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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

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.

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.

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?

News and Commentary in 21st Century USSA

Hans-Hermann Hoppe: On the Impossibility of Limited Government and the Prospects for a Second American Revolution (by Means of Secession). (2001, 2008)

Caitlin Johnstone: Don’t Fool Yourself: Your Biden Vote Was Not A “Vote Against Fascism”

Thomas Knapp: November 3: D-Day in the War to End the War on Drugs.

Aaron Kesel: Information War? Internet Archive To Rewrite History With Alerts for Sites That Have Been Fact Checked. (That’s the Wayback Machine. But one purpose of the Wayback Machine is for a journalist or researcher to be able to go back to an archive of how a particular web page originally appeared. The content need not be “accurate.” The is turning what was a great historical Internet source into a government propaganda outlet. Shame.)

Charles Burris: Glenn Greenwald: No Matter the Liberal Metric Chosen, the Bush/Cheney Administration Was Far Worse Than Trump

George La Noue: Critical Race Training or Civil Rights Law: We Can’t Have Both.

Shane Coules: The Absurdity of Lockdown 2.0.

Daniel Larison: Why the U.S. Must Not Support Azerbaijan’s War.

Brandon Smith: A Biden Presidency Will Mean a Faster US Collapse.

Breitbart: Rod Blagojevich: Democrats Stealing Elections a “Time-Honored Tradition”.

Tom Blanton: Clowns That Voted.

Tim Cushing:  Appeals Court Denies Immunity To Cop Who Broke A Truck Driver’s Jaw During A ‘Routine Accident Investigation’

Gateway Pundit: “This Felt Like a Drug Deal!” – Asian-American Ballot Observer in Detroit Describes Mysterious Van Dropping Off 61 Boxes of Ballots at 4 AM (VIDEO).

Town Hall: Paper Warned About the Software Company at Center of Ballot Glitches in Swing States; UPDATE: MI SOS Responds.

And Newsmax: Fox News Cancels ‘Justice With Judge Jeanine’ This Weekend Over Trump.

Some Post-Election Comments

I’m posting this around noon, with no word on who the next puppet will be, Trump or Biden (i.e. Harris).

The final vote tally is not yet ready, but it looks like Libertarian Party presidential candidate Jo Jorgensen is getting roughly 1 to 2% of the vote. She might as well be Lyndon LaRouche. In 2016 Gary Johnson the pothead got roughly 3.27% of the vote which was the highest ever for the LP.

I think that, had the hacks and apparatchiks of the “Libertarian” Party gone with Jacob Hornberger as their presidential nominee (the one the actual voters in the state primaries overwhelmingly voted for), there would have been a lot more enthusiasm among many in the Liberty movement, probably better publicity and more support. I am not saying that Jacob could have taken that many votes away from Trump and Biden to get much more over 3 or 4%. But, he was the better, more consistently libertarian and principled candidate.

But nooo, the hacks and apparatchiks of the “Libertarian” Party snubbed the voters of the primaries and went with the “social justice” crap, this obsession with gender and race that “social justice warriors” seem to have.

I would definitely support a 2024 LP candidate Jacob Hornberger, who will be only 74 then. Hell, I’d support Ron Paul at age 89 in 2024 for President. But, it looks like we probably won’t have an America anymore by 2024, because the Democrats and Republicans have turned the country into Amerika, and getting worse.

My preference instead is to just get rid of Washington, D.C., because it has outlasted its usefulness, whatever usefulness it ever had (which is to say, none). Decentralization is the answer to all this.

I know, I know. It is unrealistic to hope that someday the libertarian message will get across to the masses, when the government controls the education system and the mass media. That was apparent way back in 1988 after I voted for Libertarian Party nominee Ron Paul and then saw that he received just a few hundred thousand votes. The “news” media didn’t really report on his candidacy. There was no change in the reporting from the “news” media in 1992 with that election’s terrible LP nominee, Andre Marrou.

Back then, the “news” media would declare: “There are only Republican and Democrat, and that’s it.” Anyone who had views that strayed from the beloved Establishment, views that challenged the statist quo, were “fringe” or “extremists,” and shouldn’t be taken seriously.

Had today’s “news” media morons been around during the time of the American Revolution, those who promoted property rights, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence would have been run out of town and dismissed as “fringe” and “extremists,” as today’s promoters of liberty still are. Nothing has changed in all these decades in which the government has controlled education and dumbed down generations of people.

