The American “left-wing” is our real enemy

The over riding problem with American Politics is the words we use have been warped out of all recognition. Take the words “right” and “left” for instance. I put up a post on the problem called “Left, Right, and the political spectrum …” a few years back. Link here.

Karl Hess (book: Dear America; 1975):

The overall characteristic of a right-wing regime, no matter the details of difference between this one and that one, is that it reflects the concentration of power in the fewest practical hands.
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Power, concentrated in few hands, is the dominant historic characteristic of what most people, in most times, have considered the political and economic right wing.
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The far left, as far as you can get away from the right, would logically represent the opposite tendency and, in fact, has done just that throughout history. The left has been the side of politics and economics that opposes the concentration of power and wealth and, instead, advocates and works toward the distribution of power into the maximum number of hands.

The above is certainly not what modern Americans mean when they use the terms “left” and “right”. After all, the leftists regime of Stalin concentrated power in a very few hands. This is but one example of the difficulty we have communicating politically in the USA in the modern era.

I once posted that the original meaning of “liberal” was a person who held to the political ideology that developed in the nineteenth century in Western Europe that was committed to the ideal of limited government and individual liberty, including freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and free markets. The liberal believed that the government should not be involved in the actions of men at all other than to provided protection against the invasion of our natural rights, liberties, and freedoms by someone or some group. Some liberals went even further and said that there should be no government even for that task since the free market could provide defense services better than the state and without the danger of the government itself becoming the aggressor. Obviously the word “liberal” in America at least no longer means what it once did since government-loving socialists usurped the word and pretended to be “liberals”.

So, as we see, the word “liberal” and the word “left” have both undergone huge changes over time.

It has been observed that the real difference in ideologies in America today is between the authoritarian left and the libertarian right. As the state is the main enemy of mankind, then so is the authoritarian left since that world view depends on the State to force the people to follow the left’s mandates. The left-wing world view is utter state worship.

Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. observed:  The right (properly understood), meanwhile, according to the great classical liberal Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, “stands for free, organically grown forms of life.”

The right stands for liberty, a free, unprejudiced form of thinking; a readiness to preserve traditional values (provided they are true values); a balanced view of the nature of man, seeing in him neither beast nor angel, insisting on the uniqueness of human beings which cannot be transformed into or treated as mere numbers or ciphers. The left is the advocate of the opposite principles; it is the enemy of diversity and the fanatical promoter of identity. Uniformity is stressed in all leftist utopias, paradises in which everybody is the same, envy is dead, and the enemy is either dead, lives outside the gates, or is utterly humiliated. Leftism loathes differences, deviations, stratifications…. The word “one” is its symbol: one language, one race, one class, one ideology, one ritual, one type of school, one law for everybody, one flag, one coat of arms, one centralized world state.

Rockwell went on to ask if Kuehnelt-Leddihn’s description was partly out of date and wrote:

After all, who touts their allegiance to “diversity” more than the left? But the left’s version of diversity amounts to uniformity of an especially insidious kind. No one may hold a dissenting view about the desirability of “diversity” itself, of course, and “diverse” college faculties are chosen not for their diversity of viewpoints but precisely for their dreary sameness: left-liberals of all shapes and sizes. What’s more, by demanding “diversity” and proportional representation in as many institutions as possible, the left aims to make all of America exactly the same.

This call for egalitarianism is a revolt against nature as Murray Rothbard pointed out in one of his most famous essays. The left wants to impose a totalitarian sameness on the masses, but not on the enlightened ruling elite. The elite turns out to be the leading leftists themselves. Imaging that!

The left also wants to destroy all society, for society is a collection of beliefs that have stood the test of time and evolved over centuries. The left wants to make deviancy not just accepted, but they seek to promote any deviancy as the exemplar of behavior. Homosexuality must be hailed as a role model rather than just be allowed or tolerated.

As part of the mission of destroying society, the left has attacked the family and nearly destroyed it. Society and family have always gone together, so attacking both makes sense. Walter Williams, the great black economists, once observed that 100 years of slavery could not break the back of the black family, but that welfare did. The entire welfare system is an attack on the family; even to the point that the poor can not be married and live in the same house if the woman is to receive welfare to support her offspring. Williams also pointed out once that the State promises to provided for the young black woman and she chooses that promise over the young, ill-educated black man with little prospects. This, of course leads to the destruction of the family. Never fear, the white family is being destroyed in similar fashion.

On education, Kuehnelt-Leddihn put it thus:

Church schools, parochial schools, private schools, personal tutors, none is in keeping with leftist sentiments. The reasons are manifold. Not only is delight in statism involved, but also the idea of uniformity and equality — the idea that social differences in education should be eliminated and all pupils be given a chance to acquire the same knowledge, the same type of information, in the same fashion, and to the same degree. This should enable them to think in identical or at least in similar ways.

The left-wing obsession with “equality” means that the leftist needs the state to control education, finance, big business, employment, small business, private property, private clubs, and on and on. Every institution in the country must be hammered to be made to look like every other one. In the name of diversity the left mandates exact sameness.

The left sees people of different skills and endowments reap different rewards and that means the leftist demands intervention to “correct” this “inequity”. The is a recipe for ongoing and continual governmental intervention to correct this matter of human nature. Anyone from a large family will tell you that the children have their own unique personalities, likes, desires, abilities, and so on. You can not mandate equal outcomes without favoring some over others. This intervention will lead to every more brutal tyranny.

Over the decades, I have noticed that each generation of American “liberals” changes the program and shames the “liberal” generation that came before. It is an ever moving target. The “leftism” of the US Empire is a recipe for permanent war on the family, tradition, common sense, liberty, and human nature.  The modern “left” is anti-human.

