From Tom Woods’ October 7, 2014 podcast, Austrian economist takes on bestselling college text, chapter by chapter, I noted that there was no challenge mentioned of mainstream economics textbooks advocating governments borrowing from private banks to pay for their legitimate government services rather instead of issuing the money directly, interest-free.
Posts Tagged ‘government’
Special election campaign interview with Patrick Bernier, Ontario Libertarian Party candidate in Kitchener Centre
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged education, government, health care, interview, Kitchener, Kitchener Centre, Kitchener-Waterloo, OLP, Ontario Libertarian Party, Patrick Bernier on May 29, 2014 | 2 Comments »
I have extended interview invitations to the Ontario Libertarian Party candidates in Kitchener-Waterloo, and here is my 20-minute interview with Patrick Bernier, OLP candidate in Kitchener Centre. You can listen to the audio here.
We talk about the OLP’s plans for empowering individuals and not government, with regard to health care and education, which are always big issues, provincially, and locally as well.
We talk about the unaffordable $11,189 2012-2013 Ontario per student grant for the public education system, and student-driven alternative options that would be more effective.
For health care, we discussed patient-focused care, and ways to improve efficiencies and drive costs down to the level of other countries with better care.
Recently, I conducted an in-depth interview with Ontario Libertarian Party leader Allen Small on March 20, 2014.
Exposing Faux Capitalism: Interview with Allen Small, Ontario Libertarian Party leader, March 20, 2014
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Allen Small, Canada, election, Exposing Faux Capitalism, government, Jason Erb, libertarian, Ontario, Ontario Libertarian Party, Rob Ford on March 22, 2014 | 3 Comments »
We discussed the following issues:
- The upcoming Ontario general election
- The Ontario Libertarian Party’s plan to run a full slate of candidates in all 107 ridings in the upcoming election
- Major parties changing their policies just to get votes, whereas Libertarian Party stands on principles
- Reactions to increasing government intrusion in the private, peaceful activities of our lives
- Municipal governance
- Unnecessary permits
- The proper role of government
- Canada in infamous company with Cuba and North Korea, for not allowing private payment of primary health care by most residents
- Ontario’s exemption for private sports clubs
- Ontario used to have a vibrant private health care system in the early 1960s
- Provincial health insurance coverage arbitrary and varies among provinces
- You have a right to health, but not to force others to provide health care for you
- Current health policy in Ontario costing time, money and lives
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford publicly admitting to what constitutes an indictable offence (crack possession and use)
- Waterloo mayoral candidate Dave MacDonald’s letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne, calling for a provincially-mandated referendum on the Region’s light rail transit plans
- Whether referendums are appropriate for issues that aren’t the proper function of government
- The misconception of voting for an alternative party is “throwing your vote away”
- Even a small percentage of support for alternative parties in a close election can cause other parties to “steal” ideas, and how that’s beneficial
I previously interviewed Allen on September 16, 2012.
From this February 23, 2010 Daily Bell interview with Lew Rockwell, he said:
“Daily Bell: Is it reasonable to believe that the state will ever wither away or does reality instruct us that the best that can be done is to limit its power?
Rockwell: To me, that’s like asking if we can imagine a society without robberies and murders. Maybe it won’t ever happen, but we must have the ideal in mind or else we’ll never get closer to it. Without the ideal, progress stops. To some extent, then, whether reality will finally ever conform is not the critical question. What counts is that what we imagine can and should exist. I like to imagine a society without legally sanctioned aggression against person and property.“
For more on Lew Rockwell, see my article, 10 questions for Lew Rockwell.
From his February 18, 2014 appearance on the Tom Woods Show, Judge Andrew Napolitano said (at 16:04):
“Even when Lew Rockwell and you, and I, are dining together, I am the most libertarian person in the room.“
“The long answer is that I am the quintessential Rothbardian. I believe that you have the right to avoid the state, to avoid the government, the absolute moral right to do so.“
For more on Judge Napolitano, see my article, Dr. Stan Monteith on Judge Andrew Napolitano: “Is he another plant in the conservative movement?”, in response to Judge Napolitano’s statement that the first American to shoot down a drone flying over their house where their kids are playing would be an “American hero.”
One of the misconceptions bandied about in the alternative media is that Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan claimed in 2007 that the Fed was above the law, as this popular video indicates.
Here’s what he actually said:
“The Federal Reserve is an independent agency, and that means, basically, that there is no other agency of government which can overrule actions that we take.“
He didn’t say that the Fed is above the law — he made the true claim that no other *agency* of government can overrule it, where agency means some other body created by Congress. Congress itself can get rid of the Fed, and should, because its purpose was to serve the big financial interests and not the interests of the people, such as limited state banking and usury-free community currencies would.
From this January 25, 2014 New York Times hit piece against Rand Paul and Mises Institute associates, Lew Rockwell told a New York Times reporter who requested a tour of the Mises Institute campus that he’s “part of the regime“, yet Lew Rockwell himself is the Chairman of a government-sanctioned and government-regulated institution, the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt Ludwig von Mises Institute.
Despite the claim that tax money is better off in the hands of its donors, and the analogy given by Rockwell and other anarcho-capitalists that it is valid and even a moral duty for an individual to seek to pay as little taxes as possible, it doesn’t hold in the case of the Mises Institute, since it was created by Lew Rockwell and others voluntarily entering into an agreement with government, whereas individuals are being taxed on the basis of their very natural existence.
For a close examination of Lew Rockwell’s anti-state credentials, see my articles:
1) 10 questions for Lew Rockwell
2) Lew Rockwell entered into a voluntary agreement with the same government he regards as “far worse than the mafia.”
3) The Ludwig von Mises Institute hates government so much, they’re a government-sanctioned and regulated tax-exempt organization.
4) Austrian economics is big business: The Mises Institute’s $22 million war chest
5) Self-described anti-state LewRockwell.com regularly posting state media articles by Russia Today
6) Lew Rockwell promotes the government-granted privilege of concealed-carry more than the natural right of open carry