Must Reads For The Week 1/13/18

Posted January 14, 2018 by austrianaddict
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House Passes Legislation Renewing Controversial NSA Surveillance Program, at zerohedge.com. Why do we allow the government to use warrantless eavesdropping on US citizens? The US Congress has essentially repealed our fourth amendment rights against illegal searches and seizures.

How The Government Hides Secret Surveillance Programs, by Aaron Sprecher, at wired.com. Local governments are breaking the law when they use Stingray surveillance devices. They are violating the fourth and fifth amendments of the Constitution.

No, We Don’t Need A Federal “Solution” To Infrastructure Problems, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Cities and states not only have enough wealth to build infrastructure, they have the knowledge of what should be built. The Federal government has no business redistributing tax dollars from one state to fund another state’s infrastructure projects. Federal infrastructure spending leads to waste. Remember the bridge to nowhere in Alaska. What about Obama saying, ‘I guess all those shovel ready jobs weren’t so shovel ready”.

Army Finds $830 Million In “Missing” Helicopters As First Ever Audit Begins, at zerohedge.com. The fact that the audit of the Department of Defense is taking place is a good thing. A huge amount of waste will be found. This should not surprise anyone. Because where ever there is a pile of tax payer money to be given out there will be no shortage of corruption that will take place in the procurement of these funds. Making government more efficient is a good start. But if you are truly interested in cutting the size of government, you have to cut the amount of tax payer dollars that the government takes from the economy. Very few politicians are interested in cutting the size and scope of government. We the people have to get this done. By the way; How much waste do yo think there is in all the other government agencies?

Dem-Ordered Study To Expose Illegal Online Gun Sales Backfires, by Brooke Singman, at foxnews.com. The Government Accountability Office was tasked to try to purchase guns from online private dealers to show how easy it was to purchase guns illegally. After two and a half years, Their 72 attempts to purchase a gun illegally were unsuccessful. Have you heard about this from the main stream media aka fake news? Bias anyone!

Google’s Fact-Check Targets Conservative Sites, at zerohedge.com. No one is unbiased. Especially individuals who are in positions as keepers of the truth. These people are not supposed to be questioned about their bias. They are supposed to be trusted because in their minds they have the ability to leave their bias on the sidelines.

Project Veritas Exposes Twitter “Shadow Banning”, Blocking Opposing Views, at zerohedge.com. In the words of Ronald Reagan, “Well, there you go again”. Twitter shows its political bias by what it blocks.

On Duty Police Deaths Were Near A 50 Year Low In 2017, at mises.org. I am all about the truth. You have probably been lead to believe that police deaths are at all time highs. But that is not the truth. Perception isn’t reality.

Seattle Soda Tax Prompts Price Increases, Small Business Pain, at reason.com. Nanny state soda tax proponents claim the tax will not hurt business. They say it will change consumer’s preferences. This is an example of Progressives trying to force what they think is good on to other people who disagree. In this case progressives are using increased prices through taxation to curb the use of a product they don’t want people to have. They understand the law of supply and demand: Less is demanded at a higher price than a lower price. This will create a black market for soda, just like the NYC cigarette tax has created a black market for cigarettes.

Pink Pussyhats Of The Anti-Trump Women’s March Are Falling Out Of Favor. The Reason Is Quite Ironic, at the blaze.com. This could be a story from The Onion. Did you know there were other subdivisions inside the broad category labeled “women”? I get a smile on my face when I see the proponents of ‘identity politics’ have it blow up in their faces. We have allowed politicians to gain power over us by dividing us into different groups and pitting us against each other. The fact is there are only two groups. Group 1) Individuals inside government who wield state sanctioned power. Group 2) Individuals outside of government who have state sanctioned power used against them. The battle has always been the same. The State vs. The Individual. When individuals accept their placement into one of these identity groups, they become ignorant about the real battle taking place.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 1/6/18

Posted January 7, 2018 by austrianaddict
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U.S. Oil And Natural Gas Exports Soar, at theinstituteforenergyresearch.org. In 2011 oil was the 146th ranked export. By Sept 2017 oil became the 15th ranked export. Why has the US become the worlds largest producer of oil and natural gas? Because the ingenuity of American oil and gas producers was unleashed when the price of oil rose to over $125 a barrel. The profit incentive created more productive ways to extract oil.

