Posted tagged ‘Socialism’

Must Reads For The Week 4/13/19

April 15, 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

 

Strange Paradoxes Of Our Age, by Victor Davis Hanson, at nationalreview.com. Excerpt from the article:    “From Race, to environmentalism, to wealth, the gulf between ideological rhetoric and reality has rarely been wider.”

“Modern prophets often say one thing and do another. Worse, they often advocate in the abstract as a way of justifying their doing the opposite in the concrete.”

“The result is that contemporary culture abounds with the inexplicable – mostly because modern progressivism makes all sorts of race, class, and gender exceptions for politically correct felonies, an appeasement that ensures an absence of deterrence and thus even more transgressions.”

The Joys Of Socialism: Venezuelans Are Looting Corpses For Jewelry And Bones, at zerohedge.com. More examples of how moving down the road toward government central planning (socialism) produces misery.

Diocletian In Venezuela, at the burningplatform.com. What is happening in Venezuela is nothing new. The Roman empire’s decline was kicked into high gear by the implementation  of big government central planning policies under emperor Diocletian. The Socialist central planning ideas embraced by Democrats, and some Republicans, are no different from the policies implemented by the Roman Empire two centuries ago or Venezuela today. Going down this road leads to the same place. Brexit and the election of Trump are examples of ‘the people’ saying “we need to take the next exit, turn around, and go back the other way.

The Betrayal Of Brexit Is A Mix Of Social Engineering And Mock Elections, at zerohedge.com. Brexit has turned into a battle of wills between our elected betters, and the “benighted masses”. Elected bureaucrats will lie, threaten, use government force and ultimately kill to keep their power. The benighted masses will win as long as they don’t give up.

The Truth About Brexit In 135 Words, at zerohedge.com. This cab driver, a member of the benighted masses, cuts through the anointed’s propaganda, and sums up Brexit for us. “They’re all liars mate. May was a Remainer. How were we going to get a good or deal when our negotiators don’t want to leave? They’ll stall until they can say it’s not what the people want no more……happened in every country that ever wanted a referendum or held one…

Small Businesses Layoff Workers To Comply With Minimum Wage Law, at zerohedge.com. People don’t need an economics degree to understand the economic principle of supply and demand. We live the principle everyday. When the price of an economic good is increased, we buy less. The fact that we are talking about increasing the cost of labor, doesn’t change this common sense principle. Fewer employees will be employed.

Housing Starved San Francisco Shoots Down New Apartment Project Because It Would Cast Shadow On Nearby Park. Again. by Christian Britschgi, at reason.com. Increasing the cost of building apartments, via regulation, fees or delays, means less housing will be supplied. The same principle applies to housing as it does to labor in the above post.

What Went Wrong With Pensions…And Why The Whole World Should Be Worried, at zerohedge.com. Politicians have underfunded these pensions for years. There is not enough principle in these pensions, to accrue enough interest, in order to cover the  benefits promised by politicians. At some point someone is going to have to give something up. It will either be the tax payers through higher taxes or retirees through decreased benefits. Politicians who try to fix this problem will be savaged by the unions and the media. While the politicians who created the problem will never be held responsible.

Thousand Of Elderly Patients Go Blind In Britain Due To Eye Surgery Rationing, by Ashe Schow, at dailywire.com. Healthcare is an economic good. Economic goods are scarce and have to be rationed through some process. Economic goods are rationed by prices in a free market, while they are rationed by bureaucrats in a centrally planned system. More healthcare is supplied in a free market than is supplied in a centrally planned system. Since the U.K. has a nationalized healthcare system, the supply of healthcare will not be enough to keep up with demand. Waiting in line is how scarce resources are rationed in a centrally planned economy.

London’s Uber, Cab Drivers Catch Yellow Vests’ Bug, Rail Against Fossil Fuel Taxes, at zerohedge.com. The climate change hoax will be paid for by the middle class. These are the people who can ill afford to pay for it. The wealthy will be ok and the poor will either be exempted from paying or will be subsidised by tax payers.

