Ronald Reagan understood that fascism and communism were two sides of the same socialist coin — government control and an end to freedom.
Because of this, he knew that the answer should be libertarianism, or the idea that man ought to be free, man ought to have his rights respected, and the free market should be the foundation for our economy.
Some libertarians rightfully point out that Reagan wasn’t an anarchist or anything close. He was more similar to Rand Paul than Murray Rothbard.
Either way, for those of us looking to stem the tide of the growth of government, it’s time we begin working together — whether we’re libertarian, conservative, or some other supporter of small government.
Andrew Breitbart was right:
“Conservatives, especially right now, have a hell of a lot more in common with libertarianism than Barack Obama and what the progressive left stand for.”
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One of the most common accusations I’ve heard — literally thousands of times — is that I must hate black people because I don’t like Obama. It doesn’t seem to matter to these people that I was upset at Bush for spending, taxing, and blowing stuff up. It doesn’t seem to matter to these people that I couldn’t stand the sight of Clinton.
No, these people don’t care about any of that. They think I’m racist because I don’t like the black president. Some people are confused by this, some think it’s just a cheap tactic, but few people understand what’s really happening.
The real reason collectivists are always accusing us of racism is because they’re collectivists — all they see are groups, not individuals or concepts. That’s why they’re so inconsistent, that’s why they make no attempt to understand economics, and that’s why they constantly accuse others of bigotry. They’re not philosophically wired to do anything else.
Collectivism is Philosophical Poison
Collectivism is the main cause of tyranny, because it dehumanizes the individual and focuses on “groups”. Ignoring the individual in order to “serve” a group is pure nonsense, because a group is simply a collection of individuals.
The founding fathers understood this, which is why individualism is enshrined in the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, and most of the writings of the day. As John Stuart Mill wrote in “On Liberty“:
Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men.
The individual is the foundation of liberty. Collectivism makes no sense, and essentially allows people to engage in nothing but a logical fallacy of “part to whole”. It allows people to punish all gun owners for the crimes of the few. It allows people to hate all of a certain economic class because of the crimes of a few. It allows for racism, sexism, and every other kind of bigotry.
In the end, bigotry is just a consequence of the real problem: collectivism itself.
Liberal Racism, Sexism, and Bigotry
Now that we understand that bigotry only happens when we are collectivists, politics makes more sense. Whenever a person is racist, look deeply, and you’ll find either hidden or not-so-hidden collectivism. That’s the root of the problem.
Liberals and statists in general are essentially always believers in collectivism. That’s why they can’t stand black libertarians or conservatives — it messes up their collectivist view of what “black people are supposed to believe”.
This is why liberals seem to think that we’re racist for challenging Obama. They don’t see the same person I see — they just see a black man representing black people. I see a man representing bad ideas. I don’t care about the skin… they do. And yes, that’s racism.
In the end, the liberal infatuation with the word “racism” has nothing to do with stopping bigotry, collectivism, or focusing on merit. It’s only about projection of their own bigoted, collectivist, racist views.
And that’s why government worshipers constantly use the race card. Don’t expect to see this obvious explanation in the mainstream media — anyone who talks about this would just be labeled a “racist”, and ignored. It would be funny if so much wasn’t on the line.
Politics is the art of demonizing the right people in order to gain power. It’s disgusting, I hate it, but it’s true. This is why people who believe in individual rights have often simply not voted — both sides are generally hideously wrong.
In the past, the demonizing and fear-mongering of politics might be immigrants, fears of a “slave uprising”, religious bigots, rich people (class warfare), or people on the dole. Every religion, every subculture, every race has been demonized. It’s sad, tragic, and a shame that politics operates this way.
Every party and movement has used it. Communists and capitalists, socialists and corporatists, Christians and Muslims — everybody. It’s part of “conflict theory”. It’s how social movements work, and there’s nothing we can do about it. That’s why politics is such a dirty business — it’s essentially warring movements figuring out how to structure society.
Obama was able to demonize “politics as usual” in a bit of a different way to make people feel good about getting a black guy in the White House — implied in the narrative was a way for people now to take a nice jab at the racists of the 60s. You too can be part of something big.
