Sunday, August 26, 2012

Happy Birthday (United States Government) Terrorism

William Norman Grigg, a fellow co-conspirator at LewRockwell.com, writes one of the most pointed, poignant and provocative pieces indicting our our freedom-loving agents and agencies within the Logic Free Zone and the terrorism they have waged against any group or individual who dare embarrass The Regime with truth and facts.
I hope Mr. Grigg is a light sleeper and has a large rear-view mirror.

As an Extra Bonus for this festive occasion, here is my friend Jim Bovard's blog featuring his most excellent 1995 Wall Street Journal article on the occasion of Ruby Ridge and the compassionate work of select agents of our beloved FBI who walk among us today.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Two Takes

Cyber pal and LRC co-conspirator Gary D. Barnett hits a couple right outta da park...

Regarding today's ESB/NYC shooting spree....Bring your calculator.

And a perfect parsing and commentary on a revealing Condoleezza Rice interview that should be Required Reading for all peace-loving Conservatives.


Monty Speaks! Lew Writes!

Noted financial, economic and political guru Monty Pelerin joined me Thursday, 23 August, to play Paul Revere as he discussed the "the Cliff" and other imminent calamities about to be visited upon us all. To appreciate the full impact of the conversation, read this first.

Wouldn't you agree your favorite teachers in school were the ones who helped you actually learn stuff? Personally, I am fondly indebted to Miss McEnroe (English), Mr. Simon (Science), Mr. Morgan (Ancient History), Mr. Gordon (American History), MaryAnn (Sex Ed.....well, technically that wasn't "school") for incubating what hatched into an abiding affection and appreciation for all they taught me.While I never took any classes in Economics (and slept through most of Accounting 101), over my years in Talk Radio I have come to learn the essence of economic principles from some of today's best: Walter E. Williams, Tom Sowell, Thomas E. Woods, Jr., Stephen Moore and Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., chairman and CEO of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, editor of LewRockwell.com, author of The Left, the Right, and the State and countless other articles, interviews, blogs and speeches. Of recent note, is Lew's "review" on "Inception" Even if you didn't see the movie, you will enjoy this unique learning experience. Such is the art of great teachers.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Is It Paranoia If They're Really Out To Get You?

Timely, informative nuggets from selected gold mines on the Internet...

Inconvenient and intemperate questions about certain Government actions...

For all your financial plans, this E-Z to understand piece from occasional show guest, Monty Pelerin.
WARNING: This could scare the crap out of you. And it should. BW

"Kicking the can down the road is almost over. We are out of road."


Monday, August 13, 2012

A Bit of Paine


Among other worthy endeavors, Margaret "Maggie" Thurber is a prolific blogger and occasional substitute host on my station WSPD/Toledo. While laser-like in her focus on local matters, Maggie also comments on national issues. Her blog is "Thurber's Thoughts". 

"Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer." ~ Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

Liberals often point to things that society does and - incorrectly - assume that because it exists in society, government should also do it. Additionally, they - wrongly - justify government acting simply because society has.

Society, culture, religion, etc... all teach us that it is proper, right, moral and desirable to help others in need. But because we can and should do so individually does not mean that government can and should do so as well.

In fact, as Paine indicates, it is a "calamity" when government does these things against our wishes using our own money to do so.

The same is true for infringements. We may expect individuals in society to infringe upon us, but government is supposed to protect our individual rights. Rather than protecting our rights, government, at all levels, seeks to take more from us under the guise of it being 'in our best interests' or for the 'greater good. But that deliberately overlooks the fact that the greater good is necessarily served by all individuals doing what is in their individual good. And it is nothing but extreme arrogance for anyone in government to think they know what's best for us individually much less what's best for every single person either individually or collectively.

Sadly, too many people look to government as the solution, even when it means suffering its miseries.

-- Thurber's Thoughts

Happy John Galt Day!

The following celebratory message from ClaireWolfe, one of the most tireless, prolific, entertaining and insightful writers for Freedom and Liberty among us. BW


              Mythperceptions and a vision of freedom

Urge people to free themselves, or even offer a little good news about freedom, and somebody is bound to retort with some anti-freedom myth. Two big ones that have made appearances in recent comment sections here at Ye Olde Blog are:

Government is so powerful it’ll stop us. (It’ll disarm us, cut off our ‘Net access, round us all up and put us in camps, etc.)

