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Month: March 2018

“Antifa” Act Like Fascists. Criminals and Thugs (Like the State)

Criminal fascist punks, self-identified as “Antifa,” which apparently stands for “anti-fascist” (even though these punks act like fascists), stormed a talk by the Ayn Rand Institute’s Yaron Brook at King’s College in London, shouted the talkers down, interrupted the talk about Ayn Rand and pulled a fire alarm. Ooooh, that sure tells them, you Antifa fascist Nazis. They were actually calling Brook et al. “fascists,” even it is THEY, the “Antifa” thugs, who are “fascists.” (There’s not that much difference between fascists and commies, by the way, they are just two sides of the same statist coin — i.e. anti-liberty.)

There’s a video of it at this article at the Examiner. I don’t want to post it. These fascists, a.k.a. “Antifa,” are for censorship and intolerance, they shout down speakers they disagree with, they physically attack people and destroy property, real criminals, these people. They are not “caring” “socialists.”

Just today there is an article by Andrew Bacevich, American Stalinism Then and Now, comparing the 20th Century Stalin Soviet era to our times now.

one contributing factor was smug American intellectuals who enthusiastically bought into and promoted one of the 20th century’s most grotesque deceptions. American Stalinism represented the abandonment of critical thinking in pursuit of truth—the intellectual’s proper function—in favor of a bizarre, if momentarily fashionable, ideological fetish. Whether directly or indirectly, Stalin’s American acolytes inflicted incalculable damage on the cause of liberty, social justice, and simple decency.

Like the devout Stalinists of yore, they see utopia just around the corner. Their latest version looks to uninhibited sexual expression, compulsory diversity, and infinite choice on all matters pertaining to personal identity to make things right.

The contempt for bourgeoisie values cultivated among American Stalinists back in the 1930s—due process and the presumption of innocence, for example—finds its counterpart today in contempt for the so-called heteronormative order. As was the case during the Moscow Trials, accusation suffices as evidence of guilt, even when it comes to doling out punishment, shunning and public humiliation have today replaced exile and execution.

Now, some of the intrusive and destructive government policies many of these fascist/communist thugs of “Antifa” seem to want — such as government control over the entire health care system — are actually fascist policies.

The fascists of Antifa might learn a thing or two by actually listening to Ayn Rand, who in this 1963 discussion referred to President John F. Kennedy’s economic program (then known as The New Frontier) as the “Fascist New Frontier,” which consisted of the “subordination and sacrifice of the individual to the collective.” You “Antifa” people will not like it when your own individual life is sacrificed to serve your neighbors’ whims and cravings. So you might want to think twice (they “think”?) when calling for this commie/fascism stuff.

Here is Ayn Rand on the “Fascist New Frontier”:

UPDATE: Here is another lecture by Ayn Rand, from 1965 at the Ford Hall Forum, “The New Fascism: Rule by Consensus” (The audio is better in this one):

U.S. Out of Iraq

On the 15th year of George W. Bush’s war of aggression on Iraq, Ron Paul says that we should listen to the Iraqi parliament, who have voted to once again tell the U.S. military to get out of Iraq.

Iraq did not threaten the U.S. and the warmongers exploited 9/11 and lied and fabricated “evidence” to justify a murderous war of aggression (for the 2nd time) against Iraq. Our government and military have no moral right to be anywhere in the Middle East, and certainly no moral justification to attack any of those countries. The U.S. needs to get all U.S. military personnel out of the entire Middle East, close down all those foreign U.S. military bases and stop provoking foreigners and trespassing on their lands and killing their people.

And by the way, Dr. Paul also mentioned Sen. Lindsey Graham’s recent comment that war on North Korea would be worth it, long term. Doh! What a moron. Does he not know that the U.S. military bombed the crap out of North Korea once before and killed a million civilians, and look what we have now in Korea. Was THAT worth it in the long term?

