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Month: March 2020

My 2012 Article on Amerika’s Descent

I wrote this article on LewRockwell.com in March of 2012, a part of my series of articles on the developing police state in Amerika. So I’m reposting this article now for several reasons, mainly for people to compare how society in Amerika has further degenerated since this 2012 article. And also because the people on the left now are even worse in their police-statishness than they were under Obama in 2012, as well as our current “President” Trump being a police statist and I don’t trust him at all. The ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 hysterical panic with government kooks looking like they’re going to declare martial law if anyone with even the sniffles dares to go outside or go to work, as though this coronavirus COVID-19 (that’s similar in severity to the flu) is Ebola. Amerika has degenerated and it’s getting worse. In this article I very much recommend checking out the many linked articles and videos. (Note: I had to replace, remove or update many links, which I also did in my 2012 posting of the article on this blog.)

Can America’s Descent Possibly Be Reversed? (Link to article on LewRockwell.com)

March 30, 2012

Copyright © 2012 by LewRockwell.com (Link to article)

My articles for LRC have been increasingly difficult and frustrating to write. More recently I have been trying to get people to understand America’s current police state. Yes, I have received some favorable emails when my articles have appeared, but there are also ones from those in denial, who refer to me as “nuts,” “conspiracy theorist,” and so on.

Now, to say that America is becoming like Nazi Germany is not an exaggeration. But too many people glance over such assertions in disbelief, perceiving such things as absurdities. They are in denial, and just do not want to believe what’s going on.

In my article on martial law, I emphasized that public officials are obligated to disobey unlawful orders, even those issued by the President of the United States. If the President orders suspension of civil liberties and basic rights protected by the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights, then governors, mayors, state troopers, police officers and military personnel must disobey those unlawful orders. Those officials have sworn to an oath to obey the Constitution, not to obey the President of the United States.

But we’re at war!” some people cry. No, sorry. Regardless of what the warmongers say, there is no time ever to excuse violations of the people’s rights and their liberty, during war or peacetime.

America is dangerous now, but the reason isn’t because of Islamic terrorists – it’s because of government bureaucrats, central planners run amok.

The problem is that bureaucrats who MUST have war and expanded powers, including suppression of civil liberties, will change the laws to suit their narcissistic needs for more power.

And America is dangerous because too many amongst the general population are no longer raised with a sense of moral values and personal responsibility. Americans seem to get easily swept up into a national fervor for war, for killing and death. Just look at these past ten years of destruction that our government has caused overseas, and the American people’s passive acceptance of it based on the government’s emotion-driven propaganda.

One item of evidence of America’s decline in decency and values is how America’s youngsters are so bloodthirstily drawn to the latest pop culture phenomenon called The Hunger Games, #1 on Amazon.com this week. Because of modern Americans’ craving for war and sadism, and because of their widespread support for the Bush-Obama wars of the past decade, Americans have become even more desensitized to violence.

But this series of books supposedly has an anti-war tone or message. However, I wonder how many people who have read the books (or have seen the movie) are more “anti-war” than they were previously.

In continuing their apparent militantly exceptionalist attitude, and with much ignorance as well (especially of Muslims), many Americans now seem to have an insatiable craving for violence, sadism, cruelty, torture, murder, blood and death.

Fifty or sixty years ago, when America was perhaps a little more decent and moral in general than it is now, in no way would so many parents have let their kids see this movie or read the books.

Like The Hunger Games, America has a corrupt, degenerate central government that has grown into a monstrous Leviathan, consisting of professional bureaucrats and politicians who seem to delight in pitting one group of Americans against another, with class warfare and governmental-provocation of racial conflicts, and struggles between police and civilians. It is as though Washington’s political class wants to see conflicts between armed government agents and everyday civilians, via the drug war, the “war on terror,” and thousands and thousands of needless regulations and laws that could cause the most innocent amongst us to be on the receiving end of a criminal S.W.A.T. team raid.

And now, Barack Obama is taking full advantage of the post-9/11 police state apparatus that the Bush-Cheney Administration set up. This is being used, in the name of “keeping us safe” and along with the massively intrusive ObamaCare in the name of “keeping us healthy and insured,” to gain even more control over the people’s lives, their fortunes, their businesses, associations and contracts.

