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Must Reads For The Week 4/6/19

April 9, 2019

“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.” – F. A. Hayek

 

Capitalism (aka) Self-Ownership Is The Only Moral Economic System, by Gary Galles, at mises.org. Private property rights and voluntary exchange are the foundation of free market capitalism. Property rights means you own what you produce. Voluntary exchange means each individual can exchange what he produces for what another individual produces under the terms which they mutually agree, with no intervention from third parties  Excerpt from the article:

“As Ludwig von Mises explained it, private property is the basis for “joint action and cooperation in which each participant sees the other partner’s success as a means for the attainment of his own,” in sharp contrast to any “us versus them” zero- or negative-sum view of social interaction which treats someone’s gains as others’ losses. In capitalism (which is actually inconsistent with the government created or enabled crony capitalism we see all around us), even those who would be tyrants, if given the opportunity, must focus their efforts on providing willing service to others to induce their voluntary cooperation. In contrast, the drive for power that animates these Democrat Presidential hopefuls who condemn a capitalism they plainly don’t comprehend would increasingly turn others into their unwilling servants.

The Socialist Fantasy, by John Stossel, at townhall.com. Socialism is government ownership of the means of production. But what do you call a system where government, although allowing property rights, controls what you can do with what you produce through rules, regulations and confiscation via taxation? Crony capitalism or crony socialism. We do not have free market capitalism in the US right now. We have a hampered market. But Government central planners don’t have to own the means of production to wreck an economy. All they have to do is increase their interference, and eventually a country’s standard of living starts to decrease. Even though government intervention isn’t the definition of socialism, government intervention is the road which leads to”serfdom and poverty”.

How Countries Fall Into The Welfare Trap, by Antony P. Mueller, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article:

“People like the welfare state because they suppose that it comes at no costs and provides many benefits. If people knew how much the present consumption of social benefits entails less prosperity in the future, the population would have a critical attitude towards the welfare state and politicians would have a harder time selling their fraud. Just as a society that ranks security over liberty loses both, a society that attributes a higher value to social benefits than to wealth creation ends up with neither wealth nor benefits.”

Liberalism’s Last Stand – Brexit, by Tom Luongo, at tomluongo.me.    Brexit is a modern-day version of the American Revolution. Only this time it is the British people who don’t want to take orders from the bureaucrats in the European Union. Adding another layer of bureaucratic intervention on top of what exists already in the British government was a bridge too far. The people have spoken. But the bureaucrats in Brussels don’t want to give up their power. Just like King George didn’t want to give up his power over the colonies. Excerpt from the article:

“Now with the European Union facing a populist uprising across the continent they have reached the turning point with Brexit. And the conundrum is enormous.”

“Brexit is the single most important political event of this century……So, paying close attention to it is important. That’s why it has so divided people. It represents an existential threat to the inevitability of modern liberalism. The European Union is the symbol of that inevitability. Because once that inevitability is breached the EU will begin to unravel before our eyes.”

Electoral College: Why We Must Decentralize Democracy, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. The articles above show us why we need the Electoral College. Power needs to be taken away from government and dispersed to the individual. Politicians and bureaucrats always want more power. The history of the 20th century shows what happens when power is centralized. Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro! Oh that’s right….it can’t happen here. The left is afraid of Trump abusing power just as the right was afraid of Obama abusing power. Shouldn’t both sides agree that the government has too much power if an abuse of power by the person holding the seat could harm them.

The Recycling Movement Fails, by Michael Shedlock, at lewrockwell.com.  After decades of being guilt tripped into recycling, we are finding out that it is too costly.

Goodbye To The Internet: Interference By Governments Is Already Here, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article:

“Government regulation combined with corporate social media self-censorship means that the user of the service will not know what he or she is missing because it will not be there. And once the freedom to share information without restraint is gone it will never return. On balance, free speech is intrinsically far more important than any satisfaction that might come from government intrusion to make the internet less an enabler of violence. If history teaches us anything, it is that the diminishing of one basic right will rapidly lead to the loss of others and there is no freedom more fundamental than the ability to say or write whatever one chooses, wherever and whenever one seeks to do so.

3 Reasons Why Facebook’s Zuckerberg Wants More Government Regulation, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. The three reasons are 1) Regulations will give Facebook more monopoly power. 2) Zuckerberg and Facebook will help write the new rules. 3) Regulations will limit Facebook’s legal exposure. Big business wants government regulation because regulations make it more difficult for start-up companies to succeed. When a business gets big, it no longer supports competition. It seeks monopoly power. Which can only be granted by Big Government.

The Air Bag Body Count Upticks – And Will Again, by Eric Peters, at ericpetersautos.com. Government central planners work for their own self interest. Excerpt from the article:

“There are hundreds of thousands of cars in circulation with air bags Uncle knows are defective; knows have killed and so – great leap of logic – are probably going to kill again.”

“Yet Uncle does not hurl a fatwa granting permission for the people who were forced by Uncle to buy these air bags to even temporarily disable them until they can be replaced with new air bags that may also kill them, but which at least aren’t known to be defective.”

“But remember when VW was forced to park vast fleets of perfectly safe – and clean – diesel-powered cars (the entire 2016 model year run) on account of “cheating” on EPA emissions certification tests. These cars never hurt anyone – or even the environment – but Uncle went ballistic. Because he’d been hurt.

States Sue Trump Administration Over Changes To Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Standards, by Jana J. Pruet, at theblaze.com. Why didn’t they sue when Michelle Obama interfered with school lunch standards in the first place?

The Latest Scheme To Turn Gun Owners Into Criminals, at zerohedge.com. The gun grabbers never give up.

Resisting Born-Alive Bill, Democrats Are Desperate To Hide Truth About Abortion, by Georgi Boorman, at thefederalist.com. If a blob of tissue is born alive, is it still considered a blob of tissue or is it a baby? Here is the best line from the article. “Legal abortion is fundamentally a mother’s entitlement to kill her child….They actually believe that abortion is the right to a dead baby.”

Doctors Are Now Giving Hormone Treatments To Children As young As 8 Who ‘Identify’ As Transgender, by Sara Taylor, at theblaze.com. What about the oath…First do no harm! This is child abuse. An 8 year old doesn’t have the mental capacity to understand what transgender even means.

Ex-Senate Employee Pleads Guilty to Theft Of Personal Data, at seattletimes.com. Petty tyrants use intimidation to get what they want.

Jury Rejects Harry Reid’s Lawsuit Against Fitness Band Maker He Blamed For Injuries, at cbsnews.com. Is anyone surprised that Harry Reid would sue for damages?

Actual Putin Puppets: Moscow Pitting Climate Activists Against American Energy Industry, at zerohedge.com. The USSR backed the peace movement during the cold war. Putin is a former KGB agent. Therefore the Russian government backed the anti-fracking movement. I’m shocked! Russian collusion?

Mueller’s Record Of Framing Innocent People To Protect The Guilty, at zerohedge.com. This article tells of the abuses of power by unelected bureaucrats (deep state). This is an eye opening article.

With Mueller Hopes Gone, So Goes Progressive Unity, by Victor Davis Hanson, at amgretness.com. Victor Davis Hanson sums up the Mueller investigation. Great read.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Venezuela Praised For Achieving World’s First Zero-Hour Work Week, at babylonbee.com.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Economics Degree Recalled, at babylonbee.com.

Jussie Smollett Receives Prestigious NAACP Award For His Work Creating Jobs For Nigerian-Americans, at babylonbee.com.

Unsure What ‘Heartbeat’ Is, Hollywood Actors Come Out Against Heartbeat Bill Just To Be Safe, at babylonbee.com.

Man Arrested While Attempting To Smuggle Dhick-Fil-A Sandwich Into San Antonio Airport, at babylonbee.com.

Moved By Sight Of Homeless Man Asking For Food, Local Christian Prays Light Would Turn Green, at babylonbee.com.

Trump: ‘Any Shooting Actually Inspired By Me would Have Left Thousands Dead, at theonion.com.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 2/2/19

February 3, 2019

Shocking Admission By FBI Veteran Shows Why The FBI Shouldn’t Exist, at zerohedge.com. Is the FBI that much different from the East German Staci or the Russian KGB? They go after individuals who might possibly overturn the status quo of government insiders. The FBI abused power when it covertly went after Martin Luther King. And it is abusing its power as it overtly goes after Trump. Here is an excerpt from the article: “The FBI has too much power and far too unforgivable a history to be permitted to control the reigns of the nation with the most powerful military force in the history of civilization. Get rid of it and move in a healthy direction.”

 

The Media Botched The Covington Catholic Story, And The Damage To Their Credibility Will Be Lasting, by Caitlan Flanagan, at theatlantic.com. This article sums up this media created controversy as well as any article I have read.

