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Bureaucrats Uneasy Over Cryptocurrencies

Monetary central planning bureaucrats all over the world including U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are getting more paranoid over the popularity of cryptocurrencies.

Mnuchin held a press conference this week and made it perfectly clear that the gubmint will not tolerate people trying to keep their financial activities anonymous. And he doesn’t like the new proposed Facebook digital currency “Libra.”

Government bureaucrats can’t stand the idea of not being able to track the people’s activities, especially their financial activities. Control is very important to control freaks.

Besides control and tracking, the government’s monopoly over money, easy money and easy credit, is their way to legally and stealthily steal from the people or parasite off them. So this reminded me of Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s article on why the State demands control of money, which I very much recommend.

Donald Trump Hates Socialism – Except That … He LOVES Socialism

Jacob Hornberger responds to Donald Trump‘s recent tweets of “America, love it or leave it!” and that “We will never be a Socialist or Communist Country…” and Hornberger explains that America turned socialist long ago and that Trump and the conservatives have supported socialist policies for decades and decades.

Some examples that Hornberger gives include Social Security, Medicare, government “public” schools, immigration controls and the national security state. They all involve income confiscation and redistribution, and central planning.

And as I wrote in my July, 2016 article, Libertarians for Socialism, Trump wrote on his campaign website (no longer available, but Wayback Machine snapshot here), government must “make sure that no one slips through the cracks simply because they cannot afford insurance. We must review basic options for Medicaid and work with states to ensure that those who want healthcare coverage can have it.”

And I wrote:

As Trump made clear in his interview last September with Scott Pelley on 60 Minutes, Trump is “going to take care of everybody,” and that “the government’s gonna pay for it.” And he promised to fund all that by raising taxes on the wealthy. In his February appearance on a CNN Town Hall with Anderson Cooper, Trump stated that while he wants to repeal ObamaCare he nevertheless likes the mandate because he doesn’t want “people dying on the streets.” In reference to his Medicaid expansion proposal (which he referred to as “Medicare” in the CNN interview), Trump stated, “That’s not single payer, by the way. That’s called heart. We gotta take care of people that can’t take care of themselves.”

And by “we” he doesn’t mean private charities or businesses, which is the free-market way, but government, which is the failed socialist way.

Here is The Donald in the interview with Scott Pelley, in which Trump explains his support for single-payer, government-run health care:

I also wrote in that article, which appeared on EconomicPolicyJournal.com:

And socialist programs in the U.S. such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are collapsing. But Donald Trump won’t touch Social Security, and, according to his official campaign website, won’t cut anyone’s entitlements.

Obviously that last link which was on Trump’s own campaign website, is no longer available. (Why is there a picture of Hillary on that “Oops!” page?) Here is that page on the Wayback Machine.

Trump won’t touch entitlements because he believes in socialist redistribution of wealth schemes, which is what all those entitlement programs are. He is a socialist.

And this video is a compilation of different Trump interviews and talks in which Trump contradicts Trump and flip-flops like a Romney impersonator.

Anyway, Trump should not say that America will never be a socialist country, when it is a socialist country in many respects. And he can’t say that he is not a socialist when in actuality all his policies are socialist policies. He is one of the most anti-free market, anti-capitalism, anti-private property authoritarian Presidents we have ever had.

So Trump is clueless about what America is all about, which is voluntary exchange and free markets and free trade, not compulsory exchange and government-controlled trade, and America is about private property rights and the voluntary contract. Trump is the one who doesn’t like America and wants to impose governmental intrusions into the economy and into the lives of the people.

Yes, his tax cuts helped to get businesses to raise their wages and salaries and give employees bonuses, and make more investments. But Trump still loves the income tax and doesn’t want to abolish it, despite its being a fundamental aspect of the socialist society that he envisions. The income tax is government theft of private property and wealth because it is based on an involuntary exchange, based on coercion and threats. No different from a robber demanding your money or else.

In the end, Trump is no different from the other socialists, from Elizabeth Warren to George W. Bush. Oh, well.

More News and Commentary

Walter Williams says that things haven’t always been this way.

Ron Paul on conservatives against liberty.

Laurence Vance on the problem with Republicans and conservatives.

Ray McGovern says the Robert Mueller testimony, if it happens, will be well worth watching.

Gideon Levy with an article on the Gazans who lost everything in an Israeli bombing.

Lobe Log: FBI surveillance of Iranians after the downing of flight 655 in 1988.

