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Month: August 2014

For Your Labor Day Weekend Reading

Brandon Smith says that the time is ripe for a false flag terror attack on American soil. I disagree. Not out of being overly optimistic, but based on TPTB’s awareness that 9/11 facts are coming out (as Justin Raimondo discusses here) and many more people are more alert to that sort of thing. What do you think?

But Lew Rockwell is optimistic regarding the so-called libertarian moment, regardless of the New York Times‘ relying on statists and beltarians’ take on “libertarianism.”

Wendy McElroy says it is good to laugh at and ridicule the Rulers.

Sayer Ji discusses a psy-ops story denying the vaccine-autism link.

Arthur Silber discusses his readers’ reactions to his previous post on the Robin Williams suicide.

Paul Bonneau writes about the good and the bad of Constitutionalism.

And Uri Avnery says the Israel-Gaza war is a war for nothing.

Freedom of Speech and Expression? Not With Conservatives, Apparently

Well, the constantly offended kvetches are out really out there now. This time it’s the ultra-conservatives, the anti-“anti-Semitism” crowd who are extremely bothered by the Metropolitan Opera’s upcoming performances of The Death of Klinghoffer, a 1991 opera by composer John Adams. The opera is a musical dramatic portrayal of the true story of Palestinian hijackers who murdered an elderly American in 1985. Criticisms of the opera, such as by writers at the American Thinker and neocon former Congressman Allen West’s website, are solely out of ignorance and emotion. I have written about the opera, and about the censoring of the HD simulcasts at theaters — and no, it is not an example of “Jew hatred” as the “Thinker” suggests.

And it isn’t just a boycott or protest against the performances these people want — they want to shut down the performances entirely, by suggesting that people write to the Met’s General Manager Peter Gelb to cancel the whole thing. And they are suggesting pressuring corporate sponsors and donors as well, to punish the opera company financially for carrying on with the performances.

But isn’t censorship and suppression what the Left constantly does, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, Media Matters etc.? Isn’t it leftists who attempt to silence and  censor what they find distasteful or disagree with (e.g. banning Hans Hoppe from Sweden and Finland, banning Ann Coulter from Canada, banning Michael Savage from the U.K., wanting to jail “deniers” of global warming, etc)?

Now, now, reactionaries, there is no reason to fear that opera. If you don’t like it, then don’t go see it. Or advise others not to see it. Or stand on the streets at Lincoln Center during the performances holding signs expressing what ignoramuses you are. But remember, it’s only an opera. An opera can’t hurt anyone.

And an opera can’t hurt Jews. Don’t worry about it.

Many More Reasons to Be “Against the State”

Here is a new review by Alex Knight of Lew Rockwell’s book, Against the State: An Anarcho-Capitalist Manifesto. Now, I have gotten the book on Kindle, but this is the first time I’ve ever had Kindle and it’s taking a little time to familiarize myself with it. I’m used to scrolling on the side and going a certain way, but it seems the scrolling with Kindle is backwards, and I can’t stand that. However, if you point on the sides of the page, an arrow shows up and you can just click that to go to the next or previous page, and there is a progress bar along the bottom to click if you want to. I am slow with these newfangled things.

David D’Amato discusses the Michael Brown murder by police in Ferguson, and connects the police state with the welfare state and the “administrative” state.

Ryan Gallagher has an article on the NSA’s own secret yet obviously criminal “Google,” a private search engine for other government agencies including local law enforcement to access hundreds of billions of phone calls, emails and Internet records of innocent Americans not suspected of anything. It is nothing but a thoroughly criminal operation. (Right up the U.S. government’s alley, of course.)

Chris Hedges has this article on “Truth Dig” very critical of Israel and its propaganda machine. He mentions George Orwell and 1984, Edward Bernays the “father of public relations” i.e. propaganda, Hannah Arendt (of The Origins of Totalitarianism), and Franz Kafka. (Israel-Firsters probably won’t like Hedges’ article very much, but I like it because I believe that the truth is important.)

Marcy Wheeler shows why the NSA can’t be trusted. (Like we need any more proof…)

And Gary North analyzes Janet Yellen’s waffles and syrup.

Some Interesting Items for Today

Patrice Lewis has taken to mocking feminists. (Are they that bad? But I think that the modern definition of “feminist” these days can be modified to be more accurately defined as “socialist” and “fascist,” or “socialist/fascist” because many of them now hardly support independence for women, private property ownership by women, free association for women, or the right of women to own and operate businesses free of government regulations, taxes and controls.)

Eric Margolis questions the “alleged” recent beheading by extremists.

And Robert Wenzel asks, Are evil operators pushing the President toward more war? (One thing he doesn’t mention is the Hillary factor. Just sayin’.)

Just Say No to Government Counterfeiting

Federal Reserve Chairwomanperson Janet Yellen spoke at a conference at Jackson Hole, Wyoming this week, doing her usual Sgt. Schultz impressions. But does it really matter what the Fed boss thinks, or what the Fed’s next move is? No, not really. If you are not that familiar with the Federal Reserve and why the passage of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 was a bad thing and why this unaccountable agency’s central planning authority should be given the old heave-ho, you can check out this classic by Murray Rothbard, The Case Against the Fed. You can also read Robert Wenzel’s recent book, The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bank, as well as a new book by Wenzel’s fellow Economic Policy Journal publisher Chris Rossini, Set Money Free: What Every American Needs To Know About The Federal ReserveAnd of course, there is Ron Paul’s book, titled after what really needs to be done: End the Fed.

