Category Archives: Liberty

Why the World Economic Forum’s Plutocracy Should Be Dissolved, by J.B. Shurk

The WEF is a collectivist organization dedicated to implementing changes that will give more power to collectivists. From J.B. Shurk at gatestoneinstitute.org:

  • No matter how noble its stated intentions, the “Great Reset” is at its heart a program for driving political power away from individual citizens and toward the controlling interests of a small international class of financial elites…. For citizens to reclaim power, they must not only embrace the basics of free markets once again but also rekindle a fondness for questioning the motivations of political authorities.
  • It is not just kings, generals, and popes who possess great power. Wherever a person, group, or institution is capable — through enticement, coercion, or brute force — of bending an individual’s free will, the structures and instruments of power exist. A local school board, after all, may well have more immediate and intimate influences over a person’s family than the United Nations Human Rights Council and its revolving door of despots who tend to promulgate international resolutions shielding their own crimes.
  • Limited regulation keeps the costs of market transactions low. Respect for private property and fair and impartial application of commercial laws encourage capital investment. Refraining from taxing the fruits of an individual’s labor fosters an exponentially more productive labor force. Providing populations with the tools to pursue and obtain knowledge and skills at minimal expense promotes not only an educated workforce but also politically competent citizens.

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American Bolshevik Nightmare: Mike Lindell Waylaid by Feds, Phones Stolen, by Andrew Anglin

The Bolsheviks won’t be happen until they’ve obliterated every last vestige of civil liberties. From Andrew Anglin at unz.com:

Unfortunately for everyone, all of that stuff I said was going to happen is now happening. You’ll remember that I said all the way back in 2020 that:
  • The Democrats were going to steal the election if mass mail-in balloting was allowed
  • The Democrats would prosecute Donald Trump
  • The Democrats would abolish law and order
  • The Democrats would start a war with Russia
  • The Democrats would go full-Bolshevik and start intimidating, raiding, and ultimately just arresting the opposition

I said it, point by point, because it was completely obvious to me how this would all unfold. I don’t know why it wasn’t obvious to everyone if it was obvious to me.

It’s unclear why I am so on the ball. I don’t really feel like I’m special. But here we are – it’s all coming down.

After the FBI raid on Trump’s Florida home, a Congressman was waylaid by the FBI while on vacation with his family. Then, Joe Biden gave a speech declaring that he was a dictator, and would crush Trump supporters who he claims are trying to overthrow our democracy (our values).

Shortly thereafter, between 35 and 50 high profile Trump supporters were raided and/or subpoenaed.

This week, we found out that Trump’s PAC is under investigation for – you know, for whatever – they’re not really even trying to explain it. The media is just acting like this is all normal. It’s possible that the Trump supporters who were raided were raided in relation to the Trump PAC investigation, but Trump was raided for some confounding thing about secret documents, and the Congressman was raided over January 6.

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Rage, Rebel, Replace, by Robert Gore

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Let’s try something different.

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness—-That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security.

The Declaration of Independence, 1776

It is disheartening how many people are pinning their hopes on the next two elections. We still don’t know exactly how the last one was stolen—the thieves were never charged, evidence was never presented, there was no discovery, cross-examination, or verdict in a court of law—but stolen it was. Yet, many believe Lucy won’t pull the football away this time.

In 2020, no one showed up for Joe and Kamala’s appearances while Trump was pulling them in by the tens of thousands. Trump got more votes than any sitting president had ever received, but Biden supposedly beat him by 7 million votes. There were myriad inconsistencies and irregularities, many connected with procedures concocted to deal with the overhyped Covid threat. However, the election was pronounced free and fair, January 6 protestors were arrested and jailed, Trump relinquished the presidency, and that was that, a bipartisan-endorsed end of story.

Everything the Democrats have done since Biden halted the Keystone XL pipeline on inauguration day seems designed to lose votes, and the polls register fading support. Yet, the Democrats are acting as if they have this year’s elections in the bag, just as they did in 2020.

Politicians interested in winning legitimate elections don’t appropriate $80 billion three months before the election to hire 87,0000 new IRS agents, some of whom will be armed, to harass tax-paying voters. They don’t conduct a raid on the home of their hated opponent, handing him an issue which solidifies his support. They don’t engage in a Quixotic proxy war on the doorstep of a nuclear power. Their nominal leader doesn’t disparage half the population in a creepy, neo-Nazi setting and speech. Is it because the vote doesn’t matter, only, per Joseph Stalin, who counts the votes?

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On that score not much has changed. The documentary 2000 Mules came and went; once in a while someone mumbles something about election integrity, and a few states have passed a few laws purportedly ensuring fairer votes (“restricting voter access” in Democratic parlance).

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Anatomy of a Police State”: The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity Conference, by Ginny Garner

This looks like one of those rare conferences that you might actually want to attend. From Ginny Garner at lewrockwell.com:

“If there was no hope at all, I would ask Daniel (McAdams) if I could hand out cyanide capsules” – speaker Jacob Hornberger

While at times it seems to many of us as if, as the 1965 Barry McGuire song goes, we’re on the eve of destruction, hundreds of high-spirited, intelligent freedom loving critical thinkers gathered on September 3rd to honor the greatest living liberty-promoting leader in their time: Dr. Ron Paul. Attendees at a hotel near Dulles Airport 31 miles from Washington, DC ranged from teenagers to senior citizens who had travelled from distant points across America and Canada to be in the presence of the 87-year-old revered statesman. One young couple drove from Pittsburgh and camped out the night before in a tent. A teenager from Nottingham, Virginia told me how excited she was that her parents had brought her to her first Ron Paul conference. A businessman from Maryland who listens to each and every one of Dr. Paul’s Liberty Reports broadcast Mondays through Fridays had his teenage son in tow. Tim Pool, who pioneered on the scene, livestream journalism with his 2011 coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests, was there. Once a supporter of Bernie Sanders, regarded as a maverick by the Democratic leadership which denied the socialist their party’s nomination, Pool’s detractors now label him as “alt-right.” Seeing the popular podcaster, who has 1.3 million YouTube subscribers, shaking the hand of Dr. Paul was a powerful, symbolic image of how the principles of liberty transcend the false left-right paradigm designed to divide and rule the people.

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Trump Worshipers, Trump Lies, Election Idiocy, and the Truth About Collectivist Political Madness, by Gary D. Barnett

The money paragraph is the last one: “The entirety of this political process is collectivist madness. Quit relying on political masters and elections to save you. Vote for no one; get rid of them all!” From Gary D. Barnett at lewrockwell.com:

“The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.”

H.L. Mencken

Rarely do I wander into political arguments, or discuss politics in any manner other than to denounce all government and governmental procedures as completely insane. The most prolific liars, thieves, and murderers are politicians, and those who control them. Actually, the entirety of all politics is criminal, and ridiculously asinine. With that said, the population at large in this country, whether they participate in the idiocy of voting or not, accept the premise that politics and government are a necessity for life, and that humanity has not any ability to function properly without a governing force ruling over them. In simple terms, what this means is that almost the totality of the entire populace has accepted a master and slave relationship that requires extreme force in order to exist and survive. Under these conditions, freedom is an impossibility that cannot ever be achieved.

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The Decline and Fall of the American Empire, by Doug Casey

A lot of people have compared the American and Roman empires, but Doug Casey puts the comparison in a new light. From Casey at internationalman.com:

As some of you know, I’m an aficionado of ancient history. I thought it might be worthwhile to discuss what happened to Rome and based on that, what’s likely to happen to the U.S. Spoiler alert: There are some similarities between the U.S. and Rome.

But before continuing, please seat yourself comfortably. This article will necessarily cover exactly those things you’re never supposed to talk about—religion and politics—and do what you’re never supposed to do, namely, bad-mouth the military.

There are good reasons for looking to Rome rather than any other civilization when trying to see where the U.S. is headed. Everyone knows Rome declined, but few people understand why. And, I think, even fewer realize that the U.S. is now well along the same path for pretty much the same reasons, which I’ll explore shortly.

Rome reached its peak of military power around the year 107, when Trajan completed the conquest of Dacia (the territory of modern Romania). With Dacia, the empire peaked in size, but I’d argue it was already past its peak by almost every other measure.

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The “Great Reset”: A Blueprint for Destroying Freedom, Innovation, and Prosperity, by J.B Shurk

Totalitarianism such as that embodied in the Great Reset destroys everything that makes life worth living. From J.B. Shurk at gatestoneinstitute.org:

  • Notice that no nation has managed merely to print money and tax its citizens on the path to prosperity. Real wealth cannot simply be conjured from thin air. There must be recognized value in what a nation and its citizens possess.

  • More than any other source for national wealth, however, one towers above the rest: innovation. The ability of the human mind to create something new and valuable provides society with endless wealth creation…. Innovation is the magic sauce for generating wealth.

  • Humans struggling merely to survive in the world do not waste time, labor, or resources on projects that offer no prospect for future reward. Humans working as servants to the state under centrally controlled economies have no incentive to innovate. Only when private ownership and personal liberty combine can human innovation flourish. Freedom is the secret ingredient to innovation’s magic sauce for increasing wealth.

