Archive for April, 2009

Bashing Obama: Silverwolf Lets Up to Look at the Man

April 30, 2009

It will come as no surprise to those who have read recent posts on this blog, that Silverwolf has taken the gravest exception to many of our new President’s policies, and has been highly critical of him in many areas, from economics to foreign affairs. But he thinks he should give his view of the President as a person apart from his actions as a political figure.

Basically, Silverwolf thinks the President is a nice guy, with a winning manner, but without any deeply thought out or deeply held convictions or principles. A compromiser and pragmatist at heart, loath, as was War Criminal Lyndon Johnson, to ever move against a majority. The many immoral actions the President has taken, in the sense of anti-Jeffersonian violations of the Bill of Rights, illustrate that the President lacks this deep commitment to Principle, and his economic program shows the frequent lack of economic understanding one can encounter even in the brightest lawyers. Quick-wittedness in the law does not necessarily mesh with quick-wittedness in business, or in seeing the tangential necessities of economic freedom and personal liberty. What is so exhilarating about the 17th and 18th century French “laissez-faire” economists, thinkers like Turgot and Cantillon,  is their commitment to personal liberty, and their seeing the connexion betwixt that liberty and economic freedom. To laissez-faire, to “let to do” is not only the best thing for the individual, but also for the society at large. And government regulations on businesses of which the government bureaucrats know nothing, but the entrepreneurs know a great deal, only act as a tax which ends up costing the consumer in higher prices, impoverishing society as a whole, to benefit both some special interest group, and the bureaucrats who enact and enforce these regulations, in the form of their salaries and benefit “packages”. Rothbard taught us to always ask, Qui bono? when it comes to government regulation of an industry. Who benefits?

 All these things are beyond the comprehension of our new President, whose choice of Geithner as Treasury Secretary shows that he is completely brainwashed in the Keynesian, government-must-always-intervene, mentality. It is in this sense that the President, quick-witted though he be, has never flashed on the moral implications of Liberty, as they were protected and promoted by the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, with the philosophical ideas that inspired these being propounded in the Declaration of Independence and the Preamble.

It is this personal charm, and the President’s public speaking prowess, combined with this complete lack of deep political and economic Principle, that are so dangerous in this President. With his vast majority in the Senate, the President can “fast-track”, i.e. ram through, any legislation, unConstitutional or not, through a complaisant Congress.

However, the President, and his equally unprincipled fellow Party members in the Legislative Branch, will soon see that their Keynesian mish-mash will presently turn the American economy to mush, and they will then try to get out of it by both raising taxes on the entrepreneurs, while inflating to rid themselves of the real value of the debt they have been running up for the last 76 years. As they kill the incentive to work with higher income taxes, their tax revenue base will shrink, while the inflation and higher taxes will drive more and more to seek the shelter and “security” of a government handout. This will, in turn, greatly increase the tax demands on government, while simultaneously shrinking the tax base. And both these processes will accelerate constantly at an ever-increasing velocity, until, in a very few years, the system grinds to a halt, and they issue a new currency, and will talk of a “fresh start”, meanwhile having completely destroyed the value of the money for anyone who saved the old currency, or didn’t spend it down to the last unit before it became worthless.

Karl Marx and the sadistic fox-hunter, Friedrich Engels, used to quack about how Capitalism would eventually collapse of its own accord, no matter what anyone did. But they had it completely turned around, for while Capitalism can pretty much go on indefinitely producing wealth, and new forms of wealth as technology advances, it is Socialism, as exemplified in Keynesian meddling in the private economy, that is doomed to fail from the moment it gets a foothold in government. This is one of the great insights of von Mises and Hayek. And it is this lesson that we are now witnessing in America and around the world — the great failure of Keynesian, Socialist, big government.

And this is the lesson that President Obama — a nice guy at heart— can never grasp or even comprehend. There is a difference between quick-wittedness and intelligence, cleverness and profundity. A difference of which the President is not even conscious.

Hooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

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Obama’s First Hundred Days: The Audacity of Hypocrisy

April 26, 2009

Barack Obama doesn’t disappoint. At least, he didn’t disappoint Silverwolf’s expectations for another Presidency filled with hypocrisy and phony and immoral policies, just like the previous Clinton administration, as we view his first hundred days in power. All Silverwolf can say is, after the first hundred days, thank goodness there are only 1341 days to go.

First off, let’s look at the President’s lying policy on medical cannabis. During the campaign, Herr Obama pledged to not prosecute any medical cannabis suppliers if they were in compliance with State laws. In other words, if the States legalized medical cannabis, the Federal government wouldn’t intervene. But now, in blatant contradiction of his “solemn” campaign pledge, Obama’s hand-picked DA, Eric Holder, says the Federal government will prosecute a grower in California, Charles Lynch, who was growing in accordance with California state law, and will seek the maximum five-year penalty. We can see that, when it comes to cannabis, Obama is as big a Fascist as Clinton, the Government of Singapore, or Comrade Castro.

And of course, he is drumming up the “war on drugs” again, the same tired rhetoric we’ve heard from every Democrat and Republican since Lying Bain-of-the-world Johnson. An instant worldwide end to prohibition would end the drug war once and for all, by taking the profits out of it. But such a simple solution is too logical for the simple mind of our new simpleton President.

Then, of course, there is Obama’s continual escalation of his war in Afghanistan, a hopeless cause as the British, Russians, and anyone else has found out who has tried to control that mountainous region. Obama is already sending more troops than he originally said he would be sending, and let’s remember that he has asked for a 9% increase in the Military-Industrial giveaway of the wealth of American Capitalism to the military suppliers. Some military is of course necessary, but we’d guess we could defend our own borders for one-fifth of what we spend maintaining 700 military bases around the world.

Obama has also committed his first war crimes in Afghanistan, killing women and children, it was reported, during the drone attacks on Islamic militants. Perhaps the women were named Michelle and had two daughters? Perhaps their income was $2.7million? Perhaps the President would not have authorized this attack if the price were his wife and children? But, as Madelaine Alldull once said, that’s collateral damage for ya.

Now let’s move on to the President’s disgraceful behavior in virtually nodding to the Queen of England, a Democracy and once a hot-bed of civil rights, while bowing low before the King of Saudi Arabia,  a Kingdom that chops off hands and heads, forbids women to drive, and forbids Christians to bring in their Bible. Should an American President bow low before such a tyrant and civil rights violator, while merely nodding to someone who oversaw the largely peaceful liberation of dozens of former colonies in her Empire back into the hands of their native owners? Has the Queen of England denied Muslims and Jews the right to worship in her overwhelmingly Christian country? The answer is no, and for that alone the Queen of England, if anyone, deserved the deeper bow, not the nominal head of a civil rights cesspool. De rigeur, the White House tried to wriggle out of this one, by claiming that Obama bowed so low before the Saudi King, because the King is so short. However,  they failed to mention that the Queen of England is, in point of fact, even shorter, something that was never mentioned by the White House staff. .

 But of course, what can we expect when Obama appoints Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, a woman whose husband has received millions upon millions of dollars for his official library from the Saudis?  No conflict of interest there, is there Mr. President? And this woman is supposed to be an objective force in the midst of Middle East negotiations. But Ms. Rod-’em has already been turning up the pressure on the Israelis, in accordance with the wishes of her masters in Riyadh, by threatening Israel that if it didn’t start talking to the Palestinians, even while they continue to rain down missiles on Israeli civilians, already killing and maiming many, that Israel will lose its “support amongst the Arabs” in its opposition to Iran’s nuclear threat. “Support amongst the Arabs”? Is the woman insane, or merely relaying the message from Riyadh, which is now the message from Obama’s Washington? This is all exactly as Silverwolf expected.

