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Decentralization and Secession as a Viable Alternative to the Tyrannical Status Quo

August 14, 2011

(Link to article at Activist Post)

Because of the continuing fiascos in Washington; activists on the left and on the right, libertarians and socialists, will have to begin to face the fact that looking to the central planning elites in Washington for answers is futile . . . even counter-productive.

The debt ceiling will be raised for the 75th time since 1962, no real spending cuts will happen, taxes will again be raised, and happy days are here again for the politicians, the life-long bureaucrats, the industrial lobbyists and lawyers, and, especially, the Wall Street fat cats.

“Well, the next time they will implement their promised reforms,” say those who are still faithful in the central planning bureaucrats. But our chosen representatives do not fulfill their promises, and they never will.  Sooner or later, we are going to have to face the reality that central planning is a promise that can never be kept.

I have been trying to get that message across, especially in my March 2010 prediction that the 2010 elections would be just another rearranging of deck chairs (and I was right).

But it appears that too many people just have blind faith in central planning and the fantasy that “reforming” an inherently flawed system could ever work.

Faith in central planning, despite all the destruction the U.S. government has wrought, is something that needs to be overcome.

Food  activists have begun to understand the benefits of decentralization, as have those promoting the decentralizing of money and  banking.

Many people are sympathetic to the idea of decentralization/state secession, similar to the corrections made in Eastern Europe in the early 1990s with the breakup of the Soviet Union. However, many people are unnecessarily concerned about their Social Security future, and with national security. And it has been a mistake to rely on the U.S. Supreme Court to ensure justice.

But in the long run, freedom and independence are far preferable to our current tyrannical centralization. Compromise is impossible.

First, we must confront the truth about Social Security, and ask whether a government-controlled, government-mandated retirement scheme even has any moral legitimacy, let alone whether it makes any economic sense.

People need to understand how they and future generations have been cheated by a government that takes your earnings and savings, and forces you to forfeit your right to control your own retirement future. Yes, these are distressing truths to many people, but if we can never get back what was stolen from us in our first several decades of adulthood, the people need to demand – at the very least – the restoration of their children and grandchildren’s right to keep what they earn and save.

Second, Americans need to let go of their faith in our constantly bumbling national security central planners. For a century now, our national security central planners have been corrupt, incompetent, warmongers, and imbeciles – anything but adept at keeping us safe.

If people actually think about it, they might then realize the absurdity in giving professional bureaucrats and politicians a monopoly on protecting a territory of thousands of square miles with a population of 300 million people from foreign aggression. Instead, what has happened is that such central planning rulers have used that monopolistic government and military apparatus to act aggressively against foreign nations, which is what has provoked the foreign nations to act against us, thus making us less safe.

And third, giving such a centralized bureaucracy a monopoly in ultimate judicial decision-making has not protected the people from injustice. Decisions by the Supreme Court have increasingly exemplified those of a banana republic. Most recently, the Supreme Court, in an 8-1  decision, backed the power of the police to break into the homes of innocents without a warrant and with impunity.

Moreover, such a powerful compulsory centralized bureaucracy has tended to attract the worst amongst us; those who are lacking in moral scruples. Of course giving such an agency the power to seize wealth and property from the people is bound to attract those who have no problem with coveting others’ wealth and property. And of course giving some people the privilege of being above the law, and the power to initiate acts of aggression against others, will attract those of an anti-social bent.

The distasteful reality is, as with the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, centralizing power and especially consolidating more power to the executive is destructive and dangerous. The U.S. has become increasingly totalitarian, with more centralized government control over the people — from FDR’s New Deal and his stealing gold from Americans, the Federal Reserve and Richard Nixon’s closing the gold window, to more recently George W. Bush’s police state DHS, TSA and the retaliation from Bush and Obama’s aggressions overseas.

People need to face the reality of central planning’s destruction of America, and do what the states of the Soviet Union did: Not “reform” but abolish that central power altogether.

Activists who are serious in their intention of freeing themselves and their families and their progeny from the tyranny of the Washington Leviathan, should advocate that states secede and regain their independence and sovereignty that is their right to have.

No central government has any moral authority to compel any individual or groups of people to belong to any association which they did not voluntarily join.

With independent states and no central power, the people’s right to control their own retirement

savings and their medical matters would not be infringed, and neither would their right to bear arms. In the case of any one state in which a government violates such rights of its population, the people have the freedom to move to a better, freer state. Currently, with all Americans under the compulsory authority of the federal government, it is difficult or impossible for people even to actually move to a different country to escape from the U.S. government’s further intrusions and tyranny.

And with independent states and no central power, the people’s right to self-defense would not be usurped by such a central power. The people of the states would have the right to arm themselves, have militias and whatever weaponry they believe is necessary to protect them from foreign aggression.

With independent states and no central power, there would be little to no ability (or desire) for any one American state to deliberately act aggressively against and provoke foreigners.

And, economically, what would happen if we got rid of all the compulsory, monopolistic federal bureaucracies – the Federal Reserve, IRS, HHS, FDA, EPA, TSA and DHS to name just a few – and required that all people live under the rule of law and that no one individual or business receive any extra privileges from the State?

The people of the states would have the freedom to discover and make use of natural resources that exist within their own territories, and not be compelled to be “dependent on foreign oil.”

There would be no federal raw milk raids, no drug raids, and no S.W.A.T. teams breaking into homes and murdering people for student loan defaults. And no Big Farms would get any special privileges at the expense of smaller family farms.

And the people would have the freedom to do business with whatever medium of exchange suits them — The Bernank be damned.

Americans need to have faith in the kind of free-market capitalism that raised the standard of living of all people of all walks of life.

The ruling class is expressing the same kind of fear-mongering with the debt ceiling issue that they expressed during the Wall Street Bailout fiasco, with the mainstream media acting as their obedient stenographers.  This should be seen as yet another example of how self-serving the elites in Washington really are – Republicans as well as Democrats. Because the truth is, they will never make things better, only worse.

Among the painful truths of the day is that central planning doesn’t work; it is immoral, and it’s destroying America.  We need to get rid of it.

 

How Statism Is a Sickness, and Not Just a Destructive Political System

August 13, 2011

Copyright 2011 LewRockwell.com (Link to article)

From the recent debt ceiling hysterics, we have seen just how dysfunctional America is now, as the Establishment satisfies its short-term, immediate-gratification needs at the expense of the people and future generations.

