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John Whitehead asks, The Bill of Rights turns 230, what do we have to show for it?

Jacob Hornberger discusses the folly of the Democrats’ debate on healthcare.

Daniel John Sobieski asks, Will McCabe bring the FBI down with him?

Stephen Walt says, We lost the war in Afghanistan. Get over it.

Whitney Webb on how the CIA, Mossad, and “the Epstein Network” are exploiting mass shootings to create an Orwellian nightmare.

Aaron Kesel with the latest on the Orwellian police state: ICE “hyper-realistic” urban warfare training facility at Army base.

Tom Woods and Lew Rockwell discuss the recent Democrat debate.

Kelley Vlahos discusses the recent appeals court decision ordering FBI to destroy memos calling Antiwar.com a threat.

Charles Burris on Constitution Day, 2019.

Karen Kwiatkowski on Julian Assange, and the trustworthiness and believability of government power teetering everywhere.

Laurence Vance in defense of price gouging.

Robert Wenzel says that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants “universal rent control.”

Mary Lucia Darst says that Anti-trust hurts the little guy.

Eric Margolis on bin Laden and 9/11.

B.N. Frank on the possible dangers of 5G cell towers nearby.

Richard Ebeling discusses the secret history of the monopolization of welfare by the State.

Gary Barnett on fictitious markets, fake economics and the reality of fraud.

And Edward Curtin on why he doesn’t speak of the fake news of “9/11” anymore.

Doh! Another. Democrat. Debate.

Apparently the Democrats had another debate. It was a long “three-hour tour,” and their 4th debate will be four hours and so on.

So, whether it’s their “Medicare for All” or “Climate Change” programs they want to impose, the main point of the Democrats’ programs is their greedy and envious wealth confiscation desires. Everything they want to do includes raising taxes on the productive and the workers i.e. stealing from the people.

And that’s the main point: like Thomas Piketty‘s best-seller, “Rather Than Helping People at the Bottom, Instead Let’s Pull People Down from the Top,” these greedy politicians just want to steal from the productive. And that’s it.

Their environmentalism and health care demagoguery is just a facade covering their real lust for stealing from others, their giving themselves and their cronies power over others and their enjoying the extravagances of all the wealth they use government apparatus to steal from the people. As Larken Rose would put it, these politician parasites don’t care about you, they don’t care if you have health care, and they don’t care if you suffer from climate change.

And with these fascists’ prohibitions, regulations and mandates they love control over others and another goal besides stealing from the people is their suppressing productivity. The motivation for their obsession with and lust for interfering with the lives, inventions, innovations, and progress of others is the same as why they want to steal from the wealthy, the successful and the productive: envy. It is a brainwashed ideology and fanaticism of envy, resentment and hatred of others that directs their thoughts, feelings and all their energy.

They are not that much different from their Rethuglican opponent Donald Trump who wants to interfere with the lives and productivity of foreigners that’s supposedly in the name of “protecting America’s interests,” via his anti-immigration fascism/socialism, which itself is based on myths and fairy tales. But we can leave the immigration issue for a different discussion.

And besides the government central-planning policies of the Envycrats, they also live in a world of ignorance and denial when it comes to the gun rights issue. “Beto” O’Rourke says he wants to take away people’s guns that are shooting people in Walmarts and other areas. So he agrees with Walmart and other stores who are asking customers to not carry guns into their stores. The reason for this request is that Walmart and the other stores want to disarm law-abiding people and make them defenseless sitting ducks when the next shooting occurs.

What? They don’t want that? So they’re just ignorant and in denial? They don’t understand that gun control laws and gun-free zones only disarm people who obey the law.

Sorry for sounding like a broken record on this. Criminals who want to go shoot up a place don’t care if it’s illegal to go shoot up a place. They don’t care if murder, assault, rape and robbery are illegal, so obviously they won’t care if guns are illegal. They’re criminals. Criminals don’t obey the law.