Whose Ideas? at ericpetersautos.com. Excerpt from the article: It’s been said that good ideas don’t require force – while bad ones rarely get traction without it. True enough. But How about a qualifier? Whose ideas? Yours? Mine? There is a kind of tacitly agreed upon …. notion that we all agree on what constitutes a “good” idea. It’s the keystone of coercive collectivism, without which that ideology loses moral legitimacy. But in fact, we don’t agree about what a “good” idea is. Millions of individuals tend to have millions of individually variable ideas about that. So whose ideas will prevail?… If there is a free market – in ideas as well as economics – this will sort itself out naturally and non-violently, via the signals of supply and demand……Unfortunately there’s no way to know, because the market – millions of individual people’s freely expressed determinations about what’s “good” – hasn’t been allowed to operate. Instead, a handful of people’s idea that air bags (and the rest of it) are “good” has been imposed on everyone else, on the false presumption that everyone agrees it is good to have six air bags – and many other such things – installed in every new car. this is taken as a kind of collectively agreed upon noggin nodding. That illusion must be maintained, in order for the coercion and collectivism behind it to have any semblance of morel legitimacy…… The government only got into the car design  business in a serious way in the mid-70’s. Before then, we were largely free to buy what we wanted – not what coercive collectivism imposed on us. There was a market for bare-bones simplicity, high-end luxury and almost every conceivable thing in between. Not coincidentally, the golden age of car design is generally considered to be the pre-government design era….How did it happen that other people’s ideas of what’s “good” are binding on us? It’s the craziest – and the most dangerous thing imaginable. Coercive collectivism – the ideology responsible for literally hundreds of millions of murder victims – depends on maintaining the illusion that everyone is in agreement. That we are all one bit “team”. And of course, every team has leaders.”

Amish Anarchy & Uncle Sam, at zerohedge.com. This is an example of what the above article is about. Government busybodies in Wisconsin think Amish horse drawn buggies should have seat belts, child seats, air bags, back up cameras, safety glass, head lights, turn signals and tire pressure monitors. In this case we should be on the side of the Amish. Leave these people alone. We should then ask the question: “Why don’t you leave us non Amish people alone?”

America’s Top Five Inbound vs. Top Five Outbound States, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. I know it is hard to believe. But lower taxes, less government and more economic freedom seem to attract people. While higher taxes, big government and less economic freedom repel people.

“Everything Is Overvalued”: Public Pensions Face Dangerous Dilemma In 2018, at zerohedge.com. Because the under funding of public pensions has taken place, public pension plans are seeking higher yields. This means they are taking a risk by putting money into over valued stocks and bonds. You are supposed to buy low and sell high. But these managers are going all in in an over valued market. Guess who bails these pensions out when the correction happens? Tax payers!

Socialized Medicine Update: Britain Cancels 50,000 Surgeries, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Healthcare is an economic good. Which means it is scarce and has to be rationed. Prices ration economic goods in a free market. In a socialist economy waiting in line is how economic goods are rationed. Excerpt from the article: “Every hospital in the country has been ordered to cancel all non-urgent surgery until at least February in a unprecedented step by NHS officials. The instructions on Tuesday night – which will see result in around 50,000 operations being axed – followed claims by senior doctors that patients were being treated in “third world” conditions, as hospital chief executives warned of the worst winter crisis for three decades. Hospital are reporting growing chaos, with a spike in winter flu leaving frail patients facing 12-hour waits, and some units running our of corridor space.”

The reality is being realized that healthcare can’t be made a non economic good by government decree. The laws of economics are always in play.

Venezuela Forced To Pay For Medicine With Diamonds And Gold, at zerohedge.com. Venezuela has destroyed its currency via the printing press. The Government of Venezuela is asking pharmaceutical trading partners to accept payment in gold, diamonds and other precious stones (real commodity money). The people of Venezuela have started their own system of barter for medicines. Printing money doesn’t make a country wealthier. Producing real goods and services represents the real wealth of a country. Consumption via the printing press destroys wealth.

Mistrial Declared In Cliven Bundy Standoff Case, at oregonlive.com. Here is another example of the break down of the rule of law. Government agencies used their power against US citizens in order to push the agencies agenda. The constitution was written to protect individuals from this government abuse of power.  Excerpt from the article: “A federal judge Wednesday declared a mistrial in the prosecution of Nevada cattleman Cliven Bundy, his two sons and a co-defendant, citing the government’s “willful” failure to turn over multiple documents that could help the defense fight conspiracy and assault charges in the 2014 Bunkerville standoff….. The judge listed six types of evidence that she said prosecutors deliberately withheld before trial…”The failure to turn over such evidence violates due process,” the judge said.”

Trump Threatens To Cut Off US Aid To Palestinian Authority, at zerohedge.com. No Presidential administration ever cuts foreign aid. Trump is different. These countries are scared because they are figuring out he follows through with threats. Here is another example: A Furious Pakistan Summons US Ambassador, Calls Emergency Meeting After Trump Tweet, at zerohedge.com.

“Black Cities Are Still Bleeding To Death”: Baltimore Pastor Blames Police Absence For Surge In Killings, at zerohedge.com. Here is an excerpt from the article that I think is interesting: “…..on whether the community wanted police to back off after the death of Freddie Gray? No. That represented our progressives, our activists, our liberal journalists, our politicians, but it did not represent the overall community…..What I wanted to see was that people would be able to trust the relationship with out police department so that they would feel more comfortable……So we wanted the police there. We wanted them engaged in the community….I’m a preacher…..Not until we really have a conversation with our front line officers in the heart of our black communities that does not involve our people who are “leaders”. We need the front line police officers and we need the heart of the black community to step to the forefront of this discussion. And that’s when we’re going to see a decrease in crime.”

Isn’t it interesting that progressive politicians, progressive journalists and progressive activists have an agenda that has nothing to do with what the overall community wants. When will we understand that insiders in politics, government bureaucracy, journalism and education are not on the side of the individual. These progressive insiders are on the side of imposing their world view on the rest of us.

 

Must Reads For The Week 12/30/17

Posted January 1, 2018 by austrianaddict
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Christmas Tree Protectionism, by Scott McPherson, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article:”Chinese companies dominate thee domestic market, and their fake trees are “driving” Christmas tree-growers in Oregon out of business. The number of fake trees sold in the U.S. “more than doubled” from 2010 to 2016….while the number of Christmas trees cut and sold dropped by twenty-six percent.

Is this good or bad? Looking through the lens of economics it is neither good nor bad. It is just how the free market works. Looking at it from the perspective of the fake or real tree suppliers it is a different story. Each wants the biggest share of the market as it can get. Even if it means going outside of the market and getting Government to torpedo your competition. Unfortunately for suppliers, the subjective value of consumers is what ultimately decides if their business will survive. For the economy as a whole getting rid of non profitable activities stops scarce resources from being wasted, and allows these scarce resources to be channeled toward more productive uses according to consumer’s subjective valuations.

Dudley Dough, Boston ‘Fair Wage’ Pizza Shop, to Close After Two Years, by Jessica Chasmar, at washingtontimes.com. You can’t pay labor more than what it produces for very long. The forces of economics always win. This is good for the economy as a whole. Resources will no longer be wasted on an activity that isn’t profitable.

US Slashes United Nations’ Budget $285 Million Following “Stunning” Jerusalem Rebuke,  at zerohedge.com. The insiders haven’t figured out that Trump isn’t an insider. He isn’t like our four US Presidents. He is not playing the same game. It is as if insiders and the UN are playing baseball and Trump is playing hockey.

“$1MM Per Minute In Salaries, $22 BN Per Year In Vacation Pay” and Other Fun Facts About The Federal Workforce, at zerohedge.com. High pay and benefits for non productive work is what Government is all about. These salaries, benefits and pensions are paid for by your tax dollars. Which means there is no incentive to keep these costs down.

The FCC Needs To Abolish A Lot More Than Net Neutrality, by Sam Estep, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “….”so-called net neutrality” isn’t simply a regulation, it is a total reclassification of the Internet from an “information service” to a “telecommunication service.” This may seem like simple semantics, but the latter classification has been around far longer, and has, consequently, accumulated a bevy of regulations and restrictions confining it……..Declassification of common carriers and public utilities, repeal of charters, as well as other government constructed barriers, would allow more regional providers to compete with national ones. Such a deregulation would force companies that have exceeded their ability to function effectively due to their size, but are still being protected fro competition by regulations to fail.”