But now, things are changing. Demonizing isn’t good. Demonizing itself has become demonized. This changes everything forever.
Culturally and morally, this means we can’t demonize the sexually deviant — or we’re bigots. We can’t demonize people creating families without marriage — or we’re uncaring and rude. We can’t demonize those gaming welfare — or we’re just a bunch of rich jerks. We can’t demonize immigrants — or we lose elections for a century.
That means there’s only one group left that we get points for demonizing: the government itself. Anti-government sentiment.
That’s because our culture has an exception for demonizing… It’s OK to hate people in power. It’s ok to hate white people, rich people, CEOs, government officials, and “The Man”. Even churches demonize these people. I’ve seen it in conservative churches and liberal churches.
The GOP, to survive, must take advantage of this exception to the “no demonizing” rule. We must become a party for politically disenfranchised people, even if it’s a long-shot.
Either way, this is the only option. It’s the only potential path for victory. Even this isn’t certain, but it’s literally the only way out. Otherwise, the GOP is dead in a postmodern society, or the GOP shifts toward the left.
So, yes, libertarianism is structurally necessary for any long-term potential for victory. Anything else is political suicide.
The Washington Examiner has reported that Obama has caved to Rand Paul’s demand for an answer, and has had Attorney General Eric Holder contact him saying that, “The answer is no”, they don’t believe they have the power to kill citizens on US soil.
This is a massive victory for the gutsy senator from Kentucky who demanded the question be answered after engaging in a viral, world-wide campaign to demand answers from the White House. This was hugely embarrassing to Democrats and the White House in general as Rand constantly reminded them of what they campaigned on back when Bush was president.
You can read more here. We need more gutsy leadership like what Rand Paul showed the world yesterday. If every senator had that kind of courage, we’d live in a drastically more free world. Well done, sir. We’ll update this page as we receive more information. The letter sent to Paul by Holder is below:
Rand Paul inspired the world when he single-handedly got the entire world to talk about due process, civil liberties, the constitution, and the old principles of a limited government. It really was beautiful.
People from both parties supported him. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, a Democrat, and others helped him keep the filibuster going strong. People around the world Tweeted their support on Twitter, eventually making “#StandWithRand” trend worldwide, meaning a huge portion of the world’s population stood with Rand.
Some people were confused, because they’re so caught up in partisan politics they don’t seem to understand that when you’re fighting tyranny, it doesn’t matter what your party is — you’re right. It doesn’t matter if it’s the tyranny of a man named “Bush” or “Obama”. Rand repeatedly said he would have given the same filibuster even if Bush had tried to claim the power to kill citizens without trial.
In the end, it was a heroic day, and inspirational one for people who are looking for a comeback for American liberty, and our hats go off to Rand. We don’t agree with him on everything, but on this, we’re eternally thankful for his stand.
To close, here’s a short clip from one of my favorite movies — Mr Smith Goes to Washington. It’s about a young man who goes to the senate, finds out how corrupt it is, and he stands and he fights and he goes on a talking filibuster until the whole world finally woke up and paid attention. It’s a beautiful story:
Nancy Pelosi is the embodiment of almost everything wrong with statism. Economically ignorant, resentful, elitist, and completely clueless on every level. There are a lot of reasons why central economic planning doesn’t work, and she’s up there on the list.
She also thinks that even talking about cutting her pay — while millions of Americans are unemployed — is out of the question. Why it’s not just out of the question… it’s actually a violation of her “dignity”. That’s right, she thinks it is beneath her to live like a typical American. Meanwhile, she’s doing a hideous job of ruling over us petty peasants. Absolutely disgusting.
When asked about pay cuts, Pelosi told a Hill reporter: “I don’t think we should do it; I think we should respect the work we do. I think it’s necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded.”
What is Wrong With Congress?