Every subsequent day is increasingly depressing and discouraging, with one news item after another how the controlling rulers in Washington are just rearranging the deck chairs and kicking the can further down the road. Out of the rulers’ own narcissistic selfishness, greed and self-absorption, they continue to increase our financial insecurity and enslavement, and increase the risk of total economic collapse and societal ruin and chaos.

America has been falling apart for some time, and is committing suicide now. But most Americans, oblivious to the realities around them, are unaware that they are killing themselves – with dependence, debt, serfdom – with their statism sickness.

America’s sickness is statism: the anti-liberty, anti-property, immoral philosophy in which people may act aggressively against and enslave their neighbors and covet wealth and property with impunity, and that’s it in a nutshell.

The use of the State, with its compulsory monopoly powers of aggression, has enabled the people to realize their infantile, primitive drives without regard to the lives, liberty or property of others. Statism is the sickness that has made criminals out of decent people. And statism is the sickness with which society has afflicted itself to ruin itself.

Statism is a pathology of human thought and behavior that causes people to passively and obediently lie on the ground while the rulers and their obedient servants walk all over the people, and enslave their labor and torture them with impunity.

What is terrifying is the coinciding of the possible coming economic collapse and the steadily strengthening police state in America.

The Growing Big Brother Police State and Its Subservient Supporters

Thanks to the police state that George W. Bush greatly expanded, people are sheepishly going through high radiation-emitting scanners at airports, putting themselves at higher risk of cancer, and for no reason except to serve the profits of the scanners’ makers, and to serve the porn-lusting cravings of the pervs who get off on the nude images they’re seeing. Or, the obedient serfs get groped and molested in their most private parts. And that’s at the airports, although the “security” statists are taking it to the train stations and bus depots – and shortly this example of the statism sickness will be at the malls, theaters, and, maybe even in your neighborhood on street corners. Government police bureaucrats are already sending out vans to x-ray other vehicles on the streets, and I’m sure they are using those x-ray vans to peek into private homes.

There are already “Smart Meters,” the new type of electric meters that enable the electric company, and obviously the government, to keep every aspect of your private home life under surveillance. And, the police are now attaching GPS devices underneath cars to track the owner even without any suspicion of crimes.

Is it fair to refer to George Orwell as a “prophet”?

People who know and understand history and human nature can see what’s coming, and it is not good, and that is what is so terrifying. We have a homeland “security” chief, Janet Napolitano, who wants people to “say something if you see something,” so she is encouraging the people to “rat out” their neighbors. Napolitano is encouraging brownshirts, frankly, and this will lead us to a situation in which, when some people don’t like their neighbors, they will leave anonymous tips to the government. Yes, this will happen, because we know what kind of bitter, malicious people there are now in America, especially in this economic downturn, a period of high unemployment and increasing social unrest.

And there will be plenty of people who will think there is wrongdoing going on next door or in their neighborhood, because of a misunderstanding or because something innocent occurred that was taken entirely out of context. For example, a homeschooling family is being tormented by the government because of an anonymous tipster. And a man in New Hampshire committed suicide by immolation because of the State’s campaign against him, and against fathers and the family in general.

The attitude of many government officials, police and military personnel is very authoritarian now. People are getting arrested because of trivial, technical laws that anyone could unwittingly violate, and the police just go “by the book.” And because “it’s policy,” firefighters stand by and watch a house burn to the ground, or watch a man slowly drown in the ocean.

“The Law” is now being used now to harass the people, collect money for the State, and to act as ego-reinforcements for the goons in blue with badges and guns.

They are arresting people merely for feeding the homeless, for other nonsensical reasons, and for engaging in political activism. A woman in an Arizona town was arrested at a public meeting merely for pointing certain things out during her time to speak. Now, that town is a dictatorship, apparently. And elsewhere, a woman has been charged with the misdemeanor of “unlawfully entering a school bus,” which she did because she believed her little boy might’ve been ill.

There no longer seems to be any common sense, there are too many laws and regulations on the books, and our culture has become one in which those in positions of State authority take their power and authority way too seriously.

An example of the gradually increasing corruption of society’s law enforcers is the issue of videotaping police. The good cops don’t mind being videotaped. The ones who don’t like it and react violently toward the videotaping are the ones who know they may possibly (or probably) be violating someone’s rights. They are like cockroaches scurrying away when you turn on the light.

Unfortunately, the job of police officer naturally seems to attract narcissists and psychopaths. The job attracts people who like to have power over others, and who like to bully other people around, be above the law and get away with it. In a nutshell, the job attracts those who are inclined toward criminal behavior, and who are lacking in moral scruples. A government monopoly in community policing and security restricts free entry into that field, it gives the police an artificial authority, and such a monopoly reinforces unaccountability and encourages the bad behavior.

The widespread mentality of those who are afflicted with the statism sickness is an authoritarian mentality, which is antithetical to the philosophy of individualism and to liberty. While I will not dwell on too many psychological analyses of the inner-workings of the typical statist – because I realize many readers are not interested in that – I will state my belief that many statists are conditioned in their childhood to identify with their abusive or neglectful caretakers, and they then transfer such an “unhealthy identity” onto their substitute parent authorities: the State. (And see here, here, and here.)The obedient statists become their tyrants. Believe it or not, some (perhaps many) people even desire to be belittled, treated like a baby, used as a punching bag by authority figures such as police, and, ultimately, tyrannized.

As 20th Century novelist George Orwell wrote in his bestseller, 1984, from a dialogue between O’Brien and Winston (O’Brien speaking):

“The first thing you must realize is that power is collective. The individual only has power in so far as he ceases to be an individual….Alone — free — the human being is always defeated. It must be so, because every human being is doomed to die, which is the greatest of all failures. But if he can make complete, utter submission, if he can escape from his identity, if he can merge himself in the Party so that he is the Party, then he is all-powerful and immortal….”

Americans’ deference to authority, particularly to governmental authority and police, has been reinforced for a century by their State-controlled education, which indoctrinates this identity with and obedience to the State.