Why Republicans Need to Self-Deport From Washington DC, by Brad Todd, at thefederalist.com. The ideology of big government central planning is pervasive inside Washington D.C. In D.C. both parties have a incestuous intellectual relationship with other. Government intervention is the answer to every problem. The idea of shrinking government and allowing individuals make decisions is foreign to the insiders. Outside of D.C., Republican party voters want government to get out of their lives. The battle for individual freedom is taking place inside the Republican party, because the Democrat party has become the home of big government socialism. Small government outsiders are trying to take over the Republican party and the D.C. party insiders are trying to stop this from happening.

Weapons Went From The CIA To ISIS In Less Than Two Months, at zerohedge.com. Is what the media called a ‘conspiracy theory’ in 2013 now being reported as fact?

Time To Get Them Off Our Gravy Train, by Greg Walcher, at cfact.org. Environmental organizations are using ‘sue and settle’ tactics against the EPA to get their hands on millions of our tax dollars. This is what happens when government grows to the size it is today. It is easier to hide waste, fraud and corruption inside the bureaucratic maze. EPA director Scott Pruitt is trying to stop this gravy train.

Global Warming: Fake News From The Start, by Tim Ball and Tom Harris, at cfact.org. Is man made global warming climate change ‘crisis’ a scam to get money and power? These two scientists say yes.

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Some Christmas Music

Posted December 25, 2017 by austrianaddict
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Christmas memories from my childhood are always brought back through music. Here are some Christmas songs that bring back good feelings.

Angelica Hale – Oh Holy Night.

Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Nettles – Do You Hear What I Hear.

Sissel Kyrkjebo – What Child Is This.

Martina McBride – White Christmas.

Silent Night – Tori Kelly

Same Old Lang Syne – Dan Fogelberg.

How Great Though Art – Carrie Underwood & Vince Gill

This isn’t a Christmas song. But I get goose bumps and tear up every time I hear this rendition by Carrie Underwood.

HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Must Reads For The Week 12/23/17

Posted December 23, 2017 by austrianaddict
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States Partner to Sue Massachusetts, California Over Costly Livestock Bans, at reason.com. Should States have the right to ban the sale of veal, eggs and pork that comes from animals confined to small cages? The real question is; should each individual consumer be allowed to keep his right to make this decision for himself? Or shall the force of the State take this decision away from him?

American, United, And Delta Airlines Should Compete Instead Of Crying To Uncle Sam For Help, at carpediemblog. As we have said many times, When businesses are just starting they love competition. But when these same businesses gain a sizable share of a market, they now use their energy to keep new competitors out of the market. The only entity with the power to keep competitors out, is the Federal Government. So big corporations lobby individuals in government to pass laws making it harder for startups to enter the market. This is crony capitalism. It is not free market capitalism.

Whirlpool Has Washington In A Spin Cycle, by George Will, at sltrib.com. Another example of crony capitalists lobbying government to take out their competition. In this case American companies like Whirlpool want to keep out competition from abroad by getting Government to impose “tariff-rate-quotas”. Of course the consumer suffers the consequences of these government policies through higher priced goods.

‘Equal Pay Day’ This Year Was April 4th – The Next ‘Equal Occupational Fatality Day’ Will Be On May 30th, 2028, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemb.og. Men work in more dangerous occupations than women. Men had 4,803 occupational deaths in 2016. Women had 387 occupational deaths in 2016. Is that fair? Of course it is. Because men work in more dangerous professions than women. It is also fair that men make more money over all because they choose to work in higher paying professions than the professions in which women choose to work.

Consumers Are Smarter Than Bureaucrats, by Lee Friday, at mises.org. Government agencies have consumers best interest as their top priority….. Yeah, right!!!! Canada’s ‘Competition Bureau’ is suing Hudson Bay Company because of deceptive price practices for the last four years. This is an example of a law suit looking for a victim. Why do I say that? Because as the article says, “The regular prices of the sleep sets were so inflated above what the market would bear that sales at the regular prices were virtually non-existent…” How could have this ever gone to court? No business can get away with ‘price gouging’. Why?  Because as prices rise, less will be sold. And in this case nothing was being sold.

Have We Reached NFL, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. It is not just because of the politicization of NFL that people aren’t watching the NFL.

DON’T TRUST PEOPLE WITH POWER

DOJ Opens Probe Into Bundy Prosecutors Who Hid Evidence, at zerohedge.com. The break down of the rule of law starts with Government. This is another example of law breaking by our government betters. If these abuses of power keep happening, the credibility of law enforcement will continue to crumble. Shining light on corruption is the only way to get our out of control government agencies under control. In the long run this is a good thing.

