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Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning, and Irwin Schiff’s Legacy of the Freedom of the Press

As the U.S. government persecutes and imprisons Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning for their dissidence and their informing the American people of the crimes committed by their rulers, the Trump administration is threatening yet another war, against Iran, for no good reason.

Over the decades and centuries, we can see why the agents of the United State don’t like the freedom of the Press. And the U.S. government’s imprisonment of dissidents doesn’t just apply to the government’s foreign policy, but has applied to its domestic policy as well.

Carl Watner writes about the silencing of dissent in this article at the Voluntaryist, using tax protester/dissident Irwin Schiff as an example. Irwin was sentenced to jail for years and years for not filing taxes. But really, it was his tax-opposition activism and his best-selling books that were the real reasons why Schiff was confined to prison for so many years.

Irwin Schiff’s books, The Biggest Con: How the Government Is Fleecing You, How Anyone Can Stop Paying Income Taxes, The Great Income Tax Hoax: Why You Can Immediately Stop Paying This Illegally Enforced Tax, and The Federal Mafia: How It Illegally Imposes and Unlawfully Collects Income Taxes, exposed U.S. government’s fraudulent income tax, and turned him into a political prisoner. (And no, I am not suggesting or encouraging anyone to be a tax protester or to withhold income taxes. I myself have not done and would not do anything illegal. I also hardly have much of an income.)

It was Schiff’s book, Federal Mafia, that was supposedly banned by the judge. According to Wikipedia, “the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found the book to be fraudulent and upheld an injunction issued by a U.S. District Court in Nevada under 26 U.S.C. § 7408 against Irwin Schiff and associates Cynthia Neun and Lawrence Cohen against the sale of this book by those persons.” However, Schiff has been able to give the book away for free on his website (although, as you can see by clicking on the link in the previous paragraph, it is available now at Amazon).

And I believe the current situation with Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning is a similar situation. Just as the feds don’t want the American people to know the truth about their illicit apparatus of theft and plunder, in the Assange/Manning case the feds don’t want you to know about the war crimes and other evil crimes of the U.S. government — so, they are imprisoning Assange and Manning.

The Schiff case and the judge’s literally banning one of Schiff’s books was a case not as much about the income tax but freedom of speech and freedom of the Press.

While Carl Watner does not address the WikiLeaks case, in regards to the freedom of the Press Watner does address the Irwin Schiff case. Watner writes,

In Schiff’s case, the judge tried to prevent Schiff from “poisoning the minds of the people.” There was no way that the government could allow Schiff to refuse to pay his taxes, and get away with it. The Bolsheviks of the Russian Revolution were the first to use the term “poison” with regard to “contaminating” people’s minds. It was they who labeled the capitalist press “poisoners of the mind of the people.”

State hegemony and the ability to command obedience actually grow out of ideas. It is ideology, not force or its threat, which causes most people to obey. That is why governments are so concerned about the unrestricted exposure of their people to a wide variety of ideas, particularly to those ideas which question its legitimacy. It would be suicide for a State to stand idle while it was being criticized and its power base was being undercut. If the State is to remain in control, it can never reconcile itself to unrestrained freedom of the press. Whether the State is trying to retain its legitimacy or fight for its life, as in time of war, it must generally control what the people think.

So, as the Trump administration seems to be threatening to attack Iran, and for no good reason just as the Bush administration attacked Iraq and Afghanistan, there are a lot of people including those shameful members of the compliant news media who obediently believe the feds’ outright propaganda and lies to justify another war of aggression.

So, we need truth tellers like Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning, like Irwin Schiff, to use their freedom of the Press to let the American people know the truth of the criminal racket that is their U.S. government.

News and Commentary

José Niño on why the elites look down on manual labor.

Robert Wenzel discusses Alex Tabarrok’s preferring more government interventionism than less in Venezuela, and Tabarrok’s misunderstanding of what is socialist and what is anarchist.

