New York Governor Kathy Hochul went into a bizarre rant in front of a church congregation, shifting a public health problem into one of religious significance. Is this starting to look like a cult instead of science? Also, Gov. Hochul signs executive order to fire thousands of nurses - amidst a critical shortage of nurses in NY. Make sense?
By Ron Paul
Following revelations that Federal Reserve officials made trades in financial assets while the Fed was taking extraordinary efforts to “stimulate” the economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell ordered a review of the Fed’s ethics rules. While these trades appear problematic, they pale in comparison to the biggest Fed scandal — the Fed’s impoverishment of ordinary Americans, enrichment of the elites, and facilitation of government debt and deficits.
The depression induced by coronavirus, though really caused by so-called public health actions government took in response, was the official reason for the Fed’s increased asset purchases last year. However, the Fed actually started ramping up its money creating activities in September of 2019, when it began pouring billions a day into the repo markets, which banks use to make short-term loans to each other, in order to keep repo market interest rates low.
Coronavirus was just a convenient excuse for the Fed to do more of what it was already doing. Now, the Fed is using the limited reopening as a scapegoat for rising prices. Of course, anyone who understands Austrian economics understands that rising prices are a symptom, not a cause, of inflation. Inflation is the very act of money creation by the Fed.
Rising prices that diminish the average American’s standard of living are not the only result of the Fed’s manipulation of the money supply. The manipulation distorts economic signals, producing results including booms, bubbles, and busts.
Inflation has always benefited the well-connected elites who receive the Fed’s newly created money before the new money causes widespread price increases. The true motivation behind Fed policies was revealed by former Fed official Andrew Huszar in 2013. Huszar, writing for the Wall Street Journal, confirmed that quantitative easing kept stock prices high, instead of helping Americans struggling with the aftereffects of the 2008 meltdown.
Other beneficiaries of the Fed are big-spending politicians. The Federal Reserve's purchase of federal debt instruments keeps the federal government's debt servicing costs manageable. This is why, despite Chairman Powell's recent suggestion that the Fed will soon begin “tapering” its purchases of Treasuries, the Fed is unlikely to significantly reduce its purchase of Treasuries or allow interest rates to significantly increase.
Powell is also unlikely to upset President Biden and Biden’s congressional allies as long as progressives are urging Biden not to reappoint Powell. Progressives want to replace Powell with someone more committed to fighting climate change and systemic racism, two boogeymen routinely bought out as excuses for vast expansions in government spending and power.
Another major scandal involving the Fed is Congress’ refusal to pass the Audit the Fed bill and let the American people know the truth about the Fed’s operations. Audit the Fed authorizes a Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit of the Fed’s dealing with foreign governments and central banks, the Fed’s discount window operations, reserves of member banks, securities credit, interest on deposits, and open market transactions. Audit the Fed would finally reveal the truth about the Fed’s operations.
A limited audit authorized by the Dodd-Frank Act found that between 2007 and 2010, the Federal Reserve committed over 16 trillion dollars to foreign central banks and politically influential private companies. Imagine what a full audit would find. It is time to end the scandal of allowing a secretive central bank to have so much power over the economy and our liberty. It is time to audit, and end, the Fed.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky has chosen to ignore the recommendation of her own panel of medical professional experts that booster shots were not necessary for the vast majority of the population. Walensky has sided with the vax manufacturers and endorsed boosters, promising even more astronomical profits for Big Pharma. Science...or politics? Also today: Norway dumps all existing coronavirus restrictions while Netherlands adopts Soviet-style internal digital passports, allowing only vaxxed to take part in daily life? Science and science?
Will Covid tyranny usher in Climate tyranny? Will Covid lockdowns morph into Climate lockdowns? Will Covid lies be replaced by Climate lies? Not if enough think that enough is enough! Don't miss today's Liberty Report!
The Biden Administration is demanding that members of the US military who refuse the covid shot be DISHONORABLY discharged! The Administration is also taking aim at military members who prefer to pass on the vax because they have natural immunity from a previous infection. Is this about discipline...or about a political purge of the military? Also today: cancer deaths in UK will skyrocket due to covid lockdowns and care restrictions. Do the world covid elites have an endgame now that their narrative has failed?
