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Must Reads For The Week 10/13/18

October 15, 2018

 

New FCC Ruling Gives The Government Control Over 5G Internet Rollout, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article: “The rollout of 5G is expected to herald the beginning of Smart Cities, where driverless cars, pollution sensors, cell phones, traffic lights, and thousands of other devices interact….This push towards ‘Smart’ Surveillance cities has the FCC approving a new rule limiting the power of local authorities.” This means the Federal Government has the ability to use 5G for its own purposes.

Google’s Secret Scheme To Censor The Internet, at lewrockwell.com. Who decides what are abhorrent or radical views? My mom told me sticks and stones may break by bones but names will never hurt me.

Facebook Stifles Ads For Film On Abortion Monster Kermit Gosnell, by Rich Cromwell, at thefederalist.com. There has to be push back from the left against anything that tells or shows the truth about abortion. They know they aren’t holding the winning hand. Here is another article.  ‘Gosnell’ Censors Don’t Want You To See A Crime Drama About Abortion, by Holly Scheer, at thefederalist.com.

Google Employees Quit Over Controversial China Search Engine Project, Report Says, by Chris Ciaccia, at foxnews.com. Google would never do anything like this in the US…Would they?  Google is helping China develop the search engine app called Dragonfly. It will help the Chinese government not only censor people, It will help ferret out individuals who are “enemies” of the state. China has a way of taking care of people who speak out against the communist regime.   Google Lied About “Dragonfly” China Censorship Project According To Leaked Transcript, at zerohedge.com.

A $240 Gallon Gas Tax To Fight Global Warming? New UN Report Suggests Carbon Pricing, by Michael Bastasch, at dailycaller.com. CO2 is not a pollutant. You don’t have to be a “scientist” to know this fact. Global warming is being used by politicians and tyrants (is there a difference) to control individuals, increase the amount of money taken by government and make certain people wealthy. It has nothing to do with saving the planet.

WTI Slumps To 2-Week Lows After Biggest Crude Build In 20 Months, at zerohedge.com. When I see an article lamenting the falling price of oil. I have to ask: Why is a lower price for oil a bad thing? The price is neither bad or good in and of itself. Of course producers want to be able to sell oil at as high a price as possible. And Consumers want to purchase oil at as low a price as possible. Prices send signals through the oil market to producers and consumers. A high price incentivizes producers to supply more oil while at the same time it creates an incentive for consumers to consume less. Lower prices do just the opposite. Prices are how scarce resources are rationed in a free market. No Government central planning board could  possibly do this job as efficiently as prices accomplish this task in a market.

$15 Minimum Wage Disrupts NYC’s Car Wash Industry Leading To closings, Automation, Job Losses And Black Market Lawbreakers, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Minimum wage laws are price controls on labor. Free market prices  ration the scarce resource of labor to it’s most productive use. Interference in the pricing system distorts labor markets. Business closings, job losses, automation and black markets are the unintended consequences of interfering in the price of labor.

Yes Inequality Is A Problem – When Caused By The Government, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “Government regulation as a means of increasing inequality has a long history. Historically, favoring some groups over others via government regulation has been called mercantilism, corporatism, crony capitalism, and other names. These regulations included government restrictions on trade, government corporations founded to exercise monopolies, private firms receiving subsidies, government restrictions on private businesses, and money printing. The effect of all of these policies has always been to increase the wealth and privilege of some groups at the expense of others.

80% Of Americans Think Political Correctness Is A National Problem, by Joy Pullmann, at the federalist.com. Excerpt from the article: “Contrary to a common cultural narrative, the poll finds large majorities of Americans of all ages, income levels, and racial backgrounds oppose political correctness, even while 82 percent also think “hate speech” is a problem. This may suggest Americans believe thought and speech censorship is not the best way to address rude and discriminatory behavior.”

UK University Bans Clapping At Performances To Avoid Triggering Students With Anxiety, at zerohedge.com. Should I have put this in the Satirical Headlines section?

Watch: “Street Anarchy” As Antifa Attacks Portland Drivers That Don’t Obey, at zerohedge.com. Resorting to intimidation and violence is how the left eventually gets its way after they fail in elections and through the courts.

Snowflake Denied, at theburningplatform.com. This is great. A punch thrown by an Antifa protester is literally caught by a counter protester.

