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Ted Galen Carpenter: The Continuing Disaster of the U.S. Drug War in Latin America.

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Covid Scam, Vaccine Scam

I’ve been posting a lot here on the Covid-19 scamdemic. And it is a scam, that was inflicted on us partly to get rid of Trump, which the scammers did, and for other more sinister reasons, as well as for a lot of people to make a lot of money (funded obviously by the taxpayers).

So, I was very disappointed to read the very pro-“vaccine” forum thread on the Wendy McElroy blog, a.k.a. McBlog. One forum member was critical of the assertions that the Covid mRNA “vaccines” are “gene therapy,” particularly naming Dr. Mercola and Lew Rockwell for spreading allegedly false information.

Now, a couple of the forum members are making use of technical language and giving various definitions of language used, but they are not seeing the forest for the trees, in my view.

Well, based on what I have read so far, my own layman’s conclusion about the Moderna and Pfizer mRNA “vaccines” is that these substances that are injected into people are made to take over the natural biological functions and one’s immune system, like an invader and occupier, and overrules the natural immune system. When one is confronted with a virus or germ the occupying forces go into overdrive, they overdo it in their “protection” and go after everything including one’s organs and this may overwhelm someone who might already be vulnerable. That’s my conclusion, and you can say my wording is silly or whatever if you want to. You can call me “tinfoil hat-wearing conspiracy theorist” if you want, but that is my conclusion on those invasive, poisonous drugs.

And these “vaccines” are not real vaccines because they are not intended to prevent infection or transmission of the virus, as their purpose is to reduce symptoms in those who have the virus and who have symptoms. (So why give it to healthy people?) It is just another (and so far experimental) pharmaceutical drug like chemotherapy, with these chemicals being injected to change the way your body naturally works. It will not prevent you from getting the virus!

Now, how do the people on that forum explain the post-vaccine deaths and injuries, over 12,000 deaths and 1 million injuries reported in Europe and over 4,000 deaths reported to VAERS in the U.S. thus far?

And we’re talking about a virus with a .1 to .2 percent fatality rate. (Stanford University study: Covid-19 with “an infection fatality rate of 0.12-0.2%,” and University of Miami study: Covid infection fatality rate of .17%.) Not 1 to 2 percent, mind you, but .1%, a tenth of one percent.

Most of the people who have been dying of this virus are mainly elderly people who are already very sick and already fighting a serious illness or those with serious life-threatening conditions such as obesity and diabetes. Why are TPTB pusing these pharma drugs onto everyone?

Why pushing this drug treatment on the children, too? British study examining 69,516 Covid patients: “No children without a serious comorbidity of an additional illness died, and neither did any child between the ages of 28 days and 15 years.”

Can children be “carriers” and “spread it to Grandma”? No. See Coronavirus: No Child Known to Have Passed COVID-19 to Adults, Global Study Finds, School Children Don’t Spread Coronavirus, French Study Shows, and Children Are Not Covid-19 Super-Spreaders: Time to Go Back to School.

And the ruling bureaucrats and “public health” officials have been lying about the whole thing anyway. The CDC announced way back in March 2000 that they were going to include non-Covid deaths as “Covid deaths,” including people who died of heart disease, kidney disease, cancer, gunshots, motorcycle accidents, etc. Hospitals and funeral directors were putting “Covid” on death certificates regardless of the actual cause of death.

Even the testing to see if someone has the virus has been flawed with false positives this whole past year, testing with high cycle threshold numbers in which the lower numbers would be used to weed out false positives.


Boston Globe: “Officials are now classifying as infected those who were likely stricken by the virus but did not have the diagnosis confirmed through a laboratory test.

New York Times: “New York City, already a world epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, sharply increased its death toll by more than 3,700 victims on Tuesday, after officials said they were now including people who had never tested positive for the virus but were presumed to have died of it.”

This whole thing has been a scamdemic, a fraud, and made up.