But now, it looks like with Donald Trump’s visit this week with Benjamin Nutty-Yahoo of Israel that the agenda will be, as Sen. John McCain would put it, Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran, Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran, etc., etc. (even though Iran has not threatened us either — warmongers are retarded?)

Why Are Trump’s Anti-Free Trade Impulses Bad?

The Mises Institute has this editorial, Against Trump’s Tariffs, and the editors quote Henry Hazlitt, Ludwig von Mises, David Gordon, Murray Rothbard, Hans-Hermann Hoppe, George Reisman, Thomas Sowell, Albert Jay Nock, Frédéric Bastiat, and Lew Rockwell. If you are for trade tariffs, you should read the article. It’s very informative.

The Foundation for Economic Education has this article, What Caused the Great Depression? that includes a section on the destructive Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act.

Richard Ebeling says that Trump’s protectionist follies threaten a trade war.

And Jacob Hornberger says that Trump’s tariff destroys liberty and prosperity.

The #MeToo Movement Now in Classical Music: More Allegations That James Levine Is Sick Abusive Perv

In December I wrote about the world-renowned opera and symphony conductor, the besieged and beleaguered James Levine, accused by several men of sexually molesting and abusing them when they were young musicians, going back to the 1960s. The alleged victims began to come forward because of the ongoing news of celebrities being outed as abusers and harassers, such as Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose.

Well, as sick and disgusting as the stuff was that Levine was accused of doing, now there are further revelations as discussed in this Boston Globe feature article. It now appears that Levine, now 74, had a “cult” following among the young musicians studying under his mentorship.

But interviews with nearly two dozen former students and musicians from Levine’s Cleveland days, including six from the maestro’s inner circle, indicate the conductor’s alleged sexual behavior was part of a sweeping system to control this core group. As Levine yoked his musical gifts and position to a bid for power, he dictated what they read, how they dressed, what they ate, when they slept — even whom they loved.

Former members, many of whom went on to play in some of the country’s top orchestras, say the maestro encouraged them to break off relationships with people outside the group. He discouraged them from reading newspapers, watching television, or going to the movies with outsiders. Levine’s dominance was nearly absolute, they say, as he drew his disciples close for nightly meetings that included everything from chamber music and studying opera scenes, to loyalty tests and anonymous group sex he said would enhance their musicianship.

“Get me a bucket,” as Mr. Creosote would say.

Apparently, Levine got away with this kind of treatment of young people because of the intimidation, and the pressure that the young people felt toward not compromising their future career chances. They really wanted to be successful professional musicians. It sounds similar to the show-biz personalities, the actors and actresses who want to star in that Big Movie, and so on. It’s really sad.

The famous cellist Lynn Harrell did not state that he was a victim but that he was aware of what was going on, according to the Globe article.

So I don’t doubt the accusers here, with so many of them now. What, they’re all making it up? James Levine until now had been widely respected and critically acclaimed as a conductor who has performed with all the world’s major orchestras and opera companies. He was music director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York for 40 years.

And I had wondered, well, who was it that may have treated James Levine that way, in that kind of invasive and abusive way as to exert power and control. Was it Leonard Bernstein? Commenters on the Globe article (or the article, I can’t remember now), say that it couldn’t have been Bernstein who was homosexual but wasn’t an abuser.

Levine has continued to deny the allegations.

Here are some more quotes from the recent Globe article:

“This was a cult,” said one former member who declined to be identified because he has never told his family about the experience.

“I was so young, I didn’t understand what the hell was going on,” said the former member, who is no longer a professional musician. “The guy was such a brilliant musician [I figured] maybe he knows what he’s talking about, so for a couple of years I was pretty much brainwashed.”

And, after detailing some of the sicko allegations by some former students, the Globe article continues:

Not everyone Levine approached, however, fell prey to his machinations.

(The student), who played violin in the student orchestra under Levine, said he was thrilled when the conductor first suggested they meet independently to work on a Beethoven sonata.

But (the student), who was 18 at the time, said when he arrived at the practice room Levine seemed less interested in playing music than he did in asking probing questions about the young violinist’s sexuality.

