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Must Reads For The Week 4/25/20

April 27, 2020

F. A. Hayek stated: “The coordination of men’s activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.”

If we put this into a form of a question it would read something like this:

How will men’s activities be coordinated? Through the decision making of individuals? Or through the decision making of elite central planners?

The Covid 19 panic and corresponding political power grab has shined the light on this question. And how this question is answered has shaped the history of the world since the beginning. It is the fight between Liberty and Tyranny.

Our countries founding was the closest we will ever come to individual liberty. As time has passes we have incrementally moved away from individual liberty and toward tyranny of central planners.

Put another way. Should individuals make decisions for themselves and take on the responsibility and risks of those decisions. Or should “experts” make decisions for all individuals, never having to accept the risk and responsibility when the consequences of their decisions do harm to individuals.

Thomas Sowell poses the question this way: “The question is not, what decision to make? The question is;  Who is to make the decision? Under what incentives and constraints? With what feedback mechanisms?

Let’s look at some articles that illustrate the age old fight between who should make decisions. Individuals or central planning “experts”.

 

TYRANNY BY POLITICIANS AND EXPERTS

Police Are Using Drones To Enforce Social Distancing In America’s Backyards, by Chrissy Clark, at thefederalist.com.     Connecticut Tests ‘Pandemic Drone’ To Ensure People Are Social DIstancing Properly, by Sarah Taylor, at theblaze.com.    Here are two articles showing the use of drones to spy on citizens. Here is an excerpt from the first article:

“Drone invasions on private property clearly violate the 4th Amendment, and no new laws exist to govern the use of surveillance technology by police departments. Police departments across the nation are taking drone usage upon themselves to violate American liberties in the name of social distancing guidelines, even on private property.”

AI Social-Distancing Enforcement Tool. “You Will Be TRACKED”, at daviddrakesplace.blogspot.com.    Watch the short video showing how this technology works. It is scary.

Documents Reveal Feds Are Excited To Create A Mass Surveillance Network, at zerohedge.com.    It is scary to think how technology is being used in the surveillance of citizens.

Undercover Cops Arrest 2 Women For Operating Home Beauty Businesses In Violation Of Coronavirus Lockdown Order, by Christian Britschgi, at reason.com.   Social distancing “rules” are broken when cops arrest people. And even more so when these people are put in jail. I guess the thinking is; I will put you at risk of getting coronavirus to stop you from putting yourself at risk of getting or spreading coronavirus. But I think this is a show of force to try to intimidate others from breaking the arbitrary decrees of Government.

More From The “New Normal”, (In 50 ‘Darker’Headlines), at zerohedge.com.   Here are a list of examples of government.

We Didn’t Flatten The Curve, We Flattened The U. S. Health Care System, by John Daniel Davidson, at thefederalist.com.    We were told the lockdown was to prevent the medical system from being overwhelmed. The system hasn’t been. So lets stop the lockdown.

Business Owners Understand Why The Economy Can’t Just Be “Reopened“, by Christopher E. Baecker, at mises.org.   Excerpt from the article:

“Certainly “economies can be rebuilt,” but assuming it’ll just happen reflects a level of flippant naiveté similar to that which supposes that entrepreneurs should factor government-shutdown-by-fiat into their risk calculation.”

The Destructive Effects Of The Coronavirus Relief Package, By Thorston Polliet, at mises.org.     Government spending and money printing don’t solve economic problems. In fact they cause the economic problems they are trying to solve.

Here Are The Publicly Traded Companies That Quietly Got A ‘Small Business’ Bailout, at zerohedge.com.    There is no shortage of people getting in line to get their hands on government (taxpayer) money.

Illinois Senate Democrats Seek Massive Federal Bailout For State, Going Far Beyond Coronavirus Impact, at zerohedge.com.    States are trying to use the coronavirus to get out of their massive debt problems. Of course at taxpayers expense.

American Farms Cull Millions Of Chickens Amid Virus-Related Staff Shortages At Processing Plants, at zerohedge.com.   At Least 10 Meat Packing Plants Closed In Weeks Across America Stocking Food Shortage Fears, at zerohedge.com.     I wonder if the “experts” thought of this situation when they decided to shut down the economy. This could have drastic consequences.

