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    by Published on 12-07-2022 06:00 PM

    The ‘Twitter Papers’ Reveal the Totalitarians Among Us
    written by ron paul - december 5, 2022

    I admit to being skeptical of Elon Musk as a free speech hero. He has moved from one US government-subsidized business to another on his path to becoming the world’s richest person. But there is no denying that his release of the “Twitter Papers” this past weekend, which blew the lid off government manipulation of social media, has been a huge victory for those of us who value the First Amendment.

    The release, in coordination with truly independent journalist Matt Taibbi, demonstrated indisputably how politicians and representatives of “official Washington” pressed the teams that were then in charge of censorship at Twitter to remove Tweets and even ban accounts
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    by Published on 12-07-2022 03:00 PM

    Rep. Thomas Massie On Kennedy 12/6/2022: "We Should End All the COVID Vaccine Mandates"



    Thomas Massie - @RepThomasMassie

    I’m glad the military’s COVID vax mandate is about to end in the NDAA. I worked hard to get this done. Now we should reinstate everyone who was pushed out of the military wrongly, and we should end the remaining covid mandates.
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    https://twitter.com/RepThomasMassie/...78416431857664
    by Published on 12-07-2022 01:45 PM

    Another Hit For ESG: Florida Removes Billions From Blackrock



    Authoritarians struggle to get in control of as much as possible (schools, media, political parties, entertainment, etc.). They must believe that if they control it all, that their ideology will "win." But it's just not true. Freedom is the opposite. Freedom just needs a few small (often imperceptible) openings, and it prevails. ESG is an attempt to control the economy with an authoritarian political ideology. Freedom is already starting to burst right through it.
    by Published on 12-06-2022 01:00 PM

    WWIII? Ukraine Should Attack Inside Russia, Says Latvian Foreign Minister



    Taking advantage of NATO's defense umbrella, the Latvian Foreign Minister stated yesterday that Ukraine should be free to bomb targets deep inside of Russia, stating that NATO members "should not fear" any escalation. That these weapons are primarily made in the USA apparently means little to little Latvia. Also today: is Poland salivating over western Ukraine? Finally: as Congress races to shovel more money into Ukraine, a new poll shows Americans could not care less.
    by Published on 12-06-2022 10:30 AM

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    The Origin of Queer Theory: Gayle Rubin’s “Thinking Sex”
    The New Discourses Podcast with James Lindsay, Episode 79 (06 June 2022)
    Thinking Sex Series, Part 1 of 3

    People have very rapidly realized, whether in Groomer Schools, marketing, or so many other corners of society that we’ve been suckered into supporting Queer Theory under the banner of a gay and lesbian civil rights movement. We’ve also figured out very quickly that Queer Theory is a branch of Identity Marxism: Queer Marxism, which takes “normalcy” as its special form of bourgeois property to abolish through (Queer) class struggle. Where, though, did Queer Theory come from? It is relatively widely accepted that the first real Queer Theory paper is Gayle Rubin’s 1984 essay “Thinking Sex,” which calls for a new radical politics of sexuality. To help people understand what Queer Theory is and always has been about, James Lindsay proudly hosts a three-part New Discourses Podcast series reading through “Thinking Sex” in full and offering his commentary on it. In this first part, we learn that Queer Theory from its very beginnings is profoundly interested in both child pornography and pedophilia. It’s almost shocking to hear. Join James to understand Queer Theory from its very origins.

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    by Published on 12-05-2022 08:00 PM

    Letter to the Left on Ukraine

    To end the war in Ukraine, peace champions must win the war of ideas. This requires tackling two often-repeated claims that serve as obstacles to a diplomatic agreement between Ukraine and Russia. The first problematic claim is that the war was unprovoked; the second that Ukraine can achieve a decisive military victory.

    To challenge claims the Russian invasion of Ukraine was an “unprovoked” decision of an imperial maniac, the anti-war Left has pointed to the official expansion of NATO –a hostile military alliance on Russia’s borders– as the match that lit the fire, unleashing death, destruction and displacement upon the breadbasket of the world.

