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Many Americans saw former policeman Derek Chauvin’s conviction on all counts last week as affirming the principle that no one is above the law. Many others were concerned that the jury was scared that anything less than a full conviction would result in riots, and even violence against themselves and their families.

Was the jury’s verdict influenced by politicians and media figures who were calling for the jury to deliver the “right” verdict? Attempts to intimidate juries are just as offensive to the rule of law as suggestions that George Floyd’s criminal record somehow meant his rights were not important.

The video of then-policeman Chauvin restraining Floyd led people across the political and ideological spectrums to consider police reform. Sadly, there have also been riots across the country orchestrated by left-wing activists and organizations seeking to exploit concern about police misconduct to advance their agendas.

It is ironic to see self-described Marxists, progressives, and other leftists protesting violence by government agents. After all, their ideology rests on the use of force to compel people to obey politicians and bureaucrats.

It is also ironic to see those who claim to want to protect and improve “black lives” support big government.

Black people, along with other Americans, have had their family structure weakened by welfare policies encouraging single parenthood. This results in children being raised without fathers as a regular presence in their lives, increasing the likelihood the children will grow up to become adults with emotional and other problems.

Those at the bottom of the economic ladder are restrained in improving their situation because of minimum wage laws, occupational licensing regulations, and other government interference in the marketplace. They are also victims of the Federal Reserve’s inflation tax.

Many progressives who claim to believe that “black lives matter” do not care that there is a relatively high abortion rate of black babies. These so-called pro-choice progressives are the heirs of the racists who founded the movement to legalize and normalize abortion.

The drug war is a major reason police have increasingly looked and acted like an occupying army. Police militarization threatens everyone’s liberty. Black people have been subjected to drug war arrests and imprisonment at relatively high rates.

Those interested in protecting and enhancing black people’s (and all people’s) lives should embrace liberty. Libertarians reject the use of force to achieve political, economic, or social goals, Therefore, in a libertarian society, police would only enforce laws prohibiting the initiation of force against persons or property.

A libertarian society would leave the provision of aid to the needy to local communities, private charities, and religious organizations. Unlike the federal welfare state, private charities can provide effective and compassionate aid without damaging family structure or making dependency a way of life. In a libertarian society, individuals could pursue economic opportunity free of the burdens of government regulations and taxes, as well as free of the Federal Reserve’s fiat currency.

Free markets, individual liberty, limited government, sound money, and peace are key to achieving prosperity and social cohesion. Those sincerely concerned about improving all human lives should turn away from the teaching of Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes, who advocated expansive government power, and, instead, embrace the ideas of pro-liberty writers such as Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard.

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  1. Phibbs says:

    Paul doesn’t understand … Black people in al countries — especially African ones — do not have a nuclear family for the most part. Black promiscuity, corruption, lack of intelligence and irresponsibility are genetic. No social policies can change black people for the better. Finally, Paul is wrong in saying that Floyd’s criminal past is irrelevant to the Chauvin trial. Blacks have more confrontations with police because they commit a disproportionate amount of crime. If we had 40 million Asians instead of blacks in this country we Caucasians would be the luckiest people on the planet. why? Asians commit very few crimes, obey the law, work hard, have strong nuclear families, are smart, and have a standard of excellence — the very opposite of black people. Floyd’s death was a benefit to society.

    • Replies: @Mr. Common Sense
  2. Jokem says:

    I have to agree with Dr Paul regarding the last paragraph, the rest I don’t know.
    George Floyd’s substance abuse issues muddy the waters regarding his arrest and death.
    Breonna Taylor, though, is a different story.

  3. Anonymous[317] • Disclaimer says:

    The problem with Mr. Floyd’s criminal record? The crimes he committed that day!

    Passing counterfeit currency
    Possession of methamphetamine
    Possession of fentanyl

  4. Cowboy says:

    It is ironic to see self-described Marxists, progressives, and other leftists protesting violence by government agents. After all, their ideology rests on the use of force to compel people to obey politicians and bureaucrats.

    And just as ironic as the current ruling Kleptocrats claiming they believe in free markets and democracy. It’s the great battle of civilization on who controls the force. Dismantle the forces!

  5. In a libertarian society, individuals could pursue economic opportunity free of the burdens of government regulations and taxes, as well as free of the Federal Reserve’s fiat currency.

    “In a libertarian society..”

    Libertarian doctrine, if there can really be such a unified thing (Hint, there isn’t) is little different than all the other doctrines that assert to bear the one true faith.. they all fall short.

