Feral Bullies In action

The Washington Times reports that on Friday, the FBI arrested a pro-life activist in Pennsylvania for allegedly twice for “attack of a patient escort” because he shoved a pro-abortion activist to the ground twice during anti-abortion protests in Philadelphia in 2021. This is a federal crime under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act. The FACE Act makes it a federal crime to use force, intimidate or interfere with anyone because that person is a provider of reproductive health care. (Euphemism for abortion provider – not gynecologists.)

It isn’t the charges or the arrest that grates on the nerves. It is the manner in which the arrest was carried out.

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The price of slavery

What is slavery?

Libertarians tend to include taxation – involuntary taxation – as a form of slavery. That is, taxes forced out of people (whether the force is actual or implied/threatened) for which nothing of worth is actually exchanged. It is also theft or stealing, but because taxation (particularly of income or sales and use taxes) demands that a person work and turn part of what they earn or profit they gain by their work: it is certainly a form of theft. Equally, since government (or others who levy taxes) are stealing a part of our lives – time earning money that could be used for our own purposes, good or bad), this is a form of slavery.

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The watermelon gang

A number of prominent political commentators have recently spoken out about the dangers of Russian propaganda. In some cases, they’ve traced the Russian disinformation and propaganda pushed in the last three or four years back to the Soviet propaganda work all the way back to before World War Two.

There is considerable reason to agree with the conclusion that Russian – previously Soviet – propaganda has indeed influenced the world strongly for nearly a century. The Russians do indeed seem to be masters at the art and science.

That does not mean that their efforts are perfect, or always successful. As the last few months and the debacle (or so claimed) in Ukraine demonstrates. (Of course, the Ukrainians themselves are heirs to the Soviets and the Czars before them: indeed, Ukraine is the motherland of the Motherland: the Russian state and empire had its beginnings in Kievan Rus.) but still, Russian propaganda has a good track record dating back at least to Vladimir Lenin and the 1920s.

One of the biggest success stories in Russia’s propaganda program against the States – and the FedGov – may be the environist movement, starting during the American-Vietnamese War of the 1960s-1970s: a half-century ago.

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Politics 2022 – Why governments want inflation

On Wednesday, as expected and as we were warned dozens if not hundreds of times, the Fed raised interest rates. While we here at TPOL don’t pretend to understand the reasoning – or even why the Fed should have any power to establish interest rates – we do understand why people are worried and confused. We do not know if the increasingly panic-sounding warnings are legit or not. (We’ve heard it before.)

The confusion was seen stock markets, oil markets, and other indicators bounce all over the place. To add to the confusion, our dear Uncle Joe is spouting nonsense almost constantly regarding the economy. People still refuse to accept that political figures know as little about economics, the economy, and markets as the latest popular Hollywood displayer of cleavage or hypertrophied muscles. And as of Friday the 23rd of September 2022, the American (and overseas) stock markets are tumbling, courtesy of the Fed (according to most of the “expert” talking heads).

But even we here at TPOL don’t understand the complexities, we DO understand when prices go up and up and up – and when quantities in packaging of consumer products go down and down. And when more and more shelves – especially at grocery stores – get more and more empty. Even while prices climb.

And we understand why governments love inflation. Most governments, at least. Because in 2022, governments – national and most State governments – fund their madness by borrowing money. What TPOL often refers to as “taxing the future” and probably should be called “enslaving the future.”

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Memes, games, and fraud in the 2022 political climate

While we here at TPOL are working on a reduced schedule (for The Price of Liberty) and even going for hours at a time without listening to news, we can’t help hearing some. Like the accusations being made against a couple of Dixie governors by woke governors, attorneys, and talking heads.

We are, of course, talking about this rather brilliant political stunt that these Red State governors pulled: bussing border jumpers who are flooding their cities to localities that have declared themselves sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants and made it clear that they welcome any and all immigrants. Especially those fleeing political persecution.

