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Walter Block on Immigration

Walter Block, sometimes known as “Mr. Libertarian,” has a post on the LewRockwell.com blog, giving some hypotheticals on how conservatives might take an even more radical view on immigration. Dr. Block lists some suggestions that the more collectivist minded of conservatives might advocate, such as deporting all Pakistanis if a Pakistani individual bombs and kills innocents, or deporting all Libyans if a Libyan person kills, etc. On dealing with immigrants, he states that “there is no way to protect the recipient country that is fully compatible with libertarianism.”

He concludes with links to articles and papers (I have removed some of them whose links were not working, and found working links for others whose links were not working):

For further reading on this claim, see the following:

Block, Walter E. 1983B. “Protect Canadian Jobs From Immigrants?” Dollars and Sense. February 7; reprinted in Block, Walter E. 2008. Labor Economics from a Free Market Perspective: Employing the Unemployable. London, UK: World Scientific Publishing; https://www.amazon.com/Labor-Economics-Free-Market-Perspective/dp/9812705686
Available for free here: https://archive.org/download/labor-economics-from-a-free-market-perspective-walter-block/labor-economics-from-a-free-market-perspective-walter-block.pdf

Block, Walter E. 1988. Dollars and Sense: “Migration patterns tell real story.” January 12;

Block, Walter E. 1990. “Immigration,” Fraser Forum, January, pp. 22-23.

Block, Walter E. 1998. “A Libertarian Case for Free Immigration,” Journal of Libertarian Studies: An Interdisciplinary Review, Vol. 13, No. 2, summer, pp. 167-186; https://mises-media.s3.amazonaws.com/13_2_4_0.pdf?file=1&type=document

Block, Walter E. 2004. “The State Was a Mistake.” Book review of Hoppe, Han-Hermann, Democracy, The God that Failed: The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy and Natural Order, 2001May 25. https://mises.org/library/state-was-mistake

Block, Walter E. 2011A. “Hoppe, Kinsella and Rothbard II on Immigration: A Critique.” Journal of Libertarian Studies; Vol. 22, pp. 593–623; https://mises-media.s3.amazonaws.com/22_1_29.pdf?file=1&type=document

Block, Walter E. 2011B. “Rejoinder to Hoppe on Immigration,” Journal of Libertarian Studies Vol. 22: pp. 771–792; https://mises-media.s3.amazonaws.com/22_1_38.pdf?file=1&type=document

Block, Walter E. 2013. “Rejoinder to Todea on the ‘Open’ Contract of Immigration.” The Scientific Journal of Humanistic Studies, Vol. 8, No. 5, March, pp. 52-55

Block, Walter E. 2015. “On immigration.” December 21;
http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2015/12/walter-block-on-immigration.html

Block, Walter E. 2016A. “Contra Hoppe and Brat on immigration.” Management Education Science Technology journal, Vol 4, No. 1, pp. 1-10; http://mest.meste.org/MEST_1_2016/Sadrzaj_eng.html; http://mest.meste.org/MEST_1_2016/7_01.pdf; (1333)

Block, Walter E. 2016B. “A response to the libertarian critics of open-borders libertarianism,” Lincoln Memorial University Law Review; Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 142-165; http://digitalcommons.lmunet.edu/lmulrev/vol4/iss1/6/;
http://digitalcommons.lmunet.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1071&context=lmulrev

Block, Walter E. 2017. “Immigration and Homesteading.” March. The Journal Jurisprudence. Vol. 35, pp. 9-42; http://www.jurisprudence.com.au/juris35/block.pdf

Block, Walter E. and Gene Callahan. 2003. “Is There a Right to Immigration? A Libertarian Perspective,” Human Rights Review. Vol. 5, No. 1, October-December, pp. 46-71; http://www.walterblock.com/publications/block-callahan_right-immigrate-2003.pdf

Deist, Jeff. 2018. “Block on immigration.” September 4;
https://mises.org/library/immigration-roundtable-walter-block

Gregory, Anthony and Walter E. Block. 2007. “On Immigration: Reply to Hoppe.” Journal of Libertarian Studies, vol. 21, No. 3, Fall, pp. 25-42; https://mises-media.s3.amazonaws.com/21_3_2.pdf?file=1&type=document

Hans-Hermann Hoppe: The Libertarian Quest for a Grand Historical Narrative

Hans-Hermann Hoppe gave a very thought-provoking speech recently, The Libertarian Quest for a Grand Historical Narrative, at the annual meeting of his Property and Freedom Society. It would be very difficult for anyone to match Hoppe’s expert defense of freedom and property, and his exposing the State for what it is. Video below.