Congress is one of the most corrupt “organizations” in the country. It’s filled with open thieves, crooks, and people who openly say it’s their goal to make it legal for them to rob you more every day of the year. I won’t mince words: these people are generally trashy gangsters.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some good apples. Rand Paul, Justin Amash — there are a handful of individuals who are there to actually defend the republic and the constitution, but they are an extreme minority.
This is the fundamental problem with organizing society on the basis of government rather than the market. People who are likely to become politicians, and then are likely to succeed at the insanely dirty game of politics, are almost always the kind of people you wouldn’t want to have dinner with — much less the kind of people to which society gives all of the power. It’s a recipe for pure disaster.
This doesn’t mean that the “right” politicians can make socialism “work”. Socialism can’t work. Central planning — whether it’s fascism, communism, corporatism, or some other ism — can’t work because it ignores the foundation of the market: pricing mechanism. It also can’t work because political inequality inherently leads to abuses. It also can’t work because without profits and losses, people begin to look for ways to game the system rather than work hard and create value.
In the end, there are a million reasons socialism can’t work, hasn’t worked, and will never work. People like Nancy Pelosi being “famous” successful politicians is a good example of why. Society shouldn’t be managed by elites — and it definitely shouldn’t be managed by an “opposite” of elites, which is exactly who she is.
A lot of people are speculating that Rubio and Rand are considering a ticket together to run in 2016. Only time can tell, though it would likely be a popular ticket among conservatives, and quite a few libertarians would be on board — though libertarians are generally split on Rand Paul, with the “purists” who are upset over his conservative positions on some issues. Either way, the video of Rand’s speech is below, and the full-text of the speech is posted below as well.
Everything below this point is by Rand Paul.
I speak to you tonight from Washington, D.C. The state of our economy is tenuous but our people remain the greatest example of freedom and prosperity the world has ever known.
People say America is exceptional. I agree, but it’s not the complexion of our skin or the twists in our DNA that make us unique. America is exceptional because we were founded upon the notion that everyone should be free to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.
For the first time in history, men and women were guaranteed a chance to succeed based NOT on who your parents were but on your own initiative and desire to work.
We are in danger, though, of forgetting what made us great. The President seems to think the country can continue to borrow $50,000 per second. The President believes that we should just squeeze more money out of those who are working.
The path we are on is not sustainable, but few in Congress or in this Administration seem to recognize that their actions are endangering the prosperity of this great nation.
Ronald Reagan said, government is not the answer to the problem, government is the problem.
Tonight, the President told the nation he disagrees. President Obama believes government is the solution: More government, more taxes, more debt.
What the President fails to grasp is that the American system that rewards hard work is what made America so prosperous.
What America needs is not Robin Hood but Adam Smith. In the year we won our independence, Adam Smith described what creates the Wealth of Nations.
He described a limited government that largely did not interfere with individuals and their pursuit of happiness.
All that we are, all that we wish to be is now threatened by the notion that you can have something for nothing, that you can have your cake and eat it too, that you can spend a trillion dollars every year that you don’t have.
I was elected to the Senate in 2010 by people worried about our country, worried about our kids and their future. I thought I knew how bad it was in Washington. But it is worse than I ever imagined.
Congress is debating the wrong things.
Every debate in Washington is about how much to increase spending – a little or a lot.
About how much to increase taxes – a little or a lot.
The President does a big “woe is me” over the $1.2 trillion sequester that he endorsed and signed into law. Some Republicans are joining him. Few people understand that the sequester doesn’t even cut any spending. It just slows the rate of growth. Even with the sequester, government will grow over $7 trillion over the next decade.
Only in Washington could an increase of $7 trillion in spending over a decade be called a cut.
So, what is the President’s answer? Over the past four years he has added over $6 trillion in new debt and may well do the same in a second term. What solutions does he offer? He takes entitlement reform off the table and seeks to squeeze more money out of the private sector.
He says he wants a balanced approach.
What the country really needs is a balanced budget.
Washington acts in a way that your family never could – they spend money they do not have, they borrow from future generations, and then they blame each other for never fixing the problem.
Tonight I urge you to demand a new course.
Demand Washington change their ways, or be sent home.
To begin with, we absolutely must pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution!
