Across Texas, citizens are furious over the seven day jail term handed out to a Dallas salon owner who re-opened her business. The judge called her "selfish" and demanded she apologize. She refused and became a symbol of resistance to tyranny. Governor Gregg Abbott, feeling the heat, is issuing executive orders to minimize his original executive orders. Plus - Shocking developments in new New York Covid cases and how to solve the coming meat crisis.
Remember when the whole country was on lockdown over a pandemic that killed nearly 120,000 Americans? No? Because although there WAS a pandemic that year and it DID kill that many Americans, there was no lockdown. The mainstream media urged people to remain calm. And it passed. So what's different this time? Plus - our take on the OUTRAGEOUS Dallas judge who sentenced a beauty salon owner to seven days in JAIL for daring to open her business to willing customers. Finally - Neil Ferguson's real disgrace.
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By Chris Rossini
This quote by Samuel Adams perfectly captures the American spirit and how it will survive:
"It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."
Let's unpack it.
We start with the idea of majorities. Politicians love talking about majorities. They constantly manipulate people with poll after poll, always showing that government must take away liberty.
Politicians will trot out their "experts" just in case some need a little more deception in order to be convinced. But, the "majority" is the political bread and butter. If the majority says so, you're supposed to accept it as something sacred.
Putting aside that you should pay little attention to government-approved "experts" and polls, the truth of the matter is that the majority of people are followers.
Majorities never set the direction. The majority always follows the direction that is set into motion by minorities, by the few, and often by "the fringe."
This is not to demean anyone. Understanding this gives no permission to look down on anyone. Everyone is a part of the majority is some form or another. A person can be an absolute genius in his or her field, but a complete ignoramus when it comes to other fields.
Just because someone knows the immutable laws of physics or chemistry does not mean he knows the immutable laws of economics, or that he understands biological laws.
A man can be a multi-millionaire, or even a billionaire, and he's still a part of the majority where he is ignorant. It is here, that others who know better, can be tempted to take advantage of that ignorance.
So everyone is a part of the majority in some sense, and majorities are followers. They can follow ideas that are good. But they can also follow ideas that are bad and harmful to themselves.
A tell-tale sign that a person is in the majority is when they resort to calling for the use of force. If you ever hear the words "there ought to be a law," or "government should," you're hearing the voice of the majority.
If you happen to be the one voicing those words, it's best that you get out of that majority. You're only harming yourself in the end.
Good ideas never require the use of aggressive force. Never.
Throughout mankind's history, those who have advocated for liberty and peace have frequently found themselves in the minority. Their job has always been the same. As Samuel Adams pointed out, it's to tirelessly set brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.
The mind is always the target.
The real battle is always a battle of ideas.
Nothing can stop an idea, rooted in truth, that has been adopted by a tireless minority.
This is why government monopolizes schools. It's all about targeting the mind. And no matter how bad government schools are at educating kids, government does not want to let that monopoly go.
You must send your kids to Caesar, so that Caesar can send them back to you as Romans.
This is also why government and media are attached at the hip. The target is always the mind. It's always about ideas, and government wants to make sure that you're flooded from every direction by ideas that they want you to believe.
So the minority who believe in Liberty must tirelessly find new avenues to get the word out. No matter how much the censors and "narrative-controllers" try to plug-up every leak in their apparatus, there's always another crack somewhere to get the message of Liberty through.
Once a critical number of people (still a minority, of course) hear and embrace the message of Liberty, the tide starts to turn.
Life is Liberty. There can be no Life without it.
George Washington said that "Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth."
Tyranny is a slow-going grind. It's unnatural and takes an unbelievable amount of time, money, and resources to keep going. It saps the life out of everyone.
Liberty is rapid and powerful!
Liberty is a part of our nature, and when people embrace it, the world begins to shake.
Once the tireless minority turns the tide, the majority will not be far behind. They will follow, because that's what majorities do.
Many may not even fully understand why they are following. They may not know all the intricacies and the beauty of the ideas of Liberty, but they will follow nevertheless.
Don't be fooled by not being surrounded by libertarians. Just because most people around you parrot propaganda, it means nothing for the success of Liberty.
Looks can be deceiving. Not everything is as it seems.
Set brushfires of freedom in the minds of men and everything can change in what appears to be an instant.
When the history of this coronavirus scare is written, it should note how wildly inaccurate were the projections of the "experts" and what a draconian response was put in place based on bad data. When the deaths did not add up to projections, the authorities started massively cooking the books, counting every "probable" covid death as a covid death. While the US accused China and Iran of misreporting the numbers, the US is doing the same thing on a much larger scale. Meanwhile new scare stories are released in the compliant media every day warning of dire consequences if we dare to re-open any part of the economy. How much of this is enough?
By Ron Paul
Last week the Federal Reserve announced it will keep interest rates at or near zero until the economy recovers from the government-imposed shutdown. Following this announcement, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell urged Congress and the Trump administration to put aside any concerns about the deficit and spend whatever it takes to stimulate the economy and combat coronavirus.
The Federal Reserve previously announced it would make unlimited purchases of Treasury securities, thus encouraging Congress and the president to increase spending and debt. With some members of Congress talking about another multi-trillion-dollar stimulus bill, and with President Trump proposing a two trillion dollars infrastructure plan as a way to get Americans back to work, it is obvious, and not surprising, that Congress and President Trump gleefully agree with Powell’s advice.
Increasing the purchase of federal debt is not the only action the Fed has taken in a desperate attempt to keep the economy afloat. Since the coronavirus lockdowns began in early March, the Fed has greatly expanded its balance sheet. The Federal Reserve has also launched an unprecedented program to “loan” money directly to businesses.
