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Time to Catch Up

Ron Paul says that (government) spending is theft.

Former NSA analyst Bill Binney says that the NSA has 32 pages of communications between Seth Rich and Julian Assange, as revealed by a FOIA request.

Ryan McMaken says that yes, Julian Assange is a journalist — but that shouldn’t matter.

Mark Perry on Donald Trump’s washing machine tariffs costing consumers $800,000 per job created.

Robert Wenzel on the new way that socialists are going to hide who they are.

Jacob Hornberger on how Gitmo destroyed our constitutional order.

Lew Rockwell on the college admissions scandal and the political prisoners of the evil FBI.

Zero Hedge with an article on a study showing that electric cars cause more Co2 emissions than previously thought. As the article also notes: “Add to this the CO2 emissions of the electricity from powerplants that power such vehicles, and the actual Tesla emissions could be between 156 to 180 grams of CO2 per kilometer (249 and 289 grams of CO2 per mile).”

James Bovard says that hysteria over school safety won’t keep us safe.

And Hans Bader says that lifting the ban on kidney sales would save 30,000 American lives annually.

The Second Amendment Has No Exceptions

Laurence Vance comments on bump stocks and a free society. Among other things, he writes:

The Constitution nowhere gives the federal government the authority to have anything to do with the regulation, registration, licensing, or control of firearms, ammunition, magazines, or accessories.

The Second Amendment (“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”) has no exceptions. This means that on the federal level, all laws of any kind concerning firearms, ammunition, magazines, accessories, background checks, gun shows, gun manufacturing, gun sales, and gun dealers are illegitimate.

The right to own a bump stock is essential to a free society. It is what you do with the bump stock that is the issue.

A gun can be used for good or ill. And so can most anything else. A knife can be used to cut up a chicken or to stab someone. A hammer can be used to frame a house or to crack someone’s skull open. A needle can be used to administer an IV or to shoot up with heroin. A baseball bat can be used to hit a homerun or to bash someone’s brains in. A saw can be used to trim a tree or to dispose of a dead body. A shovel can be used to plant a garden or to bury a murder victim. A can of spray paint can be used to restore an object’s appearance or to deface a building with anti-Semitic graffiti. An ink pen can be used to write a letter or to poke someone’s eye out. A key can be used to open a car or to scratch a car. A pillow can be used to sleep on or to smother someone.

Walter Williams on Reparations

Walter Williams has some things to ponder:

Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential elections are calling for reparations for slavery or for the study of reparations. Senators Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren are leading the charge. Slavery was a gross violation of human rights. Justice would demand that slave owners make compensatory payments to slaves. Since both slaves and slave owners are no longer with us, such punishment and compensation is beyond our reach.

So which white Americans owe which black Americans how much? Reparations advocates don’t want that question asked, but let’s you and I ask it. Are the millions of European, Asian and Latin Americans who immigrated to the U.S. in the 20th century responsible for slavery? What about descendants of Northern whites who fought and died in the War of 1861 in the name of freeing slaves? Should they cough up money for black Americans? What about non-slave-owning Southern whites, who were a majority of Southern whites — should their descendants be made to pay reparations?

On black people’s side of the ledger, thorny questions arise. Some blacks purchased other blacks as a means to free family members. But other blacks owned slaves for the same reason whites owned slaves — to work farms or plantations. Would descendants of these blacks be eligible for reparations?

The Anti-Freedom Authoritarians Still Rule

As soon as “special” counsel Robert Mueller and his team of Hillary Clinton donors handed in their term paper to attorney general William Barr, the hacks in CONgress initiated a demand from the IRS for Donald Trump’s tax returns. “Well, if we can’t get Trump on Russia collusions by making it all up then we’ll try to find something — anything — in his tax returns. Massachusetts moonbat Richie Neal is now in pursuit of those tax returns. Hey, Richie Neal, how about if Judicial Watch goes after your tax returns and those of others in CONgress, hmmm?

And the arrest of Julian Assange of WikiLeaks isn’t just coincidental coming a week or two after the “Mueller Report.” As law professor Jonathan Turley wrote in his column, the U.S. government  is going after Assange for embarrassing the corrupt bureaucrats of DC.

But Ronald McDonald Trump, the Clown-in-Chief, is not to be trusted to continue his “I love WikiLeaks” proclamation, because of his being low-IQ and easily manipulable by the “national security” robots who advise him. So easily psy-opped, that is. Trump is extremely authoritarian and he will side with the military swamp who are the true rulers of Amerika. Assange published national security “secrets,” after all.