Here are some excerpts from Hoppe’s speech.

Early on in the speech Hoppe clarifies the truth about free market capitalism versus socialism.

Contrary to still popular myth in leftist circles, then, capitalism did not cause misery, but it literally saved the lives of countless millions of people from death by starvation and gradually lifted them up from their previous state of abject poverty; and labor unions’ and governments’ so-called “social policies” did not help in this regard but hampered and retarded this process of gradual economic improvement and were and still are responsible for countless numbers of unnecessary deaths.

Hoppe gives some historical perspective and references the Ten Commandments.

And here is then another quote I wanted to provide here:

For surely, slavery and serfdom have not disappeared in the democratic world. Rather, some increasingly rare ‘private’ slavery and serfdom have been replaced by a near-universal system of ‘public’ tax-slavery and serfdom. As well, wars have not disappeared, but only become of a larger scale. And as for excessive punishments and witch hunts, they have not gone away either. To the contrary, they have multiplied. Enemies of the State are tortured in the same old gruesome or even technically ‘refined’ ways. Moreover, countless people who are not a murderer, a thief, a libeler, an adulterer or a rapist, i.e. people who live in complete accordance with the ten biblical commandments and once would have been left alone, are nonetheless routinely punished today, up to the level of lengthy incarceration or the loss of their entire property. Witches are no longer called that way, but with just one single authority in place, the “identification” of anyone as a “suspect of evil-doing” or a “trouble-maker” is greatly facilitated and the number of people so identified has accordingly multiplied; and while such suspects are no longer burnt at the stake, they are routinely punished by up to life-long economic deprivation, unemployment, poverty or even starvation. And while once, during the Middle Ages, the primary purpose of punishment was restitution, i.e. the offender had to compensate the victim, the primary purpose of punishment today is submission, i.e. the offender must compensate and satisfy not the victim but the State (thus victimizing the victim twice).

Hoppe then goes on to comment at length on Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker’s book The Better Angels of Our Nature. It appears that Pinker doesn’t get it as far as the distinction between aggressive violence and defensive violence is concerned. Pinker also seems clueless about the ideas of private property and property rights, as well as the big picture of basic moral scruples.

Property and property rights do not systematically figure in his analyses. Indeed, the terms do not even appear in the book’s 30-page subject index. For Pinker, violence is violence, and the reduction of violence is progress, regardless of whether this reduction is the result of the successful suppression and resignation of a people by and vis-à-vis another, conquering people, or the result of a people’s own successful suppression of aggressors and conquerors.

Pinker does not follow his own logic to the bitter end, but it deserves to be pointed out to reveal the full depravity of his thought. According to him, a smoothly run concentration camp, for instance, guarded by armed men who do not murder the inmates and prevent them from killing each other, but who supply them with “happiness drugs” to keep them quietly working on for the benefit of the guards until their natural (non-violent) deaths, is the perfect model of peace and social progress, while the violent overthrow of the guards by the concentration camp inmates is, well, violence and de-civilization.

Hoppe continues at great length to analyze and criticize Pinker’s cognitive dissonance and moral depravity. Hoppe really goes in depth on this subject.

After demonstrating the relationship between the State and violence, Hoppe asks,

But how much evil can a single, deranged individual do without the institution of a centralized State? How much evil could Hitler have done within the framework of a State-less society such as the Middle Ages? Would he have become a great lord, a king, a bishop, or a Pope? Indeed, how much evil could he have done even within the framework of a thousand mini-States, such as Liechtenstein, Monaco or Singapore? Answer: Not much, and certainly nothing comparable to the evils associated with WW II. It holds not, then: ‘no Hitler, no Churchill, no Roosevelt or no Stalin, and then no war,’ as Pinker would have it, but rather: ‘no highly centralized State, and then no Hitler, Churchill, Roosevelt or Stalin.’

