Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity All Blogs 2018 http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/rss.aspx?blogid=5 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 04:00:00 GMT Wed, 19 Sep 2018 05:47:33 GMT Ron Paul: ‘The Evidence Is Very Clear’ that the US Has Aligned Itself with al-Qaeda in Syria Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/18/ron-paul-the-evidence-is-very-clear-that-the-us-has-aligned-itself-with-al-qaeda-in-syria/
Paul’s assessment came shortly after the interviewer played video of Brett McGurk, the US special presidential envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, calling Idlib a year back “the largest al-Qaeda safe haven since 9/11.”

The US government’s antagonism toward efforts by the Syria government, aided by allied nations, to take back control of Idlib, makes more sense when US foreign policy toward Syria is understood in the context Paul provides in the interview. Paul explains that, while the US has used opposition to al-Qaeda “as the excuse” for US intervention in Syria, he believes instead “we’re there for other reasons.” Those reasons, Paul says, include opposition to Iran and Russia that are supporting Syrian military forces, as well as that “we think al-Quaeda will help our position — the United States position — to get rid of [Syria President Bashar al-Assad].”

Many Americans tolerate the US “trying to maintain a modern-day empire” via interventions including in Syria because they are not well informed about the matter, suggests Paul. To help cure this problem, Paul says he is trying with the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, which he founded after leaving the House of Representatives, “to alert people to the danger that is involved with our foreign policy.”

So what should the US do in Syria? “Leave as soon as possible,” advises Paul.

Watch Paul’s interview here:

]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/18/ron-paul-the-evidence-is-very-clear-that-the-us-has-aligned-itself-with-al-qaeda-in-syria/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/18/ron-paul-the-evidence-is-very-clear-that-the-us-has-aligned-itself-with-al-qaeda-in-syria/ Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:42:57 GMT
Breaking: Massive Sustained Attack On Syria: Russian S-400 Defenses Possibly Active In Huge Escalation Tyler Durden http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/17/breaking-massive-sustained-attack-on-syria-russian-s-400-defenses-possibly-active-in-huge-escalation/

Another attack on Syria has occurred tonight on multiple locations in what is the largest sustained series of what are believed to be Israeli or possibly US air strikes in months. But hugely significant is that early reports suggest Russia's S-400 anti-missile missile defense system engaged the inbound rockets. 

On Monday night Syrian state-run SANA confirmed multiple missiles fired "from the sea into Lattakia city" in "an aggression from unknown source" which state media says involved successful intercepts by Syrian missile defense.

British-Syrian journalist Danny Makki, currently reporting from the ground, says the attack "lasted for a total of 1 hour 30 minutes" and missiles soared over four cities including Latakia, Tartus, Homs and Hama — with rockets and explosions lighting up the sky especially over the coastal towns. 

Though it appears another Israeli strike - as it came less than two days following an attack near Damascus - the details are still unknown, and some observers are speculating it could be an American attack, given that at least some of the missiles were fired from the sea.

SANA reports "an aggression on Lattakia has targeted the Technical Industries’ establishment" adding that "the air defenses intercepted and downed a number of the missiles".

Multiple journalists in the region further said that Syrian air defenses were activated across four provinces including Latakia and Tartus on the coast, as well as over Homs and Hama which are more inland. 

The initial major strike on Latakia, located on the Syrian coast, reportedly targeted a Syrian Scientific Research Center (SSRC) facility, and newly published video and images from Syrian sources show massive fireballs lighting up the sky.

But significantly the location of the strike is in the vicinity of Russia's Hmeymim airbase, and there are early unconfirmed reports that Russia engaged the inbound assault via its advanced S-400 system. 

According to the Middle East Institute's Charles Lister, "Reports suggest Russia air defenses in Hmeymim participated in attempting to repel tonight’s strikes in Latakia." 

Lister continued, "*IF* that’s true, that’d be a significant development. Some reports also say strikes came from sea; leading to accusations of a U.S naval cruise missile attack."

Unconfirmed local eyewitness accounts say that two hostile aircraft were shot down during the lengthy assault. 

A number of videos are circulating on Syrian social media which purport to show successful Syria or Russian missile defense intercepts during the sustained attacks. 
As yet, there's been no confirmation of who carried out the attack; however, a report early this month cited Tel Aviv sources who confirmed that Israel's Air Force has conducted 200 attacks on locations inside Syria over the course of the past 2 years alone, according to Reuters.

The major escalation comes just after Russia's Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Monday to announce that a demilitarized zone in the Idlib will be formed by October 15.

Reprinted with permission from ZeroHedge.]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/17/breaking-massive-sustained-attack-on-syria-russian-s-400-defenses-possibly-active-in-huge-escalation/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/17/breaking-massive-sustained-attack-on-syria-russian-s-400-defenses-possibly-active-in-huge-escalation/ Mon, 17 Sep 2018 22:08:48 GMT
Five Minutes Five Issues: World War III, Venezuela Coup, British Gold, Canada Border, Twitter Ban Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/17/five-minutes-five-issues-world-war-iii-venezuela-coup-british-gold-canada-border-twitter-ban/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

In an interview at the BBC regarding his new book concerning President Donald Trump, Bob Woodward said that Trump lacks “understanding how he has to protect the national security.” To illustrate this contention, Woodward says that at a National Security Council meeting this year “Trump kept asking about ‘why are we paying all this money for forward-deployed troops — 28,000 in South Korea, all of the troops in NATO,’” wondering “why are we protecting Europe, why aren’t they paying for this?” Woodward says that, in response, Secretary of Defense James Mattis had to tell Trump, “Because we’re trying to prevent World War III.” Woodward then says:
Now think about that, for a moment, that the secretary of defense has to remind the president of the United States that we’re trying to prevent World War III.
Give me a break. Woodward is talking nonsense. There are strong arguments that the large deployment of US troops in Europe, South Korea, and beyond greatly increases the risk of World War III and that bringing these troops home would greatly advance peace.

Issue two.

Ernesto Londoño and Nicholas Casey reported last week at the New York Times that the Trump administration held secret meetings with Venezuela military officers who were planning to overthrow the Venezuela government.

Such meetings should not be surprising given comments by individuals in the administration that I discussed in previous episodes of Five Minutes Five Issues. In the August 12, 2017 episode, I discussed President Donald Trump saying, in answer to a reporter’s question, that Trump would not “rule out a military option” for Venezuela. This year, I discussed, in the February 3 episode, then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggesting in a speech that a military coup in Venezuela would be a fine way to resolve things and, in the May 26 episode, Vice President Mike Pence declaring at Twitter his desire that the Venezuela government be overthrown.

Issue three.

In a fascinating Sunday Daily Mail article, Peter Hitchens explored ten myths about World War II. One myth Hitchens addresses is a “special relationship” between Britain and the US that caused the US to aid Britain in the war.

Regarding that myth, Hitchens writes in part:
The extraordinary (and all but unknown) transfer of Britain’s gold to the USA throughout 1939 and 1940 was the lasting proof that a deliberate, harsh British humiliation had to precede any real alliance. The stripping of Britain’s life savings was an enormous event.
Issue four.

With countrywide marijuana legalization kicking in next month in Canada, more Canadians will be working in newly legal marijuana businesses. And it looks like they all will be subjectable to a lifetime ban from crossing the border into America.

Aris Folley reported Friday at The Hill that a US Customs and Border Protection official has confirmed that Canadians working or investing in legal Canadian marijuana businesses could be banned for life from entering America if that information is uncovered in inspection or questioning. Customers of legal marijuana businesses also risk a lifetime ban for having used a drug that is illegal under US law. Banned Canadians can pay a $585 fee to undertake a potentially months-long process to seek a waiver.

Issue five.

This week, Twitter shut down the account of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis after his Iraq militia was accused of launching rockets toward the US government consulate in Basra, Iraq. Michael R. Gordon, writing at the Wall Street Journal, quotes the US State Department spokeswoman pretty much giving the US credit for the ban happening. He writes:
'We brought it to their attention,' said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. 'They understood the threat and took action.'
Yet, the US Department of Defense continues to post at its Twitter account. Isn’t Twitter aware that the US military has serially attacked and invaded countries for nondefensive purposes and is responsible for much more property destruction, maiming, and killing around the world than is any Iraq militia?

-----

That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

Five four three two one.]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/17/five-minutes-five-issues-world-war-iii-venezuela-coup-british-gold-canada-border-twitter-ban/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/17/five-minutes-five-issues-world-war-iii-venezuela-coup-british-gold-canada-border-twitter-ban/ Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:20:41 GMT
Lew Rockwell Reminisces about Working for Ron Paul at the House of Representatives Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/13/lew-rockwell-reminisces-about-working-for-ron-paul-at-the-house-of-representatives/

Before Lew Rockwell founded the Ludwig von Mises Institute, he was chief of staff in Rep. Ron Paul’s (R-TX) United States House of Representatives office. In a new episode of the Tom Woods Show, Rockwell reminisces about his days working for Paul.

