Posts Tagged ‘Eastern Bloc’

Bill Allowing IRS To Revoke Passports Described as “Stalinist”

April 20, 2012 1 comment

Bill Allowing IRS To Revoke Passports Described as “Stalinist”

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Most pervasive restriction on mobility since Communism dominated Eastern Europe

Paul Joseph Watson
Friday, April 20, 2012

Bill Allowing IRS To Revoke Passports Described as Stalinist

The ‘Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act’ (MAP-21) is so crammed full of unconstitutional provisions that even the mainstream media is up in arms, with an Investors Business Daily editorial describing the section that allows the IRS to revoke passports of accused tax delinquents as “Stalinist”.

As we reported earlier this week, Senate Bill 1813 would empower the Internal Revenue Service to bar Americans from leaving the country if they are merely accused of owing $50,000 or more in back taxes.

Despite numerous Supeme Court cases and the Constitution itself, namely Article I, Section 9, paragraph 3 , which forbids “Bills of Attainder,” arguing against the provision’s legality, the Republican-controlled House is expected to pass the bill in its entirety without much fanfare.

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Gunny G: The Two HiLited Articles (the first and the fourth) Are The Best I’ve Seen In A Long, Long Time…

February 26, 2011 Leave a comment

The Two HiLited Articles (the first and the fourth) Are The Best I’ve Seen In A Long, Long Time…

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A People’s Uprising Against the Empire by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

February 3, 2011 Leave a comment

A People’s Uprising Against the Empire

by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

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Those of the young generation, people too young to remember the collapse of Soviet-bloc and other socialist states in 1989 and 1990, are fortunate to be living through another thrilling example of a seemingly impenetrable State edifice reduced to impotence when faced with crowds demanding freedom, peace, and justice.

There is surely no greater event than this. To see it instills in us a sense of hope that the longing for freedom that beats in the heart of every human being can be realized in our time.

This is why all young people should pay close attention to what is happening in Egypt, to the protests against the regime of Hosni Mubarak as well as the pathetic response coming from his imperial partner, the US, which has given him $60 billion in military and secret police aid to keep him in power.

The US is in much the same situation today as the Soviet Union was in 1989, as a series of socialist dominoes toppled. Poland, Romania, Hungary, East Germany, Bulgaria, and Czechoslovakia all experienced dramatic meltdowns, while the Soviet regime, supportive of these systems since the end of the Second World War, sat by helplessly and watched. Leaders made vague statements about the need for peaceful transitions and elections, while the people on the ground completely ignored them.

What has sparked the uprising? There are economic considerations, of course. A good rate of inflation in Egypt is considered to be 10%, and currency depreciation works as a massive punishment against savings and capital accumulation. Unemployment is high, about the same rate as the US, but is even higher for young people who are worried about the future.

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