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Do left-statists own the word “society”

 

An initiative of the Downsize DC Foundation

Is only the Left pro-social? Is the free market anti-social? Or is it the other way around? Retweet

We have a new Mental Lever mini-article at the Zero Aggression Project: “Are the free market and society the same thing?”

Left-statists act like they own the […]

Can a state Attorney General unilaterally violate federaltax privacy laws?

 

More action needed in case where LBJ-appointed judge compared Cal AG’s actions to segregationists. RETWEET

We need to file two amicus briefs opposing illegal actions by the state Attorney General of both California and New York.

These officials have forbidden nonprofits from raising money in their states unless they first provide a complete, […]

How Trump Can Beat The Terrorists And Restore Generous American Immigration

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2017/02/19/how-trump-can-beat-the-terrorists-and-restore-generous-american-immigration/#19773c0374b9

Feb 19, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Ralph Benko

Terrorists seek to terrorize. The purpose of terrorism, a form of guerrilla warfare, is not merely to inflict casualties but to terrorize the populace. As Robert Taber wrote in his authoritative study The War of the Flea: A Study of Guerrilla Warfare Theory and Practice:

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The First Amendment is ILLEGAL during these 90 days

 

We’ve been defeating incumbent protection schemes. Here we go again. RETWEET

We’ve been chipping away at bad campaign finance regulations that go under the heading of “electioneering communications.” We’ve won several cases on this issue. Now we have a chance to kill these regulations permanently. This message will explain…

What “electioneering communications” is, […]

The Left, Not Kellyanne Conway, Invented ‘Alternative Facts’

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2017/02/11/the-left-not-kellyanne-conway-invented-alternative-facts/#1b0be90b51b8

Ralph Benko

The left is engaged in an all-out war on Trump and his supporters. One of its weapons is to attack declarations as “Fake News.” Prominent journalists had a field day with Trump Counsellor Kellyanne Conway for coining the phrase “alternative facts” in defending Sean Spicer’s observations about the crowd size at Trump’s […]

20 powerful ways to replace Obamacare

 

Trump is busy making plans for you. Do the same for him. #Obamacare Retweet

The Republicans have talked loud and long about replacing Obamacare. Now they must act.

But will their actions be good or bad? You must tell them what “good” looks like.

Additionally, you and I must also be prepared to […]

The Political Is Now Personal

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/living-room-conversations/the-political-is-now-pers_b_14662924.html

02/09/2017 02:57 pm ET

 

Living Room Conversations Open your ears. Open your mind. Open your home.

By Ralph Benko

The Rasmussen polling company recently issued a bulletin headlined “A lot of Americans have hard feelings after last November’s presidential election.” This is not a surprise but it is good to have it quantified:

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Preview our 20 proposals to REPLACE Obamacare

 

We think the politicians screwed up healthcare. We have 20 specific ways they can unscrew it. Retweet

Next week, we’ll start working to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something good. Here, as promised, is a preview of our proposals.

Proposal #1: Restore natural prices and make them visible to patients. This will […]

Steve Bannon Is Not the Imaginary Hobgoblin Portrayed by the Media Elite

https://spectator.org/steve-bannon-is-not-the-imaginary-hobgoblin-portrayed-by-the-media-elite/

Ralph Benko

February 7, 2017, 12:04 am

If they don’t listen they won’t hear.

The elite media is currently awash with fascinated hogwash about Steve Bannon, President Trump’s White House strategist. Time magazine devotes its current cover to an intentionally unflattering cover photo of and snarky cover headline about him. Time is joining the […]

What we can get from Trump and the Republican Congress

 

The Trump transition team is planning their strategy. So are we. So should you. Retweet

Step one. Identify the main chance. What’s the most likely thing we could gain or lose? We think it’s this…

The Republicans are very likely to repeal Obamacare Their replacement may include free market reforms

We want to […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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., […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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?” […]