 

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US Crimes — Don’t use the Hitler Defense

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I started blogging because I had things to say to friends on Twitter but just could not say what I wanted to in 140 characters. Now we have yet another time when I want to say something that takes more text that a tweet or two. A twit that I chose not to name is the cause of it this time.The guy was claiming that the USA is just wonderful because Pol Pot killed so many of his own people. I call this the “Hitler Defense“. Basically it is taking something that the USA does that is evil and looking around for someone or some country that has done worse. It would be hard to beat Pol Pot, Stalin, Mao, or Hitler on the tyranny or murder front. That is a list of real butchers.

But if the fact some other country has done worse than the USA then —Woot! That means the USA can murder millions around the world and it don’t count!. The guy’s argument is as dumb as it gets. Anytime someone tries to defend their actions or those of their country by saying they are not as bad as the WW2 Germans are admitting they are defending evil.

America Has Been At War 93% of the Time – 222 Out of 239 Years – Since 1776

List from the Link

Year-by-year Timeline of America’s Major Wars (1776-2011)

1776 – American Revolutionary War, Chickamagua Wars, Second Cherokee War, Pennamite-Yankee War

1777 – American Revolutionary War, Chickamauga Wars, Second Cherokee War, Pennamite-Yankee War

1778 – American Revolutionary War, Chickamauga Wars, Pennamite-Yankee War

1779 – American Revolutionary War, Chickamauga Wars, Pennamite-Yankee War

1780 – American Revolutionary War, Chickamauga Wars, Pennamite-Yankee War

1781 – American Revolutionary War, Chickamauga Wars, Pennamite-Yankee War

1782 – American Revolutionary War, Chickamauga Wars, Pennamite-Yankee War

1783 – American Revolutionary War, Chickamauga Wars, Pennamite-Yankee War

1784 – Chickamauga Wars, Pennamite-Yankee War, Oconee War

1785 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War

1786 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War

1787 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War

1788 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War

1789 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War

1790 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War

1791 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War

1792 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War

1793 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War

1794 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War

1795 – Northwest Indian War

1796 – No major war

1797 – No major war

1798 – Quasi-War

1799 – Quasi-War

1800 – Quasi-War

1801 – First Barbary War

1802 – First Barbary War

1803 – First Barbary War

1804 – First Barbary War

1805 – First Barbary War

1806 – Sabine Expedition

1807 – No major war

1808 – No major war

1809 – No major war

1810 – U.S. occupies Spanish-held West Florida

1811 – Tecumseh’s War

1812 – War of 1812, Tecumseh’s War, Seminole Wars, U.S. occupies Spanish-held Amelia Island and other parts of East Florida

1813 – War of 1812, Tecumseh’s War, Peoria War, Creek War, U.S. expands its territory in West Florida

1814 – War of 1812, Creek War, U.S. expands its territory in Florida, Anti-piracy war

1815 – War of 1812, Second Barbary War, Anti-piracy war

1816 – First Seminole War, Anti-piracy war

1817 – First Seminole War, Anti-piracy war

1818 – First Seminole War, Anti-piracy war

1819 – Yellowstone Expedition, Anti-piracy war

1820 – Yellowstone Expedition, Anti-piracy war

1821 – Anti-piracy war (see note above)

1822 – Anti-piracy war (see note above)

1823 – Anti-piracy war, Arikara War

1824 – Anti-piracy war

1825 – Yellowstone Expedition, Anti-piracy war

1826 – No major war

1827 – Winnebago War

1828 – No major war

1829 – No major war

1830 – No major war 

1831 – Sac and Fox Indian War

1832 – Black Hawk War

1833 – Cherokee Indian War

1834 – Cherokee Indian War, Pawnee Indian Territory Campaign

1835 – Cherokee Indian War, Seminole Wars, Second Creek War

1836 – Cherokee Indian War, Seminole Wars, Second Creek War, Missouri-Iowa Border War

1837 – Cherokee Indian War, Seminole Wars, Second Creek War, Osage Indian War, Buckshot War

1838 – Cherokee Indian War, Seminole Wars, Buckshot War, Heatherly Indian War

1839 – Cherokee Indian War, Seminole Wars

1840 – Seminole Wars, U.S. naval forces invade Fiji Islands

1841 – Seminole Wars, U.S. naval forces invade McKean Island, Gilbert Islands, and Samoa

1842 – Seminole Wars

1843 – U.S. forces clash with Chinese, U.S. troops invade African coast

1844 – Texas-Indian Wars

1845 – Texas-Indian Wars

1846 – Mexican-American War, Texas-Indian Wars

1847 – Mexican-American War, Texas-Indian Wars

1848 – Mexican-American War, Texas-Indian Wars, Cayuse War

1849 – Texas-Indian Wars, Cayuse War, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Skirmish between 1st Cavalry and Indians

1850 – Texas-Indian Wars, Cayuse War, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Yuma War, California Indian Wars, Pitt River Expedition

1851 – Texas-Indian Wars, Cayuse War, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Apache Wars, Yuma War, Utah Indian Wars, California Indian Wars

1852 – Texas-Indian Wars, Cayuse War, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Yuma War, Utah Indian Wars, California Indian Wars

1853 – Texas-Indian Wars, Cayuse War, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Yuma War, Utah Indian Wars, Walker War, California Indian Wars

1854 – Texas-Indian Wars, Cayuse War, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Apache Wars, California Indian Wars, Skirmish between 1st Cavalry and Indians

1855 – Seminole Wars, Texas-Indian Wars, Cayuse War, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Apache Wars, California Indian Wars, Yakima War, Winnas Expedition, Klickitat War, Puget Sound War, Rogue River Wars, U.S. forces invade Fiji Islands and Uruguay

1856 – Seminole Wars, Texas-Indian Wars, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, California Indian Wars, Puget Sound War, Rogue River Wars, Tintic War

1857 – Seminole Wars, Texas-Indian Wars, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, California Indian Wars, Utah War, Conflict in Nicaragua