Here is how Caitlan Flanagan ends her article: “How could the elite media – New York Times, lets say – have protected themselves from this event, which has served to reinforce millions of Americans’ belief that traditional journalistic outlets are purveyors of “fake news”? They might have hewed to a concept that once went by the quaint term ‘journalistic ethics.” among other things, journalistic ethics held that if you didn’t have the reporting to support a story, and if that story had the potential  to hurt its subjects, and if those subjects were private citizens, and if they were moreover minors, you didn’t run the story. You kept reporting it; you let yourself get scooped; and you accepted that speed is not the highest value. Other wise, you were the trash press.”

“At 8:30 yesterday morning, as I was typing this essay, The New York Times emailed me. The subject line was “Ethics Reminders for Freelance Journalists.” (I have occasionally published essays and reviews in the Times). It informed me, inter alia, that the Times expected all of its journalists, both freelance and staff, “to protect the integrity and credibility of Times journalism.” This meant, in part, safeguarding the Times’ “reputation for fairness and impartiality.”

“I am prompted to issue my own ethics reminders for The New York Times. Here they are: You were partly responsible for the election of Trump because you are the most influential newspaper in the country, and you are not fair or impartial. Millions of Americans believe you hate them and that you will casually harm them. Two years ago, they fought  back against you, and they won. It Trump wins again, you will once again have played a small but important role in that victory.”

Milton Friedman On ‘Fair’ Versus ‘Free’, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog, Watch the short video of Milton Friedman vs Donald Trump on trade. Here is an excerpt from the article: “When “fairness” replaces “freedom” all our liberties are in danger.”

“There is no objective standard of ‘fairness’ [or ‘fair’ trade]. ‘Fairness’ [or ‘fair’ trade] is strictly in the eye of the beholder. To a producer or seller, a ‘fair’ price is a high price. To the buyer or consumer, a ‘fair’ price is a low price. How is the conflict to be adjudicated? By competition in a free market? Or by government bureaucrats in a ‘fair’ market?

“Businessmen who sing the glories of free enterprise and then demand ‘fair’ competition [and ‘fair’ trade] are enemies, not friends, of free markets. To them, ‘fair’ competition [and ‘fair’ trade] is a euphemism for a price-fixing agreement [and trade protectionism]. For consumers, and are ‘unfair’ the competition [and trade], the better. That assures lowest prices and highest quality.

Venezuela – A Case Of socialist -Organized Theft, by Daniel Lacalle, at zerohedge.com. Here is an excerpt from the article: “The mistake that many make is to think that this wreck has been caused by a combination of incompetence and folly. and they are wrong. The Venezuelan socialist regime has carried out the largest organized robbery in history and has done so with a perfectly designed plan.”

“The plan was always to expropriate the wealth of the whole country for the benefit of a few political leaders through plundering, destruction of currency and decapitalization. of the state oil company.”

What has happened to Venezuela is not a disaster or a coincidence, it is socialism.

Still Fighting The Last War Against Socialism, by Jeff Deist, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article:  “History and theory don’t matter to socialists because they imagine society can be engineered. The old arguments and historical examples simply don’t apply: even human nature is malleable, and whenever our stubborn tendencies don’t comport with socialism’s grand plans a “social construct” is to blame.”

“These most recent spasms of support for the deadly ideology of socialism remind us that progressives aren’t kidding. They may not fully understand what socialism means, but they fully intend to bring it about. Single-payer health care, “free” education, wealth redistribution schemes, highly progressive income taxes, wealth taxes, gun bans, and radical curbs on fossil fuels are all on the immediate agenda. They will do this quickly if possible, incrementally if they have to (see, again, the 20th century). They will do it with or without popular support, using legislatures, courts and judges, supranational agencies,university indoctrination, friendly media, or whatever political, economic, or social tools it takes (including de-platforming and hate speech laws). This is not paranoia; all of this is openly discussed. And say what you will about progressivism, it does have a central if false ethos: egalitarianism.”

Jackboots In The Morning: No One Is Spared From This American Nightmare, at zerohedge.com. 66 year old Roger Stone is accused of witness tampering, obstruction of justice, and lying to Congress. All are non violent crimes. So naturally you send 29 armed FBI agents in 17 vehicles to carry out a SWAT style pre-dawn raid to arrest him. This is bureaucratic insiders (the deep state if you will) sending a message to anyone who wants to shrink the size and power of government (drain the swamp if you will). The message is, “we will destroy you”.