Besides all that, we’re still talking about an experimental “vaccine” that was not approved by the FDA (not that that means anything). It was given “Emergency Use Authorization” (and in a rushed, corrupt way, in fact) in which one of the Authorization’s requirements is that it may not be mandated. So, anyone  or institution who is mandating this experimental drug treatment injection is acting illegally.

And here are some of the latest things I have found, thanks to Freedom’s Phoenix:

This post by Jeff Harris was up at the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity:

You would think that during the worst Pandemic since the 1918 Spanish Flu life insurance companies would be hedging their bets to avoid major losses from Covid-19. I haven’t written a life policy for several years so I was wondering what was going on? I called one of the brokers I deal with that interacts with hundreds of big life insurers to get an inside look into how the Covid crisis has changed their business.

Imagine my surprise when she said it was pretty much business as usual! Last year when the hysteria was just getting ramped up she did say the companies temporarily tightened up underwriting and reduced the amount of coverage they would offer. But as time went by and the hard data came rolling in those same companies went back to business as usual.

I asked her specifically if life insurers wanted a Covid test as part of the underwriting process and she said none that she was aware of. Hmm, that’s pretty interesting isn’t it? The most lethal pandemic in decades descends on the globe with deadly mutations taking millions of innocent lives and the life insurance companies couldn’t care less.

I also asked if the cost per thousand of coverage had increased due to Covid and again she said no. Rates were pretty much the same as they were before the Covid Pandemic ravaged the earth. Life Insurance companies are very risk adverse. They don’t like losing money to unnecessary claims. The fact they’re treating Covid as a nonevent should be an indicator that something is very wrong with the whole narrative.

And according to G. Edward Griffin’s “Need to Know” website,

A woman called numerous funeral directors in Ontario, in the cities of London and Toronto, which has a population of over 6 million people, to inquire whether they noticed a huge increase in deaths in 2020, or if the number of deaths were in line with previous years. All of the funeral homes answered that the deaths were similar to previous years. A funeral director in Winnipeg, Manitoba, which has a population of 750,000 people told her that the death rate was normal, and when she told him that she feels like her government is lying to the public, he advised her to keep questioning everything and that she was on the right track. There is no pandemic.

And that article links to this video at “Brand New Tube”:

We need more citizen journalists like this, and fewer Establishment government/Pharma propagandists, that’s for sure.

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Jacob Sullum: An Epidemiologist Confirms That the CDC Director Misrepresented Her Study of Outdoor Covid-19 Transmission.

Becky Akers: Nuisance Rendered a Bit Less Annoying

Stephen Halbrook: Does the Bill of Rights Protect You Outside Your Home?

Gary Barnett: The Real Pandemic Purposely Caused by the Fake Pandemic

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Brandon Smith: Oregon Is Proof That Leftist Politics Ultimately Lead To Tyranny And Decay.

Tho Bishop: Fauci and the Fed: America’s Technocratic Frauds

Mac Slavo: Australia Institutes Strict Lockdowns Again after 26 Tested Positive for Covid.

Eric Boehm: China Is Paying Less Than 8 Percent of Tariff Costs. Americans Are Paying the Rest.

William Anderson: There’s No Conflict Between Profit and “Social Responsibility”

Joseph Mercola: Mass Vaccination Triggers Spike in Cases, Deaths

David Stockman: The Cryptoverse – Bastard Son of the Fiat

Thomas Knapp: Government-Employed Kidnappers Stole from the Crypto 6.

Rory Mir: Activists Mobilize to Fight Censorship and Save Open Science.

P Gosselin: Fantastic Findings: German Study Shows Added CO2 Has Led to 14% More Vegetation Over Past 100 Years!

Michael Tracey: “America First” Conservatives Declare: “Actually, We Meant Israel First”

Matt Taibbi: “Fact-Checking” Takes Another Beating.

