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The Rule of Law Applies to Everyone

March 13, 2013

Copyright © 2013 by LewRockwell.com (Link to article)

This is really a follow-up from my previous article on the government-media complex’s continuing war propaganda. To clarify, my bringing up Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was not a defense of him but a defense of due process and the rule of law.

I happen to believe that all people must act under the rule of law with no exceptions, including government bureaucrats.

And in my previous article, I referred to ‘war’ as an artificial concept. There’s really no such thing as war – only criminal aggression, which is what ‘war’ is. You are either behaving aggressively in society, or you are peaceful and respectful of the lives and property of others. There’s no middle ground there.

However, there are those who believe that “9/11 changed everything,” and that “we’re at war with al Qaeda.” They believe those things because they had been bamboozled by government bureaucrats and their apparatchiks who already had questionable plans in place for wars – in Afghanistan and Iraq – and for a police state for America well before 9/11.

And our rulers say we are “at war with al-Qaeda,” even though our own government has been supporting al-Qaeda in Syria, supported its rise in Libya, and in fact supported Osama bin Laden early on (similar to the Israeli government’s own dippy central planners helping to create Hamas).

Do people know these things?

So I personally find the corrupt buffoons of the U.S. government terrifying. We are not “at war with al-Qaeda”; the U.S. government has been at war against the American people.

But some people want to suggest that my wanting to tell the truth about our government’s shenanigans, or my defending the right of all people to due process, or suggest that a Bradley Manning exposing government crimes, could possibly be “aiding and abetting” the enemy, or being an “enemy combatant.”

So given our dangerous government’s absurdly broad and ambiguous definition of “enemy combatant,” you can see why I find these U.S. officials terrifying.

And it isn’t just the President’s unconstitutional power to kill an innocent human being sans due process, it’s also the NDAA’s indefinite detention of Americans without due process, the FISA or otherwise searches and seizures without due process, all these thoroughly un-American police state policies now.

For instance, U.S. government agents had paid villagers in Pakistan to drop spy transmitter chips in areas that would lead to innocents being captured for torture or innocents being murdered by drones. And many of the Guantanamo detainees who were taken by U.S. forces from abroad had been found to be totally innocent, having been turned in by local villagers being paid by U.S. government officials, or in which no evidence against them existed or whose capture had been a result of informants giving false confessions (which is the real purpose of torture, by the way).

Can you imagine combining those imbecilic central planner-type policies with the more recent “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign? Can you imagine being the victim of some Nazi-brownshirt neighbor falsely turning you in for no good reason, and government agents treating you like a “terrorist”?

Now, occasionally I hear Mark Levin on the radio. Sometimes he can go on and on and on about how great the Constitution and Bill of Rights are, and criticizing the Obama socialist agenda with point after point on ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank, etc., and lately he has even been criticizing the Establishment Republicans in Congress. Good so far.

But then, he starts talking about U.S. government foreign policy, and pulls a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on us – totally turning against the Bill of Rights, due process and the rule of law, and spewing the ignorance and moral relativism of the neo-conned chickenhawks who have been starting the wars and occupations that have caused terrorist blowback against America.

Sadly, the neocons have unwittingly turned Thomas Jefferson’s America into a Stalin-like America. The neocons brought their deranged collectivist and globalist vision to America, and the conservatives and “constitutionalists” such as Levin bought it, hook, line and sinker.

One issue that Mark Levin was discussing late last week (on 3/8/13) was the decision of the Obama Administration to bring a terrorism suspect into a civilian court for trial, rather than bring him to Guantanamo or some other torture regime. Of course, the cognitively dissonant Levin was against the idea of a civilian trial.

Levin and other neocons actually believe that we’re really at war, as our central planning rulers have been telling us since 9/11, and that “war is different.”

“War is an exception, and therefore the Bill of Rights needs to be suspended,” seems to be what the zombie neocons have been saying.

Well, Levin – supposedly a big fan of the “Founding Fathers” – doesn’t seem to understand that the Bill of Rights includes inalienable rights that all human beings have, pre-existing any government. And these rights, such as the right to due process, the right to require your accuser to present evidence against you in a court of law, the right to self-defense and the right to bear arms, the right to be secure in your person, papers, property and effects, apply to all human beings, everywhere.

The Bill of Rights doesn’t say “These rights only apply to Americans, or to people who happen to be within the borders of the United States.”

So, if some government bureaucrat, the President, a military general or soldier, or one’s next-door neighbors want to accuse someone of something, then one has a natural, inherent right to require the accuser to present evidence against the accused or otherwise they must leave him alone. That’s the American way. (It might not be the Nazi Germany way, but it is the American way.)

And it doesn’t matter what crimes others or the government accuses someone of, terrorism, murder, rape, doesn’t matter. Nor does it matter who is being accused, foreigner or American, “over there” or “over here.”

But due to the widespread cognitive dissonance of today’s Americans (and generations afflicted with government-controlled schooling), one type of crime is now different from all others. Terrorism is different. Because of terrorism, we must remove what used to be seen as inalienable rights from all people domestic or foreign, and we must blindly and obediently trust the judgment of politicians and militarists.

This kind of trust in politicians is quite misplaced, to say the least, as Future of Freedom President Jacob Hornberger observed just recently.

The fact is, a crime of aggression is a crime of aggression, whether a suicide bomber blows up a marketplace, whether a drugged-up psychopath shoots innocents at a school, or whether a government ruler takes an organized military overseas and invades a country that was of no threat to his people, and occupies those foreign lands by force and destroys those entire societies. Those are all crimes of aggression.

You see, in 1991 when the U.S. government initiated a criminal act of military aggression against Iraq, intentionally destroyed Iraq’s civilian water and sewage treatments and electrical centers, imposed sanctions and no-fly zones and prevented materials from being imported to repair the damage and prevented medical supplies from being imported, and the rates of cancer and cholera and other illnesses amongst the Iraqi civilian population skyrocketed as a result during the 1990s, leading to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocents, those acts are all crimes, regardless of the propaganda government bureaucrats disseminated.

During the 1990s, Ron Paul actually warned us several times that, if the U.S. government continued with those aggressions against people on foreign lands, there could very well be a terrorist attack within the U.S.

But there are a lot of people now in America who actually think it’s absurd to bring up the actions of our own government which preceded 9/11. They think it’s absurd for someone to suggest we apply the Golden Rule to U.S. government foreign policy. “How dare you suggest that our government shouldn’t “do unto others what we would not want others to do unto us”!

That denial of human rights in others, the same inalienable rights that one claims for oneself, is incredibly selfish and shows how self-centered and anti-social the philosophy of “Exceptionalism” really is.

So the American Exceptionalists believe in  our government’s right to invade and occupy other countries, but that the people in those countries do not have the same kind of right to self-defense that we Americans have, as Glenn Greenwald pointed out.

