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News and Commentary

Jacob Hornberger: Just Leave Cuba Alone.

Brendan O’Neill: It’s Time to Get Real about Freedom of Speech.

Life Site: Major US Pro-Family Group MassResistance Suddenly Dropped by Bank.

Glenn Greenwald: Congress Escalates Pressure on Tech Giants to Censor More, Threatening the First Amendment.

Jonathan Turley: Want To Prosecute Trump? It Will Require Proof Not Politics For A Viable Case.

Doug Bandow: Robert Kagan Diagnosed America’s Biggest Problem: Americans Who Don’t Want To Run the World.

Gary Barnett: Petitioning Government or Courts Will Never Result in Gaining Freedom: Only Mass Disobedience Can Prevail

Jon Miltimore: Bloomberg: Venezuela Turns to Privatization After Being Bankrupted by Socialism.

Laurence Vance: Three Libertarian Principles for Education.

Brandon Smith: A Question For Leftists: Why Are All The Evil People On Your Side?

And David Martin: CIA Election Meddling

News and Commentary

Jim Davies: Things Trump Didn’t Do.

Ron Paul: Trump Acquitted (Again), But Trump Hatred Continues

Chris Menahan: Republicans Backed Impeachment to Keep Trump from Pardoning Julian Assange.

Jeffrey Tucker: Minimum Wages Had a Eugenic Intent.

Adam Dick: While State Governments are Ending Their Mask Mandates, President Biden Is Going Full Mask Tyrant

James Bovard: Sovereignty Still Rests with the People, Not Congress.

Martin Armstrong: No Scientific Evidence that Masks do Anything! Sweden Banning Masks.

Jonathan Turley: New Comey Email Raises Additional Questions About His Use and Defense of The Steele Dossier.

Life Site: 46 Residents in Spanish Nursing Home Die after Receiving Covid Vaccine.

Veronique de Rugy: The Trouble With Mitt Romney’s Family Security Act.

Richard Ebeling: The Bankruptcy of Conservative Political Paternalism.

Becky Akers: Nullifying Nullification

Edward Curtin: Opening the CIA’s Can of Worms.

And Steve Watson: GOOD NEWS: ‘Woke’ Universities To Be Fined For Limiting Free Speech.

News and Commentary

Zero Hedge: Right On Cue For Biden, WHO Admits High-Cycle PCR Tests Produce COVID False Positives.

Matt Agorist: Media Literally Compares Biden to God, Whitewashing New Face of US Police State & War Machine.

Caitlin Johnstone: Psycho Pompeo Exits With Nary A Scratch Of Media Criticism On Him.

John Whitehead: The Deep State’s Stealthy, Subversive, Silent Coup to Ensure Nothing Changes.

Jacob Hornberger: Woe to the Libertarian Non-Unifiers.

José Niño: Beware the Troop-Withdrawal Bait and Switch.

Robert Wenzel: This is Who Influences the Biden Team

Maryam Henein: The Storming Of The Capitol — Inciting Insurrection Or False Flag Attack?

Dave Lindorff: Time to Trash the Terrorist Watch List, a Police-State Frankenstein Gone Off the Rails.

Wendy McElroy: The Gold Clause: A Free-Market Gold Standard.

Ethan Yang: The Case for Decentralizing Monetary Policy.

And Alan Dershowitz: Congress Broke Two Records on Impeachment of Donald Trump.

News and Commentary

James Bovard: Collective Guilt and the New Witch Hunt.

Lew Rockwell: What Is Fascism? It’s the System We’ve Been Living Under for Decades.

Murray Rothbard: How the State Preserves Itself—and What the State Fears.

Jacob Hornberger: Why They Hate Trump So Deeply.

Ramesh Thakur: The West Should Envy Japan’s COVID-19 Response.

Aaron Maté: It’s Trump’s Last Chance to Declassify These Secrets of the Russia Collusion Dud.

Robert Wenzel: Messing With a Mask Nazi on the Streets of San Francisco, and Getting Real About Libertarian Strategy and Tactics

Derrick Broze: Americans Are Being Divided As The War on Domestic Terror Expands.

