About This Blog

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.

Monday, May 29, 2017

You Really Can't Fix Stupid

This tweet from Elizabeth Spiers is all the rage lately on Twitter:

Here is my response to Ms. Spiers:

She's talking about you, Doug! And maybe me, although I don't consider myself part of Trump's base. I was dragged kicking and screaming into voting for Trump. I was well aware of his shortcomings, but I considered the alternative: a lying, conniving, big government, progressive weasel named Clinton who would have been another Obama and would likely have extended our military entanglements with foreign governments and intensified our conflicts with Russia, possibly leading the country to war sooner than later.

So now we've got a lying, conniving, smaller government, sometimes conservative weasel named Trump who is less likely to extend our military entanglements and who intends a rapprochement with Russia. And then there's the added benefit of his appointment of a conservative Supreme Court Justice (and maybe more to come), the end of US participation in the Climate Change nonsense, a simplification of the tax code and a reduction in tax rates, repeal of ObamaCare, deregulation of the economy, a crackdown on illegal immigration, a better environment for business, an end to Obama's support for diversity, white privilege and the rest of the SJW/political correctness absurdities and an end to pandering to Islam while re-establishing our tradition of Christian values and practices. Yes, Trump's Secretary of State cancelled the "Ramadan event" at the State Department and that was a very big deal. (I know such things, Ms. Spiers, stick in your leftist craw like the breast bone of a turkey, and that pleases me.)

If Ms. Spiers and the rest of the leftists who replied to her tweet with favor were truly honest, they would admit that their definition of the word "stupid" or "idiot" is any person or any policy that doesn't agree with their progressive, leftist agenda. Thus, the more I find pleasing to my eye about Trump's actions and policies, the more "stupid" and "idiotic" Trump and Trump's base appear in their eyes.

I say to hell with these posturing elitists. I love stupid Trump. I support Trump's stupid base. I hope eight more years of Trump stupidity actually does make America great again.

And that's more than progressive politicians and the leftist media can say because my idea of a "Great" America is the exact opposite of theirs. They want to bring Trump down because they want to bring his stupid vision of a Great America down. They yearn for the good old days of the last eight years of unchecked leftist, progressive Obama-ism.

And the fact that they lost it unexpectedly and they can't have it back -- now -- is killing them! (Admit it, all you "better than thou" "smarter than thou" Trump critics! It's killing you, isn't it. LOL)

The only threats I see to the possibility of making America great and stupid again is Trump getting cold feet, or the progressive, unconstitutional and unAmerican Democrat "Resistance" taking the Trump administration down with a political and media-driven soft coup. If you leftist chaps manage that -- which I know you hope to do with all your heart -- then you better strap yourself in because we stupid Americans will not take the nullification of our votes for Trump lying down.

You righteous, obnoxious pussy-hatters will finally learn that stupidity runs deeper than you think in this country.

Friday, May 26, 2017

A Simple Proposal That Many Regard As Terrifying

I simply propose that each American mind his own private property and engage in voluntary exchanges and associations rather than exchanges mandated by political and bureaucratic rules and regulations. We act like adults and outlaw murder and theft. We do what we want, bear the consequences of our actions and take care of our own and the ones we love without the threat of legal or monetary punishment by the "authorities." We live where we want, how we want and with whom we want without restriction or conditions.

"You believe in the absolute perfection of laissez faire capitalism just as some worship Jesus, or Marxists trust in the ascent of worker control."

Does an engineer "worship" mathematics and physics because he insists building bridges by any other means is counter-productive?

In capitalism, or more accurately in free markets wherein the means of production are private property, consumers are sovereign and the market serves them most efficiently. The micro-version of that is in a free and voluntary exchange of private property both parties ALWAYS benefit. In socialism, or more accurately in a system wherein the means of production and the distribution of production are controlled by government bureaucrats, consumers become clients of the bureaucrats, there are three parties involved in every transaction and the state decides who benefits and who loses.

There are plenty of countries today that are more free than socialistic. Just Google the most prosperous countries on earth and you'll have a list. If you Google the most poverty-stricken countries on earth, you'll have a list of countries wherein government control of the economy is tight-fisted.

The reason there aren't more highly prosperous countries is because their citizens insist that the government interfere in each private transaction so it can take from the able and give to the "needy," where "needy" is defined however these citizens and their strong-armed government allies choose to define it.