Listen to the complete episode with Lew Rockwell here.

While it has been decades since Rockwell was employed by Paul at the US House, the two men continue to work together on educational efforts, with Paul a distinguished counselor for the Mises Institute and Rockwell an advisory board member for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

Rockwell and Paul are both scheduled to speak at a Saturday, November 3 event in Lake Jackson, Texas. Find out more information about the event, and purchase tickets to the event, here.
]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/13/lew-rockwell-reminisces-about-working-for-ron-paul-at-the-house-of-representatives/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/13/lew-rockwell-reminisces-about-working-for-ron-paul-at-the-house-of-representatives/ Thu, 13 Sep 2018 14:04:09 GMT
Charles G. Koch’s Reading List Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/10/charles-g-koch-s-reading-list/

Charles G. Koch and his brother David have for many years run one of the highest value privately held companies in America. From their business they have both become billionaires. And they have contributed a substantial amount of their money to political activities in the form of both funding nonprofits and contributing to and aiding candidates in elections.

Some people praise these two Koch brothers for helping the promotion of libertarianism while others criticize their actions as counterproductive to accomplishing that objective. Whatever your position — if any — in that divide, you may find value in the list of 34 book recommendations posted at the website of Charles G. Koch, a smart and well-read individual with a long-time interest in libertarian ideas.

I expect most libertarians will find Koch’s reading list, for the most part, is made up of books that, to the extent they deal with political philosophy and economics, express ideas largely in line with libertarianism.

For more libertarian-related reading ideas, consider also the reading list of 48 books that libertarian communicator Ron Paul included at the end of his 2008 book The Revolution: A Manifesto.

Both Koch and Paul’s lists include books by Andrew Bacevich (America’s War for the Greater Middle East in Koch’s list and The New American Militarism in Paul’s list), Friedrich A. Hayek (The Road to Serfdom in both lists and The Fatal Conceit and Law, Legislation and Liberty in Koch’s list), and Ludwig von Mises (Human Action in both lists and Bureaucracy in Koch’s list). Paul did not include in his reading list Frédéric Bastiat’s The Law, which appears in Koch’s list. Yet, Paul, in an August of 2016 Tom Woods Show interview, mentioned the book in answer to host Tom Woods’ query of what one book Paul would recommend as an introduction to Paul’s views.


]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/10/charles-g-koch-s-reading-list/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/10/charles-g-koch-s-reading-list/ Mon, 10 Sep 2018 21:35:28 GMT
Five Minutes Five Issues: Twitter, Afghanistan War, Cameroon Military, Prisoners’ Calls, November Event Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/09/five-minutes-five-issues-twitter-afghanistan-war-cameroon-military-prisoners-calls-november-event/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

Some recent Twitter actions are like shots fired at the Ron Paul Institute.

Four weeks after several other major technology companies imposed similar bans, Twitter this week permanently banned Alex Jones and his Infowars media company from the Twitter website. Jones has a long history of both praising and interviewing RPI Chairman Ron Paul.

Last month, Twitter purged Peter Van Buren, many of whose articles and blog posts have been featured at the RPI website.

In addition to Twitter preventing Jones and Van Buren from making new posts, Twitter removed all their existing posts.

Twitter last month temporarily barred RPI Executive Director Daniel McAdams, Scott Horton Show host Scott Horton (several of whose interviews I have written about for RPI), and writer and August RPI conference speaker Caitlin Johnstone from posting at the website.

Kurt Nimmo, another writer of articles and blog posts featured at the RPI website, shut down his Twitter account in July, noting in explanation that he had lost hundreds of followers and experienced plunging interaction at Twitter over the previous few months. Nimmo, who earlier this year closed his Facebook account, writes “activism will be allowed to function unimpeded on social media only if it falls within narrow parameters set by the state, its institutions, and corporate media partners.”

Issue two.

The Afghanistan War, begun in 2001, is the United States government’s longest war. This week, the ninth successive US general began his turn as commander in the war.

The idea that the US will transform Afghanistan into a model democracy with features including women’s liberation was often promoted early in the war. Few people are buying that line now. Afghanistan is commonly understood as a costly quagmire for America and a dangerous, unpredictable environment for Afghanis.

So why has the US not pulled the US troops out? Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF) President Jacob Hornberger provides one answer to that question in a Tuesday FFF editorial. Hornberger writes:
U.S. national-security officials know that once the last U.S. soldier is pulled out, Americans will go full-force into second-guessing mode, especially if the Taliban end up winning Afghanistan’s civil war. By keeping a relatively small contingent of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to preserve the puppet regime that U.S. officials have installed, U.S. officials can forestall the inevitable second-guessing for a few more years.
Issue three.

At the Ron Paul Institute website last month, I wrote about Nick Turse’s reporting on growing US military presence and activity in Africa.

In an article last week at The Intercept, Turse addressed the military of Cameroon, a nation he calls “a key U.S. ally and staging ground for America’s drone operations in Africa.” In particular, Turse explores massacres and “extrajudicial executions,” some documented in video, carried out by the Cameroon military in the country over the last few years.

Where in the world will the US military engage in its next big war? Africa is a likely locale. And do not be surprised if the US goes to war in alliance with a local military or militaries that regularly engage in extremely horrific conduct.

Issue four.

Keri Blakinger reports at the Houston Chronicle that the leadership of the Texas prison system voted in August to reduce by over 75 percent the phone call charge Texas prisoners pay. This is a welcome move away from prison profiteering in America. The change, writes Blakinger, means “instead of paying an average of 26 cents per minute, prisoners will pay 6 cents per minute - no matter the destination of the call.”

Issue five.

A Saturday, November 3 event in Lake Jackson, Texas will feature speakers including Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams from RPI and Lew Rockwell and Jeff Deist from the Ludwig von Mises Institute. You can obtain tickets to the event at the Mises Institute website at mises.org/events.

-----

That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

Five four three two one.]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/09/five-minutes-five-issues-twitter-afghanistan-war-cameroon-military-prisoners-calls-november-event/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/09/five-minutes-five-issues-twitter-afghanistan-war-cameroon-military-prisoners-calls-november-event/ Sun, 09 Sep 2018 21:09:12 GMT
Building a Broad Coalition - Ron Paul Congressional Staff Panel at RPI Media & War Conference RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/06/building-a-broad-coalition-ron-paul-congressional-staff-panel-at-rpi-media-war-conference/
]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/06/building-a-broad-coalition-ron-paul-congressional-staff-panel-at-rpi-media-war-conference/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/06/building-a-broad-coalition-ron-paul-congressional-staff-panel-at-rpi-media-war-conference/ Fri, 07 Sep 2018 00:22:35 GMT
Trump's Mental Stability Questioned by America's Most Psychopathic City Tho Bishop http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/06/trumps-mental-stability-questioned-by-americas-most-psychopathic-city/

When not assisting the continued politicization of America’s most powerful legislative branch, the media this week has relished in a variety of news items continuing to push the narrative that President Donald Trump is mentally unfit to hold office.

While it’s fair to question the fitness of anyone to hold the power given to the modern American president, the obsession with Trump’s mental stability is a wonderful example of the absurd lack of self-awareness enjoyed by the privileged residents of America’s capitol. After all, the city that finds Donald Trump so revolting is – as a recent study by Ryan Murphy has discovered – literally the psychopathic capitol of the United States.

As Doug French noted last July, this result would surprise no one familiar with F.A. Hayek’s Road to Serfdom. As Hayek wrote in his chapter dedicated to the question “Why the Worst Rise to the Top:”
Advancement within a totalitarian group or party depends largely on a willingness to do immoral things. The principle that the end justifies the means, which in individualist ethics is regarded as the denial of all morals, in collectivist ethics becomes necessarily the supreme rule. There is literally nothing which the consistent collectivist must not be prepared to do if it serves ‘the good of the whole’, because that is to him the only criterion of what ought to be done.
This critique plays itself out when one looks at the most common objections to the Trump presidency from the traditional DC powers. For example, among the most prominent criticisms cited by the New York Times’ anonymous administration “senior official” was Trump’s handling of foreign policy:
Take foreign policy: In public and in private, President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations. Astute observers have noted, though, that the rest of the administration is operating on another track, one where countries like Russia are called out for meddling and punished accordingly, and where allies around the world are engaged as peers rather than ridiculed as rivals.
In the views of the “stable state,” nothing better demonstrates Trump’s unfitness for office than his desire to de-escalate tensions with Russia by treating its government with respect and being willing to sit across from Kim Jong-un as equals.

In fact, the worst parts of the Trump Administration have been its commitment to the beltway status quo on a number of important issues. This includes his appointment of a variety of establishment-friendly Federal Reserve officials, his continuing the war on drugs, commitment to government-regulated immigration policy, support for absurd levels of military spending, and its general willingness to erode civil liberties. It’s also worth noting that while it’s great to see the establishment media on both the left and right condemn Trump’s fondness for tariffs, Washington’s hostility for actual free trade long pre-dates the Donald. Both the Bush and Obama administration imposed their own tariffs on good such as steel and solar panels.