Americans on the Left and Right are finding themselves in rare agreement: whatever their position on immigration they view Biden's handling of the mass influx of Haitians at the Texas border as a disaster. How is it possible to have bungled so badly? What is to be done? Also today: "Ten for the big guy" turns out to be fact, not Russian disinformation. So now what? And a shocking discovery from JP Morgan on the Delta Variant.
By Chris Rossini
Liberty is all about the proper relationship between individuals. Our world is populated by 7+ billion exquisitely unique persons. There are no carbon copies. The primary concern for the ideas of Liberty is how unique individuals relate to one another.
Since we are all free to choose how to relate to others, we are constantly faced with options on how to get the things that we want. We can violate another person's life and property, or we can voluntarily cooperate with them. We can choose force, or peace; theft or exchange.
The ideas of Liberty are simple, and they are taught to us as babies and toddlers: "Don't take that. It belongs to him." This simple saying from our parents taught us not to steal. Another person's private property is absolute.
"Don't hit him. That's not nice." This is another lesson in respecting the life and personal domain of others. Another person's sovereignty over their body is absolute.
This is basic stuff; first principles.
But alas, what was once taught to us as toddlers is gradually drilled out of us as we "grow up."
The insidious ideas of collectivism are "taught" to you by people that are not your parents.
Abstractions are introduced in order to muddy the waters of voluntary and peaceful interactions.
"Society," the "community," and "mankind" are said to be above an individual's life and property. The individual's life, sovereignty over their body and property are not absolute.
You can use force. You can steal and harm others. Just say that you're doing it for "society," or "mankind."
Oh, what a deadly door this rhetorical trick opens up.
The principles of Liberty that you learned as a toddler have now been compromised.
But how are you supposed to shove the teachings that you learned growing up down the drain?
Well, a layer is introduced to soften the blow for you.
Don't worry, it's still wrong for you to personally take from others, and a vast majority of people never do it. The percentage of people who directly steal or harm others is always very small. You don't have to do the dirty work.
Instead, a proxy is introduced -- government employees. These are the people who will do the dirty work for you (or at least you're led to believe that it's for you).
These people will use force, steal and harm others, on your behalf, in the name of "society" and "mankind."
You don't have to do it. They'll do it.
In fact, you can close your eyes to what is happening. You just have to agree that this is OK. That's your only job. Don't object, and maybe you'll get some of the spoils.
Now, as the great economist Ludwig von Mises pointed out: "Only the individual thinks. Only the individual reasons. Only the individual acts."
"Society" isn't a concrete thing.
"Society" doesn't think or reason. It doesn't have a brain!
"Society" doesn't act. It doesn't have a body!
So the entire concept of collectivism is pure smoke and mirrors.
As time goes on, you start to notice that the dirty work isn't being done for you after all. You're not getting any spoils. You're just getting heartache. You're just getting increases in taxes and an always growing list of restrictions. All the bad stuff that is being done in the name of "society," isn't benefitting you at all!
In fact, as "society" spirals down into the abyss, you're going with it!
That's not how this supposed loophole for doing the wrong things was sold. This is turning out to be a bad deal all around!
Slowly, the ideas that your parents taught you start to look attractive again. "Don't take that, it's his." ... "Don't hit him. Leave him alone."
Leaving others alone, and being left alone is looking like a slice of heaven. Peacefully and voluntarily interacting with others is a light at the end of this dark collectivist tunnel.
Liberty really is absolute, after all.
Collectivism really is a lie.
These truths go back to Biblical times. Jesus said that one of the two greatest Commandments is: "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
Notice the word "neighbor."
It's not plural. It's not "neighbors."
Who is your "neighbor" at any given moment in time?
Who is the individual that is near you at any given moment?
The individual in front of you, perhaps right now. The individual that you speak to later on today. The individual that you pass at the supermarket. The individual that rings you up at the supermarket.
Love each individual that you come across during your day as you do yourself.
The Commandment is not "Love Mankind as thyself," or "Love the Community as thyself."
Those are abstractions.
While there is certainly nothing wrong with loving "Mankind," in your imagination, there is no concrete way to actually do so, other than by loving each individual (i.e., neighbor) that you come across throughout the day.
That's how you show love for "Mankind;" by showing love for each individual neighbor.
The dirty trick of collectivism is that the individual is worthless and expendable. If the individual must be stripped of his freedom, his property, or even his life, then it is worth it "for the good of society."