The President’s wrecking of the US dollar, as he adds two Trillion dollars to the national debt in one year, and passes out hundreds of billions of dollars to the donors of the Democratic machine, has already been commented on extensively in Silverwolf’s many blogs on the subject, so he won’t go over old ground again. Suffice it to say that Austrian-oriented economists and investors know exactly what a virtual crime, a legalized theft of the wealth of the American people, under color of Law, is now taking place. Unfortunately, it will take a collapse of the dollar to bring most Democrats around to a sense of reality. But they voted in their own collapse, and as we are all responsible for our own actions, you can’t get too worked up when someone slits their own throat. We warned ’em.

However, perhaps the most egregious hypocrisy of the new Administration is the fact that they have not removed all the myriad overthrows of our civil rights laws — the unpatriotic and Bill-of-Rights busting Patriot Act,  and the Military Commissions act, which overthrows the ancient Principle of Habeas Corpus. The fact that the Democrats have not said a peep about these civil rights usurpations in the first hundred days is very telling. They realized they have pacified the womanized American public. A nation of sheep on estrogens.

And finally, as a cherry on this audacious cake of hypocrisy,  we come to the President’s disgusting warm-handshake and big smile when encountering the Collectivist of Caracas, the obese Hugo Chavez, dictator of a thin people. While diplomatic decorum would require that a head of state not blatantly insult a nominal head of a dictatorship, Silverwolf believes that the head of any country that not only violates human rights, as Venezuela does, but also engages in whipping up hatred against religious minorities, as Chavez did when he called Jews the killers of Christ in a speech not long before a synagogue in Caracas was invaded and trashed, and its occupants beaten— such a head of state should be treated with the utmost frigidity by any American President.  Such blatantly racist inciting to riot should have required no handshake at all, merely a sombre nod of the head. But what would one expect from someone who regarded Rev. Wright as his spiritual mentor, and who hung out for twenty years with folks who would give Louis Farrakhan their Man of the Year award. Being a racist bigot and a Fascist doesn’t seem to deter the President from flashing his biggest smile, and extending the hand of “friendship”. But Silverwolf, and America, can dispense with such “friends”.

No, President Obama has not disappointed Silverwolf’s expectations in the least. But actually, since this blog has taken a day to write, Silverwolf has good news for the American people. Now there are only 1340 days to go.

Hoooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

The Free Market vs. Fascist Frank of Fiji

April 14, 2009

Silverwolf can already taste in his wolfbuds the downfall of another Fascist, e’en one who has just wrested power a few hours ago.

Fascist Fiji, under its new dictator, “Commodore” Frank Bainimarama, is already implementing all the classical trappings of a coup of gangsters, as they try to take over the sovereignty of a whole nation. Gangsters are usually satisfied with single neighborhoods, or perhaps large chunks of metropolises if ambitious; they rarely try to take over an entire country.

But it has happened in Fascist Fiji. The Supreme Court invalidated the coup, the “Commodore” pledged to honor the ruling in the evening, and on the next morn, his subaltern in fact, if not in name, the senile “President” Iloilo, suspended the Constitution, sacked all the judges in the courts, from low to high, and appointed Fascist Frank as “interim PM”, with elections scheduled a mere 5 years into the future. Since then, the press has been muzzled, with police representatives present in every editorial room, making sure that not one word of criticism, and only “healthy” stories go out to the public. The Australian Broadcasting Corp.’s correspondent, was told to pack up and leave, unless he’d report in a likewise fashion, which he refused to do, and so was forcibly deported. The same for the Radio New Zealand reporter. And the three judges that made up the high court, comparable to the US Supreme Court for Fiji, hot-footed it out of the country, after being lightly detained. The head of the Law Society was also “called in to have coffee”, and then told he would have to be detained overnight, though there was no charge made against him. It’s clear that a bunch of amateur Mussolini’s have grabbed Fiji. But the signs look ominous for them.

The first cut is the deepest, and when it comes to Fascist regimes, the first cut comes from Capitalism. We should remember that in the mid-1930’s, Hitler’s greatest fear was that his persecution of the Jews would unleash a backlash boycott of Germany. He slowed down in his persecutions, at that time, at least long enough to gain himself the respectability of having a legitimate regime by hosting the 1936 Olympics, and having the Americans, as well as many other countries, participate. A similar legitimization of Communist China recently occurred with the Peking Olympics.