For example, while many of the conservatives, the “moral values” crowd and self-proclaimed “patriotic Americans” now fear the Left and the feds’ gun control agenda because “patriots” believe in the 2nd Amendment, the right to self-defense and the right to bear arms, they nevertheless supported U.S. troops confiscating arms from innocent civilians in Iraq, making Iraqis totally defenseless.

Meanwhile, the obsessive bureaucrats and their flunkies fail to see the big picture – they fail to understand the causes and effects regarding terrorism.

And so Bradley Manning has been referred to by ignoramuses as a “traitor,” because he released so-called classified documents and videos to WikiLeaks. As I mentioned in my previous article, Manning wanted the American people – not jihadists or al-Qaeda, mind you, but the American people – to know about the crimes, incompetence and corruption of our rulers.

But the real traitors here are our central planners who have been intentionally starting wars and provoking foreigners to justify the always-expanding, tax-eating central planning and military bureaucracy.

The treasonous central planners had a duty to “protect the peace,” to keep Americans safe and secure from foreign aggression. But what they have been doing – starting wars and provoking foreigners – has made Americans less safe and less secure.

The central planners are derelicts of duty who have not been “promoting the general welfare” or well-being of America and instead have diminished it.

But the Exceptionalists still don’t see it that way. The zombies continue to stare at their iPhones and their TVs, and let the propagandists hypnotize them.

And then we have a well-meaning filibuster by Sen. Rand Paul, but the real rulers still seem to be the ignorant Sens. Graham and McCain, and the dangerous Obama and John Brennan, to our detriment.

The War Propaganda Continues

March 9, 2013

Copyright © 2013 by LewRockwell.com (Link to article)

Some people believe that Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster to delay the vote to confirm the barbaric John Brennan as CIA Director was effective. However, there are skeptics, and I am one of them. We still seem to be ruled by government officials who are clueless about how to maintain a civilized society and are clueless about human rights.

And Americans seem to depend on a mainstream media for information but are getting government propaganda instead.

For instance, during a PBS discussion about Sen. Paul’s filibuster and the drone program controversy, New York Times national security correspondent Scott Shane incorrectly asserted that U.S. officials “have in one case, in September of 2011, killed one American overseas. And that was Anwar al-Awlaki, who had joined the al-Qaida branch in Yemen and was actively plotting terrorism against the United States.”

Now, either Shane really believes what he is saying – in which case he is not a very good reporter – or he knows these items of information are not true and is merely “parroting the party line,” as the old saying goes.

First, U.S. government drones bombed and murdered at least three Americans, including Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, who was not even accused of any crimes or of terrorism.

And secondly, Shane also stated – falsely – that Anwar al-Awlaki was “actively plotting terrorism against the United States.” The Obama Administration never presented any evidence against al-Awlaki. And, as analysts have demonstrated, any evidence against al-Awlaki that may have existed was weak and its use in an actual trial probably couldn’t have convicted him.

This case was very similar to the Osama bin Laden case, in which neither the Bush nor Obama Administrations had any evidence to prove bin Laden’s involvement in the 9/11 attacks. As George W. Bush stated regarding the Taliban’s requiring the Bush Administration to present evidence against bin Laden, “There’s no need to discuss innocence or guilt. We know he’s guilty.”

Obama’s technique was similar, in that his refusal to present evidence against al-Awlaki was based on secrecy, an important part of totalitarian regimes. But “We know he’s guilty, and we don’t have to prove it to you” is basically what the Obama Regime implied in its refusal to disclose its alleged evidence.

The main problem that the U.S. government had with Anwar al-Awlaki, however, was with his criticisms of U.S. foreign policy which he included in his religious sermons, speech entirely protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

As Glenn Greenwald pointed out in this very important article on this subject, the First Amendment protects the advocating of violence as a means of defending oneself against violent and tyrannical governments. Greenwald pointed to a 1969 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, its reversal of Brandenburg v. Ohio, which separated the difference between forms of speech which “‘advocate or teach the duty, necessity, or propriety’ of violence ‘as a means of accomplishing industrial or political reform’” and forms of speech which are an “incitement to imminent lawless action.”

You see, from the point of view of the millions of Iraqis, Afghans, Yemenis and other foreigners who have been the victims of the U.S. government’s wanton socialist violence and destruction not just since 9/11 but especially since the first U.S. government war on Iraq in 1991, they actually view the U.S. government as a tyrannical foreign invader and occupier (which it has been).

But especially since 9/11 many in the mainstream news media have been obediently and subserviently repeating what government bureaucrats and their spokesflunkies have been dictating to them, rather than actually engaging in real investigating or research. They certainly do not seem to have been questioning the assertions of government officials, that’s for sure.

And we also have some of the most ignorant and short-sighted congressmen and senators in Washington as well. In response to Sen. Paul’s example of Vietnam and the possibility of drone murdering Jane Fonda in her cavorting with the North Vietnamese in Hanoi, rather than arresting her and charging and trying her for treason, Sen. John McCain replied, “To somehow allege or infer that the president of the United States is going to kill somebody like Jane Fonda or somebody who disagrees with the policies is a stretch of imagination which is, frankly, ridiculous.” Yet, that is exactly what Obama did to Anwar al-Awlaki and why he did it.

Sadly, most of the American people do not know these important facts, as the mainstream news media seem to have been merely copying and pasting the latest White House press releases, and passing them off as “news,” especially since 9/11.

In fact, part of our problem, and which is why some true patriots are concerned for Americans’ future as a free society and not just another banana republic dictatorship, is that we have actual powerful U.S. senators who do not understand the uniquely American ideas of due process and presumption of innocence.

In my article, Senators Who Love the Government But Hate America, I referred to Sen. Lindsey Graham’s outburst, “If you’re an American citizen and you betray your country, you’re not going to be given a lawyer.” And my reply was: Who will determine whether or not one has “betrayed” one’s country?

Graham and others seem to want the President or military generals to make such a determination. But those who actually know their history know how empowering the President to be judge, jury and executioner ends up. (Not good.)

However, it seems to me that these rulers are more concerned with whether someone has betrayed the government, not the country.

In betrayal of certain bureaucrats’ policies, not in betrayal of their fellow people. Graham even suggested that political speech could be curtailed during times of “war.”

And as more information has come out about Army Private Bradley Manning’s release of overly-classified documents and videos to WikiLeaks, and why he would do that, we have seen that Manning’s motivations were out of a duty not to government bureaucrats but out of a duty to the American people. (We cannot say the same about George W. Bush and Barack Obama, however.)

Manning saw that crimes were being committed against foreign people, and in America’s name, and he believed that the American people had a right to know about them.