Central Banks Are Propping Up Stock Prices, by Thorsten Poleit, at mises.org. Printed money, via artificially low-interest rates, is being pumped into the stock market. This pushes stock prices higher and props them up after they have increased. Money going in to the stock market increases stock prices while money leaving the stock market decreases stock prices. It is simple supply and demand.

Outraged Jews And Supporters Stage Sit-In At Nancy Pelosi’s Office, by Lori Lowenthal Marcus, at saracarter.com. This is what happens when you push identity politics. Eventually protected groups are pitted against each other. I have never understood why Jewish people support the Democrat party since Democrat policies are anti-Israel. The failure of Democrat party leaders to criticize the anti-Semitic comments of Democrat Rep Ilhan Omar is causing many Jews to rethink their support for the Party. This exit from the Democrat party is being called Jexodus. Like Candace Owens’ Blexit movement.

Cory Booker Admits Releasing Migrants In Sanctuary Cities Would “Make Us Less Safe“, at zerohedge.com. In an unrelated story, “I Finally Agree With Cher” Trump Exposes Liberal Elites’ Virtue-Signaling Hypocrisy, at zerohedge.com. These two are agreeing with Trump even though they probably don’t realize it. Trump doubled down on the lefts criticism of him stating that he was going to release migrants to sanctuary cities. After the criticism he said: “…The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!” He was offering to give them what they wanted.

These leftists remind me of Wile E. Coyote. He always got smashed by the anvil he attempted to drop on the Road Runner. He has been doing this to the Democrats and the media for two plus years. And they haven’t figured it out yet. (watch here)

NY Democrats Block College Tuition Aid For Gold Star Families – But Approve $27 Million In Aid For Illegal Immigrants, by Sara Taylor, at theblaze.com. Since human beings act purposefully, their actions reveal what they value. Who do these democrat politicians value. Excerpt from the article: “Democrats in the new York Assembly blocked a college tuition bill that would expand aid to children in Gold Star families. The move took place Tuesday, just a week after he Assembly’s Higher Education Committee approved $27 million allocated from NY State’s tax budget to assist illegal immigrants in receiving higher education.”

School Lets You Pay Tuition By Selling 17% Of Your Future Income, at zerohedge.com. This is a free market solution to the government created problem of the high cost of a college education.

College (As We Know It) Is Broken In The USA, at zerohedge.com. The high cost of a college education is sowing the seeds of its own destruction. This high cost is providing lower cost alternatives with the ability to compete in the education market for customers. Here is the list of some possible alternatives. 1) The way students and parents pay for college is changing. 2) The methods and the places students learn are changing (and have been for a while think internet and trade schools). 3) Our culture is changing to finally accept that “traditional’ 4-year college isn’t the answer for everyone. 4) Businesses are starting to figure out that a college degree isn’t needed to be successful in their particular field. They would rather provide training for potential workers, instead of relying on a college degree.

Frankenstein Designer Kids: What You Don’t Know About Gender – Transitioning Will Blow Your Mind, at zerohedge.com. I stated this last week: What about the oath…First do no harm! This is child abuse. Young kids and teens don’t have the mental capacity to understand what transgender even means. Why do you think there are statutory rape laws and laws against pedophilia? To protect young people from predators. Are  doctors now predators?

Pew Research Center’s Science Knowledge Quiz, at carpediemblog. The average score is 61%. Take this quiz if you want to build your self-esteem, because you will probably get all the answers correct. But, does being able to answer easy questions correctly build self-esteem? They should have a more difficult quiz for the people who answered all the questions correctly. Then we could find out if we deserve to feel good about our scientific bona fides.

