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Month: November 2018

Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia

Thomas Knapp has an article on why Donald Trump won’t sanction Saudi Arabia. Knapp comments on the alleged Saudi assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and refers to 9/11, the mainly Saudi hijackers and the redacted 28 pages from “Congress’s official 9/11 report were finally released to the public – and still ‘friendly’ relations between Washington and Riyadh continued without interruption.” It’s all about oil, weapons sales for the greedy merchants of death, and that all-important U.S. foreign policy.

My view is that, like all Presidents since the JFK assassination, Trump is totally a puppet of the military and CIA who are in complete control of the government (as Jacob Hornberger wrote in this recent post — and note Hornberger’s article on the national security state’s assassination of JFK, today being the 55th year of that terrible time).

The Victimhood Culture

Wendy McElroy writes about the modern “victimhood” culture. The #MeToo movement now says Believe All Women — who accuse men of sexual harassment or assault.

But what about those who are falsely accusing a male of something? For example, the Duke lacrosse case. For example, the university of Virginia case, involving the Rolling Stone reporter. Another example, Tawana Brawley. And those are very high profile cases that we know about. There are many others that have occurred that were not as highly publicized.

And was there the possibility that some of Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers were just making it all up? Should we believe Dr. Ford, even though she seemed quite unbelievable?

Is there ever any justice for those who have been the victims of false accusation? What about the McMartins from the McMartin preschool case? That was quite a fiasco. And what about the Fells Acres Day Care case? It was the prosecutors who were guilty of child abuse, in my view, not the accused teachers.

What about “presumption of innocence”? What if some of the loud women activists are themselves one day falsely accused?

People who are proven to be false accusers, including prosecutors who knowingly withhold evidence that would exonerate the accused, should be convicted of such false accusation, and be given even stricter sentences than what the falsely accused victim would have been sentenced to if convicted.

Another aspect of the victimhood culture that Wendy McElroy writes about is that of group identity, in which if someone is a member of a particular racial group then one is already guilty of … something … and if one is a member of another designated racial group then one is a presumed victim. It doesn’t seem to matter what anyone actually does or says, but what someone’s skin color is, or what someone’s sex or ethnic background is, is what matters. So, in my view, the people advocating for this kind of group identity victimhood are the real racists and sexists.

The Brainwashed College Punk-Snowflakes

Walter Williams on college indoctrination. The youngins are basically against free speech, except for themselves. They are fragile “snowflakes” yet they are punks at the same time. Many of them shout down speakers they don’t like, and believe that actual physical violence against ideological opponents is acceptable. So, “freedom of speech for me but not for thee” narcissists is what many of the kids are now, along with many of their professors. And the colleges are turning them into stasi by encouraging them to turn someone in to college administration officials or even police for “hate speech,” i.e. dissenting points of views.

Nationalists Prefer Socialism in Trade and Immigration

Donald Boudreaux has this article on free trade and the false idea of “trade deficits,” and says that the “American economy” is not a single economic entity to be compared to a household or a corporation. “Americans do not work for America, Inc. And there are no goods or services that we Americans are managed as workers to produce for sale to non-Americans. America is not a business that operates according to a shared, unitary plan the success or failure of which is recorded on a meaningful budget.”

But those who seem to have this authoritarian nationalism stuff drilled into them see things otherwise. Many of them are with Donald Trump on government-controlled trade, rather than free trade which would be a part of free-market capitalism. The Trumpies are opposed to the ideas of individualism and economic freedom, in which people have the freedom as consumers to do whatever they want with their own money, trade with whomever they wish and from wherever, and as producers to buy whatever capital goods they need to run their businesses and from anyone they want anywhere in the world.

The Trumpies are also opposed to economic freedom in the immigration issue. They have this irrational view that workers and employers must get a government bureaucrat’s permission to work wherever or hire whomever they determine to be best for them.

Free-market capitalism and free trade — including people trading their labor with employers, customers and clients — are not impeded by government borders. If so, they are no longer free markets and free trade. The nationalists say otherwise. They prefer government restrictions on labor and trade, i.e. socialism. But I doubt that the Rush Limbaugh talk-radio ditto-heads would admit that (if they could actually understand the difference).

