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Can Donald Trump Avoid Andrew Jackson’s Trap And Create An American Economic Miracle?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2017/01/31/can-donald-trump-avoid-andrew-jacksons-trap-and-create-an-american-economic-miracle/#5aef1e6d1440 Jan 31, 2017 @ 10:00 AM Ralph Benko Andrew Jackson was a populist. His charisma and rhetoric anticipated that of Donald J. Trump. Many have noted the resemblance. Jackson was nicknamed “Old Hickory.” Call Donald Trump “New Hickory.” It appears that Jackson’s portrait now hangs in the Oval Office. President Trump might just, if [...]

A huge ‘head start’ for the One Subject at a Time Act

  So what did Downsize DC accomplish in 2016? Our mission is simple… We want to downsize initiated force by The State. We do this in three ways… Oppose legislation and regulation that moves in the wrong direction Support legislation that moves in the right direction Craft our own legislation to regulate politicians and State employees We made [...]

The Left Wages War On Donald Trump, Its Godzilla

Jan 29, 2017 @ 10:00 AM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2017/01/29/the-left-wages-war-on-donald-trump-its-godzilla/#1d96761b1afb Ralph Benko Last week, in downtown DC, I was treated up-close-and-personal to Greenpeace’s banner unfurled — two intrepid activists dangling from it to provide ballast — from the top of a 270-foot-high crane rising above the crater of the old Washington Post building proclaiming RESIST. It was a [...]

United Airlines and the Zero Aggression Principle

  How libertarians (should) view the United Airlines story Retweet By Jim Babka (Find this article at Zero Aggression Project blog) When passenger David Dao was dragged off a United Airlines plane, it was a violation of the Zero Aggression Principle (sometimes called the non-aggression principle). The Zero Aggression Principle (ZAP) says that it’s wrong to use threats, [...]

Do you support our opposition to John Bolton for Assistant Secretary of State

  Rand Paul is right. John Bolton should not be Asst. Sec of State. Retweet In this message: Why we’re changing our strategy about presidential appointments Our standard of judgment for supporting or opposing appointments The conditions under which we, as voluntaryist libertarians, support foreign intervention, the conditions under which we oppose it, and how that [...]

How President Trump Could Bring About A Safer Greater World Peace

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2017/01/20/how-president-trump-could-bring-about-a-safer-greater-world-peace/#3bd443ef6724 Jan 20, 2017 @ 01:00 PM Ralph Benko As I have argued here, repeatedly, Donald Trump won the presidency on a platform of peace and prosperity. Now, as he himself recently told The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty, “you still have to produce the results.” There’s more than a little anxiety about whether Trump’s proposed [...]

Should the Nuclear Option be used to confirm Judge Gorsuch?

     An initiative of the Downsize DC Foundation   Partisans think their ideologies should be imposed on others. Retweet Of course, we already know that they’ve fallen prey to the Dictator Fallacy – their scheme will be implemented as if they were an all-powerful dictator. They’ve also forgotten that they will someday lose power to the opposing party. [...]

David Friedman & Patrick Byrne (CEO of Overstock.com) to speak at LPC State Convention

  I am pleased to announce that David Friedman (economics professor and son of Milton Friedman) and Patrick Byrne (CEO of Overstock.com) are now featured speakers at the Libertarian Party of California State Convention.  The convention is coming up fast - April 28 to 30 at the Santa Clara Marriott, 2700 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA (near San Jose Airport).  Sign [...]

Should the U.S. Government employ journalists to propagandize you?

  Did Obama & Congress just create a Ministry of Truth to generate fake news? Retweet What if politicians could deem your favorite website “propaganda” and shut it down? What if politicians could “create truth” by using your taxes to buy journalists, non-profit groups, and public figures? Well… Obama used an executive order to create a [...]

Silicon Valley, Stop Playing Brigadoon And Make America Politically Good And Great Again

Jan 15, 2017 @ 10:00 AM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2017/01/15/silicon-valley-stop-playing-brigadoon-and-make-america-politically-good-and-great-again/#462509f134e4 Ralph Benko American is having a long delayed political nervous breakdown. That derives from a breakdown in our underlying philosophy. Silicon Valley could fix that. America was founded on, and has as its DNA, “classical liberalism.” America’s political structure was very intentionally patterned on the philosophy of such [...]

“Marginalism” doesn’t knock down the pillars of statism

  An initiative of the Downsize DC Foundation Libertarian marginalism doesn’t lead to new libertarians. Retweet A prominent libertarian scolded me. “I get it,” he said. “You and I are extreme libertarians. But most people will resist libertarianism if our proposals are too radical.” Well, I wouldn’t call minding my own business and doing no harm ”radical.” But maybe he had a [...]

We want to hear from our Veterans now

  What verdict do veterans render to our three questions about U.S. wars? Retweet By Jim Babka & Perry Willis We’ve spent the last several days reviewing the history of U.S. wars and interventions. You can find those articles on our homepage. We also provide a list of them below our signature. Those articles ask three questions [...]

Help Make A Report Card For President Trump!

Jan 8, 2017 @ 10:01 AM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2017/01/08/help-make-a-report-card-for-president-trump/#3019e4a1b493 Ralph Benko Donald Trump has raised high expectations among his admirers. My recent column Is Donald Trump’s Paleopopulism A Mortal Threat To the Left’s Calamity Jane Politics? observed: Can Trump, with smart policy design, sell his agenda to a likely recalcitrant Republican Congress and make it work? The [...]

