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Must Reads For The Week 5/4/19

May 6, 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

 

Freedom Or Government Control – There Is No True “Third Way“, by Bradley Thomas, at mises.org.  The above quote by Hayek begs the question; Which direction are our politicians attempting to force us? On the one side you have the new socialists in the Democrat party who aren’t afraid to tell us the direction they want to take America. Along with the establishment of the Democrat party who won’t admit the direction they want to take America. Along with the establishment of the Republican party who tell us they want to go in the direction of freedom, but whose policies take us in the opposite direction. Along with citizens who work for the administrative state and citizens who receive the largess of the administrative state. On the other side are citizens and some politicians who want to shrink the size and scope of government which would take us in the direction of freedom and plenty.

The middle of the road third way is chaotic. As we are witnessing in the America today.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“The defining difference between socialism and capitalism, as described by Ludwig von Mises is “the substitution of public control of the means of production for private control.” More properly understood, socialism would eliminate the private ownership of the means of production by capitalists.”

“So efforts to impose “more aggressive regulation of markets” – which typically amount to more confiscatory taxes and stricter government regulations – may fall short of actual socialism, but erode the defining characteristic of capitalism, namely private ownership over the means of production.”

“It is important here to note that ownership implies the right to utilize, trade or otherwise dispose of property as the owner sees fit, as long as his actions don’t infringe on the rights of others.”

“Any restrictions on the owner’s use, therefore, represents an erosion of private property rights over the means of production, and a step in the direction of centralized, or public, control over those means.

The First Taste Of Freedom, by Eric Peters, at ericpetersautos.com. Excerpt from the article:

“A bicycle was once upon-a-time a kid’s first taste of real freedom. This appetizer tended to instill a hankering for more. An expectation. An awakening.”

“Those who grew up before the era of helicopter parenting commenced in the ’90s will remember it because they lived it. Saturday morning came and as soon as you were finished with breakfast, you bolted outside, got on your bike – without putting on a helmet-  and took off.”

“Cycling is mostly an adult activity now. It’ rare to see kids out riding their bicycles – especially by themselves.”

Venezuelan Socialism Victims Send Message To American Socialists, by Cabot Phillipps, at campusreform.org. Video of people from Venezuela telling what the socialist paradise is really like.

Why Social Democracy Is Failing Europe, by Alastair Macleod, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article:

“The point missed by most analysts is that social democracy is failing because of the contradiction between personal freedom and state control.”

“As a form of mild socialism, it fails for the same reason as did communism. It all plays into the hands of the communists, for whom the failure of social democracy is an opportunity. They encourage the rank and file to blame capitalism. The collapse of capitalism is inevitable, as Marx wrote. And its collapse hastens full-blooded communism. Communism is a broken philosophy, as has been clearly demonstrated. But ruthless leaders still see it as the means of obtaining power over their fellow humans.

Postmaster Warning: The United States Postal Service Is In A “Death Spiral“, at zerohedge.com. Even with a monopoly position and tax payer funding, Government bureaucrats can’t make the postal system pay for itself. Does this surprise anyone?

Pope Joins Soros In Funding Immigrant Caravan Invasion Of US Southern Border, at zerohedge.com. This shouldn’t surprise anyone either. The Pope is a Marxist (read my post here).

Endgame: Starting In 2014, All US Debt Issuance Will Be Used To Pay Interest On Debt, at zerohedge.com. Is this sustainable?

 

YOU MUST AGREE. OR ELSE!

China’s Mass Surveillance App Hacked: Code Reveals Specific Criteria For Illegal Oppression, at zerohedge.com. The technology exists. Why wouldn’t we think that petty tyrants (politicians and bureaucrats) in the US wouldn’t use this?

US Searches Of Phones, Laptops At Airports Rising, Suit Says, by Deb Reichmann, at apnews.com. Wait a minute! Are government bureaucrats already abusing their power and crushing our fourth and fifth amendment rights?

