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The wisdom of Milton Friedman

As the great Milton Friedman observed long ago, socialism does not advance its own supposed objectives regarding equality and social justice:

And this was before the current nightmare began to unfold in socialist Venezuela, where only those in power or with connections are getting enough to eat. Already Friedman had seen the same tragedy play out repeatedly.

At this point in history, you cannot be a socialist without being laughably ignorant, frighteningly malevolent, or both.


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Socialism is force

Milton Friedman says economic freedom works because it is morally right. Socialism is morally wrong and consequently does not work.


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The new America Revolution is on!

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Pamela Anne (Politichicks) says 74-year old Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is proclaiming his Democrat candidacy is a revolution, stating that his anti-establishment campaign is about philosophy. His enthusiastic supporters include the primarily disillusioned millennia wedded to his political philosophy of "free stuff" as a "right" and the far-left committed socialists who dismiss the nation's nineteen-trillion dollar debt and the roughly 94 million people who have dropped out of the labor force because they could not find work.

Both political parties are experiencing an insurgency. What differs in the two parties are the perceived causes of the national decline and it's affect on its citizens. The Socialist Left is convinced wealth redistribution is the solution. Sanders has made it the centerpiece of his campaign. The Right is rallying for a return to Constitutional governance and rule of law to re-establish liberty and equal treatment under the law; the return of free (and fair) market principles to rebuild our economy and the reclaiming of our national sovereignty by protecting our borders and stopping illegal immigration.

I contend that Sanders' candidacy is not a political revolution but an evolution of the socialism-Marxist philosophy initiated in the US in the early 19th century. Today, the Democratic Socialists of America's organization is the only official member of the worldwide Socialist International party. In 2008, the US branch supported Barack Obama's candidacy, but both Obama and the organization deny his socialist-Marxist agenda. Bernie Sanders, however, openly declares himself a democratic socialist who extols the Scandinavian's approach to the socialistic society.

The Republican Party is experiencing an anti-establishment insurgency too, while a political revolution swells nationally among angry citizens who feel betrayed by those they elected to stop the Obama agenda. Instead, the house and senate passed the $1.1 trillion 2,000-plus page omnibus bill that essentially pays off the donor class, lobbyists and advances Obama's immigration agenda by more than tripling the number of H-2B visas for foreign workers looking for low-wage jobs in the agriculture industry and the entertainment industry such as theme parks and golf courses.

The Declaration of Independence clearly states that the government derives "their just powers from the consent of the governed."

The Republicans dismissed the founding document's philosophy and ruled without consideration to the mandate given them by their constituency.

The response from the voters is a new American Revolution -- hopefully a velvet one rather than an iron fist.

The governed have been increasingly agitated with the political class over a number of years. The polling surveys confirm a growing sentiment.

In early 2010, a Rasmussen poll reported by the Washingtonblog.com found that:

"Seventy-one percent (71%) of all voters now view the federal government as a special interest group, and 70% believe that the government and big business typically work together in ways that hurt consumers and investors. That helps explain why 75% of voters are angry at the policies of the federal government, and 63% say it would be better for the country if most members of Congress are defeated this November…"

60% of voters questioned said neither party has a good understanding of the nation's needs.

23% said that the two parties are "so much alike that an entirely new political party is needed to represent the American people."

In the summer of 2011, the Washingtonblog.com reported a drop from 21% to 17% of Americans who believe the U.S. government had the "consent of the governed".

Only 6% approved of the Congress. Their perception of congress is that they are "crooks"

Fox News contributor and well respected pollster, Patrick Caddell, has been predicting a revolution for several years. Caddell has referred to the recent political landscape as prerevolutionary, citing it as a "launch-pad" for outsider Donald J. Trump's candidacy and party insurgents, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Caddell, conducting a multi-year series of the survey data from the "Smith Project" has synthesized the information to indicate a new paradigm is remerging; one that indicates the old order is in a death spiral as we witness a birthing of a new political order.

Caddell's polling since 2013, shows two-thirds of Americans believe the nation is decline; that their children will be worse off, not better off than them. 75% believe that America is "a unique nation and that we should protect our unique character".

The South Carolina exit polls surveyed what Americans are most concerned about:

Terrorism -- 32%
Economy/Jobs -- 28%
Government Spending -- 27%
Immigration -- 10 %

When exiting voters were asked, "Which best describes your feelings about the way the federal government is working?" The South Carolina poll said that 92% of voters were dissatisfied or angry.

In Iowa, 91% of the voters agreed as did 88% of the New Hampshire voters.

53% of the voters feel betrayed.

Nevada polls likewise confirm the populist revolution with approximately 60% caucus-goers saying they are angry and 35% are dissatisfied. Perhaps the greatest evidence was the large turnout of Nevada's 75,000 voters, more than doubling the 2012 turnout of 33,000.

President John F. Kennedy said in his speech on March 13, 1962 to the Latin American republics' Diplomatic corps: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."

Let's pray that this is a peaceful revolution.



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Here's a great recap on the violence and other crap that they've done already...


#occupywallstreet The Rap Sheet So Far

Death, violence, drugs, disease, property destruction...

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Tea Partiers say bring it....

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Chriss W. Street says social liberals are extremely frustrated that the "worker’s paradise" that seemed so near three years ago, is fast slipping away due to voter rejection.   With the huge borrowing and spending stimulus failing to revitalize the economy, social liberals took to the streets in Occupy Wall Street movements around the country.   But the movement is rapidly being taken over by vicious Marxist elements bent on over-throwing capitalism with violent revolution, called "Black Bloc."

 

In 2008, candidate Barack Obama campaigned in Germany and France to trumpet that America would soon bond with Europe and "Together, we must forge trade that truly rewards the work that creates wealth."   These are code words for America is embracing Europe’s collectivist march.   Over the next two years, Obama and his veto proof Congress legislated for the collectivization of healthcare, socialization of financial services, bail-out the unionized auto industry, and unbounded arrays of new regulatory constraints to fundamentally transform the U.S. economy.   In solidarity: the United Nations designated October, 31, 2011 as the beginning of the International Year of the Cooperative to celebrate "the beginnings of a genuine discussion and debate about different economic models -- models that value fairness at their core."

The breadth of socialist ambition and the failure of massive borrow and spend initiatives to deliver economic recovery led to spontaneous rise of the TEA Part movement in America and an epic rejection of social liberal policies at the polls in 2010.   Following that electoral shellacking, a broad spectrum of pundits urged Barack Obama in the words of Politico to: "move to the center to find common ground with the GOP and adopt the 'triangulation' strategy employed by Bill Clinton after his 1994 midterm losses."

Social liberals have howled this year at what they see as Obama's lurch to the political center as selling out their core values.   Bent on creating their own spontaneous movement; social liberals quickly latched onto the Occupy Wall Street movement.   Over $500,000 in donations poured in as labor unions and elected officials embraced the movement.   Marches and occupations sprung up nationwide to serve as a national microphone for the cause.

 

But within the movement, a cadre of hard core Marxists, seeking violence to achieve their goals, has increasingly taking control of governance of Occupy locations across America.  In celebration of anarchist tactics of wearing black clothing, scarves, ski masks, motorcycle helmets and other face-concealing items and carry shields and truncheons to vandalize property; these, "The Black Bloc," revolutionaries were on violent display in the Occupy Oakland riot last week. .

Occupy locations around the nation have set-up General Assemblies ("GA") for governance of their communes.   The Black Bloc disproportionately influence decisions made at the GAs, since the majority of the Occupy participants only show up for demonstrations; while the Black Bloc is a much more dominant proportion of the group that camps overnight on a consistent basis.

Occupy internet sites and forums make the anarchist justification: "destruction of property is not violence."  Some are arguing that since this movement is nascent, now is not the time for violence since it would alienate the mainstream -- but that they would support its use once events have advanced sufficiently.  Even those who disagree with the use of violence and vandalism are unwilling to oppose or condemn Black Bloc; since that would be siding with "the enemy."  But there is real outrage for demonstrators labeled the "peace police," for failing to respect "diversity of tactics," who tried to stop Black Bloc’s trashing of Whole Foods Market.   The "coded idea is that if you are against destruction of property, you are aligning with those of privilege."

In mid-October, a Time magazine national poll found: "Occupy movement has a 54 percent favorable rating; the TEA Party’s rating is 27 percent."  But after the vandalism in Oakland and reported rapes at Occupy encampments in New York, Dallas, Cleveland and Baltimore; 33% of Likely U.S. Voters hold a favorable view of the protesters, while 43% regard them unfavorably

Cold weather may slow the Black Bloc down, but come spring these Marxist will go into overdrive.  Last week Occupy Wall Street protesters gave a warm welcome to Alex Callinicos, professor of European Studies at King’s College in London, self-proclaimed Marxist, and author of: "The Anti-Capitalist Manifesto."  Asked if the upcoming revolution can be non-violent he responded violence could only be avoided if the: "1 percent accept the decisions of the 99 percent,"’ which he predicted would never happen.   The growing Black Bloc violence is clearly meant to communicate that the Occupy protests are not just against the top 1% anymore; they are against capitalism and the interests of the broad middle class.

  


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