Government's ban of harmless DDT causes havoc? Chairman of The Mises Institute, and great friend of liberty, Lew Rockwell, joins the show to discuss it.
By Ron Paul
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recent speech on immigration really missed the point. I understand Trump’s frustration over the US government’s inability to control the US borders and keep out those who would come to this country illegally. Trump was right that the media ignore legitimate questions we have on our immigration policy and he is right that special interests have a great interest in maintaining the status quo.
However when it comes to really solving the immigration problem he gets it all wrong. And instead of making us more free and prosperous, his solutions will accelerate our downward slide toward authoritarianism.
First let’s consider his idea of building a big wall between the US and Mexico. It is said that all one needs to get over an eight foot fence is a nine foot ladder. Or perhaps a shovel. So walls are never very good at keeping people out. But they are very good at keeping people in. Just ask the East Germans. The communist government claimed in 1961 that it had to build a wall around the portion of Berlin it controlled to keep the population safe from the evil capitalist wreckers and saboteurs. It didn’t take long for the world to realize that the real threat to the East German leaders was that the people trapped in East Berlin would try to get out. We have all seen the horrific videos of East German civilians risking – and losing – their lives to escape that prison of razor wire and cinder block.
Is this really what we want for our own future?
What a wild conspiracy theory, some may claim. The wall would never be meant to keep us from leaving. Well ask the IRS. Under a tax enforcement provision passed in 2015, the US government claimed the right to cancel any American citizen’s passport if Washington claims it is owed money.
Trump also made E-Verify the center of his immigration speech. He said, “We will ensure that E-Verify is used to the fullest extent possible under existing law, and we will work with Congress to strengthen and expand its use across the country.”
While preventing those here illegally from being able to gain employment may appeal to many who would like to protect American jobs, E-Verify is the worst possible solution. It is a police state non-solution, as it would require the rest of us legal American citizens to carry a biometric national ID card connected to a government database to prove that the government allows us to work. A false positive would result in financial disaster for millions of American families, as one would be forced to fight a faceless government bureaucracy to correct the mistake. Want to put TSA in charge of deciding if you are eligible to work?
The battle against illegal immigration is a ploy to gain more control over our lives. We are supposed to be terrified of the hoards of Mexicans streaming into our country and thus grant the government new authority over the rest of us. But in fact a Pew study found that between 2009 and 2014 there was a net loss of 140,000 Mexican immigrants from the United States. Yes, this is a government “solution” in search of a real problem.
How to tackle the real immigration problem? Eliminate incentives for those who would come here to live off the rest of us, and make it easier and more rational for those who wish to come here legally to contribute to our economy. No walls, no government databases, no biometric national ID cards. But not a penny in welfare for immigrants. It’s really that simple.
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Immigration policy in America is a tangled mess. Then again, we really can't expect anything else considering the government is in charge of it. Ron Paul breaks down the myths that are prevalent during this election season.
By Chris Rossini
San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has ruffled some feathers with his refusal to stand for the national anthem. Let's put Kaepernick's motivations aside and analyze the whole national anthem ritual from a perspective of liberty.
Have you ever been to a family party or even a gathering with a few hundred people? It's usually quite challenging to get everyone's attention, and even to get everyone to quiet down. In other words, getting people to act in unison is not very easy, even with small groups.
Now picture a stadium that holds 50-100,000 people. When the national anthem is played (before every single major sporting event) everyone rises in unison, takes off their hats, and starts to sing a government song. It's pretty spooky to see how the government has succeeded in creating such behavior. A hundred thousand people act like Pavlovian dogs at the very same instant.
While the whole affair is rather bizarre, it should not be a surprise. After all, a vast number of Americans attend government schools. What is the very first thing that is done each day? Reciting the "pledge of allegiance". That's another freaky thing when you think about it. Young kids supposedly pledging their allegiance to government? Wow.
Now most kids just go through the motions and couldn't care less about any pledges of allegiance. But that's not the point from government's point of view. The point is that when it comes to saluting government, you obediently do it....and you do it every single day that school is in session for 18 years. Not every other day, or even once a week.
Every day! Miss a meal, but don't you miss your pledge of allegiance.
So is it any wonder that kids who have been indoctrinated to pledge allegiance to government will not think twice about singing a government song (as adults) before every single major sporting event?
It gets better.
Those 100,000 people will sing a song about how "free" they are, and how they live in "the land of the free". Yet, watch out if a person decides to skip the ritual. Watch out if he wants to 'sit this one out'.
Oh boy, there's no freedom to do that! You get up and sing that government song!
The whole thing resembles a form of religious worship.
Unfortunately for life, liberty, and peace, the most dangerous thing that people can choose to worship is the government.
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Yesterday marked the first commercial flight between the US and Cuba for 50 years. While restrictions remain, it is clear that the Cold War with Cuba is de facto over. The real isolationists will gnash their teeth, but this change will reduce both governments' control over their people.