Our political parties are based more and more on absurd tribalism Reply

By Matthew Gagnon

Pine Tree Politics

The decline and fall of the Roman Empire is a fascinating moment in world history. Yet, the Roman Empire did not cease to exist in 476 as most people believe. Rome had long before been split into two administrative divisions — a Western, Latin Empire and an Eastern, Greek Empire.

Rome’s obliteration as we think of it today was, in reality, an event that occurred only in the west. The Eastern Empire lived on, and became what we today call the Byzantine Empire, though its government and citizens continued to call themselves Romans. That empire survived in some form for another thousand years.

The greatest Byzantine Emperor was Justinian I, who undertook a mission to reconstitute the full Roman Empire once more. He succeeded in recapturing much of Rome’s former territory, which had been lost in the preceding decades.

Justinian’s time — particularly his early reign — was an interesting one. The Empire he led could not be called a democracy, yet in the capital city of Constantinople — today known as Istanbul — an interesting brand of factional mass politics had developed, which organized citizens of the city into powerful mobs that stood in opposition to one another.

These factions, however, were not organized around politics, but around sporting events, particularly the Roman passion that was chariot racing.

I won’t bore you with the particulars of Byzantine sport fandom, but essentially, competitors in sporting events were organized into four teams represented by the color uniform they wore: Green, Blue, Red and White.

These teams each had mass support from major portions of Constantinople’s citizenry, creating large factions. The supporters of each of these teams would themselves wear the same colors.

By Justinian’s time, the Reds and the Whites had lost nearly all of their influence, and sport was dominated by Greens and Blues, creating a bipolar universe of tribal affiliation.

The Greens and Blues became, however, an expression of more than sports fandom. Lacking any kind of democratic power or outlet for mass opinion, these factions grew to dominate civic life as well, organizing around social and political issues. They exerted control over local governance of neighborhoods, religious disputes, and the distribution of food. They even involved themselves in disputes over claimants to the throne.



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Exploring Geo-Mutualist Panarchism w/ Will Schnack Reply

Derrick Broze interviews writer, author, and activist Will Schnack. Will has been an organizer in North Texas for years, including co-founding the Black Cat Collective and the People’s Arcane School. Will runs the website Evolution of Consent which promotes his views on what he calls Geo-Mutualist Panarchism.

What about the Workers? A Libertarian Answer 2

By Sean Gabb

Libertarian Alliance

I was called this morning by the BBC. It wanted me to comment on the claims that Sports direct, a chain of sports clothing shops, mistreats its workers – keeping them on zero-hours contracts, sometimes not paying them even the minimum wage, scaring them out of going sick, generally treating them like dirt. Would I care to go on air to defend the right of employers to behave in this way? I am increasingly turning down invitations to go on radio and television, and this was an invitation I declined. I suggested the researcher should call the Adam Smith Institute. This would almost certainly provide a young man to rhapsodise about the wonders of the free market. My own answer would be too complex for the average BBC presenter to understand, and I might be cut off in mid-sentence.

Here is the answer I would have taken had I been invited to speak on a conservative or libertarian radio station on the Internet.

First, it is a bad idea to interfere in market arrangements. Sports Direct is in competition with other firms. Making it pay more to its workers, or to give them greater security of employment, would require it to raise prices and make it less competitive. A general campaign against zero-hour contracts and low pay would raise unemployment. In even a reasonably open market, factors of production are paid the value of their marginal product. Establish a minimum price for labour above its clearing price, and those workers whose employment contributes less than this to total revenue will be laid off. If I felt more inclined than I do, I could produce a cross diagram to show this. The downward sloping curve would show diminishing marginal productivity, the upward the supply of labour at any given price. The point of intersection would show the clearing price. Draw a horizontal line above this clearing price to show the minimum allowed price, and you can two further lines from where this intersects the curves to create a box showing the unemployment that would result. I leave that to your imagination.

Second, intervention of this sort tends to benefit larger firms at the expense of smaller. Sports Direct might be able cope with the resulting increase in labour costs by replacing labour with capital, or by squeezing its suppliers. The result would be increased market concentration, and this may not be to the benefit of workers.

