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And Jeff Tucker on the magic of Tanglewood and its astonishing success.

America the Brainwashed

In my rant of the other day on Donald Trump’s clownish show of authoritarianism and military worship on “Independence” (sic) Day, I made references to today’s conservative talk radio personalities and their love of government authority and devotion to a flag and how they are not much different from the ones on the left with their own fanaticism and fetishes.

I am sure a lot of people would never believe they are actually brainwashed in their views, but I am tired of being polite, so I could say they are “conditioned” to believe things or are indoctrinated, which are both true. But the word “brainwashed” applies, I think, to many people now.

For example, there are the many people who have been fooled and bamboozled by the medical establishment and mainstream media’s hysterical promotion of vaccines as the saviors that end or prevent diseases and suffering.

Well, it turns out that some vaccines have caused people problems, to say the least. That is why the feds have paid out over $4 billion in compensation to vaccine-injured families. So  “brainwashed” is when people refer to vaccine skeptics and victims as “anti-vaxxers” and accuse the skeptics or non-vaccinated of being “dangerous,” an accusation thoroughly based on ignorance and false beliefs.

But many skeptics base their own opposition to vaccines, or some vaccines, on their own experiences such as with their kids. They are “ex-vaxxers.” Jon Rappoport discussed how mothers know when their kids suddenly have severe medical issues after being given a vaccine. (And check out all the links. That’s on the Wayback Machine, because the censors at WordPress took down his blog.)

But people who are brainwashed, by many years of indoctrination to be faithful in establishment medicine, will be like the example given in this article by Bretigne Shaffer. They will not listen to those who point out that many of the measles patients had already been vaccinated, and that vaccines themselves have caused measles. And they will not care if the truth is that the flu vaccine has very little effectiveness.

And the brainwashed ones will not care in the least that measles is not that serious a disease, and not at all worth al the hysteria.

But reason and rationality are not their thing. No, their thing is hysteria. Brainwashed hysteria.

I am sure that some vaccines have helped in prevention. But the key to prevention is being well-nourished. Nutrition is most important. (But sadly, many people are malnourished.)

And it’s not just the kids, who are now assaulted and poisoned with multiple vaccines many times throughout their childhood, and whose neurological health is affected by vaccines. Adults, too, are affected, especially the elderly.

And it’s not just vaccines but any drugs or medical chemicals such as pharmaceuticals, as well as artificial food additives, with synthetic ingredients that can negatively affect one’s neurological health (and one’s heart health, and one’s muscles, bones and joints, and on and on…).

But the brainwashed ones don’t care about those things. They have their magical elixirs to make them feel immune from disease, and they have their junk foods and fast foods, so they’re good. But hysterical brainwashed sheeple want to throw the “anti-vaxxers” in jail, even give them the death penalty.

And I’ll probably offend more people with this, but another category of brainwashing is the nationalism stuff, as I mentioned the other day. The nationalists, like the talk radio crowd and the Deal Leader himself, Donald Trump, really believe the myths about “America,” the “Exceptionalism” stuff with all the arrogance and delusions of grandeur, how great the military is and how the American flag must not be “desecrated.” You would have to be brainwashed to believe all that stuff.

But one thing’s for sure, there is a conflict between the freedom that was promoted at the early years of America, and the kind of authoritarian government-worship and mysticism that today’s nationalists believe in and have a heavily-indoctrinated obedient blind faith in. They certainly don’t believe in actual freedom, only the rhetorical, meaningless kind.

The nationalists are like the ones on the left who call people “deniers,” because of their brainwashed beliefs in “man-caused global warming and climate change.” Their mantra is “97% of climate scientists” and calling for the jailing of the “deniers,” just like the anti-“anti-vaxxers.”

While the kids went through heavy Al Gore “Inconvenient Truth” brainwashing during the 2000s and now, people continue with their climate brainwashing by staring into the television for hours a day, and being zombiefied with their hours of phone-staring and social media that isn’t very social.

But I digress. I was talking about the nationalists. If the conservative talk radio crowd are so “pro-life,” then why do they never criticize the U.S. government’s criminal atrocities overseas, murdering millions of innocents? Millions of North Koreans, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Laotians, Iraqis, Afghans, Syrians, Yemenis, and more. I heard Dennis Prager, “Mr. Authoritarian,” defend the U.S. military’s invasion and bombing of Vietnam maybe a year ago.

But you see, “We” are an “Exceptional” nation, a “City upon a Hill,” and all that. I guess 12 years of government schooling or government-controlled “private” schooling, standing for the Pledge of Obedience every day, and you get a lot of State-worship brainwashing and rationalization of government criminality.