Brad Polumbo: New Poll: Americans Aren’t Willing to Pay for the ‘Green New Deal’—And It’s Not Even Close.

And Revolver: Stunning New Court Ruling Reveals Blatant Institutional Discrimination Against White Americans.

Ron Paul: Equal Justice? Jan. 6 ‘Insurrectionists’ Rot In US Gulag

Why are the people who trespassed in the US Capitol Building on January 6th being detained for months in solitary confinement? Why have they been denied bail for mostly minor crimes? Why are they being held in particularly inhuman conditions despite for the vast majority no previous criminal charges? Is this justice…or political revenge? Also today: Press hypocrisy on Wuhan lab “conspiracy theory.” And…some justice for Newsom’s victims.

Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams discuss.

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Paul Craig Roberts: Insouciance Destroyed America.

Jacob Hornberger: The Lies of the National-Security State.

Paul Ryder: The Pentagon Papers at 50: What’s Left Out is Crucial

Kirkpatrick Sale: No More Mushrooms: Government is Bad

Thomas Knapp: Trump’s Trade Wars Aren’t Over Yet, and You’re Still Losing.

Andrew Napolitano: The Government’s Community Caretaking Ruse

And Matthew Ehret: How the Unthinkable Became Thinkable: Eric Lander, Julian Huxley and the Awakening of Sleeping Monsters.

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Children’s Health Defense Team: 9 New ‘Vaccine Billionaires’ Amass Combined Net Worth of $19.3 Billion During Pandemic.

Jon Rappoport: As I Warned: RNA Gold Rush, New Genetic Products in the Pipeline, and The FDA Cover-Up That Led to the Approval of the Pfizer Vaccine.

Project Veritas: Facebook Whistleblowers Expose Leaked Internal Docs Detailing New Effort to Secretly Censor Vaccine Concerns on a Global Scale.

James Bovard: The Bogus January 6 Commission Poses a Real Threat to Freedom

National File: Texas: Abbott, Patrick, House Speaker Received $250K+ From Clinic That Chemically Castrates ‘Transgender’ Kids.

Ron Paul: How Texas Killed Covid

Joseph Mercola: If You’ve Had Covid, Please Don’t Get Vaccinated

Laurence Vance: Another Reason for Decent Young Women Not to Be Cops

John Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead: Drivers Beware: The Deadly Perils of Blank Check Traffic Stops.

Becky Akers: More Benefits from The Unshot and Ohio Governor Invests in Covid Vaccines.

William Hartung: America Dominant Again (in Arms Sales)

Ted Galen Carpenter: Paranoid Superpower: Threat Inflation Is the American Way.

RAIR Foundation: Bombshell: Nobel Prize Winner Reveals – Covid Vaccine is ‘Creating Variants’

And Whitney Webb: The Cover-Up Continues: The Truth About Bill Gates, Microsoft, and Jeffrey Epstein.

On Whitewashing an Election Steal and Smearing Political Opponents

CONgress wants to create a new “January 6th Commission,” with the stated intention of investigating the “insurrection” on the Capitol. I think this ties in with their faux “domestic terrorism” agenda. But I’m sure such a commission will be as helpful in finding out the truth as was the “9/11 Commission,” and the Warren Commission, i.e. it will be another official whitewash, to make sure the truth is not told.

And just as the Swamp uses the “news” media on TV and the New York Slimes, the Washington Pest and Big Tech social media to disseminate its propaganda, lies and utter crap for the sheeple to swallow, hook, line and sinker, the Swamp’s little “Commission” i.e. Whitewash will tell the people how the January 6th trespass and riot were an “insurrection” by Trump supporters, as incited by The Donald himself, and that the 2020 presidential election was NOT stolen!

In fact, I heard Upchuck Toady on Meet the Fake yesterday, at least the beginning of it, introducing his “special” program devoted to the “Insurrection” and the main reason why the “Insurrection” occurred: Yep, you guessed it. White Supremacy! I know, there are all these white supremacists all over. Every other person I see on the street is obviously a “White Supremacist.”

