Ayn Rand v. Spoiler Votes

Luckily the LP is not a religion, and has no doctrine of infallibility. What it does is put into practice a suggestion made by Ayn Rand in 1947:

For a practical definition, if men merely agree that no man or number of men have the right to initiate the use of force against any human being (and that includes the forcible seizure of his property), that they have no such right for any purpose whatsoever, at any time whatsoever—that would be all we need, that would achieve a perfect Utopia on earth, that would include all the moral code we need. (LOAR 366)

Did Ayn Rand understand how spoiler votes change laws? Apparently not. Never has she explained how the income tax moved from the Communist Manifesto to the 16th Amendment. In The Fountainhead Dominique clearly opposes Prohibition, but how did it move from the Prohibition Party platform to the 18th Amendment? When asked in 1972 about the Libertarian Party she replied:

I’d rather vote for Bob Hope, the Marx Brothers, or Jerry Lewis—they’re not as funny as John Hospers and the Libertarian Party. If Hospers takes ten votes away from Nixon (which I doubt he’ll do), it would be a moral crime. … (George Wallace is no great thinker—he’s a demagogue, though with some courage—but even he had the sense to stay home this time.) If you want to spread your ideas, do it through education. But don’t run for president—or even dogcatcher—if you’re going to help McGovern. [FHF 72]

Rand’s vote-count error is reminiscent of the socialist “fixed pie” error Peikoff pointed out in a debate. Looters imagine there is only so much wealth, and that if you gain some, it is taken from someone else. Hospers and Nathan’s LP took nearly 4000 votes from parasitical competitors. The result was that the LP platform’s plank on overpopulation was copied almost verbatim into the Roe v Wade decision by the Supreme Court. This stopped Texas and Wallace Dixiecrat states from reviving Comstock laws to again ban all birth control, including abortion. This individual right Ayn Rand defended in keeping with the 14th Amendment.

Nixon’s party, on the other hand, got the “message” that George Wallace’s racial collectivist supporters sent to Washington with their 1968 votes (46 of them electoral votes). The Republicans imported some of Wallace’s planks and rhetoric and again scooped up the Klan vote–as they had in 1928. At 67, Ayn can’t be blamed for not realizing on October 22 that Wallace–in 1972 the leading Democratic contender–“had the sense to stay home” because he was shot May 15. Ayn hardly noticed that Bobby Kennedy (whom she doubtless saw as another heir of the Nazi Papacy) was fatally shot June 6th. When the GOP allowed Goldwater to lose to LBJ, that was NOT the republican endorsement of Jewish values or repudiation of christian naziism the author of “The Fascist New Frontier” had struggled to imagine.

Ayn Rand, born in an autocratic empire turned communist dictatorship, lacked experience with democracy. Like teevee personalities, she saw votes as vectors for hiring politicians, NOT as policy instruments with which individuals directly change laws. The idea of spoiler votes moving policy–as the U.S. Liberal Party votes did when she was 25, or as communist votes changed the U.S. Constitution when she was 8, never occurred to her then, or to most libertarians today.  But the religious Prohibition Amendment and communist Income Tax Amendment were championed by parties that averaged under 3% of the vote.

So when a brilliant ethicist opines that “taking ten votes away” from a lying, superstitious, girl-bullying fascist looter the likes of Richard Nixon is “a moral crime”, one has to wonder if philosophy, like science, “advances one funeral at a time.”

Words you can dance to

Clarity isn’t oversimplification

Ayn Rand’s description of the Crash and Depression in Atlas Shrugged more closely resembles the historical record than prior theories. Republicans have managed to efface Clark Warburton’s “The Economic Results of Prohibition”.  Prohibition and the Crash–Cause and Effect in 1929, takes Warburton’s work one step further. Live on Amazon Kindle for the price of a pint.

Prohibition and The Crash, on Amazon Kindle

 

Violent Shooter Manifestos

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Result of the Nixon anti-libertarian law

Like the Unabomber, Patrick the El Paso shooter wrote a manifesto. The Unabomber manifesto helped identify and arrest the violent anarchist. The El Paso amok’s confession includes Ecological National Socialist declarations of altruistic (not personal) motives in defense of the environment, and against being assimilated by foreigners. The thing even drips Dixiecrat eugenicist preaching agin’ shameless race mixers, oozes altruism, racial collectivism, and appeals to the initiation of force. Why? Because “we” need welfare, universal health care, and because racial mixing is SELFISH!

 

Republican President Theodore Roosevelt’s 1903 letter against “race suicide” (women practicing birth control) set the stage on paranoid racial collectivism when Adolf Hitler was an impressionable 14-year-old. Roosevelt 5 years earlier fired live ammo at Hispanics in Cuba, where he was resented as an invading foreigner. Hitler’s 1920 platform is a rich source of material for G.O.P. planks.

Democratic politicians and media groupies quote Patrick’s immigration rants with whoops of joy, but their silence on his econazi manifestations is as deafening as the vacuum of space. Quoting Al Gore for his title, under ECONOMIC REASONS the berserker praises “The Lorax“, claims “Water sheds… are being depleted. Fresh water is being polluted from farming and oil drilling operations” and bemoans “unnecessary plastic waste and electronic waste” and a shortage of “recycling”(!)

Under POLITICAL REASONS, this troubled son of a coddling psychologist mimics the Unabomber’s “centrist” stance as if channel surfing between Fox News and CNN. “The Inconvenient Truth is that… Democrat AND Republican, have been failing us…”  Patrick expressly fears “the Democrat party will own America,” ignoring the fact that the Dems LOSE every election by promising to tax the air we breathe and ban electric power the way Republicans try to ban plant leaves and birth control. Dems win after God’s Own Prohibitionists shatter the economy. This was so in 1932, 1992, and 2008.

Bill Clinton won because Reagan and Bush wrecked the economy, invaded other countries with impoverishing asset-forfeiture prohibitionism, and caused the Exodus Northward. Obama’s election was a remake.  Bush Junior packed DC with faith-based prohibitionist fanatics whose orgy of asset-forfeiture looting, like Herbert Hoover’s, wrecked the economy. Absorbing Dixiecrat racial collectivism after the 1968 election mongrelized the GOP.

I’d lay odds this initiation-of-force manifester has never heard of the Libertarian party, much less knows how libertarian spoiler votes have efficiently repealed bad laws since 1972. Thanks to Richard Nixon’s use of the IRS as a mechanism paying the media to ignore the LP, teevee-inculcated youngsters haven’t a clue there exists an effective mechanism for peaceful change that begins by choosing the new party on the ballot or by signing:

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

Find out how Temperance Pledge prohibitionists wrecked the U.S. economy in Prohibition and The Crash–Cause and Effect in 1929. Live on Amazon Kindle for the price of a pint.

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Legal and Financial document translations

South Carolina Libertarian Platform

I was led to the South Carolina Libertarian Party website by an irate mystical conservative. Everything that angered the conservative delighted me. Especially impressive are their platform planks.

The headers drop down into terse, yet clearly-worded summaries of the type of Libertarian Party principles on which John Hospers and Toni Nathan ran, beginning with 1 – Our Constitutional Republic:

Our Constitutional Republic was established to protect our rights to life, liberty, and property. The only legitimate purpose of Government is to preserve and protect our individual rights.

See the entire platform (here).

Up at the top-right of every page is a bright yellow DONATE link that accepts Paypal. This allows you to donate to the party even while vacationing in the Bahamas. Other state LPs use “services” that simply turn down credit card contributions over ISP providers outside These Sovereign States and Possessions, and do not allow Paypal accountholders to donate at all…

Luckily, there is healthy competition among State LPs

The Texas LP platform by comparison is as ragged a patchwork quilt as the State Constitution. Someone injected “LPTexas” into every available paragraph, much like a teenager with a can of spray paint. Readers are expected to puzzle out a jumbled maze of nitpicking pettifoggery over obscure regulations. Paypal contributors like myself are invited to drop dead or go look for a U.S. government post office. The future prospects of an LP taken over by folks who turn away supporters with money to donate is about the same as for those who spit on registered voters.

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Speaking of economic disasters, Prohibition and The Crash shows what happens when mystical prohibitionists infiltrate a government. It’s available in Kindle format from Amazon for about the price of a pint of legal beer. If your LP has a publication, I’m looking to advertise!

Independence under Prohibitionists, July 4

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 make that 88 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 way they pronounced “Jew.” Conservatives do this today. Democrats were beset by the pro-choice, antiwar Human Rights Party and Buffalo Party, and treacherously crushed both before the Libertarian Party was organized in 1971.

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. They also helped lead America out of the Republican-induced Depression.

Prohibition and The Crash explains the causal connections between asset-forfeiture prohibitionism and economic collapse. Live in July 2019 on Amazon Kindle for the average cost of a pint of craft beer. Read it on your phone or tablet.

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Herbert Hoover, Free-Market Individualist?

Herbert Hoover Public papers 1930, p. 89

How many times have you been urged to believe that President Herbert Hoover was a capitalist opposed to communo-fascist collectivism? Hoover himself, defeated in 1932 and unhorsed in 1933, characterized FDR policies as fascist regimentation. He should know:

Hoover’s 1931 Moratorium on Brains gave the National Socialist Party the needed boost to win in 1932. Both altruists opposed individual rights.