The Ruling Class And An Undeclared Civil War, by Steve McCann, at americanthinker.org. Excerpt from the article: “The United States has long prided itself on the belief that class distinctions were no longer a part of a unique American culture. However, the current social structure has evolved into a near impregnable three-tier categorization in which the ruling class, that sits astride the social order, has revealed, thanks to the election of Donald Trump, open and unabashed disdain for the two lower classes and the unleashing of a radicalized army of malcontents.”

“The citizens who provide the primary labor and resources for the economic engine of the country constitute the second tier. The third is comprised of those who  have been betrayed by a self-serving education system and are conditioned to be totally dependent upon a government dominated by the ruling class.”

“An all-powerful central government is vital to maintaining the elite’s power, income base and pre-eminent class status and must be protected at all cost. In order to retain their supremacy, the tactics of outright lies, innuendos, and character assassinations, as well as exploitation of national tragedies to impugn their adversaries, have been utilized by the foot soldiers in the mainstream media, the political establishment and the entertainment industry.”

“Today vast swaths of the American populace, whether they voted for Trump or not, are indiscriminately accused of being racists, misogynists, white supremacists, ignoramuses, religious zealots, xenophobes and malcontents. Intimidation and threats of violence are no longer condemned so long as it is directed at those identified as a threat to the hegemony of the elites.”

Much Has Changed For The Better Since 2016 – Not That Trump Will Get Credit, by Victor Davis Hanson, at americangreatness.com. Excerpt from the article: “The world did not fall apart after the U.S. pulled out of the flawed Iran nuclear deal. Most yawned when the U.S. left the symbolic but empty Paris climate Accord. ditto when the U.S. moved its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.” In retrospect, most Americans accept that such once controversial decisions were not ever all that controversial.”

“There is also a growing, thought little reported, consensus about what created the current economic renaissance: tax cuts, massive deregulation, recalibration of trade policy, tax incentives to bring back offshore capital, and dramatic rises in oil and natural gas production.”

“Trump has not changed his campaign reputation for being mercurial, crass and crude. But what has changed is the media’s own reputation in its hysterical reaction to Trump. Instead of empirical reporting, the networks and press have become unhinged.”

“When reporting of the presidency has proved 90 percent negative, and false news stories are legion, the media are no longer seen as the remedy to Trump but rather an illness themselves.”

 

ABORTION / INFANTICIDE

Virginia Abortion Bill: Controversy Around Ralph Northam Comments, by Anna North, at vox.com. Listen to Governor Northam and congressional delegate Kathy Tran comment on the videos. They are defending infanticide. Don’t believe me. Listen and watch for yourself. Virginia isn’t as far left in it’s state congressional representation as New York, because the Virginia law got voted down. But New York’s Infanticide Law passed with great fan fare because its State legislature is a progressive majority.

Later Abortion Is Back In The Spotlight With New York Law. Here’s What The Law Actually Does, by Katie Reilly, at time.com. Will this law be challenged in court as a violation of Roe v. Wade like this law in Iowa is being challenged. Iowa’s Fetal Heartbeat Law Is Back I Court Today: What’s At Stake, by Steven Gruber Miller, at desmoinesregister.com.

Why do I say the New York law should be challenged as a violation of Roe? Because part of the Roe v. Wade decision was related to the viability of the fetus. The New York law allows for abortions up to the birth (36 weeks), and Babies are viable at 24 to 28 weeks. The progressive left is showing who they really are. It was never about the viability of the baby. It was about the will of the mother trumping the viability of the baby.

For the progressive left I guess the question never was, when life begins. Because obviously the answer isn’t more important than the will of the mother to kill her baby. So now we are talking about weather infanticide is acceptable or not. Don’t accept the premise of that discussion. Because by definition, infanticide is murder?

Just A Clump Of Cells?, at theburningplatform.com. Watch this one minute video before answering that question.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

New Law Allows Parents To Abort Non-Viable Millennials, at babylonbee.com.

‘A Border Wall Is Immoral,’ Says Political Party Advocating For Infanticide, at babylonbee.com.

In Rare Moment Of Honesty, Democrats Finally Admit They Suport Infanticide, at babylonbee.com.

Kamala Harris Polling Poorly Among Unborn Babies, at babylonbee.com.

 

 

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