Hannah Cox: Why Adding Accused Capitol Rioters to the ‘No-Fly’ List Threatens Civil Liberties.

Bonnie Kristian: With Washington in Chaos, Let’s Steer Clear of War With Iran.

Vasko Kohlmayer: Totalitarian Takeover in Progress: The Left’s Coup Against America

And Paul Joseph Watson: Germany to Put COVID Rulebreakers in ‘Detention Camp’

Carl Watner Has Died

One prominent member of the libertarian movement was Carl Watner, who died of cancer last week. He was born in 1948.

Murray Rothbard may have been “Mr. Libertarian,” but Carl Watner was “Mr. Voluntaryist,” in my opinion. All things voluntary, and views guided by the non-aggression principle.

Wendy McElroy writes:

It is with deep sorrow that I announce the death of Carl Watner, who was the primary hand in founding the modern Voluntaryist movement in the early 1980s. He worked tirelessly and without complaint, day in and day out for decades, expressing his principles through his prolific writing, his character, and his actions. I will never meet his like again. I was lucky to have known him at all.

Carl died at home on Tuesday after a long and brave fight against cancer. He was surrounded by a loving family, including his remarkable wife Julie, and he was in no pain. I asked. Carl will be cremated and laid to rest in a Baltimore cemetery that his family owned for many years and where he will be joining three generations of the Watner family.

I cannot imagine the world or the movement without Carl. He was an irreplaceable friend and colleague. Good journey, Carl.

Carl Watner’s ideas and writing had an influence on me in my own libertarian thinking, such as in my views on the immigration issue.

Carl Watner started the Voluntaryist Newsletter with Wendy McElroy and George H. Smith in 1982. Here is the Voluntaryist website, and here is the Table of Contents for the Voluntaryist Newsletter. He wrote an essay in 2014 on what Voluntaryism means to him.

And here are some of my favorite articles by Carl that I have posted links to here on this blog. I’m sure you will find them as enlightening and interesting as I did.

Every State a Police State.

Am I An American Citizen and What Might It Mean?

Voluntaryist Resistance

Poisoning the Public Mind: Why Real Dissent Must Be Silenced

Life, Liberty, and Quackery From A Voluntaryist Perspective

Why I Oppose Government Enumeration

Without Firing A Single Shot: Voluntaryist Resistance and Societal Defense

“The Illusion Is Liberty – The Reality Is Leviathan”: A Voluntaryist Perspective on the Bill of Rights

Non-Voting

Is Voting an Act of Violence?

Ropes of Sand: Voluntaryism and Secessionism

The Tragedy of Political Government

Besides his articles at the Voluntaryist Newsletter, here are some of his other articles and papers at the Mises Institute, and Reason magazine. And voluntaryist books are available at the Voluntaryist website, including his own book on Homeschooling (also available at Amazon).

RIP, Carl.

More News and Commentary

James Bovard: Barack Obama and the Death of Idealism.

Peter Quinones: Libertarian Messaging For 2021: Part 1

Laurie Calhoun: Beware the ‘Nurse Ratched’ State

Robert Bridge: Election Day Information Blackout Shows U.S. Media Is No Friend of the People. Americans Must Demand Better

Brad Polumbo: AOC’s Latest Viral Post Flunks Econ 101.

Mark Thornton: Joe Biden Wants a Huge New Tax on Gun Owners.

Glenn Greenwald: After the Deep State Sabotaged His Presidential Bid, Bernie Sanders Mocks Those Who Believe it Exists.

Jon Miltimore: Ivy League Study Shows How US Media Created a Climate of Fear Over COVID-19.

Zero Hedge: Tested ‘Positive’ For COVID-19? Be Sure To Ask This Question

Big League Politics: COVER-UP: Michigan Secretary of State Orders Deletion of Crucial Election Records to Halt Investigation.

And Gateway Pundit:  Michigan and Pennsylvania Secretaries of State Gave Far Left Rock the Vote Activists Access to Sensitive Data on All Voters.

