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John Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead: Comply or Die: The Only Truly Compliant Person in a Police State Is a Dead One.

James Bovard: Steel Follies and the Perils of Politically-Controlled Trade.

Michelle Malkin: Astroturfing Covid Agitprop.

Big League Politics: YouTube and Twitter Censor Michelle Malkin Interview With Women Who Support Religious and Philosophical Exemptions From Covid-19 Vaccine Mandates.

J.D. Tuccille: Myanmar Protests Show an AR-15 Will Protect a Lot More Freedom than a Slingshot.

Life Site: French Drug Assessment Center Demands Removal of All Four Widely Used Covid Vaccines.

National File: Pfizer Vaccine Confirmed To Cause Neurodegenerative Diseases – Study

Joseph Mercola: State Attorneys General Threaten to Silence Dr. Mercola

Brian Shilhavy: LA County Sheriff Going Home to Home Forcibly Injecting Handicapped Adults and Children with Covid-19 Shots Against Their Will.

Caitlin Johnstone: Why The Main Argument Against Withdrawing US Troops Is Bogus.

Glenn Greenwald: Journalists, Learning They Spread a CIA Fraud About Russia, Instantly Embrace a New One.

David Gordon: You Won’t Learn Much about Fascism in this Book on “Fascism”

And Alexandra Bruce: Monopoly: An overview of the Great Reset – Follow the Money

News and Commentary

Laurence Vance: Conservatives, Free Trade, and the WTO.

Joe Lauria: A History of the Espionage Act and How it Ensnared Julian Assange.

Danusha Goska: Woke Economics, Psychology, Mythology, and Etiquette.

Children’s Health Defense Team: Federal Government Illegally Pressured Facebook to Censor CHD Website, Social Media Content, Lawsuit Alleges.

Zero Hedge: 40% Of Marines Refuse COVID-19 Vaccine.

Fabian Ommar: Thirdworldization: The Slow Burning SHTF of America.

Karol Markowicz: Will Covid Hysterics Ever Let Our Children Live Normal Lives?

And Life Site: Review Finds That ‘Evidence’ Supporting Puberty Blockers, Cross-Sex Hormones Is ‘Not Reliable’

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Caitlin Johnstone: Everything About The Biden Administration Is Fake.

Michael Snyder: Guess Which Side The Corporate Media Is Taking In The GameStop Story…

Robert Wheeler: America’s Trust in the Mainstream Media Hits an All-Time Low and “Journalists” Are Shocked.

Philip Weiss: AIPAC Demands NBC Retract Report on NSC Aide Who’s a Big Donor to Lobby Group– and NBC Complies!

David Iglesias: Biden Seeks to Finish off Struggling Business Owners.

Jon Rappoport: Official Covid Death Numbers: the Fraud, the Killing.

Children’s Health Defense: Children’s Health Defense Team’s Letter Regarding Medical Ethics, Emergency Use Products, Voluntary Testing & Vaccine Safety.

Laurence Vance: The Real Problem with Biden’s “Buy American” Policy.

Ted Galen Carpenter: The National Security State Shields One of Its Own Miscreants–Again.

Moon of Alabama: More Cyber Crimes, Attributed To Russia, Are Shown To Have Come From Elsewhere.

Donald Boudreaux: Business Should Fight Back Against Controls.

National Security Archive: Rumsfeld Lacked Intel on Who The Enemies Were Two Years After Afghanistan Invasion, Newly Published “Snowflakes” Show.

And MassPrivateI: Police To Use A Network Of 1,000 “Anveshak” AI Cameras To “Spotlight” A Person’s Every Movement.

News and Commentary

Paul Craig Roberts: Life Within The Matrix Is Our Future.

James Bovard: Two Types of Terror in Michigan.

NY Post: Smoking Gun Email Reveals How Hunter Biden Introduced Ukrainian Businessman to VP Dad.

The Last Refuge: Bookmark Today’s Date – Big Tech Has Crossed The Event Horizon to Protect Joe Biden

Glenn Greenwald Tweets on Twitter/Facebook Censorship of NY Post Biden-Ukraine Story.

Laurence Vance: Trade Deficit Baloney.

Joseph Mercola: Majority Are Already Immune Against SARS-CoV-2

Becky Akers: WW III: More Mask Mail from the Front

Donald Boudreaux: Covid Is Not Categorically Different.

