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Time for Voluntary Decentralization

Jacob Hornberger asks, Should libertarians support Trump’s immigration raids?

Laurence Vance says we should eliminate the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). And when we’re finished doing that, eliminate CIA, FBI, NSA, TSA, DHS, ICE, FTC, Dept. of Education, Dept. of Energy, and all the other crap in Warshington.

WND with an article on Nellie Ohr serving anti-Trump to DOJ.

Robert Wenzel on Trump’s hypocrisy with Israel/BDS movement, yet Trump imposes sanctions on Iran, Venezuela, and Russia.

And Michael Rozeff comments on university sources of gender and other sexual madness in our schools.

More News and Commentary

Richard Ebeling discusses a coercive Green New Deal.

John Whitehead on draconian laws, precrime and the surveillance state.

Lew Rockwell points out the relationship between the mass shootings and America’s militaristic culture.

Dr. Mercola on how Google threatens your children.

Doug Bandow on mandatory national service: a bad idea that won’t die.

Arjun Walia with an extensive analysis of a report on the Rockefeller family’s covert “Climate Change” plan.

Jon Rappoport on the Normals vs. Conspiracy Theorists.

Dagney Taggart discusses the out of control grass gestapo: so much for private property rights.

Adam Dick on Tulsi Gabbard’s military nonsense.

David Gornoski says that gun laws create gun violence.

Ron Paul says that Congress’s spending surge is national suicide.

Laurence Vance on tax credits and loopholes, and the right to discriminate.

Antiwar.com posted a classic by the late Justin Raimondo: Antiwar.com vs. the decline of American journalism.

Dave DeCamp on the new cybersecurity non-profit that’s to help presidential campaigns to combat foreign influences: they are full of rabid Russiagaters.

Janet Phelan asks, Does Trump’s wall have a secondary purpose?

Barton Bernstein on the forgotten critics of the atomic bombing of Japan.

Gary Barnett says that evil killing by the United State relies on willful indifference.

Patrick Lawrence demands DNC email evidence.

Aaron Maté with 5 big holes in Mueller’s “work.”

Thomas Knapp on Afghanistan: in search of monsters to not destroy.

And B.N. Frank says that, despite warnings, kids still drowning because parents preoccupied with their phones.

How to Dismantle Leviathan?

Atilla Mert Sulker says that voting for libertarian-minded candidates to try to curtail the growth of Leviathan may be futile, and it may be better to just wait for an eventual collapse.

Well, I don’t want to live through a “collapse,” because that would be too stressful. I think we need better libertarian communicators who can use media as a bully pulpit to get the ideas of freedom out there, not particularly to run for elective office. Ron Paul was a Congressman for decades, but his bills which attempted to dismantle Leviathan were not passed and certainly not signed by the fascists in the White House.

As I have said, many people are brainwashed in their slavery and their devotion to the State. I know, a lot of people don’t like my using the word “brainwashed,” but if the shoe fits… So, there are millions and millions of brainwashed sheeple who really believe that the next election is the MOST important and “we had better get the right person in there, or else!” I hear that throughout my whole life now, 50+ years.

“Reagan will make things better, you’ll see!” And Reagan made things worse. And more recently, “Trump will make things better, you’ll see!” And Trump is making things worse. Sure, his tax cuts elicited businesses to raise their wages and salaries and give bonuses, and create new jobs, lowest black unemployment, and all that. However, Trump’s individual tax cuts are only temporary, which is part of his sham. His trade war is causing the raising of prices for consumers and raising prices of capital goods for producers and causing uncertainty, that will lower our standard of living. For that he should be impeached! Trump is also spending like a drunken sailor and refuses to make any substantial cuts in the federal budget. But, the brainwashed sheeple love him because he wraps himself in the flag and speaks with the dog-whistle nationalistic rhetoric that makes his followers-off-the-cliff feel good.

And of course people are brainwashed to believe in the system we have now, of elections and voting. They BELIEVE in it like in a Biblical sense. And they look to the robed bureaucrats of the Supreme Court as giving final approval or disapproval to this or that law or policy. And how’s that workin’ out for ya? People spend so much energy on a Supreme Court nomination like it’s the end of the world, like they hysterically do with a presidential election. Just look at the anti-Kavanaugh frothers, making stuff up about him, slandering and smearing. Those drooling political leftists couldn’t care less about Kavanaugh’s police state lower court rulings, because the leftists LOVE the police state! All they care about is ABORTION! And that’s it!

