The Real Thanksgiving Story

Posted November 27, 2014 by austrianaddict
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An article titled, “The Great Thanksgiving Hoax“, by Richard J. Maybury, at mises.org, tells the true story of Thanksgiving. Here are some excerpts from the article.

“In his History of Plymouth Plantation, the governor of the colony, William Bradford, reported that the colonists went hungry for years because they refused to work in the field. They preferred instead to steal food. He says the colony was riddled with “corruption,” and with “confusion and discontent.” The crops were small because “much was stolen both by night and day, before it became scarce eatable.”

“In the harvest feasts of 1621 and 1622, “all had their hungry bellies filled,” but only briefly. The prevailing condition during those years was not the abundance the official story claims, it was famine and death. The first “Thanksgiving” was not so much a celebration as it was the last meal of condemned men.”

“But in subsequent years something changes. The harvest of 1623 was different. Suddenly, “instead of famine now God gave them plenty,” Bradford wrote, “and the face of things was changed, to the rejoicing of the hearts of many, for which they blessed God.” Thereafter, he wrote, “any general want or famine hath not been amongst them since to this day.” In fact, in 1624, so much food was produced that the colonists were able to begin exporting corn.”

What happened? After the poor harvest of 1622, writes Bradford, “they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop.” They began to question their form of economic organization.

“This had required that “all profits & benefits that are got by trade, traffic, trucking, working, fishing, or any other means” were to be placed in the common stock of the colony, and that, “all such persons as are of this colony, are to have their meat, drink, apparel, and all provisions out of the common stock.” A person was to put into the common stock all he could, and take only what he needed.”

This “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need” was an early form of socialism, and it is why the Pilgrims were starving. Bradford writes that “young men that were most able and fit for labor and service” complained about being forced to “spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children.” Also, “the strong, or man of parts, had no more in division of victuals and clothes, than he that was weak.” So the young and strong refused to work and the total amount of food produced was never adequate.”

“To rectify this situation, in 1623 Bradford abolished socialism. He gave each household a parcel of land and told them they could keep what they produced, or trade it away as they saw fit. In other words, he replaced socialism with a free market, and that was the end of the famines.”

“Thus, the real meaning of Thanksgiving, deleted from the official story, is: Socialism does not work; the one and only source of abundance is free markets, and we thank God we live in a country where we can have them.

If these sparsely populated settlements couldn’t make socialism work, how could our present day leaders think that trying to implement socialist policies (like Obamacare), incrementally to a population of 330 million possibly work? Oh that’s right, they think it hasn’t worked because it hasn’t been tried by people with superior wisdom like themselves. We will never learn the lessons of history, let alone economics.

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Walter E. Williams: Obama vs. Us

Posted November 25, 2014 by austrianaddict
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Walter E. Williams writes in this article, Obama vs. Us, how the President isn’t incompetent at all. His actions are perfectly compatible with his ideology, and he will not allow something like the constitution get in the way of his agenda. Here are some excerpts from the article.

“In my colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell’s column last week, he says, “Pundits who depict Obama as a weak, lame duck president may be greatly misjudging him, as they have so often in the past.” After suffering an elective trouncing at the polls, President Barack Obama issued Congress an ultimatum, saying that if it doesn’t enact the kind of immigration law that he would like, he will unilaterally issue an executive order to change the nation’s immigration laws. This threat, along with other abuses of his office, is not a sign of presidential stupidity or incompetence“.

“Obama is doing precisely what he promised during his 2008 presidential campaign, to cheering and mesmerized crowds: “We are going to fundamentally change America”….. Obama is living up to those pledges by subverting our Constitution and adopting the political style of a banana republic dictator. He showed his willingness to ignore the Constitution when he eliminated the work requirement in welfare reform laws enacted during the Clinton administration. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, was enacted by Congress and hence is the law of the land. Obama has used executive orders to change the law on several occasions. Ask yourself whether our Constitution permits the president to unilaterally change a law enacted by Congress“.

“Seeing as all branches of federal government ignore most of the provisions of the Constitution, I think we can safely say that we’ve reached the post-Constitution stage of our history. Washington politicians are not to blame. It’s the American people who’ve lost their love and respect for our Constitution. Washington’s politicians are simply the agents for that contempt“.

THE PROGRESSIVE IDEOLOGY

The President is the current face of an ideology that stretches far back in time. The people who believed in the ideals of the French Revolution shared this ideology as did the progressives in the early 20th century. These people think that their superior wisdom gives them the right to decide whats best for us. This ideology is pervasive in Washington DC in both parties. The constitution is suppose to be a check on governmental and bureaucratic power grabs by people with the central planning ideology. Unfortunately as the late Joseph Sobran stated so well, “The constitution is no threat to our current form of Government”.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE SKIT

Here is a skit from Saturday Night Live that drives the point home about the Presidents lack of respect for the rule of law in general and our constitution specifically.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 11/22/14

Posted November 22, 2014 by austrianaddict
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Ex-CBS Reporter Sharyl Attkisson Shares New Emails From Govt. Official: “She’s Out Of Control, by Erica Ritz, at theblaze.com. This story should be known by everybody. If you stand in the way of big Government, you will pay a price. I love when people use to tell me, “That can’t happen here”. Well it is happening here.

