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A Government of Thugs, by Thugs, for Thugs, by Paul Gottfried

The Democrats have forged a strong alliance with the criminal class. From Paul Gottfried at amgreatness.com:

The Democrats seem to have taken their cues from earlier totalitarians in the way they have built bridges to the world’s thug population.

In The Origins of Totalitarianism, a massive work first published in 1951, Hannah Arendt, a refugee from Nazism, noted striking similarities between Hitler’s and Stalin’s regimes. In both of those state-of-the-art tyrannies, the governing classes forged a mutually profitable alliance with society’s criminal elements. These totalitarian governments, which were concerned with ferreting out and removing opposition, took full advantage of their unsavory connections.

They enlisted inveterate criminals to spread terror, lest anyone question their ruthlessness in settling scores. The designation that the father of the late Hitler biographer Joachim Fest ascribed to the Third Reich as a “Verbrecherstaat” (criminal state) was true in two senses. Not only did the Nazis break those laws that characterize civilized societies. They also incorporated criminals into their political operation and often rewarded them. But the party leadership also eliminated some of these hellraisers when they were no longer useful, as Hitler did with the Brown Shirts in 1934.

Readers who suspect I intend to attribute these characteristics to the government that the Democratic Party and its allies are inflicting upon us have guessed correctly.

The Democrats seem to have taken their cues from earlier totalitarians in the way they have built bridges to the nation’s thug population. Not only did Democratic leaders like Kamala Harris spend last summer inciting Black Lives Matter and Antifa mobs and bailing out these practitioners of violence, Democratic appointees in the military, up to and including Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, are teaching soldiers to revere BLM vandals while being put on guard against “domestic terrorists”—i.e., Republican voters. Antiwhite mobs that burn down cities and shoot police have been redefined as “antiracists” and are depicted as the natural allies of soldiers and the Secret Service.

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DOJ STUDY: Gun Control Laws Won’t Work Because Criminals Get Their Guns Illegally, by Mac Slavo

Duh! From Mac Slavo at shtfplan.com:

It took the United States government’s Department of Justice an entire study dedicated to gun use and criminals to figure out what logical human beings have already understood for decades. The result of their own study found that gun control laws will never work because criminals will never use legal channels to obtain guns.

According to Fox 5, the findings based on the 2016 Survey of Prison Inmates (SPI), discovered that about 1 in 5 or 21% of all state and federal prisoners reported they had “possessed or carried a firearm when they committed the offense for which they were serving time in prison.” The survey released by the DOJ this month declared that criminals unsurprisingly rely on the black market for their guns. 

According to the study, an estimated 287,400 prisoners has possessed a firearm during their offense. The findings concluded 6 percent had stolen the weapon, 7 percent found it at a crime scene and 43 percent obtained it off the street or on the black market. More than 25 percent had received it from a family member or friend, or as a gift.

This is not the first time the government, democrats, and gun control zealots have been made to look the fool by their own study.

Gun-hating democrats who demanded a study into the sale of guns online were smacked with a dose of reality. They wasted two years attempting to buy guns illegally on the “dark web,” and the group of Democrats failed every single time.

Senator Elizabeth Warren joined with Senator Brian Schultz, D-Hawaii, and Representative Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, to commission the GAO report.

An embarrassing attempt to try to regulate guns further went horribly wrong when the Democrats took it upon themselves to try to skirt the law to prove it can be done. Over the course of the two-and-a-half year investigation, agents tried to buy firearms illegally on the “Surface Web” and the “Dark Web,” generally by sharing their status as “prohibited individuals” or trying to buy across state lines.  SHTFPlan

These studies prove nothing more than the government’s incompetence and unnecessary intervention in the lives of everyone else.  Private gun sellers did more to prevent violent crimes than the government’s own laws did. The ruling class is continuing to prove they are no longer a necessary evil. Only 1.3 percent of all prisoners obtained a gun from a retail source and used it during their offense, the DOJ’s study stated. Moreover, among the prisoners who possessed a firearm during their offense, “0.8 percent obtained it at a gun show.”

You’re Likely Committing a Crime Right Now, by Mark Nestman

There may be as many as 300,000 federal regulations carrying criminal penalties. Do you know them all? Why not, ignorance of the law is no excuse. From Mark Nestmann at lewrockwell.com:

Do you own a dog? You could face six months in federal prison If you walk it on federal lands on a leash longer than six feet in length.