That statist indoctrination has discouraged individualism and has excused (or, in fact, promoted) the State’s authoritarian sadism and cruelty. And as the individual’s own sense of self-worth and motivation toward independence have been constantly crushed by the authoritarians of the government-controlled schools and universities, so many more people seem to be attracted to those positions of power and control that the State provides them: police, government bureaucrats, and especially, politicians driven toward the power of legislation, enforced by the policeman’s guns and bullets.

Our politicians now do not seem to care whom their legislation hurts, and they certainly do not care about putting America at greater risk with their irresponsible increasing debts. Most of our politicians value campaign contributions and votes from special interests to win elections far more than they care about principles. For example, regarding the issue of Israeli settlements at the expense of the Palestinians, Barney Frank, who privately opposed the settlements, was quoted to have said to anti-settlements anthropologist Jeff Halper,

“I’m with you 100 percent… If you bring me the names of 5000 Jews in my district that support you, tomorrow morning I change my vote… If you can’t do that… I’m not going to commit political suicide for the sake of the Palestinians…”

And we have seen the pathological extent to which some politicians seem to have merged their identities with the all-mighty State, with delusions of grandeur and God-complexes, such as Sen. Charles Schumer and former President George W. Bush, for instance.

Schumer has stated that he thinks God gave him the role of the U.S. Senate’s protector of Israel:

“You know, my name …. comes from the word shomer, guardian, watcher. My ancestors were guardians of the ghetto wall in Chortkov. And I believe Hashem [Orthodox for God] actually gave me that name. One of my roles, very important in the United States senate, is to be a shomer — to be a or the shomer Yisrael.”

And George W. Bush believed that God chose him to run for president, and then Bush was on a faith-basedcrusade” against terrorism. And with these politicians’ delusions of grandeur has been the American people’s deifying of the State.

America’s Militaristic and Economic Statism

Because of the general ignorance of the majority of the American population – ignorance of what their own government had been doing to people in the Middle East for many decades prior to 9/11 – and because of their post-9/11 fears and panic that were exploited by U.S. government officials, the population “rallied around their president” after the terrorist attacks. The indoctrination of statism had caused the American people to support more U.S. government aggressions in the Middle East that have provoked a greater number of its inhabitants there, support a greater police state and infringement of their own rights at home, and support additional bankrupting bureaucracies, deficits and debt.

Further, the authoritarian loyalty to the State practiced by many people in our society now causes them to react emotionally not to their own government’s corruption and war crimes when exposed, but to a military whistleblower such as Bradley Manning, someone who allegedly exposed not secrets whose exposure could have harmed Americans or soldiers, but exposed the military’s corruption and war crimes. Many people respond to that by wanting to punish or kill Manning, not to prosecute the criminals he had allegedly exposed. For a year, Manning, not having been convicted of any crime, has been held in solitary confinement, and has been treated with sleep deprivation and 23-hour-per day isolation. Manning is being treated worse than actual convicted spies.

In the military, there are too many soldiers and officers now who actually sexually assault one another while their senior officers blame the ones who get assaulted. And we have seen just how sick some in the military are in their behavior at Abu-Ghraib and in groups such as the ritualistic “Kill Team.”

The American culture has been one in which most people had a good degree of self-respect and respect for others, and would condemn police, government or military abuse and corruption. Now, it is a culture in which police assaults against innocent civilians seem to be brushed aside.

Those who openly condemn abusive police are referred to as “terrorists” in the same unjustified way that Tea Partiers are referred to as “terrorists” merely for opposing raising the debt ceiling.

Economically, some of the sick cruelty in America has involved the compulsory powers of the State to prevent upward mobility and create impoverishment. For example, many people now know that it is not a good idea for low-and middle-income folks to purchase a home they can’t afford with money they still won’t have years down the road. And that it has been shown to be a bad idea for members of Congress to make legislation forcing banks and lenders to lend to those would-be homeowners, involving risks to the homeowners and to the banks.

Supposedly, the government’s forcibly “encouraging” the lending to high-risk borrowers was involved in the 2008 financial crisis (although some people disagree with that), but what banker or lender in his right mind would lend to someone he knows could never afford to own a home? Either an idiot or predator.

And why would Congressman Barney Frank support expanding the legislation that encouraged the risk-taking, following the 2008 downturn? Frank and many of his fellow congressional and activist supporters of “affirmative action lending” that invites predatory lending that has now led to foreclosure fraud are not stupid, and would either have to know what they are doing, or they live in a total fantasy world, or they are sadists.

Conclusion

Western culture has seen a great evolution of advancements since the Enlightenment and the American Revolution, but because of the intrusions of the State and compulsory State apparatus (taxation, regulatory trespasses, central banks, wars of aggression, etc.), and because of decades of immediate-gratification selfishness, materialism and indebtedness, the West has been on a steady decline – a devolution.

The irresponsible oinkers in Washington have raised the debt ceiling once again, and the Federal Reserve will go on to print more money and cause more price inflation that will lead to more impoverishment, crime and civil unrest. The criminal mob violence that some have predicted has begun at the Wisconsin State fair, and in England – those of the lower economic scale are committing wanton acts of violence because they can. That will be followed by an increasingly hungry and desperate middle class doing the same. Statism has caused the devolution of Western civilization.

The statism sickness is de-civilizing our society, our culture, our world. And it is statism that will have been the main cause of the possible impending economic collapse.

Besides Dr. Miller’s prescription of Austrian Economics as the cure for economic illness, the cures for the statism that has caused so much suffering for America (and the world) are decentralization and a voluntary society of private property, total freedom of association and contract, and a return to common sense.

We know that the statists of the ruling class will never let go of their powers. But can the cures be implemented solely by withdrawing consent and participation from the current compulsory State?

Collectivist Claptrap from Glenn Beck

Apparently, Glenn Beck is about to have a major public relations event in Israel, in Jerusalem titled, “Restoring Courage.” Yes, after bombing the Gaza Strip’s civilian water and sewage treatment facilities followed by the blockade that prevents rebuilding for two years now thus forcing the Gazan Palestinians to have to use untreated water, and after the Israeli military’s attack on last year’s flotilla to Gaza, murdering several people including one American, perhaps Israel needs some courage restored. It doesn’t take much courage to do those things to the entire population of the Gaza strip, that also includes not just travel restrictions but they are forbidden to travel outside Gaza, including getting medical treatment. As I’ve noted several times before, if a government were doing this to a Jewish population, the whole world would be up in arms.

