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Doh! Conservatives Reject Free Market Capitalism and LOVE Government Central Planning!

Especially in the immigration issue.

I was listening to one of the conservative/ultra-nationalist talk radio ditto-heads this morning, and he was once again foaming at the mouth over the immigration issue. The talk host was in full support of Donald Trump’s stepping up the nazi-like immigration police state, in which ICE and “Border Patrol Tactical Unit” storm troopers will take their S.W.A.T. goons into “sanctuary cities” to harass, terrorize, arrest or assault innocent people who have exercised their unalienable rights to freedom of movement and their right to find a better life for themselves and their families.

Regarding government-operated or funded “sanctuary cities,” they shouldn’t exist, because their operation is funded by taxpayers, i.e. involuntarily.

Instead, there should be freedom, in which volunteer organizations, charities, churches, businesses and residents should have the freedom to take people in if they want to. And they would be expected to take responsibility for their refugees, new workers, guests, etc. As long as people are peaceful. As long as no one is violating the persons or property of others, and that’s it.

When there is freedom, such sponsors, employers or benefactors would not be required to ask the government for permission, and their workers or refugees are not required to get government authorization to go to where they want to go. That is what socialist societies (such as Amerika) do. Alas, that is what “conservatives” want.

The police-state supporting conservatives are concerned about immigrants getting on government welfare. But, a society of freedom and free markets would have no government-imposed redistribution-of-wealth schemes. So the newcomers would not get on welfare, because there would be no government welfare redistribution schemes or handouts!

But most conservatives seem to be socialists, and love income taxation and redistribution just as much as liberals and progressives.

And they seem to love government central planning when it comes to labor and employment. In the immigration issue, conservatives are opposed to free markets, and love the idea of the central planners in Washington attempting to control who works where, and who may not work in Amerika or where they may not work, and whom employers may employ and may not employ.

So conservatives, at least the ones I hear on ditto-head radio, love the idea of government central planners in Washington attempting to control the movements of millions of people. Which is impossible. As Perry Como might say, it’s just impossible.

For them, foreign people have to get government authorization to enter “our” country. But that’s socialism, not freedom.

Only in a socialist society are people required to get government authorization to live their lives, have a business and employ anyone they want to employ, or to move somewhere or to work somewhere.

Contrary to what the socialist conservatives want, in a free society you just do what you want and you live wherever you want, and you buy or sell property, rent a home or work at a place of employment, as long as you are peaceful. Just don’t trespass onto the private property of others.

But conservatives say that immigrants are “breaking into our country,” and compare the whole territory to a parcel of private property. Someone coming into “our” country without government authorization is “trespassing.”

But the territory as a whole is not a parcel of private property. No one owns the territory.

However, some people say that “we” the “citizens” are the owners. No, such an assertion is a myth and just not true. if someone owns the territory, then where is the deed with our names on it? Where in the Constitution or any law is it written that “citizens” are the owners of the territory as a whole?

And who would be the actual owners? Just taxpayers? Well, what about people who work but don’t make enough to be required to pay income taxes? What about foreign non-citizens who are here and who work but do pay income taxes? Do they share in such “ownership”?

The problem with such an assertion of this communistic territorial ownership by the “citizens” (or by the government on their behalf) is that, if it really were the case, then that would negate the principle of private property. You do not really own your private property if it exists on territory that is owned by a larger population. The parcels of property are no longer individual parcels of private property, and you the “owner” have to obey the orders of the larger community as far as what you may or may not do with or on “your” property.

Therefore, the anti-immigration conservatives are big on government central planning, some kind of communal ownership of property and the police state to enforce it, and not big at all on individualism, private property rights, free markets and voluntary exchange.

So what should conservatives really support in order to extract their irrationality from their hypocritical old noggins?

If the anti-foreigner nationalist conservatives are really concerned about “illegals” getting into “our” country, or criminal gangs such as MS-13, then first get rid of all foreign aid. No more federal tax-funded aid to any other countries or governments. That means no more U.S. funding of terrorist-sympathizing or drug lord-cahooting governments in Central or South America, from which many immigrants are fleeing.

And second, end the drug war. Drug prohibition causes the black market which incentivizes low-lifes to try to get people addicted to drugs and incentivizes such low-lifes to become drug pushers and drug traffickers, and the prohibition is what creates the drug lords, the cartels, the turf wars and gangs and violence that are driving innocent people and victims in those areas to flee to the U.S. Ending the war on drugs puts all that to a stop. No more drug pushers, drug traffickers, drug lords, cartels, turf wars and gangs.

And no more drug war police state, no more immigration police state, and no more Constitution-free borders.