 

CANDACE OWENS Opening Statement In Front Of House Judiciary Hearing Concerning On “Hate Crimes And The Rise Of White Nationalism”. (click here)

Candace Owens Slaps Down Democrats Smear Attempts At Judiciary Hearing. (click here)

After Mr. Lieu played some audio of a previous statement made by Candace Owens, he doesn’t ask her to comment. He asked two people on the panel to comment about her comments. Then a Republican congressman said he would yield his allotted time to Miss Owens if she wanted to respond. She then proceeds to hammer Mr. Lieu. As she starts, the chairman of the committee tries to accuse her of ‘referring disparagingly’ to a member of the committee. This is a ploy used by politicians in these hearings to limit the amount of time a witness can talk. But this back fires because she proceeds to hammer him.

Watch the condescending attitude shown by the facial expressions of the committee chairman. The optics of this are amazing. Lets reverse the situation. If a white Republican congress chair acted like this toward a black women who was testifying, the Dems and the press would be screaming racism.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Comey: ‘We Did Spy—We Just Observed And Reported Secretly Without The Subjct’s Knowledge Or Consent’, at babylonbee.com.

Ocasio-Cortez Appears On ‘The Price Is Right,’ Guesses Everything Is Free, at babylonbee.com.

Scientists Recommend Reducing The Number Of Democratic Presidential Candidates To Help Fight Climate Change, at babylonbee.com.

Progressives Officially Redefine ‘Hate Speech’ As ‘Speech We Do Not Like’, at babylonbee.com.

Hillary Clinton Sends 30,000 Emails On Mission To Investigate Black Hole, at babyonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

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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.

 

CARTOONS

From theburningplatform (more classics here)

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

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Political Cartoons by Tom Stiglich

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by Pat Cross

 

Must Reads For The Week 9/15/18

September 17, 2018

The Intellectual Poverty Of The New Socialists, by Richard A. Epstein, at hoover.org. This is a great article. Here are some excerpts: “The New Socialists try of course to distance themselves from the glaring failures of the Old Socialists, who suffered from two incurable vices. First, they ran the economies of such places as Cuba, Venezuela, the Soviet Union, and virtually all of Eastern Europe into the ground. Second, they turned these states into one-party dictatorships governed by police brutality, forced imprisonment for political offenses, and other human rights abuses. When viewing the proposals of the New Socialists, one looks for any kind of explanation for how their proposals for the radical expansion of government control over the economy aimed at mitigating income inequality will protect both personal liberty and economic well-being.

“The New Socialists in the United States live in a world of intellectual self-denial. They think that they can control the distribution of all the good things in life without undermining the economic and social institutions needed for the creation of that wealth in the first place. The words “competition,” “scarcity,” and “free entry” do not make it into their constricted lexicon, and their absence explains why they botch the analytical issues concerning “freedom” thoroughly…… ignoring the simple truth that scarcity means that all of us cannot have all that we want all the time……. Sadly, some individuals must grovel before their bosses to keep their jobs. But in a competitive economy, free entry allows many more individuals to quit their jobs for better opportunities, or even to be recruited away by another employer.

“Competition leaves people with choices. But under the New Socialism, people will really discover what it means to be unfree when they only have this choice: work for the state and spend your falling wages on government-supplied goods—or starve. And to whom does the unhappy citizen turn when there is only one healthcare provider, one landlord, and one education system?

“There is a deep intellectual confusion and moral emptiness in New Socialism. On the one hand, it denies the major advances in longevity and human flourishing that have been made in recent years by the worldwide spread of market institutions…… And New Socialism attributes to market institutions the failures that fall squarely on the regulatory programs of traditional liberals—e.g. minimum wages, rent control—that hamper economic growth and personal freedom. The New Socialism has no more chance of success than the Old Socialism. You may as well try to cure diabetes by administering extra-large doses of government-subsidized sugar.

