By Liberty Report Staff
On June 2, Daniel McAdams, Executive Director of The Ron Paul Institute spoke at a Mises Institute event in Ft. Worth, TX on the vital subject of "Military Keynesianism"—the unholy alliance of defense contractors and think tanks that work together to create ongoing demand for war armaments.
By Chris Rossini
It's quite easy to look out at the world to see the walls of tyranny closing in. Government here .... Government there ... Government everywhere. It would be easy (yet foolish) to come to the conclusion that freedom and liberty are on their last leg and gasping for their last breath.
But as dark as things may appear, liberty is not going anywhere. To believe that politicians will stamp out Liberty everywhere on Earth is equivalent to thinking that they will abolish gravity everywhere that it exists.
We're all born free. It's a natural part of our make-up. Liberty is baked into the cake, and once it's baked in, there's no taking it out.
So, here's some food for thought: Instead of walking around and believing that the world will come to an end under the boots of a bunch of oligarchs, what if one were to operate under the belief that "liberty will prevail?'
Yeah, we're getting groped by the TSA, but liberty will prevail.
Yeah, we're all suffering under mountains of bogus "regulations," but liberty will prevail.
Yeah, the politically-correct crowd is ruining our culture, but liberty will prevail.
Yeah, the military empire is stretched beyond belief, and has bled Americans dry, but liberty will prevail.
It kinda makes the story (while bad) a lot less bad.
After all, the truth always wins in the long-run, so this new belief is in line with logic.
But there's another powerful reason why this little tweak in belief is so important: We tend to see what we already believe, and what dominates our thoughts.
I remember right before I purchased my latest car, I noticed it everywhere on the road. I started to think that everyone owned it! A few days later, I stopped noticing it out on the road. It no longer dominated my thinking.
Here's another example...Go to party and the dentist in the crowd will notice everyone's teeth. He can't help it. The builder will notice the crown molding. No one else notices the crown molding, but the builder spots it right away.
We tend to notice things in the outside world that match our beliefs and the thoughts that are dominating at the moment.
So how does this apply to liberty?
Well, if one walks around with the belief that liberty has no chance and that the authoritarians have won, what will that person notice? How helpful to the cause of liberty will that person be?
Not very helpful at all.
He's stuck in his mental world where the false defeats the truth. His mind is shut.
But what about the person who will never accept that the truth will be defeated? What about the person who believes that no matter what happens, liberty will prevail sooner or later?
That's the person who will spot opportunity! He'll see everything that the "government will destroy all of our lives" guy is unable to see. He'll have the spark within himself to speak out. He'll be one of the people that make sure liberty prevails sooner, rather than later.
Liberty is going to prevail, regardless.
Tyranny comes and goes. It has no staying power.
Inborn liberty is always there, and never leaves.
How much better for each of our individual lives to adopt a belief that aligns with these facts.
By Adam Dick
Premier libertarian communicator Ron Paul, in an interview Tuesday with host Dan Dicks at Press For Truth, called the effort to eliminate cash an “attack on individual freedom.” Restricting and discouraging the use of cash, suggests Paul, has always been a goal of statists as a means to reduce individuals’ independence. “A cashless society is very, very dangerous,” continues Paul.
Watch the complete interview, which includes an extensive discussion of economic issues and the Federal Reserve, here:
In September of 2015, Paul further discussed the war on cash at the Ron Paul Liberty Report with Joseph Salerno, a professor of economics at Pace University. Watch that interview here.
This article was originally published at The Ron Paul Institute.
The US Supreme Court ruled more or less in favor of the Masterpiece Cake Shop's owner refusing to bake wedding cakes for same-sex couples on religious grounds. While conservatives may view this as a victory, in fact the ruling may end up hurting conservatives and libertarians more than helping them.
By Daniel McAdams
On Saturday, August 18th, proponents of peace and prosperity will gather again in Washington, DC, to call for a change in our foreign policy, to get the latest on the war on the independent media, to hear thoughtful and inspiring speakers, and to make new acquaintances and re-connect with old ones. Yes, the Ron Paul Institute is coming back to town!