I wish that conservatives would get with it as far as the freedom thing goes. Re-read the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. And maybe some other points I made in this post might help them. But, their support of the police state and socialist government central planning and their opposition to and contempt for freedom is really something we can do without.

What’s the Story Behind the Story with Coronavirus in China?

Mac Slavo of “SHTF Plan” posts that authoritarian communist China is now censoring critics of coronavirus propaganda in the U.S., or those in the U.S. trying to tell family members still in China about what’s going on.

VICE News spoke to dozens of WeChat users in the U.S. and Canada, as well as some users in the U.K., France, Spain, Australia, Germany, and Malaysia, who reported identical problems with their accounts as they tried to share information with their family and friends in China.

The restrictions will prevent international users from sending any information to contacts in China.  In some cases, they have also had their accounts suspended or blocked completely and accused of “spreading malicious rumors.” In many cases, the censorship means their only communication link to people inside China has been cut off completely, according to a report by VICE News.

If someone attempts to get information that is not approved by the Chinese government to people living under the tyranny there, they will likely be silenced, if not punished.

WeChat is a unit of Tencent, one of China’s largest tech companies, which also happens to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Now users in the U.S. are calling for Congress to intervene to preserve their freedom of speech, however, free speech is all but dead in the U.S. too.  And the politicians claiming authority over the rest of us are unlikely to do much if anything about it.

“Tencent is the evil helper of a totalitarian government that suppresses freedom of speech and democracy,” one WeChat user who lives in Philadelphia and wanted to remain anonymous due to fears of retribution, told VICE News.They delete or block your posts if they think it promotes democracy and challenges the government. It violates my civil rights as a U.S. citizen. I came to the U.S. for freedom. I thought I escaped from the threat of the Communist Party. But I’m wrong, I still live in terror because Tencent is monitoring my WeChat and may report me to the Chinese authorities.”

Things aren’t much better in the U.S. where companies like Facebook, Google, and YouTube delete or censor information that isn’t government-approved. In fact, the World Health Organization and Google have been working together to censor coronavirus information.

As I noted yesterday, the liberty-hating Chinese rulers are stepping up their numbers of “confirmed” coronavirus cases by using CT scans to find signs of pneumonia, regardless of whether such patients tested positive for coronavirus. As Jon Rappoport has pointed out which I linked to yesterday, China has a huge air pollution problem, which compromises the respiratory systems of the people there (as well as their immune systems). That would probably make people more vulnerable to pneumonia. So it seems that the Chinese rulers are assuming that people showing signs of pneumonia (through CT scans) therefore have the coronavirus. (No, that doesn’t “confirm” anything! People who actually have pneumonia do not necessarily have it via coronavirus.)

Now I see an article on a Hong Kong news website that the horrible, anti-liberty authoritarian Chinese rulers are confiscating “private” property in the name of attempting to prevent spread of the coronavirus. So, given that there is reason to be skeptical of the occurrence of coronavirus that they claim is in the tens of thousands like “44,000 confirmed cases,” but only 1,177 deaths (compare to the millions of cases of the flu and hundreds of thousands of deaths worldwide each year), it could be that the whole coronavirus scare is for China to regress back to their good old days of no private property, no private ownership and full communism. We know they want it, because the Chinese rulers love power and control, just like the rulers in the U.S. and their rulers-wannabe such as commies Bernie and Liawatha.

However, I could be wrong, given that China’s economic activity is nearly ground to a halt. They’re not THAT extreme now, are they? (Wait, they’re communists!)

By the way, I found those articles on Wendy McElroy’s blog, which I highly recommend.

UPDATE: Additionally, the authoritarian Chinese central planners now want to take much of their existing paper cash out of circulation, and either disinfect it or replace it. So, they could be exploiting this epidemic to try to get rid of cash altogether, which many freedom-hating authoritarians in Amerika also want to do.

The State of the Onion in Amerika, USSA

Happy New Year, everybody. So Donald Trump decided to start the new year by going into neocon puppet mode and bombing and killing an Iranian general who was allegedly targeting and killing Americans in Iraq. But why are Americans in Iraq in the first place? is the question we must ask.

I’ll get to that a little later. I really wanted to start this with the Democrats and the people on the left. We are in an election year, and, while Republicans are bad enough, the Democrats are quite the cheaters and sore losers. They don’t like the outcome of a presidential election so they aid and abet the national security state’s narrative of Trump-Russia collusions and “hacking the election,” none of which occurred, and they have Congressional investigations, the 2-year Mueller fishing expedition and exoneration, and when that’s not enough they use a CIA flunky in the White House and call him a “whistleblower” which he is not, and do more investigations and even a House impeachment based on a phone call, repeatedly and erroneously describing the phone call with a foreign leader as asking the foreign leader to “investigate a Trump election opponent,” which it wasn’t in any way, and then have an election year Senate trial for no good reason.