The reason I believe the 2008-2009 “Cast Lead” bombing of civilian water and sewage treatment facilities was intentional, followed by the blockade/sanctions, is because such events are extremely similar to what the U.S. military did to Iraq in the early ’90s.

Now, there are some readers who believe that “Palestinian” = “terrorist,” and that is because of the hardcore propaganda campaign by the Israeli government and the U.S. government, and, of course, the powerful AIPAC lobbying organization. The terrorist organization Hamas  is a tiny minority of the entire Palestinian population, and most Palestinians do not support Hamas’s violence or their power. Most of the Palestinians are regular people, families, men, women and children, who just want to live their lives and be left alone. But because of the propagandists, many Americans and other Westerners actually believe that most Palestinians have bomb vests on them and want to act as suicide bombers. This is the same kind of influential propaganda that gets young people in England (and America) to actually believe that those looted or burnt-down businesses there are “the Rich,” and because of the propaganda the punks think their violence is justified. Hardly anyone knows that the reason their costs of living are skyrocketing and their food prices are becoming unaffordable are because central banks (such as the Federal Reserve) print money (or add zeros to the numbers in the computers) and devalue the print currency, and the real “Rich” are the Big Banksters, the top managers of the Primary Dealers who get the new money first and make big use of it, at the expense of the rest of the population. But propaganda makes people think that small businesses and people who are amongst the workers and producers of the population are “the Rich.”

AIPAC is perhaps the most powerful and propagandistic lobbying organization in America. With very little effort, AIPAC causes Congressmen and Senators to lose their seats, and that is why the gutless wonders of the U.S. Congress stood up and cheered so many times for Benjamin Nutty-Yahoo when he spoke there. It is because of Israel’s and AIPAC’s propaganda that so many Americans believe the crap about how much a threat Iran is, just as they bought the crap about Iraq in 2002-03 hook, line and sinker.

But the whole point of not Christian or Jewish Zionism, but political Zionism, has been to promote the expansion of government and the power of the State over the people. It isn’t Jews or Arabs who have caused moral hazards in and around Israel and have caused so much economic turmoil and social unrest. Those problems have been caused by governments, and this insatiable desire by government bureaucrats, politicians, militarists and warmongers to expand their governments, governmental controls over other people’s lives, wealth, businesses and property.

Once they get their hands on the apparatus of compulsory powers over entire populations, government bureaucrats and politicians want more, more, more, like a drug addict. The propaganda instilled by government-controlled schools and pop culture into the average Israeli youth now is the same as here in the U.S: There is a collective treasury for which all the population do their labor — they certainly don’t do their labor for their own benefit or their own families, God forbid — it’s all for the collective. That socialist propaganda is why we see those protests in Israel now, huge protests, by Jews, Arabs, Christians, atheists — for MORE welfare, MORE cradle-to-grave care, MORE free education and free medical care. This is what government propaganda for the sake of making people want more powerful government and more government control — and more serfdom — causes.

So yesterday on his radio show, Beck was also discussing the “communists” and revolutionaries, and how the revolutionaries would treat their followers not as individuals but as a collective. Then Beck goes on about “individual liberty,” the Declaration of Independence, and so on. But I’ve heard Beck and other Christian Zionists for so long now, whether consciously or not, treating “the Jews” as a collective. It’s been that way for a century now.

I can’t help but perceive the Beck collectivists as treating “the Jews” as not just a collective but as characters in the Christian Zionists’ Bible, with “the Jews” fulfilling their roles according to what the Bible calls for. I can compare that to the patronizing way the “white liberals” of America have been treating the black population, keeping them enslaved with restrictive business regulations and licensing laws, minimum wage laws, affirmative action laws that don’t encourage actual achievement, and so on. In the same destructive fashion, the Christian Zionists for the past century have been helping “the Jews” to migrate to an area of the world, a tiny territory of Israel or Palestine, whatever you want to call it, and based solely on the Bible and certainly not on practicality. “Say, let’s have ‘the Jews’ stay in this teeny tiny territory of Israel-Palestine, completely surrounded by millions of Arabs and Muslims. Let’s help the Israeli government continue to take lands away from the Palestinians, have laws that treat the Arabs as 2nd-class citizens, and not let the Palestinians travel outside the Gaza Strip. Let’s do everything we can to antagonize the indigenous Arabs and those in surrounding territories as well.” Please excuse my sarcasm, but it’s hard to believe that Christian Zionists really care about “the Jews” and their freedom and security as much as the Christian Zionists care about realizing the stories of their Bible.

When Beck denounces the sick, barbaric treatment by the Israeli regime of the Palestinians, especially this situation in the Gaza Strip, then I might take him a little more seriously.

Yes We Can (Be Free, Independent and Sovereign, without Central Planners’ Intrusions)

On a FoxNews Radio newscast this morning a reporter reporting on the stock market’s status thus far today noted a meeting for today to decide what “intervention” the Federal Reserve must take in light of the recent crash. And I heard Laura Ingraham this morning saying that Barack Obama is not showing “leadership” in this current crisis, and that people need a leader to look up to. No, Dr. Laura, we don’t need some kind of “leader.” People should be left free to lead their own lives.

But it seems that it’s just the same old thing over and over, with this assumption that the status quo — top-down central planners intervening in this or that financial matter as a response to whatever crash or downturn that took place, when, in reality whatever crash or downturn that took place was because of the central planners’ interventions. WHY is it so harmful to so many people’s sense of ease in life to point out what should be extremely obvious?

The government along with the Federal Reserve and banking cartel system created a culture that encouraged high-risk loans to be given to people who could not have afforded what they were buying with money they didn’t have, and encouraged banks, lenders, and investors to engage in high-risk activities with no accountability for those whose risks had major negative effects. The intervention of government or tax-funded bailouts or Federal Reserve money-printing bailouts has only made things worse. Congress’s kicking the can down the road yet again with the raising of the debt ceiling is also not helpful.

But people are calling for MORE government intervention, MORE Federal Reserve quantitative easing (i.e. causing price inflation to get even worse, but funding the banksters’ bonuses because that’s more important in the short-term, which is what matters, even though the QE is robbing people of their weekly paychecks because they can hardly afford the higher prices — and the raising of the debt ceiling is breaking into our grandchildrens’ piggy banks and stealing from them, and so on.).

