Independence During Prohibition

pre-libertarian repeal

Chicago Tribune, 5 July 1931. The top step says Less Graft

1931 was the year the Liberal Party published its platform rejecting socialism, welfare and the dole and calling for repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment and all Blue Laws. This pre-libertarian party’s platform provided the framework for the repeal plank that got Democrats elected five times running.

The cartoon was published 86 years ago, but only 41 years before the libertarian party formed. Because they themselves lacked the courage to stand up to the Klan and other empires of murderous mysticsm, Republicans in 1932 began pronouncing “liberal” the way German National Socialists pronounced it–expectorated with a hiss, the same way they pronounced “Jew.” Then again, freedom is not at all popular among National Socialists.

It’s a pity the Democratic Party platform committee has been entirely taken over by ecological national socialists. Those worthies are far more preoccupied with an Aryan model of purity; not Aryan purity, mind you, but environmental purity with transfer payments from producers to non-producers. The Liberal Party was not collectivist and eschewed coercive solutions.

Do you ever need translations of environmental laws and regulations written in Portuguese or Spanish? I also translate lawsuits and contracts, and interpret depositions and full-blown hearings.

Economic Collapse, July 1930

Prohibition caused Depression

Chicago Tribune 17NOV1930

The stock market crash of 1929 marked the realization that prohibition laws would soon destroy the US economy and banking system. By mid-1930, financial collapse was so well underway that the old prohibition enforcement districts were redrawn to conform closely to existing Federal Reserve districts. This change took effect on July 1, 1930, the month Cook County Assessor Gene G. Oliver was convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to 18 months in prison and fined $12,500 by Judge Woodward in Chicago.

Here is a breakdown of the districts.

The transfer of the prohibition enforcement activity from the Treasury Department to the Department of Justice under the Williamson Act took place on July 1, 1930, under the Bureau of Industrial Alcohol in the Treasury Department, retained the duty of issuing permits for the manufacture and use of alcohol and other intoxicating liquor for non-beverage purposes, and of supervising the activities of the permitees.  The 27 prohibition districts hitherto existing were rearranged into 12 new districts, with boundaries corresponding in some measure with the 10 judicial circuits.  (Misdirection! The districts were a nearly perfect fit to the Federal Reserve Districts–tr)

1. Boston: Maine, N. Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, R. Island, Connecticut
2. New York: New York State and Porto Rico
3. Philadelphia: New Jersey; Pennsylvania, Delaware
4. Richmond: Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, N. Carolina, South Carolina, DC.
5. New Orleans: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas.
6. Cincinnati: Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee
7. Chicago: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin.
8. St. Paul: Minnesota, N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska.
9. Kansas City: Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma.
10. Denver: Arizona, Colorado, N. Mexico, Utah, Wyoming.
11. San Francisco: California, Nevada, Hawaii.
12. Seattle: Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Alaska.
Source: NY World Almanac 1931 p 36

That same day, the Bank of Winter Park, Florida, closed its doors. As prohibition asset-forfeiture confiscations continued, many other banks would close. The Liberal Party, formed in 1930, published a plank in 1931 calling for the repeal of blue laws and the Prohibition Amendment. The Democratic Party copied this plank in the summer of 1932–in the middle of a major banking panic–and went on to win the election in November. That is s demonstration of the law-changing clout of libertarian party spoiler votes. By the time Franklin D. Roosevelt was sworn in as president in March of 1933, every bank in the nation had already closed its doors.

If you are disappointed not to have learned this in school, join the crowd. But be sure to choose a financial and accounting translator who won’t overlook things and cause added disappointment.

Voter Comparison Shopping

When was the last time you saw political party platform planks compared? The entrenched Kleptocracy parties both claimed to be different in 2016. Are they?

The Democrats still want your kids incarcerated for marijuana, only now they want to class it in the same category as methamphetamine and cocaine instead of heroin. The Libertarian Party is against sending men with guns to kick down doors–especially when no harm has been done to merit such violence. The Republican Party wants that Old Testament Prohibitionism that caused most of our financial crashes and economic depressions. Sound farfetched? Exaggerated?

Here is the 2016 straddle plank the Democratic party added to its lengthy platform by the narrowest of margins before choosing a candidate:

Because of conflicting federal and state laws concerning marijuana, we encourage the federal government to remove marijuana from the list of “Schedule 1″ federal controlled substances and to appropriately regulate it, providing a reasoned pathway for future legalization.