So there are now many examples of government censorship of political speech since 9/11. But these senators who want to label someone as an “enemy combatant” merely for questioning or criticizing short-sighted, counter-productive and dangerous government policies, such as the “war on terror” itself and its legitimacy, are really acting to protect the government and its minions.

And thanks to the propagandists, the Orwellian story of 9/11 suggests that these conflicts all began on 9/11. To this day, the propagandists still refuse to acknowledge that the U.S. government’s disastrous foreign interventions, and especially its 1991 first war of aggression on Iraq and subsequent sanctions were major provocations against the people of that region of the world. But, true to their diehard socialist agenda, the rulers went ahead after 9/11 to increase the interventions, wars, and crimes of renditions, indefinite detentions of innocents, tortures and murders of foreigners.

But all this war stuff is a crock, as I mentioned here. War is really an artificial concept used by collectivists, statists, racists and power-grabbers to rationalize the commission of criminal acts of aggression against others and get away with it. This is the whole point of American Exceptionalism, by the way.

Perhaps some of the people will finally see the illegitimacy of these wars when the Washington regime begins to target the American people more directly (after disarming them and making them totally defenseless, of course), which is where we seem to be heading, as I noted in my 2010 article, Tea Partiers May Need the ACLU Soon.

And, as Future of Freedom Foundation President Jacob Hornberger pointed out recently, the early Americans and Revolutionaries also warned us over 200 years ago against an armed federal government run amok.

I think our government has run amok.

How the State Has Ravaged Our Inalienable Rights

March 6, 2013

Copyright © 2013 by LewRockwell.com (Link to Article)

It is unfortunate that the American people have allowed their country to degrade so deeply into a vast state of decadence and turmoil, coinciding with their century-long growth of government intrusions and criminality.

As Albert Jay Nock, Murray Rothbard and Lysander Spooner have all observed, the State is itself an inherently criminal organization. The early Americans recognized that all human beings have inalienable rights, but their maintaining a centralized State ran contrary to their adherence to the principles of liberty.

Sadly, the implementation of compulsory government has effected in the virtual cancellation of what were our inalienable rights.

Now, there are some people, some theorists, who do not believe that human beings have “natural rights,” or inherent, inalienable rights, but I believe that we do.

The Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

That is, each individual has a natural, inalienable right to self-ownership, to make use of one’s own life, person, labor, contracts and property as one sees fit, as long as one does not interfere with any other individual’s same right. (For those who think there’s a difference between inalienable and unalienable, please see this.)

But the problem is that statists, communitarians, collectivists, political conservatives and progressives, and even some libertarians, don’t believe that rights are inalienable. Whether they would ever state it directly or not, they believe that the community in which one lives has collective ownership rights over each individual and one’s life, labor and property, and that the community has the right to make use of each individual as the community sees fit.

That’s really it, this conflict between the power of the group versus the inalienable, natural rights of the individual. And it really is an “either-or” situation. There is no “the individual has some inalienable rights to one’s life and liberty, but it’s up to the others to decide” kind of stuff. Because once you share in ownership of your life, your labor, your contracts and your property with the rest of the group, you have really forfeited any rights of self-ownership and liberty, mainly because the rest of the community outnumbers you.

So, those natural rights which are inalienable are absolute rights. You as an individual have an absolute, exclusive right to own your life, person, honestly-acquired property, and have an absolute right to be free from aggression being initiated against you by others or the threat of such aggression.

Not that I’m a big fan of the U.S. Constitution, but its Fourth Amendment does state that the people have a right to be “secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects.” But it also goes on by stating that such a right is “against unreasonable searches and seizures.” That word “unreasonable” gives the State and its agents the power to subjectively decide what is or is not unreasonable.

So given that the State’s very existence is based not on the voluntarily-agreed upon consent by all those over whom the State rules, but by compulsory fiat rule without alternative choices or self-governance allowed, therefore entrusting the State’s agents with deciding the reasonableness of intrusions inherently makes the people less secure. Ultimately, the scheme of the State’s monopolizing of various functions becomes a criminal enterprise, as I observed recently.

For example, when the State orders the people to participate in and fund the State’s own government-run schemes, such as Social Security, Medicare and the new Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. ObamaCare, then those are also illegitimate compulsory schemes.

The reason those State-imposed schemes are illegitimate is because each individual in society has an inherent, inalienable right to self-ownership, a right to control one’s own personal matters, and a right to establish contracts with others, without any third-party intrusions.

Therefore, government bureaucrats who order an individual to participate in any government-run scheme – or to purchase any product or service privately, for that matter – are criminally violating that individual’s inalienable rights to life, liberty, and one’s pursuit of happiness, as well as the individual’s right to be secure in one’s person, property and effects.

And government bureaucrats who demand that an individual report on one’s private matters, such as employment or employee details, pay schedules, one’s income or private assets – information which most people would not voluntarily provide to one’s neighbors, because it’s none of their damn business – then such bureaucrats are criminally trespassing into the private lives of individuals.

Regarding the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”) specifically, the relationship and association between the doctor and patient is a private relationship, and it’s none of the government’s business. Some people consider the doctor and patient as provider and consumer, but Ayn Rand called them traders.

The contract between the two traders and the terms of the contract are between them. Such a contract does not include anyone else, unless the doctor and patient both agree to have some third-party involvement. And the contract between an individual and an insurer is also no one else’s business.

So for third parties to forcibly intrude themselves into these private contracts and associations really is an act of aggression.

However, the freedom of choice and free enterprise of the original America as the early Americans envisioned is one that not only discourages but forbids those acts of aggression, including or especially committed by the State. Those acts of aggression are crimes, literally.

Compulsory Social Security, Medicare, Affordable Care Act et al. all imply that the government bureaucrats – the Rulers – own your life and have a right to order you into some scheme that your own commonsense noggin tells you is not good for you and that limits your freedom.

And when any third party intruder steps in between you and others with whom you have established voluntary contracts, or orders you to participate in some scheme, that third party is automatically seizing ownership of your life and labor, and in a criminal way, in my opinion.

And that is exactly what Supreme Court Chief Bureaucrat John Roberts has rubber-stamped in his Orwellian approving of the Obama health insurance mandate, and cynically and almost facetiously calling it a “tax.”

America has now become a State-controlled prison in which petty non-productive bureaucrats have ownership rights of the rest of the population, unfortunately.

Also, these healthcare and retirement policies which require reporting one’s private matters to government bureaucrats are intrusions no different from police searches of one’s home.

And like these government healthcare and retirement intrusions, laws regarding regulation of property or businesses are also before-the-fact, presumption-of-guilt laws and policies.

In fact, the Dodd-Frank law is presumption-of-guilt writ large. (Or presumption-of-guilt on stilts, as Walter Block might say.)