The motto of Hitler’s party was “The Common Good Before the Individual Good.”

See how all of this arose in the context of Prohibition and The Crash in Amazon Kindle format. Did Republican dry fanaticism wreck the economy?

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Prohibition and The Crash

Prohibition and The Crash

Portuguese-language edition on Amazon Kindle

If you are seriously trying to unravel the reasons behind the Crash of 1929 and the causes of the Great Depression which followed, this will open your eyes. The project–a banking interpreter’s searching examination into a mystery daunting to economists–sifts even the forbidden causes.

This took 21 years to get straight!

Prohibition and The Crash, English version on Amazon Kindle

In hindsight, the causality blank-out defies comprehension. Economists and historians were able to look back on prohibition, the Crash and the Depression without noticing the causal links between them–assuming they coexisted by the sheerest of coincidence. Back then the connection between prohibition and the economy was asserted daily and hotly debated.

“No one man will ever realize how big it is, so lay off.” –Al Capone, July 1930

“When the time comes that we can look at this depression objectively it will be our duty searchingly to examine every phase of it.”Herbert Hoover, June 15, 1931.

Maryland Senator Millard Tydings used statistical data to refute every argument advanced by proponents of prohibition. He also documented hundreds of cases of legalized murder (or extrajudicial killing) of ordinary citizens and bootleggers by wielders of police powers. His 1930 book examines economic effects and how the 18 new powers granted Congress by the looter amendments to the Constitution plus the character of the American people doomed economic dictatorships from the outset.

Defending shoot-first prohibitionism was Herman Feldman, Professor of Industrial Relations at the Amos Tuck School of Administration and Finance, Dartmouth College–1927. The way he tells the story, all of the postwar economic growth was due to the beneficial effects of national prohibition. After the Crash, his output ceased.

Prohibition and the Crash also sheds light on the causes of the Panic of 1893, Panic of 1907, and several lesser financial convulsions. It just might help to understand recent crashes during the Reagan (1987) and Clinton (2000) administrations, for the same ingredients were there.

Never is anything but government responsible for causing economic collapse. The fact was widely known and published in 1775 by Adam Smith:

Great nations are never impoverished by private, though they sometimes are by public prodigality and misconduct.

About taxes Smith reflected:

It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in kings and ministers to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, and to restrain their expense, either by sumptuary laws, or by prohibiting the importation of foreign luxuries.

The worst Stock Market Crashes began in 1929 two weeks after the Jones 5 and 10 Law (Increased Penalties Act) was signed on March 2 (two days before Herbert Hoover took office as President). But the average chart slope went from positive to negative on or about September 2, 1929, as former prosecutor Mabel Willebrandt explained enforcement tactics in “The Inside of Prohibition” syndicated in 20 major newspapers. Once investors understood the Income Tax and asset forfeiture were weaponized against beer, the collapse began about September 2 and accelerated. See for yourself.

Words you can dance to

Clarity isn’t oversimplification

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ERA 2… A New Hope

Subtle understatement

Sinfest.net nurtures controversy

After the Libertarian Party’s role in drafting Roe v. Wade euchred George Wallace Dixiecrats out of effective participation in the movement to restore the Comstock Laws, The Empire Struck Back.

That seminal 1972 election showing–with fewer than 4000 popular votes and one rational electoral vote– enabled the LP to protect pregnant women and doctors from fanatics by providing the language that framed the Roe v. Wade decision. Just as irritating to girl-bulliers was congressional approval of the 1972 version of the Equal Rights Amendment, to wit:

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
Section 3. This article shall take effect 2 years after the date of ratification.

True, Phyllis Schlafly’s cuckoo-infiltration remake of the Wizened Christian Temperance Union began an outpouring similar in content and shrillness to the original reaction to the Women’s Organization for National Prohibition Repeal 43 years earlier. To them the idea of women making their own reproductive choices was as odious an affront to Allah as the thought of beer NOT being a shoot-first felony. After all, had not the Methodist Board of Temperance and Other People’s Morals determined that proper temperance was the deadly force exerted by dry killers, often led by vigilante Men of God?

But a campaign of murdering doctors coupled with incessant dinning for eight different Constitutional Amendments to compel women into involuntary biological labor was put onto effect by activists of the American Party, Prohibition Party and Republican Party–the latter under prohibitionist control since 1928. The hysteria spread like Nationalsocialism and the ensuing remake of racial purity rallies staged at Klanbakes and Nuremberg outdid southern celebrations exulting in the Kennedy assassination, and even louder Burn-The-Beatles demonstrations put over as outpourings of “Our” Savior’s opinions.

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