And that is just one dirty way that today’s Democrats are cheating, first with trying to overturn a legitimate election of 2016 and then by trying to tarnish the 2020 election with all the aforementioned. But not only that regarding the presidential election but with other elections as well. Democrats won’t allow requiring IDs for voting. They don’t seem to mind requiring IDs for cashing a check or flying, but not for voting. They say that’s “racist,” although minorities are just as capable of providing an ID as others are. No, the real reason is because the Democrat activists want voter fraud and cheating in elections. There are also same-day voting registration and automatic registration with license renewal, etc. Not only those things, but there’s this new scheme called “ranked-choice” voting the latest way for mainly Democrats to complicate voting enough so that the actual winner of the election loses the election.

Republicans are bad too, don’t get me wrong here. Like in the 2000 election when Al Gore won in Florida, but the Republican majority on the Supreme Court rubber-stamped a Bush-Cheney win. Hmm, it seems like that was just yesterday, for some reason. And as I have already mentioned, the two Establishment parties, Democreep and Rethuglican, are both a criminal racket and should be outlawed, in their making laws to restrict the rights of non-DemoRethug candidates to get on ballots.

And what’s the latest with the 2020 campaign? Now I thought I heard that Democrat Cory Schnooker suspended his campaign, but on the Internet it seems that he hasn’t, although he’s currently at about 2-3% on the daily tracking polls as of this morning. But it is the case that Julian Castrate has “suspended” his campaign. He couldn’t even get 2%.

So the Democrat Party is the “racist party” now? Three white men and a white lady are now in the lead, Joe Kinnock, Burning Cinders, Pete Butternutter, and Elizardbeth Warren. (I guess the Democrats don’t want another minority president again just yet after 8 years of Obama?) And no, Liawatha is not a “minority”! Others who are now out of the race also include Kamala Harris and NY Mayor Bill duh Blasio. (See how national security bureaucrats have groomed Mayor Pete for future power-grabbing, and see his road-to-communism economic plan. Yay!)

Okay, okay, I’ll stop it with the making fun of people’s names. It’s Christmas, after all. And New Year’s, etc.

Continuing here. The Republicans are bad too, and communists just like the Democrats. For instance, regionally speaking, in New England there are two liberal Republican governors, Chris Sununu of New Hampshire and Charlie Baker of Massachusetts. As I have mentioned here before, Sununu signed the bills for “transgender rights” and anti-“conversion therapy” into law, just a few weeks before his reelection in 2018. So Sununu doesn’t believe in private property rights or freedom of thought and conscience.

And now, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker — or should I say, Charlie “Half-Baker,” especially more recently in his and his Bacon Hill cohorts’ frantic conniving and scheming to find a way to spend the state’s $1 billion budget surplus! Hmm, they have a surplus of $1 billion and so they are trying to figure out just how to spend it. Doh!

How to spend the people’s money that these bureaucrats stole from the people! Hey, here’s an unusual suggestion: why not give it back to the people! Ya think? It’s their money, and obviously it is a billion dollars more than your already bloated budget calls for, so you in the gubmint don’t need it! (Alas, that never occurs to greedy, power-mad, thieving government parasites. Oh, well.) Like Democrats and leftists, many of today’s Republicans and conservative statists live off the hard labor of the workers.

So with Republicans like these, who need communists? Speaking of communist Republicans, Laurence Vance had this recent post on “Marco Rubio: Republican Communist, Rubio wants the U.S. government to have a ‘pro-American industrial policy’.” (That’s actually more fascism than communism, although in my view they are both the same, with fascism having a slight pretense of private property which isn’t even private property because the real owners are the gubmint and its bureaucrat criminals. But I digress.)

And Charlie Half-Baker is also a fascist, in his constantly banning things, like menthol cigarettes and flavored tobacco and vaping products, banning “conversion therapy” just like NH Gov. Sununu did. Baker also signed a bill restricting opioid drug prescriptions, ordering schools to screen students for addiction risk, and concocting a state “Prescription Monitoring” database. So much for doctor-patient privacy, fascist half-baker.

And nationally, the Republicans are terrible and yes communist-like in their anti-immigration, anti-foreigner drooling. They oppose free markets and private property rights in their wanting not only bureaucratic restrictions and a police state to prevent foreigners from entering “our” country, but an actual physical government wall on the border. You can read all my elaborations on those points regarding the immigration issue in this post, if you are interested.