Education Is Not A Right, by Jose Nino, at mises.org. Education is an economic good not a right. It has to be produced by someone before it can be consumed. Economic goods are not rights. The second amendment guarantees your right to keep and bear arms from being infringed by Government. It doesn’t force someone to provide a gun for you. And it doesn’t force you to purchase a gun. Education being a right would mean that the Government couldn’t infringe on your decision to either get or not get an education. Nothing more.

Private schools and home schooling are examples of an economic good (education) being provided in the market and not by a state-run education monopoly. With today’s technology, think about the possibilities of educating people using fewer scarce resources. Scarce resources once used to build and maintain high school campuses, to maintain the education bureaucracy and to transport students to and from school could be reallocated to a more productive economic activity. The total cost of our modern “free” K-12 education system is much higher than what the cost would be if education was provided through the market process. But since our education system is a mammoth bureaucracy. What is the chance of it giving up its monopoly position? But just as fracking took down the OPEC monopoly when the price of oil rose to $140 a barrel, so to technology and entrepreneurship can make a huge dent into the State education monopoly as the price becomes more burdensome.

Victor Davis Hanson’s Analysis of ‘Trump’ vs. ‘The Resistance’

The Circus Of Resistance, by Victor Davis Hanson, at americangreatness.com. Here is an excerpt from the article: “Certainly, there are principles behind Trump’s moves, but they are not always those of the Washington establishment, whose agendas the media reflects. Trump’s initiatives are often long overdue moves that would never have happened in either a “sober and judicious” Democratic or Republican administration, however much they might have been polled and discussed.”

“Trump has mostly one principle: he was elected to pursue a conservative populist agenda without too much worry what the Washington establishment said or did, whose record on the economic front since 2008 and in foreign policy was not especially stellar. In that sense, he is far more principled in carrying out his promises than many past presidents whose stump speeches on taxes, illegal immigration, trade, educational reform and a host of other issues were either never reified or flat-out broken.”

“So far, for all the crudity and Twitter antics, we have not had a “read my lips” or “you can keep your doctor” moment in the sense of a deliberate effort to break a campaign promise.”

Is Trump Chaos An Impeachable Offense, by Victor Davis Hanson, at nationalreview.com. Excerpt from the article: Trump is destabilizing the status quo, as he promised to do. The keepers of the status quo cry foul.”

“…for the D.C. political-media status quo it was more of a problem to tell the truth, address reality, and make the necessary difficult adjustments than to shrug, continue on, and maintain the façade of normality. Then a president came along with no prior investment in the economic and foreign-policy establishment, and apparently no desire to create any, or to worry much about his own ignorance of past conventional wisdom. And so in breakneck speed he began cancelling deals, renegotiating asymmetrical agreements, and questioning protocols of decades past — and he did so without adopting the comportment of past presidents and the advice of either the administrative state or the Washington political-media establishment. The ensuing reaction was that the Trump medicine was said to be worse than the preexisting disease, although no one could really explain why that was so.”

“So we are left only with “Trump did it,” and therefore he should be impeached, declared insane, sued, forced to resign, or face an intervention from “loyal” patriot aides because of his impulsiveness and lack of “first principles” that had given us the above status quo. Even the recent anonymous New York Times op-ed author offered no real explanations of what exactly Trump has done wrong that would warrant anti-democratic removal other than to concede that Trump has done things that most felt were long overdue. And he made changes in a rude and uncouth manner that the establishment did not like — just as a nude emperor in invisible clothes does not like it when an outsider observes that he is naked.

THE RESISTANCE

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Pompeo Tears Into John Kerry Over Iran Meetings: “Unheard Of” Level Of Undermining White House, at zerohedge.com.

“It Was All A Set-Up” – Pentagon Whistleblower Exposes Russia Probe Reality, at zerohedge.com.

New Strzok-Page Texts Discuss FBI “Media Leak Strategy” Within Hours Of Washington Post Bombshell, at zerohedge.com.

TO WHOM DO YOU RELATE?

