June 4, 2022
As I have noted previously, the Libertarian Party has been “taken over” by the Mises Caucus.
This page on their Platform was accessed via Wikipedia. The LP Mises Caucus supports private property rights, the Austrian School of economics, decentralization, localism, nullification, secession, non-interventionist foreign policy, and rejects socialism, central planning and central banking, wars of aggression and empire building, and identity politics and “wokism.”
In this video, Michael Malice interviews the new Chair of the Libertarian Party National Committee, Angela McArdle. She is closely associated with the LP’s Mises Caucus.
Maybe now the LP can oust the pretentious “woke” crapola, and get back to the non-aggression principle and the advocacy of self-ownership, which were the founding ideals of the LP.
Regarding their past Presidential candidates, Ron Paul in 1988 was the best, and Harry Browne in 1996 and 2000 a close second. The LP went further downhill after Browne and just became another wing of The State with its terrible nomination of statist Gary Johnson twice, and the psychologist Jo Jorgensen in 2020.
In 2020 LP presidential candidate Jacob Hornberger won the most votes in the primaries in states which “allowed” Libertarian Party primaries, getting roughly 9000+ votes vs. Jo Jorgensen’s roughly 5000 votes. But the LP convention nevertheless went with the “woke” moron Jorgensen rather than the principled Hornberger. Perhaps Hornberger’s constant criticism of the CIA and its crimes abroad bothered the sheeple of the LP? Perhaps the LP had been infiltrated by CIA? Who knows?
Maybe in 2024 the LP can get a candidate who is willing to tell the truth about the criminal regime in Washington and not be afraid of the truth. Maybe Jacob Hornberger can run again in 2024 (at age 74?).
Here are some of my further thoughts on libertarianism and the Libertarian Party:
Whoever the 2024 Libertarian Party presidential nominee is, he or she must confidently and powerfully condemn and denounce any and all Covid policies inflicted on us by bureaucrats. Any and all mandates, lockdowns, shut-downs, stay-in orders, masks, “vaccines” that are not vaccines, and everything else. Anyone who does NOT condemn and denounce, I would not touch with a ten-foot pole, that’s for sure. So for me personally, that’s my #1 issue.
And we need someone who not only utters the nice slogans, “No More Wars,” “Close Down the Foreign U.S. Military Bases,” etc., but will run on a platform to abolish and close down the CIA, the FBI, NSA, DHS, TSA, ICE, as well as the IRS, the Fed, CDC, NIH, FDA, the Departments of Education, Energy, and just about everything else that is not authorized by the U.S. Constitution.
And also a platform that makes use of the Constitution’s 10th Amendment that recognizes the right of the people to nullify the edicts of the U.S. government. For example, on oil drilling and becoming energy independent once again whether the Washington DC rulers like it or not. Also nullifying Covid mandates and prohibitions, vaccine and mask mandates, lockdowns, etc.
It would be nice to have someone who can rationally express why the war on drugs is immoral from the very beginning. Why each individual has a right to self ownership and the right to ingest whatever one wants and take responsibility for the consequences for one’s decisions.
Either the individual owns one’s body, or the government owns one’s body, in which case of course the government has the authority to tell you what you may or may not put into “your” body.
Do you own you, or does the government own you? Are you a slave?
And “Taxation Is Theft” isn’t just a slogan. The reason taxation is theft and slavery is that, for example if you did 100 hours of labor, then the compensation for that labor you receive from the employer or client belongs to you, because you’re the one who did the labor. Anyone who takes ANY of that compensation from you, via coercion or threats and in the absence of a voluntary contract, is committing theft.
For decades and decades the brainwashed American sheeple have not even paid any attention to the Libertarian Party, much thanks to the corporate media who are fused with the two government parties, Republicrat and Demopublican. Corporate “mainstream” media will not cover third parties in any meaningful way.
Republican, Democrat. Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Two sides of the same statist coin. “Government is Supreme” is their motto. They love the State.
And I hear these “conservatives” on talk radio who dismiss the Libertarian Party and say we MUST vote for the Republicans, only they can save us. I wrote my response to that a few months ago. Republicans are Democrat Lite.
And the far-right wing of the Republican party do not seem to get private property rights, free markets and freedom of contract. If they did, they would support the right of workers to get employment wherever they can get it, without having to get a government bureaucrat’s permission. And they would support the right of employers to hire the workers of their choosing without having to get a bureaucrat’s permission (i.e. the immigration issue).
And on the immigration issue, the current Libertarian Party platform plank on Free trade and Migration states: “We support the removal of governmental impediments to free trade. Political freedom and escape from tyranny demand that individuals not be unreasonably constrained by government in the crossing of political boundaries. Economic freedom demands the unrestricted movement of human as well as financial capital across national borders.”
Will these so-called “conservatives” ever realize that the problem is the government? That the problem is socialist government central planning?
And like some “libertarians,” Republicans (Democrats Lite) still believe in the income tax and they want to keep the IRS. Even when they are targeted by the evil, fascist IRS, they still LOVE the IRS! They also love the national security state and love the FBI, NSA, CIA and all the rest, regardless of all the abuses those government criminals have committed against Americans.
People have to wake up and realize that we will continue to have a repeat of these “left” and “right” swings, and an increasingly declining society as long as we only elect Republicans and Democrats to public office.
The two major parties are a criminal racket, in part because they have colluded to make restrictions on ballot access and keep third parties and independent candidates off the ballot. And the Republicans and Democrats are the fascist statist wing of government supporters. Propping up the criminal racket that is government is their first priority.
And the corporate “news” media have not been the journalists we might hope they would be. They have for the most part been propagandists for the government and mainly the Democrat party. Shame on them.
The Libertarian Party has to get back to its founding principles, advocating self-ownership, the non-aggression principle, private property rights, freedom of speech, freedom of thought and conscience, freedom of association and freedom of non-association, freedom of contract, the right of self-preservation and self-defense, the “right to be secure” in one’s “persons, houses, papers and effects,” and freedom of movement. (See my 2016 article on libertarianism and the Libertarian Party.)
Another important libertarian writer has died (of cancer), Becky Akers, who was very prominent on the LewRockwell.com blog. Lew Rockwell posted this message from, apparently, Becky’s husband:
My darling Becky went very peacefully at 1:10 Monday morning. She made a beautiful little sound of goodbye and a tear formed in her eye. She is at peace.