1858 – Seminole Wars, Texas-Indian Wars, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Mohave War, California Indian Wars, Spokane-Coeur d’Alene-Paloos War, Utah War, U.S. forces invade Fiji Islands and Uruguay

1859 Texas-Indian Wars, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, California Indian Wars, Pecos Expedition, Antelope Hills Expedition, Bear River Expedition, John Brown’s raid, U.S. forces launch attack against Paraguay, U.S. forces invade Mexico

1860 – Texas-Indian Wars, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Apache Wars, California Indian Wars, Paiute War, Kiowa-Comanche War

1861 – American Civil War, Texas-Indian Wars, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Apache Wars, California Indian Wars, Cheyenne Campaign

1862 – American Civil War, Texas-Indian Wars, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Apache Wars, California Indian Wars, Cheyenne Campaign, Dakota War of 1862,

1863 – American Civil War, Texas-Indian Wars, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Apache Wars, California Indian Wars, Cheyenne Campaign, Colorado War, Goshute War

1864 – American Civil War, Texas-Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Apache Wars, California Indian Wars, Cheyenne Campaign, Colorado War, Snake War

1865 – American Civil War, Texas-Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Apache Wars, California Indian Wars, Colorado War, Snake War, Utah’s Black Hawk War

1866 – Texas-Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Apache Wars, California Indian Wars, Skirmish between 1st Cavalry and Indians, Snake War, Utah’s Black Hawk War, Red Cloud’s War, Franklin County War, U.S. invades Mexico, Conflict with China

1867 – Texas-Indian Wars, Long Walk of the Navajo, Apache Wars, Skirmish between 1st Cavalry and Indians, Snake War, Utah’s Black Hawk War, Red Cloud’s War, Comanche Wars, Franklin County War, U.S. troops occupy Nicaragua and attack Taiwan

1868 – Texas-Indian Wars, Long Walk of the Navajo, Apache Wars, Skirmish between 1st Cavalry and Indians, Snake War, Utah’s Black Hawk War, Red Cloud’s War, Comanche Wars, Battle of Washita River, Franklin County War

1869 – Texas-Indian Wars, Apache Wars, Skirmish between 1st Cavalry and Indians, Utah’s Black Hawk War, Comanche Wars, Franklin County War

1870 – Texas-Indian Wars, Apache Wars, Skirmish between 1st Cavalry and Indians, Utah’s Black Hawk War, Comanche Wars, Franklin County War

1871 – Texas-Indian Wars, Apache Wars, Skirmish between 1st Cavalry and Indians, Utah’s Black Hawk War, Comanche Wars, Franklin County War, Kingsley Cave Massacre, U.S. forces invade Korea

1872 – Texas-Indian Wars, Apache Wars, Utah’s Black Hawk War, Comanche Wars, Modoc War, Franklin County War

1873 – Texas-Indian Wars, Comanche Wars, Modoc War, Apache Wars, Cypress Hills Massacre, U.S. forces invade Mexico

1874 – Texas-Indian Wars, Comanche Wars, Red River War, Mason County War, U.S. forces invade Mexico

1875 – Conflict in Mexico, Texas-Indian Wars, Comanche Wars, Eastern Nevada, Mason County War, Colfax County War, U.S. forces invade Mexico

1876 – Texas-Indian Wars, Black Hills War, Mason County War, U.S. forces invade Mexico

1877 – Texas-Indian Wars, Skirmish between 1st Cavalry and Indians, Black Hills War, Nez Perce War, Mason County War, Lincoln County War, San Elizario Salt War, U.S. forces invade Mexico

1878 – Paiute Indian conflict, Bannock War, Cheyenne War, Lincoln County War, U.S. forces invade Mexico

1879 – Cheyenne War, Sheepeater Indian War, White River War, U.S. forces invade Mexico

1880 – U.S. forces invade Mexico

1881 – U.S. forces invade Mexico

1882 – U.S. forces invade Mexico

1883 – U.S. forces invade Mexico

1884 – U.S. forces invade Mexico

1885 – Apache Wars, Eastern Nevada Expedition, U.S. forces invade Mexico

1886 – Apache Wars, Pleasant Valley War, U.S. forces invade Mexico

1887 – U.S. forces invade Mexico

1888 – U.S. show of force against Haiti, U.S. forces invade Mexico

1889 – U.S. forces invade Mexico

1890 – Sioux Indian War, Skirmish between 1st Cavalry and Indians, Ghost Dance War, Wounded Knee, U.S. forces invade Mexico

1891 – Sioux Indian War, Ghost Dance War, U.S. forces invade Mexico

1892 – Johnson County War, U.S. forces invade Mexico

1893 – U.S. forces invade Mexico and Hawaii

1894 – U.S. forces invade Mexico

1895 – U.S. forces invade Mexico, Bannock Indian Disturbances

1896 – U.S. forces invade Mexico

1897 – No major war

1898 – Spanish-American War, Battle of Leech Lake, Chippewa Indian Disturbances

1899 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars

1900 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars

1901 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars

1902 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars

1903 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars

1904 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars

1905 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars

1906 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars

1907 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars

1908 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars

1909 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars

1910 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars

1911 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars

1912 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars

1913 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars, New Mexico Navajo War

1914 – Banana Wars, U.S. invades Mexico

1915 – Banana Wars, U.S. invades Mexico, Colorado Paiute War

1916 – Banana Wars, U.S. invades Mexico

1917 – Banana Wars, World War I, U.S. invades Mexico

1918 – Banana Wars, World War I, U.S invades Mexico

1919 – Banana Wars, U.S. invades Mexico

1920 – Banana Wars

1921 – Banana Wars

1922 – Banana Wars

1923 – Banana Wars, Posey War

1924 – Banana Wars

1925 – Banana Wars

1926 – Banana Wars

1927 – Banana Wars

1928 – Banana Wars

1930 – Banana Wars

1931 – Banana Wars

1932 – Banana Wars

1933 – Banana Wars

1934 – Banana Wars

1935 – No major war

1936 – No major war

1937 – No major war

1938 – No major war

1939 – No major war

1940 – No major war

1941 – World War II

1942 – World War II

1943 – Wold War II

1944 – World War II

1945 – World War II

1946 – Cold War (U.S. occupies the Philippines and South Korea)

1947 – Cold War (U.S. occupies South Korea, U.S. forces land in Greece to fight Communists)

1948 – Cold War (U.S. forces aid Chinese Nationalist Party against Communists)

1949 – Cold War (U.S. forces aid Chinese Nationalist Party against Communists)

1950 – Korean War, Jayuga Uprising

1951 – Korean War

1952 – Korean War

1953 – Korean War

1954 – Covert War in Guatemala

1955 – Vietnam War

1956 – Vietnam War

1957 – Vietnam War

1958 – Vietnam War

1959 – Vietnam War, Conflict in Haiti

1960 – Vietam War

1961 – Vietnam War

1962 – Vietnam War, Cold War (Cuban Missile Crisis; U.S. marines fight Communists in Thailand)

1963 – Vietnam War

1964 – Vietnam War

1965 – Vietnam War, U.S. occupation of Dominican Republic

1966 – Vietnam War, U.S. occupation of Dominican Republic

1967 – Vietnam War

1968 – Vietnam War

1969 – Vietnam War

1970 – Vietnam War

1971 – Vietnam War

1972 – Vietnam War

1973 – Vietnam War, U.S. aids Israel in Yom Kippur War

1974 – Vietnam War

1975 – Vietnam War

1976 – No major war

1977 – No major war

1978 – No major war

1979 – Cold War (CIA proxy war in Afghanistan)

1980 – Cold War (CIA proxy war in Afghanistan)

1981 – Cold War (CIA proxy war in Afghanistan and Nicaragua), First Gulf of Sidra Incident

1982 – Cold War (CIA proxy war in Afghanistan and Nicaragua), Conflict in Lebanon

1983 – Cold War (Invasion of Grenada, CIA proxy war in Afghanistan and Nicaragua), Conflict in Lebanon

1984 – Cold War (CIA proxy war in Afghanistan and Nicaragua), Conflict in Persian Gulf

1985 – Cold War (CIA proxy war in Afghanistan and Nicaragua)

1986 – Cold War (CIA proxy war in Afghanistan and Nicaragua)

1987 – Conflict in Persian Gulf

1988 – Conflict in Persian Gulf, U.S. occupation of Panama

1989 – Second Gulf of Sidra Incident, U.S. occupation of Panama, Conflict in Philippines

1990 – First Gulf War, U.S. occupation of Panama

1991 – First Gulf War

1992 – Conflict in Iraq

1993 – Conflict in Iraq

1994 – Conflict in Iraq, U.S. invades Haiti

1995 – Conflict in Iraq, U.S. invades Haiti, NATO bombing of Bosnia and Herzegovina

1996 – Conflict in Iraq

1997 – No major war

1998 – Bombing of Iraq, Missile strikes against Afghanistan and Sudan

1999 – Kosovo War

2000 – No major war

2001 – War on Terror in Afghanistan

2002 – War on Terror in Afghanistan and Yemen

2003 – War on Terror in Afghanistan, and Iraq

2004 – War on Terror in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Yemen

2005 – War on Terror in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Yemen

2006 – War on Terror in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Yemen

2007 – War on Terror in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen

2008 – War on Terror in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Yemen

2009 – War on Terror in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Yemen

2010 – War on Terror in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Yemen

2011 – War on Terror in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen; Conflict in Libya (Libyan Civil War)

Look at that list from Washingtonsblog. Know that millions died from both fighting directly and indirectly from the destruction of civilizations. Just the genocide against the native Americans is every bit as bad as the Pol Pot regime’s crimes.

As an aside to the warmongers in America (a majority it looks like), it was Winston Churchill himself who pointed out that WW1 had settled into a stalemate and would have been over soon if it were not for the USA coming in late in the game. Without the horrific mistakes of the WW1 “peace” treaty, Germany would not have tried to re-take their land which led to WW2 and all the evil from that war. Without WW2 we would not have seen nuclear weapons and the “cold war” with the USSR. Perhaps the world would have been a much better place all around if the US had kept its troops on its own soil as the founders told us was the best policy.

Has America been a “force for peace in the world”? Are so many people delusional or just ignorant of history?

 

Trump, Right-wing Populism, and ending the Drug War

Continuing on my list of things that the common man would find appealing in a broad coalition with libertarians, we will look today at The Drug War and at Crime in the Streets.

I wrote in the original list of items that a large populist movement could agree upon the following:

7) Take Back the Streets and end the Drug War: By ending the drug war and legalizing all drugs, we can then put the police to working on stopping rape, murder, theft and other crimes against the people. To hell with the state saying what I should be allowed to ingest into my body.

It is obvious to all reasonable people that the drug war is totally lost and that Nixon was totally wrong to start the latest version of the drug war.

In June 1971, President Nixon declared a “war on drugs.” He dramatically increased the size and presence of federal drug control agencies, and pushed through measures such as mandatory sentencing and no-knock warrants

The fact of the matter is that outlawing drugs was unconstitutional from the beginning. Consider the prior alcohol prohibition in the United States and how it was handled.

Prohibition was a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages that remained in place from 1920 to 1933. The constitution was amended with the 18th amendment to begin alcohol prohibition and was ended with the 21st amendment. Alcohol prohibition gave rise to an astonishing proliferation of organized crime and violence in the US. The “wet” proponents cited personal liberty, reduction in crime, and tax review as reasons for ending the horribly wrong experiment in government mandated morality.They proved to be correct in all respects. The thing to notice, especially, is that prohibiting people from consuming a drug was seen to a power that the government did not have without a constitutional amendment.

There is no difference in alcohol prohibition and drug prohibition other than the US gave up on trying to follow the Constitution and just used raw federal power to make drugs illegal. Enormous civil liberties were cast aside and the idea of the police knocking on your door at a reasonable hour and producing a court ordered warrant to search your house without destroying the place was overturned in the madness to find the “evil doers”. When the police breaks in now, you are guilty till your are proven innocent.

As the war continued, ever more tyrannical measures were taken against the entire population in the hopeless attempt to stop people from doing what they wanted to do in the privacy of their own homes. We have come to see SWAT teams break down the door at all hours of the night, murder pets, shoot the people inside for little reason and with impunity. Living right is no defense as many have died simply because the police went to the wrong address. Know this: the SWAT team is there to kill people. And they do that very thing.

We are at a point were legalizing at least some drugs would be possible in the US at a federal level and that would help enormously with the crime problem in this country. Legalization would help protect people from the militarized, out of control, trigger happy police and SWAT units. For that reason alone I think the “man in the street” and libertarians can agree on this issue. But there is more …

If the prisons were emptied of those drug offenders who are unconstitutionally convicted of using or selling drugs that the feds don’t like, then we would have the space for arresting real criminals like murderers, rapists, thieves, and all the rest of the violent criminals we don’t seem to have the manpower to pursue at the present time. There are vast, vast resources going to the “drug war” at the present time. We could save billions of dollars and still have much safer streets in this country simply be following the constitution and allowing people to buy and ingest whatever they so desired. It is also important to realize that some of the users commit crimes to support the illegal habit and with legalization the crime rate would automatically fall.

Cigarettes are legal and there is no one giving out “free samples” to get your children hooked on the product. The same will be true of any legal drug. For the sake of the children we need to stop the unconstitutional drug prohibition.

 

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A closer look at right wing populism and “America First”

In the last post I mentioned a list of issues to use with the “average man on the street” towards the end of the post. I would like to look a little closer at the first two in that list as they really go together in my mind. Recall that the point of all of this is to find a broad alliance to stop the tyranny that the state has become all over the West, and especially in the US Empire.

The first two issues from my list that might drive a populist campaign of unity with libertarians and perhaps even anarchists are listed here:

1) America First. A key point, and one that is being used in the present election cycle by Donald Trump with great effectiveness. The American economy is stagnating. Many cities are dying and the nation’s infrastructure is crumbling, all while we give money away to other countries and police the world at a cost of unimaginable amounts of money. Plus our foreign policy tends to make people hate us.

2) Bring all troops home. We are killing innocent men, women, and children overseas in countries that have never threatened us and have no ability to invade this country; other than by us allowing emigration of their people who would attack us via terrorism.

Number one and number two hold a lot in common, but number two probably speaks, at first at least, to the left as much as the right at this time. The anti-war left was always for bringing the troops home, but that left appears to have almost died out. However, properly explained I think the common man, perhaps even a modern progressive, can be made to see the wisdom of the “old right” and their foreign policy of non-interventionism. The ancient wisdom of “live and let live” was at the heart of the old right.

Consider the issue “America First”. Some think that is some sort of newly manufactured campaign slogan that Trump thought up or had some paid experts think up. But the “America First” crowd was originally the “old right” of the 30s to the 50s. They believed that we should keep our armies inside our own boarders are be ready to fight a defense war if need be. They believed that with an ocean on both sides of us that we really did not need to worry about an invasion but should be ready for one.

The cost of stationing fighting men and materials rises exponentially as the distance from the homeland grows. This is known by military experts and was once the topic of a long lecture hosted on C-SPAN on cable in the 80s.

How many troops do we have stationed abroad? In a story in The Nation in early 2015 it was reported that there were approximately 800 bases in foreign countries around the world. These troops cost tons of money to station overseas even when they are not actively engaged in creating new enemies by murdering innocent men, women, and children in countries that have never threatened to invade the US — and have not the least bit of ability to do so. Just having the bases costs tons of money that the state takes from all of us and that could certainly be put to better use.

How much does this overseas projection of power cost? Military spending is said to have accounted for 54% of all federal discretionary spending, a total of $598.5 billion in 2015. Then there is the “off budget” spending on wars and intelligence agencies which are all part of the US Empire and its determination to rule the world.The actual total amount spent on policing the world is hard to pin down exactly due to the secret nature of the more shadowy agencies.

If the USA would adopt a defensive posture for the military, bring the troops home to defend this country, and stop invading countries around the world we could fund much of item number one — fixing America itself with the savings. We could put people to work fixing the infrastructure that is in a sad, crumbing state. Saving approximately one half of all discretionary spending in a multi Trillion dollar budget would fix a lot of infrastructure and put a lot of people to work.

If we adopted a policy of non-interventionism and neutrality, we could practice the free-market capitalism that made the country rich. Instead of managing trade to benefit the well connected corporations and the ultra rich, we could let laissez-faire capitalism bring us the blessings of a really free market and not the crony-capitalism that we have practiced for decades on end. Truly free trade with other nations builds friendship and reduces the odds of any war greatly. But first we must bring home the troops and stop threatening anyone who disagrees with us on various issues.

But can we sell non-interventionism to the right wing? Certainly we can. Consider these words from Paul Gottfried:

Only a Neanderthal cave dweller would not notice that self-identified conservatives have been raging against the neoconservative foreign policy for decades, that is, the policy that Thiessen was paid richly to defend. For starters, there are numerous websites, such as this one, that have defended a more restrained engagement with the world than the one advocated by the last Republican administration and it’s unmistakably neoconservative “advisers.” Moreover, the entire Old Right, most notably Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul, has been declaiming against neoconservative warmongers for generations, and before them we had George F. Kennan, Robert A. Taft, libertarians of all kinds, and the later Herbert Hoover, warning us to  avoid foreign entanglement. Yesterday I walked into my local post office in South Central Pennsylvania and listened to die-in-the-wool right-wingers, including two army veterans, screaming against further military commitments. None of my fellow residents at the post office could ever be mistaken for a leftist. In fact, they were ardent Trump-supporters, who were worried “about what’s going on in this country.” And they were most definitely immigration restrictionists, although decency prevents me from repeating their opinions on this subject.