But how will sensible people who are not brainwashed slaves get the message across that centralism is a bad idea, and that decentralization for “America” is the only way as a first step in restoring our freedom? (“America” being another made-up myth that generations of people worship like a god.)

The whole territory of “America” is too big to be all one single country or culture and it needs to decentralize, i.e. dismantle Washington and the U.S. government (that shouldn’t have been formed in the first place). Most people don’t want to face that, because they were raised to believe in the myth and all the mystical claptrap that goes with it.

So, dismantle, decentralize, and states can even decentralize themselves, especially California, Texas, etc. Or merge if they want to, such as communist Connecticut and Marxachusetts. But most important is that people would be able to “vote with their feet” if they don’t like how things are going in their particular state. Currently, U.S. residents can’t “vote with their feet,” because there’s not much of an alternative, and even if there were, the feds have made it difficult to actually physically leave the country. They’re real fascists and communists now from Washington, not just harassing immigrants but “legal” residents as well.

I probably continue to sound like a broken record, but at least I’m in touch with reality on this stuff. But it’s going to take a lot of convincing to sway other people especially those who are brainwashed State-worshipers. One thing to do is to not be employed by anything government. Stay in the private sector. Don’t have any contracts with any government agencies if you own a business. “Snub” government employees: If you own a business you can put up a sign that says those who are employed by government are not welcome here, etc. But don’t do anything illegal, of course.

Why Don’t Abigail Disney, George Soros et al Give Their Billions to the Needy Directly?

Instead of calling for the U.S. government to impose a “wealth tax” and more bureaucracies?

Better yet, why don’t these 1 percent of the 1 percent give away their money to food banks to end hunger in America and make Americans healthier? Why don’t they buy everyone electric cars to solve the climate crisis? Why don’t they repair our crumbling road and bridge infrastructure? Why don’t they give every child a voucher to attend the school of his choice? Why don’t they build new schools where there are no good ones? Why don’t they give all the people who are unemployed jobs at their companies or foundations? Why don’t they pay for everyone to go to college? Why don’t they subsidize companies so that they can give all their low-wage workers a raise to $15 an hour? To improve health outcomes, why don’t they build more hospitals and clinics and pay the salaries of doctors and nurses to staff them? Why don’t they build housing for the homeless?

Why give your money to the government so the government can inefficiently and wastefully do these things (assuming that the government will actually do them) after government bureaucrats take their cut?

Laurence Vance wants to know.

Government Central Planning Is Very Bad for You

To some people who have been reading this blog for a while, this may sound like a broken record. Sorry about that. But some things are very important.

I’ll start with the immigration issue, and I’ll try to be as concise as possible.

Thanks to government schooling, it seems that most people tend to think with shortsightedness. Rather than looking into the actual causes of the immigration crisis and making changes in policies that are causing the immigrants to flee those Central and South American countries and wanting to come to the U.S., it seems that the American people would prefer to continue with even more of the police state, which, by the way, is violating the rights of Americans as well as foreigners.

U.S. government goons are unconstitutionally and criminally detaining and harassing Americans at or near the border and unconstitutionally and criminally seizing and searching Americans’ phones and laptops. You like this?

In a free society, which ours is not, anyone can come and go as they please and not be harassed by or have to report to any government bureaucrat or enforcement thug. No, in the current police state brought about by government central planning that especially conservatives and Republicans love and adore, we have the dysfunctional situation that we have.

Unfortunately, a lot of people are brainwashed to believe that there’s some sort of collective ownership of the territory as a whole, and that “outsiders must get permission to enter,” and that “we are one family and those ‘illegals’ are breaking into ‘our’ home,” and all that. I hear that kind of thing from talk radio ditto-heads. No, your home is not my home, and my home is not your home.

In the U.S., it was supposed to be a land in which private owners of private property have private property rights and sovereignty over their private property. But the ignorant nationalists reject such ideas and instead are brainwashed to believe in that aforementioned collective ownership of the territory, which would mean that the collective has ownership over everything within the territory. So in our current system that nationalists love and adore, anyone who “owns” property including business “owners” must get the final authorization to do something on or with one’s “own” property from a government bureaucrat!

So really the ultimate owner of all the property within the collectively owned territory is the government in Washington, consisting of its bureaucrats and all the goon enforcers who harass, molest, abuse and assault, rob, and murder innocent people, all in the name of “protecting Americans from foreigners.” Which they aren’t doing, and can’t do.

Because: Central Planning Doesn’t Work!

Another thing with those who believe in that nationalism stuff and worship their central planning caretaker in Washington is this concept of “citizenship.” If you are not a “citizen,” i.e. if you don’t have government authorization, then you “don’t belong here,” and so on. Well, you can have that kind of thing if you want to, if it’s that important to you, like this is a private club, but then you can’t say you support private property, freedom of association, and voluntary exchange. The requirement of having to be a “citizen” to do this or that, which means you must have government authorization, negates those aspects of freedom and a free society.

Now, on the immigration situation, if the supporters of the Orwellian police state that we have now can possibly drop their pathological short-sightedness, let’s ask what exactly is motivating all those foreigner people to come to the U.S.?

One major factor is the war on drugs, which many, many authoritarian conservatives support. Those authoritarian conservatives really believe in the Nanny State, that the government should be empowered to tell you what chemicals you may or may not put into your own body. They are just like the former NYC Mayor Bloomberg with his war on sugary drinks and salt. No difference. Nanny State conservatives with their war on drugs.

So conservatives and their Nanny State True Believers seem to reject the ideas of the founders, that each individual owns one’s own life and that the sovereignty over one’s life, including one’s own body, is with oneself.

Contrary to the founders’ vision of self-ownership, the Drug Prohibition Police State is a policy of short-sightedness, just like the immigration police state.

Drug prohibition causes a black market in drugs, which incentivizes the scum of society to exploit people’s weaknesses and vices, get them addicted so they will squander their money on the drugs.

So the drug prohibition creates drug pushers, drug traffickers, drug gangs and turf wars, drug lords like “El Chapo,” MS-13, violence and chaos and torture. All because Nanny State authoritarians want the government empowered to prohibit certain chemicals.

The answer is to repeal all drug-related laws, dismantle the DEA and the drug enforcement bureaucracies of the FBI and other agencies, which should all be abolished as well. When you do that, the “El Chapos,” the drug lords and drug traffickers and gangs will disband. And that will or should cause a major reduction in foreigners fleeing from those countries south of the border. And repeal all immigration related laws as well, including ICE, etc.

Government central planners cannot control the movements of millions of people, nor should they. It is as impossible a goal as is the goal of the “Green New Deal.”

But those Nanny State supporters of drug prohibition are just as bad as the gun control zealots on the left, who want to prohibit the civilian population from exercising their right to keep and bear arms. Gun control hasn’t prevented criminals from getting their guns illegally because criminals and psychopaths such as the school shooters don’t care if the guns are illegal. Criminals don’t obey the law!

So, the drug prohibition police state is just as futile and useless and counter-productive as the gun control police state.

It would also help if we abolish ALL foreign aid, redistribution of wealth schemes from the taxpayers to the governments of other countries. In this case, Honduras, El Salvador, etc. Those governments are just as corrupt as the one in Washington, so they squander the aid as they empower themselves and tyrannize their people, just as the gangsters and criminals in Washington do to their people.

So that’s the immigration and drug war part of the government central planning that many brainwashed sheeple love and worship.

And then there’s the trade issue.

Ronald McDonald Trump doesn’t seem to understand that a “trade deficit” doesn’t actually mean anything. What matters is that people have the freedom to buy what they want and from wherever and whomever they want and at whatever prices they decide are right for them. That includes business people who should have the freedom to buy whatever capital goods they need to run their businesses. And all without the direction, intervention, intrusion, punishment tariffs (i.e. stealing) of corrupt government bureaucrats and their cronies.

So a “trade deficit” doesn’t mean anything. It’s not like a budget deficit that does mean something. Why is it that the idiot President is so concerned about a “trade deficit” that means nothing except in his own imagination, but doesn’t care at all about a budget deficit, in which he and his fellow Democrats in CONgress are spending like drunken sailors and squandering taxpayer money away like the crazed lunatics they are, a $4 trillion budget with a deficit of nearly $1 trillion? Doh!

And that is what we get from government central planners. They are very bad for you, that’s for sure.

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.