    Here is why – The one and only true foundation for all just govt lays in one very practical and mandatory principle, without which you cycle back to the same effective control by a self-selected corrupt elite (yes, even in libertarianism..)

    The one central facet required merely as a prerequisite before you can begin to perfect any govt, is this – You have to close off all the avenues for anyone to self-enrich or gain financially from the govt, access to office or power, and its derivative systems, not only within elective office but through private interests inveigling and corrupting office holders.

    If you do not shut down financial incentives and wall off corrupt influence,
    you will always devolve into a corrupt govt, because the foundation is built in its own cesspool.

    I was watching a Conservative media channel on TV today, which held a nonsense discussion between hosts asserting to its retired boomer audience that the ‘workers would not go back to work because of all the lucrative Covid unemployment benefits they are getting’.

    This is not only nonsensical in fact (those getting Covid unemployment HAVE JOBS, the workplace is simply not operating) but they soon concede that the noted ‘business’ unable to obtain workers is a McDonalds franchise.

    McDonalds could not find workers in the best of times, since workers are low paid, its an industry (founded only decades ago) originally using exclusively part-time High School students as labor, and it has expanded well beyond what the genuine US labor pool can support, amassing 3rd world workers to fill what were formerly HS student pocket-money jobs.

    After confidently assuring the boomer audience of the lazy american workers gaming the system, they cut to a commercial in which an ‘advertiser’ offers “free” hearing aides sent to any retired govt worker or postal employee.

    Once you begin to deceive and corrupt as political policy, there is no party platform or series of principals that will patch over the faults of any system that exists to enrich its connected cronies at the expense of the rest of society.

    It really does not matter at all what the form of a govt may be in a general sense –

    Allegedly Republican, a ‘Democracy’, ‘Libertarian’.. What matters in each case is that the ability of the few to defraud the many is structurally limited or nonexistent (Term Limits for example). In any scenario where the few can establish rule over the many, either through power or deceptive persuasion – and financially profit by doing so – you will have corrupt and unjust rule as a matter of course, whatever it is called or termed.

    There is no Libertarian exception to this principle.

    • Replies: @Jokem
    , @animalogic
    , @botazefa
  6. Jokem says:
    @Trial by Wombat

    ‘You have to close off all the avenues for anyone to self-enrich or gain financially from the govt, access to office or power, and its derivative systems, not only within elective office but through private interests inveigling and corrupting office holders.’

    Can’t be done. To have government you must hire bureaucrats to administrate. You have to pay them. Therefore they ‘enrich’ themselves. How much are they allowed to ‘enrich’ themselves before it is considered Kleptocracy?

    Public buildings must be built to house government officials. Who do you hire to construct those buildings? How much are they allowed to ‘enrich’ themselves before it is considered corrupt?

    Whenever you have government, or really any enterprise, there will be corruption. The question is, at what point does the corruption get egregious enough to put a stop to it?

    • Replies: @Trial by Wombat
  7. It is ironic to see self-described Marxists, progressives, and other leftists protesting violence by government agents. After all, their ideology rests on the use of force to compel people to obey politicians and bureaucrats.

    Private businesses also depend on the use of force to compel people to obey these businesses’ managers and proprietors. Anyone who has worked in the hospitality industry for a number of years will tell you that he has had to call the cops to evict guests or trespassers for causing disturbances, damaging property, defrauding the innkeeper or otherwise breaking the law, like dealing drugs from a hotel room.

    Seriously, I don’t see why libertarians who claim they have business experience refuse to acknowledge that they depend on men with guns in the employ of the state to protect their interests.

    • Replies: @Jokem
  8. Lochearn says:

    Too much socialism makes the workers greedy. Too much capitalism makes the bosses greedy. Too much government (Marxism/Fascism) makes government greedy. The only people who benefit from all systems tried so far are Bankers who are the greediest of all.

  9. @Trial by Wombat

    Excellent comment,
    T. B. W.
    There is indeed no libertarian exception — as if !!

    • Thanks: Trial by Wombat
  10. botazefa says:

    It is ironic to see self-described Marxists, progressives, and other leftists protesting violence by government agents.

    It is also ironic to see those who claim to want to protect and improve “black lives” support big government.

    It feels more to me like when one of my daughters tries to get me to punish her sister for saying something the accuser finds offensive.

    What these SJWs (and White Nationalists) have in common is their love of faux victimhood and their rage at the ‘other’ who isn’t sufficiently impressed by their childish hurt feelings.

    It’s not irony, it’s a feature of the victim personality to expect big government mommy to punish others for their hurt feelings.

    Hurt people hurt people, in psychological vernacular.

