Leave it to the government to turn something as simple as trade and voluntary exchange to into a labyrinth of bureaucratic waste. Today on Myth-Busters Ron Paul delves into the lifeblood of civilization, and how government de-civilizes with its interventions.
Some 25 years since the end of the Warsaw Pact, NATO is meeting in Warsaw to make war plans against Russia. Is there a real reason to continue this Cold War?
By Chris Rossini
America's Founders tried (and sadly failed) to chain their federal government creation down with a constitution. If there's one thing that the U.S. Constitution has proved, it's that you can't write rules down for government and expect them to be obeyed...at least over the long term.
Sure, at first a constitution will be respected, much like an individual who sets a New Year's resolution to go to the gym everyday. It'll last for a little while.
If there's one thing about the human mind, it is infinitely creative and it can be used for the creation of good as well as evil.
Telling the federal government that it cannot do a certain thing acts as a dare for them to figure out ways to do the opposite. After all, people foolishly gave these individuals power. They want to use it!
The same principle works on the side of liberty as well. Even though government forever tries to squash liberty wherever it exists, people always find a way to dodge the government's demands. Government may "ban" a certain thing, but a "black market" (i.e. a free market) immediately forms to facilitate transactions anyway.
No one has the ability to box in the human mind. There's always a way. There's always a loophole. The loopholes exist for good, as well as evil.
Loopholes that work to the advantage of liberty are a good thing. If government could completely squash liberty, it surely would have been accomplished by now, and humanity would've been dead meat.
Loopholes that work to the advantage of power are not a good thing. Once government breaks out of its constitutional chains, a gradual and relentless cancer begins to overtake society.
No one seems to notice at first. Tyranny is rarely imposed all at once. Instead it's a gradual ratchet effect that takes generations. Every new generation is taught (in government schools) to believe that "this is just the way it is" as new links get added to their heavy chains.
In America today, we get to witness a time when the U.S. federal government is the biggest in the history of the world. Never has there been such a sprawling global power.
The U.S. government has gone through a solid century of almost perpetual war. There have been but a few token breaks in the warfare. The list of military adventures, if you have the patience to scroll through them all, is quite stunning.
Those who drafted the Declaration of Independence would no doubt be shocked. Their idea of a "land of the free" exists in rhetoric alone. Freedom and liberty have been relegated to abstractions that are sung in government songs before sporting events.
Those who drafted the Constitution would be equally as stunned. They would surely get nauseous at the thought of each U.S. President still "swearing" to obey and uphold the U.S. Constitution. Never has a President actually done such a thing.
America is now graduating to the level of privileged classes. Certain individuals are above the law, and not goofy laws that should never exist, but the big ones that have repercussions on everyone in society.
We're witnessing different sets of rules for different sets of individuals. Those who wield power and who are close to power have become the privileged.
Because humans seek to avoid pain and are rooted in self-preservation, a race to get close to power ensues. Battles to get some kind of connection with those who wield political force become top priority. Washington DC is overflowing with people trying to cozy up to power. They're not there for liberty. They're trying to gain access to political privilege.
Satisfying consumer desires takes a backseat to getting laws passed that secure an advantage from the state. Service gets tossed aside.
Instead it's all politics, all the time. Whether it be on magazine covers, or on TV, or the Internet, or the constant barrage of troops, and troops, and troops...The American mind has become conditioned to look to government for everything.
Earning an honest living becomes anachronistic; an avenue for suckers. Instead, the desire is to "know someone" who can "do something for you".
This bifurcation is not limited to the federal government alone, but has trickled down to state and local governments as well.
Want to start a business? Watch out for crony competitors that may get wind of it, and who may not want you around. Their politician or one the countless government "agencies" will find a way to "shut you down" for not filling out the proper forms, or not "passing inspection".
Barriers to entry have reached the level of the lemonade stand.
Do you have a permit, a license, or any other special dispensation from government?
Is government making healthcare a "right"? Well, you better get to know and befriend some doctors then, lest you find yourself at the back of the queue with everyone else.
Did government raise its absurd "minimum wage"? You better have the skills to earn that wage or you're out of luck and forced into unemployment. You better know somebody that's willing to pay you under the table.
This is how the government cancer spreads through every part and parcel of society. It turns civilization into the privileged few who wield force (and their friends) and everyone else.
If people truly believe that a government (i.e., a monopoly to use violent force) must exist, then it better be as tiny and toothless as can be imagined. It's only natural that the worst of humanity will be attracted to this monopoly of violence. History (and current events) have proven that in spades.
You can't give a single inch over to power. America's Founders tried it, and they obviously provided enough room for the creation of a worldwide empire. Little tumors never stay little.
Fortunately, an eternal truth is always by our side. A parasite can never outlive its host. Once the host has been totally exhausted, the parasite's time is up.
Life always goes on. However, the road back to reality is never an easy one. In the advanced stages of government control, the people tend to worship, yearn for, and believe that they can't live without their parasite. It's a warped spectacle to look at. They're passionate about their parasite for sure.
Those who understand the ideas of liberty will always have an edge on everyone else. Living by the principles of voluntary interactions, respect for everyone else's life and property, and never using aggressive force against others, puts you on the side of the angels.
Let the privileged classes engorge themselves and worship themselves to their own failure. That's their choice.
A renaissance will follow as it always has in the past. It'll be a rewarding experience for those who hold the ideas of liberty in their minds.
By Ron Paul
President Obama should bring all U.S. troops home from Afghanistan and change policy. Afghanistan, like Iraq, is a huge failure. I discuss on Fox Business:
Today's release of the long-awaited "Chilcot Report" on the UK's participation in the 2003 Iraq war is a stark reminder of the lies that UK and US leaders used to fuel the war machine. When do we get our own commission to hold the US liars responsible for the disaster their war created?