The amendment must include strict tax and spending limitations.
Liberals complain that the budget can’t be balanced but if you cut just one penny from each dollar we currently spend, the budget would balance within six or seven years.
The Penny Plan has been crafted into a bill that millions of conservatives across the country support.
It is often said that there is not enough bipartisanship up here.
That is not true.
In fact, there is plenty.
Both parties have been guilty of spending too much, of protecting their sacred cows, of backroom deals in which everyone up here wins, but every taxpayer loses.
It is time for a new bipartisan consensus.
It is time Democrats admit that not every dollar spent on domestic programs is sacred. And it is time Republicans realize that military spending is not immune to waste and fraud.
Where would we cut spending; well, we could start with ending all foreign aid to countries that are burning our flag and chanting death to America.
The President could begin by stopping the F-16s and Abrams tanks being given to the radical Islamic government of Egypt.
Not only should the sequester stand, many pundits say the sequester really needs to be at least $4 trillion to avoid another downgrade of America’s credit rating.
Both parties will have to agree to cut, or we will never fix our fiscal mess.
Bipartisanship is not what is missing in Washington. Common sense is.
Trillion-dollar deficits hurt us all.
Printing more money to feed the never-ending appetite for spending hurts us all.
We pay higher prices every time we go to the supermarket or the gas pump. The value of the dollar shrinks with each new day.
Contrary to what the President claims, big government and debt are not a friend to the poor and the elderly. Big-government debt keeps the poor poor and saps the savings of the elderly.
This massive expansion of the debt destroys savings and steals the value of your wages.
Big government makes it more expensive to put food on the table. Big government is not your friend. The President offers you free stuff but his policies keep you poor.
Under President Obama, the ranks of America’s poor swelled to almost 1 in 6 people last year, reaching a new high as long-term unemployment left millions of Americans struggling and out of work.
The cycle must be broken.
The willpower to do this will not come from Congress. It must come from the American people.
Next month, I will propose a five-year balanced budget, a budget that last year was endorsed by taxpayer groups across the country for its boldness, and for actually solving the problem.
I will work with anyone on either side of the aisle who wants to cut spending.
But in recent years, there has been no one to work with.
The President’s massive tax hikes and spending increases have caused his budgets to get ZERO votes in both houses of Congress. Not a single Democrat voted for the President’s budget!
But at least he tried.
Senate Democrats have not even produced a budget in the time I have been in office, a shameful display of incompetence that illustrates their lack of seriousness.
This year, they say they will have a budget, but after just recently imposing hundreds of billions in new taxes, they now say they will include more tax hikes in their budget.
We must stand firm. We must say NO to any MORE tax hikes!
Only through lower taxes, less regulation and more freedom will the economy begin to grow again.
Our party is the party of growth, jobs and prosperity, and we will boldly lead on these issues.
Under the Obama economy, 12 million people are out of work. During the President’s first term 800,000 construction workers lost their jobs and another 800,000 simply gave up on looking for work.
With my five-year budget, millions of jobs would be created by cutting the corporate income tax in half, by creating a flat personal income tax of 17%, and by cutting the regulations that are strangling American businesses.
The only stimulus ever proven to work is leaving more money in the hands of those who earned it!
For those who are struggling we want to you to have something infinitely more valuable than a free phone, we want you to have a job and pathway to success.
We are the party that embraces hard work and ingenuity, therefore we must be the party that embraces the immigrant who wants to come to America for a better future.
We must be the party who sees immigrants as assets, not liabilities.
We must be the party that says, “If you want to work, if you want to become an American, we welcome you.”
For those striving to climb the ladder of success we must fix our schools.
America’s educational system is leaving behind anyone who starts with disadvantages.
We have cut classroom size in half and tripled spending on education and still we lag behind much of the world.
A great education needs to be available for everyone, whether you live on country club lane or in government housing.
This will only happen when we allow school choice for everyone, rich or poor, white, brown, or black.
Let the taxes you pay for education follow each and every student to the school of your choice.
Competition has made America the richest nation in history. Competition can make our educational system the envy of the world.