Dave DeCamp: Tweets Are Not Enough, It’s Time To End Some Wars Already.

Derrick Broze: U.S. Gov’t Awards Contracts to Seven Organizations with Ties to Gates Foundation, DARPA, Big Tech.

Caitlin Johnstone: Every Presidential Election Since The Iraq War Has Featured Candidates Who Supported It.

Robert Wenzel: Freedom of Speech and the Recent Actions of Twitter and Facebook

And Big League Politics: Hunter Biden Was NOT “Hacked;” Agreed to Transfer Ownership of Mac Under Terms of Repair Agreement.

A Conspiracy Theory on COVID-19

One conspiracy theory, not that I believe it (although given the sick nature of the Chinese rulers it’s not unbelievable), is that the Chinese intentionally caused the COVID-19 coronavirus to spread onto the U.S. in order to cause panic and hysteria, such as we are seeing now with business and school closings and event cancellations, and a negative crashing effect in the stock markets as we are also seeing now. The Dow crashed down from its high of 29,000+ to 21,000. (However, it was at 19,000+ just three years ago when Trump took office, FWIW.)

Given that the Chinese rulers are extremely sick psychopaths in their evil treatment of their own people such as with the concentration camps, a.k.a. “re-education camps,” and their authoritarian social credit score system, it should not be a big surprise if the above conspiracy theory actually were correct.

But would the Chinese rulers have some kind of motive to do such a terrible thing, if that were the case? Well, yes they would have a motive, it could be their way of retaliating against Donald Trump and his collectivistic trade war that he started against the Chinese, which has been having quite a negative effect on the Chinese economy.

And yes, Trump started the war, and for no good reason. He has stated many years ago that he wants to start a trade war with China, as I wrote in a 2011 post.

Trump is an extremely ignorant collectivist, in which he seems to believe that “America trades with other countries,” when no, individuals and businesses in the U.S. have trades, contracts and transactions with other individuals and businesses here and in other countries.

As Don Boudreaux wrote in a November, 2018 article,

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.

Besides Don Boudreax’s article on trade deficits, see Murray Rothbard, Robert Murphy, and Richard Ebeling as well. Given that Trump is concerned, irrationally, about trade deficits which actually mean nothing in the real world, he has no concern at all about deficits that actually do mean something, the U.S. government’s budget deficit and Trump’s trillion-dollar budget deficit!

But if there is a conflict going on economically between the U.S. and China it is one that was either started or greatly exacerbated by Donald Trump, in his ordering tariffs that are really the U.S. government’s way of waging economic warfare on its own people, as well as hitting the Chinese people!

So, China has a motive to retaliate against Trump’s economic warfare. Not that I’m saying that the above conspiracy actually is true or that I believe it. But when we have a leader who is psychopathic, like Donald Trump, he is like past psychopathic leaders of the U.S., including FDR, who initiated an oil embargo against Japan which provoked the Japanese rulers to attack Pearl Harbor.

News and Commentary

Jon Rappoport: China coronavirus hype straight out of the CDC flu playbook, and Coronavirus covert operation.

Dana Loesch: The Bloomberg Oppo List.

Ron Paul: Trump’s betrayal of Julian Assange.

Aaron Kesel: Assange’s lawyer says U.S. government wanted to kill WikiLeaks founder and make it look like an accident.

Caitlin Johnstone: The Julian Assange case: Should journalists be punished for exposing war crimes?

Daniel Lazare asks, Did WikiLeaks put lives at risk?

Patrick Cockburn: With WikiLeaks, Julian Assange did what all journalists should do.

Zero Hedge: Chief magistrate in Assange extradition received financial benefits from shadowy groups.

Neenah Payne: Ron Paul and Jennifer Zeng warn Americans about socialism.

Jacob Hornberger: Socialism in America.

Richard Ebeling: The technocrats will not save us.

Thomas DiLorenzo: Secession fever in America: What would Lincoln think?

Robert Wenzel: The confused plastic bag haters.

John Hanna: New Jersey public schools to teach LGBT ideology in every subject.

Sheldon Richman: Might you be a libertarian?

Dave DeCamp: Intelligence [sic] officials sow discord by stoking fear of Russian election meddling.

Byron York asks, Is the intelligence [sic] community planning to meddle in the 2020 election?

Laurence Vance: Minimum-wage laws, child-labor laws, and overtime-pay laws have no place in a free society.

