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Why Do Conservative Libertarians Support the Immigration Police State?

Jacob Hornberger of the Future of Freedom Foundation has this excellent article pointing out supposedly libertarian conservatives’ cognitive dissonance in their claiming to be libertarians, claiming to believe in private property rights and the non-aggression principle, yet supporting the government immigration controls including the police state along the border (and the police state within the country as well).

Hornberger writes:

Whenever you see an article or a speech advocating immigration controls by a conservative libertarian, you will notice one glaring feature, without exception: the absence of any mention of the death, suffering, and the police state that inevitably accompany a system of immigration controls. There is a good reason for that silence: the conservative libertarians do not want libertarians to know that the system they are advocating for the libertarian movement comes with death, suffering, and a police state.

Hornberger says he is a “limited-government libertarian” (as opposed to a zero-government libertarian or a voluntaryist. I am a voluntaryist).

There actually are prominent libertarians who have been with the libertarian movement for decades and who claim to be “anarcho-capitalists,” but because of their belief in “preserving our culture,” or preserving our American culture, whatever that is now, these so-called anarcho-capitalist and conservative libertarians seem to tacitly support the current immigration police state, government central planning in immigration, and the central planners in Washington and their attempts to control the movements of millions of people, something which central planners can never do. However, those prominent anarcho-capitalists do not openly state their defense of such government controls, but such support is nevertheless implied in their articles and speeches, in my view.

Hornberger lists the several problems with government immigration controls that conservative libertarians seem to be supporting:

1. Fixed highway checkpoints. These are located on domestic highways. Federal agents stop domestic travelers who have never crossed into Mexico. They ask them questions. If people refuse to answer their questions, the agents will break their car window, drag them out of their car, and beat them up…

2. Warrantless trespasses onto farms and ranches within 100 miles of any U.S. border. No search warrants. No probable cause. No reasonable suspicion…

3. Roving Border Patrol checkpoints…

4. Violent government raids on private businesses, ones in which the business owner has decided to use his own money to enter into mutually beneficial labor relations with citizens of foreign countries. That’s what a police state is all about.

5. Forcible governmental separation of children from their parents…

6. Forcible deportations of people who are engaged in purely peaceful acts, such as exercising the fundamental God-given rights of pursuing happiness and entering into mutually beneficial economic relations with others. That’s what a police state is all about.

7. The construction of a Berlin Fence and the proposed construction of a Berlin wall along the U.S.-Mexico border…

8. Border Patrol agents boarding Greyhound buses in cities and towns within 100 miles of any U.S. border, which they are now doing all over the United States. They are targeting Hispanics and anyone else who doesn’t look like a genuine American and demanding to see their papers…

9. Complete searches of body and vehicle at international crossing points, including body cavities after the person is required to completely disrobe in front of federal agents…

In my view, the real answers to the immigration problems in Amerika are ending the drug war, dismantling the welfare state or at least not letting immigrants get government welfare, and, most of all, full decentralization of this entire territory, which, as I have repeatedly stated, is just too damn big a territory to be one single country!

Socialist Donald Trump and the Socialist Republicans

Laurence Vance writes on the LewRockwell.com blog:

Year-end data from the September 2018 Monthly Treasury Statement of Receipts and Outlays of the U.S. Government show that the deficit for fiscal year 2018 was $779 billion. The federal government spent $4,107.7 billion in fiscal year 2018 (which ended on Sept. 30, 2018), including $600 billion for defense offense (which is actually much higher if all “defense”-related spending is counted). The Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the White House. They are 100% to blame for the profligate spending. Republicans are big spenders just like Democrats. The only limited government they seek is a government limited to control by Republicans.

And Dr. Vance also has an article today that explains Donald Trump’s own socialist mentality and policies, in Trump’s love for Medicare, Medicaid and Socialist Security Social Security.

Will Ocasio-Cortez and Republican Pappas Debate on October 17th?

I’m only writing about this one because Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been so popular as well as controversial in her campaign proposals. Ocasio-Cortez is the Democrat candidate for Congress for congressional district 14 in New York, New York, New York. She is the one who wants to spend tens of trillions of taxpayer dollars on “free” health care, “free” education and so on.

According to Rasmussen, that district’s race is “Strong Dem,” with an odometer- or speedometer-like image with the arrow pointing to the far left in blue. I guess if it were the fuel gauge it would be pointing to almost empty. But while that is obviously the case philosophically and intellectually, the Republican candidate, Anthony Pappas, is also running on empty, in my view.

Pappas (Is he related to Ike Pappas, CBS News?) is an “associate professor of economics and finance at St. John’s University,” according to this WNYC article.

I checked the Internet for whatever his actual views are, and it’s difficult to find. However, according to Pappas’s website, there is a debate scheduled between the two on October 17 at PS 69 School auditorium in Queens. Maybe we’ll find out at that time. On his website he considers himself a “moderate, independent Republican with a motto of producing ‘sensible solutions for a kinder, caring world’.” (Oh yeah, how so?)

Pappas is critical of Ocasio-Cortez’s far-left, “bizarre” ideas. He is repeatedly critical of her socialist proposals. But the WNYC article states that Pappas “calls himself a compassionate conservative who supports progressive taxation and lower government spending.” Hmm, “progressive taxation”? Sounds like a socialist to me. A Republican socialist as well.

Well, I wonder if he will suggest any kind of decentralization and de-monopolization away from governmental controls and tax-thefts, repealing the income tax, ending the drug war, or any kind of dismantling of the welfare state that continues to keep the masses in chains by Big Government. Probably not. Will they actually have the debate? I can’t find any other reference to the scheduled debate online except for on his own website.

And if there is a debate, will debate moderators or Ocasio-Cortez ask Pappas about his bitter 14-year-long divorce and his wife’s accusations of abuse, and his suing the judge and the courts? I wouldn’t be surprised, given just recently the circus at Brett Kavanaugh’s hearings, in which a lady’s accusations against him was discussed and discussed and argued, with yelling and screaming, but not much mention of his ignorance of the Constitution and the Fourth Amendment and his earlier rulings which will unleash brutal government tyrants on innocent people. (I wonder if Pappas has any views on the Bill of Rights.)