Donald Trump is a man that is guilty of a great many sins, but at the end of the day he’s no worse than your average – overpaid – Federal senior staffer. The elites that make up the professional political class and their cheerleaders in the mainstream media have no moral high ground here. Their aim is not to restore “civility” or “decency” to American politics, after all their desire to expand the reach of government power is precisely what undermines such values. No, their goal is simply to reverse an election they didn’t expect to lose. It’s quite possible they may end up succeeding.

Hopefully the takeaway for those who relished the idea of “draining the swamp” is the realization that this can’t be accomplished by simply changing the name of the person who occupies the top office. The Federal government can’t be fixed; it must have its powers taken away.

Political decentralization is the only way to truly make America great again.

Reprinted with permission from Mises.org.]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/06/trumps-mental-stability-questioned-by-americas-most-psychopathic-city/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/06/trumps-mental-stability-questioned-by-americas-most-psychopathic-city/ Thu, 06 Sep 2018 21:21:03 GMT
Mexico May Legalize Heroin; Get Ready to Send In the US Air Force and Marines Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/03/mexico-may-legalize-heroin-get-ready-to-send-in-the-us-air-force-and-marines/
Talk about an extreme warmongering approach to US foreign policy! Based on Carlson’s view, it is an act of war for Mexico’s government to not engage in a war on heroin and thus not pursue the rights violations and government power expansions that come with such prohibition policy. If the Mexico government chooses to respect the freedom of Mexicans to peacefully produce and sell a product that is in demand, Carlson seems to thinks it is fine to send in the US Marines and Air Force as a “defensive” reaction.

Ridiculously, Carlson points to overdose deaths in America to support his assessment that Mexico, by legalizing production of heroin, would be initiating war on America. The reality is that the greatest culprit for those deaths and many other dangers for drug users is the drug war being fought by local, state, and national governments in America.

Watch the complete interview here:


]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/03/mexico-may-legalize-heroin-get-ready-to-send-in-the-us-air-force-and-marines/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/03/mexico-may-legalize-heroin-get-ready-to-send-in-the-us-air-force-and-marines/ Tue, 04 Sep 2018 01:30:11 GMT
Five Minutes Five Issues: School Non-shootings, Murray Sabrin, Utah Marijuana, NJ Marijuana, Conference Video Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/02/five-minutes-five-issues-school-non-shootings-murray-sabrin-utah-marijuana-nj-marijuana-conference-video/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

This week, National Public Radio corrected misinformation emanating from the United States Department of Education.

Anya Kamenetz reported Monday at NPR regarding an Education Department claim that, “in the 2015-2016 school year, ‘nearly 240 schools ... reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting.’”

Note that in Education Department lingo a school-related “shooting” just means a gun being fired at a school, on a school bus, or at a school event — not that anyone was shot or even shot at.

When NPR looked into the claim, Kamenetz relates that only 11 of the reported incidents could be confirmed “either directly with schools or through media reports.” Regarding the rest of the supposed incidents, Kamenetz explains:
In 161 cases, schools or districts attested that no incident took place or couldn't confirm one. In at least four cases, we found, something did happen, but it didn't meet the government's parameters for a shooting. About a quarter of schools didn't respond to our inquiries.
Issue two.

Murray Sabrin is the Libertarian Party nominee for US Senate in New Jersey this year. Sabrin is rather well known for a Libertarian candidate, in part due to his previous statewide campaigns. Matt Welch related Wednesday at Reason that Sabrin won 4.7 percent in the 1997 New Jersey governor race as the Libertarian nominee, and, four years ago, won 19.4 percent in the New Jersey Republican primary for US Senate, ten percent behind the primary’s winner.

In the Senate race this year, Sabrin seems to be polling well for a Libertarian Party candidate. According to a poll commissioned by his campaign, Sabrin is at seven percent support, with the remainder split 40 percent for the Democrat incumbent, 30 percent for the Republican, and 22 percent “unsure.”

Yet, other polls do not even ask about support for Sabrin.

Welch sums up the situation well, writing:
… polls that don't include strong third-party candidates in contested races amount to journalistic malpractice. You don't know what's going on in the New Jersey Senate race if you're not asking about Murray Sabrin.
Issue three.

In the April 13 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints having released that week a statement critical of a potential Utah medical marijuana ballot measure being circulated for signatures. The initiative since has been approved for the November Utah ballot, and polling indicates it has majority support.

Last week, the church officially joined the opposition to the ballot measure, announcing planned opposition efforts including sending an email to church members in the state urging them to oppose the initiative. Taylor W. Anderson and Benjamin Wood suggest in a Salt Lake Tribune article that this opposition could have significant influence in the election given that “the church’s followers represent more than half of Utah voters” and that “a poll taken in June, after two statements that indicated church leadership had concerns about the initiative, showed some active members were persuaded to not support the initiative after criticism from the church.”

Issue four.

In the July 28 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about the New Jersey state legislature potentially passing and the state governor signing into law marijuana legalization as soon as September. Here is an update. Last week, Sam Sutton reported at Politico that New Jersey state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D - Gloucester) had said in an interview with Politico that Sweeney believes the state Senate and House of Representatives could approve legalization legislation in September.

Issue five.

At the Ron Paul Institute’s sold-out annual conference near Washington, DC on August 18, hundreds of individuals heard great speeches and met with people who are interested in RPI’s mission to promote nonintervention abroad and respect for liberty at home.

You can find speeches from the conference at the Ron Paul Liberty Report’s YouTube page at youtube.com/RonPaulLibertyReport.

-----

That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

Five four three two one.]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/02/five-minutes-five-issues-school-non-shootings-murray-sabrin-utah-marijuana-nj-marijuana-conference-video/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/02/five-minutes-five-issues-school-non-shootings-murray-sabrin-utah-marijuana-nj-marijuana-conference-video/ Sun, 02 Sep 2018 21:49:05 GMT
Ron Paul: ‘The Evidence Is Very Clear’ that the US Has Aligned Itself with al-Qaeda in Syria Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/18/ron-paul-the-evidence-is-very-clear-that-the-us-has-aligned-itself-with-al-qaeda-in-syria/
Paul’s assessment came shortly after the interviewer played video of Brett McGurk, the US special presidential envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, calling Idlib a year back “the largest al-Qaeda safe haven since 9/11.”

The US government’s antagonism toward efforts by the Syria government, aided by allied nations, to take back control of Idlib, makes more sense when US foreign policy toward Syria is understood in the context Paul provides in the interview. Paul explains that, while the US has used opposition to al-Qaeda “as the excuse” for US intervention in Syria, he believes instead “we’re there for other reasons.” Those reasons, Paul says, include opposition to Iran and Russia that are supporting Syrian military forces, as well as that “we think al-Quaeda will help our position — the United States position — to get rid of [Syria President Bashar al-Assad].”

Many Americans tolerate the US “trying to maintain a modern-day empire” via interventions including in Syria because they are not well informed about the matter, suggests Paul. To help cure this problem, Paul says he is trying with the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, which he founded after leaving the House of Representatives, “to alert people to the danger that is involved with our foreign policy.”

So what should the US do in Syria? “Leave as soon as possible,” advises Paul.

Watch Paul’s interview here:

]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/18/ron-paul-the-evidence-is-very-clear-that-the-us-has-aligned-itself-with-al-qaeda-in-syria/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/18/ron-paul-the-evidence-is-very-clear-that-the-us-has-aligned-itself-with-al-qaeda-in-syria/ Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:42:57 GMT
Breaking: Massive Sustained Attack On Syria: Russian S-400 Defenses Possibly Active In Huge Escalation Tyler Durden http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/17/breaking-massive-sustained-attack-on-syria-russian-s-400-defenses-possibly-active-in-huge-escalation/

Another attack on Syria has occurred tonight on multiple locations in what is the largest sustained series of what are believed to be Israeli or possibly US air strikes in months. But hugely significant is that early reports suggest Russia's S-400 anti-missile missile defense system engaged the inbound rockets. 

On Monday night Syrian state-run SANA confirmed multiple missiles fired "from the sea into Lattakia city" in "an aggression from unknown source" which state media says involved successful intercepts by Syrian missile defense.

British-Syrian journalist Danny Makki, currently reporting from the ground, says the attack "lasted for a total of 1 hour 30 minutes" and missiles soared over four cities including Latakia, Tartus, Homs and Hama — with rockets and explosions lighting up the sky especially over the coastal towns. 

Though it appears another Israeli strike - as it came less than two days following an attack near Damascus - the details are still unknown, and some observers are speculating it could be an American attack, given that at least some of the missiles were fired from the sea.

SANA reports "an aggression on Lattakia has targeted the Technical Industries’ establishment" adding that "the air defenses intercepted and downed a number of the missiles".

Multiple journalists in the region further said that Syrian air defenses were activated across four provinces including Latakia and Tartus on the coast, as well as over Homs and Hama which are more inland. 