I didn’t listen to the rest of the show, which I hear on the dreadful Bloomberg Radio. And I’m trying to find the episode online now, and items online are saying that NBC actually preempted Meet the Fake yesterday with something else. So, I must have heard a rerun. And I didn’t hear any of the other Sunday fake shows because Bloomberg Radio preempted those shows with a golf tournament. Yeah, golf is something we like to hear on the RADIO!

So, Upchuck Toady seems to have an agenda of promoting false narratives like “White Supremacy!” while he and other “news”casters whitewash the Black Lives Matter (sic) riots that burned down hundreds maybe thousands of businesses in several cities, many businesses of which are were owned by black people and employed black people.

I can’t remember if what little of what I heard on Meet the Fake addressed the election fraud and the stealing of the 2020 Presidential election, which was a main reason why Trump had that January 6th rally (the rally that agents provocateurs then exploited to then cause their destruction and violence).

There was plenty of evidence of vote fraud, suppressed by the “mainstream” media that is too extreme to be “mainstream.” Why would hundreds and hundreds of witnesses sign sworn affidavits regarding the shenanigans they witnessed, including by activist fraudsters bringing in suitcases and coolers full of fake Biden ballots to stuff, after campaign workers ordered Republican observers to leave the premises, and in several of the swing states?

Anyway, along with government bureaucrats the “news journalists” have to whitewash all this to continue the false narrative that the Alzheimer’s-in-Chief Joe Biden is the legitimately elected President.

Lately it’s much harder to distinguish between the government employees/apparatchiks and the “news journalists.” That’s because many of the latter are just another part of the regime. Which is why I call them the “government media.” We now know that the Swamp exists, it’s not “conspiracy theory,” and today’s “news journalists” are mere spokespeople for the Swamp.

Many of the Swamp creatures now masquerading as “journalists” are brainwashed True Believers in their worship and glorification of the Swamp. And that is why they relentlessly went after Donald Trump with “Russia collusions” fake news and impeachment crusades — because Trump said, “Drain the Swamp!”

Anyway, whatever happened to the days when “liberals” had special programs to expose the warmongering and militarism inflicted on the rest of the world by the U.S. government in Washington? Sadly, now the “liberals” and the media ARE the warmongers. (And the propagandists and liars as well.)

So the Swamp will impose a new “commission” to “investigate” the January 6th riot, but really to cover up and suppress the truth. And the government parasites — Demoncrats and Rethuglicans — will aid and abet, right along with their lapdog propaganda cohorts in the “news” media.

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Matt Agorist: U.S. Cops Train Far Less And Kill Far More Than All Other Developed Countries.

Andrew Bacevich: Is There a Doctor in the House? Biden the Bold vs. Joe the Timid.

Doug Bandow: As Seeming Consensus Hardens for Cold (Or Hot) War Against China, It Becomes Ever More Important to Fight for Peace.

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Robert Bridge: Transgender Fender-Bender: U.S. Judge Rules in Favor of Males Residing at Christian College Female Dorms, Using Showers.

Jo Bartosch: Trans Ideology Is Warping Our Justice System.

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Peter Van Buren: The Other Virus: Learned Helplessness.

Becky Akers: The Church of Covid

Eric Brakey: Congress Won’t End the Wars, So States Must.

And The Last Refuge: Dept of Labor and OSHA Reverse Course, Will Not Enforce Employer Responsibility to Report Covid Vaccination Injuries.

And finally, this blog post by Thomas DiLorenzo was on the blog:

The Public is Just Plain Dumb

That’s Lord Fauci’s latest declaration. He now claims that “the public is misinterpreting” the latest ever-changing, non-scientific, all-about-politics-and-the-CDC-budget, Hitlerian dictate about mask wearing. It’s not that we’re sick and tired and fed up with Fauci, the CDC, all the mini Mussolinies, lockdowns, serial lying about the planned-demic, and throwing the Constitution in the toilet. We’re just so dumb we don’t even know how to follow Lord Fauci’s orders.

