Ron Paul Is the Future 60% of 18 to 34-year-olds tell the federal government to get lost, says Gary North.’Butt Out,’ 60% of 18- to 34-Year-Olds Tell Federal Government …
Despite a horrendous unemployment rate of 45% for this age group – almost as bad as Spain’s and Greece’s – about 60% of America’s young adults believe that the government should get out of their lives.
Even more amazing, half believe that the government is not helping the economy.
Two-thirds are favorable to entrepreneurship.
MILTON FRIEDMAN SCHOOLS PHIL DONAHUE – 1979
THE FREEDOM POST ^ | July 31, 2012
Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 7:57:09 PM by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny
Today, July 31, 2012, would have been the great free-market economist Milton Friedman‘s 100th birthday. Below, is a series of interviews Friedman had on the Phil Donahue Show in 1979. Friedman repeatedly, in his customary polite demeanor, makes Donahue look like the Socialist fool that he is. I do have to credit Donahue, however, for allowing Friedman on his program to obliterate him. He’s a little more tolerant than today’s lefties in media.
Times That Try Men’s Souls… (“Most of us have the herd mentality. It is comforting for us to stay in the middle of the herd where it is safe, while the point person and those around the periphery display unusual courage”)
Most of us have the herd mentality. It is comforting for us to stay in the middle of the herd where it is safe, while the point person and those around the periphery display unusual courage. America’s socio/economic landscape has been scorched by a burning desire for change 70 years in its development. Somehow the corporation has become an evil empire. Corporations built the Ford automobile, gave us the electric light bulb, the telephone, the microwave, private corporations accounted for 79–90% of life saving pharmaceutical products.
I wrote an article on Envy, Asians, and Tariffs. Almost as soon as it was published, I received this email.
I am a regular reader of your articles published on LewRockwell.com, and most of the time I agree with you. I consider myself a “conservative” Libertarian. That is, I believe in the capitalist and free market system, small government, less regulation and less government intrusion into our private lives – the same as a classic Libertarian. Where I part ways with your thinking is over the issue of tariffs. Tariffs are anathema, of course, to classical Libertarians, because tariffs violate their commitment to “free trade.” The problem with that position is that we don’t have free trade. Our manufacturers are required by government regulation to pay a minimum wage, to provide medical coverage, to limit the work day to 8 hours, to provide a myriad of other costly benefits to workers, and to permit unions to extort even more costly benefits out of the hapless factory owner, all of which drive prices up.
Sociopathy Is Running the US by Doug Casey (“A Real Capacity for Evil Doug Casey on what distinguishes political elites from normal people.”)
I recently wrote an article that addresses the subject of sociopaths and how they insinuate themselves into society. Although the subject doesn’t speak directly to what stock you should buy or sell to increase your wealth, I think it’s critical to success in the markets. It goes a long way towards explaining what goes on in the heads of people like Bernie Madoff and therefore how you can avoid being hurt by them.
The democratic process relies on the assumption that citizens the majority of them, at least can recognize the best political candidate, or best policy idea, when they see it.
But a growing body of research has revealed an unfortunate aspect of the human psyche that would seem to disprove this notion, and imply instead that democratic elections produce mediocre leadership and policies.
The research, led by David Dunning, a psychologist at Cornell University, shows that incompetent people are inherently unable to judge the competence of other people, or the quality of those people’s ideas.
For example, if people lack expertise on tax reform, it is very difficult for them to identify the candidates who are actual experts. They simply lack the mental tools needed to make meaningful judgments.
As a result, no amount of information or facts about political candidates can override the inherent inability of many voters to accurately evaluate them.
If your candidate is Santorum or Newt, as an exercise for yourself, write down their campaign promises and the constitutional authority to make those promises come true. It is not that what you believe is wrong. It is just not the job of the federal government to provide it. If you are “taxed enough already,” how can you complain about liberals illegally using the federal government to implement their form of government instead of your unconstitutional desires? Let us free ourselves of the DC ruling class and take our fight to our own state capitals. (Have you read your Tom Woods today?)
If Romney is you candidate, why are you even hangin’ with the Tea Party? Join the blow-dried boobs on the other side of my TV. After Mitt rids the free world of Obamacare (Rommneycare living large,) then what? He’ll run the government like a business? He’s use the government to run the economy like a business? How can any rational person think to run a Free Market? Just get the hell out of our way!
All I want from the next president is a whole lot of “not.” I want the next president to NOT be telling me how to run my life. I want the next president to NOT be taxing me into the poor house. I already have a wife, family and bass fishing addiction to spend me there. I want the next president to NOT tax me for other people’s retirement. Hey! Who is going to pay for mine? I want the next president to NOT tax the rich. They employ me. I want the next president to NOT create more regulations than the entire Written History of Mankind. I want the next president to NOT spend my money buying other peoples votes.
Several months ago, I was visiting some friends in Sydney and was invited to the house of a friend-of-a-friend for some late night drinks and a chat. My host and his friends were left-wing bohemian types and had been informed by my friend that I am a “free-market anarchist,” or something like that. They found this notion intriguing, and so they quizzed me on what that means, and this naturally led into a discussion of the merits of a free market versus a democracy.
