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Libertarian Ideologues – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on July 23, 2019

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/07/laurence-m-vance/libertarian-ideologues/

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Tucker Carlson is no libertarian—and neither are the Koch brothers.

Late last month, on his Fox television show Tucker Carlson Tonight, Tucker Carlson criticized Charles and David Koch for being out of step with Republicans, conservatives, and Americans, and for being “libertarian ideologues, passionate and inflexible.”

In doing so, Carlson revealed just how much of a libertarian he isn’t. He supports the government’s war on drugs, favors government interest rate caps on credit cards and payday loans, and opposes cuts to Social Security and Medicare—two of the pillars of the welfare state….

This brings up an interesting question: Just what do real libertarian ideologues believe? Here are forty things to start with.

Libertarian ideologues believe that taxation is theft.

Libertarian ideologues believe that ticket scalping is a victimless crime

Libertarian ideologues believe that the war on drugs should be ended and all drugs should be legal.

Libertarian ideologues believe that education should be completely separated from the state.

Libertarian ideologues believe that business owners have the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason and on any basis.

Libertarian ideologues believe that the minimum wage should be abolished and all wage rates negotiated between employer and employee without government interference.

Libertarian ideologues believe that the government should not prohibit or regulate gambling in any way, shape, or form.

Libertarian ideologues believe that prostitution should be legal as along as property rights are respected.

Libertarian ideologues believe that the government should never prohibit discrimination, seek to prevent discrimination, or punish anyone for practicing discrimination.

Libertarian ideologues believe that health care and health insurance should be completely separated from the state.

Libertarian ideologues believe that all government welfare programs should be eliminated.

Libertarian ideologues believe that the TSA should be abolished and all airports and airlines be made responsible for their own security.

Libertarian ideologues believe that the government shouldn’t subsidize art and culture.

Libertarian ideologues believe that government CAFE standards should be eliminated in their entirety.

Libertarian ideologues believe that all charity should be private and voluntary.

Libertarian ideologues believe that “price gouging” should never be a crime.

Libertarian ideologues believe that all foreign aid to every country should be eliminated.

Libertarian ideologues believe that all usury laws and interest-rate regulations should be repealed.

Libertarian ideologues believe that the Department of Defense should be strictly limited to the actual defense of the country.

Libertarian ideologues believe that there should be no farm subsidies and that the Department of Agriculture should be abolished.

Libertarian ideologues believe that the government shouldn’t give research grants to any individual, school, organization, or corporation.

Libertarian ideologues believe that there should be no gun control laws.

Libertarian ideologues believe that all space exploration should be privately undertaken and funded.

Libertarian ideologues believe that all government funding to Planned Parenthood should be eliminated—even if the organization ceased performing abortions.

Libertarian ideologues believe that the government shouldn’t be doing anything to combat “climate change.”

Libertarian ideologues believe that the federal government should not have an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Libertarian ideologues believe that the federal government should not have a Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Libertarian ideologues believe that the federal government should not have a Federal Housing Administration.

Libertarian ideologues believe that the federal government should not have a Federal Trade Commission or a Consumer Products Safety Commission.

Libertarian ideologues believe that the federal government should not operate a rail service like AMTRAK.

Libertarian ideologues believe that all U.S. military bases on foreign soil should be closed.

Libertarian ideologues believe that all U.S. troops should be brought home from foreign countries.

Libertarian ideologues believe that the United States should not be the world’s policeman.

Libertarian ideologues believe that the government should not bail out any business of any size for any reason.

Libertarian ideologues believe that all tariffs, trade restrictions, import quotas, anti-dumping laws, and trade agreements be ended and absolute free trade established.

Libertarian ideologues believe that the United States should have a Jeffersonian noninterventionist foreign policy of peace, commerce, honest friendship with all nations, and entangling alliances with none.

Libertarian ideologues believe that all anti-trust laws should be repealed.

Libertarian ideologues believe that there should be no National School Lunch Program.

Libertarian ideologues believe that legal adults should not have to be 21 to purchase alcohol.

Libertarian ideologues believe that the United States should not fight foreign wars.

America needs more libertarian ideologues. And the more passionate and inflexible the better.

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Tucker Carlson’s Broadside Against Austrian Economics | Mises Institute

Posted by M. C. on June 6, 2019

Tucker Carlson knows better, He knows full well how tariffs make society overall worse off, how markets make poor Americans far better off than the poor in many countries, why government medicine doesn’t work, and how minimum wage laws hurt the least-skilled workers. His argument is about priorities and strategy (and TV ratings), not ideology.

https://mises.org/power-market/tucker-carlsons-broadside-against-austrian-economics

Jeff Deist

Fox News host Tucker Carlson took to the airwaves of this popular show last night to lambaste Austrian economics and libertarianism, which he views as twin pillars of a failed ideology that doesn’t protect American workers and their interests.

