Ron Paul meets with CNBC on 11/30/2011 to discuss the meeting of the top central banks from around the world to collectively coordinate a global money printing effort to “stimulate the economy.”

This again shows a complete lack of education in Austrian Economics, which has successfully predicted how and why this very type of action can and will collapse an economy. The fact that this is happening on a global scale is terrifying, leaving few safe havens left to escape to if and when the economy implodes on itself under the weight of all this money printing. It is incredibly destructive and dangerous. Quantitative Easing offers no long term economic benefit whatsoever, and yet carries the risk of reducing the value of all your dollars to barely the cost of the paper they’re printed on.

The following video is a narration of an essay by Murray Rothbard from 40 years ago explaining exactly how and why Quantitative Easing destroys economies. It is just under 44 minutes in length, but offers an invaluable education.

Here is a recent picture someone posted on Facebook, and the ensuing conversation:

A: hmmm…i can honestly say i’ve encountered such a supposition. you?

B: well, the first part refers to a voluntary action. It is commendable to voluntarily choose to help your fellow man – perhaps even ‘saintly.’

the second part loosely implies that you support the use of force (government), in that poverty can be solved by forcing people to give their time/energy/property to the less fortunate.

voluntary interaction is completely moral – helping the poor should be promoted, encouraged, persuaded, taught, and anything else that could compel a person to voluntarily give. On the other hand, there is no virtue in government coercion or force.

A: while I totally agree, the leap for me is that the use of governmental intervention wouldn’t be necessary if the well-off were already being so saintly.

B: Right right, but we must as a society eventually come to terms with the fact that resorting to the use of force and guns is never justified. It’s kind of like saying, I wouldn’t have to hit my wife if she would just love me on her own, or I wouldn’t have to hit my kids if they would just respect me…when in fact the hitting is never morally justified. The way to get what you want is through persuasion, education, and negotiation, just like most people were taught in kindergarten. It’s not ok to hit someone when they don’t do what you want. If people gave up resorting to government threats, laws, and guns when they don’t get what they want…even when what they want seems so right – the increase in peace and prosperity for everyone would be unimaginable.

No person or charity walks around on the sidewalks with guns and/or handcuffs threatening the people who pass to get what they want – it’s inhumane. But here is the biggest kicker of the past several centuries: with the creation of the thing called “government,” we have created a loophole whereby we now have a system to outsource the initiation of force on others to get what we want – all while retaining our humanity and a clean conscience. We have created and hired the government to do the immoral and inhumane things we would never do ourselves – all under the guise of patriotism, and the “collective good.” No person would go with guns to their rich neighbor’s house and demand they give you 10% of their bank account for the cause you support. But almost everybody will gladly support the passing of a government “law” that raises your neighbor’s taxes 10% to support the war in Libya, or the poor people, or whatever cause each person supports – and if your neighbor doesn’t fork over his money, people will eventually show up with handcuffs, and guns – it just won’t be you with the guns this time, it’ll be people whom you’ve hired.

When people realize this, that the government is simply an institution that we’ve created to transcend our own humanity, there will actually be hope for society.

The idea of capitalism is completely simple: I have something for sale, would you like to buy it? That is all it is, there are no guns, and no one is being forced to do anything. If we decide on the exchange, we both benefit – you value my product more than your money, and I value your money more than my product – we trade, it’s a win win, and we are both better off. If we decide not trade, then we simply carry on our merry ways.

It’s this simplicity that opponents must complicate and distort into a straw man to have something to attack. Unfortunately then, they are not attacking capitalism but this fictional straw man of their own creation. The danger is, they still call this straw man “capitalism.” It’s important for knowledgeable people to correct these misled, and yet sometimes, completely convincing arguments. Here, Peter Schiff shoulders the burden in taking on one of the most notorious anti-“capitalists” out there – Michael Moore.

Newt Gingrich is a self-proclaimed war “hawk” with very little moral objections to the idea of war.

That alone should cause any thoughtful, moral person some pause.

But these remarks made in 2008 shed a completely new light on Newt’s position on war and the justification for government’s intrusion into your personal privacy and civil liberties.

Newt says,

“it’s almost like they (the Bush administration) should, every once in a while, have allowed an attack to get through to remind us…”

Granted, he said this partially in jest, he was completely serious in saying “one of the great tragedies” of the Bush administration was how well they’ve protected us, giving people the illusion that we’re safe. Clearly, Newt does not want us to feel safe.

Gingrich goes on to say,

“I’m going to be a little controversial…I would have an anti-domestic crime FBI agency which was very respectful of civil liberties – and I would have a small, but very aggressive anti-terrorism agency, and I would frankly give them extraordinary ability to eavesdrop, and my advice to (proponents of civil liberties) would be, don’t plot with terrorists.”

I am reminded of the wise quote from Thomas Paine:

“He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself.”

Bricks-and-Mortar Stores Trying To Force Internet Taxation

Town A has a 10% sales tax. Town B is 1 mile away, and it has a 0% sales tax. Obviously, the rational decision would be to shop in Town B. If the people in Town A want more business, they shouldn’t use guns to demand that Town B raise its sales taxes – they should lower their own sales taxes. Well Town B is Internetville, and it’s in Loophole County, which the leviathan government has so far failed to conquer. “This may well be the last holiday shopping season when bricks-and-mortar stores operate under a sales-tax handicap. A bipartisan consensus appears to be forming in Congress in favor of legislation that would close the tax loophole.”

Source: Washington Post

Stefan Molyneux of Freedomain Radio, Carla Gericke of the FSP, and Adam Kokesh of Adam Vs The Man voted this rant the winner at the 2011 porcupine Freedom Festival.

While made in jest, the content of this rant contains some very real truths. While anarcho-capitalists like Stefan Molyneux have spent hours and hours of time to painstakingly provide logical and rational arguments in the form of free books and podcasts proving how and why an anarchist, stateless, voluntaryist society would be practically immune to organized crime – it is still important to recognize that in comparison to the hypothetical threat of organized crime, our current government is a far worse transgressor.

There is no end in sight to the American military expansion. The government, (naively) created to protect and serve the people, must only reach a certain size before the people no longer have the power to contain it. I fear we crossed that line a long time ago. The size of the state, and the complacency of the average citizen have combined to create this inevitable recipe for disaster.

Prepare yourself for martial law, and let it not be said that we weren’t warned.

Update: While the police state has undoubtedly been growing by leaps and bounds, this particular proposal was originally detailed 3 years ago (link). Russia Today seems to be the only network covering this story at the present. Keep your eyes out for any confirmation.

President Thomas Jefferson:
“Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”

Once upon a time perhaps, wars and killing people resulted in increased freedom. Today, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The American people are becoming increasingly less free on the back of endless fear propaganda – and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is leading the charge. A new study finds that since 2001, TSA staff has grown from 16,500 to over 65,000, a near-400% increase. In the same amount of time, total passenger enplanements in the U.S. have increased less than 12%. In other words, TSA staff has grown over 30 times more than the number of actual passengers flying has grown. There is no end in sight.

A government, so far outnumbered by citizens, could never commit such heinous violations of individual liberty and freedom on it’s own. The only way a government can continue to grow and quietly oppress is through the members of the community consuming the propaganda, and socially enforcing it on the streets. Until people stop cheering for war, and the killing of whoever the next enemy of the hour is, we will continue in a steep, downward spiral towards 1984.

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