Yes, but there will still be people who … (Want to take our guns, support government programs, can’t handle freedom, etc.)

That second one doesn’t look like a myth on its face. There will always be people who want to use power to oppress others. There will always be people who don’t hold our values (in fact, from year-to-year we may not even hold our own values). But the statement expresses a myth: We can’t be free until everyone agrees with us.

And you know what? Those statements are just a big lazy pair of excuses.

Government’s biggest power is this: it’s better than any human force on earth at perpetrating violence and creating chaos. Yes, it’s excellent at that.

But fer cryin’ out loud! Take our guns? Deprive us of the ‘Net? Round us up? Or whatever other giant sweep we may fear? Just go ahead and let some government try.
Then we’ll see how “powerful” government is.

All you have to do is look at the drug war, a battle the fedgov’s been waging since 1937, and that’s been all-out for decades. Yeah, it’s damaged millions of lives. Yeah, it’s killed people. Yeah, yeah, yeah, to all the bad things. And you can still get damn near any drug you want in any place you go looking for it. More potent and cheaper than ever.

Some “power.” That’s the all-mighty force you’re so afraid of?

And all those Other People who want to repress us or who just can’t properly wrap their brains around the ideas of Rothbard or McElroy or whoever … so what?

You really think you can’t be free until everyone’s converted to your point of view? Then you’re just another futile, door-banging proselytizer (except I’ll bet you don’t even bother banging on doors; you just sit and whine about how people are so stupid or so wrong).

You really think you can’t be free until everyone thinks like you? Well, that’s a damned handy way to say, “I don’t really want to be free.” Because — thank gods — we’re never going to have a world where everybody’s on the same political page.

All we really need to do is keep other people’s (bad) ideas from controlling how we think and live. Yes, it would be very nice if we could wrest gummint from their control-freaking little hands. But barring that, we always have the freedom to shrug them and their opinions and their laws and regulations off our shoulders.
They’re our shoulders, after all. Our minds. Our bodies. Our property. Always have been. Always will be.

And OMG, with the amazing freedom technologies and attitudes expanding all around us, we have more help, more inspiration, and more allies than ever in world history.

We live in scary times — and in a world of freedomista wonders.
Is it dangerous to be free when others around you aren’t?
You betcha.
But if you insist on safety and conformity above all, if you insist the every, single condition be just so before you’ll make a move, then you don’t know the first thing about freedom and you never will.

Quit making excuses. Get out and do some freedom.

"Outsourcing"? Good! Very Good!

Required Reading: This most excellent piece by Harry Binswanger body-slams the nonsensical, blathering of collectivist politicians, labor thugs and other hustlers who stampede through the paradigm preaching the intellectually bankrupt sermon of "economic xenophobia and paranoia". Take a copy to your next debate! BW

OUTSOURCING -- American At Its Best

Mitt Romney and President Obama are currently fighting over who is more against outsourcing. Obama slams Romney for Bain Capital’s outsourcing of jobs to China. Romney counters by labeling Obama “Outsourcer in Chief.” John Boehner and Harry Reid are both outraged over America’s Chinese made Olympic uniforms. “Burn them!” thunders Reid. 

Republicans and Democrats agree that outsourcing is destructive and unpatriotic, and that the practical and patriotic thing to do is to “Hire American.” 

Wrong on both counts. Count one: Protectionist economics is as fallacious in regard to importing labor services as it is regarding importing goods. Count two: Hire American, far from being patriotic, is un-American. 

Americanism means individualism, but “Hire American” is collectivist, urging businesses to pay more just to patronize “our guys.” This is not rational patriotism, it is not Americanism, it is primitive tribalism. 

An individualist makes his purchases based on economic merit, not nationality. Let’s be clear: Economic nationalism is as outrageous as racism. Men, their products and their services must be judged on the basis of their individual, factual qualities, not on issues of race or nationality.

Purchasing labor services abroad, if it saves money, is beneficial to everyone, including American workers. Outsourcing does not destroy American jobs, it simply changes the kind of work Americans specialize in. If fewer Americans need to work in manufacturing, then more Americans will be hired in non-manufacturing jobs. That’s the Law of Comparative Advantage, covered in any decent economics text. It pays each country to specialize in producing the things in which it is relatively more efficient. 

