Posts Tagged ‘commerce’

United States ConstitutionOn the November 4, 2012 episode of Exposing Faux Capitalism with Jason Erb, I interviewed constitutionalist judge Douglass Bartley of douglassbartley.wordpress.com and author of the four-volume series, The Kiss of Judice: The Constitution Betrayed: A Coroner’s Inquest.

We discussed the following clauses and provisions of the United States Constitution:

  • The two general welfare clauses
  • The interstate commerce clause
  • The necessary and proper clause
  • Congress’ power to coin money
  • The meaning of “bills of credit”
  • The prohibition against ex post facto laws
  • The division of powers between the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government
  • The legal tender cases and tender clause that apply to the States

I was heartened to receive a request from a U.S. attorney to get in contact with Judge Bartley, as the U.S. can return to its constitutional roots through change from the outside of the judicial process, but the process can be aided by more courageous attorneys and judges taking a stand in favour of the Constitution they swore an oath to uphold.

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Gary northIn his May 28, 2003 article, The Myth of the Gold Standard, Gary North poses the question, “[w]hy don’t you trust the free market?” in response to those who argue for government creation of money.

Given that Gary North’s so-called free market gold standard calls for government enforcement of contracts, I ask him, “why don’t you trust the free market?”

If, according to him, governments can’t be trusted with creating money, why does he trust them to enforce contracts, and not trust the free market?

Unless he’s against all government-built roads for the facilitation of commerce, I find it interesting that he’s so vehemently against the government creation of money, yet calls for the government to forcibly enforce contracts that allow banks to seize assets from those who will eventually default on their debts with compound interest.

This article by North is just one example of several that contain internal inconsistencies that he simply doesn’t address, having been able to rely on friendly, controlled and uncritical platforms like LewRockwell.com and mises.org.

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