Criminals will get their guns illegally, on the black market, just as the drug laws for the past 60 years have not prevented people from getting their drugs.

And regarding the gun-free zones, 98% of the mass shooters have gone to do their shooting in gun-free zones. Sorry for sounding like a broken record on this. Too bad “Beto” and all the other hysterical people out there do not seem to have that much of an attention span. These selfish hypocritical politicians benefit from arming themselves or having armed security guards, but they want to disarm the commoners.

Anyway, it sounds like some of the sheeple are now favoring Elizabeth Warren, never mind her shrill lecturing, her pandering to every special interest group she could think of. Go away, Liawatha. Please.

Then there was Kamala Harris — Is she on some kind of tranquilizer? Her poking fun at people on the Wizard of Oz was very unbecoming. That was one of my favorite movies. And Harris has this evil-sounding laugh. The anti-Oz remark was especially unladylike.

These horrible people all seem to be in agreement to steal more earnings away from the people and disarm them. Can you imagine having a bodyguard and walking down the street when a robber approaches you and demands your money, your bodyguard helps the robber, not you. That is what government in Washington is.

And Joe Biden? I think he has Alzheimer’s, and I don’t mean that in a derogatory or ageist kind of way like the annoying Julian Castro seemed to do at the debate. Biden has clearly lost some of his cognitive functioning, including his brain-to-mouth motor coordination when he talks. At times he has sounded just like my father (without the socialist claptrap) during his last year or two. And the latest thing I heard was that Biden will release his medical records, and the news mentioned that he takes statin drugs. (Uh-oh, says Bill Sardi and this Reuters article, on statins.)

I think the best ones at the recent debate were Marianne Williamson and Tulsi Gabbard. (Wait, they weren’t at the debate. Sorry. They were still the best ones at that debate.)

Your 9/11 18th Anniversary Primer

Today is the 18th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the New York World Trade Center, the Pentacon, and in Pennsylvania. Where was I on that day? Well, I was here in this same apartment sitting at my table doing some writing and my father (now deceased) called at around 10 am saying that their trip that they were going to go on that day was canceled and he told me why. Hmm.

The government’s propaganda began immediately on that day and after. 99% of the news media were the White House press spokesmen. There was no discussion of the attackers stated motives, or the history of U.S. government and military’s invasions, bombings and occupations of the Middle East in the 10 years prior to that time. Anyone who did mention those things was labeled “Anti-America,” or “blaming America” for the attacks. Sean Hannity has been especially bad in that regard ever since that time. He is the worst of the worst as far as apparatchiks for the national security state are concerned. I just thought I’d mention that.

However, given that Hannity and all the other radio ditto-heads are accepting of the idea that actual U.S. government FBI, CIA etc. abused their powers including FISA spying in the Russiagate fiasco, maybe now some of these obedient worshipers of the national security state can at least consider the possibility that the official 9/11 narrative isn’t what the government has been telling us for 18 years. (But, I am not holding my breath.)

So, I’m sure that a lot of people reading this post will just skim it and not really take it seriously or click on any of the links for further information. This is because they are satisfied with what the government and its spokespeople of the mainstream media have been telling us since September 11, 2001. All these things they haven’t heard about must be merely whack-job “conspiracy theory” and all that. But there are still some people who are open to the truth.

In the years prior to the attacks, Congressman Ron Paul had several times warned that the U.S. government’s interventionist policies and war that it started against Iraq and elsewhere and Iraqi sanctions would cause blowback and retaliation within our shores. (And the response? Crickets.)

Addendum: For information on the U.S. government’s pre-9/11 sanctions on Iraq throughout the 1990s and their effects, see Jacob Hornberger, Sanctions: the cruel and brutal war against the Iraqi people, and James Bovard, Iraqi sanctions and American intentions: blameless carnage?

It’s amazing just how brainwashed so many people can be by daily propaganda, watching the TV news, listening to chickenhawk warmonger conservative talk radio, and so forth. “Al Qaeda.” “Osama bin Laden,” and “Islamic” were words that people heard over and over and over, but they rarely heard about Saudi Arabia and blowback.