Are we not seeing the darkness of collectivism once again today?
We've read about it in the history books so many times.
In fact, the 1900's was the deadliest century in the history of mankind. The dominant ideas were all collectivist: Socialism, Communism and Fascism.
No other set of ideas have produced so many dead bodies.
Are we not seeing individuals being stripped of their livelihoods, their freedoms, their jobs, their ability to travel?
Are we not seeing "destroy your neighbor, for the good of society"?
We're seeing it again, on a very big scale.
The way out is always available. It's always an option. But it must be chosen. Liberty is never imposed.
Liberty is the only way out of the collectivist abyss.
Our parents were right.
Let us get back to first principles once again.
The match that lit the flame was likely the announcement by the government that all construction projects would be put on hold for two weeks to punish construction workers who opposed the mandatory vax. Now, a worker-led rebellion is spreading with protestors shutting down freeways and more. Will the tyranny finally be defeated? Also today, Louisiana State University "unenrolls" students who haven't complied with their vax/testing mandate - but they only return half the money! Finally: masks and distancing are only for the little people. The elites flaunt the rules again and again...
With Fauci's strong endorsement, the White House is reportedly giving serious consideration to a "no shot, no fly" rule to prohibit Americans who have not taken the covid shot from traveling by air within the United States. Will Biden destroy civilian air travel to punish those who do not want his preferred medical treatment? Also today, former FDA chief admits that the "six foot" social distancing rule was not "the science" but in fact made up out of thin air. And: Biden's antibodies war on Texas and Florida.
By Ron Paul
A few dozen protesters showed up to last weekend’s “Justice for J6” rally in Washington DC, but that did not stop the authoritarian Washington Beltway establishment from spending millions to again turn the area into a fortress, complete with a militarized Capitol Hill Police force and an army of undercover FBI agents. The protesters were easily outnumbered by reporters desperate for another “insurrection” story and by police officers who looked like they were ready for military combat.
Of the reported four people arrested at the event, one turned out to be an undercover FBI agent who was then escorted to “safety” by police after showing his badge. As conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza Tweeted, the comedy of the event was that “there were so many undercover cops they were arresting each other by accident.”
Earlier, former President Trump warned that the rally was a set-up by an FBI, Homeland Security Department, and Capitol Hill Police Department eager for more trophies in their war against “insurrectionists.” He advised people to avoid the event and it appears their advice was taken.
They did not get their “Second Insurrection.” In fact, as we know from the FBI itself, they did not even get their First Insurrection. Though the Left elites continue to use that term, the FBI affirmed last month that there was no organized plan among the January 6th protesters to overturn the presidential election.
The media’s non-stop hysterical reporting about the January 6th “insurrection” – repeated endlessly by Democratic Party politicians – did serve an important propaganda purpose: anyone with concerns about the way the 2020 presidential election was conducted was immediately demonized and silenced.
But to me it seems a little too obvious that Biden backers and their allies in the deep state would hold a fake rally just to set-up more “insurrectionists” to be arrested. It’s possible that they believe conservatives and Trump supporters are dumb enough to walk into a trap – or perhaps another trap – but I find it unconvincing.
Instead, perhaps this rally was in reality a kind of psychological operation. After all, such an exercise would be a win-win for the planners. On one hand if a massive crowd showed up it would give new life to the now-discredited narrative that an attack on “our democracy” more serious than 9/11 (as President Biden laughably claimed) was operating just below the surface of society.
Authoritarians must be able to point to “the enemy” to consolidate their power.
On the other hand, if no one showed up, as it turns out happened, the real organizers could laugh and crow about how support has evaporated for the hundreds originally arrested after January 6th (many still held without bail, but none charged with “insurrection”). And also, they can claim that support for Donald Trump, who for some reason continues to mortally terrify them, has likewise disappeared.
Maybe that’s just a crazy conspiracy theory, but then again anyone claiming just a few weeks ago that Biden would implement a vaccine mandate was also considered a crazy conspiracy theorist.
This failed rally is a success for Team Biden on one front: very few would now dare to hold a rally calling attention to the shocking injustice that continues to stain the prosecution of so many January 6th protesters. But we must not let enemies of justice win. All liberty lovers must speak out for the unfairly persecuted. Even when it's politically risky. We must not be silent!