The business or property owner must report private information to Mr. Bureaucrat that is none of his business, especially without any reason for Mr. Bureaucrat to suspect someone of anything. This violates the individual’s right to be secure and one’s right to presumption of innocence, and becomes an act of aggression or coercion on Bureaucrat’s part. Here, Mr. Bureaucrat is the criminal, not the business or property owner.

A more recent example of the government’s criminally eviscerating one’s right to be secure was the Supreme Bureaucrats’ dismissing a lawsuit by Amnesty International against the feds’ Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act or FISA warrantless eavesdropping policy.

The illegal and unconstitutional policy was supported by the five Republican appointees, including the aforementioned turncoat Roberts.

As Glenn Greenwald noted, this is a policy that is held in secret, and therefore there are no checks on these government powers.

The Bush and Obama administrations have maintained that the secrecy is necessary to thwart terrorism. (Then why does their FBI intentionally create terrorists? But I digress.)

But in reality, such illegally intrusive kinds of powers have been used by governments throughout history – including the U.S. government – against their own people, mainly to suppress political dissent and silence critics and victims of government tyrants.

But don’t these Republican Supreme defenders of government intrusions know their history? Apparently not.

So, the Supremes seemed to wave their hands as if to shoo away an annoying pest, in their further strengthening the power of the State’s rulers and their minions to use such criminal intrusions as a means to crush dissent.

Besides the government FISA snooping, drones are also being employed to engage in domestic spying and tracking of people, and the Rulers now want to track innocent, law-abiding gun owners.

Most people who understand history know that the real reason for government bureaucrats to track gun owners is to inevitably confiscate the guns from the civilian population. Given that Leviathan is now totally out of control, that is what the Rulers will do. And the government bureaucrats will use the reporting requirements of the Affordable Care Act to aid and abet their suppression of dissent, and in their crimes against the people. How can I say that? We’re talking about government bureaucrats, that’s how I can say that. The American Revolutionaries really did understand the true nature of the State, as did Rothbard, Nock and Spooner. Alas, most modern Americans do not.

But, as discussed above, each individual has an inalienable right to one’s life and liberty, and the right to be secure in one’s person, home and effects, and the right to protect oneself from intruders, regardless who the intruders are or what their occupation is or whom they work for. Just as the people have the inalienable right to be free of government-controlled healthcare or retirement schemes being shoved down their throats, so too do the people have the right to resist tyranny.

Is there any hope for us at this late stage of the game?

Government Whistleblower Bradley Manning, and the Press

Army Private Bradley Manning pleaded guilty to illegally passing overly-classified documents and videos on to WikiLeaks. As Glenn Greenwald noted here, none of the released information had compromised in any way the security of Americans, or the safety of U.S. troops stationed overseas. In addition to his guilty pleas, he also pleaded not guilty to charges that he was aiding and abetting the enemy.

As told in this article, the military intentionally over-classifies documents, or classifies documents which shouldn’t be classified, as a means to discourage, intimidate, and/or punish prospective government whistleblowers. In other words, the military and various U.S. diplomatic agents know that much of what they do is illicit, dishonest or criminal, and they just don’t want the American people to know what they are doing. It has nothing to do with preventing foreigners or ‘enemies” from knowing what our military is up to — it is only to prevent the government hooligans’ own fellow Americans from knowing the truth.

Here are three very informative articles by Glenn Greenwald, from 2010 and 2011, on how Manning was betrayed by an informant, and also of Wired‘s own involvement in the scheme of withholding important information whose disclosure could have changed the initial witch hunt against Manning and the general opinion of Americans (and the way the military handled Manning’s initial year-long-plus imprisonment without charges, solitary confinement, and torture), had people had a clearer picture of what Manning’s motivations were:

http://www.salon.com/2010/06/18/wikileaks_3/

http://www.salon.com/2010/12/27/wired_5/

http://www.salon.com/2011/07/14/wired_7/

So Bradley Manning is a government whistleblower, and in his hour-long statement to the court, he restated exactly what his intentions were, as he told the un-American informant who turned him in. Manning was guided by a moral conscience, something which our “leaders” lack, and by a sense of duty not particularly to his military superiors, but a sense of duty to the American people. We cannot say the same for George W. Bush or Barack Obama, however. Manning knew that crimes were being committed, especially crimes against innocent foreigners, and he saw a lot of incompetence and corruption as well, and he knew that those actions were against America’s own interests.

If it weren’t for independent journalists such as Glenn Greenwald and others, we really wouldn’t know anything about what our criminal government is up to.

But times have changed, though, and today’s journalists are generally much more entrenched with the State, much more loyal to the bureaucrats and apparatchiks of the U.S. government than they are to the truth, and to the true purpose of a free Press.

For example, in the early 1970s, Daniel Ellsberg was a government whistleblower when he gave so-called top secret documents, known as the Pentagon Papers, to the New York Times, the Washington Post and several other newspapers. Ellsberg was motivated by disillusionment with the Vietnam War, and his emotional reaction to the impending imprisonment of a draft resister. The Pentagon Papers revealed how President Lyndon Johnson and military leaders were lying to the American people about the war, and that many in charge actually believed that the war probably could not be won, but they continued with it anyway. Besides the hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese who were killed, the Vietnam War also caused the deaths of over 58,000 Americans.

So, to many people, Daniel Ellsberg is a hero of the truth with a moral conscience. But because of how the mainstream Press these days act as government stenographers and bureaucrat suck-ups, most amongst the American people do not know that Bradley Manning is another Ellsberg, and NOT what government warmongers have been misleading people to believe.

As Glenn Greenwald pointed out, the Washington Post apparently also had the same chat logs that Wired had, but only selectively quoted from them while withholding key parts as well. Greenwald wrote of his correspondence with a Post reporter about that, and how in the reply the Post‘s Director of Communications sounded “like a CIA spokesperson trained by Dick Cheney.”

In another example of the news media’s subservience to the government, Greenwald had written about the New York Times‘s obedience to the Obama Administration’s request in withholding information about a CIA operative who was accused of killing two Pakistanis, because the Obama Administration wanted the CIA operative to have “diplomatic immunity.”

And, more recently, Greenwald also wrote about the communications between a New York Times national security correspondent and the CIA in “clearing” a column by Times columnist Maureen Dowd on the Obama Administration’s feeding Hollywood producers information on the Bin Laden raid to enhance Obama’s reelection chances.

Van Cliburn Has Died

Concert pianist Van Cliburn has died at age 78. He was best known for winning first prize in the very first Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia, in 1958. That was during the Cold War. The Russians were probably reluctant to award first prize to an American, but Cliburn could not possibly have been outmatched. Had he not been awarded the first prize, the whole thing would have been a joke, and the Russians would have been a further laughing stock than they already were.

