Tag Archives: Theft

Things We Should Understand: The Aristocracy Is Eating the Peasants, by John Rubino

It is without a doubt the biggest scam in history, what the aristocracy has going with the U.S. government. From John Rubino at rubino.substack.com:

Most people (especially most Americans) still seem to view the events of the past half-century as more or less random. Booms and busts erupting out of nowhere, impoverishing all but a handful of lucky elites. Political crises that end up dividing rather than uniting. Wars that cost fortunes and resolve nothing. Everything is bad, and nothing is related to anything else.

But of course that’s not true. Each of the above events serves the same purpose: to enrich a modern aristocracy at the expense of everyone else. And the endgame is looking even worse.

To see the scam play out, let’s go back to 1995. Two decades previously, in 1971, the US and by extension the world had ditched sound, gold-backed money in favor of “fiat” currencies that their governments, via their central banks, could create in infinite quantities out of thin air. The result was spiking inflation and exchange rate chaos in the 1970s and soaring government deficits in the 1980s.

By the 1990s it had become clear to the people running major governments and big corporations that unsound money would lead to unsustainable debt, which in turn would destabilize the financial world and bring about a hyperinflationary depression followed by a French Revolution-style reckoning for those responsible.

That generation’s elites were thus left with two choices: Return to the gold standard and avoid monetary collapse — but at the cost of giving up the ability to create money at will. Or use their fictitious currencies to steal as much real wealth as possible from the peasants and let future elites deal with the eventual collapse.

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It’s the Bilkonomy, Stupid, by Tim Hartnett

We know how the government operates, but it’s refreshing to read a piece without euphemisms, paeans to good intentions, or any of the other horseshit that obscures what the government actually does. From Tim Hartnett at lewrockwell.com:

“If one man has a dollar he didn’t work for, some other man worked for a dollar he didn’t get.”

A felon sheltered by Josef Stalin himself diagnosed the ailment plaguing the 2022 American economy in 20 words 100 years ago. What does that tell you about what the US of A has become?

William Dudley “Big Bill” Haywood was an American born commie who died from a cirrhosis of the liver induced stroke in Moscow May 18, 1928. He was named as a co-conspirator for the murder of ex-Idaho governor Frank Steunenberg when Harry Orchard spilled his guts in a 64-page confession. Clarence Darrow got Big Bill, who was almost certainly guilty, off with one of those typically windy summations. The prosecution’s case was weakened by Orchard’s record of double-crossing and bloody past. Somebody was paying the assassin who was desperate to dodge the noose. Naming the wrong names wouldn’t have been helpful for the future of Orchard’s neck. Haywood lammed it to Russia when out on bail facing other charges years later.

Adam Smith, Ludwig Mises and Friedrich Hayek couldn’t have teamed up to put it more clearly than Haywood. The irony is sharpened by the fact that most of the parasites clinging to us now aren’t even aware of their blood-sucking. The poker axiom, “If you do not know who the patsy is—you are the patsy,” has been inverted. Culprits, who professionally gush aloud about the have-nots, walk right past the hungry footing their tab toward the highest-dollar flesh-pots they can find. The ones forgoing flesh, once there, are the holiest rollers of them all.

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The Criminal Order Beneath the ‘Chaos’ of San Francisco’s Tenderloin, by Leighton Woodhouse

There is an order to the carnage of San Francisco’s Tenderloin, but nobody seems interested in disrupting that order. From Leighton Woodhouse at realclearinvestigations:

The epicenter of the political earthquakes rattling San Francisco’s progressive establishment is a 30-square-block neighborhood in the center of downtown known as the Tenderloin. Adjacent to some of the city’s most famous attractions, including the high-end shopping district Union Square, the old money redoubt of Nob Hill, historic Chinatown, and the city’s gold-capped City Hall, it is home to a giant, open-air drug bazaar. Tents fill the sidewalks. Addicts sit on curbs and lean against walls, nodding off to their fentanyl and heroin fixes, or wander around in meth-induced psychotic states. Drug dealers stake out their turf and sell in broad daylight, while the immigrant families in the five-story, pre-war apartment buildings shepherd their kids to school, trying to maintain as normal an existence as they can.

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Ousted: San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin.