The ignorant “news” media along with the dumb-dumbs of the Democrat Party went with a corrupt Alzheimer’s sufferer as their favored candidate for President. That tells us something, doesn’t it?

And you can see how the low-IQ “news” media and their social media compadres are now not only ignoring libertarians and otherwise anti-Establishment dissidents but outright smearing, blacklisting and censoring them.

So while we’re all waiting, waiting, waiting to get final results of the election, election officials are counting, counting, counting ballots, mail-in ballots, absentee, as well as making up and stuffing ballots, putting in names of dead people, finding “lost” ballots in their car trunks and refrigerators, and more. And it’s mostly Democrats doing those cheating things.

Yes, Republicans have cheated and stolen elections or nominations, such as the Romney people stealing the nomination away from Ron Paul in 2012, but mainly it’s Democrats doing most of the cheating. They are the ones who want to extend ballot deadlines well past the date of the election, so they have more time to throw out Republican ballots and make up new ballots. The Democrats are the party of “ranked choice,” which is used to intentionally confuse voters and so the third runner-up will be the winner and not the actual top vote-getter. And the Democrats are the party who don’t want ID requirements to verify a voter’s identity. It’s easier to cheat without being required to identify yourself. Duh.

And in this election specifically, the Democrat and leftist people have shown how unhinged they are in their hatred of Donald Trump. I’ve never seen anything like it in all my years.

First they make up a “Russia collusions, interfering in the election” scheme, along with a made-up Steele dossier that was used to present false information to the FISA court to illegally spy on the Trump campaign (a collusions accusation that was all debunked by the Mueller report). And then they have a CIA “whistleblower” use an everyday phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president to try to impeach Trump, which didn’t succeed. And then the Covid scamdemic, whose main purpose was to terrorize the masses to fear voting in person on November 3rd so they would want to mail in ballots, so the mail-in balloting could be used for massive cheating and voter fraud (like they’re doing right now). The scamdemic terrorism and panic was also used to tank the economy, and tank they did, to try to undo Trump’s economic successes with the tax-cut-stimulated economic expansion and extremely low unemployment rate.

But despite the schemes and the cheating, by extremist, unhinged low-IQ psychopaths and loony-tunes Democrats and their “national security” partners, Trump will probably still win reelection. Nancy Lugosi will begin the first of many impeachment proceedings because she and the other wackos just don’t like him. But the House will stay under Democrat control for that wonderful gridlock. If you’re pro-liberty, should should appreciate gridlock. And if Biden still wins, the Senate looks like it will remain Republican controlled to slow down the Democrats in the Soviet-clone communist paradise they are drooling to inflict on the rest of us.

Ignorant, government-loving Trump still hasn’t drained the swamp, and it doesn’t seem he ever will. Not with Jeff Sessions, Bill Barr, Chris Wray and Gina Haspel, as well as the Goldman Sachs crowd including Steven Mnuchin. And all the military generals Trump has surrounded himself with, all those horrible interventionists, neocons, militarists, globalists, etc.

In 2012 there was a good chance that a Republican presidential nominee Ron Paul could have ousted Obama, because Dr. Paul was the only candidate who was beating Obama in the polls in head-to-head matches. Romney is…whatever.

But the truth is, the only way now to save our hanging-by-a-thread civilized society is to decentralize the society. That means getting rid of the government in Washington, even through secession if necessary. Such a notion bothers a lot of people who are long-time nationalists, like most conservatives especially. But that is what needs to be done. Otherwise, it is becoming Soviet Union 2.0 and that’s not good.

News and Commentary

Jacob Hornberger: Needed: A Faith in Freedom.

Jeffrey Tucker: The New Feudalism.

Robert Wenzel: Shady CDC Cancels Flu Data Collection for the Coming Flu Season

MassPrivateI: The Border Patrol Is Monitoring Millions Of Americans’ Cellphones Inside Their Homes.

Patrick Lawrence: The Revelations of WikiLeaks: Opening the CIA’s Vault.

Ron Paul: ‘Iraq War Diaries’ At Ten Years: Truth is Treason

Jo Jorgensen: Republicans and Democrats Will Never Deliver Peace.

Laurence Vance: A Trifecta of Evil

John Nolte: New York Times Accidentally Confirms Breitbart’s Voter Fraud Reporting.

And Scott Sumner: Is Progressivism a Scam?