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Big Business and the Rise of American Statism

by Roy A. Childs (1949-1992)

Excerpt: In fact and in history, the entire thesis of all three schools is botched, from beginning to end. The interpretations of the Marxists, the liberals and the conservatives are a tissue of lies.

As Gabriel Kolko demonstrates in his masterly The Triumph of Conservatism and in Railroads and Regulation, the dominant trend in the last three decades of the nineteenth century and the first two of the twentieth was not towards increasing centralization, but rather, despite the growing number of mergers and the growth in the overall size of many corporations,

toward growing competition. Competition was unacceptable to many key business and financial leaders, and the merger movement was to a large extent a reflection of voluntary, unsuccessful business efforts to bring irresistible trends under control. …As new competitors sprang up, and as economic power was diffused throughout an expanding nation, it became apparent to many important businessmen that only the national government could [control and stabilize] the economy. …Ironically, contrary to the consensus of historians, it was not the existence of monopoly which caused the federal government to intervene in the economy, but the lack of it. Read on»

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The Last Word on Overpopulation

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by the Corbett Report




Death of the Liberal Class

VIDEO
by Chris Hedges




A Window into the Mind of a Scientific Dictator

ARTICLE  |  OLD-THINKER NEWS

by Daniel Taylor


The refinement of tyranny and control into a science is the dream to which the 21st century scientific dictator aspires. The study of human nature, psychology and biology aid him in his pursuit. What you will read here is a small window into the dark mind of a scientific dictator. In combination with increasingly centralized power and rapidly advancing technology, the ability of smaller and smaller groups to exercise power and effect greater numbers of people is a real danger. C.S. Lewis wrote in 1944, “The real picture is that of one dominant age… which resists all previous ages most successfully… Man’s conquest of nature, if the dreams of some scientific planners are realized, means the rule of a few hundreds of men over billions upon billions of men.” Read on »

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Leaving America

ARTICLE FROM ZEROHEDGE

Simon Black Advocates Leaving America As The “Most Effective” Way To Fight The Battle With “The Mob-Installed Government Beast”

by Simon Black, Sovereign Man

Excerpt: When you think about it, what we call a ‘country’ is nothing more than a large concentration of people who share common values. Over time, those values adjust and evolve. Today, cultures in many countries value things like fake security, subordination, and ignorance over freedom, independence, and awareness. When it appears more and more each day that those common values diverge from your own, all that’s left of a country are irrelevant, invisible lines on a map. I don’t find these worth fighting for. Nobody is born with a mandatory obligation to invisible lines on a map. Read on »

 

Leaving America Redux: Sovereign Man’s “Next Steps” Guide To Expats-In-Waiting

Excerpt: The fact is, there is no enemy, there is no fight… there is only gradual erosion of freedom and opportunity.
Unable to change what we cannot control, productive people will eventually reach a breaking point and leave. The “stay and fight” crowd who remain will congratulate themselves on their patriotism, chastise the “cowards” who have left, and resolve to go down with the mob-mentality, mafia-controlled sinking ship. Read on » 

 

 

 

The Law by Frédéric Bastiat

The Law

by Frédéric Bastiat (1801 – 1850)

Full essay »

Introduction from Foreword: Collapse of communism, technological innovations, accompanied by robust free-market organizations promoting Bastiat’s ideas, are the most optimistic things I can say about the future of liberty in the United States. Americans share an awesome burden and moral responsibility. If liberty dies in the United States, it is destined to die everywhere. A greater familiarity with Bastiat’s clear ideas about liberty would be an important step in rekindling respect and love, and allowing the resuscitation of the spirit of liberty among our fellow Americans. ~ Walter E. Williams

Excerpt: Life, faculties, production – in other words, individuality, liberty, property – this is man,” Bastiat writes. And since they are at the very core of human nature, they “precede all human legislation, and are superior to it.” Too few people understand that point. Legal positivism, the notion that there is no right and wrong prior to the enactment of legislation, sadly afflicts even some advocates of individual liberty (the utilitarian descendants of Bentham, for example). But, Bastiat reminds us, “Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.”

