… and remove all reference to the hateful Kennedy name from history. Jack seduced a young intern and kept her as his concubine and travel companion in the White House, even ordering her to pleasure his pals at the WH pool; and Ted, of course, killed his heart throb, Mary Jo Kopechne, paid off her parents, and got off without a day in prison.
Same goes for Jack’s “eternal flame” – the only one he ever had, of course – just ask Jackie.8:40 am on August 21, 2017 Email Christopher Manion
What is a U.S. Navy ship doing off the coast of Singapore? I note also that “ten sailors on the ship were unaccounted for, and five others were injured.” Another reason to stay out of the military. You don’t have to be in combat to be senselessly killed in the military.7:31 am on August 21, 2017 Email Laurence M. Vance
A sponger or sponge is a person who lives on others. Government power encourages sponging. To understand someone’s politics, find out where they stand on sponging. If they speak about the people running the government or about unity or about a revolution of the people in the country, they favor sponging. They implicitly are thinking about and advocating replacing the current government monopoly by another. In the new system they envision, the names of the parasites will change. The names of their victimized hosts will change, but sponging will go on. As long as there is government without the consent of the governed, government power will always be wielded for the sake of spongers.
The conservatives in America have no credibility in speaking against spongers on welfare because they support their own spongers in the military-industrial complex. The liberals can’t credibly decry military spending because they cater to their own favored spongers. Both sides agree on some groups being spongers, including those in government generally.
If you want some group to get financing, you should not get it by sponging off other people and making them pay through the power of a territorial government that controls everyone in its borders, including the non-consenters. Most people would agree in their personal lives that sponging is wrong, yet we live in a system of sponging that’s baked in the cake by government power.
There is more to it. There are constant struggles for control of the apparatus of sponging that we call government. The power to sponge is taken for granted and the battles are over who gets the power to control the directions of sponging.
If people in different groups hate each other’s guts, how much of that hatred has arisen because of perceptions of sponging? A certain amount of sponging will be tolerated by people, but at some higher level of sponging, people are going to perceive the basic injustice of sponging and they are going to protest against those who they think are sponging off of them. The hatreds being expressed on American streets from left and right, that appear to be based upon such things as race, religion, and ethnicity, are fueled by the prevalence of sponging and its accompanying injustice. The sponging is fueled by the territorial monopolies of governments. Government power is bound to be misused. It has to be. There are no effective controls over it. The temptations to use it are impossible to limit, simply because the powers are monopolistic in nature. Once they are delegated, the battlefield shifts to fights over who will gain from the sponging and who will lose.
It is this sponging that libertarians include under the term aggression.9:48 am on August 20, 2017 Email Michael S. Rozeff
Last night, I heard ABC use the term “the great American eclipse.” So I say: Let’s make America Eclipse again. And I guess that means my neighbors to the South (for those of us in Detroit) cannot partake of the American Eclipse Exceptionalism.8:26 am on August 20, 2017 Email Karen De Coster
Unless The Atlantic magazine became a satire site overnight, this is all too real. Are you ready for this one? The eclipse is symbolic of racism. Alice Ristroph, a white Harvard grad and law professor in Brooklyn, uses the path of the eclipse to construct an America that is everywhere and always “racist.” Nothing new here in the era of everyone’s-a-racist, but the author employs a rather innocuous event to set minds afire with anger and divisiveness. And all those clever, decision-making editors at The Atlantic got together in a safe-space conference room named after some left-wing activist, with fair-trade coffee, baguettes, and vegan spread being served, and they went “yea, this is so brilliant!” To quote from the article:
8:17 am on August 20, 2017 Email Karen De Coster
…From Oregon, the Great American Eclipse will travel through Idaho and Wyoming. (It will catch a tiny unpopulated piece of Montana, too.) Percentage-wise, Idaho and Wyoming are even whiter than Oregon.
…The total eclipse will be visible from Lincoln, Nebraska, the state’s capital, which reports a black population of 3.8 percent.
…From Kansas, the eclipse goes to Missouri, still mostly bypassing black people, though now much more improbably.