But I find it revealing that neither the New York Times obituary nor the Associated Press obituary mentioned that Cliburn was a deeply religious Christian Baptist, who prayed before each concert. A search on the Internet finds maybe just one outlet, the Associated Baptist Press, that mentions Cliburn’s deep faith. Even his Wikipedia entry doesn’t mention it. That was a very important aspect of who Van Cliburn was as an individual, and an obituary should mention it.

So, are those left-leaning, pro-State Press organs intentionally trying to confirm what many conservatives constantly have been accusing them of, namely attempting to throw Christianity into the dustbin of history? I’m just asking, not particularly accusing, mind you.

And for me personally, I am not Christian, I’m Jewish. But I do happen to identify more as a cultural and social conservative. I happen to be somewhat “anti-authoritarian” (as if you couldn’t tell by now), that’s why I “hate the State,” and I’m also not thrilled with the authoritarianism we hear in those Christian-based religions, either.

That said, I still believe in telling the whole story. As Larry Glick would always say, “The Story Behind the Story,” and so forth. You would think that reporters for the NYT would include all the important facts of who Van Cliburn was. They sure didn’t leave out the fact that he was homosexual, that’s for sure (“not that there’s anything wrong with that,” etc. etc.) — those aspects of life and society are really important to the elitists, the “alternative lifestyle” pushers on the left, the cultural debauchers of the mainstream media and so forth.

But long ago, during school I would listen to my parents’ RCA Victor LP records of Van Cliburn’s 1958 recordings of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 and the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3. The Tchaikovsky recording sold a million copies in its first year.

Cliburn was going to appear in Hartford in March of 1972, and I was going to see that concert, but I had some kind of illness and couldn’t go. Oh, well. So, I had never seen Cliburn in person. (But during the 1980s, I did see Horacio Gutierrez several times.)

I don’t have Cliburn’s aforementioned two famous recordings, but I see that the original vinyl LP of the Tchaikovsky and the original vinyl LP of the Rachmaninoff are available, used, according to Amazon.com. But there are CDs available of re-releases of both the Rachmaninoff and the Tchaikovsky performances, available at Amazon.

One thing that one of the obituaries mentioned was that Van Cliburn was a “night owl,” and practiced through the night, like into 4 or 5 AM. He got up at 1 or 2 PM. Now, in my opinion, that’s not healthy. But there are some people who have to do that because of their jobs, but, apparently Cliburn didn’t have to do that. Whatever.

Sequester Shenanigans, and the Demise of the GOP

The “sequester” debate continues, as the selfish, snorting beasts in Washington refuse to make any substantial cuts, and the debate will end with the usual Democrats getting their way and Republicans caving (which most of them were planning to do anyway). The squealing trough-feeders will once again raise taxes, and this will be on top of the other taxes that were raised on January 1st, and the ObamaCare taxes that will cause further unemployment.

Not only are those clowns in Washington selfish and clinging to their extravagant lifestyle but they are clueless to the fact that their continual kicking the can down the road will at some point totally remove the actual producers from society, from whose labor and savings these vampires suck and suck and suck (and suck).

Many talk shows and pundits seem to have a general consensus that the Republican Party is more or less doomed, and there really isn’t much they can do to save themselves. The sheeple continue to vote for socialist Republicans in charge such as John Boehner, Paul Ryan, and Lindsey Graham, and, as I’ve noted here many times now, we really do have one-party rule in Amerika.

Well, these clueless Republicans have really done it to themselves, especially during the most recent Presidential campaign, in their snubbing, booing, ostracizing, banishing, misrepresenting, and attempting to silence Ron Paul. No, not one of the dumb GOP socialists — Romney, Gingrich, Cain, Bachmann, Santorum, Perry, et al. — could have beaten Obama. But in match-up polls during the primaries, only Ron Paul could have beaten Obama.

Ron Paul was the only Republican in Congress, and certainly the only GOP Presidential candidate, who understood that this whole central planning thing in Washington just isn’t working. Dr. Paul would’ve eliminated most of the cabinet-level departments and most federal agencies which are not authorized by the U.S. Constitution. Paul also recognizes that foreign interventionism backfires and begets more interventionism by the clueless statists in Washington, and that is why we need to end U.S. government foreign interventionism entirely.

Dr. Paul also understands monetary policy, dollar hegemony, and the differences between monetary central planning and free banking/sound money.

Unfortunately, most Republicans are as much statists as Democrats, and they love central planning. Most of them are authoritarian in their mentality and have an automatic knee-jerk interventionism mindset.

In the foreign policy category, John McCain went on and on and on about the Benghazi fiasco and how our government diplomats and forces should have done more to prevent the murders of the four Americans there, and Rand Paul questioned Hillary Clinton extensively. But no one on the panel bothered to even ask why our government, diplomatic and military people are even over there in those parts of the world!

That question just didn’t even occur to them. They are statists and “exceptionalists” who take it as a given that our government must have a presence in all those other parts of the world, even though that is not authorized by the Constitution, and history has shown that these foreign intrusions by U.S. government agents and forces do nothing but provoke foreigners to act against Americans and other Westerners, and create blowback.

But because of their ignorance, authoritarianism, nationalism and moral relativism (“booing” the Golden Rule), they are wasting so much time and energy analyzing and trying to find remedies for these policies of interventionist intrusions that shouldn’t be going on in the first place.

And these statists, R and D, are truly covetous, it’s no longer a surprise to see how selfish and clinging they are. Their passion for coveting foreign lands and resources is as much as it is for the private wealth and property, and lives, of their fellow Americans. You know, the sheeple who vote for these criminals and whose hard labor the criminals benefit from. Yeah, those fellow Americans. Very covetous are they. And I say “sheeple” because, as Robert Wenzel pointed out, most Americans are clueless about the need to get rid of central planning, or even to make very big cuts in the federal budget — in fact, many of the sheeple want to increase government spending!

So, in the sequester debate, many of these same Republicans whose campaign rhetoric consists of “cutting spending,” “cut taxes,” and — get this — “free markets” (barf!) are not willing to cut anything substantial from the trillions-dollars federal budget. Certainly not from the merchants of death of the military-security-congressional-industrial complex.

For example, Robert Wenzel has this post about Rand Paul not wanting to lay off federal employees, and instead the younger Paul submits a plan to make government more efficient. Just recently, I posted a link to Murray Rothbard’s article, The Myth of Efficient Government Service. Rothbard makes point after point to show how inefficiency is inherent in government monopolies and “services.”

In addition to government and central planning’s inherent inefficiencies, there is the tyranny aspect to Big Government Leviathan that we have now, and it’s still growing. In Wenzel’s post, he notes, “Government cuts shouldn’t be about attempting to prevent havoc and chaos, they should be about creating havoc and chaos, so that the people are freed from the junior tyrants in all these agencies.”