The above is quoted from the transcript from Hoppe’s recent speech at his Property and Freedom Society, which meets annually.

Here are Parts 1 and 2 of the whole speech:

Why Hasn’t the Libertarian Party Been Successful?

In a tweet linking to Ben Shapiro, Justin Raimondo says that the reasons why the Libertarian Party isn’t more successful have more to do with Gary Johnson and Bill Weld than John McAfee. Shapiro asked why the LP isn’t more successful, after he linked to a vulgar tweet by former LP Presidential candidate John McAfee.

The truth is that the Libertarian Party just has not been successful (except for little pockets here and there with some LP elected state officials) since it began as an official political party in 1971, because generations of Americans have been brainwashed to believe that statism and government are supreme, freedom not so much.

According to Wikipedia, the 1972 LP Presidential nominee John Hospers received only 3,674 votes, but he did receive one Electoral vote. By 1980, Ed Clark received almost 1 million votes. But it went downhill from there, and then up again. In 1988 Ron Paul received a little more than 400,000 and it remained roughly around that number until Gary Johnson in 2012 with 1.2 million and Johnson in 2016 with 4.4 million. I’m not sure I believe that last number. Bob Barr and Gary Johnson de-libertarianized the Libertarian Party more than anyone could ever dream of doing.

So, the real reason for the LP’s lack of success since it began is the fact that, when there has been an opportunity to bring the principles of the so-called Founding Fathers, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights into the federal government in Washington, most people among the masses reject such principles.

Accepting those principles of those founding documents requires dismantling the empire and the warfare state by closing down ALL foreign U.S. military bases overseas and bringing all the U.S. troops back to the U.S. (and ultimately putting them to honest work in the private sector), end all U.S. tax-funded foreign aid and let private Americans and groups donate to foreigners if they want to, and end all U.S. government collusions with foreign regimes (a.k.a. foreign entanglements). Most Americans are ignorant, gullible sheeple and they believe the propaganda of the Washington warmongers. In the early 1970s, despite the truth telling of the Pentagon Papers, the American people still voted for war criminal Nixon by a landslide. Most Americans would not have been able to tell you what the Pentagon Papers actually revealed. They would not have even believed that their own government officials in Washington knew during the 1960s that the Vietnam War could not be won but continued to send troops there to die for no good reason anyway. And in 1990-91 the American people again believed all the propaganda of George H.W. Bush and approved his starting a new war of aggression, now against Iraq, for no good reason.

And accepting the principles of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and Bill of Rights also requires dismantling the welfare state, including Social Security, Medicare, and all private property-trespassing laws and policies that the Founders would never have approved of. It would mean repealing all income tax laws, because those involve transactions that are involuntary and intrusions into the privacy and personal lives of the people. It would also means repealing the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 and ending that bureaucracy, ending the federal money monopoly and declaring separation of money and State and separation of economy and State. But the sheeple would never stand for all those things, which the Libertarian Party platform has endorsed since the beginning of the Party.

The sheeple are brainwashed to believe that dependence on government and the police state is a given, a fact of life that is inherent in society. No, it is not. And I am sorry if some people are offended by my use of the words, “sheeple” and “brainwashed.” I calls it like I sees it. If the shoe fits….

So that is mostly why the Libertarian Party hasn’t been successful. One other minor reason is the elitists of the mainstream media who look upon libertarians as “tinfoil hat-wearers,” and refuse to cover them as they cover the total clowns of the two major parties, Republicrat and Demopublican. Clowns, corrupt criminals, morons and misfits. THOSE are the ones who get free coverage by the mainstream media elitists. And look who they helped get elected President with such free coverage.

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Walter Block clarifies the non-aggression principle (NAP) regarding “disparaging somebody” based on skin color, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc.

Robert Wenzel asks, Can ideas be blocked? regarding the Google/thought police crowd.

Jeff Deist interviews Lew Rockwell (both of the Mises Institute) on Rockwell’s life’s work. A transcript. If a video is made available, I would like to post it. (Good discussion, although Lew Rockwell stated that he is glad that Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Bureaucrats. Hmm. Who can figure that one out? Oh, well.)