…Moving east, the eclipse will pass part of St. Louis, whose overall population is nearly half black. But the black residents are concentrated in the northern half of the metropolitan area, and the total eclipse crosses only the southern half.
. . . who outnumbered free speech organizers by 50,000 to 50 chased and assaulted a man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and an Israeli flag draped over his back. “Get the F _ _ _ out of our town!” they screamed at him while stealing his hat and jerking him around.
There were no Nazis or “white supremacists” in sight, yet the crowd insisted on screaming about Nazis and white supremacists. According to news reports, some thirty people were arrested, mostly for assaulting the police by throwing bottles filled with urine at them, in keeping with the general theme of the police-hating “Black Lives Matter” division of the American communist movement.
One photo of the riot shows two young men who appeared college age wearing “Make America Great Again” hats being screamed at and chased down by hundreds of maniacal communists carrying signs saying “Socialist International” along with at least fifty professional news photographers feverishly snapping pictures. The police sent everyone home at this free speech event, thereby censoring free speech, after which they were praised lavishly by President Trump.8:15 am on August 20, 2017 Email Thomas DiLorenzo
“Conway[, South Carolina,] Pastor Phillip Miles was arrested Thursday by TSA for carrying an unloaded pistol into Myrtle Beach International Airport. … Miles was charged with carrying weapons into restricted places and was released on $500.00 bond.”
You probably see articles similar to this one, in which the TSA brags about having stolen some poor victim’s weapon while exploiting said weapon to persecute, cage, and rob its owner. Such stories are only the Thieves and Sexual Assailants’ pathetic attempt to justify their existence. No studies anywhere prove that disarmed passengers are safer than armed ones—none. And in fact, common sense argues the opposite. If a terrorist were to commandeer your plane, wouldn’t you appreciate armed folks’ fighting back? Of course, when those terrorists wrap their extra 200 pounds in blue polyester shirts with pinchbeck badges, armed folks can still fight back, which explains the TSA’s jihad against our self-defense.
But I digress. It seems Pastor Miles has had run-ins with authoritarian, anti-gun zealots before: “Miles previously spent time in a Russian prison after Russian Police found hunting ammunition in his suitcase.”
Thank you, TSA, for disarming us just as thoroughly and tyrannically as an Eastern Bloc country does its serfs. Have your morons been taking lessons from the KGB?8:58 pm on August 19, 2017 Email Becky Akers
Murray Sabrin writes that since we now live in an “era of identity politics,” if you wish to avoid being accused of the mortal sin of “insensitivity,” you must now refer to him as a “Polish, West German, Jewish, Heterosexual, White Male.”
Murray is a finance professor at Ramapo College in New Jersey. Since he is now the founding father of a new victim group, he is bound to be honored with a named, endowed chair, maybe two or three of them, very soon.1:27 pm on August 19, 2017 Email Thomas DiLorenzo
In March 2003, Pope John Paul II sent his personal emissary, Cardinal Pio Laghi, to warn the “Christian” Bush that the invasion of Iraq would cause “chaos.”
Bush didn’t even open Saint John Paul’s personal letter. He laid it aside and lectured the Cardinal (for the bully Bush, such filibustering was routine).
Today the Syriac Catholic Patriarch agrees. ““I can tell you, we’ve been not only abandoned by the Western countries, but even we have been betrayed,” Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan told The Southern Cross, newspaper of the Diocese of San Diego.
And the betrayers? They sleep peacefully with round-the-clock guards.
11:26 am on August 19, 2017 Email Christopher Manion
A Snopes article provides a lot of solid-looking evidence that Jason Kessler shifted his views toward a pro-white racial stance. This evidence is inconsistent with the hypothesis that Kessler is a provocateur in the grasp of Soros or Deep State elements. Where is the evidence of the latter connections anyway? It’s non-existent, so that the provocateur hypothesis at this time finds no support. [But see below for some links that provide support for the provocateur case.]
Addendum: Those who think little of Snopes can track down their sources to see if they are manufacturing quotations out of thin air. One of these sources is here. These are Kessler archives.
