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Nominate a Hero

At Sonny’s BBQ. Active duty military or veterans preferred. “Random Acts of BBQ recognizes those in the community who make a difference, and no one deserves the honor more than those who serve our country. Nominate a veteran or active duty military hero in your life for a surprise BBQ feast.” Oh, and on August 6, Sonny’s will be “honoring active duty military and veterans for all that they do with a free pork sandwich.”

The question of the day is this: Why do businesses feel that they have to continually honor the military?

9:20 pm on July 16, 2018

Putin-Trump Summit Advances the Cause of Peace

The Putin-Trump (alphabetical order) summit advances the cause of peace. Peace is a libertarian fundamental, which is why Trump must be applauded here for having gone to Helsinki to meet Putin.

Trump’s pro-peace agenda doesn’t dissolve the U.S. empire. It re-orders it. Trump is scaling back the empire’s most ambitious expansionary aims, its quest for unilateral dominance, and questioning its cold-war commitments to NATO. Trump wants peace, but the national security state wants ever-present fear of enemies, because such fear is the lifeblood of its denizens. Consequently, national security supporters have joined the leftist chorus in attacking Trump without mercy and continuously. Trump has withstood incessant attacks and charges that he’s soft on Russia and Putin.

Seldom does political evil bare itself so openly. Take Senator Schumer, for example. He’s quoted saying “Millions of Americans will continue to wonder if the only possible explanation for this dangerous behavior is the possibility that President Putin holds damaging information over President Trump.” Here he defames and slanders Trump by attribution to “millions of Americans”. He doesn’t have the guts to make the charge himself, but makes it through the back door. Schumer reveals here how disreputable he is.

The attacks on Trump have been outrageous. This continues. There is absolutely nothing in Trump’s press conference with Putin that warrants John Brennan, former CIA chief, accusing Trump of “treasonous” behavior or saying that Trump’s comments were “imbecilic” or saying that Trump “is wholly in the pocket of Putin”.

Senator John McCain’s perceptions are equally extreme and flawed. McCain sees Putin as a tyrant, which he is not. He illogically thinks that meeting with Putin to look for common ground somehow blesses and approves of every action of Putin that McCain disapproves of. Brennan and McCain make no reasoned case against Trump’s effort to raise the level of cooperation. They simply hurl wild charges and characterizations, with no grounding in facts and completely ignoring the context and realities.

Trump deserves praise for moving forward with a peace agenda while being bombarded constantly by media and critics, left and right. Trump’s guiding philosophy explains his capacity to withstand the attacks. He wants to pursue peace and he wants to do the foreign policy job that he has set out to do:

“As president, I cannot make decisions on foreign policy in a futile effort to appease partisan critics, or the media, or Democrats who want to do nothing but resist and obstruct.

“Constructive dialogue between the United States and Russia affords the opportunity to open new pathways toward peace and stability in our world.

“I would rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace than to risk peace in pursuit of politics.”

What alternative vision do his critics offer? McCain spells it out. American presidents, McCain says, must be the champions of liberty, at home and abroad, as a sacred responsibility. Americans must battle enemies of liberty abroad, a battle that will go on indefinitely until the entire world has achieved this liberty. Peace and peaceful co-existence are not part of this revolutionary quest, which McCain elevates into a religion. Neither are self-determination of peoples or recognition of the variety of forms of government and liberty. For McCain and others with his philosophy, it is not enough that Americans mind their own business and tend to their own problems. It is not enough to deal with others as they are. It is not enough to make peace and live in peace. Americans have a calling to spread liberty and “democracy”, even if it means continual warfare against continual enemies of liberty, or so-designated.

How can something as attractive as liberty be twisted into something as evil as continual war? By asserting that Americans cannot be free while any other people is unfree. This assumption is meant to explain why we must battle liberty’s enemies abroad; but this assumption is false. We could be a (relatively) free people while the USSR was not. South Korea can be free while North Korea is not. West Germany could be free while East Germany was not. America can be free while Great Britain is not. Taipei could be free while Red China was not. Freedom is a function mainly of what the government and laws of a given country are, not of the laws, customs and governments of other countries in the world.