FBI Edits To Clinton Exoneration Go Far Beyond what Was Previously Known; Comey, McCabe, Strzok Implicated, at zerohedge.com. Another example of the break down of the rule of law. The FBI fixed the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email investigation. Individuals in higher level positions of every government agency are political. They are not unbiased public servants. Their bias is toward protecting the status quo of big government. Which means their incentivized to “finesse” the law to help their own people on the one hand, and bring down the people who want to shrink the size and scope of government on the other.

Congress To Investigate Obama Efforts To Thwart a DEA Investigation Of Hezbollah Drug Trafficking, at zerohedge.com. Do establishment insiders not understand why we are loosing trust in government institutions. Politics is why the plug was pulled on this investigation. Political incentives are more powerful than doing what is right.

Nikki Haley vs. Hillary Clinton

Lets compare our last two Secretaries of State.

Nikki Haley flips the bird to the UN in this speech before they voted on condemning the U.S.  decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, stating that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel.

Hillary Clinton condemns anti-Islam video. The date of this speech is September 13, 2012. Do you remember what happened on September 11, 2012?

Must Reads For The Week 12/16/17

Posted December 17, 2017 by austrianaddict
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Pentagon To Undergo First Ever Audit After Decades Of Sloppy Accounting And Missing Trillions, at zerohedge.com. Trying to make government agencies more efficient is a fool’s errand. Government agencies have no incentives to be efficient. If you want to cut spending by making bureaucracies more efficient you have put the cart before the horse. The only way to constrain spending is to cut their budget. Cutting their budget by say 25% would reveal what is and is not important to the Pentagon. They will cut spending on what is least important. If you cut their budget another 10%, the next wasteful marginal activities will be revealed. The Pentagon can’t spend what it doesn’t have.

Net Neutrality And The Problem With “Experts“, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. The term “Net Neutrality” sounds just as good as “The Affordable Care Act”. No one could be against these policies could they? Progressives are great at making up clever names for their regulations. Unfortunately the results of these regulations are the direct opposite of their names. Net Neutrality is about individuals in government (the deep state) wanting to control the internet. The insiders knew they couldn’t get their regulation passed legislatively, so they used the FCC to implement the policies. If you are for “Net Neutrality” I have one question for you. If the internet, with all its complexity, came to exist today without government regulations, will it continue its growth under government regulations?

Here is a quote from George Gilder: “Socialist and totalitarian Governments are doomed to support the past. Because creativity is unpredictable, it is also uncontrollable. If the politicians want to have central planning and command, they cannot have dynamism and life. A managed economy is almost by definition a barren one.

Harvard Business School Professor: Half Of US Colleges Will Be Bankrupt In 10 to 15 years, by Abigail Hess, at cnbc.com. I have said for years that we can cut the cost of educating high school and college students through online education. This is an example of the creative destruction of the market. Colleges will try to protect their monopoly position by lobbying government to decertify online education and use taxpayer money to prop up their failing business model. Will the market (decisions made by individuals) win, or will individuals in government intervene?

Germany Ends Tesla Model S Subsidies In Massive Blow To Company’s Government Funded Business Plan, at zerohedge.com. Elon Musk is a scam artist. He has become wealthy by convincing individuals in government to give his company tax payer dollars directly and through subsidies for buyers of his product. Under normal market conditions consumers wouldn’t be as ‘charitable’ with their own money. Electric cars may be the cars of the future. That future could come to exist incrementally as the unsubsidized cost of electric cars becomes less than the cost of gas-powered cars. But the cost isn’t the only factor. The electric car must also be a better product according to the desires of consumers. And each consumers desires are subjective, with cost being just one factor.

Ban The Bike! How Cities Made A Huge Mistake In Promoting Cycling, by Lawrence Solomon, at businessfinancialpost.com. Here is another example of government central planning creating economic inefficiency. Using scarce resources for non productive activities is what government does best. Free markets (what results when people are allowed to produce, exchange, consume and save what they want according to they subjectively value) channel scarce resources to their most productive uses. This is why bike advocacy groups spend their time and money lobbying government to get what they want, because markets would constrain their plans.