Laurence Vance on what the Republicans could have done while they still had both houses of Congress.

And Shlomo Sand discusses the twisted logic of the Jewish “historic right” to Israel.

Nullification, Decentralization, Separation, Divorce, Dissolve, Dismiss the Regime

Why are many of the people on the left of such an authoritarian mentality? They are so authoritarian in their worship of the federal government and its illicit powers and feared losing the power so much they disrupted the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, and engaged in so much obvious cheating during the recent mid-term elections. (Not that Republicans weren’t engaged in cheating or at least questionable behavior as well, such as in Georgia.)

During the Kavanaugh hearings, Sen. Cruella Harris began interrupting Chairman Grassfed as soon as he began the hearings, and it went downhill from there, especially with “Dr.” Ford who “Must Be Believed At All Times!” and Kavanaugh screaming how much he loves beer and telling us what a moron he is by keeping calendars going back to 1982. (Who does that?)

Meanwhile, informed people with a brain actually objected to Kavanaugh based on his terrible rulings rubber-stamping tyranny, and his being a corrupt bureaucrat. But no, the fanatics on the left are concerned about abortion. That’s what they care about. And “Free Health Care for ALL!”and all that.

The fanatics believe that the Supreme Court is the God of government, that those 9 robed bureaucrats have the absolute final say on our freedom (and our enslavement). So it’s so important that they have to interrupt hearings, harass senators who voted for Kavanaugh, and cheat in elections. What a life.

But, as Tom Woods points out in a recent article, especially in his quoting of James Madison, the federal judicial branch is the final decision-maker on constitutional conflicts only between the branches of the federal government (judicial, legislative and executive), but NOT the final decision-maker on conflicts between the federal government and the states.

As Woods has explained in the past, the states, after all, created the federal government, not the other way around. The people of the states are the “boss” of the feds, and the agents of the federal government are the states’ “employees.” Unfortunately, that has been turned around by authoritarians (especially reinforced by Lincoln) who believe that whatever the federal government says, goes. “You will report to us your earnings, where you work or whom you employ, we will take a portion of your wealth whether you like it or not, we will spy on you and know the personal details of your private life and you will not know what we are up to, we’ll just mark everything ‘classified,’ and so on…”

So that stuff that the bureaucrats in Washington have been doing, that fools like Brett Kavanaugh have been rubber-stamping out of loyalty to the Regime and its racket, is unconstitutional, illicit, and criminal. This is why the writers of the Bill of Rights included the Tenth Amendment, which reads, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

Which is not very well written, by the way. It should have explicitly stated that the people of the states shall nullify any federal government rule, law or order on them whose enforcement they conclude would be in violation of their liberty, persons or property. Otherwise, the Founders needlessly created a federal government and ratified a questionable Constitution, going against the very principles of their Declaration of Independence.

Thomas Jefferson and others endorsed that idea of nullification which many people on the left now ignorantly perceive as having to do with racism or “slavery,” even though some states engaged in nullification during the Civil War period when they nullified Fugitive Slave Laws (which Lincoln strongly endorsed and enforced, by the way).

As Woods wrote in an essay in his Liberty Classroom, “nullification was used against slavery, as when northern states did everything in their power to obstruct the enforcement of the fugitive-slave laws, with the Supreme Court of Wisconsin going so far as to declare the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 unconstitutional and void.  In Ableman v. Booth (1859), the U.S. Supreme Court scolded it for doing so.  In other words, modern anti-nullification jurisprudence has its roots in the Supreme Court’s declarations in support of the Fugitive Slave Act.  Who’s defending slavery here?”

But as I wrote in this article, we are now slaves of the federal government.

Incidentally, for those who are interested, Tom Woods wrote a terrific book on the history of nullification in America and how it should be used currently:  Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century.

Concocting a centralized, ruling federal government was a mistake made by the Revolutionaries. Besides the social fascists and authoritarians on the left, now we have a Donald Trump who claims that his job is “running the country,” which, as Richard Ebeling pointed out in this very informative new article, is a “claim to abrogate the liberty of each and every member of that society to have the freedom to run their own life as they peacefully and honestly see fit in voluntary and mutually agreed-upon association with their fellow human beings for their respective betterment as they define it.”

