Saturday, April 21, 2018

‘Yes, I’m Running as a Socialist.’



The New York Times reports:
Rather than shy away from being called a socialist, a word conservatives have long wielded as a slur, candidates like Mr. Bynum are embracing the label. He is among dozens of D.S.A. [Democratic Socialists of America]members running in this fall’s midterms for offices across the country at nearly every level...

Supporters, many of them millennials, say they are drawn by D.S.A.’s promise to combat income inequality, which they believe is tainting every facet of American life, from the criminal justice system to medical care to politics. They argue that capitalism has let them down, saddling them with student debt, high rent and uncertain job prospects. And they have been frustrated by the Democratic Party, which they say has lost touch with working people...

I called this immediately after the November 2016 election.

I wrote on November 10, 2016:
 There will be opposition to Trump but it will be coming from the left, not the Trump right.

The left is all about expanding the state. Thus, it will be very difficult to reach out to these people and present state shrinking anti-Trump ideas. They are a perfect target for the socialists...

 The socialists are going to experience a boom in followers under Trump.
The kids see Trump as an example of capitalism and thus they turn to an alternative to the buffon in chief.

Trump has co-opted a large segment of the liberty movement.

As I wrote in 2016:
Crony capitalism is bad but trade wars, tarriffs and other protectionist policies are worse. This, though, is the direction Trump appears to want to move in on trade. Yet, in the comments, I see support for Trump's barbaric trade thinking. No doubt there will be more such support for Trump in the comments to this post, though, Trump is nowhere near a small government advocate. He may move in a small government direction on an issue here or there but he will be mostly about expanding the state. As I say, few from the right are going to be concerned about this, their man is in power.

Bottom line: Advancing the libertarian cause just got much more difficult with the Trump victory.
Trump is not a friend of liberty, He needs to be attacked and attacked aggressively whenever he moves in a statist direction so that the kids can become aware of a libertarian alternative.

  -Robert Wenzel  

How and Why Trump is Being Set Up

This is an excellent report by former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino.

I think there is more to it than muddying the waters over Clinton that Bongiono identifies but it is clear from the detailed analysis that Clinton is dirtier when it comes to Russia and Ukraine than Trump.

 Bongino breaks down some of this.

 

-Robert Wenzel  

Friday, April 20, 2018

White People Banned from LGBTQ Event at UC Riverside



This is the Frankfurt School on steroids. It doesn't appear as though even the FS founders could get in.

California’s taxpayer-subsidized University of California, Riverside campus is set to host a segregated LGBTQ conference at the end of this month, reports the Washington Examiner.
BlaqOUT, the event in question, is a two day conference designed for people who identify as “Black/African American or of African descent that also identify as Same Gender Loving, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning or somewhere on the LGBT spectrum,” according to the event page.
-Robert Wenzel  

Socialist Kshama Sawant Blasts Tweet about Barbara Bush

Less than 24 hours after the death of former First Lady Barbara Bush, Seattle socialist councilwoman Kshama Sawant blasted this tweet sent out by theWomen’s March official Twitter account.
Sawant's response is mostly on target here. Barbara Bush was the evil behind the evil.

But there is truth in the @womensmarch tweet also. Barbara Bush was about power. It's just that @womensmarch doesn't get that government power is evil. In other words, championing Bush's power tells us more about @womensmarch than it does anything else. They admire political power.

Sawant at least gets that lady Bush is not the kind of power person she wants in charge. She, of course, wants it reserved for her socialist team.

She gets Ludwig von Mises on this point:
The worst thing that can happen to a socialist is to have his country ruled by socialists who are not his friends.
-Robert Wenzel  

Noam Chomsky on Why Israel is a Sacred Cow for America

Ignore Chomsky's silly comments on guns and the rest of his commentary is fascinating.

 

-Robert Wenzel  

Thursday, April 19, 2018

BREAKING: Ruy Giuliani to Join Trump Legal Team



Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining President Donald Trump's legal team to help with defense in the wide-ranging Russia investigation, reports Politico.

Jay Sekulow, one of Trump's personal attorneys, confirmed the hire as well as the addition of two other lawyers, Jane Serene Raskin and Marty Raskin, former federal prosecutors who will also serve on Trump's legal team.

Well, Trump's a little late here. He should have named Giuliani, his crony buddy, attorney general at the start of his administration and there never would have been a special counsel. That said, Trump does need now the aggressive sharp madman that Giuliani is.

As for Rudy, no question he got a very large check up front to represent Trump.