I don’t know what else to write so I will post links to some new and old articles on the subject, and maybe some videos.

James Bovard on the 9/11 Commission, a bootlicking national disgrace.

Paul Sperry from the New York Post writes this week how Robert Mueller helped Saudi Arabia cover up its role in 9/11.

Related to that, a year ago “28 Pages,” which documents Saudi Arabia’s role in 9/11, had an exclusive article on FBI telling a counterterrorism agent not to help 9/11 victims build their case against Saudi Arabia because that might harm U.S.-Saudi relations. (Doh!)

Prior to 9/11 the FBI were told by the Bush Administration to lay off the bin Laden family and Saudi connections to terrorism.

Paul Craig Roberts writes today:

Over the years I have reported the findings of scientists, engineers, and architects that indicate that the official story is false.I had an open mind for two reasons.One is that having been an engineering student, I could tell the difference from a building falling down from asymmetrical structural damage and a building blowing up.The other is that having been involved in policy issues in Washington for a quarter century I knew that such a humiliating defeat suffered by the world’s only superpower at the hands of a few Muslim terrorists would have brought instant demands from the White House, Congress, and media for investigation into how every aspect of the American national security state failed simultaneously on one morning.Instead the White House resisted the 9/11 families demands for an investigation for one year and never delivered a forensic investigation.Instead, the country was given a 9/11 Commission Report that was merely the government’s official story of what happened.No heads rolled.No one was fired or even reprimanded.To hold no one accountable for such a massive failure and humiliating defeat is not a believable response if the official 9/11 story is true.

Washington’s Blog: Everything we’re doing now was planned before 9/11. And Washington asks, Will the mainstream media ever report on the numerous admitted false flag terror attacks? Many examples given. And another post about U.S. government’s foreknowledge and aiding and abetting the terrorists.

The Guardian: Osama bin Laden had ties to CIA

David Ray Griffin asks, Where is the evidence that Osama bin Laden had responsibility in 9/11? (Remember, Hannity et al. have been complaining ad nauseam, and rightly, that people accusing Trump of “Russia collusions” do not have any evidence, and so on. Evidence is important.) The FBI’s 10 most wanted list included Osama bin Laden because of the African embassy and USS Cole bombings, but NOT because of 9/11 because they had no evidence linking the two. Further info from the Muckraker Report. Read Griffin’s book, Osama bin Laden: Dead or Alive?

In 2009 the Daily Mail asked, Has Osama bin Laden been dead for 7 years?

An early 2002 Dan Rather CBS News report on bin Laden’s serious illness:

A December, 2001 Fox News story, still online: Bin Laden already dead.

Of course, how could Osama bin Laden have been killed and thrown out to sea by SEAL Team 6 in 2011 if bin Laden had already died in 2001 or 2002? Paul Craig Roberts again with some questions.

Another question to ask is what caused the helicopter crash in Afghanistan that killed several SEAL Team 6 members who were involved in the Osama bin Laden “killing” just a couple months before that.

And Paul Joseph Watson on the Bin Laden fable shortly after he was “killed” in 2011. While Steve Watson explains the U.S. government’s history of fake bin Laden tapes.

Former CIA asset Susan Lindauer, a whistleblower who was railroaded and labeled a psychiatric case by USGov, explains more truth about 9/11, and the missing security tapes for the World Trade Center.

Here is an interview in which Lindauer tells about her experiences:

James Corbett with an hour-long discussion on who was really behind the 9/11 attacks:

And here is a video documentary from Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth explaining the evidence that explosions brought down the World Trade Center, and not the fire caused by planes crashing into the buildings:

I admit it. I’m a “truther.” That’s because the truth is important. And as the late Justin Raimondo wrote, the opposite of a “truther” is a “liar.”