Jacob Hornberger says, Impeach Trump but only for the right reason.

Per Bylund says that tariffs are attacks on property rights and freedom.

Laurence Vance asks, Who actually pays for tariffs?

Robert Murphy debunks 3 modern arguments for tariffs.

Ron Paul says that the Violence Against Women Act does violence to the Constitution.

And Ammo.com with an article on the corresponding rise of antidepressants and mass shootings.

Are We in Soviet Amerika? Or Nazi Amerika? A Little In Between?

I have to write this, but I don’t want to. These kinds of posts are difficult. A lot of people are in denial as far as what our society has become, and what it is turning into. If you point things out, and “connect the dots,” there are many brainwashed sheeple who call you “paranoid,” “conspiracy theorist,” etc. But, because of generations now of the results of government-controlled schooling, we have more of a Nazi Germany and a Soviet Amerika than a free society.

Just look at the way the Soviet-like apparatchiks in Congress suddenly demand Donald Trump’s tax returns as soon as the Mueller report completely exonerated him. “Well, if the nearly two-year Mueller investigation couldn’t find any evidence of wrong-doing, then we have to get him on something! Let’s go through his taxes, and maybe we’ll find something to get him on.” In other words, without any crime that’s been alleged in the first place, without any reason to suspect Trump of any specific tax law violation, the apparatchiks immediately go on a fishing expedition. (After the two-year Mueller fishing expedition.) But yo, dummies in Congress, like Jerrold Nadler and Adam Schiffty et al., let’s go through YOUR tax returns as well, without a reason to suspect you of something.

You see, government criminals can do this to anyone they want, not just a President. I’m sure that if Republican Senators want to get Nadler’s tax returns they can do that. Or Bernie’s or Elizabeth Warren’s, etc.

So this is the Soviet Union now. And that is what these people want. They want another Soviet society, in which the elites have a lot of control over the lives of the people. If you dare to criticize the “system” in any way, as Donald Trump has done such as during the 2016 campaign, and “Drain the Swamp!”, watch out. In the Soviet Union they would send people to the gulag merely for uttering such disloyal things.

And Kamala Harris, what is “Kamala”? I wonder if that stands for “Camel-a Harris,” as in the camel’s nose in the tent, and all that. Is she a reincarnated Soviet commissar? Perhaps a reincarnated storm trooper? Because, she wants to arrest and jail parents for not sending their kids into the government schools. In other words, for the kids not going into the indoctrination prisons to get their daily brainwashing of government-worship, which is what generations of Amerikans have gotten now.

And it’s not just those on the Left. I’ve spent plenty of time here criticizing the talk radio ditto-heads and their “conservative” followers, their worship of “America” and worship of a flag, and of centralized government planners in Washington regarding the immigration problem, Socialist Security and Medicare that they don’t want to get rid of, and their love and worship of the government police and military and the police state in Amerika. So they’re just as bad, in my view.

But the Soviet wannabes on the Left, though. In my recent rant against their “Medicare for All” they want to forcibly impose on everyone whether people like it or not and enforced at the point of a government gun, I did make a brief mention that it’s all about control. Political control, and it’s not because these dishonest people care about “the poor” or “the needy” or “people who can’t afford health insurance.” These activists couldn’t care less about them.

It’s about control.

“We need to have everybody’s personal medical information on record and in our files, like the FBI files, so we know who has what illness, who is taking what drugs, and what each person says to his or her doctor. We need to know if there are any indications of people who might have a firearm, who might be hoarding food or other survival supplies, people who have criticized their congressman (‘contempt of Congress,’ etc.), people who might be conservative, who might be a Christian, who might have made negative statements about LGBT people,  and so on. We need to have information on people who might be considering running for their local school committee, especially if they do not support our social agenda, and so on.”

