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Call For Papers

Igor Wysocki and Walter Block will be guest editing a special issue of Philosophical Problems in Science (a Polish journal: Zagadnienia Filozoficzne w Nauce — ZFN). We are looking for papers addressed to the philosophy of economics. Here is the official announcement:

https://zfn.edu.pl/index.php/zfn/announcement/view/26;

https://philevents.org/event/show/106581?fbclid=IwAR3TgEIRHJv88UrzP51n73d7jRzzKOBPug7kfWPNE502awvabz7fbTrvuu8

Submission deadline: September 1, 2023;

But please rsvp me if you are interested in contributing to this volume

 

3:31 am on February 5, 2023

Close-Up of that “Chinese Spy Balloon” . . .

. . . taken by Brian Wilson just before it was shot down over Myrtle Beach.  Brandon swung into action with lightening-like efficiency the minute there was no longer anything left for the Chinese spies to spy on.  Meanwhile, NORAD was completely in the dark about a Chines spy balloon crossing the Pacific Ocean because it is reportedly still preoccupied with tracking Santa Claus.  National security is still tight as a drum, however, since I still get groped by a dumpy federal bureaucrat every time I pass through airport “security.”

6:14 pm on February 4, 2023

Gnosticism in the Modern West: James Lindsay


Marxism is not a philosophy. Neither are its derivatives, like “Wokeness” (Woke Marxism). These are a strain within a broader category of cult religious movements that pose as economics, sociology, and politics. The broad name for these Esoteric cult religions is “Gnosticism,” but that’s a confusing label for a number of reasons. The first of these reasons is that “gnosticism” as a term, either as a descriptive or proper noun, means several things at once, which requires clarification. Another is that as economic, social, and political movements, they don’t look at all like the pre-modern spiritualist and mystical movements that go by those names. In this groundbreaking episode of the New Discourses Podcast, host James Lindsay clarifies the term “gnosticism” and unmasks what amounts to a huge “New Age” movement in the Middle Ages as the source of a thread of Gnostic cult belief that has shaped every facet of the West for at least the last three hundred years. He also explains how the shift from the Middle Ages to the Modern period included a shift in the Gnostic project, out of overt spiritualism and into exactly those society-building realms of economics, sociology, and politics. Join him to gain a completely new understanding of these dangerous movements and how they’re relevant to our lives today.

The Gnostic Tradition and Renaissance Occultism, by Thomas Molnar

Gnosticism and Modernity: Voegelin’s Reconsiderations Twenty Years After The New Science of Politics, by Stephen A. McKnight

Utopian Nightmares and Gnostic Political Religions (Amazon book list)

5:10 pm on February 4, 2023

America’s Untold Stories — Free-Form Friday

Hosts Eric Hunley and Mark Groubert are joined by Robert Barnes in an eclectic, free-flowing discussion of Hollywood movies, Chinese and Russian espionage, and other wide-ranging topics.

6:16 pm on February 3, 2023

Government Spending Is The Problem! Abolish The IRS & The Fed!

The U.S. has the largest government spending problem of any government in history – over $31 trillion in debt (just for starters). Playing around with tax policy may work politically, but it will not solve the spending problem. Will America end the empire and bring the troops home? Will it curtail the massive welfare state for corporations & individuals? Will The Fed be shut down so that it can’t print dollars and destroy their value? The spending problem will not be fixed if the answer to any of those questions is ‘No.’

12:38 pm on February 3, 2023

Glory to Ukraine?

Conservative dinosaur and cold warrior R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is impressed with the number of tanks going to Ukraine. “Glory to Ukraine!” is how he closes his commentary that appeared on a conservative website. How pathetic. How uneducated. Can he really be that stupid? Just one article by David Stockman on Ukraine should be enough to convince anyone not in a coma that the Ukraine narrative pushed by the news media and some conservatives is tremendously flawed.

6:57 pm on February 2, 2023

Behind Closed Doors, Pentagon Warns Congress Of Ukraine’s Weakness

12:52 pm on February 2, 2023

Trigger Warning!!!

“If you were born a girl you stay a girl and grow up to be a lady,” and “If you were born a boy you stay a boy,” said Mr. Rogers  back when there weren’t so many mentally ill people in America.  Today, showing this video to children would risk hate crime or child endangerment charges.