The initial major strike on Latakia, located on the Syrian coast, reportedly targeted a Syrian Scientific Research Center (SSRC) facility, and newly published video and images from Syrian sources show massive fireballs lighting up the sky.

But significantly the location of the strike is in the vicinity of Russia's Hmeymim airbase, and there are early unconfirmed reports that Russia engaged the inbound assault via its advanced S-400 system. 

According to the Middle East Institute's Charles Lister, "Reports suggest Russia air defenses in Hmeymim participated in attempting to repel tonight’s strikes in Latakia." 

Lister continued, "*IF* that’s true, that’d be a significant development. Some reports also say strikes came from sea; leading to accusations of a U.S naval cruise missile attack."

Unconfirmed local eyewitness accounts say that two hostile aircraft were shot down during the lengthy assault. 

A number of videos are circulating on Syrian social media which purport to show successful Syria or Russian missile defense intercepts during the sustained attacks. 
As yet, there's been no confirmation of who carried out the attack; however, a report early this month cited Tel Aviv sources who confirmed that Israel's Air Force has conducted 200 attacks on locations inside Syria over the course of the past 2 years alone, according to Reuters.

The major escalation comes just after Russia's Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Monday to announce that a demilitarized zone in the Idlib will be formed by October 15.

Reprinted with permission from ZeroHedge.]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/17/breaking-massive-sustained-attack-on-syria-russian-s-400-defenses-possibly-active-in-huge-escalation/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/17/breaking-massive-sustained-attack-on-syria-russian-s-400-defenses-possibly-active-in-huge-escalation/ Mon, 17 Sep 2018 22:08:48 GMT
Five Minutes Five Issues: World War III, Venezuela Coup, British Gold, Canada Border, Twitter Ban Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/17/five-minutes-five-issues-world-war-iii-venezuela-coup-british-gold-canada-border-twitter-ban/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

In an interview at the BBC regarding his new book concerning President Donald Trump, Bob Woodward said that Trump lacks “understanding how he has to protect the national security.” To illustrate this contention, Woodward says that at a National Security Council meeting this year “Trump kept asking about ‘why are we paying all this money for forward-deployed troops — 28,000 in South Korea, all of the troops in NATO,’” wondering “why are we protecting Europe, why aren’t they paying for this?” Woodward says that, in response, Secretary of Defense James Mattis had to tell Trump, “Because we’re trying to prevent World War III.” Woodward then says:
Now think about that, for a moment, that the secretary of defense has to remind the president of the United States that we’re trying to prevent World War III.
Give me a break. Woodward is talking nonsense. There are strong arguments that the large deployment of US troops in Europe, South Korea, and beyond greatly increases the risk of World War III and that bringing these troops home would greatly advance peace.

Issue two.

Ernesto Londoño and Nicholas Casey reported last week at the New York Times that the Trump administration held secret meetings with Venezuela military officers who were planning to overthrow the Venezuela government.

Such meetings should not be surprising given comments by individuals in the administration that I discussed in previous episodes of Five Minutes Five Issues. In the August 12, 2017 episode, I discussed President Donald Trump saying, in answer to a reporter’s question, that Trump would not “rule out a military option” for Venezuela. This year, I discussed, in the February 3 episode, then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggesting in a speech that a military coup in Venezuela would be a fine way to resolve things and, in the May 26 episode, Vice President Mike Pence declaring at Twitter his desire that the Venezuela government be overthrown.

Issue three.

In a fascinating Sunday Daily Mail article, Peter Hitchens explored ten myths about World War II. One myth Hitchens addresses is a “special relationship” between Britain and the US that caused the US to aid Britain in the war.

Regarding that myth, Hitchens writes in part:
The extraordinary (and all but unknown) transfer of Britain’s gold to the USA throughout 1939 and 1940 was the lasting proof that a deliberate, harsh British humiliation had to precede any real alliance. The stripping of Britain’s life savings was an enormous event.
Issue four.

With countrywide marijuana legalization kicking in next month in Canada, more Canadians will be working in newly legal marijuana businesses. And it looks like they all will be subjectable to a lifetime ban from crossing the border into America.

Aris Folley reported Friday at The Hill that a US Customs and Border Protection official has confirmed that Canadians working or investing in legal Canadian marijuana businesses could be banned for life from entering America if that information is uncovered in inspection or questioning. Customers of legal marijuana businesses also risk a lifetime ban for having used a drug that is illegal under US law. Banned Canadians can pay a $585 fee to undertake a potentially months-long process to seek a waiver.

Issue five.

This week, Twitter shut down the account of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis after his Iraq militia was accused of launching rockets toward the US government consulate in Basra, Iraq. Michael R. Gordon, writing at the Wall Street Journal, quotes the US State Department spokeswoman pretty much giving the US credit for the ban happening. He writes:
'We brought it to their attention,' said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. 'They understood the threat and took action.'
Yet, the US Department of Defense continues to post at its Twitter account. Isn’t Twitter aware that the US military has serially attacked and invaded countries for nondefensive purposes and is responsible for much more property destruction, maiming, and killing around the world than is any Iraq militia?

-----

That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

Five four three two one.]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/17/five-minutes-five-issues-world-war-iii-venezuela-coup-british-gold-canada-border-twitter-ban/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/17/five-minutes-five-issues-world-war-iii-venezuela-coup-british-gold-canada-border-twitter-ban/ Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:20:41 GMT
Lew Rockwell Reminisces about Working for Ron Paul at the House of Representatives Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/13/lew-rockwell-reminisces-about-working-for-ron-paul-at-the-house-of-representatives/

Before Lew Rockwell founded the Ludwig von Mises Institute, he was chief of staff in Rep. Ron Paul’s (R-TX) United States House of Representatives office. In a new episode of the Tom Woods Show, Rockwell reminisces about his days working for Paul.

Listen to the complete episode with Lew Rockwell here.

While it has been decades since Rockwell was employed by Paul at the US House, the two men continue to work together on educational efforts, with Paul a distinguished counselor for the Mises Institute and Rockwell an advisory board member for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

Rockwell and Paul are both scheduled to speak at a Saturday, November 3 event in Lake Jackson, Texas. Find out more information about the event, and purchase tickets to the event, here.
]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/13/lew-rockwell-reminisces-about-working-for-ron-paul-at-the-house-of-representatives/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/13/lew-rockwell-reminisces-about-working-for-ron-paul-at-the-house-of-representatives/ Thu, 13 Sep 2018 14:04:09 GMT
Charles G. Koch’s Reading List Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/10/charles-g-koch-s-reading-list/

Charles G. Koch and his brother David have for many years run one of the highest value privately held companies in America. From their business they have both become billionaires. And they have contributed a substantial amount of their money to political activities in the form of both funding nonprofits and contributing to and aiding candidates in elections.

Some people praise these two Koch brothers for helping the promotion of libertarianism while others criticize their actions as counterproductive to accomplishing that objective. Whatever your position — if any — in that divide, you may find value in the list of 34 book recommendations posted at the website of Charles G. Koch, a smart and well-read individual with a long-time interest in libertarian ideas.

I expect most libertarians will find Koch’s reading list, for the most part, is made up of books that, to the extent they deal with political philosophy and economics, express ideas largely in line with libertarianism.

For more libertarian-related reading ideas, consider also the reading list of 48 books that libertarian communicator Ron Paul included at the end of his 2008 book The Revolution: A Manifesto.

Both Koch and Paul’s lists include books by Andrew Bacevich (America’s War for the Greater Middle East in Koch’s list and The New American Militarism in Paul’s list), Friedrich A. Hayek (The Road to Serfdom in both lists and The Fatal Conceit and Law, Legislation and Liberty in Koch’s list), and Ludwig von Mises (Human Action in both lists and Bureaucracy in Koch’s list). Paul did not include in his reading list Frédéric Bastiat’s The Law, which appears in Koch’s list. Yet, Paul, in an August of 2016 Tom Woods Show interview, mentioned the book in answer to host Tom Woods’ query of what one book Paul would recommend as an introduction to Paul’s views.


]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/10/charles-g-koch-s-reading-list/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/10/charles-g-koch-s-reading-list/ Mon, 10 Sep 2018 21:35:28 GMT
Five Minutes Five Issues: Twitter, Afghanistan War, Cameroon Military, Prisoners’ Calls, November Event Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/09/five-minutes-five-issues-twitter-afghanistan-war-cameroon-military-prisoners-calls-november-event/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

Some recent Twitter actions are like shots fired at the Ron Paul Institute.

Four weeks after several other major technology companies imposed similar bans, Twitter this week permanently banned Alex Jones and his Infowars media company from the Twitter website. Jones has a long history of both praising and interviewing RPI Chairman Ron Paul.

Last month, Twitter purged Peter Van Buren, many of whose articles and blog posts have been featured at the RPI website.

In addition to Twitter preventing Jones and Van Buren from making new posts, Twitter removed all their existing posts.