Yeah, it’s a “secret” that members of our military targeted and murdered innocent civilians for fun and sport in Iraq and Afghanistan, that Hilary wanted to eavesdrop on foreign diplomats (which our regime has been doing anyway, duh). And we know these things thanks to WikiLeaks! Go, WikiLeaks!

And it’s a national security “secret” that Hillary Rotten Clinton rigged the 2016 primaries against Bernie and that Donna Brazille gave Hillary the answers to questions at a CNN Town Hall event. Or that that Clinton campaign would “tee up stories” for Maggie Haberman of the New York Slimes. And we know these things thanks to WikiLeaks! Go, WikiLeaks!

And with the William Barr assertion that there was “spying” going on against the Trump campaign and for political purposes. Listen to the media hacks like Chris Matthews and Jennifer Rubin scolding Barr for using the word “spy” and denying that that is what the FBI did, some of the hacks calling Barr “Trump’s Roy Cohn.” Listen to former CIA and FBI shady characters John Brennan and James Comey saying there was no “spying.” Comey’s knee-slapper: “the FBI, the Department of Justice conduct court-ordered electronic surveillance. I have never thought of that as spying.” (The FBI knowingly abused FISA spying authority to go after the Trump campaign. Doesn’t he know that? Oh, that’s right. He does.)

Unfortunately, we see what a drooling authoritarian Donald Trump is, and will decide that, at the end of the day, FBI/CIA/ETC spying powers must be protected and so his DOJ and Barr ultimately will not prosecute the real criminals, Comey, McCabe, Brennan, Rosenstein, et al., and instead will “shoot the messenger,” Assange.

And another sign of Trump’s authoritarian anti-freedom drool is his anti-foreigner, anti-immigration fascism, “Build the Wall,” rather than seeing that it’s the U.S. government’s drug war and interventionist foreign policy that are driving people out of Central America, and ending those policies. But no, he’s a vicious drug warrior, not seeing the irrationality and destruction of such government central planning. Drugs bad, alcohol good. These schmucks in government will never learn.

The other side of the same authoritarian government coin are the “democratic socialists,” who want to empower the government to seize private industry from those who know how to run things and give the controls over to those who don’t. People who want to ban everything from plastic shopping bags to cars, trucks and planes. Mass impoverishment and starvation. Not good. Meanwhile, stopping ALL of carbon emissions worldwide still won’t stop climate change, which has been going on for millions of years and will continue, no matter what you do.

Steven Mnuchin and Marxine Waters Duke It Out

Here is a totally bizarre bickering between treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin and Rep. Marxine Waters, the chairwomanperson of this useless committee. Her facial expressions are at times just plain cartoon-like. They are arguing over whether he can leave the hearing, and he says he has a scheduled important meeting, she says he can very well leave. I heard Glenn Beck mention this on his radio show this morning. I didn’t realize that Mnuchin is asking for formal dismissal and gavel-bang from the chairwomanperson. Apparently, according to what I heard on the Beck show, if Mnuchin were to just walk out without formal dismissal he can be charged with “contempt of Congress.” Is this true? (Frankly, it is CONgress who consistently shows contempt for the American people and the U.S. Constitution!)

Capitalism Is Moral, Socialism Is Not

At the Mises Institute Gary Galles says that capitalism “a.k.a. self-ownership,” is the only moral economic system. That’s free-market capitalism, to be clear.

The way I see it, the kind of capitalism we have in America now is a combination of free market capitalism, and “crony capitalism” or crony socialism in which wealth is redistributed via protectionism and regulation that favors established firms over those attempting to “get one’s foot in the door.”

Galles explains how Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie have it all wrong. He writes about the moral aspect of free-market capitalism, which is “better defined as a system of private ownership of resources, including one’s labor, not simply ownership of capital, coordinated by solely voluntary arrangements. Private property prevents the physical invasion of a person’s life, their liberty, or their property without their consent. By preventing such invasions, private property is an irreplaceable defense against aggression by the strong against the weak. No one is allowed to be a predator by violating others’ rights. In such a system, capitalists need the voluntary consent of laborers in their arrangements, preventing capitalists from exploiting laborers.”

And Thomas Knapp writes about how today’s socialists hate the gig economy that yesterday’s socialists wanted. Yesterday’s socialists wanted worker ownership of the means of production, yet today’s socialists reject that.

Knapp gives the example of drivers for Lyft and Uber, in which drivers own their own cars (worker ownership of the means of production) and have control over their hours worked rather than being controlled by a boss.

But today’s “democratic socialists” fought tooth and nail to preserve the capitalist “medallion cab” monopoly, and having lost that fight they’ve re-oriented their struggle toward roping the drivers, and the companies they choose to work with, into the old-style capitalist “wage employee” system.

They don’t want the wage system to go away. They just want to run it.

They don’t want the workers to own the means of production. They just want to tax and regulate it.

They don’t want a classless society. They just want to be the new ruling class.

Those who believe in the moral way of life, that of self-ownership and voluntary (not coerced or compelled by government) contracts would favor the independence and autonomy of working for Uber or Lyft, and the authoritarians would favor enslaving the drivers by forcing them to have to spend a life savings on a medallion and be under the control of  a dispatcher boss.

But the conservatives these days are almost just as bad in their rejection of free markets, private property and voluntary contracts.

In any event, Elizabeth Warren, Alexandria Ocrazio-Cortez and Commie Bernie are the least moral characters when it comes to policies they favor: government theft of private wealth and property, government-compelled enslavement of the workers and producers, and the POLICE STATE to enforce their immoral tyranny.

More Articles of Interest

Jacob Hornberger on drug laws versus freedom, and the deadly and destructive futility of the drug war.

Donald Boudreaux’s conversation with a young socialist.

Laurence Vance says that military personnel make a senseless sacrifice.

Jeffrey Tucker says that people want the State to be in charge of private economic and social activity, but they are unwilling to say it.

And Peter van Buren on how Rachel Maddow turned into Infowars.

More News and Commentary

Kerry McDonald says that compulsory schooling laws aren’t progressive, they’re inhumane.

Jacob Hornberger on ending poverty.

Edward Curtin on the CIA takeover of America in the 1960s.

Ron Paul says that Trump tells the truth: sanctions do cause people to suffer.

Barbara Loe Fisher discusses taking no prisoners in the vaccine culture war.

Wendy McElroy reviews Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser.

And Richard Ebeling on the dangers of the new democratic socialism.

More Excellent Articles

Justin Raimondo has returned and writes about defeating the counterrevolution, the conspiracy theory of Trump-Russia collusions and the interference in the 2016 election that wasn’t interfered with. “In Russia-gate we see the real purpose of the system of universal surveillance: to track and control the channels of dissidence in this country…We can and must defeat them by disempowering the instruments of control – the FBI, the CIA, and the entire national security bureaucracy – and making an example in this most egregious case. John Brennan must be charged and prosecuted. The FBI cabal that turned a federal law enforcement agency into an arm of an incipient police state must be held accountable in a court of law.” You betcha!

Dr. Jane Orient asks, What if the government is your doctor? (I think that Dr. Bureaucrat would be very much like McCabe, Comey, Brennan, and Zeke Emanuel. Not good.)

Mark Perry and Ross McKitric on Earth Hour: a celebration of ignorance and poverty. (And April 22 is Earth Day. Keep all the lights on, and your TVs and stereos, space heaters and air conditioners, if you can. Just don’t blow a fuse. Celebrate Earth Day!)

Jacob Hornberger on the incorrigible hypocrisy of the Wall Street Journal and conservatives on foreign policy. (I thought leftists were narcissistic, but conservatives are pretty bad as well in their narcissism when it comes to their rejection of the Golden Rule.)

Bretigne Shaffer has more on the “anti-vaxxer” parents who try to educate the ignorant on the vaccine controversy.

And Gareth Porter explains how the U.S. Navy sold the Vietnam War.

Socialists Are Fascists, and Vice Versa

Thomas DiLorenzo writes on the LewRockwell.com blog:

Socialist Economists Joseph Stiglitz and Thomas Piketty Want to Know Where All Your Money Is.

They belong to an “independent commission” that advocates a “global asset registry” that would use blockchain technology to track all assets in accounts over $10,000.  Like the advocates of firearm registries, they want an asset registry so that the state(s) knows where to go to steal your property when the time is right.  Other members of this “commission” include various United Nations political hacks, fellow far-left academics, and various tax collectors, such as the former revenue commissioner of Nigeria, all of whom favor some kind of globally administered socialist welfare redistribution scheme.  (Thanks to Kyle J.).

Related: Yuri Maltsev has an article on Alexandria Obama-Chavez (AOC) and her proposals that would end up resulting in the same kind of death and destruction of all past socialists regimes and dictators.

Ocasio-Cortez is attractive and well-spoken individual, but so were Trotsky, Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky, Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh, Che Guevara and Fidel at her age. All of them disguised their insatiable lust for power by “altruistic idealism” and when they have fooled enough “grey masses” and “useful idiots” to get the power, they all became the worst mass serial killers as the logic of these ideas demanded them to.