“If you happen to be walking through the Tenderloin and you feel unsafe, imagine what it feels like to live there,” said Joel Engardio, head of Stop Crime SF, a civilian public safety group. “The Tenderloin has one of the largest percentages of children in the city. It’s untenable, inexcusable to ask them to confront this hellscape.”

“The Tenderloin is out of control,” said Tom Ostly, a former San Francisco prosecutor who used to work there and lives nearby. “It has never been worse than it is now.”

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Insecurity Made Social, by Eric Peters

Social Security is history’s biggest Ponzi scheme. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:

The paradox of what is styled “Social Security” is that it renders the victim insecure. How else to describe a person who has been serially mulcted for all of his working life such that his daily bread and the roof over his head are dependent upon a miserly dole?

Italicized to lay bare the unpleasant truth of the thing.

Well, one of them.

People are told by the government which forcibly compels them to give up 15 percent of every dollar they earn that they are contributing to Social Security. They are not given the choice to not “contribute.”

Government excels at definitional perversion. It uses a word to mean its opposite – in order to front-load any discussion of the subject with false premises, so as to sidetrack the debate over it into legalisms and irrelevances. The recent business regarding the possibility that the case law, Roe V. Wade may be overturned provides a fine example. The Supreme Court is not dealing with the question at issue. Instead, it is parsing legalisms having to do with the degree of federal oversight of over what is styled a woman’s “right to choose.”

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Decentralized and Neutral, by Hans-Hermann Hoppe

The EU is a cartel based on theft by its least productive members against its most productive members. From Hans-Hermann Hoppe at mises.org:

States, regardless of their constitution, are not economic enterprises. In contrast to the latter, states do not finance themselves by selling products and services to customers who voluntarily pay, but by compulsory levies: taxes collected through the threat and use of violence (and through the paper money they literally create out of thin air). Significantly, economists have therefore referred to governments—i.e., the holders of state power—as stationary bandits. Governments and everyone on their payroll live off the loot stolen from other people. They lead a parasitic existence at the expense of a subdued and “host” populace.

A number of further insights emerge from this.

Naturally, stationary bandits prefer larger loot to smaller loot. This means that states will always try to increase their tax revenue and further increase their spending by issuing more paper money. The larger the loot, the more favors they can do for themselves, their employees, and their supporters. But there are natural limits to this activity.

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When Do Governments Steal – Ahem – NATIONALIZE – Retirement Accounts? By Aden Tate

Don’t think it can’t happen here. From Aden Tate at theorganicprepper.com:

As the American debt reaches record levels on a daily basis, currently being in the trillions of dollars and literally impossible for America to ever pay off, there is a very juicy nest egg that politicians are going to begin to eye at some point: retirement accounts.

retirement accounts

By nationalizing retirement accounts, a sudden influx of cash would appear in DC’s coffers, helping to make the country look better on paper and potentially last just a little bit longer.

You may think that the nationalization of retirement accounts would never happen here in America, but there have been a lot of things that have happened over the last few years that we never believed could happen on American soil.

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Newsom Likens Railcar Thefts To “Third World Country” As Liberal ‘Law & Order’ Agenda Implodes, by Tyler Durden

Having turned California into a third-world country, California’s governor is upset that Los Angeles rail yards look like a third world country. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:

Having shrugged off ‘mostly peaceful’ protests and reclassifying nonviolent felonies like shoplifting and drug possession as misdemeanours, it appears the increasingly progressive policies of Soros-sponsored DAs – especially in California – have come back to bite as a tsunami of violent crime has forced woke liberal leaders to face up to the reality that their voters (and more importantly donors) are facing every day.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and his left-leaning comrades in the Golden State spearheaded the move to reform police departments and the state’s criminal justice system that allows people who shoplift or are in possession of drugs to be released from jail (or avoid it all together) with minimal consequences for their actions.

Newsom’s acquiescence to ‘progressive’ DAs has single-handedly transformed numerous metros areas into hot spots for violent crime, resulting in businesses and people packing up their bags and getting the heck out of dodge. 

For the longest time, progressives have denied their social policies contributed to the rise in violent crime.