By Ron Paul
I work on the assumption that most people really want peace. Because of this, there needs to be a lot of propaganda, along with lies, intimidation and fearmongering in order to get people to foolishly acquiesce to war.
This week, news broke regarding the emails of NATO Commander and U.S. General Philip Breedlove. Apparently Breedlove was plotting behind the scenes against Obama, who was not as confrontational with Russia as Breedlove would have liked. All back-channels were used to put pressure on Obama and U.S. public opinion about what was happening in Ukraine.
One would think that this would be a major story in the media. But after The Intercept broke the news, it was picked up by a few other outlets, and then fell off the face of the Earth!
NATO should have disbanded after the Cold War, just as the Warsaw Pact did. Instead of disbanding, NATO proceeded to gobble up Eastern European countries that were formerly a part of the Warsaw Pact. The "regime change" and absorption of Ukraine into NATO would put them right on Russia's border!
I'd like to quote Jacob Hornberger who asks a key question about these actions:
After all, imagine that the Warsaw Pact had remained in existence and had begun absorbing Cuba, Venezuela, Chile, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Mexico, with aims of installing Russian military bases on Mexico’s border with the United States. What do you think the reaction among US officials would have been to those provocative acts?
NATO is not a friend of peace. We don't need it. Just as the British decided to leave the EU, so should the U.S. leave NATO.
Hacked emails show then-NATO Commander Gen. Philip Breedlove actively conspiring behind President Obama's back to promote conflict with Russia over Ukraine. The tail wags the dog, in another glance at the deep state.
By Thomas DiLorenzo
The principle of secession, of course. After all, he was the author of the American Declaration of Secession from the British empire. In his first inaugural address as president he said:
“If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this Union or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left to combat it.”
In a January 29, 1804 letter to Dr. Joseph Priestly, who had written to ask his opinion of the New England secessionist movement that was at the time being led by Massachusetts Senator Timothy Pickering Jefferson said:
“Whether we remain in one confederacy, or form into Atlantic and Mississippi confederacies, I believe not very important to the happiness of either part. Those of the western confederacy will be as much our children & descendants as those of the eastern, and I feel myself as much identified with that country, in future time, as with this; and did I now foresee a separation at some future day, yet I should feel the duty & the desire to promote the western interests as zealously as the eastern, doing all the good for both portions of our future family which should fall within my power.”
Addressing the same issue in an August 12, 1803 letter to John C. Breckenridge, Jefferson wrote that if the New England Federalists did secede, creating two American countries, then “God bless them both, & keep them in the union if it be for their good, but separate them, if it be better.”
Jefferson, like all the other founders, understood that the states were all free, independent, and sovereign; that the union was a pragmatic compact between the free and independent states; that the federal government was delegated certain powers by the states for their benefit; and that the citizens of any state had the right to resume those powers should they decide that the union was no longer in their best interest. There was nothing “mystical” or magical or “perpetual” about it. As Jefferson wrote in the last paragraph of the Declaration of Independence:
“That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved; and that, as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and do all other things which independent states may of right do.”
To Thomas Jefferson July 4th was always Happy Secession Day.
A special Independence Day video to the loyal viewers of The Ron Paul Liberty Report!
By Ron Paul
As we gather with family and friends to celebrate the July 4th holiday we should remember that we are not celebrating the state, but rather commemorating an act of secession from an oppressive government. We are celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain – a daring move by the Founders inspired by a desire for liberty.
Thomas Jefferson famously said, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” That does not only mean that we should be prepared to defend against foreign invaders. Perhaps more importantly it means that we must retain the lessons from the original American revolt and guard against a government that views the people as the enemy.
We are familiar with the great observation from essayist Randolph Bourne that “War is the health of the state.” But Bourne further explained that, “if the State's chief function is war, then the State must suck out of the nation a large part of its energy for its purely sterile purposes of defense and aggression. It devotes to waste or to actual destruction as much as it can of the vitality of the nation.”
War benefits the special interests. It benefits the military-industrial complex. It benefits the neocons whose “expertise” always leads to disaster. It benefits the mainstream media. It benefits the wealthy. As Bourne said, it sucks the productive parts from the economy and concentrates them in the hands of the state for destructive purposes.
It is often said – and surely it will be repeated many times today – that our nation’s wars have preserved our freedoms. That is not true. Aside from our fight to secede from British rule, America’s wars have one-by-one diminished our freedoms. They have not been fought to bring us liberty, but have most often been fought at the behest of deceitful and evil people to no benefit but their own. Thousands have died in vain on the lies of the war-promoters. Much of our freedom has died as well.
We should ask ourselves whether the last 15 years of the war on terror have benefited the rest of us. Are we safer? More free? Is any end in sight?
No to all the above. In our age of undeclared war, we are also in perpetual war. Trillions of dollars have been spent and millions of lives lost to no benefit. Instead, we are mired ever deeper in the Middle East. Drone attacks proceed at the same pace. We are “pivoting” to Asia not with friendship but with warships. And some fools even think it’s a good idea to try to provoke Russia into World War III!
At home the government uses the threat of terrorism to further gut the Second, Fourth, Fifth, and Tenth Amendments. Yet in the 15 years since 9/11 less than 100 Americans have been killed by “radical jihadists” – including the recent attack in Orlando.
The state uses war to take away our freedoms. If on this 240th anniversary of the original July 4th we wish to survive as a free society we must begin to exercise some of that “eternal vigilance” against an ever more oppressive state. If the people demand change, the politicians will listen.