Twitter last month temporarily barred RPI Executive Director Daniel McAdams, Scott Horton Show host Scott Horton (several of whose interviews I have written about for RPI), and writer and August RPI conference speaker Caitlin Johnstone from posting at the website.

Kurt Nimmo, another writer of articles and blog posts featured at the RPI website, shut down his Twitter account in July, noting in explanation that he had lost hundreds of followers and experienced plunging interaction at Twitter over the previous few months. Nimmo, who earlier this year closed his Facebook account, writes “activism will be allowed to function unimpeded on social media only if it falls within narrow parameters set by the state, its institutions, and corporate media partners.”

Issue two.

The Afghanistan War, begun in 2001, is the United States government’s longest war. This week, the ninth successive US general began his turn as commander in the war.

The idea that the US will transform Afghanistan into a model democracy with features including women’s liberation was often promoted early in the war. Few people are buying that line now. Afghanistan is commonly understood as a costly quagmire for America and a dangerous, unpredictable environment for Afghanis.

So why has the US not pulled the US troops out? Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF) President Jacob Hornberger provides one answer to that question in a Tuesday FFF editorial. Hornberger writes:
U.S. national-security officials know that once the last U.S. soldier is pulled out, Americans will go full-force into second-guessing mode, especially if the Taliban end up winning Afghanistan’s civil war. By keeping a relatively small contingent of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to preserve the puppet regime that U.S. officials have installed, U.S. officials can forestall the inevitable second-guessing for a few more years.
Issue three.

At the Ron Paul Institute website last month, I wrote about Nick Turse’s reporting on growing US military presence and activity in Africa.

In an article last week at The Intercept, Turse addressed the military of Cameroon, a nation he calls “a key U.S. ally and staging ground for America’s drone operations in Africa.” In particular, Turse explores massacres and “extrajudicial executions,” some documented in video, carried out by the Cameroon military in the country over the last few years.

Where in the world will the US military engage in its next big war? Africa is a likely locale. And do not be surprised if the US goes to war in alliance with a local military or militaries that regularly engage in extremely horrific conduct.

Issue four.

Keri Blakinger reports at the Houston Chronicle that the leadership of the Texas prison system voted in August to reduce by over 75 percent the phone call charge Texas prisoners pay. This is a welcome move away from prison profiteering in America. The change, writes Blakinger, means “instead of paying an average of 26 cents per minute, prisoners will pay 6 cents per minute - no matter the destination of the call.”

Issue five.

A Saturday, November 3 event in Lake Jackson, Texas will feature speakers including Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams from RPI and Lew Rockwell and Jeff Deist from the Ludwig von Mises Institute. You can obtain tickets to the event at the Mises Institute website at mises.org/events.

-----

That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

Five four three two one.]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/09/five-minutes-five-issues-twitter-afghanistan-war-cameroon-military-prisoners-calls-november-event/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/09/five-minutes-five-issues-twitter-afghanistan-war-cameroon-military-prisoners-calls-november-event/ Sun, 09 Sep 2018 21:09:12 GMT
Building a Broad Coalition - Ron Paul Congressional Staff Panel at RPI Media & War Conference RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/06/building-a-broad-coalition-ron-paul-congressional-staff-panel-at-rpi-media-war-conference/
]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/06/building-a-broad-coalition-ron-paul-congressional-staff-panel-at-rpi-media-war-conference/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/06/building-a-broad-coalition-ron-paul-congressional-staff-panel-at-rpi-media-war-conference/ Fri, 07 Sep 2018 00:22:35 GMT
Trump's Mental Stability Questioned by America's Most Psychopathic City Tho Bishop http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/06/trumps-mental-stability-questioned-by-americas-most-psychopathic-city/

When not assisting the continued politicization of America’s most powerful legislative branch, the media this week has relished in a variety of news items continuing to push the narrative that President Donald Trump is mentally unfit to hold office.

While it’s fair to question the fitness of anyone to hold the power given to the modern American president, the obsession with Trump’s mental stability is a wonderful example of the absurd lack of self-awareness enjoyed by the privileged residents of America’s capitol. After all, the city that finds Donald Trump so revolting is – as a recent study by Ryan Murphy has discovered – literally the psychopathic capitol of the United States.

As Doug French noted last July, this result would surprise no one familiar with F.A. Hayek’s Road to Serfdom. As Hayek wrote in his chapter dedicated to the question “Why the Worst Rise to the Top:”
Advancement within a totalitarian group or party depends largely on a willingness to do immoral things. The principle that the end justifies the means, which in individualist ethics is regarded as the denial of all morals, in collectivist ethics becomes necessarily the supreme rule. There is literally nothing which the consistent collectivist must not be prepared to do if it serves ‘the good of the whole’, because that is to him the only criterion of what ought to be done.
This critique plays itself out when one looks at the most common objections to the Trump presidency from the traditional DC powers. For example, among the most prominent criticisms cited by the New York Times’ anonymous administration “senior official” was Trump’s handling of foreign policy:
Take foreign policy: In public and in private, President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations. Astute observers have noted, though, that the rest of the administration is operating on another track, one where countries like Russia are called out for meddling and punished accordingly, and where allies around the world are engaged as peers rather than ridiculed as rivals.
In the views of the “stable state,” nothing better demonstrates Trump’s unfitness for office than his desire to de-escalate tensions with Russia by treating its government with respect and being willing to sit across from Kim Jong-un as equals.

In fact, the worst parts of the Trump Administration have been its commitment to the beltway status quo on a number of important issues. This includes his appointment of a variety of establishment-friendly Federal Reserve officials, his continuing the war on drugs, commitment to government-regulated immigration policy, support for absurd levels of military spending, and its general willingness to erode civil liberties. It’s also worth noting that while it’s great to see the establishment media on both the left and right condemn Trump’s fondness for tariffs, Washington’s hostility for actual free trade long pre-dates the Donald. Both the Bush and Obama administration imposed their own tariffs on good such as steel and solar panels.

Donald Trump is a man that is guilty of a great many sins, but at the end of the day he’s no worse than your average – overpaid – Federal senior staffer. The elites that make up the professional political class and their cheerleaders in the mainstream media have no moral high ground here. Their aim is not to restore “civility” or “decency” to American politics, after all their desire to expand the reach of government power is precisely what undermines such values. No, their goal is simply to reverse an election they didn’t expect to lose. It’s quite possible they may end up succeeding.

Hopefully the takeaway for those who relished the idea of “draining the swamp” is the realization that this can’t be accomplished by simply changing the name of the person who occupies the top office. The Federal government can’t be fixed; it must have its powers taken away.

Political decentralization is the only way to truly make America great again.

Reprinted with permission from Mises.org.]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/06/trumps-mental-stability-questioned-by-americas-most-psychopathic-city/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/06/trumps-mental-stability-questioned-by-americas-most-psychopathic-city/ Thu, 06 Sep 2018 21:21:03 GMT
Mexico May Legalize Heroin; Get Ready to Send In the US Air Force and Marines Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/03/mexico-may-legalize-heroin-get-ready-to-send-in-the-us-air-force-and-marines/
Talk about an extreme warmongering approach to US foreign policy! Based on Carlson’s view, it is an act of war for Mexico’s government to not engage in a war on heroin and thus not pursue the rights violations and government power expansions that come with such prohibition policy. If the Mexico government chooses to respect the freedom of Mexicans to peacefully produce and sell a product that is in demand, Carlson seems to thinks it is fine to send in the US Marines and Air Force as a “defensive” reaction.

Ridiculously, Carlson points to overdose deaths in America to support his assessment that Mexico, by legalizing production of heroin, would be initiating war on America. The reality is that the greatest culprit for those deaths and many other dangers for drug users is the drug war being fought by local, state, and national governments in America.

Watch the complete interview here:


]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/03/mexico-may-legalize-heroin-get-ready-to-send-in-the-us-air-force-and-marines/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/03/mexico-may-legalize-heroin-get-ready-to-send-in-the-us-air-force-and-marines/ Tue, 04 Sep 2018 01:30:11 GMT
Five Minutes Five Issues: School Non-shootings, Murray Sabrin, Utah Marijuana, NJ Marijuana, Conference Video Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/02/five-minutes-five-issues-school-non-shootings-murray-sabrin-utah-marijuana-nj-marijuana-conference-video/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

This week, National Public Radio corrected misinformation emanating from the United States Department of Education.

Anya Kamenetz reported Monday at NPR regarding an Education Department claim that, “in the 2015-2016 school year, ‘nearly 240 schools ... reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting.’”

Note that in Education Department lingo a school-related “shooting” just means a gun being fired at a school, on a school bus, or at a school event — not that anyone was shot or even shot at.

When NPR looked into the claim, Kamenetz relates that only 11 of the reported incidents could be confirmed “either directly with schools or through media reports.” Regarding the rest of the supposed incidents, Kamenetz explains:
In 161 cases, schools or districts attested that no incident took place or couldn't confirm one. In at least four cases, we found, something did happen, but it didn't meet the government's parameters for a shooting. About a quarter of schools didn't respond to our inquiries.
Issue two.