McCain’s philosophy is erroneous. We need only battle enemies of our liberty, here and abroad, when such defense is warranted. To preserve our liberty, we do not need to carry on a continual struggle over all places, times and peoples whom we think have imperfect liberty.

Trump’s effort to reconcile with Russia are a welcome step toward peace and away from the attempt to convert the world.

8:23 pm on July 16, 2018

Anderson “CIA” Cooper Throws a Hissy Fit

Over President Trump’s attempt to create more peaceful relations with Russia by calling his press conference with Putin “disgraceful.”  What else should we expect from CNN/CIA television?  He did not use any such term to describe how Hillary orchestrated the public lynching and mutilation of Gadaffi and then laughed her ass off about it while saying “we came, we saw, he died! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, hee, hee, hee, hee.”

2:22 pm on July 16, 2018

Trump-Putin Summit Success: Neocons Furious!

12:31 pm on July 16, 2018

Strzok and Rosenstein Obstruct

Strzok, citing an FBI policy rule, refused to answer a question put to him by Rep. Gowdy. Rodenstein already risks a contempt citation for refusing to provide Congress with requested documents.

In terms of line of command, Trump is the boss of Strzok and Rodenstein, who work for the Department of Justice. Trump could instruct their immediate boss (Sessions) to order them to comply with the Congressional requests. Trump’s enforcement sanction is to fire anyone who refuses to obey his order. Trump isn’t doing this, at least not yet, for political and other reasons. He doesn’t want to be accused of obstructing justice. He’s leaving the matter to Congress.

Anyway, Congress, not the President, is the more basic boss over the departments that it has created and funds through taxes. Neither Strzok nor Rosenstein has a leg to stand on in obstructing the Congressional investigation. They cannot cite FBI procedures as grounds for refusing to respond to Congress’s request for operational information from them or their offices, because Congress is their creator, paymaster and boss. Congress has powers to enforce its subpoenas, including criminal penalties.

The obstruction of Strzok and Rosenstein is an example of deep state obstruction via the bureaucratic control over access to critical information that surrounds decisions that the deep state personnel make. It’s their quasi-monopoly over this information that gives them power. It’s costly for Congress to be micro-managing their decisions, which is why they have independent monopoly power so much of the time and in so many decisions. But when push comes to shove, as it is in this instance, Congress has all the power it needs to open up the files, disk drives, e-mails and decisions of the FBI or even the CIA, if it has a mind to.

Do Americans want their republic to be in the hands of the Strzoks, Rosensteins, Comeys, Brennans and Clappers? Egad! Is this the U.S. government?! Look at these men! They’re self-righteous. They consider themselves as masters, patriots, and protectors of us all; but they are merely mortals with swollen heads, limited visions and personal peculiarities that in no way justify their powers. The government is in their hands because the people have handed it to them by supporting the creation of their departments by their duly-elected Congresses. They did not just happen or achieve their positions by their own ambitions. It was the people’s demand for more government interference and power over the lives of themselves that has brought about the deep state rule over Americans. Replacing Strzok and his ilk by new faces will not change anything fundamental. Their departments have to be decimated and dismantled.

10:20 am on July 15, 2018

All Governments are Corrupt and Unjust

And, the more power and money governments have the more corruption and injustice there will be.  I was reminded of this ancient truth when a rather naive friend asked what I thought of a local newspaper article about how the city government sold a piece of property that was assessed at $15 million to a politically-connected real estate developer for $1 million.  The friend is a socialist from Scotland and, like all socialists, he is mentally incapable of conceiving that government is anything but god-like, saintly, and the potential savior of all humanity instead of what it really is — just another criminal gang, only a very, very big one.  And also like all socialists, the friend is mentally incapable of understanding (or accepting) the simplest of economic truths, such as the notion that on the free market people do not throw their money away like this, but in government politicians throw other peoples’ money away (while stealing a healthy share for themselves) day in and day out.

