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Attempted Judicial Putsch in America: The Persecution of Donald Trump

It is very clear that there is an intensive effort in the United States for the residues of the Obama Administration and the minions of his would-be successor, Ms. Rodham, to affect a judicial Putsch or overthrow of the elected Government by removing its duly-elected titular head, President Donald Trump.

It has been a year since the President was first hounded by a legal prosecution that has not brought to light one crime committed by the President. But it is clear from the constant 24-hour hate-ins that occur on almost every major news media that the so-called Progressives and mainline Democrats are out for the President’s scalp. It reminds one of the hate-ins in Orwell’s 1984 where a mob, in front of a giant movie screen showing Big Brother’s arch enemy, scream out their hatred of the villain in a mass catharsis that resolves into a symphony of loving for Big Brother, or in modern terms, Ms. Rodham.

The hatred for Trump is the only issue the Democrats have. These are the same people who ignored the abuses that took place under the eight years of Obama, and under the liberal West Coast Democratic Party Governors, showing that they are deeply corrupt and immoral.

If the people of the Republic let those elements in the FBI and DOJ, who will not accept the results of a Constitutional election, get away with this attempted judicial Putsch, then it will be as great a crime as the overlooking of the government’s involvement in the murders of President Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King.

America is no longer the land that it was. Very few in politics are willing to hew to the Constitution or a very high ethical standard. Very few are willing to speak their minds; rather, their statements are hedged about with loaded words which their psychological polls have shown have a positive impact in brainwashing people to their positions.

It’s clear they are out to persecute the President and hound him from office by using every means available. Whether you like the President or not, this assault on the Constitution and our legal electorial process must not succeed, or else you can kiss your Republic good-bye, as Ben Franklin warned.

— Paul Grad, enviro-vegan Libertarian

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Trump Wields the Capitalist Weapon: The Iran Deal Decision

President Trump has unleashed the power of the most nuclear weapon against nuclear proliferation known: the power of Capitalism. By threatening to impose sanctions on Iran, which are a Capitalistic weapon no different that the Gandhian non-violent boycott, Trump is using the financial leverage of the (mostly) Capitalist system we have in the U.S., (although it is a system heavily burdened with socialist mandates that keep down the wealth of the People. But it is probably the most Capitalistic place in the world, although perhaps Switzerland or some other small nation excels it.)

I predicted in a blog post about four years back that what America needed was a politician who was a billionaire (so that he was financially dependent on no one), and was neither a Democrat nor Republican. America got exactly that in Trump, and, although I disagree strenuously with many of his positions on the environment and his military spending, he is showing that his native intelligence is cutting through the political and bureaucratic dross that we’ve had to put up with since Kennedy was murdered; Kennedy, the last politician or President I ever heard give an interesting speech on some fundamental principle of the American Republic, like the Freedom of the Press and its responsibilities. His was an intellect far beyond any President since then, but now, in terms of intelligence and simple common sense, he may have met an equal or associate in President Trump.

And that is probably why the established government bureaucracies, in collusion with the Democrats and the media, are attempting a judicial Putsch against the duly-elected President of these United States of America.

I can see Bertrand Russell, who was an ardent Socialist, applauding President Trump from his position in Hell, a position he finds far more interesting than Heaven, because he can continue to smoke his pipe there, and advocate for Free Love. But Lord Russell was an even more ardent opponent of nuclear proliferation, and a hater of organized religion in government, and I’m sure he would say that to give to a religiously-fanatic theocracy the means to initiate nuclear war was utter insanity, and that the petty and sick sychophants of the Democratic Party and the media, and their European Union and UK allies, were nothing but a modern bunch of Neville Chamberlains appeasing a nuclear-weaponized Hitlerian regime that hangs gay teenagers, and stones women to death for adultery, and guns down hundreds of demonstrators against electoral fraud.

The Tyranny will now feel the edge of the Capitalist weapon, the weapon Trump wielded, the sanction or boycott. No Jeffersonian government, no trade: that should be the cry of the modern Classical Liberal or Libertarian, and that is the choice Trump has put to both Iran and North Korea. And the way North Korea has buckled and kissed brass in the face of Trumps threats is because those are Capitalistic threats and Kim obviously doesn’t want to grow thin.