Was World War 2 a “good war?”

  Politicians poorly planned WW2. The consequences were pernicious Retweet By Perry Willis To understand whether there was any positive value in U.S. wars and interventions we’ve thus far covered… The War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Spanish-American War, and the Philippines War? How Teddy Roosevelt set in motion the bombing of Pearl Harbor The [...]

Is Donald Trump’s Paleopopulism A Mortal Threat To The Left’s ‘Calamity Jane’ Politics?

Dec 31, 2016 @ 07:00 AM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/12/31/is-donald-trumps-paleopopulism-a-mortal-threat-to-the-lefts-calamity-jane-politics/#2505b3632951 Ralph Benko The Washington Post‘s Dan Balz reported on the political elites confronting Trump,”As one former member of Obama’s campaign team put it, ‘I feel like in some ways my brain has to think differently than it ever has.’” True fact. >snip< How to “think differently?” Here’s a [...]

Radical Islam: Byproduct of U.S. policies dating back to Woodrow Wilson

  An American, a Frenchman, and a Brit walk in and form ISIS. No joke. Retweet By Perry Willis We’ve been reviewing the wisdom of U.S. wars and interventions. So far we’ve covered… Were early U.S. wars good or bad? Did Teddy Roosevelt co-found the Japanese empire? Did U.S. politicians choose the more evil side in [...]

President Trump’s First Big Fight Will Be With ‘Tyrannosaurus John’ Over ‘Tough Dove Rex’

Dec 25, 2016 @ 08:00 AM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/12/25/president-trumps-first-big-fight-will-be-with-tyrannosaurus-john-over-tough-dove-rex/#3f22f8c561af Ralph Benko Today’s 25th anniversary of the fall of the USSR and the end of the Cold War is not just a historical curio. It has had, and again soon will have, profound political ramifications. Most of the political class, very much including the media, have not absorbed [...]

Did blundering U.S. politicians spark the rise of Nazi Germany?

  Was Adolf Hitler Woodrow Wilson’s “love child?” Retweet By Perry Willis I’ve been writing a series of articles reviewing U.S. wars and interventions. Here’s what we’ve covered so far… Were early U.S. wars good or bad? Did Teddy Roosevelt co-found the Japanese empire? Did U.S. politicians choose the more evil side in World War 1? [...]

Ayn Rand’s Ghost Does Not Haunt The Trump Administration

Dec 18, 2016 @ 10:00 AM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/12/18/ayn-rands-ghost-does-not-haunt-the-trump-administration/#477293083348 Ralph Benko “Who is Donald Trump?” To paraphrase the opening line of Atlas Shrugged, the mainstream media remains on its manic quest to define the incoming president. It once again goes off the rails. The Washington Post recently featured a long article by James Hohmann trying and failing [...]

How U.S. politicians helped create the Soviet Union

  Did U.S. policies play a role in creating the communist threat? Retweet By Perry Willis I’ve been writing a series of articles reviewing U.S. wars and interventions…. Were early U.S. wars good or bad? Did Teddy Roosevelt co-found the Japanese empire? Did U.S. politicians choose the more evil side in World War 1? Now comes… [...]

‘Clinton Beats Trump’ Is The Real ‘Fake News’ Scandal

Dec 12, 2016 @ 10:00 PM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/12/12/clinton-beats-trump-is-the-real-fake-news-scandal/#421fe75d29e6 Ralph Benko The left has been hysterically pushing a new meme, “fake news.” While ostensibly neutral in practice it is subliminally weaponized as another lame vector — along with attacks on the electoral college and so forth — to undermine the legitimacy of the election of Donald Trump. [...]

Why criminal law enforcement does not violate the Zero Aggression Principle

  An initiative of the Downsize DC Foundation Is sending a murderer to prison aggression? Retweet By Perry Willis  The Zero Aggression Principle (the ZAP) is the key libertarian idea. It says… “Don’t aggress against others, personally or politically.” In other words, force should only be used for defensive purposes, including by institutions of governance, such as police [...]

The Hard Left’s War Against Donald Trump Threatens To Terminally Damage The Left

DEC 10, 2016 @ 08:00 AM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/12/10/the-hard-lefts-war-against-donald-trump-threatens-to-terminally-damage-the-left/#35dc41e618d2 Ralph Benko The left is in a state of frenzy about the election of Donald Trump. The soft left would do well to follow the example of President Obama, himself a man of the soft left, and detach itself from the hysterics of the hard left. Political defeat [...]

Is the Zero Aggression Principle linguistic nonsense?

An initiative of the Downsize DC Foundation Philosophy: The art of using words to undo all meaning. The Zero Aggression Principle case. Retweet By Jim Babka  The Zero Aggression Principle (ZAP) – Don’t aggress against persons nor delegate aggression to others – is an imperfect rule. But it’s not flawed in any of the ways its critics contend. [...]

Did U.S. politicians choose the more evil side in Word War 1?

  Was U.S. participation in WW1 the worst mistake ever? Retweet By Perry Willis This article will show how… WW1 would likely have ended in a draw had the U.S not intervened U.S. politicians favored the more evil side Great Britain committed and benefited from several acts of aggression against the U.S. U.S. intervention defended neither [...]