Coming To America: The Complete De-Platforming Of All Non-Establishment Voices, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article: “Free Speech is a myth. Technically we’re allowed to say what we want and won’t get arrested for it, but we constantly have to self-censor our speech, including our political opinions, for many reasons. You’re allowed to express some opinions, son long as they’re the right opinions.”

Google Dumps Black, Female Leader For Believing Men Can’t Be Women, by Natasha Chart, at thefederalist.com. Black female sacrificed on the alter of identity politics. No more guessing. Transgenders are now on a higher rung of the identity politics ladder than black females.

Homeschooling Produces Better-Educated, More-Tolerant Kids, Politicians Hate That, at reason.com. No comment needed.

Open Air Absurdistan, at theburningplatform.com. Politicians are taking positions that are insane Absurd.

Child Abuse, at theburningplatform.com. This video is ……. I don’t know if there is a word that describes what this is. But ultimately this is child abuse.

Planned Parenthood Supporters Dance On ‘Graves’ Of Aborted Babies, at lowderwithcrowder.com. Watch this short video and ask yourself: Can anyone relate to these protesters?

Preferred Pronouns Or Prison,

Do you have a right to choose the words you use? Or do people have a right to force you to use the words they choose for you?

 

 

MEDIA NARRATIVES

How Media Narratives Become More Important Than Facts, Sharyl Attkisson, at theepochtimes.com. Excerpt from the article: “I believe I was among the first to really pay attention to the increasingly effective operations to shape and censor news – the movements to establish narratives rather than follow facts – and to see the growing influence of smear operations, political interests, and corporate interests on the news.”

“It’s not that I’m smarter than my peers …. but my particular brand of off-narrative reporting happened to draw the intense attention of the smear operators and propagandists, so I began to study it.”

Attkisson v. DOJ And FBI For The Government Computer Intrusions, by Sharyl Attkisson, at sharylattkisson.com. Here is what happened to Sharyl Attkisson when she started to look into Fast and Furious.

Son, It Was Obama We Journalists Had To Fear, by Jack Cashill, at americanthinker.com.  You will remember these incidents during the Obama administration. Excerpt from the article: “…President Trump is at least open in his hostility toward the press. The First Amendment gives him the same rights as it gives us. It was President Obama’s dirty, covert war on the media that had me worried.”

You Think You Have It Tough?  at theburningplatform.com. When you are against the political establishment (deep state if you will), you have no rights.

Lara Logan Cheers Ted Koppel’s Comments On Media Bias: Finally, I’m Not Alone

 

MUELLER / RUSSIA POST GAME REPORT

About The Letter That Mueller Wrote To Barr, at zerohedge.com. The media only showed the part of the letter that fit their narrative.

Grassley Truth Bomb, at theburningplatform.com. No comment needed.

NYT Confirms Obama Admin Used Multiple Spies Against Trump In 2016, by Mollie Hemingway, at thefederalist.com. The New York Times ran this story. So it should be Gospel to the left.

And The Winner Of The Robert Mueller Sweepstakes Is – Putin, by John Solomon, at thehill.com. As usual here is great analysis by John Solomon.

Checkmate, by Will Chamberlin, at humanevents.com. This is interesting analysis about the left losing the chess match against Bill Barr.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Dem Candidates Promising Relief To Americans Sick And Tired Of Working All These Plentiful Jobs, at babylonbee.com.

Progressive Parents Devastated After Son Comes Out As Straight, at babylonbee.com.

Man’s Baptism Overturned Afterr Instant Replay Reveals He Was Not Flly Submerged, at babylonbee.com.

Democrats Call Upon Nation To Unify Against Other Half Of Nation, at babylonbee.com.

Women Wearing MAGA Hat Makes It Home From Store Alive, at babylonbee.com.

Dems Promise To Do A Better Job Of Hiding Their Support For Infanticide In The Future, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

From theburningplatform.