3:11 pm on July 13, 2018

An “Exceptional American”

The late, great Murray Rothbard.

8:50 am on July 13, 2018

Legalized Groping: Court Grants TSA The Right To Assault You

12:42 pm on July 12, 2018

On JFK Secrecy, Brett Kavanaugh Sides With The CIA

Jefferson Morley observes: On JFK Secrecy, Brett Kavanaugh Sides With The CIA. So far as a defender of the deep state status quo he fails my national security litmus test as a nominee for the Supreme Court.

12:49 pm on July 11, 2018

Trump Hammers NATO. Good! Let’s Get Out!

12:44 pm on July 11, 2018

Trump Is Seeding War Clouds Over Iran

Trump and Pompeo are squeezing Iran where it hurts. They are trying to prevent Iran from selling oil internationally. They are applying maximum pressure upon Iran. This is overt. It is announced policy. For example, the State Department says

“Very broadly, Saudi Arabia is a key partner in our effort to isolate and pressure Iran. And as I said, we had a number of bureaus from the State Department to discuss energy, diplomacy, security, and economic pressure. We were also joined by Treasury Under Secretary Sigal Mandelker for some of these meetings so that they can hear from Treasury officials and coordinate our efforts on applying maximum economic pressure on Iran.”

The U.S. is threatening China and India if they buy Iranian oil:

“On Tuesday a senior State Department official described tightening the noose on Tehran as ‘one of our top national security priorities’.

“The official warned countries including China and India, who are key buyers of Iranian oil, that they should stop purchasing crude from the country before the November deadline or face US sanctions.”

Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally and enemy of Iran, will pump more oil to mitigate price effects of cutting Iran out of the international market. This increases enmity between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

The economic isolation of Iran via an economic blockade deprives Iran of essential revenues. In essence, the U.S. policy is an act of war. Trump is seeding war clouds over Iran. He wants Iranians to overturn their government. Failing that, he appears to want Iran to attack American assets or engage in some other act of retaliation, perhaps in Europe or the Persian Gulf, that can be made into a cause of war so that the U.S. and its allies (NATO, Israel, Saudi Arabia) can attack Iran in force. At least, that is what he is risking. For example, Pompeo is criticizing Iran for planning to terrorize Iranian opposition persons (National Council of Resistance of Iran) on European soil. He also threatens to keep the Persian Gulf open if Iran disrupts its traffic. This is a war threat.

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11:55 am on July 11, 2018

TSA on the Defensive With Defensive Lineman

The Thieves and Sexual Assailants don’t just grope great-grandmothers and steal stuff. They’re also pros at desecrating the ashes of cremated folks whose survivors dare transport them through airports.

And so when “New York Giants defensive lineman A.J. Francisflew out of Los Angeles International, his mother’s ashes attracted the TSA’s ghouls as bureaucracies do sociopaths. They opened the urn they discovered after rifling Mr. Francis’s checked luggage in blatant violation of the Fourth Amendment. Then they left one of their calling cards so there’s no question as to who insulted the lady.

We’ll assume that as a grown man who tackles other grown men over a useless pigskin, Mr. F enjoys a following on social media. Ergo, the TSA didn’t waltz away from its disrespect, as it does when it upends Jane Doe’s belongings: no, our hero publicly excoriated the morons. Profanely, too:

Hey you pieces of sh**  at @TSA next time you a**h***s feel the need to go thru my mother’s ashes for no reason, make sure you close it back so her remains aren’t spilled on all my clothes… the least you pieces of garbage can do is your f****** job

Vulgarity is tasteless, overused, and unimaginative, given the richness of the English language. Thousands of perfectly acceptable words describe the TSA (“creepy cretins, a nimiety of numbskulls, aviation’s vomit,” etc., etc. And no doubt Doug Newman, who first sent me this story, could immeasurably extend the list). Nonetheless, does any set of criminals anywhere more richly deserve Mr. F’s expletives? OK, aside from Congress and your local rulers?