Murray Sabrin is the Libertarian Party nominee for US Senate in New Jersey this year. Sabrin is rather well known for a Libertarian candidate, in part due to his previous statewide campaigns. Matt Welch related Wednesday at Reason that Sabrin won 4.7 percent in the 1997 New Jersey governor race as the Libertarian nominee, and, four years ago, won 19.4 percent in the New Jersey Republican primary for US Senate, ten percent behind the primary’s winner.

In the Senate race this year, Sabrin seems to be polling well for a Libertarian Party candidate. According to a poll commissioned by his campaign, Sabrin is at seven percent support, with the remainder split 40 percent for the Democrat incumbent, 30 percent for the Republican, and 22 percent “unsure.”

Yet, other polls do not even ask about support for Sabrin.

Welch sums up the situation well, writing:
… polls that don't include strong third-party candidates in contested races amount to journalistic malpractice. You don't know what's going on in the New Jersey Senate race if you're not asking about Murray Sabrin.
Issue three.

In the April 13 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints having released that week a statement critical of a potential Utah medical marijuana ballot measure being circulated for signatures. The initiative since has been approved for the November Utah ballot, and polling indicates it has majority support.

Last week, the church officially joined the opposition to the ballot measure, announcing planned opposition efforts including sending an email to church members in the state urging them to oppose the initiative. Taylor W. Anderson and Benjamin Wood suggest in a Salt Lake Tribune article that this opposition could have significant influence in the election given that “the church’s followers represent more than half of Utah voters” and that “a poll taken in June, after two statements that indicated church leadership had concerns about the initiative, showed some active members were persuaded to not support the initiative after criticism from the church.”

Issue four.

In the July 28 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about the New Jersey state legislature potentially passing and the state governor signing into law marijuana legalization as soon as September. Here is an update. Last week, Sam Sutton reported at Politico that New Jersey state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D - Gloucester) had said in an interview with Politico that Sweeney believes the state Senate and House of Representatives could approve legalization legislation in September.

Issue five.

At the Ron Paul Institute’s sold-out annual conference near Washington, DC on August 18, hundreds of individuals heard great speeches and met with people who are interested in RPI’s mission to promote nonintervention abroad and respect for liberty at home.

You can find speeches from the conference at the Ron Paul Liberty Report’s YouTube page at youtube.com/RonPaulLibertyReport.

-----

That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

Five four three two one.]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/02/five-minutes-five-issues-school-non-shootings-murray-sabrin-utah-marijuana-nj-marijuana-conference-video/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/02/five-minutes-five-issues-school-non-shootings-murray-sabrin-utah-marijuana-nj-marijuana-conference-video/ Sun, 02 Sep 2018 21:49:05 GMT
Ron Paul: ‘The Evidence Is Very Clear’ that the US Has Aligned Itself with al-Qaeda in Syria Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/18/ron-paul-the-evidence-is-very-clear-that-the-us-has-aligned-itself-with-al-qaeda-in-syria/
Paul’s assessment came shortly after the interviewer played video of Brett McGurk, the US special presidential envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, calling Idlib a year back “the largest al-Qaeda safe haven since 9/11.”

The US government’s antagonism toward efforts by the Syria government, aided by allied nations, to take back control of Idlib, makes more sense when US foreign policy toward Syria is understood in the context Paul provides in the interview. Paul explains that, while the US has used opposition to al-Qaeda “as the excuse” for US intervention in Syria, he believes instead “we’re there for other reasons.” Those reasons, Paul says, include opposition to Iran and Russia that are supporting Syrian military forces, as well as that “we think al-Quaeda will help our position — the United States position — to get rid of [Syria President Bashar al-Assad].”

Many Americans tolerate the US “trying to maintain a modern-day empire” via interventions including in Syria because they are not well informed about the matter, suggests Paul. To help cure this problem, Paul says he is trying with the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, which he founded after leaving the House of Representatives, “to alert people to the danger that is involved with our foreign policy.”

So what should the US do in Syria? “Leave as soon as possible,” advises Paul.

Watch Paul’s interview here:

]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/18/ron-paul-the-evidence-is-very-clear-that-the-us-has-aligned-itself-with-al-qaeda-in-syria/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/18/ron-paul-the-evidence-is-very-clear-that-the-us-has-aligned-itself-with-al-qaeda-in-syria/ Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:42:57 GMT
Breaking: Massive Sustained Attack On Syria: Russian S-400 Defenses Possibly Active In Huge Escalation Tyler Durden http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/17/breaking-massive-sustained-attack-on-syria-russian-s-400-defenses-possibly-active-in-huge-escalation/

Another attack on Syria has occurred tonight on multiple locations in what is the largest sustained series of what are believed to be Israeli or possibly US air strikes in months. But hugely significant is that early reports suggest Russia's S-400 anti-missile missile defense system engaged the inbound rockets. 

On Monday night Syrian state-run SANA confirmed multiple missiles fired "from the sea into Lattakia city" in "an aggression from unknown source" which state media says involved successful intercepts by Syrian missile defense.

British-Syrian journalist Danny Makki, currently reporting from the ground, says the attack "lasted for a total of 1 hour 30 minutes" and missiles soared over four cities including Latakia, Tartus, Homs and Hama — with rockets and explosions lighting up the sky especially over the coastal towns. 

Though it appears another Israeli strike - as it came less than two days following an attack near Damascus - the details are still unknown, and some observers are speculating it could be an American attack, given that at least some of the missiles were fired from the sea.

SANA reports "an aggression on Lattakia has targeted the Technical Industries’ establishment" adding that "the air defenses intercepted and downed a number of the missiles".

Multiple journalists in the region further said that Syrian air defenses were activated across four provinces including Latakia and Tartus on the coast, as well as over Homs and Hama which are more inland. 

The initial major strike on Latakia, located on the Syrian coast, reportedly targeted a Syrian Scientific Research Center (SSRC) facility, and newly published video and images from Syrian sources show massive fireballs lighting up the sky.

But significantly the location of the strike is in the vicinity of Russia's Hmeymim airbase, and there are early unconfirmed reports that Russia engaged the inbound assault via its advanced S-400 system. 

According to the Middle East Institute's Charles Lister, "Reports suggest Russia air defenses in Hmeymim participated in attempting to repel tonight’s strikes in Latakia." 

Lister continued, "*IF* that’s true, that’d be a significant development. Some reports also say strikes came from sea; leading to accusations of a U.S naval cruise missile attack."

Unconfirmed local eyewitness accounts say that two hostile aircraft were shot down during the lengthy assault. 

A number of videos are circulating on Syrian social media which purport to show successful Syria or Russian missile defense intercepts during the sustained attacks. 
As yet, there's been no confirmation of who carried out the attack; however, a report early this month cited Tel Aviv sources who confirmed that Israel's Air Force has conducted 200 attacks on locations inside Syria over the course of the past 2 years alone, according to Reuters.

The major escalation comes just after Russia's Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Monday to announce that a demilitarized zone in the Idlib will be formed by October 15.

Reprinted with permission from ZeroHedge.]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/17/breaking-massive-sustained-attack-on-syria-russian-s-400-defenses-possibly-active-in-huge-escalation/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/17/breaking-massive-sustained-attack-on-syria-russian-s-400-defenses-possibly-active-in-huge-escalation/ Mon, 17 Sep 2018 22:08:48 GMT
Five Minutes Five Issues: World War III, Venezuela Coup, British Gold, Canada Border, Twitter Ban Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/17/five-minutes-five-issues-world-war-iii-venezuela-coup-british-gold-canada-border-twitter-ban/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

In an interview at the BBC regarding his new book concerning President Donald Trump, Bob Woodward said that Trump lacks “understanding how he has to protect the national security.” To illustrate this contention, Woodward says that at a National Security Council meeting this year “Trump kept asking about ‘why are we paying all this money for forward-deployed troops — 28,000 in South Korea, all of the troops in NATO,’” wondering “why are we protecting Europe, why aren’t they paying for this?” Woodward says that, in response, Secretary of Defense James Mattis had to tell Trump, “Because we’re trying to prevent World War III.” Woodward then says:
Now think about that, for a moment, that the secretary of defense has to remind the president of the United States that we’re trying to prevent World War III.
Give me a break. Woodward is talking nonsense. There are strong arguments that the large deployment of US troops in Europe, South Korea, and beyond greatly increases the risk of World War III and that bringing these troops home would greatly advance peace.

Issue two.

Ernesto Londoño and Nicholas Casey reported last week at the New York Times that the Trump administration held secret meetings with Venezuela military officers who were planning to overthrow the Venezuela government.

Such meetings should not be surprising given comments by individuals in the administration that I discussed in previous episodes of Five Minutes Five Issues. In the August 12, 2017 episode, I discussed President Donald Trump saying, in answer to a reporter’s question, that Trump would not “rule out a military option” for Venezuela. This year, I discussed, in the February 3 episode, then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggesting in a speech that a military coup in Venezuela would be a fine way to resolve things and, in the May 26 episode, Vice President Mike Pence declaring at Twitter his desire that the Venezuela government be overthrown.