Top Elections Lawyer: Vote-By Mail Is “The Most Massive Fraud Scheme In American History, at zerohedge.com.     No comment necessary.

The Unseen Death Toll Of Covid-19 Measures, at mcclintock.house.gov.   I guess the deaths caused by Governments response to Covid-19 aren’t important. We don’t understand trade offs.

Anthony Fauci: When Politics Trumps Science, by William L. Anderson, at mises.org.              How did Dr. Fauci become THE Oracle when it comes to this disease? Is he the only immunologist in the country?

Excerpt from the article:

“To understand Anthony Fauci, one must understand progressive ideology, and in order to best understand progressive ideology, one needs to read Ludwig von Mises’s book Bureaucracy. The book itself is not about progressivism—indeed, Mises doesn’t mention such a philosophy in his book—but it does explain the decision-making processes that dominate bureaucracies and guide bureaucrats like Fauci. And Fauci is nothing but the consummate bureaucrat, albeit one that can speak in front of a television camera.”

“Progressives share the belief that markets, although they are good at producing useless goods, such as the too many deodorants that Bernie Sanders denounced on the campaign trail, simply cannot lead a great nation, are cumbersome, and have no mechanism by which to meet the real needs of people in society. Experts are needed to guide people in what they should have, from food to clothing to transportation to medical care, and then to lay out the plan for how people should obtain these things.”

“Mises writes that bureaucracies exist to carry out the directives of those in political power and not to engage in policymaking themselves. However, after more than a century of progressive rule the bureaucracies themselves have become the chief instruments of government power, as men like Fauci, with their anticapitalist mentalities and their single-minded approaches to life, are calling the shots. Although most people instinctively understand risks and tradeoffs, public health bureaucrats like Fauci tend to believe that the only thing that matters is the eradication of whatever is coming, no matter what the cost.”

The Real Reason Why A Harvard Professor Thinks Homeschooling Should Be Banned, at zerohedge.com.   Children are being taught at home because schools are shutdown. This scares progressives like Harvard Professor Elizabeth Bartholet. Progressives want to indoctrinate your kids under the guise of teaching democratic values and social justice.

Excerpt from the article:

“Ironically, the real problem Harvard Professor Elizabeth Bartholet has with homeschooling is this:  “Many homeschool because they wan to isolate their children from ideas and values central to our democracy.”

“Let me rephrase that. Homeschooled children can’t be indoctrinated five days a week, eight hours a day, by an education system that emphasizes political agendas. (And incidentally, our form of government is a constitutional republic. Shouldn’t someone from Harvard who is worried I might not have the knowledge to educate my child know something as elementary as that?)”

“Bartholet defames homeschoolers for wanting to encourage their children toward a particular belief system while touting the belief system that the school system wants to instill. So it’s okay for the public school system to do it, just not for the parents to do it.”

“While Bartholet scorns parents who indoctrinate their kids, she praises the school system for doing so. The American education system is wholly responsible for raising a generation of perpetually offended people who think they’re open-minded but who actually are only accepting of those with the same beliefs.”

“They’re creating a generation of worker bees, of dependent people who’d never dream of revolting against the status quo shown as ideal by Hollywood and the mainstream media. They’re creating adults who don’t know how to handle conflict, who don’t know how to deal with defeat, and who are regularly fearful of imaginary threats. People who are afraid of a tripod or a pop-tart chewed into the shape of a gun certainly aren’t going to be leading the next revolution.”

AOC Deletes Gleeful Tweet On Oil Industry’s Coronavirus Collapse, ‘You Absolutely Love To See It, by Douglas Ernst, at washingtimes.com.     She said:   “…..this is the right time for a worker-led, mass investment in green infrastructure to save our Planet.”

So lets think about this. At a time when the price of oil is the lowest it has been in decades. She wants to invest in green energy that is more expensive than what oil was at $60 dollars a barrel let alone what it is right now. So did she really major in economics?

