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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.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Two Horses Of The Apocalypse

In democracies the people generally prevail. Don't be surprised if the American people prevail and put Hillary Clinton in the White House in 2016.

I suspect America is no longer a center-right country. If it is, the margin is so slim as to be meaningless. I suspect the vast majority in this country consider themselves GNA's (good, normal Americans), by which they mean "moderates" and moderates vote on a national level for Democrats, not Republicans because Republicans are more easily portrayed as extremist in their views.

Hillary has two things going for her: 1) she is a woman; and 2) she is a Clinton. I suspect she will ride these two horses to an apocalyptic victory.

The "woman" thing is easy. A vast percentage of women will vote for Hillary just because she is a woman, just as a vast percentage of blacks voted for Obama just because he is black. Enough said about that.

The "Clinton" thing is more subtle. The Clinton name is well-known for two characteristics: moderate government and dirty politics. American moderates are willing to tolerate the latter (embrace it, in fact, for its entertainment value) in order to get the former.

The fact that Hillary Clinton is not really a moderate, but a flaming, liberal Marxist doesn't matter. The media and her own lying, sleazy pandering ways mask the truth effectively. Her performance at the Benghazi hearings is a case in point. She expertly lied for virtually 7 or her 9 hours of testimony. She played the part of the competent female victim of circumstances being picked on by petty, angry, mean, mansplaining, Monday-morning QB's. All the while she smiled and shed crocodile tears for her four beloved "team members" who "willingly" gave their lives for their country. The mainstream media ate it up, and I suspect most GNAMW's (good, normal, American, moderate women/wives) did too.

The truth is that the Republicans have their work cut out for them in the next Presidential election, especially if their standard-bearer is a testosterone-oozing, ego-maniacal bully like Donald Trump.