Third, let us suppose that intervention for the alleged sake of the workers was actually to their benefit. It would still be undesirable, so far as it made the State the arbiter of fair practice and raised the prestige of the State still higher – thereby justifying still more interventions. I do not believe that any state intervention for the alleged benefit of ordinary people has been other than to enrich or empower some special interest group. But every state has its tame intellectuals to cry up whatever it does as steeped in the public good.


Twitter Bans Milo Yiannopoulos, Initiates Major Internet Free Speech War Reply

It’s interesting how when a Christian bakery refuses to bake a gay wedding cake, the Left calls for compulsory association in the name of equality. When a private media company denies it own services to outspoken conservatives, the Right calls for compulsory association in the name of free speech. Of course, neither side really cares one damn bit about free speech, freedom of religion, equal rights, or free association. They just want their tribe to always win. The Blue Tribe and the Red Tribe are rapidly becoming to North America what the Sunni and Shiites are to Iraq or what the Protestants and Catholics are to Northern Ireland.

By Robbie Soave


Milo Yiannopoulos, the Breitbart tech editor and Trump-loving alt-right superstar, has been permanently banned from Twitter following accusations that he directed his followers to send abusive comments toward actress Leslie Jones. But while Yiannopoulos certainly straddles the line between being a free speech provocateur and merely a serial violator of Twitter’s terms of service, these sanctions are likely to increase the perception that Twitter is no place for conservative voices.

Yiannopoulos’s brawl with Jones stems from her role in the new Ghostbusters movie, which features an all-female cast. The movie has taken on a culture war context: opponents of the film think its characters were made female in order to appease the dictates of political correctness. Yiannopoulos gave the movie a negative review, and soon thereafter got into a public Twitter fight with Jones.


L.A. Times Suggests Military Coup Against President Trump 2

By Joel Pollack


Donald Trump Bull Dung (Andrew Kong Knight / Facebook)

Jamie Kirchick, writing in the Los Angeles Times, asks readers to imagine a military coup against a future President Donald Trump — and argues why one would be necessary.

Kirchick cites the example of the recent failed coup in Turkey as a source of inspiration:

Americans viewing the recent failed coup attempt in Turkey as some exotic foreign news story — the latest, violent yet hardly unusual political development to occur in a region constantly beset by turmoil — should pause to consider that the prospect of similar instability would not be unfathomable in this country if Donald Trump were to win the presidency.


Trump Doctrine: Work with Russia, Draw Back NATO, Stop Arming Syrian Rebels Reply

About the only worthwhile thing about Trump is that he seems to genuinely disagree with the more extreme elements of the neocons’ foreign policy agenda and the neoliberal economic agenda.

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“We will have a very good relationship with Russia” promises the mercurial Republican nominee for president who once referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin as his 60 Minutes “stablemate.”

Republican nominee Donald Trump is anything but conventional bandying around suggestions that the United States force Mexico to pay for a wall to keep undocumented immigrants from fleeing into America, refinancing US debt as though the faith and credit of the dollar were akin to high-risk junk bonds, and declaring “you bet your ass I would” bring back waterboarding because the other side is “chopping off heads and drowning people in steel cages.”The man who has played a starring role over the course of the presidential campaign in celebrity dust ups with the Pope and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg often elicits scorn from the mainstream media who point to his fervent nationalist streak, history of controversial investment dealings, and outright bigoted statements against Mexicans and Muslims calling the former murderers and rapists while remarking that the latter should be banned from the country altogether.


Trump wants 800K police officers trained to fight terrorism, Giuliani says Reply

The right-wing will likely criticize Obama for wanting to nationalize law enforcement, and then vote for Trump so he can actually make it happen.

By Claude Brodessor-Akner


Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump may soon call for the federal government to provide the nation’s 800,000 police officers with training in anti-terrorism intelligence gathering, according to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, an adviser to the candidate.

“I am suggesting that the federal government take on as a mission the training all of our 800,000 sworn police officers so they can notice the precursors of terrorism,” Giuliani told NJ Advance Media on Tuesday.

Giuliani, a former associate U.S. Attorney General, has been advising Trump on terrorism since May. Giuliani’s working group’s recommendations prompted Trump to shift his position from calling for a ban of all Muslims from entering the U.S. to simply vetting those from “terror countries,” as Trump put it.