Equality Act

Biden Obama Baggage

 

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Colleges = Leftest Indoctrination Camps

September 20, 2018

indoctrination ahead warning sign with children symbol

Warning to parents! College is the most dangerous place you can send your kid. And I’m not talking about physical danger. I’m talking about mental danger.

At some point you may not know your kid when he comes home. 18 years of raising your kid could be thrown away in no time at all. Your kid will be taught ‘what’ to think or else. Is your kid strong enough to stand up to the kind of pressure he will face from the Post-Modernist indoctrinators who teach in and run the Universities?

WALTER E. WILLIAMS ARTICLE

In this article, Colleges: A Force For Evil, Walter E. Williams states: “Many of the nation’s colleges have become a force for evil and a focal point for the destruction of traditional American values.”

“The threat of our future lies in the fact that today’s college students are tomorrow’s teachers, professors, judges, attorneys, legislators and policymakers. A recent Brookings Institution poll suggests that nearly half of college students believe that hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment.”

“Leftists often say that the U.S. is the world’s worst country. But here are some empirical facts they might explain. According to a recent Gallup Poll, about 13 percent of the world’s adults – 630 million people – would like to move to another country. roughly 138 million would like to live in the U.S. -making us the No. 1 destination….”

Why would they want to come to America if it is as bad as the leftists say  it is?

JORDAN PETERSON VIDEO

Jordan Peterson goes into more detail in this great video, Dangerous People Are Teaching Your Kids, From Prager University

Excerpt from the video: “They are indoctrinating young minds throughout the west with their resentment-ridden ideology. They have made it their life’s mission to undermine western civilization itself which they regard as corrupt, oppressive and patriarchal….. You are supporting ideologies that claim that all truth is subjective, all sex differences are socially constructed and that western imperialism is the sole source of all third world problems. They are the post-modernists pushing progressive activism at a college near you.”

“To understand and oppose the post-modernists, the ideas by which they orient themselves must be clearly identified. First is their new unholy trinity of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Diversity is not defined by opinion but by race, ethnicity and sexual identity. Equity is no longer the laudable goal of equality of opportunity but the insistence of equality of outcome. Inclusion is the use of identity based quotas to achieve this misconceived state of equity. All of the classic rights of the west are to be secondary to these new values.”

“All these concepts originated with Karl Marx …… Marx viewed the world as a gigantic class struggle. The grasping rich against the desperate poor. But wherever his ideas were put into practice, in the USSR, China, Viet Nam and Cambodia, to name a few. Whole economies failed and tens of millions were killed.”

“We spent decades long cold war to stop the spread of those murderous notions. But they’re back in the new guise of identity politics. The corrupt ideas of the Post-Modern Neo-Marxists should be consigned to the dust bin of history. Instead we underwrite their continuance in the very institutions where the central ideas of the west should be transmitted across the generations. Unless we stop Post-Modernism, it will do to America and the Western world what it has already done to its universities.”

Videos On Various Topics

November 2, 2017

Gun Rights Are Women’s Rights, at PragerU.com.

More and more women are getting concealed permits. Katie Pavlich explains why.

 

Milton Friedman Addresses Economic Fallacy,

Milton Friedman dispatches this question without leaving a mark. Brilliant!

 

College Made Me A Conservative, at PragerU.com.

The brainwashing of students by progressives isn’t working like it used to.

 

Are Your Kids Too Fragile? How To Make The Next Generation Resilient, at reason.com.

I’m glad I grew up when I did. You left the house in the summer early in the morning. Came home for lunch. Left again. Came home for supper. Left again, and tried to make it home before the street lights came on so your mom wouldn’t get mad at you. I wouldn’t trade those days for anything.

How Would Government Run Single Payer Healthcare Work? Look At The VA.

April 19, 2017

The VA is a government-run single payer healthcare system. It is a disaster. Obamacare is the last step before you get to a government-run single payer system. Here is a video from Prager University (here) which outlines the failure of our government-run single payer system known as the VA. Obamacare is going to suffer the same failure.

OUR CHOICES ARE?

