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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.

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Jacob Hornberger discusses the failure of impeachment regime change.

John Whitehead on the tyranny of the police state disguised as law and order.

Brittany Hunter on home equity theft.

Laurence Vance on the “Green New Deal,” and says that Americans didn’t need the original New Deal in the first place.

Nicholas West says the military will use facial recognition goggles to help soldiers identify people through weapons systems.

Dave DeCamp says that U.S. sanctions are still strangling Venezuela.

And Kerry McDonald on a new Harvard study showing the dangers of early school enrollment.

Donald Trump Hates Socialism – Except That … He LOVES Socialism

Jacob Hornberger responds to Donald Trump‘s recent tweets of “America, love it or leave it!” and that “We will never be a Socialist or Communist Country…” and Hornberger explains that America turned socialist long ago and that Trump and the conservatives have supported socialist policies for decades and decades.

Some examples that Hornberger gives include Social Security, Medicare, government “public” schools, immigration controls and the national security state. They all involve income confiscation and redistribution, and central planning.

And as I wrote in my July, 2016 article, Libertarians for Socialism, Trump wrote on his campaign website (no longer available, but Wayback Machine snapshot here), government must “make sure that no one slips through the cracks simply because they cannot afford insurance. We must review basic options for Medicaid and work with states to ensure that those who want healthcare coverage can have it.”

And I wrote:

As Trump made clear in his interview last September with Scott Pelley on 60 Minutes, Trump is “going to take care of everybody,” and that “the government’s gonna pay for it.” And he promised to fund all that by raising taxes on the wealthy. In his February appearance on a CNN Town Hall with Anderson Cooper, Trump stated that while he wants to repeal ObamaCare he nevertheless likes the mandate because he doesn’t want “people dying on the streets.” In reference to his Medicaid expansion proposal (which he referred to as “Medicare” in the CNN interview), Trump stated, “That’s not single payer, by the way. That’s called heart. We gotta take care of people that can’t take care of themselves.”

And by “we” he doesn’t mean private charities or businesses, which is the free-market way, but government, which is the failed socialist way.

Here is The Donald in the interview with Scott Pelley, in which Trump explains his support for single-payer, government-run health care:

I also wrote in that article, which appeared on EconomicPolicyJournal.com:

And socialist programs in the U.S. such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are collapsing. But Donald Trump won’t touch Social Security, and, according to his official campaign website, won’t cut anyone’s entitlements.

Obviously that last link which was on Trump’s own campaign website, is no longer available. (Why is there a picture of Hillary on that “Oops!” page?) Here is that page on the Wayback Machine.

Trump won’t touch entitlements because he believes in socialist redistribution of wealth schemes, which is what all those entitlement programs are. He is a socialist.

And this video is a compilation of different Trump interviews and talks in which Trump contradicts Trump and flip-flops like a Romney impersonator.

Anyway, Trump should not say that America will never be a socialist country, when it is a socialist country in many respects. And he can’t say that he is not a socialist when in actuality all his policies are socialist policies. He is one of the most anti-free market, anti-capitalism, anti-private property authoritarian Presidents we have ever had.

So Trump is clueless about what America is all about, which is voluntary exchange and free markets and free trade, not compulsory exchange and government-controlled trade, and America is about private property rights and the voluntary contract. Trump is the one who doesn’t like America and wants to impose governmental intrusions into the economy and into the lives of the people.

Yes, his tax cuts helped to get businesses to raise their wages and salaries and give employees bonuses, and make more investments. But Trump still loves the income tax and doesn’t want to abolish it, despite its being a fundamental aspect of the socialist society that he envisions. The income tax is government theft of private property and wealth because it is based on an involuntary exchange, based on coercion and threats. No different from a robber demanding your money or else.

In the end, Trump is no different from the other socialists, from Elizabeth Warren to George W. Bush. Oh, well.

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.

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Charles Burris suggests to readers some books on the national security state.

Robert Wenzel interviewed Ross Ulbricht’s mother Lyn in this informative post, and Wenzel also gives some story behind the story on the government economics behind major fires, such as in Shovel Creek, Alaska.

Laurence Vance promotes libertarianism.