Donald Boudreaux: Free trade in ten easy points.

Bill Blunden: The bogus Big Brother-Big Tech brawl over backdoors.

Gary Barnett: Another whistleblower “suicide”: Philip Haney.

Danny Sjursen: Where have you gone, Smedley Butler?

William Luther asks, Why is Maduro pushing the Petro?

James Bovard: Mass college hunger is a statistical sham.

And Justin Murray: Why it’s so hard to escape America’s “anti-poverty” programs.

Today’s Anti-Immigration Nationalists And Their Love of Central Planning and the Police State

Thomas DiLorenzo writes on LRC about the curse of American nationalism, with reference to the recently published Volume 5 of Murray Rothbard’s Conceived in Liberty, transcribed from Rothbard’s handwritten notes and edited by Patrick Newman. DiLorenzo quotes Rothbard regarding the early American nationalists,  such as “Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Sam Adams, John Hancock, Thomas Paine…” who wanted to “destroy the original individualist and decentralized program of the American Revolution.”  DiLorenzo writes that “Conceived in Liberty tells the story, chapter and verse, of how these men subverted and overthrew the principles of American freedom that inspired the American Revolution with their ‘devious and sinister machinations,'” as Rothbard would put it.

Now, I don’t know whether DiLorenzo agrees with me on the immigration issue. But that is one issue in which today’s nationalist conservatives go off the deep end, and abandon their supposed advocacy of private property and free markets in the name of American nationalism and their deeply indoctrinated worship of “America” with all the myths and glorification that go with it.

Today’s conservatives are supporters of centralization and government central planning in many aspects of life. And they love the tyrannical national security state. With the faux “war on terror” and the wars on drugs and immigration, today’s nationalist conservatives are police statists and militarists. Not big on individualism, decentralization or privatization, these people.

One of today’s extreme nationalists, Michelle Malkin, has been on the talk shows promoting her anti-immigration and “stand with ICE” tour and her book, Open Borders, Inc.

Stand with the police state, you mean. Certainly not stand with freedom, and the ideas of the Declaration of Independence, such as unalienable rights.

Now Malkin is being snubbed by conservative groups because of her defense of someone named Nick Fuentes who has been accused of being an anti-Semitic Holocaust denier and a racist. Malkin still insists on defending Fuentes, despite his controversies. I don’t know why. And her tour is now being banned by the intolerant academic fascists on the left, including the latest being Bentley College.

Malkin, and her anti-immigration cohorts Donald Trump, Ann Coulter et al. have this collectivist, nativist ideology that overrides whatever support they might ever have for the founding principles of America.

In fact, regarding the immigration issue, in one of the Founders’ complaints against the King in their Declaration of Independence, Jefferson wrote:

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

Do they know this? So, these so-called conservative people of today are really anti-free market, anti-private property and anti-freedom of association. As I wrote in this post summarizing several past posts on immigration, when you have genuine free markets people sell their labor or goods to employers or customers, and such contracts are between them and don’t involve third parties unless specifically noted. And in a society of freedom and free markets people come and go as they please. No police state at the border, no having to report to government bureaucrats. As I wrote in that post, statists look to the ruling government bureaucrats for validation.

In contrast to the free society, if you favor the current system that consists of workers and employers having to get the government’s permission to do business or trade, then that is socialism, not capitalism and not freedom. Private property rights are such that an individual owns his own labor and sells it to an employer in a voluntary contract. When you have to get a third party’s permission or ultimate authorization in these things, then the real owner is that third party, not the laborer or employer. In the current system of government ownership of the people and “their” property, that third party owner is the U.S. government.

There are a lot of myths thrown around in the immigration debate, and one of them asserts or implies some kind of collective ownership of the U.S. territory as a whole, but there is no such collective ownership. If so, then such an arrangement overrides private property rights.

Once again I ask, why aren’t these so-called conservatives spending their time and activism on getting rid of the welfare state if they’re worried about “illegals” coming and getting on welfare? Because they LOVE the welfare state! They love Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Otherwise they would constantly advocate those socialist programs be abolished.

But there shouldn’t be government confiscation of private wealth or earnings — that’s criminal. There shouldn’t be government-imposed redistribution in any case, whether redistributed to other people here or to foreigners. Those schemes are immoral, illegitimate, and criminal, in my view.