The only way to lower the cost of healthcare is to repeal all 2500 pages of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). If we truly want the lowest possible costs, we should repeal every piece of legislation related to healthcare that has been passed in the last 100 years. A majority of people believe something as complex as our healthcare system has to be managed or regulated from the top down by experts (government experts). They can’t fathom a complex order created spontaneously from bottom up decisions made by individual consumers and producers (a market). The difficulty in understanding an abstract concept like spontaneous order, allows politicians and bureaucrats to pass top down concrete planning. Seeing a plan spelled out, no matter how complex, is easier to believe than someone not being able to show what a spontaneous complex market order would look like.

2014 VA SCANDAL

Remember the 2014 VA scandal? We wrote about what was taking place in VA hospitals in this article titled Incentives Matter (here). Here is an excerpt from the 2014 article: “The incentives and constraints transmitted through the market, are totally different from the incentives and constraints transmitted to bureaucracies. In the market the incentive is to provide what the consumer wants. A bureaucracy is a monopoly on a particular service, which means the person using the service is an annoyance rather than someone who has to be pleased……Firing Eric Shinseki and replacing him with a better “angel” won’t solve the problem, {if the problem is making sure the veterans are being taken care of}, because the incentive structure will remain the same.

INDIVIDUAL DECISIONS vs. GOVERNMENT SOLUTIONS

The Republicans failed repeal and replace bill was not much different from Obamacare. The truth is Republicans like the idea of government-run healthcare. They just like their version better than the Democrats version. Only decisions by consumers and producers of healthcare, made free of government coercion, will lower costs.

The 30 or so congressman in the Freedom Caucus are the only members of the House who want to get rid of government-run healthcare. All Democrats want Obamacare to stay as written. All Republicans, except the 30 in the Freedom Caucus, want Obamacare lite. The congressmen in the freedom caucus are all that stands between a permanent government-run single payer system and the possibility of a free market healthcare system.

Related ArticleHealthcare: Market Solutions vs. Government Decrees, at austrianaddict.com.

Related ArticleSpontaneous Order = Free Market, at austrianaddict.com.

Is There A Wage Gap Between Men And Women?

April 4, 2017

The ‘gender pay gap’ is a myth which has been spread for years. I have been reading about this ‘fake cause’ since I can remember. In 1984 Thomas Sowell covered this topic in chapter 5 of his book “Civil Rights: Rhetoric or Reality”.

Here is a Prager University video by Christina Hoff Sommers explaining the statistical fudging that takes place when the gender pay cause becomes bigger than the truth.

THOMAS SOWELL  addresses this topic in my article: “The ‘Equal Pay Day’ Canard” .

In this article titled: Equal Pay Day Is An Annual Event That Spreads Statistical Misinformation About The Gender Pay Gap, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog, Mark J. Perry says choices made about hours worked, type of work, and marriage and motherhood are three of the deciding factors on how much a person is paid. Women and men make different choices in these three areas. When you compare men and women who make the same decisions the wage gap is negligible.

Mark J. Perry’s article titled: “Equal Pay Day’ This Year Is April 4th – The Next ‘Equal Occupational Fatality Day’ Will Be On January 21st 2029, shows how men work in riskier jobs than women. Thirteen men die while working on the job for every one women who dies on the job. Riskier jobs pay more. Choices have consequences.

Ignorance Perpetuates This Myth.

Supposedly smart people are ignorant when it comes to the gender pay gap. Here are two articles showing this ignorance.

The Chief Operating Officer Of Facebook Appears Clueless When It Comes To The Wage Gap, at economicjournal.com.

Ivanka Wage Gap Ignorance, at economicpolicyjournal.com.

We don’t have to be ignorant about issues like this. All we have to do is look beyond the rhetoric of the people pushing the cause.