“Panic And Dismay”: Leaked Video Reveals Distraugh Google Execs Grappling With Hillary Clinton’s Loss, at zerohedge.com. This is priceless. The article tells you where to go in the video to see the highlights. But go to 16:45 and watch as a female exec suggests everyone get a hug. When they show the audience. Look at all the people wearing beanies with propellers on them. Like The Beany and Cecil cartoon. Seriously!

Life, Liberty & Levin: Katie Pavlich and Candace Owens, at Reasonable Insanity.

Now listen to Miss Pavlich and Miss Owens. Compare this to what you saw and heard on the Google video?

 

Twitter Suspends Benghazi Hero After He Excoriates Obama, at zerohedge.com. In a speech at U of Illinois, Obama said: “The republican party……..has embraced wild conspiracy theories like those surrounding Benghazi…..

In response to Obama’s statement. Kris Paronto, who was in the middle of the fight in Benghazi, tweeted,“Benghazi is a conspiracy @BarackObama?! How bout we do this, let’s put your cowardly ass on the top of a roof with 6 of your buddies & shot rpg’s & Ak47’s at you while terrorists lob 81 mm mortars killing 2 of your buddies all the while waiting for US support that you never sent ! #scum.”

Here is the excerpt that sparked the response. Watch this video with the understanding that this is “acting Presidential”. The cadence. The tone. The pauses. The posture. The body movements. The words.

“Acting Presidential” is just one part of the establishment status quo that people voted against in 2016. “Acting presidential” is part of the propaganda process.

I’ll take Trump “acting non-presidential” every time.

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Google Rep Issues Heartfelt Apology for Anti-Conservative Bias While Wearing ‘Kill All Republicans’ T-Shirt, at babylonbee.com.

He’s Still Got It! Funnyman Jim Carrey Jokes Americans Should ‘Say Yes To Socialism’, at babylonbee.com. What! He is serious?

Man Identifies As Woman, Immediately Receives 23% Pay Cut, at babylonbee.com.

Gay Man Bravely Comes Out As Fan Of Chick-Fil-A, at babylonbee.com.

Socialism, Media Mischief and PC Nonsense: Some Short Videos

July 28, 2017

 

Students Love Socialism But Can’t Define It. 

At campusreform.org.

When I watched this it reminded me of how I thought when I was in high school. Thank God I didn’t go to college or my shallow thinking about socialism would have been pounded into my brain for the rest of my life. I started working right out of high school. Working in the real world helped me figured out the economic reality about socialism. Socialism sounds good but it doesn’t work.

 

Dream Machine On The Greg Gutfeld Show 7/15/17

Doris and Matthew Melton, members of the band Dream Machine, talk with Greg Gutfeld about how they were dropped from their record label for not being PC. Doris is from Bosnia. She has a deep appreciation for the freedoms we enjoy in America. We need this kind of common sense thinking in Washington D.C.

 

John McEnroe On Serena Williams: A Media Meltdown.

By Christina Hoff Summers, The Factual Feminist, at American Enterprise Institute.

I was going to post something about this when it happened a few weeks ago. This is an example of fake news trying to create Mt. Everest out of a mole hill (not even a mole hill, out of nothing). The Factual Feminist does a better job of addressing this issue than I could have done.

 

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Related ArticleSocialism Sounds Great, at austrianaddict.com.

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Lessons From The First Thanksgiving

November 23, 2016

Hand drawn Thanksgiving vintage card. Maple and oak leaves, branches and berries, pumpkin, indian corn, lettering

Richard Ebeling’s Thanksgiving article titled: Thanksgiving Was A Triumph Of Capitalism Over Collectivism, tells the real lesson of the first thanksgiving. The basic idea of government central planning whether it is called collectivism, socialism, communism, et al,  has been around forever. The evidence that collectivism doesn’t produce results that match the rhetoric has also been around forever. But somehow the lure of collectivist ideology still remains strong in spite of the evidence.

Here are some excerpts from the article.

