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What Motivates the Bureaucrats to Act Like Psychopaths?

I don’t know whether the governors and mayors ordering businesspeople to close their businesses and ordering the people to have to stay in and not go out was intentional, like the governors knew ahead of time all the extra stress they would be inflicting on people, the further illnesses and even deaths they would be causing. I just don’t know.

It’s possible that some of them are insane psychopaths and love inflicting pain and suffering on innocent people.

Oh, goodie, look how the masses so easily obey orders and close everything down and wear ineffective masks just because we ordered them to do so, and based on our fear-mongering and making them panic…Heh, look how they’re hoarding all the toilet paper and disinfectant spray…

So power grabbing and usurping is an important factor.

And I really believe that some (or possibly a lot) of the Wall Street “panic selling” was not entirely panic selling but intentional, to cause the markets to crash as they did. Based on what I have heard or read, many of the Wall Street traders and brokers are “woke” SJWs, who share in the blind hatred of Donald Trump we see in the media and by politicians.

I can see the resentment and really the anger that a lot of Trump-hating people were feeling when seeing that some of his policies had spurred the economy, with the Dow shooting up 10,000 points since Trump became President, and the lowest unemployment rates especially for black and Hispanic Americans. It appears to me that the “woke” ones on Wall Street wanted to take all that away, at all cost.

That’s just my theory on that, that the selling off was in part intentional.

And then, besides the loony-tunes wanting to destroy society toward their socialist paradise, there are the idiots in politics who also hate Trump, like governors and mayors.

The orders by governors to close down businesses and put people out of work. You think that was all about some virus? Political hacks all across America could see their hated Trump getting reelected in November especially on his economy achievements, and they wouldn’t allow that.

Most political office holders have never actually owned their own business and have no idea what it’s like.

And the fact that millions of people would be put out of work, factories shut down, etc., whatever. “We have to defeat Trump.” There is also this desire among the brainwashed to bring on a totally government-controlled society, by destroying what we have now.

But the political hacks probably didn’t think about future food shortages in America. Like, it could never happen here. There’s always food. But we’re talking about very short-sighted thugs, frankly, who are attracted to government power and control, right?

The idiot governors and mayors are not considering the longer term consequences of their fascist and draconian policies of business shut-downs and stay-at-home orders.

Bureaucrats are narcissistic and short-sighted and only think in the short term.

Their intention is to “save lives,” by ordering businesses shut down. The short-term, immediate gratification aspect of these fascist orders is that they satisfy the bureaucrats’ lust for power and control, their Hitlerian dictator impulses. They LOVE ordering others around.

For instance, with what the bureaucrats are doing now, people do not have freedom of choice, to decide whether or not to go into a business in which they understand there may be a possible health risk doing so.

But there is always some risk in going out and about in public. There are always bacteria, germs and viruses. You just have to keep yourself well-nourished to keep your immune system strong.

The fascists do not believe the people should have that freedom of choice to take the risk. Fascists believe they know what’s best for you, and that their imprisonment orders are for your own good.

(Here is Larken Rose in a video on how the bureaucrats and government office holders actually see you, the people.)

But in the longer term the bureaucrats will cause deaths. All the heart attacks, strokes and other illnesses associated with people not having life-saving treatments and surgeries (that ironically the fascists call “elective” and “non-essential” surgeries!), and the extra STRESS these criminal bureaucrats are causing, of business owners and workers being thrown out of a job! And your f***ing little “stimulus” checks will not compensate for what is lost, for what has been stolen from them, you bureaucrat scum!

And I have heard that one motive behind the governors’ authoritarian decrees is just that: to get those $billion “stimulus” checks for their states. Many states are in near bankruptcy, and one reason is because they have so many “jobs,” and some “no-show” jobs with 6-figure salaries, that are “HACK jobs,” and those public pensions that private sector workers can only dream of.

And speaking of high unemployment levels now, are any of these government bureaucrats going to be laid off? Will any bureaucracies be cut or eliminated? Yeah, FAT CHANCE!

Especially in Massachusetts. Gov. Charlie Half-Baker protects those hack jobs and his cronies. Half-Baker is pleading to CONgress for those federal stimulus checks, even though the state had a $1 billion budget surplus in December, and has a “Rainy Day Fund” of $3.5 billion!

