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, September 20, 2021

Why Cooperative Societies Crack Up

 “…unchecked greed is bad. It becomes exploitive, even murderous.”

Words of wisdom from the proprietor of one of my favorite websites.

So true. But the operative word in this quote is not "greed." The operative word is "unchecked."

Does raw "greed" mechanically turn every bank employee into an embezzler? No. Thousands of bank employees have an opportunity to steal, but few do. Why? Their personal virtue checks the temptation.

Hell, we all are tempted by greed at one time or another, but we all have the power to resist the temptation. Whether we use that power or cross the line and succumb to temptation is what separates honest citizens from criminals. Personal, private virtue is the source of that power.

A free, productive, cooperative society cannot long exist without private morality and private virtue. Our founders knew this and expressed the principle clearly.

Our founders were worldly-wise as well. They knew that some citizens among us are weak-willed and/or without private virtue. So, in order to protect and preserve our cooperative society, they created laws against theft and murder, and a public authority to enforce those laws.

From the standpoint of society it does not matter what motivates the thief or the murderer. What matters is whether or not our public authority does it's job with integrity and honor. A corrupt public authority is one that allows those who break the law to get away with their crimes or even to profit from them and get off scot-free.

Today the executives of Big Pharma might be characterized as excessively greedy, as they conspire with our public authority to mandate vaccinations for all citizens so that both profit immensely. But greed is not the villain here. The villain is our corrupt public authority.

This is why cooperative society's crack up. Citizens with private virtue recognize the behavior of criminals and the corruption of the public authority that enables such criminal behavior and even becomes a partner in that behavior. Eventually -- and perhaps understandably -- these virtuous citizens become righteously enraged. They decide to bypass the corrupt public authority. They take the law into their own hands and dispense vigilante justice.

Our cooperative society in America is now at the edge. Don't be surprised if it cracks up in a sea of bloodshed.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Act Accordingly

As this Covid-19 saga has progressed over the last 18 months, I've heard people speculate on "Why?" Why the lies? Why the censorship? Why the ban on effective treatments? Why the insane push for vaccines?

 

The ONLY correct answer is: Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

 

We've been voting more and more power to the federal government since this nation was founded. We fought a Civil War to preserve and endlessly expand that power. And now the federal bureaucrats and politicians who have that power are treating us like serfs, calling us "useless" eaters, vowing to destroy the governors of states that refuse to obey their edicts.

 

The ONLY way to get out from under the federal government's thumb is to defund and defang the federal government at every opportunity possible.

 

Make no exceptions. Give them no quarter. Say "NO" and mean it.

 

Above all don't be conned. When someone from the federal government promises he is there to help you, don't EVER buy into his lie, no matter what your personal benefit might be.

 

Private property and individual liberty are our absolute right and our salvation. Anyone -- and I mean anyone -- who opposes this truth is your deadly enemy.

 

Act accordingly.

Friday, February 5, 2021

IF THIS VIDEO DOES NOT MAKE YOUR BLOOD BOIL, YOU ARE EITHER UN-AMERICAN OR BRAIN-DEAD!


Link to video: Absolute Proof

When I vote in person and when my ballot is sucked into the election computer for tabulation, I assume that ALL the voting machine is doing is reading my ballot and automatically adding it to the tally of votes from my fellow citizens. In other words, I assume the machine which eats my vote is no more and no less than an automated adding machine with the simple ability to read my ballot and do basic arithmetic, i.e., to ADD. 

Now, as a direct result of watching the attached video from Mike Lindell, I learn that the machine that sucks up my vote is not merely a glorified adding machine, but might be a sophisticated computer which has the ability to question my vote, “weight” my vote and change my vote under certain circumstances. Not only that, but this machine might be or can be connected to the internet which subjects it and my vote to all manner of security breaches and hacking by anyone with know-how and access to the internet.

 I don’t know about you, but as a voting American I find this outrageous! If my vote can be overridden by a computer voting machine, or by a person who supervises the operation of that computer, or a person who has access to that computer via the internet, I ask a simple question: Why bother to ever vote in the future if this situation does not change?

 The linked video evokes the following questions:

 1.       How can any American who watches this video doubt – in good conscience – that massive voter fraud MIGHT have corrupted the 2020 election?

2.       How can any American who watches this video have confidence that his vote will count in future elections if the current system does not change?

3.      Media apologists who claim the election was totally honest and that fraud did not occur have claimed that voting machines in swing states were NOT able to be connected to the internet. This is an easy issue to resolve. A simple examination of the machines would suffice. In the video a technician alleges that the voting machine instruction manual gives step by step directions on how to connect the machines to the internet. This is an easy allegation to verify. Surely you agree.

4.       How can any American who watches this video NOT insist that the allegations in this video – in the very least – ought to be investigated by the DOJ?

5.       How can any American journalist who calls himself a professional not be motivated to investigate these allegations?

6.       Why is any discussion of this systematic voter fraud forbidden by American public discourse companies such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the like?

7.       When a process goes from simple and easy to understand (hand-counting of ballots) to something complex and virtually incomprehensible (computer-processed voting), the potential for fraud undetected by the public increases exponentially. Which begs the question: Why do we need sophisticated computers, possibly connected to the internet, to tabulate votes in American elections? Canada counts votes by hand. And in America, if a judge orders a hand recount of ballots, that recount can be accomplished in the space of 24 to 48 hours. So, give me one solid reason why election votes in America shouldn’t be counted by hand from this time forward?

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The New Normal

 


Father,
I abandon myself into your hands;
do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you:
I am ready for all, I accept all.

Let only your will be done in me,
and in all your creatures –
I wish no more than this, O Lord.

Into your hands I commend my soul:
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,
for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands without reserve,
and with boundless confidence,
for you are my Father.

Charles de Foucauld

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Take The Pledge

 


I pledge allegiance to the President of the United States of America, and to the Administration for which he stands, one Family under The Big Guy, indispensable, with equality and social justice for all.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Where in the US Constitution does it say a two-bit Governor of a State can confine me to quarters?


Fellow Wisconsinites. Our liberties are at stake. Sign this petition:

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Slouching Toward Caracas