Recent Unconstitutional Acts by Barack Obama and Congress:

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) gives the President the power to have the military arrest and detain indefinitely anyone the president says is a “terrorist,” or a “terrorist supporter,” without providing any evidence against the accused.

NDAA is a clear and present danger to American liberty, a codification of dictatorship, and a treasonous act of turning the U.S. military against the people. And it is the reason why author Chris Hedges is suing Barack Obama.

Some legislators are claiming that they weren’t aware that in NDAA they voted for such removal of due process of Americans, but in fact, they knew exactly what they were doing.

And just recently, Attorney General Eric Holder defended the President’s self-granted power to assassinate Americans based on the President’s own judgment of guilt, without due process, without presenting any evidence of any kind.

But every human being who is accused of something has an inherent right to require that the accuser show evidence to prove such alleged guilt. No circumstances are too important – not wars, terrorism, and not economic collapse – that the government or Presidents be relieved of their burden to show evidence against the accused.

Infowars.com recently compared these Washington policies to similar police state policies of Chile’s dictator General Augusto Pinochet during the 1970s. The NDAA law could now be considered as Washington’s reactionary and desperate response to political dissent and economic collapse.

Obama’s most recent extreme overreach was his signing the Executive Order, the National Defense Resources Preparedness (NDRP) order, which gives the President complete control over all resources within the U.S. territory including water and agriculture, energy, transportation and food, during war or emergency. But this revised version gives the President such supreme powers in peacetime.

In this new example of totalitarianism the President also seizes control over the nation’s labor forces, and it is not merely a demand to conscript Americans into the military, but to conscript Americans to serve in other non-military labor capacities, and during peacetime as well. (Hmmm. Sounds a little like communism, if you ask me.)

And with the FEMA camps, there is plenty of evidence that the U.S. government either foresees or is planning for some sort of catastrophic event, economic collapse, or civil unrest. In an intensive investigation by former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura and Alex Jones, the investigators found one “residential center” (video here [no longer available]), with locked doors, barbed wire fencing facing the inside of the property, and a children’s playground. Officials at the center refused to give information about what the place was for. Investigators also found stacks of hundreds of thousands of coffins and plans for mass graves. Investigators found plenty of evidence that camps and rendition sites are to be used to deal with possible massive political dissent in America. (more here, here, here, here, and here)

Analysis

No doubt many readers dismiss all this as “conspiracy theory,” and FEMA probably has its explanations such as preparations for possible biological warfare, mass epidemics, and so forth. (And we all know, after Katrina, just how competent FEMA is in managing disasters.) That all these acts by federal U.S. government bureaucrats – NDAA, NDRP, the power to detain or assassinate Americans without showing evidence against the accused, the FEMA camps and prison-like facilities – could actually be meant for devious purposes by political power-grabbers is something that most people just would not want to acknowledge. The thought that the U.S. government and U.S. military could be designating the American people as the enemy is a frightening thought.

Now, some people believe that Obama is using his new military dictatorship and detainment camps on behalf of various left-wing groups, such as the Weather Underground, to “transform America” into communist rule. But many of these police state policies and Homeland Security intrusions were begun by the Bush Administration and even by previous administrations, such as Jimmy Carter who first signed FEMA into existence, and the Reagan Administration that included Oliver North acting out of the White House basement and who eagerly called for martial law at the drop of a hat.

However, we also have seen testimony from the 1970s by an FBI agent who infiltrated the Weather Underground, and who described how academic types such as Bill Ayers were allegedly plotting to bring down the U.S. government to make way for foreign communist regimes to occupy America, and that resisters and dissenters would be “eliminated.” Here is a brief video of the FBI agent’s descriptions:

Now, here is what I would say if I were really conspiratorial: I would suggest that the neocons’ aggressions overseas, with invasions and occupations, sanctions, and destroying Muslim countries to create blowback against America and to expand U.S. governmental powers abroad and at home, were to intentionally weaken America’s security and economy to help those leftist organizations. But I’m not saying that. (Although, those incompetent neocon central planners sure have been useful idiots for those leftists, at the very least).

But then, there really could be reason to suspect the neocon architects who screwed up the Middle East as having possible communist sympathies, given that several founding members of the neoconservative movement had been unapologetic “former” Trotskyites who seemed just as devoted to spreading their vision globally as were the communists.