While some states are beginning to end the lockdowns, it may be months or even another year before all the lockdowns are finally ended. It is unlikely that the economy will completely recover after the shutdown ends.
The economy was teetering on the brink of a recession months before anyone heard of coronavirus. Last September, a panicked Fed began emergency infusions of cash into the repurchasing market, which is where banks make short-term loans to each other. The Fed’s balance sheet expansion also began in September. The Fed was also pushing interest rates down before the coronavirus panic, and it will likely keep rates at or even below zero long after the crisis related to the shutdown subsides.
Economic stagnation combined with zero or negative interest rates remove incentive for people to save. This depletes the supply of private capital available to invest in businesses and jobs. The lack of private capital will put pressure on the Federal Reserve to maintain, and even expand, its new lending programs indefinitely.
Each of the Federal Reserve’s responses to the coronavirus shutdown increases the distortions of the market caused by the Federal Reserve’s meddling with the money supply and interest rates. These increased distortions guarantee the inevitable crash will be much more severe than the current downturn. The one upside is that the next meltdown will likely lead to the end of the fiat money system and thus the end of the welfare-warfare state.
The only way to minimize the coming crisis is to begin immediately unwinding the current system. The first step is to end the lockdown and let businesses reopen and people go back to work. Congress must then begin challenging monetary policy by passing the Audit the Fed bill. Congress should also cut spending, starting with ending our hyper-interventionist foreign policy and bringing the troops home. Ending the welfare-warfare state and the fiat money system may cause some short-term pain, but that pain will be dwarfed by the long-term gains in liberty, peace, and prosperity.
From Maine to California, Americans are defying government officials and reclaiming their First Amendment rights to assemble and protest. They are opening their businesses up in open defiance of the authoritarian political leaders. The resistance is building and thankfully remains (mostly) peaceful. How long until the dam breaks and the lockdown regime comes crashing down? Sign up for free updates from the Ron Paul Institute at: http://www.RonPaulInstitute/org/subscribe
A staggering 30 million Americans are unemployed in just 6 weeks. A calamity of this magnitude has been created by government action combined with the bursting of the biggest economic bubble to ever exist, courtesy of the Federal Reserve. Government "planning" is a total failure. Liberty is the only thing that can rescue America.
Food industry leaders are warning that a huge food crisis is coming, with slaughterhouses closing across the country and the food supply chain badly damaged. Politicians will blame this coming crisis on the coronavirus, but their unprecedented "lockdown" policies have disrupted every aspect of the economy. Plus - now the World Health Organization is holding Sweden up as a model on how to handle the coronavirus? Flip flop?
Will a bankrupt nation suffering from a massive six trillion dollar bailout hangover lose its appetite for interventionism overseas? Or is the global coronavirus just the kind of "Pearl Harbor event" the neocons have long pined for to again launch their global war plans?
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By Chris Rossini
What if you took a stand and threw all your weight behind the fact that 2+2=4?
What if, while taking that stand people accused you of being an oddball? What if they called you a "mathematical extremist?" What if they said "Yeah, most of the time 2+2 does equal 4, but there are certain extreme situations where that idea has to be abandoned, and you must believe that 2+2=5."
Would you stick? Or would back down and drown yourself into the herd?
Most people when reading the above would confidently say that they would stick. Of course 2+2=4, and there are no "extreme circumstances" that can change that.
But the pressures of the herd are not on them, so its easy to affirm that they would stick.
Now let's move from a mathematical absolute to an absolute about man's nature: Every person is naturally endowed with individual liberty. Every person is the final arbiter on what he or she believes, and how to act to make him or herself happy.
This individual liberty is not without restraint. There are very important and concrete "built-in" restraints, so to speak.
Since everyone is free, each is limited by the freedom of everyone else.
In other words, your liberty is limited by my liberty. That is, you can do whatever you want with your life and your property as long as it does not harm or injure my life and my property.
At the same time, I can do whatever I want with my life and my property as long as it doesn't harm your life or property.
If someone chooses not to abide by this "built-in" restraint, they are choosing to act as a tyrant, and against man's nature.
For thousands of years, all the major religions and civilizations have acknowledged these principles: Don't kill, don't steal, don't cheat...For these are the destroyers of life.
Again, if I were to present these ideas to most people, they would agree with every word of it. In fact, a vast majority of people live by these principles, whether they consciously think about it or not.
But the tune changes when a person is confronted by the herd. What if, while taking the stand for individual liberty people accused you of being an oddball? What if they called you an "liberty extremist?"
What if they say: "Yeah, most of the time individual liberty is great, but there are certain circumstance where it must be disregarded and abandoned."
But once the principle is compromised, that it's OK to steal, kill and violate a person's individual liberty, the floodgates open and a deluge of excuses pour out to steal, kill and violate liberty.
Civilization then decays and declines; gradually at first, and then very rapidly.
It would be no different than if 2+2=5 was believed to be true en masse. Everything would start to fall apart...Everything.
The Sunshine Patriot, mentioned by the eloquent Thomas Paine, waits for it to safe to proclaim the ideas of Liberty. He puts his finger in the wind and waits. He can't throw his weight behind the truth until he's sure others will approve.
There is no need to wait around for the Sunshine Patriots. They'll eventually show up. They always do.
Now is the time to defend the ideas of Liberty; when the insults are flying, when the name-calling is abundant, and when the herd is racing everyone towards the cliff.
Liberty is the truth, in the same way that 2+2=4 is the truth.
America, of all places, should have plenty of patriots that are not afraid to speak it and proclaim it with conviction.