Outsourcing reduces cost per unit. That means more can be produced with the same supply of capital. More products mean a higher standard of living. The equation is: cost-saving = more for less. 

Outsourcing reflects the win-win nature of all forms of international trade--in fact from all trade on any scale. The mutual gains from trade do not depend upon lines drawn on a map. There is no economic difference between outsourcing a job to India and outsourcing it to a firm across the street. If the outsourcing saves money, it saves resources and is to be applauded. 

Hire American assumes everyone must cling to his own tribe and fight all the other tribes over share of a fixed pie. China is getting richer? Then we must be getting poorer.

But the interests of nations do not conflict. It is in America’s interest that other nations be prosperous and productive. Just ask yourself: Which nation adds more to your standard of living--Germany or Uganda? And would you be better off if Germany were reduced to the economic level of Uganda? Yet the Hire American attitude implies we should fear other nations’ productiveness--as if we should desire a world in which everyone but Americans were starving. 

It’s time to drop the xenophobia and paranoia. No one benefits from the poverty or incompetence of others. It’s in your interest that other men--in every country--be smart and productive, not stupid and incompetent. Would you be better off if Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs had been dim-witted? Nothing is changed if it’s an inventor in India and an entrepreneur in China. 

Cost-savings are good for all men, everywhere. He who cuts costs saves money, expands production and raises the global standard of living. The money saved goes into the global capital market--to fund existing production and technological innovation. 

Any outsourcing that saves costs and increases profits is to be celebrated. A Congressional Medal of Honor should go to the CEO who cuts his costs the most, whether he does it by outsourcing or any other means. He is the true friend of humanity. 

Harry Binswanger is a member of the Ayn Rand Institute ‘s Board of Directors and has taught philosophy at Hunter College (City University of New York) and the University of Texas at Austin. 

As seen in Forbes

Friday, August 10, 2012

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Don't Read This

OK - so you don't follow directions, take advice or read Warning Labels very well.
Me either.
Rules were made to be broken, right?

Here's the thing: nobody likes bad news. Especially if it's going to require a change, to get out of your "comfort zone". But when a bad storm is approaching, even those who eschew "bad news" will tune in for the latest weather report. That information - however scary - becomes a life line (see Katrina et al).

Talk Radio teaches the practitioner a few things. Everybody has an opinion and most people have little-to-no factual clue what their talking about or why they believe it. For most, they "heard it somewhere". For others, their opinions are based on the adrenalin of their emotions, their feelings: "I feel Obama is doing a great job." Fine - but what do you think? More appropriately: Do you think?

Two great quotes to take with you:
        "You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts"
                         Daniel Patrick Moynihan
                 
 "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of      avoiding reality
                                Ayn Rand


These are "focusing quotes". When applied, they compel one to stay focused on the issue at hand and not wander off into the weeds of rhetoric and irrelevance.

That circles us back to the Warning Label above. Here are two articles (and a short vid) you should not read if you are allergic to disturbing news supported by facts or you prefer feelings to reality.

If you're read this far, I suspect you will click here and then here.

You're welcome.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Well?


Last Friday, US Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced HR 6357, a bill which aims to ‘prohibit the extrajudicial killing of United States citizens’ by the federal government. In other words, in the Land of the Free, they need to pass a law to prevent the government from indiscriminately murdering its own citizens.

Now if this doesn’t give one reason to pause and consider the distortions of liberty that have taken place in western civilization, I don’t know what will. Think about it:
 •Does a free society send government hit men to eliminate anyone they perceive to be an enemy of the state?
 •Does a free society have hundreds of police agencies, each with the authority to deprive a man of his life, liberty and property in their sole discretion?
 •Does a free society have hundreds of thousands of laws, codes, rules, regulations, and policies which effectively criminalize nearly every aspect of one’s existence?
 •Does a free society lead the world in prison population?
 •Does a free society hunt down criminals and terrorists by treating its citizens like criminals and terrorists?
 •Does a free society tell its citizens what foods they are / are not allowed to consume?
 •Does a free society steal your money at gunpoint to buy bombs that they drop by remote control on brown people in faraway lands?
 •Does a free society debase its currency and plunder the purchasing power of its citizens?
 •Does a free society saddle unborn generations with obligations they never signed up to bear?
 •Does a free society award near total control of the economy, the money supply, and everything tied to it, to a tiny elite few?
 •Does a free society brainwash its citizens into believing that they live in a free society? (at least the Chinese know they’re not free…)

Ask yourself, are you really living in a free society? Are you free? If not, why not? What else could possibly be more important?