    Ref: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/unraveling-the-mindset-of-victimhood

  11. botazefa says:
    @Trial by Wombat

    I generally agree with your commentary. With one exception:

    This is not only nonsensical in fact (those getting Covid unemployment HAVE JOBS, the workplace is simply not operating) but they soon concede that the noted ‘business’ unable to obtain workers is a McDonalds franchise.

    I don’t think that is accurate. One doesn’t have a job if one isn’t receiving a paycheck. It seems true that many on unemployment are refraining from looking for a paycheck because the unemployment payments exceed what they could expect to earn on the job. It may be true that some layoffs are temporary, and a job awaits, but that looks to me like a very small minority. And that minority is what you are talking about I think.

    The Covid relief bills provided a large incentive to pay employers to keep up the paychecks even if work couldn’t be done. This was done in the form of forgivable loans to employers, not employees. That’s not the same as unemployment benefits. Some might call it corporate welfare.

    • Replies: @Trial by Wombat
  12. Jokem says:
    @advancedatheist

    I am shocked to read this.

    There is a big difference between using force to get people to comply with the conditions they have voluntarily agreed to, and using force to make someone give away their earned wealth to someone who has not earned that wealth.

  13. Incitatus says:

    “The video of then-policeman Chauvin restraining Floyd led people across the political and ideological spectrums to consider police reform.”

    “Restraining”? Wow! Talk about spin! ‘Restraining to death’ is more accurate. Otherwise known as ‘murder’.

    “Sadly, there have also been riots across the country orchestrated by left-wing activists and organizations seeking to exploit concern about police misconduct to advance their agendas.”

    Yes, so, so very sad. Doubtless it’s all those nasty Leftie-Socialist-Commie-Bolshevik-Anti-Christ (liberals)! They’re really to blame, aren’t they Dr. Paul?

    “It is ironic to see self-described Marxists, progressives, and other leftists protesting violence by government agents. After all, their ideology rests on the use of force to compel people to obey politicians and bureaucrats.”

    True irony is shabby political projection that seeks to excuse murder. Just as ‘patriotic’ Republicans excuse Trump’s failed 6 January Putsch.

    “It is also ironic to see those who claim to want to protect and improve “black lives” support big government.”

    Size matters? The tired libertarian maxim that promises utopia if only we diminish and abolish government? Then we’ll be in the land of milk-and-honey?

    Worked well in the recent Texas power crisis. Pat yourself on the back Dr. Paul – 111+ died and property damage topped $195.6 billion. Genuine Libertarian ‘less-government’ triumph! Others might call it a fiasco, but they’re not true believers – they’re probably nasty Leftie-Socialist-Commie-Bolshevik-Anti-Christ (liberals)! Steady-on, full speed ahead!

    Of course Biden authorized Satanic Federal emergency assistance from DHS and FEMA. Was that wrong? Give us a hint.

    Was immaculate Texas compromised? It already gets $19,514,000,000 more from the Feds than it pays in taxes. It’s already a welfare state! Each Texan sucks the Federal tit for $673/year! Is that wrong?

    “Black people, along with other Americans, have had their family structure weakened by welfare policies encouraging single parenthood. This results in children being raised without fathers as a regular presence in their lives, increasing the likelihood the children will grow up to become adults with emotional and other problems.”

    How true. Births out of wedlock and marital infidelity are a scourge.

    Anything to say about Tiffany Trump, born 13 Oct 1993, two months before her parents married? Anything to say about Stormy Daniels? Was $130,000 hush money enough? Any comments on 45’s ‘buy-and-kill’ pal David Pecker?

    Give us a hint.

  14. @botazefa

    One doesn’t have a job if one isn’t receiving a paycheck. It seems true that many on unemployment are refraining from looking for a paycheck because the unemployment payments exceed what they could expect to earn on the job. It may be true that some layoffs are temporary, and a job awaits, but that looks to me like a very small minority.

    I have not taken one single penny in unemployment during the Pandemic – or previous to Covid for that matter – but you may not be aware that entire industries systematically layoff employees on a seasonal regular basis, (Construction) so yes, there are people who are employed but are temporarily receiving unemployment, while operations are suspended.

    There is no labor shortage, at least in heartland America.
    There is instead a global labor speculator abundance.

    The media assets enraged by Americans failing to flock to 10/hr jobs were notably lacking in any outrage when TRILLIONS of dollars were being used to backstop the financial markets and scam Derivatives, by both Bush and Trump. Too big to fail, was what I recall..

    You are entitled to start a business, but you are not entitled to a supplicant workforce serving at the price that you are willing to pay.