Grubergate For Idiots (Such As American Voters): All You Need To Know In 2 Minutes, at zerohedge.com. Nancy Pelosi isn’t as skilled at lying as the President, as you will see in this short video.

John Kerry Called Gruber, “Our Guide On A Lot Of This, at targetliberty.com. Why do we allow people like these pompous Senators  make decisions about our lives. Gruber may be correct, we are idiots. Looking at our elected officials tells us more about ourselves than it does them.

25% Of Americans Prefer Socialism Over Capitalism, at zerohedge.com. When you look at the chart you see that about 63% of the people in the world believe that free market decision-making produces a better outcome, and 29% of the people think that socialism will produce a better outcome. But I would guess that if politicians and bureaucrats were asked the same question, the outcome would probably be that 80%  believe that socialism produces a better outcome than free market decision-making.

How Fraudsters Turned The 24th Warmest October Into The 4th Warmest, at economicpolicyjournal.com. More Global warming chicanery run wild. With the earth cooling over the last 17 years, I think it’s about time we start burning more fossil fuels, which would put more green house gasses into the atmosphere, which in turn would supposedly raise the earth’s temperature back to normal. Who arbitrarily defines normal ?

Man Forced To Apologize For “Sexist” Shirt After Updating Press On Spacecraft That Landed On Comet, at targetliberty.com. This is a combination of political correctness gone wild, and the feminization of the male.

Wow California County Quietly Votes For Independence From State And Federal Laws, at targetliberth.com. This is always good for overall liberty even though this council will pass more restrictive regulations than the Federal laws they hope to escape. At least the new democratic tyranny can actually be fought at a local level instead of the federal level.

Middle-Of-The-Road Policy: Lessons From Argentina And Venezuela, by Ivan Carrino, at mises.org. The middle of the road policy is chaotic.  A country is either moving toward free markets, or toward a centrally planned economy. In which direction are we moving?

Write Your Own Caption, at mungowitzend.blogspot.com.

Some Captions.

Like An 80’s Boy Band Gone Badly Sadly Wrong.

I Can Understand Obama Wearing This. But Putin!

 

 

 

 

 

Obama Wants “Net Neutrality” Regulations. That’s Why We Should Oppose Them.

Posted November 19, 2014 by austrianaddict
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Here is a video of The President talking about net neutrality.

Sounds like he really wants to protect us, the little guys, from big corporations doesn’t it. Why should we believe the man who pushed a bill titled, “The Affordable Care Act”, which made healthcare less affordable. Is the term “Net Neutrality” any different from “The Affordable Care Act”. You can bet your life that Net Neutrality regulations will make the internet less neutral, less free, and more expensive.

This video is an example of the truth about Obamacare aka The Affordable Care Act. The administrations favorite economist when it came to Obamacare, Jonathan Gruber, is proud of the lies that were told in order to sell Obamacare to the public. When you watch this guy, you are actually watching what the President, his administration, and the Congressmen and Senators who voted for this, think about you.

Obamacare has made individuals less free to choose how they want to pay for their healthcare. Insurance companies were for this law because they thought they would benefit by its passage. With the stroke of the pen, the law created 30 million more costumers for insurance companies. The fact that it expanded Governments power over the individual makes politicians and bureaucrats happy. But who among us wouldn’t want our power expanded?

Net neutrality laws will help the already established tech companies and hurt the upstart competitors who, under normal market conditions, would normally be a check on the big providers. The threat of competitors trying to get market share keeps them in line. This is what Uber is doing to the taxi cartel. Big tech companies will be for this, or at least be tepid in their resistance to it. Once Government regulates the internet, these tech companies will be the protected cartel.

Politicians and bureaucrats will not only be able to tax the internet more easily, they will be able to make rules about content and access. Think of what bureaucrats (Lois Lerner) in the IRS did to stifle liberty minded groups from getting their message out. Politicians and bureaucrats are only in favor of free speech if they agree with what is said, they are never neutral when it comes to losing power.

Politicians and bureaucrats have been trying for years to figure out how to intervene into the internet. The internet is what has allowed our economy to grow in spite of the interventions by the Government and the Fed. Now, for some reason, the President and bureaucrats want to intervene into an area of the economy that has had exponential expansion without the “help” of Government regulations.

Tyrants want to control information because truth is never on their side. Since the internet is the marketplace for truth, even democratically elected tyrants want to have the ability to control and/or propagandize their message.

Even if the President and the FCC succeed in getting regulations, the internet Jeannie is out of the bottle. They will show their true tyrannical colors with these regulations, but the marketplace will find ways to deliver a highly demanded market good outside of these Government regulations. The tighter they squeeze, the more will slip from their hands.