AOC Says People Should Refuse To Work After The Economy Reopens, Breck Dumas, at theblaze.com.     No comment needed.

Cuomo To Struggling Unemployed: ‘You Want To Go To Work? Go Take A Job As An Essential Worker‘, by Breck Dumas, at theblaze.com.     In other words: “Your job isn’t essential you loser. I decide what is essential.”  What an arrogant ass.

California Mayor Says Death May Await Shutdown Protesters Who Violate ‘Social Distancing’ Laws, by Dave Urbanski, at theblaze.com.    Speaking of arrogant asses. Here is what the Mayor said:

“Make no mistake people who deliberately violate the social distancing laws, and the laws requiring that we all wear a mask will be identified, arrested, and prosecuted.”

“Do not mess with us. You will not endanger the lives of our hardworking fdmilies because of some misguided civil liberties argument.”

“The quote is: Give me Liberty or Give me Death. Being arrested and locked up in an over crowded jail just might result in granting you your wish.”

Dems Plan To Censure Michigan Lawmaker Who Said Trump’s Boosting Of Hydroxychloroqine ‘Saved My Life‘, by Andrew O’Reilly, at foxnews.com.   You must tow the party line or else.

These are examples of big tech controlling the narrative. Why do these tech guys hate the free market economic system that allowed them to start small and ultimately become the captains of the tech industry?

Twitter Suspends Account Of Biotech Company Testing UV Light To Treat Coronavirus, at zerohedge.com.

Facebook Bans Civil Disobedience, Removes Posts Organizing Anti-Lockdown Protests, at zerohedge.com.

Twitter CEO Unveils Feature To “Editorialize” Trump’s Tweets As Election Looms, at zerohedge.com.

Did Mark Zucherberg Just Expose Bit-Tech’s Real Endgame? Ousting Trump, at zerohedge.com.

Bill Gates Continues To Push ‘Immunity Passports’ And Tech-Enabled Surveillance State To Combat COVIC-19, at zerohedge.com.

 

FIGHTING FOR LIBERTY

Wisconsinites Storm The Capital In Protest: We’re Done Staying Home, by Kylee Zempel, at thefederalist.com.

Two Hair Solon Owners In Auburn Ca. Defy Stay-At Home Orders, Both Reopen To Pay Bills, by Bridgette Bjorlo, at fox40.com.

Michigan Legislature Bucks Gov. Whitmer, Votes To Repeal Emergency Powers, by Tim Pearce, a dailywire.com.

Thousands Of Californians Flock To Open Beaches Despite Gov. Newsom’s Pleas Fo Them To Stay Home, by Lauren Fruen, at dailymail.co.uk.

Constitutionalist Sheriffs’ Won’t Enforce Coronavirus Restrictions, by Zoe Nemerever, at greenwichtime.com.

Coronavirus Crisis: Bill Of Rights Protects Our Freedom, by Victor Davis Hanson, at nationalreview.com.   Excerpt from the article:

“In this current crisis, the longest if not the first complete shutdown in U.S. history, the freedoms of American democracy are being tested in ways we scarcely ever imagined. Out of nowhere little Napoleonic governors arise to enact decrees prohibiting gardening or strolling on an empty beach — decrees that seem to have little purpose other than to reflect that they can do so. Snitches volunteer to out felonious social deviants who are seen cooking in the backyard with a neighbor. A little horned-devil virus seems to be trying to do what those Russkies never could.”

“Experts with all sorts of Ph.D.s, M.D.s, and J.D.s after their names lecture from authority about what we must right now do — or else! — on the principle that they have a scientific or technocratic prerogative to impress critics of their modeling or their demand that we shut down a $22-trillion economy for “18 months,” if need be.”

“A supposedly disinterested media — found by media watchdogs to be 93 percent negative in its presidential reportage before the virus crisis — envision their coverage of the Trump demon as an endless zero-sum game in which any morsel of good news for him is instantly bad for them.”

“How fortunate, then, that in this current crisis, when one questions the logic of using a misleading denominator to ascertain viral lethality, and thus the logic of basing existential public policies on resulting case-to-fatality rates that admittedly cannot be true, one can (at least for now) keep raising skepticism without being sent to a Chinese-like reeducation camp.”