Giuliani said all recent domestic terror attacks, from the Boston marathon bombing in April 2013  to the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. earlier this month,  were later found to have a trail of unaddressed warning signs leading to them.

“Every one of these acts, there were things that could have been done to prevent it,” said Giuliani. “But because of political correctness, or lack of resources, we didn’t follow up.”

Giuliani added that Trump had reacted “very positively” to his memo, and took the recommendations on-board, just as he had with the reversal of the Muslim immigration ban.

If embraced by a President Trump, it’s not clear whether the recommendations would blur the traditional distinction between intelligence gathering and law enforcement.


The world is taking its revenge against elites. When will America’s wake up? Reply

By Thomas Frank

The Guardian

Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg

snapshot of America in the middle of June 2016. It is several days before the first great shock of the summer, the Brexit vote, and here in America, all is serene. The threat posed by Senator Bernie Sanders has been suppressed. The Republicans have chosen a preposterous windbag to lead them; the consensus is that he will be a pushover. For all the doubts and dissent of the last year, the leadership faction of the country’s professional class seem to have once again come out on top, and they are ready to accept the gratitude of the nation.

And so President Barack Obama did an interview with Business Week in which he was congratulated for his stewardship of the economy and asked “what industries” he might choose to join upon his retirement from the White House. The president replied as follows:

… what I will say is that – just to bring things full circle about innovation – the conversations I have with Silicon Valley and with venture capital pull together my interests in science and organization in a way I find really satisfying.

The Making of the American Police State 2

This is a very good overview of how the present state of affairs came into being.

By Christian Parenti

The Jacobin

Three girls at a juvenile facility in Racine, Wisconsin. Richard Ross

Three girls at a juvenile facility in Racine, Wisconsin. Richard Ross

How did we get here? The numbers are chilling: 2.2 million people behind bars, another 4.7 million on parole or probation. Even small-town cops are armed like soldiers, with a thoroughly militarized southern border.

The common leftist explanation for this is “the prison-industrial complex,” suggesting that the buildup is largely privatized and has been driven by parasitic corporate lobbying. But the facts don’t support an economistic explanation. Private prisons only control 8 percent of prison beds. Nor do for-profit corporations use much prison labor. Nor even are guards’ unions, though strong in a few important states, driving the buildup.

The vast majority of the American police state remains firmly within the public sector. But this does not mean the criminal justice buildup has nothing to do with capitalism. At its heart, the new American repression is very much about the restoration and maintenance of ruling class power.


PKK on Turkey Coup: No Democracy in ‘Fascist’ Erdogan’s Govt Reply



“This coup attempt makes it necessary for us to not slow down the struggle against AKP fascism, but to enhance it,” read the KCK statement.

In a statement published Saturday, the PKK’s political affiliate, the KCK, said the real and more dangerous coup is the one being led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“This case is not a matter of defending or not defending democracy. On the contrary, this situation is the proof of a lack of democracy in Turkey,” the KCK Executive Council stated.

“Portraying Tayyip Erdogan and the fascist AKP dictator as if they were democratic after this coup attempt is an approach even more dangerous than the coup attempt itself. Portraying the fight for power among authoritarian, despotic and anti-democratic forces as a fight between the supporters and enemies of democracy would only serve to legitimize the existing fascist and despotic government,” read a translation by Firat News Agency.

The statement goes on to list how the president has exceeded his constitutional powers:

“Political power’s control over the judiciary, the implementation of fascist laws and policies through a parliamentary majority, the removal of parliamentarians’ immunities, the arrest of (Kurdish) co-mayors, the removal of co-mayors from their positions, and the imprisonment of thousands of politicians from the HDP and DBP (another Kurdish party) constitute more of an actual coup.”

The solution, said the statement, comes in supporting a path that does not involve supporting either side.

“Within this framework, the defenders of democracy should stand up against the legitimization of the fascist AKP government’s policies under the disguise of democracy and create a democratic alliance that would democratize Turkey. This coup attempt makes it necessary for us to not slow down the struggle against AKP fascism, but to enhance it so that chaos and clashes in Turkey come to an end and a new and democratic Turkey emerges.”

The PKK created the KCK to implement its political ideology, democratic confederalism, which is “flexible, multi-cultural, anti-monopolistic, and consensus-oriented,” according to PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, who founded the ideology.

