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Must Reads For The Week 7/9/16

July 9, 2016

We Will Comment On Hillary and The Shootings In Dallas In A Few Days

Thinking Beyond Stage One, by Walter E. Williams, at jewishworldreview.com. The unintended consequences of tariffs and trade restrictions (please read this Mr. Trump). Excerpt from the article: The question that should be put to those calling for restrictions on imports is: In an effort to save jobs in one industry, do you care about or even know of its cost and disastrous effects in other industries? When Congress enacts a miracle for one group of Americans, such as steel producers, it creates a non-miracle for another group, such as steel- using producers.

What The World Looks To Someone Who Doesn’t Understand Economics, at cafehayek.com. Here are some excerpts from the article: “.….defense of the minimum wage is strong evidence that the world does indeed include people who really do believe that government-officials’ stated intentions determine the outcomes of government actions.” Always remember the limiting factor of any central planning by government, the amount of knowledge the bureaucrats can bring to bear on any situation isn’t even one tenth of the knowledge brought to bear by millions of individuals competing in the free market.

Smashing The Minimum Wage: robot Made Burgers Coming To San Francisco, at economicpolicyjournal.com. When the cost of labor is mandated to be higher than it would be under normal market conditions, Employers (economic forces) try to correct the intervention in a couple of ways. Since they have to pay more, why not pay even more to a person who can produce as much as two people. Another is to use automation to replace the now too expensive employee. Mandates don’t happen in a vacuum. Two Of The Worlds Largest Employers Are Replacing Workers With Robots.

But Why Aren’t People Buying Electric Cars? at theburning platform.com. The auto industry can’t figure out why ‘stupid’ consumers won’t buy electric cars. Could it be because the cost of owning and operating an electric car (even with all the Gov. subsidies) is higher than owning and operating a gasoline powered car? Maybe the consumer is smarter than people think. Read – Electric Car Sales Crash Into Economic Reality.

Brexit Shows Why Central Planning Won’t Work, by Jason Morgan, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “As Ludwig von Mises demonstrated in Human Action, it isn’t that economic interventionism and central planning might not work, it’s that they cannot work. Why? Because we simply do not have the ability to predict human action in the future, either in the immediate future, or in a more intermediate future.” Unfortunately for us the solution to the failure of these tyrants politicians and bureaucrats plans is more of the same thing that failed.

Here We Go Again: An August 2007 Redux, by David Stockman, at mises.org. When central banks try to stop market corrections by printing money via credit expansion, they end up creating bubbles that will eventually have to be liquidated. Of course they will try to stop the market correction that was a result of their attempt to stop the first market correction. The dog chasing it’s tail.

Murray Rothbard vs. EU 1989, at economicpolicyjournal.com.

 

Americas Radical Revolution, by Murray Rothbard, at mises.org. Rothbards take on the American Revolution.

This Is A Toilet” US Rowing To Use Sewage Proof Suits At Rio Olympics, at zerohedge.com. People have asked me why the Olympic committee would have the games at a place like this. Why? Because the Olympic committee is probably just as corrupt as FIFA was with the world cup. The pollution at the Beijing Olympics four years ago was probably just as bad.

Sharp Shooting Army Vet Saves Bald Eagle Stuck Upside Down In A Tree, at tammybruce.com. A young eagle was caught in a rope dangling from a tree. An army vet shot the rope and freed the eagle. The army vet was initially worried he might get in trouble for shooting at an eagle if he attempted to shoot the rope. With the way the legal system is today, I think his fears were justified.

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July 4th – Our Choice: Liberty or Tyranny!

July 3, 2015

 THE SPIRIT OF 1776….. ALIVE? OR DEAD?

On July 4th 1776 congress adopted the Declaration of thirteen United States of America for their Independence from the tyranny of The King. When you read the Declaration of Independence you can’t help but think that Jefferson was writing about today. Every new command decreed by our political and bureaucratic betters is an assault on individual decision making. Our sphere of individual liberty is shrinking by the day. Is the spirit of 1776 just a flickering flame about to be blown our, or will it spark a revival of liberty? With each passing day we are taken farther away from the history of 1776. History is a record of past events. We have failed to keep the history of our founding fresh in our minds. Before we look at some of the words in the declaration, lets look back at what it was like in Colonial America.

EVOLVED FREEDOM IN COLONIAL AMERICA

Colonial America developed relatively freely for a couple hundred years before 1776. A culture evolved here over these two hundred years which was different from the culture in England. In a book titled “A Patriot’s History Of The United States by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen, they write about a few trends that led to the spontaneously evolved freedom that existed at the time of the Revolution.

