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    Today, 12:23 PM
    What's her name? :D (sorry, couldn't resist)
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    Today, 07:40 AM
    For AF...
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    Today, 06:46 AM
    Let's simplify it more... American only starting position: James has $40 in materials and let's say an hour of labor valued at $20. I have $70. American only ending position: James lost his materials, used his time, but has $10 in profit I lost my $70 but have a $70 chair.
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    Yesterday, 06:40 PM
    A few things... First, you are forgetting about the $40 of unused material that James still has if you bought this chair from Li Zhao. That material can be used to serve other needs. It is wealth that was not consumed. Secondly, the $10 I saved will be spent on something else. So in addition to the chair and James' unused materials, I can also buy $10 more worth of other goods someplace else. Let's say a haircut. Now I have a chair and a nice haircut and James still has his materials to sell elsewhere. And my barber has one more client that day. Finally, there's the case of what Li needs to do to make his FRN's worth anything. He needs to circulate them back to the US. So, for $70 I have a chair and a haircut, James still has his materials, my barber Jim is gainfully employed and Li has an incentive to turn his FRN's into usable goods or services.
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    Yesterday, 04:56 PM
    Per usual, you don’t fix a government problem with more government. That being said, efficiencies increase profits AND consumer value. They both would have increased MORE without government meddling.
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    Yesterday, 12:26 PM
    Even if you support tariffs, you should also support having them be voluntary. They shouldn't be imposed on people who don't support them. If we didn't have tariffs, those of you who support them could (and would, provided you are sincere) just voluntarily send extra money to the government every time you buy something from someone from a different country. I'm sure that all of you who think tariffs are too low have already been doing this, unless you don't really mean what you say.
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    Yesterday, 11:09 AM
    I don't want to give up on you because once you understand this, it becomes obvious and you can no longer see it the other way. Protectionist tariffs hamper domestic growth, manufacturing and production. First, because politicians are incentivized to help their elite donors and it requires bureaucrats to monitor and implement correctly. Second, because it harms the American consumer who then has fewer dollars to spend on other industries which also require manufacturing and production. Since those industries are harmed at a greater rate (though, it's dispersed), the overall growth is lower than it would have been otherwise. I understand it sounds counterintuitive at first, but lots of libertarian thinking does. But once you see what's happening at the big picture, it's hard to fall back. Please don't give up on learning about this.
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    Yesterday, 09:27 AM
    Not to pick any bones here, but ALL roads lead to socialism. Democracies, corporatism, capitalism, fascism, anarchy... Any system naturally leads to more centralized control over that system. It's the nature of human interaction. Every individual, and by extension, every organization of individuals, has an incentive to grow their power and influence over things and try to "control" them to the best of their abilities. It's why a centralized government is bad because you can't opt out and choose a competitor. Don't get me wrong, I'm all about Mises. It's just that the slippery slope argument can be applied everywhere. Liberty takes eternal vigilance to stand in opposition to humankind's natural tendencies to grow power.
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    Yesterday, 07:27 AM
    Well, what else would one expect? After all, Swordy is a “draconian top-down” kind of guy.
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    Yesterday, 04:21 AM
    Yes, people CAN watch it for themselves. Ironically enough, and unfortunately so wrt your claims, Ron is making the same exact point in this video that I tried to make in that last thread on this topic, namely that the higher prices invariably caused by protectionist tariffs, ON TOP OF the increased prices caused by monetary inflation are really putting the squeeze on American consumers. You tried to disingenuously claim that I said that tariffs caused inflation in that one. At least you’re a consistent liar.
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    Yesterday, 01:57 AM
    You’re lying again. As I noted above, Ron SPECIFICALLY STATED that tariffs DO NOT cause inflation. The “adds fuel” comment was explained to mean that the higher prices caused by tariffs all by themselves add to the consumers burden when added to the higher prices caused by inflation. NOWHERE did Ron even I’m-ly that tariffs in any way cause inflation. As for the rest, your claims have been dealt with by myself and several others multiple times. Fletcher got it all wrong and his book is fit for composting and that’s about it.
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    Yesterday, 01:38 AM
    The bold above is a lie. Ron nowhere said that tariffs cause inflation. In fact he repeated several times that tariffs DO NOT cause inflation but do cause higher prices. He then several times noted that the higher prices caused by tariffs combined with those caused by inflation were really hurting American consumers. The rest of your comments are just more of the same anti-freedom garbage you always post on this topic that I don’t have the time right now to deal with. Nor the inclination, for that matter since truth on this topic falls upon deaf ears where you and a few others are concerned. I’ve wasted enough of my life trying to convince obdurately resistant people that freedom is better than their familiar, and therefor comfortable, slavery. Enjoy your chains.
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    05-21-2024, 10:47 PM
    The timestamp and context of what exactly? I'm at a loss as to what you're looking for here.
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    05-21-2024, 07:08 PM
    As usual we are reminded that it’s best to leave state matters to the state.
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    05-21-2024, 05:43 AM
    What the living hell are you talking about?! Ron Paul's position and mine are EXACTLY the same. Because we come from the same school of economics. We can accept low, uniform tariffs as a less objectional way of funding the limited functions of a federal government. We REJECT government protectionism! Your position is the same statist claptrap we've heard for decades from lefties. You are completely opposed to Ron's position! Don't backtrack now. So much for those baby steps.
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    05-21-2024, 04:18 AM
    Well, at least now he says he opposes Ron's views instead of lying about them and pretending Ron Paul supports that tariff nonsense... Baby steps.
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    05-20-2024, 11:31 AM
    So, does this stop SS from libeling Ron Paul???
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    05-20-2024, 08:05 AM
    The simple thing would have been simply to answer the question I asked. Your waste of time on unrelated side discussions is on you.
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