If only it were somehow easy to convince the masses that we should have LESS government intervention, or NO government intervention. I know, here’s a new one: stop intervening in problems that were caused by previous interventions, and let things correct themselves. Let people be free to lead and live their own lives. Functional, top-down, dictatorial central planning is a myth, and will never exist in reality. Only free individuals can know what is needed at whatever given time for their lives and their businesses, and individuals throughout the society are the only ones who, given the information they themselves have, can make necessary calculations as to how best to conduct their businesses, including banks, other financial businesses and other places of trade and commerce in general.

This means we must challenge the status quo system of central planning we’ve had in place for a century (or two), and recognize its inherent flaws, as well as its inherently immoral structure of intrusiveness. People have a God-given human right to trade with whatever media of exchange they damn well want, and they have a right to be free from being forced to use only a single particular medium of exchange such as a government-produced, government-issued dollar. And people have a God-given right to operate a bank and patronize any kind of financial institution they wish, but everyone including banks must follow the rule of law, which means no fraud or theft. All this requires outlawing fractional reserve banking, and freeing banks to do business and with whatever currencies they wish, outlawing the Federal Reserve and repealing legal tender laws and freeing competing currencies. And also making lenders accountable for their high-risk lending, and making borrowers take responsibility for their high-risk borrowing.

The only real way to save our society from the impending impoverishment is for that freedom to occur, and decentralize the whole system, AWAY from Washington, DC, and AWAY from New York City, the city that never thinks.

Leon Piñata: Defense Cuts Are “Doomsday Mechanism”

Glenn Greenwald points out how absurd it is that U.S. Commissar of Warmongering & Propaganda Secretary of Defense Leon Piñata is seeing any cuts to “defense” (i.e. wars of aggression) as a “doomsday mechanism.” Yes, it s a threatened doomsday for all the merchants of death military and building contractors, and all the lobbyists and political hacks whose livelihoods rely on a “defense”-related government-issued or lobbying firm paycheck, or company contract or stock dividend.

Greenwald notes,

As the U.S. continues to spend almost more than the rest of the world combined on its military while it wages and escalates war in multiple Muslim countries around the world — to say nothing of the dozens of nations in which it continuously engages in lower-level covert military action — the very idea that American security would be gravely jeopardized by these cuts is absurd on its face.  If anything, American security is far more endangered by continuing on this path of unbridled militarism and aggression.

Now, I don’t know if Leon Piñata has been paying attention, but it seems that he missed the Washington Post series last year on the utter wastefulness that is America’s “national security” apparatus. (See the Post series, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.)

As Tom Engelhardt noted in his June, 2010 article comparing the American Empire’s military spending spree to the old Soviet Union’s similar military spending spree, and detailing some of the extravagant Taj Mahal-style luxury military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan,

By (2008), private contractors had built for the Pentagon almost 300 military bases in Iraq, ranging from tiny combat outposts to massive “American towns” holding tens of thousands of troops and private contractors, with multiple bus lines, PXs, fast-food “boardwalks,” massage parlors, water treatment and power plants, barracks, and airfields. They were in the process of doing the same in Afghanistan and, to a lesser extent, in the Persian Gulf region generally. This, too, represented a massive investment in what looked like a permanent occupation of the oil heartlands of the planet….

Like the Soviet military, the Pentagon, in other words, is planning to remain obese whatever else goes down.

Obese. THAT’s George W. Bush and Barack Obama’s Pentagon. And I’ve searched the web for Blackwater/XE’s actual worth, and I can’t find ANY source with that information! These fat cat parasite contractors really don’t want people to know just how much they’ve been sucking away from the American people. War is a racket. A reckless protection racket. Leon Piñata is a living example of military-economic fascism.

Ooooo, but it will be Doomsday if they make ANY cuts to “defense” spending!

Harry Browne Remembered by LRC and The Daily Bell

There have been two videos posted this week featuring the late Libertarian Party presidential nominee (1996, 2000) Harry Browne, on the Lew Rockwell Blog, and on The Daily Bell website. To get a good understanding of who Harry Browne was, here is Part 1 of Browne’s response to 9/11, published on WND on 9/12/01. Here is Browne’s column archive at LewRockwell.com. Here are more articles from HarryBrowne.org.

Lew Rockwell posted this video with Browne in 1970 discussing the “coming devaluation” with William F. Buckley, Jr.

And The Daily Bell posted this video of Browne a few years later discussing Big Government and how ludicrous it is when politicians who have never been in business assume the power to tell businessmen what to do with their businesses.

“Market Voluntaryism”

Near the top of this blog I have a little description including the phrase “market voluntaryism,” which, when I decided on that phrase, a Google search turned up no references to that phrase. I decided on that because I don’t like some of the other phrases that describe the same thing.

Two of the other phrases are “market anarchist,” as used on Strike the Root, and “anarcho-capitalism,” as has been used to describe the philosophy of LewRockwell.com.

I don’t like the words “anarchy,” “anarchist,” and “capitalist” and “capitalism” (anymore), mainly because of the connotations associated with those words. “Anarchy” means “no ruler.” Each individual has a natural human right to rule one’s own life. And Sheldon Richman has addressed the origin, history and real meaning of the word “capitalism” many times now in the past year or two (see this lecture, and this related article.) Unless “capitalism” is preceded by “free market,” then to me, now, “capitalism” really refers to “State capitalism,” not free markets.

And regarding the word “anarchy,” I addressed that in a past post:

This morning on his radio show, Glenn Beck was talking about being accused by Media Matters of either being an anarchist or suggesting that the Founding Fathers were themselves anarchists. He did say that he had stated that he and/or the Founders were “two steps above” an anarchist. But in his perhaps too-lengthy clarification of that, he was describing “anarchy” as (paraphrasing) “turning over cars and setting them on fire and shooting the police,” etc.

Beck is not correct on the real meaning of “anarchy.” It literally means “no ruler.” In the more modern era, we can say that anarchy is the absence of a State, or a formal government, or maybe even more precisely, an absence of a formal, organized compulsory government. Theoretically (and in some areas of the world, they have existed), communities can make their own governments, but not make them compulsory, only voluntary organizations. In my view, that does not make a State, because I (personally) define a “State” as a compulsory government that usurps control over all those within a particular territorial area.