“First, the sheer distance between the rulers and the governed – between the King and the colonies – made possible an extraordinary amount of independence among the Americans”…..”Second, while the colonists gained a measure of independence through distance, they also gained political confidence and status through the acquisition of land. For immigrants who came from a nation where the scarcity of land marked those who owned it as gentlemen and placed them among the political elites. The abundance of soil….make them the equals of the owners of manorial estates in England. It steadily but subtly became every citizen’s job to ensure the protection of property rights for all citizens, undercutting from the outset the widespread and entrenched class system that characterized England. Third, the precedent of rebellion against a government that did not carry out the most basic mandates – protecting life, property, and a certain degree of religious freedom (at least from the Church of England) was established and supported by large numbers, if not the wast majority, of colonists. Fourth, a measure of religious toleration developed.” (1)

“By 1774 American colonists already had attained a standard of living that far surpassed that found in most of the civilized parts of the modern world.” (2)

The economic system in place in the world at this time was mercantilism (read here), which was a system where the state gave special subsidy and monopoly privileges to businesses, individuals, and groups the state favored. It encouraged exports and discouraged imports, and the enforcement of these regulations created a bureaucracy that built state power.

Patriot’s History talks about mercantilism, “Mercantilist doctrine demanded that the individual subordinate his economic activity to the interest of the State….it didn’t help the English that mercantilism was based on a conceptual framework that saw wealth as fixed and limited, meaning that for the Government to get more wealth, individuals had to receive less of the fruit of their labor…….Having the State pick winners and losers in the fields of enterprise proved disastrous……Americans came to despise regulations that threatened the further development of America’s thriving merchant trade…..Traders at the top favored regulations because they allowed them to freeze out aspiring competitors, but producers and consumers disliked the laws and they were swiftly becoming the majority.” (3)  Does any of this sound familiar? (Crony Capitalism)

THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

The tyranny of Government is what man has been fighting since before recorded history, and it is what we fight today. The freedom of the individual is rare in history, while the tyranny of government over the individual is the historical norm. Here are a couple of excerpts from the declaration, ask yourself if these words are applicable today.

“We hold these truths to  be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that  among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness–That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Our rights are above the Government, they don’t come from Government. Governments are instituted by men in order to secure each individuals rights. Governments get their just power from the consent of the individuals. When a Government becomes destructive in securing the rights of individuals, the people have a right to change or abolish it.

“Governments long-established should not be changed for light and transient Causes……Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”

Individuals will suffer evils for a long time before they will pay the heavy price of  changing or abolishing Government. The evil has to become intolerable before men will make a change. Remember intolerable is in the eye of the beholder. We are not there yet, but we are getting closer with each new regulation, tax, intervention, along with each new case of political corruption.

Jefferson then lists the abuses by the King. There are too many to list here, read the Declaration and see if any of the abuses apply today.

“In every stage of these Oppressions we have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms…..A prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the  Ruler of a free People.” 

When a rulers acts are the definition of tyranny, he is no longer fit to be the ruler of a free people.

“…and by the authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, Free ad Independent States; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown…….And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

The founders absolved their allegiance to the crown, and instead pledge to each other their lives, their fortunes, and our sacred honor.

TYRANNY OR RIGHTS

Why do I see tyranny where others see government giving rights. Health care is only one example. I see Government telling me what I can and can’t do with by healthcare decisions as tyrannical and a violation of my right to property and contract. Others see Obama care mandates on their health care as somehow gaining rights. We obviously have different visions on how the world works. Compromise between the two visions only creates a chaotic middle ground, and this is where we are right now. Which direction we go from here will determine if we, at some point, will be faced with a similar decision our founders faced in 1776. At that point we will have to “rely on divine Providence, and mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor”, if we are to remain free men.

Related Article, What Is Tyranny? The President Should Know The Definition, by austrianaddict.com

Related Article, The Most Recent Arbitrary And Unrestrained Exercises Of Power By The Federal Government, by austrianaddict.com

Footnotes.

1) From A Patriot’s History Of The United States by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen, pg 25-26

2) From A Patriot’s History Of The United States by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen, pg 25

3) From A Patriot’s History Of The United States by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen, pg 49-50

Independence Day Follow Up

July 5, 2013

I saw these cartoons at Monty Pelerin’s World, at economicnoise.com. They make you laugh on the one hand, and soberly contemplate where we are on the other.

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THE NEXT AMERICAN REVOLUTION

This article titled The Next American Revolution by Charles Hugh Smith at oftwominds.com, is a view into the future from his crow’s nest. CHS always makes you think. Here are a few excerpts from the article.