11:35 am on February 2, 2023

Rebel Capitalist Interview: Robert Barnes (Fed Lawsuit Update and Much More)

11:02 pm on February 1, 2023

FULL INTERVIEW with JAMES DiEUGENIO of Destiny Betrayed from JFK Assassination Conference — Mark Groubert of America’s Untold Stories

5:37 pm on February 1, 2023

Biden Announces More Billions To Ukraine As Americans Sour On War

1:03 pm on February 1, 2023

Why Is Washington So Openly Releasing Details Of Armored Vehicle Shipment To Ukraine?

12:43 pm on January 31, 2023

Bill Gates Finally Says Something that is True

“The Ukrainian government is one of the worst in the world, corrupt, controlled by a few rich people. I mean, really unfortunate for the people in Ukraine,” said Bill Gates, one of richest men in the world.

6:52 pm on January 30, 2023

Who Was Really Behind The ‘Russian Disinformation’ Hoax?

12:36 pm on January 30, 2023

The Latest Casualties in the “Climate Change” Totalitarians’ War . . .

. . . on chickens and eggs?

I’d say this is starting to look like a trend but I don’t want to be smeared as a “conspiracy theorist.”

11:23 am on January 30, 2023

Yuri Maltsev on the Purpose of Government

I’ve received quite a few emails in response to my eulogy for Yuri Maltsev published on the weekend edition of LRC from people who either knew Yuri, heard him speak at a conference, or watched him on YouTube.   My favorite so far is from B.G., who describes himself as a “Ron Paulian libertarian” who left the “Republican fascist party” years ago.  He met Yuri in 1989 at Mises University at Stanford, which I think I probably participated in.  He asked Yuri about the differences between the USSR and the USA.  “You Americans are kind,” Yuri told him.  “When we heard there were bananas available at a store,” B.G. recalls Yuri telling him, “a long line would form and 4 or 5 big men would push their way to the front of the line and buy everything.”  The lesson B.G. learned from this that, thanks to our higher degree of economic freedom, “Our abundance allowed us to practice kindness.”

The second thing that Yuri told him was that “The U.S. government was just as corrupt as the USSR government” but, foolishly and unlike Russians, “Americans still believe their government.”  “Don’t you know,” Yuri said, “The purpose of government is to take bribes”?

5:04 pm on January 29, 2023

Despite The Contrived Distorted Narrative of Court Intellectuals and Regime Publicists, “National Socialism” Was Indeed Socialism; Hitler and Goebbels Were Socialists

The common collectivist roots of internationalist Marxist Socialism and German National Socialism is a crucial topic that bears constant repetition to the attentive public. The subject has received previous detailed exposure in vital works such as Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn’s Leftism: from de Sade and Marx to Hitler and Marcuse; Ludwig von Mises, Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis and Omnipotent Government: The Rise of The Total State and Total War; George Watson, The Lost Literature of Socialism; and Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Change. Historical truth matters. After almost a century the bloody historical truth must be recognized. We owe it to the tens of millions slaughtered based upon its lies.

Hitler and the socialist dream, by George Watson

Ideas Have Consequences, Charles Burris

Joseph Goebbels’ Own Words Show He Loved Socialism and Saw It as ‘the Future’, by Jon Miltimore

11:00 am on January 29, 2023

Why Not Instead Sue to Not Wear a Mask at All?

Some are calling it a victory for religious freedom, but a child wearing a mask to school is not freedom no matter what slogan is on the mask. Lydia Booth, 11, will now be allowed to wear her “Jesus Loves Me” face mask to school, thanks to a settlement that has been reached between the Simpson County School District in Mississippi and the attorneys representing Lydia. What parent would now, in 2023 (not 2020 when perhaps they didn’t know better), put a mask on her child and send her to school?

7:21 pm on January 27, 2023

Why Does Our Government Lie About Inflation?

If government lies about Covid and the vaccines, lies about the reasons for wars and how the wars are going, do you think it tells the truth about inflation? If government almost completely ignores the Constitution (which is the ‘Law of the Land’ that they all swear to obey) are you surprised that your cost of living is skyrocketing way beyond what the government claims? You shouldn’t be.

1:42 pm on January 27, 2023

Tanks for Nothing!

That’s probably what the Ukranian Nazi Zionist Zelensky told Senile Joe after the latter promised to send thirty-one tanks along with fourteen more from Germany.  Russia is said to have over 10,000 tanks.  Oh, those Russians will be running for the hills once those Biden tanks show up!