Levine started, (the student) said, with a bizarre sequence of queries, ranging from mathematics to favorite authors.

“One of the first ones was, ‘Do you use utensils when you eat?’,” recalled (the student), who went on to play with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He then asked (the student) about his masturbation habits.

Hmm, that sure is an appropriate question to ask someone you work with or someone who is your student. It would be interesting if Levine has ever been in therapy. If so, his file might be as large as Mr. Carlin’s file on the Bob Newhart Show.

And get this:

“We’d have a mutual masturbation session where we’d have to blindfold ourselves and pair off in twos,” said (another former student), who first described the alleged encounters to The New York Times. “The test for us would be: Can you tell if it’s a girl or a guy?”

Now, would someone mind telling me what THAT has to do with classical music, with Beethoven symphonies or operas? Huh?

Also, outside-the-group socializing or other extra-curricular activities were discouraged, including with the students’ families. It really was a “cult,” apparently.

(The former student), whose family lived in Ohio, recalled he was once punished for secretly driving 40 minutes to attend his sister’s wedding in the spring of 1970.

“When I was caught, I was brought back and held down and tickled and slightly beaten,” recalled (the former student), who said that more than one person held him down as the group pounced.

Yech. I’ve had enough.

What’s really shameful is that so many people were well aware of Levine’s shenanigans, such as probably many of the musicians and managements of the world’s great orchestras, yet they continued to work with Levine, and appoint him as their chief conductor for decades. Sad.

More News and Commentary

Danny Sjursen on the military fetish parade: Trump prefers spectacle over strategy.

Gary Galles says that protectionism is really aggression-ism.

William Anderson advises Trump to not talk to Mueller.

Wendy McElroy says that privacy prevents violence and crime, and that privacy is the virtue that sparked the American Revolution.

James Bovard on the Hollywood hoopla ignoring the media’s history of servility.

Richard Pollock with the shocking history of sexual misconduct within James Comey’s FBI.

Richard Ebeling writes about freedom and the minimum wage.

Ron Paul writes about gun violence, and says that e-verify threatens us all.

Robert Wenzel comments on the mad new trend of corporations taking cultural positions.

Thomas Knapp on America’s democracy hypocrisy.

Zero Hedge with an article on James Comey in a secret Russia meeting with Obama amid “unmaskings.”

Dr. Mercola asks, Can the conventional medical profession be trusted?

Jacob Hornberger discusses “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

Laurence Vance asks, Shouldn’t the U.S. return to its Constitution?

And Walter Block on the privatization of government property.

Herr Donald the Irrational Ignoramus

It’s funny to hear the conservative talk radio personalities constantly criticizing people on the left for their “emotionalism, “irrationality,” and so on, and then turn around and defend policies of emotionalism and irrationality. Yesterday I heard Rush Limbaugh and Howie Carr defending the simple-minded Donald Trump’s new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. I’m thinking, you gotta be kidding me. I guess we can call Limbaugh and Carr “blind Trump followers” now?

So The Donald, based on his simple-mindedness and emotionalistic nationalism (or nationalistic emotionalism, whatever), wants to punish Americans financially by demanding an extra tax to Uncle Sham if they want to buy higher-quality goods at lower prices, or coerce them to have to buy lower-quality American-made goods at higher prices. That might not always be the case, but when you “protect” American manufacturers sales and profits by imposing economic sanctions on your own fellow Americans, eventually it will cost more for manufacturers in their wanting to buy the capital goods they need to operate their plants.

Trump doesn’t seem to understand that it’s competition that gives the American manufacturers the incentive to produce better quality goods on a free and open market. That’s “fairness,” Donald.

In contrast to Herr Trump’s idiocy, consumers would have the freedom to buy anything they want from anywhere in the world, according to their own needs and their own judgment as far as what are the best goods to buy at the lowest prices. And producers would have the freedom to buy whatever capital goods from anywhere as well. The government can stay out of the people’s business, and go away and leave people alone. But control freaks like the Anti-Capitalist-In-Chief Trump don’t understand this. Trump is central-planning-obsessed.

