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Must Reads For The Week 2/27/16

February 27, 2016

Pentagon Orders Military To Prioritize Global Warming In All Actions, at hypeline.com. I can see it now. The military can’t act until they do an environmental impact statement. Government intervention makes everything more difficult.

4 Reasons To Fear Encryption Back Doors Even Though You’re Not A Terrorist, by Scott Schackford, at reason.com. Apple is standing against the FBI grabbing power that it doesn’t possess. Here is an excerpt from the article: “…the federal government has made it very abundantly clear that they want to bypass encryption not just in this one case, but in others as well, including cases where the suspected criminal is alive but uncooperative or unavailable. The government is attempting to coerce citizens into assisting the government to gain access to somebody else’s property. This sets a dangerous precedent that is easy to ignore because of the circumstances of this case.”

Judge Orders Discovery, Testimony From State Department On Hillary’s EMail, at tammybruce.com. Judge orders that Judicial Watch will be able to question Hillary’s staff under oath about her e-mails. Judge says there is “reasonable suspicion” that staff members tried to thwart the Freedom of Information Act. I find it hard to believe that a Clinton would stonewall, delay, and outright defy the law! There is no pattern of this, Is there? Read here, Hillary and Benghazi: Call In The Cleaners.

Germany’s Looming Demographic Cliff, at zerohedge.com. Demographics is destiny. In a totally unrelated article, Germans Cheer As Refugee Center Burns, Crowds Stop Firefighters From Extinguishing Blaze, at zerohedge.com.

Greek Attempt To Force Use Of Electronic Money Instead Of Cash Fails, at zerohedge.com. The Greek government will start to ratchet up the force to get people to use electronic money instead of cash. The carrot didn’t work, get ready for the stick.

New Campus Social Justice Cause: Fat Liberation, at tammybruce.com. Fat studies courses are popping up at colleges. Students go into large amounts of debt to take these rigorous academic courses that every business wants their future employees to take. Fat studies is a game changer for these students.

Clinton And Sanders And Progressivism, by Walter E. Williams, at jewishworldreview.com. Excerpt from the article,”…progressivism sought to grant the state vast new authority to manage all walks of American Live while at the same time weakening traditional checks on government power, including private property rights adn liberty of contract, two principles that progressives hold in contempt.”

Why Women Pay Higher Prices For The “Same” Products, by John Dotson, at mises.org. The operative word is “same”. Just because a product may be similar doesn’t mean it is the same. Subjective value by consumers also contributes to price differences between similar (not the same) products. Since men and and women value things differently, price differences shouldn’t be a shock to anyone.

The Economics Of Free Stuff, by Jonathan Newman, at mises.org. Free stuff costs somebody something. When government is giving out free stuff, who do you think bears the cost? Good answer!

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Analysing Benghazi Isn’t Difficult

May 5, 2014

The watch dog group, Judicial Watch, requested documents on October 18, 2012 concerning talking points UN Ambassador Susan Rice used on the September 16, 2012 Sunday shows concerning the Benghazi attacks. Judicial Watch had to file a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of State on June 21, 2013 to try to get these documents. They were finally obtained on April 18 2014 (read here). E-mails show that the appearance on the Sunday shows was nothing more than political cover for the administration. They pushed a narrative that placed blame on an internet video and not on the administrations policies.

This should surprise no one. I wrote an article titled, Mises’ “Human Action” Explains Lies About Lybia, on October 25, 2012, that sums up the thinking of politicians. Here are some excerpts from the article that are even more true today than when I wrote them.

EXCERPTS FROM THE ARTICLE THEN

“Here is how “Human Action” by Ludwig von Mises helps us analyze the Libyan situation. Human action is purposeful behavior. Action is not simply a verbal preference, it is the individual choosing and acting to reach a particular end. Action is a tangible thing and cannot be confused with wishes, hopes, or after the fact quarterbacking. Men act to substitute what they think will be a more satisfactory state of affairs for a less satisfactory state. We wouldn’t want to change our existing state of affairs if we didn’t think the result would be better. Our action reveals the correctness of our thinking. When a baseball manager makes a decision during a game he does it because he thinks it will help his team win the game. After the fact we can judge if his decision was correct or incorrect in attaining his goal, but that doesn’t mean we would have made a different or better decision than he did, because we cannot recreate that point in history exactly as it was. The science of human action is called praxeology it studies the action itself. Psychology studies the internal events that result in action. It studies the forces pushing a man toward a particular action. Psychology is where Monday morning quarterbacking takes place. Praxeology is where we can analyze success and failure. Lets look at Libya through these lenses.”

“Every Administration has the right to make its own policy about how heavy of a security footprint it will have at any one embassy. You can argue about which policy will achieve the particular goal an administration wants to achieve. What that particular goal is may be misunderstood. For some administrations the goal is the safety of the people in the Embassy. For others it is what the people in the particular country will think if too much power is shown. There are obviously many degrees of security between completely locking down an embassy with every asset you can bring to bear, and simply allowing the people at the embassy to carry a concealed sidearm. There are many foreign policy goals each administration is trying to attain, and security for their people may be sacrificed for these goals.  The choice the administration makes is up for discussion and debate before anything happens. After the decision proves to be incorrect we can say it didn’t work to achieve the end sought,  assuming we knew the true goal of the administration. The end sought may not have been the security of the people. We can say the Obama Administration’s decision in Benghazi didn’t work from a security standpoint, just as we can say the Reagan Administration’s decision in Beirut didn’t work from a security standpoint. But we don’t really know if security was the primary goal in either situation.”

“What we know is that all politicians are self-interested individuals, and remaining in power is their main goal. This is the over-riding goal of every decision they make. They hire advisers to specifically look at everything they do and determine how it will affect them politically. If it is not the over-riding factor in decision-making, it certainly has a major influence in all decisions. This is my problem with the deaths in Libya. From the standpoint of security it was a failure, fine admit it and adjust. When you know what was going on within an hour of the start of the attack, and you put forth a story that’s untrue, and stick with it for weeks even as the truth starts to leak out, it tells me you have no other interests above yourself. You denigrate the lives of the fallen, you insult our intelligence, and you erode whatever trust remains, which is probably a good thing for liberty.”

“Every action that has been taken since the attacks began, is purposeful action toward the attainment of a more satisfactory state of affairs. Every lie told and photo-op taken was an attempt to reach a particular end, this is the science of human action. Since the situation was and is constantly changing, each day’s purposeful actions seemingly contradict the previous day’s purposeful actions. This contradiction only makes sense if we know the true ends sought. The end sought is to hold on to power through any means necessary. The administration believes their purposeful actions will result in them holding on to their power. We will find out in two weeks if their purposeful actions are correct or incorrect. They also act because they think the end sought, reelection, will be a more satisfactory state of affairs than the alternative. We won’t know if they are correct or incorrect about this until a couple of years down the road. Lets hope we find out in two weeks that they were incorrect about the first point so we don’t have to find out about the correctness of the second point.”

SOME THOUGHTS 18 MONTHS LATER

Nothing has changed. The administration remained in power. Their purposeful behavior worked to attain this end. They are going to continue to hold on to the lie no matter how much evidence proves they are lying. They have a midterm election coming up in November. But more importantly they have a narrative about their administrative legacy that needs to be kept intact or finesse.

This is why I hate politics. The incentive of gaining power or remaining in power overrides everything from a political perspective. Politics interferes with everything, and I mean everything, concerning our daily lives. We are being spun, or lied to, everyday. We can be inoculated from the spin, or lies, if we understand the concept of Human Action, and see all things through its lens.