Today’s Iran Deal speech was one of the best, most forceful speeches I can recall, although Trump is not trained as a orator, and is no Churchill or Roosevelt when it comes to  speaking, but he states the facts like laying out the terms of a contract, and it’s all pretty clear.

The American Public has elected a very bright fellow.

— Paul Grad, Libertarian Party of Oregon Gubernatorial Nominee 2014

 

Ron Paul Was The Reason Trump Got Elected

It struck me the other day, with a pellucid clarity, that the real reason Donald Trump got elected was because Ron Paul had laid the groundwork for his victory through the influence on the electorate that his two campaigns for the Republican nomination, in 2008 and 2014, had wrought.

Ron Paul was the psychological nerve-primer that prepared the American body-politic to accept the Trump offer to run the country. Paul’s infusion of Libertarian ideals and ideas  rekindled the romance that was implied in the Jeffersonian Covenant with Mankind. For once the public had a politician who reminded them that the Republic was not about GDP or full employment or security but rather was about Human Adventure, taking the risk, and chasing the girl that was the Statue of Liberty and whose face used to be incused into the Silver Dollar of the United States of America.

That was before not only the womanization of America, but the womanization of politics.

Before that, Man chased the Woman, be it the girl on the other side of the class, or Liberty extended over a 3,000 mile-wide paradise stolen from the Indians. Since the Indians were only 0.5% of the population, and nobody outside of them mentioned the theft or seemed too bothered by it, the theft was institutionalized — after all, there were treaties, the White Man said. Everything was legal. And not even the Indians were calling for the expulsion of the White Man and his deportation back to the countries of his ancestors, which would be the obvious just solution. Libertarian theory requires at the least the restoration of stolen property back to the original owner. The penalty for theft is paying back twice the amount stolen plus something for the amount of fear or endangerment produced (for example, the fear generated by a child shoplifting a candy bar when the owner isn’t looking would call for far less fear-compensation that an armed robber using a gun).

So Ron Paul’s Jeffersonian alarum calls prepared America to hear a modified version of this philosophy coming from Trump. Trump, for example, scoffed at NATO, put down the FED, criticized the Nipponese whale-butchers for not paying their “fair share” while Americans subsidized the national defense of their extremely wealthy nation, and said “Let’s get along with the Russkies”, all positions from the Ron Paul Political Bible.

We even heard Mises member and perennial Libertarian, Llewellyn Rockwell, supporting Trump as a wild card that might be libertarian, as well as Ron Paul fellow economic-traveler David Stockman going over to Trump, and both bypassing the official Libertarian milquetoast candidate, Gary Johnson, as did Ron Paul.

Additionally, Trump was an unapologetic Capitalist, and obviously, with Ron Paul as a pro-free marketeer, and with the other side blatantly pro-socialist and big government, it was inevitable that a large part of the old Ron Paul support would seep into the vote totals of Donald Trump. And it did.

Another factor was that both Ron Paul and Trump were individualists in that they both went their own way and didn’t fret over what other people thought of them. Ron Paul was known as Dr. No when he was in Congress, often casting the lone “No” vote on a bill that he felt was either unConstitutional or anti-Libertarian. Trump, too, obviously didn’t care very much what people thought of his outlandish, boorish behavior, although in courtesy and refinement Ron Paul and Donald Trump couldn’t be more dissimilar. But they both obviously didn’t give a damn about what others thought of their political stances.

So the verisimilitude of Trump’s message and iconoclasm to that of Ron Paul’s was the factor that led many former Ron Paul supporters, frustrated by Johnson’s feeble campaign, to vote for Trump. And those votes, going to Trump instead of Johnson, were the narrow margin that Trump needed to drive a wedge into the cracked stump of the Clinton campaign, and split it into oblivion. Those votes were the razor thin edge that Trump needed to gain the White House, and possibly change the direction of America.

President Trump ought to say a prayer of thanks every day to the man whose philosophy got him elected: Dr. Ron Paul.

— Paul Grad, enviro-Libertarian

 

The U.S. Olympic Participation Enables South Korean Dog-Butchers

By participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea, the United States is enabling and justifying the heinous and immoral Korean dog-meat trade. This participation recognizes a country that butchers two million dogs a year, or about 6,000 every 24 hours, as a valid country amongst the “civilized” nations, but it is clear that this continued participation in the Great Crime of the dog-meat trade makes South Korean one of the “Miscreant” Nations of the world, Nations so immoral in their conduct that they should be boycotted  by Libertarians and Vegetarians everywhere.

It is imperative that all humane people boycott South Korea, and any other nation in the world that allows the dog-meat trade, and boycott them in a way that ruins their economy.

Avenge the dogs that are being murdered by this callous, sadistic, miscreant nation of South Korea by boycotting it so mercilessly that they are taught a lesson which they and the world will never forget.

The price of immorality must be bankruptcy. Demand the U.S. sever all trade and defense ties with South Korea, let the parasites pay for their own damned defense and stop sucking off the bank accounts of American taxpayers.

Boycott the South Korean dog-butchers into bankruptcy.

— Paul Grad, Libertarian Party of Oregon Gubernatorial Nominee 2014

Thom Paine on the Difference between the Democrats and Libertarians

Thomas Paine, that doughty blowtorch of the American Revolution, summed up succinctly the  difference between the pathetic Democratic Party and the Libertarian philosophy that founded The Republic.

In his third chapter of “The Rights of Man”, Paine states “Government, on the old system, is an assumption of power, for the aggrandizement of itself; on the new, a delegation of power for the common benefit of society. The former supports itself by keeping up a system of war; the latter proposes a system of peace, as the true means of enriching a nation. The one encourages national prejudices; the other promotes universal society, as the means of universal commerce. The one measures its prosperity by the quantity of revenue it extorts; the other proves its excellence by the small quantity of taxes it requires.”

Though Paine lived a quarter of a millennium ago, he must have been reading all the news since Clinton got elected.

I can just hear the Democrats calling him a Fascist.

Paul Grad, enviro-libertarian

Against Proportional Representation: The Statist Boondoggle

One of the most vile, and most seductive, political ideas is that of proportional representation — the idea that a political party should have as many representatives in government as its proportion of the vote in the general election.

Firstly, this violates the principle of first past the post as the winner. Instead, you vote for a political party, and that party picks the members who will serve in the representative legislative branch of government such as Congress or the UK Parliament. But who is going to pick these representatives? Ultimately a Party hack or a group of them, who will shoo the election over to their favorite fellow-party members. There is no direct choosing of representatives, but only an endorsement of an “in group” who will decide for you who will represent you.

Secondly, proportional representation completely ignores the Libertarians and Independents who are outside of any political party, and registered as non-affiliated voters. How are they to “choose” anyone, since they may be opposed to all political parties, or have a cynical attitude towards such parties based on long experience and observation of the American Political Scene? Proportional representation also flies in the face of Anarchists who want no association whatsoever with any political system or political party. How are they to be represented, since their “religion” forbids them to further Government by voting for it? In a first past the post system, those Anarchists might find someone who represents their philosophy, or they might vote for the candidate who is closer to anarchism. But under proportional representation they are forced to vote for some political party, which of course is an endorsement of government, something completely anathema to their “religion”.

Proportional Representation is touted around joyously as a panacea for impotent government by the various socialist-capitalist melange parties in the US and other developed so-called democracies, as is voting for a second or third tier candidate if your first choice fails to win. But all it guarantees is the election of more Keynesian-economics politicians who have no comprehension of correct Minarchist government and Austrian-school economics, and believe in the philosophies of the major parties in the US and UK, which is to print money, inflate, and pay off the welfare- and military-industrial- tranches in their political populace. Republicans and Democrats, Tory and Labour, they are all deeply corrupt and incorrect in their political and economic beliefs. And that is why both these societies are slowly rotting.

Proportional Representation also leads to fractured parliaments in which coalitions must be formed to pass any legislation, resulting in impotent governments that have trouble passing any significant legislation (or de-legislation in terms of rescinding unjust and anti-Jeffersonian laws).

So no, no proportional representation in your political systems. First-past-the-post is the best in that it forces people to vote for individuals, not vague and inchoate political ideologies.

—Paul Grad, Vegan-Libertarian

Assault on Senator Rand Paul Calls for 30-Year Sentence

I believe the physical assault on Senator Rand Paul, in which he sustained five broken ribs, calls for a 30-year sentence in a Federal prison. This is absolutely necessary, and will serve as a strong deterrent to anyone contemplating assaults on the democratically-elected Representatives of the Republic.

An assault against a duly-elected high official of the U.S. Government is not only an assault against the inalienable Property Right of that Individual in their body, but also, in my view, an assault against the U.S. Government and the property right in their vote of the voters who chose this Individual as their Representative in Congress.

I believe this punishment should hold, even when the attacker has no foreknowledge that the victim of his assault is an elected Representative of the Federal Government, as in the case of a random attacker mugging a Congressman on the street.

This heinous and vile assault against Senator Rand Paul must not go unpunished. The People should demand a 30-year sentence without parole in this case as a deterrent against assaults on our Jeffersonian Republic. If the courts fail to deliver such a condign punishment, then the President should immediately send a bill to Congress stipulating that an assault on any member of Congress, the Executive Branch, and the Judiciary, should carry such a sentence.

— Paul Grad, Classical Liberal, 2014 LPO Gubernatorial Nominee

Racism: The Big Lie

Mankind has found many ways of dividing itself up into illusory groups, and the four deadliest of these ways have been nationalism, organized religions, class divisions, and racism. It is of racism that we speak herein. (Though it is an illusion, we will continue to use the term “race” as commonly meant in this post.)

It is obvious that the Human Mind is a Universal Mind, that is, it is identical in its fundamental characteristics in all creatures that call themselves human beings. All human beings experience fear, hunger, pain, and many other physical and psychological states. The fear and terror of a child being murdered in Uganda, Armenia, or Wounded Knee is exactly the same.

The fact is that people of all different races are identical psychologically. What differs is the way they are conditioned by their society and their personal experiences.

I think there are four major disproofs of racist theory.

First is the historical proof that, in the past, warring groups invaded, raped, and intermarried so extensively that anything like a modern “pure” race is obviously non-existent, except when groups remained completely isolated from other people, as on an island, in a remote mountain fastness, or in a virtually empty desert like Western Namibia. In an old encyclopedia, from the early 20th century, I once read that all human beings were 38th cousins, or somewhere in the 30s. Any man who tells you that he comes from some racially-pure stock obviously belongs to the Race of Fools.

The second strong disproof of the falsity of racism is the Capitalist, Economic, or Praxeological disproof. Simply put, all human beings have identical capitalistic tendencies when trading or conserving commodities, no matter where they come from. This is well shown in the works of Ludwig Mises, the main proponent of the Austrian School of Economics. For example, marginal utility theory applies to men in all cultures at all times. If you have a very limited supply of some vital commodity, you will value the last unit of that commodity much more than if you have a vast quantity, far beyond what you’d need for years. The corn farmer is glad to trade his millionth bushel of corn for the tractor part he suddenly needs to complete his harvest, but if he’s down to his last two pounds of corn grits in the midst of a North Dakota blizzard, he will value them more.. Time preference is another example of universal economic thinking: all human beings would prefer to have capital or whatever commodity they want as soon as possible, rather than having to wait for it. This is why longer-term interest rates are almost invariably higher than short term interest rates, and why people would prefer to be paid what they have earned immediately, rather than in a few weeks or months. The professional would rather you pay his bill on the first possible day rather than the last legally-allowable day. This is true whether you’re in the Trobriand Islands, Norway, or Namibia. All so-called races react identically in these modes of economic thinking.

The third proof of the falsity of all racism is the sexual one. If you accept Theodor Reik’s premise that men and women have emotional and psychological differences that hold true in the vast majority of cases, you will find that there is far more psychological congruence between the behavior of a woman in, say, Namibia and one in Finland, than there is between a man and woman in Namibia, and a man and woman in Helsinki. The fact that psycho-sexual characteristics of both sexes hold true for all people throughout the world is another proof that there is only one race, the Human Race, with a universal Human Mind that differs only in particulars and individual abilities.