Addendum: I’ve been sent further links that bear on this subject: here, here, here, here, and here. These were put forward to me as supporting the provocateur case. I present them as is, where is and how is, because there is some information therein that supports a shift in his views, particularly the comments of David Caron.9:47 am on August 19, 2017 Email Michael S. Rozeff
A “Boston Free Speech Rally” is scheduled. Demonstrations in order to express political views appear to be growing in size, intensity and frequency. An earlier sign was the large Women’s March on Washington. There have been numerous protests against Trump, and these are tabulated. The number is very large.
The 60s saw many demonstrations for a variety of causes. The 70s were pretty wild. Relative quietude set in thereafter and lasted until now. In the 10s, we are now witnessing a big rise in demonstrations.
Many questions surround the remarkable rise of demonstrations in the 10s, and these should make for numerous stories. Dominant narratives about this ongoing phenomenon remain to be discovered, written about and shaped. This should be a big target area for research of many kinds. It’s really a huge story.9:13 am on August 19, 2017 Email Michael S. Rozeff
In his 1994 essay, “Just War,” Murray Rothbard concluded:
“[I]n this War Between the States, the South may have fought for its sacred honor, but the Northern war was the very opposite of honorable. We remember the care with which the civilized nations had developed classical international law. Above all, civilians must not be targeted; wars must be limited. But the North insisted on creating a conscript army, a nation in arms, and broke the 19th-century rules of war by specifically plundering and slaughtering civilians, by destroying civilian life and institutions so as to reduce the South to submission. Sherman’s famous march through Georgia was one of the great war crimes, and crimes against humanity, of the past half century-and-a-half. Because by targeting and butchering civilians, Lincoln and Grant and Sherman paved the way for all the genocidal horrors of the monstrous 20th century. There has been a lot of talk in recent years about memory, about never forgetting about history as retroactive punishment for crimes of war and mass murder. As Lord Acton, the great libertarian historian, put it, the historian, in the last analysis, must be a moral judge. The muse of the historian, he wrote, is not Clio, but Rhadamanthus, the legendary avenger of innocent blood. In that spirit, we must always remember, we must never forget, we must put in the dock and hang higher than Haman, those who, in modern times, opened the Pandora’s Box of genocide and the extermination of civilians: Sherman, Grant, and Lincoln.
Perhaps, some day, their statues,like Lenin’s in Rusia, will be toppled and melted down; their insignias and battle flags will be desecrated, their war songs tossed into the fire. And then Davis and Lee and Jackson and Forrest, and all the heroes of the South, “Dixie,” and the Stars and Bars, will once again be truly honored and remembered . . . . I am sure that one day, aided and abetted by Northerners like myself in the glorious “copperhead” tradition, the South shall rise again.”7:34 am on August 19, 2017 Email Thomas DiLorenzo
Since the year 2000, “short haul [air] traffic” has “Decline[d] in the US” by $34 billion. Eric Morris alerted me to an article that attributes the loss to three factors: airline consolidation; increased pricing; and–ahem–”Increased security requirements and ‘hassle factor’” that “have made alternative surface transportation favorable to flying on short sectors.” The “hassle factor,” a.k.a. the TSA, has “made alternative surface transportation favorable to flying on long sectors,” too, if you ask me and the other former flyers who now boycott commercial aviation.
Intriguing, isn’t it, that the airlines would rather forfeit those billions than demand that their bought-and-paid-for congresscriminals abolish a bureaucracy abusing their customers.
Meanwhile, why not spread the “hassle factor” and reduced business from aviation to transit? From Bill Martin comes a link to a report that Los Angeles’ transit system will irradiate its customers while denuding them via new and improved porno-scanners. Yes! But unlike the TSA’s slow-as-molasses contraptions (after all, the agency’s Peeping Toms want a go-o-o-d, lo-o-ong look at you, Serf), transit’s version will “process up to 600 people per hour in the (currently) voluntary screening…”
“Voluntary.” Why would anyone willingly endure such a degrading insult just to squeeze into a crowded, dirty and perpetually late subway (or so I assume as a veteran of New York City’s underground horror. On the other hand, at least this time Our Rulers are eviscerating the Fourth Amendment in their own arena rather than invading an ostensibly private industry to ogle and hassle its passengers)? Whatever, I join the article’s author in advising, “Now would be the time for the traveling public to draw a line in the sand while public testing is underway and a pushback has a chance of being considered.” Yo, Villeins: REFUSE to cooperate with your own enslavement. Shun LA’s Metro and anywhere else the abominable “security theater” opens.8:59 pm on August 18, 2017 Email Becky Akers
As Sean Hannity points out, first it was Russia hacked the election and Trump obstructed justice so he should be impeached. Then recently Trump was a blood-thirsty warmonger calling for the destruction of North Korea so he should be impeached. Now it’s Trump is a pro-Nazi, pro-Klan racist who incites violence so he should be impeached.