José Niño says that asset forfeiture will have to be abolished at the local level.

Robert Murphy on a new study that finds a modest carbon tax would hurt all humanity for two generations.

Thomas Knapp on the similarities between Kamala Harris and Donald Trump.

And Big League Politics on Kamala Harris’s Jussie and illegal wiretapping scandals not going away.

Some Misc. Items

I have not had enough time these days to write like I would like to do. So, I have been posting links to other articles. I hope to get back to my regular writing when I have more time. It’s really time consuming to write a post or article. It really is.

In the meantime, regarding the accusations against Iran that they hit the oil tankers in the Persian Gulf, don’t listen to liars Donald Trump, John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, who looks like he could lose a few hundred pounds. No, seriously, Napalmpeo Pompeo et al. are drooling warmongers who seem to just want to bomb the hell out of other countries that are of NO threat to us whatsoever. That is what they did to Iraq and Afghanistan, and Vietnam. I’ll bet they sing John McCain’s song, “Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran,” and so on. But, according to Antiwar.com, it appears that the Japanese ship owner contradicts the fatso U.S. bureaucrats on that tanker attack. Warmonger bureaucrats are liars!

According to Jack Hunter at the Examiner, the U.S. Senate just voted to arm ISIS with your tax dollars.

John Solomon asks, Aren’t delirious Democrats now accusing Team Obama of treason?

Andrew McCarthy asks, Why did government officials ignore so many red flags with the shoddy Steele dossier?

Michael Rozeff says that Pocahontas is surging and analyzes her proposals.

Robert Wenzel says that rent control horror is returning to New York City.

Activist Post with an article on new cars to be equipped with breathalyzers, and drivers given mental health assessments.

Bryan Caplan on the real — and flawed — reason some classical liberals embrace universal basic income.

And Richard Ebeling on America’s economic commissar of trade.

Ronald McDonald Trump, the Clown-In-Chief

(With apologies to Real Ronald McDonald.)

“President” Donald Trump is a clown. An ignoramus, and someone who seems to be hell-bent on ruining America, or at least totally reversing the economic prosperity from the tax cuts he signed into law (that will expire anyway — WHY didn’t they make that permanent? Morons.), and causing the next economic downturn. ObamaTrump.

He wants to impose tariffs i.e. fines to punish American consumers for their purchasing choices that The Donald doesn’t like, and to punish American producers for their capital goods purchases that The Donald doesn’t like. So imposing tariffs on China, then China retaliates, and then Mexico, then India, etc. etc.

Trump just doesn’t get what America is all about, or he does get it but has contempt for it. And that is freedom. Freedom means economic freedom. The freedom to spend your own money on whatever you want, from wherever you want to buy it from. And if the rulers don’t like it, they can go jump in a lake.

Trump is also a vicious drug warrior, and a warrior on immigration and foreigners coming to America to work, go to school, start businesses, and so on. If you’re worried about the “wrong” kinds of people coming to America across the border, and worried about drugs being trafficked across the border, then end U.S. government foreign interventionism and militarism in Central and South America. And end the war on drugs. Repeal every law on the books that pertains to drugs, close down the DEA (and ICE, DHS, TSA, FBI, CIA, NSA, etc., etc.).

One main reason why the flood of immigrants from Central and South America is the U.S. government’s war on drugs. Yes, it’s your fault, Donald. Prohibition causes a black market which incentivizes low-lifes to want to get rich by exploiting people’s weakness. Prohibition empowers and feeds drug pushers, traffickers, cartels, drug lords and gangs including MS-13. End the drug war and end prohibition and those things will be gone quickly.

What is it with these bureaucrats? These worshipers of government central planning, like Donald Trump? These sick statists are all the same. They can’t leave people alone. They either want to force something on you and mandate and compel you to do something, or they want to prohibit you from doing something that’s no one else’s business, or they want to tax you i.e. steal more from you or impose economic policies that will cause prices to go up on the things you need to buy.

Government central planning is a very bad thing, and it needs to end.

I was going to write “send the clown back to the private sector,” but that would give us a “President Mike Pence.” Another vicious drug warrior, anti-foreigner anti-immigration fanatic, bloodthirsty neocon warvangelical warmonger. I don’t know what’s worse.

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.

U.S. Bureaucrats Trump and Pompeo Silent on the Importance of Economic Policy

I heard some of the Sunday news shows on Bloomberg Radio, Fox News Sunday, ABC This Week, Meet the Press with Chuck Toady and Fake the Nation with CBS newsbimbo Margaret Brennan, and Mike Pompeo appeared on at least three of these shows.

The big thing is Venezuela. Like most U.S. bureaucrats, Pompeo is obsessed with “democracy” and installing a favorable regime. He’s constantly saying things like, “This is the Venezuelan people attempting to reestablish their democracy. The United States has joined with them…Our mission is to work with a large coalition, now 50 countries-plus who are determined to restore democracy and then, ultimately, a productive economy to Venezuela.”

Okay, just how will “democracy” lead to a “productive economy”? Why is it that politicians are so obsessed with elections and getting the “right people” in charge? Conservative President Ronald Reagan imposed tax cuts, and then tax hikes and he expanded the bureaucracy. The economic boom of the mid-1980s led to the stock market crash of 1987 and a recession that got even worse thanks to H.W. Bush. But the Democrat Clinton administration saw another economic boom throughout the 1990s.

I know, it’s not exactly Venezuela. But the U.S. wants to install some guy now they see as favorable. The problem is not who is in charge.

The problem in Venezuela has been mass starvation. The government seized the means of production and distribution of food. When government owns the means of production, which is what socialism is, that causes shortages, empty store shelves, long lines and chaos. In the case of food production and distribution, when those means of production are in private ownership and control, as is the case here in the U.S., prices are more stable, shortages are avoided, and we don’t have long lines for food. Just look at the food stores in the U.S.: fully stacked shelves, plenty of choices at affordable prices.

But why don’t our politicians like Pompeo and Trump use their positions as a bully pulpit and state those differences outright? Instead, they are concerned about “democracy.” As Jacob Hornberger pointed out, the U.S. government’s chosen leaders of other regimes have been failures.

I don’t think that U.S. bureaucrats think in terms of free markets any more, if they ever did in the first place. They are bureaucrats. They think in terms of elections and voting. And control.

And Donald Trump with his obsession with tariffs. Tariffs are taxes, but really they are fines. The government is imposing a fine on American producers and consumers for buying stuff that these idiot government bureaucrats don’t want people to buy. Just look at the anti-free market Trump with his typical government bureaucrat control-freak attitude.

And Trump’s tax cuts are also a sham. They probably helped in the short term to stimulate the economy. But they expire in just two or three years, and then there will be a tax hike when they expire. Typical bureaucrat shyster.

These Trump and Pompeo people won’t suggest to the Venezuelan people that a return to free markets will enable them to have access to food, because these U.S. bureaucrats are so against free markets. Instead, they are obsessed with control, with government-controlled economies, and their beloved police state.

News and Commentary

John Solomon of The Hill has this article about former Fusion GPS contractor Nellie Ohr’s emails to her DOJ flunky husband Bruce Ohr, emails just recently released due to a FOIA request, followed by members of Congress who have now filed a criminal referral with the DOJ. Nellie had tried to tie Donald Trump and Paul Manafort to Russian gangsters in 2016.

And Solomon also has this article on the Ukrainian embassy which confirmed that a DNC insider tried to solicit from the Ukrainian government any possible dirt on Trump and his campaign chairman in 2016.

Russia expert Prof. Stephen F. Cohen details some little-noted aspects of the first volume of the Mueller report.

Bradley Thomas on freedom or government control — there is no true “third way.”

Art Carden says that people are desperately fleeing socialism, if they are allowed.

Joe Lauria with an article on Assange to the extradition court: “I won’t surrender to the U.S. for doing journalism.

Jacob Hornberger discusses U.S. government hypocrisy on Venezuela.

Andrew Bacevich on when Nixon told us invading Cambodia would save civilization.

Laurence Vance discusses Cory Booker’s “tax cuts” proposal, i.e. expanded welfare.

And Danny Sjursen says the Left needs to stop crushing on the generals.