“The English Puritans, who left Great Britain and sailed across the Atlantic on the Mayflower in 1620,……. wanted to erect a New Jerusalem that would not only be religiously devout, but be built on a new foundation of communal sharing and social altruism. Their goal was the communism of Plato’s Republic, in which all would work and share in common, knowing neither private property nor self-interested acquisitiveness……..Two years of communism in practice had left alive only a fraction of the original number of the Plymouth colonists.”

“What resulted is recorded in the journal of Governor William Bradford, the head of the colony. The colonists collectively cleared and worked land, but they brought forth neither the bountiful harvest they hoped for, nor did it create a spirit of shared and cheerful brotherhood
.”

“The less industrious members of the colony came late to their work in the fields, and were slow and easy in their labors. Knowing that they and their families were to receive an equal share of whatever the group produced, they saw little reason to be more diligent their efforts. The harder working among the colonists became resentful that their efforts would be redistributed to the more malingering members of the colony. Soon they, too, were coming late to work and were less energetic in the fields.

“Because of the disincentives and resentments that spread among the population, crops were sparse and the rationed equal shares from the collective harvest were not enough to ward off starvation and death.

Realizing that another season like those that had just passed would mean the extinction of the entire community, the elders of the colony decided to try something radically different: the introduction of private property rights and the right of the individual families to keep the fruits of their own labor.

The Plymouth Colony experienced a great bounty of food. Private ownership meant that there was now a close link between work and reward……..When the harvest time came, not only did many families produce enough for their own needs, but they had surpluses that they could freely exchange with their neighbors for mutual benefit and improvement.”

“Hard experience had taught the Plymouth colonists the fallacy and error in the ideas of that since the time of the ancient Greeks had promised paradise through collectivism rather than individualism.”

Was this realization that communism was incompatible with human nature and the prosperity of humanity to be despaired or be a cause for guilt? Not in Governor Bradford’s eyes. It was simply a matter of accepting that altruism and collectivism were inconsistent with the nature of man, and that human institutions should reflect the reality of man’s nature if he is to prosper.

If these sparsely populated settlements couldn’t make socialism work, how could our present day leaders think that trying to implement socialist policies (like Obamacare), incrementally to a population of 330 million possibly work? Politicians and bureaucrats are heavily invested in the ideology of centrally planning an economy. They will never give up this vision of how the world works, even though the lessons of history are their for all to see.

 

Related ArticleThe Real Thanksgiving Story, at austrianaddict.com.

Related ArticleThanksgiving Proclamations, at austrianaddict.com.

What I wrote last year seems even more appropriate this year.

Even though it seems we are in conflict about everything. Each of us should be thankful that we live in a country that protects our right to complain. We should be thankful our founding principles have led to the creation of a standard of living that other countries could only dream of.”

“We take our individual freedom and our countries wealth for granted, even though they are rare indeed when compared to other countries throughout the history of the world. Be Thankful!”

Must Reads For The Week 10/22/16

October 21, 2016

A NATIONALIZED SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS THE GOAL

Obama On Skyrocketing Obamacare Premiums, “I Had Nothing To Do With It” at tammybruce.com. Obamacare created the incentives that produced the “skyrocketing insurance premiums”. I would say Obama is a moron, but he is just a typical politician.

Obamacare Premiums Are Going Up, Up, Up. This is a great explanation of why the costs are going up. It is by design.

Obama’s Plan Was Always To Cook The Frog Slowly And Turn Obamacare Into Hillarycare Nationalized HealthCare, at economicpolicyjournal.com. We have been saying this from the start. Obamacare was the next step toward a government-run single payer healthcare system. No one wants to believe that it was designed to fail. But is was.

Hillary Email Confirms She Wants Obamacare To Collapse, at economicpolicyjournal,com. Hillary has been working for nationalized healthcare for years.

