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Lew RockwellFrom his December 31, 2013 article, “‘Rockwell, You’re No Grover Cleveland’“, Lew Rockwell says:

LRC could use your help, too, of course. We want to be more effective in 2014 for freedom. If you can help, you’ll not only do good, you’ll bother the bad guys. Let’s give them a hotfoot!

Your gift of $100, $50, or $25 would be great. $500, $1,000, or any amount would be magnificent.

The relentless and well-funded attack of our enemies took its toll this year, but we never fell, never stumbled, and are ready to counterattack in 2014.

We are determined, with your help, to work harder to be worthy of our ideas. We have the truth on our side, after all, and Murray Rothbard asked us to carry on his work. How can we falter?

With you, we can’t.

For more on why I won’t be donating to LRC or the Mises Institute, see my articles:

10 questions for Lew Rockwell and Austrian economics is big business: The Mises Institute’s $22 million war chest.

For true monetary reform and economic justice, consider donating to George Whitehurst-Berry, Wayne Walton, Tom J. Kennedy and Anthony Migchels.

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War chestAccording to the Ludwig von Mises Institute’s 2012 IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt filing, it reported a total of $22,268,915 in assets.

We see then, how the promotion of Austrian economics is big business, and why its associates and founder, Lew Rockwell, are limited in what positions they will take on certain issues.

For example, Lew Rockwell and Tom Woods, if they even bother addressing it, still promote the official government conspiracy theory that 19 Arab-Muslim hijackers pulled off 9/11, despite the evidence put forward by some brave, but few, true anarcho-capitalists like Nathan Fraser of Live Free FM, or Onebornfree.

It is for this reason that Anthony Migchels, a true monetary reformer, pointed out that the Truth Movement was co-opted by the End the Fed movement, led prominently by Austrian School supporters, and that Tom Woods, specifically, has been at the forefront, in claiming to be anti-government, yet steering clear of truly controversial issues that would affect their lucrative business operations.

For those who still don’t realize the significance of an organization whose ideology is anti-government specifically seeking government recognition and regulation, let me explain it.

It’s not, as someone said in another thread, comparable to an individual American doing anything he or she can to reduce his/her taxes.

Unlike the Mises Institute, the average American taxpayer is being directly taxed whether they consent or not.

The Mises Institute, on the other hand, specifically entered into a voluntary agreement with the very government its founder said is “far worse than the mafia”.

Another excuse is the red herring of which of us hasn’t taken government services, which again, fails to recognize the distinction between the acceptance of goods and services provided by force and coercion, and voluntarily entering into a legally-binding contract with government, thereby accepting its authority.

Yet, I expect most defenders of the Mises Institute not to see any problems with this, which is a reason why the Austrian School will continue to serve as controlled opposition.

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Coat of arms of Ludwig von Mises' great-grandf...Mises Institute of Canada founder, Redmond Weissenberger, was my guest on the October 13, 2013 episode of Exposing Faux Capitalism with Jason Erb.

Redmond is also co-founder and organizer of the annual Liberty Now and Toronto Austrian Scholars conferences, which are now in their second year.

Hour 1: Article on Coast to Coast AM banned these guests, Slate’s bogus AIDS scam hit piece, and Austrian perspectives on the gold standard.

Hour 2: Interview with Redmond Weissenberger of the Mises Institute of Canada, and co-founder of the upcoming Liberty Now and Toronto Austrian Scholars conferences. See here for the archive of the interview with Redmond.

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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 Donate Screen ShotEither I hit their paywall, or my IP address was targeted because of previous hard-hitting articles I had written about Austrian economics, the Mises Institute, Gary North, Thomas DiLorenzo, Dr. Walter Block, Lew Rockwell, The Daily Bell and the infiltration of Ron Paul’s campaign, because as of December 31, 2012, I am redirected to their donation page every time I go to LewRockwell.com.

Deleting my cookies doesn’t help — it’s based on my IP address. Apparently they didn’t consider that there are ways of getting around this, and as a result, I will continue to write hard-hitting articles on the above groups and individuals.

While I give them the benefit of the doubt that it’s probably just a secret paywall and not a result of specifically targeting me, I also had given the Daily Bell the benefit of the doubt about their website numbers, only to uncover that they had lied about them.

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speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on Februar...

The Huffington Post published an October 8, 2012 article by Bonnie Kavoussi entitled “11 Lies About the Federal Reserve,” to which Mises Institute associate Tom Woods followed up with a rebuttal entitled “HuffPo’s 11 Myths About the Fed, Refuted.

For those who are aware of the Hegelian dialectic of thesis-antithesis-synthesis, the Huffington Post is putting out the thesis in opposing a government-guaranteed gold standard and Tom Woods is putting out the antithesis of defending a government-guaranteed gold standard, and the synthesis that is presented by Tom Woods in his other works is that of a so-called free market gold standard of competing currencies.

For more on why a so-called free market gold standard is a false solution, see my article, Gary North’s free market gold standard is also a fool’s gold standard.

Whether Tom Woods realizes it or not, he has played right into the hands of the Money Power in presenting the case for a gold standard, whether it be a government-guaranteed gold standard or a so-called free market gold standard — the Money Power ultimately cares not — since they control the proposed medium of exchange, as George Whitehurst-Berry details in this article.

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