Prohibition Resolution 1913

T’was the Fortnight before Christmas, when all through the House;
not a preacher demurring, save Hobson, the louse.
His stalking of brewers for hangmen to snare;
with Dry Law Amendment brought widespread despair.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
as adults they’d hear the cry “off with their heads!”

History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.–Mark Twain

So… what caused the Crash and Depression to wait until these same fanatics had passed the Five-and-Ten law and sworn in Herbert Hoover? Isn’t it about time you found out? The same brand of pseudoscience that in 1913 brought cries for men with guns to do something about alcohol, now demands they do something about the imaginary hobgoblin of misanthropic global warming.

To understand how prohibitionist initiation of force cripples the economy, see Prohibition and The Crash–Cause and Effect in 1929. For the cost of a pint you will understand how pseudoscience warped into cruel fanaticism destroys a fractional-reserve banking system and turns wealth into poverty. Live on Amazon Kindle.

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Bust Beer Buyers 1929

The folly of fanaticism with guns

Shocking even to fanatics!

Ninety years ago this month Senator Morris Sheppard of fanatically dry Texas designed a law to make buying a beer a felony under the Volstead and Five and Ten laws. This is the politician who wrote the 18th amendment and pushed it with blind disregard for what criminalizing a popular commodity might again do to the U.S. economy. This p 2 Chicago Tribune clipping for October 13, 1929 saw daylight 11 days before Black Thursday.

Dr Arthur J Barton, chairman of the national executive committee of the anti-saloon league of America, tonight said he doubted the constitutionality of Senator Morris Sheppard’s proposed amendment to the prohibition law, which would make the purchaser of intoxicating liquors equally guilty with the seller.
Dr Barton said: “I do not know of any general demand among the dry organizations and leaders for such an amendment. I doubt whether such an amendment would be constitutional, and I fear that the introduction of the amendment at the present time is untimely and unfortunate.”
Dr Barton said it was his opinion that convictions under the proposed amendment would be impossible to obtain.
“A fundamental principle and a specific provision of the constitution of the United States is that no man can be forced to testify when his testimony would incriminate himself,” he said.

Asset forfeiture story same page. The U.S. Treasury gleefully confiscated and sold off automobiles found with any amount of beer or liquor, with no regard for the companies financing the sale of the cars. George Bush Jr’s faith-based fanatics did the same thing with houses in 2006 and 2007, leaving the homebuyer with no place to live and a mortgage bill to pay off. Neither Herbert Hoover nor Waffen Bush had any clue how much money their prohibitionist looting would cause to vanish from the fractional-reserve banks and brokerage firms.

Enforcement murderers protected by law, same page. Senator Millard Tydings accused the feds of covering up 51 murders committed by dry killers during violent prohibition enforcement.  This is the same sort of thing practiced today on account of enjoyable plant leaves, and the amount of money involved is likely to be a neat fraction of the Gross National Product. But just as there was a Liberal Party in 1930, there is a Libertarian Party in 2019. Our repeal plank sends a loud and unmistakable message to Washington

For more about how pseudoscience and prohibitionism cause the collapse of fractional-reserve banking systems, see Prohibition and The Crash–Cause and Effect in 1929. For the cost of a pint you will understand how pseudoscience warped into cruel fanaticism destroys economies. Live on Amazon Kindle.

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Commonsense Whiskey Laws

Settled science in 1913 took for a fact that whiskey–like guns and automobiles–killed people and was a major worsener of crime statistics. No Constitutional Amendment protected trade and production of intoxicants, and only smoking opium was barred as an import as an example to impress the Chinese. Suggestions were advanced that persons possessed by Satan’s whiskey should be registered by the government.

The Scarlet Letter of Drink!

Drink owner registration

Concerns were raised, and some obstructionist pettifoggery, but gulping down the potions of Satan was not an enumerated freedom of action protected by the Bill of Rights, and legislation passed amid halelluljas to empower states to coerce common carriers and register users. The rising tide of Godliness lowered all rights and the satanic potion addict registration law joined the Bryanist avalanche of commonsense prohibition and income tax laws and Amendments popular at precisely the time a prohibitionist movement in China was creating an opium glut in Europe and Asia.

Yellow stars and tattooed forearms

Drinker Registration Fee, 25c.

And so it was that prohibition laws reestablished their putative hegemony over personal choices while creating demand for opiates recently suppressed. This revival after the terrible setbacks suffered in the Panic of 1907, when the Pure Food and Drug Law of 1906 took effect–and wrecked the economy–was regarded as nothing short of miraculous.

For more about how pseudoscience and prohibitionism cause the collapse of fractional-reserve banking systems, see Prohibition and The Crash–Cause and Effect in 1929. For the cost of a pint you will understand how pseudoscience warped into cruel fanaticism destroys economies. Live on Amazon Kindle.