ELECTION STUFF

Why Did Vote-Rigging Robert Creamer Visit The White House Over 200 Times During Obama Administration, at zerohedge.com. Trump talking about a rigged election takes away from the fact that there has been voter fraud  going on for years. And the Democrats are the perps.

Fact Check: Hillary Lied Said 90% Of Clinton Foundations Go To Charity. Actual Number? 5.7%, at informationliberation.com. The Clinton Foundation is nothing more than a money laundering scheme for the Clintons and their cronies. Where does 94.3% of the money go?

“The Sons Of Alinsky” Getting Paid $3:00 An Hour To Protest Low Pay, at economicpolicyjournal.com. The fact that they are paying for a rent a mob for political dirty tricks is one thing. Paying them $3 an hour while trying to mandate a $15  minimum wage on the rest of us is something else. Do as I say not as I do.

Clinton’s False Assurances About Her Respect For The Second Amendment, by Jacob Sullum, at reason.com. Do you believe Hillary Clinton when she says this? I don’t believe a word she says.  “I did not send any classified Emails on my email server”.

Leaked Audio: Clinton Says Supreme Court Is ‘Wrong’ On Second Amendment, at freebeacon.com. Some of my Democrat friends tell me that they don’t want to take guns away. I tell them that’s great, but you are not the leaders of your party. I believe them. But Hillary? That’s a different story. If she gets elected, the left will be ready to act when she appoints a Supreme Court Justice. They will bring a gun rights case to a friendly district court which will eventually make its way to the Supreme Court. The court will overturn the Heller case in a 5-4 decision, and the second amendment will be meaningless words on paper. Mark my words.

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

ECONOMIC STUFF

Why The Hell Is Socialism Gaining So Much Popularity? at economicpolicyjournal.com. Many people think socialism is the government helping people in need (aka a safety net). This is not socialism. Socialism is government ownership of the means of production. There is a difference between a free market economy hampered by government, and the government owning the means of production. Look at Venezuela if you want to see the results of Socialism.

Harassing Uber, at economicpolicyjournal.com. The status quo taxi cartel is trying to get the government to use its monopoly power to protect the cartel’s monopoly position that was originally created by government.

How Regulation Protects Established Firms, by Peter G. Klein, at mises.org. Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein admits that, “…burdensome regulation acts as a moat around our business.” Government props up the status quo making it tougher for new competitors to enter the market.

Is Your Personal Trade Surplus With The Rest Of The World A Problem?, at fee.org. Trump and Hillary are ignorant when it comes to trade. A trade deficit or a trade surplus is meaningless economically, but politically they are of great benefit for the politician.

We Can Build Our Way Out Of The Housing Crisis, by Steven Greenhut, at reason.com. The reason prices for homes in California are so high is because Government restrictions and regulations constrain the supply of housing. Low supply and high demand means higher prices. The high prices ration the short supply.

Highest-Paying College Majors, Gender Composition Of Students Earning Degrees In Those Fields, And The Gender Pay Gap, by Mark Perry, at carpediemblog. There is a gender pay gap because of the decisions made by men and women. Here are the top seven degrees by percentage of men and women who earn them, and the average salaries of the jobs people get when they graduate with these degrees. The subjective value of men and women is obviously different.

MEN

Computer Science                    82%    $70,000

Information Technology        82%    $64,008

Management Info. Systems   82%    $58,000

Electrical Engineering             80%    $68,438

Mechanical Engineering         80%   $68,000

Chemical Engineering             80%   $65,000

Industrial Engineering            80%   $64,381

WOMEN

Nursing                   84%   $58,928

Social Work             82%   $41,656

Education                80%   $43,000

Psychology             77%   $42,000

English                     69%   $45,000

Spanish                    69%   $44,256

Journalism              65%   $45,000

Communications    65%   $44,190

 

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Drifting Towards Fascism

September 20, 2016

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First let’s define Fascism so we can begin at the same starting point. Fascism is an economic system where the state doesn’t own the means of production, but the state makes the rules that producers and consumers have to follow. There is a bureaucratic layer between businesses and politicians which plans the economy. It is crony capitalism on steroids.

