Thursday, August 28, 2014

Summary Execution for Tax Evader

There are two and only two ways one can obtain the property of another. The first is through voluntary means. You can either exchange something for the property or the owner of the property can give it to you. The second is theft. If the theft includes the threat of violence backed by violence - coercion - it’s armed robbery. Taxes, because they carry the threat of violence backed by violence, are armed robbery.
New York City’s legalized and uniformed armed robbers - the police - recently summarily executed a man for not paying taxes. tells the story. “Selling cigarettes on the street cost a man his life. Think about it for a moment. Trying to make a meager living in a miserable economy by selling a legal product deserves death now in New York. That’s precisely what happened to an obviously overweight (350 lbs.) and unhealthy man last week. A squad of cops investigating this tax transgression approached Eric Garner. Garner actually begged the cops to leave him alone. Soon Garner began to shun the cops and resist being handcuffed and the cops piled on him.  All too quickly, Garner was dead.”
Some might claim the victim deserved it because he feebly resisted. But resisting armed robbery is heroic behavior, if sometimes a mistake. What this report doesn’t mention is one policeman put Garner in an illegal choke hold. Garner was trying to protect himself.
“This was not about anything more than the attempted evasion of an outrageous tax on a legal product that millions consume in America. Our greedy politicians expand their power and the government monster by overtaxing anything they can. We all know that this was about money rather than evil, violence or simple public safety.”
Besides proving the obvious - that taxes are armed robbery - this also illustrates that every supposed crime in America carries the death penalty. Jay walking? The state’s enforcers might kill you for that. Run a red light? They might kill you for that too. This is the inevitable consequence of empowering an organization - the state - to have a monopoly on violence and the power to legalize crimes committed by its agents.
The murderers may have had another motive. Police reportedly had harassed Garner for years. While they were harassing others for petty pseudo-crimes in order to legally steal their money, a fight broke out. The police did nothing, but Garner intervened and stopped the fight. That made him a target for government predators. When police began harassing Garner again, they claim Garner stated, “I’m tired of it. It stops today.”
William Norman Grigg quotes one police officer blaming the victim, “‘Anytime a person says “I’m tired of it, it stops today,” that will almost always end with the use of force,’ insisted one contributor to an LEO-exclusive forum. ‘He made that decision, not the police. The Police must effect the arrest and rise above any resistance...’” That attitude suggests this was premeditated murder from the moment Garner expressed his exasperation with being harassed by cops.
This attitude that anybody who says they don’t want to be harassed by policemen must be physically assaulted, subdued and even murdered is also an inevitable consequence of empowering an organization to legally commit crimes against people. The most violent, sadistic people in the country are attracted to the job of legally attacking others so they can get their jollies legally beating and killing people. Most people we make cops would be the worst criminals in a free society. For example, cops are three times more likely to commit murder, not counting the legalized murder they get away with on the job, than concealed carry permit holders. But in Bizzaro World, ruled by government violence, they become legalized violence-dealers, beating and killing people without consequence, and the ones who do it best rise to the top.
Apologists for choking the victim make this clear. “Because the victim reportedly didn’t suffer significant damage to his throat and trachea, the illegal restraint wasn’t a ‘true’ chokehold, or so the apologists insist,” Grigg writes. “Under NYPD guidelines in place since 1993, this isn’t relevant: The policy explicitly and categorically forbids the use of any restraint involving pressure against the neck or throat.” The policy is a sham, as is the law. Grigg notes, “If [the murder] statute were applied equitably, as it almost certainly will not be, [the officer who choked Garner] and his accomplices would be prosecuted for murder.”
Murray Rothbard wrote in “The Anatomy of the State”, “Having used force and violence to obtain its revenue, the State generally goes on to regulate and dictate the other actions of its individual subjects. One would think that simple observation of all States through history and over the globe would be proof enough of this assertion; but the miasma of myth has lain so long over State activity that elaboration is necessary.” The brazen murder of Eric Garner by state enforcers in daylight in front of witnesses and on camera is another example proving more elaboration is necessary.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Manufactured Illegal Immigration Crisis

After Barack Obama was elected, his then Chief of Staff, now Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, stated, “You never want to let a serious crisis go to waste.” But rulers need not wait for a serious crises when they can manufacture one. Most Americans correctly identified President Obama and his minions are behind the surge of illegal immigrant children invading Texas and Arizona, manufacturing a crisis so Congress will pass amnesty, but that’s not the whole story.
The other half of the story is Republicans have been pushing for amnesty since 2000. Pat Buchanan recalls, “Speaking to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Albuquerque in 2001, George W. Bush declared that, as Mexico was a friend and neighbor, ‘It’s so important for us to tear down our barriers and walls that might separate Mexico from the United States.’ Bush succeeded. And during his tenure, millions from Mexico exploited his magnanimity to violate our laws, trample upon our sovereignty, walk into our country, and remain here.”
The dominant theme of the coverage regarding the illegal immigration crisis is Obama and Democrats want to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which would include rewarding illegal immigrants with a path to citizenship - commonly called amnesty - but Republicans don’t. This isn’t true. Republicans want to pass the same thing, but the American people have threatened their jobs if they do. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was pushing amnesty when voters fired him in the May Republican primary. One report claims 144 Republicans supported immigration legislation until Cantor lost.
The only people resisting amnesty are the American people. Polls show Americans are overwhelmingly against amnesty, but that doesn’t stop House Republican bigwig Paul Ryan from pushing for it.
The reason Republicans support amnesty in the face of overwhelming opposition from the people is the Chamber of Commerce wants it. Politico reported, “The GOP shouldn’t even field a presidential candidate in 2016 unless Congress passes immigration reform this year, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue said Monday.”
Republicans know the majority of Hispanics vote Democrat, and amnesty would boost the Democrat vote. That’s why Obama and Democrats are pushing for amnesty. But to Republicans, that political cost is worth it to satisfy their big business donors because special interests - economic oligarchs like the Chamber of Commerce - not the people, determine who wins elections. This crisis is manufactured to punish Republicans for deferring to the people.
High tech billionaires are among those pushing for comprehensive immigration reform so they can hire cheaper labor. The economic law of supply states the more there is of a good, the lower its price will be. Therefore the more immigrants who come to America, the lower the price of labor. And not just for unskilled workers. Some of those who come here will learn skills like programming, lowering the salaries of skilled workers too. Immigration reform would also increase the number of H-1B visas available so tech companies can hire skilled foreign workers, further suppressing the wages of skilled workers.
The Big Lie behind the immigration debate is the US has too few workers. Chronic high employment proves that’s not true.
Another lie is the US is suffering from a shortage of STEM workers. This lie is used to steal people’s money to fund STEM schools. The world’s richest hypocrite and college dropout Bill Gates says the US doesn’t produce enough skilled workers for high tech companies like Microsoft, yet Microsoft is laying off 18,000 workers. Computer World reports, “Electrical engineering jobs declined by 40,000 in the first quarter [2013], and the unemployment rate in the category rose to 6.5%, based on an analysis of U.S. Labor Data by the IEEE-USA.” National Review discovered wages for STEM workers are flat, and there are more graduates than jobs.  The reality is American workers, skilled and unskilled, are losing jobs to immigrants as our economy declines. These Big Lies are promoted by ultra-rich plutocrats like Bill Gates so they can make even more money while workers make even less.
Unfortunately, the advocates for amnesty have claimed the moral high ground, but that’s wrong too. Illegal immigration piggybacks on the illegal drug trade. Parents ship their children through Mexico, escorted by drug war coyotes who make $50,000 a week, as if they were shipping bales of marijuana. And the sudden influx has nothing to do with violence as we are told. They’re coming because our rulers, both parties, have told them they can stay.
Hans Hermann-Hoppe destroys the moral argument for amnesty. “The current situation in the United States and in Western Europe has nothing whatsoever to do with ‘free’ immigration, ” he writes. ”It is forced integration, plain and simple, and forced integration is the predictable outcome of democratic – one-man-one-vote – rule.”
Decriminalizing drugs would immediately stem the flood of illegal aliens by erasing the drug infrastructure and boosting economic growth in Central America, but as long as our rulers have the power to buy votes, they’ll push for immigrants to flood our country so they can buy their votes.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Beware the Sucker Economy

Yahoo trumpets, “The Dow Jones industrial average is trading above 17,000 for the first time after the U.S. government reported a big gain in hiring last month.” The stock market keeps rising forever with nary a glitch. To bulls, the unprecedented, positive run since the 2008 crash shows how wonderfully President Obama and the Federal Reserve [Fed] have managed the economy.