One of the latest examples of the absurdity of this centralized power apparatus in Washington is that the bureaucrats are going to bring criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, because he provided the means for whistleblowers to expose the criminality of the federal bureaucrats and their goons. Whistleblowers such as Bradley Manning with the Iraq War Logs, the Afghanistan War Logs, the diplomatic cables leaks, the “Collateral Murder” video, and all the rest.

As I wrote above, the criminals of the regime classify whatever they can to avoid embarrassing disclosures, evade transparency, get away with murder, and punish whistleblowers. Bradley Manning, by the way, was viciously persecuted by Obama’s regime, not Bush, with 3 years of solitary confinement pre-trial and a kangaroo trial and sentencing. (Although I think the main reason the SJW-in-Chief Barack Obama then commuted Manning’s 35-year sentence was because Manning is a “transgender.” Those are the things Obama et al. really care about.)

You see, as many people have noted now in the Obama DOJ and FBI’s surveillance abuses and how the Obama administration was so bad with civil liberties and freedom of speech and his war on the Press, we now have Cruella Harris and Pocahontas and all their moonbat followers drooling to take the apparatus of power back so THEY can once again use the spying powers against enemies and enforce their beloved police state on the people.

So, as I had written several times now, including this article from 8 years ago, the Amerikan sheeple need to let go of their dependence on the regime in Washington and we must go our separate ways.

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Matthew Silber writes about defusing a second civil war through peaceful secession. (In my view, the choices are voluntary, peaceful secession and decentralization, OR, let the society in Amerika collapse with chaos, violence and bloodshed. I prefer the former, not the latter.)

Thomas DiLorenzo asks, Where does the Constitution call for black-robed dictators?

Laurence Vance says that “libertarian” proposals to “reform” Social Security with new mandates are privatizing coercion. (With libertarians like that, who needs fascists?)

And Daniel Mitchell says that a Trump-Pelosi budget deal is a recipe for the worst kind of tax increase.

Government Apparatchiks Should Be Shamed into Quitting Their Evil Government “Work”

As a follow-up to my rant yesterday on the protesters who have been harassing government officials at restaurants, I am going to reiterate my support. And reiterate my condemnation of criminal thugs terrorizing Tucker Carlson’s family at his home, as well. Carlson is not a government official.

However, many of the protesters’ motivations are not in favor of dismantling the powers of the government that sics government enforcers onto innocent people, unfortunately. Many of the “protesters” and harassers are in favor of their own “liberal police state,” in which they want to sic the enforcers onto innocent people who disobey the left’s fascist mandates, intrusive regulations, and so forth. Liberals and progressives are as much police statists as the conservatives, warmongers and drug warriors.

But as I wrote yesterday, of course the citizens should bother, annoy, harass, make fun of, taunt, humiliate, and shame those government bureaucrats at public places, such as Ted Cruz and Mitch McConnell. Those apparatchiks have been supporting and voting for terrible, totalitarian anti-liberty legislation such as NDAA that empowers government agents to arrest and detain indefinitely citizens without charges or suspicion, voting for the various laws involving the drug war in which innocent people’s homes are criminally broken into by enforcers who terrorize and ransack the homes of innocent people who supposedly disobeyed government prohibitions of having a plant, or other Soviet-like diktats. These bureaucrats should be harassed, taunted, and shamed into deciding to repeal all that totalitarian crap!

And yesterday I wrote that most of these bureaucrats are “life-long parasites, and/or apologists for the State’s evil,” including Sarah Huckabee Sanders, that I described as the White House propagandist, which is what she is. If you look at Sanders’s Wikipedia bio, it states that at age 10 she was already working on one of her father Gomer’s political campaigns.

So Gomer already had his daughter Sarah indoctrinated to worship the false god of the State early on, in my view, which is the case with many people in America, in and out of government. In college Sanders majored in political science and mass communications (i.e. government propaganda). In all her bios online I can’t find any evidence that she ever worked in the private sector. Just political campaigns and government. Yech.

And yes, many of today’s American Christians worship their false god, the government in Washington, as well as government rulers in general and their enforcers. And I think that includes the Huckabees, Sarah and her father Mike, a.k.a. Gomer.

