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Personal liberty is deteriorating, the economy is on life support and can flat line any day now, governments around the world are getting crushed by debt, and it’s all getting worse at an exponential rate. Out of these circumstances Sovereign Man was born, and since 2009 we’ve scoured the globe for information, solutions and contacts that help individuals and companies rise above the problematic politics of bankrupt nation states and the fraudulent and fragile financial system by diversifying elements of their lives across national borders. The Sovereign Man podcast covers everything from offshore banking and second passports to finance, frontier investing and international living.
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088: The dangerous, false logic of “Common Sense”
On the morning of May 18, 1927 in Bath Township, Michigan, a 55-year old municipal worker named Andrew Kehoe used a timed detonator to set off a bomb he had planted at the local school.
Kehoe was Treasurer of the School Board, so he had unfettered access to the school.
According to friends and neighbors, he was having personal issues with his wife (who he had murdered days prior) and extreme financial difficulties. He was also severely disgruntled about having lost a local election the previous autumn.
Whatever his reasons, Kehoe took out his rage on the 38 schoolchildren he killed that day.
It remains the deadliest attack on a school in US history.
Sadly, it wasn’t the first-- there were numerous reports of school shootings throughout the 1800s and before.
And as we all know too well, it wouldn’t be the last.
Last week’s shooting in Florida is another tragic stain in the pages of US history. And it’s completely understandable that emotions are running high now.
People are demanding action. They want their government to “do something.”
The problem, of course, is what we’ve been talking about so far this year in our daily conversations: emotional decisions tend to be bad decisions-- and that includes public policy.
We keep hearing the phrase “Common Sense Gun Laws,” for example.
And that certainly sounds reasonable. Who could possibly be against common sense?
[As an aside, I do wonder why “common sense” is only reserved for the gun control debate. Why doesn’t anyone demand common sense airport security? Or a common sense federal budget?]
But it’s never quite so simple.
Many of these “common sense” solutions are emotional reactions.
As an example, the Florida shooter in last week’s tragedy is only 19 years old. So now one of the proposals being tossed around is to have a minimum age limit to be able to purchase a firearm.
I suppose if the shooter happened to have been 70 years old, people would be talking about having a maximum age limit instead.
Yet neither of these “common sense solutions” really solves the problem.
A big part of this is because no one really knows what’s causing the problem to begin with.
We know that there are far too ma
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