We now have a new definition of “science.” Scientific knowledge is not derived from applied mathematics, the generation of testable theories and hypotheses, discussion, research, debate, and scholarship in general, but from the mouths of the likes of one Anthony Fauci and scores of other government bureaucrats and political hacks. All dissenters are to be libeled, slandered, smeared, and character assassinated. Furthermore, science is no longer knowledge that free people can utilize to make decisions for themselves about how to live their lives. It is now the justification for orders and dictates by the state about how you MUST behave — or else. Follow the science my ass.

The Covid True Believers Continue the Crusade

Someone posted a video of Bill Maher recently telling the government, media and medical establishment to cut it out with the “bunch of crap,” the lies about Covid. For a year now, those propagandists had been talking out of both sides of their mouths, contradicting themselves, and scaring the bejesus out of people, all for a flu or cold virus that at least half of the people who have the virus have no symptoms, a virus with literally a 99.98% survival rate.

Maher brought up several polls in his talk. One poll found that the young people who have little or no risk of dying from Covid-19 are the most afraid, while the older people who have much more risk feel less fear of “re-socializing.”

Maher brought up the Gallup poll that found that Democrats were the most ignorant about the chances of someone’s having to be hospitalized with Covid. The correct answer is supposedly between 1 and 5%, according to Gallup, but 41% of Democrat respondents said the chance was 50% or higher. However, 28% of Republicans and 35% of Independents/Other also erroneously thought that people had a 50% chance of being hospitalized with Covid.

I think we can blame the fear-mongering bureaucrats and their ignorant “news” media stenographers for molding gullible people and terrorizing them to needlessly fear passersby and spray doorknobs and everything else with disinfectant spray.

And the mask wearing out there has become a cult. People are engaged in ritualistic cult-like behaviors now. It’s very unbecoming, quite frankly. Many people now, mainly those on the political left, feel comforted by their face-covering suffocation mask, as they seem to believe every word of their beloved Fauci.

But the “news” media have been real terror mongers. I think it’s mainly the people on the left and the rulers of the blue states who have been True Believers in the Covid scam. Sadly, the sheeple with their CNN and MSNBC and social media, they haven’t been able to see through the media’s 24/7 fear mongering, 24/7 hysteria, 24/7 panic. It’s like they are hypnotized. The True Believers bought the “Trump-Russia collusions story even though that was totally false, and they believe that January 6th was an actual “insurrection” that wasn’t.

And regarding the Covid vaccines that aren’t vaccines but pharmaceutical drugs that are fraudulently being promoted as “vaccines,” whose purpose is to reduce symptoms and not to prevent infection or transmission, there are many on both the left and non-left who are True Believers in such “vaccines.” But it’s the people on the left who are the ones who mainly mock “anti-vaxxers.” I heard a panelist on Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me say that “anti-vaxxers like disease.” Not a particularly good understanding of that debate there. And another person on the show had referred to the non-lockdown states as “the dumb states.” Oh, well. So much for government schools in USSA.

And now we’re getting Nazi Germany-like “vaccine passports”? Already the U.S. military is coercing unsuspecting citizens into getting these medical treatments, and they are “targeting the young,” the very group of people least in danger of Covid-19! (Hmm, do we really need the U.S. military anymore?)

And Maher made a passing reference to Republicans who should own “climate change denial,” the liberals should own the Covid crap and so on. “Climate change” is another issue in which the people on the left are True Believers.