    NATO’s official expansion from 12 countries at the end of WWII to now 30
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    by Published on 12-05-2022 04:00 PM

    Ukraine In NATO? Foreign Ministers Flex (Jaw) Muscles in Bucharest



    At the NATO foreign ministers summit in Bucharest this week, Member states talked tough about endless support for Ukraine "whatever it takes." They also reiterated a 2008 pledge to eventually welcome Ukraine as a Member. Are they serious? Also today: Biden's neocons are reportedly considering sending Patriot missiles to Ukraine despite Russian warnings that it would be a major escalation. How far will they go?
    by Published on 12-05-2022 12:30 PM

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Collins View Post
    Great video, which highlights an article from 1970, warning of the dangers of supposed "social responsibility" in business.

    The businessmen believe that they are defending free enterprise when they declaim that business is not concerned “merely” with profit but also with promoting desirable “social” ends; that business has a “social conscience” and takes seriously its responsibilities for providing employment, eliminating discrimination, avoiding pollution and whatever else may be the catchwords of the contemporary crop of reformers. In fact they are—or would be if they or any one else took them seriously— preaching pure and unadulterated socialism. Businessmen who talk this way are unwitting puppets of the intellectual forces that have been undermining the basis of a free society these past decades.

    The discussions of the “social responsibilities of business” are notable for their analytical looseness and lack of rigor.
    ...
    In each of these cases, the corporate executive would be spending someone else's money for a general social interest. Insofar as his actions in accord with his “social responsibility” reduce returns to stock holders, he is spending their money. Insofar as his actions raise the price to customers, he is spending the customers’ money. Insofar as his actions lower the wages of some employes, he is spending their money.
    ...
    The executive is exercising a distinct “social responsibility,” rather than serving as an agent of the stockholders or the customers or the employes, only if he spends the money in a different way than they would have spent it.

    But if he does this, he is in effect imposing taxes, on the one hand, and deciding how the tax proceeds shall be spent, on the other.
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    On the level of political principle, the imposition of taxes and the expenditure of tax proceeds are governmental functions. We have established elaborate constitutional, parliamentary and judicial provisions to control these functions, to assure that taxes are imposed so far as possible in accordance with the preferences and desires of the public— after all, “taxation without representation” was one of the battle cries of the American Revolution. We have a system of checks and balances to separate the legislative function of imposing taxes and enacting expenditures from the executive function of collecting taxes and administering expenditure programs and from the judicial function of mediating disputes and interpreting the law.

    Here the businessman—self‐selected or appointed directly or indirectly by stockholders—is to be simultaneously legislator, executive and jurist.
    ...
    But precisely the same argument applies to the newer phenomenon of calling upon stockholders to require corporations to exercise social responsibility (the recent G.M. crusade, for example). In most of these cases, what is in effect involved is some stockholders trying to get other stockholders (or customers or employes) to contribute against their will to “social” causes favored by the activists. Insofar as they succeed, they are again imposing taxes and spending the proceeds.
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    WHETHER blameworthy or not, the use of the cloak of social responsibility, and the nonsense spoken in its name by influential and prestigious businessmen, does clearly harm the foundations of a free society.
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    - Milton Friedman, 1970
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    http://websites.umich.edu/~thecore/doc/Friedman.pdf
    by Published on 12-04-2022 12:18 AM

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/new...D=ansmsnnews11

    Next time you’re at airport security, get ready to look straight into a camera. The TSA wants to analyze your face. The Transportation Security Administration has been quietly testing controversial facial recognition technology for passenger screening at 16 major domestic airports — from Washington to Los Angeles — and hopes to expand it across the United States as soon as next year. Kiosks with cameras are doing a job that used to be completed by humans: checking the photos on travelers’ IDs to make sure they’re not impostors. So I quizzed the TSA’s Jason Lim, who helps run the program formally known as Credential Authentication Technology with ...
    by Published on 12-01-2022 10:45 PM

    Dr. Paul Hosts Press Conference on Ending Military COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

    by Published on 11-29-2022 08:00 PM

    Fauci's Back...And He Wants You To Take The Shot!