The GOP, he argues, is in thrall to free-market corporate interests and esoteric economic theories from dusty textbooks. Republicans remain wedded to unbridled libertarian political philosophy, tax cuts, deregulation, and unilateral free trade, all of which enrich elites but hurt average people. Meanwhile, presidential aspirants like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders offer the American electorate real-world solutions to economic insecurity, jobs, and healthcare.

It’s a compelling story, but untrue. Does Carlson honestly think Republican members of Congress are overly theoretical and ideological? And here we thought they were a bunch of unprincipled and poorly-read hacks!1

Does he honestly think the budget-busting GOP of recent political memory, from Bush II (Iraq War, Medicare Part D, Department of Homeland Security, Patriot Act), John McCain, Mitt Romney are ideological libertarians? Why did Ron Paul and Rand Paul fare poorly among Republican primary voters, if in fact free-market ideology and its donor class dominate the party? And hasn’t the party been overtaken by Trumpist protectionists?

Of course we’re pleased when Right populists recognize the influence of the Austrian school, just as we’re pleased when Left-liberals at the New Republic convince themselves that Misesean “neoliberalism” has taken over the world. We note that Mises and Rothbard continue to receive criticism decades after their respective deaths, a testament to their deep (and apparently nefarious!) influence and an honor given to few economists.

Carlson, a onetime Cato Institute staffer and Weekly Standard writer, understands both Republican politics and the DC world of think tanks and punditry. When he references the Austrian school or libertarianism, it’s shorthand for “Koch money and influence” rather than any real ideology. It’s his shorthand for the “self-interests of rich guys,” interests given an intellectual veneer by academics and writers who are happy to accept billionaire crumbs in exchange for cozy non-profit sinecures. “Conservatism, Inc.” (or “Libertarianism, Inc.”) has become an self-serving industry unto itself, sclerotic and ripe for criticism.

There is truth to this. But it’s not an ideological truth. Tucker Carlson knows better, He knows full well how tariffs make society overall worse off, how markets make poor Americans far better off than the poor in many countries, why government medicine doesn’t work, and how minimum wage laws hurt the least-skilled workers. His argument is about priorities and strategy (and TV ratings), not ideology. And it accepts a fundamental tenet of the Left: self-interest for me is noble and warranted, self-interest for others (especially the rich) is suspicious if not sinister.

In other words, Carlson presents a fundamentally zero-sum perspective, which is to say a fundamentally political perspective.

That said, his populism—particularly his antiwar stance—should not be dismissed…

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Media Matters Wants Tucker Carlson Fired – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on March 15, 2019

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/03/david-gornoski/media-matters-wants-tucker-carlson-fired-because-he-is-against-bombing-foreigners/

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Media Matters’ mantra:
Democrat drones may break foreign bones, but conservative words forever hurt me.

Failed Clinton operative David Brock and his hate group Media Fecal Matters want Tucker Carlson fired because he’s the only cable news anchor against bombing foreigners. They recently put out a desperate hit piece on Carlson recycling decade plus-old clips of him on Florida shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge’s radio show. The clips contain a smattering of out-of-context satirical points and hot takes on culture topics—standard, vanilla comedy radio banter. However, no crude remark made by Carlson compares to the vulgar, relentless barbarity David Brock’s Media Matters has promoted in media for decades. While Carlson may have made flippant and poor taste comments, Media Matters wants a world where millions of people of color overseas have no news anchor on nightly news making the case against our interventions and sanctions of their homelands.

Media Matters and their army of email bots are flooding sponsors demanding they desist advertising on Carlson’s program to prove their virtue for the concern for underage sex abuse victims. This is preposterous. While Brock’s Media Matters was busy shilling positive media coverage of Obama’s illegal wars in Libya, Yemen, and Syria, Tucker Carlson was making a spirited defense against our meddling in these countries’ affairs. Unlike Media Matters, which remains curiously silent when Trump continues his opponents’ sanctions and regime change, Carlson continues to challenge him based on the same principles which led him to renounce his support of the Iraq War. Read the rest of this entry »

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DC Antifa Leader Arrested For Multiple Violent Felonies Out Of A Job At Progressive Nonprofit After His Radical Ideology Was Exposed | The Daily Caller

Posted by M. C. on January 31, 2019

While rubbing shoulders with powerful Democrats in Congress, Alcoff was living a second life as an organizer of Smash Racism DC, the Antifa group responsible for mobbing Fox News host and TheDCNF co-founder Tucker Carlson’s house in November.

https://dailycaller.com/2019/01/29/dc-antifa-leader-arrested-job-felonies/

Andrew Kerr

Washington, D.C. Antifa leader Joseph “Jose” Alcoff, also known as “Chepe,” has been out of a job working for a progressive nonprofit since December, his former employer told The Daily Caller News Foundation on Tuesday.

