LIBERTY: What was the AR about?

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

FROM TOM WOODS’ EMAIL BLAST

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Independence Day is coming up, and I wonder how many people really get why it matters.

In school, we were told this: “No taxation without representation.”

Zzzzzzzz.

The real principles were more like the following.

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(1) No legislation without representation.

The colonists insisted that they could be governed only by the colonial legislatures. This is the principle of self-government.

This is why a Supreme Court ordering localities around is anti-American in the truest sense. It operates according to the opposite principle from the one the American colonists stood for.

(2) Contrary to the modern Western view of the state that it must be considered one and indivisible, the colonists believed that a smaller unit may withdraw from a larger one. Today we are supposed to consider this unthinkable.

(3) The colonists’ view of the (unwritten) British constitution was that Parliament could legislate only in those areas that had traditionally been within the purview of the British government. Customary practice was the test of constitutionality. The Parliament’s view, on the other hand, was in effect that the will and act of Parliament sufficed to make its measures constitutional.

So the colonists insisted on strict construction, if you will, while the British held to more of a “living, breathing” view of the Constitution. Sound familiar?

So let’s recap: local self-government, secession, and strict construction. Not exactly the themes you learned in school.

And not even what you’ll learn in graduate school.

One day I decided I had to know what my fellow Columbia Ph.D. students thought Independence Day was all about.

What could these left-liberals be celebrating? They don’t favor local self-government, which is what the war was all about. They don’t favor strict construction of the Constitution, while the colonists were insisting on precisely that, in a British context.

So what the heck did they think it was all about?

Only one person answered me: “There was a distance involved.”

So the problem was that the ruling class was too far away?

“Come on, men, we must continue making sacrifices so that we may someday have exploiters who live close by!”

I don’t think so.

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Never forget.
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LIBERTY: Seventy-two Killed Resisting Gun Confiscation in Boston

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

2018-Jul-04

And finally. . . . .

Seventy-two Killed Resisting Gun Confiscation in Boston – source Frontlines of Freedom Newsletter

National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed by elements of a Para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw. Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement. Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the group’s organizers as “criminals,” issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government’s efforts to secure law and order.

The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed widespread refusal by local citizens to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons. Gage issued a ban on military style assault weapons and ammunition earlier in the week.

This decision followed a meeting in early this month between government and military leaders at which the
governor authorized the forcible confiscation of illegal arms. One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out that “none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and turned over their weapons voluntarily.” Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize arms and ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily-armed extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government’s plans.

During a tense standoff in the Lexington town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed group to surrender and return to their homes. The impasse was broken by a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists. Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange. Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored, armed citizens from
surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units. Colonel Smith, finding his forces over matched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat.

Governor Gage called upon citizens to support the state/national joint task force in its effort to restore law and order. The governor also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the attack against the government troops. Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock, who have been identified as “ringleaders” of the extremist faction, remain at large.

And this fellow Americans, is how what became known as the American Revolution began, April 20, 1775. On July 4th, 1776 these same extremists signed the Declaration of Independence, pledging to each other and their countrymen their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor. Many of them lost everything, including their families and their lives over the course of the next few years.

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LIBERTY: “How cool is socialism. Ask a Venezuelan. Or his pet rabbit.”

Thursday, March 22, 2018

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-17/time-wake-call-american-movement-towards-socialism-communism

Time For A Wake-Up Call: The American Movement Towards Socialism & Communism
by Tyler Durden Sat, 03/17/2018 – 12:46

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Just how popular is socialism in America? The majority of millennials are in favor of it. CNN has tweeted about Martin Luther King being a socialist before it was cool to be one. Socialism seems to be the current rage – among those who enjoy all the fruits of capitalism and protection of free speech.

While the wealth created by capitalism is now deemed to be hurtful and unfair, very little is heard about the 20 million people starved and killed under Stalin’s regime. Twenty percent of millennials consider Stalin a hero, and the media does little to dissuade them from this view. Nor does the educational system, which is eager to label American wealth as “white privilege.” History is being glossed over in favor of ideology. Sadly, today’s millennials are more ignorant of history rather than malicious. What is the excuse of teachers and the popular media?

One of the biggest confusion is that socialism and communism are different ideologies. The former may relate more to economics, while the latter is a political system. But, they both include a centralized government as a major tenet, and centralized control is only possible if citizens are denied individual rights. Socialism and communism are both totalitarian regimes that are spelled differently but function alike. It’s where a few elite despots determine the means of production, free speech must be squelched, and no opposition can be tolerated.

If Stalin seems too remote for millennials to grasp, Venezuela exists in the here and now, a graphic example of a socialist paradise.

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I love when a quote can distill the truth into a soundbite accurately.

“How cool is socialism. Ask a Venezuelan. Or his pet rabbit.”

Even a snowflake college student could, or should, be able to understand it.

Argh!

And, a commenter, “Arnold”, threw in my favorite point in the RKBA debate: “Genocide is a tenet of both.” referring to Socialism and Communism.

Wonder how many will listen? 

It’s the politicians and bureaucrats, that are sending us down the road to perdition! Or serfdom.

Argh!

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LIBERTY: Freedom of religion is under attack?

