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Immigration, Voting, and Power

5 days ago

The politics of immigration into America is over votes and power.
Democrats gain votes and power from legal immigration. Republicans lose votes and power.
Democrats will gain even more votes and power if illegal immigrants are allowed by law to vote.
The U.S. government is a huge prize for those who run it, bringing money, power and prestige. Immigrant votes favor the Democratic party, and this is why Democrats favor high levels of legal immigration and want illegal immigrants to gain the vote. Both Abolish ICE and Open Borders movements are leftist. Both favor the Democratic party. Both favor increasing leftist control of the U.S. government.
The many appeals that surround the central battle over immigration are window-dressing.

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What Is Progressivism?

10 days ago

Progressivism is the same as socialism. Libertarian James Ostrowski, who has written a book on progressivism, writes “…that progressivism, properly understood as the belief that aggressive state violence in the form of various interventions into the market and private voluntary behavior will improve human life, is America’s ruling ideology…” For purposes of educating the public and understanding the gist of the libertarian and anti-libertarian positions, there’s no significant difference between his explanation of progressivism and my explanation of socialism. Furthermore, both are compatible with Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s definition of socialism: “…socialism…must be conceptualized as an institutionalized interference with or

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Against Two US Empires

18 days ago

If you are against the international U.S. empire, shouldn’t you also recognize that the U.S. also operates a domestic empire over the states and the people? And shouldn’t you be as strongly against Washington’s domestic abuses and misuses of national power as you are against its international abuses and misuses of power?
Of course, you should, if you are a consistent exponent of non-aggression.
Bruce Fein has condemned the international U.S. empire strongly. Yet, in an essay dated Nov. 19, 2018 in The American Conservative, he takes Matthew Whitaker to task for deploring judicial review and the Marbury v. Madison (1803) case that was taken as a precedent for it.
Instead of seeing that Supreme Court authority of judicial review

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Saudi Bad Guy

October 19, 2018

“Mohammed bin Salman, who seems to be running Saudi Arabia these days, is one of the bad guys. If he were a good guy, he wouldn’t have attacked his neighboring country, Yemen. He wouldn’t be committing war crimes there in conjunction with vital U.S. support. If he were a good guy, he’d respect not only the rights of females but also the rights of everyone else.” (November 24, 2017)
“In his tour of America, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has started to do some real damage to truth and us, as he shapes public opinion. His weapon is the rhetoric of falsehood. He has come here with antagonism in his heart and war-making on his mind. He has come to knot the U.S. government even more firmly to Saudi Arabia than it already is. Who will

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Ann Coulter Is Wrong

August 25, 2018

Ann Coulter says
“We need to apply the First Amendment to social media companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Google, because it is a public square, and there is precedent for that and it’s gotta be done…”
I present arguments against her suggestion. I realize fully that these companies have important connections to government including contracts, data sharing and products being developed that further the surveillance state. My argument against Coulter’s suggestion is pertinent to speech, which was her concern, not these other links.
Coulter is speaking out of emotion, confusion, needless desperation and ignorance. The First Amendment restricts Congress. It cannot be “applied” to speech on social media company platforms or to these

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An Argument

August 16, 2018

Google’s market power traces back to patents. Google has allegedly levered this economic power into politics by slanting its algorithms of search toward Hillary Clinton and away from Donald Trump. Google influences the presentation of political information. Among social media platforms, shadowbanning is another way to influence political discourse. A third way is the outright banning of platforms such as that of Alex Jones.
Reporter Allum Bokhari writes “Facebook claims to have boosted voter turnout by 3 percent in 2016 by making small tweaks to their algorithm. And studies have shown that if search engines like Google manipulated their results to favor particular candidates, they could sway up to 40 percent of undecided voters.

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The Free Market Will Take Care of Companies

August 10, 2018

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube et al who are censoring people and content have a right to do that. Calling them monopolies or public utilities is the wrong way to go. Stressing their “power” is the wrong way to go, by which I mean it contradicts libertarian thinking about products and free markets. Worrying about free speech in the context of their censorship is likewise a losing and flawed argument. Forcing companies to provide a forum of free and/or diverse speech is not compatible with freedom.
Talking about applying anti-trust to these companies is the wrong way to go, in a libertarian analysis. Why? Being a big company or being the main company at present in a market doesn’t give a company real and lasting power as long as the

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A Private-Law Society

May 15, 2018

I recently wrote a blog on “Work in the Private-Law Society“. I pointed out that in a private-law society, work regains its luster as an ethical value and its importance as an economic value, as opposed to the glorification of other values like equality or fairness that supposedly accompany the state’s welfare system. With no safety net in the private-law society, the necessity of work is bound to loom larger in people’s minds. This will have effects on the education system, the relations between employers and employees, and the family. Cultural and sociological changes can be expected when the work ethic is revived, and it will be revived as a natural feature of any private-law society that’s going to survive and prosper.
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Work in the Private-Law Society