…..If America is to be restored to the vision of the Founding Fathers as a free and prosperous nation, the only ideology that can accomplish it is the one that has in its foundation the principles of self-reliance, independence, free choice, free markets and individual freedom. Any other ideology is doomed to failure, national bankruptcy and eventually, enslavement.
However, in order for that one ideology to prevail, those who believe in that ideology must unite around the simple principles of self-reliance, independence, free choice and individual freedom. Any other course will divide the ideology and render it impotent.
If we as Americans can’t agree on the basic principles that we are sovereign, free Americans who have declared our independence from all foreign nations and dictates and are governed by a blueprint called the Constitution, and that the land we now occupy is sovereign land for all legal Americans subject to our laws, we have no hope whatsoever of solving the problems we face today.
Does the government work for us or do we work for the government? Is it possible for us to change Washington by by-passing Washington? Tonight, what do governments hate because they can’t control?
In America, the government seems to control everything. Light bulbs, shoe leather, refrigerators, water strength in your shower; your banker, your doctor, your lawyer all are regulated beyond belief. What is it in America that the feds cannot control? The answer is simple. Human nature. We need to eat and we need to move about; and that means we will use the free market, with or without the government.
Every capable human on earth engages in market exchanges, even in those countries where it’s illegal. Through all of known history, humans have advanced civilization by building up the avenues of trade so as to increase their standards of living. When you buy a loaf of bread or a gallon of gas, you are freely choosing to engage in what remains of the free market. I emphasize the phrase “what remains,” because, when you buy bread, you are paying the local or state government a tax for a product that was baked under conditions set forth by the feds and one of the fifty states, and when you buy fuel for your car, up to one quarter of the cost of the fuel consists of state and federal sales taxes. I believe that sales taxes constitute a grand theft concocted by politicians and bureaucrats so as to provide them with a never-ending supply of cash which they can use to bribe people for their votes. Sales taxes also make items that we need more expensive.
The ‘Third Way’ Bubbles Are Bursting
The ‘Third Way’ Bubbles Are Bursting:
When the financial crisis hit three years ago, many gleeful leftists assumed that the long-anticipated failure of the free-market system had finally come and that this crisis would do for capitalism what the fall of the Berlin Wall did for communism. In fact, it is not capitalism that is failing.
We are beginning to see this in Europe, where the debt crisis is a crisis of the welfare state. I think we are also about to see it, possibly in a more spectacular way, in another leading example of a capitalism-socialism hybrid: the so-called “state capitalism” of China.
As the global recession began, the government of China chose to weather the economic storm by followed the same rotten advice we were getting back here: the Keynesian idea of “stimulating” the economy with borrowed government money. They just took that idea more seriously…..
(Excerpt) Read more at realclearmarkets.com …
The left intends to seize powerThe left intends to seize power. They don’t care about the objective viability of the system. They assume that once they have absolute power, everyone will just do what they’re told. At some point their authoritarian monopoly of power will implode along the lines of basic functionality. Which is what happened in the Soviet Union. But not until they have completely exhausted everything, wiped out agriculture, turned industry into an unworkable joke and made sure that the country is run by people who can’t tie their own shoes. That’s what happened in the Soviet Union—and now it’s happening here. Only when they fail so badly that it is impossible to go on any longer, will they agree to a few “free market” reforms. Before trying to go back to the old ways anyway.
The left isn’t capable of stopping what it’s doing, not because they can’t do simple arithmetic, but because they refuse to give up power. Or contemplate another strategy, such as letting the free market run wild for a decade, to build up their support and revitalize their movement. They’re getting what they wanted and it’s everything they imagined. Absolute power is within their reach. The old order giving way to a new order. The aristocracy of the ideologues getting their chance at power back where it all began. And they would rather consolidate power, hang on to it with their teeth and ride the wave down to the rocks—than cooperate and reform the system.
Making pledges is easy. Keeping them? Not so much. Just ask Mr. Hope and Change.
The new GOP pledge is fine as far as it goes — especially the upfront acknowledgment that government’s powers derive from the consent of the governed, not from the penumbras emanating from the fingertips of all President Obama’s czars.But actions speak louder than words.
And no action bespoke of the gap between conservative rhetoric and reality louder than the hysterical votes of 91 Republicans who voted with Chicken Little Democrats under the Republican Bush administration to pass the TARP all-purpose banking/auto suppliers/life insurance/AIG bailout.
For a depressing look at how so many supposedly limited government Republicans caved in the face of panic fomented by naked-emperor financial bureaucrats, see my liveblog of the Crap Sandwich vote on October 3, 2008.
Here is the roll call vote from that day….excerpted….Print and save it. It’s a useful reminder of which Republicans stood by their principles — and which ones abandoned their fine pledges to uphold the Constitution, laws of the United States, and free-market principles in the heat of battle.Words that will live in infamy:
“This is not a time for ideological purity.”