In the late 1920s, under the direction of Gauleiter or regional party leader Joseph Goebbels, violent street confrontation and warfare in Berlin between the left-wing National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP) and the left-wing Communist Party of Germany (KPD) was used to create both chaotic instability within the faltering Wiemar Republic, as well as building support for the Nazis cadres.
For the Nazi Party, the brownshirts — who included the unemployed, the underemployed, apprentices and high-school students — were “political soldiers.” In Goebbel’s view, their task was the “conquest of the street.” In the melting pot of Berlin, these primarily young men were supposed to reconcile and embody two previously hostile worldviews: nationalism, which Goebbels believed had to be “reshaped in a revolutionary way,” and a “true socialism” free of Marxism.
Even the corpse of Heather Heyer is being tragically manipulated and egregiously transformed into a 2017 version of Horst Wessel.
On 30 January 1933, Adolf Hitler was named Chancellor of Germany. Lacking a majority in the Reichstag, Hitler formed a coalition with the Nationalists (German National People’s Party (German: Deutschnationale Volkspartei, DNVP)). Not long afterwards, he called elections for 5 March. Six days before the election, on 27 February, the Reichstag fire damaged the house of Parliament in Berlin. Claiming that the fire was the first step in a Communist revolution, the Nazis used the fire as a pretext to get the President, Hindenburg, to sign the Reichstag Fire Decree, officially the Verordnung des Reichspräsidenten zum Schutz von Volk und Staat (Presidential Decree for the Protection of People and State).
Under the decree, issued by Hindenburg on the basis of Article 48 of the Wiemar Republic Constitution, the government was given authority to curtail constitutional rights including habeas corpus, free expression of opinion, freedom of the press, rights of assembly, and the privacy of postal, telegraphic and telephonic communications. Constitutional restrictions on searches and confiscation of property were likewise suspended.
The Reichstag Fire Decree was one of the first steps the Nazis took toward the establishment of a one-party dictatorship in Germany. With several key government posts in the hands of Nazis and with the constitutional protections on civil liberties suspended by the decree, the Nazis were able to use police power to suppress, intimidate and arrest their opposition, in particular the Communists. Hitler’s subversion of the Constitution under Article 48 thus had the mark of legality.
The organizer of the Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville was a Democrat and an Obama supporter. He was also part of the Occupy Wall street movement and a strong supporter of gun control. His name is Jason Kessler. Kessler suddenly switched from being an Obama supporter to a Trump supporter after Trump won.
How can someone who supported and worked for George Soros funded, Black Lives Matter enthusiast Barack Obama suddenly become a white supremacist and create a white supremacist rally to engage in violent street warfare confrontation with Black Lives Matter and Antifa? Is Jason Kessler also a George Soros paid agent provocateur? The mayor of Charlottesville ordered the police to stand down so violence could erupt. The entire Charlottesville event was a staged event, a classic strategy of provocation operation which is going to be used as psywar pushing for national imposition of martial law and the deep state coup against Trump and the remnants of the Republic.7:37 pm on August 18, 2017 Email Charles Burris
… the KKK hated – and murdered – Catholics as well as Blacks and Jews.3:30 pm on August 18, 2017
The cry will go out to destroy Mt. Rushmore, because all 4 presidents depicted there were racists — were. Dogmatic cultural cleansing is gaining popularity. But for these men, those were the times. Those were the currents of thought that were prevalent. It’s demanding too much after the fact to create a sanitized history. Removing memorials that elicit all sorts of thoughts and feelings, for and against, disrespects the experiences of the past that belong to everyone in the country in memory. This disrespects the people of the past who erected these memorials. Wrong or right, they lived according to their lights and darknesses. The destroyers act as if they have found and know the truth for all time and as if they know how to make it explicit to the eye and mind, but do they know that truth and do they know how to memorialize it? Do they have a right to destroy that which annoys them?