But the climate denial is to do with alleged human-caused climate change, not that there is climate change. Yes, humans and industry have contributed to pollution, but haven’t actually changed the climate. The climate has been changing naturally, with its natural effects, since the world began, so for hundreds of millions of years there have been warming trends and ice ages, and warming trends and ice ages, and so on. One of the main reasons why the climate charlatans have fooled so many in recent times is the computer models, that have turned out to be incorrect. Just like those early Covid computer models. How’d that turn out for us? But I digress.

As I wrote recently, the Covid lies started early on when the CDC changed the guidelines as to what constitutes a “Covid death” to include non-Covid deaths as “Covid deaths.” They also allowed the states “public health” commissars to write down as a “Covid death” someone who was “likely” and “presumed” to have Covid regardless of laboratory confirmation.

And speaking of laboratory confirmation, we also know that the testing has been extremely flawed throughout this whole scamdemdic, testing at too high a cycle threshold which caused false positives. The W.H.O. then changed their guidelines to reduce the cycle number to “weed out false positives,” which they announced only hours after Biden was inaugurated. Hmmm.

Any and all “public health” bureaucrats and governors and other bureaucrats who have been knowingly disseminating false information to terrorize the masses, and any media flunkies who have been knowingly repeating the propaganda over the past year need to be criminally charged with fraud, terrorism, and crimes against humanity. And that’s what I think about all that.

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John Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead: Total Tyranny: We’ll All Be Targeted Under the Government’s New Precrime Program.

Kit Knightly: How the CDC Is Manipulating Data to Prop-Up “Vaccine Effectiveness” – New Policies Will Artificially Deflate “Breakthrough Infections” in the Vaccinated, While the Old Rules Continue to Inflate Case Numbers in the Unvaccinated. (More cheating and lying from the CDC. That is what they have been doing throughout this entire scamdemic.)

Jon Rappoport: The Pandemic Virus That Doesn’t Exist.

Jacob Hornberger: How We Got Omnipotent Government.

Glenn Greenwald: Corporate Media’s Double Standard: They Attack Whomever They Want, But You Cannot Criticize Them.

Martin Armstrong: Using the Criminal Law to Target Trump & His Family.

Reason: Former Florida Sheriff’s Deputy Found Guilty of Planting Drugs on Motorists.

And Joaquin Flores: And Just Like That, the Mask Mandate Ended.

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Children’s Health Defense Team: Federal Law Prohibits Mandates of Emergency Use Covid Vaccines, Tests, Masks — 3 Resources You Can Use to Inform Your School or Employer.

Birsen Filip: Vaccine Passports and Medical Paternalism.

Jon Rappoport: Covid Vaccine and Genetic Thunder Nobody Is Listening To, and Shocker: Why Is This Substance in the Moderna Covid Vaccine?

The Last Refuge: Biden Administration Rushing to Push Vaccines to Other Nations Ahead of Global Cases of Covid Dropping.

Daren A. Wiseley: How Covid Put an End to Your Right to Due Process.

Ron Paul Liberty Report: The Fall Of The Covid Berlin Wall (video)

Laurence Vance: The Conflict of the Ages.

Robert Wenzel: Rand Paul Slams Fauci’s Contradictions on Mask Wearing.

Mark Sircus: Mask Generated Infectious Pandemics

Aaron Maté: Accused Russiagate ‘Spy’ Kilimnik Speaks — and Evidence Backs His ‘No Collusion’ Account.

Jacob Hornberger: Libertarianism Has Only One Position on Immigration.

James Bovard: “Governing as Looting” in Washington and Beyond.

William Arkin: Exclusive: Inside the Military’s Secret Undercover Army.

Lew Rockwell: The Biological War Against China

Doug Bandow: Who Elected America To Rule the World?

Ray McGovern: Will Biden Stay in Bibi’s Pocket?

And Mehrnaz Shahabi: Time to End the Silence on Israel’s Nuclear Weapons.

Once Again, the Israel-Palestinian Conflict, Lather, Rinse, Repeat

After all these years with Israel-Arab conflicts, once again there is another war between Israel and Gaza or its rulers Hamas. This has been going on for decades.