Shockingly and without precedence so far as I can recall, the TSA apologized. But then it negated its mea culpa by blithering the opposite of what the evidence plainly shows, not only in this case but in millions more: “Our policies and procedures focus on ensuring that all passengers are treated with dignity, respect and courtesy” and “Our officers are trained to handle your carry-on and checked property with care.” Oh, right. And the TSA protects rather than subjugates passengers.

Mr. F was wisely having none of it. He “did not accept their apology.” Boy, I may become a fan of his stupid sport after all!  “Instead, he again cursed at the agency”–and, alas, fumbled. To wit,

The craziest part of this @TSA sh** is that I dont even care that they checked it… they were just being cautious, & I can understand that.

No, no, no. As Dan W. wrote me, “of course he doesn’t realize they were doing their job, and what we need is not for them to do their jobs, but for their jobs and their tyrannical employer, fedgov, to be abolished.” Indeed–and while we’re at it, let’s abolish all govs.

Meanwhile, the TSA has backtracked, reverting to its usual denials. Its goons “weren’t responsible for the spill,” a spokesliar insisted. Right. And the TSA protects rather than subjugates passengers.

6:44 am on July 11, 2018

Hate Crimes Rise in California for the “Third” Year

The Los Angeles Times reports that “experts” attribute the rise to “President Trump’s vitriolic rhetoric toward minorities.”  Whoops: the data it shows indicate a steady increase since very early 2014, more than year before Trump even declared his candidacy for the presidency.

Here is a 91-year-old Mexican man who was savagely beaten in Los Angeles County on July 4 and told to “go back to Mexico.”  Horrific, yet the media just want the public to be on the lookout for “a woman and three to four men” and practically twist themselves into pretzels to avoid offering any further details about the attackers than that.  Weird!

6:53 pm on July 10, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh: Triumph Of The ‘Radical Center’

3:03 pm on July 10, 2018

Air Pollution

From: Walter Block [mailto:wblock@loyno.edu]
Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2018 11:09 PM
To:
Subject: RE: A tort case

Dear Dr Block, I am T from Hungary, a regular contributor to the Hungarian HVG’s (Heti Világgazdaság, World Economy Weekly) libertarian-leaning “Kapitalizmus” (Capitaism) blog (kapitalizmus.hvg.hu) primarily on ethics and political philosophy. I am planning to write a short blog post on pollution and evironmentalism from a natural law libertarian perspective. I would dare to ask a question to you.

Once in one of your lectures you have mentioned a tort case – if I remember correctly – from the 1830s in which a laundress was the injured party and an industrial plant was the tortfeasor. The laundress sued the plant because it’s smokestack sooted the drying clothes in the backyard of the laundress. The court ruled that the smoke from the plant is the property of the industrialist so it has nothing to do in the backyard of a laundress and obliged the factory to pay for the pollution. You have also mentioned that later the case was overruled by legislation that prevented it from becoming a precedent.

Could you please refresh my memory and tell me some details of both the case and the statute? Thank you very much indeed for your troubles. I am looking forward for your kind reply. Best wishes, T
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2:21 pm on July 10, 2018

At Heart and Soul a Big Government Guy

That’s how Judge Napolitano described the Obamacare-supporting D.C. swamp creature who President Trump just recommended for the Supreme Court.

9:49 am on July 10, 2018

Trump Has Made His Choice. Now Is The Time For Action.

Trump has made his choice for the next Supreme Court nominee. Now is the time for action.

It is imperative that the American people not acquiesce their grave responsibility but forcefully press their elected Senators and the news media to question and hold fully accountable this nominee for his viewpoint on vital national security issues such as the Constitutional power to declare war, Habeas Corpus, warrantless detention, warrantless surveillance, torture, rendition, national security letters, and the constitutionality of Continuity of Government (COG) and covert operations of the intelligence agencies.