Oh, how paranoid. Really? No, not really. Not paranoid. There are signs everywhere. For instance, Bernie and “AOC” are pushing for so many Soviet-like government takeovers and seizures of private businesses and property, such as in their wanting to nationalize the banking system and credit. So the above made-up quote is realistic, and this is why “Medicare for All,” or “Single Payer,” or Soviet medical care.

They want to know who has what views, who may actually be thinking for themselves, and who is off the reservation. Those who aren’t compliant, well, we can look at the 20th Century and those paradises of collectivism these fanatics worship with intense drooling, and see the skulls piled up by the millions. You think that’s an exaggeration? “Noooo, they wouldn’t be that extreme!” Listen to how they view not just the unborn but babies who have already been born. It’s okay to kill them if they are undesired. So, these people on the Left are just as bad as the conservatives who have been supporting and defending the U.S. wars of aggression overseas, the killing of millions of innocent civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Germany, etc., and dehumanizing their victims.

We’re seeing all over the society of how certain people are getting fired from their jobs, being thrown off various boards for having expressed the “wrong” view. Social media are censoring certain people now. As I had linked to recently, the U.S. is quickly becoming like China in its Orwellian “social credit score” hell.

So, as in Nazi Germany, we have people reporting on others who don’t toe the party line, or businesses being coerced to report on their customers who fit the FBI’s description of “suspicious.”

And look at the FBI now. Their spying on the Trump campaign and making up reasons to do so didn’t just start with the 2016 campaign. They had an informant in the Trump organization since 2003. Probably since well before that, like since Trump’s discussion with Oprah in 1988 about his possibly running for President. Government apparatchiks go after successful private sector businesspeople, as I have mentioned before.

But as long as the apparatus of central planning and control exists in Washington, which was always a bad idea to begin with, we will have people fighting to grasp the controls to wield the power to try to mold and shape an obedient and compliant population. And that is ALL those “democratic socialists” and social activists crave.

News and Commentary

Jacob Hornberger on healthcare socialism versus healthcare freedom.

Doug Bandow says that Trump is just another jailer of the Cuban people.

The Intercept with an article on U.S. government-led coalition killing 1,600 civilians in Raqqa, Syria.

Michael Munger discusses capitalism in three principles.

Eoin Higgins says that Facebook has hired the same person involved in concocting the Patriot Act, as general counsel.

Richard Ebeling says that central banking is central planning.

And OrganicOlivia discusses Lyme Disease and the CDC cover-up.

On Government Bureaucrats Committing “Treason” Against the People of the States

Law professor Jonathan Turley seems to be misinterpreting some tweets by Donald Trump, as well as showing a lack of understanding of Trump’s use of the word “treason.”

First, Turley writes,

President Donald Trump appears intent on fueling calls for impeachment with unhinged statements calling some who worked with Special Counsel Robert Mueller as possible “traitors” and promising to “turn the tables” and to “bring them to justice”. While the President could simply relish the lack of findings of any criminal conduct, he has again adopted disturbing rhetoric that is reminiscent more of authoritarian regimes than American administrations.

But the Trump tweets that Turley is referring to are these:

“Statements are made about me by certain people in the Crazy Mueller Report, in itself written by 18 Angry Democrat Trump Haters, which are fabricated & totally untrue.”

“It was not necessary for me to respond to statements made in the “Report” about me, some of which are total bullshit & only given to make the other person look good (or me to look bad). This was an Illegally Started Hoax that never should have happened.”

“It is now finally time to turn the tables and bring justice to some very sick and dangerous people who have committed very serious crimes, perhaps even spying or treason. This should never happen again!”

Turley is misunderstanding just whom Trump is talking about when it comes to “treason.” Trump is not talking about “some who worked with Special Counsel Robert Mueller,” to quote Turley, as acting treasonously.

