It really has been for both big “L” Libertarians and for small “l” libertarians. The curtain has been thrown back. We’ve seen the inner machinations of the electoral system. We’ve seen the lying and the deceit and the collusion and the media compliance. Many of us already knew. Some of us had already seen the nastiness first hand. But now my generally apolitical neighbors down the street have seen what’s really going on, and it is opening minds.
By Ron Paul
The Wells Fargo bank account scandal took center stage in the news last week and in all likelihood will continue to make headlines for many weeks to come. What Wells Fargo employees did in opening bank accounts without customers’ authorization was obviously wrong, but in true Washington fashion the scandal is being used to deflect attention away from larger, more enduring, and more important scandals.
One of the common counters to the call for sound money (a real gold standard) is the quip; “What’s the real golden rule? Whoever has the gold makes the rules.” And then some silly half baked mix of Keynesianism and Marxism usually follows along with whatever the commentor picked up in their Econ 102 course years ago.
But the truth is gold rewards thrift (which many of the ruling economists despise, they want you to spend at all costs) and hard work.
War is very profitable for some. Mostly people at the top, the connected cronies. War is however hell for the innocently bombed and the refugees and the raped and the otherwise victimized in the fog of hell. We should never forget that. War is a very bad thing. Perhaps the worst thing humans can engage in. It is many cases if not most cases an immoral thing. And war should always be a last resort for a civilized country. We used to know this.
Bernie did surrender. As we said before, the collectivist, unionish tendency in the Democratic Party is strong. Those who break from the herd are quickly rejected. If you don’t stay shoulder to shoulder the herd doesn’t want you. You will be exiled. Bernie didn’t want to be exiled. And he didn’t want a challenge for his Senate seat either. So Bernie looked around and decided he didn’t want to leave the herd after all. He bowed his head and fell back in formation.
The neocons are for big government and wars. Bill Kristol is for big government and wars. The neocons disliked Reagan and celebrated George W. Bush’s massive expansion of the state. They loathe libertarianism and they loathe the Pauls. They quietly like Hillary Clinton who is basically an extension of George W. Bush in many respects. In fact most neocons – most of whom are Bushites – would probably like to see Hillary win this go’round. (Though they can’t say it publicly –
Facebook is a private company and it has a right to do whatever it wishes with its platform. We will also say that Facebook has been an excellent outlet for ACC generally. But the issues presented in the attached article from Gizmodo should be aired and they are of concern. Facebook is a widely trusted brand. Everyone uses it, “liberals,” conservatives, libertarians, everyone. Facebook should seek to maintain this trust. It’s one of the things which makes Facebook such a special and truly great company.
Indeed it is. Central planning always fails and make no mistake in many ways our economic system is “planned.” Not in the sense that it was planned in the Soviet Union but planned and controlled by the Federal Reserve through the manipulation of interest rates. The Fed creates malinvestment by trying to juice the economy. People over invest with cheap credit on office buildings, homes, cars, infrastructure projects and so on. Then when the reality of the economy hits this juiced economic situation failure occurs broadly.
Director Brennan says that it would be “unhelpful” to release the 28 pages of the September 11th report which some say implicate or at least connect official Saudidom.
My question is,”To whom would such declassification be unhelpful?” I’d say it might be quite helpful to historians and the American people who would like to get a complete picture of what happened on that day. On the other hand it might be unhelpful to people who would prefer to keep history muddled.
If you are “resisting capitalism” you are “resisting human progress.” You are resisting the voluntary exchange of goods and services. You are resisting opportunity for people to make a better life for themselves through hard work. You are trading that opportunity for a system which rewards the uncreative and unambitious. (And perhaps you understand this.) You are fundamentally resisting FREEDOM and LIBERTY, because “economic liberty,” the right to do what you want with that which you own, is not separate from social FREEDOM and LIBERTY.