Politicians love to call for "unity." It's always time to "unite" behind what they want. But the search for political unity is equivalent to the search for a unicorn. You're never going to find it. Politicians seek to use force. Force requires victims. No one wants or likes being the victim. Hence, no unity. It doesn't have to be this way. We don't have to live in a society of political muggers and their victims, with the exhausting battle that occurs every 4 years to decide who gets to be the mugger. In fact, America was explicitly formed on the idea of breaking away from this nonsense. "Live and Let Live" would be the guiding principle. You keep your hands off me and my stuff, and I'll keep my hands off you and your stuff. A real "unity" was formed...and it revolved around refusing to use force against others. Government was not created to be a hitman. Naturally, the vicious powers outside of America had a problem with this. Governments of hitmen and muggers were the name of the game. Tyranny was mankind's lot for as far back as the history books would go. If the ideas of America were to succeed, their jig would be up. This "live and let live" society had to be conquered somehow. But the way to conquer America would not be on the battlefield. No one would try to come over here to militarily subjugate us. A free people would fight much too hard to keep their liberty. Instead, America would be conquered by ideas. Slowly, it would become and morph into being just like the vicious powers on the outside. Read the rest:
Here we go again: The President lies about a foreign country. The media doesn't question a thing. Both parties pound the war drums...all for a foreign policy that the American people vote against in every election.
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There shouldn't be a Federal Reserve, but it exists, and it's constantly creating a world of economic pain. Each Federal Reserve bubble must turn into a bust. It's unavoidable. According to the central planners, the "solution" for the bust is more creation of new money and credit. That's the only way they can keep their "system" alive. When the Fed's stock market bubble burst in 2000, it responded by creating new money and credit. Lo and behold, this led directly to the next bubble that was even bigger. When the housing bubble burst in 2008, Wall Street was bailed out by taxpayers, and TRILLIONS of new dollars were created as the "solution." And now, almost 10 years later, we have an even bigger bubble than 2008. The central planners at The Fed have done it again. How much longer will we allow this "system" to last? How much economic pain will it take to return to sound money again? Ron Paul discusses the latest bubble below:
Everyone is surely aware by now that all of our digital communications are being sent to government databases for storage. If our American ancestors could see it, they wouldn't believe their eyes. We still, however, have the ability to use cash. All of our economic decisions are not under constant government surveillance. Ron Paul discusses the dangers of Big Brother's War on Cash:
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As each "Russiagate" allegation is unproven, newer and more wild ones take their place. Now the Russians are subverting us with "Adorable Puppies" Facebook pages? Today's Liberty Report is joined by award-winning investigative journalist Robert Parry to try and make sense of what's happening...
Unintentionally, President Trump has shown everyone what government-"licensed" mainstream media is all about. Trump attacks their dishonesty. But dishonesty is baked in. It's pretty much a requirement. Mainstream media has bamboozled Americans to support a century of devastating wars. It was all dishonest and propped up with lies. But those lies were OK. They were "licensed" lies. Honesty is not a criteria for keeping your government license. Just the thought of government licenses for networks should send chills down everyone's spines. It's Orwellian to the core. Here's a good question: Trump doesn't approve of the "reporting" now. But what's going to happen when he tries to trump up another war? As with all wars, the propaganda will have to be built on a mountain of lies. Will Trump threaten the networks as they help him to peddle? Will he threaten to take away their "licenses"? Of course not. More below:
The media is making hay over President Trump's reported call for ten times as many nuclear weapons. But what about Congress? Did they not approve President Obama's trillion dollar "modernization" program that would build many more nukes? More in today's Liberty Report: Did Trump Call For Ten Times More Nukes?
Big Brother authoritarians have been salivating at the prospect of a cashless society for awhile now. Things are certainly moving in that direction. Imagine the possibilities if they ever achieve their goal: - Government would be able to observe every single transaction that is made and the parties making them. It's the ultimate economic invasion of privacy. - Let's say government wants to bailout one of its corporate friends. Will you login to your bank account to find that they gave you a "haircut" in order to save their "too big to fail" cronies? - What if you want to donate to XYZ, but the regime in power doesn't like XYZ? Will they turn off your ability to donate? - What if government doesn't like your health habits, and blocks your payments to certain food vendors? The possibilities for authoritarian control are endless in a government-monopolized digital currency society. That's why the pom-poms have been out cheering it on. Even the most recent Nobel-prize winner in "economics" is a fan of no cash. Recently, in Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria knocked out the power. Those without cash were in dire straits. What happens to digital money when there's no power.... More below on that story:
When future generations look back, they'll surely ask the question: "What were the American people doing while their government bankrupted itself? Did they care about anything? Did they oppose anything?" They'll look back and see that of course there was plenty of bickering and fighting between different groups of power-seekers, but overall, the politicians and their media mastered the art of keeping everyone occupied on the immaterial. Americans were fed a steady diet of "the news of the day" with the guarantee that all eyes were kept off the real mischief. Let's look at a few headlines: ***Readers sound off on Mike Pence's Stunt*** ***Ivana Trump says she is the 'First Lady'*** ***Trump Challenges Tillerson to an IQ Test After “Moron”-Gate*** Trump can do this for four years. Heck, anyone can, and they all do. Then Americans wake up when it's time to vote, realize that everything is still spiraling further into the abyss, and fall for the next campaigner-in-chief. More below:
The CIA torture program in Afghanistan was designed by two psychologists, who were paid $81 million for their "service." We are only learning about this because of a lawsuit from the survivors of the US Afghanistan torture camp. Have we really stopped torturing people? Tune in to today's Liberty Report:
Will building the wall, adding 1,000 more border patrol officers, and mandating e-Verify solve the illegal immigration problem? Or are both sides missing the real point. Join today's Liberty Report for my take...
H.L. Mencken observed very astutely: "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." Boy...was he right on the money. More below:
Our outside world is a reflection of the dominant ideas that people hold. It's a mirror image of the beliefs that dominate at the time. When we gaze out of our eyes and see government dominating virtually all aspects of society, it's no surprise to see multitudes of people who believe that this is the way it should be. The outside is a mirror image of the inside. Since we don't live in a static world, but one of constant change, the ideas that dominate are always changing as well. The ideas of Liberty once dominated in America. That gradually changed to a fervent faith in government power. When the ideas of Liberty dominated in America, those who sought limitless power were in the minority. They struggled and were distraught. Prior to the formation of the American military empire, one of its architects, Theodore Roosevelt, lamented that Americans were so attached to the ideas of peace with foreign nations, that he feared his empire and wars would never come. Today, we are at the opposite end of the spectrum. Many Americans fear that the perpetual wars will never end! In the same exact America, we have seen polar opposite ideas come to dominate. For the time being, it is Liberty that is in the minority position. But unlike Teddy Roosevelt, we need not despair. More below: