Coming Out: Democrat in Disguise

I think I have fooled many of you suckers by this point. I figured I would make a blog, talking about the most ridiculous ideas I could dream up. What was a more lucrative and backwards idea than anarchy mixed with capitalism?

Anarchy, this moronic theory that people don’t need to be governed. HA! No way people actually believe this? Unfortunately, there are.

How? I don’t know. You’d think that more people have seen The Purge. That’s what you get with anarchy, losers, chaos. Then I thought maybe these people were just so evil that they actually wanted a purge type event. I think I’m on to something.

I figured, well what economic system has killed more people than any other one in history? Capitalism.

So I continued my covert mission to infiltrate the alt-right and people infatuated with unfettered freedom. It turns out, the alt-right isn’t so bad after all. They kinda embrace socialism, which is at least a step in the right direction. Their racism is nasty, but hey, at least they aren’t capitalists!

These “anarchists” on the other hand are dangerous. Not only do they want a world with no laws and absolute freedom, but they believe in capitalism. It’s just preposterous.

They want to have the freedom to murder anyone! Every single time I saw them conversing I just kept thinking of this totally original and funny joke I came up with:

Ayn Rand, Rand Paul, and Paul Ryan walk into a bar. Then they all die from their poisonous drinks because they unregulated all the markets. HA!

During my furtive mission, I think I realized what these people were really after.

They disguise their racist, sexist, misogynist, fascist, bigoted, homophobic, anti-semitic, xenophobic, Neo-Nazi, white supremacist, deplorable, velcro shoe wearing, fake news supporting, intolerant, hateful views behind the guise of a potentially even more ludicrous term, “anarcho-capitalism”.

I don’t think they actually believe it, but they are trying to trick people into a fascistic government which allows them to kill anyone they wish because they want to deregulate the entire economy!

Yes, these people have been conned into believing destroying Earth will somehow be beneficial to them. Sad!

After my super secret mission, I have concluded these people are the most dangerous and radical people on Earth.

They must be stopped.

They even make Donald Trump seem not so bad.



















Happy April Fools!

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Where is Ben Swann?

Remember Ben Swann? He was a journalist at CBS46 in Atlanta who’s popular segment, “Reality Check with Ben Swann”, became an internet sensation. Additionally, his website Truth in Media, was a popular source of information.

He dug into the facts and was likely the best journalist America had, despite being a local reporter with ambition.

After reporting on the potential scandal of #pizzagate, Swann had disappeared from the internet. His social media was shut down, his website was taken down, and he didn’t appear on CBS46 for a week.

The internet was crazed with the question: Where is Ben Swann?

Then, due to the rather short attention span of people on the internet, myself included, people sort of forgot about Ben Swann.

It turns out he is physically fine. Many people were speculating that something terrible happened to him. Perhaps even death. But something terrible did happen:

He lost his Taggart Transcontinental. He is being confined to local news indefinitely. Without his segment Reality Check, and with his Truth in Media site down, Ben Swann is playing John Galt – taking a undistinguished job – without the underlying motivation to do so.

Before his internet blackout, Swann had over 428,000 fans on Facebook, as well as many donors to his site. Now, it’s irrevocably gone, and he’s stuck to reporting on local stories.

I realize I am late to this party of realizing he is back. But I figured you might be too.

I saw the video I posted above just today (in Tom Wood’s secret Facebook group you should join), and it was the first time I have seen Ben Swann since his final, scandalous episode of “Reality Check”.

I’m happy he’s safe, but I’m disappointed with the answer of Where is Ben Swann? America’s star journalist is working at a local television station, reporting on local problems, with no voice to speak on potentially paramount national issues.

When you type in Ben Swann on Google, the first source that comes up is a short bio about him while he worked at Fox19 in Cincinnati, which he left in 2008. Bing has quite different results.

The suspicious surrounding #pizzagate intensifies, as just this week, Alex Jones apologized about covering it. Alex Jones obviously isn’t the greatest source of information, but can you remember the last time he apologized about something? I can’t.

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The Not-So-Civil War Podcasts

Professor CJ of the Dangerous History podcast has been providing an excellent series of podcasts on the U.S. Civil War, entitled “The Not-So-Civil War”.  As a libertarian, he provides a fair and critical treatment to both the North and the South.

If you’re a lover of both podcasts and the Civil War, I strongly encourage you to listen to this series from the beginning, and subscribe to his podcast.

The Not-So-Civil War Part 1

The Not-So-Civil War Part 2

The Not-So-Civil War Part 3

The Not-So-Civil War Part 4

The Not-So-Civil War Part 5

The Not-So-Civil War Part 6

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The Praxeology of Coercion

In the Winter 2016 issue of The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Rahim Taghizadegan and Marc-Felix Otto discuss how a “violence cycle theory” can be built upon the study of how people obtain goods through coercion.

ABSTRACT: As the first application of the praxeological discipline of “Cratics” (Taghizadegan and Otto, 2015), a theory of the supply and demand of bads is developed. On this foundation, a violence cycle theory will be introduced in analogy to the praxeological business cycle theory (according to Ludwig von Mises). Central to this approach are the subjective perceptions of threats and possible bluffs regarding the backing of those threats. Such a violence cycle theory can explain the stability of structures of violence and reveal new interpretations of the “long peace” hypothesis.

Comparing violence cycle theory to business cycle theory

Taghizadegan and Otto make an interesting parallel Austrian business cycle theory and their violence cycle theory.

Austrian business cyle theory

According to Austrian economics, an economy is best coordinated when its participants are able to freely buy and sell goods to whomever they want. That way, the goods that are available, and the prices at which they’re offered, meet the most urgently-felt needs of consumers. That includes the availability of money, the price of which is the interest rate. When market participants are unencumbered, there is sound coordination not only between buyers and sellers, but also between present consumption and anticipated future consumption.

However, according to ABCT, when interest rates are brought down (through whatever means) to encourage lending, a tension arises between present consumption and anticipated future consumption. Capital projects that create the business cycle boom are built on the assumption that future consumption will support its financing, when that isn’t the case. When it becomes clear that those projects will not become profitable, the bust occurs, resulting in a recession, which is necessary to bring the economy back into proper alignment.

Violence cycle theory

In an earlier paper, Taghizadegan and Otto developed the praxeological discipline of “cratics”, which is a theory of the supply and demand of “bads”. A bad is a negative outcome that a person would experience if it occured. Person X would threaten person Y with bad outcome B unless Y provides X with good G instead. Rather than an economic exchange, through which both parties would benefit, it would be a “cratic” (or in Franz Oppenheimer’s framework, political) exchange, though which the negative utility of giving up good G is less than the negative utility of experiencing bad B.

One consequence of the political “transaction”, should Y believe that X is willing to carry out the threat, is that person Y feels aggreived because of the harm X inflicted upon him. However, if X continues to feel comfortable threatening Y to receive more goods from him, that sense of feeling persecuted will grow.

Absent such persecution, if people were able to interact with other on a voluntary basis, there wouldn’t be a developed sense of injustice among a certain group of people. While one person may have a claim against another person because of a particular wrong, freely developed dispute resolution procedures should allow those specific people to address that issue.

However, if a class of people were capable of extracting resources from the rest of the population by invoking a constant threat of punishment for noncompliance, this provides the conditions for developing a “violence cycle”. On the surface, there is very little overt violence in the community. However, as time passes, the population’s trust in its overlords diminishes. Once it evaporates, there is a significant risk of a violent backlash.

Today’s cratic “booms”

If we applied this line of reasoning to today’s political environment, one can see at least two cratic “booms”: the pervasive leftism in Western governments, and American foreign policy.

We can also see the beginnings of backlashes against both booms. With regard to Western leftism, Brexit, the election of Trump, and central Europe’s pushback against Europe receiving enormous waves of migrants are the early, crude reactions to an ideology that seeks that subsume people into an increasingly centralized, government-coordinated society. Similarly, Russia, China, and militant Islam are reacting against an American foreign policy that assumes that the planet is a mere object with which to manipulate.

A promising theoretical development

Taghizadegan’s and Otto’s development of a violence cycle theory is, indeed, a promising one. Among other things, it bolsters my thought that Rene Girard’s Mimetic Theory, which studies how people develop their desires through identifying the desires of their models, can both inform and reinforce praxeology. By further exploring praxeology in general, and cratics in particular, hopefully there can arise a scientific language that will reinforce the urgent need for people to interact peacefully with one another so that everyone may prosper and flourish.

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FPF #21 – Civilians Deaths are Rising

On FPF #21, I discuss the increase in civilian deaths in countries around the Middle East. In Iraq, the US seems to have loosened restrictions on airstrikes. In Syria, the US continues to bomb civilians and lie about it. In Yemen, the US looks to be increasing support for Saudi Arabia’s war against civilians of Yemen. 
Source: Foreign Policy Focus – FPF #21 – Civilians Deaths are Rising

Vault 7 Watch: Wikileaks discloses CIA’s tools to disguise their hacks as Russian, Chinese, Arabic…

ZeroHedge reported today that Wikileaks has released another batch of Vault 7 documents that show how the CIA disguise their hacks with code fragments in foreign languages. Wikileaks describes the tools in its press release this way:

The source code shows that Marble has test examples not just in English but also in Chinese, Russian, Korean, Arabic and Farsi. This would permit a forensic attribution double game, for example by pretending that the spoken language of the malware creator was not American English, but Chinese, but then showing attempts to conceal the use of Chinese, drawing forensic investigators even more strongly to the wrong conclusion, — but there are other possibilities, such as hiding fake error messages.


Marble 1.0 began in 2015, and was being used in 2016.

Marble was one among many sets of tools designed to obfuscate a forensic analyst tying a hacking attempt to the CIA:

Marble forms part of the CIA’s anti-forensics approach and the CIA’s Core Library of malware code. It is “[D]esigned to allow for flexible and easy-to-use obfuscation” as “string obfuscation algorithms (especially those that are unique) are often used to link malware to a specific developer or development shop.”