When it comes to freedom and free markets, in a free society everyone has the freedom to come and go as they please, and everyone has the freedom to buy and sell whatever they want and to and from anyone they want, without any bureaucrat’s authorization required, including one’s labor and employment, as long as they are peaceful, as long as they don’t violate the person or property of others.

Unfortunately, many in the anti-immigration crowd believe in this myth that the whole territory is “property” that is being violated or trespassed by “unauthorized” people, in the same way that someone breaks into someone’s home. But no, the territory as a whole is not a parcel of property, it is just a territory. There is no such common or public or U.S. citizen ownership of the territory as a whole, because that would imply that everything within the territory is commonly owned, and would negate the idea of private property.

And like many of today’s Democrats and leftists, many of today’s Republicans and conservatives are also narcissists and moral relativists. We see that in their being True Believers in the false god of American Exceptionalism, in their blind worship of the national security state and the military.

For instance, most of the “conservatives” I have heard in the past day or so have been showing support for Donald Trump’s bombing and killing of the Iranian general in Iraq. Their rationale is that the general is responsible for “killing Americans in Iraq.” But wait a minute, why are there Americans, specifically U.S. military, in Iraq? Why have they ever been there? Are there Iraqi soldiers here in the U.S.? Of course not. We would see them as … “invaders”! So, if people actually believed in the Golden Rule, they would see U.S. military in Iraq as invaders in the same way, because that’s exactly what they are.

A lot of people are also ignorant, respond emotionally to government propaganda, such as post-9/11, and cheer their government’s crimes on without question. But when someone points out that the U.S. government invaded Iraq in 1991 and occupied and bombed the Middle East prior to 9/11 and that there wouldn’t have been a 9/11 were it not for President George H.W. Bush starting that first Iraq War in 1991, then the obedient sheeple accuse one of “siding with the terrorists,” and all other expressions of their government-worship brainwashing.

That’s an example of the conservative/nationalists’ short-sightedness and inability to question or challenge their believed rulers, and their Dear Leader Donald Trump as well.

Another example regarding this Iran paranoid propaganda stuff is that I hear the national security “experts” and talk radio ditto-heads constantly referring back to the 1979 Iranian Revolution including their taking of Americans hostage, but not to times prior to that.

The conflict with Iran goes back to the 1950s, started by the CIA, which after taking down Iran’s democratically elected prime minister the CIA then supported the Shah’s police state “SAVAK.” (And it’s really all about oil, as well.) So, if the CIA didn’t engage in all that tyranny against Iranians, which reinforced a growing Islamic extremist movement, there probably wouldn’t have been a hostage taking and “Revolution.”

But many people believe in this American Exceptionalism crap, in which the U.S. government may invade and occupy and bomb other countries, but certainly not the other way around. They believe that the U.S. government has some sort of moral authority over those other countries that those other countries don’t have over the U.S. So, rejection of the Golden Rule and belief in moral relativism are the highlights of today’s “conservatives” and the Republican Party. (See Laurence Vance on the madness of the military mindset, by the way.)

So of course the bloodthirsty warmongers who believe in American Exceptionalism support more bombing in Iraq, Iran, Syria, and all points between. I think they really just love the idea of bombing foreigners, quite frankly.

And so in the new year of 2020 we will have another useless election that won’t result in any change for the better, because it is a choice between Tweedledum and Tweedledee, a choice between one criminal or criminal-wannabe and another criminal or criminal wannabe. In USSA Amerika the culture has dumbed down and we have lost the basic sense of morality and common decency, the sanctity of private property and the principles of self-ownership and non-aggression that “America” was founded on. Happy New Year!

More News and Commentary

Larry Johnson with what the Horowitz report should conclude.

Zero Hedge: AG William Barr disputes major inspector general report based on evidence.

Thomas DiLorenzo: The impeachment inquiry is one big criminal campaign financing scam.

Moon of Alabama on a new study showing that “Russian trolls” did not “sow discord,” and influenced no one.

Jim Davies on continuous war.

Kelley Vlahos asks, Was Sheldon Adelson acting as bag man for CIA in the Julian Assange case?

Ron Paul with a better way to fight the drug cartels than Trump’s militarist approach.

Thomas Knapp on what the “war on terror” will look like if Trump adds Mexico’s drug cartels to the mix.

Spencer Ackerman: Trump is first to use the Patriot Act to detain a man forever.

Jacob Hornberger: The Pentagon’s destruction of the Bill of Rights.

Lawrence Reed: Why the Pilgrims abandoned common ownership for private property.

Germinal Van: Africa’s socialism is keeping it poor.

Laurence Vance on private property rights and freedom of association.

Robert Wenzel: Jared Kushner’s plan to seize massive amounts of private property in Texas.