When Beck describes “anarchy” as “turning over cars and setting fire to them and shooting the police,” that says nothing as far as whether or not there is an absence of government, compulsory government or a “ruler.” More accurately, “turning over cars and setting fire to them and shooting the police” is criminality. Destruction of property and harming of human life is criminality. Criminals, psychopaths, aggressors and property invaders and intruders do those things, irrespective of whether there exists a State, or compulsory government, or a “ruler.” However, we have seen that the State as it exists today and especially for the past century, and its agents have been the most egregious violators of life, liberty and property ever in World History. And that’s a fact.

My main problems with “anarchy” and “capitalism” are their connotations. To most people, “anarchy” means violent, chaotic lawlessness, because of which we need the State. But the truth is, it is because of the State, which is institutionalized violence, that we have widespread violence, chaos, and lawlessness.

People are going to have to some day face the fact that the State is an illegitimate institution that exists on compulsion, and man-made monopoly by force. And it relieves its agents from abiding by the rule of law which enables them to be above the law, allowing them to commit acts of physical aggression against others, theft, fraud and trespass with impunity.

This is not the way a civilized society can remain civilized, not when it institutionalizes uncivilized behavior to be committed by agents of the State. The State is the way to de-civilize society, and that is what has been happening.

The only way for a society to remain civilized is for it to be a voluntary society, in which no one may be permitted to commit acts of physical aggression (except in self-defense), theft or trespass, and the rule of law applies to everyone. No forced monopolies, no privileges granted to anyone at the expense of someone else at gunpoint.

And people’s right to trade with others will not be infringed. Voluntary markets and a voluntary society. And there don’t seem to be any negative connotations associated with those words, so that is why I am using the phrase “market voluntaryism.”

When Obama confiscates all the guns away from the people, and turns the military’s guns on the people, as is the case with central planning that leads to totalitarianism, then maybe people will finally understand the truly inherently criminal nature of the State, and why market voluntaryism is the way to a free, civilized society.

The U.S. Government: Government From Hell

Lew Rockwell links to this article, that is truly unbelievable. Willard Romney has chosen for his “Justice [sic] Advisory Committee” Robert Bork and Michael Chertoff. Yech.

Justice Advisory Committee? Barf. Me. Out.

First, we know about Michael Chertoff, the former Homeland Insecurity chief who, while making himself dizzy through the government-corporate revolving door complex, has profited from the U.S. government’s terrorizing the public with false flags and police state bullying and intrusiveness. One of the main products his government-contract consulting group has profited from is the radiation-emitting naked body scanners, made by Rapiscan (a.k.a. “Rapescan” on many blogs and twitter feeds).

The main impetus for the implementation of the Rape-Scanners was the alleged “Underwear Bomber” incident in December, 2009. The scanners were added to many airports by March of 2010. Two passengers of that “Underwear Bomber” flight, Kurt and Lori Haskell, were witnesses to what they believed to be part of a false flag operation: the escorting of the alleged attempted bomber onto the plane by a “well-dressed man” the Haskells believe was a U.S. government agent, and that the “bomb” the “Underwear Bomber” had in his underwear was intended to not work. (That’s why it is called a “false flag.”) The trial of the alleged “Underwear Bomber” begins on October 4th, and the Haskells will probably be the most important witnesses. But Chertoff will be a Romney “Justice” advisor.

From Moe to Curly, now. The other “Justice” advisor is former Judge Robert Bork. Bork was nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987 by Ronald Reagan, and rejected by the U.S. Senate. Bork was schizophrenic on the idea of “original intent,” a concept he supposedly supports (but not really).

When being questioned about a case involving “privacy,” particularly private behavior in the privacy of one’s home, Bork stated that there is no right to privacy, and that the Ninth Amendment, which refers to the many rights we have which couldn’t possibly all be enumerated within the Bill of Rights, was an “inkblot” on the Constitution. Bork was expressing views of a communitarian and a majoritarian, a collectivist and a statist, who believed that if a particular behavior of an individual caused others “anguish,” they have a right to use the force of legislation (and property trespassing and other State crimes to enforce it) to forbid and punish such a behavior. (i.e. he’s a social/moral fascist.)

Gag. Me. With. A. Spoon.

THIS is Willard Romney’s “justice” team. Yech!

Some Random Yet Interconnected Miscellaneous Notes

There is an article on LewRockwell.com by Eric Peters, regarding how our modern day “law enforcement” officials are increasingly arrogant, belligerent and really out to start a fight, and not just with actual criminals (which might take actual courage). These Nazi police are attacking, abusing, assaulting, tasing, shooting and murdering innocent civilians who have committed no crime, and some of whom had not even formally been charged (or accused) with anything. No, nowadays, the police are acting like criminals against the general, non-violent, non-criminal citizenry.

Peters notes of one incident, and provides a video of it, of a Nazi officer criminally assaulting a woman while her kids sat in the car. On that YouTube video page, a commenter noted that the woman should have done what she was told, and that “you deserve to get tazed you dumb b***h!” That comment received 28 thumbs up. This tells me that there are a lot of citizen Nazis and Brownshirts out there who do not understand the idea that common civilians have rights. (You know, the right to not be assaulted for no good reason by a Nazi police officer?)

These things give me more concern when there is going to be an economic collapse and societal chaos, and God forbid the imbecile in the White House might impose martial law.

Peters notes how any questioning of a cop’s “authority” or not following orders will get you in trouble, and it didn’t used to be that way.

Simply objecting , verbally – or passively declining to immediately follow whatever orders are shouted at you – has become “resisting” in the minds of many cops…

The root problem is that we have so many petty laws in the first place. Cops should not be put in the position of having to enforce ridiculous – and tyrannical – edicts that naturally get people’s backs up, because people quite rightly object to being handled like criminals or talked down to like an idiot child over something that is – in a sane society – absolutely none of the cop’s business in the first place.

It used to be that, for the most part, only criminals – actually dangerous people, sociopaths – had to fear being handled roughly by cops. Now society is so interwoven with laws that it is almost impossible to step outside of your door without violating one and thus, find yourself the target of law enforcement.