USSA Amerika in All Its Glory

It seems that everything in Amerika is politicized. With the social activists and “social justice” warriors wanting to silence and “demonetize” those who have a different point of view, and trying to impose a “social credit” score like in China, every aspect of every day life will be politicized and Amerika will be a Soviet 2.0 (if we’re not already there).

The idiots who run Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Google, and Micro$oft have no clue of history, so they are setting out to aid in the tyrannizing of Amerika.

And this seems to be what all or most of the Democrats running for President want to force on us. Trump is just as bad. And ignorant.

Socialists believe in the empowerment of parasites and bureaucrats and the coercion and the enslavement of others. Democrats fit that mold. (But then, so do the Republicans!)

For example, “Medicare for All,” which isn’t that much different as regular Medicare and Social Security. Workers and producers can’t opt out. Employers and workers must do what bureaucrats order them to do. There is no choice in the matter. No freedom.

And Laurence Vance once again points out that Republicans are just as much socialists as their Democrat opponents in the Republicans’ support for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, SCHIP, “Earned Income Tax Credit,” and Medicare Part D (prescription drug program). All socialist programs.

Even the Libertarian Partly has gone downhill since the Ron Paul-Harry Browne days, with their support in the last two Presidential elections for Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, the pukeworthy “social justice” warriors and interventionists from the Rethug party.

But everything in Amerika now is politics-obsessed and government-obsessed. Only government can solve problems (even though government is mainly the cause of most of the problems!), and the worst of the worst climb up the political ladder to grab that POWER! As soon as the 2016 Presidential election was over, immediately the news media robots were discussing the 2020 election! Doh!

And look at the current bunch of Democrats. Or rather, DON’T look! Yech! Take Elizabeth Warren. Please. She lies on her law school employment applications to fraudulently get work at Harvard, at the expensive of actual minorities who didn’t commit acts of fraud in their applications. Warren lied to the voters of Massachusetts during the last election, promising that if reelected she would stay the full 6-year term as Senator and wouldn’t run for President. The minute she won reelection last November she announces her run for President. We should call her “Liawatha,” no?

And is she a communist who wants the government to run all the industries? Envy, Inc. Warren also gave us the “Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,” whose stated purpose is to weed out fraud. (How does a known fraudster weed out fraud?) The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a Democrat money-laundering racket. Did you know that?

And then there’s Kamala Harass, who giggled and replied, “Well said” this week to someone calling Trump “mentally retarded.” And then she tries to lie her way out of it.

Tulsi Gabbard pointed out Harris’s 1,500 marijuana arrests, and that she “blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the courts forced her to do so,” and that she “kept people in prison beyond their sentences” for cheap labor.

Also as a California prosecutor Harris arrested and jailed the parents of kids who missed too much school, and laughed about that, too. If I were a psychiatrist, I would love to have her in my office and find out, you know, what happened in her early childhood. I think there are probably similarities among all these parasites, shysters and psychopaths.

And, oh yes, here’s a real doozie. “Beto” O’Rourke, who puts baby poop in his wife’s food, and does “Psycho” scenes when she’s in the shower. And fantasized about murdering children. These people are sick degenerates.

“Mayor Pete”? The one who criticized Trump for getting out of the Vietnam War, but didn’t criticize the war itself? And the warmongers in Washington (which he strives to be, if elected) who sent 58,000 Americans to their deaths for no good reason? Nothing to say about that.

Speaking of the warmongering psychopaths in Washington (which all those Democrats strive to be), there was apparently a “secret meeting” planned with Donald Trump and Afghan Taliban officials to be held at Camp David, but because of a suicide car bomb attack that caused the death of an American soldier, Trump and his minions cancelled the meeting. They were to have an agreement with the Taliban but the Taliban were reluctant because they don’t recognize the “stooge government” in Kabul. (What about the “stooge government” in Washington?)

Now, the American soldier who died as a result of the bombing did so for the same reason that all the other American soldiers died in Afghanistan or Iraq (and Vietnam, etc., etc.), because they shouldn’t have been over there in the first place. They have no place being there, and the U.S. government had no good reason to start either of those two wars over there.