A fourth disproof of racist theory is that, in every “race” and ethnic group you find fools and clever people, and chess actually proves this point. If racists who say that Black people are less intelligent than White people were correct, it would be impossible for any Black man to beat a White man at Chess, yet there are Black Chess Masters, who, if playing a hundred White amateurs and beginners, would win 98 or more of those games. If racist theory were correct, this would be impossible. Moreover, the vast ethnic differences in the worlds very top Grandmasters, including ethnic Indians, Japanese, Norwegians, Russians, and Anglo-Saxons is another damning disproof of racist theory, which only a fool would ignore.

Lastly we come to my own pet theory on why racist theories might have come about.

Imagine five different “primitive” cultures, existing long before our current age. In the first culture, drumming talent amongst men is considered the highest virtue. All the young men with drumming talent would compete against each other for popularity, much like modern rock stars, and the most talented and handsomest would get the best looking young women. Over a thousand years, through genetic selection of the most talented reproducing with the healthiest, most feminine women, mating would produce a group of drummers so talented that they far surpassed any other group on earth. The XYZ Tribe would gain a reputation as great drummers, and its cause would be imputed to their race or tribe in general opinion.

In the second culture, male physical prowess, athletic ability, and physical perfection would be considered the highest social value, somewhat like ancient Greece, and the most perfect athletes and body builders would get the best looking, healthiest young women. Again, over a thousand years, the members of that culture might develop a reputation as being a “handsome race”.

In the third culture, wisdom would be value. The sage,  the man who sat with disciples or other wise men, discussing various aspects of life, would be considered the highest in social value and esteem, and the sages would all get the best looking, healthiest young women, producing over the course of a millenium a group who were considered to be extremely wise, (and usually peaceable if not threatened). This has occurred in many ancient cultures.

In a fourth culture, family wealth and trade might be valued as the highest and most respected social value, as in old China. The most stable, industrious, and wealthy young men would get the best-looking, healthiest young women, and over the course of a thousand years, you might get people who were extraordinarily good at commerce, while the ancient Japanese rice markets produced the modern Candlestick trading theory. Over a thousand years, the people in this group might develop a reputation amongst neighboring groups that they were extremely good at commerce, or rice trading on the Osaka exchange.

Lastly, image a culture where Chess ability ranked as the highest value. All the top Chess geniuses would constantly be bombarded with mating requests from the best looking, healthiest young women, and over the course of a thousand years, this isolated group would become known as the world’s best Chess players.

Now, I maintain that even if these various culture groups developed in isolation, and acquired a certain level of talent over and above what would be an average, generic human being’s talent in that area, this advantage conferred through genetic selection would quickly be dissipated once that group had mating contacts with outside groups that did not display this special talent. Within two or three generations, I’d guess, this talent would become so diluted that it would no longer be noticeable. Perhaps it would take more generations. But within ten generations I’m sure the genetic mixture of different gene pools would obliterate such distinctions.

Lastly, let me leave you with one facetious theory I have as to why there were no White men in deepest Africa when Livingston strolled there.

It’s because of this: it is well known that actually the superior races on earth are the Black race and the American Indians. American Indians evidently burn calories more efficiently than other races. And Black People have a superiorly-designed kneecap, that permits them generally to run faster than Whites, who have a less-efficiently designed kneecap.

This fact is, I believe, why there were no White men in deepest Africa. It was because, in ancient times, when Whites did inhabit Africa, when a beast of prey like a lion would chase a bunch of Humans to have a snack, it would be the Whites who would end up at the back of the pack, and provide a tasty meal. And before long, there were no more White men or women in deep Africa.

However, on this theory, there are those who doubt my thesis.

— Paul Grad, Vegan Libertarian or Classical Liberal

California Fire Storms, Texas and Florida Hurricanes: The Price of Logging

As I predicted long ago, the price of the continued deforestation of the West Coast of the United States, as well as massive logging around the globe, would be a catastrophic rise in temperatures that would lead to unstable air masses and intense fires.

But in the face of these predictions, by both myself and the Greens, ineffectual as we have been, the Democratic Governors of California, Oregon, and Washington, who have been in power for decades, have continued to rape the forests in kowtowing supplication to the Republican timber companies, and the Democrat timber-worker’s unions. The environmental terror that Governors Jerry Brown, John Kitzhaber, Kathleen Brown, and the Washington governors, as well as Democratic Senators Wyden and Merkley, and pro-logging Democrat Congressman Peter DeFazio, have unleashed has been sweeping over Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, the hapless Caribbean Islands, and is currently decimating Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino, with thousands of homes destroyed, and possibly hundreds dead (over 100 currently unaccounted for).

