(This cartoon was originally from August of 2009. Click on cartoon to enlarge.)
Sheldon Richman says that our justice system is a product of State arrogation and a repudiation of individualism.
Ilana Mercer says that the Anti-Federalists prophesied the end of freedom.
CNS says that 41% of new jobs in November were in government. (Therefore, those are illegitimate new jobs.)
Eric Margolis says that U.S. in Afghanistan is an example of British Imperialism 101.
And William Grigg wants to know what’s wrong with police in Iceland. So do I, quite frankly.
Regarding Nelson Mandela and apartheid, Mondoweiss provides some insight on the unspoken alliance between Israel and apartheid South Africa. And regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Philip Giraldi says that the Palestinians lose again.
Daniel McAdams at the LewRockwell.com blog comments on an article in Reason, Ronald Baily’s call for “coercive” vaccinations. This goes with Cato’s recent article calling for mandatory national service, and Cato’s recent “libertarian case for a basic income.”
So, are they passing some kind of drug around to “libertarians” in Washington now? Some kind of “support aggression and coercion” drug? Apparently so.
But that is not what I wanted to discuss here, as I just don’t have time. But regarding Daniel McAdams’s comments on the Reason article calling for “coercive” vaccinations, the Daily Sheeple had an article recently focusing on a very recent study that showed that parents refusing their kids to get vaccinated are not responsible for the rise in occurrences of whooping cough. The study showed that it is actually the vaccine itself. The vaccine apparently does protect those who get the vaccine from the disease, but it doesn’t prevent the vaccinated from becoming infected, and thus they, the vaccinated, are still capable of spreading the disease.
But Ronald Baily of Reason wants to push for “coercively” vaccinating everybody. I’m sure there are many non-”libertarians” who also want to do that, based on ignorance, fear and panic.
By the way, Michael Alford recently wrote about his experiences with their pediatrician attempting to enforce mandatory vaccine policy. You would think that a “doctor” would see that boys do not need the HPV vaccine. And you would think that a “doctor” might know about the other crap ingredients contained in many vaccines now which are especially not good for a child’s developing brain. So how many vaccines are the schools poisoning the kids with now? 20? 25? It used to be only 3 or 4.
The truth is, keeping yourself healthy, making sure you have plenty of nutritional intake each day with additional vitamins and supplements, and not doing unhealthy things such as smoking, will keep your immune system strong and act as a much better defense against illnesses better than vaccines ever could.
Here is Josie the Outlaw‘s message to police:
In Death by Methodological Individualism, Wendy McElroy discusses the State as a mystical institution made up of individuals who are allowed to live by a standard of behaviors different from everyone else in society. It is exactly in that process by which the State’s existence acts inherently against liberty.
Chuck Baldwin lectures other pastors and church goers on natural law, which they apparently don’t understand.
Bill Buppert writes about taxation and slavery.
James Bovard asks, Where’s the body count from shootings by the police?
Ron Paul writes on the situation with Iran.
Jacob Hornberger writes on the futility of the U.S. government’s continuing occupation of Afghanistan, and the CIA and U.S. military’s continued murders of innocent civilians there.
And besides the innocents murdered in Afghanistan by U.S. government personnel, many of those personnel themselves have been wounded or have died for no good reason, writes Sheldon Richman. (If only Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney read Wendy McElroy and Chuck Baldwin a little more.)
Jim Davies has an interesting response to Gary North on bitcoins.
Steven Horwitz defends Walmart. (For shame!)
Carl Bernstein writes an open letter to the Guardian’s editor.
Yes, regardless of Mandela’s earlier history of criminal and terrorist activities, he was instrumental in making black South Africans freer, and establishing a “democratic” equality. But what would have made the black South Africans and white South Africans (and others there) truly freer, however, would have been abolishing the entire system of the State’s criminal intrusions and aggressions altogether and restoring private property rights and freedom of association and contract. (Ya think?)
Finally, after ending apartheid in South Africa, how about ending apartheid in Israel? (That would help. But I’m not holding my breath.)
Tucker’s article suggested that the reason why shaving can be difficult and irritating is because of the shaving cream itself. So he tried shaving without the shaving cream and found that it was less irritating.
Well, I had been meaning to give that a try, and finally, three years later I have finally found the courage to do it. And it was worth the risk, if you don’t mind my calling it that. After several weeks now of shaving without shaving cream, it really is much less irritating. After all these years of irritating shaves, and thinking that I wasn’t using enough shaving cream! Doh!
Tucker suggests to start out with mineral oil, and then just use warm water. But I started out with just hot water, as it seems to me that mineral oil or any oil would have the same general negative effects of the shaving cream. It may take a few days to get used to it, but if you stick with it, you will see what I mean. Of course, Jeff Tucker has a much lengthier description of the situation in his article, linked above.
Nat Hentoff writes about a Muslim teenager in Brooklyn experiencing anti-Muslim prejudice, and relates his own experiences of anti-Jewish prejudice from his own childhood.
Judge Andrew Napolitano is now joining the many people who have been critical of Pope Francis’s anti-free market remarks. Here are some excerpts:
No economic system in history has alleviated more poverty, generated more opportunity and had more formerly poor people become rich than capitalism. And the essence of capitalism goes to the core of Catholic teaching: the personal freedom of every person. Capitalism is freedom to risk, freedom to work, freedom to save, freedom to retain the fruits of one’s labors, freedom to own property and freedom to give to charity.