James Bovard on Deval Patrick’s past scandals and catastrophic cover-ups.

Tom Woods comments on the assertion that using statistics means you’re “silencing women’s voices.

Caitlin Johnstone: Narrative managers faceplant in hilarious OPCW scandal spin job.

Moon of Alabama: OPCW manufactured a pretext for war by suppressing its own scientists’ research.

Doug Bandow on Tulsi Gabbard’s attacking other Democrats regarding $6.4 trillion “regime change wars.”

Andrew Moran: Central bankers have declared war on your savings.

Walter Williams discusses fraud in higher education.

And Art Carden: The struggle to get education away from the State. (Ya think? After all the above?)

Today’s Anti-Immigration Nationalists And Their Love of Central Planning and the Police State

Thomas DiLorenzo writes on LRC about the curse of American nationalism, with reference to the recently published Volume 5 of Murray Rothbard’s Conceived in Liberty, transcribed from Rothbard’s handwritten notes and edited by Patrick Newman. DiLorenzo quotes Rothbard regarding the early American nationalists,  such as “Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Sam Adams, John Hancock, Thomas Paine…” who wanted to “destroy the original individualist and decentralized program of the American Revolution.”  DiLorenzo writes that “Conceived in Liberty tells the story, chapter and verse, of how these men subverted and overthrew the principles of American freedom that inspired the American Revolution with their ‘devious and sinister machinations,'” as Rothbard would put it.

Now, I don’t know whether DiLorenzo agrees with me on the immigration issue. But that is one issue in which today’s nationalist conservatives go off the deep end, and abandon their supposed advocacy of private property and free markets in the name of American nationalism and their deeply indoctrinated worship of “America” with all the myths and glorification that go with it.

Today’s conservatives are supporters of centralization and government central planning in many aspects of life. And they love the tyrannical national security state. With the faux “war on terror” and the wars on drugs and immigration, today’s nationalist conservatives are police statists and militarists. Not big on individualism, decentralization or privatization, these people.

One of today’s extreme nationalists, Michelle Malkin, has been on the talk shows promoting her anti-immigration and “stand with ICE” tour and her book, Open Borders, Inc.

Stand with the police state, you mean. Certainly not stand with freedom, and the ideas of the Declaration of Independence, such as unalienable rights.

Now Malkin is being snubbed by conservative groups because of her defense of someone named Nick Fuentes who has been accused of being an anti-Semitic Holocaust denier and a racist. Malkin still insists on defending Fuentes, despite his controversies. I don’t know why. And her tour is now being banned by the intolerant academic fascists on the left, including the latest being Bentley College.

Malkin, and her anti-immigration cohorts Donald Trump, Ann Coulter et al. have this collectivist, nativist ideology that overrides whatever support they might ever have for the founding principles of America.

In fact, regarding the immigration issue, in one of the Founders’ complaints against the King in their Declaration of Independence, Jefferson wrote:

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

Do they know this? So, these so-called conservative people of today are really anti-free market, anti-private property and anti-freedom of association. As I wrote in this post summarizing several past posts on immigration, when you have genuine free markets people sell their labor or goods to employers or customers, and such contracts are between them and don’t involve third parties unless specifically noted. And in a society of freedom and free markets people come and go as they please. No police state at the border, no having to report to government bureaucrats. As I wrote in that post, statists look to the ruling government bureaucrats for validation.

In contrast to the free society, if you favor the current system that consists of workers and employers having to get the government’s permission to do business or trade, then that is socialism, not capitalism and not freedom. Private property rights are such that an individual owns his own labor and sells it to an employer in a voluntary contract. When you have to get a third party’s permission or ultimate authorization in these things, then the real owner is that third party, not the laborer or employer. In the current system of government ownership of the people and “their” property, that third party owner is the U.S. government.

There are a lot of myths thrown around in the immigration debate, and one of them asserts or implies some kind of collective ownership of the U.S. territory as a whole, but there is no such collective ownership. If so, then such an arrangement overrides private property rights.

Once again I ask, why aren’t these so-called conservatives spending their time and activism on getting rid of the welfare state if they’re worried about “illegals” coming and getting on welfare? Because they LOVE the welfare state! They love Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Otherwise they would constantly advocate those socialist programs be abolished.

But there shouldn’t be government confiscation of private wealth or earnings — that’s criminal. There shouldn’t be government-imposed redistribution in any case, whether redistributed to other people here or to foreigners. Those schemes are immoral, illegitimate, and criminal, in my view.