So the “moral values” conservatives also never say anything about the government theft of private property that is the income tax. In fact, the brainwashed ones rationalize that theft, as long as the Almighty State does it. Then it’s okay. And they believe VERY strongly in government confiscation of private wealth and redistributionism and Welfare Statism when it comes to Socialist Security and Medicare. They LOVE those things.

They also want the government to continue its control over the education system. They never say anything about ABOLISHING it! They don’t seem to ask, “Why the hell does the government, which ruins everything, run the education system??!” But noooo, “as long as the right people are in charge” (like Betsy DeVos! Doh!) and all that kind of brainwashed nonsense.

They also defend the war on drugs, but not a war on booze because they gotta have their booze! Total cognitive dissonance there.

Because the nationalists are brainwashed, they would never consider decentralizing the U.S., which is too big to be one single country, as I’ve said before. No. Way.

When they say they “love America,” they love the centralized regime in Washington. THAT is what “America” is, not the fantasy mythological made-up stuff the nationalists constantly prattle on and on about. (Have you ever heard anything as puke-worthy as “Rush Revere”?)

And the America with actual freedom that the Founders envisioned is not what we have now, and have never had here. At least with a full “Brexit” here, a full decentralization and ousting Washington, D.C from our lives forever, we stand a chance of restoring a lot of our freedom that has been lost or had never been realized.

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Ted Galen Carpenter discusses Julian Assange and the real war on the free press.

David Stockman on Trump’s salute to the warfare state.

George F. Smith says, Get serious about voting.

Murray Rothbard on America’s libertarian revolution.

Charles Burris with a James Corbett video on the secrets of Silicon Valley, what Big Tech doesn’t want you to know. And with links to other articles about Google, Facebook, the NSA, FBI and CIA. What a bunch.

And Nicholas West on police departments dumping faulty pre-crime AI programs

Trump’s Authoritarian Military Worship Day

You probably heard about Donald Trump’s military parade and all the authoritarian sheeple he had there cheering him on. Jacob Hornberger has a very good post on that. Among other things, he writes:

Americans today praise the signers of the Declaration as patriots. But I will guarantee you that their government didn’t consider them to be patriots. They considered them to be terrorists, criminals, and traitors. If the government had won, the rebels would have been long forgotten,

What about the British troops? Not surprisingly, the government exhorted the British colonists to support the troops. They pointed out what Trump pointed out yesterday — that it is the duty of the citizenry to support the troops because they are protecting the nation and the freedom of the citizenry.

And in fact, it has been estimated that about one-third of the British colonists did end up supporting the troops during the Revolution. They sided with their government and cheered the troops as they tried to put down the rebellion by killing the British citizens who were doing the rebelling.

The British revolutionaries, on the other hand, absolutely refused to support the troops. On the contrary, they chose to shoot and kill the troops. They wanted the troops to surrender and return to England so that they could establish their own nation, one that would not be a military nation like the one against which they were rebelling.

So, who were the real patriots — the ones who supported the troops or the ones who shot and killed the troops? In the movie The Patriot, which starred Mel Gibson, the answer was that the patriots were those who are willing to stand up to the wrongdoing of their own government, which sometimes means standing up to the government’s troops.

And I also have some thoughts on this.

In my view, it is a shame that so many people in America are bamboozled and duped by propaganda for decades now to “support the troops” regardless of all the criminal wars of aggression and violence wrought by U.S. military overseas, and for no good reason. The authoritarian nationalists continue to defend the murderous rampages of the U.S. military, such as in their recent acquittal of murder of the Navy SEAL Gallagher.

And the people on ditto-head radio are making me pull my hair out with their extreme cognitive dissonance. They are just like the leftists they constantly criticize: They LOVE government authority! Especially men in uniforms, like military and police. I think they literally get aroused by all this.

In my view, given what Trump-loving authoritarian neanderthal sheeple they are, if Rush Limbaugh, Dennis Prager, Sebastian Dorka and Sean Hannity were around at the time of the American Revolution, they would have reported on the rebels and turned them in to the “authorities.” Why? Because these loonies are nationalists. The people who were nationalists back then were the loyalists who were loyal to the regime.

And ignorant nationalists at that. They are also part of the Lincoln Cult, as Thomas DiLorenzo would put it. Just the other day I heard Sebastian Dorka say that 600,000 people died in the “Civil War” in the name of “freeing the slaves,” when that is just not true. They died in the name of restoring the centralized power apparatus in Washington. They died in the name of punishing secessionists who wanted to leave a union. They died in the name of being forcibly brought back into a union involuntarily that they wanted no part of.

And they died in the name of enshrining the imperial U.S. President Lincoln and all subsequent U.S. emperors. (Although JFK was beginning to break out of that mold, but the national security state’s assassination of Kennedy re-secured their authority over the people.)