The problem with modern capitalism — a problem that escaped the scrutiny of His Holiness — is not too much freedom, but too little. The regulation of free markets by governments, the control of the private means of production by government bureaucrats, and the unholy alliances between governments, banks and industry have raised production costs, stifled competition, established barriers to entry into markets, raised taxes, devalued savings and priced many poor out of the labor force. The Pope would do well to pray for those who have used government to steal freedom so as to satisfy their lust for power, and for those who have bowed to government so as to become rich from governmental benefits and not by the fruits of their own labors.
Arthur Silber has this response to the recent testimony before the British Parliament by Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger. Are Snowden and Greenwald more loyal to the State than to transparency, liberty and the truth? Hmmm.
In July, I switched this blog over to scottlazarowitz.org from reasonandjest.com, for various reasons. The reasonandjest.com website reached 4,647,236 “successful requests” by October which was when I began the full redirecting of reasonandjest.com over to this blog here. The most-viewed reasonandjest.com/blog posts are shown here on the right sidebar, on new scottlazarowitz.org/blog pages with the number of views noted while they were at the old blog.
As far as what has been most viewed here since I started new posts in July, that is my post on Obama’s Common Core, now at 3,892 views since September 22nd, 2013.
Justin Raimondo has this article on “isolationism,” and how the internationalists and interventionists mislabel non-interventionists as “isolationists.” But, given the tax-funded financial interests that the warmongering interventionists have and the criminality with which they have imposed their interventions good and hard, Justin Raimondo doesn’t mind being called an “isolationist.” However, as Raimondo explains, not interfering with Americans’ freedom of trade and commerce with others in other nations has nothing to do with isolationism.
One has to wonder what extending peaceful commercial links with other nations has in common with invading them, meddling in their internal politics, or otherwise bullying them around. Indeed, establishing voluntary non-coercive relations with other nations – otherwise known as international trade – is the polar opposite of military and/or political intervention in their affairs.
On the contrary, it is the trade restrictionists and interventionists themselves who are doing the isolating. In the military interventionists and warmongers’ aggressions against foreigners and the economic interventionists aggressions of interference in their own fellow Americans’ associations and contracts, these statists and aggressors end up isolating themselves and their own next-door neighbors.
Many pundits and politicians mislabeled Ron Paul as an “isolationist,” when in reality Dr. Paul has stated many times that he supports the freedom of Americans to trade with and associate with foreigners. It is the government bureaucrats who get in the way of that freedom, and that is why it is they, the government statist bureaucrats and their supporters who are the true isolationists. (I have addressed the idea of free trade, in response to a rant by The Donald, here.) And regarding the domestic side of the economic interventionists’ aggressions against peaceful people, Jacob Hornbegrer asks, are the minimum wage and the drug war racist? and related to that he asserts that welfare and regulation are the scams that protect the rich.
Sort of related to the military-contractor-corporatist financial interest aspect of Raimondo’s article, Kevin Carson explains how the “private” military contractors are only “private” in technical terms, but are in fact tax-funded, and therefore can be considered just another part of the parasitic State. And Radley Balko has this one on the police-industrial-entertainment complex. And Alex Newman explains how Obama is unconstitutionally flooding U.S. Streets with “weapons of war” for local government police. Chris Rossini has this post on the differences between voluntary exchange in the private sector and government ‘s attempts at calculating and planning. And Robert Murphy also has an article on why government can’t manage resources like a business.
Kelley Vlahos writes about the parasite Hamid Karzai, no ordinary puppet. And just as the Obommunists gave talking points to its flunkies on the holidays to sell family members on the goodness of ObamaCare despite its stink-bomb effects, the NSA sent talking points home to its employees too for the same reasons. And speaking of ObamaCare, Dave Hodges has this one on who actually wrote much of the ObamaCare legislation.
Speaking of propaganda, Brandon Smith has this one on the dark-side psychology behind holiday madness, the zombie Black Friday shoppers, and he quotes Edward Bernays the “father of public relations” i.e. propaganda. And here’s an interesting related analysis of the tribal mentality by Adil Elias.
James Bovard has this article on Obama’s obesity epidemic: more food stamps means fatter kids, and Wendy McElroy writes about the nuclear nudging of your food choices, referring to the awful fascist Cass Sunstein.
Finally, Larken Rose has a new fellow advocate for freedom and self-ownership vs. the slavery of the State, Josie the Outlaw. Unlike some other “libertarians,” Larken and Josie oppose “slavery lite.” And so do I. Here is the first of four videos in their project, “Operation Outlaw”:
And you can also see the other three videos, either by clicking on her website, Josie the Outlaw, or by clicking on the YouTube pages for those videos here: When Resistance Becomes Duty, Message to Police, and Why Good People Should Be Armed.
I especially liked this column by Walter Williams, who fears that future black candidates for President may have to carry Barack Obama’s “heavy baggage” in their prospective campaigns.
By the way, Obama is a failure for the same general reasons George W. Bush and their predecessors were. They are all statists and all believe in central planning, and statism and central planning don’t work and are doomed to fail. Those are the reasons America is collapsing, just like Soviet Union. Ya think?