Steve Bannon (Allegedly) Dismisses Austrian Economics

Austrian economics is clear and concise. It is elegant in its simplicity. Ebb and flow. Markets clear. When manipulated undue harm is done markets and society.

We aren’t surprised to hear this from Mr. Bannon. We assumed that this was probably about where he was on the economics question. No fan of Austrian economics would call for a massive infrastructure program for instance. (As Bannon has.)

Saying that, Bannon is in many respects a breath of fresh air.

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Senator Franken says that the Constitution he follows is “different” from, well, The ACTUAL Constitution

Consider that Franken has sworn to uphold the Constitution. Not that “swearing” to uphold anything probably means much to him. In fact that is pretty clearly on display here –

“the document he (Scalia) revered looks very different from the one I have sworn to defend.”

Really? It looks different? I don’t think so. You, Mr. Franken may not like what the Constitution says, but the Constitution is pretty clear and relatively easy to read.

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Dennis Kucinich: New WikiLeaks reveal proof we are sliding down the slippery slope toward totalitarianism

I think it really started to look that way right after September 11th when the Patriot Act and all the other new government intrusions (for our safety of course) came online. Then under Obama it became pretty clear that this was the trajectory.

Will anything be done? Can anything be done at this point? We keep complaining. But will people ever absolutely insist on their dignity? Are we too far gone?

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CATO: Conservatives Should Think Twice before Supporting Jeff Sessions

Sessions will be confirmed but small government people need to keep a close eye on him. Some of his positions are very big government and benefit the current crony system.

Marijuana laws for instance should be liberalized and dealt with on a state level. That is the CONSTITUTIONAL position and as such it should be the position of any American conservative. Yet Jeff Sessions appears to have a beef with pot even though pot legalization at a state level was one of the few wins fans of small government had during the Obama years.

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Marijuana Prohibition is Stupid: Trump’s Pick for Attorney General Is a ‘Drug War Dinosaur’

If there was one fear I had with a Trump presidency (on the domestic front) it was that he would appoint a prohibitionist as Attorney General. I feared that Chris Christie the cop might find his way into the role. Thankfully he didn’t. Senator Jeff Sessions has however.

We have respect for Senator Sessions. We disagree with him on a number of issues but again, we have respect. On marijuana however, I fear he’s terrible.

About the only thing I can see that is positive that came out of the Obama years is the fact that some states began to assert their rights under the 10th Amendment and began to nullify pot prohibition.

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It’s not free markets that have failed us but government distortion of them

This seems so obvious to us. But we must admit it doesn’t seem obvious to many.

Part of this is just simple economic ignorance. Part of it is that what are called “free markets” are often not very free at all, thus skewing people’s understanding of such markets. (A better term is “free price system,” but that is for another post.) Part of it is opportunistic, anti-market/pro-state political people seizing on the central bank created 2008 Crash as some sort of indictment of capitalism and free markets even though 2008 represented a failure of CENTRAL PLANNING and not of free markets.

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Language in Politics: How Bureaucrats Use Poorly Defined Terms to Expand Government Power (VIDEO)

This video only scratches the surface.

And it’s not exclusively government power that is expanded. Bureaucrats also use language to expand the crony capitalist system as a whole.

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A Modest Proposal: Let’s just cut the big cities loose

Now before I get into it let me state that I love many big cities. Part of my family is from Manhattan. I continue to enjoy New York. It’s great in many ways. I enjoy the Village, and the art, and the street food, many things. I am also one of the few small government people one is likely to meet who really enjoys San Francisco. As dirty as the place can be it is also beautiful with a great mix of influences from around the world but particularly from across the Pacific.

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The DEA’s Contrived Kratom Crisis

The puritans and the cronies join together all the time to restrict the freedom and liberty of Americans.

Drugs should be a non-issue in the USA. Free people have a right to treat themselves and yes, even indulge themselves as they see fit. We are supposed to be a free people. This is supposed to be a free country.

There is so much good that could be done with psychedelics, marijuana, kratom, other restricted drugs, in terms of treatment.

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Do levels of sunshine determine how much one likes (needs) big government? (MAP)

OK, just to be clear this is a half joke. There is no scientific basis for it. I stumbled across this map and just thought it was interesting how the higher the level of solar radiation the less likely (generally) people seem inclined toward big government. At least in the West.

California, as usual, remains an outlier.

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