So the hacks in Boston want MORE from the taxpayers of Utah, Mississippi, and South Dakota! (Massachusetts state government is a “Hackarama,” as Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr calls it.)

So these politicians don’t care about “saving lives,” and if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you. They just care about power and control. And being life-long parasites.

There is one very good explanation in political economic terms by Hans-Hermann Hoppe of why government bureaucrats are so short-sighted and exploitative of public funds and feeding at the public trough as they always do, without even using a napkin.

Hoppe’s comparison is when a government is owned by the public but under the control of bureaucrats (like we have now) and when it is owned by a monarchy, in which the King or Queen is the owner of the whole territory.

Hoppe writes:

As the owner of the capital stock on “his” territory, the king will be comparatively future-oriented. In order to preserve or enhance the value of his property, he will exploit only moderately and calculatingly. In contrast, a temporary and interchangeable democratic caretaker does not own the country, but as long as he is in office he is permitted to use it to his advantage. He owns its current use but not its capital stock. This does not eliminate exploitation. Instead, it makes exploitation shortsighted (present-oriented) and uncalculated, i.e., carried out without regard for the value of the capital stock.

And:

a private government owner (a monarch) will want to avoid exploiting his subjects so heavily, for instance, as to reduce his future earnings potential to such an extent that the present value of his estate actually falls. Instead, in order to preserve or possibly even enhance the value of his personal property, he will systematically restrain himself in his exploitation policies…. In distinct contrast… public government ownership will result in continual capital consumption. Instead of maintaining or even enhancing the value of the government estate, as a private owner would tend to do, a government’s temporary caretaker will quickly use up as much of the government resources as possible….

Temporary government caretakers like Gov. Charlie Half-Baker, in other words.

So the Rulers are real psychopaths who are drawn to such positions of power over others, and spewing their fear-mongering propaganda and are literally terrorizing the people.

And because of the terrorist fear-mongering, now instead of understanding that the COVID-19 is only as serious as a flu or bad cold and while .1% to .2% of those who have it actually die, many propagandized people instead really believe that if they have it they WILL die from it! That is what fear-mongering and propaganda will do, getting people to panic in fear and submission.

And it appears that this Trump hatred combined with the fanatical followers of the dream to create a socialist paradise has hypnotized many people to act like crazed lunatics, willing to destroy the entire country.

Trump, Mnuchin, et al: $1,000 for Everyone!

Apparently Donald Trump, Treasury Sec. Mnuchin and others want to send all adult Americans $1,000 to make things easier during this government/media-incited COVID-19 panic and financial crisis. They also want to put together a $1trillion+ “stimulus” package, with “shovel-ready jobs,” I’m sure, and other hand-outs to crony businesses, etc. Like Andrew Yang during the campaign, they are trying to bribe the voters to vote for them, quite frankly.

I have an even better idea. And I heard that someone else has suggested something like this. Given that Michael Bloomberg squandered $500 million of his own money on his presidential campaign, and that he has supposedly $50 or 60 billion, why doesn’t Mike Bloomberg send each American a $1 million check? That’s a little over $300 million, just a little part of his $50 or 60 billion. I know that would help me out quite a bit, as it will everyone, obviously. And it would be coming from someone in the private sector, voluntarily, not from “government,” i.e. taxpayers, involuntarily.

But as far as Trump, Mnuchin et al. are concerned, and their sending people $1,000, a better idea and more economically and morally sound idea is that they STOP STEALING from the people! Ya think?! Repeal the income tax and close down the IRS, end the capital gains tax, because that’s also stealing. And then maybe state governments can follow, including their sales taxes that are also examples of stealing. Ending government theft of private wealth and income would enable Americans to afford many things in life that they can’t now afford because government steals from them and makes them have less income and less in the bank to spend, save or invest.

And yes, taxation is theft, as Murray Rothbard pointed out, because it is based on involuntary transactions, just like a robber pointing a gun at you and ordering you to give him your money.

News and Commentary

Jacob Hornberger comments on repealing America’s welfare state.