An interesting aspect of this is the psychology involved. Criminals – dangerous people, sociopaths – understand what they are and know what they’ve done and so rarely evince genuine outrage when caught, roughly or otherwise. But the rest of us – the John Qs. and Janes just trying to live our lives – we take affront when a cop suddenly appears and begins quoting “the law” and spewing threats at us. This combination of shock and outrage contributes to the escalation of the situation…

But that was before society began policing every aspect of our lives, giving cops a reason to hassle us where none existed before – and providing the pretext for the escalation we see all around us. There is, quite literally, no way out. Or at least no good way out…

Well, yes, there actually is a way out, and that is to de-monopolize community policing and security. A lot of people scoff at that suggestion, because it has been assumed that the local government must have a compulsory monopoly in those fields, because they are just too important. No, they aren’t so important that only the government may be involved in your community’s security. There is no reason why competing agencies can’t do those things, and also such agencies would be more accountable. Monopolies are not accountable. And it doesn’t even have to be paid-for firms on the market — voluntary groups should also be involved in the policing of their own neighborhoods.

But it would also help to erase just about every positive law that is on the books, laws that have nothing to do with protecting our liberty or property and are only there to make money for the local or state government. And that is a very bad and dangerous reason why laws should be on the books or be enforced. The drug war also needs to be ended.

Eric Peters has been doing a wonderful job covering the abusive police state and its “Clover” defenders, as have Wendy McElroy (more here), Radley Balko and especially William Grigg.

But getting back to that brutish, tyrannical, bullying attitude that many cops seem to have nowadays, I think that the “War on Terror,” started by George W. Bush, may have contributed to the escalation of these Nazi police attitudes. The Bush wars and domestic police state told us that it is a bad thing for foreigners to attack and murder our fellow Americans (which is true — that is a bad thing), but that it is justified for our government to attack entire countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan who were not the cause of 9/11 and were of no threat to us, and for our government to destroy whole towns and whole countries and murder hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians overseas.

Bush’s domestic police state told us that individuals do NOT have any inalienable right to presumption of innocence and due process, and many of these police officers got that message. I have addressed the danger of how barbaric our military has become, how our military and domestic police forces are dangerously being fused together, and how there already have been examples of our own government leaders turning the guns on American civilians here.

Sort of related but not really, Justin Raimondo links at the end of this piece to a post by Helen Geller, who might be covering up something to do with the Norway nutso, in which she supposedly received an email way back in 2007 that Helen posted on her blog, Atlas Schmucks, but now has deleted one particular part of it. It’s hard to take some of these people seriously, after all their paranoid, anti-Muslim rants and seizures. It’s as though they want all Muslims deported from the U.S. Can we have all Islamophobic wackos deported? That would be nice.

Speaking of George W. Bush, Laurence Vance has this post at the LRC Blog, regarding Sean Hannity’s amnesia of the Bush years:

…In the mind of Hannity, the eight years of the Bush administration never happened. That is the only way I know how to explain it. Here is a quote from Hannity about Obama: “The guy who is responsible for all this massive debt.” Really Sean? Bush doubled the national debt and gave us the first trillion dollar deficit but it is all Obama’s fault? Now, I despise Obama and his policies as much as I despise Hannity, but why give Bush a free pass? Hannity also said something like: “We need a conservative Senate, we need a conservative in the White House.” Really Sean? Bush and the Republicans had absolute control of the government for over four years and what did we get for it? The TSA, the Medicare Prescription Drug plan, the Patriot Act, the expansion of the police state, and two wars. Let’s hope and pray that we don’t get any more conservatives in the Senate and the White House.

For more on the Bush legacy, see Doug Casey.

That linked article by Doug Casey, incidentally, is a very good summary of the incompetent socialist warmonger George W. Bush.

Speaking of incompetent socialist warmongers, I hear the Republicans have caved and are agreeing to raising the debt ceiling, and they are, in fact, licking Harry Reid’s ******, another example of what I had been predicting here and here. People still don’t like the ideas of de-monopolization and decentralization, but, sooner or later (I’d rather it be sooner, quite frankly) you’re going to have to face the fact that central planning doesn’t work, and it can’t work. The people of the Soviet Union found that out the hard way. (And WE are finding that out the hard way as well, and so are the people of the EU.)

But it appears that the so-called Tea Party Republicans in Congress are standing firm on not raising the debt ceiling. Maureen Dowg thinks that Tea Party Republicans are afraid of being challenged from the right in their next primaries.

The deal is praised and criticized by people on both the left and the right. Some on the left see this deal between Obama and the Republicans as a betrayal to Progressives, and with that, some people on the right such as the WSJ see it as a “Tea Party Triumph.” No, this deal-shmeal is no victory for anyone but political hacks, lobbyists and others who make their living off America’s workers and producers and, especially, off future generations of workers and producers. This deal-shmeal raises the debt ceiling and raises taxes (by allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire, and other examples of typical congressional wheeling-and-dealing with this deal-shmeal).

Regarding the Tea Party Republicans who oppose the deal-shmeal, could it be that they are actually principled in their views and not as much concerned about their reelection bids? A principled politician in CONgress? Besides Ron Paul? Is that possible?

Related to these deal-shmeals is this post by Yves Smith, who takes a 2800-word “dispassionate” look at a possible Elizabeth Warren run for…no, not Senate against Scott Brown, but for President against Barack Obama. Smith calls Warren an “outsider.” Yeah, an outsider who practically had been sleeping in the White House with one meeting after another in her campaign to be Wall Street financial dictator.

Yves Smith is really suggesting that Elizabeth Warren could run in the primaries against Obama. Now, Smith notes that Warren wouldn’t win mainly because of Obama’s fundraising superiority. I’m not sure about this, and, while Ted Kennedy and Pat Buchanan did poorly against the incumbent presidents they challenged in primaries, Ronald Reagan did pretty well. In these challenges, unlike Kennedy (a longtime political hack) and Buchanan (a Nixon crony), Reagan was challenging Ford for reasons of principle. (Unfortunately, as president later on, Reagan betrayed just about every principle of low taxes and small government, as he caved to one special interest after another.)