So, if we were to follow the elder Paul’s plan (had the rest of the GOP Establishment not pushed him away like the snarling, insufferable little brats that they are), whole departments, agencies, bureaus and other intruders would be given the heave-ho, and not only would that save the American people a lot of money, but a lot of anguish as well, as at least a little bit of their liberty would be restored — a little less fear of some sniveling government hack coming to their door or into their businesses to harass, intimidate and threaten them.

There are other parts of government that should be given the heave-ho as well, totally unnecessary intrusions that are loved by total control freaks, social engineering fanatics and extreme nationalists, and I am not referring to the “Left.” I am getting very tired of hearing these Republicans and conservatives, and their thumb-sucking talk radio defenders, go on about what “control freaks” Democrats and progressives are, when these very conservatives are the fat pots calling the kettles black.

The Left and progressives are control freaks when it comes to guns, but really private ownership of guns. We know that deep down these ignoramuses are very authoritarian in nature, and they have no problem with a heavily armed police state, from local police to military. But the conservatives have their own control freak issues. (See my article on the similarities between the neocons and the progressives.)

But one issue I have in mind is the immigration issue. I have written about that here and here. Sadly, many conservatives and nationalists believe that central planners in Washington should have complete control over who migrates into this territory and who doesn’t. That should not be the decision of government bureaucrats, but of private people moving about freely, establishing contracts and engaging in free commerce and trade. In this issue, conservatives are the “control freaks.” They certainly don’t believe in “free markets” here, not in the least.

And the other issue of conservative control freakishness is the “same-sex marriage” issue. As I noted in my article The Right to Marry, all human beings have a right to marry, and it’s no one else’s business. Only real control freaks want to assume ownership over other people’s lives, relationships and marriages.

And it is also in immigration in which the statist conservatives show covetous usurping of ownership over other people’s lives. But most Americans in general have this nationalistic covetousness, in my view. They actually value the idea of “citizenship,” in which we really are owned by the government. That is what “being a citizen of America” really means, being the property of the government. (See Carl Watner on that.)

And in addition to the Republicans and conservatives’ inability to understand “fiscal conservatism,” and unwillingness to make meaningful cuts (being the covetous, squealing socialist hogs that they are), those two issues, immigration and “gay marriage,” will also aid in the demise of the GOP. (And why the Republicans and conservatives worship the awful “Honest Abe,” I’ll never know.) Good riddance to bad … well, you know.

If this seems like just a rant against Republicans and conservatives, well, I suppose so. But the Democrats are even worse, and, as Thomas DiLorenzo writes about the “Washington Monument Syndrome,” the Democrats in control will whine and threaten the people until they get their way. They’re all babies combined with being criminals down there in that terrible place. How the hell could Ron Paul have stood being there for the decades he was there?

So anyway, as the U.S. is becoming like Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, as I have stated many times here, it looks like it will take major economic collapse and worse for the people to learn why central planning is a bad idea and we need to get rid of it, and decentralize and desocialize.  In 2007, Lew Rockwell offered a very good “Thirty-Day Plan” to dismantle the federal Leviathan that has done nothing but wreak havoc on the people. Here are my favorite parts:

…DAY THREE: The federal government sells all its land, freeing up tens of millions of acres for development, mining, farming, forestry, oil drilling, private parks, etc. The government uses the revenue to pay off the national debt and other liabilities.

DAY FOUR: The minimum wage is reduced to zero, creating jobs for ex-federal bureaucrats at their market wage. All pro-union laws and regulations are scrapped. The jobless rate falls dramatically….

….DAY SIX: The Department of Commerce is abolished. Big business has to make its own way in the world, without subsidies and privileges at the expense of its competitors and customers.

DAY SEVEN: The plug is pulled on the Department of Energy. Oil and gas prices plummet.

DAY EIGHT: All regulatory agencies, from the Interstate Commerce Commission to the Federal Trade Commission, are deep-sixed. Competition is legalized….

DAY TWELVE: The Federal Reserve closes its open-market operations and stops protecting the banking industry from competition. But banks can now engage in all the non-bank financial activities previously forbidden to them. The business cycle, which is caused by monetary expansion through the credit markets, is liquidated.

DAY THIRTEEN: Federal deposit insurance is scrapped. All insured deposits are redeemed from federal assets, which include the personal assets of high-level government employees. The threat of bank runs forces banks to keep 100% reserves for their demand deposits, and prudent reserves on all other accounts. There are no more inherently bankrupt banks propped up by the government, at taxpayer expense, and no more bail-outs….

….DAY EIGHTEEN: The Justice Department shutters its anti-trust division. Companies, big and small, are free to merge – up, down, or sideways. Stockholders can buy any other company, or sell their stock to anyone else. Marginal producers can no longer battle their competitors with bureaucratic weapons.

DAY NINETEEN: The Department of Education flunks the constitutionality test, and is kicked out. Private charities set up remedial reading and writing programs for the former bureaucrats. Federally subsidized sex education and other anti-family programs go out of business. Local school districts become responsive to parents or close, pressured by a fast-growing private school sector (which many more parents can now afford)….

DAY TWENTY-SIX: Porno artists have to earn their own livings, as the National Endowment for the Arts tries to raise its budget through sidewalk painting sales.

DAY TWENTY-SEVEN: Foreign aid is outlawed as unconstitutional, unjust, and un-economic. Foreign politicians have to steal their own money. The World Bank, IMF, and United Nations close their super-luxurious doors….

No More Police Socialism

February 22, 2013

Copyright © 2013 by LewRockwell.com (Link to article)

Murray Rothbard’s book, Power and Market, contains a section that promotes a free-market in defense and is republished on LRC, titled, No More Military Socialism.

I’m no Murray Rothbard of course, but I would like to submit a variation on that theme: No More Police Socialism. It is increasingly frustrating that our society continues to support such a scheme, despite its incompetence, its criminality and its horrors.

As I have stated here several times now, there really is no legitimate need to allow a government to monopolize community policing and security.

For those who want a thorough overview of what police socialism is, please check out this terrific article by Anthony Gregory.

But my article here is not intended to provide economic differences between police socialism and free markets, just to present a general case for abolishing the self-serving government police monopoly.

So the way I see it, theoretically, police or “law enforcement” socialism is when government bureaucrats possess the ownership of the means of production and provision of community policing and security while outlawing (at least implicitly) any competing agencies to do the same.

But a more honest assessment of police socialism is this: The people of a community already possess or could possess the means of providing their own security themselves. Those interested in doing so already have the natural right to establish private policing firms or voluntary groups and have a right to possess whatever armaments they wish to carry out such endeavors.

