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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Wonder Warthog’s Snout

Americans grow up with superheroes ‘n such. Sgt. Rock, Superman, Spiderman, Mr. A, Dr. Atomic and best of all, The Hog of Steel! Wonder Warthog turned up in mid-60s Drag Cartoons as technologist of scattershields and mechanical engineering, then resurfaced in the refined and sophisticated literature bristling up and down Haight Street all the way down to Market and to the Fillmore at Van Ness. Comics were the market currency with which kids learned to bargain, haggle and barter back in the day–skills that settled the Cold War on the side of Do Your Own Thing.

Skepticism struggled against the suspension of disbelief as Sgt. Rock’s deltoid looked the same after being shot dozens of times. How did Superman’s X-ray vision simultaneously project and receive? And howcum Wonder Warthog’s snout looked unlike those of pigs in the wilds of Texas and Mato Grosso? What was his other secret (besides identity)?

Research on the Opium Wars, Panic of 1907 and Balkan Wars required research in mail order catalogs of the sort Pearl S. Buck’s missionary father ordered stuff sent to China from at right about the time of the Boxer Rebellion, and lo! The secret of that most prurient of snouts was laid bare. As anarchist Leon Frank Czolgosz fired a bullet into President McKinley, patent lawyers sweated over the:

No wonder he was pissed off!

Extry, extry! Wonder Warthog victim of cruelty!

Thumbscrews! Is it any wonder Wonder Warthog became THE libertarian champion of freedom alongside Mr. A and Spidey? This Austintatious champion of laissez-faire was not only mutilated, but was also (SPOILER ALERT) Continue reading