These Cheney-Wolfowitz-Kristol neoconservatives are certainly not “conservative.” Their policies are fascist, with their passion for coveting the wealth and natural resources of foreigners and seizing control over so much property and resources in their own country.

But in my opinion, fascism is really communism with a mere façade of “private property.” Like the communists (and the Nazis), the neocons have been invading country after country (as has been their plan, especially in the Middle East), some covertly. Since 1990 the invasions and occupations have been more overt and for the purpose of expanding U.S. government bureaucracies and military and for U.S. government hegemony worldwide. (Hmmm. They sound like communists to me.)

Ben O’Neill’s recent article on the West’s economic structure tells us of the government-corporate complex, the breakdown of the rule of law, and how the political elites strive to maintain and strengthen their political and police powers at all costs.

The one major commonality between the neoconservatives and the Obama leftists is that both groups love central planning. But it is central planning that has been the cause for much of the destruction of modern civilization, in the Soviet Union, the current European Union and the United States. The left and the neocons have their utopian views of the ideal society, both being authoritarian, with total government control over the people.

As O’Neill points out, the central planning elites use war and conquest to foment nationalist fervor from the masses to get them to passively accept the elites’ massive intrusions, predations and crimes against them. The latest hysteria is the rush to war with Iran, based on propaganda that the government spoon-feeds the masses, despite Iran’s being completely surrounded by U.S. military bases and Israel having hundreds of nukes.

Obama has taken on the neocons’ warmongering abroad and domestic police state, combined with his seizing control over just about every aspect of daily life in America (e.g. ObamaCare). Now many Americans are leaving the country in droves, even though the government has been making it difficult for the people to leave, just as it was with the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.

This East German-born woman describes how the communists took everything away from the people and attempted to indoctrinate them to love the communist State. America was not meant to be this way.

Conclusion

The way out of this is to accept the fact that compulsory central planning leads to tyranny, and that we must decentralize America in order to save it. The Soviet Union learned the hard way.

But at least some states are trying to defend themselves from federal tyranny through nullification, of ObamaCare, and now of the NDAA law especially. So at least there’s some hope. (In this video, Hans-Hermann Hoppe explains the dangers of centralization and the advantages of small states.)

In our current situation of de facto martial law, now is a good time to remind governors, mayors, police, national guardsmen and military that any federal orders to arrest or detain Americans without charges or evidence, any suspension of one’s civil liberties and right to due process, are unlawful orders that military, state and local officials are obligated to disobey. If you know you have done nothing wrong, you have a right to defend yourself against unlawful arrest or detainment, and a right to resist being brought against your will to rendition camps.

Rational Information Is Better Than Fear-Mongering Propaganda with Coronavirus

Government bureaucrats and media stenographers have been inciting panic and hysteria all over Amerika related to coronavirus COVID-19, and causing people to be frantically clearing out store shelves, like a disaster is approaching.

Meanwhile, the Dow is improving after last week’s crash of 3,500 points. But the media and corrupt government scum are causing this totally unnecessary panic.

Here is a good article at Cato, by Alan Reynolds. The Misleading Arithmetic of COVID-19 Death Rates

Some snips:

A Chinese study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, February 20, found a “case‐​fatality rate” of 2.3%, meaning 1,023 died out of 44,672 cases. But the total sample in that study (72,314) included an additional 27,642 non‐​confirmed cases, and simply including cases (let alone unreported minor cases) would have reduced the fatality rate to 1.4%. China‐​based estimates are largely confined to cases with the most severe symptoms, so it should be no surprise that the reported death rate among severe cases is much higher than it would be if the data also included “most people” who “have a mild disease and get better.” The risk of infecting more people is also more severe in China data, since severe cases are concentrated and transmitted in hospitals. This can also lead to overstated estimates of how many people are infected by someone with COVID-19, including the WHO “reproduction number” estimate of 1.4–2.5, which is mainly based on evidence from China.

It is worth noting that have also been 45,393 known recoveries from COVID-19 (compared to 3048 cumulative deaths) and, importantly, recoveries have been outnumbering new cases.

If the WHO estimate of 4351 confirmed cases amounted to 30% of the actual number infected outside of China at that time, for example, then the combined total of both unreported and confirmed cases would be 4351 divided by 0.30 or 14,503. In that case, the actual death rate would 67 divided by 14,503, or less than one half of one percent (0.46%). Also, such death rates in the recent past are likely to come down over time, because they happened before promising new clinical trials of antiviral drugs that proved effective against more deadly viruses such as SARS, HIV and Ebola.