Hate Crime Hoax: Ohio University Student Charged After Claiming She Received Death Threats. She Sent Them To Herself, by Ashe Schow, at dailywire.com. People will do crazy things for their vision of the world.

Most Of America Is NOT Participating In The Hysterical Rage You See On The News, at zerohedge.com. Because of the news coverage we might think that the country is going crazy. It isn’t. Most people can’t relate to people acting this way.

Kavanaugh Casualties: The Left, Never Trumpers, #MeToo, by Victor Davis Hanson, at nationalreview.com. There are consequences of the attack on Kavanaugh are far reaching. Another great article by VDH. Excerpts from the article: “The new progressives recently have come to believe that they gain traction by the theater of disrupting senate hearings, cornering senators in elevators, stalking them on the way to work, doxing their opponents on the Internet, ane during the hearings throwing out the concept of due process. Any means is deemed permissible to enact visions of social justice, given legislative and executive power is lost for not – and as if proverbially ordinary Americans who watched the televised circus might applaud the performers………And if here was any stereotypical lesson to be had, it was that many on the senatorial panel and the legions of advisers and lawyers on the Ford Team, as well as Ford herself, by their class, education, and comportment, increasingly seem quite different, quite more privileged, and quite more well-absorbed than most average Americans of all backgrounds who have little sympathy for the psychodramas of a pampered and professional class.”

Is Cultural Marxism America’s New Mainline Ideology? by Antony Mueller, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “Another name for the neo-Marxism of increasing popularity in the United States is cultural Marxism. This theory says that the driving force behind the socialist revolution in no the proletariat – but the intellectuals. While Marxism has largely disappeared from the workers’ movement, Marxist theory flourishes today in cultural institutions, in the academic world, and in the mass media……the Marxist concept of the “proletariat” as a revolutionary force was an illusion. At the example of the Soviet Union, one could also see that socialism could not function without a dictatorship. These considerations brought the leading Marxist thinkers to the conclusion that a different strategy would be required to establish socialism. Communist authors spread the insight that the socialist dictatorship must come in disguise. Before socialism can succeed, the existing culture must change. Control of the culture must precede political control.”

“Because of the character of this movement as a promoter of group conflict, neo-Marxism is ineffectual to serve as an instrument of gaining coherent political power as it were necessary for a dictatorship. Yet this does not mean the the neo-Marxist movement has o impact. On the contrary: because of its inherent contradictions, the ideology of cultural Marxism is the main source of the profound confusion that has grabbed almost every segment of the modern Western societies and which is about to swell into even more dangerous proportions.

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Death Toll From Kavanaugh’s First Week On Supreme Court Tops 330 Million, at babylonbee.com.

Ocasio-Cortez: ‘We Need to Study Harder Than Republicans For These Upcoming Midterms‘, at babylonbee.com.

To Make Up For Extra Difficult Confirmation Process, Kavanaugh Awarded Two Votes On Supreme Court, at babylonbee.com.

New Polls Increases Fears That Midterm Elections Will Be won By Wave Of Politicians, at theonion.com.

NFL Urges Pass Rushers To Try Reaching Peaceful Resolution with Quarterbacks Before Resorting To Tackling, at theonion.com.

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Must Reads For The Week 9/22/18

September 22, 2018

Landmark Victory For Institute For Justice, Which deserves Nobel Peace Prize For Its Ongoing Legal Efforts Advancing Human Rights, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. This is a victory for the individual in his fight against Government’s illegal use of force. Civil asset forfeiture laws are violations of our individual rights as spelled out in Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution. The Institute for Justice does great work helping individuals fight against the tyranny of government. We should all celebrate this victory because it is not just a victory for this particular individual. It is a victory for all individuals.

Gov. Brown Signs Law To Limit Plastic Straws In Full-Service Restaurants, at sacramento.cbslocal.com. Starting next year it will be illegal for full service restaurants to give a customer a plastic straw unless the customer asks for one. Do you think if crazy environmentalists thought that the use of straws would be good for the environment, that California would probably have a law making it illegal to drink in a restaurant without a straw?

Private Jet Traffic Increased 30 Percent During California Climate Conference, at targetliberty.com. Do as I say. Not as I do. How much CO2 (aka plant food) are these virtue signalling phonies pumping into the atmosphere by flying private jets instead of flying United with the “rabble”.