While Trump did refer to “18 Angry Democrat Trump Haters” on the Mueller team, he was not talking about them. No, Trump is referring to the ones involved in “an Illegally Started Hoax” as the ones who acted treasonously. The ones who promoted made-up allegations in the Steele dossier and pushed that to the media and fraudulently obtained FISA spying warrants to spy on members of the Trump campaign and for political reasons.

So when Trump is tweeting, “time to turn the tables and bring justice to some very sick and dangerous people who have committed very serious crimes, perhaps even spying or treason,” he is referring to James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Rod Rosenstein, and Sally Yates especially, the four who signed the FISA warrant applications knowing that the Steele dossier they relied upon was in fact unreliable and unverified information, and that it heavily used oppo research paid for by the Hillary campaign. Others involved in the scheme included John Brennan, Loretta Lynch, and Peter Strzok.

In the U.S. Constitution, the section on Treason (Article III, Section 3) states:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason, but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture except during the life of the person attainted.

As Thomas DiLorenzo pointed out, the phrase “United States” is referring to the states that make up the various states in the union, in plural form. It is not referring to a single unit. And the “treason” is when, for example, bureaucrats of the U.S. government in Washington, D.C. use the apparatus of war making against the states (“Treason against the United States”), or against the people of the states.

So as I wrote here, the “intelligence community” and national security bureaucrats’ FISA spying against people or citizens of the United States, committed by political apparatchiks in Washington and for purely political reasons, really does fit the constitutional definition of “Treason,” because the FISA spying (in which FISA stands for “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act”) is a part of the government’s war making apparatus. “Levying war against them,” as the Constitution notes.

So, Turley is erroneously suggesting that Trump is acting like an “authoritarian” dictator who will jail a disloyal, disobedient subject for “treason,” whereas it’s really the other way around. The bureaucrats in the government (Brennan, Comey, Rosenstein, Yates, Strzok, McCabe, etc.) who turned the spying war-making apparatus against other citizens are the ones who acted treasonously. It was they who were the apparatchiks of an “authoritarian regime” in Washington.

Steven Mnuchin and Marxine Waters Duke It Out

Here is a totally bizarre bickering between treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin and Rep. Marxine Waters, the chairwomanperson of this useless committee. Her facial expressions are at times just plain cartoon-like. They are arguing over whether he can leave the hearing, and he says he has a scheduled important meeting, she says he can very well leave. I heard Glenn Beck mention this on his radio show this morning. I didn’t realize that Mnuchin is asking for formal dismissal and gavel-bang from the chairwomanperson. Apparently, according to what I heard on the Beck show, if Mnuchin were to just walk out without formal dismissal he can be charged with “contempt of Congress.” Is this true? (Frankly, it is CONgress who consistently shows contempt for the American people and the U.S. Constitution!)

Washington Is Filled with Morons, Psychopaths, and Ignoramuses

What is wrong with Donald Trump? And all his followers. Why are they so much against freedom?

Trump wants to close the border. That’s ridiculous. America is supposed to be about freedom, free markets, free trade, not government restrictions on everybody’s freedom.

The Authoritarian-In-Chief now wants to impose a “Border Czar,” or “Immigration Czar,” apparently in the same way that Ronald Reagan appointed a “Drug Czar.” That sure worked out well. The “Drug Czar” put a stop to all those druggies and potheads out there, for sure.

The police state dingbats will do the same with immigration, you betcha.

And why all the short-sightedness from Trump and others? They are hysterical regarding the problems at the border. The “crisis.”

Hysterical loony-tunes panic and call for closing the border altogether, as well as escalating their police state.

“Oh, all the drugs coming through the border.”

Actually, it’s the war on drugs that’s mainly to blame for that “crisis.” Your nanny state dictating to the people what chemicals they may or may not put into their own bodies.

You’re not going to stop people from getting their goddamn drugs.

It’s 50+ years of the drug war now, people including teens are still getting all the drugs they want. It’s your prohibition that’s causing the black market that incentivizes the low-lifes to want to profit from the weaknesses and vices of others, as the black market in drugs creates the drug pushers who get people addicted and the drug traffickers who profit from the black market, the drug lords and drug cartels.