Related to all this regarding the government and media’s irresponsible and shameful incitement of panic with the coronavirus COVID-19 (like it’s Ebola or something!), back in 2009 at the time of the hysterical H1N1 “swine flu” panic, I wrote,

In Massachusetts, a bill passed both houses of the legislature in response to H1N1 Flu pandemic hysteria, that will give “authorities” the power to, without warrant, forcibly enter private homes of people suspected of having that illness, and either force vaccinations or “quarantine” them if they refuse, or they would face heavy fines and/or imprisonment. I don’t know if Gov. Patrick has signed it or intends to. It depends on how pro- or anti-civil liberties he is.

It is interesting how people on the left and Democrats were in the past very pro-civil liberties and individual rights. I think that’s changed.

And, with any further government or Federal government control over the entire health and medical care system, the police state mentality and hysteria might very well increase.

And,

Is it really a good idea that the government mandate things like flu vaccines or H1N1 flu vaccines or any vaccines? No, it’s not a good idea. People have a right to choose what medications to take or what chemicals get injected in their bodies.

With the H1N1 flu this year and Federal and state governments’ overreactions, suggestions of martial law have been made, and these kind of threats of intrusions, along with the intrusions  health care fascists are threatening in the proposals for government medicine, is why we should be alarmed.

This news story here is about health care workers protesting mandatory H1N1 vaccines for lack of testing and/or reliability and safety, and also notes the overreaction of the government is similar to overreaction of the government in the past, such as in 1976 when more people were killed by swine flu vaccine than swine flu itself.

This news story is about studies questioning the effectiveness of the regular flu shot. And this article is about why the flu vaccine doesn’t really work.

Parents in New Jersey have been protesting the state’s mandating of flu vaccines for preschool children, and given how past government mandates of vaccines, such as that of HPV which caused deaths, as explained here by Karen De Coster, the parents have good reason to be angry.

First, people have a right to be left alone. They have a right to be presumed innocent, and presumed “in good health,” and otherwise left alone, especially by government. Sweeping mandates that affect everybody is not going to protect the public from any flu. ADVISING people of the best way to keep themselves healthy and to prevent colds, flu, H1N1 etc., is a good idea, but not forcing something on people, especially vaccines that have potentially dangerous chemicals that could be more harmful than the actual virus itself.

Hysteria and panic are emotions that can cause people to behave irrationally, and, given the irrationality of the Obama Administration in just about every policy it wants to force on us, as well as the Deval Patrick Administration in Massachusetts, we can do without it.

I can’t believe all but one of those links are still working after 10 years.

Some more articles I linked to at that time:

Alex Newman: Risks of the Swine Flu Vaccine

Paul Joseph Watson: New Study Finds Link Between Flu Shot, H1N1 Pandemic

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And some recent articles that make very good points about all this:

Jon Rappoport on 5G and the China epidemic.

Gary Barnett has an article on the fear and panic that government and its media lapdogs are inciting with their coronavirus COVID-19 panic and hysteria.

And Bill Sardi has more information on that, and says it might not even be a “virus.”

News and Commentary

Jacob Hornberger comments on repealing America’s welfare state.

Whitney Webb: The media’s deafening silence on Mike Bloomberg’s ties to Jeffrey Epstein and other criminals.

Philip Giraldi: Seth Rich, Julian Assange, and Dana Rohrabacher – Will we ever know the truth about the stolen DNC files?

Laurence Vance on the importance of tax deductions.

William Hartung: Trump is trying to ride on the Pentacon gravy train to reelection.

Mandy Smithberger on creating a national insecurity state: spending more, seeing less.

Danny Sjursen says, Happy Afghanistan Surrender Day!

And Jonathan Turley on the Undemocratic Party’s snubbing of the voters’ choices.

Joe Biden: Corrupt Warmonger Drug-Warrior Statist

John Solomon: Debunking some of the Ukrainian scandal myths about Biden and election interference. And, Once secret memos cast doubt on Joe Biden’s Ukraine story.

Natalie Dowzicky: Joe Biden: warmonger.

Brittany Hunter: Joe Biden: the architect of America’s disastrous war on drugs.