Becky wrote for several different organizations, but many readers knew her as Becky Akers of LewRockwell.com. Thank you so very much for your support of her efforts to promote liberty for over twenty years.
God bless you.
She was a Bible-believing Christian and advocate of liberty, and a passionate opponent of government interventionism in both domestic affairs and foreign policy. LRC readers especially knew her for her anti-TSA blogs and articles and more recently her anti-face mask and anti-CovidCon blogs as well.
I remember going to LewRockwell.com as I do every day, and delighting in seeing another new Becky Akers blog. Her writing was clear, clever and creative and, of course I agreed with much of what she had to say.
Her writing has also appeared on the Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, Barron’s, the New York Post, American History Magazine, the Independent Review, Military History Magazine, and the Ottawa Citizen.
And she’s written for The New American, and the Foundation for Economic Education as well. On her FEE article archive page, it states that her writing has also appeared on forbes.com, wnd.com, alternet.com, and ammoland.com. And she’s also had articles on the Daily Caller as well.
There was no more passionate opponent to the CovidCon, as she called it, or the Covid scamdemic, than Becky Akers. (Except ME, of course!) And she certainly opposed the fascist mandates, whether they were mask mandates, vaccine mandates (mandates for dangerous, experimental mRNA drug injections fraudulently referred to as “vaccines” that are not vaccines), or testing mandates and forcing people to have swabs shoved up their noses.
Oftentimes Becky referred to “Parson Goat,” which I think refers to Christian ministers who obediently complied with mandates and required their congregations to muzzle and suffocate themselves or get drug injections for no good reason, or who closed their churches for no good reason.
Her article, The Church of Covid, is a typical example of her such writing criticizing the betrayals by church people. She wrote:
The plandemic has unleashed poltroons, fiends and mountebanks on us, but few are more contemptible than Parson Goat.
Why? Because we expect evil from politicians and bureaucrats. Tony “Can’t Keep My Story Straight” Falsi behaves according to his nature; anyone who trusts this lifelong Marxist is as ludicrous a fool as he is. Ditto for the other bureaucrats in “Public Health.”
As for that roll of criminals ranging from Governor “Nuisance” Newsom in Californiastan through “Killer” Cuomo in The People’s Democratic Republic of New York, they’re politicians. ‘Nuff said.
But Parson Goat—graduate of seminary, preacher of the Word of God, supposedly devoted to Jesus Christ and His Gospel—well, much was given him, and so we require much from him.
Alas, he’s failed to deliver. To us and to the Lord, that is.
But he’s cooperated handsomely with Our Rulers to spread COVIDCon ever since he closed God’s house in direct violation of Scripture. Then, when politicians permitted him to re-open, he forced his sheep[le] to muzzle themselves, despite the Bible’s injunction to honor differing convictions.
Now comes his worst offence, if that’s possible: he’s turning our churches into Jab Joints.
All to enthusiastic if demonic applause from the corporate media: “…perhaps no one has been more effective at reaching older Black Virginians than pastors, preaching the lifesaving benefits of immunizations from the pulpit.” Yeah, why waste time on the Gospel when you can spout Marxist propaganda instead? One cleric even blasphemes “the blood of a lamb that kept the angel of death away” at Passover—and prefigured our Savior—by comparing it to The Jab: “This vaccine could be seen as putting blood on the doorpost,” he said. “We’re hoping and praying to get this plague to move on.” (Seriously, Buddy? I guess we can lay the myth of “systemic racism” to rest once and for all if you’ve led such a cushy life you dignify the flu as a “plague.”)
Parson Goat is never more infuriating than when he dabbles in politics. First off, he’s almost always illiterate in the subject; I’ve never met the cleric who can morally distinguish taxation from theft or explain why bureaucrats may properly steal from us but we sin if we rob them.
Second, Goats are intractable in their ignorance.
But we’ll give this heretic the benefit of the doubt and assume he’s obtuse rather than crooked—so obtuse he hasn’t considered his culpability when The Jab’s victims begin dying, losing vision, suffering paralysis, and convulsing. Yo, Parson: the government granted Big Pharma an exemption from liability—which leaves you as the chump holding the bag.
Here is a blog she wrote on the religious exemptions to mandates for the “vaccine” that’s not a vaccine.
Here is one of her many blogs on the masks, sharing some of her readers’ comments on the useless self-suffocating devices.
Sometimes she was quite overt in her criticism of the sheeple complying with the unnecessary mask diktats: “Yo, Masked Morons: take a lesson and give up your security-blanket before it becomes a long-standing practice.”
Sadly, I think the masks are now becoming a long-standing practice among the True Believer sheeple.
And she continues in this blog: “And the Stockholm Syndrome prompts many of our fellow hostages to prattle that after all, the government has our best interests at heart, so we should obey its commands, however ludicrous or even harmful they may be.”
And this blog is titled, “More on Masks, Unfortunately,” in which Becky wrote:
Meanwhile, most of the Masked Morons apparently overlook this detail about their newest toy as well: “Masks get saturated with moisture from the mouth and nose after about 20 minutes. Once they’re wet, they no longer form a barrier against viruses trying to come through or exit.”
“Or exit.” Think about that. The gentleman who sent me both these stories boasts a scientific background; he’s so knowledgeable in his field of “injury biomechanics” that he’s testified in court as an expert witness all over North America. And he phrased that idea this way: “The face mask is a petri dish for growing pathogens. Why should people be required to wear biomedical waste on their face and expose others to this toxic brew?”
He also “checked the CDC website. They warn that any employee must immediately wash hands after even touching the mask. I see employees of supermarkets fiddling with their masks all the time. They are transmitting viruses and bacteria to everything they touch thereafter.”
Eeeewww. So all you clerks can quit giving the Great Unmasked dirty looks.
At this point, studies abound proving the dangers of constantly sporting a mask, both to the wearer and to others. The politicians issuing these decrees prize their own power above all else; they couldn’t care less about imperiling us, so long as their reign continues. And the folks who obey their edicts despise facts and logic; they run on emotion, as Our Rulers well know. The serfs want to feel good about themselves. Politicians’ ceaseless injunctions to “protect others” resonate far more loudly with them than do any pleas to respect freedom. Then, too, masks are a very visible and relatively simple way for a True Believer to broadcast his Marxist faith in Leviathan.
Besides the CovidCon scamdemic, “vaccines” that are not vaccines and masks, Becky had also written many blogs and articles on the fascist TSA.