Aren’t you sick of all this? I know I am. I got tired of writing about these things a long time ago. We still have Benjamin Nutty-Yahoo, who, when he’s not under indictment for corruption he’s escalating tensions with the Palestinians to get the Israeli people to support him more.

So, rather than write anything new about this now, I’m going to repost an article I had on over 11 years ago. The story hasn’t changed, it’s the same old thing, but I believe my comments are still relevant today. (Apologies for so many Wikipedia links, but at least they still work. I had to change maybe two other links, or put in a Wayback Machine archive page.)

Here is that article:

Note to Israel (and the U.S.) From an Anguished Jewish American: Decentralize (Link to article on

April 21, 2010

The issues that cause me anguish have been the continuing conflicts between Israeli Jews and Arabs, the threats of Israel or the U.S. initiating a preemptive strike on Iran or Iran attacking Israel, and the Israeli government’s controversial building of new Jewish housing in East Jerusalem. It is difficult to find objective sources of information on the Arab-Israeli conflicts and the territories, which have been homelands to Jews and Arabs for centuries. Further, accusations of anti-Semitism or of being a “threat to security” have been thrown at anyone who criticizes Israel or exposes corrupt Israeli officials, but I, an anguished Jewish American, attempt to analyze these issues objectively from afar.

In addition to the U.S. government’s expansionist policies abroad, the Israeli State’s ownership of lands and its compulsory and monopolistic control over peoples’ lives has been contributing to the Middle-East’s woes for many years. People become corrupt when they are given the power of State, the power of compulsion over others and a monopoly over territorial protection. The current conflicts occur because territories are governed by the compulsory State apparatus of the Israeli government, although the Palestinian Authority and Hamas are also compulsory territorial monopolists. The idea of an entire nation to be known as a “Jewish State” has been a drawback as well, along with dependence on the State’s central planners as “protectors” of the Jewish people. Centralized governments do nothing but intrude into the lives of populations and provoke hostility. The way to peace for Israel is through decentralization.

Some people fear that the East Jerusalem construction projects will harm the neighborhood’s Arab population and further harm relations between the Israelis and the Palestinians. But who is the government, or the State, to be building homes for people, or decide which people can live in which neighborhoods? If the property in East Jerusalem were privatized, it would then be the owner(s) of the property who would decide what gets built and who lives there.

Private ownership of local property in each specific area gives the people who live there control over their neighborhoods, and control over their own lives, and thus would make them more likely to take responsibility for their lives and less likely to act aggressively against neighboring territories. For example, if the Israeli government didn’t interfere with the Gazans’ and others’ right to use their own natural resources, the Gazans could use the resources to support their daily living, or for exporting as a means of income.

A question that is perhaps taboo is whether there should even be a “Jewish State.” Or an “Islamic State,” or a “Christian State” or any territory devoted to people based on a religion. Some have argued that the Jewish people needed a homeland to protect them from persecution. During the mid-20thCentury, because of U.S. state-imposed immigration quotas (and other reasons), many Jews were prevented from entering the United States, and many fled to Israel as a “Jewish homeland.” American “immigration quotas” were state-imposed policies which violated the rights of Americans to freedom of association and contract, the right of families and property owners to accept Jewish immigrants without the State’s intrusions. Instead, a state-imposed “forced integration” brought many European Jews to Israel in the 1930s and ‘40s, eventually turning what had been an Arab majority into a Jewish majority in Israel.

What many people don’t realize is that persecutions have mainly been committed by States, or by people acting as agents of State. Throughout the later 19thCentury and 20thCentury, Jews had been fleeing Poland, Russia and Germany because of the “Pogroms” of the Russian Empire and from the German- and Nazi-initiated Holocaust.