In fact, James Bovard has an article now on the similarities between Lincoln and Trump. (Authoritarian sheeple love them both.)

And also, the conservatives and nationalists in Amerika should please shut up about Colin Kaepernick and his not liking a flag on a shoe that Nike was going to produce. “Aww, poor Colin Krappernick,” the ditto-heads whine, “he feels triggered by an early American flag…boo-hoo…”

Yet, these same nationalists are triggered if they see or hear about someone “desecrating” an American flag or engaged in flag-burning as a protest. Did you see Candace Owens’s tweet, belching out her anti-First Amendment tirade? “If I were President, the punishment for burning the U.S flag would be the renunciation of citizenship. No jail time, no fine— simply one year to liquidate your assets and get the hell out of our country.”

Talk about someone who does not understand why the First Amendment was written! And she responded to the Dear Leader, who tweeted the day before: “All in for Senator Steve Daines as he proposes an Amendment for a strong BAN on burning our American Flag. A no brainer!” (Talk about someone with a “no brainer.”)

So these are authoritarian nationalists and collectivists who worship a flag and who identify with a strong authoritarian State and its military. You can’t get much more un-American than that.

Articles for Dependence Day in Amerika

James Bovard says that Fourth of July should celebrate liberty, not politicians like Trump.

Ryan McMaken says that Trump’s “Salute to America” is a salute to government employees.

Reason: Defense Department computer network among top sharers of child pornography. (Let’s celebrate the military! Yay!)

Charles Burris discusses John Judge and Fletcher Prouty on the JFK assassination.

Jonathan Cook says, exactly like its predecessors, Trump’s peace plan has been designed to fail.

And Big League Politics has the names of slaves that Kamala Harris’s ancestor owned.

Why Don’t Abigail Disney, George Soros et al Give Their Billions to the Needy Directly?

Instead of calling for the U.S. government to impose a “wealth tax” and more bureaucracies?

Better yet, why don’t these 1 percent of the 1 percent give away their money to food banks to end hunger in America and make Americans healthier? Why don’t they buy everyone electric cars to solve the climate crisis? Why don’t they repair our crumbling road and bridge infrastructure? Why don’t they give every child a voucher to attend the school of his choice? Why don’t they build new schools where there are no good ones? Why don’t they give all the people who are unemployed jobs at their companies or foundations? Why don’t they pay for everyone to go to college? Why don’t they subsidize companies so that they can give all their low-wage workers a raise to $15 an hour? To improve health outcomes, why don’t they build more hospitals and clinics and pay the salaries of doctors and nurses to staff them? Why don’t they build housing for the homeless?

Why give your money to the government so the government can inefficiently and wastefully do these things (assuming that the government will actually do them) after government bureaucrats take their cut?

Laurence Vance wants to know.

Government Central Planning Is Very Bad for You

To some people who have been reading this blog for a while, this may sound like a broken record. Sorry about that. But some things are very important.

I’ll start with the immigration issue, and I’ll try to be as concise as possible.

Thanks to government schooling, it seems that most people tend to think with shortsightedness. Rather than looking into the actual causes of the immigration crisis and making changes in policies that are causing the immigrants to flee those Central and South American countries and wanting to come to the U.S., it seems that the American people would prefer to continue with even more of the police state, which, by the way, is violating the rights of Americans as well as foreigners.

U.S. government goons are unconstitutionally and criminally detaining and harassing Americans at or near the border and unconstitutionally and criminally seizing and searching Americans’ phones and laptops. You like this?

In a free society, which ours is not, anyone can come and go as they please and not be harassed by or have to report to any government bureaucrat or enforcement thug. No, in the current police state brought about by government central planning that especially conservatives and Republicans love and adore, we have the dysfunctional situation that we have.

Unfortunately, a lot of people are brainwashed to believe that there’s some sort of collective ownership of the territory as a whole, and that “outsiders must get permission to enter,” and that “we are one family and those ‘illegals’ are breaking into ‘our’ home,” and all that. I hear that kind of thing from talk radio ditto-heads. No, your home is not my home, and my home is not your home.

In the U.S., it was supposed to be a land in which private owners of private property have private property rights and sovereignty over their private property. But the ignorant nationalists reject such ideas and instead are brainwashed to believe in that aforementioned collective ownership of the territory, which would mean that the collective has ownership over everything within the territory. So in our current system that nationalists love and adore, anyone who “owns” property including business “owners” must get the final authorization to do something on or with one’s “own” property from a government bureaucrat!

So really the ultimate owner of all the property within the collectively owned territory is the government in Washington, consisting of its bureaucrats and all the goon enforcers who harass, molest, abuse and assault, rob, and murder innocent people, all in the name of “protecting Americans from foreigners.” Which they aren’t doing, and can’t do.