I searched LewRockwell.com for “Becky Akers TSA,” and there are just too many articles and blogs by Becky on the “Thieves and Sexual Assailants,” as she would call them. For example, in this post Becky described how TSA whistleblowers are treated, and how TSA is a hostile work environment.
And I wanted to quote from a particularly good one. In “NFL, DHS, TSA (Apologies To the Few Members of the Alphabet I Left Out),” Becky wrote about the TSA wannabes of the NFL:
Sure, I’m a sexist: I expect men to be men. And I expect men who tackle and fight other men on fields as drenched in testosterone as the NFL’s to exhibit that manliest of virtues, courage. But no: the NFL’s fraidy-cats bleated in 2011 that the police-state should grope “all fans … from the ankles up … to improve fan safety.” Right. Why don’t such Nervous Nellies admit that sexual assault of every attendee is far more dangerous than whatever peril they’re pretending to prevent? Instead, they treat folks who’ve shelled out megabucks for tickets as criminals rather than customers. Then they pull the same scam the TSA does, with that Satanic agency as their accomplice: they sell fans the right to enter stadia as they used to, free of manhandling, just as the TSA sells “PreCheck” to passengers fed up with its groping.
Moreover, according to an article TK forwarded me, the busybodies at the Department of Homeland Stupidity inflict themselves on hapless fans in yet another way: “…federal agents who usually fight terrorists [sic for ‘who usually gate-rape innocent passengers’] are stalking [Minneapolis’] skyways and scrutinizing shopping tags to figure out if they can seize” the “fake Super Bowl merchandise … flooding into the Twin Cities this week…”
“Before last year’s Super Bowl in Houston, agents [sic for ‘thugs’] with the Department of Homeland Security [sic for ‘Insecurity’] — working [sic] with local law enforcement — confiscated more than 260,000 counterfeit items worth more than $20 million, court records show. A total of 56 people were arrested for selling illegal merchandise, including fake tickets to the big game.
“And that wasn’t the biggest haul. That happened in 2016, when 450,000 illegal items worth $39 million were seized.”
And what is Our Rulers’ response to the “big problem” troubling their cronies at the NFL? “On Monday, a Hennepin County judge granted the league and its agents permission to seize all suspected contraband without the notices typically required in court.” Ah! Do I smell the TSA’s rank stench as it coaches the NFL on ditching such niceties as search warrants and other constraints on badged bullies?
I despise sports nor ever attend a game, so it’s easy for me to ask why anyone in his right mind not only tolerates but actually pays –and pays a lot — for such abuse. But then I wonder the same thing about passengers on airlines.
Besides her articles on the TSA, CovidCon and the suffocation devices, Becky also wrote about the FBI’s concocting terrorism plots in order to thwart them, such as when the CIA and NYPD helped in such a noble effort.
As a historian, Becky was also enthusiastically interested in the American Revolution and the Founding of America, which she termed more recently, Amerika. She had written two novels, Halestorm and Abducting Arnold.
Her first novel, Halestorm, is available at Amazon, which has this description:
Handsome, brilliant, memorable: he was the wrong man for the wrong assignment. No wonder his first mission behind enemy lines was also his last. But from his failure came the hope and determination that birthed a new nation.
The name’s Hale, Nathan Hale, the most endearing hero of the American Revolution. Halestorm presents the true—well, mostly true; OK, partially true—story of the legendary 21-year-old spy who hanged after regretting he had only one life to give for his country.
Early death ought to be enough disaster for any guy, but Nathan also has a spirited sweetheart, a penchant for puns—and a deadly rival for his lady’s hand.
Filled with love and conflict, murder and betrayal, Halestorm stirs our deepest emotions as it transports readers to the exotic world of Revolutionary America and asks, “What would you choose: love, honor, or freedom?”
And her sequel to Halestorm, Abducting Arnold, is also available at Amazon, which has this description:
Benedict Arnold is the archetypal traitor—or was he? Abducting Arnold is historical fiction at its best, richly dramatizing the American Revolution’s most brilliant officer while turning little-known history into an edge-of-your-seat thriller.
Cry, laugh, exult and rage as you read of General Arnold’s attempt to betray the Patriots’ Cause. When his fellow officers foil his treachery in the nick of time, Arnold flees to British lines in New York City, the most wanted man in America.
Now, three months later, a young woman joins him. Clem Shippen is as skilled in the kitchen as she is homely, a cousin-in-law with scarce prospects for marriage who has previously served as Arnold’s cook. But this time there’s an added ingredient: she is also a spy for General George Washington. He hopes to kidnap the traitorous Arnold and smuggle him back to American lines for trial and execution with Clem’s enthusiastic help. Enthusiastic, that is, until she realizes that Arnold may be a hero after all—and uncovers explosive information tying her fate and that of the new country to his…
A novel of espionage, heartbreakingly close calls, and profound betrayal, Abducting Arnold will entrance you from its opening pages to its surprising denouement!
And I wanted to repost this April 13, 2020 interview here that Becky did with Patriot’s Lament radio, regarding the Covid hysteria and the Soviet Amerikan churches closing down in their obedience to their real god, the State. She was a knowledgeable Bible-believing Christian who defended civil disobedience. In the interview she also addressed the TSA (“Thieves and Sexual Assailants”) and the parents who willingly bring their precious children to airports to be criminally assaulted by TSA thugs and rapists.
I sure did look forward to Becky Akers’s blogs and articles, and found her and her writing to be inspiring. She definitely had an influence on me, that’s for sure. Her passing is quite a loss, and is truly a loss for the liberty movement.
Laurence Vance at the Future of Freedom Foundation presents the “Libertarian Brand,” clarifying some confusion about libertarianism that many people unfortunately have. Not necessarily the Libertarian Party but libertarianism in general. This terrific article also includes summaries of the Democrat and Republican parties and their brands, and why libertarianism is the way to have a free society.
Ernest Hancock of Freedom’s Phoenix interviews Michael Heise of the Libertarian Party Mises Caucus, on libertarian issues and campaigns, and the Libertarian Party Mises Caucus. Both video and audio links on that page.
Also on that page is the LP Mises Caucus Platform:
Statement of Purpose: Our purpose is to promote economic literacy within the Libertarian Party as taught by the Austrian school of economics, to stress the importance of sound economics as critical to the Libertarian Party message, and to advocate applying the science of human action—praxeology—in Libertarian Party efforts to counter the statism of both Democrats and Republicans. We promote opposition to war, advocacy of decentralization, and privatization both politically and monetarily as the highest priority issues for all libertarians. As a community and work culture, our emphasis is on coalition building- working together on things which we agree, in order to achieve political objectives in the real world and expose non-libertarians to the superiority of governance by the market instead of the State.