The “unalienable rights” mentioned in the Declaration of Independence coincide with the free market and free trade. The nationalists’ utopia of socialist, central-planning economic controls in immigration go against the people’s unalienable rights. ALL human beings have “unalienable rights,” not just “citizens.” Right?

So the nationalists also seem to be obsessed with “citizenship,” like an individual must be “authorized” by the gubmint to live some kind of life and earn a living. What kind of life is that? It isn’t freedom, for sure. But sadly we have authoritarians who look to government as their god whose permission and authorization we must have to live.

The nationalists have this mentality that foreigners are “invading” America, invading “our” country, and “breaking into our home,” because they reject the concept of private property. In the same way that no one “owns a culture,” as Robert Higgs wrote just recently, no one “owns a country.” This territory of America is a territory, that consists of many parcels of private property. Each parcel of private property is individually owned, it is not owned by the community, by the entire population, or by the government.

But sadly, whether they are willing or able to admit it to themselves, the nationalists reject the idea of private property, and they consider the property within “America” to be ultimately owned by the collective. So to the nationalists the collective of the population has the right to determine (via their beloved government rulers) what privately-owned business owners may or may not do with their businesses, whom they may or may not hire, based on the whim of the collective and the diktats of the beloved government rulers (and based on anti-foreigner sentiments especially).

So really the nationalists and Trumpies really believe in a communal ownership of everything, and thus they are certainly closer to the communists than to the libertarians who believe in private property rights.

Now, regarding “public property,” which is supposedly owned by the “public” (although some people say it’s owned by the “taxpayers,” which I don’t agree with), as Jim Davies noted, “public property” is not legitimately owned by the government, but is unowned (although occupied by the government illegitimately).

Will the Trump Regime Go After Julian Assange?

James Bovard says that Julian Assange deserves a Medal of Freedom, not a secret indictment. The gubmint is pointing to the 2010 WikiLeaks releases as I mentioned in this post. I’m sure that the confused authoritarian Donald Trump will side with these deep state operators who want to indict Assange, the same deep state operatives who abused the DOJ and FBI FISA spying to go after Trump. (Which Trump wouldn’t know about if it weren’t for WikiLeaks!)

If Only “Democratic Socialists” Learned More About Socialism

Benjamin Powell, co-author of Socialism Sucks, has an article at the Independent Institute asserting that “Democratic Socialists” really need to learn more about socialism. If those who declare themselves to be socialists went to actual socialist countries like Venezuela to see first hand how bad things are there because of socialism — just like the old Soviet Union, Cuba, North Korea, etc. — then maybe they might have a change of heart.

Here is an excerpt:

But here’s the problem. The word “democratic” isn’t magic fairy dust when put in front of “socialist.” The socialist portion of democratic socialism still means the state—the government—has undue control over economic decision-making that will result in stagnation.

And, as history has shown over and over again, you can’t really have a free society and free people without economic freedom. Democratic freedoms and economic freedoms go hand in hand.

In his 1944 book, The Road to Serfdom, Nobel Prize-winning economist Friedrich Hayek made the case that democracy is only compatible with competitive capitalism and that once a country becomes “dominated by a collectivist creed, democracy will inevitably destroy itself.”

The reason is simple. Centrally planned socialist economic systems necessarily concentrate economic power in the hands of government officials and planners. Without such power they can’t hope to “run things.” Yet this same power limits citizens’ ability to freely exercise their power when they become dissatisfied with the government. That’s because the government can punish them financially if they choose to oppose those in power.

Nullification, Decentralization, Separation, Divorce, Dissolve, Dismiss the Regime

Why are many of the people on the left of such an authoritarian mentality? They are so authoritarian in their worship of the federal government and its illicit powers and feared losing the power so much they disrupted the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, and engaged in so much obvious cheating during the recent mid-term elections. (Not that Republicans weren’t engaged in cheating or at least questionable behavior as well, such as in Georgia.)

During the Kavanaugh hearings, Sen. Cruella Harris began interrupting Chairman Grassfed as soon as he began the hearings, and it went downhill from there, especially with “Dr.” Ford who “Must Be Believed At All Times!” and Kavanaugh screaming how much he loves beer and telling us what a moron he is by keeping calendars going back to 1982. (Who does that?)