Now, this suggestion of Elizabeth Warren’s possibly challenging Obama in the primaries reminds me of Rush Limbaugh’s “Operation Chaos” during the 2008 primaries, in which Limbaugh suggested that Republicans vote in the Democrat primaries to cause confusion and undermine Hillary Clinton’s campaign. I wonder if Limbaugh — not particularly a fan of Barack Obama — is happy now that he caused that, and that his little scheme may have contributed to the elevation of Obama to president, and now our Dictator-in-Chief.

Anyway, I hope to see an Elizabeth Warren challenge to the incompetent incumbent president Barack Obomber, because that would make things more interesting. I wonder if Warren has any thoughts on Obama’s continuation, escalation and expansion of the Bush wars, Obama’s totalitarian police state with the TSA, DHS and other schemes that Obama is presiding over, with our total loss of due process and presumption of innocence, in which we are all presumed criminals and we all exist to serve our dictators in Washington.

I don’t think that a President Elizabeth Warren is a good idea. Warren wants to implement the ghastly Dodd-Frank regulatory nightmare, with all its new stifling bureaucracies. It’s never enough bureaucracies, with these statists on the left, from ObamaCare to Dodd-Frank, the EPA, HHS, and these statists on the right with Bush’s DHS and TSA bureaucratic atrocities. All these bureaucracies, whether they be financial- or security-related, do nothing but increase the police power of the State. In fact, the Mises Institute’s Jeff Tucker quoted Ludwig von Mises in a recent article:

Government interference always means either violent action or the threat of such action.… Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen. The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning. Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

Unfortunately, the Elizabeth Warrens and Chris Dodds and Joe Liebermans, and the Cass Sunshines and John McCains of the world just don’t understand that every new law and regulation they impose on us is giving the armed animals of the State more power in their having to enforce all that crap, and it is these political hacks who have given us the police state in which we now live and suffer. And, unless America decentralizes itself — and decentralization is the only way to save our liberty — then the police state will only get worse.

Amerikans’ Self-Absorption and Narcissism, Thanks to Covetous and Intrusive Government Interventionism

I managed to catch a little of Laura Ingraham’s show this morning, and she was discussing how some people have this compulsion to constantly check their cell phones or iPhone or Smart Phone, or whatever gadget people are now addicted to these days, with this obsession of wanting to see if someone is trying to reach them. I think that Dr. Laura said that she herself has that problem. Given how always distracted our senators and congresspeople seem to be, as especially evidenced by their constant incoherence and, at times, occasional drooling, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that over 90% of those inside-the-beltwaytards also have that phone obsession-addiction.

Some of the situations that were referred to included someone being with a friend (in person) and the friend constantly checking the little gadget of choice, constantly interrupting their conversation, not to take a phone call, no, but just to check to see if anyone is trying to reach him or her! I can’t believe just how self-absorbed some people are, that they don’t even realize how rude they are to their friend they are with and talking to.

And the worst of this seems to be amongst the younger crowd. When I was growing up, it was considered rude to interrupt your conversation with someone to go make a phone call or do something that was an unnecessary distraction. And we didn’t even HAVE cell phones when we were kids! I can’t believe these parents these days, letting little kids have cell phones! And the parents (especially those younger ones in their 20s into their 30s) are also rude these days.

But that is a pervasive aspect of our culture now: self-absorption and narcissism to a pathological degree. Thanks in large part to democracy, and to greater and greater government involvement in everyday life, in which the government does everything for you like you’re a baby, and thanks to having given up one’s right to one’s property by letting the government grab it from you.

Thanks to the covetousness that has been institutionalized throughout Amerika. The government sector and especially their unions are entitled to a portion (a large portion) of the earnings for which the workers and producers of society do their labor. The middle-class do their labor to serve the government unions, and that includes the huge, extravagant pensions and benefits packages that teachers, police and firefighters get, and want more of.

But it’s not just the government sector who wants to enslave their productive neighbors’ labor. The banksters are just as narcissistic and self-absorbed as well. The banksters, especially those “PDs” such as Government Sachs and Bank of Amerika, etc., benefit from Helicopter Ben’s money-printing sprees, as we have seen from the billions and billions (as Carl Sagan used to say) the banksters get in their bonuses.

And, of course, the “defense contractors,” a.k.a. the military-congressional-industrial-complex, have benefited, especially since the post-9/11 fear-mongering hysteria and militaristic destruction of Iraq and Afghanistan that George W. Bush started. Common sense would tell us that if you invade and occupy and trespass on other foreign territories, as the U.S. government has been doing for the past century and especially since the elder George Bush started the first war against Iraq in 1990-91, the people who actually live on those territories will probably not like that, and will probably retaliate. But, to government interventionist bureaucrats and their blindly following sheep, the answer to the foreigners’ retaliation to the U.S. invaders’ aggression is…. MORE government interventionism, more invasions, more occupations, more bombings and murdering of innocents and more creation of terrorists to retaliate against our invasive, murderous government.

That reminds me, check out Murray Rothbard’s take on the early banksters and how they benefited from early U.S. government war-mongering, and, of course, USMC Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler wrote that “War Is a Racket,” because it sure is. And, as Randolph Bourne would say, War Is the Health of the State.

But I wonder if the war-mongers of the neocon right and their friends of the military-industrial-congressional-complex and the Big Banksters of Wall Street are themselves addicted to their cell phones, their iPhones, their Smart Phones, and, in their state of self-absorption, constantly check their little gadgets to see if they are wanted somewhere. No, they aren’t wanted, believe me. But I’ll bet that many of these people have that problem, especially the younger ones.

The Federal Reserve Is a Destructive Government Agency, and It Needs to Be Closed Permanently

Washington’s Blog and The American Dream Blog are referring to the Federal Reserve as a “private,” not government agency. However, as Ron Paul has noted many times, the Fed was created by a legislative act, the Federal Reserve Act. It also has a government-monopoly on counterfeiting fake, unsound, valueless currency as a pretense of money that the government forces all Americans to use as their sole medium of exchange. The Fed is a GOVERNMENT agency, and Murray Rothbard states this as well in his The Case Against the Fed.

We can end the Federal Reserve the same way it was created, with a legislative act. The people have a right to use whatever they damn well want for trade and commerce, and have a right to use alternatives.

We need to end this destructive, authoritarian system that has caused America’s economic decline for a century.