Issue three.

In a fascinating Sunday Daily Mail article, Peter Hitchens explored ten myths about World War II. One myth Hitchens addresses is a “special relationship” between Britain and the US that caused the US to aid Britain in the war.

Regarding that myth, Hitchens writes in part:
The extraordinary (and all but unknown) transfer of Britain’s gold to the USA throughout 1939 and 1940 was the lasting proof that a deliberate, harsh British humiliation had to precede any real alliance. The stripping of Britain’s life savings was an enormous event.
Issue four.

With countrywide marijuana legalization kicking in next month in Canada, more Canadians will be working in newly legal marijuana businesses. And it looks like they all will be subjectable to a lifetime ban from crossing the border into America.

Aris Folley reported Friday at The Hill that a US Customs and Border Protection official has confirmed that Canadians working or investing in legal Canadian marijuana businesses could be banned for life from entering America if that information is uncovered in inspection or questioning. Customers of legal marijuana businesses also risk a lifetime ban for having used a drug that is illegal under US law. Banned Canadians can pay a $585 fee to undertake a potentially months-long process to seek a waiver.

Issue five.

This week, Twitter shut down the account of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis after his Iraq militia was accused of launching rockets toward the US government consulate in Basra, Iraq. Michael R. Gordon, writing at the Wall Street Journal, quotes the US State Department spokeswoman pretty much giving the US credit for the ban happening. He writes:
'We brought it to their attention,' said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. 'They understood the threat and took action.'
Yet, the US Department of Defense continues to post at its Twitter account. Isn’t Twitter aware that the US military has serially attacked and invaded countries for nondefensive purposes and is responsible for much more property destruction, maiming, and killing around the world than is any Iraq militia?

-----

That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

Five four three two one.]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/17/five-minutes-five-issues-world-war-iii-venezuela-coup-british-gold-canada-border-twitter-ban/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/17/five-minutes-five-issues-world-war-iii-venezuela-coup-british-gold-canada-border-twitter-ban/ Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:20:41 GMT
Lew Rockwell Reminisces about Working for Ron Paul at the House of Representatives Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/13/lew-rockwell-reminisces-about-working-for-ron-paul-at-the-house-of-representatives/

Before Lew Rockwell founded the Ludwig von Mises Institute, he was chief of staff in Rep. Ron Paul’s (R-TX) United States House of Representatives office. In a new episode of the Tom Woods Show, Rockwell reminisces about his days working for Paul.

Listen to the complete episode with Lew Rockwell here.

While it has been decades since Rockwell was employed by Paul at the US House, the two men continue to work together on educational efforts, with Paul a distinguished counselor for the Mises Institute and Rockwell an advisory board member for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

Rockwell and Paul are both scheduled to speak at a Saturday, November 3 event in Lake Jackson, Texas. Find out more information about the event, and purchase tickets to the event, here.
]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/13/lew-rockwell-reminisces-about-working-for-ron-paul-at-the-house-of-representatives/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/13/lew-rockwell-reminisces-about-working-for-ron-paul-at-the-house-of-representatives/ Thu, 13 Sep 2018 14:04:09 GMT
Charles G. Koch’s Reading List Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/10/charles-g-koch-s-reading-list/

Charles G. Koch and his brother David have for many years run one of the highest value privately held companies in America. From their business they have both become billionaires. And they have contributed a substantial amount of their money to political activities in the form of both funding nonprofits and contributing to and aiding candidates in elections.

Some people praise these two Koch brothers for helping the promotion of libertarianism while others criticize their actions as counterproductive to accomplishing that objective. Whatever your position — if any — in that divide, you may find value in the list of 34 book recommendations posted at the website of Charles G. Koch, a smart and well-read individual with a long-time interest in libertarian ideas.

I expect most libertarians will find Koch’s reading list, for the most part, is made up of books that, to the extent they deal with political philosophy and economics, express ideas largely in line with libertarianism.

For more libertarian-related reading ideas, consider also the reading list of 48 books that libertarian communicator Ron Paul included at the end of his 2008 book The Revolution: A Manifesto.

Both Koch and Paul’s lists include books by Andrew Bacevich (America’s War for the Greater Middle East in Koch’s list and The New American Militarism in Paul’s list), Friedrich A. Hayek (The Road to Serfdom in both lists and The Fatal Conceit and Law, Legislation and Liberty in Koch’s list), and Ludwig von Mises (Human Action in both lists and Bureaucracy in Koch’s list). Paul did not include in his reading list Frédéric Bastiat’s The Law, which appears in Koch’s list. Yet, Paul, in an August of 2016 Tom Woods Show interview, mentioned the book in answer to host Tom Woods’ query of what one book Paul would recommend as an introduction to Paul’s views.


]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/10/charles-g-koch-s-reading-list/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/10/charles-g-koch-s-reading-list/ Mon, 10 Sep 2018 21:35:28 GMT
Five Minutes Five Issues: Twitter, Afghanistan War, Cameroon Military, Prisoners’ Calls, November Event Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/09/five-minutes-five-issues-twitter-afghanistan-war-cameroon-military-prisoners-calls-november-event/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

Some recent Twitter actions are like shots fired at the Ron Paul Institute.

Four weeks after several other major technology companies imposed similar bans, Twitter this week permanently banned Alex Jones and his Infowars media company from the Twitter website. Jones has a long history of both praising and interviewing RPI Chairman Ron Paul.

Last month, Twitter purged Peter Van Buren, many of whose articles and blog posts have been featured at the RPI website.

In addition to Twitter preventing Jones and Van Buren from making new posts, Twitter removed all their existing posts.

Twitter last month temporarily barred RPI Executive Director Daniel McAdams, Scott Horton Show host Scott Horton (several of whose interviews I have written about for RPI), and writer and August RPI conference speaker Caitlin Johnstone from posting at the website.

Kurt Nimmo, another writer of articles and blog posts featured at the RPI website, shut down his Twitter account in July, noting in explanation that he had lost hundreds of followers and experienced plunging interaction at Twitter over the previous few months. Nimmo, who earlier this year closed his Facebook account, writes “activism will be allowed to function unimpeded on social media only if it falls within narrow parameters set by the state, its institutions, and corporate media partners.”

Issue two.

The Afghanistan War, begun in 2001, is the United States government’s longest war. This week, the ninth successive US general began his turn as commander in the war.

The idea that the US will transform Afghanistan into a model democracy with features including women’s liberation was often promoted early in the war. Few people are buying that line now. Afghanistan is commonly understood as a costly quagmire for America and a dangerous, unpredictable environment for Afghanis.

So why has the US not pulled the US troops out? Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF) President Jacob Hornberger provides one answer to that question in a Tuesday FFF editorial. Hornberger writes:
U.S. national-security officials know that once the last U.S. soldier is pulled out, Americans will go full-force into second-guessing mode, especially if the Taliban end up winning Afghanistan’s civil war. By keeping a relatively small contingent of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to preserve the puppet regime that U.S. officials have installed, U.S. officials can forestall the inevitable second-guessing for a few more years.
Issue three.

At the Ron Paul Institute website last month, I wrote about Nick Turse’s reporting on growing US military presence and activity in Africa.

In an article last week at The Intercept, Turse addressed the military of Cameroon, a nation he calls “a key U.S. ally and staging ground for America’s drone operations in Africa.” In particular, Turse explores massacres and “extrajudicial executions,” some documented in video, carried out by the Cameroon military in the country over the last few years.

Where in the world will the US military engage in its next big war? Africa is a likely locale. And do not be surprised if the US goes to war in alliance with a local military or militaries that regularly engage in extremely horrific conduct.

Issue four.

Keri Blakinger reports at the Houston Chronicle that the leadership of the Texas prison system voted in August to reduce by over 75 percent the phone call charge Texas prisoners pay. This is a welcome move away from prison profiteering in America. The change, writes Blakinger, means “instead of paying an average of 26 cents per minute, prisoners will pay 6 cents per minute - no matter the destination of the call.”

Issue five.

A Saturday, November 3 event in Lake Jackson, Texas will feature speakers including Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams from RPI and Lew Rockwell and Jeff Deist from the Ludwig von Mises Institute. You can obtain tickets to the event at the Mises Institute website at mises.org/events.