    Indeed.com is very useful statistically, because within about 2 weeks, Indeed will kick back to you a list of jobs that you applied for through their website, and – importantly – how many other people applied.

    During the pandemic, I repeatedly received job application summaries from Indeed that show anywhere from 40 t0 over 90 people applying for one advertised position. This is not hype BS from labor importers or propagandists claiming “muh business model”, and using McDonalds as their modal.

    Secondly, there is also a very problematic, ‘professionalized’ gate-keeper HR community in US companies, who will not even look at an applicant resume unless it has documented years worth of exactly the same skillset of experience, and they will not train candidates, which contributes to this artificial claimed scarcity by design.

    The same cronyists who insist that the masses ‘go out an compete, damn you’, have a very reliably adverse response to the same argument turned upon their low wage business model.

    The Western conception of anti-trust / anti-monopoly that I love Josh Hawley for single-handedly resurrecting, is intended to reward individual work and local business, while deterring the conduct that has already largely ruined the US under the conniving of global labor speculators.

    If your business model does not allow a living wage that an adult in a 1st world society can support themselves on, then you have a bad of corrupt business model. Companies that pay a living wage, and offer medical benefits, are not in my own documented personal experiencing any issues obtaining applicants.

    Low-wage, poor working conditions, “muh business model” employers have little interest from applicants, but this was the case long before Covid unemployment benefits, and will outlast such benefits.

  15. @Jokem

    Can’t be done. To have government you must hire bureaucrats to administrate. You have to pay them. Therefore they ‘enrich’ themselves. How much are they allowed to ‘enrich’ themselves before it is considered Kleptocracy?

    What I am talking about is walling off financial influence that can affect POLICY.

    You are correct, in that going back to the NY ratification, the Anti-Federalists noted (accurately) that the establishment of the Federalist system would act as a floodgate for massive crony Public-sector hiring, which it fully did.

    The Federalists then shot back that the Anti-Federalists were deceptively attempting to protect their own positions of influence over public sector jobs in NY state, as Hamilton’s attempted rejoinder.

    Someone working a necessary Public position at a market wage, or compensated for genuine service, is not enriching themselves unjustly, however public-sector Unions, or assocations of Public employees seeking to attach its members profitability to servile office holders would seriously harm public policy and corruption.

    • Replies: @The Soft Parade
  16. Why police are oppressing black criminals? Police should leave black criminals alone, and stop bothering them.

  17. SafeNow says:

    “ If we had 40 million Asians instead of blacks in this country we Caucasians would be the luckiest people on the planet. why? Asians commit very few crimes, obey the law, work hard, have strong nuclear families, are smart, and have a standard of excellence — the very opposite of black people.”

    Great comment. As a Southern Californian, I will extend this to Asians vs. immigrants and their descendants who arrived from south of the border. Our many Asian-Americans have offset, alas only partially, the unraveling into “get it basically okay.” Asians tend to self-segregate residentially and recreationally, but so what. I wish I could be more like them in many ways. I would eat more vegetables, for one thing.

  18. @Phibbs

    Yes, the world is of course better off without George Floyd, but what of Derek Chauvin? Why must the police officer be punished for the death of a criminal negro, who clearly died of a drug overdose?

    I have so many questions – –

    I wonder how much latitude Judge Peter Cahill has in sentencing Derek Chauvin? I heard one news report (on CNN TV) saying that Judge Peter Cahill interviewed each juror after the trial. Yes, after the trial. In that post-trial juror interview, what if it becomes apparent that all of the white jurors voted “guilty” out of fear, and all of the negro jurors voted “guilty” out of some kind of primitive hatred?

    I suspect that on appeal, Derek Chauvin will at least get a new trial in a new jurisdiction.

    Judges have a great deal of latitude in what they can say before delivering a sentence. I’m hoping that Judge Peter Cahill will use that opportunity to plant the seeds for a prompt appeal hearing.

  19. @Trial by Wombat

    First, you’re no fool, but at what point does the process by which you attack corruption get egregious enough to put a stop to the process itself?

    You say, Oh we’ll draw some bright lines and we’ll enforce them.

    Yet much as meth cooks when faced with new laws restricting their access to certain chemicals, they simply fall back to precursors and by means of a longer process arrive at the same result.

    What you are “talking about is walling off financial influence that can affect POLICY.” Their policy is driven by a “financial influence” which views any change in the financial landscape as mere and boring topography. This is who they are, illegals on steroids, and for the love of God, Monstresor, they are not driven by a cask of amontillado, and you will never wall them up by deceipt, trickery or threat.

    Respectfully, you view them as you are, and not as they are.

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