And why are today’s conservatives so short-sighted, like the ones on the left? They don’t seem to want to address the causes of the “illegals” and the caravans coming up from the southern border. Such causes include U.S. government’s foreign interventions and foreign aid to corrupt regimes in Central America, and the “war on drugs.” The immigrants are fleeing because of the violence as consequences of drug prohibition. But sadly, many of today’s conservatives support the drug war and the nanny state in which we must turn to gubmint to tell us what we may or may not consume in our “own” bodies. Today’s conservatives support siccing the goon government police on innocent, peaceful people who haven’t harmed anyone, just as is the case with immigrants. It is the goons of ICE, that Michelle Malkin et al. love so much, who are the thugs.

And given that many more violent crimes are committed here by U.S. citizens than by immigrants, the fact that these “conservatives” spend so much time and activism only concentrating on the unauthorized entrants to the territory, then that tells me that it’s not about crime, it’s not about “stealing Americans’ jobs,” it’s not about welfare, it’s all about foreigner hating, and that’s it. It’s about collectivist nativism, and envy and covetousness as well, very much like that of the left.

If today’s conservatives such as Michelle Malkin, Rush Limbaugh and all the ditto-heads really favored the principles of America’s founding, they would promote unrestricted free markets, protection of private property, decentralization and abolishing of the police state.

Articles for Armistice Day

Arjun Walia: War propaganda and fake news.

Gary Barnett: Why oppose war?

Barry Brownstein: Without free speech, all speech becomes government speech.

Alex Knight: Greta Thunberg vs. Boyan Slat.

Peter Quinones: Blaming libertarianism for every “societal woe.”

Brandon Smith: There are things worth fighting for, and fates far worse than death.

Jacob Hornberger: The case for open immigration.

Robert Wenzel: New tactic from Trump administration to decrease lawful immigration.

Dr. Mercola: Stark evidence of Google censoring health news.

Mac Slavo: NBC uses propaganda to promote the “benefits” of microchipping.

Patricia Hynes: Novermber 11, remembering the tragedy and legacy of World War I.

Matt Agorist: Entire police department now gone after good cops refused to enforce quota system.

Charles Burris: Jean-Jacques Rousseau as the first leftist, and the anti-individualist, anti-capitalist “conservatives.”

Watts Up With That?: Meet the doomers, depressed climate warriors.

Reason: Michigan counties steal properties based on minor tax payment mistakes.

And Alexander Zubatov: 4 reasons why socialism is becoming more popular.

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Sheldon Richman: To be or not to be a Jewish state, that is the question.

Matt Agorist: family facing $2,500 per day fine for firewood stored on property meant for the sick and elderly.

Chris Calton: All human beings, not just capitalists, are self-interested.

WND: Child abusing mother began forcing transgender lifestyle on little boy when he was 3, accused the father of child abuse for “not affirming” the boy to be a girl.

James Caspian: Why detransitioners frighten trans activists.

Activist Post: Special ed students secretly restrained, labeled “high-level threats.”

Sayer Ji: Covering up the causes of breast cancer since 1985: AstraZeneca’s BCAM.

Arjun Walia: Congressman confronts Zuckerberg about censoring information on vaccine safety.

GreenMedInfo: Major journal warns calling breastfeeding “natural” will discourage vaccine and formula use.

Veronique de Rugy: Democrat wealth tax proposals demonstrate economic ignorance.

James Devereaux: How free trade increases peaceful interactions between nations.

Aaron Kesel: The deep state is assassinating Julian Assange.

Daniel McAdams: Lindsey Graham says, “Steal Syria’s oil to pay for U.S. occupation!”

William Astore: The militarization of everything.

WND: CNN fake news vs. ABC fake news.

Marcus Weisgerber: As secret Pentacon spending rises, defense firms cash in.

Jeffrey Harding: The late great state of California.

Richard Ebeling: The NBA’s China problem due to political control over markets.

And The Last Refuge: stunning court-filing by Mike Flynn defense attorney Sydney Powell.

The Libertarian Angle: For a New Liberalism

Future of Freedom Foundation president Jacob Hornberger discusses the original meaning of “liberalism” with Richard Ebeling, as well as his new book, For a New Liberalism. The people on the left “stole” the word liberalism to make it mean the opposite of what it is supposed to mean. Liberalism was intended to mean advocating to liberate the people, but for a century it had then been referring to statism and socialism. (And now the people on the left are more open about it: they mean “socialism” and they’re saying it. But regardless how destructive socialism has been, the tens of millions of deaths, the mass starvation and misery, nevertheless the socialists keep on truckin’. Sad.)

Which Is Worse: The Left? Or the State?

Well, it appears that Mises Institute Chairman Lew Rockwell will publish a new book that he describes in his article this week, Against the Left.