Keith Preston: Russia disrupting US plans to topple Syria’s Assad Reply

Press TV. Listen here.

“The Americans do not like the Russians getting in the way” of toppling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, says US journalist Keith Preston.

The US seeks to push Russia out of Syria because it views Moscow as a huge hurdle in its plans to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, says a political analyst in Virginia.

Keith Preston, the chief editor and director of Attackthesystem.com, made the remarks on Wednesday, while discussing the rising number of civilian casualties in America’s so-called war against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

The US military has admitted to killing several hundred civilians since the beginning of its aerial campiagn against purported Daesh positions inside Syria and Iraq in 2014, with the last incident reported on Monday when a US airstrike killed 20 civilians near the city of Manbij in Syria’s Aleppo Province.

“What is significant about this particular situation in Syria is not really that there are civilian casualties, there is nothing unique about that,” he said. “However, it is important to understand the geopolitical context in which this is happening.”

On the one hand, Preston said, Washington has been urging Russia to stop its aerial campaign against the al-Nusra Front terror group, an al-Qaeda affiliate, in Syria. Russia has been pounding al-Nusra and other terror groups such as Daesh since 2014.

This is while the US has escalated its own military efforts in the region, a move that indicates Moscow and Washington have “polar opposite objectives” in the conflict, Preston argued.

“The Russian see the Syrian government of President [Bashar] Assad as a bulwark against terrorism in the region and Russians wish to maintain stability of that government,” the journalist explained.

“The Americans, however, are more concerned about toppling the Syrian government” as their “first goal,” Preston added.

The reason for that intention is Assad’s refusal to “incorporate Syria into the American system of hegemony in the Middle East,” he said, portraying Syria as a rival to Saudi Arabia, Israel and other states that are aligned with the US.

Americans oppose Russian raids against some terror groups as they see potential in those groups to serve the ultimate US goal of removing Assad, Preston noted.

“The Americans do not like the Russians getting in the way of this,” he concluded.

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimates that over 400,000 people have been killed in the conflict that has gripped Syria for over five years now.

Attack the System: For a World Without the State Reply

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Review by Alex von Goldstein

Imagine, if you will, a classroom at a community college in the contemporary United States. The make-up of the students offers a sense of true diversity: you have a few Somali Muslims with sympathies towards Radical Islam, a National Socialist or two, a member of the Hell’s Angels, a transgendered sex worker, an accountant who believes capitalism can solve any problem, a comic book artist who feels the same way about heroin, three or four Communists, two Traditionalist Catholics, and an Orthodox Jew.

To anyone with a bit of sense and a knowledge of history, a cursory glance of this roster would lead one to believe that any attempt at a rational conversation in this classroom would offer nothing short of immediate chaos.

In the eyes of Keith Preston, this need not be the case.

While it may be difficult to understand what the common enemy of such a scrambled group of people could be, once one understands that they are all aiming for power (or at least a lack of persecution) within the same system the answer becomes obvious: The State.


Foucault the Power Reply

By Felicity Sharpe

Michel Foucault (1926–1984) not a philosopher in the normal sense. Even so, at once stage, he was called ‘the new Kant’ –  a very large estimation. Foucault was born in France to very upper-middle class parents, his father was a doctor and put a lot of pressure on to him to study to become a doctor but Foucault had other plans- this caused some unrest in the family.

Foucault started his work as a historian rather than a philosopher, This changed the nature of his work, he saw history and his task was to show the reader of his work that maybe the ‘it’s better now’ understanding of history is wrong and a person needs to look for history’s sake rather than modernity vs the past.

Many college students like to read his ideas because he writes with an ease that makes the reader think as they read his work.

This essay will talk about Foucault’s main ideas, they’re as follows, discourse, power and its structures and the change in the mental health practice.

Foucault had an idea of discourse, he believed that how we use media (talking, writing, sharing etc) impacted on how we saw ourselves and others. Discourse is everything and is everywhere, from watching the news, to how chatting with friends changes on who you’re chatting with, Foucault looked at the ways that people use communication and how that communication is used to control something.