“We are witnessing the fading moments of Baby Boomer–generation authority. As it vaporizes, it still cannot fundamentally change America with sermons that we “will never go back to normal,” a synonym for “we don’t like lots of things in that bothersome Constitution.” America is currently engaged in a free-fall of angry, unfettered discussion about everything from the wearing of masks to the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine. Tempers rise; false knowledge replicates. Smack-down arguments from authority grow shrill. And, thank God, it all remains legal. Out of the mess, the acrimony can lead to light rather than endless heat.

“Warn an American that he poses a public threat by illegally and solitarily launching his tiny boat on a nearby empty pond to fish, and he’s likely to do just that — and thereby reveal the absurdity of the functionary who issued such a tyrannical order.”

“Tell a pastor he can’t preach from his car to other car-bound parishioner and, by God, he will do just that — and will be praised by most for his measured civil disobedience.”

“Let criminals out of jail, and what’s a paranoid American city-dweller to do? Obviously head down to the gun store and get in a line for something that shoots something, now for the first time in his life bitching in extremis that gun laws he once found wonderful are far stricter than they should be.

“Authoritarians and petty fascists, eager to issue endless edicts, molt their exoskeletons, as if under their chrysalis suits they were always caudillos, waiting to be reborn with sunglasses and epaulettes. But a free and empowered people, even in times of mortal danger, long nursed on a Bill of Rights, is hard to subjugate or shut up, even after over a month spent locked up in their homes. Thank God, we have a Constitution quite different from those of European nations, which are themselves far superior to other alternatives.”

“In these strange times, American individualism and the Bill of Rights that birthed it are still proving, for a while longer, too strong for the natural forces of fascism masquerading as “we had to destroy freedom to save it.”

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Trump Says To Drink Lots Of Water, Media Reports He Told Everyone To Drown Themselves, at babylonbee.com.

Majority Of Americans Would Rather Risk COVID Death Than Endure Any More Skype Lectures From Celebrities, at babylonbee.com.

AOC Drops By Unemployment Office To Tell People How Lucky They Are Not To Have Oppressive Jobs, at babylonbee.com.

Pope Says Driving SUV Is An Unpardonable Sin, at babylonbee.com.

Former Clinton Adviser Calls On Biden To Withdraw Over Assault Allegations, at daviddrekesplace.blogspot.com.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 4/18/20

April 20, 2020

 

POWER IS ALWAYS DANGEROUS. IT ATTRACTS THE WORST AND CORRUPTS THE BEST – Edward Abbey.

Here are some articles showing tyranny at the state and local levels. Fortunately our country was founded on the sovereignty of the individual over the State. People are beginning to push back. Even after decades of our education system not teaching our founding principles, there is still enough left of our culture of freedom to spark this push back.

 

TYRANNY

The Coronavirus Is Exposing Little Tyrants All Over The Country, by John Davidson, at thefederalist.com.   Excerpt from the article:    “There’s nothing like a crisis to bring clarity. The response of some mayors and governors to the coronavirus pandemic in recent days has made it clear they think they have unlimited and arbitrary power over their fellow citizens, that they can order them to do or not do just about anything under the guise of protecting public health.”

“Thankfully, the Department of Justice has taken notice of this fledgling authoritarian streak among the country’s mayors and governors.”

“That these officials need to be reminded of that, and in some cases restrained by federal judges, bodes very ill for America. Now more than ever, we need leaders who don’t just care about protecting us from the pandemic, but also care about preserving liberty in a time of crisis.”

Greenhouses Unable To Sell In Michigan Under Extended Order, Banking On May Business, at wwmt.com.    Probably the biggest tyrant is Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Her stay at home order lists non-essential goods. Plants were on the list. Greenhouses and stores with garden centers closed because of her arbitrary order. Who decides what is essential or not? Each individual decides what he values as essential. Governor Whitmer making these orders shows her arrogance. It also shows her disdain for the individuals in her state.