 Broder's rule: When a society says that theft and redistribution is legitimate government activity don't be surprised at who shows up to fight for a place at the government trough when the free-for-all breaks out.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

This Is What Scares The Hell Out Of Me!

I'm talking about the "Russian Thing" and all its facets and controversies. The gravity is obvious. If true, a President will fall. If false, a rock will have been turned over in the Washington Swamp. Robert Swan Mueller III is eager to decide what is true or false, officially.

What I find most scary is the noise. I'm relatively new to Twitter, a high tech echo chamber that allows a curious soul to overhear what journalists, politicians and experts "know" and what the unwashed believe is true. Twitter enables anyone to add their two cents worth to the noise. When the subject is the "Russian Thing," the noise is deafening.

When everybody shouts an opinion, the truth is lost in the noise.

Take Seth Rich. The poor kid got himself murdered in the Swamp and now the beasts are taking to Twitter shouting about who done it and why it matters. The players range from Seth's parents to some tattooed sap in South Dakota whose only interest in Seth's murder is revenge for a Clinton vote cast in vain.

The stakes are immense and everyone knows it...especially the Swamp dwellers. The war of words and images is savage and unrelenting but it will settle nothing, this absurd cacophony of power lust. Each voice trying to shout down another, trying to impose its opinion and will on the rest.

This is what scares the hell out of me. The spectacle of it. The importance of it. The personal stake that every Tweeter imagines he has in solving the murder of Seth Rich to his own political advantage.

When a nation decides that the Swamp must decide on a one-size-fits-all policy for everything from health care to milk marketing to finger nail polish, the political battle over that policy becomes a blood sport and the noise on Twitter becomes instantly ear-piercing as the Swamp things fight a life and death battle to determine who is in charge, who will be the final decider.

The absurd futility of the process is striking and obvious. But the noise rages on.

This is what scares the hell out of me.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Washington DC Is The Bad Joke

I read this morning that back in June of last year the Republican Majority leader in Congress was recorded as saying in a private meeting with colleagues that he thinks Trump is on Putin's payroll.

Now that this moldy news has appeared as a worldwide news flash this week in the Washington Post Rep. Kevin McCarthy is claiming his comment was just a bad joke.

Reuters reported that it "could not confirm authenticity or gauge whether McCarthy was joking" because it "does not have a copy of the tape."


I got news for Reuters, McCarthy, the Washington Post and every other beast inhabiting the swamp: Washington DC is the bad joke.

All I can say is keep it up boys and girls in the swamp. Keep acting like the spoiled, privileged brats that you are. Keep throwing tantrums. Keep taking the stupid games you play seriously. Keep taking yourselves seriously. All you are doing now is proving to those who don't already know that you are all a bunch of pathetic losers.

We tried taking you morons seriously once or twice before. We tried last November. But you snubbed us, laughed at us, made us the brunt of the gigantic, inside joke you call the federal government and the Department of Justice.

We sent Mr. Trump to Washington to drain your swamp.

Well, your very existence proves that ain't working.

Here's another news flash for you clowns: Nothing you do in Washington DC matters. All the issues you argue and fight about are petty and absurd. They are nothing more than figments of your inflated ego.

Nobody out here in flyover country gives a damn about the games you play. You're simply not relevant to anything we hold dear: our families, our liberty, our property.

We won't rest until the swamp is drained and you're flopping on shore like a dying fish.

You guys in the swamp remind me of my student government in high school, full of sound, fury and self-importance, but ultimately signifying nothing.

But keep messing with us and you'll really get our dander up. Then, we'll get really, really pissed.

Then the joke will be on you!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

What Did You Expect?

President Trump ran the most unconventional election campaign in the history of the nation.

President Trump is the crudest character to win election to the Presidency since Andrew Jackson.

President Trump promised to go to Washington, DC and "drain the swamp."

From Day One of his Presidency, Trump has acted like a bull in the swamp china shop.

The swamp media is out to get him.

The swamp establishment is out to crucify him.

Even some of those who supported his run for the Presidency are becoming impatient awaiting the miracles Trump promised to perform for them.

Those parasites who depend on the swamp to nourish them are beginning to flop like fish out of water.

They are desparate.

As they gasp for life, they will say and do anything to destroy the threat Trump presents to them.

Were you foolish enough to expect something different?