As the aforementioned Laurence Vance has stated, the U.S. government can eliminate the risks involved in U.S. troops being in places where they do not belong: just get the hell out of there. It’s not complicated.

But Democrats are just as much warmongers and foreign interventionists as the Republicans. They both suck.

But I don’t know whether the bureaucrats of Washington really want to end that Afghanistan war that they started for no good reason, and, given the U.S. government’s record of false flags, war crimes and shenanigans in other countries, it wouldn’t surprise me if the recent car bombing was really a CIA false flag. Now, I’m not accusing anyone, just saying it wouldn’t surprise me.

If it was a false flag, then it would be because the bureaucrats really don’t want to leave Afghanistan. Just look at all the boondoggles for the American military contractors and construction contractors, and the CIA opium fields and all the profits with the drug trade. I mean, who would want to give that up? (The criminals and gangsters of Washington, that is.)

And then there’s Secretary of Belligerence State Mike Bombpeo on all the Sunday shows, Chinese phone books and all, giving lots of sickening propaganda. When he and John Bolton speak, I just assume they are lying, like the other warmongers of the U.S. government.

Speaking of the Sunday talk shows that I hear on Bloomberg Radio, I couldn’t believe all the propaganda and lies yesterday. Chuck Toady with “Meet the Press” and CBS Fake the Nation were the worst.

If the economy is good by a year from now and Trump hasn’t started any new wars that his awful minions Bombpeo and Bolton seem to want to do, and the Democrat candidate still wins the 2020 election, it would be because of so much propaganda in the news media, probably combined with the shutting down of alternative media that the “SJW”s want to do.

Either way, Republican or Democrat, Trump or Liawatha, it’s Soviet 2.0. Perhaps the Libertarian Partly might actually consider nominating a libertarian this time. Or perhaps not voting is the best solution.

Trump the Egomaniacal Fascist Ignoramus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More News and Commentary

John Whitehead gives the many reasons why people need to resist the American gulag.

James Bovard discusses the 2002 landmarks on the road to “1984” Orwellian hell.

Bretigne Shaffer asks, Are anti-vaxxers violent extremists?

Paul Craig Roberts says that in America emotion rules reason.

Judge Andrew Napolitano on Donald Trump’s dictatorial order to Americans to stop doing business in China.

Trieu Nguyen explains why socialist calculation is always impossible.

Jacob Hornberger analyzes the mainstream Press’s deference to authority on the death of Jeffrey Epstein. (The news media are mostly very dumb people now, in my view. They uncritically accept any government bureaucrat’s word as the truth and repeat it without any investigation or digging for the truth. They are pathetic now.)

John Kiriakou on the FBI’s Russiagate entrapment of Maria Butina.

Thomas DiLorenzo asks, Godless Yankees?

Robert Wenzel asks, Should the “Business Roundtable” change its name to “The Profit-Haters Roundtable”?

And Larry Beane on the Black Cat Workers Collective.

Lew Rockwell on Rothbard and War

Lew Rockwell gave an important antiwar speech, discussing Murray Rothbard’s antiwar views, at the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity’s conference on “Breaking Washington’s Addiction to War.”

I especially liked these passages, which describe Rothbard’s basic point of view on war:

War distorts our sense of what service to others truly means. Only to members of the military are we urged to say, “Thank you for your service.” Toward the great entrepreneurs who extend our lives and make them more fulfilling, we are taught to be envious and resentful. They are most certainly not thanked for their service.

The state is able to get away with its aggression thanks in part to its manipulation of language. A soldier who perished in the Iraq war was said to have been “serving his country.” What could that mean? The war was launched on preposterous pretexts against a leader who had not harmed Americans and was incapable of doing so. If the war was in the service of anything, it was the imperial ambitions of a small ruling group. By no means did such a mission, which diverted vast resources away from civilian use, “serve the country.”

War distorts reality itself. Schoolchildren are taught to believe that the American soldier purchased their freedom by his sacrifices. Blasphemous bumper stickers compare the American soldier to Jesus Christ. But in what way was American freedom threatened by Iraq, or Panama, or Somalia? For that matter, how could any 20th-century adversary have managed an invasion of North America, given that even the Germans couldn’t cross the English Channel?

But this carefully cultivated mythology helps keep the racket going. It increases the superstitious reverence people have for past and present members of the military. It puts critics of war on the defensive. Indeed, how can we criticize war and intervention when these things have kept us free?

In short, war is inseparable from propaganda, lies, hatred, impoverishment, cultural degradation, and moral corruption. It is the most horrific outcome of the moral and political legitimacy people are taught to grant the state. Wrapped in the trappings of patriotism, home, songs, and flags, the state deludes people into despising a leader and a country that until that point they had barely even heard of, much less had an informed opinion about, and it teaches its subjects to cheer the maiming and death of fellow human beings who have never done them any harm.

And I like the individualistic view Lew Rockwell gives here:

If we believe in the cause of peace, putting a halt to aggressive violence between nations is not enough. We should not want to bring about peace overseas in order that our rulers may turn their guns on peaceful individuals at home. Away with all forms of aggression against peaceful people.

The people and the warmakers are two distinct groups. We must never say “we” when discussing the US government’s foreign policy. For one thing, the warmakers do not care about the opinions of the majority of Americans. It is silly and embarrassing for Americans to speak of “we” when discussing their government’s foreign policy, as if their input were necessary to or desired by those who make war.(4) Never use “we” when speaking of the government.

But it is also wrong, not to mention mischievous. When people identify themselves so closely with their government, they perceive attacks on their government’s foreign policy as attacks on themselves. It then becomes all the more difficult to reason with them – why, you’re insulting my foreign policy!

Likewise, the use of “we” feeds into war fever. “We” have to get “them.” People root for their governments as they would for a football team. And since we know ourselves to be decent and good, “they” can only be monstrous and evil, and deserving of whatever righteous justice “we” dispense to them.

The antiwar left falls into this error just as often. They appeal to Americans with a catalogue of horrific crimes “we” have committed. But we haven’t committed those crimes. The same sociopaths who victimize Americans themselves every day, and over whom we have no real control, committed those crimes.

Now, it would be nice if he would apply such individualism philosophy to the immigration issue!

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Richard Ebeling discusses the personal State.

Zero Hedge with an article on celebrities passing off fake pictures of Amazon fires, here’s what the fires actually look like.

Ron Paul asks, Who are the real extremists?

Jacob Hornberger on the Guardian’s angry and nasty attack on David Koch.

Kerry McDonald explains how government ruined childhood.

Michael Snyder on incredibly sick, federally-funded experiments happening all over America.

Gary Barnett says that U.S. government sanctions are meant to cause deliberate human suffering.

Whitney Webb on Jeffrey Epstein, CIA, and Bill Clinton.

J.D. Tuccille comments on the revolving door between government and cable news.

Mac Slavo discusses Charles Koch and George Soros uniting and conniving to censor the Internet.

And Doug Bandow says, Forget annexing Greenland, start breaking up America.

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Alex Knight has the real reasons why the people on the left are so hysterical over guns.

Judge Andrew Napolitano says the Trump NSA wants to continue spying on innocent Americans without suspicion or warrant.

Jacob Hornberger says to look to China to learn about America (see above).

John Solomon with an article on another FBI failure involving the Clintons and James Comey.

Elias Marat on a new study revealing how ADHD drugs alter the structure of children’s brains.

Matt Agorist on a mom thrown in jail and her child stolen, to punish her for treating child’s cancer with CBD oil.

Robert Murphy with a study finding that planting trees reduces carbon better than carbon taxes.

Jon Rappoport on Scuzzball Twitter, Inc.

Murray Rothbard on the impossibility of equality.

And Randall Holcombe with three assumptions the people on the left make about economic inequality.