Because: Central Planning Doesn’t Work!

Another thing with those who believe in that nationalism stuff and worship their central planning caretaker in Washington is this concept of “citizenship.” If you are not a “citizen,” i.e. if you don’t have government authorization, then you “don’t belong here,” and so on. Well, you can have that kind of thing if you want to, if it’s that important to you, like this is a private club, but then you can’t say you support private property, freedom of association, and voluntary exchange. The requirement of having to be a “citizen” to do this or that, which means you must have government authorization, negates those aspects of freedom and a free society.

Now, on the immigration situation, if the supporters of the Orwellian police state that we have now can possibly drop their pathological short-sightedness, let’s ask what exactly is motivating all those foreigner people to come to the U.S.?

One major factor is the war on drugs, which many, many authoritarian conservatives support. Those authoritarian conservatives really believe in the Nanny State, that the government should be empowered to tell you what chemicals you may or may not put into your own body. They are just like the former NYC Mayor Bloomberg with his war on sugary drinks and salt. No difference. Nanny State conservatives with their war on drugs.

So conservatives and their Nanny State True Believers seem to reject the ideas of the founders, that each individual owns one’s own life and that the sovereignty over one’s life, including one’s own body, is with oneself.

Contrary to the founders’ vision of self-ownership, the Drug Prohibition Police State is a policy of short-sightedness, just like the immigration police state.

Drug prohibition causes a black market in drugs, which incentivizes the scum of society to exploit people’s weaknesses and vices, get them addicted so they will squander their money on the drugs.

So the drug prohibition creates drug pushers, drug traffickers, drug gangs and turf wars, drug lords like “El Chapo,” MS-13, violence and chaos and torture. All because Nanny State authoritarians want the government empowered to prohibit certain chemicals.

The answer is to repeal all drug-related laws, dismantle the DEA and the drug enforcement bureaucracies of the FBI and other agencies, which should all be abolished as well. When you do that, the “El Chapos,” the drug lords and drug traffickers and gangs will disband. And that will or should cause a major reduction in foreigners fleeing from those countries south of the border. And repeal all immigration related laws as well, including ICE, etc.

Government central planners cannot control the movements of millions of people, nor should they. It is as impossible a goal as is the goal of the “Green New Deal.”

But those Nanny State supporters of drug prohibition are just as bad as the gun control zealots on the left, who want to prohibit the civilian population from exercising their right to keep and bear arms. Gun control hasn’t prevented criminals from getting their guns illegally because criminals and psychopaths such as the school shooters don’t care if the guns are illegal. Criminals don’t obey the law!

So, the drug prohibition police state is just as futile and useless and counter-productive as the gun control police state.

It would also help if we abolish ALL foreign aid, redistribution of wealth schemes from the taxpayers to the governments of other countries. In this case, Honduras, El Salvador, etc. Those governments are just as corrupt as the one in Washington, so they squander the aid as they empower themselves and tyrannize their people, just as the gangsters and criminals in Washington do to their people.

So that’s the immigration and drug war part of the government central planning that many brainwashed sheeple love and worship.

And then there’s the trade issue.

Ronald McDonald Trump doesn’t seem to understand that a “trade deficit” doesn’t actually mean anything. What matters is that people have the freedom to buy what they want and from wherever and whomever they want and at whatever prices they decide are right for them. That includes business people who should have the freedom to buy whatever capital goods they need to run their businesses. And all without the direction, intervention, intrusion, punishment tariffs (i.e. stealing) of corrupt government bureaucrats and their cronies.

So a “trade deficit” doesn’t mean anything. It’s not like a budget deficit that does mean something. Why is it that the idiot President is so concerned about a “trade deficit” that means nothing except in his own imagination, but doesn’t care at all about a budget deficit, in which he and his fellow Democrats in CONgress are spending like drunken sailors and squandering taxpayer money away like the crazed lunatics they are, a $4 trillion budget with a deficit of nearly $1 trillion? Doh!

And that is what we get from government central planners. They are very bad for you, that’s for sure.

More News and Commentary

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

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

Laurence Vance promotes libertarianism.

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

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

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

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

Justin Raimondo Has Died

Justin Raimondo of Antiwar.com has died. I have linked to many, many of his articles on this blog. He might be best known for the website he founded, Antiwar.com. He was only 67 and had lung cancer.

Antiwar.com’s obituary of Justin Raimondo.

Kelley Vlahos’s tribute, How Justin Raimondo Made Me a Braver Writer.

And Lew Rockwell’s tribute to Justin.

(Edited): I’ll have more to say about this in the next few days weeks.