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Immigration and the Anti-Capitalistic Socialists on Conservative Talk Radio

I was listening to “Pat and Stu” filling in for Glenn Beck the other day, and they seemed to be glad that the Trump administration has cracked down on “illegal immigrants” by raiding places of employment. The talk radio Beck flunkies were even sounding like liberals in their show of concern for the “below-minimum wage” work the illegal people were being made to do.

I thought I was going to toss my cookies. These conservatives are pathetic. They’ll say anything and make anything up to justify their irrational anti-free market, anti-capitalistic mentality, and their anti-foreigner tribalism and collectivism.

As Jacob Hornberger and Robert Wenzel point out, the immigrants who were raided and arrested were not the “rapists and murderers” that Donald Trump was complaining about throughout the campaign in 2016. These people were arrested at their jobs, in places of employment, not the welfare office to get on the dole. They aren’t out on the streets selling drugs or engaged in sex trafficking like the now late Jeffrey Epstein allegedly. They are working and honestly providing for themselves and their families.

These immigrants are not criminals. But the people who are criminals are those government goons who are harassing them, violently seizing and detaining them and throwing them in a cage, just because the workers didn’t get the permission of the government to work where they wanted to work and attempting to make a better life for themselves and their families.

Socialism includes having to get government authorization to do what you want to do or go to where you want to go. So, like Rush Limbaugh and Howie Carr and the rest of the ignorant ditto-heads on the radio, “Pat and Stu” on the Beck show certainly qualify as socialists.

In contrast, a true capitalist believes in the free market, in which people sell their labor, goods or services to others and it’s between these traders as long as they are peaceful. They don’t get a government bureaucrat’s authorization or permission, like in the old Soviet Union, Cuba or New York City.

More News and Commentary

Murray Rothbard on altruism vs. materialism in market exchange.

Shikha Dalmia says that conservative nationalists, not immigrants, are having trouble assimilating in America.

Larry Johnson on understanding the roots of the Obama coup against Trump.

John Solomon explains how Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann’s offer to an oligarch could boomerang on DOJ.

Thomas Knapp discusses the purposes of homeschooling.

Walter Block on whether or not labor can be owned under libertarian law.

And Moon of Alabama says the U.S. stunt in Hong Kong will make other issues more difficult.

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.

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.

News and Commentary

José Niño on why the elites look down on manual labor.

Robert Wenzel discusses Alex Tabarrok’s preferring more government interventionism than less in Venezuela, and Tabarrok’s misunderstanding of what is socialist and what is anarchist.

Jacob Hornberger says, Impeach Trump but only for the right reason.

Per Bylund says that tariffs are attacks on property rights and freedom.

Laurence Vance asks, Who actually pays for tariffs?

Robert Murphy debunks 3 modern arguments for tariffs.

Ron Paul says that the Violence Against Women Act does violence to the Constitution.

And Ammo.com with an article on the corresponding rise of antidepressants and mass shootings.

News and Commentary Warmongering and U.S. Empire

Moon of Alabama on the lunacy of waging a war on Iran from which China and Russia will win.

Jacob Hornberger asks, Is Pearl Harbor the model for a Trump-Bolton war with Iran?

Chip Gibbons says that the crackdown on Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange is about protecting U.S. empire.

Doug Bandow on Iran: “Hell no!” to Trump’s aggression.

Ray McGovern discusses pretexts for an attack on Iran

And Donald Boudreaux asks, What if real wars were fought like trade wars?

More News and Commentary

Laurence Vance says that serving in the military can be hazardous to your mental health.

Elizabeth Vos discusses the revelations of WikiLeaks: No. 2, The leak that “exposed the true Afghan War.”

Kelley Vlahos on the new Secretary of Boeing.

Catherine Frompovich discusses how vaccine information censorship works on the Internet.

Doug Bandow says that China isn’t an enemy and hawks shouldn’t turn it into one.

Thomas DiLorenzo on why blockades are weapons of war.

David Stockman on DEFCON Donald.

George F. Smith asks, What will you do on Election Day?

John Whitehead on the deadly perils of traffic stops in the American police state.

Danny Chabino says, Stop stumping for Tulsi.

Richard Ebeling says that all socialisms are antisocial.

Gareth Porter says that John Bolton is spinning Israeli “intelligence” to push for war against Iran.

Jacob Hornberger on immigration tyranny and cruelty.

Caitlin Johnstone says that Silicon Valley giants collaborate with the U.S. government on Venezuela.

Dr. Marilyn Singleton says that Congress should prioritize healing, not hypocrisy.

Yvonne Lorenzo with an article on Prof. Stephen F. Cohen’s discussions on Russia.

Thomas Knapp says that Trump’s trade war is a war on you.

Philip Nelson on how LBJ expropriated control over the Pentacon and CIA soon after the inauguration of the Kennedy-Johnson administration.

And L. Reichard White on war and the paper standard.