Meanwhile, informed people with a brain actually objected to Kavanaugh based on his terrible rulings rubber-stamping tyranny, and his being a corrupt bureaucrat. But no, the fanatics on the left are concerned about abortion. That’s what they care about. And “Free Health Care for ALL!”and all that.

The fanatics believe that the Supreme Court is the God of government, that those 9 robed bureaucrats have the absolute final say on our freedom (and our enslavement). So it’s so important that they have to interrupt hearings, harass senators who voted for Kavanaugh, and cheat in elections. What a life.

But, as Tom Woods points out in a recent article, especially in his quoting of James Madison, the federal judicial branch is the final decision-maker on constitutional conflicts only between the branches of the federal government (judicial, legislative and executive), but NOT the final decision-maker on conflicts between the federal government and the states.

As Woods has explained in the past, the states, after all, created the federal government, not the other way around. The people of the states are the “boss” of the feds, and the agents of the federal government are the states’ “employees.” Unfortunately, that has been turned around by authoritarians (especially reinforced by Lincoln) who believe that whatever the federal government says, goes. “You will report to us your earnings, where you work or whom you employ, we will take a portion of your wealth whether you like it or not, we will spy on you and know the personal details of your private life and you will not know what we are up to, we’ll just mark everything ‘classified,’ and so on…”

So that stuff that the bureaucrats in Washington have been doing, that fools like Brett Kavanaugh have been rubber-stamping out of loyalty to the Regime and its racket, is unconstitutional, illicit, and criminal. This is why the writers of the Bill of Rights included the Tenth Amendment, which reads, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

Which is not very well written, by the way. It should have explicitly stated that the people of the states shall nullify any federal government rule, law or order on them whose enforcement they conclude would be in violation of their liberty, persons or property. Otherwise, the Founders needlessly created a federal government and ratified a questionable Constitution, going against the very principles of their Declaration of Independence.

Thomas Jefferson and others endorsed that idea of nullification which many people on the left now ignorantly perceive as having to do with racism or “slavery,” even though some states engaged in nullification during the Civil War period when they nullified Fugitive Slave Laws (which Lincoln strongly endorsed and enforced, by the way).

As Woods wrote in an essay in his Liberty Classroom, “nullification was used against slavery, as when northern states did everything in their power to obstruct the enforcement of the fugitive-slave laws, with the Supreme Court of Wisconsin going so far as to declare the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 unconstitutional and void.  In Ableman v. Booth (1859), the U.S. Supreme Court scolded it for doing so.  In other words, modern anti-nullification jurisprudence has its roots in the Supreme Court’s declarations in support of the Fugitive Slave Act.  Who’s defending slavery here?”

But as I wrote in this article, we are now slaves of the federal government.

Incidentally, for those who are interested, Tom Woods wrote a terrific book on the history of nullification in America and how it should be used currently:  Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century.

Concocting a centralized, ruling federal government was a mistake made by the Revolutionaries. Besides the social fascists and authoritarians on the left, now we have a Donald Trump who claims that his job is “running the country,” which, as Richard Ebeling pointed out in this very informative new article, is a “claim to abrogate the liberty of each and every member of that society to have the freedom to run their own life as they peacefully and honestly see fit in voluntary and mutually agreed-upon association with their fellow human beings for their respective betterment as they define it.”

One of the latest examples of the absurdity of this centralized power apparatus in Washington is that the bureaucrats are going to bring criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, because he provided the means for whistleblowers to expose the criminality of the federal bureaucrats and their goons. Whistleblowers such as Bradley Manning with the Iraq War Logs, the Afghanistan War Logs, the diplomatic cables leaks, the “Collateral Murder” video, and all the rest.

As I wrote above, the criminals of the regime classify whatever they can to avoid embarrassing disclosures, evade transparency, get away with murder, and punish whistleblowers. Bradley Manning, by the way, was viciously persecuted by Obama’s regime, not Bush, with 3 years of solitary confinement pre-trial and a kangaroo trial and sentencing. (Although I think the main reason the SJW-in-Chief Barack Obama then commuted Manning’s 35-year sentence was because Manning is a “transgender.” Those are the things Obama et al. really care about.)