Kevin Gosztola says that CNN twisted embassy surveillance records to attack Julian Assange.

William Hartung on Eisenhower’s worst nightmare.

Gary Barnett says that war is the American way of life.

Jacob Hornberger discusses Pompeo’s big lie on Iran.

If you want a lengthy, detailed discussion on what a free society would actually look like, Laurence Vance has that here.

And South Front on the expanding global footprint of U.S. Special Oops.

Trump’s “Racist Tweets,” And Pressley Ordering Black People to Only Have a “Black Voice”

Before I address the Dear Leader’s series of “racist tweets” directed at 4 “congresswomen of color,” Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib, I wanted to first respond to some comments made by Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Marxachusetts).

This past weekend, Pressley spoke to some people and she stated, “This is the time to shake that table. … We don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice. We don’t need any more black faces that don’t want to be a black voice…”

I really don’t understand what it is with these people on the left who seem to be extremely obsessed with race and skin color. Why does Pressley insist that someone with a “brown or black face” MUST be a “brown voice,” or a “black voice”?

And what exactly is a “black voice”? What if a black person wants to go to Washington and express a voice of FREEDOM, regardless of race?

And who the hell cares about skin color?! Does this mean that I should refer to Ayanna Pressley as Black Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, since she finds it so important to be a “black face with a black voice”? How about calling her a “Congressblack”?

Even the Congressional Black Carcass is siding with Madame Establishment Speaker Pelosi against the four “Congresswomen of color.”

But seriously, if I were a black person going to Congress, I would be a voice for freedom, regardless of what my skin color is. Repeal each and every drug law and abolish the DEA, repeal the income tax and abolish the IRS, dismantle the entire national security state and get rid of the evil CIA, FBI, NSA, DHS, TSA, and all the rest of them. Those totalitarian agencies violate the lives, liberty and property of black people, white people, Hispanic people, Irish, Italian, everyone.

Why are the people on the left so obsessed with race and skin color? And gender and sexuality as well?

Now about Donald Trump’s “racist tweets.” He basically said that those four Congresswomenpeople should go back to the countries they came from, even though three of the four were born in the U.S. and all 4 are U.S. citizens.

Divided into three tweets, The Donald wrote, “So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly……….and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how……..it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”

So obviously Trump doesn’t understand the First Amendment, which explicitly protects the right of the people to criticize their government and propose changes to it and to its policies. Duh, Donald.

After all, wasn’t it Trump throughout the whole 2016 campaign who was criticizing just about everything that Bush and Obama had been doing and their terrible policies and wars and all that? So maybe Trump should go back to where HE came from, and “help fix the totally broken and crime infested places,” etc., etc. (And where is Trump from again? Oh yeah, that foreign regime of New York City.)

Yes, “Brainwashed”

Here is just a brief response to those who are bothered by my calling others “brainwashed.” Yes, when people repeat the lies and propaganda of the “authorities” about this or that issue and also condemn those who disagree or those who bring up contradicting facts and then the brainwashed ones demand that the naysayers be silenced or jailed or even put to death, then we have “brainwashed” people.

Have you heard many people calling for the silencing, jailing or killing of “anti-vaxxers,” of “climate change deniers,” or of others who speak up against the propaganda?

Many in the news media are so bad, they merely repeat word for word the propaganda of government officials, such as the CDC, college professors getting government grants to “study” the climate, the FBI, DHS, the Pentacon and so on, without any fact-checking or doing any actual investigative research. The media fake newsers just take the “authorities” word for it. “Good enough for me,” they say.

Another example: after 9/11 the news every day was Muslim, Muslim, Muslim, Osama bin Laden, Iraq, Saddam Hussein, over and over and over, every day for months, and continuing for YEARS! Nothing about Saudi Arabia. Hmmm, I wonder why THAT was?

And when people actually pointed out that the U.S. government had been bombing Iraq and other parts over there especially for the 10 years before 9/11, since H.W. Bush started his war of aggression on Iraq, those who brought that up were called apologists for terrorists, enablers, “blaming America,” and all that.

So yes, especially after 9/11 we had a lot of brainwashed sheeple supporting the wars of aggression by the U.S. military against Iraq and Afghanistan because they believed all the propaganda coming from the news media who mainly repeat word for word whatever Bush Jr. and Dick Cheney told them.

And the news media when discussing vaccines never mention all the vaccine injury cases and the fact that the feds have paid out $4 billion in compensation payments, and other facts about vaccines. They merely repeat word for word what the CDC says. “Never question authority” is the motto of those unthinking slaves in the news media. (Except Sharyl Attkisson, of course.)

And on the climate change stuff, do the masses really understand that the climate has been changing, with warming periods and ice ages, for hundreds of millions of years now? They repeat the “97% of climate scientists agree….” mantra even though it is a myth. The hypnotized ones use arguments based on fraudulent and skewed testing. The brainwashed sheeple have been useful idiots for the corrupt Al Goreans and the Ed Markeys whose main goal isn’t preventing the climate from changing (which is impossible) but higher taxes and more and more government theft of the workers and producers of society. It’s just a ruse to steal more from the people.

So, yes I refer to people as “brainwashed,” in the nationalist flag-worship stuff, the vaccine worship stuff, and the left’s race-obsession and “social justice” stuff. If the shoe fits…

As we have seen from the censorship campaigns all over the world now, including in the U.S. and the persecution of WikiLeaks and the attempted silencing of truth-tellers especially those who expose government abuses and criminality, I want to get as much out there as possible, before the Internet becomes regulated i.e. impossible to tell the truth about those who need to be exposed. Sorry if people don’t like being called “brainwashed.”

Are You a Brainwashed Vaccine Sheeple?

I’ve recently written about how “brainwashed” many people are in our society. The nationalists who suffer from cognitive dissonance about the “unalienable rights” of the Declaration of Independence” while at the same time rationalizing the U.S. government’s bombings and mass murders of millions over the past 70+ years, as well as rationalizing their support for authoritarian policies like the drug war and the war on immigrants. They are like trying to force a square peg into a round hole in their brainwashed worship of their distorted view of “America” totally different from what the Founders envisioned.

And then I made reference to the people on the left with their brainwashed race obsession, their needing to let violent criminals get away with their violent crimes, and the leftist Big Tech and social media companies and other corporate entities censoring certain points of view such as conservatives, and based on ignorance and misinformation (because those corporate SJWs are brainwashed!).

But now there’s an article about a mother who could see for her own eyes her little child’s terrible reaction later the same day of his vaccine shots. Just look at all the brainwashed denial of vaccine injury among medical “professionals,” teachers and social workers, and the rest of the people the lady had to deal with.

First, they were telling her that the boy had “autism,” and that vaccines don’t cause autism, whereas what she is saying is that the boy’s “medical symptoms were precisely what the vaccine side effects stated: encephalopathy, inflammation, immunological dysfunction, and seizures.” So the little boy experienced vaccine injury! But brainwashed sheeple who worship Big Pharma don’t want to or can’t admit that.

And she goes on to detail her ordeal with trying to file a vaccine adverse reaction report, she says, “My relentless journey to simply expose the reality of vaccine injury has been one obvious strategic plan.”

That’s because we have a society of brainwashed zombies, in denial of these facts of vaccines and other pharmaceutical poisons, just like the brainwashed climate fanatics and other kinds of brainwashing now.

People just don’t understand the stranglehold that the pharmaceutical companies have over the medical profession and the media. The establishment medical profession, that is. People throughout the society have been inundated with infomercials and “news” stories on this or that vaccine or pharmaceutical drug, with discussions and analysis by “expert” consultants (paid by Merck, Glaxo, Pfizer, etc, etc., of course). This has been going on for decades. Many doctors and Big Pharma employees have gotten rich by spreading misinformation, lies and propaganda.

But if you want to believe that vaccines don’t cause injuries or cognitive and neurological issues, then you go right ahead. That’s up to you.

And also, I would like to post an article by Jon Rappoport, who says his WordPress blog is still down and he’s trying to find a different place, I think. But he wrote most recently about vaccine damage done to children, whose brains are still in a very critical early stage of development.

He writes:

To be sure, there are MANY children who are severely damaged. No one is denying that. But why call it autism, if this pretense of a definition is all they have?

For example, for the children who are neurologically damaged by vaccines, call it what it is: VACCINE DAMAGE. That’s clear. It points directly to a cause. And we know that vaccines contain highly toxic metals. Aluminum, for example. Mercury, another poison, hasn’t been totally eliminated from some vaccines. There are other chemicals in vaccines, such as formaldehyde, which are toxic.

Obviously, using the label, autism, covers up the fact that vaccines have been doing great damage to children. Using the term autism obscures the fact that vaccine manufacturers are criminally liable, and potentially on the hook for hundreds of billions of dollars in law suits.

Shame on the medical profession for their obedient enslavement to the pharmaceutical industry and their brainwashed spreading of misinformation and compromising the health of their patients.

Now, I know a lot of people don’t like to be called “brainwashed,” but if the shoe fits…(maybe try to get yourself deprogrammed?)

More on Fascism and Socialism in Amerika

Jacob Hornberger on Ricardo Salinas’s statist solution to the immigration problem.

Daniel Lazare says that Robert Mueller is in a pickle now that a judge has shut down half of Mueller’s Russia interference case

Aaron Maté says that Mueller’s own report undercuts its core Russia meddling claims.

Robert Wenzel explains how to smash Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s climate scare lunacy (using her own method).

The Daily Caller with an article on Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff admitting to what the Green New Deal is all about (not the climate).

Michael Krieger says that Alex Acosta reportedly claimed that Jeffrey Epstein “belonged to intelligence [sic]”

Kurt Nimmo on the crimes of the CIA and FBI, they only matter when the political class is targeted.

Dave DeCamp says it’s about time we recognize what fuels terrorism.

MassPrivateI on Gen Z adults encouraging each other to sign up for facial recognition at music festivals.

Barbara Boland says that Americans are shocked to find that their rights literally vanish at U.S. airports.

Ron Paul on the anti-Iran warmongers.

David Stockman on “Pusillanimous Powell”: pivoting toward subzero junk.

Richard Ebeling on progressive promises and the cost to liberty.

And Philip Giraldi on the death of privacy: government fearmongers to read your mail. (Don’t they do that already?)

More Brainwashed Loony-Tunes

Yes, Donald Trump is horrible when it comes to immigration, trade, the war on drugs, and many other socialist/fascist policies. He LOVES government central planning. But the people on the left are getting worse and worse, as they, too, go after innocent people, and are becoming increasingly “unhinged,” and crazed.

In a recent spat via Twitter and interviews, Speaker Nancy Lugosi seemed to scold four of her fellow Democrats who voted against a border security bill, which Kellyanne Conway then said or tweeted, “Major Meow Mashup with @SpeakerPelosi brushing back anti-humanitarian border aid fresh-women @AOC @IlhanMN @AyannaPressley @RashidaTlaib,” according to The Hill.

A “mashup”? As in the “Monster Mash”? Or Justin Amashup? And yes, they are “fresh women,” as they are obviously “fresh,” in my view.

After which, “Freshwoman” Congresswomanperson Ayanna Pressley, who wants to lower the voting age to 16, tweeted, “@KellyannePolls oh hi Distraction Becky. Remember that time your boss tore babies from their mothers’ arms and threw them in cages? Yeah take a seat and keep my name out of your lying mouth.” (“Fresh” much?)

Now, I’ve seen the name “Becky” mentioned before, and when looking that up, I see that Wikipedia notes that “Becky” is “increasingly functioning as an epithet, and being used especially to refer to a white woman who is ignorant of both her privilege and her prejudice.”

In other words, it is a racial epithet, being used by an apparent racist, in this case a racist black person who is insulting a white person with a racial term.

And this is what our society is becoming. It’s okay to spew racist language directed toward a white person, but it’s not okay to do so toward a black person. Well, as Rodney King would say, “Can’t we all just get along?” And what ever happened to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “content of one’s character” philosophy?

Nope. The people on the Hard Left are obsessed with race, gender, and sexual issues. Identity politics is their thing. But then, that’s the thing for those on the other side as well. The anti-immigration, anti-foreigner droolers like Donald Trump and Ann Coultard. But whatever.

And then in Detroit, a music festival called, “AfroFuture Fest,” decided to charge white concert-goers twice for a ticket than they were charging black people. Or, “POC” vs. non-“POC.” That stands for “People of Color,” so apparently they don’t realize that those letters also refer to something else, but in a negative way. Yes, they actually used “POC.”

But because of a lot of blowback, “AfroFuture Fest” reversed the policy. However, they reversed the policy not because of seeing the racist-motivated injustice of treating some people differently than others based on race, but because they said there were racist “threats from white supremacists.”

Right. “White supremacists” are interested in attending a music festival by “AfroFuture.”

One of Ayanna Pressley’s ideological cohorts, Boston’s Suffolk County DA Rachael Rollins, is one of those prosecutors who has dropped many cases or reduced charges to prevent prison time supposedly non-violent crimes such as shoplifting, but also, according to the Boston Globe, 11 assault or assault and battery charges. That’s not exactly non-violent.