Many are True Believers in this nationalistic “American Exceptionalism” theology that excuses U.S. government criminality in the name of trying to prevent people from getting drugs, and in the name of “spreading democracy” (another false god), i.e. warmongering.

Laurence Vance, who in my view is certainly more of an expert on the Bible and Christianity than Mike Huckabee, has written many articles and blog posts on Christians’ false worship of government as a god.

In his review of Mike Huckabee’s book, A Simple Government: Twelve Things We Really Need from Washington, Vance wrote:

Huckabee disparages redistribution of wealth, public assistance, abortion, Obamacare, out-of-wedlock births, public employee unions, government debt and deficits, tax increases, the estate tax, and government stimulus programs….On Social Security, Huckabee even calls for raising the retirement age, cutting benefits, delaying payments to the elderly by giving them tax incentives to keep working, and offering those who don’t need Social Security the option of a tax-free, lump-sum benefit payable at their death to their chosen beneficiary in lieu of collecting Social Security benefits. On Medicare, he calls for raising the age of eligibility. Yet, Huckabee falls short of labeling Social Security and Medicare what they really are – redistribution of wealth schemes that he condemns – and calling for their elimination. This is the problem with Huckabee and most Republicans and conservatives – they fall short, too short and too often. So, out of one side of his mouth Huckabee can disparage the things he does, but out of the other side he can support government-funded school breakfasts, “the right of every citizen to a free public education,” vouchers for Medicare recipients, elimination of the home mortgage interest deduction, the FairTax with its public-assistance, wealth-redistributing prebate, the Race to the Top federal program, a “reasonable deficit” of no more than 3 percent of GDP, and “hefty fines and prison time” for employers who choose to hire whom they wish.

With Huckabee being a Baptist preacher, one would think that he might call for missionaries to go to Iraq and Afghanistan and convert Muslims to Christianity instead of calling for U.S. soldiers to go and kill them: “We’ve had too many of our troops spending too much of their time painting schools and digging wells. They should be allowed to focus on killing Islamic extremists who want us all to die.”

In other words, today’s Christians and conservatives are like most True Believers in American Exceptionalism, blindly and obediently believing the government’s propaganda in the name of justifying wars of aggression and rationalizing murdering innocents overseas, and justifying the Amerikan police state. The collectivism of the 20th century continues to this day.

And also, why do the Exceptionalists never or rarely question the income tax? We never hear them criticize the government in its theft of private wealth and property, because most people are brainwashed to believe that their worshiped government authorities are entitled to the people’s earnings and wealth. And that includes conservatives and Christians who believe that crap.

And then there’s the drug war. While many Christians happily consume their own drug of choice, their beer and booze, they have no problem with siccing government police on peaceful people who happen to have some drug or plant that a bureaucrat doesn’t want them to have. On the drug war, Mike Huckabee is a True Believer in the Police State.

In Laurence Vance’s speech on Christianity, Libertarianism, and the Drug War, Vance wrote:

The burden of proof is on Christian drug warriors. Where did the Apostle Paul, in his travels throughout the Roman Empire, ever express support for any type of legislation or state action against vice, immorality, or sin? He certainly told Christians how they should live their life, and even provided lists of vices, immoral actions, and sins that Christians should avoid. Things like: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, covetousness, anger, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication, effeminacy, idolatry, hatred, strife, reveling, witchcraft, evil speaking, lying, and bitterness. But Paul never expressed a desire for the civil authorities to arrest, fine, or imprison anyone for engaging in these things. And neither do modern Christians. Just like they don’t call for the government to prosecute people for committing one of the seven deadly sins of pride, envy, wrath, sloth, avarice, gluttony, and lust. So what is so special, so egregious, about someone using drugs?

Christian(s) should only use persuasion. Persuasion, not coercion. Persuasion, not legislation. Persuasion, not legal action. Persuasion, not threats. Persuasion, not compulsion. Persuasion, not violence. Persuasion, not incarceration. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal” (2 Corinthians 10:4). There are, unfortunately, too many people in the United States—including too many Christians—who want to remake society in their own image and compel others to live only in ways that they approve of. Did you ever notice that there is no shortage of Americans—including no shortage of American Christians—willing to kill for the military, torture for the CIA, wiretap for the FBI, grope for the TSA, and destroy property for the DEA? It is not just libertarians who can appeal to the wisdom of Ludwig von Mises: “He who wants to reform his countrymen must take resource to persuasion. This alone is the democratic way of bringing about changes. If a man fails in his endeavors to convince other people of the soundness of his ideas, he should blame his own disabilities. He should not ask for a law, that is, for compulsion and coercion by the police.” That is the spirit of New Testament Christianity. And Mises was a nonreligious Jew, not a Christian.