Whitney Webb: The media’s deafening silence on Mike Bloomberg’s ties to Jeffrey Epstein and other criminals.

Philip Giraldi: Seth Rich, Julian Assange, and Dana Rohrabacher – Will we ever know the truth about the stolen DNC files?

Laurence Vance on the importance of tax deductions.

William Hartung: Trump is trying to ride on the Pentacon gravy train to reelection.

Mandy Smithberger on creating a national insecurity state: spending more, seeing less.

Danny Sjursen says, Happy Afghanistan Surrender Day!

And Jonathan Turley on the Undemocratic Party’s snubbing of the voters’ choices.

The Democrat and Republican Parties Are a Criminal Racket

Jacob Hornberger may or may not agree with me that the two major political parties are a criminal racket. And I’ll explain further down why I think they are.

But he sure writes terrific columns. In this one Jacob comments on Elizabeth Warren’s socialist soak-the-rich plan. He notes that the U.S. had no income tax for over 100 years, in which Americans were free to do whatever they wanted with their own wealth and earnings. It was not stolen from them by the government.

But in 1913 the gubmint convinced i.e. bamboozled the American people to accept a compulsory income tax, sans any kind of voluntary contract. It was an involuntary contract, the same kind of involuntary contract that a robber has with his victim on the street. “Your money or your life,” and so on. Yep, that gubmint.

Hornberger writes:

So, what happened? Both Democrats and Republicans began spending government money like it was going out of style on both domestic welfare-state programs and foreign warfare-state escapades. The result was that the middle class ended up getting fleeced to pay for all that welfare-warfare junk.

Just consider all the middle-class people today who are having trouble making ends meet. Manyof them do not have a nest egg in the event of an emergency. They live paycheck to paycheck. That’s because the federal government has fleeced them of their money to fund its ever-burgeoning welfare-warfare state expenses.

There is something else to consider about Warren’s “soak the rich” philosophy. It ultimately hurts the middle class and the poor. The rich provide valuable services in society. One, many of them own businesses that employ middle class and poor people. Two, the rich accumulate capital, which is a key to rising standards of living for the middle class and the poor. Three, many of the rich become rich by providing goods and services that the middle class and the poor value. And four, the rich buy expensive products when they are first invented, which ultimately leads to mass production that enables the middle class and poor to buy such products.

Soaking the rich leads to impoverishment of the middle class and poor. Just look at Cuba, where Warren’s socialist counterparts seized everything from the rich, including money, businesses, and homes. At first, it was party time with all that money and property. But over time, the socialist system started caving in on itself, leaving everyone in Cuba impoverished.

Of course, Warren would undoubtedly argue that at least everyone in Cuba is equal in the sense that everyone is equally poor. But is that really a good thing? Wouldn’t it be better if everyone in society is prospering, even if some have more than others?

Nope. Liawatha would prefer that everyone be equally poor, and not that people are prospering. Except for herself, her fellow apparatchik commissars in the bureaucracy, and their crony industrialists, of course.

Just like in Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela, the old Soviet Union, and of course, today’s good ol’ USSA.

That is why the whole area surrounding Washington, DC is the wealthiest area of the country.

So “soaking the rich” really just means stealing from everyone as much as possible, and living high off the hog at the expense of the workers and producers of society.

Of course, these criminals are causing, or would cause, a continually diminishing population of workers and producers, that’s for sure. They will put everyone out of work in the current “capitalist” system, and the minimum wage laws are a micro view of all that. Instead, in their world the gubmint is the one “employer” i.e. master, and the rest of the population are the “workers” i.e. slaves.

So Liawatha, Bernie, and the rest of those criminal kooks are “SOAKED” with more envy and covetousness than the more honest and normal people who don’t want to steal from their neighbors.

Additionally, the socialist grabbers and takers want to grab the reins of power and control all the industries, all the property, and make a whole bunch of rules that the rest of the population must follow — Do this, do that … Do things this way and don’t do things that way, and so on. Jawohl, Dear Leader! And with all that crap is that they want to control your thoughts by making you have to openly accept crazy things like transgender nonsense and all the group identity politics that they espouse.