And why are today’s conservatives so short-sighted, like the ones on the left? They don’t seem to want to address the causes of the “illegals” and the caravans coming up from the southern border. Such causes include U.S. government’s foreign interventions and foreign aid to corrupt regimes in Central America, and the “war on drugs.” The immigrants are fleeing because of the violence as consequences of drug prohibition. But sadly, many of today’s conservatives support the drug war and the nanny state in which we must turn to gubmint to tell us what we may or may not consume in our “own” bodies. Today’s conservatives support siccing the goon government police on innocent, peaceful people who haven’t harmed anyone, just as is the case with immigrants. It is the goons of ICE, that Michelle Malkin et al. love so much, who are the thugs.

And given that many more violent crimes are committed here by U.S. citizens than by immigrants, the fact that these “conservatives” spend so much time and activism only concentrating on the unauthorized entrants to the territory, then that tells me that it’s not about crime, it’s not about “stealing Americans’ jobs,” it’s not about welfare, it’s all about foreigner hating, and that’s it. It’s about collectivist nativism, and envy and covetousness as well, very much like that of the left.

If today’s conservatives such as Michelle Malkin, Rush Limbaugh and all the ditto-heads really favored the principles of America’s founding, they would promote unrestricted free markets, protection of private property, decentralization and abolishing of the police state.

More News and Commentary

Jacob Hornberger discusses Max Boot and vicarious courage in Syria, and says that politicians live in a parallel universe.

Craig Murray on what he saw when Julian Assange appeared in court in the U.K.

Caitlin Johnstone says that only cowards and sadists support the persecution of Assange.

Zero Hedge with an article on CIA analysts lawyering up as Brennan, Clapper ensnared in Russiagate probe.

Jon Rappoport on Apple kneeling before China.

Health Impact News with an article on an Arizona senator threatened by fellow lawmaker for stating that foster kids are being sold into sexual slavery, and an article on CPS medical kidnappings and sex trafficking in Philadelphia.

John Walsh on paternalistic noninterventionism, Venezuela and Hong Kong.

Jonathan Cook says that Democrats helped cultivate the barbarism of ISIS.

Laurence Vance on religious discrimination.

WND with an article on court ruling that a mother can force her son into transgender life.

Richard Ebeling on collectivist revivalism and the new attack on liberty.

Robert Bridge says that the American “deep state” would sooner sacrifice the republic than lose again to Donald Trump.

Michael Snyder on civil unrest all over the world.

Matt Taibbi on Hillary accusing Tulsi Gabbard of being a Russian asset.

And Zero Hedge with an article on Greta Thunberg sailing toward public criticism.

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James Bovard on how some people get hooked on foreign democracy crusades.

Jacob Hornberger comments on GE’s having to pay USGov for allegedly colluding with the Cubans.

Barry Brownstein on how the war on meat threatens your health and freedom.

Gary Galles says that markets rely on accurate and honest information — but governments want the opposite.

Donald Jeffries on the latest impeachment fiasco.

Veronique de Rugy says the FDA created illegal and dangerous vapes.

Bill Sardi on the immorality of forced vaccinations.

And Giorgio Cafieroand Lorenzo Carrieri reveal the real Saudi-Israeli relations.

News and Commentary

Aaron Kesel with an article on Google, Facebook, Twitter meeting with government officials to figure out how to weed out “fake news” during the 2020 election. (What could go wrong?)

Dagney Taggart on Trump’s new fave: a new social credit plan with Big Tech and Big Brother and Big Government colluding to further gun control efforts. (See above.)

Jessica Prol Smith and Jeremy Tedesco discuss the SPLC’s dishonest slandering of others with whom they disagree as “hateful.”

Caitlin Johnstone has some meditations on Twitter’s silencing of antiwar/non-interventionist voices.

James Bovard on James Comey as a reckless, untrustworthy FBI director.

Barry Brownstein on the myth that our planet faces an overpopulation crisis.

Mike Adams says that Bernie Sanders has announced support for global eugenics and depopulation, and called on accelerating abortions in countries populated by people of color.

Robert Murphy asks, Do migrants drain wealth from America when they send money home?

Eric Margolis on Trump’s foolish trade war.

David Stockman on Trump’s fake MAGA and fake markets.

And the Daily Mail with an article by former FBI agent Mike German who says that Robert Mueller and James Comey made the FBI a threat to democracy, lost public trust in its agents and clouded Donald Trump’s presidency by going political.

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.