In one of those cases, a guy was accused of punching his wife in the face. In another case, a guy assaulted a lady and her dog and gave the lady fractured skull and other injuries, “traumatic brain injury, speech and vision impairments, permanent hearing loss in one ear, vertigo, and other serious medical issues.” They gave him a “two-year suspended sentence with three years probation, and (he) was ordered to stay away from the victim...”

In an op-ed, Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe wrote that Rollins is one of those “social justice” DAs, and “that we should exempt groups of people from having to obey the law is an insult to them and a destructive form of pandering, because it suggests that these people are lesser beings than those we expect to obey the law.”

Rollins responds by stating, “If the person presents with mental health issues, substance use disorder, homelessness, or poverty, we’re going to pause just for a moment to see who is this person in front of us … Before branding someone with a criminal record, we just want to pause if they have some of those characteristics.

No, Rachael, in a civilized society you don’t physically attack someone, or violate anyone’s person or property. “Mental health issues, substance use disorder, homelessness, or poverty” are irrelevant to someone acting on his own free will to hurt others.

If this is the way the “Justice” system is going in America, then it’s time to privatize that (as well as everything else!).

So I was listening to Jeff Kuhner discussing that issue the other day, talking about “Racist Rachael” and he has written about her before. He’s terrible on the immigration and nationalism issues (because he’s ignorant and brainwashed like Trump and Ann Coultard), but he’s somewhat okay on this “social justice” stuff. So anyway, my conclusion is, I have a feeling that based on this “social justice” and “reparations” agenda, Rollins may be wanting to prosecute assailants less if they are black or Hispanic, and less if the victims are white. It’s just a feeling, I’m not accusing, however. I hope I’m wrong.

And then there’s the anti-civil liberties “Antifa.” They say they’re “anti-fascist,” but through their own actions at demonstrations and protests, they are clearly anti-civil liberties. I think that Antifa members, beating up on a journalist who is merely videotaping and documenting the public protest, are clearly being anti-civil liberties. They act like the fascists they claim to oppose. Hmm, I wonder why they wear masks and cover their identities, and don’t want journalists to photograph or record them? (Perhaps because they know they will be engaging in wrongdoing and criminality and don’t want to be identified? Ya think?)

And the Antifa sheeple-thugs mindlessly chant these slogans such as “No more hate” and “Nazis,” etc. So I guess it’s not hateful when they throw rocks at people or whack someone over the head with a club? These chanting masked zombie-goons are just as brainwashed with irrationality as the nationalists.

And speaking of irrational, the crazed loonies on the left now want to boycott Home Depot because its co-founder Bernie Marcus has expressed support for Trump in 2020. It’s not like Home Depot is engaged in some sort of racist hiring practices or fraud, which might be why people might boycott.

And we are seeing banks and credit card companies terminating customers or otherwise cutting people off, mainly conservatives, those who have expressed in some way some sort of disagreement of or criticism of the latest “social justice” idiocy. Not good. And stores such as Amazon deleting pages or books or products of Christians or former gays and lesbians or transgender “deniers,” etc.

The crazed “social justice” wing of the national security state went after Donald Trump starting well before the campaign, with illegal FISA spying and what I would say is prosecutable under the RICO Act. The allegations against Trump were all made up. So as soon as the Mueller investigation was complete, the zombies in Congress immediately began a new fishing expedition going after Trump’s taxes, with no actual crime they accused him of and no specific evidence to show for cause.

Well, one of the latest developments is a new book by Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino, now at #1 on Amazon, Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court, on the methods and tactics of the people on the left. They just make things up about someone they don’t like to try to derail his or her career.

Now, I don’t care much for Kavanaugh, because he’s a rubber-stamper for the police state, the surveillance state, the CIA and NSA, Guantanamo, etc. But his opponents don’t understand what a “social justice” warrior he himself actually is. Oh, well.

Anyway, I think that people are acting irrationally by donating their money to political campaigns including Donald Trump, the fraudster Elizabeth Warren and the scum “Beto” O’Rourke, and all the rest. Why waste your money on these people? On a campaign to further the empowerment of the State over your life? If you want to waste your money like that, give it to me, for crying out loud!

But I digress. The people on the left are increasingly irrational and dangerous, probably because of having fried their brains on all those drugs in their earlier years, from marijuana and LSD to Xanax and Ritalin. Not good.