Laurence Vance explains why he is so passionate about ending the drug war.
Laurence Vance explains why he is so passionate about ending the drug war.
Larry Johnson with what the Horowitz report should conclude.
Thomas DiLorenzo: The impeachment inquiry is one big criminal campaign financing scam.
Moon of Alabama on a new study showing that “Russian trolls” did not “sow discord,” and influenced no one.
Jim Davies on continuous war.
Kelley Vlahos asks, Was Sheldon Adelson acting as bag man for CIA in the Julian Assange case?
Spencer Ackerman: Trump is first to use the Patriot Act to detain a man forever.
Jacob Hornberger: The Pentagon’s destruction of the Bill of Rights.
Lawrence Reed: Why the Pilgrims abandoned common ownership for private property.
Germinal Van: Africa’s socialism is keeping it poor.
Laurence Vance on private property rights and freedom of association.
James Bovard on Deval Patrick’s past scandals and catastrophic cover-ups.
Tom Woods comments on the assertion that using statistics means you’re “silencing women’s voices.”
Caitlin Johnstone: Narrative managers faceplant in hilarious OPCW scandal spin job.
Andrew Moran: Central bankers have declared war on your savings.
Walter Williams discusses fraud in higher education.
And Art Carden: The struggle to get education away from the State. (Ya think? After all the above?)
Laurence Vance comments on military habits.
Kerry McDonald in praise of spontaneous order.
Thomas DiLorenzo on the Soviet-style university system in Amerika.
Kurt Nimmo comments on the police state escalating its war on freedom of speech.
Caitlin Johnstone says that mainstream journalists who refuse to defend dissident journalists are worshipers of power.
Ray McGovern on the arrest of Max Blumenthal.
David Stockman says, Yes, Virginia, there is a deep state.
Matt Agorist with an article on Florida police caught creating illegal lists for tracking gun owners.
Donald Boudreaux has some questions for immigration skeptics.
Bryan Caplan on the plight of the worker.
Steve Penfield discusses in depth the forgotten media purges of the Great Depression.
Jacob Hornberger comments on the never-ending wars on terrorism and drugs.
Ron Paul on Trump flip-flopping on Syria withdrawal.
James Bovard says U.S. aid makes corrupt countries more corrupt.
Aaron Kesel: Trump further militarizing police.
Human Rights Watch with an article on CIA-backed forces committing atrocities in Afghanistan.
Robert Wenzel asks, Should we accept the conclusions of experts?
Richard Ebeling discusses Max Weber on politics as a vocation.
And Tyler O’Neil discusses the new Austin, Texas sex ed curriculum that trains kids to be LGBT activists.
Zero Hedge with a juicy article on how the FBI entrapped former national security advisor Mike Flynn by literally changing the FBI’s own notes on their interview of him to make it easier to falsely charge him with lying to FBI. The article also covers former director of national “intelligence” (sic) James Clapper giving a Washington Pest “reporter” a “kill shot” order on Flynn. The article also shows a tweet by Matt Taibbi quoting Claptrapper in a CNN interview as saying, “It’s frankly disconcerting to be investigated for having done… what we were told to do by the president of the United States” i.e. throwing Obama under the corruption bus.
Barbara Boland on Dick Cheney vs. whistleblowers. (Cheney says, “fry” the whistleblowers!)
Bretigne Shaffer comments on Julian Assange’s recent kangaroo court fiasco.
Kate Raines says that Google is joining the pharmaceutical industry.
Robert Wenzel on the behind the scenes work of union bosses destroying freelance work in Cronyfornia.
Jacob Hornberger on the evil of the drug war.
And Neville Raymond comments on Alfred Nobel and the vaccine apocalypse.
Laurence Vance says that drug users are ultimately responsible for their decision to use drugs, and the consequences.
Well, it appears that Mises Institute Chairman Lew Rockwell will publish a new book that he describes in his article this week, Against the Left.