You see, as many people have noted now in the Obama DOJ and FBI’s surveillance abuses and how the Obama administration was so bad with civil liberties and freedom of speech and his war on the Press, we now have Cruella Harris and Pocahontas and all their moonbat followers drooling to take the apparatus of power back so THEY can once again use the spying powers against enemies and enforce their beloved police state on the people.

So, as I had written several times now, including this article from 8 years ago, the Amerikan sheeple need to let go of their dependence on the regime in Washington and we must go our separate ways.

On the Wars, the Government Military, More Reasons Against Central Planning

Gareth Porter writes about America’s permanent-war complex.

Murray Rothbard on World War I as fulfillment: power and the intellectuals.

David Stockman discusses how Woodrow Wilson ruined everything.

Joe Jarvis writes about why the most expensive military ever still can’t win a war.

Aaron Merat with the story on the wild wild story of the MEK: terrorists, cultists, or champions of Iranian democracy?

And Health Impact News asks, Did a military experimental vaccine in 1918 kill 50-100 million people blamed as “Spanish Flu”?

More Articles

Matthew Silber writes about defusing a second civil war through peaceful secession. (In my view, the choices are voluntary, peaceful secession and decentralization, OR, let the society in Amerika collapse with chaos, violence and bloodshed. I prefer the former, not the latter.)

Thomas DiLorenzo asks, Where does the Constitution call for black-robed dictators?

Laurence Vance says that “libertarian” proposals to “reform” Social Security with new mandates are privatizing coercion. (With libertarians like that, who needs fascists?)

And Daniel Mitchell says that a Trump-Pelosi budget deal is a recipe for the worst kind of tax increase.

The Selfish, Keynesian, Socialist Election-Cheaters in Florida

These recent elections, with all the cheating going on Florida and other states, seem to be an exaggerated version of many times in the past in which we’ve seen people who will do anything for their immediate gratification fix for power and control over the lives of others.  I am reminded by an article I wrote in 2013 on Keynesianism and its policies of selfishness, irresponsibility and immediate gratification. So, I will repost that article here.

Keynesianism: Policies of Selfishness, Irresponsibility and Immediate Gratification

September 27, 2013 (LewRockwell.com, Link to article)

Our fanatically Keynesian President Barack Obama believes that governments should spend money they don’t have and put the country into debt. So he is whining to Republicans to continue raising the debt ceiling so the federal government can continue on its wild spending spree.

And Obama has the nerve to say that the opposing Party’s not wanting to do the President’s bidding by irresponsibly raising the debt ceiling is “extorting” the President. He claims that it is extortion when some of the people’s representatives tell the Dear Leader to stop stealing from our grandchildren!

This Obama person is just as bad as the Bush that preceded him. And the power-grabbers of the Federal Reserve and the banksters are just as dishonest and irresponsible.

But they are merely reflecting the general population now, the selfish, impatient and id-oriented population of America.

And some people are speculating that Janet Yellen, Vice Chairman of the Fed’s Board of Governors, will be picked to be the next Chairman of the Federal Reserve System, replacing Ben Bernanke.

Like Bernanke, Ms. Yellen apparently believes in using the apparatus of government intervention to control economic matters. And she certainly favors Keynesian policies, “easy money” and continuing with the self-indulgent spending habits.

The Economic Collapse Blog’s Michael Snyder notes how Ms. Yellen was totally clueless in 2007, really believing that those artificial housing and other stimulus would be “still likely to achieve a relatively smooth adjustment path.” And then in 2010 she testified that she did not see the meltdown and collapse coming, as the current Fed Chairman, Ben Bernanke, also did not see it coming.

However, those of the Austrian school way of thinking, such as Ron Paul, did see it coming, as I have noted before.

And in response to The Bernank’s recent “no taper” announcement, Ron Paul asked, morally what right does Bernanke have “to take away 2% of our purchasing power deliberately? What right does he have to punish the elderly who save money?”

Dr. Paul warned against further destruction of the dollar and malinvestment caused by artificial interest rates.

Actually, as long as any kind of economic activity is artificial, or artificially “stimulated” by monopolistic and unaccountable governmental intrusions, there’s a good chance that that will cause malinvestment.

And the other part of that is the intrusions are coming from some central planner, such as the Fed and its high-and-mighty Chairman or from an act of Congress, for that matter. What you will then have is “planned chaos,” as Ludwig von Mises pointed out.

