An Unspoken Fear of the Coronavirus

An Unspoken Fear of the Coronavirus

You’d think people would be used to it by now. Every couple of years the world is thrust into hysteria by the latest virus that is threatening to wipe out a significant portion of the population. Whether it’s SARS, Dengue, Ebola, Swine Flu or the Coronavirus, fear becomes the default emotion while States and their confederate agencies appear do everything they can to stoke them. The press appears to almost celebrate such panics because the population flocks to their reports in anticipation they will deliver them the information they need to survive. One wonders why people still trust the media with their history of getting stories wrong. 

It is common among individuals to see the reports of a “super-flu” spreading and default to the most debilitating of emotions — especially when it comes to liberty — that being fear. But most people don’t go further and ask the question; “What exactly are people afraid of?” Is it death? Of course, that Is mankind’s greatest anxiety, especially for those who have children. Is it civil unrest? Could the threat of mass illnesses shutting down industries, thereby making certain items of necessity scarce, cause people to loot not only stores, but their neighbor? Or could it be another fear? 

Most Americans feel the dread in knowing that getting sick and not being able to work for an extended period of time can put them out on the street. There are a couple stats that should be looked at, as well as a factor that some people don’t know about, and one most don’t want to hear. 

The Ratio of Work to ‘Thriving’ 

A formula often overlooked when examing your personal economy is the ratio of “work to thriving.” How many weeks of the year do you need to work to pay for the basics? In a February 27, 2020 CBS article, Aimee Picchi writes, “The typical male worker must now work 53 weeks — or more than a year — to make enough to cover what American Compass Executive Director Oren Cass calls the annual “cost of thriving,” the earnings required to pay of a basket of essentials such as health care and housing. By comparison, in 1985 that same typical employee needed to work 30 weeks to cover those same costs, found a recent analysis from American Compass, a newly formed conservative economic think tank.” 

When it comes to female workers the number is even more alarming, “Women these days need about 66 weeks — or 13 more weeks than men — to afford the same basket of basics, given that they on average earn less than men. But like the typical male worker, they’ve also lost ground since 1985, when the average female employee could cover her basics after 45 weeks of income.” 

Many people are familiar with the term “cost of living,” but the “cost of thriving” would be a better gauge to follow considering American culture. Cass explains,” “The cost of living is the standard measure that gets talked about a lot, but there is a difference between living and thriving… thriving implies a richer conception of what we believe we are achieving, rather than just living.”  

Picchi notes, “The Consumer Price Index — a standard measure of inflation — focuses on the cost of food, clothing, housing and other basics that families require. But that doesn’t necessarily reflect the challenges of paying for things you need to flourish in American society today, such as the ever-rising cost of keeping a roof over your head or going to college.” Picchi explains the criteria for the cost of thriving index, “Instead of using a broad range of basics, the Cost of Thriving Index focuses on four components: the cost of a three-bedroom house, health insurance for a family, one semester at a public college and the expense of operating a car.” 

“Those costs have become “difficult for a household budget to accommodate,” Cass said.” 

One Paycheck Away 

When you take into consideration that most people are one paycheck away from homelessness, it’s easy to understand why many Americans have taken to advocating for an expansive Scandinavian-style welfare State. In January of 2019, Forbes writer Zack Friedman wrote, “according to a 2017 survey, CareerBuilder, a leading job site, found some startling statistics related to debt, budgeting and making ends meet; 

  • Nearly one in 10 workers making $100,000+ live paycheck to paycheck 
  • More than 1 in 4 workers do not set aside any savings each month 
  • Nearly 3 in 4 workers say they are in debt – and more than half think they always will be 
  • More than half of minimum wage workers say they have to work more than one job to make ends meet 
  • 28% of workers making $50,000-$99,999 usually or always live paycheck to paycheck, and 70% are in debt 

The survey also found that 32% of the nearly 3,500 full-time workers surveyed use a budget and only 56% save $100 or less a month.

At this point some may assume that this article is only about looking to external factors to find fault with. Yes, they exist, but this is specifically about two factors: one that the individual has control of, and another that no president or politician has been able to solve in the last century even if they wanted to. 