The third annual Ron Paul Institute Washington, DC, Peace and Prosperity Conference includes a special focus on the symbiosis between the mainstream media and the warfare state. How does the mainstream media promote war and how does the war machine promote the mainstream media? How do the militarist interventionists collude with the mainstream media to prevent alternative media from having a voice? Remember "PropOrNot"? The Atlancic Council? "Hamilton 68"? How does the US government misuse its citizens' money to propgandize them into supporting endless, winless, pointless wars? To propagandize them into viewing any alternative media questioning the permanent warfare state as "unpatriotic" or even "agents of a foreign power"?
As always, the RPI summer conference will feature the most prominent, enlightening, and even entertaining experts in the field to present the case for peace and prosperity. In addition to several solo speeches, including by former US Rep. Ron Paul, Mises Institute founder Lew Rockwell, former CIA officer Ray McGovern (recently arrested for protesting the appointment of "Bloody" Gina Haspel to head the CIA), and more, this year's conference will feature three expert panel discussions to add a dynamic component to the event. Panel discussions will include prominent former military officers discussing the US global military empire and how it undermines our security and moral compass at home, a panel on the mainstream media's collusion with the national security state to destroy alternative voices, and a lunchtime panel of former Ron Paul Congressional staffers on how to build coalitions that work. The media panel will be introduced with a very special appearance by "Rogue Journalist" Caitlin Johnstone.
By popular demand, we are reinstating our "early bird" ticket prices for a limited time, so get your tickets right now and save some money!
Are you traveling from out of town? We've managed to get a great room rate at the Marriott of just $89 per night - but rooms are limited so book yours right away. There is a link on the main conference ticket sales page to get your discounted room.
By Adam Dick
On Monday, the United States Supreme Court, in the case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, decided in favor of a bakery that the Colorado state government sought to require to design and create a custom wedding cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage. The court’s narrow basis for its resolution of the matter means that we can expect to see more cases dealing with similar issues moving through American courts.
In December, as a guest at the Ron Paul Liberty Report, I discussed the case with hosts Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams. In the discussion, Paul addressed the heart of the matter, saying that the bakery’s refusal to design and create the cake “is a property rights issue” and that “as long as force and violence is not used … owners should have the right to use their property as they see fit.”
Watch the complete interview here:
By Ron Paul
The February mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida prompted many parents to consider homeschooling. This is hardly surprising, as the misnamed federal “Gun-Free Schools” law leaves schoolchildren defenseless against mass shooters. Removing one’s children from government schools seems a rational response to school shootings.
School shootings are not the only form of violence causing more parents to consider homeschooling. Many potential homeschooling parents are concerned about the failure of school administrators to effectively protect children from bullying by other students.
Of course many parents choose homeschooling as a means of protecting their children from federal education “reforms” such as Common Core. Other parents are motivated by a desire to protect their children from the cultural Marxism that has infiltrated many schools.
The spread of cultural Marxism has contributed to the dumbing down of public education. Too many government schools are more concerned with promoting political correctness than ensuring that students receive a good education. Even if cultural Marxism did not dumb down education, concerns that government schools are indoctrinating children with beliefs that conflict with parents’ political, social, and even religious beliefs would motivate many families to homeschool.
Even when government schools are not intentionally promoting cultural Marxism or other left-wing ideologies, they are still implicitly biased toward big government. For example, how many government schools teach the Austrian economics explanation for the Great Depression — much less question the wisdom of central banking — or critically examine the justifications for America’s hyper-interventionist foreign policy?
Parents interested in providing their children with a quality education emphasizing the ideas of liberty should consider looking into my homeschooling curriculum. The Ron Paul Curriculum provides students with a well-rounded education that includes rigorous programs in history, mathematics, and the physical and natural sciences. The curriculum also provides instruction in personal finance. Students can develop superior oral and verbal communication skills via intensive writing and public speaking courses. Another feature of my curriculum is that it provides students the opportunity to create and run their own internet businesses.