The problem with many of these people is that they worship the government in Washington, the high-and-mighty rulers, and their enforcers and the military. False gods. But what bureaucrats and their enforcers have been doing to innocent, peaceful people have been evil criminal acts in the name of “enforcement” of bureaucratic edicts.

All this totalitarianism is exactly why the Founding Fathers created America, to protect the people from government violence!

So it is good that the people (aware of the risks of possible false arrest and false imprisonment, of course) harass, taunt, and shame Ted Baxter Ted Cruz and Mitch McConnell et al. into rethinking their positions and votes and make them decide to vote and pass legislation to repeal and dismantle the Nazi-like police state, including DHS, TSA, ICE, DEA, NDAA, and so on. Congressional bureaucrats also need to be pressured to pass legislation to close down those U.S. military bases in all parts of the world that are not U.S. territories. They don’t belong there! Those are occupations, the wars our government has been starting against other countries have been criminal wars of aggression. But the Amerikan warvangelicals believe otherwise, sadly.

However, obviously it is not realistic to get power-grabbers to willfully let go of their unjust and undeserved powers over the people. As Jim Davies wrote, regarding the unrealistic possibility of a libertarian President,

…the change has to come bottom-up, not top-down. It must not – it cannot – be imposed from above, it must be demanded from beneath. Government will vanish not when a President announces it will cease to exist at year’s end, or whenever, but when it is universally seen to be so destructive that nobody will work for it. When all its employees walk out, there will be no need for an election, nobody will be over-ruled and nobody will riot.

Reasons to leave government employ are offered in TinyURL.com/QuitGov – pass that simple URL around – but that short site will not suffice on its own, to provide the in-depth education needed. For that, TOLFA or an equivalent must be offered to everyone – not just those now in “government service” but to all who might replace them when they quit.

Perhaps the protesters can harass, bother, taunt and humiliate the government employees, the apparatchiks of the vicious criminal regime (such as Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell and Sarah Huckabee Sanders) that they will decide to quit government “work” and instead go into the private sector, and others will follow.

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Charles Burris says that the deep state will be the ultimate winner of Tuesday’s election.

Sharyl Attkisson says that CIA’s surveillance state is operating against us all.

Jacob Hornberger on non-interventionism: America’s founding foreign policy.

Martin Pánek asks, It took six months to split Czechoslovakia, why should Brexit take six years?

Richard Ebeling discusses liberal capitalism as the ideology of freedom and moderation.

Gary Galles on how so many bad ideas manage to win on election day.

And José Niño says, Quit trying to turn JFK into a tax-cutting budget hawk.

Election 2018 Finished: Politics As Usual

The 2018 elections are over with, and now the media and Americans will be obsessed with the 2020 elections from now until November of 2020. And there’s no good reason for that.

For those annoyed with my posts yesterday with videos discussing whether these elections make any difference for liberty, and the notion that “every vote counts,” and “if you vote for third parties you’re wasting your vote,” etc., I am actually the realistic one here. When I voted for Ron Paul the Libertarian Party candidate in 1988, I was voting for the only non-statist. And we knew that was the case because 99% of his votes in Congress up to that time and since then had been non-ststist — against the State, its power expansions, its intrusions, its criminality, thefts, molestations of innocents, warmongering, and so on.

That year the other two candidates of the major parties were George H.W. Bush, who was elected President and went on to start a war of aggression against Iraq for no good reason that caused blowback including 9/11, and loser Michael Dukakis who was a typical Democrat who wanted to empower the government to steal as much as possible from “the rich” (i.e. all the workers and producers of society) and impose one intrusion after another into private property. It’s been the same ever since then.