And so it is we hear that the National Bank of Fiji has imposed currency restrictions on its inhabitants, ostensibly because the country only has a couple of months of reserves left, and the inhabitants are buying too many outside goods, and need to have their spending curtailed (the normal activity of consumers in a free-market to seek to have their needs fulfilled). This wicked normalcy will now be overcome by government fiat. And these clowns really think people might now consider investing in Fiji, instead of now trying desperately to get every penny they can out of there?

Of course, when the national bank, and the country, run out of money, then who will pay the troops? And here we have the dilemma of all tinpot Fascists? How can they be sure of the people they are depending  on for their security? The reason the King used to sit in court, with everybody in front of him, and facing him, and bowing to him when they approached, was mainly to prevent anyone attacking the King when he was caught unawares. This way, he could see everybody, and they had to be prone, and obviously disarmed when they approached His Highness. But when the King ran out of money to pay the soldiers, the soldiers tended to get restless. And the King had heard the tales of other Monarchs who didn’t pay the Piper. They tended to have counter-coups staged against them.

And so, this first currency restriction, and the absurdly draconian measures which Fascist Frank and his supporters are imposing on Fiji, are merely a sign of the coming desperation.  If the country runs out of money, the soldiers won’t get paid; if the soldiers don’t get paid, the chances of a coup within the coup grow, day by day. And finally, a reforming military man, who may be a fan of Democracy, or even Jeffersonian-Libertarianism, will come to power, and return the country to a Constitution, and the Free-Market, or as much of one as can exist in a neighborhood featuring the  Marxie-twins of Aussie and Zealand.

Give it up, Fascist Frank, and return Fiji to Freedom and the Free-market, under the Constitution. If you don’t, then the Tao of Capitalism will do the job for you.

Hoooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

High Times in Fascist Fiji

April 11, 2009

Silverwolf has followed, with Machiavellian fascination, the political maneuverings of Commodore Frank Bainimarama, as he assumed de facto dictatorship of Fiji. The old ploy of staging a coup, in the name of reform, then putting a date for elections well into the future, while you continue to tighten the screws on the opposition, comes right out of the textbook on Fascist Gamesmanship that a Stephen Potter might have written, had he been a Fascist. We have listened to the opposition, as they were “invited in”  by the police for questioning about “subversive elements” that might be trying to undermine the government. We have heard of the $200 million dollar cannabis bust, destroying a medically-useful commodity, and ruining the lives of a group of capitalists who were only taking advantage of the communistic controlled-substance laws that infest the law codes of so many Collectivist nations throughout the world. We read that after today’s coup, there is a police “spokesman” in  every newspaper’s editorial room, to “clear” the stories that go out.  The old censorship and intimidation of the Press, right out of Zimbabwe or 1984. It all sounded very familiar to the Libertarian student of Mussolini’s accursed system.

And now, of course, the lid has been blown off any pretense of a return to Democracy and a Constitution, and the Fascist stench is sweeping over the windswept isles of Fiji. The Fijian high court in effect invalidated the validity of Bainimarana’s rule, and within 24-hours, the President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, has thrown out the Constitution, sacked all the judges, declared himself Head of State and re-instated Commodore Bainimarama as the dictator of Fiji; sorry, we meant “interim Prime Minister”. The “elections” which were scheduled within a year, have been pushed back to the absurd date of 2014. The power of the Fascist State, which is made up of the men that constitute it, is being  blatantly exercised to the hilt in once free Fiji.

Libertarian Wolves the world over must raise their voices in opposition to the Fascist coup in Fiji. The opponents of Human Freedom and Praxeology, which goes hand in hand with opposition to Free-Market Capitalism, and a love of “controlled substance” drug laws in order to put Human Beings in cages, are certainly in charge in Fiji. But the whole Libertarian world is disgusted with this latest attempt to impose Human Tyranny on Human Beings. The battle between the Mussolinis, Hitlers, and Castros of the world in opposition to the Jeffersons, Rothbards, Ayn Rands and Ron Pauls of the world will continue.