The government and history sections of the curriculum emphasize Austrian economics, libertarian political theory, and the history of liberty. However, unlike government schools, my curriculum never puts ideological indoctrination ahead of education.
While government schools — and even many private schools — pretend religion played no significant role in history, my curriculum addresses the crucial role religion played in the development of Western civilization. However, the materials are drafted in such a way that any Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or atheist parent can feel comfortable using the curriculum.
Interactive forums allow students to engage with and learn from each other. The forums ensure students are actively engaged in their education as well as give them an opportunity to interact with their peers outside of a formal setting.
Concern about the safety of students in government-run schools is one reason many parents are considering homeschooling, but it is not the only reason. Many parents are motivated by a desire to give their children something better than a curriculum that has been dumbed down by federal initiatives like Common Core. Other parents do not wish to have their children indoctrinated with views that contradict the parents’ political, social, or even religious beliefs.
I encourage all parents looking at alternatives to government schools —alternatives that provide children with a well-rounded education that introduces them to the history and ideas of liberty — to go to RonPaulCurriculum.com for more information about my homeschooling program.
Reports are circulating that the US is considering sending its THAAD missile defense system to Germany to, they claim, guard against the Iranian threat. Are the Iranians -- or the Russians -- about to attack Berlin? Or is this another big win for the US defense contractors?
By Joshua Bennett
For hundreds of years, western cultures have been refining what is known as Freedom of Conscience.
One of the outcomes of this refinement is Freedom of Speech, a Liberty that is relatively new to the human political experience.
Not long ago, being critical of a government, for instance, could get you killed by that government. Merely speaking out of turn or having critical thought towards the State religion meant torture or death.
But, we have advanced through time to understand that free thought and critical speech is something that a free people must protect and encourage. Thomas Jefferson went as far as to say that repressing Freedom of Conscience was a “Sin against God”.
Suppressing Freedom of Conscience though, was and is seen by the State as self preservation.
Today, we have access to information that only 20 years ago was other-worldly. Anyone with a cell phone can post a rant or share information to literally the whole world. Because of this information access, people take the information they get from the State influenced main stream media with a grain of salt, or immediately disbelieve it, and usually, rightfully so.
This is dangerous for the State’s propaganda machine, but the State realizes what is even more dangerous to it, would be for the State to appear to suppress it. Whether on the Left or the Right of the political spectrum, people tend to cherish what we now call, “Free Speech”, and rightfully so.
So what is the State to do? What States always do. Make the people fear their Liberty more than Itself.
Instead of immediately passing laws suppressing and/or silencing free speech, the State is manipulating the political fears people have to make them feel threatened by what they may think is opposing speech to their beliefs. And the fear the State has spread between opposing political speech has resulted in what not long ago would have been mocked as fairy tale superstition.
"Words can hurt you. People who disagree with you want to hurt you. You need your feelings protected against all invasion. Dissenting speech or thought is violence towards you.”
Instead of using dissenting views from our own to refine our beliefs and convictions, and to encourage discussion for the betterment of overall society, we are not only growing to fear Opposition of Thought, we want to be protected from it.
Enter the State.
From legislating pronouns, to aggressive threats of imprisonment for incorrect thinking, the State has moved in against Freedom of Conscience to suppress nonconformist. And some cheer this behavior by the State, seen to protect them from all harm. Others see it as a shield to advance their own political agenda opposition free.
But, as Bastiat explained, while all wish to live at the expense of the State, the State lives at the expense of all.
No one's political or personal thoughts or actions, are safe from this aggression by the State. While the State will pick winners and losers in the short run, it’s only a matter of time before the State silences everyone.
Before you cheer the State for destroying your opposition’s Freedom of Conscience, remember when your opposition is gone, you will be alone, and no one will be there when the State marches you into the rail car that you have built.
This article was originally published at Patriot's Lament.
Tariffs are taxes on Americans for the benefit of a tiny group of politically-connected corporations. Taxation can never lead to prosperity. Unfortunately, constant doses of patriotic propaganda convince Americans that they're being robbed for their own good. Ron Paul discusses the destructiveness of tariffs on today's Liberty Report.