Keith Preston: To Russia, Assad is ‘bulwark against terrorism’ Reply

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) shakes hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry after their press conference in Moscow on July 15, 2016. (AFP)

As US and Russian top diplomats speak of steps the two countries are taking to end the conflict in Syria, an analyst tells Press TV that a common ground between the two countries is “unlikely.”

Washington insists that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must step down before any peace process can yield results, but Russia opposes the idea, arguing that he is defending his country against terrorist groups.

“We still believe that Syria can’t have peace while [Syrian President Bashar]Assad is there. We have a difference with Russia on that,” said US Secretary of State John Kerry at a news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

According to Keith Preston, the chief editor and director of AttacktheSystem.com, finding common ground on the situation in Syria is “unlikely” as the two powers have “fundamentally opposed goals” in the war-ravaged county.

“The Americans are primarily interested in eliminating independent regimes in the Middle East that are in the way of American hegemony,” he said, adding that they actually seek, “puppet regimes” that allow Washington to “exercise hegemony over the trade and natural resources in the region whether it is natural gas or petroleum.”

Moscow, on the other hand is implementing its “traditional foreign policy” it has maintained over centuries.

“For centuries, the traditional foreign policy has been to maintain sovereignty… over their sphere of interest and they certainly see central Asia and Eastern Europe as their primary sphere of influence,” he said. “The objective of the Russians is to maintain the government of President Assad, which they see as a bulwark” against terrorism.

“Certainly, the United States does not want terrorist groups like Daesh to expand to areas of the region that are allied with the United States; they don’t want to see Daesh become an actual threat to Israel or Saudi Arabia but they do see Daesh as a bulwark against other governments in the area that are opposed to American foreign policy objectives in the region,” he noted, adding the terrorists were being used as a “weapon” against Assad.

Russia has been bombing Daesh and al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front terrorist groups in Syria at the official request of the government in Damascus since September 30, 2015.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimates that over 400,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

A ceasefire brokered by the US and Russia went into effect in Syria on February 27, but it does not apply to the Daesh and al-Nusra Front terrorist groups in the Arab country.

The Curious Case of Vanishing Lady Liberty; Only Gold and Silver Remember Her Reply

By Guy Christopher, Originally Published on Money Metals Exchange

The very first word anyone ever saw on a circulating United States coin was the word “LIBERTY.”

From half-cents to silver dollars, each featured the likeness of an unnamed woman. The images varied, thanks to different engravers, but together they became recognized as Lady Liberty.

Many, maybe most, of young America’s citizens were illiterate. “Liberty” may have been the first word they ever learned to read.

If not, they surely knew her face. The Revolutionary War for them was not ancient history.

The Founding Fathers knew all gold, silver, and copper is sound money and didn’t mind that American coinage circulated alongside colonial and foreign coins depicting kings and queens.

But Lady Liberty alone belonged to the United States. Her anonymous image spoke plainly to a cornerstone of human freedom – private wealth – in your hands, belonging to you, no counter-party strings attached.

After all, her picture was right there on the money!

Her looks would change with the fashions and the times, as she graced most gold and silver American coins for 154 years. She was variously adorned with the arrows of war, the shield of readiness, or the garlands of commerce and trade.

Then, almost unnoticed over just a few years, Lady Liberty began to vanish.

The U.S. government and the Federal Reserve presided over the poverty and debt of the 1930’s Great Depression, stealing employment and financial liberty from one of every four Americans. Lady Liberty also paid a price.

America’s bedrock gold coinage was obliterated in 1933 by Franklin Roosevelt’s confiscation order, sending millions of Lady Liberty’s gleaming images to be melted down.

She had already been quietly removed from the quarter-dollar in 1930, making room for George Washington’s 200th birthday celebration.

She vanished again from public view when the iconic silver dollar was discontinued in 1935.

When she was minted on the last Winged Liberty dime (1916-1945), it marked a sad chapter in the curious case of the vanishing Lady Liberty.

The Winged Liberty was never intended to depict a Roman deity.

Nevertheless, Americans confused the design with Mercury, a mythological patron of commerce. The name stuck, leaving us with the “Mercs” we stack today in bags and rolls of 90% silver.

The model for Winged Liberty was a woman, Elsie Stevens, a friend of the coin’s engraver – not a male deity. But in the public’s mind, the coin was never known as a “liberty dime,” although that’s exactly what it was.