Excerpt: In the years since The Law was first published, little has been written in the classical liberal tradition that can approach its purity, its power, its nearly poetic quality. Alas, the world is far from having learned the lessons of The Law. Bastiat would be saddened by what America has become. He warned us. He identified the principles indispensable for proper human society and made them accessible to all. In the struggle to end the legalized plunder of statism and to defend individual liberty, how much more could be asked of one man? ~ Sheldon Richman

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From Global Depression to Global Governance

FROM GLOBAL RESEARCH

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The Role of the Corporate Elites’ Secretive Global Think Tanks

by Andrew Gavin Marshall

Excerpt: We now stand at the edge of the global financial abyss of a ‘Great Global Debt Depression,’ where nations, mired in extreme debt, are beginning to implement ‘fiscal austerity’ measures to reduce their deficits, which will ultimately result in systematic global social genocide, as the middle classes vanish and the social foundations upon which our nations rest are swept away. How did we get here? Who brought us here? Where is this road leading? These are questions I will briefly attempt to answer. Read on »

Why Liberals Don’t Get the Tea Party Movement

OPINION  |  FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
by Peter Berkowitz

Our universities haven’t taught much political history for decades. No wonder so many progressives have disdain for the principles that animated the Federalist debates.

Excerpt: They (universities) certainly do not teach about the virtues, or qualities of mind and character, that enable citizens to shoulder their political responsibilities and prosper amidst the opportunities and uncertainties that freedom brings. Nor do they teach the beliefs, practices and associations that foster such virtues and those that endanger them. Read on ».



How Government is Unraveling Civilization by Force

VIDEO
by Jeffery Tucker

Enlightening and entertaining (is that possible?)…

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Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis

VIDEO
from Journeyman Pictures

In times of crisis people seek strong leaders and simple solutions. But what if their solutions are identical to the mistakes that caused the crisis? This is the story of the greatest economic crisis of our age, the one that awaits us.

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Manufacturing Dissent: the Anti-globalization Movement is Funded by the Corporate Elites

FROM GLOBAL RESEARCH

The People’s Movement has been Hijacked

by Michael Chossudovsky

In this article, we focus on a related concept, namely the process of “manufacturing dissent” (rather than “consent”), which plays a decisive role in serving the interests of the ruling class.

Under contemporary capitalism, the illusion of democracy must prevail. It is in the interest of the corporate elites to accept dissent and protest as a feature of the system inasmuch as they do not threaten the established social order. The purpose is not to repress dissent, but, on the contrary, to shape and mould the protest movement, to set the outer limits of dissent. Read on »



Those Who Don’t Build Must Burn

ARTICLE FROM ZEROHEDGE
Submitted by Jim Quinn of The Burning Platform

 

“Out of the nursery into the college and back to the nursery; there’s your intellectual pattern for the past five centuries or more. School is shortened, discipline relaxed, philosophies, histories, languages dropped, English and spelling gradually neglected, finally almost completely ignored. Life is immediate, the job counts, pleasure lies about after work. Why learn anything save pressing buttons, pulling switches, fitting nuts and bolts?”   ~ Captain Beatty in Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury wrote his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 in 1950. Most kids were required to read this book when they were seventeen years old. Having just re-read the novel at the age of forty-seven makes you realize how little you knew at seventeen. It is 165 pages of keen insights into today’s American society. Bradbury’s hedonistic dark future has come to pass. His worst fears have been realized. The American public has willingly chosen to be distracted and entertained by electronic gadgets 24 hours per day. Today, reading books is for old fogies. Most people think Bradbury’s novel was a warning about censorship. It was not. It was a warning about TV and radio turning the minds of Americans to mush. Read on »



R. Buckminster Fuller and the Critical Path

RECOMMENDED
Critical Path by R. Buckminster Fuller

Author, inventor and futurist R. Buckminster Fuller first published Critical Path in 1981. It is one of Fuller’s most popular works. Critical Path suggests ways that we can re-invent our environment that are more organic and more conducive to human life. I’m a newbie to Fuller’s ideas, but find them appealing. The old system of economics and politics doesn’t work anymore and Fuller gives us a refreshing model to replace it. From Wikipedia: “Fuller describes his vision of the development of human civilization, economic history, and his highly original economic ideology based, amongst other things, on his detailed description of why scarcity of resources need no longer be a decisive factor in global politics. Read on »

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More on Fuller

Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth »
by Buckminster Fuller

Grunch of Giants »
by Buckminster Fuller

Buckminster Fuller bio »

The Buckminster Fuller Institute »

Credit to wepollock. His blogs turned me on to Bucky.