But the Republicans are just as bad as the Democrats. Republicans believe in socialism just as much. They love the income tax, Social Security, Medicare, Prescription Drug Welfare, foreign aid, and all the other forms of compulsory redistributionism that are now in place.

In fact, I would go so far as to suggest that the Republican and Democrat parties are a criminal racket, because throughout the years they have imposed laws, fees and restrictions on third parties or otherwise non-establishment candidates to get their names on the ballots in elections. Any and all of those in power who have imposed such unconstitutional restrictions should be charged with racketeering, extortion, fraud, and whatever other charges that apply.

Also, the people in the U.S. government who have sent fellow Americans off to their deaths for no good reason in Vietnam and Korea, and started wars of aggression against Iraq and Afghanistan and initiated drone bombings and killings of innocent civilians in other countries, and imposed murderous sanctions, have been members of those two establishment parties, Republican and Democrat. They have not been Libertarians or Greens.

And it wasn’t Libertarians or Greens who imposed the aforementioned income tax-thefts, which have enabled those wars of aggression and redistributionism from the workers over to the military contractors the merchants of death. It was Republicans and Democrats. Certainly not Libertarians, Greens or members of the Constitution Party.

Involuntary taxes are acts of theft. Why? Because they are … involuntary. They are not based on a voluntary contract. For any transaction to be legitimate in a free society, it must be voluntary, not involuntary. If it’s involuntary, then it is nothing but stealing, robbery, theft, extortion, fraud, mugging, embezzling, pilfering, shoplifting, you name it. It is not an honest transaction. It is criminal.

So, in addition to the Democrats and Republicans’ restricting the rights of the people to participate in democracy and run for office (and oppose the power-abusers), those other reasons are further evidence that the two major parties are a criminal racket.

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.

Repeal Democrats and Republicans

Laurence Vance writes about ObamaCare taxes and other taxes and bills to repeal taxes but replace them with other taxes. Republicans and conservatives are just as much in favor of tax-thefts as liberals and Democrats. (Hence, “Rethuglicans,” in my view.)

Veronique de Rugy describes “Medicare for All” as a plot to pillage us. ($35 trillion? They’re nuts!)

And Robert Wenzel explains Elizabeth Warren’s top economic advisors’ ignorance and hatred of wealth and free markets.

Libertarians and Trump; And the Communist Nature of the Progressive Tax

Laurence Vance has some comments to make about libertarians and Trump. Dr. Vance says he doesn’t vote and hasn’t voted for a Libertarian Party candidate, and, he says, “I would have probably clamped my nose in a vice and voted for Donald Trump before I would have voted for the pathetic 2016 Libertarian Party ticket of Gary Johnson and William Weld.” That cracked me up. Of course, the last Libertarian Partly candidate I voted for was Andre Marrou in 1992. Now THAT’s a case of “holding my nose.” Marrou was awful. Anyway, Vance goes on to express his views on Donald Trump’s presidency and record so far.

And also today, Laurence Vance has a terrific article at the Future of Freedom Foundation website on the specter of communism haunting Illinois, in its changing from flat to progressive tax rates. Dr. Vance explains the communist and Marxist nature of the progressive tax, of Illinois and the whole U.S. as well.

Trump the Egomaniacal Fascist Ignoramus

Like more mass shootings in Texas we have Hurricane Dorian to serve as a distraction away from the real news of Donald Trump continuing to Make America Worse Again with his trade idiocy and other fascist policies.

Trump’s tariff-taxes are really fines because they are Trump’s way of punishing consumers for their purchasing choices, which The Donald doesn’t like. So he’s a fascist, as well as an ignoramus.

When the gubmint imposes fines against consumers and distorts the markets, it then likely becomes more expensive for people to get what they want or need, and thus the people’s standard of living declines. Nevertheless, what’s important to Trump is that he imposes his ignorance on the people. That’s what matters to fascists and dictators. (See Venezuela and Maduro.)

Freedom — i.e. free trade and free markets — is what contributes greatly to the rise in the standard of living of the people. We know that from the facts of history.

And by the way, Trump has been on this trade war stuff for years. He has stated that he wants a trade war, so really Trump is the one who started the trade war now.