Plank 1 – Property Rights: We recognize the right to property as natural and self-evident, and advocate private property rights from both an ontological and utilitarian perspective. We affirm that private property rights extend from self-ownership and the scarcity inherent to our material existence. We condemn all fraud and initiatory violence towards a person’s life, liberty, and property. We contend that private property is the best way to reduce and reconcile conflict between individuals. We advocate non-corporatist privatization wherever possible. We categorically reject socialism, defined as the non-private collective ownership of resources.
Plank 2 – Economics: Economics is the study of human action in the context of scarcity. We recognize the Austrian School of Economics as the preeminent body of economic science, whose analysis acts as a polestar, informing and under-girding libertarian political prescriptions.
Plank 3 – Money: We reject all forms of State intervention into monies and currencies, with the understanding that competing monies are the cornerstone of a functional economy. We define State intervention to include, but not be limited to, private or public central banking, State issue of currency, banking regulations, the State making purchases of monies, currencies, stocks, bonds, treasuries, or specie, and legal tender laws. We support the aggression-free competition and proliferation of free market monies and currencies in all their forms.
Plank 4 – Decentralization: We recognize that freedom of association manifests itself politically in the form of absolute right of self-determination. We support decentralization – subsidiarity, secession, nullification, and localism – of political units all the way down to the individual as a means of expanding choice and competition in governance for all individuals. We recognize and affirm that the State is not the same thing as governance.
Plank 5 – War: We advocate the abolition of empire including ending the terror war, bringing all the troops home, and closing at least all foreign bases. We advocate a policy of armed neutrality in all conflicts where we are not directly attacked, and the transition of defense and security services from the State to the free market whenever and however feasible, including the abolition of gun control laws. We advocate peace and trade with all, alliances with none. We support the precipitous reduction of nuclear arms. We reject non-defensive war against state actors, and reject war as a means of pursuing justice against non-state aggressors. We reject first-use of sanctions, being a form of siege and therefore an act of war. We reject the subsidy of business through taxpayer funded security and intelligence services. We reject the State’s use of proxy entities to perform any of these activities.
Plank 6 – Lifestyle Choices: We take no stance on the personal, cultural, or social preferences of individuals or groups. One’s lifestyle is merely an extension of their property rights. Thus, no individual or group can rightfully claim jurisdiction over the lifestyle of another. We assert only that any and all lifestyle choices must not violate the property rights of others.
Plank 7 – Identity Politics: We categorically reject all forms of identity politics as nothing more than weaponized tribal collectivism that is antithetical to individualism.
Plank 8 – Omissions: Our silence about any other particular government law, regulation, ordinance, directive, edict, control, regulatory agency, activity, or machination should not be construed to imply approval. We seek to enunciate our top priorities, not the entirety of our positions.
Last week on the “Clay and Buck Show” one of them said that people are “imbeciles” if they vote for Libertarian Party candidates this year. I think it was Thursday February 3rd during the 2nd or 3rd hour of their show.
And they’re saying the usual, “There’s so much at stake” with the November elections. You would have to vote for Republicans, especially this time around!
Riiiight. We should all vote for … the “Stupid Party.”
Like all those past times when the Republicans won victories and had majorities, 1994, 2000, 2010, 2014?
As Murray Rothbard observed,
…first, left-liberals, in power, make a Great Leap Forward toward collectivism; then, when, in the course of the political cycle, four or eight years later, conservatives come to power, they of course are horrified at the very idea of repealing anything; they simply slow down the rate of growth of statism, consolidating the previous gains of the Left, and providing a bit of R&R for the next liberal Great Leap Forward….
For instance, after the dreaded Jimmy Carter, in 1980 Reagan won the election by a landslide. And what did Reagan do?
Yes, in his first year as President, Reagan cut taxes. Sort of. And then in his second year he signed a very large tax increase bill that also added new regulations. The 1982 “Tax Equity” bill actually rescinded some of the tax cuts that would have occurred that were provided by the previous “tax cuts” bill.
As Sheldon Richman pointed out, regarding Reagan’s tax hikes and deceptions, the Reagan administration “imposed withholding on interest and dividends,” raised the gas tax, raised Social Security taxes, “shifted $120 billion over five years from visible personal income taxes to hidden business taxes. It lowered the rates, but it also repealed or reduced many deductions.”
Again, Mr. Libertarian, Murray Rothbard on Ronald Reagan’s “eight dreary, miserable, mind-numbing years” as President:
Reagan not only increased government spending by an enormous amount – so enormous that it would take a 40 percent cut to bring us back to Carter’s wild spending totals of 1980 – he even substantially increased the percentage of government spending to GNP. That’s a “revolution”?
Then when campaigning for President, Reagan’s VP George H.W. Bush promised, “No New Taxes,” and after Bush was elected in 1988 he raised taxes.
Then in 1991 warmonger Bush the elder started the first war in Iraq for no good reason, his U.S. military bombed and destroyed Iraqi civilian water and sewage treatment centers, and he imposed sanctions and no-fly zones on the Iraqis which caused them to have to use untreated water which led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians by the mid-1990s, and hundreds of thousands more by the year 2000. There wouldn’t have been a 9/11 had the U.S. government and military not started those aggressions abroad. 9/11 was blowback.
And what was Bush the younger’s response to 9/11? More wars, more interventions, more invasions overseas. Statists never learn, unfortunately.
And after 9/11 the Republicans (aided and abetted by Democrats of course) gave us the Patriot Act, which set the table for persecuting and imprisoning dissenters and critics of the regime in Washington.
In their hysterical response to 9/11, Republicans gave us the DHS, TSA, Gitmo, the NDAA power to indefinitely detain Americans for any reason without charges or any due process whatsoever. (Note the experiences of those January 6th participants being persecuted and detained, which I warned over ten years ago would happen.)
Thanks, Republicans. The alternative in 1988 was Libertarian Party candidate Ron Paul, who would have ended foreign interventionism and closed down the foreign U.S. military bases located where they don’t belong, and brought the U.S. troops back to the U.S.
Ron Paul wouldn’t have started a war against Iraq in 1991 as Bush the elder did, obviously.