Enter the Babylon Bee:

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Why the 2022 elections probably won’t change things in the States

Once again we are constantly told by pundits of all flavors that this upcoming election is critical to the future of the nation. With less than six weeks to go, our mailboxes are filled with political junk mail, the radio waves with sleazy and accusing adverts (and presumably so is television but we here at TPOL don’t watch the thing much), and media is harvesting all that lovely green stuff. We see this every two years, of course. We get used to it.

But really, will the elections in the various States really have any impact, any potential for improving (let along fixing) the many problems facing Americans (and the world)?

Past “critical” elections – often billed as “the most important in our history” – show that is very, VERY unlikely.

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Repost: Kleptocracy, conspicuous consumption, and arrogance

Publisher’s Note: Due to a glitch not found until late Saturday, the 17th, so that the website was not accessible, we did not this out to our subscribers and others in a timely manner, so we are republishing it. With a few tweeks.


Today’s American politicians are clearly trying to keep up with the Joneses – or in this case, with the House of Windsor.

Or so it seems. The death of Elizabeth reminds us that the Windsors are among the wealthiest families (or clans) on the whole planet – not even counting what they are paid by their subjects through taxation as levied by Parliament – that is, the House of Commons. (The House of Lords today being little more than a very formal (and expensive) stage show.) Much of their conspicuous consumption is paid out of their own pockets. Even if it is revenue from ill-gotten gains of past centuries and very long-term investments that surely were based on insider information!

But American politicians and political leaders have more in common with the politically-powerful elites of third-world countries. And the various past and present socialist utopias: Cuba, the DR Korea, China, and sundry banana republics of Latin America, arbitrary nations of Africa and the Middle East, etc. Their consumption (and arrogance) is supported by real-time extortion from taxpayers – and of course, “borrowing” money from future generations. Even more than “royal families” they are parasites.

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Ken Starr – and a bygone era

A few days ago, Ken Starr passed away, going Home, in Houston, Texas.

Although we here at The Price of Liberty did not agree with brother Starr on some things, politically, governmentally, or religiously, he was still a person who always strove to do what was right both in the sight of the Lord, in keeping with principles both of liberty and the Constitution, and certainly in love and respect for others. Even when that meant being condemned by all sides over various stands he took.

Of course, with an attitude like that, he was constantly condemned for what he did and tried to do, both in government and in academia. It is an old-fashioned attitude and one very few in the public eye, much less the public sector, exhibit today.

But he failed in many things because he could not (or would not) see clearly the true character of human government as an enemy both of God and of liberty, and tried to make something work that was broken beyond human repair.

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Perceptions – Martha’s Vineyard and other things

We humans tend to – and love to – exaggerate. Especially when it concerns our enemies and rivals: in romance, business, war,… or politics.

The latest (and rather amusing, in a weird sort of way) example is found at Fox News. People upset about Florida shipping 50 border-jumpers by air to Martha’s Vineyard are comparing the action, and the Florida governor, to ethnic cleansing, the Holocaust, human trafficking, and more. The upset people are concerned that people are being “forced” to relocate to the Massachusetts island and feel great sympathy.

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Kleptocracy, conspicuous consumption, and arrogance

Today’s American politicians are clearly trying to keep up with the Joneses – or in this case, with the House of Windsor.

Or so it seems. The death of Elizabeth reminds us that the Windsors are among the wealthiest families (or clans) on the whole planet – not even counting what they are paid by their subjects through taxation as levied by Parliament – that is, the House of Commons. (The House of Lords today being little more than a very formal (and expensive) stage show.) Much of their conspicuous consumption is paid out of their own pockets. Even if it is revenue from ill-gotten gains of past centuries and very long-term investments that surely were based on insider information!

But American politicians and political leaders have more in common with the politically-powerful elites of third-world countries. And the various past and present socialist utopias: Cuba, the DR Korea, China, and sundry banana republics of Latin America, arbitrary nations of Africa and the Middle East, etc. Their consumption (and arrogance) is supported by real-time extortion from taxpayers – and of course, “borrowing” money from future generations.

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