John Cochrane On Surge Pricing, Economic Freedom And The Sad Paradox Of Free Markets…. by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Raising the price of tolls during rush hour is a free market solution (trade-off) to traffic congestion during rush hour. Toll road I-66, in the Virginia suburb of D.C., has increased tolls during rush hour to relieve congestion. Of course everyone is complaining. Which means politicians are trying to step in and get these ‘unfair’ prices reduced. People don’t understand how markets work. But they seem to believe that politicians using government power can conger up a solution to an economic ‘problem’. The laws of economics are still in play even though government tries to wish them out of existence. The reality is there is more demand for road space during rush hour than what exist to handle this demand. During normal times of the day there is less demand for this same road space. We could call it an over-supply of road space. One ‘solution’ would be to supply enough road space to handle rush hour demand. But at what cost? The new supply of road space would be a waste of scarce resources at all other times except rush hour. Raising tolls during rush hour is not a solution as much as it is a trade-off. The scarce resource of road space can be rationed through price increases. The increased price of the toll allows individuals to make the trade-off between purchasing higher priced road space now, or lower priced road space at some other time.

Here is an excerpt from the article: “It does not occur to anyone that you’re really not paying tolls to the government. You are paying your fellow drivers to stay home, carpool, come later, so that they will get out of your way and let you sail to work.”

“The reaction to Uber surge pricing is a similar test. Economists love it. You mean rather than sit in the rain and wait, I can pay more, compensate someone else for waiting, encourage a driver to skip dinner, and take me where I want to go, now? I’m in. Or, I can save some money and to later. Everyone else hates it. and gets cities to ban it. And we to back to waiting.”

“The fundamental reason so many markets are not free, and so dysfunctional, is that the voters of our democracy don’t really want freedom. Freedom will come when we want it, when we insist on it, when the average voter sees a free market solution rather than endless controls as the answer to real world problems. The sad paradox of free markets is that free markets don’t need people to understand them to work. But democracy does require voters to understand how things work.

Is The Oil Glut Set To Return? at zerohedge.com. Simple supply and demand. The American fracking industry is what is keeping the price of oil from increasing. OPEC’s attempt to increase oil prices by constricting what they will supply won’t work. As soon as the price increases, because of their production cuts, it becomes profitable for American fracking to increase production. This in turn drives the price back down. The only reason oil is staying around $50 a barrel is because the price rose to an average of $100 a barrel from 2008 to 2014. This price made it profitable to start fracking. During this time period the fracking industry found more cost efficient ways to extract the oil. Today they can pump oil profitably at prices above $40. Free market prices work.

Chicken Wing Spot Prices Collapse 30% As NFL Protests Take Their Toll, at zerohedge.com. Not only are fewer people going to NFL games. Fewer people are going to wing restaurants to watch NFL games. Politicizing the NFL has economic consequences.

Is Free Trade A Problem If Some People Use Their Greater Freedom To Eat More Than Intellectuals Think Wise? by Don Boudreaux, at cafehayek.com. Free trade increases the number of choices for consumers. This is a good thing, unless you are a central planner. Central planners don’t like free trade if the choices people make don’t coincide with what the planners think is wise.

NRA-Republican Backed Bill Makes It Easier For Feds To Disarm Citizens, by Tho Bishop, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “While Republicans and supporters of the NRA may not fear the Trump Administration coming after their guns, it is obviously reckless to grant additional power and resources to future administrative states that may be quite hostile to the right to gun ownership. To put it simply, there is never a good reason to give Federal agencies the power the revoke an individual’s ability to lawfully purchase a weapon without due process.”

Can We Be Honest About Women? by D.C. McAllister, at thefederalist.com. With all the allegations of sexual harassment, maybe we need to step back and take a look at the reality of human nature.

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Must Reads For The Week 12/9/17

Posted December 10, 2017 by austrianaddict
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THE BREAKDOWN OF THE RULE OF LAW

Arizona Cop Acquitted For Killing Man Crawling Down Hotel Hallway While Begging For His Life, by Scott Shackford, at reason.com. Usually headlines are cleverly written to spin a story in a particular direction. But this headline is 100% accurate. Watch the video. It is disgusting. Put yourself in the shoes of the man who gets killed. Is the cops tone, when he is giving commands, way over the top compared to how this man and his girl friend are responding? Would you be scared for your life with a cop acting like this? It’s as if the cop is trying to purposefully confuse these two people. Put yourself in the shoes of the cop. Would you feel threatened by this man at any moment before the cop pulled the trigger even if you were told he had a gun? Since you haven’t been “trained” to deal with these kinds of situations, like the cops have, the answer is; “no, I wouldn’t feel threatened”. But you still have common sense because you haven’t been “trained”.