Fascism places politicians and bureaucrats as the ultimate rulers aka decision makers. The individual has no rights or liberty except what the rulers say they have. Order comes from the state, (top down) not from the individual, (spontaneous order).

I saw a great chart (below) showing America’s drift toward Fascism, in an article titled, The Road To Fascism In Just Two Charts, at bawerk.net. I have always thought economic systems fit on a line where at one end no government exists, and at the opposite end there is total government control. Where an economic system is placed on this line depends on how much government intervention exists, or put another way, how little governmental intervention exists.

WHAT IS AN ECONOMY? WHAT IS SOCIAL FREEDOM?

An economy is what results when each individual is free to decide what to produce, consume, exchange and save in a world of scarce resources which have alternative uses. Simply put, you own what you’ve produced or what you’ve received in exchange for your production. It is your property and you have a right to do with it what you wish.

Production is the creation of wealth. Consumption is the destruction of wealth. Exchange is the increase of wealth as both parties place a higher value on what they received than what they’ve given up. Saving is the preference of consumption at some point in the future to consumption in the present. Savings is the basis for capital formation. Capital formation is what increases productivity. Increased productivity is the creation of larger amounts of wealth.

Each individuals decision on what and how much he will produce, consume, exchange and save according to what he  subjectively values in a world of scarcity is the essence of freedom.

In order to have economic freedom you have to have social freedom and in order to have social freedom you have to have economic freedom. In other words, economic freedom and social freedom are different sides of the same coin. Individuals are free to act. Each individual is responsible for the consequences of his actions if they bring harm to others or himself.

I have a quote by F. A. Hayek at the top of my web site. It is my favorite quote because it sums up the choice individuals have faced since the beginning of time:

F. A. HAYEK: “THE COORDINATION OF MENS 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.

Let’s take a look at the chart and see what it reveals.

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Zero Government intervention into the economy starts at the bottom left of the chart and moves upward and to the right as Government intervention starts to increase. Zero Social Freedom starts at the top right of the chart and moves downward and to the left as the level of Social Freedom starts to increase.

Communism, socialism, fascism and democratic socialism are on the top right of this chart. They are economic and political systems that strangle individual liberty. Their very nature means intervention into, or control of, what is produced, consumed, exchanged and saved.

Anarcho capitalism, free market capitalism, classical liberalism and our America constitutional founding are on  the lower left of the chart. They are economic and political systems that strangle Government and allow individuals the freedom to produce, consume, exchange, and save as they see fit.

What exists today is the middle ground of crony capitalism, crony socialism and other forms of government interventionism. This is the utopian middle ground that elites think mixes the best parts of both ends of the chart. They know that free market capitalism produces great amounts of wealth as seen by our standard of living. But the elites don’t like the way the wealth is “distributed” and want to use the force of government to make this distribution  “fairer” according to their idea of “fair”.

The elites attempt to redistribute wealth differently than it would exist in the free market, creates incentives that ultimately decreases the wealth that is being produced. It divides us into groups that can be pitted against each other by political opportunists.

These statements by Ludwig von Mises tell us all we need to know about the above chart:

The issue is always the same: the government or the market. There is no third solution.”

The middle-of-the-road policy is not an economic system that can last. It is a method for the realization of socialism by installments.”

Anti capitalistic policies sabotage the operation of the capitalist system of the market economy. The failure of interventionism does not demonstrate the necessity of adopting socialism. It merely exposes the futility of interventionism. All those evils which the self-styled “progressives” interpret as evidence of the failure off capitalism are the outcome of their allegedly beneficial interference with the market.”

CONCLUSION

We are in the chaotic middle. Our choice is to move towards freedom and free markets. It is going to take a lot of time and effort to educate enough people in order to tip the scales toward freedom. Is the cost too high? It’s your decision.

 

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