But that is changing fast. Along with NYC’s new mayor demanding federal aid to deal with that city’s crime wave, it appears Newsom’s statements about the wave of freight train looting in Los Angeles are very suggestive that his party is quickly recognizing their ‘law and order’ policies are miserably failing.

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The Joy of Stealing, by MN Gordon

When the government is a kleptocracy, the thieves among its citizenry tend to thrive as well. A fair number of Democratic officeholders essentially condone theft. From MN Gordon at economicprism.com:

I’ve been caught stealing
Once, when I was five
I enjoy stealing
It’s just as simple as that

Well, it’s just a, simple fact
When I want something,
And I don’t want to pay for it

I walk right, through the door
Walk right through the door
Hey all right!
If I get by, it’s mine
Mine all mine!

Been Caught Stealing, by Jane’s Addiction

“No Cause for Alarm”

Robbery.  Theft.  Stealing.  These actions take many different forms.

There’s fraud.  There’s force.  There’s white collar theft.  There’s crafty pickpockets.  House burglaries.  Insurance swindles.  Breaking and entering (B&E).  Hanoi-style.  Credit card scams.  Government kickbacks.  Hold ups.  Carjacking.  Embezzlement.  And much, Much More…

They all generally roll up to the same thing.  Taking another person’s property (including money) without permission or legal right.

Taking from others without permission, no doubt, is barbaric.  And barbarism is on the rise…

Here in California there’s a bull market in plywood.  The material’s exceptionally suitable for boarding up broken windows following flash mob smash and grab robberies.  It also provides fortification against future attacks.

In Los Angeles, for example, nearly $340,000 of merch was stolen by flash mobs between November 18 and 28.  These robberies also resulted in $40,000 in property damage.

“No cause for alarm,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti following the rash of smash and grabs.

Fourteen people were arrested.  Yet they were all released long before the police reports were written.  In fact, many of the crooks met  Los Angeles County’s no-bail criteria.


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Slightly Up From Slavery, by Doug Casey

Taxation is theft and those who labor to pay them are slaves. From Doug Casey at internationalman.com:


To eliminate misunderstanding as to what taxes are, it is helpful to define the word “theft.” One good definition is “the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods of another.” The definition does not go on to say, “unless you’re the government.”

There is no difference, in principle, between the State taking property and a street gang doing so, except that the State’s theft is “legal” and its agents are immune from prosecution. Many people do not accept that analogy, because the government is widely viewed as being of, for, and by the people, even though it’s also acknowledged as acting badly from time to time.

Suppose a mugger demanded your wallet, perhaps because he needed money to buy a new car and threatened you with violence if you weren’t forthcoming. Everyone would call that a criminal act. Suppose, however, the mugger said he wanted the money to buy himself food. Would it still be theft? Suppose now that he said he wanted your wallet to feed another hungry person, not himself. Would it still be theft?

Now let’s suppose that this mugger convinces most of his friends that it’s okay for him to relieve you of your wallet. Would it still be theft? What if he convinces a majority of citizens? Principles stand on their own. Even if a criminal act is committed for a good purpose, or with the complicity of bystanders, (even if those people call themselves the government), it is still an act of criminal aggression.

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In Some Parts Of America, Looting Has Become A Way Of Life, by Michael Snyder

Yes, some of us have a right to steal without legal consequences from the rest of us. From Michael Snyder at themostimportantnews.com:

The level of lawlessness that we are now witnessing in the United States of America is absolutely breathtaking.  On average, thieves are stealing more than 100 million dollars worth of merchandise from our retailers every single day.  Just think about that.  I have written extensively about the shoplifting epidemic that is plaguing this country, but even I didn’t know that things had gotten that bad.  Sadly, much of the thievery is being committed by highly organized gangs of looters.  Last week, I posted absolutely stunning video of one of those gangs stealing vast quantities of laundry detergent from a retail store in Connecticut

I shared that video with someone that I trust, and that individual wondered why they hadn’t taken something more expensive like big screen televisions.

Well, now we have video of that exact same group of looters wheeling big screen televisions right out the front door of another store in Connecticut

These professional looters seem to have no fear of being confronted.

And that is probably because they know that even if they are caught they will never be charged with a felony.  Many states have changed their laws to be more lenient on shoplifters in recent years, and this appears to be helping to fuel an enormous boom in organized retail theft

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