Ron Paul ran for President as a Republican in 2008, suggesting we apply the Golden Rule to U.S. foreign policy, which received “Booos” from the neanderthals in that debate audience.
Paul ran again in 2012. That last campaign was one in which Herman Cain gave his “9-9-9” plan: a 9% flat tax on individuals, 9% flat tax on businesses, and 9% consumption tax. Ron Paul’s response? “0-0-0.” Why? Because it’s immoral to steal, and government taxation is stealing.
As Murray Rothbard would say, taxation is theft. Taxation is theft because it is involuntary, and not based on a voluntary contract.
Unlike Republicans, the libertarian view is to repeal all forms of involuntary, coerced and compelled taxation-thefts and let people keep and do whatever they want with everything they earn or honestly acquire. Is that imbecilic? I think that Republicans’ love of the evil IRS is imbecilic.
Laurence Vance has many terrific articles online on tax policy. As Vance says, there is not much difference between most Republicans in Congress and the Bernie Sanders socialists. Vance explains the Republicans’ cluelessness on taxes, their love of government control of healthcare, and their low ranking in the Freedom Index. In 2013 Vance detailed the Republicans’ bloated budgets and their lies.
In 2018 after Republicans lost their majority in the House, Vance discussed what the Republicans could have done when they had majorities. Vance also noted how the Republicans make America socialist again, and tells us who the efficiency experts for the welfare state are: Republicans and conservatives, of course.
Perhaps instead of calling Libertarian voters “imbeciles,” talk radio conservatives might want to take a realistic view of what Republicans are and what they actually do.
And then the shyster Donald Trump came along. Oy vey.
Donald Trump’s cutting taxes and deregulation were great for the economy in the short term. The corporate tax cuts were made permanent, but the individual tax cuts were made to be only temporary. They will all have expired by 2025. So that was a shell game, in my view, a total scam. in which “Trump tax cuts” are really tax INCREASES! And in his refusal to cut spending in any meaningful way, Trump made skyrocketing budget deficits and the national debt even worse.
And Trump’s response to Covid was horrible. Despite his promising to “Drain the Swamp,” Trump’s deference to the Swamp Creatures in Covid encouraged the lockdown-mask-house-arrest fascism that occurred throughout the country. He knew he should have fired the very Swampy Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx. And Trump himself knew early on that Covid was mainly a cold or flu with a very low fatality rate. In fact, Fauci knew early on that Covid-19 would have a flu-like fatality rate!
Then Trump pushes “Operation Warp Speed” to rush experimental deadly “vaccines” that are not vaccines but gene therapy drug treatments, in which the injected nevertheless get infected with Covid and continue spreading the virus onto others. More recently Trump boasted of getting “boosted” with that crap. He might as well say, “We are all shills for Big Pharma now.”
And Trump fraudulently presented himself as the one to “Drain the Swamp,” which was the main reason why the establishment, the leftists, academia, corporate media, and the national security statists hated him and tried to impeach him on made-up charges, why Covid was exploited to incite fear and panic toward imposing mail-in cheating to steal the 2020 election, and why the FBI Gestapo instigated the “insurrection” to frame him.
But Trump did not “drain the Swamp.” He had four years to drain the Swamp, and what did he do? His whole administration was a police lineup of Swamp Creatures, police statists, national security apparatchiks, neocons, interventionists, warmongers, crony corporatists…Jeff Sessions, Bill Barr, James Comey, Chris Wray, Steve Mnuchin, Rex Tillerson, James Mattis, John Kelly, H.R. McMaster, Reince Priebus, Rick Perry, Elaine Chao…and…Mike Pence! And more! The list goes on and on.
So for the 2020 election Trump ran for reelection after nearly a year of Covid lockdowns and suffocating mask mandates that he didn’t do anything to stop, but also running on a short-term economic boom.
And this is where I have criticism of the Libertarian Party, but not for the same reasons that “Clay and Buck” have in their viewing libertarian voters as “imbeciles.”
No, my criticism of the Libertarian Party in the 2020 elections are of their own idiocy and elitism. As I wrote in this post, in the states that allowed Libertarian Party primaries in 2020, Jacob Hornberger was the big winner, getting 9,035 votes and 7 state wins against Jo Jorgensen’s 5,034 votes and 2 state wins. Yet, the LP convention attendees decided to nevertheless give Jorgensen the nomination for President. Mainly based on gender identity and “woke” reasons, obviously, but also maybe based on Hornberger’s constant criticism of the CIA. Some people believe the LP is infiltrated by the CIA, just as are the Republican and Democrat parties.
So in that case, it is the Libertarian Party apparatchik conventioneers who are the “imbeciles,” not the actual LP voters in the primaries.
But when it comes to Libertarian vs. Republican parties in elections, the ones who actually walk the walk on “free markets,” “individual liberty,” and “private property” are the Libertarians (usually), not the Republicans. Note the articles I cited above by Laurence Vance on the welfare/warfare statist, tax-n-spend Republicans.
One example I like to mention is the 2002 gubernatorial election in Massachusetts. It was Libertarian Carla Howell who campaigned on a platform of small government and free markets. But it was statist Republican Willard Romney who was elected.
And what did statist Republican Gov. Romney do? He raised corporate taxes, and raised fees by a lot as well. And then…he imposed RomneyCare on the people of Massachusetts, which was a model for ObamaCare! Thanks, Republicans.
And thanks to the predictable failures of RomneyCare, health care costs went up, not down. And RomneyCare also adversely affected some hospitals’ care for the poor, and killed some 18,000 Massachusetts jobs. Ultimately Massachusetts bureaucrats imposed health care price controls.
Meanwhile, the 2002 LP candidate for governor Carla Howell was at the same time pushing an initiative petition to repeal the state’s income tax, a ballot question that received 45%. So we know where she’s coming from. And her health care policy would probably have gone in the opposite direction, away from government control and toward the direction of the people’s control over their own health care. But no, we can’t have that. Libertarians are “imbeciles,” according to Clay and Buck (and many other Republicans and conservatives who ultimately love government control, that’s for sure).
And currently, the LP candidate for governor of New Hampshire is Karlyn Borysenko, who happens to be more critical of woke-ism than most Republicans. She is the author of the new book, Actively Unwoke: The Ultimate Guide for Fighting Back Against the Woke Insanity in Your Life, and see her Substack, Actively Unwoke. For instance, here she writes how Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin did NOT ban “critical race theory” in the schools. Here is her Twitter.