I think it’s a good thing to expose and critique those on the Left for their hypocrisy and ignorance, and their favoring violence over peace, and their favoring State control over freedom.

But sometimes, especially in my reading LewRockwell.com every day for years now, it seems that recently perhaps Lew has become more “Against the Left” than he is “Against the State.” It’s just my own perception, but that’s how it seems, especially with the immigration issue.

So, I’ll get my more critical points out of the way at the beginning here.

As Jacob Hornberger has pointed out many times, most recently here, the closed-border “libertarians” seem to endorse the police state on the border when it comes to immigration. What happened to free-market capitalism? And private property rights, in which a private property owner has the freedom to invite whomever he wishes onto his own private property?

And what happened to the principle of individualism? If this individual over here is not suspected of having violated the person or property of another, then you leave him alone. Period. Wha happen? Now, immigration “invasions” seem to be turning people into collectivists. (Maybe Lew has been listening to too much ditto-head talk radio?)

The closed-border libertarians don’t seem to want to bring up the reasons why there are caravans from Central America going to the southern U.S. border, which include mainly the U.S. government’s evil “War on Drugs” and the U.S. government’s aid to Central American governments who have been tyrannizing innocents in those parts.

Yes, LewRockwell.com and Lew’s own LRC blog and “Political Theatre” have had plenty of articles on the U.S. government’s prohibition of drugs and the police state that goes with it, but they seem to not make a linkage between the immigration problem and those statist policies.

And by the way, Rebecca Gordon has written on Tom Dispatch a somewhat decent article on those main causes of people fleeing those Central American countries. But an extra, made-up cause she wants to throw in there, to completely ruin her article, is “climate change.” Yes, besides the “War on Drugs” and U.S. government aid to tyrants, climate change is making people flee Central America and want to come to the U.S. And Gordon throws in this lie, citing the New York Times, that the U.S. is the “biggest carbon polluter in history,” when we know that the U.S. has become one of the least of the polluters (with a few specific exceptions like Los Angeles), certainly not as bad as China and India. But I digress.

It’s too bad the people on the Left can be very good in their anti-drug war, pro-civil liberties, anti-war views, yet still cling to propaganda when it comes to their anti-capitalism, anti-progress agenda. And that’s all the “climate change” fanaticism is all about: envy, and using the powers of government to steal even more from the workers and producers of society.

So, there definitely are still some things I agree with, in Lew Rockwell’s critiques of the Left. But he doesn’t define what “the Left” actually is. I’m sure he does this in his new book that is yet to be published.

And what actually is “the Left”? And what is the “right”? I used to see it as collectivism versus individualism. But many people on the “right” today are against individualism, against the free market, and against private property. They endorse the statist drug war and its police state, the war on immigration and its police state, they love and worship government police and military (which are products of socialism, not capitalism, by the way), and they also endorse and love huge socialist government programs, such as Social Security and Medicare.

In his article, regarding education Lew Rockwell mentions that the “young people are not taught about the evils of the Left, only its myths. They do not believe there were gigantic atrocities in the Lenin-Stalin Soviet Union, nor Mao’s China. Socialism is good!…”

I think he means that the young people are not taught about the evils of socialism or communism, i.e. the State. (Maybe “the Left” = socialism?) And on LRC he posted a link to an article by Lawrence Ludlow on how much worse the government schools are now than they were 30 years ago. The emphasis is now on grade curving regardless of performance.

Education being centralized, bureaucratized and run by the government are why we have so many dumb and ignorant students being graduated from the government schools, and why so many government teachers are also dumb and ignorant. In that article, Ludlow didn’t mention affirmative action or higher education, but we see just how bad affirmative action is when a con artist like Elizabeth Warren — white as a ghost — can scam Harvard University Law School into hiring her as a professor based on her checking the “minority” box and claiming to be Native American. She should have been criminally charged with fraud.

And Ludlow did mention the transgender phenomenon. In schools, the teachers and students are encouraged or even required to use plural pronouns such as “they” instead of “he,” “him,” “her” and “she.” But this is incorrect grammar. These are schools?

No, the schools are leftist cult indoctrination centers. The evil leftists, or “cultural Marxists,” are using very personal and private sexual matters to manipulate and twist the very young people’s sense of self worth and individual identity, as well as destroy their critical thinking skills and keep them ignorant of facts, truth, knowledge and history, and attempting to prevent the young people from going on to live a healthy, functional life.