Murray Bookchin’s New Life Reply

By Damian White

The Jacobin

Murray Bookchin. aqua mars / Flickr

Murray Bookchin. aqua mars / Flickr

Murray Bookchin spent fifty years articulating a new emancipatory project, one that would place ecology and the creative human subject at the center of a new vision of socialism.

Here is a thinker, who in the early sixties, declared climate change as one of the defining problems of the age. Bookchin saw the environmental crisis as capitalism’s gravedigger.

But he also insisted we must be continually alert to the postcapitalist potentialities that may surface within capitalism. “Liberatory technologies” from renewables to developments in “minituration” and automation combined with broader forms of social and political reorganization, could open up unprecedented possibilities for self-management and sustainable abundance.

In the seventies and eighties, Bookchin suggested an environmentalism obsessed with scarcity, austerity, and the defense of “pure nature” would get nowhere. The future lay with an urban social ecology that addressed people’s concerns for a better life and could articulate this in the form of a new republican vision of politics and a new ecological vision of the city.



Keith Preston: US hypocritical in fight on Daesh Reply

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“The United States has sought to use Daesh as a means of toppling Assad,” Keith Preston says.

The United States is pursuing a hypocritical policy towards its fight against Daesh in the Middle East, says political analyst Keith Preston.

Washington is letting Daesh Takfiris to spread in countries which are US enemies, like Syria, but is worried about the terrorists’ expansion in countries whose governments are US allies, said the chief editor and director of AttacktheSystem.com.

He made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Monday when asked about a visit by US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to Iraq.

Carter announced that 560 American troops would be sent to Iraq to help the country fight against Daesh and retake Mosul, the country’s second largest city, from the terrorist group.

According to Preston, “the United States is becoming increasingly concerned about the stability of the government of Iraq,” adding that “they do not want Iraq to fall to the Daesh.”

“The United States also has precisely the opposite position on Iraq than they do on Syria, the United States has sought to use the Daesh as a means of toppling (President) Assad.”

“For that reason, the United States has been very half-measured, if you will, in terms of its effort against the Daesh in Syria,” he explained.


The Case for American Secession Reply

By Michael Malice


TOPSHOT - This picture taken on June 25, 2016 shows a replica of the Statue of Liberty in Colmar, eastern France, birthcity of its sculptor Frederic Bartholti. / AFP / PATRICK HERTZOG

Even when we were united ideologically as a country, we have never been united culturally. (Photo: PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States of America has spent very few years truly unified. There was the Era of Good Feelings, which followed the collapse of Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist party. There was the FDR administration, up to and including WWII. And there were brief windows during the Bush presidencies, during the Kuwait war and post-9/11 respectively. It is a sad irony that the biggest flag-wavers in the United States are also the main opponents of multiculturalism. In fact, American patriotism is multiculturalist at its very core and in all its manifestations. The two are conceptually inseparable.


When Everything is a Crime Reply

Few people understand the price of overregulation like Harvey Silverglate. Over his long career as an attorney and journalist, Silverglate has seen the rising bureaucratic class enact hundreds of thousands of federal regulations and vaguely-worded statutes. The result has been the criminalization of everyday life. From university campuses to corporate boardrooms, ever more citizens are facing severe punishments for behavior that was once considered harmless.

Silverglate himself has been repeatedly pursued by the FBI, only to see the investigations come to nothing.


Corrupt Politicians and Corrupted Money Go Hand in Hand Reply

“Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed.”

~Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Francisco’s Money Speech

Ayn Rand wrote Atlas Shrugged about 60 years ago. It seems like she’s describing today’s politics.

The Justice Department announced last week they won’t be prosecuting “crooked” Hillary Clinton. Rand never met Hillary or her husband Bill. But she clearly knew what it means for society when scoundrels wind up in charge.

Growing social unrest, politics, and money are all interconnected. We raised this subject a little over a year ago following the riots in Baltimore. But, sadly, except for the advocates of sound money and one very prescient novel written 6 decades ago, it is almost always overlooked.

Many are disgusted to see a reaffirmation that Hillary and Bill truly are above the law. The couple built a fabulous fortune and unassailable power by auctioning political favors to the highest bidder and building a global network of insiders.