And Herr Trump’s trillion-dollar “crumbling infrastructure” rebuilding plan will conflict with his trade war against the American sheeple. Economist Don Boudreaux has this open letter to The Donald:

Mr. Trump:

Yesterday your Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao, went to Capitol Hill to defend your infrastructure plan.  She argued that, through this plan, Uncle Sam will provide “seed money” to spur non-federal investments in roads, bridges, and other infrastructure projects.  On the very same day you announced punitive taxes on Americans who buy imported steel and aluminum.

Your inconsistency is astonishing.  At one location on Pennsylvania Ave. your administration expressed its determination to spur state and local governments to invest more in infrastructure, while at another location on Pennsylvania Ave., and at very nearly the same time, your administration proudly unveiled a scheme to unnecessarily raise the costs of infrastructure investments by artificially jacking up the prices of major infrastructure materials.

Do you or do you not wish to make infrastructure investments as attractive as possible to non-federal entities?  Do you or do you not wish to have infrastructure built, repaired, and maintained as efficiently as possible?  And do you or do you not wish to reduce Americans’ tax burdens – burdens that will rise directly because of the tariffs and indirectly as the tariffs swell governments’ costs of supplying infrastructure?

Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA  22030

Professor Boudreaux also states that “A protectionist is someone who … mistakes foreigners who seek to give to us more valuable goods (and services) than our ‘leaders’ have bargained for in trade agreements, for common thieves who seek to take from us valuable goods.  That is, a protectionist is someone who believes it to be criminal for foreigners to give to us and – in his, the protectionist’s, clamoring for punitive taxes on peaceful people who purchase imports – noble for politically powerful fellow citizens to take from us.

“Protectionism is a philosophy of plunder, thuggery, and theft masquerading as ‘trade policy’.”

WHY can’t these politicians leave the rest of us alone?

Besides Trump’s reckless trade policies, he is responding with emotionalism and irrationality to the gun-grabbing activists as well, by enthusiastically approving their “Ban This, Ban That” mentality, and showing his true colors and lack of understanding of the importance of due process. “Take the guns first, go through due process second,” Trump belched ignorantly.

Speaking of Trump’s ignorance and idiocy, he also wants to scapegoat the video game industry now, as though those video game makers are responsible for school shootings. But why not the pharmaceutical industry? Have I not written enough about that? I know, it wasn’t the Xanax that shot people up, it was the shooter who did it, just as it wasn’t the gun that was responsible. But I think that Big Pharma does have a lot of blood on its hands, figuratively speaking.

And regarding the video games, I wrote this in this article about Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza:

Regarding Adam Lanza and his incessant video game playing, there are several articles online which seem to be distorting or exaggerating his use of violent video games. For instance, this Guardian article states that Lanza was obsessed with mass murder and listed only violent video games based only on some items police actually found in the Lanza home, while this Techdirt article clarifies that he also had non-violent video games such as Dance Dance Revolution, and it was that video with which the article claims Lanza actually was obsessed. This Hartford Courant op-ed agrees based on witness interviews that Lanza’s real obsession was for the non-violent video games, especially Dance Dance Revolution.

Like the young people’s addictions to their little electronic gadget baby rattles, their iPhones and so forth, many youngins are addicted to their video games. And it isn’t just violent games, it’s any particular games or videos. They turn into little isolated zombies. Not good.

So, The Donald wants to steal more tax-theft money from the American people, from consumers and producers, to punish them for trading with foreigners, he is joining the gun-grabbers, and he wants to ban video games. And all this is based on ignorance, emotionalism, and irrationality. And the conservative radio personalities stand by him loyally like sheep. Yech.

Further Articles on Florida School Shooting Aftermath

Brandon Smith on the slippery slope of mental health restrictions on gun rights.

Mac Slavo with an article on emergency medical teams ordered to stand down while kids bled after Florida school shooting.