In our time, now to create a present that’s sanitized according to particular currents of thought that are now held by particular groups is to accord respect to these thoughts and groups. Are these deserved? Does the proclamation of one’s purity and virtue on slavery justify the power of certain self-selected groups to destroy the memorials erected by past Americans?
If libertarians united and demanded similar kinds of purification rites against all those in America’s past who have been anti-libertarians, would not their case be even broader than the case being made by memorial-bashers today? What a massive excision would be involved in removing the works of our anti-libertarian forefathers. However, the case for doing so is as weak as the case for destroying Mt. Rushmore.
The past in memory belongs to all of us as it happened. The past in its public physical forms belongs to those in the past who created these forms. They left them as an inheritance to be preserved. They’d erode over time perhaps or be taken or removed or relocated, but they were not meant to be destroyed because of the aggression of past human beings. We were not bequeathed them to be destroyed because they annoy some of us or because of the sins of the fathers or because we wish to erect new monuments to our supposed purity and virtues or because of political motives disguised as virtuous ones.
The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, writes “Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson will be removed from the CUNY hall of great Americans because New York stands against racism.” This is a cheap shot that wounds the hall’s purpose and history, which is “to honor prominent Americans who have had a significant impact on this nation’s history.” The state is a trustee or a custodian of this property, and that means that it should be fulfilling a duty to the creators to maintain their works. It should not be culturally cleansing the art works because anti-racism has recently become a popular rallying point for political elements that have a political agenda.
If all property were private, this matter would be a libertarian no-brainer. In our world, much property is officiated over by governments. In such cases, we can ask what treatment would be appropriate if they were private. The governments, often cities, hold them in a variety of ways, because the land was sometimes donated and the statues were paid for and made in a variety of ways. We have to ask to whom the statues belong in order to get some idea of the government’s just role in protecting their heritage. They basically are held in trust for the people who built them and paid for them.
We are surely not going to find that they belong to people who are upset because the statues are of people who were slaveholders or racists. One does not gain ownership because one is unhappy about something that belongs to others or about something one has no real claim to. Tearing down statues or pressuring governments to remove them is going to be in many cases a rights violation, a disrespecting of the rights of their dead and buried owners who left them as an inheritance to be kept up by various governments typically.
If a private society were to collect these statues, which may be available at bargain prices, they could perhaps be arranged to make for a profitable tourist attraction.1:56 pm on August 18, 2017 Email Michael S. Rozeff
Few things are more craven and despicable than a serf who cooperates with Our Rulers in her own degradation. But that is indeed the shameful record of a talking head named Denise Albert.
Late last year when trying to board her flight, Denise “had one of the worse experience [sic] of my life. It’s right up there with the news I got last December, that I was positive for breast cancer. …TSA agents aggressively attempted to do a body cavity search in public. … the woman shove[d] her hand up my crotch and then tr[ied] to go down my shirt.”
In other words, the TSA treated Denise to its standard sexual assault though she was battling cancer and had a port in her chest to prove it. She was rightfully furious (what a pity all victims aren’t), proclaiming at the time, “I have never been so humiliated or felt more violated in my life.”
But the Thieves and Sexual Assailants didn’t limit themselves to gate-rape: while rifling her luggage, “another TSA agent joked about all of the eyelashes I had. I told her it was because I don’t have real ones from my cancer treatment. …While all of this was happening, I knew it was wrong. I knew the TSA agents were out of line. I knew I had to do something about it…”
That something turns out to be “Team[ing] Up with TSA for Powerful Video [sic for ‘Propaganda’] After Last Year’s ‘Horrific’ Airport Body Search [sic for ‘Molestation’].” Denise is singing a different, albeit awkward and ugly, tune now: “I think it’s really important that a passenger and also the agents really review and know what each of their rights are and what the protocol is…”
Yo, Bumblebrain: ever heard of the Fourth Amendment? That’s “what each of our rights are and what the protocol is,” not what some perverts high on their own power-lust decree.
