Climategate has made it difficult for the average citizen to believe that governments are capable of real environmental care. Falling prey to global warming theories of a few elite climate snake-oil salesmen turned Copenhagen into “Jokenhagen.”
For example, in the mainstream media (controlled by elites who have bought up much of the independent media that used to serve as a watchdog for the truth) we see a fixation on the “problem” of CO2, a relatively harmless “greenhouse gas” which plants need to grow to make the planet green, rather than more genuine problems like sulfur emissions from coal plants, or methane releases or flares from oil wells where greed for oil money in Venezuela, Russia, and the Middle East leads to the release or burning of enough natural gas to fuel both France and Germany for a year. Continue reading →
This article discusses a concept in my book Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, Version 4.0 that was published in World&I Online April, 2008. It continues to be more timely as we continue to allow special interests tear our governments apart.
Modern society consists of three major components: (1) culture, (2) government, and (3) the economy. The founders of the United States specified the relationship between culture and government in the first amendment, which forbids the establishment of religion, but they did not make a similar declaration with respect to the relationship between government and the economy. In their day, the economy did not exist in separate concentrations of power since it was mostly based on family-run businesses and farms.
However, human freedom requires freedom in the economic sphere as well as the religious and political spheres. Following industrialization in the nineteenth century, corporations were given more power by the courts, amassed greater capital, and eventually used that power to displace the political and economic power of ordinary citizens. A socialist backlash attempted to use the force of government to plan industrial output. In Europe, these two trends led to different forms of totalitarianism. On the right we had National Socialism and Fascism and on the left we had Communism. Continue reading →
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid secured the pivotal vote in the Senate at 1:17 am on Dec. 21 by buying enough votes to pass the bill. This was not an example of a Constitutional Democracy in which the Senators voted the will of the people, but an example of open corruption that makes the already tottering federal government look more illegitimate. The constitutionality of the bill has been questioned as never before have US citizens been forced to buy a product because they are citizens.
One of the methods of insuring additional people will be through the expansion of Medicaid and those states that held out will get assistance from other states to pay it: Continue reading →
Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins is an inside look at the collusion between corporate interests, governments, and banks. Perkins was an analyst working for electric power companies who won contracts for developing power supply and national infrastructure projects for less developed countries (LDCs). He was not in the top of his class in statistics or engineering, expertise that would have made him more qualified to produce his economic projections, but he was willing to produce the reports and studies necessary to get the World Bank, the IMF, and other banks to lend huge amounts of money to other countries if they would award contracts to his company (MAIN) in which he quickly rose to Chief Economist. Continue reading →
Rep. Ron Paul’s End the Fed is a bestseller for good reason. It exposes one of the core instruments of corruption, illegitimacy, and theft employed by special interests and the members of Congress, and the Federal Reserve System. One of the main reasons for the current economic depression in the United States is that the U.S Federal government, in open conspiracy with the Federal Reserve, creates debt and prints money to cover that debt. This is a ponzi scheme as corrupt as Bernard Madoff’s investment scheme that bankrupted many well-meaning investors, but in this case the money scheme is a little understood method of redistributing wealth and savings from the middle class to those who print the money and create the debt to cover special interest legislation. This system is a form of outright theft and is immoral, it is unconstitutional, and yet it is legal because immoral laws make it so. Continue reading →
French Media giant Vivendi, owner of Comcast Cable, and General Electric, owner of NBC, are proposing a merger in which Comcast would take a controlling interest of NBC Universal. This would be further consolidation of the media industry that has already lost the ability objectively report news, becoming an entertainment industry driven by corporate financial goals and consumer advertising. Continue reading →
There is a growing belief that the Federal Reserve Board is one of the larger scams perpetrated on the American people, propping up government schemes both right and left with tax dollars and debt. Below are excerpts of a recent exchange I had on the topic. Read through it and let me know in a comment if you think a gold standard or market standard would be a superior replacement for the Federal Reserve system. Continue reading →
The cap and trade in carbon emissions, the creation of homeland security, the TARP bailout, and the federal health care proposal are all examples of major political viruses. This does not mean it is wrong to be concerned about the environment, our physical security, a sound economy, or affordable health care. All of these things are socially desirable. The problem is that these social goods are used as a cover for political viruses. Continue reading →
Lord Monckton describes how global warming ideologues have rewritten data masqueraded as science and provided misinformation to scare people into giving them money for bureaucracies and programs to the detriment of the world’s working people and poor. It shows how easy it is to deceive large bureaucracies like the United Nations and how unreliable statements by such bodies are. Thanks to the Minnesota Free Market Institute for this presentation. This is the full hour and a half presentation with slides.
KTLK radio in Minnesota discovered an anomaly on the Recovery.gov website that further reveals the ineptness and fraud plaguing our federal government. Minnesota has 8 congressional districts, but here we are shown that millions of dollars of stimulus money also went to 10 other non-existent congressional districts, e.g., over $3,000,000 to the 27th district. And you want this bureaucracy to manage your health care? It is pretty hard for an individual to misplace $3,000,000, but not a bureaucracy.
Even with the best of intentions large bureaucracies cannot personally care for people’s welfare. And, we know the best of intentions are not always there. Let’s bring back subsidiarity, all social welfare and taxes to counties and states. Alexis de Tocqueville and the Founders were right. Personal responsibility and face-to-face community are required for democracy to work.