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Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) was the greatest economist of my time. His greatest works can be accessed here at no charge.

Mises believed that property, freedom and peace are and should be the hallmarks of a satisfying and prosperous society. I agree. Mises proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the prospect for general and individual prosperity is maximized, indeed, is only possible, if the principle of private property reigns supreme. What's yours is yours. What's mine is mine. When the line between yours and mine is smudged, the door to conflict opens. Without freedom (individual liberty of action) the principle of private property is neutered and the free market, which is the child of property and freedom and the mother of prosperity and satisfaction, cannot exist. Peace is the goal of a prosperous and satisfying society of free individuals, not peace which is purchased by submission to the enemies of property and freedom, but peace which results from the unyielding defense of these principles against all who challenge them.

In this blog I measure American society against the metrics of property, freedom and peace.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Another Banner Day For Property...Freedom...Peace

Today I learned that the United States is conducting a "secret" air war in Yemen.

I also learned that on Tuesday of this week a U.S. Dept. of Education SWAT team invaded a California home and "reportedly roughed up a man."

Meanwhile, in Atlanta the Obama administration is in court defending itself against a law suit brought by Florida and various other States contending that ObamaCare is an unconstitutional overreach of federal power.

On Wednesday, back in Washington, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture announced it has awarded $17.4-million to fund "pilot projects that will begin exploring how to establish a market for greenhouse gas (GHG) credits, a key component of a cap and trade system." (A cap and trade system, I might add, that has no chance of being passed in the Congress.)

While all this was going on, President Obama was at a northern Virginia community college saying that cutting federal spending on environmental and educational programs "is not our history, that is not who we are." He went on to say that he doesn't "accept that future for the United States of America."

How can anyone who values property, freedom and peace not be alarmed by these events?

That the United States is engaged in a secret war in Yemen is not shocking. Presidents making war around the world without overt Congressional consent is commonplace in this day and age. However, this news comes on the heels of a controversey occasioned by this President's flouting of the requirements of the War Powers Act. Apparently, we have a President in Obama who believes he need not be accountable to Congress or to the people for violating on a whim the sovereignty of foreign nations by means of military force (despite campaigning against such unaccountable use of military force). If the President notified Congress of his use of military force in Yemen, he did so behind the back of the American public.

But operating behind the back of the American public is standard procedure for this President. ObamaCare was rushed through the Congress largely on the word of this President. Few in Congress understood the provisions of the thousand-plus-pages bill. Many Congressman admitted they had not even read the bill. Throughout the process of passing the bill, the media centered its coverage on Obama's folksey explanations of the bill, but what he had to say was many times at odds with the bills provisions. Yet, he was not challenged. For example, Obama argued that the provision of the bill which mandated that Americans purchase health care insurance was not a "tax." To call the mandate a "tax" would have violated the President's famous pledge not to raise taxes on Americans who earn less than $250,000 per year. Yet, yesterday in federal court the Obama administration argued that the ObamaCare mandate is a "tax."

Bald-faced lies are the rule rather than the exception for this President and his administration. Except for internet sources, his lies are rarely if ever challenged. On June 4, 2011 this President stood before auto workers and said: "Chrysler has repaid every dime and more of what it owes American taxpayers for their support during my presidency.” This statement is a bald-faced lie and, on this occasion, the mainstream media did call him on it. According to the Washington Post (and the U.S. Treasury Department) "U.S. taxpayers will not recoup about $1.3 billion of the entire $12.5 billion investment when all is said and done." Any administration dithering to the contrary is nothing more than Clintonesque parsing of the language (hiding behind interpretations of what the meaning of "is" is).

When the President asserts that cutting massive federal spending on environmental and educational programs "is not our history," he is lying. A cursory review of U.S. history will reveal that massive federal spending on the environment and education is a relatively new phenonmenon with roots stretching no further back than the 20th century. Any honest and impartial student of U.S. history will admit the truth of the matter. Could they be informed that in the 21st century the federal government would include a massively expensive Dept. of Education empowered to enforce its edicts by means of military SWAT teams, our founding fathers would certainly roll over in their graves. There can be no question about that.

Yet, this is the state of our nation now. Moreover, it is a glimpse of the future that this President seeks to create for our once free nation. What he can't accomplish in the Congress by means of public lies, he seeks to accomplish in the federal bureaucracy he directs and controls. If the Congress, or the States, or the people object, he will take us to court, paying for his efforts against us with money he has extorted from us in taxes or created out of thin air.

In light of all this one is hard-pressed to argue that the crisis in America now with regard to property, freedom and peace is different than the crisis suffered by Americans circa 1776.


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