“The next American Revolution will not be an event, it will be a process. We naturally turn to the past for templates of the future, but history has a way of remaining remarkably unpredictable.” (more…)

The NSA Data Mining = Future Crime Unit

June 20, 2013

Here is a great video I found on libertypenblog.blogspot.com. Jim Harper explains why the NSA storing your data is unconstitutional.

In the video he says, “We are at a fascinating historical juncture because it’s been 230 plus years since we saw a general warrant….it’s something the 4th amendment was passed to eliminate, it’s something the Revolutionary War was fought over because King George issued general warrants, allowing his troops to rummage through the houses of the colonists. Now we have a general warrant issued by a secret court, that allows the NSA to rummage, ultimately, the data that reflects communications of all Americas…..The Government has given itself power vis-a-vis individuals, while denying that they had collected information in violation of the constitution.

Here is what the fourth amendment states, “…no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

He talks about the disconnect between how the NSA has interpreted what congress passed, and how Congress understands what they’ve passed.

Senator Harry Reid has said this is nothing new, we’ve known about this for seven years.

May I remind the Senator from Nevada the oath he took when he was sworn into office.”I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

The duty of his office is to defend the Constitution of the United States, against foreign and domestic enemies. If he knew about this for seven years and did nothing, wouldn’t he be considered a domestic enemy of the Constitution? Shouldn’t this be considered treason? Edward Snowden (read here), is being accused of treason by Senators and Congressmen, for shining light on the fact that Government bureaucrats are violating our Constitutional rights. Treason is in the eye of the beholder.

Liberty Pen has had some great articles this week concerning freedom in general, and the NSA in particular. Here are the articles I liked.

NSA Copies All Internet Data, Creates Dossiers On Every User, by J.P. Hicks.

Obama Speaks With Foked Tounge On Surveilance, by Sheldon Richman, at reason.com.

Citizens And The State: The Problem Is Bigger Than You Think, by A. Barton Hinkle, at reason.com.

Freedom The Unfolding Revolution, by Jonah Goldberg, at nationalreview.com.

The Most Recent Arbitrary And Unrestrained Exercises Of Power By The Federal Government.

May 20, 2013
English: The Liberty Bell in 2008.

English: The Liberty Bell. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ARBITRARY EXERCISE OF POWER.

On May 10th I posted an article titled, What Is Tyranny? The President Should Know The Definition, in which we defined tyranny as–arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority. despotism, absolutism, dictatorship. Arbitrary means – subject to individual will or judgment without restriction; contingent solely upon one’s discretion: an arbitrary decision. What came to light last week about the IRS targeting specific groups, the Justice Department confiscating phone records and emails from AP reporters without a warrant, and Kathleen Sabelius asking for contributions from health industry officials to help implement the new health care bill, are all examples of “arbitrary or unrestrained exercises of power”, aka tyranny. We should not be surprised by any of this, they are default actions taken by people who think they should not be constrained by the rule of law, even though our country was founded on the rule of law and not the rule of men.

THOMAS SOWELL, THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. (more…)

Is The President Our Boss? No. Each Individual Is His Own Boss.

February 12, 2013

INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM

The battle for individual freedom is summed up in these statements by Chris Rock. Will we allow ourselves to be ruled by an “intellectual elite” , and socialize all of the costs. Or will we allow each individual to rule himself,  with each person being responsible for his actions .  You either believe that top down decision-making by “the intelligent few” creates the best possible order for society, or you believe that each individual cooperating and competing with each other in the market, creates an order that utilizes scarce resources and knowledge more effectively.  This is what the history of the world is all about.

THE CONSTITUTION PROTECTS THE INDIVIDUAL FROM THE GOVERNMENT

The American Revolution set a different course in human history, a course that had never been tried before. It was fought for the idea that the individual was sovereign and had the right to rule himself. The constitution protected him from the concentrated power of Government run by a tyrannical “intellectual elite” from interfering in his decisions. The constitution doesn’t protect the Government from the people, it was set up to protect the individual from the Government. It is very difficult (more…)

We’re All Born In The Middle Of The Story.

November 30, 2012
The Passage of Time

The Passage of Time (Photo credit: ToniVC)

Each of us was born at a specific time on a specific day of a specific month in a specific year of a specific decade in a specific era of history. Having lived for fifty plus years, I look back at the numerous days, or five decades, or the few eras of history in which I have lived, and realize that you can’t break up time into these convenient measurements and look at them separately. They do not stand on their own. As Thomas Sowell said, “results observed at a given point in time may be part of a process that stretches far back in time.”

Most people think history started the day they were born. They give little thought, or have no understanding of how the world that existed the day they were born came to exist as it did. Where each person is, and what they are doing today, is the result of decisions made by them and other people, in the recent past and the distant past. An example of this is, (more…)