and oppression.  This ‘channeled’ free market is the one critics of capitalism complain about, but these critics don’t realize that only government -only the people with guns- are capable of building structures that channel the forces of the market into inequitable arrangements.  Our mission is to liberate the free market from these unnatural structures so that individuals and communities can participant in a perfect marketplace that compels each of us to achieve our full potential.

First Steps
1. Replace the Income Tax with The Fair Tax (consumption tax)
2. Place the Federal Reserve under the authority of the Legislative Branch
3. Provide health care and education vouchers to every American.
4. Enact a Carbon Tax that finances a Green Energy Subsidy
Coming Soon: Positions on the Economy and Taxes, Health Care, Education, Foreign Policy and States Rights.

Who is Ron Paul and Why Do We Need Him?

Dr. Ron Paul, a 73 year old Republican Congressman from Texas, is injecting the principles of individual liberty and limited government back into the Republican Party.  His belief that personal freedom is of paramount importance because it is “the only way to spread compassion” is resonating with Americans from all over the political spectrum and aligning disenchanted Ralph Nader liberals and marginalized Goldwater conservatives behind a vision of weaker government and stronger communities.

It’s popular these days to blame our current economic problems on an ‘out of control free-market’ but Dr. Paul sees things differently.  He sees a world in which the Federal Government and multinational corporations have taken unprecedented control of our economy and society, suppressing our economic freedoms and individual liberty.  Our money supply is constantly manipulated and inflated by a clandestine central bank, our schools are controlled by a massive Federal bureaucracy and nearly every profession, from plumber to barber to lawyer to cook, is heavily regulated by a plethora of government agencies.  Our problems, Dr. Paul contends, come from our complicated, and often corrupt, government restrictions on economic freedom as well as a willful neglect of our Constitution by politicians without principle.

Ron Paul explains his simple yet inspiring political philosophy of freedom, free markets and community engagement in his splendid (and extremely popular) Talk @ Google, delivered when he was running for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2008.  His thorough understanding of Austrian free market economics and unshakable faith in the US Constitution are refreshing and contagious.

In our majority rules culture, alternative thinkers are often marginalized.  Dr. Paul qualifies.  The mainstream media laughs at him for attacking sacred cows like the Federal Reserve Bank and his party ignored his vehement opposition to invading Iraq.  Despite virtually zero media coverage and no GOP support, Ron Paul’s candidacy for President, which he assumed at the onset would go unnoticed, was amplified by self-organized grassroots supporters on the internet.   This decentralized group of supporters completely unaffiliated with the campaign “set a one-day GOP record by raising $4.3 million on the Internet from 38,000 donors on Nov. 5 – Guy Fawkes Day.”

The first of many grassroots money bombs did not garner the mainstream media spotlight but Dr. Paul’s first performance in the Republican debates did.  He won MSNBC’s online poll  a wide margin.  Since he wasn’t anointed by the media as a ‘legitimate’ candidate before that debate, most commentators assumed the poll was an anomaly.  When Dr. Paul nearly won the second debate, commentators were visibly shocked and openly hostile towards him. When polls showed he overwhelmingly won the third debate the media still couldn’t understand what was going on, as this CNN results page shows.   Despite his amazing debate performances and top tier fund raising Paul never received the TV air time necessary to become a mainstream candidate.

Things change.  Ever since the economy collapsed in the way Dr. Paul had predicted over a decade ago, he has enjoyed more exposure on financially focused news shows. While he’s still painted as a quirky commentator, his words continue to win support which he uses to strengthen his political movement: the Campaign for Liberty. This organization is quickly, quietly and patiently building a grassroots political network that advances the philosophy of libertarianism within the GOP.  The mainstream GOP has noticed Paul’s success and has tried to steal some of his movement’s successful political tactics.  In 2008, Paul supporters celebrating the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party by raising money bombs.  The mainstream GOP though this was a great idea and, on Tax Day, created ‘tea bagger’ parties to protest taxes.  They succeeded in polluting one of his movement’s symbols and becoming the laughing stock of liberals and the mainstream media.  Ralph Nader, the uber-liberal, wasn’t laughing.  He and Dr. Paul are in constant contact and have signed an agreement on principles. The far-right and far-left are unifying around the idea of restraining an out of control, imperial Federal government.

Barack Obama has neutralized the ‘culture war’ rhetoric and defeated the tactics of the mainstream GOP, leaving the Republicans with virtually no other relevant leaders except for  Dr. Paul.  His decades long dedication to small, constitutionally restrained government is the best platform an opposition party can stand on to oppose Obama’s policy of larger, more engaged government.  A renewed focus on limited government and decentralized power is creating a political realignment worth celebrating.

Studies show that most Americans agree about the sociey they want to live in but disagree about the way to create that society.  This is a healthy disagreement that should be the focus of our nation’s political debate:  what should the government do and what should the government leave undone?  This debate that has been raging in America, either overtly or covertly, for centuries.  Despite our irresponsible media’s amazing ability to avoid the question, people are still wondering aloud who should hold the power: central institutions such as the Federal government or decentralized ones like individuals, families, communities and states.  A competition between the principled ideas of the progressive, big-government Obama and the libertarian, limited-government Paul will produce a fantastic discourse and a stronger nation.