The eTron Con, at ericpetersautos.com. Car companies worship at the altar of electric vehicles. Will these companies ultimately be sacrificed on this EV altar? Great article about the EV scam and its cost.

Fraternity Holds Charity Fundraiser, Gets Accused Of ‘Cultural Appropriation’, by Grace Gottshling, at campusreform.org. Phi Gamma Delta fraternity wore grass skirts during a charitable fund-raiser. The Interfraternity Community, released a statement saying Phi Gamma Delta was guilty of cultural appropriation. Here is the statement: “Their actions represent clear examples of cultural appropriation which does not align with the values of the Interfraternity Community, or Washington State University……The Interfraternity Council condemns these and all acts of cultural appropriation regardless of the intention behind them.”  So anyone who drinks beer can be accused of appropriating German culture? Why do we listen to such nonsense?

“Terrifying”: New Documents Reveal Secret Govt Rules For Spying On US Journalists, at zerohedge.com. The main stream media doesn’t cover the fact that the FBI used The FISA court to surveil Trump because they want to get rid of him by any means necessary. What they don’t understand is the means used by government insiders to get Trump can also be used against them. Don’t these all knowing journalists know that Obama’s former Attorney General Eric Holder spelled out to the FBI in a memo that the AG will sign off on FISA applications to surveil “known media entities or known members of the media.” The MSM doesn’t understand that their ‘freedom of the press’, guaranteed in the constitution, only exists if Government allows it to exist. By not covering FBI and DOJ corruption related to Trump they are allowing the hangman to use a noose that could eventually be put around their neck.

40% Of Venezuela Stores Go Bust After 3,000% Minimum Wage Hike, at zerohedge.com. Government mandates don’t happen in a vacuum. Incentives created by these policies have consequences. It doesn’t matter if the mandated minimum wage is $1000 dollars an hour if no businesses exist.

Backfire Economics: Trump’s Trade War Inflicts More ‘Collateral Damage’ and ‘Friendly Fire’ On US Firms, Consumers And Hurricane Victims, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Here are examples of some of the consequences of Trumps trade policies and tariffs. Economic laws are always in play no matter what the intentions are of a particular Government policy.

Socialism Isn’t Even Suited For Dogs, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Because of the printing press, 2.2 pounds of dog food costs roughly three weeks salary at minimum-wage. Since people in Venezuela can’t afford to feed their dogs, they are releasing their pets (under the possibility the dogs could be caught and eaten by starving Venezuelans).

Visualizing How America Uses Its Land In 13 Illustrations, at zerohedge.com. Of the roughly 1.918 billion acres of land in the U.S.. Only 69+ million acres are urban. We are not running out of land.

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

CNN Retracts Completely Factual Story, Admits It Did Not Reflect Their Editorial Standards, at babylonbee.com.

Socialist Leaders Clarify: “We Only Want Socialism For Everyone Else‘, at babylonbee.com.

World History Professor Opens Class With Trigger Warning For Socialists Students, at babylonbee.com.

Is Football Bad For The NFL? at theonion.com.

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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.

Must Reads For The Week 9/1/18

September 3, 2018

THE COLLEGE SCAM

What You Really Pay For In College: Credentials, Not Education, by Doug French at mises.org. Traditionally, getting a high priced piece of paper, aka a college degree, was important to employers. It showed “that students have the discipline to suffer through the boredom to conform to what society expects and what employers want.” The changing economy and the high cost of college education is changing this traditional way of looking at employees.

11 Rage-Inducing Facts About America’s Wildly Out-Of Control Student Loan Debt Bubble, at zerohedge.co. Here are three important points from the article.

#1 The student loan debt bubble has now grown to 1.4 trillion dollars.

#2 In 2007, the total amount of student loan debt in the U.S. was just 545 billion dollars.

#9 From 2007 through 2017. “college tuition costs jumped 63 percent, school housing surged 51 percent and the price of textbooks by 88 percent.”

The increase of borrowed money being used for college education is the reason the costs of college education has increased so much. It is a bubble.

No College, No Problem: Silicon Valley’s Student Loan Solution, at zerohedge.com. Many companies are beginning to rethink the importance of a college education as a requirement for employment. This is a good trend.