Speaking of common sense. How could the jury acquit the Cop? The cop has to bear some legal responsibility for the death of this man. Is “fearing for your life” a get out of jail free card for all law enforcement officers? Did the man kneeling on the floor “fear for his life”? Unfortunately he wasn’t alive to play that card.

Police Officer Is Murdered For Her Uniform In The Bronx, at Here is the flip side of the coin. A guy walked up to this female officer and shot her. Situations like this are why police don’t trust anyone they come in contact with. And situations like the previous article are why citizens don’t trust cops. Even though over 99% of citizen cop encounters don’t end in death, the perception is these situations happen all the time. This perception will continue to break down the respect citizens have for law enforcement and law enforcement has for citizens. This lack of respect for each other will increase the tension in every police citizen encounter.

How can the lack of respect for each other be repaired? It will take a conscious effort on both sides over an extended period of time. But it starts with the people who have the power of the state behind them. Police have to treat citizens with  respect before it can be reciprocated. Read this article about how Cincinnati Police Department repaired their damaged relationship with their community in this article, Cincinnati’s Problem-Oriented Police Reform at theatlantic.com.

TRUMP vs. INSIDERS

Insiders don’t want their power taken away. Insiders in politics, Federal bureaucracies and the media will use any means necessary to maintain the status quo. The FBI has lost credibility because the senior level is “colluding” to produce criminal activity that didn’t happen while covering up criminal activity that actually happened. This is another example of the breakdown of the rule of law as well as the loss of trust in politicians, bureaucrats and the media. Here are some articles that show the corruption of the insiders.

Insider Corruption

Why The Deep State Is At War With Trump, by David Stockman, at mises.org. This article explains the battle between the Deep State {entrenched bureaucrats} and outsiders who try to upset the status quo.

Deep State Drained: Top DOJ Official “Demoted” After Working With Fusion GPS To Push Trump Disinformation-Dossier, at zerohedge.com. When you politicize  the legal system corruption follows.

Collusion Conspiracy Continues To Collapse – Rep. Nunes Cleared In Russian Leak Probe, at zerohedge.com. Everything is politicized.

Insiders Protect Their Own

What We Know About The Russian-Clinton Uranium Deal So Far Is Crazy, by James Hyde, at thefederalist.com. This is about political favors paid for with money laundered through the Clinton Foundation.

Dismissed FBI Agent Is One Who Changed Hillary Email Scandal Language From “Grossly Negligent” To “Extremely Careless”, at zerohedge.com. The legal standard for the law related to Hillary’s email scandal is “gross negligence”. Her intent didn’t matter from a legal aspect. Being and insider protected Hillary from prosecution. There is no rule of law when everything is political.

FBI Deputy Director McCabe Told Agents To Lie About Benghazi Investigation, Says GOP Lawmaker, at zerohedge.com. A deputy director of the FBI knowing what truth was lied for the Obama administration.

 Mainstream Media Insiders

Brian Ross Suspended By ABC After Erroneous Trump Flynn Report, at washingtonost.com. The information from his source confirmed what he wanted to be true. So he went with it. Ross doesn’t care if he got suspended as long as he advanced his agenda.

CNN Botches “Bombshell” Report “Proving” Collusion Between Trump Jr and Wikileaks, at zerohedge.com. Another example of confirmation bias by the mainstream media.

INSIDERS ARE LOSING POWER

Trump is disrupting the status quo and they are fighting back. Here are some of the reasons Trump has a target on his chest.

Trump, In Utah, Takes Unprecedented Step To Reduce 2 National Monuments, at nbcwashington.com. Trump is undoing Federal land grabs of State owned land by the Obama administration. All the usual suspects are up in arms about this.

Trump’s Jerusalem Decision: Democrats Accuse President Of Playing Politics, at nationalreview.com. The three previous Presidents promised the same thing that Trump promised during the campaign. He made good his promise, the other three did not. Insiders don’t want Jerusalem recognized as Israel’s capital and are not happy.

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