Another cause of the immigration crisis is the U.S. government’s foreign interventionism in Central and South America. Cut it out.

And America’s welfare state. Are there immigrants coming to the U.S. and getting on welfare? Welfare is a truly immoral policy, because it is not funded voluntarily. Welfare is funded involuntarily by the government’s stealing earnings from the workers and producers of society. Stealing is immoral, and criminal. Please Donald shut up about crime coming from “illegal” immigrants, when you preside over the largest crime syndicate ever in the history of man, the U.S. government. Stop stealing from the people.

But he wants to close down the border, rather than end the criminality, corruption, stealing, and the police state coming right out of Washington.

What else is The Donald doing that’s stupid, criminal or evil? He is now saying that Republicans will be the “party of healthcare.” What? Are they doctors? How will Republicans do anything in healthcare? They’re politicians (i.e. morons).

And now he’s saying that he will wait until after the 2020 election to do something with healthcare. “We’ll pass the bill and then we’ll find out what’s in it.”

In other words, he’s doing a Nixon: I have a secret plan to end the war. But really Trump has a secret plan to end our healthcare completely, by caving and giving in to the socialists who want total government-run healthcare. But isn’t that what Trump has been calling for all this time?

And the idiots are so concerned about people with pre-existing conditions, they really want to force insurers to go out of business. The Rethugs are either just dishonest or they actually don’t understand that forcing insurers to cover pre-existing conditions will cause such coverage to get progressively worse for those with pre-existing conditions.

I hove no doubt that Trump does not understand that, as well as many other things in healthcare, government, and life.

And yesterday on the Sean Hannity radio show, Rep. Steve Scalise was pushing his born-alive abortion bill. There are people, mainly Democrats, who want to allow people to murder a newly born baby, because the mother has changed her mind. How sick is that? But Scalise and other Rethugs in CONgress love the wars and sanctions and detaining peaceful people traveling to find a better life for themselves and their families. The Rs are just as bad as the Ds, quite frankly.

And then we have women complaining about Joe Biden. He likes to be “affectionate.” No, he likes to touch and feel and grope and be intrusive on others, just as any other pathological narcissist likes to do. Which is to say, most politicians. They love to have the powers of government, and the apparatus of spying and intruding, making the people have to report to the bureaucrats the details of their private personal and financial lives, involuntarily. And the Rulers love siccing the government police on people who don’t comply.

More Excellent Articles

Justin Raimondo has returned and writes about defeating the counterrevolution, the conspiracy theory of Trump-Russia collusions and the interference in the 2016 election that wasn’t interfered with. “In Russia-gate we see the real purpose of the system of universal surveillance: to track and control the channels of dissidence in this country…We can and must defeat them by disempowering the instruments of control – the FBI, the CIA, and the entire national security bureaucracy – and making an example in this most egregious case. John Brennan must be charged and prosecuted. The FBI cabal that turned a federal law enforcement agency into an arm of an incipient police state must be held accountable in a court of law.” You betcha!

Dr. Jane Orient asks, What if the government is your doctor? (I think that Dr. Bureaucrat would be very much like McCabe, Comey, Brennan, and Zeke Emanuel. Not good.)

Mark Perry and Ross McKitric on Earth Hour: a celebration of ignorance and poverty. (And April 22 is Earth Day. Keep all the lights on, and your TVs and stereos, space heaters and air conditioners, if you can. Just don’t blow a fuse. Celebrate Earth Day!)

Jacob Hornberger on the incorrigible hypocrisy of the Wall Street Journal and conservatives on foreign policy. (I thought leftists were narcissistic, but conservatives are pretty bad as well in their narcissism when it comes to their rejection of the Golden Rule.)

Bretigne Shaffer has more on the “anti-vaxxer” parents who try to educate the ignorant on the vaccine controversy.