May 11, 2018

A private-law society has no government safety net. In 2011, the Congressional Research Service found that the federal government had 83 welfare programs that were costing over $1 trillion. Welfare is the largest component of government spending. One trillion dollars is like 50 million people x $20,000 each. Welfare programs actually service 52.2 million people. That’s a lot of people, a lot of money, a lot of government theft, a lot of welfare dependency and a lot of incentive to stay out of work.
In a private-law society in America, these 50-odd million people have to find other means to live and eat. The main means is work. Work gains respect and value in the private-law society as compared with the welfare state. The work ethic

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Neocon Bret Stephens

May 1, 2018

Bret Stephens is a political commentator who works for The New York Times and NBC News. Stephens was editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post between 2002 and 2004.
His Jewish identity is mentioned hand-in-hand with his political orientation by The Times of Israel: “In criticizing Trump even after his electoral victory, Stephens joins other leading Jewish conservative voices, including Brooks, Jennifer Rubin and William Kristol.” His Jewish identity is pertinent because he is known as a neocon and a strong supporter of Israel. The one seems to reinforce the other. Furthermore, his position on Iraq was criminal and disastrous and now he’s advocating a position on Syria that would also be criminal and disastrous. We should be extremely

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World War III Is Not Imminent

April 14, 2018

Russia doesn’t have to respond in force to American bombs, and it doesn’t have to engage the U.S. forces directly. All it has to do is outlast the Americans. That’s all that Assad or a successor to him have to do.
The Taliban has shown in Afghanistan that Americans can be defeated, just as Ho Chi Minh showed in Vietnam. Before that, both China and North Korea showed that American forces can be neutralized.
America’s leaders are living on myths of American superiority. Trump’s shiny new and smart missiles are a graphic example of this kind of thinking, as is Obama’s “American exceptionalism” and Rumsfeld’s “shock and awe”. They’re all living in a dream world.
America is committing suicide by degrees. Russia need only exercise patience as

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Should Teachers Be Armed?

February 23, 2018

Should teachers be armed? This question is premature. In today’s monopoly law enforcement systems funded by forced extractions of money from taxpayers, lawmakers will answer this question. There will be public debate, such as is now occurring. Lawmakers will hear the arguments and they will decide. Their decisions will, however, not be according to criteria that relate directly to the welfare of the children of their citizens. The incentives faced by lawmakers will not create such a connection in the clarity that the citizens demand. The system is bound to frustrate the citizens.
This question cannot be answered in an appropriate way as long as the law enforcement monopoly remains in place. Whether teachers should be armed or not,

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A Multi-Polar Cooperative World

February 14, 2018

Because the three major rivals in the world, Russia, China, and the United States, each have nuclear weapons and systems to wipe each other out and make the world uninhabitable, there is only one option that spells the survival of mankind along with its current state of knowledge. No one of these three countries and no alliance of lesser powers can take over the world and form a world government because the others will resist. If one of these attempts to rule the world, the likelihood of nuclear war rises dramatically.
There are several other possible paths in the future. One is the conquest of Earth from outer space. This is extremely unlikely. A second path is that these major rivals merge to form a world government. This too is

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Anti-Trump Forces in Desperate Denial

February 3, 2018

The anti-Trump press frantically denies reality. One panelist claims there is no such thing as a deep state. Another claims the 4-page memo is the product of a conspiracy theory.
The anti-Trump political faction is fighting the evidence of FBI complicity in a political plot against Trump. Schumer wrote a letter demanding that Rep. Nunes be removed as chair of the House Select Committee on Intelligence. When’s the last time a senator made such an absurd demand? Pelosi also seeks his ouster.
The memo is actually MILD, very MILD in comparison to everything that went on in 2016 that is known to those who followed this closely, but is not yet known by the general public because the anti-Trump media covered it up and joined in the anti-Trump

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Biased Reporting on a Bad Guy

November 24, 2017

Mohammed bin Salman, who seems to be running Saudi Arabia these days, is one of the bad guys. If he were a good guy, he wouldn’t have attacked his neighboring country, Yemen. He wouldn’t be committing war crimes there in conjunction with vital U.S. support. If he were a good guy, he’d respect not only the rights of females but also the rights of everyone else.
Based upon some cursory research, all that I have time for at the moment, I suggest that the dominant media in America are biased in their reporting about this political potentate. I searched Google using “Mohammed bin Salman 2016”. You can check me. I found headlines with terms like this: “…the prince trying to wean Saudi Arabia off oil”, “shatters decades of Royal tradition”,