Thursday, March 1, 2018

https://apnews.com/6872c40ed84f4ceb83d179d368fb00b5/Mennonite-investigator-jailed-after-refusing-to-testify

Mennonite investigator jailed after refusing to testify
By COLLEEN SLEVIN
42 minutes ago 

[NB: found on 2018-Feb-28 1031]

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DENVER (AP) — A defense investigator in a Colorado death penalty case is behind bars after refusing to testify for prosecutors, saying that helping their effort to execute a defendant would violate her religious beliefs.

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The report really doesn’t expose WHY this testimony is needed?

That being said, I am concerned about this intrusion on “religious liberty”.

Seems like this is an attack on religious liberty.

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LIBERTY: Political veganism is just an another attempt at centralize oppression by Gooferment

Friday, February 23, 2018

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2018/02/get-ready-for-war-on-meat.html

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2018
Get Ready for the War on Meat
By José Niño

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Plant-based diets, especially vegan diets, seem to be all the rage these days.

Based on the practice of eschewing animal products, veganism has attracted a broad coalition of interest groups — ranging from animal rights to environmental activists — who believe that veganism is the most ethical and sustainable way of promoting human health and animal welfare.

At first, these appear to be reasonable premises for an alternative lifestyle that challenges the dietary status quo.

But when placed under the microscope, the modern vegan movement has shown signs of increased politicization and a tendency to mesh with socialist causes. 

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Health arguments aside, the real issue at hand in these discussions is control. Taking a page from their environmentalist ilk, vegans constantly rely on alarmist tactics to advance their cause. And this agenda consists of more than just educational campaigns — it involves using a strong centralized state to carry out their dietary vision.

To achieve this zealous plant-based vision, these actors will ultimately have to control and regulate the means of production of meat. The US government already wields tremendous power over food through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA). These agencies, with pressure from anti-meat activists, can be used as vehicles to implement one-size-fits-all policies.

Central planning of this sort forms the bedrock of socialism and the latest anti-meat crusades represent another ambit that socialists will exploit in order to gain more traction. At its core, political veganism is the same fundamental philosophy but with different cosmetic features.

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While I agree with the “plant-based diet” recommendation, it’s should be just that — a RECOMMENDATION.

The second that anyone urges that the coercive force of the Gooferment — at any level or to any degree — then I oppose it completely.

If anything is “the next great idea”, then why do we need to force people to do it?

Leave people along. If a meme is so good or a paradigm is so obvious, then force is NEVER required.

Argh!

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LIBERTY: Politicians ignore the realities of economic life

Saturday, February 3, 2018

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/seattleites-making-a-run-to-the-border-for-coke/

Danny Westneat / Columnist
Seattleites making a run to the border for … Coke?
Originally published January 31, 2018 at 6:00 am Updated January 31, 2018 at 3:32 pm

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Ahmed Mohamed’s shop in the farthest reaches of West Seattle is so small you can easily miss it. But he’s nevertheless Ground Zero for Seattle’s latest economic experiment.

Mohamed runs West Seattle Halal Market, a two-aisle store specializing in meats and poultry butchered according to Islamic rules. A few shelves in the middle of the store, though, are given over to a popular side product that now has his neighborhood, White Center, literally divided.

“Here is the precious fluid,” Mohamed laughs, showing me around the store.

He holds up a two-liter plastic bottle of Coke.

He once sold it for $2.79. Now it is $4 — a 43 percent increase, due to the city’s new tax on sugary beveragesthat went into effect Jan. 1.

“The customer — they look at the price and then they don’t even talk to you,” Mohamed said. “They just walk away.”

The reason is that a couple hundred feet away, and around the corner of Southwest Roxbury Street, sits a Bartell Drugs. It’s just 15 feet outside the city limits. And spelled out on its main marquee is one source of Mohamed’s problem: “GET YOUR DRINKS HERE,” it reads. “NO SUGAR TAX.”

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Virtually 50% increase.

Argh!

How can “We, The Sheeple” be so stupid to allow the politicians to do “social engineering” on the populace?

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LIBERTY: Did this just screw up the whole Mueller effort?

Friday, December 22, 2017

https://lawandcrime.com/legal-analysis/legal-analysis-heres-why-muellers-seizure-of-transition-emails-likely-violated-the-law/

LEGAL ANALYSIS: Why Mueller’s Seizure of Transition Emails Likely Violated the Law
by Robert Barnes | 5:38 pm, December 18th, 2017

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First, whether the government or company maintains a policy banning personal use.

Second, whether the government or employer monitors the use of the email.

Third, whether third parties have a right of access to the emails beyond technical audits and maintenance.

Fourth, whether the government or employer notifies the individual of the limits on privacy in the emails, whether the individual was aware of those policies, the use of those policies, and the monitoring of those policies. It boils down to whether a person in the individual’s shoes would have had no reasonable expectation of privacy in their email communications.

A fifth factor is relevant in the Fourth Amendment context: whether the government gave an individual notice and the individual had knowledge of the right to refuse to give consent to the future search of their emails.

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Sounds like a lawyer, who should have known better, exceeded his authority.

Does that throw throw the whole result in the rubbish bin?

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Best analysis of the Fourth Amendment issues in the Mueller email seizure that I’ve read so far.

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