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The 2010 Index of Economic Freedom

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For over a decade, The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation, Washington’s preeminent think tank, have tracked the march of economic freedom around the world with the influential Index of Economic Freedom.

What is economic freedom?

Economic freedom is the fundamental right of every human to control his or her own labor and property. In an economically free society, individuals are free to work, produce, consume, and invest in any way they please, with that freedom both protected by the state and unconstrained by the state. In economically free societies, governments allow labor, capital and goods to move freely, and refrain from coercion or constraint of liberty beyond the extent necessary to protect and maintain liberty itself. Read on »

Rank 2010

(100 is a perfect score/change from ’09)

1.   Hong Kong89.7-0.3
2.   Singapore86.1...-1.0
3.   Australia82.60.0
4.   New Zealand82.1...+0.1
5.   Ireland81.3...-.9
6.   Switzerland81.1...+1.7
7.   Canada80.4-0.1
8.   United States78.0...-2.7
9.   Denmark77.9+1.7
10.  Chile77.2-1.1

A related study with slightly different results can be found from the Fraser Institute »


Drive: The Surprising Truth about what Motivates Us

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This RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA, illustrates the unexpected truths about what really motivates us at work and at home.
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The Century of The Self

VIDEO
by Adam Curtis for the BBC

A fascinating four-part series about Edward Bernays and how he helped shape consumerism in the 20th century. Based on political propaganda and Sigmund Freud’s studies in psychoanalysis as behavior models, Bernays created the public relations profession that  helped turn productive American capitalism into a mercenary, debt-based culture. Part 1 below. The full series can be watched here »


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America’s Ruling Class – And the Perils of Revolution

THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR, JULY – AUGUST 2010
by Angelo M. Codevilla

As over-leveraged investment houses began to fail in September 2008, the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties, of major corporations, and opinion leaders stretching from the National Review magazine (and the Wall Street Journal) on the right to the Nation magazine on the left, agreed that spending some $700 billion to buy the investors’ “toxic assets” was the only alternative to the U.S. economy’s “systemic collapse.” In this, President George W. Bush and his would-be Republican successor John McCain agreed with the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama. Many, if not most, people around them also agreed upon the eventual commitment of some 10 trillion nonexistent dollars in ways unprecedented in America. Read on »

The Global Political Awakening and the New World Order

ARTICLE

The Technological Revolution and the Future of Freedom

by Andrew Gavin Marshall

There is a new and unique development in human history that is taking place around the world; it is unprecedented in reach and volume, and it is also the greatest threat to all global power structures: the ‘global political awakening.’ The term was coined by Zbigniew Brzezinski, and refers to the fact that, as Brzezinski wrote:

“For the first time in history almost all of humanity is politically activated, politically conscious and politically interactive. Global activism is generating a surge in the quest for cultural respect and economic opportunity in a world scarred by memories of colonial or imperial domination.”

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Grunch of Giants

ONLINE BOOK
by R. Buckminster Fuller

There is no dictionary word for an army of invisible giants, one thousand miles tall, with their arms interlinked, girding the planet Earth. Since there exists just such an invisible, abstract, legal-contrivance army of giants, we have invented the word GRUNCH as the group designation — “a grunch of giants.” GR-UN-C-H, which stands for annual GROSS UNIVERSE CASH HEIST, pays annual dividends of over one trillion U.S. dollars. Read the book »

The Welfare-Warfare Crackup

ARTICLE
by Jacob G. Hornberger

For decades, libertarians have been warning Americans of the coming crack-up of the welfare-warfare state. Of course, we couldn’t predict when the crack-up would finally occur. All we could do is to say that the road to statism, both welfare and warfare, was a road to national bankruptcy.

Keep in mind that the welfare-warfare state depends on a vibrant private sector. Why is this so? Because the welfare-warfare sector is fundamentally a parasitic sector. That is, unlike the private sector, the public sector produces no wealth. The public sector attaches onto the private, productive sector and sucks lifeblood out of it in order to survive.

Thus, a government that is committed to providing welfare and warfare must ensure that the private sector remains vibrant and productive. The parasite instinctively knows that if the host dies, there is no more lifeblood that the parasite can suck. Read on »