And back to Lew Rockwell. And this is probably just a minor issue, really, with Lew. In this recent interview with Mises Institute President Jeff Deist, Rockwell said, regarding Supreme Bureaucrat Brett Kavanaugh and his recent confirmation battle, “And also it’s important to see the feminists defeated. So, I’m glad he was confirmed…”

Well, Kavanaugh may have won the seat on the Supremes, and defeated the feminazis who made things up to falsely accuse him of sexual assaults, but he is NOT anti-feminist, or anti-SJW. He is one of them. As I wrote here, Kavanaugh had stated at the beginning of his confirmation hearings, “Title IX helped make girls’ and women’s sports equal. And I see that law’s legacy every night when I walk into my house, as my daughters are getting back from lacrosse or basketball or hockey practice.”

What? That’s how Kavanaugh sees the “legacy” of Title IX? Are you kidding me? The true legacy of Title IX is many false accusations against innocent men at universities and colleges, professors being demoted or fired, employees being harassed or fired at workplaces…And Kavanaugh has NO idea of all this, because he spends too much time at his Washington cocktail parties, the bubble baths, and he himself has now been a VICTIM last Fall of the “legacy of Title IX”!

So, sometimes I wonder if Lew is more anti-Left than he is anti-State. He is glad that Kavanaugh was confirmed even though Kavanaugh is himself a leftist, a Big Government police statist combined with being an SJW. The worst of the worst.

Someone who is more anti-State than anti-Left would hope for Kavanaugh to be defeated, regardless of the false accusations against him.

In my view, if we had to choose between the Left or the State, I would say that we don’t need the State, and in fact we need to get rid of it, or at least the centralized State especially the U.S. government in Washington.

We need to persuade people to see the Leviathan in Washington for what it is. Even letting the fifty states have their sovereignty and independence as nation states, by way of peaceful, voluntary decentralization, would be a MUCH better start than the tyranny of enslavement we live in now.

And without the Regime in Washington, the Left would not have any power. So, we can live with a “Left” in our society, especially when those people have no power structure to grab onto and to use as an implement of totalitarian power and control over the rest of us.

And speaking of that, I also wanted to address some things in this other recent interview of Lew Rockwell by Atilla Mert Sulker. Lew says he’s “pro-nationalism.” And he says, “It’s only recently that you’re supposed to hate your homeland, and turn it over to whoever wants to come in on welfare.”

Well, I think he’s distorting things. Personally, I don’t “hate” my homeland, USA. I’m indifferent, because this “homeland” country is too big. I have no feelings toward most people in California, for example, me being from New England. (But I DO hate Connecticut, not the people, but the state in which I grew up. Now it is a communist, tax-thieving torture chamber. Who in his right mind would live there? Should I consider that my “homeland”? And love it?)

But the centralized “homeland” USA needs to be decentralized, in my view. And turning our society over “to whoever wants to come in on welfare”? This is a case against the welfare state, not against freedom of movement and people finding a better life. With no welfare state (and no income tax thefts, etc.), there would be no incentive for any would-be layabout parasites to come here.

But Rockwell also says, “And also, I notice that all the bad people in society hate nationalism, and are always denouncing it, whether it’s the New York Times, or the Washington Post, or academics, or left wingers…”

Excuse me, I am not a nationalist, and I am constantly criticizing the idea of nationalism, which is a form of authoritarian collectivism, by the way. Does that mean I’m “bad”? But I’m peaceful, a voluntaryist. I’m in my mid-50s and have never committed any criminal or violent acts against others. I’m not exactly a “left-winger” in my support of voluntary exchange, private property rights, and ending government schools.

And I do agree with Lew in that interview regarding the Libertarian Party, which has gone down hill since the days of Ron Paul and Harry Browne. Lew said, “But I must say that I don’t think the L.P.’s strategy of reaching out to the far left- you have to, for example, be a feminist, to be a libertarian, or all these other things. That’s just ridiculous. But they’re much more concerned with leftism, than they are with freedom.”

Sadly, the Libertarian Partly has become the party of “social justice warriors” in which just about everything is “racist,” “sexist,” “homophobic,” “transphobic,” etc. So it’s “Racist, racist, racist!” (and “Russia, Russia, Russia!” too, now) with many of those brainwashed, government school-“educated” sheeple. Just like the progressives and Democrats. The Libertarian Party needs to become the party of freedom once again, not just another party of the Left, like the Democrats, Republicans, Greens and Socialists. And that means being 100% against foreign interventionism, income taxation-theft or wealth taxation-theft, and being 100% supportive of private property rights, voluntary and free exchange, voluntary contracts, and the idea of self-ownership and the non-aggression principle.

Anyway, the Left is very bad. But the State is worse. And the Left could not do nearly as much damage to us were it not for the unnecessary existence of the State, especially the evil centralized State in Washington. But a book titled Against the Left by Lew Rockwell is probably something to look forward to reading.