 

Bowling Ball And Feather Fall At The Same Rate

Posted November 17, 2014 by austrianaddict
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Brian Cox visits the worlds largest vacuum chamber in Sandusky Ohio to prove that all objects fall at the same rate in a vacuum. What results the first time the bowling ball and the feather are dropped, before the air is pumped out of the chamber, is what we would all expect because this is what we observe in our everyday life in earths atmosphere. What happens when they are dropped after the air is pumped out of the chamber, is a surprise to most people who have never seen this before.

 

APPOLO 15 PROVED THIS IN 1971

I have seen this experiment before. In the summer after my freshman year in high school I watched Apollo 15 astronaut David Scott perform the same experiment on live TV from the moon. He dropped a feather and a hammer in the vacuum of space, proving Galileo’s theory that all objects fall at the same rate.

 

The Space Power Facility that houses the worlds largest vacuum chamber was built in 1969. This must have been where the faked moon landings were filmed. Why did they go through all that trouble, just to show one experiment that wouldn’t have worked anywhere on the earth?

I saw the bowling ball and feather story at theblaze.com.

Must Reads For The Week 11/15/14

Posted November 15, 2014 by austrianaddict
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China’s Latest Ghost Town: A $50 Billion Fake Replica Of Manhattan, at zerohedge.com. If you build it they will come. Not really. Printing counterfeit money by China’s central bank has created a real estate bubble that can’t be supported by economic reality. When counterfeit money is created and pushed into and economy, it creates counterfeit economic activity. These counterfeit activities will eventually be liquidated. Scarce resources, land, and labor that could have been used in real economic activity is instead wasted on activities that was made possible by the central banks counterfeit money.

Venezuela Using Fingerprint Scanners To Ration Food Basics Including Milk, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Free market prices coordinate production and consumption. When prices are fixed by central planners in Government, information about supply and demand is distorted and shortages are the result. Prices ration scarce resources in a free market, and Government planners ration scarce resources in a centrally planned system. If you don’t know someone important in Government, expect to be hungry.

The Fed’s Paint By The Numbers Delusion About The Labor Market, by David Stockman, at davidstockmanscontracorner.com. Look at the charts in this article to see what is really happening in the labor market.

Reducing Capital gains Taxes Would Encourage Investment And Grow Canada’s Economy, at fraserinstitute.org. Rolling back Government intervention, no matter how small, will encourage economic activity. Governor Scott Walker didn’t roll back government very much in Wisconsin and the States economy improved. What would happen economically in the US if Government intervention was rolled back by just 5%?

Landrieu Pushes Keystone Vote In Bid To Boost Energy Industry, Runoff Chances, at foxnews.com. If she truly wanted to boost the energy industry, Senator Landrieu would have been pushing this for the last 4 years. The only reason she is pushing this now is to save her political skin. I hate politics because staying in power is the over-riding incentive in every decision politicians make. Public servants, or self servants? You decide.

Africa: A Tragic Continent, by Walter E. Williams, at jewishworldreview.com. The answer to all of our problems in America is, in the words of Dr. Williams, ” a political system in which there are guarantees of private property rights, free markets,…and the rule of law.” Unfortunately, as Joseph Sobran said decades ago, “the constitution is no threat to our current form of Government.”

Legislators Block Low-Cost Eye Exams In Michigan, by Anne Schieber, at michigancapitalconfidencial.com. Either Government wants to make decisions for us because they 1) think they are smarter than us, or 2) they want to protect status quo businesses who disdain competition. Either way we loose. I saw this article at carpe diem blog.

Five Things That Used To Be Free, But Aren’t Anymore, at economicpolicyjournal.com.

Germany Wants Gender Equality For Traffic Lights, at washingtonpost.com, via cape diem blog. Political correctness out of control.

I Love Cell Phone Cameras, at targetliberty.com. The more police overstep their authority when dealing with the people they are supposed to “serve”, the more citizens will escalate their resistance to cops. The young men obviously have no respect for the police, and with good reason. The good will, that was accorded fireman and cops after 9/11, no longer exists. Who’s fault is it? The militarization of police forces started the escalation.

Gruber Tells The Truth About Obamacare!

Posted November 11, 2014 by austrianaddict
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Jonathan Gruber was the go to guy when it came to lying about the Affordable Care Act. In this video he tells us what the anointed, (politicians, bureaucrats, academics, lawyers, and journalists), actually think about us the benighted masses. The public was sold a bill of goods that was a complete lie. But if you understood economics you knew the Affordable Care Act wouldn’t make healthcare “affordable”. How could adding a layer of bureaucracy to a healthcare system that was already deemed “unaffordable”, make healthcare affordable? It couldn’t.

This article, Jonathan Gruber Failed To Disclose His $392,600 Contracts With HHS, by emptywheel, at firedoglake.com, is another example of people thinking they are above the law, especially when they work for Government. Remember Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner forgot to pay his taxes when he was working for the International Monetary Fund (read here).

This arrogant ass sickens me to my core. Our founders told us not to trust anyone in positions of power. It is our fault we have allowed Governmental power to expand to the degree that it has today. It is our responsibility to try to roll it back. This is going to be a long fight because big Government progressives are entrenched in both parties.

The first article below was written in the fall of 2012, and the other was written in the fall of 2013. I think we nailed it.

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