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Power to the people! Right on.

Posted by Jesse on March 26, 2008

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Downsize DC: The Easy Revolution (honest money)

Posted by Jesse on March 13, 2008

Quote of the Day:

“The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations … This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution.”
— John Adams, February 13, 1818

Subject: The Easy Revolution

Last Saturday, in the middle of the night, we crossed the 1-million mark for messages to Congress.

This Wednesday, in a move reminiscent of the kind of self-generated activity sparked by the Ron Paul Revolution, DC Downsizer Tom Leser purchased the url HonestMoney.org, and pointed it at our “End the Inflation Tax” campaign in support of Ron Paul’s honest money bills. He plans to use the URL on signs and flyers. Wonderful! Thank you Tom.

Currently, in Congress, because of the intense pressure received from constituents, the Democrats are taking serious steps to make sure that no bill coming out of Congress grants immunity to the telecom companies that helped the government to illegally spy on the American people. This is very good news, and it happened because of people like you, who have given the Democrats reinforcement. We will have more to say about it in the days ahead.

Right now, so far in March, we are on track for another good month of recruitment, education, and pressure on Congress. As things stand now we have a decent chance of meeting or exceeding the record setting results we achieved in February.

We have a fascination with these kinds of incremental, but relentless, bits of progress. We report them to you on a regular basis because we believe measurement is important, and because we believe such a process of “relentless incrementalism” is the only way to change America.

Rome wasn’t built in a day. America wasn’t messed up overnight. Very few things in the world happen quickly. Get-rich-quick schemes rarely work, and neither will schemes to change-America-quick. But there is something even more important about our strategy of relentless incrementalism than these kinds of common-place observations . . .

It is very well understood how government grows, and why it is so difficult for taxpayers to protect themselves from the large-scale looting that goes on in Washington . . .
Government confers huge, concentrated benefits on select groups of people, while spreading the cost over all taxpayers
The groups that benefit from government favors have large incentives to fight for those benefits, while taxpayers have small incentives to fight any particular instance of looting
This essential insight tells us something very important about strategy . . .

NO strategy for curtailing government growth has ANY chance of success UNLESS that strategy makes it EASY for taxpayers to fight government growth, and, as a result, more DIFFICULT for politicians to make government grow. We have built our entire organization, and we are basing all of our future plans, on this crucial insight.

Our specific legislative proposals like the “Read the Bills Act,” the “One Subject at a Time Act,” the “Write the Laws Act,” and others we will propose in the future, show one of the ways we can make it HARDER, and MORE COSTLY, for the politicians to do the things they do. But . . .

To actually pass bills like these we must also make it very cheap — very EASY! — for taxpayers to apply the kind of relentless, overwhelming, resistance-numbing pressure that will be needed to make Congress submit.

Some of these EASY methods are obvious. We have empowered DC Downsizers to educate, recruit, and apply pressure on Congress in one EASY, seamless, low cost process. All it takes is a few mouse clicks and keyboard strokes. But . . .

More than this is needed.

We must also be able to change the environment. We must be able to counter the bad ideas and propaganda of the government schools, and the establishment news media. The requirement here is the same — we must make it EASY and CHEAP for taxpayers to fund the Downsizing counter-message. Toward this end . . .

We do the exact opposite of most organizations. Most groups focus on major donors first, and smaller donors second. We understand why they do this. A single $10,000 donation covers a lot of $25 donations. But finding and cultivating major donors is very time consuming and staff intensive. And we don’t want to have a large staff, or to spend a lot of our time on fundraising. In addition . . .

We think the best sales pitch we can make to a major donor is that we have lots of smaller donors, and that we have a small overhead and a big devotion of resources to our mission. This sales pitch becomes stronger every time we gain . . .

A new monthly, credit-card pledger at $5, $10, $25 or more.

On the one hand, all it requires is a few mouse clicks and keystrokes to educate, recruit, and apply pressure. On the other, all it would take is a few cents per day from a lot of people to begin to make the message heard by everyone, everywhere, every day.

We want to spend most of our money on advertising for things like the “Read the Bills Act” — to educate, recruit, apply pressure, and change the environment. But to reach that point we need to have secure funding for our very small basic operating expenses. We thought we would achieve that last year, but we didn’t, for reasons we all know and understand. But maybe 2008 can be the year.

We want to make everything we do EASY for the people who support us. If you like what we do, how we think, and where we’re going, please consider becoming a monthly pledger. Or . . .

If you have the capacity to make a larger investment, and would like to discuss it with me before making your decision, just reply to this email, and we’ll make a time to chat on the phone.

You can start your monthly pledge here.

Thank you for being a part of our Easy Revolution.

Jim Babka
President
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

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The 3am Phone, a “hallmark of Empire”

Posted by Jesse on March 3, 2008

Just finished The Betrayal of the American Right by Murray Rothbard. Awesome book. So inspiring to know that the movement that Ron Paul stands for is not new. This book chronicles Murray’s life in regards to the Old Right as well as the major players in politics and media from the 30’s to the 70’s.
It’s dedicated to Howard Homan Buffet, Frank Chodorov, and the Old Right.