When I ran for Governor of Oregon in 2014 as the Libertarian Party of Oregon Nominee, I proposed a 40-year moratorium on cutting of live trees, with some obvious exceptions like diseased trees, or those that posed a danger to human life. Dead trees could still have been harvested, as proposed in Orville Camp’s logical forestry plan which I included in my platorm, and which would have provided both profit and fire safety of local rural Oregon communities.

The reader should investigate for himself how much deforestation of land in these three Democrat-ruled States has occurred during 2005-2015. Recall that John Kitzhaber, served three terms, and had to resign his fourth due to allegations of corruption. Under him, the forests of Oregon were raped. Huge amounts of cancer-causing chemicals, which are banned in Europe, were helicopter sprayed all over the state, near residential communities and structures, so that the spray poisons drifted onto adjacent properties and were breathed in by local residents. And that hypocrite Kitzhaber was a registered medical doctor. It shows you the deep corruption of the Democrat Party, and how dangerous they are to the survival of the planet and yourself.

Now the people of the North Bay as well as the Floridians, the Puerto Ricans and the Texans, are paying the heavy price for their indifference to the environment and politics, and for their continued re-election of, in my opinion, Environmental Criminals like Governor Brown, and the Oregon and Washington Governors. Unfortunately, the Environmental Criminals will never be tried, but will live out their days comfortably on their governmental rich-man’s pensions, mulcted out of the taxpayer’s pockets, and their gold-plated healthcare plans, which will guarantee they live to 100. These politicians trample on Man’s Inalienable Property Rights while letting the Earth be destroyed by their corporate clients.

It is probably too late now for the environment. The tipping point has most likely been passed. Which means that all action is now futile, and we will quickly come to live in a world of survival only.

As they say, “when there is no insight, the people perish”.

— Paul Grad, Vegan Libertarian

Catalonian Independence and the Currency Issue

One issue in the current Catalonian crisis which I have not heard addressed is the issue of currency. Can the Catalans really be independent if they use a Euro which is controlled by the bureaucrats in Brussels and the ECB? Should not the Catalonians be clamoring for their own independent currency if they truthfully want to call themselves free?

It is worth noting that support for Catalan Independence really got going in 2009, when the financial crisis caused by the new soft Socialist-Fascism, which rules in Europe, the US, Aussie and Canada, led to the inevitable financial crises which Austrian School Economics had predicted would occur. The resulting mass inflation of the money supply, in order to bail out the huge corporate banks and insurance companies at the expense of the Individual Capitalist, the small shop keeper, and the lowest paid workers, brought havoc to Spain, and like everywhere else under socialism, led to massive unemployment and underemployment. The word Greece can easily be supplanted by the word Spain or the word America.

So even if the Catalans win their so-called independence from the Spanish Federal government, and I hope they do, they will still be in thrall to the European Central Bank if they continue to use the Euro.

If they issue their own national currency they will certainly soon run into problems with their import-export market, as well as transaction costs every time they want to convert their Catalonian “Gaudis” (as I think they should name their currency), or perhaps the “Barcelon”, to Euros or Yen.

The only solution to this problem, according to Libertarianism, is to issue their own precious-metal backed currency and coins, and to allow alternative currencies to be used as legal tender for all private debts.

Since the corrupt school systems in Europe and the US have been designed over the last thirty years to keep the young completely ignorant of true economic education and the praxeological axioms of the Austrian School of Economics, which apply to all human beings at all times, I doubt very much that the young rebels of Catalonia have given much thought to the currency issue, or to sound money and the economic implications of adopting a fiat monetary system, which is always prone to general inflation.

Since the level of economic understanding is so dismally low in the West, and Keynesian economic brainwashing continues unabated, and rules every major political party in the West except the Libertarian Party (and even that has a huge number of compromisers),  and with the strong Leftist sentiment among the Catalonians, which is perhaps a legacy of the Spanish Civil War, I think they will run into problems on the currency issue.

Given history, I do not think they will succeed, even if they do secede.

—Paul Grad, Libertarian Vegan