Reopen . . . and Reject

The Burning Platform

People who own small businesses put up with government edicts pre-Corona because on the whole it was worth it. They complied with the onerous regulations. They paid the taxes, including the taxes styled “business licenses” – i.e., the extortion called by a more benign-sounding euphemism, to make it go down easier. But it amounts to the same thing. A worse thing, actually – because it is done by the entity that is supposed to protect honest people from being shaken down. Which means there’s no protection from being shaken down. The owner of a gym or restaurant or hair salon is told they must pay out a large sum of money in order to avoid being shut down by goons with guns. How this differs from what Don Corleone does is a hard thing to discern. Except for the difference that the government’s shakedown is “legal” – and euphemized.

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The Enslavement Of Infinite Money

Alt-Market

The phrase “don’t fight the Fed” is an unfortunate but popular delusion. It presupposes that the central bank has limitless power to direct the economy because it can print limitless money. I’m not sure where this idea comes from, but consider the fact that anyone today who is under 30 years old was barely old enough in 2008 to understand or care about the credit collapse. These people spent their formative years knowing only stimulus and QE. In their minds, this is the norm, and they think it always works because they haven’t yet witnessed a collapse. I would say a better phrase for the 2020s is “The Fed is not going to save you”; the Fed is not a superhero and it does not have the power nor the inclination to protect the little people from economic folly. This should be readily apparent today, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread and the central bank can’t seem to cure it with Quantitative Easing.

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Why Money Is Like A Video Game

Wilder, Wealthy, and Wise

In 2020, we’re pretty proud of ourselves for making use of virtual reality. We have students taking virtual classes while never leaving home. We have virtual assistants. Heck we even have virtual assistants for people that can’t spell, like that new one from Amazon®, Dislexa™. As much as we think of virtual reality as a new concept, it’s not. Much of life throughout recorded history has been conducted using virtual systems. Some of them are common, like clubs. You’re either in or you’re out. The only thing that makes a difference is the virtual acceptance of others. You were either a Roman Senator, or you weren’t. You were a member of Legio XIII, or you weren’t. You were a Roman citizen, or you weren’t. Just because a virtual distinction of being in or out of a particular club has existed for thousands of years, don’t think that it doesn’t have significance.

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It Wasn’t The “Virus” That Crashed The Economy, It Was The People Who Obeyed

SHTFplan

Most atrocities in human history have all been committed by individuals and agents of government who were “just following orders” or “just obeying the law.” The virus didn’t give any orders. It was the people who obeyed the commands of tyrants that crashed the economy and ruined the livelihoods of others. Most human beings still think like slaves. Instead of asking questions or using critical thinking skills to ask if something is right before doing it, they simply obey perceived “authority”. The truth is, this lockdown is the fault of everyone who complied and everyone who used forced to exact revenge on those who disobeyed. It was the same in all tyrannical takeovers in history.

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“Make the Lie Big…”

International Man

In October of 2019, the Military World Games were held in Wuhan, China, with military personnel from over one hundred countries participating. Possibly coincidentally, Wuhan is the foremost centre for virus research in China. Soon after that event, the coronavirus broke out in Wuhan. China said, “It’s not a problem – we got a handle on it.” The Chinese government lied, as most all major governments do when faced with a large, sudden problem that makes them appear weak to other nations. The problem spread. The media in other countries focused on other issues, with only the occasional mention of COVID-19 until the virus was suddenly reported to be in a score of countries around the world. Apparently, unwitting travelers, in a couple of months, had spread it worldwide. Then something much more peculiar than a seasonal virus occurred.

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Capitalism After Corona Lockdown: Having the Power to Walk Away

Strategic Culture Foundation

Are you prepared for the ‘new normal’? What likely awaits us after the ‘reopening’ of society is not going to be acceptable to people who still have a basic sense of justice and dignity. We are facing a type of AI-based automation and roboticization that will leave elites with the final solution that 9/10th’s of the world population is too high a number. If society has successfully gas-lit us into thinking that it’s we who wanted and needed society, and not the other way around, then we have already lost. To win the fight against their version of a ‘4th Industrial Revolution’, means knowing first and foremost that we don’t need most of what society today has to offer, and would rather die free than live as slaves. That’s the power to walk away.

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China’s Covid Cover-Up, Economic War And The Elites Who Benefit

Alt-Market

The problem with wars, beyond all the death and destruction they cause, is that they are almost never fought for the reasons that governments claim. In most cases there is an underlying agenda which the public may or may not discover many decades later, and such agendas are NOT for our benefit. Wars rarely erupt over mere unplanned circumstance. Wars are rarely random. War is a tool for social engineering because it creates widespread crisis for the unprepared masses, and as the unprepared scramble for safety, the state can institute authoritarian powers they never could have asserted in peacetime. Not only this, but in our modern era over the past century there has been a distinct pattern following the aftermath of each war in which power and governance is centralized. Every time disaster strikes, the proposed solution is centralization and global government. You would think the political elites would offer some new ideas after 100 years, but no, they only have one idea that they try to sell to us relentlessly.

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How Shutdowns Will Keep Killing the Economy, Even When They’re Over

Mises Institute

Imagine what it is like right now to plan for the future as a business owner. The owner doesn’t know if he or she will even be allowed to be open for business two weeks from now, or a month from now. Indeed, politicians and their unelected (and unaccountable) health advisors keep insisting that they might elect to close down businesses or impose new restrictions on large portions of the economy at any time. The uncertainly associated with all this is immense. Consider some examples: thanks to moratoria on evictions in many cities, renters who can’t pay rent — thanks in part to government-forced lockdowns — can stay in their rental units indefinitely.

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On Quarantines and Trees, Pencils, Technology, Art and Music

The Burning Platform

Due to some sustained winds, I had a large limb of a sizable ash tree blown down. And, in consideration of the Emerald Ash Borer, which is sort of the COVID-19 of ash trees complete with its own federal quarantine regulations, I decided not to save the tree.  Instead, I chose to cut it down in 18-inch chunks, stack it, and let it season in the round.  Then, as needed, I’ll split it and restack it prior to its ultimate delivery into my high-efficiency wood burner on some crisp winter day. Although I am sad to lose the tree I find myself grateful for technology, and capitalism, when undertaking such tasks.

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Death Panel Ezekiel: “No Choice” But Mass Poverty and Death

Another Day in the Empire

If several weeks of state-imposed house arrest and unemployment have maxed out your stress level, wait until you hear what the experts have in mind to “mitigate” a bad seasonal influenza. Here is Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of Rahm, the former mayor Chicago and a Clintonite: Realistically, COVID-19 will be here for the next 18 months or more. We will not be able to return to normalcy until we find a vaccine or effective medications,” e said. “I know that’s dreadful news to hear. How are people supposed to find work if this goes on in some form for a year and a half? Is all that economic pain worth trying to stop COVID-19? The truth is we have no choice.

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