Warmongering by the neo-cons has done more damage to this country, and the world in general, than anything I can think of. If you wonder where the hoard of Muslims flooding the western countries came from, just remember it was the neo-cons who lobbied for the destruction of every country in the middle east other than Saudi Arabia.

There are two different concepts, patriotism and liberal internationalism, at issue here.It is fine to be “patriotic” in the sense of cherishing the nation, that is, the people, land and society. It is another entirely to send American armies all over the globe to invade and array of enemies, each one said to be the  most recent incarnation of Nazi Germany.

It is time to dismantle the world wide empire and stop interventions all around the globe. It is time to put America first and let peace, prosperity, and mutual cooperation be the motto of our nation once again — just as it was in the beginning.

 

 

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Right-wing Populism to promote Libertarianism

With the last few posts I have been lurching towards answering this question: “how do we get the angry masses on our side”? Can we get the Donald Trump supporters on our side? (no matter if Trump wins or not) Can we get the Bernie Sanders people on our side? Can we get the average American who is just fed up with all the politics on our side?

And what side is that you might ask. (I would) The side I am talking about is reducing the size and scope of government as much as we can and as fast as we can. I especially want people on my side who are anti-interventionist as was the “old right” of the 30s and 40s along with the “new left” of the 60s. Anti-war sells in the realm of ideas once people understand the benefits of peace, and most do.

Murray Rothbard suggested that our course as libertarians is to employ populism:  right-wing populism. He believed, as I do, that a successful libertarian strategy will have to employ a heavy dose of populism. After all, libertarian theory and Austrian economics is not going to win the day unless the man you are trying to convert is willing to read, say,  Human Action by Mises and The Ethics of Liberty by Murray Rothbard.This is not going to happen with more than a tiny portion of the people we want to reach and bring to our side.

Successful populist messages must contain an answer to “what is in it for me”? So we have to show the people how they are getting ripped off and how our program will help stop that. We must show them that the corrupt ruling elites are cheating them and that our populist program will stop the bastards from cheating them.

We can stick to first principles and still have a popular message. We embrace right-wing populism and that will be the fastest way to show the man in the street that the state and all its lackeys are enslaving us. We do not have to try to convince the “man in the street” to adopt all of the program of hard-core, radical libertarianism like Rothbardian anarcho-capitalism. I will not deny that I wish everyone would read all of Mises and Rothbard as I have done as see where that leads one to — but that just is not going to happen. So, we try to get them to take baby steps towards reducing the size and scope of the state.

We must have a strategy that attempts two things. We must build up a legion of libertarian opinion leaders as well as small government wordsmiths in the press. The internet allows for a “new press” where we can get our allies heard by the common people. We must also go directly to the masses or the state’s propaganda legions will swamp us as they have always done. We must find a way, or many ways, to communicate directly. Communicating directly is crucial.

We must alert the people that the elites are the ones looting and oppressing them, both socially and economically. We can not attack the ruling class in the abstract as libertarians have so often done in the past. Taking a cue from Ron Paul’s great successes reaching people, we must show concrete ways the people are getting screwed right now by the state and all its minions.

What groups do we libertarians seek to reach out to? The answer is simple, we reach out to everyone, but more than that we must first seek to concentrate strategically on those groups who are most oppressed and who also have the most social leverage just as Rothbard told us years ago. Those people would be the “average” working class family and the people supporting Donald Trump right now. We hope to reach those who are already “right-wing” or at least leaning that way.

Most people are too busy living life and taking care of their families to have any free time to read Rothbard, Block, or read economic theory. So we have to keep our message easy to understand, beneficial to the people, and easy to sell. The message must be of things that are not that hard to adopt — we can’t sell utopia. Hell, I don’t believe in utopia, do you?

Ron Paul used: “End the Fed” and “Get out of the Middle East” in his two runs for president to enlist many new libertarians. I started this whole series after talking with one former progressive who is now “libertarian leaning” because of Ron Paul. So Ron won even though he lost at the polls. He won even with some on the left wing!

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What would a right-wing populist program look like? I am not a politician nor an “opinion leader” but I think I have listened to enough populists over the years to come up with a system for today. Not a single idea below is my own. I have heard everything from someone else (often many others) over the years.

A RIGHT-WING POPULIST PROGRAM:

The right-wing populist program that will convince people to join us on the libertarian side must concentrate on dismantling the crucial existing areas of State and elite rule which have become a tyranny and are oppressing the people.  We must concentrate on liberating the average American from the most egregious features of the oppression of the state.

Some of these are obviously interrelated. You can not drastically slash taxes while running a military empires.

1) America First. A key point, and one that is being used in the present election cycle by Donald Trump with great effectiveness. The American economy is stagnating. Many cities are dying and the nation’s infrastructure is crumbling, all while we give money away to other countries and police the world at a cost of unimaginable amounts of money. Plus our foreign policy tends to make people hate us.

2) Bring all troops home. We are killing innocent men, women, and children overseas in countries that have never threatened us and have no ability to invade this country; other than by us allowing emigration of their people who would attack us via terrorism.

3) Slash Taxes. We would drastically cut all taxes.Sales taxes, income taxes, business taxes, and on and on. But especially the most oppressive tax ever devised: the income tax. We must abolish the IRS.

4) Slash Welfare. The welfare system has helped to destroy the family in this country and to keep the welfare class down. For God’s sake stop oppressing these people even as you claim to do them good. And besides that, we must end the welfare system to help keep people from coming here illegally just to get all the free stuff. Welfare was never intended to be a lure for illegals to come here.

5) Abolish Racial or Group Privileges. Abolish all racial or sexual preferences such as affirmative action. We should point out that the root of “victim class” quotas and so on is the entire “civil rights” structure, which tramples on the property rights of every American. A business owner’s property is not “public property”! It is private property.

6) Abolish the Fed. As Ron Paul pointed out so very well, the central bank is one of the state’s main ways of looting the common people of his country. The Fed will destroy us.

7) Take Back the Streets and end the Drug War: By ending the drug war and legalizing all drugs, we can then put the police to working on stopping rape, murder, theft and other crimes against the people. To hell with the state saying what I should be allowed to ingest into my body.

8) Defend The Family. Get the State out of the family, and replace State control with parental control. Make education a totally local thing and encourage private school by paying the tuition of private schools up to what it would cost to send the child to public school. Stop the indoctrination. We should also not force little girls to go to the bathroom with perverts.

9) All control to be as local as possible. Every act of government should be as close to the people as possible. There is no reason for the people of California or Florida to tell the people of New Hampshire how to conduct their business. If they want to allow public nudity, then that is their business and not mine.

 

.There is much else I could add to each of the above but the post runs long as it is and I expect to address various points in separate posts as time allows.

I will add that whatever government that is left, until we can privatize the whole edifice, that we should seek to run government in the manner most like a good business and to have the control as close to the people as possible. Local control would be a key point.

I realize that in building an alliance with right-wing populists we may have to compromise — this is politics after all — but to slash the size of the state I am willing to make compromises over present day policies as we move towards a state so small as to be unnoticeable.

 

The Trump supporter as ally (#2 in LLS)

I have changed the title in the series a bit to shorten the length of the title and to be more specific. Also, I wanted to get Donald Trump’s name in the title since he is the biggest name in politics at the moment. Last post I mentioned “good guys” and “bad guys” and even some others. Today let us look at the Trump supporter and see what we can do with this bunch. Can we find allies to fight for liberty and freedom?

I think the “Trump People” are potential allies just like the supporters of Ron Paul were in the election cycles of 2008 and 2012. Some of the Trump supporters are actual libertarians. For example, Walter Block and his “Libertarians for Trump” movement are certainly libertarian. Note that Dr. Block was a close associate of Murray Rothbard and is often thought of as the leading Rothbardian in this country. So, some “Trump People” are libertarians or even anarchists. These people already “hate the state” and are on our side.

It appears that many of the “rank and file” of the Republican Party are backing Trump. These people are all over the board on their defense of liberty. Some are fooled into thinking we really should have our military stationed all over the world — for our “defense” they say. Many of them are four square in favor of the horrific drug war that is an absolute failure. I think these groups can be reached by the tactic of explaining how their goals might be laudable but the results have proven to be counter productive. We need to educate them on the horrors of American Foreign Policy and on the horrors of the Drug War.

I readily concede that many Trump supporters are nowhere close to Ron Paul on foreign policy or anything else for that matter. For many libertarians, our philosophy would reject military interventionism on its face. The same goes with making what a person chooses to ingest a crime. But often the philosophical approach does not go well, so, we should try to point out the utter failure of what we are doing now: how it hurts our society and how it makes us and our children less safe. I think many of the Trump people will already agree with us on this or be an easy convert. After all, the candidate they are supporting has attacked the US foreign policy in the middle east and the goading of Russia, plus he does not seem to be a drug warrior at all.

Walter Block said of Trump that, “he could get along with Putin; that he wanted to end NATO; that we were mistaken to get into the Middle East; that US soldiers should leave Korea, German, Japan, etc.  He said of dictators Saddam Hussain and Muammar Ghadafi, sure, they were monsters, but at least they fought the far-worse ISIL type terrorists!” In other words, Trump was against American foreign policy as it has been for at least the last 30 years. His followers would listen to us as we point out that military interventions are the worst part of the Empires’ evils.

Many of the Trump people have flocked to back Trump based on his protectionist polices. Those of us who understand economics (Austrian Economics of course) know that his protectionist policies are wrong on many levels, but compared to military interventionism this is a policy that we can hammer on at a later time.

When put in this way, it is clear that The Donald is the most congruent with our perspective. This is true, mainly because of foreign policy. And, of the three, foreign policy, economic policy and person liberties, the former is the most important. As Murray Rothbard and Bob Higgs have demonstrated over and over again, US foreign policy determines what occurs in economics and in the field of personal liberties. Foreign policy is the dog that wags the other two tails. ~ Walter Block

Trump supporters and Trump himself have been decent at least on personal liberties. Trump is no prude who wants to get into everyone’s personal life. I suspect that his broad coalition of people who are mad as hell at the ruling elite have no special desire to enforce any particular behavior codes other than “live and let live”.

I think we can attempt to get the Trump followers to understand that it is the state itself that they are rebelling against. I have seen many of them indicate that they are in favor of the style of government that this country was founded upon. That would be a belief in Classical Liberalism even if they don’t know that is what they believe.

“Classical liberalism” is the term used to designate the ideology advocating private property, an unhampered market economy, the rule of law, constitutional guarantees of freedom of religion and of the press, and international peace based on free trade. Up until around 1900, this ideology was generally known simply as liberalism. The qualifying “classical” is now usually necessary, in English-speaking countries at least (but not, for instance, in France), because liberalism has come to be associated with wide-ranging interferences with private property and the market on behalf of egalitarian goals. This version of liberalism — if such it can still be called — is sometimes designated as “social,” or (erroneously) “modern” or the “new,” liberalism. Here we shall use liberalism to signify the classical variety.  ~ Ralph Raico

As an anarcho-capialist, I think that the Classical Liberals were wrong in that they believed that some government was needed and they could keep the state constrained by a constitution. But we now see that the government they founded just kept growing until it swamped the original liberals and is now the police state we live under. But if the first step toward finding a way to dispatch the state, or to put magic chains around the beast until it is no longer a threat, then working with other groups towards a minimal state is fine with me.