Government To Decide What Items Are Essential Purchases And What Things You’re Not Allowed To Buy, at zerohedge.com.    It is not just Michigan. Vermont is also flexing its tyrannical power. This shouldn’t surprise anyone since Bernie Sanders is a Senator from Vermont.

Former Police Officer Arrested In Park For Throwing Ball With Daughtere Dur To Coronavirus Social Distancing Rules, at abcnews.go.com.    I bet Mayberry Sheriff Andy Taylor would have handled this differently.

California City Fills Skatepark With 37 Tons Of Sand After People Ignore ‘No Trespassing’ Signs, by Shanna McCarriston, at cbssports.com.    Tyrants shut down skatepark. Skate borders disobey shut down. Tyrants don’t like their edicts disobeyed. They think outside the box and fill skate park with sand. Certainly this escalation of power will deter the liberty loving borders?

Plastic Is Back: San Francisco Bans Reusable Grocery Bags, 13 Years After Being First City To Prohibit Plastic Ones, by Joseph Wilkinson, at nydailynews.com.    The Reusable Bags can become Corona contaminated. So San Francisco is banning them and bringing back the previously banned single use plastic bags. Environmental activists are not happy. They are not willing to make the trade off between a human life and “possible”damage to the planet. They value the planet more than human life.

World’s Largest Pork Producer Shutters Key US Factory After COVID-19 Outbreak, Warns Of Shortages, at zerohedge.com.    We can’t consume what is not first produced. Handing out Government checks and printing money via the Fed doesn’t produce goods or services. This money is essentially consumption with no production backing it up. The fact that we are shutting down production because of the virus makes this situation worse. We are consuming more than we are producing. That can’t be a good thing.

Coronavirus XIV:  The Good News Is Still There But Not Reported By Mainstream Media, at drbrownstein.com.   The main stream media has an agenda. Anything that doesn’t fit the agenda gets ignored. Sins of omission?

Why Central Planning By Medical Experts Will Lead To Disaster, by Gary Galles, at mises.org.    Excerpt from the article:

“…..some of the medical experts with media megaphones have put forward potentially catastrophic scenarios and drastic plans to deal with them, reinforced by assertions that the rest of us should “listen to the experts,” because only they know enough to determine policy. Unfortunately, those experts don’t know enough to determine appropriate policies.”

“More important, however, may be that in making recommendations to address COVID-19, those with detailed knowledge of the disease (the experts we have been told to obey) do not have sufficient knowledge of the consequences of their “solutions” for the economy and society to know what the costs will be. That means that they don’t know enough to accurately compare the benefits to the costs. In particular, because of their relative unawareness of the many margins at which effects will be felt, the medical experts we are being told to follow will likely underestimate those costs. When combined with their natural desire to solve the medical problem, however severe it might get, this can lead to overly draconian proposals.”

“……. there is substantial literature documenting the adverse health effects of worsening economic conditions. For just one example, an analysis of the 2008 economic meltdown in The Lancet estimated that it “was associated with over 260,000 excess cancer deaths in the OECD alone, between 2008–2010.” That is a massive “detail” to ignore in forming policy.”

“In other words, the tradeoff is not just a matter of lives lost versus money, as it is often portrayed as being (e.g., New York governor Cuomo’s assertion that “we’re not going to put a dollar figure on human life”). It is a tradeoff between lives lost due to COVID and lives that will be lost due to the policies adopted to reduce COVID deaths.”

“Panic has seldom improved the rationality of decision-making (beyond the “fight or flight” reaction to facing a “man-eater,” when to stop and think means certain death). However, much of media coverage has fed panic. But the illogical and intemperate media attacks against those questioning the rationality of draconian “solutions” drown out, rather than enable, objective discussion of real tradeoffs. And if “Democracy dies in darkness,” as the Washington Post proclaims, we should remember that it does not require total darkness. The same conclusion follows when people are kept in the dark about major aspects of the reality they face.”

‘Let Them Eat Ice Cream’: Multi-Millionaire Pelosi Shows Off Freezer Full Of Gourmet Ice Cream As Thousands Line Up At Food Banks, by Joseph Curl, at dailywire.com.     She is unaware of how this looks to regular people. And thank god for that unawareness. Most of us don’t have one Sub-Zero refrigerators let alone two. And we certainly don’t stock our refrigerators with ice cream at $13 dollars a pint (that’s $52 dollars a half gallon). She thinks of herself as our anointed better and we are the rabble. .