It was this excerpt I harkened to when I saw Clinton’s 3am Phone Ad:

What, then, were the hallmarks of Empire? The first requisite, Garrett declared, was that “the executive power of government shall be dominant.”

“For what Empire needs above all in government is an executive power that can make immediate decisions, such as a decision in the middle of the night by the President to declare war on the aggressor in Korea.”

LoL.
Ain’t that the awful truth.

“In previous years, he added, it was assumed that the function of the Congress was to speak for the American people. But now it is the President, standing at the head of the Executive Government, who says: “I speak for the people” or “I have a mandate from the people.”. . . Now much more than Congress, the President acts directly upon the emotions and passions of the people to influence their thinking. As he controls Executive Government, so he controls the largest propaganda machine in the world. The Congress has no propaganda apparatus at all and continually finds itself under pressure from the people who have been moved for or against something by the ideas and thought material broadcast in the land by the administrative bureaus in Washington.”

I continue to cite Rothbard citing Garrett:
A second hallmark of the existence of Empire, continued Garrett, is that “Domestic policy becomes subordinate to foreign policy.” This is what happened to Rome, and to the British Empire. It is also happening to us, for
as we convert the nation into a garrison state to build the most terrible war machine that has ever been imagined on earth, every domestic policy is bound to be conditioned by our foreign policy. The voice of government is saying that if our foreign policy fails we are ruined. It is all or nothing. Our survival as a free nation is at hazard. That makes it simple, for in that case there is no domestic policy that may not have to be sacrificed to the necessities of foreign policy—even freedom.. . . If the cost of defending not ourselves alone but the whole non-Russian world threatens to wreck our solvency, still we must go on.

Garrett concluded,
We are no longer able to choose between peace and war. We have embraced perpetual war. . . . Wherever and whenever the Russian aggressor attacks, in Europe, Asia, or Africa, there we must meet him. We are so committed by the Truman Doctrine, by examples of our intention, by the global posting of our armed forces, and by such formal engagements as the North Atlantic Treaty and the Pacific Pact.

Hmmm…strikingly similar to the nightly news isn’t it?

A third brand of Empire, continued Garrett, is the “ascendancy of the military mind.” Garrett noted that the great symbol of the American military mind is the Pentagon Building in Washington, built during World War II, as a “forethought of perpetual war.” There at the Pentagon, “global strategy is conceived; there, nobody knows how, the estimates of what it will cost are arrived at; and surrounding it is our own iron curtain.” The Pentagon allows the public to know only the information that it wills it to learn;

All the rest is stamped “classified” or “restricted,” in the name of national security, and Congress itself cannot get it. That is as it must be of course; the most important secrets of Empire are military secrets.

Garrett went on to quote the devastating critique of our garrison state by General Douglas MacArthur:
Talk of imminent threat to our national security through the application of external force is pure nonsense. . . . Indeed, it is a part of the general patterns of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear. While such an economy may produce a sense of seeming prosperity for the moment, it rests on an illusionary foundation of complete unreliability and renders among our political leaders almost a greater fear of peace than is their fear of war.

Garrett then interprets that quotation as follows:
War becomes an instrument of domestic policy. . . . [The government may] increase or decrease the tempo of military expenditures, as the planners decide that what the economy needs is a little more inflation or a little less. . . . And whereas it was foreseen that when Executive Government is resolved to control the economy it will come to have a vested interest in the power of inflation, so now we may perceive that it will come also to have a kind of proprietary interest in the institution of perpetual war.

A fourth mark of Empire, continued Garrett, is “a system of satellite nations.” We speak only of Russian “satellites,” and with contempt, but “we speak of our own satellites as allies and friends or as freedom loving nations.” The meaning of satellite is a “hired guard.”
As Garrett notes:

When people say we have lost China or that if we lose Europe it will be a disaster, what do they mean? How could we lose China or Europe, since they never belonged to us? What they mean is that we have lost or may lose a following of dependent people who act as an outer guard.

Armed with a vast array of satellites, we then find that “for any one of them to involve us in war it is necessary only for the Executive Power in Washington to decide that its defense is somehow essential to the security of the United States.” The system had its origins in the Lend-Lease Act of 1941. Garrett concludes that the Imperial Center is pervaded by a fear of standing alone in the world, without satellites.
Fear at last assumes the phase of a patriotic obsession. It is stronger than any political party. . . . The basic conviction is simple. We cannot stand alone. A capitalistic economy, though it possesses half the industrial power of the whole world, cannot defend its own hemisphere. It may be able to save the world; alone it cannot save itself. It must have allies. Fortunately, it is able to buy them, bribe them, arm them, feed and clothe them; it may cost us more than we can afford,
yet we must have them or perish.

So how did we arrive at this point????

Garet Garrett’s classic The Revolution Was talking about the “revolution within the form”.