More recently, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s forcing Israelis out of Gaza and parts of the West Bank in 2005, the “Disengagement Plan,” disrupted the lives of everyone in that territory, Jews and Arabs. It was no different from an “Apartheid Plan.” The state has no such moral authority, and has no moral claim on any land, just as it has no moral authority over any one individual’s life, and the State has no more right or moral authority to engage in “occupation” of certain territories than do private individuals have to trespass on others’ lands. But we should not blame the actions of the Israeli government on the Israeli people, who are not responsible for the actions of their government just as the Palestinian people are not responsible for the violent actions of Hamas.

My Grandma was lucky enough to leave Warsaw, Poland in 1912 at age 6 with her family, settling in a very welcoming and much freer New York City. Unfortunately, New York City is no longer that welcoming nor free, as the politicians’ taxaholism and regulatory nightmares have driven many people and businesses out of the city. Mayor Bloomberg reflects the mentality of politicians here and abroad for whom short-term fixes of confiscatory taxation and centralized bureaucratic and police control of the population is the way to solve problems. Centralized government is the real problem in New York, which needs to decentralize into separate, independent cities of Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, etc. Likewise, Israel’s centralized government has defeated the purpose of allowing Jews to have a “safe haven,” as the government’s oppressive policies not only restrict Israelis’ freedom of commerce, freedom of the press, freedom of movement and the right not to be forced to serve the state, but have also provoked Arab discontent and violence against the Israelis.

Rather than having a “Jewish State,” how about having a “free state,” or better, a “free country” of Israel (and the United States)? Follow Switzerland’s example, where much of the “public’s business” is handled at the local (as opposed to federal) level. Hans-Hermann Hoppe has written about the idea of decentralization of nation-states into many independent free cities, particularly in his book Democracy: The God That Failed, and his many articles at and The Mises Institute. In The Rise and Fall of the City, Hoppe goes even further than promoting the independence of individual cities, but individual households as well:

Households must be declared extraterritorial territory, like foreign embassies. Free association and spatial exclusion must be recognized as not bad but good things that facilitate peaceful cooperation between different ethnic and racial groups.

Such a change of decentralization, in addition to privatization and capitalization, is exactly what Israel needs, setting an example for the people of Iran, Iraq, and other countries (and the U.S.) to follow.

Decentralization also reduces the possibility that Israel could initiate a war with Iran. I am also anguished by the Big Government neoconservatives, whose suggestions of bombing Iran have been based on false propaganda. Short-term, present-oriented thinking is a common trait of the American neoconservatives, who have been supporting the U.S. government’s expansion into foreign lands to force transitions from theocracy to democracy among the Islamic states as though that will in some way protect Israel, despite many years of history to the contrary.

Unfortunately, the neoconservatives have a blind religious faith in the power and effectiveness of the State. In clinging to military industrial complex socialism and bureaucracy, the neocons support the U.S. government’s interventions and foreign entanglements with other governments, vicariously playing the role of “do-gooders” in a cops-and-robbers fantasy world in the name of protecting the U.S. and Israel. It is just as immoral to seize private wealth from American Muslims, Christians and Atheists for redistribution to Israel as it is immoral to seize private wealth from American Jews for redistribution to Muslim states such as Egypt, Jordan and Pakistan.

Like the left, the neocons have redefined “patriotism” as meaning not love of one’s country but love of the State, and that is also the prevailing attitude in mainstream Israel. It just seems that the neocons have an inability to engage in actual long-range planning that takes into account possible future consequences of the policies they support, and prefer to identify with that power of armed officialdom, force and monopoly. If one recognizes the neocons’ love of State for what it is, then one can see that they certainly seem to have more support for the Israeli government than for the Israeli people.

Just as the American Anti-Federalists have been the winners of the ideological and practical debate for over 200 years, if there ever were Anti-Federalists in Israel, they’d be right, too. Given that the main causes of civil strife have been centralized States, the real path to peace in Israel and the Middle-East (and the U.S.) is through privatization and decentralization.

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