It takes courage to answer honestly. But once you realize the truth and begin to see the system for what it is, it can be a liberating and life-changing experience.

You’ll find that there are places where you can live free in this world. There are ways to preserve your dignity, your privacy, your livelihood. You’ll find that you can build great camaraderie and mutual trust with like-minded souls because you share the same values, not the same color passport.

My guess is that you’re reading this because you’ve already started down the road to freedom. But you might feel alone… intellectually isolated in a sea of automatons.

You’re not alone. More and more people are waking up every day and beginning to realize the incredible fraud that has been perpetrated against them. When enough of them figure it out, this system will be finished.

That’s why I fundamentally believe that today is one of the most exciting times to be alive since the French Revolution. And we’re just getting warmed up.

If you have any friends or loved ones who still exemplify that self-deluded, bombastic serf mentality, I encourage you to pass this along to them… and challenge them to answer honestly.


As seen on ZeroHedge.com

Monday, August 6, 2012

THERE is John Galt!

One of the problem with analogies, metaphors, parables and the like: too many people try to parse the message right out of the simplicity.   

A recent American Thinker article went from asking “Who is John Galt?” in the context of the book to “Who needs John Galt” when “going Galt” is happening  just as Ayn Rand’s magnum opus Atlas Shrugged” depicted. After chastising Galt “who abandons society, works surreptitiously to destroy it, and then delivers an ultimatum when that destruction is nearly complete”, the author plaintively asks ““Where is John Galt?”. Not Rand’s hero but  a new John Galt, one who would “ ‘recruit’ the movers and shakers, the innovators and creators, and, authorized by them to speak for them, would give us fair warning today, before the damage is done, while there is still time to change course.”.

Where are Miles Standish and John Alden when you (don’t) need them?

Ayn Rand had the temerity to die before either the AT author or I had the opportunity to ask if she was still comfortable with her version of John Galt. I suspect she was – since her novel was set in the clunky mid-20th century, some vestiges of the honorable sanctity of Individualism were still in vogue.

What of today’s John Galt? Where is he? Who is he? When will this contradictory Messiah appear to speak for us all?

“My John Galt would tell us not what he and his ilk would do to us, but what we are doing to ourselves with the ever-increasing burden of regulations and taxes that we impose on the most creative and productive among us, making it increasingly difficult and ultimately impossible for them to create and produce the goods and services -- and above all, jobs -- on which our modern civilization depends.”

To borrow an old chestnut: What you mean “we”, Kemosabe?

Bulletin: You are your own John Galt. You may speak for yourself at any time – and should. You may chose to warn, advise, cajole those around you – or not.  You can “Go Galt” – or not. You may choose to “lead, follow or get out of the way”. Rand said the Individual is “the smallest minority on earth”. 

It is safe to say Sam Adams never read Atlas Shrugged, yet he infamously said: “It does not take a majority to prevail but rather an irate, tireless minority, who keep setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” Strangely enough, anthropologist Margaret Mead may have been channeling some Sam Adams when she wrote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

There’s the John Galt you’ve been waiting for: it’s you. The “smallest minority”, the “irate, tireless minority”, the smallest “group” of committed citizens is you. Freedom and Liberty cannot exist without Individual Responsibility. You are an Individual. Get off your ass and set some brushfires.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Bad - REALLY BAD!

How BAD is it? Here's a list of 70 (!) things the Obama administration doesn't want you to see...

