James Allsup Defends Big Government by Attacking Big Government? (Part 1)

Commentator James Allsup has made a video defending why we need big government in order to serve the people. Although I happen to agree with him about many of his points (such as the importance of the traditional family), I can’t help but notice that Allsup spends his video criticizing problems that are the result of government. Why then does he think big government can solve the problems?

This is part 1 of my response to James Allsup’s video, “America Needs BIGGER Government To Serve the PEOPLE.”

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Vandenbroucke, G. (2016, December 12). The Link between Fertility and Income. Retrieved from https://www.stlouisfed.org/on-the-economy/2016/december/link-fertility-income

Adorney, J. (2017, May 30). To Lower Health Care Costs, Try Freedom. Retrieved from https://mises.org/wire/lower-health-care-costs-try-freedom

Perry, M. J. (2017, February 9). 25 reasons why protectionism is taken seriously when it’s actually a form of economic suicide. Retrieved from http://www.aei.org/publication/25-reasons-why-protectionism-is-taken-seriously-when-its-actually-a-form-of-economic-suicide/

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What is Marriage and Why is it Important?

Marriage. Many people aspire to it. Many people loathe the idea, but one way or another, everyone seems to believe that marriage is important. In this video, I make a defense of traditional marriage and why it is important to society. This is the first of several videos to be made on the topic.

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McManus, M. (2002, February 25). Why is it in the Government’s Interest to Save Marriages? Retrieved from https://www.heritage.org/marriage-and-family/report/why-it-the-governments-interest-save-marriages

Wallerstein, J. S., & Lewis, J. (2004). The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce: Report of a 25 Year Landmark Study. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 21(3), 353-370. doi:10.1037/e315132004-001

Unwin, J. D. (1934). Sex and Culture. London: Oxford University Press.

Waite, L. J., Browning, D., Doherty, W. J., Gallagher, M., Luo, Y., & Stanley, S. M. (2002). Does Divorce Make People Happy? Findings from a Study of Unhappy Marriages. Retrieved from http://americanvalues.org/catalog/pdfs/does_divorce_make_people_happy.pdf

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Means TV “What is Capitalism?” Debunked

According to the About section of Means TV’s YoutTube channel, their content “seeks to uplift working people and showcase topics that affect us all, but that the corporate media often neglect.” Sadly, I have found them to be yet another channel full of soundbites of Marxist propaganda. In this video, I debunk comedian Sara June’s “What is Capitalism?”

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Steinreich, D. (2016, March 01). Did Free Markets Cause the Flint, Michigan Water Disaster? Retrieved from https://mises.org/library/did-free-markets-cause-flint-michigan-water-disaster

Clifford, C. (2019, May 10). The majority of billionaires in the world are self-made. Retrieved from https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/10/wealthx-billionaire-census-majority-of-worlds-billionaires-self-made.html

Hartmans, A., & Akhtar, A. (2019, April 04). Jeff Bezos finalized his divorce agreement for 75% of Amazon stock. Here’s how he built the $1 trillion company to become the world’s richest man. Retrieved from https://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-ceo-jeff-bezos-richest-man-world-career-life-story-2017-7

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels: https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/download/pdf/Manifesto.pdf

Taylor, C. (2015, June 17). 70% of Rich Families Lose Their Wealth by the Second Generation. Retrieved from http://money.com/money/3925308/rich-families-lose-wealth/

DiLorenzo, T. J. (2011, May 03). The Myth of Natural Monopoly. Retrieved from https://mises.org/library/myth-natural-monopoly

Roberts, J. M., & Olson, R. (2013, September 11). How Economic Freedom Promotes Better Health Care, Education, and Environmental Quality. Retrieved from https://www.heritage.org/international-economies/report/how-economic-freedom-promotes-better-health-care-education-and

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Richard Wolff Debunked: Market Solutions, Climate Change, and Child Labor

Dr. Richard Wolff posted a short clip as part of his Economic Update (EU) on the channel Democracy at Work. In it, Wolff argues that market solutions cannot address the dire issues of climate change and global warming. He cites the necessity of government abolishing child labor as evidence for this. Per the usual, Dr. Wolff’s claims are both economically illiterate and historically inaccurate.