The Dreaded Federal Reserve System 

The negative implications of having a government controlled central bank are too numerous to list in an article, but one of them is that your spending power is diminished. As Henry Hazlitt explained in his 1951 Newsweek column (reprinted at Mises.org), Inflation for Beginners

“When the supply of money is increased, people have more money to offer for goods. If the supply of goods does not increase—or does not increase as much as the supply of money—then the prices of goods will go up. Each individual dollar becomes less valuable because there are more dollars. Therefore, more of them will be offered against, say, a pair of shoes or a hundred bushels of wheat than before. A “price” is an exchange ratio between a dollar and a unit of goods. When people have more dollars, they value each dollar less. Goods then rise in price, not because goods are scarcer than before, but because dollars are more abundant.” 

Since 1991 the supply of U.S. dollars has grown beyond what most people realize. According to the Federal Reserve bank of St. Louis, in January of 1991 there were approximately 283 billion dollars in circulation. As the 90s progressed and the government instituted the blockade in Iraq, the Kosovo conflicts and various skirmishes, by November 2000, that number climbs to 576 billion, more than doubling.  

Now we come to post 9/11. On September 12, 2001, the money supply was at 613 billion. On March 19th, 2003, dollars in circulation were at 683 billion. Jumping to the start of the Iraqi surge in January 2007, we are now at 801 billion. 

Fast forward to soon after the 2008 financial crisis and the picture gets bleaker. What has come to be known as QE1 was started on 11/26/08. It began with the Federal Reserve (FED) buying 600 billion in mortgage backed securities. By its end in June of 2010, the FED raised the money supply from just under a trillion dollars to 2.1 trillion. QE2 lasted seven months between November 2010 and June 2011. Starting with 2 trillion in circulation, it was raised to 2.6 trillion. Less than QE1, but still a bigger jump than was seen all through the 1990s and most of the way through the 2000s. QE3 was implemented in September of 2012. By the end of 2013 the money supply had been increased to 3.6 trillion dollars. On 9/11/01 the money supply was at 613 billion dollars. Twelve years later, because of preemptive wars and government interference in the market, the money supply was increased by 250%. 

What does this look like in the real-world using home prices as an example? In 2017, CNBC reported, “If you want to buy a house this year, you may well be paying around $199,200, the median price for a home in the U.S., according to Zillow.” Compare that coming forward from the start of World War 2, “In 1940, the median home value in the U.S. was just $2,938. In 1980, it was $47,200, and by 2000, it had risen to $119,600. Even adjusted for inflation, the median home price in 1940 would only have been $30,600 in 2000 dollars, according to data from the U.S. Census.” 

No one would argue that homes have in fact increased in value. Atlanta added 75,000 to their population in 2018 alone. If the supply of housing stays static, or doesn’t keep up with the added numbers, prices will increase. This is common in most major metro areas. But the increase in the money supply has caused prices to skyrocket beyond what the law of “supply and demand” would dictate. 

Take Some Responsibility 

When it comes to this part of the discussion the reader may start to bristle. Setting aside for a moment the facts laid out about the Federal Reserve System, everyone knows someone who is more prepared than most. Many people know the “prepper” who has 6-months’ worth of food stashed. How many people know the person who has 6-months’ worth of income put aside to cover their bills in case of emergency? 

Sure, the Federal Reserve can be blamed for causing the increase in prices in essentials due to their policies, but is that really an excuse? In 2016, the average American was carrying $16,061 in credit card debt alone. Assuming an 18.9% interest rate, paying $640 per month, it would take 15 years and 4 months to pay off that debt. And that’s taking into account no further charges being made. 

The simple fact is that most people, even libertarians who know the system is rigged, live beyond their means. When you add up a mortgage or rental payment, a couple car payments, money shelled out for the 2.4 kids and the aforementioned credit card payments and even smart people are a couple paychecks from disaster. 

Using the scare of the Coronavirus an example, it is easy to see that not only is the fear of death a motivating factor when it comes to the inevitable panic associated with a potential “pandemic,” but even the fear of losing a few weeks at work can have people on edge. As discussed, there are barriers to keep one from being secure in their possessions that are beyond their control, but there are also common-sense ways to combat obstacles even as great as a government-rigged money system. Hopefully people will see fit to prepare for such setbacks in the future as history has shown that this will not be the last impending “catastrophe” to derail us from our lives. 

Episode 384: Comparing Past Military Empires to America’s w/ Danny Sjursen

Episode 384: Comparing Past Military Empires to America’s w/ Danny Sjursen

80 Minutes

Suitable For All Ages

Pete invited retired Army Major Danny Sjursen to return to the show. Danny is a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghan “Surges” but also taught American History at West Point and is a Military History fanatic.

Pete asked Danny to come on the show and talk about a few historic military empires and how they mirror America’s. Danny details the Roman, British, Prussian and Soviet empires but puts great detail into the Prussian which you will see most closely resembles America’s modern military.

Patriotic Dissent

Ghost Riders of Baghdad

Danny’s Articles at Antiwar.com

Episode 238: Maj. Danny Sjursen (ret.) on the Iraq/Afghan ‘Surges’

Link to Richard Grove’s Autonomy Course

The Wraith Redress

TakeHumanAction.com

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Lions of Liberty Podcast

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Episode 383: Waco Massacre Documentarian Dan Gifford Debunks The Government Narrative

Episode 383: Waco Massacre Documentarian Dan Gifford Debunks The Government Narrative

81 Minutes

Adult Themes

Pete invited the producer and narrator of the documentary that blew the lid off of the government lies about the Waco Massacre, Dan Gifford, to the show.

Pete asks Dan pointed questions about the government narrative and lets Dan debunk them.

Dan’s Latest Waco Article

Waco Rules of Engagement

Waco A New Revelation

The Flir Project

Jim Bovard’s Waco Archive

Link to Richard Grove’s Autonomy Course

TakeHumanAction.com

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Episode 382: What If There Were A Voluntaryist Radio Show On Everyday?

Episode 382: What If There Were A Voluntaryist Radio Show On Everyday?

43 Minutes

PG-13

Pete invited the founder and lead host of the terrestrial radio show Free Talk Live to come on the show. FTL is broadcast on over 200 radio stations 365 days a year delivering messages of voluntaryism, anarchy, cryptocurrency, peace and whatever the callers want to talk about.

Pete and Ian talk about the time the FBI raided their studios, some of the kinds of callers they get and Ian wanted to address a comment his friend Brett Veinotte recently made on a Free Man Beyond the Wall episode.

Free Talk Live

LRN.FM

Episode 372 w/ Brett Veinotte

Link to Richard Grove’s Autonomy Course

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Episode 381: Facts, Lies and Theories About The Coronavirus w/ Monica Perez

Episode 381: Facts, Lies and Theories About The Coronavirus w/ Monica Perez

46 Minutes

PG-13

Pete invited Monica Perez to return to the show to go over what we know about the coronavirus and to theorize as to what the lasting implications of a global pandemic scare may be.

Monica is the host of The Monica Perez Show on WSB radio in Atlanta and co-host of The Propaganda Report with Brad Binkley.

The Monica Perez Show on WSB Radio

The Propaganda Report

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Episode 380: Exposing and Destroying the ‘Higher Education Scam’ w/ Thaddeus Russell

Episode 380: Exposing and Destroying the ‘Higher Education Scam’ w/ Thaddeus Russell

64 Minutes

Some Strong Language

Pete invited Thaddeus Russell to return to the show. Thaddeus is the author of “A Renegade History of the United States” and is the founder of Renegade University

Thaddeus addresses a host of topics including what he calls the “higher education scam,” a history of race, Friedrich Nietzsche, the Stonewall Riots and why the US didn’t have to fight World War 2.

April 24-26 Renegade University Event

Renegade University

A Renegade History of the United States

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Amazing Siskel and Ebert Review of ‘Waco: Rules of Engagement’

A Video of the Great William N. Grigg Debating the Iraq War Has Surfaced

This is from November 16, 2008, and the resolution is, “Is There a Justified Military Presence in Iraq?” Will obviously argues for the negative.

I made sure to watch the entire debate before I posted this. Will’s opponent comes from the “America is a Christian Nation and Muslims wish to slit out throats in the streets” school of “thought.”

What you will hear from Will is a well-thought out presentation in which he explains everything from the US empowering Iran with Iraq’s regime change, to a detailing of the “redirection”  by the Bush administration. He gives a historical analysis all the way back to the Iranian coup in 1953, and finishes off in his closing arguments with a fiery denunciation of the American Empire. He even includes a section on Clinton’s war in the Balkans.