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Hong Kong Statehood

Can Hong Kong apply to become an American State? Back when the Libertarian Defense Caucus, the Soviet Union and SDI were things, the folks with the most useful and realistic understanding of nuclear weapons were working physicists and engineers. Physics Today, the magazine of the American Physical Society, opened its letters section to debate on suggestions ranging from abject surrender to taking out practically all aggressive missiles enroute and demanding the aggressor surrender.

Of note was a proposal that Poland be admitted to the Union of These United States under Article IV, Section 3, as an alternative to Soviet communist domination. After all, Alaska was admitted as a State despite its closeness to Canada and Russia. Hawaii became a State, albeit following occupation by coercion, and Puerto Ricans have both Spanish and English as official languages. American Samoa is U.S. territory. What’s to stop the citizens of Hong Kong, where English is as official as in Puerto Rico, from applying for statehood?

Hong Kong was not prime real estate back when England was setting fire to Chinese coastal cities to force acceptance of opium exported from India. In fact, George Orwell’s father later worked in India as a government dope inspector. China made the mistakes of prohibiting native cultivation and banning the export of its assayed silver. The result was drug importation via smuggling paid for with money that could not re-enter the country under existing meddlesome laws. A Great Depression gripped the land as specie disappeared into hoarding and abroad–much like what befell America after its own version of Tae-ping christianity declared beer a felony narcotic.

To this process of economic collapse was added American promulgation of translated Bibles and mystical hagiographies from missions in Hong Kong. These were no more absurd than the State mysticism under the Manchus, and burgeoning masses of religious converts hastened to attack the Quing dynasty from within. The protracted opium and civil war–complete with North vs. South, cannibalism, and some 20 million dead–further impoverished and destabilized the Celestial Empire to the point where even communism seemed a lesser of evils. The sole attraction of communist altruism historically has been its removal of Revealed Mystical Faith from the wires and pulleys of armed compulsion.

The result is what Hong Kong seeks to escape, now that it has been involuntarily Brexited by the very British Empire that began the aggression. An application for U.S. Statehood is an alternative to assimilation into as mindless a hereditary collectivist dictatorship as anything the invading Manchus ever prepared for failure. Such an application might take the form of a circulated petition absent any alternative mechanism for manifestation of the consent of the governed. The fellow who suggested the idea for Poland in Physics Today letters had a detailed template all worked out back in the Solidarity era.

To understand how prohibitionist initiation of force cripples the economy, see Prohibition and The Crash–Cause and Effect in 1929. For the cost of a pint you will understand how pseudoscience warped into cruel fanaticism destroys economies. Live on Amazon Kindle.

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What’s the opposite of libertarian?

The Real Deal

I oppose the initiation of force to achieve political or social goals. That means Libertarian.

So what is the antonym of Libertarian?

Anarchist means doing away with laws that secure individual rights.

Cruel means willfully causing pain or suffering to others.

Truculent means eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant.

Pugnacious means eager or quick to argue, quarrel, or fight.

Coercive means using force or threats.

Violent means using or involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something.

Dangerous means able or likely to cause harm or injury. 

Dishonest is behaving or prone to behave in an untrustworthy or fraudulent way.

Totalitarian is centralized and dictatorial, requiring complete subservience to the State.

Deadly is causing or able to cause death. Synonym: politically powerful

Menacing is threatening, especially in a malignant or hostile manner.

So… what might be some other synonyms for Socialist? 

Cowardly is carried out against a person who is unable to retaliate: a cowardly attack on a helpless victim.

Unwillingly is against one’s wishes; reluctantly. 

Examples from looter party platforms. (Guess which party…)

Example 1: We must go for 100% renewables, use our energy efficiently, phase out fossil energy and nuclear power while creating sustainable jobs in affected regions. To cut emissions fast enough to reach the 1.5°C-world we will push hard for a just transition towards a net-zero-emissions economy. An EU carbon budget and a strong carbon floor price are needed to strengthen our efforts.

Example 2: We advocate increased research on and development of non-fossil fuel resources, tax breaks for companies engaging in such, and subsidies for consumers wishing to change from fossil fuels to renewable domestic sources of energy. We believe that climatic change could be an existential threat to civilization, and we will cooperate with other nations in mitigating its possible effects. However, we will not surrender our sovereignty in this, or any other regard.

Example 3: The progress made over the last three decades against drug abuse is eroding, whether for cultural reasons or for lack of national leadership. In many jurisdictions, marijuana is virtually legalized despite its illegality under federal law. At the other end of the drug spectrum, heroin use nearly doubled from 2003 to 2013, while deaths from heroin have quadrupled. All this highlights the continuing conflicts and contradictions in public attitudes and public policy toward illegal substances.

Example 4: We will fight back against attempts to make it harder for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to revoke federal licenses from law breaking gun dealers, and ensure guns do not fall into the hands of terrorists, intimate partner abusers, other violent criminals, and those with severe mental health issues. There is insufficient research on effective gun prevention policies, which is why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must have the resources it needs to study gun violence as a public health issue.