But critics say it’s too good to be true, and not just the usual critics. The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) is the central bank for central banks. Central banks are controlled by the apex plutocrats of their countries. The BIS is even more elite. Think of it as the Rothschilds’ and Rockefellers’ global plutocrat coordination system. The Boston Globe reports, “[The BIS] warned Sunday that dangerous new asset bubbles are forming, even before the global economy has finished recovering from the last round of financial excess.” This is a CYA announcement. Central bankers love high stock markets, but they don’t want to be accused of not noticing a bubble. When they warn of bubbles, they’re about to pop. Naturally, they don’t blame their counterfeiting of trillions for the problem.
The rest of the plutocrats already know about the bubble. MSN Money reports, “Of six major groups [Jeffrey Kleintop, chief market strategist at brokerage firm LPL Financial] identified, hedge funds, foreigners, insiders and investment institutions such as pension funds and insurance companies all are net sellers, he found.” Yet the market keeps rising because corporations are buying back their own stocks. This artificially increases stock prices, making it appear companies are growing when they’re not. This makes the stock option deals of senior management more lucrative even though their companies aren’t performing well. A cynic might conclude plutocrats are looting their companies to increase the value of their stock options so they can cash out before the impending crash. That will slow the next recovery.
This is the biggest sucker market ever, and MSN tells who the suckers are, “Only one other major group, individuals, is a net stock buyer now and individuals are buying less than corporations, Mr. Kleintop found.” Individuals are the suckers. Trapped into investing in the market because there’s nowhere else to make money on their savings because of the Fed’s zero interest rate policy, mom and pop investors are the suckers. Those who stay in the market will be wiped out.
Then there’s the housing bubble. Foreign investors are buying expensive real estate in New York City, driving up prices, and leaving it vacant to get rid of dollars before the dollar crashes. All those worthless pieces of paper the Fed has printed are coming home to roost. Ellen DeGeneres bought a Los Angeles mansion for $40 million and sold it six months later for $55 million.
Newly printed money always goes to the ultrarich first, but it eventually trickles down to provincial rich people. That’s why the sucker economy recently reached southwest Ohio. The Dayton Daily News reports, “The luxury home market continues to improve in the region, and a two-week show [in Liberty Twp.] highlighting high-priced homes offers ample evidence of that, according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati.”
Rich people buying each other’s houses with the Fed’s bubble-money inflates prices, artificially increasing housing numbers to make it seem the housing market is improving, but the broader housing market is really still in decline. Similarly, Karen De Coster was the first to identify cupcake shops as a bubble activity, but the trendy New York cupcake chain Crumbs recently and suddenly went bankrupt. The word “trendy” frequently marks a bubble activity. The summer box office is down 20 percent in North America. US music sales are down 15 percent this year. There aren’t enough people flush with bubble-money to prop up markets for consumer goods though prices keep rising.
And despite the trillions printed and handed over to banks, they’re still insolvent. The New York Times reports, “... investors received a jolt on Thursday when shares of Portugal’s second-largest bank, Banco EspĂ­rito Santo, were suspended from trading, prompting fears that the bank might need to be rescued.” Individual European investors are suckers too. Meanwhile, the Fed considers charging exit fees from bond funds to mitigate the impending bond market crash.
But the biggest suckers are taxpayers. As the bubble economy expands, all rulers, including locals, are fooled in believing their plutocrat enrichment projects, funded with money stolen from taxpayers, spur economic growth, but they don’t. They’re part of the problem. When the bubble pops, most will be abandoned because it will become clear they’re unprofitable in the real economy. The resources expended - materials, capital and labor - will be lost forever, making us all poorer. Unemployment will soar. Only the skeletal remnants of projects, abandoned buildings - some abandoned in mid-construction - and rusting equipment, will remain. Austrian economists call that malinvestment. The damage is done during the credit boom. The bust is the correction, when the economy tries to return to serving consumers instead of rulers. We’ll soon get the terrible bill for our rulers’ unprecedented looting.