LP Errors

When the Libertarian Party’s official publication cannot identify kleptocracy policy errors, resignations are in order. Above is a case in point from the March 2010 issue of LP News. Mindful that we rely on amateurs and volunteers, and must expect them to overlook salient facts embarrassing to the predatory professionals with whom we compete, it is still a good thing to understand what is going on. Two, six, nine and ten are the result mainly of Republicans bombing OTHER superstitious fanatics half a planet away. Four, five, seven and eight are primarily due to reckless, violent, prohibitionist looting of the sort HL Mencken described as Comstockism.

The market crash of 2008 had the same main cause as the crashes of 1907, 1920, 1929 and 1987. In all those cases prohibitionist fanatics laid hands on a weapon with which to threaten the lives and livelihoods of other citizens. In 1907 the Pure Food and Drug act empowered dry fanatics and crony mercantilists to interfere with commerce they felt was sinful. The same occurred in 1920, was nullified by police connivance and participation in bootlegging. It then went ballistic as the income tax liability ruling of 1927 combined with the March 2, 1929 Increased Penalties Act to topple the economy as of early September 1929. Why then? Because that’s when Mabel Willebrandt’s column explained the new enforcement methods. Now fast forward.

In 2007-8 Bush Jr, reelected, had nothing to lose by subsidizing fanatical prohibition evangelists with “faith-based” government appointments and tax money. Grow houses, autos, boats, aircraft, bank accounts and real estate were confiscated at accelerating rates until mortage-backed securities became worthless by dint of wholesale looting and impairment of mortgage contracts–over PLANT LEAVES!

Nobody at Libertarian Party headquarters noticed this mechanism. Even the first Flash Crash two years later did not rouse our eternally vigilant watchmen from the sleepy vagueness with which the Kleptocracy muffles evidence of its blunderings.

THEY sure as hell understand what happened. Bert Hoover wrecked the economy trying to bust Al Capone and thus intimidate the yeast and glucose Trusts. Simultaneous efforts against German narcotics then replacing alcohol led to our empowerment of Hitlerian National Socialism in a sucker’s bargain that got Roosevelt’s repeal party elected five times running.

Superstitious altruistic prohibitionists know that service pistols attacking freedom of trade and production (of grain products and plant leaves) kills people and the economy, but what they care about is Satan. Other superstitious prohibitionists can feel that service pistols attacking freedom of trade and production (of power plants and transmission lines) increases the death rate, but what they care about is individualism.

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Cognitive Mental Blocks

Ecological National Socialists have no trouble understanding how two logical variables yield four possibilities when it suits their agenda. The NFPA circulates the above (admittedly garbled) chart in support of violent laws against anything liable to interrupt a game of dominoes at the government-owned fire station.

Genetics offers another illustration:

But teevee, subsidized by the Nixon anti-libertarian law to ignore everything except kleptocracy, can only focus on three possibilities.

Yet those same intellectuals become one-dimensional when challenged to understand anything that lies outside the Venn Diagram circles encompassing socialism in its populist and communo-fascist variants. A blinkered looter visualizes a straight line running from Hitler/Mussolini/Franco to Stalin/Ceausescu/Mao with nothing in between but religious gradations of socialist and mystical altruism.

To the entire satisfaction of mystical prohibitionists, adding alcohol to water eventually transubstantiates the latter into a Satanic alcoholic beverage, and adding (non-mohammedan) religion to a heavily-mixed economy gradually changes it from “bad” socialism to (by their lights) “good” fascism. Nowadays fascists and socialists alike refer to their own system as “democracy” and that other one, respectively, as socialism or fascism.

In These States the Tordesillas line was drawn at an alcoholic content of 0.5% in the Prohibition Enforcement act drawn up by Andrew Volstead of Minnesota. This distinction also made sauerkraut evil, Satanic and illegal. But when this law enforcing the Prohibition Amendment flipped off the lights of freedom on the night of January 16th, 1920, the U.S. Senate, by declining to be a party to the Treaty of Versailles, kept us technically at war with Germany, or The Accursed Hun as it was known at the time. So no True American™ really cared about sauerkraut.

Among today’s fanatics–struggling to ban electric power or plant leaves instead of beer–none have even the foggiest notion or how an individual right might be defined. To them a right is something the world owes them at your expense, not a moral claim to freedom of action. Most puzzling to this mentality is confrontation with the Nolan Diagram. Even survivors of the Argentine educational system can grasp a 2-gradient chart between freedom and orders at gunpoint when broken down according to the two primary contexts (individual personhood and agency as homo economicus) from which they fish for pretexts to justify aggression at gunpoint.

Here is an Argentine version of the Nolan Chart in its version tilted so as to allow the one-dementional to superimpose upon it their own universe of discourse confined to a horizontal line extending from Hitler to Stalin.

To American National Socialists, for whom Herbert Hoover, Richard Nixon and George Wallace are plain, regular folks, this Argentine chart makes no sense whatsoever. Ever since Carnegie Institute Liberals formed an anti-Klan, pro-Beer party in 1930, then published a platform demanding the repeal of the Prohibition Amendment, the word liberal changed its meaning. Shortly before Election Day, in late October of 1932, the ruling coalition redefined liberal to mean “godless communist drunkards who hate America” in the costume of its own imaginings.

Citizens of civilized nations are utterly baffled by this coinage–minted as it were in the very heart of the Sahara of the Bozarts over which Richmond Hobson of Alabama, Morris Sheppard of Texas and Volstead shone beatifically as the very embodiment of the Holy Trinity… while voters locked the head of the Republican Party into the stocks of the guillotine and gave the lever a satisfying tug.

Pero, no, y evite Evita

Argentine Libertarian Party

Eighty-seven years later, liberal everywhere else in the world still means libertarian. Cowardly, spineless, unprincipled or gelded libertarian, true enough, but libertarian or liberal is in both cases lies at the root of the noun denoting an individual who recognizes the individual rights of fellow human beings–even in opposition to the Divine “right” (meaning sanction to murder and rob) of kings, popes, caudillos and klans. 

So all is not lost. Looter values begin and end with “we must issue the following orders at gunpoint” because (__insert rationalizing pretext__). If the pretext is “because the Bible says altruism is good,” then the speaker is fascist-prohibitionist-totalitarian in value orientation. If the pretext is “because selfishness feels like it ought to be denounced as evil,” then the speaker is a conditioned socialist-collectivist-communist-totalitarian.

Argentinos–politically separated by a papal line on a map–cannot completely let go of the one-dimensional lay/progressive v. religious/fascist differentiation. But today they at least they grasp the concept of how two related choices generate four possible outcomes. That’s progress Americans would do well to understand.

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Prohibition and Finance

How many dollars flowed through the illegal liquor, beer & wine business in 1929? Historians assure us that liquor consumption did decrease by as much as 40% under the dry law. Supposing that to be true we could use 60% of the ASL guesstimate as a proxy for the volume of liquids. But making a thing illegal is one of the most effective ways to raise its price. Marijuana prices have fallen by roughly 2 orders of magnitude after decriminalization in some areas, but beer doesn’t grow on bushes.

My estimate after 20 years of gathering figures is that beverages became four times as expensive under prohibition. Applying that multiple to 60% of the guesstimated 1914 liquor total yields 4.2 billion gold dollars. But the U.S. population had grown dramatically between the night of January 16, 1920 and the unleashing of Herbert Hoover and the 5&10 law upon the corn sugar and yeast industry that produced at least 80% and possibly as much as 95% of all the illegal beverage consumed occurred in 1929. Adding the effect of the 14% population growth that decade gives $4.8 billion. So how does that dollar amount compare to the size of the U.S. economy of 1929? (Hint: it was more than the Federal budget–about 5% of GNP). The Wickersham Commission, appointed to downplay the total, came up with a slightly smaller figure. Clark Warburton, the economist who coined “Gross National Product,” came up with a slightly higher figure.

That’s right. Gangland trafficpreneurs had more income from liquor alone than the Federal Government got from corporate and individual income taxes, customs tariffs and the squeeze put on States. God fights on the side with the biggest budget, so of course repeal won, thanks to the Liberal Party repeal plank.

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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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Populist anarchism, 1894

anarchists ruin the party

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Two years earlier a communist manifesto People’s Party won 9% of the vote in These States, including 22 electoral votes and almost enough popular votes to THRICE cover the gap between hired and fired parties. That was clout enough to breathe new life into European communo-fascist socialist collectives that multiplied like mice in a monarchy.

Monarchies were on their way out, substituted by democracies in tight correlation with the Fisher-Pry sigmoid curve that maps the rate at which one product or political party replaces another. The graph above is on semi-log axes convenient before cheap computers replaced adding machines and slide rules. When both axes are linear these replacement curves are an S-shape to which newcomers, like cellphones or the Libertarian Party, enter at 0% of market share, accelerate to 50%, then taper up asymptotic to the 100% mark until replaced by something better. Below is how law-changing LP spoiler vote clout is growing now, with no anarchist planks to make us look bad.

 So you see that the game is played by gradual replacement that accelerates if the new product offering is better than the competition’s. Just such a hockey stick increase in 1892 caused the entrenched parties to adopt socialist planks so as to not lose the votes they needed to replace each other. Most problems resulted from those socialist and religious fanatic Comstock, prohibition, sumptuary, blue, Sunday, tax and tariff laws containing social engineering agendas. The Libertarian Party is simply reversing that trend by replacing coercion with freedom using the law-changing clout of spoiler votes.

If the kleptocracy could get rid of us by packing our platform committee with anarchists, girl-bullying zealots or child molesters, they’d do it in a heartbeat to keep the bait planks that attract single-issue fanatics. But we’re still here, and still vigilant after 48 years of finally learning to use spoiler votes to play the looters till they repeal the cruelest laws.

To understand how the Liberal Party unseated the economy-destroying Republicans using these tactics in 1931, 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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Clarity isn’t oversimplification

Dem Grrrlz anti-Nuclear?

So a female candidate running on the (get this!) Democratic/CPUSA ticket is sounding all pro-defense? Easy! Just pretend the Democratic Party’s Union of Soviet States of Amerika platform never existed, and perish the thought of Misanthropic Global Warming, Carbon Taxes, banning low-pressure freon, and uninspected entry of foreign nationals and infected cattle across U.S. borders.

Still, it is a step up from Lolita Ocasional Cortex and other looter-agenda Dems angling for a piece of the federal payroll. Here’s hoping she loses by just a few LP spoiler votes to some skanky pro-energy Republican fascist who wants Dixiecrats with guns to rewrite the first three words of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Looter politicians only learn manners when defeated by Libertarian spoiler votes. Think of it as evolution in action.

These are the same spoiler votes that cause Republican National Socialists to off-handedly refer to libertarian candidates as (bomb-throwing communist) anarchists while gorging on Nixon anti-Libertarian Law subsidies buying media hype for their campaigns. LP spoiler votes also cause Republican politicians to defect to the LP and repeal the party’s cruel and bigoted laws.

Herbert Hoover also had ku-klux and dry Sharia support in 1932, and Prohibition Party radio evangelists worshipped Dry Hope Hoover’s footprints. Find out how the Liberal Party of 1930 wrote the 1931 legalize beer plank the Dems rode to five (05) successive victories while crushing Christian National Socialism in Germany. Prohibition and The Crash is live on Amazon Kindle for the cost of a pint. Read it on a cellphone using the free Kindle app.

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The Britannica Article labeled “Liberal Party, America” is an example of facile lying. Like the rewriting of Sumner’s “The Forgotten Man” into FDR’s paean for Soviet collectivism to blot out the original, the anonymous (I’d be ashamed too) Britannica article completely ignores reality and invents whatever fiction can be cold-decked into the game to further altruist totalitarianism. Small wonder the limey looter intelligentzia has to this day blocked realization of the July 2016 Brexit vote. If Americans were as easily hoodwinked, the current president would still be awaiting inauguration 35 months after being elected against adverse odds on Paddypower!

 

Lest We Forget

Too late, baby

86% 2 yrs after Bush faith-based asset forfeiture wrecked the economy!

Every time Sharia Law Republicans wreck the economy in their endless wars on Beer, The Demon Rum, or Enjoyable Plant Leaves, there’s a recession, unemployment, and memory loss. On March 4, 1933 not a single Republican outside of the Chicago Tribune could remember the Jones 5&10 law, or Mabel Willebrandt’s use of the communist income tax to jail Beer Barons and confiscate property, plant & equipment along with bank and brokerage accounts. The commercial banks financing docks, cargo ships, radio station, warehouses and logistics at Atlantic Highlands were lost down a memory hole along with how Bert Hoover’s Moratorium on Brains helped National Socialism gain power in Germany.

The Prohibition party soldiered on, urging shoot-first prohibitionism as what Christ would be doing. Their Creation Pseudoscientists insisted that Jesus had turned raisins, not water, into wine, as GOP ward heelers tried their best to forget THEM as Alf Landon, Wendell Willkie, Thomas Dewey, then Dewey again struggled to revive interest in chain gangs, bank account confiscation and the gunning down of motorists by dry killers in the interest of Christian purity.

Finally the Ike/Nixon ticket was elected and now you now know who Ike was talking about when he said “military-industrial complex.” Silent Majority brownshirts, Moral Majority blackshirts, Operation Intercept, market crashes, and oil crises. Non-poisonous LSD was declared dangerous and Agent Orange safe by government drug bureaucracies.

A couple of dead Kennedys later Nixon pulled the brass ring and won again after a bullet-riddled George Wallace threw in the towel and quit blocking kids from entering schools. History shows us that Republicans who win a second term promptly push the Prohibition Party planks calling for police to shoot people over plant leaves, then use those same guns to threaten and intimidate physicians with female clients.

History also shows us that just as Bryanist and Prohibitionist spoiler votes brought the income tax and Prohibition amendments, Libertarian spoiler votes are undoing past experiments with National Socialism. Women knelt in front of saloons to urge prohibition. Realizing their error, VOTING women in 1932 cast ballots for the Liberal Party repeal plank and ended most of the initiation of force accelerating the Depression.  Now is a good time to take a new pledge:

I certify that I oppose the initiation of force to achieve political or social goals.

To find out more about how weaponized fanaticism in the US–as elsewhere–uses the violence of law to cause economic collapse, read Prohibition and The Crash–Cause and Effect in 1929, is live at Amazon Kindle for the price of a pint.

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