Since that 1988 election, I did vote through 1992 but not after that. It took those four whole years more for me to finally deal with the fact the these elections are rigged in favor of statists and against those who support the non-aggression principle, freedom of association, private property rights, i.e. liberty.

The dumb clucks in the mainstream media who are powerful in controlling who and what messages get air time and who and what doesn’t, have been silencing and smearing the libertarian message, frankly.

There are those who look down on non-voters. “Well if you don’t vote then you have no right to complain about things,” and so on. No, it’s the other way around.

The ones who DO vote are the ones who have no right to complain, because they are the ones who voted in the statists who continue to make things worse. (Like George H.W. Bush, his no-good son, and most of Congress.)

Sure, Donald Trump signed tax cuts into law, but his trade idiocy will reverse the economic progress stimulated by the tax cuts and deregulations. Trade protectionism imposes taxes on you either directly or imposes costs indirectly in its attempts to force or coerce you to buy American products (regardless of their possible poor quality and higher prices) in the name of allegedly protecting American producers. That despite Trump’s causing American producers to have to pay higher prices for the capital goods they need to run their businesses and manufacturing plants. And what are the results of that?

On this week’s elections, the Democrats regained control of the House and the Republicans expanded their control over the Senate. More gridlock is a good thing, rather than rubber-stamping of Trump’s police state/welfare/warfare state agenda.

Ted Scruz wins reelection in Texas, and Scott Walker loses reelection in Wisconsin. And Pocahontas and Gov. Charlie Baker are reelected in Massachusetts, which approved the transgender bathroom/shower law by 67%. In New Hampshire, the “Live Free or Die” state, Gov. Chris Sunununu was reelected. Like Charlie Half-Baker, Sunununu also signed a transgender bathroom/shower bill into law.

Only 1.4% of New Hampshire voters voted for the Libertarian Party candidate, Jilletta Jarvis for governor. Not good. New Hampshire people, you need to strike “Live Free or Die” from those license plates now. “Statism Forever!” should be your motto, just like in all the other states. Private property rights? Never heard of it. “Liberty”? What’s that?

And now that the election is finally over with, the Mueller investigation will conclude with no indictment of Donald Trump regarding “collusions with Russia” in meddling in the 2016 election, because they never had any such evidence to begin with. But the Republicans in the House committees investigating the matters DO have evidence to indict James Comey, Rosenstein, Strzok, McCabe, James Claptrapper, and probably Brennan in their conspiring to meddle in the 2016 election, their criminally abusing the FISA spying authority to spy on the Trump campaign and falsely accuse or set up or frame Trump in aforementioned “Russia collusions,” and conspiracy to change the election outcome and “defraud the United States of America,” as well as perjury in their lying to Congress.

If Devin Nunes and the others don’t get going on the indictments between now and the first week of January, then all that will be swept under the rug and the American people will never know the truth, those who up to this time have been brainwashed by so much mainstream news media propaganda on “Trump-Russia-collusions.”

The Republicans in Congress can also pass another tax cut between now and January. Make it permanent, not temporary. The truth is, people have a right to keep everything they earn, spend it on consumer goods, invest it, save for the future, whatever they want, because what is theirs is theirs. Those who take it from them in the absence of a voluntary contract are stealing. And that’s what taxation is, but sadly many brainwashed sheeple believe otherwise.

And Democrats will open up new investigations on Donald Trump, without any evidence to support two years of allegations, and will attempt to have impeachment hearings, knowing full well that the Republicans who control the Senate will not pursue such crapola.

However, one good thing about Democrats controlling the House is that there will be no funding for a border wall. No government walls on the government border. This is America, not East Germany. “Oh, but it’s a wall to keep people out, not to keep people in.” Hmm, but what will future administrations in Washington do with that government wall, such as a Tom Perez administration or a Bernie Sanders administration?

And that’s a problem that Republicans have, very short-sighted and simple-minded. Do they know that most of the people who are in the U.S. “illegally” are those who have overstayed their visas or otherwise violated some bureaucratic rule, and NOT those who have snuck in through the border? Duh, Rethugs.

And besides denying the Ignoramus-in-Chief funding for a government wall on the border, the Democrats should also try to deny funding for further escalation of the police state, the drug war, and the military boondoggles they are getting now.