Prosperity Comes From Free Markets Not Government Planning

January 26, 2017

Thomas Sowell said: “The first rule of economics is scarcity. There is not enough to satisfy what everyone desires. The first rule of politics is to ignore the first rule of economics“. When individuals are free to decide what to produce, consume, exchange and save according to their subjective valuations, inside this world of scarcity, the result is a higher standard of living with the least amount of waste and a high degree of individual want satisfaction. Government economic planning creates a lower standard of living with a high amount of waste and a low degree of individual want satisfaction.

Here is a video from Prager University (click here) giving some examples of why free markets are better than Government planning.

 

TRUMP’S MARKET INTERVENTIONS

We should be pushing back when Trump talks about trade barriers, to save or bring back ‘American’ jobs, and infrastructure spending. These are government interventions into the free market and we know what the results will be: 1) an over all lower standard of living, 2) a waste of resources, labor, time and capital, 3) less want satisfaction.

Tariffs save some jobs at the cost of higher prices for consumers. The money used by consumers to pay the higher prices can’t be used in other areas of commerce. This ultimately means more net jobs are lost than saved by tariffs. Unfortunately the jobs saved are seen and the jobs lost are unseen as Bastiat wrote about in the 1800′s.

Every dollar “invested” by Government is first taken from the private sector. In other words the individuals subjective value on how to he will use what he has produced, is replaced by the subjective valuations of bureaucrats on how they will use what they didn’t produce. What happened to all the infrastructure spending in Obama’s $900 billion ‘American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’ of 2009? Remember Obama saying, “Shovel ready was not as shovel ready as we expected.”

 

Related ArticleLOVE  “GOV”, at austrianaddict.com.

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Prager University: Democratic Socialism Is Still Socialism

December 14, 2016

Capitalism or Socialism - Traffic sign with two options - socialist centralized economic planning or capitalist liberated free market

Socialism is defined as Government owning the means of production. In a Capitalist economic system, the means of production are owned by individuals. Many systems today try to have a delicate balance between these two systems. They are similar to the economic Fascism that existed under Mussolini in Italy where the means of production are still owned by individuals, but Government politicians and bureaucrats make rules and regulations on how these means are to be used, as well as taxing away a high percentage of profits.

If a country is in the middle between Socialism and Capitalism the important question is; which direction is it headed? Is a country moving toward more economic freedom or toward more government central planning. The U.S. has been traveling, at varying speeds, down the road toward more central planning since the 60’s, with the accelerator pressed to the floor in the last 8 years.

This past election was a response to what has happened in the last 8 years. Lets hope Trump and Congress want to turn around and head in the direction of more economic freedom. But I wouldn’t count on it. I just hope they take their foot off the accelerator.

DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM IS STILL SOCIALISM

Steven Crowder looks for the differences between Democratic Socialism and Socialism in this video from Prager University. Even though a majority of people vote for (sanction) this system, it doesn’t change the reality that it doesn’t work.

In 1848 Alexis de Tocqueville wrote this about Democracy and Socialism:

Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, Socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man, Socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and Socialism have nothing in common but one word: Equality. But notice the difference. While Democracy seeks equality in liberty, Socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”

 

Here are some statements about Socialism.

Paul Craig Roberts: “We should all be thankful to the Soviets, because they have proved conclusively that Socialism doesn’t work. No one can say they didn’t have enough power or enough bureaucracy or enough planners or they didn’t go far enough.”

F. A. Hayek:There can be no doubt that the promise of greater freedom as become one of the most effective weapons of socialist propaganda and that the belief that socialism would bring freedom is genuine and sincere. But this would only heighten the tragedy if it should prove that what was promised to us as the road to freedom was in fact the high road to servitude.

Ludwig von Mises: “Men must choose between the market economy and socialism……Some agency must determine what should be produced. If it is not the consumer by means of demand and supply on the market. It must be the government by compulsion.”

F. A. Hayek: “Planning, or central direction of economic activity, presupposes the existence of common ideals and common values; and the degree to which planning can be carried is limited to the extent of which agreement on such a common scale of values can be obtained or enforced.”

 

Related ArticleWhy Socialism Won’t Work, at austrianaddict.com.

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