The status quo traps poor children in a crumbling system of hopelessness.
When every child can, like the President’s kids, go to the school of their choice, then will the dreams of our children come true!
Washington could also use a good dose of transparency, which is why we should fight back against middle of the night deals that end with massive bills no one has read.
We must continue to fight for legislation that forces Congress to read the bills!
We must continue to object when Congress sticks special interest riders on bills in the dead of night!
And if Congress refuses to obey its own rules, if Congress refuses to pass a budget, if Congress refuses to read the bills, then I say:
Sweep the place clean. Limit their terms and send them home!
I have seen the inner sanctum of Congress and believe me there is no monopoly on knowledge there.
If they will not listen, if they will not balance the budget, then we should limit their terms.
We are the party that adheres to the Constitution. We will not let the liberals tread on the Second Amendment!
We will fight to defend the entire Bill of Rights from the right to trial by jury to the right to be free from unlawful searches.
We will stand up against excessive government power wherever we see it.
We cannot and will not allow any President to act as if he were a king.
We will not let any President use executive orders to impinge on the Second Amendment.
We will not tolerate secret lists of American citizens who can be killed without trial.
Montesquieu wrote that there can be no liberty when the executive branch and the legislative branch are combined. Separation of powers is a bedrock principle of our Constitution.
We took the President to court over his unconstitutional recess appointments and won.
If necessary, we will take him to court again if he attempts to legislate by executive order.
Congress must reassert its authority as the protector of these rights, and stand up for them, no matter which party is in power.
Congress must stand as a check to the power of the executive, and it must stand as it was intended, as the voice of the people.
The people are crying out for change. They are asking for us to hear their voices, to fix our broken system, to right our economy and to restore their liberty.
Let us tonight let them know that we hear their voices. That we can and must work together, that we can and must re-chart our course toward a better future.
America has much greatness left in her. We will begin to thrive again when we begin to believe in ourselves again, when we regain our respect for our founding documents, when we balance our budget, when we understand that capitalism and free markets and free individuals are what creates our nation’s prosperity.
A growing movement exists in the United States as more and more people are slowly realizing that the establishment of both parties are against the constitution, the natural rights, and the interests of the American people. Some of the people waking up are civilians — and some are soldiers.
It’s called “Oath Keepers”, and it’s an organization of patriots who find themselves in the military who swear upon their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to never disarm the American people, or fire upon peaceful citizens, or to be the thugs of a dictator. These men and women are heroes and should be recognized as such. The video is below of an interview with the founder:
The video below is technically from Prison Planet, but we don’t endorse that organization at all. We do, however, endorse the Oath Keepers, and anyone who swears to defend the rights of others against domestic enemies. We need more people like this in the world today.
It reminds me of the powerful quote by General Patton:
“Do your duty as you see it, and damn the consequences.”
I run a small business. I’ve worked crazy long hours without weekends or vacations for years. I come from a middle-class background, know what it’s like to be poor, and I know what it’s like to do what’s necessary to sacrifice to achieve my goals. This is a common background for most small-time business people. The small-business owners out there know exactly what I’m talking about.
Unfortunately, this generation has been trained to view this philosophy of the world — the idea that you have to work hard, make sacrifices, and spend years struggling to achieve your dreams — as evil. Rather than do what’s necessary to make things work, they’ve become obsessed with tearing down anyone with anything extra, demonizing the successful, resenting the rich, and making excuses for any and all failures they’ve ever had.
It’s an epidemic. And it’s poison for our culture, our economy, and even civilization itself. A society of people who hate labor, hate responsibility, and loath the successful man is a society that is committing suicide. It won’t last long. That’s why it’s vital for us to understand the very foundation of what it takes to have prosperity: the spirit of capitalism and self-reliance.
Socialism is a Product of Bad Character
Socialism is the end result of having bad character. Anyone who thinks that someone who makes sandwiches should be able to consume as much as someone who designs cities isn’t just economically illiterate — they have personal character issues.