Chuck Baldwin says that the Florida school massacre proves police are worthless in protecting us.

Carey Wedler says, Don’t believe the media: school shootings are not an epidemic, they’re decreasing.

John Whitehead asks, If police don’t have to protect the public, what good are they?

Bill Buppert on liberty’s teeth: arms and freedom.

Ryan McMaken says that lack of police accountability shows the “social contract” isn’t working.

And WND with an article on the 66 probes of criminal misconduct into Broward sheriff’s office since 2012.

Will Continue to Counter Mainstream Propaganda: Psychiatric Drugs

Because of the recent Florida school shooting, in which multiple government officials were out to lunch and could’ve otherwise prevented many deaths, I have spent some time on this blog defending the right to keep and bear arms, and noting that too many of the mass killers in recent memory had been taking those psychiatric drugs (or suffering from withdrawal after stopping taking them). Those drugs have terrible long-term adverse reactions such as aggression and violence, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

I have pointed out that the pharmaceutical industry has benefited quite a bit from the over-diagnosing and misdiagnosing of children, of various psychological conditions or behaviors. Some of those conditions are just made up by people who don’t want to deal with a child’s normal childhood behaviors. And I have referred to ADHD, Asperger’s, and autism.

Yesterday and the day before, I posted some videos of psychiatrists including Dr. Peter Breggin and Dr. Thomas Szasz who have been very critical of the psychiatric industry and of the psychiatric drug industry. Alas, there are just a lot of people now who don’t like hearing or reading someone’s criticism of all that, the false labeling of innocent kids who are just normal children.

But as long as the real problems of malnutrition, combined with the negative effects of processed foods and their poisonous chemicals, is not addressed and instead the kids exhibiting dysfunctional behaviors because of these things are put on dangerous mood-altering, mind-altering drugs, then I will continue to write about these matters. If you don’t like it, tough noogies, as Frank Burns would say. If people are malnourished, then of course they will respond badly to all the crap that’s forced on them, including processed foods, junk food, vaccines and prescription drugs, by more easily getting sick or exhibiting dysfunctional behaviors. People who are malnourished have worse immune systems.

Regarding the psychiatric drugs and violent behaviors, I am not implying that all kids who are put on those terrible psychiatric drugs will become school shooters, FAR from it. Despite the fact that there are millions and millions of Americans on those drugs, (it’s 1 in 6, apparently), there have only been a few violent killers in the past 20 years or so, but most of the killers had been taking those drugs.

And this “autism” thing is quite controversial. We’re not supposed to say that vaccines really have played a role in causing autism as well as other disorders or illnesses. No, such assertions have NOT been “debunked.” Sharyl Attkisson has addressed that issue. But based on what I’ve read now, those kinds of conditions and behaviors are also affected by chemicals in other medications and in processed foods, food dyes, etc. I also believe that autism may very well have emotional etiologies, such as a persistent dysfunctional relationship between the child and parents. Now, when I was an undergraduate in psychology (early 1980s), what we learned about “autism” was that it was characterized mainly in young boys as “self-destructive” behaviors that included physically abusing oneself, physically hitting oneself as the main behavior. It also included being withdrawn and other dysfunctional behaviors, including compulsive and ritualistic kinds of behaviors. But the main characteristic was that self-abuse. And that is what we learned and that was what the psychology textbooks stated. But now it seems that any kid who exhibits behaviors of “arranging toys in order,” “repetitive behaviors,” “preoccupation with one toy,” or a kid who’s “withdrawn,” is considered “autistic.” So I think that, rather than addressing the actual aforementioned causes (such as malnutrition), a lot of kids are misdiagnosed and labeled unnecessarily, and they are then put on those psychiatric drugs which makes their problems worse. (But it’s not worse for the pharmaceutical industry, however.)

So I will continue to address these issues, because I’m sick of hearing about these damn school shootings, and then finding out that yet again the latest shooter had been on those damn psychiatric drugs, or withdrawing from them.