(In a 2011 post I had linked to a Fox News article quoting Trump in a 2010 interview, in which he said, “I would love to have a trade war with China.” But that link is no longer working, and I can’t find any other articles online quoting Trump from that interview. Hmmm. So I had to link to the Wayback Machine snapshot of that page. Are TPTB going to delete that page, too? We can’t let the people know that Trump has wanted to start a trade war with China for years!)

So yes, Trump started this trade war, because he wants to have a trade war with a “big” country, to make himself feel big and tough, regardless of how reckless and destructive such actions are. It’s all about Trump and his pathetic, weak little ego. So with his tariff-tax fines he is really punishing Americans for their purchasing choices. “Do what I say, because I’m the boss, or else!” the fascist demands.

Sure, he might really believe the myths and fairy tales about trade deficits, and he might really believe what he’s saying in his ignorant rants and tweets, but even if Mnuchin, Kudlow and others are advising him to knock it off he won’t listen to anything that goes against his long-held fantastical false beliefs.

And as I wrote in an earlier post, “trade deficits” mean nothing. They have nothing to do with anything of a “competitive” nature. As Don Boudreaux pointed out, America as a whole nation, Americans and their businesses are not representing a single entity “America” and competing with businesspeople in any other country as a single entity.

The American economy, though, is not remotely analogous to Caterpillar, Inc. Americans do not work for America, Inc. And there are no goods or services that we Americans are managed as workers to produce for sale to non-Americans. America is not a business that operates according to a shared, unitary plan the success or failure of which is recorded on a meaningful budget. Thus, the American economy – unlike an actual business firm, household, or government – is not an organization that can spend too much or go into debt. In reality, America, Inc., does not exist. Being non-existent, it cannot earn, spend, lend, borrow, or budget.

No, in reality (which is not where Trump is living, for sure), each business is competing with other businesses to earn the purchases of consumers. So this “trade deficit” thing means nothing in the real world.

But the deficits that DO matter are the ones that ignorant Trump DOESN’T care about: the BUDGET deficit! As I wrote in an earlier post, Trump and his fellow Democrats and Rethuglicans are spending like drunken sailors and squandering taxpayer money away, a $4 trillion budget with a deficit of nearly $1 trillion. Jeepers, give a “businessman” government power and other people’s money and he’ll squander it away, just like the rest of the corrupt, short-sighted bureaucrats in Washington.

Read Laurence Vance on how the Repugnicans in CONgress are just as much big-spending crooks as the Democrats.

But Trump loves government power, the power to steal the earnings away from the people. Don’t be fooled by his tax-cutting rhetoric, or even his actual tax cuts. The individual tax cuts are really a sham in the long term because they will expire in a few years, at which time people’s taxes will go UP. And that’s not even taking into account a possible Democrat getting elected President in 2020 and raising taxes even more. The Trump corporate tax cuts were permanent, but there shouldn’t even be a corporate tax because all the people who own or work for corporations are already being taxed (i.e. robbed by gubmint thugs) from their individual earnings.

Besides Don Boudreax’s article (linked above) on trade deficits, see Murray Rothbard, Robert Murphy, and Richard Ebeling as well.

Besides the trade fascism, The Donald also now wants to empower Big Tech including Amazon and Apple to determine who should own a gun and who should not. See The Daily Caller and the Tenth Amendment Center on that issue.

Do we really want these already-ultra-biased tech companies to use their biased pre-programmed software to decide who is theoretically “potentially violent” and could cause trouble, and thus data to be used by gubmint to disarm totally innocent people who have never harmed anyone based on, what, their political views, or being a part of the non-Left? And at the same time the military is developing a program to detect “fake news” to censor “disinformation,” i.e. information questioning or criticizing government bureaucrats’ decisions.

Does Donald Trump understand that these are bad ideas? Does he understand anything?

It seems obvious to me that Trump was never really a “businessman who didn’t really want to be President but is doing so begrudgingly,” but is in fact someone who had been running for President for decades and decades. Fragile ego needs power over others. These narcissistic megalomaniacs are all the same, in business or politics or religion, or whatever. And look at this piece on Brett Kavanaugh, who, like Elena Kagan, had been running for Supreme Court for decades as well. They’re all the same, flocking to Washington to rule over you.