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The US Fifth Column

November 14, 2017

America has a fifth column. A fifth column is a “group of people who undermine a larger group from within, usually in favor of an enemy group or nation.” The fifth column in this case consists of all those in the deep state and elsewhere such as academia, politics, and the media who have worked for a soft coup against Trump, who have spread falsehoods to undermine his presidency, and who are actively working to impeach him or invoke the 25th Amendment on specious grounds. The fifth column aims to undermine the far larger group within this nation who accept the results of last November’s election and who are not trying to overturn it by devious non-election hook or by non-election crook. The fifth column aims to undermine and overturn a

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The Biggest Lie

September 21, 2017

What we really need for 9/11 truth is to open the files of the CIA, NSA and FBI, and we need it for truth in many other realms too. The Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth have a petition that seeks a new and truly independent investigation. This is a step in the right direction. We need far more than that. We need to penetrate the secrecy of the CIA and NSA on a timely and complete basis, not 50 years after the fact and only partially. Their files have to be opened. We cannot let the government continue to hide behind “national security”.
This blog began as a comment on theories of the Trade Towers collapses, but it grew into a criticism of secret government hiding behind the term “national security”. I sympathize with the petition

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More Fascism

September 18, 2017

Eleven years ago, this essay argued against hate-crime laws. One argument read “People can eventually be accused of hate crimes when they use hateful speech. Hate crimes laws are a seed that can sprout in new directions.” This has now come to pass, I am sorry to say. This week, the Congress passed S. J. Res. 49, and President Trump signed it, making it part of the U.S. legal code.
The law rejects “White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups…” But why? Because of their ideas? Because of their expression of these ideas? No government that stands for freedom and free speech, whose charge is to protect rights, should be singling out specific groups by name and by law declaring them as outlaws or

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The Coup

July 27, 2017

The coup story keeps unfolding day by day.
At this time, Trump is pulling out from under by degrees but hasn’t defeated his foes yet. His followers remain loyal, and this support is growing. This is alarming to Democrats in office. Some of them, seeing the political liability, are saying to move on and away from the Russia issue. Jared Kushner’s published statement is detailed and open. Its detail is plausible and realistic, hiding nothing. The collusion angle has no legs in this instance. The hacking attribution to Russia has been degraded and demoted repeatedly, most recently by the coalition of retired intelligence professionals named VETS. The counterattack against the coup has gained some steam, its main spear pointing at the instigators of the infamous

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Raising the Risk of WW3

July 17, 2017

Thomas, the Democratic opposition to Trump continues its mass effort to create a Watergate out of nothing. Some of them think they are right and that what they are saying is true. Some of them think that no matter what the truth is, their charges are helping their case and weakening Trump. Paul Begala’s comments, even allowing for context, are among the most extreme I’ve heard:
“We were and are under attack by a hostile foreign power, and they seem to be abetting that hostile foreign power,” Begala said, according to the Daily Beast. “We should be debating how many sanctions we should place on Russia, or whether we should blow up the KGB or GSU, GRU [Russia’s foreign military intelligence agency.] We should be retaliating massively. By the way, if I were a

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Undermine American Democracy?

July 15, 2017

Scott Hamann’s anti-Trump rant, I believe, reveals not only his own beliefs and feelings but also those of many other people. I believe that what he expressed has quite wide currency because for many weeks now there has been a steady stream of similar kinds of extreme and outrageous remarks that have been made public. Many of them are divorced from reality.
Take Nancy Pelosi:
“California Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi said at her weekly news conference Thursday that President Donald Trump was turning his back on children and dishonoring God for withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate agreement.” (Here.)
That’s only a sample. Her criticism of Trump has been unrelenting for months now. She recently said “…Republicans in Congress have become enablers

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If Trump Attacks Syria

June 29, 2017

It appears that Trump is preparing a big aerial attack on Syria in conjunction with the forces of other states like Great Britain, France and Israel. Ground forces may follow. The reason is that Assad is rapidly closing in on total victory in Syria. That is the only reason. All talk about chemical weapons and suspected chemical attacks coming from the White House is lying.
I can’t predict whether this will happen much less the details. I can’t predict what Russia, Iran and Syria might do to stop it or do afterward, if it happens. What I can do is say what I think such an attack means.
What does it mean if Trump attacks Syria? I will paint the worst possible case, which we hope doesn’t occur; but there are reasons to expect them to be a result if Trump

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The Washington Post and Gary Webb