One decades-long feature of “in-kind” foreign aid such as sending tractors and tanks is that it is in reality first and foremost corporate welfare for the American corporations that manufacture these things.  And, they typically send all the defective ones, paid for by U.S. taxpayers, to the foreign recipients of the “aid.”  The recipients then become ungrateful for all the “aid” they have received and demand cash instead.  It’s much easier for them to stash cash away in Swiss bank accounts than tractors, tanks, and fighter jets.

7:13 pm on January 26, 2023

Zelensky: ‘Thanks For The Tanks…Now GIMME Missiles And F-16s!’

12:45 pm on January 26, 2023

U.S. and Germany Sending Tanks to Ukraine

That’s all over the news today.  I haven’t found any images of the U.S. tanks that are being sent to the Ukranian oligarchs, but here’s one of the German tanks.

7:46 pm on January 25, 2023

German Foreign Minister: ‘We Are At War With Russia…’

12:48 pm on January 25, 2023

Ukraine Rocked By Massive Corruption Scandal – But Who’s Really To Blame?

12:39 pm on January 24, 2023

Remembering Butler Shaffer

In digging up some of my old photos, I came across this photo of my dear friend, Butler Shaffer, from 2009. We were in Minneapolis, and Butler was speaking in a typical libertarian-variety speaker setting: a high-end, snazzy, classy, basement warehouse room somewhere near Uptown.

The day after, Butler and I drove to the great (but no longer) booktown of Stillwater, Minnesota, about 40 minutes northeast. We hit the many bookstores there, and while we were at St. Croix Antiquarian Books, his wife Jane called, and she asked to talk to me. “Don’t let Butler bring home any more books,” she said. Me: “Too late; he’s already looking to get in line with a small stack.”

 

7:57 am on January 24, 2023

The Great Reset Event-Destroying Mentality

So I foolishly thought I might love to attend a game of the local (Detroit) NBA ‘G League’ affiliate, the Motor City Cruise. There are affordable tickets and one can be very close to the action, and the games are played at at convenient location: Wayne State University. Then I checked the “policies.” The Great Reset, in its attempt to crush western civilization, has made its permanent mark on all of these events, hence none of them ever getting a penny of my money. The insanity lives on: expecting a female to not carry a purse/fanny pack/bag — gee, I can do without a wallet, my brush, my glasses, my glass cleaner, my phone, my keys, let alone other treasured female incidentals.

But you know what the human-crushing apologists do on social media? They chime in and pretend that women can just shut up and wear oversized, men’s carpenter pants with 154 pockets and shove all their money and stuff in pockets and … “stop complaining.” And of course, the resident security theatre trainee can just sift through your lower body crevices via the pockets and claim he’s keeping you safe. And then you get turned away, anyway, because your pockets contain assorted, illegal trinkets.

Just say no to all of this sick, monkey farm mentality and stop feeding the beast.

7:40 am on January 24, 2023

Mainstream Media Scrambles As Covid Narrative Crumbles

12:44 pm on January 23, 2023

Robert Higgs: “Crisis, Leviathan, and the National Security State “

4:45 pm on January 22, 2023

His “Eyebrow-Raising Political Antics Have Turned Some Fans Against Him”

This is what an article about the career of the actor Vince Vaughn on msn.com yesterday said about him.  And what kind of “antics” were they referring to?  Well, they say “Vaughn calls himself a libertarian” (Horrors!!!) and worse yet, they cite an article where he said “I really do like Ron Paul.”  He prefers freedom to tyranny, in other words, and respects people like Ron Paul who are especially good at articulating the case for a free society and against tyranny and despotism.  Good riddance to his fans who deserted him for this reason.

2:07 pm on January 22, 2023

The Military Wing of the Democrat Party is Back in Action

A “protester” who was protesting the building of a police training center in Atlanta pulled out a gun and shot a state trooper in the stomach.  The trooper is recovering from surgery.  The police returned fire and killed the murderous scumbag, identified as a “non-binary” animal who describes him/itself with several pronouns.  Naturally, Antifa and other elements of the military wing of the Demo-Bolshevik party showed up and rioted in Atlanta, smashing windows, setting buildings on fire, setting a police car on fire, and assaulting the police.  The police are at fault here, they say, and this view has been echoed by the LMS (Lying Media Scum) on CNN and elsewhere.  One CNN guest even said that such behavior was not “violent” but merely more peaceful protesting.  The point of the “protesting” of course is that Left-wing thugs should be free to shoot cops without anyone criticizing them for doing so.

This kind of behavior suddenly ended the moment the LMS (not Congress, as required by the Constitution) declared Brandon to be the winner of the presidential election, but now they’re back.

10:31 am on January 22, 2023