Thursday, August 2, 2012

A Recent Discovery


"Monty Pelerin" is the pseudonym of a gifted writer/thinker who held several CFO positions in the Corporate world as well a decade or so teaching graduate courses to a classroom  full of students getting much more than their student loan's worth. You may share their experience.
This is his most excellent - and informative - web site.
My latest conversation with Monty can be heard here.
The following is a Free Sample excerpted from his blog:


Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. describes the campaign problem that Obama confronts:

… Team Obama at least senses trouble and reportedly is looking for a positive message. But what message? Stay the course? What course? For and against gay marriage? For and against fossil fuels? More Solyndras? More trillion-dollar deficits? A recovery more halting and uncertain the longer Mr. Obama presides over it?

They have nothing, absolutely nothing, to run on. That is why the campaign, as explained in detail in Mr. Jenkins’ article, has become so dirty and desperate.

Despite his complete and utter failure, it is amazing that there is still the possibility (likelihood??) that Obama will be re-elected.

My God! What has happened to this country and the common sense of its citizens? That issue is a much bigger threat to the country than another four years of a Chicago thug.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Decisions, decisions


Fork It
Decision is a risk rooted in the courage of being free.
                             Paul Tillich

World-renowned philosopher and former Yankee catcher Yogi Berra infamously advised, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” 

International recon based on current events confirms our choices are grim. Economists – other than NY Times  Paul “Spendalot” Krugman – are unanimous in their general assessment  the unholy alliance between the Fed’s printing presses and politicians’ profligate spending has brought us to the fork  from which there is no turning back; the brakes on this bus were blown out several trillion “miles” back; the steering wheel is stuck, too.

So where are we headed? Which way should we go?

The incessant saber rattling coming from the capitals of the important parts of the world indicate the Middle East will be getting hotter – and not due to sprinklings from Global Warming Fairy. Add to that volatile mix, the soap opera, “Eurozone”, starring PIIGS, BRICS, ECBs and a cast of spoiled brats raised on the specious promises of Socialism any spark will ignite the wrong kind of Boom. 

Regardless, Obama/Clinton/Putin/Merkel appear to be on a collision course to do something messy to Syria. Iran, Israel and the rest of the Sandlot Gang have their own appurtenant issues exacerbated by itchy trigger fingers. Granted, touching off a Middle East firestorm might only result in some cloudy weather over Washington, but the precedent and consequences (intended and “un”) are as unpredictable as they are scary. By any measure: Not Good For Mankind.

Now consider the other “tine” in Yogi’s fork. Pretend None of the Above takes place and all hostile parties return to their neutral corners. Now what? Well, there is that inconvenient matter of all those fiat dollars sloshing around the financial universe. The Grinning Beard of the Great Bernanke lulls us into solace with gently lapping sounds of Instant FRNs rolling off the virtual presses, conjuring images of personal indulgence aboard the QE3, frolicking to the Twist, riding the Dow Jones Roller Coaster all the way to the Hamptons. As the say on Wall Street: “WOW! What a deal!” Sadly, the QE3 bears an eerie resemblance to the Titanic, Chubby ain’t Twistin’ Like We Did Last Summer and the roller coaster track is out dead ahead. Once the Fed Auction House shows up empty and the FRNs meet De Basement of De Dollar, obligations go unfulfilled and Greece breaks out in America and beyond. This just might be the bumpy ride Bette Davis mentioned. Or worse.

As someone famous recently noted, “There is no longer an orderly political mechanism by which the Founding values can be restored because the culture has been lost to identity groups who think of themselves as entitled victims. Reminding statist zealots of this hard, cold fact is like speaking in tongues to the deaf.” Politicians operate on the philosophy “It’s not whether you win or lose; it’s how you place the blame.”

 Just last evening, a friend wrote: “It really is time we combine our efforts and treasure to fight this criminal government. Our kids will have no future.” How? “We need to form a group of resourceful, like-minded people to unite behind candidates who will go to Washington, replacing Pelosi, Reid, Schumer – and get this country back on the right track”. Really? Seriously? Do you actually believe there are supermen and Wonder Women immune to the toxic fumes of corruption that waft through Washington’s Halls of Power? Why do you think I call it the Logic Free Zone? Because “Den of thieves”, “Happy Dale” and “sewer” were already over-used.

Fortunately, another famous Sayer of Sooth, Woody Allan, offers this timely encouragement: "More than any time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly."

Indeed.


As posted at  Lew Rockwell.com