Here is the Libertarian plank that covers policy on marijuana:

The prescribed role of government is to protect the rights of every individual including the right to life, liberty and property. Criminal laws should be limited in their application to violations of the rights of others through force or fraud, or to deliberate actions that place others involuntarily at significant risk of harm. Therefore, we favor the repeal of all laws creating “crimes” without victims, such as the use of drugs for medicinal or recreational purposes. [Banned from televised debates]

Here is the Republican plank on some drugs:

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. Congress and a new administration should consider the long- range implications of these trends for public health and safety and prepare to deal with the problematic consequences.

True, the Dems pretend to believe they can repeal the Second Amendment, enact Kristallnacht laws, abolish guns and turn These States into a banana republic or European satrapy. And the GO-Pee platform flatly asserts it wants to change the 14th Amendment so that “All Persons Born” will again be interpreted to mean “All Ova Fertilized,” everywhere, not just in Dixieland as it was before the Libertarian Party electoral vote earned in December of 1972. That vote led to the Roe v. Wade decision recognizing that pregnant women have individual rights in January 1973. (Yep. Libertarian spoiler votes have been vacating bad jurisprudence for 45 years). Their biggest mistake was to cave in to Green Watermelon spoiler votes aimed at making electricity generation more difficult and expensive than it already is. That is the only real difference between the GOP-Tea Party-Klan and the DEM-Green-CPUSA United Fronts.

There is no difference between being flung in jail or shot by conscience-stricken Democrats or lustily bragging Republicans.  Both want hemp users arrested by the violence of law–that, fines and imprisonment are what their platforms offer voters–and visit upon those too young to vote or buy beer. Prohibition laws are marketing tools passed and enforced for a profit that is well-hidden from view. They distort the supply and demand curves to raise prices; that is the purpose of all marketing.

If you are surprised that these precursors to legislation are what make the laws, try not to be surprised by bad translations of legal material in court.  A competent court interpreter can be as valuable as a competent attorney in defense of your rights.

 

 

 

Libertarian spoiler votes repeal bad laws. GOP hurting from unpopular win. LP covers gap in 11 states aggregating 124 electoral votes

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Dry Presidents

When Hoover was still president

Economic Results of Republican Prohibition Policies

Republican presidents Rutherford Hayes (1877-81), Benjamin Harrison (1889-93) and Herbert Hoover had three things in common: none drank alcohol, all were intensely and mystically religious, all presided major depressions–much like the one that began in 2007. Donald Trump never drinks or gets high either, but endorses all of the faith-based GOP policies that lead to economic collapse, market crashes, bankruptcies, recession and unemployment.

Rutherford Hayes, husband of Lemonade Lucy elected in a recession, returned control of the South to the prohibitionist Ku-Klux Klan, then signed a treaty drastically curtailing Chinese immigration. His wife banned all alcoholic beverages from ALL government functions.

Benjamin Harrison was, like George Bush Jr., the dynastic son of a US president. After defeating sitting president Grover Cleveland, Harrison signed the inflationary Silver Purchase Act that used the US mints to subsidize Western mining corporations. Harrison also signed the Antitrust Act, and abetted a coup to topple the Hawaiian government. The accelerating economic panic strengthened the looter People’s Party (pushing for a Communist Manifesto income tax) which received nearly 9% of the vote and 4 seats in the House. A high tariff on legal opium had created a smuggling industry by rail down from godless Canada. That avenue Harrison pinched off a month before the March 4 inauguration following Grover Cleveland’s  second election victory. This sudden regulatory change exacerbated the financial tumult of the times, and the People’s party pushed through an income tax neither entrenched party wanted. This deepened the depression until the Supreme Court, in desperation, struck down the parasitical monster.  Voters then struck down the parasitical William Jennings Bryan, who also despised beer and stumped for tee-totalitarianism.

Herbert Hoover’s Chinese interpreter had to surreptitiously drink all the liquor their hosts offered the mining engineer. This was back when the martial artist Boxer Rebellion sought to evict the foreign devils and their heroin from the Celestial Empire. Hoover promised in his inaugural speech was a “consecration under God…through the guidance of Almighty Providence”. “We are steadily building a new race,” promised the new president, nine years after Adolf Hitler endorsed “a Positive Christianity” and five years after Mein Kampf declared that positive Christianity the embodiment of ethical altruism. Hoover decried “disregard and disobedience of law” just 24 hours after mandatory minimum mystics in Congress made a 12-pack of light beer a federal felony with a five-year prison term and a fine equivalent to $110,000 in 1996 dollars. Asset forfeiture, instituted in 1932 and enforced by Hoover’s Executive Order using income tax inspection as a prohibition enforcement mechanism, completely shut down the entire national banking system BEFORE Franklin Roosevelt’s inauguration. Hoover’s election was the last Republican victory for 24 years, during which time God’s Own Prohibitionists struggled to erase all records linking their policies to the financial ruin of the nation while Christian National Socialists were speedily tried and hanged in Nuremberg. In fact, the first use of simultaneous interpreters was precisely to speed up the trials and execution of Nazi war criminals.