OTHER STUFF

Boy Punished For Calling His Teacher Ma’am’And A Mother Was Investigated For Letting Her 8 Year-Old Walk The Dog, by Micheal Snyder, at lewrockwell.com. This is not satire from The Onion. It is just two examples of public school education insanity.

Crushing The “Blame Climate Change From Wildfires” Narrative In 1 Simple Chart, at zerohedge.com. More acreage was burned in the early 20th century than today and it is not even close.

Immigrants and Disease, at theburnigplatform.com. By law immigrants and refugees are mandated to go through medical screening. If they don’t pass, they are not allowed to enter. But it is impossible to medically screen illegal immigrants.

The Looming Threat of Video Game Regulation, by Matthew McCaffrey, at mises.org.  Here are the two reasons from the article that regulation of all industries takes place. “1) Politicians and regulators trying to control and manage the emerging industry. 2) Industry leaders using regulation to their own advantage and to the detriment of competitors.”

Facebook Engineer’s Stunning admission” “We Tear Down Posters Welcoming Trump Supporters”, at zerohedge.com. This is an admission of what we already knew. This is not an infringement on free speech because these are private companies. Free speech shall not be infringed by Congress as stated in the First Amendment. The answer is for an entrepreneur to supply a Facebook like platform that is truly uncensored.

The Energy Race Is On (Improving Fossil Fuels vs. Political Favorites), by Greg Rhemke at masterresource.org. This is really good. It is a must read for a reason.

Chart Of The Day: Oil Output In Texas vs. Venezuela, 1994-2018, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. This is really a contrast between socialism and capitalism.

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Socialists Gather On Labor Day To Protest Concept Of Labor, at babylonbee.com.

Liberal Activist Explains Notion Of Tolerance To Man She Just Called A “Worthless [Expletive]’, at babylonbee.com.

Ocasio-Cortez Praises Venezuela For Making Everyone A Millionaire Through Hyperinflation, at babylonbee.com.

Ocasio-Cortez Severely Burned After Accidentally Touching Book On Basic Economics, at babylonbee.com.

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Must Reads For The Week 7/21/18

July 22, 2018

Broke Chicago Considering “Testing” Guaranteed Basic Income Program, at economicpolicyjournal.com. If an individual spends more than he is taking in. And his spending includes the debt he has incurred (house, car, college loans, credit cards etc). Should he add more debt by spending more? No.

The idea of a universal basic income is no different from the welfare programs that are already in place. It is just dressed up with a different name.

This is like taking water from the deep end of the pool and dumping it into the shallow end. The new spending doesn’t increase economic activity. Because you are taking what someone has produced and giving it to someone to spend on consumption. No part of this transfer will be spent increasing the capital structure in the process of production. In fact there will be a loss in economic activity because of this transfer.

In order for an individual to consume a good that he desires he must either: 1) produce it himself 2) produce a good that someone else wants and exchange it for the good he wants 3) take what he wants by force (theft) 4) receive the good as a gift from its owner. Over the years individuals using government power have tricked us into believing that they are performing an act of giving (#4), when in fact they are performing an act of theft (#3). The only person who can perform an act of charity is the owner of the property that is gifted. Since government owns nothing that it hasn’t first taken by force, than government giving is not an act of charity.

Obama Floats Support For Universal Basic Income, at freebeacon.com. Here is what President Obama said: “It’s not just money that a job provides. It provides dignity and structure and a sense of place and a sense of purpose. So we’re going to have to consider new ways of thinking about these problems, like a universal income, review of our workweek, how we retrain our young people, how we make everybody an entrepreneur at some level.

Lets look at what is highlighted. Mr. President, what happens if you give an individual a universal basic income? On the one hand you are giving him the money, and you are taking away his dignity, structure and a sense of place and purpose with the other hand.

When he uses the term “we”, he means the “anointed” individuals in government will come up with the ideas that the “benighted masses” must follow.

He also added: “We’re going to have to worry about economics if we want to get democracy back on track,

The President has no knowledge of economics. He ignored the laws of economics for his 8 years as President. He thought he could wish away the laws of economics with his utopian decrees backed by the force of government. It didn’t work. He doesn’t understand that people producing and exchanging in a free market, and not government decrees, create the “workweek”, and “training for young people” and “entrepreneurship”. In fact his Government intervention created the results he doesn’t like and wants to change. Having said that, he wouldn’t have liked the results of what a free market would have produced either.