Protection Against Government Tyranny

Claire Wolfe has a lengthy post on the possible (or now, likely) merger of the organizations Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership and the faux Second Amendment Foundation. Ms. Wolfe links to a petition for people to sign  to speak out against the merger. Apparently, not only did the faux Second Amendment Foundation endorse the Schumer-Toomey-Manchin universal background checks bill, but they wrote the bill themselves! But throughout the years, Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership has consistently promoted the rights of all individuals to possess the means to protect and defend themselves.

Also, Brandon Smith has this terrific article on who really is at fault when “anti-government” violence erupts. He certainly clarifies “militias” and the liberty movement for those who get their propaganda disguised as news from mainstream media. DHS is feeding local police and sheriffs departments with documents which are intentionally misinforming them and inflaming tensions and a fear of the civilian population for no good reason.

And further, an even more lengthy article by Edwin Vieira, Jr. discusses the “bastardy of martial law.” Vieira gets into the specific details of the Second Amendment and the right of “We the People” to be the armed militia as a protection against their own government, a federal government the early Americans knew could easily grow into a tyrannical regime (which it is now, along with all the local police getting away with one act of criminal tyranny after another).

Finally, Jeff Deist discusses police states and private markets, and how “peace officers” have turned into what government police are today, and offers the market solutions.

The Right to Remain Silent

Wendy McElroy has this article on the right of every human being to remain silent when interacting with government police. The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects your right to be free of self-incrimination. Many times, as Wendy McElroy notes, people succumb to anxiety, fear and confusion when placed in an uncomfortable situation involving police contact, and may say something without thinking first. That is why many attorneys advise people to not answer any questions when in a touchy situation involving government police. However, I believe that you are legally required to provide your name when asked, but in most states, I believe, you are not required to show your ID if you are not suspected of anything. The government police need a reason to suspect someone of something first. However, as I have noted before, last year the Supreme Court ruled that your silence could be used against you in court at a later time, regardless of your right to remain silent. But, the court also ruled in that same decision, as long as you specifically cite the constitutional source which protects your declared right to remain silent — that being the Fifth Amendment — then your silence can’t be held against you in court. Yes, citizen, the Supremes say that you must be knowledgeable of constitutional law, in order that your rights are protected.

More on Ferguson and Elsewhere

Paul Joseph Watson writes about a U.S. Army document regarding preparations to use lethal force against unarmed civilians during riots in the U.S.  (A lot of military and cops seem to enjoy shooting and murdering unarmed civilians who can’t fight back, these days.)

William Grigg explains how murderous cops get away with murder, and how the recent Ferguson cop’s victim may not have been a thief as first alleged.

Melissa Melton explains to Obama the difference between carrying a gun and looting or attacking others.

Ryan McMaken explains the fascism of inner-cities that contributes to their economic problems.

Jacob Hornberger asks, What if the military or CIA had killed Michael Brown in Ferguson?

Alex Newman writes about the UN boss Ban Ki-Moon pushing for “international standards” for Ferguson police. (Yech!)

David Sirota writes about how cash flowed to lawmakers who voted to “militarize” police.

Wendy McElroy says that Democrats are part of the problem in Ferguson, too.

There are other matters to deal with besides events in Ferguson, you know. For instance, Walter Williams reminds parents what their kids’ tuition is paying for.

James Bovard has an article on FDR farm-folly lessons for ObamaCare.

And Lenore Skenazy says that kids are more likely to die outside of cars than in them.

Here Is the Latest on What’s Happening

Jacob Hornberger writes about Obama’s Joint Chiefs of Staff embracing the commies of Vietnam.

William Anderson asks, Why is the Innocence Project honoring someone the likes of Janet Waco Reno?

Becky Akers, the author of Abducting Arnold, compares what is going in now in Ferguson to the time of the Boston Massacre.

Paul Joseph Watson writes about possible agents provocateurs inciting violence in Ferguson, including members of the New Black Panther Party as well.

Radley Balko asks, after Ferguson how should police respond to protests? (Well, stop acting like Nazis so there isn’t any reason to have protests.)

Philip Weiss has this post about a progressive Rabbi who slams militarization in St. Louis but not Gaza.

Uri Avnery comments on the Israeli-Gaza war.

Ron Paul asks, What have we accomplished in Iraq?

Eric Margolis has some thoughts on Obama’s armed humanitarianism 2.0.

Brandon Turbeville writes about a New York candidate for governor arrested for filming the police.

Brandon Smith on order out of chaos, the doctrine that runs the world.

Wendy McElroy writes about how the Feds attack FedEx on behalf of Big Pharma and expand the police state

And Anthony Wile of the Daily Bell interviews Lawrence Reed of the Foundation for Economic Education.