  • A country whose institutions do not respect property rights or whose customs do not value freedom will remain a barren desert for human innovation. In this way, nations have a great incentive to liberalize over time. Should they not, they quickly become financially and militarily vulnerable to more innovative and wealthier nations. Observing this simple truth, classical liberals have always understood free markets as the gateway to human emancipation. Economic self-interest, in other words, ultimately leads to expansive human rights and liberties across the planet.

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Supersized IRS Will Shrink Liberty, by Ron Paul

Taxes and liberty cannot coexist. From Ron Paul at ronpaulinstitute.org:

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin recently claimed the 15 percent corporate minimum tax contained in the Inflation Reduction Act, which should be called the Inflation Creation Act, is not a tax increase. Instead, he claimed, the bill simply closes a loophole that allows corporations to avoid paying all the taxes they owe. Despite what Senator Manchin says, the fact is the new minimum tax increases the amount of money some corporations must hand over to the government; in other words, it increases their taxes.

It is common for politicians, policy wonks, and even some libertarians to demonize loopholes for making the tax system too complex, but loopholes are simply ways that individuals can keep more of their money. Loopholes are thus pro-liberty and pro-sound economics.

In addition to raising taxes, the Inflation Reduction Act provides 80 billion dollars to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Some of the money will go to improving taxpayer services so, for example, taxpayers may actually talk to a real person who can provide information about the tax law when they call the agency. But, over 50 percent will be spent on enforcement.

The IRS is expected to hire approximately 87,000 new agents. Supporters of the expansion say the IRS will use the enhanced enforcement capacity to target only “the rich.” However, it is not necessary to massively increase the IRS’s enforcement capacity just to go after “rich tax cheats.”

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The Antidote to Tyranny is Liberty, Not Democracy or International Government, by J.B. Shurk

And the way to liberty is by letting today’s dinosaur governments go extinct and establishing much smaller political subdivisions, some of which will be dedicated to liberty. From J.B. Shurk at gatestoneinstitute.org:

  • When presidents and prime ministers make and enforce their own laws under the pretext of “emergency powers,” then citizens should not be surprised when their leaders discover an endless supply of “emergencies” requiring urgent action.
  • The opposite of tyranny is not democracy, but rather liberty and individual rights. Is it not startling, then, that Western leaders extol democracy, yet pay such little homage to personal freedoms?
  • Yet freedom, liberty, and individual rights are rarely mentioned. In their stead, political leaders cherish the “virtues” of democracy and little else. It is as if a linguistic sleight of hand has robbed Western citizens of their most valuable heritage.
  • Is it not strange that Western leaders laud democracy over authoritarianism while simultaneously diminishing the power of their voters and strengthening the authority of foreign institutions [such as the EU, the UN, and the WHO]? Shouldn’t “democratic” nations decide their own fates?
  • Why should bigger, broader forms of international government, however, be seen as more virtuous and less corrupt than their national forms?…. For that matter, had Hitler’s Nazi Party succeeded in conquering all of Europe, would his “European Union” have deserved greater legitimacy than the national governments of Poland, Belgium, or France?
  • When national populations are denied self-determination and personal liberties are treated as privileges, not rights, then tyranny is never far from taking hold.

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Next Up . . ., by Eric Peters

Perhaps the greatest symbol of the Industrial Revolution and the jobs and freedom it created for millions was the personal, affordable automobile. And that’s why the globalists are hell bent on eliminating it. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:

As part of the now-admitted-to plan to force people out of their cars, the cabal behind the puppets who pretend to run the countries of the Western world have double-plus’d the cost of gasoline while at the same time decreasing the purchasing power of the fiat currency people are forced to use to buy it. The idea – also admitted to now and openly (viz, the Buttigieg Thing) being to “nudge” – that is, force – people into electric cars.

Of course, most people cannot afford electric cars – and that’s the real idea behind that. Also now-admitted-to. Private ownership of cars is bad, the cabal tells the puppets to proclaim. So also food – viz, what is going on in the Netherlands and in the process of about-to-go-on in Canada, too. We must walk – and starve – to prevent the “climate” from “changing.”

But absent an outright ban on the non-electric cars still privately owned – which is still more than 97 percent of the cars on the road – other measures (per another one of their puppets, in a different context) will probably be taken to further the “transition” to what is styled “clean” energy – nevermind that there is no sufficient source of that energy, electricity, that can be generated “cleanly” in sufficient quantity to power the replacement of the remaining 97 percent of non-electric cars with electric ones. Which they know already, of course. Which tells us they intend to use electric cars to end the privately owned car as a “thing” for the 97 percent of us.

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