  -Robert Wenzel  

Roger Stone Says “Mean Spirited, Vindictive Drunk” Barbara Bush Will Descend Into Hell




-Robert Wenzel 

(ht  Charles Burris)

Top Trump Confidante Warns Trump: "Your Lawyer Michael Cohen Will Likely Flip On You."

Jay Goldberg
This is big.

One of President Donald Trump’s longtime legal advisers said he warned the president in a phone call Friday that Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer and close friend, would turn against the president and cooperate with federal prosecutors if faced with criminal charges, reports The Wall Street Journal.

According to WSJ,  Trump made the call seeking advice from Jay Goldberg, who represented Trump in the 1990s and early 2000s. Goldberg said he cautioned the president not to trust Cohen. On a scale of 100 to 1, where 100 is fully protecting the president, Cohen “isn’t even a 1,” he said he told Trump.

“Michael will never stand up [for you]” if charged by the government, Goldberg said he cautioned the president.

Goldberg said the volume of correspondence taken and the potential pressure the government can bring to bear on Cohen to testify put the president in more potential peril from the Cohen matter than from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

In the call, according to WSJ, Goldberg, who represented Trump in his divorces and real-estate matters, said he told the president that Cohen could even agree to wear a wire and try to record conversations with Trump. “You have to be alert,”  Goldberg said he told the president. “I don’t care what Michael says.”

Prompted by the president for his advice, he also said he recommended Trump fire Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who appointed Mueller.

You can be sure Trump is taking seriously any advice Goldberg, who is now 85, is giving him.

I've met with Goldberg as part of a group in his prime years. He is sharp--very sharp. When I commented on a point during a meeting in his office, he immediately nailed my accent almost down to the town I group up in. Pretty amazing. No one before or since has done that.

He was certainly one of the top lawyers in Manhattan.

When Armand Hammer was under prosecution for making illegal contributions to President Richard M. Nixon's re-election campaign, he turned to Goldberg.

When Hammer first met with Goldberg, he bought out an entire restaurant so that the two could talk privately over dinner. (He also had the NYPD block off part of the sidewalk and street where they met.) Hammer knew he needed Goldberg.

Robert F. Kennedy, P. Diddy, Willie Nelson, and the Rolling Stones have also been clients of his.

People take Goldberg very seriously and no doubt Trump is among them.

-Robert Wenzel  

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

VIDEO: Black Man Walks Into "Racist" Starbucks and Asks for a Free Reparation Coffee

Black man, commenter Hotep Jesus walked into a Starbucks and demanded a free reparation coffee because "the company is racist."

Says Hotep, “Racism is a business. Thanks to the ridiculousness of BLM activists, it’s the new publicity stunt — and I think I just proved it.”
-Robert Wenzel  

A Great PPS-Style Analysis of the Two Black Men Starbucks Incident

This is a solid analysis by Brandon Tatum about the Starbucks incident and also about white liberals!





  -Robert Wenzel  

A Status Report on the People's Republic of San Francisco



From Joe D’Alessandro, president of S.F. Travel, the city’s visitors bureau:

“The streets are filthy. There’s trash everywhere. It’s disgusting,” D’Alessandro said, adding he’s traveled the world, and San Francisco stands out for the wrong reasons. “I’ve never seen any other city like this — the homelessness, dirty streets, drug use on the streets, smash-and-grabs.

“How can it be?” he continued. “How can it have gotten to this point?”

Notes the San Francisco Chronicle:
Remember, this is the man whose job is to glorify San Francisco, which tells you something about how far the city has sunk.
SFC columnist Heather Knight SFC writes:
In January, I told you about hotel managers and owners speaking out. Kevin Carroll, executive director of the Hotel Council, which represents 110 hotels, said at the time, “People say, ‘I love your city, I love your restaurants, but I’ll never come back.’” 
In February, I told you that the Union Square Business Improvement District, which assesses extra property taxes to pay for services in the shopping mecca, was having to train retail workers on what to do when a severely mentally ill or drug-addicted person wreaks havoc in their store...
[T]he Game Developers Conference, which drew 28,000 international gaming professionals to Moscone Center last month, found itself in the public eye after some tweets from frustrated conference-goers went viral.
An Australian gamer tweeted that San Francisco “is a dangerous city” and the conference should no longer be hosted here. He cited a mugging, credit card theft and the general feeling of being unsafe. Others chimed in with stories of car break-ins, a knife fight and assaults. One attendee tweeted that all the developers he’d talked to were “still shell shocked after this year.”... 
San Francisco is one of the great cities in the world, and it’s like you’re in the Third World,”[Ron Olejko, senior director of meeting services for the American College of Rheumatology] said, adding that for now, San Francisco is still in his rotation, but more for the image than the reality.
But, hey, you can't blame the City Attorney, he has only held his post for the last 17 years and he is acting to fix the three-week-old scooter "problem." 