 

STANDING AGAINST TYRANNY

Lockdown-Backlash Begins: Angry Crowd Surrounds Capitol, Demands Michigan Governor Reopen Economy, at zerohedge.com.   We have had enough just about enough of these arbitrary edicts by petty tyrants.

‘Social Shredding’: Defiant Residents Grab Shovels, Dirt Bikes After Cali Authorities Dump Tons Of Sand In Skateparks For ‘Social Distancing’, by Amanda Prestigiacomo, at dailywire.com.     The people are calling the tyrants bluff. Will the next tyrannical step by government be to arrest or shoot those who disobey. Good luck with that.

We are like the rattle snake on the Don’t Tread On Me flag. The snakes rattle is a warning to not come any closer or I will strike.

Barter Is Back – Locked-Down Americans Are Swapping Malbec For Masks, at zerohedge.com.    Maybe Government can shut down businesses. But it can not shut down commerce. Barter and black markets will arise because of government control. Our country was founded by smugglers and black marketeers.

What Would Rothbard Say About The COVID-19 Panic?  by Philipp Bagus, at mises.org.    Excerpt from the article:

“Governments all over the world are advancing on the road to serfdom, controlling their populations and increasing their power relative to the private sector via increased public spending and new regulations. According to the “ratchet effect,” defined by Robert Higgs, government power usually increases in crisis times. However, when the crisis recedes, government power is not reduced to its initial position. Thus, the long-term victim of the government intrusion may be liberty. More socialist regimes may be instituted. And in these regimes life expectancy is shorter. The greater the power of government, the lower will be the quantity and quality of life ceteris paribus. For instance, the capitalist West Germans had a life expectancy that was about three years longer than that of their East German counterparts.

 

NON CORONAVIRUS STUFF

IG Horowitz: ‘We Do Not Have Confidence That The FBI Has Executed Its Woods Procedures’, at saracarter.com.     The FBI not only abused power it broke the law. But this is what happens when you give government power during a crisis. After 9/11 we passed the Patriot act. We traded freedom for security. But we got tyranny instead. Don’t let the Corona panic allow government to usurp anymore of our remaining freedoms.

DOJ, FBI Knew Trump Surveillance Was Based On Russian Disinformation, by Margot Cleveland, at thefederalist.com.    Most of us have known this for at least three years.

Greater Idaho Movement Is The Latest Indicator Of A Shift Toward Decentralization, by Jose Nino, at mises.org.    This is another example push back against big government. People don’t like to be told what to do.

Pope Says Coronavirus Could Be A Reaction To Climate Change, by Vincent Barone, at nypost.com.     Excerpt from the article:

“The pope said he wanted a response from world leaders that focuses more on humans and the environment than the economy.”

“I believe we have to slow down our rate of production and consumption and to learn to understand and contemplate the natural world,” he said. “We need to reconnect with our real surroundings. This is the opportunity for conversion.”

I’ve read this whole interview. He never mentions Christ one time. The above quote makes me think he wants us to worship the earth. Isn’t the Pope supposed to bring people to Christ?

10 Interviews Later, Media Still Has Not Asked Biden About Sexual Assault Allegations, by Daniel Payne, at disrn.com.    This doesn’t surprise anyone does it?

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

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Skydiving Accident Ruled Death By Coronavirus, at babylonbee.com.

Dems Rush To Defend Kavanaugh After He Puts On Joe Biden Mask, at babylonbee.com.

More Government Officials Calling For Common-Sense Religion Control, at babylonbee.com.

China Impressed By Michigan Governor’s Totalitarian Policies, at babylonbee.com.

Medical Experts Confirm Democrats Have Developed Herd Immunity To Sexual Assault Allegations, at babylonbee.com.

Democrats Erupt In Protests After Planned Parenthood Begins Offering Puppy Abortions, at babylonbee.com.

 

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