Rather than focusing on how they can create, produce, and earn, they are focused on how they can steal, destroy, and consume. Rather than focusing on how they can make good choices and spend YEARS building something like I did, they want my standard of living instantly.
This will not end well. Work ethic died years ago, but now we are seeing the death of something else — intellectual work ethic. People don’t even want to have to make good choices at all in order to be able to get whatever they want. They want to be able to make poor choices when it comes to college, debt, their career — and then demand luxury at the expense of someone else.
This isn’t just laziness. It’s bad character on an entirely different level — they aim to become legalized thieves. And the only way for them to achieve their philosophy is through the establishment of both parties helping them to continue to legally plunder others.
It’s like what the great economist and essayist Bastiat wrote:
“Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.”
If you haven’t read Bastiat, please do. He’ll change your life. You’ll never look at politics the same way again.
Capitalism Requires One to Produce
Capitalism essentially requires people to earn their own keep. People, unless by an act of charity for the handicapped and the elderly, must consume no more than they produce. This keeps people from consuming the work of another man through forced labor — IE, slavery. This means, in an actual capitalist society, you won’t have potheads on welfare juicing the rest of society while claiming they’re the victims.
You won’t have people figuring out new and clever ways to game their finances to stay on food stamps while they eat meals that most middle class families can’t eat. You won’t have the corruption — people will be required to produce or beg. Theft will not be an option.
The socialists despise this. Why? Just look at the occupiers. They have no intention of producing. They don’t want to make your life better. They want to make you their slave. It really is that simple. It really is that disgusting. And until we bring back a culture of self-reliance and a desire for people to earn their own way, then our culture is doomed.
This is the battle that is at the crux of capitalism. A thief doesn’t care if you have rights — he just plans on violating them for his own gain. If you want to fight the war against socialism, then remember that this is the foundation. Teach your children work ethic, teach them to want to produce rather than consume, and you will have done your part.
It’s like this image I saw that went viral on social media networks recently:
Do you want to see liberty in America again? Then begin here. This is where liberty is won or lost. The socialists realized this over a century ago — that’s why they took over the schools.
It reminds me of what the chief propaganda officer of the Nazis, Joseph Goebbels, said: “Youth belongs to us and we will yield them to no one.”
The Nazis knew what we ignored — whoever teaches the children will rule the world in 20 years. We began losing because the tyrants began controlling the education system.
That’s why they instantly started teaching moral relativism to destroy the moral foundations of society. Then they revised history to demonize anyone who ever succeeded, in order to create a story of “inequality” for the sake of encouraging class division and hatred by the children. It’s tragic — the children had essentially no chance. They believed their teachers, and now the liberty of the world is being shot in the back again and again.
If You Want Liberty…
Then understand that you must take back your children and make sure they are producers and not consumers. Make sure they care about respecting the rights of others simply because it’s the right thing to do.
Train your children like the future of the world depends on them — because it does.
This is the very starting point of understanding capitalism rather than socialism. It’s understanding that it’s not about gaming others for gain unless we can add value to their lives – trade. It’s about teaching your children to stand on their own two feet, rather than being beggars. It’s about teaching your children to have self respect.
For better or for worse, all of this is unavoidable. Capitalism isn’t won with economic arguments. It isn’t won with elaborate algorithms that PhDs can cook up. It’s won in the hearts and minds of the children by the education and examples given to them by their parents.
If we understand this, then the future is ours, and nobody can take it from us.
Literally millions of people are looking for guns to buy before Obama has a chance to ban them, leading to massive gun shortages across the United States. Because we’re not sure what the gun ban looks like right now, what we can buy is a little gray. Still, here’s a video of two arms dealers and gun experts with decades and decades of experience explaining what you should buy right now:
It’s possible that it’s too late to find anything at all. Buying guns now is absurdly expensive. I’ve received offers for my own guns that blow my mind — thousands for an old, cheap AK-47, for example. Still, if you can find any of the guns mentioned, this is the time to acquire them. Worst case scenario, putting an ad in the paper might be an option — but be prepared to part with a good hunk of your wallet. Talk to a lawyer first to see if this is even legal in your area.