In contrast, with freedom and free markets consumers and producers are left free to plan their own economic matters. In a system of more freedom and randomness, you have less chaos because such a system is freed from the destructive intrusions of those bureaucratic buffoons and parasites and their “fatal conceit” that guides them.

But sadly, the majority of people in America do not appreciate that freedom, independence and responsibility, in our modern age of decadence and covetousness.

America has become a society in which irresponsibility and immediate gratification are institutionalized, praised and rewarded. And that is exactly what the Keynesian economics of Janet Yellen, Ben Bernanke, Paul Krugman and millions of others promotes.

The truth is, those folks of the Keynesian way of thinking don’t even practice economics — their love is for politics and in strengthening the political class.

You see, at some point private economic matters in America became politicized. And it was the politicians who exploited crises, panics and economic downturns and they then sold a bunch of snake oil to the desperate masses as a means of the politicians grabbing more and more political and police power over the people.

And, coinciding with the decline of critical thinking in America, the politicians’ minions in academia and the Press supported the ideas of deficit spending and promoting debts as a way to get out of recessions and depressions.

Reflecting the mental laziness reinforced by government schooling, it makes the unthinking academics and pundits feel good when they are relieved of having to make any effort in solving the problems that caused those recessions and depressions in the first place, and instead they can just get their monetary meds right away. (Hmmm. Can we get Big Pharma in on this?)

But these kinds of irresponsible, immediate gratification habits are like drug addictions, and like drug addicts the spending addicts put their entire family into the poor house. And this is what the power-grabbing politicians want, encouraging the people to then beg them for  more “easy money” and other wealth-redistribution schemes to bail them out.

As long as they are further enriched and empowered over others, the politicians and bureaucrats get what they crave with each new power-grabbing vote in Congress, just as the Fed’s manipulations empower the banksters to get new money to fund their bonuses while the politicians’ Fed-stimulated inflation steals even more from the people.

However, America’s immediate gratification society can be seen in other areas now. For example, the cops and prosecutors, and “national security” bureaucrats who get away with warrantless searches and stopping and frisking innocent people. Why wait for a judge to sign a warrant? That takes too long. They crave to do their searches immediately. And even when there’s no suspicion of specific individuals they want to search anyway. And why go through the trouble of coming across some actual individual who is suspicious to then do searches of his emails or phone records? Instead let’s search through and collect and keep a database of all Americans’ emails and phone records, and that way we can then find our needle in the haystack.

So that is a current example of the kind of immediate gratification mindset that Americans have developed in many areas of life — not just economic — over the past century, especially since the implementation of the income tax and the Federal Reserve System.

But such behaviors are those of irresponsibility, and only promote the satisfying of one’s immediate desires with total disregard for ethics and for the future (or for the rights of innocent people in the case of the “security” fanatics).

People want “easy money,” and they want it now. (Especially the banksters.) Don’t wait until you have enough money saved or have enough of an income to afford to buy a house — get a loan NOW and get a mortgage now anyway, and get that house. And spend as much as you can on your credit card, and put yourself in debt. Who cares about your family’s future, as long as you get that stuff you want now.

And the banksters want easy money and bailouts, because they know that regardless how irresponsible their lending practices and their investments are (with their customers‘ money, just as Congress is with taxpayers’ money), they are guaranteed by the government to be free from bankruptcy. And they will keep their jobs (while you lose yours).

You see, such a Keynesian mindset is especially thriving in those who want to have some central authority, the Fed or Congress, to act as “stimulator” of the population’s prosperity, and to dish out food stamps and other goodies, as well as artificially-stimulated interest rates and “easy money” (for the banksters).

Sadly, the masses are being fed the false belief that they are benefiting from these government bureaucrats and those monetary central planners like Helicopters Ben and Janet who hand out the easy money like candy.

But, as Lew Rockwell recently noted, it is the State and its agents who are enriching themselves at the expense of everyone else, while the advocates of freedom and independence, such as Ron Paul, are the ones who want the people liberated from the State’s tentacles and from its exploitation of the people’s labor and livelihoods.

It would be easier to get more people to see that, if only they could overcome their long-ingrained habits of short-sightedness, and their blind faith in the State as a savior.