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Nobel Prize Economist William Nordhaus Has a Solution for Climate Change at the Yale Alumni in Energy Conference 2019 | Markets Insider. (2019, April 10). Retrieved April 11, 2019, from https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/nobel-prize-economist-william-nordhaus-has-a-solution-for-climate-change-at-the-yale-alumni-in-energy-conference-2019-1028100001

Murphy, R. P. (2019, February 1). The Economic Argument for a Carbon Tax Is a Work of Fiction | Robert P. Murphy. Retrieved April 11, 2019, from https://mises.org/wire/economic-argument-carbon-tax-work-fiction

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Tucker, J. A. (2008, January 22). The Trouble With Child Labor Laws | Jeffrey A. Tucker. Retrieved April 11, 2019, from https://mises.org/library/trouble-child-labor-laws

DeGregori, T. R. (2002, October 08). Child Labor or Child Prostitution? Retrieved April 11, 2019, from https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/child-labor-or-child-prostitution

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My Response to Allyson Rowe and the Fallacy of Piety

Shortly after my last video response to Allyson Rowe, a video popped up on her channel telling her followers why they’re not obligated to respond to criticism. While this isn’t a direct response to my comment, I couldn’t help but point out that acting pious and claiming to answer to God rather than man doesn’t do anything to demonstrate that you’re actually right. This is what I’ve come to call the Fallacy of Piety.

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Prager University’s Hypocrisy on Government

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Prager University produces short videos arguing for conservative political positions.

Before I begin this article, let me quickly say that Prager University has put out some very good videos in the past, particularly regarding basic economics. That being said, on many occasions I’ve been downright disgusted with material that the platform has put out. Besides endorsing opportunist frauds like Candace Owens, Prager University routinely endorses using government force to achieve ends it sees as in the common interest of Americans (i.e. collectivism). However, like most statists, they never really explain why the government is justified in using force to achieve their desired ends but not the ends of their leftist opponents.

Earlier today, Prager University released a video that was hosted by General Chuck Wald. The video sought to explain why America spends so many tax dollars on the state of Israel and why it ought to spend more. The video is below for those interested, but to sum it up, Wald argues that America ought to provide funding to Israel because it is a peaceful, democratic ally in the Middle East. Funding Israel serves both Israeli and American national security interests.

I will not be arguing whether or not General Wald’s assertions in this video are true or false. Wald could very well be correct in his assertion that money given to Israel will help achieve ends that are beneficial to both Israel and the United States. However, even if his assertions are true, the pertinent question is, should Americans be required to give their hard-earned money to the government of Israel whether they like it or not?

If we were having a discussion about abortion, I have no doubt that Dennis Prager and his team would speak out aggressively against it. In fact, you don’t have to imagine. Lila Rose of Live Action has previously done a video for Prager University about Planned Parenthood, and in the course of her video, she emphasized the injustice of the fact that Americans are forced to fund Planned Parenthood whether they want to or not.

However, comparing Rose’s video to Wald’s puts Prager University in an interesting position. On one hand, they argue that American citizens should not be forced to give money to an organization like Planned Parenthood against their will. However, they turn around and argue that Americans should be forced to fund the military activities of Israel whether they want to or not.

Tell me Prager University. Why is the government justified in using force to make American citizens fund the state of Israel, but not the activities of Planned Parenthood?

My guess is that their answer would be that Planned Parenthood is a deceptive and immoral organization, responsible for the murder of millions of unborn children, while Israel is a free democracy whose furthered existence benefits all Americans. However, if we were having a discussion with a liberal, they would undoubtedly tell you just the opposite. The liberal would say that Israel is an oppressive, apartheid regime that cruelly abuses the Palestinian people, while Planned Parenthood is a just organization that provides healthcare to women and leads to lower crime rates in America.