Now, I don’t know Borysenko’s views on LGBT and transgender stuff, but the Republican incumbent governor she is running against, Chris Sununu signed a bill into law banning discrimination based on gender identity, and banning “conversion therapy” as well. Sununu also imposed Covid fascism stay-at-home orders, business closures and mask mandates.
So, Sununu doesn’t believe in freedom of movement, private property rights, freedom of thought and conscience and freedom of association. A typical Republican, in other words, just like Democrats.
Worse, while Sununu didn’t arrest people outside his house for protesting his fascist policies, the FBI did subsequently go after some of them for alleged Bitcoin-related “crimes.” (So much for New Hampshire being the “Live Free Or Die” state, oh well.)
But many people will nevertheless vote for Sununu again, because he has that “R” after his name. After all, only “imbeciles” would vote for libertarians. And it will probably be the same thing in the other states, more rearranging of deck chairs with Republicans.
Laurence Vance: Do Victimless Crimes Have Victims?
Jacob Hornberger: The Real Lessons of the Afghanistan Disaster
Murray Rothbard: Hoover’s Attack on Laissez-Faire
John Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead: You’d Better Watch Out: The Surveillance State Has a Naughty List, and You’re On It
Vasko Kohlmayer: The World Gone Mad: The Covid Vaccine Derangement
Jefferson Morley: JFK Redacted: Operation Northwoods Was Approved and Never Cancelled
Thomas DiLorenzo: America’s Dr. Mengele
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr: Media Lambastes Sen. Ron Johnson for Speaking Truth: Yes, Fauci Did ‘Overhype’ Danger of HIV
And Doug Bandow: How Much Should America Spend To Fight China? And for What?
According to “Free Keene,” the Timberlane, New Hampshire school commissars had a parent molested, harassed, abducted and booked (and I assume fingerprinted) for the “crime” of not wearing a mask at the meeting and for not self-segregating in the section reserved for the unclean unmasked slaves. The parent, Nolan Pelletier, happens to be the current chairman of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire.
The ignorant school board chairwomanperson, Kimberly Farah, canceled a previous meeting for irrational, cowardly reasons as well as having had a woman there arrested for not wearing a self-suffocation device.
In New Hampshire, which used to be known as the “Live Free Or Die” State, I guess some of the fascist educrats still have superstitious faith in these masks-gags even though the muzzles do nothing to prevent the spread of viruses.
Anyway, the arrested parent Nolan Pelletier will be arraigned on November 29th. As the “Free Keene” writer states,
Also, none of the other maskless people in the main seating area were charged, including Jessica Pelletier, who was seated right next to Nolan and left sitting there by police when they removed him. Others in the segregated section spoke out, including a man who told the school board they are slimeballs who belong in Massachusetts. He promised they would be publicly shamed and told them that they are disgusting. I hope he is right. People like these scum need to be shamed so much they quit their jobs and move out of New Hampshire. Eventually the government schools need to be ended entirely, but for now the best choice for freedom-loving parents is to get their kids out of the government schools, as soon as possible.
But in Maskachusetts, there seems to be little opposition to the mask mandates, no surprise there.
Here is a tweet from the NH Libertarian Party on behalf of Nolan Pelletier:
The Future of Freedom Foundation had a civil liberties webinar recently. Ron Paul spoke about Property Ownership: The Ultimate Civil Liberty. From that page:
Dr. Paul explains how without property rights, all other rights are impossible. Starting with the ultimate property right, the rights to one’s own body, to the sanctity of contracts, to the right of the people “to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures,” property rights are the fount from which liberty flows.
Besides the mayor’s races in Boston and New York that I discussed previously, there are also off-year governor’s races in New Jersey and Virginia. The elections are tomorrow, Tuesday, but I don’t have that much time now, so I’ll have to keep this brief.
I’m sure that by now you know my point of view, that most politicians are scum, and criminals. Even some of the so-called “libertarian” ones suck because of being statists or being mealy-mouthed gutless wonders, afraid to say without question that the gubmint is a racket, which it is, and much of it needs to be dismantled forthwith.
But we have to write about the continuation of elections to see which candidate can out-statist the other, which is more fascist than the other and which is more communist than the other. Not that there’s that much difference.
So, those governor’s races. My own view is that those offices are not necessary and should be abolished. Just take a realistic look at what those people have been doing, and most sensible people should agree with me on that.
Sometimes that office of governor is referred to as “gubernatorial” (appropriately pronounced “goobernatorial”), so these are goobernatorial elections here.
In New Joisey incumbent Democrat goober Phil Murphy is running for reelection, opposed by a Republican Jack Ciattarelli, and some third-party candidates, Green Party candidate Madelyn Hoffman, Socialist Workers Party [again, more self-contradictions] candidate Joanne Kuniansky, and Libertarian Party candidate Gregg Mele.
We already know that Phil Murphy is a corrupt, incompetent moron, with his presiding over one of the highest number of Covid deaths per capita, along with New York and Massachusetts. (Even though the CDC has been counting non-Covid deaths as “Covid deaths,” so it’s all a huge farce, but whatever.)
Gov. Murphy has shown throughout the Covid scam what an autocratic dictator he is, with no understanding of the Constitutional limits on his power (“above my pay grade,” etc.). Many of these fascist governors have come out of the closet regarding their unapologetic urges to impose unconstitutional orders on the people. He needs to be impeached and jailed, let alone lose his reelection bid.
And to show what a slimy slithering sleazebag Murphy is, Project Veritas has revealed, at least through a senior campaign advisor, that Murphy will not tell the people of New Jersey before this election that he intends to impose a state-wide vaccine mandate (and for no good reason except to make people less healthy and compromise their own immune systems), and that he will make that order public after he is reelected (or IF he is).
And Republican Jack Ciattarelli is a Trump supporter, and all over the map on the social issues. He looks like a typical statist Rethug. He writes stuff on his campaign website like, regarding law enforcement, “Oppose the release of internal affairs and personnel records going back decades – as well as going forward…” and “Oppose Civilian Review Boards with or without subpoena power…” So, he opposes police accountability and transparency. Talk about an authoritarian police statist. Worse, his name starts with “Cia,” as in …
There’s no need to discuss the “Green” and Socialist party candidates. They probably want more government power and control over your miserable little life. That’s about the size of it. They are just exaggerated forms of Demopublican and Republicrat.