He is like 90% of politicians and bureaucrats. They get into positions of power so they can implement their utopian idea of what the world should look like. Of course they have to use government power to force their idea on individuals who don’t share the utopian ides.

On the extreme end of government power, tyrants like Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Castro, Pol Pot and others used the force of government to bring about their utopian ideas of how the world should work. At the cost of millions of individuals who didn’t want to comply. Most politicians and bureaucrats are mini tyrants. But tyrants non the less.

George Washington said: “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force, like fire it is a dangerous servant, and a fearful master.”

Washington was in a unique position to understand and be fearful of the power government possesses. Most people today are not in that position.

Predation Never Justifies Predation, by Don Boudreaux, at cafehayek.com. This is about government intervention into free trade. Here is the money quote from the article:

“Beijing’s tariffs and subsidies, in effect, seize the property of some Chinese citizens in order to transfer it to other Chinese citizens. But because these Beijing-engineered seizures take from no American anything to which an American has a property right, what ethical justification is there for Uncle Sam to create identical tensions in the U.S. by seizing the property of some Americans in order to transfer it to other Americans?”

“In what moral universe does A’s forcible transfer of B’s property to C justify X’s forcible transfer of Y’s property to Z? How is justice served if, in response to A’s wrongful creation of tensions between B and C, X creates like tensions between Y and Z?”

6 Reasons Why Trade War With the Chinese Is Pointless, by Patrick Barron, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “So, let’s use logic to consider the effects of China’s economic interventions on itself and its trading partners who do nothing to retaliate against China in any way.”

1) China uses its capital in an inefficient way.”

2) Monetary expansion to fund an industry causes overall higher prices and malinvestment.”

3) China’s overall economy will be less developed, weakening the impact of subsidies to targeted industries.”

4) American products get cheaper and gain market share.”

5) American industries benefit from the general expansion of all levels of production.”

6) Chinese subsidies actually become subsidies to Americans’ standard of living.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says Unemployment Is Low “Because Everyone Has Two Jobs,” Which is not How Unemployment Rates Work, at reason.com. Unemployment is calculated by dividing the number of unemployed people by the number of people in the labor force. And by the way only 5% of workers have more than one job.

Can The State Reduce Poverty? by Henry Hazlitt, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “All schemes for redistributing or equalizing incomes or wealth must undermine or destroy incentives at both ends of the economic scale. They must reduce or abolish the incentives of the unskilled or shiftless to improve their condition by their own efforts; and even the able and industrious will see little point in earning anything beyond what they are allowed to keep. These redistribution schemes must inevitably reduce the size of the pie to be redistributed. They can only level down. Their long-run effect must be to reduce production and lead toward national impoverishment.

PC And The Bureaucratization Of The Economy, by William Anderson, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “In the former U.S.S.R. and other communist countries, one’s political status has been one of the main determiners of someone’s employment and standard of living. One cannot argue that such a state of affairs made life better for consumers and workers in these states and one certainly cannot argue that imposition of such political directives will do anything but harm our own economy.”

“The larger point here is once companies abandon or limit their entrepreneurial focus and seek political or some other kind of conformity, they succumb to the sclerosis of bureaucracy.

SATIRE: HEADLINES SAY IT ALL

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Encased In Carbonite Until Next Court Session, at babylonbee.com. She has to hang in for a few more years. The left can’t lose this seat.

Socialist Professor Refuses Salary, Frees Himself From Bonds Of Capitalism, at babylonbee.com. This guy is practicing what he preaches.

Does World Cup Enforce The False Construct Of Borders Imposed On Us By The Ruling Elite, at theonion.com. Do Borders matter?

Liberals Argues Rules Of Basketball Are Flawed After Losing Pickup Game, at babylonbee.com. I guess it isn’t fair that the rules of basketball are biased toward people who have an ability to make shots.

Woodpecker Having Difficulty Remembering Tree Where He Got The Really Good Bugs That One Time, at theonion.com. Concussion protocol anyone. Does the woodpecker have standing to sue God.

PAUL BUNYAN vs THE CHAINSAW.

How much human labor does this machine save?

HT carpediemblog.