There is no doubt that there are many people who agree very strongly with Prager University or with the liberal in my example above, but that’s the point. While many people disagree about what the government should do with its power, they all agree that the government should have the power to force its citizens to fund things against their will. This is why I have over and over reminded people that the same government that has the power to give you everything you want is a government that has the power to take everything that you have.

I’ll say again that my purpose in writing this article is not to argue against the state of Israel or to argue for Planned Parenthood. I’ve made my stance on abortion very clear in this video series, and I’ve on occasion touched on the Israel/Jewish Question. However, the problem that Prager University does not seem to realize is that when you argue that the government should have the power to force its citizens to fund endeavors they disagree with, what consistent argument are you going to give as to why it is unjustified in pointing a gun at you and forcing you to fund something you disagree with?

As much as I deplore anti-Semitism, I do not think anti-Semites should be forced to give their money to fund the activities of Israel. As much as I deplore many forms of Zionism, I do not think Zionists should be prevented from donating their own money to Jewish causes. Regardless of how strongly you may believe you are right in your assertions, whatever position you take, you must first justify why it is that you and people who agree with you are justified in using force against others, but those who disagree with you are not.

While I share the same values as many of my conservative friends, this is a question I believe all conservatives seriously need to consider. I believe once they do, they will see that Libertarianism is the only position that can be consistently lived out in society. All statists want to use force against others. They just don’t want others to use force against them.

I hope you can see the problem.

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Alyssa Milano’s Feminist Fail

Shortly after the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, actress and activist Alyssa Milano went on MSNBC to rant about how sexual abuse has been institutionalized in the United States. Citing bogus statistics and demonstrating incredible hypocrisy in her support for real sex abusers like Bill Clinton, Alyssa Milano might just have made the worst #FeministFail yet.

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Scope of the Problem: Statistics. (n.d.). Retrieved November 28, 2018, from https://www.rainn.org/statistics/scope-problem

About RAINN’s Statistics. (n.d.). Retrieved November 28, 2018, from https://www.rainn.org/about-rainns-statistics

National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey (1998).  Retrieved November 28, 2018 from https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles/172837.pdf

Fisher, B. S. (2004). Measuring Rape Against Women: The Significance of Survey Questions. Retrieved November 28, 2018 from https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/199705.pdf

Sommers, C. H. (2012, January 27). CDC study on sexual violence in the U.S. overstates the problem. Retrieved November 28, 2018, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/cdc-study-on-sexual-violence-in-the-us-overstates-the-problem/2012/01/25/gIQAHRKPWQ_story.html?utm_term=.8aa4c9d3e456

McElroy, W. (2006, May 2). False Rape Accusations May Be More Common Than Thought. Retrieved November 28, 2018, from http://www.independent.org/news/article.asp?id=1719

Kanin, E. (1994). False rape accusations. Archives of Sexual fichavior, 23, Retrieved November 28, 2018 from https://archive.org/stream/FalseRapeAllegations/false-rape-allegations-archive_djvu.txt

Moore, C. (2018, October 04). Boy, 13, Arrested, Cuffed And Dragged From School Over #MeToo Allegations. Retrieved November 28, 2018, from https://www.dangerous.com/49605/boy-13-arrested-cuffed-and-dragged-from-school-over-metoo-allegations/

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Lessons from Marvel’s Daredevil Season 3 (November Patrons Exclusive Teaser)

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In part one of this new series, I explain the difference between a market entrepreneur and a political entrepreneur. This video is in part a response to Knowledge Hub’s video, “The Age When Capitalism Went Too Far,” but more broadly addresses the issue of regulatory capture and how the government interferes in free market operations.

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Why Tax Cuts and Tax Hikes are Fundamentally the Same

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The Federal Reserve of the United States is the Biggest Scam in History

Ever since President Trump’s tax cuts made it through Congress several months ago, I’ve heard many Republican commentators talking about how much they have helped the economy.  Even whitehouse.gov couldn’t pass up the opportunity to put out a short summary explaining just how the tax cuts are going to, “Provide tremendous relief for the middle class and small business” (“President Donald J. Trump Achieved the Biggest Tax Cuts”, para. 1).  However, well it’s true that tax cuts improve the health of the economy in principle, the current political system combined with the worldwide scam that is the Federal Reserve of the United States ensures that both tax cuts and tax hikes ultimately have the same effect on the economy.