And Gareth Porter explains how the U.S. Navy sold the Vietnam War.

More Articles

John Whitehead with an article on how we’re all lab rats in the government’s secret experiments. Get ready to be grossed out if you aren’t already familiar with some of the sick experiments the degenerate psychopaths in Washington have performed on the people.

Laurence Vance has a lengthy article on your tax dollars at work. Very detailed. And he distinguishes between the typical liberal/conservative statist view on taxes and the libertarian view. Is there somewhere in this piece in which he suggests to get rid of the federal government as a good solution? I didn’t see it. (In fact, that same solution applies to the first link above as well.)

Michael Rozeff says that socialism suppresses entrepreneurship.

And Joseph Mercola on Internet watchdogs and fake fact-checkers, conflicts of interest.

The “Mueller Report”: The Coup Failed. But Will the Real Conspirators See the Hoosegow?

So yesterday I’m listening to these Sunday news shows Meet the Depressed, Fake the Nation and Faux News Sunday, rebroadcast on Bloomberg Radio, and today these local liberal talk radio personalities, and it’s like they’re all living in a different world of non-reality. They are in a world far removed from the truth, especially when it comes to the long-anticipated “Mueller Report,” and attorney general William Barr’s spin on it to Congress.

The media groupies are still clinging to the notion that Trump “obstructed justice” and they’re still talking impeachment, when in reality it was the high-up FBI and DOJ flunkies who “obstructed justice” in their falsely exonerating Hillary Clinton in her rogue email mishandlings, by changing the words “gross negligence” to “extremely careless,” in order to falsely get out of criminally indicting Clinton.

And will the impeachment-obsessed Jerrold Nadler and Adam Schiffty look into the “insurance policy” that the high-ups at DOJ and FBI implemented to try to ward off a Trump presidency or to sabotage it if it were to occur? The usage of the Steele dossier that British spy Christopher Steel wrote up on Trump that was filled with made-up allegations with no verification whatsoever?

In fact, Bruce Ohr at the DOJ told senior FBI and DOJ bureaucrats, and obviously the signers of the FISA warrant applications that were used to illicitly spy on Trump campaign people, that the information used for those FISA applications, the “Steele dossier,” was unverified, and the officials then misled FISA court judges who signed the warrants. So, if there are to be indictments for “obstruction of justice” and “conspiracy,” they need to be handed to James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates and Rod Rosenstein, the officials who submitted FISA warrant applications with unverified information to the FISA judges. I wrote about all that in this article in January.

I have a feeling that, thanks to the propagandists of the mainstream media, most people have never even heard of Bruce Ohr.

So will the Obama-Comey FBI/DOJ spy ring get indicted? That also includes the former director of national intelligence (sic) James Clapper and CIA director John Brennan. Kimberly Strassel of the Wall Street Journal called Brennan the “ringmaster” and Giuliani referred to him as the “quarterback.”

Can you imagine if the Bush DOJ and FBI spied on the Obama campaign and attempted to falsely accuse Obama of “collusions with Russia to sway the 2008 election”?

And all those indictments handed down by the Mueller fishing expedition? Nothing to do with “Russia collusions” to change the 2016 election.

The first group of Russians who were indicted were using social media because they were trying to make money. It was a money-making click-bait scheme.

But the second group of Russians from the Russian intelligence GRU, were indicted to do with non-existent “hacking” of the DNC and the Clinton campaign computers, but the indictments were not substantiated with any evidence whatsoever, as we heard from Moon of Alabama and Joe Lauria. The Mueller people just made it all up.

And Paul Manafort’s dealings were with Ukrainians, not Russians, and having nothing to do with the 2016 election, and his tax-related indictments were from years ago, well before the 2016 election! Then there was Mike Flynn’s “guilty” plea for lying to investigators, after having been entrapped by FBI, even though FBI’s top agent Strzok believed that Flynn was not lying.