But in New Jersey there is a Libertarian candidate, Gregg Mele, who sounds good on getting rid of all the fascist Covid policies. But on education. at least in this interview, he doesn’t say abolish government schools. That’s very important. He is for “school choice,” and on some of the other education-bureaucracy related stuff he seems in favor of keeping the government-controlled system in place, just “trim that” and “cutting costs.” Not particularly libertarian — perhaps he should be a Republican. Libertarians are for total separation of education and state, and abolishing government schools, period.
In Virginia, former governor Terry McAuliffe is the Democrat hoping to return to that office, versus Republican Glenn Youngkin, and Princess Blanding of the “Liberation” (sic) Party.
Some of third-party candidate Princess Blanding’s platform is reasonable and with some actual libertarian aspects, such as releasing non-violent “offenders” from jails and dropping drug-related charges, legalizing marijuana (although all drug laws need to be repealed), and ending “qualified immunity” in government police. However, she has other, non-libertarian, “progressive” views such as promoting government education and imposing policies that advance the crackpot “climate change” agenda. I think that Blanding might find articles on FFF.org and LRC of interest, and articles by Murray Rothbard, and maybe she can have a better understanding of why government should not have a monopoly on community policing or education and why private property rights and the first 10 Amendments of the Constitution are important.
This one is really gross. Republican Glenn Youngkin spent decades with the Carlyle Group including during the time of 9/11, and has even been its CEO. So he was heavily involved with this “private equity, asset management and financial services” company that has had a relationship with the Bush family and its cronies, the Saudis and the bin Laden family. Need I say more?
And Democrat Terry McAuliffe is a tired old political hack, with a long relationship with the Clintons. Just look at his Wikipedia bio and see how dripping and oozing with corruption and sleaze this guy is.
And then, this week we hear that some people within the McAuliffe campaign and local media coordinated to present fake “white supremacists” showing support for Youngkin, which was all exposed soon after this fiasco took place.
If I lived in Virginia, and actually voted, I would probably write in libertarian Jacob Hornberger whose Future of Freedom Foundation is located in Fairfax, so I assume he’s a resident there.
I have been spending a lot of time here on the Covid/vaccine scam racket, so it’s time to return to politics. There are races for mayor in some cities and for governor in some states, you know. Let’s discuss.
I’ll address the races for mayor in Boston and New York here.
The race for mayor of Boston is down to two female candidates, both Democrats, with no third-party alternatives. Fascist city councilors Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George. As usual, the people of Boston have a choice between Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Oh, well.
Like their Democrat President Joe Biden (D-Shady Pines), both Wu and George are Covid vaccine fascists, as both support government-imposed vaccine mandates. The mask crap is bad enough, you two. Wu wants to mandate vaccine “Your Papers Please” at all city restaurants, gyms and performance halls.
I can’t believe just how ignorant today’s politicians are now. There is no reason for any of these “vaccines” that are not vaccines, or lockdowns, mandates, or masks. Covid has a 99.9% survival rate, and asymptomatic carriers are not spreading the virus. So all those fascist policies have been based on a lie.
Anyway, both candidates, Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George, are also climate crusader kooks. True believers in the climate stuff. Don’t they understand that the Earth’s climate has been changing ever since it began, like for hundreds of millions of years now. Climate change has been happening naturally, and not at all influenced by human industrial activity, or human-caused carbon emissions. And there’s nothing humans can do to “end climate change.” There is no actual science or evidence to back up the assertions that humans are causing “worse and more intense storms, worse hurricanes,” and so on. The True Believers only have computer models, that have been wrong. Oh, well.
Now, the “news”casters have been saying that with either fascist the people of Boston will be electing their first elected “person of color” as mayor. I don’t see why Asians or oriental Asian Americans are considered “people of color.” I guess because ethnically they are considered “non-white.” Michelle Wu is of Taiwanese heritage.
And Annissa Essaibi George says she identifies as a “woman of color,” even though when I search her name and click on images I see … a WHITE person! Shouldn’t you have some “color” if you are a “person of color”? I know, technically white is a color. But I think being “of color” supposedly means “non-white.”
But does it really matter what someone’s skin color or race is? A fascist is a fascist. Or communist, however you want to put it. They aren’t freedom advocates, that’s for sure.
Let’s get out of Boston, and move on to New York now. I mean that figuratively, of course. I would never actually move to New York. I am not a masochist.
In the current election for mayor of New York City, there are two major-party candidates, and several other candidates. The Democrat is former cop Eric Adams, who supports, you guessed it, Mayor Bill Duh Blasio’s government-imposed Covid vaccine mandates. The Republican is radio talk show personality and Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, who is against the mandates.
I had the unfortunate circumstance to be listening to Bloomberg Radio later yesterday and heard Joe Mathieu (pause much?) interviewing Sliwa and Adams.
Unfortunately, even though he is against the vaccine mandates, Sliwa is ignorant about the Covid and “vaccine” situation. And he said that he has three kids in “public” schools, a.k.a. government indoctrination prisons, and he says he wants his kids “vaccinated” (against Covid) and that the school kids “need to be protected,” by “vaccinating” them (with experimental drug injections that are already causing young people heart inflammation and other adverse reactions and death?).
And Adams told the pausing Mathieu that we should “follow the science,” which, unfortunately, to him means following the anti-science “advice” of the CDC and “public health” agencies, all those rubber-stampers for Pfizer and Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Glaxo and all points between.
Oh, well. So much for these two clowns, Sliwa and Adams.
Anyway, Sliwa actually supports the unconstitutional “stop and frisk” policy of government police goons stopping mainly minority youths and searching them, without a reason to suspect them of an actual crime that may have been committed.
But like it or not, government goons have to obey the LAW, which is the Constitution they swore to obey, which includes the Fourth Amendment. So it sounds like Sliwa doesn’t want to do that.
If you want to reduce crime in the streets, then repeal all the drug laws. Drug prohibition causes a black market which raises the price of drugs which incentivizes low-lifes to want to be drug pushers in playgrounds to get youths addicted, and drug prohibition creates the drug traffickers, drug lords, cartels and so prohibition contributes to the increases in the actual crimes of robbery, assault and murder in society.
Additionally, repealing all minimum wage laws will bring back many entry-level jobs in the cities so that the youths can have that important first job and getting their foot in the door of opportunity that statists have taken away from them with their bad government-compelled minimum wage policies. When the youths have a part-time job (or full time), that keeps them busy and more responsible, so they won’t get involved in drugs or criminal activity. There would be much less of an opportunity for Curtis Sliwa and other police-state fascists to stop and harass youths just standing around being black or Latino.