  -Robert Wenzel  

HEROIC: Rand Paul Tells Wolf Blitzer That Syrian Gas Attack Was False Flag, or Assad is Dumbest Dictator on the Planet




(ht Daniel McAdams)

Judge Napolitano on Whether Trump's Attorney Will Flip on Trump

This is great analysis by Judge Napolitano.




  -Robert Wenzel  

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Walter Block on Wenzel's New PPS Book: "A Totally New Form of Anarchism"

Here's Part 1 of my debate with Dr. Walter Block on my new book, Foundations of Private Property Society Theory: Anarchism for the Civilized Person.

In this part, he states that the perspective advanced in the book is a:

 "Totally new form of anarchism."

With regard to Chapter 3, he says:

"The best short introduction to why we need society."

With regard to Chapter 5 he says:

"The best short critique of utilitarianism."

Overall he says, the book:

"Has the courage to take on critics."


You can order the book from Amazon by clicking here.

Alternatively, Barnes & Noble has copies here.

The book is also available from Lulu.

And there are still copies of the hardcover limited edition available, but these are going fast.

South and North Korea Discuss Official End to 68-Year War



South and North Korea are discussing plans to announce an official end to the military conflict between the two countries that are still technically at war, the South Korean newspaper Munhwa Ilbo is reporting.

At next week’s summit between South Korea President Moon Jae-in and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, the two  may release a joint statement saying they will seek to ease military tension and to end confrontation, according to the report.

What great news.

There can be little question that President Moon is the key driver behind this effort and that this also indicates that North Korea's Kim wants to open up his country.

John Bolton and the rest of the neocons will not be happy. Peace and prosperity are not on their agenda.

The Nobel Peace prize to South Korea President Moon Jae-in!


-Robert Wenzel  

Should We Stop Wearing Pajamas?


By Walter Block


The social justice warriors at Loyola University are having an International Soirée to promote their Center for International Education. They promise jazz music, Mexican food and “international cultural items.” This was my (slightly edited) response to their invitation to the entire university community:
Dear Folks:
Isn’t it “cultural appropriation” to offer “Mexican-inspired specialties” for dinner. Ditto for “Latin” jazz. Come to think of it, “jazz” too! I hope and trust no one on this list wears pajamas, on that ground (they were first used in India). Hey, this is only the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much more cultural appropriation out there, just waiting to ensnare us unawar PC people. Wait, is “iceberg” also cultural appropriation? Maybe, it belongs to the Norwegians? I’m not sure. Inquiring minds want to know.
Should we all boycott this event on the ground that it engages in cultural appropriation?
Yours truly, 
Prof. Walter Block
Not a one of them answered me. I’m shocked. I honestly thought they’d want to dialogue with me about this matter (I sometimes lie about things like this). Here I am, trying to save them from violating their own principles, and all I get is the cold shoulder. Shocking.
The above originally appeared at LewRockwell.com.

Judge Presiding Over Trump's Laywer's Documents Married George Soros in a Private Ceremony


Is the federal judge overseeing the documents taken in the FBI raid of President's Trump's lawyer's house, office and hotel a tool of George Soros?

For the record.

From a September 2013 Daily Mail report:
Billionaire investor George Soros got married for the third time on Saturday to his 42-year-old fiancée Tamiko Bolton.

The 83-year-old philanthropist tied the knot with Bolton, a health care consultant, in a small, but lavish, wedding at his Caramoor estate in Bedford, an hour away from New York City...

Federal judge Kimba Wood officiated at the non-denominational wedding, which was attended only by family members, including Soros’ five children from his two previous marriages.
Just how does a federal judge end up presiding over a wedding on a Saturday in September?

What's the connection?

Also see: Judge Kimba Woods: Out of Control

-Robert Wenzel  

(via @cernovich)

UPDATE

Should we be surprised?

Headline from Daily Beast:

Judge Hands Defeat to Trump and Cohen Over FBI Raid

Cohen had asked a federal judge for a temporary restraining order to stop federal prosecutors in Manhattan from viewing the information seized by the FBI until an independent third party, called a “special master,” be allowed to sort out what is protected by attorney-client privilege.

Trump's lawyer requested that Cohen be allowed to view the documents first.

 Wood denied the requests and ruled that prosecutors will get first access to the information, followed by Cohen’s defense team ten days later. 

“It’s not that you’re not good people,” Wood told Cohen’s attorneys on Monday afternoon, near the end of the two-hour proceeding. “It’s that you’ve miscited the law.”

No doubt Soros law does override attorney-client privilege.