But in the current situation of police socialism, government bureaucrats have stolen from the people their ability to provide their own security, by making such attempts artificially unlawful and through disarmament schemes weakening the people’s abilities to physically defend and protect themselves when their lives and property are threatened.

The government bureaucrats have usurped and forcibly monopolized the means of production in security provision at the people’s expense. That, in a nutshell, is what police socialism is.

So what do these bureaucrats and monopolists do with their monopoly power, enforce the law?

Well, they enforce the thousands and thousands of made-up laws on the books which make artificial criminals of totally innocent human beings, that’s for sure.

Okay, but is such a government-monopolized system efficient? I’ll bet Murray Rothbard would answer in the negative.

Do the government police protect people from the aggressions of others? (Hmmm. I hear snickering out there.)

As CopBlock’s Peter Eyre noted recently, the government police have no legal obligation to protect anyone.

So why the hell do they exist?

Does anyone have a good answer to that question?

And this police socialism is coinciding with the outright fascism that our Rulers are shoving down our throats, with their gun registration/confiscations/banning, and other State intrusions and violations of the people’s rights.

For thorough discussions on socialism and fascism, please see Ludwig von Mises (or read the book here) and Ben O’Neill respectively.

As I wrote recently, the hysterical Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick presented his new gun control measures in January, and signed into law the mandatory collection of fingerprints of school teachers and others who might directly deal with children, including prospective adoptive parents.

Then, during the recent Blizzard of 2013, the fascist Gov. Patrick gave an executive order outlawing driving on all roads in Massachusetts, or risk a heavy fine and/or one year in jail! Can you believe these “liberals”?

During the 1980s, then-Massachusetts Gov. Michael Stanley Dukakis had many photo-ops while standing around with his loyal police storm troopers. Dukakis and his fellow socialist/fascists were obsessed with ordering people to wear their seatbelt or face heavy fines.

The truth is, a lot of these police-state driving laws such as mandatory seatbelts are nothing more than revenue-enhancements for the State. It’s never enough revenue for them, and never enough bureaucrats and administrators to feed off the fees, fines and taxes.

And it’s never enough artificial power and authority to give to uniformed, badged and armed goons.

However, contrary to what the fascists and socialists believe, all human beings have an inalienable right to freedom of movement and to travel freely, and a right to self-defense. This is part of our more general right to life and liberty, to self-ownership, and to be free from the initiation of aggression by others.

Never mind all that, our Rulers say. They own the rest of us. And the Rulers seem to have this pathological compulsion to control our every movement now, with tracking and monitoring and surveillance cameras, and mandatory seatbelts or banning driving altogether, fingerprinting, registering firearms, and so on and so forth.

Alas, these “liberal” politicians just love to have control, they love the police state, for that is what socialism is all about. Our current socialist system of government monopoly in community policing and security naturally develops into a police state, and that is what we have now.

In California recently, out-of-control, “we’re really looking out for ourselves, not you lowly commoners” police goons were in a frantic search and destroy of an alleged “cop killer.”

In their hysterical fear that “one of their own” had turned against them and may be giving them a taste of their own medicine – of what government police all across America have been criminally dishing out to innocent people on a daily basis – these possibly steroid-laden Barney Fifes and Rambos shot up two different vehicles and injured innocent people, without having the patience to actually confirm whether or not their victims were the actual suspect.

William Grigg very articulately and thoroughly described in this interview the whole story of the cops’ criminally self-centered craziness, and how their actions were similar to Janet Reno’s Waco fiasco.

Another example of what police socialism gives us was last year when the Aurora, Colorado police ordered many people out of their cars stopped at an intersection, handcuffed all of them and searched their cars, based on a tip that a robbery suspect was among them.

Sadly, the general intelligence level of our “men in blue” has not been up to snuff in recent years. (Of course, when police forces are intentionally hiring applicants with lower IQs, then we might be asking for trouble. And the government schools are no help, as most of us already know.)

So God forbid we should require government police officers to read and understand the ideas of presumption of innocence and due process.

And God forbid we should require prudence, patience and rationality. Instead, rather than think things through when the times call for that, the unthinking short-sightedness inherent in socialism rules the day, and we get disaster and criminality.

Our short-sighted, immediate-gratification society of unthinking self-centeredness also pervades the category of public office-holders. The rise to the top of our Rulers is based not on moral character, intelligence or understanding of the rule of law, but based on rhetorical and demagogical abilities. Obviously, this trend has gotten much worse since Hayek wrote his Road to Serfdom nearly 70 years ago.

Some of the reasons why today’s “liberal” intellectuals defend the socialist police state and our criminal rulers such as the Drone-Murderer-in-Chief can be found in Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s article, Natural Elites, Intellectuals, and the State.

So we see the collectivism, extreme self-centeredness and pathological camaraderie of those California goons, as their blind obsession to find the “cop-killer” probably wouldn’t have been such an obsession had the suspect been just an ordinary civilian-killer.

Just as the ruling bureaucrats become addicted to their non-accountable monopoly powers, their controls over the population and their tax-funded free money and free stuff, so too do the government police become addicted to the power, control and artificial authority to stop, search, arrest and detain, bully and order around innocent civilians.

This increasing violence – institutionalized by the ruling bureaucrats – against innocent civilians, taxpayers, businesspeople, travelers, drivers, students or protesters, breeds the very kind of criminal behaviors which L.A. ex-cop Christopher Dorner was trying to expose, before he allegedly killed four people.

For decades, as the American culture has continually degraded, the socialist monopoly schemes have also degraded, which I believe is inherent in socialism, and the socialist government police scheme has also developed into a sick culture of violence.

But the government police have also fallen victim to a largely self-imposed dangerousness to their jobs, by willingly becoming a part of enforcing stupid and counter-productive laws such as those of the Establishment’s drug war, and acting as tax/fine robbers collectors for the State.

So, while the non-government individual civilian should stand up for oneself and one’s rights, so should these government police stand up for themselves, stand up to the dumb government bureaucrats who are making all these laws, not just drug-related, but thousands of other useless and intrusive laws, that these government cops are made to enforce.

Such fascism combined with the overall socialist system has turned America into a very undesirable, authoritarian and dangerous society. Uniformed, badged and armed government police order the people around, intimidate and threaten, unlawfully arrest and detain, taser and murder innocent civilians, and they get away with it with impunity.

This outright criminality is institutionalized by socialism. When you let a government monopolize the community’s policing and security and restrict the people’s rights to self-protection and defense, and when you do not require the armed agents of the State to act under the rule of law, what do you think this will lead to? A peaceful society? A secure civilian population?

And those “law-and-order” conservatives out there – those “anti-socialism” conservatives – this is the socialism they love, because most of them seem to be brainwashed their whole lives to love and worship armed, uniformed authority, no matter how bad it is or how criminally its agents act.