Does the judicial nominee hold that the Constitution established a federal decentralized compact or republic of sovereign independent states granting explicit delegated powers to the general government for specific purposes while retaining their reserved powers for themselves? Or does the United States simply pose as a sham elective democracy but is in fact a militarized despotism with actual power residing in the hands of a secret oligarchy that is arbitrary, capricious, and unaccountable, a tyranny lacking transparency, justice, or restraint?

4:12 am on July 10, 2018

Chris Hedges Interviews Alfred McCoy on Geopolitics and The American Empire

Professor Alfred W. McCoy’s latest book,  In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power, is the culminating magnum opus of an outstanding academic career by one of the world’s preeminent scholars who has always spoken truth to power. It has my highest recommendation.

1:22 am on July 9, 2018

A Posteriori Economics

Dear M: I’m not sure I fully understand this either, but, let me take a hack at it. Praxeologists claim that it is apodictic, necessarily true, that if the minimum wage is imposed, or, increased, workers whose marginal revenue product is less that the level stated by law, assuming profit maximization, then, ceteris paribus, they will become unemployed. So, suppose the minimum wage law is raised to $20/hour, and no increased unemployment occurs. Then, the Misesian praxeological law about the minimum wage will have failed, according to this person. I would say, in sharp contrast, that this economic law is still valid, it is praxeological, and that perhaps ceteris wasn’t paribus, or, the unemployment statistics are at fault. I hope this helps.

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4:57 pm on July 8, 2018

Legally Obliged to Purchase the Car? No.

From: R
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 10:09 PM
To: Walter Block
Subject: contract

Hi Walter, I looked at a new car today, negotiated a price for a trade-in, and signed some contractual papers that said I’ll pay $X for the deal, but I didn’t take the car, and I didn’t pay him. The deal was I’d pick up the car the next day. When I got home in my old car, I thought a bit and decided I’d rather not make the deal. Am I obligated to buy it–I did sign an agreement? The dealership spent hours arranging all the documents. Best wishes, R

Dear R: I think you are morally obligated to buy the car. However, I don’t say that qua libertarian, since libertarianism is not concerned with morality, only with just law. I don’t think you are legally obligated to do so, at least not under Rothbardian libertarian law, to which I subscribe. You are not legally obligated to do so, until money, collateral, has changed hands, which has not yet occurred. Rather, your signature amounts to a promise to buy the car, a moral obligation, but not a legal one. You are legally obliged not to steal. So, for example, if you drive the dealer’s car off the lot and your check bounces, or, you pay him but he refuses to turn over the automobile, then there is a violation of property rights, e.g., theft. Best regards, Walter

4:50 pm on July 7, 2018

How a Generation Lost Its Common Culture

While reviewing the content of my high school teacher webpages for my students which I earlier posted at LRC, I came across an article which I want to share with you. It addresses a serious contemporary topic in a timeless manner.

9:08 am on July 7, 2018

My New MHS Teacher Webpages

Our school district mandated all high school teachers replace their previous website listing students’ assignments, course content, syllabi, and other related items with a new one placed on Google Drive. In my case this required hundreds of hours transferring and updating content. Here are my Memorial High School teacher webpages. Subject topics under World History include Renaissance/Reformation, Enlightenment/The French Revolution, The 19th Century, World War I, World War II, and Communism/The Cold War. There are also listings for Political Parties and Economics. There are hundreds of documentaries, books, articles, Power Points, etc. on this site. Please peruse it and send me feedback.

8:22 pm on July 6, 2018

Trump, The Queen, and The Empire of The City



So President Trump is finally going to London to see the Queen. But the London Mayor Sadiq Khan has in the past expressed that Trump is not welcome in London. So what’s this all about? Does it really matter what the Mayor thinks? And which Mayor?  I say which Mayor because there are two Mayors of London which most Americans are not aware of. Just like the fact that they are not aware of the Pilgrims (except through a vague remembrance of some costumed elementary school pageant with turkeys and Indians).