    No longer fearing the wrath of a Republican-controlled Senate, Tony "The Science" Fauci is settling into his post-retirement gig: making the rounds on mainstream news outlets hectoring Americans about taking more boosters. He's even threatening that schools might "need" to be shut down again. Also today: Republicans in the House call for MORE long-range missiles to Ukraine. Finally, Liz Cheney accused of politicizing the January 6th Committee.
    by Published on 11-29-2022 06:00 PM

    Separate Tech and State
    Ron Paul - November 28, 2022

    Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) recently got in touch with his inner mobster and threatened Elon Musk — the new owner of Twitter and the CEO of electric car company Tesla and space ventures company SpaceX. He told Musk, “Fix your companies” or “Congress will.” As part of this threat, Markey referred to an ongoing National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigation into Tesla’s autopilot driving system and Twitter’s 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

    Markey has done more than make threats: He is one of a group of Democratic senators who wrote to the FTC urging an investigation into whether Musk’s actions as the new owner of Twitter violated the consent decree or consumer ...
    by Published on 11-29-2022 10:00 AM

    Finally! MSM Outlets Call For Charges Against Assange To Be Dropped



    Five major mainstream media outlets, including the New York Times, have issued a letter calling the US Administration to drop the charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Assange has been a political prisoner in the UK since 2019. Also today: Twitter announced an end to its Covid "misinformation" policy...and the White House freaks out. Also: More demands from global welfare queens in Ukraine.

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    Tod

    RIP William N. Grigg

    Thread Starter: Tod

    William Norman Grigg, familiar to most of us through his prolific writing, passed away today at the age of 54 of a heart attack, according to this site https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/william-norman-grigg-rest-peace/ May he rest in peace.

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    What Are 'Rights'? Supremes Take On LGBTQ 'Discrimination'

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    WWIII? Ukraine Should Attack Inside Russia, Says Latvian Foreign Minister

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    FBI Plays Central Role In Twitter's Election Manipulation Operation

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    Finally! MSM Outlets Call For Charges Against Assange To Be Dropped

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    ClaytonB

    San Francisco Approves Armed Police Robots! - Jimmy Dore

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    Columbus, OH drag event sparks Patriot Feds, oops Patriot Front "protest"

    Thread Starter: ClaytonB

    30 minutes of Fediots screaming in the faces of other Fediots. Seems like they all took a wrong turn at 3rd & Who-Gives-A St... "Not your child, not your business" -- What happened to "It takes a village to raise a child"? Or are we not doing that one anymore? :rolleyes: The political theater isn't even entertaining anymore. Anyone remember the stain-on-the-dress? Defining the word...

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    2022 midterm election results *** OFFICIAL THREAD ***

    Thread Starter: Occam's Banana

    The Collins has been slacking lately when it comes to the creation of "OFFICIAL THREAD"s, so I thought I would go ahead and create one for reporting and discussing the results of the upcoming 2022 U.S. midterm elections (Tuesday 08 November). Also, if anyone wants to make any predictions about the outcomes, post them below. I'll try to collect and track them here, and we'll see who's the...

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    Don’t Charge that Electric Vehicle: California Braces for Energy Shortage Thru Labor Day

    Thread Starter: Anti Federalist

    Don’t Charge that Electric Vehicle: California Braces for Energy Shortage Thru Labor Day https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2022/08/31/dont-charge-that-electric-vehicle-california-braces-for-energy-shortage-thru-labor-day/ JOEL B. POLLAK 31 Aug 2022 California will suffer an energy shortage and “Flex Alerts” through Labor Day due to high temperatures, and residents will be asked to...