I strongly recommend watching this to remember why he was the best of us. If you’re not willing to devote the time, at least watch his closing statement which will infuriate, and inspire you. It starts at 1:21:25.

Episode 379: No, China Is Not ‘Stealing Our I.P.’ w/ Stephan Kinsella

Episode 379: No, China Is Not ‘Stealing Our I.P.’ w/ Stephan Kinsella

66 Minutes

Suitable for All Ages

Pete invited Stephan Kinsella to return to the show. Stephan is an American intellectual property/patent attorney, author, and anarcho-capitalist.

Pete asked Stephan to come on and share his opinion that China is in fact, NOT “stealing our I.P.” Stephan gives a primer as to why intellectual property laws are immoral and devious and explains in detail the issue with I.P. and China.

Stephan’s Anti-IP Books and Articles

Stephan’s Articles and Speeches

The Case Against I.P. 0 A Concise Guide

How I.P. Hampers the Free Market

The I.P. Commission

USTPO and Commerce Dept. Distortions: I.P. Contributes 5 Trillion and 40 Million Jobs to the Economy

The Mountain of I.P. Legislation

Susan Houseman on Manufacturing – EconTalk

Independent Institute on the “Benefits of Intellectual Property

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‘I Was Just Following Orders’

‘I Was Just Following Orders’

“I was just following orders” is the mantra of everyone who has found themselves on the wrong side of history – who is called into account for their actions as an order taker. How is it possible that everyone from corrupt mayors, to murderous tyrants have been able to get so many people to obey them and march in lockstep? When you take into account there are people who are willing to defend them, it’s easy to understand how these organs of the State are allowed to get away with everything from ticketing people for non-violent crimes, to the worst atrocities one could ever imagine. When you have cheerleaders, as athletes do, you are often looked at as a hero. Why else would other people be championing you and your profession? 

From the day they’re born, the overwhelming majority of people are raised in environments that teach them to obey “authority” and never question it.  

A perfect example is unquestioning nationalism. A quote on nationalism by Albert Einstein which he spoke before the rise of Hitler was, “nationalism is an infantile disease, it is the measles of mankind.” That makes sense especially when you consider that people who are unquestioning nationalists are generally taught it from a young age.  

Nationalism doesn’t have to be a negative. To the contrary, many people who identify as such can articulate the difference between having an affection for the people and the society into which they were born, or chose, and their radical distrust of the government they live under. But those who can’t (or won’t) separate the State from their neighbor, have been shown in history to be the ones who either become the order-follower, or blindly worship and make excuses for them. 

The much rarer trait is to see someone raised as a radical individualist. Homeschooling numbers from 1990- 2019 have grown from 275,000 to 2,300,000. Reasons for wanting to keep your children out of government schools can vary. Some of the earliest started out for religious reasons. Today, many people who call themselves libertarians/anarchist/voluntaryists do it because they don’t want their children to grow up in an environment which fosters and actively promotes obedience to the State apparatus.  

Law Enforcement Worship 

From a young age, many parents teach their kids that law enforcement are the good guys and if they ask you a question, you better answer and be respectful. You can be respectful and still understand the nature of the job of the police in this country. They are evidence gatherers. That is their main task since they rarely show up in time to stop a crime. They have rightfully been referred to as “historians.” If a statute has been broken, it is their job to figure out who did it and they do this by detaining or arresting people and asking them questions. 

Any lawyer worth their salt will tell you to never answer questions unless they, or another attorney is present, even if you know you are not guilty. In the must-read book, “You Have the Right to Remain Innocent,” James Duane details by citing case upon case how innocent people have talked their way into losing decades of their lives even though they didn’t commit the crime of which they were convicted. He explains how police can ask you 100 questions, and while you may have answered 98 of them correctly, even proving your innocence, the 2 that you answer in a wishy-washy way can be used to convict you while the other 98 (ones that prove your innocence) will be thrown away and declared inadmissible in court. 

This continues to be a blight on the criminal “justice” system and police officers are aware that this happens. Yet they continue to do their job as they always have with no regard for whether they are contributing to the jailing of an innocent person. They, and their defenders, will often blame it on the prosecutors. Yes, they will pass the buck so to speak. And what is their excuse? It’s just part of the job and we are “just following orders.” “We’re just doing our jobs!” 