Max Blumenthal: Joe Biden fueled the Latin American migration crisis

Jonathan Turley: Joe Biden’s attempt to silence news media reports on Biden family corruption.

And Peter Schweizer: How five members of Joe Biden’s family got rich through his connections.

An Unnecessary COVID-19 “State of Emergency” Based on Ignorance, Panic and Hysteria

The hysterical governor of Washington state Jay Inslee has issued a “state of emergency” in his state, because that is where the U.S.’s first death from coronavirus a.k.a. COVID-19 has occurred.

Never mind the fact that the victim was in his late 50s and was already battling other health problems. It is important to note that the virus is mainly severely affecting those with other illnesses.

Prior to this point, the hysterical news media have only been giving partial information on this coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. For the most part, they have not been mentioning that the virus will have a much worse effect on those with other medical conditions or diseases.

And when the newscasters are doing a story regarding coronavirus COVID-19 they do not mention the low mortality rate of generally 2%. That is important, and reminding the news consumers of those facts can help to ease tensions and fears.

But nooooo. So the media in general get an F- from me up to this point for their panic-incitement newscasts in their either ignorant or deliberate omission of certain aspects of this case. The media are a shameful bunch of lazy and ignorant morons and/or politically-motivated propagandists.

Up until now in most if not all newscasts, on my local radio or on national newscasts news anchors and reporters have not been mentioning China’s low mortality rate of coronavirus COVID-19 at roughly 2% to 3.8%, and lower in other areas. The rate is higher for elderly people, however.

And that compares to 15% for the SARS outbreak in 2003! But I don’t remember ANY of this kind of hysteria among government officials and the corrupt CDC in Washington or the news media at that time! So, why is it different now?

Not only that but a further explanation as to why the LOW mortality rate for coronavirus COVID-19 now includes the fact that it only affects mostly healthy people in the same way that the flu would affect them. Of course more vulnerable people like those with other medical conditions and the elderly may be affected worse. For example, for SARS back in 2003 the mortality rate for elderly people was about 50%.

And given that coronavirus COVID-19 affects especially the respiratory system, those who already have respiratory issues should definitely avoid going to China. China is much more polluted than the U.S., no?

And thus smokers are also in the high-risk category. Perhaps stopping smoking would be a good idea, which people should do anyway. Rush Limbaugh, with his “formerly nicotine stained fingers,” was a big smoker, which he gave up a few years ago. Although he still smokes cigars (I think) and now he has been diagnosed with lung cancer. So, if I were Rush Limbaugh, I would avoid going to China (and give up the cigars if he hasn’t already).

So anyway, this is NOT an “emergency,” Jay Inslee. Exactly one year ago today, that hysterical governor of Washington state Inslee had announced his run for the presidency, made his campaign’s single issue being “climate change” hysteria, but dropped out of the race already by August. So, hysterical climate change crusader Inslee is now an hysterical coronavirus COVID-19 panic-inciter.

And I see that Robert Wenzel has some commonsense and non-hysterical analysis on the current coronavirus scare. Try to calm down, people.

But the news media now are SO bad with this. Some of the conspiratorial radio talk show personalities including Rush Limbaugh have been suggesting that some people are exaggerating the actual severity of the outbreak to deliberately cause panic and affect the stock markets as we saw all last week.

The Dow dropped 3,500 points. Doh! If this economic downturn turns into recession or depression then it obviously could affect the 2020 presidential election (and I’m sure it’s already affecting people’s investments and pensions!).

So, are people really suggesting that the Trump-hating activists in the bureaucracy and the dinosaur news media really want a financial crash as a way to blame Trump for it and cause him to lose the election? Are they THAT obsessed with removing Trump?

But even with SARS in 2003, when the ultra-hated George W. Bush was President, I didn’t see any of this extreme, fanatical stuff. What we’re seeing now, especially if there’s any validity in the aforementioned conspiracy theory, is total pathological craziness.

You know, given how deranged many in the government and the media (redundant?) are now, and how ignorant they are, it would not surprise me. And we know just how irrationally fanatical they are in their hatred of Donald Trump, as they make stuff up and have been attempting to frame him and impeach him.

In fact, the CDC bureaucrat who has been inciting fear and panic in her dire warnings of disease and death throughout the U.S., “Dr.” Nancy Messonnier, is the sister of former deputy AG Rod Rosenstein(!), who was himself deeply involved in the FISA spying scandal and who wanted to be “wired up” in order to record Trump with the purpose of using the 25th Amendment to remove him from office! Can you believe this?