Conclusion
“So it was that a revolution took place within the form. Like the hagfish, the New Deal entered the old form and devoured its meaning from within. The revolutionaries were inside; the defenders were outside. A government that had been supported by the people and so controlled by the people became one that supported the people and so controlled them. Much of it is irreversible. That is true because habits of dependence are much easier to form than to break. Once the government, on ground of public policy, has assumed the responsibility to provide people with buying power when they are in want of it, or when they are unable to provide themselves with enough of it, according to a minimum proclaimed by government, it will never be the same again.

All of this is said by one who believes that people have an absolute right to any form of government they like, even to an American Welfare state, with status in place of freedom, if that is what they want. The first of all objections to the New Deal is neither political nor economic. It is moral.

Revolution by scientific technic is above morality. It makes no distinction between means that are legal and means that are illegal. There was a legal and honest way to bring about a revolution, even to tear up the Constitution, abolish it, or write a new one in its place. Its own words and promises meant as little to the New Deal as its oath to support the Constitution. In a letter to a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, urging a new law he wanted, the President said: “I hope your committee will not permit doubt as to Constitutionality, however reasonable, to block the suggested legislation.” Its cruel and cynical suspicion of any motive but its own was a reflection of something it knew about itself. Its voice was the voice of righteousness; its methods therefore were more dishonest than the simple ways of corruption.

“When we see a lot of framed timbers, different portions of which we know have been gotten out at different times and places, and by different workmen… and when we see those timbers joined together, and see that they exactly make the frame of a house or a mill, allthe tenons and mortises exactly fitting, and all the lengths and proportions of the different pieces exactly adapted to their respective places, and not a piece too many or too few… in such a case we find, it impossible not to believe that… all understood one another from the beginning, and all worked upon a common plan or draft, drawn up before the first blow was struck.” —Abraham Lincoln, deducing from objective evidence the blueprint of a political plot to save the institution of slavery.”

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It is a revolution, get used to it.

Posted by Jesse on February 14, 2008

Now y’all can’t tell me nothins goin down in the good ole USA.
It’s called ‘the establishment’ as it is, soon to be as it was.
Yes, we want change. But I am not going to rely on Obama.
Ron Paul is tha man and he’s leadin the charge.
Thank you for running, and thank you for voting!!

How often do the people’s of the world have a chance to have a ‘peaceful’ revolution by using the system?!

It’s time to put the freedoms we have in this country to good use while we still can!!
See y’all in DC to march for liberty and Ron Paul 2008!

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February 14, 2008

How did the Ron Paul Congress Do in MD?
Posted by Nick Bradley at February 14, 2008 08:22 AM

According to the Freedom Democrats Blog, the nine Ron Paul Republicans running for Maryland Congressional seats did pretty well and won four out of the seven primary races:

Joe Arminio, 2% in the Republican Primary in the Maryland 1st. Lost.
Richard Matthews, unopposed in the Republican Primary in the Maryland 2nd. Won.
Christopher Panasuk, 15% in the Republican Primary in the Maryland 3rd. Lost.
Robert Broadus, 22% in the Republican Primary in the Maryland 4th. Lost.
Michael Starkman, 26% in the Republican Primary in the Maryland 4th. Lost.
Peter James, 39% in the Republican Primary in the Maryland 4th. Won.
Collins Bailey, 44% in the Republican Primary in the Maryland 5th. Won.
Mike Hargadon, 73% in the Republican Primary in the Maryland 7th. Won.
Jay Roberts, 12% in the Republican Primary in the Maryland 8th. Lost.

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Chalmers Johnson: “Blowback” “covert activity” and US liabilities

Posted by Jesse on January 18, 2008

Blowback is a term that refers to unintended consequences through covert actions by governments.
Listen to a great interview here.

Chalmers Johnson is president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, a non-profit research and public affairs organization devoted to public education concerning Japan and international relations in the Pacific. He taught for thirty years, 1962-1992, at the Berkeley and San Diego campuses of the University of California and held endowed chairs in Asian politics at both of them. At Berkeley he served as chairman of the Center for Chinese Studies and as chairman of the Department of Political Science. His B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in economics and political science are all from the University of California, Berkeley. He first visited Japan in 1953 as a U.S. Navy officer and has lived and worked there with his wife, the anthropologist Sheila K. Johnson, every year between 1961 and 1998.

Johnson has been honored with fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Guggenheim Foundation; and in 1976 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has written numerous articles and reviews and some sixteen books, including Peasant Nationalism and Communist Power on the Chinese revolution, An Instance of Treason on Japan’s most famous spy, Revolutionary Change on the theory of violent protest movements, and MITI and the Japanese Miracle on Japanese economic development. This last-named book laid the foundation for the “revisionist” school of writers on Japan, and because of it the Japanese press dubbed him the “Godfather of revisionism.”

He was chairman of the academic advisory committee for the PBS television series “The Pacific Century,” and he played a prominent role in the PBS “Frontline” documentary “Losing the War with Japan.” Both won Emmy awards. His most recent books are Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2000) and The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic, which was published by Metropolitan in January 2004. Blowback won the 2001 American Book Award of the Before Columbus Foundation.

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