But sadly, the two statist party candidates, TweedleRepublican and TweedleDemocrat Sliwa and Adams don’t mention those necessary things.
Adams was endorsed by the conservative New York Post, and Sliwa was endorsed by talk radio personalities Sean Hannity and Frank Morano.
But unlike in Boston, there actually are more candidates from which to choose for mayor of New York. According to Ballotpedia, those candidates are: William Pepitone (Conservative Party), Quanda Francis (Empowerment Party), Raja Flores (Humanity United Party), Stacey Prussman (Libertarian Party), Skiboky Stora (Out Lawbreaker Party), Catherine Rojas (Party for Socialism and Liberation [self-contradictory much?]), and Fernando Mateo (Save Our City Party).
Sadly, Ballotpedia is showing how statist it is by giving only the initial “L” in parentheses after Stacey Prussman’s name, but it spells out all the other candidates’ parties in parentheses. I put the full word “Libertarian” in there.
According to the Forward, Libertarian candidate for mayor of New York Stacey Prussman is the “art, culture and food” candidate, the one who wants to be “the Jewish mother of New York City.”
Prussman is a recovering eating disorder sufferer and a vegetarian who wants to open more vegan kosher delis in New York. She wants to fight hate among the youth by teaching young students to cook. Quoted in the article, she says, “And then when they get older, they know how to make their own food and be healthy and to enjoy a meal together with someone from a different culture and background.”
So let’s fight all those anti-carrot juice bigots out there.
Anyway, Prussman’s platform is not particularly “libertarian,” such as promoting a “Universal Tax Equity” and “Equitable Basic Income” plan, to “provide 2,000 full time New York City residents who filed taxes from 2014 to 2019 with $2,000 a month for 2 years….”
No, you see as Murray Rothbard would say, taxation is theft. Taxation is theft because it is involuntary, and not based on a voluntary contract which any legitimate transaction would be based on.
So, because taxation is theft, the real libertarian plan is to repeal all forms of involuntary, coerced and compelled taxation-thefts and let people keep and do whatever they want with everything they earn or honestly acquire, and tell government thugs to stop stealing from the people!
And people have a right to their privacy and security, so no reporting anything to the government. If it is invasive to have to report your personal life matters to your neighbors then it is invasive (and thus criminal to coerce or compel) to have to report anything to the government.
However, Stacey Prussman does promote legalizing cannabis and decriminalizing sex work. Those are libertarian positions.
At least there are alternatives to the two statist party candidates, Tweedledum and Tweedledee. But at the end of the day, the city of New York needs to decentralize, as do all cities and towns, and the states of course, and especially, good ol’ United State of Amerika, USSA.
Jacob Hornberger: Abolish, Don’t Reform, the Income Tax
A New Hampshire state legislator has filed for a constitutional amendment to put a question on the 2022 state ballot for New Hampshire to leave the United States of America, a NHExit.
According to WND, the Amendment would read, “New Hampshire peaceably declares independence from the United States and immediately proceeds as a sovereign nation. All other references to the United States in this constitution, state statutes, and regulations are nullified.”
I looked through the New Hampshire Libertarian Party twitter to see if there has been any reaction:
Just a reminder, the American Declaration of Independence reads:
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
Any of that sound familiar?
I don’t really know that much about the New York City mayoral election going on now. Apparently there have been some screw-ups and this “ranked-choice” voting supposedly is involved in some way.
In ranked choice voting, allegedly, if the top vote getter doesn’t get over 50% of the votes, then voters have stated who their second choice would be, and it goes on from there to intentionally confuse the voters, as that is one tactic of the cheaters out there in order to get their candidate who did not win, to win.
But the truth is, when you have the candidate who received the most number of votes but not over 50%, the rest of the candidates together are not the equivalent of a single candidate opposing that top vote-getter. The rest of the candidates are all individual candidates. They are not a collective group that equals one opponent to the top vote-getter. That just is not the case and it shouldn’t be the case. Yet, that is really what the “ranked choice” proponents seem to be implying. There is no legitimate reason to have to get over 50% of the votes!
Now, here is a legitimate election: the one who receives the most number of votes wins. And that’s it. You don’t have to get 50% or more. Just get the most number of votes. Duh. You can have many candidates, and the top vote-getter gets something less than 50% like 39% for sake of discussion, but the other candidates all received less than that candidate’s 39% and did not get as many votes as that candidate. Whoever gets the most number of votes is the winner. And that’s the legitimate way to do elections. Anything else is a bunch of made-up crap to confuse people, like a Common Core version of voting, in order for cheaters to get around the requirement of receiving the most number of votes, to steal an election.
And that’s what I have to say about that. Now, as far as New York City is concerned, if I lived in New York any candidate who wants to decentralize the city, i.e. to break it into separate independent cities, for example to have a City of Manhattan, a City of Queens, a City of Brooklyn, and so on, would probably get my vote. (And each new city can further decentralize into separate independent neighborhoods, etc., etc.) And further, any candidate who wants to repeal or just not enforce all drug laws, gun laws, selling individual cigarettes laws, sugary drinks laws, taxi medallion laws, all zoning laws, and most other laws and regulations that violate property rights and individual liberty, would probably get my vote.
Tom Woods interviews the secretary of the national Libertarian Party regarding the New Hampshire LP chair’s having enacted a “coup” or “hostile takeover” as some people are calling it.
From the Tom Woods blog podcast page:
To make a long story short: with the apparent blessing of the chair of the national party, the chair of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire purged her executive committee, replaced it largely with people who had been defeated at the previous convention, and absconded with the social media accounts and donor data. Even if you don’t agree with people, you don’t/can’t do this, and of course it only shows that opposition to the status quo in the party has grown so strong that only by cheating can they cope with it. Caryn Ann Harlos, secretary of the Libertarian National Committee, joins me to discuss what’s going on.
I just saw this tweet retweeted by the Libertarian Party in New Hampshire: The LP apparatchiks I was recently criticizing want to remove Caryn Ann Harlos (interviewed in above video) for exposing these statist power-seekers’ corruption. (I am not shocked.)
Update: Oops. I got that tweet that was retweeted from the Libertarian Party of NH Mises Caucus, not the LPNH. Sorry about that.