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From the April 7, 2014 article, “Once, Twice, Three Times…Redux” by Bionic Mosquito at LewRockwell.com, a regular reader notes:

American libertarians like you have LRC in such high [e]steem, for good (past) reason, that you have difficulty to perceive the clearly unprincipled, biased stance of LRC on several matters.

…the last 3-4 years of LRC, for me, are marked by deep disappointment, mainly beca[u]se LRC’s proclaimed anti-state stance is subordinate to anti-US imperialism stance.

In sum, the anti-state principle is not systematically and impartially applied at LRC. It is subordinate to anti-US imperialism.

The irony is that Lew Rockwell entered into a voluntary agreement with the very same United States government that he regularly bashes and expects his readers to actually take that seriously.

I am glad to see LewRockwell.com’s obvious contradictions and tired, old rhetoric come under increasing scrutiny by others besides myself.

Despite that, some anarcho-capitalist recently commented on my post, Lew Rockwell tones down his anarcho-capitalist rhetoric in favour of more relevant and popular articles, and left in a huff when he tried to make it seem as if the two points I raised in the discussion had no real basis.

For more on Lew Rockwell, see my article, 10 questions for Lew Rockwell.

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Publish or perishIn academic circles, there’s the principle of “publish or perish,” meaning that academics have to regularly publish scholarly articles in order to keep their jobs, whether or not they are quality articles, and that, by implication, quantity is often more important than quality.

Austrian School economist, Dr. Gary North, demonstrates this principle.

His December 28, 2012 LewRockwell.com article, Retired Couple Turn Into World Traveling Nomads, is only 158 words, and looks like the work of a fifth-grader. Here is a sample of his “high-quality” writing:

I like my lifestyle. I spend most of my time in my basement office. I write. I read. I don’t go anywhere.

I would pay a lot of money not to travel. Fortunately, I don’t have to. I get to stay home for free.

My view of travel is simple: if you want to see the world, rent travel videos. Or watch YouTube.

So much for Lew Rockwell publishing North’s articles because they are all high-quality. I first suspected a problem with the quality of some of his articles in 2010 when he claimed that gold coins produced by U.S. and Canada aren’t money, despite being legal tender.

Gary North actually revealed to fellow Mises Institute associate, Dr. Walter Block, that he was even too busy to respond to Dr. Block’s serious questions, because he had to get nine articles a day out the door, as revealed in this June 7, 2012 LRC blog post:

“Walter you ignore the obvious: At zero price, my time is in greater demand than supply. I must pick & choose my responses, writing 9 articles a day (paid subscribers), and being in the final phase of updating my 31 volumes”

Gary North’s focus on quantity over quality is further evidenced by his 1000th LRC article, where he spent more time navel-gazing about his 1000th article than informing his readers of more pertinent information.

For more on Gary North, see my many articles here.

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Anti-state? Oh, really?!

In my January 20, 2011 article, LewRockwell.com now pro-state? Oh Lew, say it’s not true!, I wrote about two pro-state articles published at LRC in one week alone.

The latest pro-state article to come from LRC is the January 10, 2013 article, Let’s Give Up on the (Unwritten) Constitution, where author Brion McClanahan wrote:

What the American political system needs is a good dose of federalism and decentralization and a return to the Constitution as ratified through the Tenth Amendment.

This from the site that claims it is “anti-state.” Indeed — much like how Fox News is “fair and balanced.”

The Ludwig von Mises Institute, which Lew Rockwell founded and heads, also hates government so much, they’re a government-sanctioned and regulated tax-exempt organization, and owned $4 million in U.S. Treasury Bonds in 2007 — yet none of these inconsistencies seem to matter to Mises devotees, as indicated by the replies to this post on mises.org.

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Lew Rockwell

Perhaps Gary North, the prolific and stalwart LewRockwell.com writer, should consider keeping his articles on his own site, if he hopes to retain any of his limited government credentials.

This week alone, LRC has published at least two pro-state articles.

Here’s one from yesterday, lamenting offshoring, the loss of American manufacturing jobs, and the removal of Depression-era Glass-Steagall banking regulations.

Here’s one today, calling for an increase from the current 435 elected Representatives in the House to 8200.

“anti-state” indeed!

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A typical Wal-Mart discount department store i...

On the first weekend edition of 2011, LewRockwell.com featured the article by Gary North with the headline:

I’m Thankful for Shopping Malls
Gary North also appreciates strip malls, chain restaurants, Wal-Mart, and other glories of capitalist civilization.

In the article, Gary North writes:

Inside a Wal-Mart or a Target or a Sam’s Club, I have a range of choices so spectacular that nothing in my youth compares with it. There were no such local emporiums in my youth. The famous multi-story department stores did offer a wide range of choices, but not at low prices like today.

For a different perspective on Wal-Mart than the one presented by North, check out this interview with former Wal-Mart employee, Lamon Griggs, on Erskine Overnight, on December 19, 2010.

Griggs talks about his 2009 book, After the Verdict: You Be the Judge, wherein he describes the strong-arm tactics and arrogance exhibited by Wal-Mart and their legal team in silencing him for speaking up about business practices he witnessed.

The site walmartsubsidywatch.org tracks government subsidies received by Wal-Mart all across the U.S.

As a publicly-traded profit-seeking corporation, Wal-Mart is expected to generate the maximum return for its shareholders, as best determined by its Board of Directors, so it should be expected that they will take advantage of “free” handouts, from whatever source.

However, it is a very different matter for Gary North, writing for a site with the headline, “anti-state” and “pro-market,” to not utter a single word about the complicity of federal and state government representatives in providing these handouts at taxpayer’s expense, thereby disguising one way that Wal-Mart is able to offer the “low prices” that North refers to.

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Crystaline Gold

As an example of what I regard as the inordinate fixation on gold that I continue to see, LewRockwell.com has on their home page at the close of 2010, the article:

The Economic Flop That Was 2010
Except for gold, it was flat and lifeless from the get-go. Obituary by Bill Bonner.

The article itself only makes a single reference to gold at the end of a long chain of bad news. “Gold investors end the year nearly 30% richer.

Why the inordinate fixation on gold? Especially this year, when silver is up 80% from a year ago today, from $16.99 USD an ounce to $30.63, and palladium is up 97%, from $402.00 USD an ounce to $791.00 on the London Fix.

You can scarcely find mention of platinum and palladium in the libertarian forums. For some reason, platinum remains the overlooked investment metal and currency, and palladium has outperformed gold and silver for the second year in a row.

The primary justification given for the mass ignorance of platinum and palladium is that they have never had a historical monetary use (which is false). Their monetary use, as evidenced by having international currency codes, has been less primarily because their extraction wasn’t feasible until modern times, not because they were never feasible as currencies.

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