Alcoff was arrested in Philadelphia on Jan. 10 and charged with multiple felonies, including aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation and terroristic threats, in connection to the Antifa mob attack against two Marines in November. One of the Marines, Alejandro Godinez, testified in December that he shouted “I’m Mexican” at the mob, which allegedly led the attackers to call him a “spic” and “wetback.”

TheDCNF’s reporting on Alcoff’s fanatical personas, “Chepe” and “Jose Martin,” and his connection to violent Antifa groups were integral factors leading to his arrest, according to an affidavit filed in his case. (RELATED: DC Antifa Leader Charged With ‘Ethnic Intimidation’ Related To Attack On Marines)

TheDCNF unmasked Alcoff on Dec. 18, but his former employer, Americans for Financial Reform (AFR), ignored numerous requests for comment in the ensuing six weeks inquiring whether it was aware of Alcoff’s extreme and violent rhetoric or if it planned on taking any action in regards to the radical’s statements. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tucker Carlson and the Plight of the Yellow Vests – Gold Goats ‘n Guns

Posted by M. C. on January 7, 2019

In short, globalism has gentrified the cities and impoverished the countryside. Rural job prospects are gone in many areas, not just in the U.S. but also in France and Italy and Greece, etc.

https://tomluongo.me/2019/01/05/tucker-carlson-and-the-plight-of-the-yellow-vests/

TOM LUONGO

I have to hand out sincere kudos to Tucker Carlson. His opening salvo for 2019 was one for the ages. It was a broad-ranging, fifteen-minute rhetorical tour de force.

Tying together Mitt Romney’s vulture capitalism, unchecked immigration, political corruption and the destruction of the middle class family, Carlson laid out a story that if everyone took off their ideological blinders for a few minutes (myself included) would see as simply a horror show.

Carlson’s thesis is that the American family is disintegrating. He’s right. But it’s not just America. It’s everywhere globalism has been the watchword of public policy, ie. Europe as well… Read the rest of this entry »

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The Five Features of the Left’s Fact-Free Universe – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on November 10, 2018

When asked for evidence to support bizarre, tone-deaf, I’m-living-on-another-planet claims like these, the so-called evidence always winds up like that article — either showing nothing of the kind, or indeed proving the exact opposite.

The fact-free universe they live in, which stokes their emotional hypochondria, motivates the mobs threatening people like Carlson.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/11/thomas-woods/the-five-features-of-the-lefts-fact-free-universe/

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Well, this is nice.

Apparently a left-wing mob showed up at the home of FOX News personality Tucker Carlson the other night while he was still at the FOX studio.

After receiving text messages about a commotion outside his home, Carlson called his wife.

“She had been in the kitchen alone getting ready to go to dinner,” Carlson recalled, “and she heard pounding on the front door and screaming…. Someone started throwing himself against the front door and actually cracked the front door.”

People were chanting “racist scumbag, leave town!” and “Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!”… Read the rest of this entry »

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The Unpardonable Heresy of Tucker Carlson – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on September 14, 2018

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/09/patrick-j-buchanan/the-unpardonable-heresy-of-tucker-carlson/

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Our diversity is our greatest strength.

After playing clips of Democratic politicians reciting that truth of modern liberalism, Tucker Carlson asked, “How, precisely, is diversity our strength? Since you’ve made this our new national motto, please be specific.”

Reaction to Carlson’s question, with some declaring him a racist for having raised it, suggests that what we are dealing with here is not a demonstrable truth but a creed not subject to debate.

Yet the question remains valid: Where is the scientific, historic or empirical evidence that the greater the racial, ethnic, cultural and religious diversity of a nation, the stronger it becomes?

From recent decades, it seems more true to say the reverse: The more diverse a nation, the greater the danger of its disintegration. Read the rest of this entry »

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Watch “Why The Democratic Party Is Dead” on YouTube

Posted by M. C. on July 15, 2018

So is the Republican party

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Why They Hate Tucker Carlson – Antiwar.com Original

Posted by M. C. on June 21, 2018

It wouldn’t kill you to support Antiwar.com. It might even help save you.

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/06/20/why-they-hate-tucker-carlson/

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No one is allowed to dissent from the official Establishment line: that’s the new dispensation in the media, and it is being enforced by the political class, which has launched a series of smear campaigns against anyone who dares question the conventional wisdom. Anyone who questions the veracity of the media, starting with our President, is deemed an “enemy of democracy,” because the media is supposed to be the foundation stone of a free society…

But what happens when the media becomes an instrument in the hands of Power, a weapon in the arsenal of a Deep State intent on exercising its veto over our democratically elected government?

That’s a question fake-“libertarian” Conor Friedersdorf doesn’t want you to even contemplate. Why? Because then, like Tucker Carlson, you’d be “hurting America.” That’s right, folks: “Tucker Carlson is Hurting America Again”! Yes, again!

Oh, when will they make it stop? Read the rest of this entry »

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Watch “‘What Is He Talking About?!’ – Tucker Carlson RIPS David Hogg” on YouTube

Posted by M. C. on April 1, 2018

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