Taxation is theft on the one hand, and by virtue of taxing unequally and non-neutrally, also distorts the market and generates deadweight losses.

But government spending of the taxed funds has this second effect of disfiguring the production structure even more prominently, since it diverts scarce resources away from satisfying consumers and toward satisfying the politicians, bureaucrats, and their buddies in the “private sector.”

“Democratic socialism”:

What does it matter if the socialist firing squad is democratically elected or bureaucratically appointed?

“At a time when Mattis and his top generals have been complaining about the state of military readiness and lobbying Congress for more money, pulling equipment off line for a costly parade could send the wrong signal,” says WaPo.

Why does the Pentagram want more money? To summon still more powerful demons to tear the flesh off its enemies?

Mises on how socialists wound the workers’ self-image:

This anticapitalist propaganda is a systematic scheme for the substitution of tedium for the joy of labor. …

The worker rejoices in his place in society and his active cooperation in its productive effort.

If one disparages this ideology and replaces it by another which represents the wage earner as the distressed victim of ruthless exploiters, one turns the joy of labor into a feeling of disgust and tedium. (HA, 590-1)

G.A. Cohen’s euphemism “constrained helping” for government rapine, looting, and conquests is really precious.

The Steele dossier was at least an INUS cause (and possibly even sufficient in itself) of the FISA warrant.

Look it up.

The British mindset before their pathetic socialist reformation:

A British tar is a soaring soul,
As free as a mountain bird.
His energetic fist should be ready to resist
A dictatorial word.

His nose should pant,
and his lip should curl.
His cheeks should flame,
and his brow should furl.
His bosom should heave,
and his heart should glow,
And his fist be ever ready for a knock-down blow.

His eyes should flash with an inborn fire,
His brow with scorn be wrung.
He never should bow down to a domineering frown
Or the tang of a tyrant tongue.

His foot should stamp,
and his throat should growl.
His hair should twirl,
and his face should scowl.
His eyes should flash,
and his breast protrude,
And this should be his customary attitude. (Gilbert & Sullivan, H.M.S. Pinafore)

Pretend “victims” who violate “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor,” are themselves vicious oppressors.

Over the past 25 years, the price of a typical desktop computer, despite considerable money supply inflation and improvements in the quality of PCs by factors of at least 1,000 (such as in hard drive space or processor speeds), has declined in money terms.

This is entirely normal when the free market is mostly fully enabled.

Under laissez-faire capitalism everywhere, an average person will during his lifespan see a huge variety of novel and astonishing magical things that he could never imagine might exist.

Note the dynamics: Rothbard asks, “May it not be possible that the great post-17th-century thrust toward liberty was only a mighty flash in the pan, to be replaced by sinking back into a gray and permanent despotism?”

And answers: “For agricultural countries, in a preindustrial era, can indeed peg along indefinitely on a subsistence level; despotic kings, nobles, and states can tax the peasantry above subsistence level, and live elegantly off the surplus, while the peasants continue to toil for centuries at the bare minimum.”

But: “Given the commitment of the mass of men to an industrial economy and the modern standard of living that requires such industry, then the triumph of a free-market economy and an end to statism becomes inevitable in the long run.”

If we could raise the people’s expectations regarding the entire economy to the level at which they already now expect the IT industry to improve, statism will be finished as an ideology.