Watching Nick Sarwark get bushwhacked by the debating tactics of a libertarian-impersonating anarchist made for a sense of foreboding over Jacob Sullum debating a prohibitionist. The opening argument–that violent narcs murder and maim people–could have been copied from the 46-year-old news clipping above. (link) Sullum recited almost identical stories of brutal mayhem against bystanders and even brought up the deliberate mass-poisoning of populations by adding wood alcohol to ethanol–of which practice God’s Own Prohibitionist (a novelist and pseudoscience hack) feigned ignorance, even surprise. Continue reading
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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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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Remember this argument? “We can’t stop arresting people for plant leaves; the country would lose its membership in the World Health Organization!” Yet when you visit the WHO website, there is no FAQ, paragraph or line in evidence about how wonderful it is for taxation to send men with guns to shoot and arrest teenagers and minority citizens as an example to would-be plant leaf aficionados. Portugal, Uruguay and Mexico–now joined by Canada, have decriminalized plant leaves. Women just recently achieved individual rights in Ireland! Yet there is little mention of these facts in the looter press or soi disant “World” organizations.
But the disinformation is still there in Animal Farm format: plant leaves baaad! The altruistic reader, however, is now expected to independently conclude: therefore weaponized prohibition goood! The conditioning method more closely resembles what Aldous Huxley wrote while living in Fascist Italy than the methods his student Eric Arthur Blair included in Nineteen Eighty-Four. To induce politicians to order police to “regrettably” shoot our children, these tax-subsidized bureaucrats publish the following propaganda:
Chronic health effects of cannabis use (propaganda alert!)
- selective impairment of cognitive functioning which include the organization and integration of complex information involving various mechanisms of attention and memory processes;
- prolonged use may lead to greater impairment, which may not recover with cessation of use, and which could affect daily life functions;
- development of a cannabis dependence syndrome characterized by a loss of control over cannabis use is likely in chronic users;
- cannabis use can exacerbate schizophrenia in affected individuals;
- epithetial injury of the trachea and major bronchi is caused by long-term cannabis smoking;
- airway injury, lung inflammation, and impaired pulmonary defence against infection from persistent cannabis consumption over prolonged periods;
- heavy cannabis consumption is associated with a higher prevalence of symptoms of chronic bronchitis and a higher incidence of acute bronchitis than in the non-smoking cohort;
- cannabis used during pregnancy is associated with impairment in fetal development leading to a reduction in birth weight;
- cannabis use during pregnancy may lead to postnatal risk of rare forms of cancer although more research is needed in this area.
The health consequences of cannabis use in developing countries are largely unknown beacuse (their spelling) of limited and non-systematic research, but there is no reason a priori to expect that biological effects on individuals in these populations would be substantially different to what has been observed in developed countries. However, other consequences might be different given the cultural and social differences between countries. (end propaganda alert)
Do the brainwashers apologize for the thousands of persons zealously shot to death? for the tens of thousands of man-years of prison sentences imposed? for the economic collapse brought about when prohibitionist asset-forfeiture raids on banks, brokerages, homes and automobiles cause money to flee into hiding, thereby contracting the money supply into liquidity crises? Not a word about that. The formula is the cowardly smear-by-association exemplified in Atlas Shrugged:
She saw at a glance what they (the State Science Institute) had done. She saw the sentences: “It may be possible that after a period of heavy usage, a sudden fissure may appear, though the length of this period cannot be predicted. . . . The possibility of a molecular reaction, at present unknown, cannot be entirely discounted. . . . Although the tensile strength of the metal is obviously demonstrable, certain questions in regard to its behavior under unusual stress are not to be ruled out.
The same sort of superstitious innuendo serves as pretext for the initiation of deadly force against anything suspected of bringing a smile to someone’s face or being of some utility to the living of their own lives. The World Health Organization–like all products of National or International Socialist coercion–is haunted by the fear that someone, somewhere, might be happy.
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Before 1972, everybody on the planet understood clearly that anarchism is a communist theory embraced by persons to whom the world owes a living. Anarchists naturally rely on the same deception, coercion and deadly violence that is used in the collection of taxes–and even legitimate debts.
With fewer than 4000 votes the Libertarian Party prompted secular looters to change their definition of “anarchism” and extended to pregnant women in These United States and Dominions the protection of individual rights against mystical Dixiecrat depredations. To George Wallace supporters the LP was clearly a nest of cleverly disguised commie atheists pressing for the racial suicide of white folks and obstructing the Comstock Laws. Why? Because Ayn Rand–whose writings inspired the formation of the party–was completely non-superstitious–therefore a communist. After all, she even sounded Russian!
The problem was how to keep the Libertarian Party option out of the sight of voters. Republican and Democratic soft machines had dealt with competition from communist anarchists back before socialism was associated with gulags, Siberia, mass starvation, censorship, concentration camps, firing squads, Auschwitz, Treblinka, Sobibór, Nowogrodek… Back in 1936 socialism and anarchism were associated with the fictional writings of the likes of London, Bellamy, Steinbeck, Howells, Goldman, Goebbels and Hitler–none of them Republicans or Democrats. To guard against spoiler votes that might confuse the voters, the 1936 party faithful used the violence of local election laws to neutralize their socialist-anarchist competitors.
Richard Nixon’s 1971 tweaking of the tax code had made tax money available for suppression of libertarian candidates. The media understood there was money on the table for anyone equating the libertarian and communist parties. Satisfying results appeared in print media before the next general election.
Conscripts flowing into Southeast Asia meant coffins stuffed with young men who might otherwise have voted against the draft, religious sumptuary laws and foreign entanglements. Voter suppression was already a hardball racket back then, and rigged elections are still the norm. The suppression continues, of course, with millions kept from voting by grinding court cases and lengthy parole or probation terms over victimless plant leaves, stems, seeds and even roots! For 46 years Republicans have called libertarians anarchist liberals while Democrats struggled to lump the LP in with Republicans, Dixiecrats, religious Juntas and nationalsocialists in general without once referring to the party platform or pledge endorsing non-aggression. So how is this working out?
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