But I interrupted the inarticulate Bumblebrain: “When somebody’s traveling with the illness — no matter what the illness is — I think it’s important for agents to know that obviously they have to do their job but to be a little sensitive.”
I wonder whether Bumblebrain would be as accommodating to unofficial rapists. I’d also like to know how much the TSA is paying her or whether her need for attention is so overwhelming she’ll jump in front of any camera, even those of her torturers.7:57 pm on August 17, 2017 Email Becky Akers
Kel Kelly: When tax cuts lay the ground work for a better economy, government statistics often fail to measure the benefits.12:40 pm on August 17, 2017
Governments and police departments often benefit more from arresting small-time non-violent offenders than by prosecuting truly violent ones.12:39 pm on August 17, 2017
… but don’t dare call him “corrupt.” The entire country is corrupt, of course, but he might be the sole canonizable saint living there.
The case deals with the question, who has to pay Slim to connect to his network.
Hey – how about Trump putting a fee on every call from the US **going** to Slim’s network? Same for the money sent by phone or Western Union? Pay for the wall?
Country’ll grow. And meanwhile, the Mexican corruptos continue to send us their welfare cases by the millions.12:18 pm on August 17, 2017
Oh, you already heard about on ABC/CBS/MSNBC/NYT/WP?
Only the non-Left hates. The Left only loves. Just ask them.11:20 am on August 17, 2017
Sent: Wed 8/16/2017 7:11 AM
Dear Dr. Block: I’m a great fan. I very much enjoyed your “Blind Spot” article. I am, however, at a disadvantage when it comes to your position on evictionism. I am Catholic, so please bear with me for a moment and perhaps you can clarify it for me. Assume you discharge a gun in celebration into the air. The bullet, unknowingly, kills a father a mile away. Upon discovering the person responsible for the man’s death, would that individual, who acted recklessly, not be held responsible? Could a suit not be brought against him for the support of the family left without the father? …and my point, of course, would be when two humans interact knowing their actions could result in a particular outcome, be it life or death, should there not be some responsibility on the part of the actors to not destroy an innocent bystander who, unwittingly, was brought into the scenario not of their choosing? While I do understand your point about someone being forced to maintain a life for the 9 months of pregnancy, could this not be equated to the person firing the gun, being held responsible, say, for the payment of the education of the child of the accidental shooting in my example? It seems that your evictionism theory ignores any actions taken place prior to conception. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you in advance. Sincerely, J
Dear J: I have written so much about this that I am about to come out with a book on this subject. So, please excuse me if I do not respond to your specific point, and instead offer you my publications on this subject. Please read a goodly bit of them, since this is such an important issue. And, if you find I have not answered your objection, I have, I have, then get back to me on it.7:50 pm on August 16, 2017 Email Walter E. Block
Among the many crusades of America’s Social Justice Bolsheviks over the past several years has been one supposedly against bullying. Billions of tax dollars have been spent to create a whole new anti-bullying bureaucracy. At the same time, America’s Social Justice Bolsheviks are the world’s biggest bullies! Let a well-known conservative or libertarian speaker show up at one of their universities and he will be shouted down, screamed at with F-bombs, shoved around, libeled as a racist/sexist/homophobe, terrorized with cars and buildings set on fire as in Berkeley, or just plain dis-invited. A conservative student from Ithaca College was recently assaulted by a mob of black-clad, hooded Bolshevik goons at a vigil for the Charlottsville victims held in Syracuse, NY for merely wearing a Young America’s Foundation ball cap. Conservative and libertarian college students mostly remain quiet for fear of being bullied by social justice Bolsheviks among the student body and the university administration. Whenever they do speak up in an entirely civilized and scholarly way, they risk being accused of “bullying” with their “insensitive” remarks and threatened with university sanctions. Safe rooms are set up in dozens of universities to allow the social justice Bolsheviks to hide their empty heads in the sand should a diverse viewpoint ever be uttered on their campuses.1:28 pm on August 16, 2017 Email Thomas DiLorenzo