Allow me to explain.  It ought to seem fairly straightforward that when citizens are allowed to keep more of their own money, they tend to spend more on non-essential goods and services than they otherwise would have.  This creates demand in industries that may not have been there if tax rates were higher and so creates job opportunities.  Sounds pretty good right?

Well, the problem is that most citizens don’t see beyond the surface rhetoric that takes place between the two political parties.  If your only source of information is the mainstream media, it would seem that Democrats want to increase taxes in order to fund more government programs, and Republicans want to cut taxes in order to stimulate economic growth as was described above.  However, what’s more important to consider is the government’s budget itself, not simply what tax cuts or tax hikes are passed.

As I’ve written and spoken about before, it doesn’t matter who sits in the White House or Congress.  Spending only goes in one direction.  Up. And the Trump administration is no exception to this rule.  This means that the U.S. is still engaging in deficit spending.  So if taxes aren’t going up to cover the interest and principle payments on U.S. Treasury securities, how are they being paid off?

If you’re interested in a detailed explanation of how the Federal Reserve Banking System works, I recommend Mike Maloney’s video linked below.

However, to sum it up.  The U.S. can pay off it’s debt in two ways.  The first is to increase taxes and use the additional revenue to pay down the debt.  The second is to have the Federal Reserve inflate the currency through the issuance of additional treasury securities and pay off older securities with the newly created money.  While both these methods are always used simultaneously to some degree, the former might be cast as the Democrats’ preferred method while the latter might be cast as the Republicans’ preferred method.

However, both methods, at the end of the day, end up having the same effect on the economy.  If taxes are increased, citizens will become more frugal with the money that they pocket, knowing they won’t have as much to spend on that big screen television or brand-new sports car.  This decreases demand in the economy and may lead to layoffs and economic decline.  No one wants to advocate for this to happen right?

However, what of inflating the currency?  Well, if the currency is inflated, in the short term it may look like the tax cuts are having a positive effect on the economy because citizens believe they can be more cavalier with how they spend their money.  Demand is increased and economic growth follows.  However, while it will take time for the effects to show, the new money that the government printed to finance its debt will seep its way into the economy, devaluing the U.S. dollar.

As the people realize that the dollar is less valuable than it was before, prices will rise and investors who thought that the tax cuts meant new economic opportunity will begin to reverse course.  They will attempt to save their assets as they see that their newly saved tax credits cannot take them as far as they initially believed.  As with the effect of tax hikes, this type of economic decline is caused by the government stealing wealth from its citizens.  The citizens simply did not feel the theft as forcefully because no currency was actually taken out of their pockets.  It was simply devalued by inflation.

The economist John Maynard Keynes once said, “By this means the government may secretly and unobserved, confiscate the wealth of the people, and not one man in a million will detect the theft” (Keynes, para. 1).  While I’m not a fan of Keynes’ economic philosophy, he was certainly correct on this point.  Due to the fact that very few people understand the Federal Reserve and fractional reserve banking, most people don’t realize that under the current system, balancing the budget is impossible.

For this reason, there is fundamentally no difference between tax cuts and tax hikes.  Both will have the same effect in the long run.  As always, this political debate between Republicans and Democrats is nothing but a sham designed to stop the people from seeing what the state is doing.  Confiscating their hard-earned wealth and taking away their freedoms.  It’s what the government does and will continue to do until the people wake up.

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Keynes, J. M. (n.d.). A quote from The Economic Consequences of the Peace. Retrieved November 19, 2018, from https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/919069-by-this-means-the-government-may-secretly-and-unobserved-confiscate

President Donald J. Trump Achieved the Biggest Tax Cuts and Reforms in American History. (2018, February 5). Retrieved November 19, 2018, from https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-achieved-biggest-tax-cuts-reforms-american-history/

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