Jimmy Carter banned most alcoholic beverages from the White House and kept all recreational drugs illegal. Good luck getting the Dems to nominate another faith-addled mystic. Which brings us to the current Republican nominee, the one, the Dilbert cartoonist assures us, “reportedly never had a drink, an illegal drug, or a cigarette.” George Waffen Bush invited faith-based organizations to wax fat and fanatical on federal funding through the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. These transfer payments from taxpayers to unproductive hands were preserved and expanded to include Mohammedan faith-based organizations by Democratic President Barak Obama. Obama also firmly enforces the criminalization of victimless enjoyment of cannabis, including asset-forfeiture confiscation of homes, property and bank accounts. Obama’s likely successor (favored by bookies at 3 to 1 odds to win in the Electoral College) Mrs. Clinton also promises to bleed tax dollars for asset forfeiture and toward the coffers of collectivised lobbyists who want men with guns sent out to arrest doctors or kill young people over vegetable matter and pregnancy prophylaxis pills. That is the situation today in a prohibitionist global depression that began in 2007.

Please consider making a donation to a Libertarian Party Candidate near you. Every libertarian spoiler vote is worth 6 to 36 votes wasted on tax-and-spend looter prohibitionists.

 

Prohibition, Crash, Repeal, repeat

Depression drives repeal

Black indicates Dry Counties banning Drink in a 1913 newspaper

A lot of misdirection goes into keeping voters from noticing recurrent patterns. No Republican wants to hear awkward questions like “Why did the economy collapse during alcohol prohibition in 1907 and 1929?” It took the GOP twenty years to erase connection between Prohibition and The Crash and again put religious zealots in the saddle–with Richard Nixon as Vice-President. “Under God” was added to the Bellamy Pledge of Allegiance and graven images were added to our currency.
Yet the record of history won’t go away. The internet has made it possible for people to look up unrevised history and see “politics as she is.” Take the Panic of 1907, when the labeling requirements of the Pure Food and Drug Law of 1906, brought on by a Chinese boycott of US exports, became enforceable. Sears and Montgomery Wards could no longer quietly ship heroin-spiked alcoholism cures and syringes to China. Distillers were brought under scrutiny as the US Pharmacopeia became a legal standard for defining words such as “whiskey.” Surely similar events had nothing to do with the asset-forfeiture Crash the George Bush Jr. Administration oversaw in 2007–that by 2008 had completely collapsed the United States economy. Or could it? The one word you never see in connection with the Panic of 1907, Crash of 1929 or Depressions of 1932, 1988, or 2007-12 is PROHIBITION.

During TR and Taft’s Republican “noughts,” only Mr Dooley had the courage to mention the spiking of whiskey with cheap morphine in the South. There was a morphine glut because the Chinese were again (as in 1837, 1840, 1856, 1900 and 1907) upset enough to again forcibly exclude the dumping of genuinely addictive narcotics over there. Such dumping was indeed permitted by a punitive treaty the US had ratified after the Boxer Rebellion. The dumping of opiates in the Philippine Islands and Hawaii at about this time led to a frightening surge in addiction. Pretty soon, Americans enforcing sudden “cold turkey” prohibition in the Philippine Islands (while also banning the relatively less harmful alternative, beer) were picked off by snipers and hacked to bits in insurgent raids.

The US economy felt a depression in 1903-04 as another haughty treaty (defining Christians as good) heaped humiliation upon the Celestial Empire. Domestically, the excesses of crony mercantilism clashed with fanatical prohibitionism, this time under Republican Theodore Roosevelt. It was Teddy who, as Police Commissioner, had closed down so many saloons in New York City. Beer was banned from all US military canteens and Post Exchanges. The 47th Annual Brewers’ Convention in 1907 reported that “Legislation of an unfavorable character has been undertaken in the legislatures of many states.” Ice was what made beer cold. Then as now “ice house” was usually a name for places cold beer was served. Dry Christianity, fresh from legislating Chinese Exclusion laws and labeling of narcotics as such, now declared Total War on The Ice Trust, including Knickerbocker, and Gambrinus Kingdom of Beer.  This struggle, assisted by Attorney-General Bonaparte, stretched and tore at the fabric of the US economy in the year 1907.

The Panic of 1907 was driven mainly by unintended consequences of prohibitionism, mostly in the Deep South. Alabama, for instance, made beer and the Demon Rum hideous crimes, with most of the state bone-dry in early 1907. A year later, after the economic collapse, the picture was completely reversed, yet no one admitted that prohibition had caused the Crash and Panic or that repeal was the logical response.