I think it’s a good thing to expose and critique those on the Left for their hypocrisy and ignorance, and their favoring violence over peace, and their favoring State control over freedom.
But sometimes, especially in my reading LewRockwell.com every day for years now, it seems that recently perhaps Lew has become more “Against the Left” than he is “Against the State.” It’s just my own perception, but that’s how it seems, especially with the immigration issue.
So, I’ll get my more critical points out of the way at the beginning here.
As Jacob Hornberger has pointed out many times, most recently here, the closed-border “libertarians” seem to endorse the police state on the border when it comes to immigration. What happened to free-market capitalism? And private property rights, in which a private property owner has the freedom to invite whomever he wishes onto his own private property?
And what happened to the principle of individualism? If this individual over here is not suspected of having violated the person or property of another, then you leave him alone. Period. Wha happen? Now, immigration “invasions” seem to be turning people into collectivists. (Maybe Lew has been listening to too much ditto-head talk radio?)
The closed-border libertarians don’t seem to want to bring up the reasons why there are caravans from Central America going to the southern U.S. border, which include mainly the U.S. government’s evil “War on Drugs” and the U.S. government’s aid to Central American governments who have been tyrannizing innocents in those parts.
Yes, LewRockwell.com and Lew’s own LRC blog and “Political Theatre” have had plenty of articles on the U.S. government’s prohibition of drugs and the police state that goes with it, but they seem to not make a linkage between the immigration problem and those statist policies.
And by the way, Rebecca Gordon has written on Tom Dispatch a somewhat decent article on those main causes of people fleeing those Central American countries. But an extra, made-up cause she wants to throw in there, to completely ruin her article, is “climate change.” Yes, besides the “War on Drugs” and U.S. government aid to tyrants, climate change is making people flee Central America and want to come to the U.S. And Gordon throws in this lie, citing the New York Times, that the U.S. is the “biggest carbon polluter in history,” when we know that the U.S. has become one of the least of the polluters (with a few specific exceptions like Los Angeles), certainly not as bad as China and India. But I digress.
It’s too bad the people on the Left can be very good in their anti-drug war, pro-civil liberties, anti-war views, yet still cling to propaganda when it comes to their anti-capitalism, anti-progress agenda. And that’s all the “climate change” fanaticism is all about: envy, and using the powers of government to steal even more from the workers and producers of society.
So, there definitely are still some things I agree with, in Lew Rockwell’s critiques of the Left. But he doesn’t define what “the Left” actually is. I’m sure he does this in his new book that is yet to be published.
And what actually is “the Left”? And what is the “right”? I used to see it as collectivism versus individualism. But many people on the “right” today are against individualism, against the free market, and against private property. They endorse the statist drug war and its police state, the war on immigration and its police state, they love and worship government police and military (which are products of socialism, not capitalism, by the way), and they also endorse and love huge socialist government programs, such as Social Security and Medicare.
In his article, regarding education Lew Rockwell mentions that the “young people are not taught about the evils of the Left, only its myths. They do not believe there were gigantic atrocities in the Lenin-Stalin Soviet Union, nor Mao’s China. Socialism is good!…”
I think he means that the young people are not taught about the evils of socialism or communism, i.e. the State. (Maybe “the Left” = socialism?) And on LRC he posted a link to an article by Lawrence Ludlow on how much worse the government schools are now than they were 30 years ago. The emphasis is now on grade curving regardless of performance.
Education being centralized, bureaucratized and run by the government are why we have so many dumb and ignorant students being graduated from the government schools, and why so many government teachers are also dumb and ignorant. In that article, Ludlow didn’t mention affirmative action or higher education, but we see just how bad affirmative action is when a con artist like Elizabeth Warren — white as a ghost — can scam Harvard University Law School into hiring her as a professor based on her checking the “minority” box and claiming to be Native American. She should have been criminally charged with fraud.