When will the Fasch-trash learn that they can never conquer the spirit of Freedom and Human Liberty? They will lose in the long run, and Mankind will one day live in  Jeffersonian, Free-market, Constitutional Republics.

Give it up, Fascists of Fiji. The whole world is watching you. You will never win against the Libertarians.

Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

Bromide Obama: Acid Relief for the Euro-Bankers

April 6, 2009

Another day, another Trillion Dollars. President Obama is a nice guy. Silverwolf loves his generosity as he gives away our money to help our poor banking friends in Germany and France. It’s no wonder the Euro-Socialists were smiling “aux deux oreilles” — unto their two ears, at the conclusion of the G-20 meeting. With a deal like this, who wouldn’t smile.

Basically, Obama and Cardinal Geithner, his chief religious counselor when it comes to the economy (Rev. Wright imparted him with spiritual guidance long ago), and a worthy successor to Cardinals Richelieu and Mazarin, have given the European Central Bank and Trichet an easy out by committing to one Trillion dollars of new aid for the “developing economies”. This means that the Franco-Deutschland banks, won’t have to bite the bullet and eat the losses on their crummy exploitative loans to the up-and-coming in Hungary and Eastern Europa they were cleaning up on recently. The IMF, largely through American largess, will foot the bill, and the Euro-Socialists can go on their merry booze-filled way, giving their peoples all kinds of Socialist goodies once again, while Americans are forced to fight like ants struggling to get to the top of the ant heap, just to compete with the inflation which domestic welfare alone drives upwards. Food and healthcare costs already endanger anyone not on some kind of Socialist program in America, while those who are covered never experience the existential angst of being without any “safetynet” other than what their capital can procure on the no-longer free market. Now, our currency must be further debased because Obama wants to, or is willing to, let the Euros off the hook.

This Obama giveaway led to the Eurosocialist Central Bank not having to cut rates as much as they needed to, as a sop to Euro holders and savers. But of course, the strengthening this will cause in the Euro, if any, will probably be temporary, as their exports become even more uncompetitive in the universal global slowdown. Then they too will have to engage in that beautifully euphemistic phrase, “qualitative easing” — more bank talk for making the public poorer at the expense of the State.

The Socialists of Europe will make a pig’s breakfast of their EC Union, Silverwolf predicts, and it would collapse forthwith if it were not for American subsidies, both militarily to NATO, but now, also economically, through “injection” of IMF and Worldbank Funds.

By the way, if they are giving a Trillion, and China is giving $30 Billion of that, and there are 20 countries in the G20, and quite a few rather small, well, let’s see, if divied equally that would be 50 billion each,… yet if the richest creditor is only giving 30 … well, where is the rest coming from? Gold sales cover roughly a tenth, but who put up the other nine tenths?

Most of it, of course, will come from the future generations of US taxpayers and consumers (known familiarly to the FED members as “cons”, because they can be so easily conned) , either through higher taxes or through inflation. That is, if the American public continues to let itself be collectively fleeced like passive little lambs. But as taxes rise, people become more discontented. And they now know, after the AIG robbery, what is being done with the sweat of their brows. California, for example, has just increased its sales tax, and is shifting its income tax increases solely to the backs of the individual taxpayer, with absolutely no increase on corporations or businesses. At some point, that old Colonial outrage at unjust taxation will kick in, and then the Liberal politicians will see a political backlash that has been growing since the days of Senator Taft (Robert, not William Howard) and the founding of the Libertarian Party, and its philosophical sister-movement in the Republican Party, the Goldwater wing.

In the meantime, Bromide Obama, Helicopter Ben, and Cardinal Geithner will continue to distribute the largess of the American peasantry, as we so industriously slave to keep our Euro-brethren from suffering bank stock losses.

As Reverend Wright taught our new President, You are your Euro-Socialist Brother’s keeper.

Hoooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf