Monthly Archives: November 2016

Infrastructure Spending 

The appointments and rumors of appointments by the Trump administration over the last week have been horrifying. Hardline militarists, economic ignoramuses, and international/domestic revanchists- all with passions for their fiefdom at the expense of all else. 
He is signaling a desire to greatly increase government spending, expand the scope of our current international invasions and entanglements, ratchet up domestic spying, and further empower various government agencies to “protect” them from sundry boogeyman.  

But he will make sure the trains run on time. 


Purple Revolution 

No, this isn’t about Prince. Just some stray thoughts that are beginning to coalesce. 
The current protests are not dying, and I believe that the organizations encouraging them will continue to press for the electors in various red states to switch to Clinton. 
An article from USAToday includes this paragraph-

Why is there an Electoral College? As we wrote in our 2008 story, most of the nation’s founders were actually rather afraid of democracy, and wanted an extra layer beyond the direct election of the president. As Alexander Hamilton writes in “The Federalist Papers,” the Constitution is designed to ensure “that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.” The point of the Electoral College is to preserve “the sense of the people,” while at the same time ensuring that a president is chosen “by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice.”

If the Clinton Deep State team decides to go this route, and argue that Trump is unfit, I fear that the resulting regime instability could be very dangerous. A large minority of Trump supporters will not quietly accept that turn of events. Loss of faith in government institutions is already abysmal, and such a move could potentially lead to conflict. The factions of the Deep State that do not like or trust Hillary will undermine any legitimacy she has. 
Although my feelings about Trump are well apparent, a de facto coup by Clinton could backfire dramatically. Tensions inside the country are already at a boiling point, and there is no way to predict the full response of people and institutions that would rail against it. 
Perhaps #CalExit could become #Texit. And Fleerida. And I’ll stop with the portmanteaus. 

Random positive thoughts 

Wrapping my mind around the fact that Donald Trump will be the new president of the United States has been difficult. 

As detailed in a post several weeks ago, in which I endorsed him, I did not believe that he would win. Even as the early November FBI investigation bombshell rocked Clinton, I could not foresee a real path to victory. Although I had seen the upper Midwest strategy on election sites, it seemed unlikely. 
I had not read this amazing article by Emmett Rensin, which predicted (from an ultra liberal perspective) the deep divide between “urban/urbane” Democrats and the blue collar underclass they were supposed to represent. I had not believed my mother, when when she told me how enthusiastic people she talked to were; or cousins, who didn’t like political bullshit but liked that Trump seemed to care about how our government bureaucracy was hurting us; or my lifelong Democratic great aunt, who voted for FDR in her first election and cast a vote for Trump because of how dodgy Hillary is. Like most liberals, I simply assumed She would be coronated. The coordinated media attacks against him would stop his supporters from even pretending to vote. 
I sat up until 2am, staring in disbelief, although I sent a text to my mom at 1031pm conceding that he was going to win. I’m generally ahead of the game. I knew how dangerous he was 14 months ago when I started this blog. I had not dared believe he would win. 
So, positive thoughts. 
He’s going to cool off the saber rattling with Russia. Hillary would’ve pushed for WW3. 
He will probably negotiate on all of his campaign proposals, and some may improve the current horrific regulatory environment. 
That’s it. 


I hope that California, Oregon and Washington ALL embrace #CalExit and secede to become Cascadia. 

I’m not sure how any libertarian can disagree

Without Cascadia the Democrats would be even more drastically reduced as a major party. If the New England states joined them, Republicans would be a unipolar power, ripe for libertarian dissent. The more socialists cities would slowly die while the South and Midwest would thrive if libertarianism is the path to peace and prosperity. 

Though I doubt the Deep State would allow them to go alone, and the mere provocation will be thoroughly dismissed by house organs such as WaPo and NYTimes if it becomes more than a momentary meme, if it escapes the clutches of the corporate media then ALL Libertarians should support it. 

All decentralization should be embraced, even if it means leaving people with warped economic views to manage their own government. If the majority embraces socialism, no amount of education will help until they see the problems themselves. 

Without Cascadia the Democrats would be even more drastically reduced as a major party. If the New England states joined them, Republicans would be a unipolar power, ripe for libertarian dissent. The more socialists cities would slowly die while the South and Midwest would thrive if libertarianism is the path to peace and prosperity. 

Doug Casey on Trumpussolini 

Will Trump winning mean a real change in direction for the US? Unlikely. Don’t mistake Trump for a libertarian. He has all kinds of stupid notions—torture as official policy, killing families of accused terrorists, and putting on import duties. He has no grasp of economics. He’s an authoritarian. His cabinet choices, so far, are all neocons and Deep State hangers-on. He’s likely to treat the US as if it were his 100% owned corporation.

A real battle for the soul of the country is shaping up. But I fear it won’t be heroic, so much as sordid. The knaves versus the fools. The Dems are the evil party, but the Reps are just the stupid party.
Why? Trump and the Trumpers have no ideology except a vision of a vanished world. They’re understandably angry, but don’t know what to do about it. They have no real program, except to say the Dems have gone too far. No coherent philosophy, just a nebulous belief that the Democrats are wrong. They’re justifiably fed up with the Establishment that gave them non-entities like Dole, McCain, and Romney.

John Whitehead on 7 Principles of Free Government 

The following seven principles are a good starting point for understanding what free government is really all about.
First, the maxim that power corrupts is an absolute truth. Realizing this, those who drafted the Constitution and the Bill of Rights held one principle sacrosanct: a distrust of all who hold governmental power. As James Madison, author of the Bill of Rights, proclaimed, “All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.” Moreover, in questions of power, Thomas Jefferson warned, “Let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” As such, those who drafted our founding documents would see today’s government as an out-of-control, unmanageable beast.