June 27, 2017

The 2014 movie “Kill the Messenger” is excellent in telling the true story of Gary Webb. He was an investigative reporter for the San Jose Mercury News. We need to understand that his reporting was accurate in connecting the CIA with the Contras and their drug operations. This is now official. Documents attesting to the facts can be read in The National Security Archive kept by the George Washington University. Despite Webb’s accuracy, the campaign to discredit Webb led to his losing his job and an eventual suicide, according to Robert Parry.
The following plot summary is here. “Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb, the film takes place in the mid-1990s. Webb uncovered the CIA’s alleged role in importing crack cocaine into the U.S. to secretly

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The US-Israel Long War

June 26, 2017

On June 15, 2017 the Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, United States Department of State made public hitherto unreleased official documents of the government relating to Iran 1951-1954. These may be read online or downloaded. The Iran items run 1,007 pages in PDF format. I am grateful to Laurence T. May for this information.
The documents include CIA briefings, nearly completely unredacted. They are arranged chronologically. The first document, February 23, 1951, is “Despatch From the Embassy in Iran to the Department of State”. Its subject is “THE POSITION OF THE SOVIETS IN IRAN”.
This material shows us what various people in the U.S. government were thinking. For example, we can read the positions of high officials at a meeting of the

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Why Hasn’t the CIA Been Abolished?

June 23, 2017

If Ron Paul were president, he would get the ball rolling immediately to abolish the CIA. That’s because he strongly disapproves of most of what the CIA does and has done in the past. He’d expend the time, energy and political costs to see the process through. He’d fight this fight with his heart in it. He’d take the risk.
However, no president, including Trump, has decided to abolish the CIA or even broached the idea in public because each one has found the agency useful and/or each did not want to expend the political capital to abolish or drastically reshape the agency. If the CIA has at times been an antagonist to a president’s agenda or position, a president has found a workaround or tolerated the discomfort and problem. Presidents have calculated that

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New World Order Can Be Crumbled

June 5, 2017

If Trump sticks to his plan to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, that affects the world’s political system. The U.S. is a superpower through agreements, alliances, commitments, arrangements, programs, treaties and other such institutions that connect it to other states that it designates as friends, allies and partners. However, the U.S. government tends to play the role of the superpower in an all or none way. It views a foreign state as either a friend or an enemy. It is either with the U.S. or against it. This way of thinking and operating comes about because our government is dominated by its most influential departments, like Defense and State, and because sometimes a certain interest, like oil, is predominant. Thus, the U.S. bonds strongly with

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Why N. Korea Wants Nuclear Capabilities

May 1, 2017

What are nuclear weapons for? In four words: Deterrence, assurance, dissuasion and defeat. This is an answer given in 2007 by people on the U.S. side who were versed in these matters.
If we apply their answer to N. Korea, we find that only one word r…

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Is the FBI Spying on Ron Paul?

April 24, 2017

Carter Page is an FBI target of investigation, and he shouldn’t be. He has been under surveillance for years, and he shouldn’t be. The FBI’s reasons are his associations with Russians, built through business and financial matters, and his views on U.S. foreign policy toward Russia that are critical of U.S. foreign policy.
On grounds like these, the FBI could build a case for spying on a large number of people looking to do business with Russians.  The FBI could also spy on many, many people in the pro-liberty and anti-empire camp who are critical of U.S. foreign policy: Justin Raimondo, Lew Rockwell, Daniel McAdams and Ron Paul, to name a few of the more prominent.
Here are the incontrovertible facts about Carter Page, as best as I can assemble them. My

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Biological Attacks Are Becoming More Likely

April 17, 2017

The more that Trump bombs, the more that the survivors adapt, form new coalitions and new movements to attract new recruits and anti-U.S. elements. With certain kinds of overt activities becoming targets for U.S. bombs, they will adapt and switch to other kinds of warfare. This will take some years, perhaps 5-20 years, but it will happen. If truck bombs cannot be used, then those out to get revenge for the bombings and other perceived invasions will learn how to make and use other weapons, like nerve gasses and biological viruses. They will learn how to poison water and air in America. Trump is creating greater and greater likelihood of prolonged conflict with attacks on both America and Europe, plus attacks on embassies, traveling westerners, and any

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The 2016 Election Was Undemocratic

April 4, 2017

In their attempt to remove Trump from office, his critics charge that the 2016 election process was undemocratic, the implication being that Trump is holding office illegitimately and should resign or be removed. Is this charge true or false? The question to be raised and examined here is this: Was this election any different from any other election of an American president? Was it any more or less of a democratic process than any other such election? Is this election so tainted by undemocratic offenses that it should be ruled out of order? Or does this election share with its predecessors a similar measure of peccadilloes and “noise” that commonly accompany the process? By “noise”, I mean hype, rumors, exaggerations, misinformation, inaccurate ideas,

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