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.
Each party wants FISA and the deep state on its side and against their political enemies.
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.
The more laws the feds are making for us to obey, the more lawless the government itself becomes.
There is no such thing as “national security.” All security is either privately bought or supplied by local governments.
National security is the security of the imperial looters against the people they are killing and ripping off.
Note that KGB stood for State Security Agency. Even the Soviets did not pretend they cared about “national” security.
Or we can say that “national defense” is a euphemism for government offense.
I could tolerate the leftist cultural filth if we had laissez-faire free-market capitalism.
It’s better that the snowflakes retreat into their safe spaces than murder dissenters.