More News and Commentary

Brandon Smith: Power Is An Illusion, Control Is A Facade.

Jonathan Turley: Flynn Retweets Call For Trump To Declare Martial Law To Hold New Elections.

Alastair Crooke: The Digital ‘Iron Curtain’ Descends.

Thomas Sowell: Walter E. Williams, 1936-2020

Robert Wenzel: Walter Williams, R.I.P.

Bill Sardi: Why Covid-19 Vaccines Won’t Save The World

Thomas Dilorenzo: Walter E. Williams, R.I.P

Life Site: Evidence Emerges that Covid Tests Are Faulty. FDA and CDC Admit as Much.

Arjun Walia: COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Widespread, Even Among Medical Professionals.

Jacob Hornberger: The Federal Reserve Killed My Grandfather

Revolver: Trump’s Ace: Win or Lose He Can Still Devastate the Deep State With These Perfectly-Timed Moves

Grant Smith: The Jonathan Pollard Exception.

Doug Bandow: The Monroe Doctrine Goes Global: America, and only America, Gets To Intervene Everywhere.

And Big League Politics: Twitter Suspends Election Whistleblower After Giving Riveting Testimony in Arizona about Mathematical Fraud.

On the Right of the People to Nullify Federal Diktats

It looks like we will have a turn to the left with more socialism if Joe Biden gets in power, which means President Kamala Harris, and probably AOC as the Speech and Thought Commissar who will distribute a long list of those the administration has determined to be “racists,” etc, i.e. anyone who disagrees with the Regime.

So this will be a time in which those who believe in the freedom and principles of the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights will have to seriously consider, if not full secession and genuine independence then nullification of the further federal edicts that Biden or Harris will attempt to shove down our throats. (And this isn’t just because of the illegitimacy of their presidency given that they imposed a coup via a massive organized racketeering operation of fraud and vote tampering and fabricating.)

To get a good idea on the right and importance of nullification, I recommend Tom Woods’s book from 2010, Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century. Here it is at the Mises Institute store, and Amazon.

I have quoted before from this blog post by Tom Woods and will again, in his explanation of the relationship between the states and the federal government:

If you and I give a third person (call him Person C) a limited power of attorney to help govern our affairs, and that person oversteps the boundaries outlined in the contract we signed, who gets to decide if Person C is in violation of the contract? Is it Person C himself? Or is it you and I, the people who wrote and signed the limited power of attorney in the first place? Likewise, the states, as the principals to the constitutional compact, have a far better logical claim to be the judges of constitutionality than their agent, the federal government.

In Woods’s Liberty Classroom page on nullification, he writes:

1) The states preceded the Union.  The Declaration of Independence speaks of “free and independent states” that “have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do.” The British acknowledged the independence not of a single blob, but of individual states, which they proceeded to list one by one. Article II of the Articles of Confederation says the states “retain their sovereignty, freedom, and independence”; they must have enjoyed that sovereignty in the past in order for them to “retain” it in 1781 when the Articles were officially adopted.  The ratification of the Constitution was accomplished not by a single, national vote, but by the individual ratifications of the various states, each assembled in convention.

2) In the American system no government is sovereign.  The peoples of the states are the sovereigns.  It is they who apportion powers between themselves, their state governments, and the federal government.  In doing so they are not impairing their sovereignty in any way. To the contrary, they are exercising it.

3) Since the peoples of the states are the sovereigns, then when the federal government exercises a power of dubious constitutionality on a matter of great importance, it is they themselves who are the proper disputants, as they review whether their agent was intended to hold such a power.  No other arrangement makes sense.  No one asks his agent whether the agent has or should have such-and-such power.  In other words, the very nature of sovereignty, and of the American system itself, is such that the sovereigns must retain the power to restrain the agent they themselves created.  James Madison explains this clearly in the famous Virginia Report of 1800.