And Ludlow did mention the transgender phenomenon. In schools, the teachers and students are encouraged or even required to use plural pronouns such as “they” instead of “he,” “him,” “her” and “she.” But this is incorrect grammar. These are schools?
No, the schools are leftist cult indoctrination centers. The evil leftists, or “cultural Marxists,” are using very personal and private sexual matters to manipulate and twist the very young people’s sense of self worth and individual identity, as well as destroy their critical thinking skills and keep them ignorant of facts, truth, knowledge and history, and attempting to prevent the young people from going on to live a healthy, functional life.
And back to Lew Rockwell. And this is probably just a minor issue, really, with Lew. In this recent interview with Mises Institute President Jeff Deist, Rockwell said, regarding Supreme Bureaucrat Brett Kavanaugh and his recent confirmation battle, “And also it’s important to see the feminists defeated. So, I’m glad he was confirmed…”
Well, Kavanaugh may have won the seat on the Supremes, and defeated the feminazis who made things up to falsely accuse him of sexual assaults, but he is NOT anti-feminist, or anti-SJW. He is one of them. As I wrote here, Kavanaugh had stated at the beginning of his confirmation hearings, “Title IX helped make girls’ and women’s sports equal. And I see that law’s legacy every night when I walk into my house, as my daughters are getting back from lacrosse or basketball or hockey practice.”
What? That’s how Kavanaugh sees the “legacy” of Title IX? Are you kidding me? The true legacy of Title IX is many false accusations against innocent men at universities and colleges, professors being demoted or fired, employees being harassed or fired at workplaces…And Kavanaugh has NO idea of all this, because he spends too much time at his Washington cocktail parties, the bubble baths, and he himself has now been a VICTIM last Fall of the “legacy of Title IX”!
So, sometimes I wonder if Lew is more anti-Left than he is anti-State. He is glad that Kavanaugh was confirmed even though Kavanaugh is himself a leftist, a Big Government police statist combined with being an SJW. The worst of the worst.
Someone who is more anti-State than anti-Left would hope for Kavanaugh to be defeated, regardless of the false accusations against him.
In my view, if we had to choose between the Left or the State, I would say that we don’t need the State, and in fact we need to get rid of it, or at least the centralized State especially the U.S. government in Washington.
We need to persuade people to see the Leviathan in Washington for what it is. Even letting the fifty states have their sovereignty and independence as nation states, by way of peaceful, voluntary decentralization, would be a MUCH better start than the tyranny of enslavement we live in now.
And without the Regime in Washington, the Left would not have any power. So, we can live with a “Left” in our society, especially when those people have no power structure to grab onto and to use as an implement of totalitarian power and control over the rest of us.
And speaking of that, I also wanted to address some things in this other recent interview of Lew Rockwell by Atilla Mert Sulker. Lew says he’s “pro-nationalism.” And he says, “It’s only recently that you’re supposed to hate your homeland, and turn it over to whoever wants to come in on welfare.”
Well, I think he’s distorting things. Personally, I don’t “hate” my homeland, USA. I’m indifferent, because this “homeland” country is too big. I have no feelings toward most people in California, for example, me being from New England. (But I DO hate Connecticut, not the people, but the state in which I grew up. Now it is a communist, tax-thieving torture chamber. Who in his right mind would live there? Should I consider that my “homeland”? And love it?)
But the centralized “homeland” USA needs to be decentralized, in my view. And turning our society over “to whoever wants to come in on welfare”? This is a case against the welfare state, not against freedom of movement and people finding a better life. With no welfare state (and no income tax thefts, etc.), there would be no incentive for any would-be layabout parasites to come here.
But Rockwell also says, “And also, I notice that all the bad people in society hate nationalism, and are always denouncing it, whether it’s the New York Times, or the Washington Post, or academics, or left wingers…”
Excuse me, I am not a nationalist, and I am constantly criticizing the idea of nationalism, which is a form of authoritarian collectivism, by the way. Does that mean I’m “bad”? But I’m peaceful, a voluntaryist. I’m in my mid-50s and have never committed any criminal or violent acts against others. I’m not exactly a “left-winger” in my support of voluntary exchange, private property rights, and ending government schools.
And I do agree with Lew in that interview regarding the Libertarian Party, which has gone down hill since the days of Ron Paul and Harry Browne. Lew said, “But I must say that I don’t think the L.P.’s strategy of reaching out to the far left- you have to, for example, be a feminist, to be a libertarian, or all these other things. That’s just ridiculous. But they’re much more concerned with leftism, than they are with freedom.”
Sadly, the Libertarian Partly has become the party of “social justice warriors” in which just about everything is “racist,” “sexist,” “homophobic,” “transphobic,” etc. So it’s “Racist, racist, racist!” (and “Russia, Russia, Russia!” too, now) with many of those brainwashed, government school-“educated” sheeple. Just like the progressives and Democrats. The Libertarian Party needs to become the party of freedom once again, not just another party of the Left, like the Democrats, Republicans, Greens and Socialists. And that means being 100% against foreign interventionism, income taxation-theft or wealth taxation-theft, and being 100% supportive of private property rights, voluntary and free exchange, voluntary contracts, and the idea of self-ownership and the non-aggression principle.
Anyway, the Left is very bad. But the State is worse. And the Left could not do nearly as much damage to us were it not for the unnecessary existence of the State, especially the evil centralized State in Washington. But a book titled Against the Left by Lew Rockwell is probably something to look forward to reading.
Patrick Cockburn says that Britain is making itself a target in the gulf.
John Solomon on the FBI spreadsheet that puts a stake through the heart of Steele’s dossier.
Jacob Hornberger discusses conservatives’ unthinking accusations of others “hating America” after 9/11.
John Kiriakou says that if Dan Coats leaves, no tears goodbye.
Richard Ebeling on Simon Newcomb and the Let-Alone Principle.
And Mark Perry discusses the shocking story behind Nixon’s War on Drugs that targeted black people and anti-war activists.
Jacob Hornberger suggests that Americans adopt unilateral free trade. Liberate the people.
Veronique de Rugy says the global trade war comes full circle.
Charles Burris discusses the narcosouraus and the deep state.
Reason: Trigger warnings are bad.
L.K. Samuels on fascist-Marxist healthcare for all.
And Yvonne Lorenzo on climate change in a climate of ignorance.
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.
Kelley Vlahos with a terrific article on the horrible, sick Orwellian nightmare that China is right now.
Jason Ditz on Donald Trump not wanting the Khashoggi murder investigated because it would jeopardize hundreds of billions of dollars in Saudi arms sales. How sick is that? I’m sure the merchants of death are pleased, United Technologies Raytheon Northrowup Grumman Dynamics, etc., etc., etc.
Liam Glen says the media echo chamber is silent on the Saudi war on Yemen.
And Eli Clifton writes about the $259 million reason to bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran (as John McWarmonger would say): Sheldon Adelson et al. (More sick, these people.)
Jacob Sullum on why drug interdiction is doomed to failure.
Stephen Kinzer on who’s responsible for the border crisis. (He says the United States, but really it’s more specifically the U.S. government. Those idiots.)
And Charles Burris has an interesting post on art imitating hard historical reality.
Andrew Kern on the standing army: a threat to peace.
Caitlin Johnstone says, Pause for a moment and think about how many people AREN’T whistleblowing.
Laurence Vance discusses what Robert Reich failed to say about marijuana legalization.
And Jason Ditz comments on the mainstream media faulting Trump for not following through on attacking Iran.
Chris Hedges says the thought police are coming
John Whitehead discusses the police state in Amerika: Orwell’s 1984 is no longer fiction.
Luke Henderson on how war created taxation.
And Jacob Hornberger on the tyranny of drug laws.