Military Members are Beyond Reproach 

At this point in the “War on Terror” it’s impossible to argue that those fighting it are expected to be held up as heroes by the government and general public, even to the point of excusing the worst atrocities and war crimes imaginable. 

Recently, president Trump granted clemency to war criminal, special operations chief Eddie Gallagher. Gallagher, a Navy Seal and platoon leader, is described as, “a “toxic” character who was “OK with killing anything that moved”, according to fellow Iraq veterans who reported his conduct to military investigators.” “In the interviews, conducted by navy investigators looking into Gallagher’s conduct during a tour of duty in Iraq in 2017, fellow platoon members told of a ruthless leader who stabbed a captive to death for no reason then forced his troops to pose for a photograph with the corpse.”  

At his court martial Gallagher was acquitted of murder but lost rank because of the pictures posing with the dead body. “In a lengthy criminal investigation report, the navy detectives laid out other allegations against Gallagher, including shooting a schoolgirl and elderly man from a sniper’s roost. Members of Alpha Platoon’s Seal Team 7 alarmed by their leader’s conduct said they were initially shut down by military chiefs when they first spoke up, and told their own careers would suffer if they continued to talk about it” 

“The guy is freaking evil,” special operator first class Craig Miller, one of the platoon’s most experienced members, told investigators in sometimes tearful testimony. “I think Eddie was proud of it, and that was, like, part of it for him.” 

This is the man Trump gave clemency from any future charges to. And when he did, Gallagher’s defenders came out of the woodwork to defend him from anyone who dared make the claim that this man not only deserves to be locked up, but that his sanity should be called into question. Trump went so far as to hint that he would take Gallagher out on the campaign trail with him. 

Eddie Gallagher was the platoon leader, the one who gave the orders. But he also took them. Testimony shows that these military chiefs did everything they could to protect Gallagher. Even threatening those under his command if they spoke of this. It’s hard to judge from afar whether those men who posed with the dead body wanted to, or they were just following orders and feared retribution. When you see that Gallagher’s bosses actively sought to protect him, is it unreasonable to ask whether Gallagher was “just following orders” when he committed these atrocities? 

As was stated at the start, “order-followers” have found themselves on the wrong side of history when it comes to decency, not to mention liberty. Their defenders are vocal and can rarely be reasoned with. They see people in these positions as heroes and will make any excuse for actions that could be stood right next to the worst atrocities committed by Pol Pot. As we progress into a future where it is clear that the overwhelming majority of people intend to grow the size and scope of government, those who value individual liberty and justice may have to decide whether they will stick it out and attempt to change this culture, or look for alternate solutions lest they wake up in a State in which their every deed and word is under the purview of the unthinking automaton. 

Episode 378: Woodrow Wilson’s Tainted Legacy w/ Richard Grove

Episode 378: Woodrow Wilson’s Tainted Legacy w/ Richard Grove

79 Minutes

Some Strong Language

Pete invited Richard Grove to return to the show to give an overview of the legacy of the presidency of Woodrow Wilson, explaining how his reign, more than any, led to the Leviathan government we have today.

Richard is the proprietor of TragedyandHope.com and the creator of the “Autonomy” course, link below.

Link to Richard Grove’s Autonomy Course

Coronavirus pandemic exercise Oct 2019

  1. https://youtu.be/mx8xKcQMTRs
  2. https://twitter.com/tragedyandhope/status/1227629222870560771?s=20
  3. https://twitter.com/tragedyandhope/status/1227628906385158144?s=20
  4. https://twitter.com/tragedyandhope/status/1227628246717673473?s=20

Recent World Health Org summit admits vaccines not safe or effective

  1. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82KJGSLT2e4 (2 hours, worth watching in entirety)
  2. Short version (10m) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2IujhTdCLE
  3. Playlist of the WHO Health Summit (raw footage) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2IujhTdCLE&list=PL9JldIf7HUZTqPbAlsZ6xjnQ_OZP2nQc6
  4. SAME WOMAN FROM THOSE CLIPS – https://twitter.com/HighWireTalk/status/1227629169032548353?s=20

TragedyandHope.com

The Ultimate History Lesson w/ John Gatto

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