There is further information on that Nullification resource page. And Woods answers some of the objections to Nullification, such as the claims that it violates the Constitution’s supremacy clause, that it doesn’t appear in the Constitution, that the Supreme Court ruled against the idea, that it was used by the southern states to defend slavery, and other objections.

So of course people have the right to live their lives however they want, as long as they are peaceful. Given that the Declaration of Independence recognizes the unalienable right of each individual to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, then of course the people of the states have a right to nullify federal diktats.

For example, healthcare. As I wrote in my June of 2011 article on disobeying dictators,

Now, by “disobeying dictators,” I am not advocating violence, but only that people live their lives as they see fit, as long as they do not intrude on anyone else’s equal right to do the same with their lives. So there comes a time when civil disobedience is in order. By civil disobedience, I mean acting in defiance of government-imposed rules and dictates that have nothing to do with protecting life, liberty and property. This includes individual- or state-nullification of federal orders. I believe in the Non-Aggression Principle and oppose the use of aggression as an initiated means toward an end.

Like in the old Soviet Union, Obama’s government-controlled medical scheme will not only be harmful medically, but the increasing police state we are experiencing will be used to enforce the controls, and also will be used against individuals who show dissent from the government’s authoritarian dictates.

We The People don’t need all that, and we don’t want it. We want freedom and peace. (At least I do.)

Now, what would happen if doctor’s offices, hospitals, medical equipment manufacturers, drug and supplement makers, and insurers just decided to do their business with their consumers – honestly and peacefully, and without aggression or fraud – and totally ignore federal regulations, mandates, fees, licensure laws and other intrusions? Frankly, those intrusions’ only real purpose is to protect established physicians and businesses’ profits from prospective competitors and start-ups. (The medical establishment was already corrupt well before ObamaCare.)

The contracts involved in the relationships between doctors or other medical providers and patients, or between insurers and patients, are private contracts, and third parties such as government bureaucrats sticking their big noses into those private contracts are committing acts of criminality, of trespassing, in my opinion.

Acts of nullification are necessary for Americans to be better served in their medical needs. With freedom, the consumers would determine what is needed, not the government, and the producers would serve the consumers – quality of medical care would then rise and the prices would fall.

So I definitely recommend Tom Woods’s book on nullification, which people should send to their state legislators and even their U.S. congressmen and senators.

On the Amazon page it quotes “from the inside flap”:

Unconstitutional laws are pouring out of Washington…but we can stop them.

Just ask Thomas Jefferson. There is a “rightful remedy” to federal power grabs–it’s called Nullification.

In Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century, historian and New York Times bestselling author Thomas E. Woods, Jr. explains not only why nullification is the constitutional tool the Founders envisioned, but how it works–and has already been employed in cases ranging from upholding the First Amendment to knocking down slave laws before the Civil War. In Nullification, Woods shows:

* How the states were meant to be checks against federal tyranny–and how a growing roster of governors and state attorneys general are recognizing they need to become that again
* Why the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution reinforces the rights of states to nullify unconstitutional laws
* Why it was left to the states to uphold the simple principle that an unconstitutional law is no law at all
* Why, without nullification, ordinary Americans will continue to suffer the oppression of unjust, unconstitutional laws
* PLUS thorough documentation of how the Founding Fathers believed nullification could be applied

Nullification is not just a book–it could become a movement to restore the proper constitutional limits of the federal government. Powerful, provocative, and timely, Nullification is sure to stir debate and become a constitutional handbook for all liberty-loving Americans.

We already have a lot of federal bureaucracies and agencies which shouldn’t exist and should be abolished along with all of their regulations and fees and fines. None of them is authorized by the U.S. Constitution, and if they exist, then the people have a right to nullify them. Of course, it is helpful if such nullification is made official in state laws by the state legislatures.

Can You Take the Anti-Lockdown/Mask Protests to the Governor’s Home?

Besides the recent mask and lockdown protests outside the homes of the governors of Utah, Minnesota, Michigan, Kentucky and Texas, among others I’m sure, there has been debate over whether such protests outside someone’s home is appropriate.

As long as protests are peaceful, of course they can do that.

And the latest protests took place in New Hampshire, the “Live Free or Die” state (a motto that has been hanging by a thread, quite frankly), outside Gov. Sununu’s home as well as that of the state’s attorney general.

The writer on the “Free Keene” blog writes:

Many had been pushed over their limit by his recent statewide mask mandate, but it wasn’t just about him trying to tell people what to wear, it was also about ruining businesses and destroying jobs and lives with his “emergency orders”.

Sununu’s edicts have invaded our homes and businesses, so now we’re invading his.

It was a great day for us, but probably not for Sununu as he hid inside his home like the cowardly, sniveling politician he is.

And then on Thanksgiving day the protesters were outside the home of NH attorney general Gordon MacDonald.

the protest at MacDonald’s house was organized in secret. As a result, police were not waiting on-site as they were at Sununu’s. However, it didn’t take long for the cops to be called by MacDonald’s attorney wife, Jennifer A Eber.

Eber was not happy, demanding we be removed from “her property”. The attorney couple owns three large wooded lots across the street from their home, so Eber mistakenly believed that would protect them from such a protest. However, she didn’t realize the very same state gang that puts food on her table also has rules for “public ways” that allow us to engage in protests just like this. Apparently she doesn’t like it when people bring the destructive consequences of her husband’s actions home for her to experience.

As long as her husband keeps ruining peaceful people’s lives, and invading their businesses and homes with his bureaucracy, threats, and fines, she can expect we’ll continue to remind her about it.

There weren’t nearly as many protesters outside the attorney general’s home as there were at the governor’s home protest. The protesters are not wearing masks, because, being humans, they need oxygen. I like the fact that the first police officer is not wearing a mask, and the second officer was wearing a mask but taking it off when the first officer goes up to talk to him. Although I laughed when seeing the attorney general’s wife wearing a mask when going outside.

One of the protesters points out to the Mrs. that her husband is enforcing the governor’s unlawful orders against peaceful people, and the protester lectures her on how those bureaucrats are threatening peaceful people in their homes and businesses. At about 7 minutes into this second video a protester is discussing with the police officers the illegitimacy of the governor’s orders. The officers seem genuinely interested in what he’s saying. We need more of this.

The protesters sang some corny carols toward the end, given the holiday spirit we are all in now.

News and Commentary, Third World Banana Republik Amerika

Jim Davies: The Heist.

Peter Quinones: The Libertarian Party Will Never Have Political Power

Caitlin Johnstone: Surprise! America Is Getting Another Psycho For Secretary Of State.

Jeff Deist: YouTube Attempts to Silence the Mises Institute

Ryan McMaken: Why Commies Hate Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Matthew Petti: The Feds Are Spreading Fake Facts About Fentanyl.

David Gordon: Taxation and Forced Labor

James Bovard: This Thanksgiving, the Government Gifts Us COVID-19 Sex Advice

Big League Politics: Illicit $25 Million Dominion Deal Set Up in Michigan by Former Democrat ‘Voter Protection’ Czar is Listed as Evidence in Kraken Lawsuit.

And Gateway Pundit: Video Shows Georgia Operative Gabe Sterling Admitting He Helped Set Up Drop Boxes and Promoted Far Left Activists as Absentee Ballot Counters.

USSA News and Commentary

Jacob Hornberger: President Trump, Release the JFK Files.

Glenn Greenwald: Biden, the Media and CIA Labeled the Hunter Biden Emails “Russian Disinformation.” There is Still No Evidence.

Dave DeCamp: Biden’s Pentagon Transition Team Members Funded by the Arms Industry.

Ray McGovern: What is John Brennan So Worried About?

Whitney Webb: US – UK Intel Agencies Declare Cyber War on Independent Media.

Sam Jacobs: National Election Fraud: Evidence of National Chicanery During America’s 2020 Presidential Election.

The Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex Is Fascism.

David Stockman: Hey, Goldman Sachs, Keep Your Stinkin’ Lottery Tickets

And Daniel Diefenbach: When Should Libertarians Attach Themselves to Political Causes?