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As announced on Bill Still’s Still Report, Ellen Brown will be running for the position of Treasurer in California.

The good news is that the position is elected by the people, instead of being appointed by the legislature or any executive.

The Treasurer has a $75 billion investment fund, where some funds could be moved into a public bank.

Even if she doesn’t get elected, from my experience of following politics closely for over two decades, putting her name on the ballot raises awareness and gives her more attention and credibility in a subsequent election when there is more demand for positive change.

Instead of just sitting around and complaining or instilling people with hopelessness, Ellen Brown is directly engaging the public through the political process.

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Sandra Day O'ConnorIn her March 5, 2013 appearance on Charlie Rose, she said in reference to her “swing vote” capacity on the Court (at 9:29):

The Court was divided in such a way that a single vote could turn it from an affirm to a reverse.

Except that Justices and judges don’t cast votes — they render legal opinions — that is, unless she’s referring to their effective behaviour these days, in casting political votes on legal cases, such as Bush v. Gore (2000) and Roe v. Wade (1973), which is completely contrary to the U.S. system of separation of powers.

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After taking nearly three and a half years to reach 100,000 views, FauxCapitalist.com has reached 200,000 views in under a year, on January 4, 2013.

As I said at the time, while some alternative media content farms reach this level of views in a single week or a month, I decided to provide a real solutions-oriented alternative for economic and political issues, with 100% original content, all without a single penny of advertising revenue, and that remains the case.

Since then, I started the radio program, Exposing Faux Capitalism, and have conducted 17 interviews, including some prominent figures in the alternative media.

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Steve FrankOn the September 30, 2012 episode of Exposing Faux Capitalism with Jason Erb, I interviewed Steve Frank of CAPoliticalNews.com, and in the second hour, I covered the following articles:

1) Warren Buffett: “The decision to make Tim Geithner the Secretary of Treasury was a terrific decision.”

2) Warren Buffett’s inconsistencies

3) Pumping up gold is good for the Ludwig von Mises Institute’s bottom line with their nearly $3 million in gold bars

4) Lee Rogers’ last Live Free or Die Radio broadcast: December 21, 2012

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Steve FrankSteve Frank of CAPoliticalNews.com is scheduled to be on Exposing Faux Capitalism with Jason Erb, September 30, 2012, at 1 PM Eastern.

Steve has been covering California’s political and economic issues on his site since 2005, and he has always been well-informed the times I have heard him in the past on Dr. Stan Monteith’s Radio Liberty program.

California is a bellwether for the country, with its significant economic potential that is limited by increasing government intrusion.

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P questionThe question you should ask any political candidate seeking your vote, in order to determine whether they’re qualified is:

“What is the purpose of government?”

17 years ago, I would’ve answered that question by saying it’s to maximize the greater good. However, that allows for harm to be done to some, though I had it in mind that it would be minimized to the greatest extent possible.

Today, I answer that question a very different way, and won’t vote for a candidate who would answer it any other way than:

“To protect individual rights.”

If he/she is sincere in his response, you can feel more comfortable that when given power, he is less likely to infringe upon your individual rights with the justification that it is serving the greater good.

As a corollary, the only legitimate infringement upon an individual right is in the course of necessarily protecting other individual rights. An example is when your right to freedom of peaceful association is infringed upon (by detaining you) if you violate the individual rights of others.

A local example I have spoken out on is a Canadian federal agency’s award of $5.8 million for video game research at the University of Waterloo.

The justification has been given that it serves the greater good, but that is small comfort to the security guard I know who was laid off from his $25+ an hour manufacturing job in 2006 and is now only making $11 an hour, or to the person I know who was laid off from a company after they went bankrupt and still owe him over $2000 in pay for services rendered.

While I appreciate the same good intentions of those who justify government action in the interests of what they regard as the greater good, just as I used to, it is indeed a slippery slope, and can lead to a vicious tyranny of the majority, with 50%+1 subjugating the “minority.”

It is so commonplace these days for government to forcibly take the earnings of some in order to redistribute it for the overwhelming benefit of others, but what specifically led me to speak out on this redistribution is the outrageous nature of forcibly taking the hard-earned wages of people I know who can scarcely afford it in order to pay for something as comparatively inconsequential as video game research, which can easily be voluntarily funded solely by the lucrative private sector video game industry and individual private donations.

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Dr. Stan MonteithOn the May 15, 2012 episode of Radio Liberty with Dr. Stan Monteith, he said (at 1:34):

I’m sure that they’ve infiltrated and neutralized Ron Paul’s political candidacy. One reason he isn’t getting money is cause I called on several occasions and said I’d like to donate — there was nobody there, nobody ever got back to me after I left my telephone number. I called at least 10 times and told them we had a radio network with over 70 stations — love to get you on. It was very obvious that the people who are working in Public Relations in Ron Paul’s campaign had no intention, of course, of allowing him onto a network where there’d be people who supported his candidacy, and would support him.

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