1907panic2007

When the stock market began its collapse in March of 1907, the President loudly denied government action had been the cause. Likewise with both George Bush asset-forfeiture Crusades–especially once the government had been packed with “faith-based” organizations and activists for Bush Jr’s second term. Sure enough, there were recessions in 1988, 1992 and 2007. Here is George Bush acting like the government had nothing to do with the debacle. Sure enough, not a word is said about the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) his Administration unleashed. But New Mexico, Vermont, Michigan, New Jersey, Arizona, Massachussetts, Washington, Maryland, Alaska and Oregon all legalized marijuana within seven years of George Bush’s asset-forfeiture crash. States had reacted to collapse in much the same way after President Hoover’s use of asset forfeiture to enforce laws that made light beer a felony.

The Flash Crash of May 6, 2016 coincided with DEA seizures of bank accounts belonging to Colombian nationals, and the Flash Crash of March 18, 2015 coincided down to the minute with international reaction to the release of the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, Volume II, Money Laundering and Financial Crimes on that date. None of these things are mentioned in the financial press or platforms of the entrenched political parties.  But the 2016 Republican Party Platform says nothing about the financial hazards of coercive prohibitionism, but rather:

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.

Compare that with the 2016 Libertarian Party Platform:

Therefore, we favor the repeal of all laws creating “crimes” without victims, such as the use of drugs for medicinal or recreational purposes.

Spare a thought for these myriad shocks to the US (and world) economies. Consider the safety and financial future of the younger generation as you prepare to vote.

 

 

 

Then and now, asset forfeiture crashes

1987DJIAAccording to Ronald Reagan, on Thursday, September 11, 1986, lunch with VP George H.W. Bush was followed by a lengthy cabinet meeting over proposed prohibitionist legislation.

Those were the heady days of “Just Say No,” when the Soviet Union was going broke and the Reagan administration was looking for ways to cut off all sources of income for the communist empire. The 9/11 drug bill in question contained items like using the military to invade other countries to enforce prohibition, an extra hundred million dollars to hire a drug army, Federal funds for state prisons, and “introduction of illegally obtained evidence at criminal trials in cases where a police officer acting in good faith makes an error in a warrantless search situation” … “forfeiture of substitute assets“,  “drug tests for all U.S. government employees in “sensitive” positions” and so on.  Reagan signed the resulting bill and called it a “National Crusade.” The way these laws are written, they only take effect a year after they are signed. You wouldn’t want cause and effect close enough together to draw attention to the financial charts.

1932banksuspensionsThe same sort of thing had been happening 55 years earlier, Herbert Hoover was president, beer was a major felony, several large banks in New York City had been involved in financing illegal alcohol and drugs, and Ronald Reagan had just turned 20.

Pres. Wilson’s son-in-law, William McAdoo, suggested that Congress pass a law confiscating all money owned by drug and alcohol operators. Pres. Hoover had already more than doubled the number of convicts in prison for victimless crimes. Money the government didn’t have was being appropriated for building new prisons and hiring hordes of agents an prosecutors.

In June 1932 the Senate passed the revenue act containing the asset forfeiture provisions, along with major tax hikes. Hoover lost the election in November, but would still be president until March 4, 1933. In the meantime banks for closing right and left because citizens, fearful of asset forfeiture confiscations, we’re removing all of their deposits, thereby contracting the amount of available credit. Tax revenue fell by nearly half before anyone had ever heard of the Laffer curve. Stockbrokers were only making money by selling short. Huge bootlegging and narcotics trials of wealthy and important defendants from arrests made back in 1928-1932 were running out of delaying tactics.

GOPNSDAPFinally, on December 13, 1932, President Hoover signed executive order 5970 –Inspection of Income Tax Returns–which allowed States to look at Federal income tax forms filed by corporations within their borders.

This was done quietly, with no fanfare in the newspapers. Few even realized what had happened until Hoover’s press conference of January 20 subtly spilling the beans. This realization dawned ten days before Hitler was named Chancellor of the same German Reich Hoover had nurtured and protected by his moratorium on war debt collections (the Moratorium on Brains). The House promptly cut off all funding for wiretaps and entrapment buying. Corporations began withdrawing money from banks, and over the course of the following month every single bank in the United States shut down even before Franklin D Roosevelt was sworn in to become President for Life and declare a “holiday,” complete with fines, imprisonment and forfeiture language. Religious conservatives have since that time pronounced the word “liberal” (in favor of repealing prohibition) the way their German counterparts pronounced the words “liberal” and “Jewish” (meaning laissez-faire).  In the rest of the English-speaking world, liberal still means the same thing that it meant–-even to religious conservatives–-in America before 1932.

Stay tuned for how these events relate to the Crash of 2007-8 and the ensuing Depression.