Speaking of our culture of violence, PBS recently did a story on violent video games and their effects on people, especially the younger generation.

Violent video games, movies and TV shows can contribute to the desensitizing of the humanity of others, of the victims of violence. What is worrisome is that many of the younger government police agents may be influenced by the kind of aggression that is promoted in those games.

But along with the increasing militarization of America’s government police forces, the federal Department of Homeland Security’s purchases of hundreds of millions of rounds of ammunition, and Obama and Congress’s campaign to disarm the American people, also worrisome is that the DHS and Department of Defense have been engaging in desensitization exercises. And worse, the police bureaucracy has been preparing to desensitize their goons toward firing upon civilians who attempt to defend themselves!

Unfortunately, many people actually believe that it is treasonous to disobey the authority of government bureaucrats and their minions (or who promote state secession from the United States).

But the opposite is true: Article III, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution states that “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort…” This is also referring to the agents of the federal government who would wage a war against the states or against the people of the states.

Yes, Obama martial law criminality and “civil unrest” may be coming to Amerika.

So, in such circumstances, I wonder if the officers of local government police would aid and abet such federal criminality and treason, or would such government police take the side of the people?

In either case, these circumstances are the very reason why the early Americans wrote the Second Amendment to the Constitution.

Conclusion: Abolishing the socialist government police (and national security socialism, too) and promoting a natural order rule of law would make America a much safer and more civilized society, that’s for sure.

Killer Pharma vs. Healthy Nutrition

Here is an article by Ira Katz, whose brother died recently. The possible cause of death, if I’m reading this correctly, is a prescription pharmaceutical drug(s). There are many of Big Pharma’s victims all over America, and that is unfortunate. One aspect of this story is a fear of the government and the police. Should this Big Pharma-government corporatism and fear of police really be happening in America?

I think the answer to these kinds of situations is to not take any psychopharmaceutical drugs in the first place. (And other pharmaceuticals as well.)

As an alternative to the pharmaceuticals, nutritional medicines and supplements tend to be less risky, and are probably healthier. Here is an article by Donald Miller, MD from two years ago, describing the various nutritional supplements available. And here is an interview of Dr. Miller by Lew Rockwell on the “State-Pharma Complex,” ObamaCare, and other important issues.

Most Americans No Longer Believe in the Rule of Law

Glenn Greenwald has one of the best articles I’ve seen analyzing, critiquing  and castigating the idea of “American Exceptionalism,” that the U.S. may be above the law, but other countries may not. However, to really make the article complete, he should’ve at least mentioned Ron Paul, who was the only candidate for President in 2012 to discuss these ideas, and the only one to assert that the U.S. government must follow the rule of law, as we would expect other governments to follow.

Government Goons in California Further Prove Hoppe Right

I didn’t watch the State of the Onion last night, because I don’t watch TV. I could’ve listened to it on the radio, but I was already in bed by then. Call me an old fuddy-duddy stick-in-the-mud, whatever. Why would I want to hear that crap anyway? To hear those criminals cheer each other and cheer Obomber makes me want to toss my cookies. Oh, well.

So there has been this story of the ex-L.A. cop who allegedly murdered several people including another cop. I have linked to several articles noting the frenzy of the fraidy cats of the various California police agencies. Yes, they are always looking out for themselves, that’s for sure. And a lot of what we’ve been hearing now seems less and less believable, especially now that we are hearing of the media helping the police to cover up their actions, actions which apparently have been to take a vengeful street justice approach in reaction to a “cop killer.”

But these neanderthals are merely taking after their beloved President who opposes due process as well, and believes that government agents such as he, and the police or military, should have the legal authority to murder innocent people who are accused of crimes whether or not the accusations have been proven with evidence presented against the accused.

But the State is in its dying days now, at least here in Amerika. The State is taking itself down in its agents’ rush to gratify their selfish desires at the expense of others, not just in terms of material wealth but in terms of power exercised over their unwitting, weaker or disarmed victims.

Jeffrey Tucker has this article on The Four Signs of a Collapsing State. Among other things, Tucker writes:

Thirty years ago, the police were not militarized, the courts were not clogged to the point of being useless, the jails were not full to capacity, and there was a sense that the system was flawed but essentially workable. That is no longer true.

After 9-11, the state overreached and militarized the entire security system in this country, thereby exposing its essential nature. More and more people are catching on to the reality that the security system is not there to protect us but rather to protect the state itself from us.

As I have mentioned just recently.

While the book Tucker refers to is Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism, I think that THE book to read on how democracies are destined to fail and crash is Hoppe’s Democracy: The God That Failed.

Good Posts Analyzing the Obama Excuse-to-Murder-Innocents Memo; Plus, Suggestions for an Alternative

Marcy Wheeler has these posts on the more specific aspects of the recently publicized memo regarding Obama’s murder program.

Is One of the Anwar al-Awlaki Memos a Revised Imminence Standard?

Article II or AUMF? “A High Level Official” (AKA John Brennan) Says CIA Can Murder You

They Knew the Evidence against Anwar al-Awlaki Was Weak When They Killed Him

I think that analyzing the specifics can be important, and I suppose that, as long as we are forced to live in this system of government monopoly over “national security,” and given that the people have stupidly handed control over their security to the lowest common denominator amongst the population, then it is good to engage in some slicing and dicing of a fascist government executive’s illicit murder program, to protect ourselves (and foreign people) from being its future victims.

However, my being a realist includes the acceptance that no amount of “oversight” or “reforms” really will protect us from being future victims of Leviathan’s reckless violence, as long as we keep the system of monopoly and centralization in place. As long as a population gives monopoly power to stupid, non-productive bureaucrats, it is destined to become a dictatorship, and just another tyranny, like Nazi Germany, North Korea, and the Soviet Union.

Just look at all the articles I have now in my USSA Amerika page. The U.S. isn’t quickly becoming another totalitarian tyranny?

For those who really believe that we should keep the current system of socialized, corporatist, central planning in “national security” in place, I have a bridge to sell you.

But for those interested in alternative to the statist quo, here are some informative articles:

Gustave de Molinari: The Production of Security

Hans-Hermann Hoppe: Reflections on State and War

Morris and Linda Tanehill: Foreign Aggression

Murray Rothbard: War, Peace, and the State

Hans-Hermann Hoppe: The Private Production of Defense [.pdf]

Murray Rothbard: War and Foreign Policy

Robert Higgs: The Living Reality of Military-Economic Fascism

Murray Rothbard: No More Military Socialism

The Washington Post Series, Top Secret America, (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4)

Hans-Hermann Hoppe: The Myth of National Defense [.pdf]

Hans-Hermann Hoppe: On the Impossibility of Limited Government

Robert Murphy: Production and the Market for Security (Audio)

Murray Rothbard: War Guilt in the Middle East