The whole thing has been a fishing expedition and an attempted frame-up of Trump. And I’m not even a Trump supporter.

The reasons these “national security” apparatchiks went after Trump — joined enthusiastically by the toadies of the media and the rest of the government losers in Washington — wasn’t just because he criticized the national security establishment and their terrible wars.

It was also because he’s a successful entrepreneur. Government losers HATE successful entrepreneurs. So it’s also a part of their ENVY that we are seeing more and more of from government worshipers now. That is part of why government “law enforcement” went after Martha Stewart — and Michael Milken, Aaron Swarz, Joseph Nacchio and John Kinnucan, and others.

And now government “law enforcement” is going after Robert Kraft. The goons can easily go after ANY famous celebrity male patronizing a house of prostitution. So why Robert Kraft, and only weeks after his Patriots won their 6th Super Bowl? I have answered my own question. Duh. There’s that envy again. And that’s why. (And maybe because Kraft is a Trump supporter? Ya think?)

It’s the inherent nature of the government parasite who would never make it in the private sector, or anywhere were it not for the forced redistribution of wealth scheme that’s been financed by the thievery of the income tax for the past century.

And the FBI has been going after The Donald since at least 2003, as we know from Felix Sater. The anti-business FBI has probably been wanting to get Trump since the 1980s, quite frankly.

Medicare and Medicaid: The Root Cause of America’s Healthcare Crisis

Now, many people really believe that government programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, were necessary to be imposed on the people to help the people. Many people are indoctrinated to believe that after many years of government-controlled schooling. Those programs are a given, a normal part of everyday life, they have been made to believe.

However, Jacob Hornberger discusses why those programs are the root cause of today’s healthcare crisis. Those are socialist programs, which involve redistribution of wealth to fund them, and government central planning to administer them.

It was a new system of government central planning imposed by political operatives and bureaucrats to replace the old system of freedom and free markets.

Hornberger describes how things used to be in America with healthcare:

The United States once had the finest healthcare system in the world. It was one based on no government involvement in healthcare. It was a free-market healthcare system. Advances in healthcare were occurring at a phenomenal rate. Doctors absolutely loved what they did in life. Healthcare services were reasonably priced.

In fact, hardly anyone had major medical insurance. That’s because healthcare costs were considered just an ordinary part of life, sort of like periodic car repairs. The price of healthcare stayed within reasonable boundaries.

The poor had no problems receiving treatment by both physicians and hospitals. I grew up in Laredo, Texas, which the Census Bureau said was the poorest city in the United States. Every day the doctors’ offices were filled with patients, some from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, which was on the other side of the Rio Grande. The doctors knew that many of them could not pay for the treatment. It didn’t matter. I never heard of a case where doctors turned away anyone for inability to pay. And Laredo doctors were among the richest people in turn, second only to the oil families. They didn’t begrudge giving people free healthcare, especially since they were making so much money from everyone who could pay.

That’s the way things should be: a way of life in which healthcare is based on the free market and where charity is voluntary, not mandated through the force of the IRS or any welfare-state bureaucracy. A free-market healthcare system is precisely why the United States once had the finest healthcare system in the world.

Everything began going south with the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid in the 1960s…

And, as Hornberger points out, one socialist intervention after another has been imposed to try to fix the terrible effects of the previous socialist interventions, including ObamaCare, and on and on. Now the socialists want “Medicare for All,” i.e. Soviet-style top-down authoritarian-imposed medicine.

By the way, speaking of Soviet “Medicare for All,” Anna Ebeling, who was born and raised in the Soviet Union, wrote an article on how the Bolsheviks wanted to destroy the medical care system of Old Russia in the name of utopia, just like today’s “Democrats” want to do. And look what they did! And former Gorbachev-era Soviet economist and then dissident and defector Yuri Maltsev also tells us what Soviet medicine teaches us.