At the very core of “the special relationship” between the governing, financial, and intelligence elites of the United States and the United Kingdom has been the little known (or discussed) Pilgrims Societies. For over a hundred years these members of the Anglo-American Establishment have played a decisive role in shaping world history. To illustrate only one specific example for which you may be familiar, all of the individuals who secretly met in 1910 at Jekyll Island, Georgia to draft and concoct what became the Federal Reserve were Pilgrims.

“The Morgans and their henchmen really were a dominant influence in American economic and political circles in the early part of the 20th century. The Morgans, Mellons, Rockefellers, Vanderbilts and Andrew Carnegie really were great Anglophiles, this in contrast to the general population which still remembered the wars of independence. These same families really were great supporters of the United Nations and continue to be so until this very day. This analysis of the Pilgrims Society has shown all these things. Leading Pilgrims have been among the founders and leaders of the Royal Institute for International Affairs, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Atlantic Councils, Bilderberg, the Trilateral Commission, the Atlantic Institute of International Affairs, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the Carnegie and Rockefeller Foundations, the U.S.-U.S.S.R. Trade and Economic Council, the U.S.-China Business Council, the America-China Society, the Americas Society, the OECD, the Institute for International Economics, Ditchley, Brookings, the British Invisibles, LOTIS, etc., etc. The absolute core of the globalist movement largely consists of Pilgrims. Examples are the membership of Lord Roll, Lord Carrington, Arthur Dean, Gabriel Hauge, Henry Heinz, Richard Holbrooke, Henry Kissinger, John J. McCloy, Lord Kerr, David Rockefeller, Robert V. Roosa, Cyrus Vance, Paul Volcker, and John Whitehead.”

Besides visiting with the Queen, will Trump also commune with select members of the Pilgrims in The City of London (the real power brokers in the UK)? Inquiring minds want to know.

Concerning the City of London, Zero Hedge observes:    (more…)

2:58 pm on July 5, 2018

CIA Plots Iran Coup – Partners With Terrorist Group

1:06 pm on July 5, 2018

What to Celebrate on the Fourth of July

America’s secessionist tradition, of course, as Ron Paul once reminded us.

1:37 pm on July 4, 2018

Happy Independence Day! – from the Ron Paul Liberty Report:

1:27 pm on July 4, 2018

Bye Bye, Bernie


Bernie Sanders’ days of relevance on the left seem to be quickly coming to an end.  He may think that he’ll go further in the presidential race of 2020 than he did in 2016, but that would just reinforce how clueless he is about the identity politics kraken swallowing the Democratic party and left.  Here are the tremors in 2015 that caught him by surprise:

Sanders was interviewed by Ezra Klein, the editor in chief of Vox. Klein asked whether, in order to fight global poverty, the U.S. should consider “sharply raising the level of immigration we permit, even up to a level of open borders.” Sanders reacted with horror. “That’s a Koch brothers proposal,” he scoffed.

Sanders came under immediate attack. Vox’s Dylan Matthews declared that his “fear of immigrant labor is ugly—and wrongheaded.” The president of FWD.us accused Sanders of “the sort of backward-looking thinking that progressives have rightly moved away from in the past years.” ThinkProgress published a blog post titled “Why Immigration Is the Hole in Bernie Sanders’ Progressive Agenda.”

Oh well, Bernie, at least you still have that $600,000 island home in North Hero to retire to.

7:44 pm on July 3, 2018

A Great Defense of Ron from Comic Dave Smith

Dave Smith demolishes the malevolent forces behind the Ron Paul tweet brouhaha.

3:38 pm on July 3, 2018

Third-World Socialism is “The Future of Our Party”

So says Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

3:19 pm on July 3, 2018

Compulsory Vaccination: Authoritarians Versus Parents?

12:33 pm on July 3, 2018