Do you have a bank account? If you deposit or withdraw more than $10,000 in cash over multiple transactions, you could be imprisoned for up to five years. You could also lose every penny in the account, under the theory it “facilitated” your crime.

Do you have foreign investments? If you neglect to tell Uncle Sam about them, you could face draconian penalties. Forget to file just one form? You could face a $10,000 penalty per account per year.

There’s no requirement that you know any of these crimes exist for you to be found guilty of violating them. After all, “Ignorance of the law is no excuse.”

Given that fact, you might think that Uncle Sam would make it easy to understand exactly what’s legal and what’s not. Think again.

In 1790, the first set of federal criminal laws contained a grand total of 20 crimes. Since then, the number of federal crimes listed has grown like cancer. No one knows how many federal crimes exist, although a 1998 study from the American Bar Association concluded the total was likely “much higher” than 3,000.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a little-known and poorly understood process that federal agencies undertake to literally make law. In some cases, if you violate an “administrative law” a federal agency creates out of thin air, you can be imprisoned. Indeed, the number of federal regulations carrying criminal penalties may be as high as 300,000.

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And don’t forget about state and local laws. In Arizona, you face 25 years imprisonment for cutting down a cactus. In Mississippi, it is illegal for a male to be sexually aroused in a public place. In Pennsylvania, a woman was arrested for swearing at a clogged toilet.

It’s no wonder the US has the world’s largest prison population. More people rot in local, county, state, and federal prisons in the US than in all other developed countries combined. Over 2.2 million Americans currently live in some type of jail.

Given these facts, you could be forgiven for thinking that Congress might put the brakes on penning new federal criminal law. Unfortunately, that’s not happening. Indeed, the pace of federal “criminalization” is accelerating. A 2008 study concluded that since the start of 2000, Congress created at least 452 new crimes. That’s more than one a week.

Since then, I see no indication that this growth has slowed. For instance, last year, I learned of a new requirement for US persons with certain international investments to report them to the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Until 2014, you needed to file this form only if the BEA “invited” you to do so. But in November 2014, the BEA issued final regulations making it mandatory to file this form – and imposing civil and criminal penalties if you don’t.

When was the last time you received an official notification from the BEA inviting you to file this form? I’ve never received one – I only learned about this requirement when my accountant warned me about it.

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Panama is Small Change, by Robert Gore

There is a conspiracy engaging in theft, counterfeiting, fraud, extortion, blackmail, bribery, influence peddling, drugs, terrorism, and war that makes the Panama Papers’ exposures look like a small-town police blotter account of juvenile shoplifting. This criminal enterprise launders trillions, not billions, of dollars; it involves major political, business, financial, academic, and media figures in the US and around the globe, and it has perpetrated its crimes far longer than Mossack Fonseca’s clients’ have hid their money and illicit activities.

The dark conspiracy is the US Government. It takes over $3 trillion a year in taxes. Anyone who refuses to pay is sent to jail. Stealing one dollar out of every six the US economy produces is insufficient for its purposes, so it borrows anywhere from $500 billion to over $1 trillion a year. Future interest payments and principle repayment add to the involuntary obligations imposed on the productive…and their children and grandchildren.

The law forces its populace to accept pieces of paper and computer entries—irredeemable for anything more valuable than identical pieces of paper and computer entries—as “legal tender.” The government creates said paper and entries at will. Their value, such as is, rests on compulsion and unenforceable promises by the government not to create too many of them. Such promises have invariably been broken, and a dollar has about 4 percent of the purchasing power it had in 1913 when the central bank was established. That 96 percent depreciation counts as more theft; the government is the primary beneficiary from currency depreciation.

Every conspiracy needs accomplices. With stolen and counterfeit funds, the government bribes millions. Their acquiescence makes them complicit: money for votes. Nothing is as nauseating as thieves demonstrating their “virtue” by using stolen funds to maintain themselves in power. Of course they keep a generous portion of what they steal; the Washington metropolitan area is the richest in the country. The capital is doing to the rest of the country what the Mafia did to Sicily: draining it of all vitality and life.

Redistribution is only one of many rackets run by the government. In this “increasingly dangerous world” the US is supposedly beset by threats at every turn, the justification for perpetual war. The government accounts for about a third of the entire world’s military and intelligence spending and maintains over 700 military outposts around the globe. It has been at war for decades in countries that have posed no threat to the US populace. Why? “Threats to interests” has replaced threats to the populace as the rationale for war. What are “threat to interests”? Anything that threatens the government’s and its corporate allies’ confederated global empire. The American people are given a false choice: their money or their lives. Their money funds Orwellian oxymorons designed to enslave: wars for peace, eliminating liberty to save it.

What can be more criminal than promoting death and destruction for economic gain? The war complex—the money, jobs, and influence merry-go-round of the armed forces, Congress, bureaucracies, defense and intelligence contractors, media, and think tanks—have stumped for every war since Korea. Outcome is now irrelevant, the perpetuation of war and the trillions of dollars that flow from it are all that matter. If winning was important the US might win once in awhile; on paper it always has the military advantage.

The costs have been enormous: the drain on the economy of producing unproductive weaponry and supplies; the taxes extracted and debt incurred to pay for it; soldiers wasting what should be the most productive years of their life waging war, and the millions killed, wounded or displaced, either by war or its inevitable blowback. Syria may be the apotheosis: the government both fights and aids opposing sides, depending on shifting political calculations,  cannot explain what its doing to the satisfaction of any rational person, and throws away immense sums of money. Filthy lucre has become the true object of warfare, because such wars sap rather than augment US military, financial, diplomatic, and moral power and strength.

Redistribution and warfare are among the biggest government rackets, but banking should not go unmentioned, simply because the bankers have achieved every criminal’s dream: they garner the gains from ostensibly legal activities while taxpayers bear the losses. The Federal Reserve provides unlimited funds at concessionary terms when bank liquidity runs dry and markets seize up. It suppresses short term interest rates, enabling banks’ risky carry trades and yield curve arbitrages. The Fed has developed a close identity of interest with the banks it regulates (also known as regulatory capture), promoting concentration within the industry and effectively turning it into a cartel. When generalized crises arise, which such a morally hazardous set up guarantees, the federal government assumes a good chunk of the bank’s deposit liabilities, and money will be stolen or borrowed to ensure that the biggest banks don’t go under.

With the growth of the surveillance state, those who might object know they’re being monitored and information about them—innocuous, embarrassing, or incriminating—is kept on massive data bases. A gangster offers a merchant “protection” from every gang but the gangster’s; the government spies on us to “protect” us. Only fools think the “protector” in either case is less dangerous than the threats against which it supposedly protects. The government doesn’t usually have to make threats; it has our secrets.

Occasional and generally underreported and under-investigated disclosures like the Panama Papers fuel suspicion that what’s disclosed is the tip of an iceberg. That suspicion is not unfounded. Undoubtedly smuggling and trading in drugs, weapons, and humans, and laundering of the proceeds, is extensive and mostly hidden. Such trading and laundering require bribery of the government officials and politicians who are supposed to stop them.

The dog that doesn’t bark here is the scarcity of convictions, or even investigations, of officials and politicians for aiding these illegal activities. The dog that does bark here has been the vitriol and hostility unleashed at anyone who suggests that the costs of wholesale legalization of one of those activities—the drug trade—would be far less than the costs have been of keeping it illegal. The suspicion is inescapable that the howls of outrage have far more to do with a very profitable ox being gored than with the oft-cited “immorality” or harmful effects of drugs.

However, what goes on legally in broad daylight is far more worrisome, and wrong, than what transpires in the shadows and sub rosa byways of criminality. Taxes, redistribution, war, banking, and the many other government rackets retain a veneer of respectability that keeps most people from seeing them as the criminal endeavors they’ve become. Governments are the largest criminal enterprises in history, with those who control them writing the laws that exempt their own criminality. Any nation that legitimizes the wrong and criminalizes the right cannot endure. After long acquiescence current political ructions may mark a dawning comprehension of the distinction between what’s legal and what’s right. It’s a realization that will receive sustenance as the present system collapses, but it will take time and a huge educational effort by those who comprehend before it can blossom into something truly worthwhile. Resisting criminals is a basic human right.

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