The palpable anger of the Trump supporters towards the state is anger we love to see. They are mad as hell at our ancient enemy the state and we can find allies in the Trump camp. We will have to be careful and not attack them on all the issues that we differ on. We need to celebrate those aspects were we agree. Mostly we need to agree that the status quo is evil!

The leader of Le Pen said, “Populist parties across Europe — and beyond — have gained traction in recent years, with their alarm over immigration and attacks on the political “elite” resonating strongly with voters.” The populist supporters of Donald Trump are looking for right-wing policies. In that “right-wing” policies are those that support private property rights then we can find much in common with Trump supporters since all “human rights” are property rights as Murray Rothbard pointed out countless times.

We must build anti-government coalitions and defang the police state before it becomes a tyranny worse than the USSR ever hoped to be.
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What can liberty lovers do in this era? (#1 – good guys and bad guys)

As I mentioned in my last post, we need to find strategies and tactics to defend ourselves against the state. We live in an era where the central government has become a police state and the overbearing nature of the state is growing on a daily basis. We need to find allies in this war for liberty.

The first thing to realize is that the state is not some mythical being come down from space to enslave us. The state is made up of human beings just like you and me. The state is a small group of people dominating the rest of us. So how does this small group of people dominate the vast majority of regular people? The state needs its supporters to keep the majority believing that the state is a good thing, believing it a necessary evil, or at least just believing there is nothing they can do about it. Resigned acceptance is often just as good as joyous support as far as the ruling class is concerned.

The state has its allies and the liberty lover needs to find his allies or potential allies. Ron Paul in his two runs for the Republican nomination for president found many new liberty lovers by helping them to understand what was going on. He converted many young people by education.

So who are the “bad guys” and who are the “good guys”? And then, who are the people that we can get to join our side? The most important question is “who can we enlist to be on the side of liberty“?

“Bad Guys”

The first thing to do is list some of the people that are not on our side and probably never will be. As Upton Sinclair told us, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

The first class of people who are not on our side and are never going to join us is politicians. The people who are the state are not going to give up power, prestige, money, and all the other perks of office to help us fight the state. A few rare exceptions, like Ron Paul, can be allies in the fight against the police state but we should not put much hope in changing their minds. Let us not waste too much effort on the criminal class.  H. L. Mencken told us that “A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.”

The second class of people who mainly are never going to help us in our fight are the intellectual class who support the state in return for money and prestige. University professors, public school teachers, journalists, TV news people, and others who preform the same role that the priesthood did once upon a time. Now obviously there will be a few in these groups who will join us, but overall any anti-state message is going to be a hard sell to these people.

Another group that will be very resistant to helping us will be the Corporate masters and the very wealthy. The large corporations are protected by the state in many ways and we have a “corporatism” economy; or as some call it, a crony-cap economy. These are polite words or phrases for economic fascism. It is not just those who supply our war efforts, but a host of large industries back the state as their positions are guaranteed by the state.

But it is not just the large corporations indebted to the state. Consider all the credentialed people whose piece of paper allows them to do a job and no one else is allowed to do. Think of the medical field where a certificate is needed to operate any machine. Think of poor women not allowed to fix hair for pay due to lack of permission by the state.  Other examples abound: thousands of them.

As Rothbard pointed out long ago, the “social democrat” will stand against liberty and tradition. The social democrat will always favor statism and big government. These people favor global government and are dead set against any celebration of cultural heritage. A subset of these people are often called the “social justice warrior”. A more wrong-headed and insidious bunch would be hard to find in today’s world.

And lastly for this partial list, consider all the people on welfare, and all those getting “free” anything from the government. As many have pointed out, welfare has destroyed the family and kept the poor down but it is hard to convince them of that.

The above list is hardly complete. The welfare-warfare state showers “goodies” on all sorts of people to keep them in line. We will have to reach some of these people to get to the ultimate goal, but trying to persuade a left-wing professor is hardly worth our time in the beginning.

“Good Guys”

At first one might think that there are damn few of us who are lovers of freedom and liberty. One might think selling the idea that the state is mankind’s enemy might be nearly impossible. But there are a lot of people who are already on our side and there are a lot of people who just need to be educated as to the problem. So, who are some of the people we can reach?

We already have on our side many anarchists, miniarchists, libertarians, classical liberals, and others. We only need to keep each group from attacking the other over ideological points. If we can see that the enemy is destroying us, perhaps we can keep down the injury by “friendly fire”.

Regular working people are a prime source of potential recruits. The self-reliant, common American has been brainwashed to believe that we must have government to have society and it is our job to explain that government is the enemy of society.

I believe that we have a great shot at recruiting young people to our cause. Ron Paul proved that fact in his presidential bids.

I believe that we have a chance to reach women. I think that we can reach women by talking up the center of society — the family. I also believe women would like to hear that we believe in small groups like the local church groups or civic organizations. We are not against governance but against the monopoly state. All voluntary rules and ways of doing things are within a libertarians outlook.

Another group that we find easy to reach is the paleo-conservative. The “old-right” is practically the same as the Classical Liberal. These groups are essentially believers in a tiny government that offers mainly police, courts, and military defense of the homeland.

 

“A Real Challenge”

One group that belongs in the “bad guys” list is the modern left-wing “liberal”. But we need to reach these people. They want to “do good” in the world, but have a mistaken idea of how to do good. They are brainwashed and it is our job to deprogram them. May God help us!

The military man is another challenge. They are often libertarian leaning, but they often don’t seem to realize that going overseas to kill people is not “protecting us”. They should only be stationed inside the US. A much smaller military will be a hard sell to many current duty personnel and vets.

“Conclusion”

This listing of various groups is but a beginning but one has to start someplace. I will look at what could be our first goals in moving toward liberty and freedom; and that will bring us to what tactics we might use to convince various groups. I hope not to take too long, as I am already working on the next post.

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