Example 5: We support the right of parents to consent to medical treatment for their minor children and urge enactment of legislation that would require parental consent for their daughter to be transported across state lines for abortion. Providers should not be permitted to unilaterally withhold services because a patient’s life is deemed not worth living. American taxpayers should not be forced to fund abortion. As Democrats abandon this four decade-old bipartisan consensus, we call for codification of the Hyde Amendment and its application across the government, including Obamacare. We call for a permanent ban on federal funding and subsidies for abortion and healthcare plans that include abortion coverage.

To understand how tripartisan initiation of force cripples the economy, see Prohibition and The Crash–Cause and Effect in 1929. For the cost of a pint you will understand how cruel fanaticism destroys economies. Live on Amazon Kindle.

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Dry Dixieland 1913

Government Gunmen for God and Good

We know best how to run your life

Long before Ayn Rand drafted the Non-Aggression Pledge, white Dixie Democrats were hard at work collecting signatures on a pro-life promise to point loaded guns at people. This they regarded as their deontological duty seven years before Christian National Socialism was even invented, and six years before George Wallace was born.

Godliness at Gunpoint!

The Pro-Aggression Pledge of Their Neighbors’ Keepers

Within a year, the Harrison Tax Act would reach out with censorship of advertising, just as the same mentality manages to do today. These holy warriors for the Comstock laws got their power in many states before the Prohibition Amendment brought forth the Crash and Great Depression.

Naturally prohibitionists were surprised, and of course they seek to banish the thought or suggestion that sending government gunmen into banks and brokerages to confiscate accounts could possibly cause money to be withdrawn into hoarding until the fractional-reserve currency system collapsed into an economic black hole. The very suggestion elicits puzzlement that such a thought could be seriously entertained. But the thought is indeed entertaining and will enlighten your understanding of economics and how economics applies to today’s prohibitionism.

For more on how bipartisan prohibitionism crushed the U.S. economy and brought on the Great Depression, why not download Prohibition and The Crash–Cause and Effect in 1929? The book is live on Amazon Kindle and you can read it on a cellphone in your choice of language for the cost of a craft pint at a pub.

cause and effect

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simultaneous interpreting, legal and financial

Government since 1908

Of cabbages and kings

Democracies were encroaching upon monarchies…

Fivescore and eleven years ago HL Mencken held forth on his interpretation of the thoughts of Friedrich Nietzsche. Mencken’s parents were German. Germans had flowed into both Texas and the USA during the build-up to the Opium Wars, and published newspapers. Henry Lewis was uniquely positioned to understand, and that he did.

The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche is an eight-dollar book not discussed much in objectivist circles. In it unfolds an examination of Christian beatitudes oddly reminiscent of Galt’s Speech–that part of Atlas Shrugged mystical conservatives scrupulously avoid reading and never attempt to refute. Yet the German’s perorations, as interpreted in American, shed light on the previous and upcoming elections.

Before individual rights were defined, as mankind wearily shrugged off God’s Own Papist monarchies, semi-log paper made a logistics curve appear as a straight line in which monarchies shrivel toward zero and “democracies” gain market share. The planet was approaching the point of inflection in the sigmoid substitution curve.

Government was just being defined and would in 1914 acquire stable meaning as a bounded monopoly on legitimate force. But rights, hence legitimacy, were undefined other than by Jefferson’s tentative and partial enumeration and “freak legislation” had the year previous transformed the Pure Food Law into machinery for destroying the U.S. economy.

Ayn Rand wrote fan mail to HL Mencken, obviously read his writings on Nietzsche, and just as obviously noticed the absence of individual rights. What passed for rights to the German were 1. things the individual is able to do despite opposition by his fellow men, and 2. things he is enabled to do by the grace and permission of his fellow men. Meh.

While Germans were swinging from the gallows in Nuremberg, Ayn Rand reformulated life, eudaimonia, as the touchstone standard of moral value whereby rights could be legitimized in terms of choices that make happiness possible. Another writer, mathematician Larry Niven, in Protector developed a race of Nietzschean alien supermen that were brave, competent, smart, but lacking in the happiness Jefferson associated with rights and even Nietzsche associated with philosophy.

 

New and happy replacing Old and senile parties

Votes for Libertarian Freedom replacing Collectivism and Sacrifice party votes

Rand’s Non-Aggression Pledge handily trashed Aldous Huxley’s “peace through inanition” policy and lay the ethical framework for a society unbowed by braying mystics, unsubmissive to the sacrificial demands of grim totalitarians, and unyielding in its commitment to progress toward happy freedom in the minimization–perhaps eventual elimination of the initiation of force–one war criminal at a time, if need be. In Rand’s Hollywood days, filming King of Kings while Calvin Coolidge restrained dangerous fanatical zeal, pledges were still a popular thing.

Can you explain whether Prohibition and The Crash were related by causation or coincidence? Amazon Kindle has the answer for the cost of a craft pint readable on any smartphone in either of two languages. Learn why by 1932 voters were pledging “I’ll never vote republican again!”

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