When I was in high school, I watched “Guiding Light” when I got home from school. No, really. I would sit down at the desk and do my homework while watching the “Guiding Light,” as I had to see what would happen next with the Bauers and Rita Stapleton. And I thought some of the stories were quite weird and far-fetched. But now we have this Trump-Russia obsession, “Russia meddling” (when it’s really the CIA meddling, duh), impeachment based on nothing, and now this coronavirus hype and panic incitement. You want to say, “You can’t make this stuff up,” but it makes “Guiding Light” look extremely reality-based and believable.

So, these people in the government in Warshington are real creeps, aren’t they? They’re just very bad people, in my view. And the creeps in China are just as bad, with their evil surveillance and social media “credit scores,” trying to “nudge” people into having or expressing the correct political views, and nudge them into obediently repeating praise of their government.

China sucks in may ways now. Polluted, coronavirus, social and political oppression. But sadly, the pinko commie Bernie Sanders wants to have his own China-like Politburo and rule over a government in Washington with complete economic and political control over the whole society. And I don’t think that CIA asset Mayor Pete Nuttynudge is that much different. These drooling power-hungry demagogues are madmen. But Trump, with his tribalist, anti-foreigner anti-immigrant collectivism, Trump is not that much different from the Chinese rulers. With all Trump’s controls over immigration, labor and employment, he himself is being the communist in claiming government ownership over the territory and the lives of the people. Freedom is a foreign concept to these psychopaths.

Now, regarding coronavirus COVID-19, people should do what, I hope, they already do to protect themselves from the flu or colds, washing their hands especially when getting home from being out, or when getting to work, and taking extra Vitamins D and C. Bill Sardi has this article in which he says he WANTS to get coronavirus COVID-19. But I think he is in his 70s now according to what I read in his past articles, so he might want to think twice about that. (Hmm, didn’t he even have an article telling about his recent heart attack? Not good.) Sardi says that, besides extra Vitamin D you should also take Zinc, which is very important for many reasons. And Sardi also says that getting a vaccine is NOT a good idea, which I agree with. And I will conclude by mentioning Bretigne Shaffer’s important article on the mainstream media propagandists smearing alternative and nutritional medicine and their promoting the very dangerous “Tamiflu.”

News and Commentary

Jon Rappoport: China coronavirus hype straight out of the CDC flu playbook, and Coronavirus covert operation.

Dana Loesch: The Bloomberg Oppo List.

Ron Paul: Trump’s betrayal of Julian Assange.

Aaron Kesel: Assange’s lawyer says U.S. government wanted to kill WikiLeaks founder and make it look like an accident.

Caitlin Johnstone: The Julian Assange case: Should journalists be punished for exposing war crimes?

Daniel Lazare asks, Did WikiLeaks put lives at risk?

Patrick Cockburn: With WikiLeaks, Julian Assange did what all journalists should do.

Zero Hedge: Chief magistrate in Assange extradition received financial benefits from shadowy groups.

Neenah Payne: Ron Paul and Jennifer Zeng warn Americans about socialism.

Jacob Hornberger: Socialism in America.

Richard Ebeling: The technocrats will not save us.

Thomas DiLorenzo: Secession fever in America: What would Lincoln think?

Robert Wenzel: The confused plastic bag haters.

John Hanna: New Jersey public schools to teach LGBT ideology in every subject.

Sheldon Richman: Might you be a libertarian?

Dave DeCamp: Intelligence [sic] officials sow discord by stoking fear of Russian election meddling.

Byron York asks, Is the intelligence [sic] community planning to meddle in the 2020 election?

Laurence Vance: Minimum-wage laws, child-labor laws, and overtime-pay laws have no place in a free society.

Donald Boudreaux: Free trade in ten easy points.

Bill Blunden: The bogus Big Brother-Big Tech brawl over backdoors.

Gary Barnett: Another whistleblower “suicide”: Philip Haney.

Danny Sjursen: Where have you gone, Smedley Butler?

William Luther asks, Why is Maduro pushing the Petro?

James Bovard: Mass college hunger is a statistical sham.

And Justin Murray: Why it’s so hard to escape America’s “anti-poverty” programs.