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    New York Times: Ray Epps is a victim of J6

    Thread Starter: Occam's Banana

    https://twitter.com/DarrenJBeattie/status/1547235939554148353 Here is Beattie's analysis of the article (tweet-thread images hidden to save space): https://twitter.com/DarrenJBeattie/status/1547409277664608256 Here is the NYT article:

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    Suspend Constitution

    Thread Starter: Voluntarist

    Trump's statement is in the news

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    Sonny Tufts

    Trump Organizations Convicted on All Criminal Tax Fraud Counts

    Thread Starter: Sonny Tufts

    A Manhattan jury has found two Trump Organization companies guilty on multiple charges of criminal tax fraud and falsifying business records connected to a 15-year scheme to defraud tax authorities by failing to report and pay taxes on compensation for top executives. https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/06/politics/trump-organization-fraud-trial-verdict/index.html...

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    Brian4Liberty

    China is the Model for US Billionaires, Crony Corporatists and Authoritarian Kleptocrats

    Thread Starter: Brian4Liberty

    Is the US-China Trade War a Cold War? (w/ Kyle Bass and Gen. Robert Spalding) Amazing revelation of what many have suspected for decades. The corrupt crony elite want the China model. Authoritarianism with no representation for the peons, a secretive kleptocracy with crony corporatism running the world. Around the 17:00 mark: Prevalent in financial and corporate circles, US...

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    Drag Queen Story Hour Hits Tractor Supply

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    PA-Philadelphia gas station owner hires AR15 toting security guards

    Thread Starter: Anti Federalist

    Safer or uncomfortable? Meh...looks like a hundred other $#@!holes around the world I've been in, from Angola and Nigeria to Mexico. In places like that, you wonder whose gonna jack you first, random thugs or your "security". I would prefer citizens coming and going about their business openly armed. https://twitter.com/i/status/1599954291938074624

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    Destruction of the US dollar

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    (This thread should have been titled "Destruction of the FRN global standard" but I was in the early stages of learning this stuff. Dollar and FRN are not necessarily the same.) UPDATE: Some of the links are dead but the texts of the deleted articles are still in this thread. We have ongoing threads that chronicle the progression of the downward spiral of things like the Friday bank...

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    CPI jumps 5% in May of 2021, fastest since 2008

    Thread Starter: Matt Collins

    If they are admitting a 5% jump, the true number is probably more like 15%-20% https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/10/business/consumer-price-index-may-2021.html

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    Fed Meetings Show .5% Hikes For Next Two Meetings

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    Meeting minutes of the Fed released Wednesday showed a strong commitment to two .5% hikes in June and July. This will follow a May 4th hike of .5% to a target range between .75% and 1.00%, as the Fed struggles to contain rampant inflation. Higher rates are designed to contain inflation by increasing the cost to borrow money, which reduces the buying power of American consumers, and makes sellers...

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    Been watching this one.

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    Getting close.. I do like the design.

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    Gayle Rubin's radical theory of the politics of sexuality

    Thread Starter: Occam's Banana

    Critical Theory threads] The Origin of ***** Theory: Gayle Rubin’s “Thinking Sex” The New Discourses Podcast with James Lindsay, Episode 79 (06 June 2022) Thinking Sex Series, Part 1 of 3 People have very rapidly realized, whether in Groomer Schools, marketing, or so many other corners of society that we’ve been suckered into supporting ***** Theory under the banner of a gay and lesbian...

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    Resisting Critical Race Theory

    Thread Starter: Occam's Banana

    Critical Theory threads] Resisting Critical Race Theory Workshop https://newdiscourses.com/2022/03/resisting-critical-race-theory-workshop-all-sessions/ New Discourses (25 March 2022) What is Critical Race Theory? What does it believe? Where does it come from? How does it work? And what can we do about it? These are core questions to understanding our times. In this series of lectures,...

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    Thread Starter: A Son of Liberty

    I'll endeavor to post each episode of Dave Smith's, Part of the Problem podcast here, going forward. Feel free to discuss/opine.

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