Wikileaks has become quite expert at building its disclosures to an exciting climax, the latest example being its release of John Podesta’s e-mails. Thus far, Wikileaks has stayed true to form.

The natural question that the Vault 7 documents has raised is this: how likely is it that a person or a group of people in the CIA, in an official or unofficial capacity, were the ones responsible for providing the Podesta emails to Wikileaks?

Each release has been hightening the significance of that question. Only time will tell whether we will receive an answer to it.


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Song Lyrics: Stickman

This song is written in honor of Kyle Chapman, better known as Based Stickman. He bravely engaged communists in battle on March 4, 2017 in Berkeley, Calif. He was then arrested and charged with several felonies for defending protesters from street hooligans when the police would not. He has since been bailed out and has become a folk hero, appearing on several libertarian and nationalist podcasts. The song does not fit well with my vocal range, but I may attempt to record this anyway. [To the tune of Spoonman by Soundgarden] [Verse 1] Antifa enters the fray (Based Stickman will save the day) Stickman Policemen stand down and watch (Save us from the Red assault) Stickman [Chorus] Stickman, shield and stick are in your hands Help us, we’re together with your plan Help us Help, oh [Verse 2] Volunteer to save our rights (Based Stickman is our alt-knight) Stickman Cops try to put him away (Their cells can’t keep him at bay) Stickman [Chorus] Stickman, shield and stick are in your hands Help us, we’re together with your plan Help us Help Help us Help us, yeah Help, with your [Bridge/Guitar Solo] C’mon x12 With your shield With your stick With your C’mon x4 Stick [Interlude] Good night to Antifa x8 [Chorus] Stickman, shield and stick are in your hands Help us, we’re together with your plan Help us Help, help us With your, with your stick [Outro] Communists come ’round again (More Stickmen will follow him) Stickman

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Ep. 32: How Capitalism Can Save the Environment

One of the most common objectives thrown in the face of libertarians is the problem of protecting the environment.  The typical argument goes something like this: “without the State, evil corporations — who are motivated only by profit — will squander natural resources, emit toxic pollutants, and ruin the environment for everyone. How could a 100% … read more
Source: Battle For Liberty – Ep. 32: How Capitalism Can Save the Environment

Trump attacks Freedom Caucus for not being “on the team”

So much for “moving on” from the Obamacare repeal/replace defeat.

Still showing signs that the health care debacle continues to sting President Trump’s ego, the Wall Street Journal reports that Trump “issued a remarkable warning to conservative Republican lawmakers in Congress, suggesting Thursday he would work against them in the midterm elections next year if they don’t support his agenda.”


The Journal explains why Trump is so furious with the Caucus:

The caucus flexed its muscle last week when its members withheld support from the health-care bill Mr. Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan were working to pass, leading to defeat for the president in his first attempt to pass major legislation. Next month, the group could also create a headache for the administration when Congress faces a deadline to pass a budget resolution to keep the government funded.

Instead of talking to the Caucus and figuring out whether a compromise position can be reached, Trump elevated (or demoted, I’m not sure which) it to just one more enemy for him to confront.

It appears that the lesson Trump is trying to teach is “my way or the highway”.

Fortunately, the Freedom Caucus is ignoring the “teacher”. While ZeroHedge has some of the juicier responses to Trump’s tweet, I’ll close this post with Justin Amash’s glorious slap.


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UC Irvine students demand Wells Fargo branch be removed from campus

Campus Reform reports that nearly 200 UC Irvine students have signed a petition calling for Wells Fargo to be banned from the campus because it’s evil:

The petition, which is sponsored by the Black Student Union (BSU), claims that “Wells Fargo directly contributes to child abuse, slavery, discrimination, and exploitation” through its for-profit banking practices, and demands the removal of a branch located in the Student Center.

“We demand the Wells Fargo bank to be replaced with an ethically responsible financial institution that has no stakes in the investment in private prisons and anti-people ventures such as the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL),” the petition begins, explaining that “this means that we want the replacement to be a credit union, not another bank.”

Never mind that Wells Fargo contributed $281 million to charitable organizations since 2015. Wells Fargo’s financing of private prisons and the Dakota Access pipeline, in addition to being found to have engaged in racial discrimination (based on a settlement in 2012), is enough to cause the company to be bankona non grata.

What these students don’t seem to understand is that banks are in the business of making money. No profit, no bank. Loan conversations generally go like this:

Bank: How much do you want to borrow?

Company: [a big number]

Bank: Can you pay us back?

Company: Yes. [shows spreadsheet]

Bank: Ok. Here’s the money.

That’s how the real world works, boys and girls.

Kids (and Democratic politicians) nowadays think that part of doing business is determining whether a company is acting in accordance with the latest political guidelines. Yesterday it was tobacco. Today it’s private prisons, (the wrong) oil and gas, and the “fake news” alternative media. Tomorrow it’s….

Never mind. I don’t want to think about what tomorrow will look like.

If car companies were held to the same standards banks and social media companies are now, Ford would be held liable each time a getaway car is used during a bank robbery.

Seeing that Wells Fargo won’t be leaving UC Irvine anytime soon, maybe it can begin offering Kids Savings Accounts to students.

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