-----

That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

Five four three two one.]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/09/five-minutes-five-issues-twitter-afghanistan-war-cameroon-military-prisoners-calls-november-event/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/09/five-minutes-five-issues-twitter-afghanistan-war-cameroon-military-prisoners-calls-november-event/ Sun, 09 Sep 2018 21:09:12 GMT
Building a Broad Coalition - Ron Paul Congressional Staff Panel at RPI Media & War Conference RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/06/building-a-broad-coalition-ron-paul-congressional-staff-panel-at-rpi-media-war-conference/
]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/06/building-a-broad-coalition-ron-paul-congressional-staff-panel-at-rpi-media-war-conference/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/06/building-a-broad-coalition-ron-paul-congressional-staff-panel-at-rpi-media-war-conference/ Fri, 07 Sep 2018 00:22:35 GMT
Trump's Mental Stability Questioned by America's Most Psychopathic City Tho Bishop http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/06/trumps-mental-stability-questioned-by-americas-most-psychopathic-city/

When not assisting the continued politicization of America’s most powerful legislative branch, the media this week has relished in a variety of news items continuing to push the narrative that President Donald Trump is mentally unfit to hold office.

While it’s fair to question the fitness of anyone to hold the power given to the modern American president, the obsession with Trump’s mental stability is a wonderful example of the absurd lack of self-awareness enjoyed by the privileged residents of America’s capitol. After all, the city that finds Donald Trump so revolting is – as a recent study by Ryan Murphy has discovered – literally the psychopathic capitol of the United States.

As Doug French noted last July, this result would surprise no one familiar with F.A. Hayek’s Road to Serfdom. As Hayek wrote in his chapter dedicated to the question “Why the Worst Rise to the Top:”
Advancement within a totalitarian group or party depends largely on a willingness to do immoral things. The principle that the end justifies the means, which in individualist ethics is regarded as the denial of all morals, in collectivist ethics becomes necessarily the supreme rule. There is literally nothing which the consistent collectivist must not be prepared to do if it serves ‘the good of the whole’, because that is to him the only criterion of what ought to be done.
This critique plays itself out when one looks at the most common objections to the Trump presidency from the traditional DC powers. For example, among the most prominent criticisms cited by the New York Times’ anonymous administration “senior official” was Trump’s handling of foreign policy:
Take foreign policy: In public and in private, President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations. Astute observers have noted, though, that the rest of the administration is operating on another track, one where countries like Russia are called out for meddling and punished accordingly, and where allies around the world are engaged as peers rather than ridiculed as rivals.
In the views of the “stable state,” nothing better demonstrates Trump’s unfitness for office than his desire to de-escalate tensions with Russia by treating its government with respect and being willing to sit across from Kim Jong-un as equals.

In fact, the worst parts of the Trump Administration have been its commitment to the beltway status quo on a number of important issues. This includes his appointment of a variety of establishment-friendly Federal Reserve officials, his continuing the war on drugs, commitment to government-regulated immigration policy, support for absurd levels of military spending, and its general willingness to erode civil liberties. It’s also worth noting that while it’s great to see the establishment media on both the left and right condemn Trump’s fondness for tariffs, Washington’s hostility for actual free trade long pre-dates the Donald. Both the Bush and Obama administration imposed their own tariffs on good such as steel and solar panels.

Donald Trump is a man that is guilty of a great many sins, but at the end of the day he’s no worse than your average – overpaid – Federal senior staffer. The elites that make up the professional political class and their cheerleaders in the mainstream media have no moral high ground here. Their aim is not to restore “civility” or “decency” to American politics, after all their desire to expand the reach of government power is precisely what undermines such values. No, their goal is simply to reverse an election they didn’t expect to lose. It’s quite possible they may end up succeeding.

Hopefully the takeaway for those who relished the idea of “draining the swamp” is the realization that this can’t be accomplished by simply changing the name of the person who occupies the top office. The Federal government can’t be fixed; it must have its powers taken away.

Political decentralization is the only way to truly make America great again.

Reprinted with permission from Mises.org.]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/06/trumps-mental-stability-questioned-by-americas-most-psychopathic-city/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/06/trumps-mental-stability-questioned-by-americas-most-psychopathic-city/ Thu, 06 Sep 2018 21:21:03 GMT
Mexico May Legalize Heroin; Get Ready to Send In the US Air Force and Marines Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/03/mexico-may-legalize-heroin-get-ready-to-send-in-the-us-air-force-and-marines/
Talk about an extreme warmongering approach to US foreign policy! Based on Carlson’s view, it is an act of war for Mexico’s government to not engage in a war on heroin and thus not pursue the rights violations and government power expansions that come with such prohibition policy. If the Mexico government chooses to respect the freedom of Mexicans to peacefully produce and sell a product that is in demand, Carlson seems to thinks it is fine to send in the US Marines and Air Force as a “defensive” reaction.

Ridiculously, Carlson points to overdose deaths in America to support his assessment that Mexico, by legalizing production of heroin, would be initiating war on America. The reality is that the greatest culprit for those deaths and many other dangers for drug users is the drug war being fought by local, state, and national governments in America.

Watch the complete interview here:


]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/03/mexico-may-legalize-heroin-get-ready-to-send-in-the-us-air-force-and-marines/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/03/mexico-may-legalize-heroin-get-ready-to-send-in-the-us-air-force-and-marines/ Tue, 04 Sep 2018 01:30:11 GMT
Five Minutes Five Issues: School Non-shootings, Murray Sabrin, Utah Marijuana, NJ Marijuana, Conference Video Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/02/five-minutes-five-issues-school-non-shootings-murray-sabrin-utah-marijuana-nj-marijuana-conference-video/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

This week, National Public Radio corrected misinformation emanating from the United States Department of Education.

Anya Kamenetz reported Monday at NPR regarding an Education Department claim that, “in the 2015-2016 school year, ‘nearly 240 schools ... reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting.’”

Note that in Education Department lingo a school-related “shooting” just means a gun being fired at a school, on a school bus, or at a school event — not that anyone was shot or even shot at.

When NPR looked into the claim, Kamenetz relates that only 11 of the reported incidents could be confirmed “either directly with schools or through media reports.” Regarding the rest of the supposed incidents, Kamenetz explains:
In 161 cases, schools or districts attested that no incident took place or couldn't confirm one. In at least four cases, we found, something did happen, but it didn't meet the government's parameters for a shooting. About a quarter of schools didn't respond to our inquiries.
Issue two.

Murray Sabrin is the Libertarian Party nominee for US Senate in New Jersey this year. Sabrin is rather well known for a Libertarian candidate, in part due to his previous statewide campaigns. Matt Welch related Wednesday at Reason that Sabrin won 4.7 percent in the 1997 New Jersey governor race as the Libertarian nominee, and, four years ago, won 19.4 percent in the New Jersey Republican primary for US Senate, ten percent behind the primary’s winner.

In the Senate race this year, Sabrin seems to be polling well for a Libertarian Party candidate. According to a poll commissioned by his campaign, Sabrin is at seven percent support, with the remainder split 40 percent for the Democrat incumbent, 30 percent for the Republican, and 22 percent “unsure.”

Yet, other polls do not even ask about support for Sabrin.

Welch sums up the situation well, writing:
… polls that don't include strong third-party candidates in contested races amount to journalistic malpractice. You don't know what's going on in the New Jersey Senate race if you're not asking about Murray Sabrin.
Issue three.

In the April 13 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints having released that week a statement critical of a potential Utah medical marijuana ballot measure being circulated for signatures. The initiative since has been approved for the November Utah ballot, and polling indicates it has majority support.

Last week, the church officially joined the opposition to the ballot measure, announcing planned opposition efforts including sending an email to church members in the state urging them to oppose the initiative. Taylor W. Anderson and Benjamin Wood suggest in a Salt Lake Tribune article that this opposition could have significant influence in the election given that “the church’s followers represent more than half of Utah voters” and that “a poll taken in June, after two statements that indicated church leadership had concerns about the initiative, showed some active members were persuaded to not support the initiative after criticism from the church.”

Issue four.

In the July 28 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about the New Jersey state legislature potentially passing and the state governor signing into law marijuana legalization as soon as September. Here is an update. Last week, Sam Sutton reported at Politico that New Jersey state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D - Gloucester) had said in an interview with Politico that Sweeney believes the state Senate and House of Representatives could approve legalization legislation in September.

Issue five.

At the Ron Paul Institute’s sold-out annual conference near Washington, DC on August 18, hundreds of individuals heard great speeches and met with people who are interested in RPI’s mission to promote nonintervention abroad and respect for liberty at home.

You can find speeches from the conference at the Ron Paul Liberty Report’s YouTube page at youtube.com/RonPaulLibertyReport.

-----

That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

Five four three two one.]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/02/five-minutes-five-issues-school-non-shootings-murray-sabrin-utah-marijuana-nj-marijuana-conference-video/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/02/five-minutes-five-issues-school-non-shootings-murray-sabrin-utah-marijuana-nj-marijuana-conference-video/ Sun, 02 Sep 2018 21:49:05 GMT
Ron Paul: ‘The Evidence Is Very Clear’ that the US Has Aligned Itself with al-Qaeda in Syria Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/18/ron-paul-the-evidence-is-very-clear-that-the-us-has-aligned-itself-with-al-qaeda-in-syria/
Paul’s assessment came shortly after the interviewer played video of Brett McGurk, the US special presidential envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, calling Idlib a year back “the largest al-Qaeda safe haven since 9/11.”

The US government’s antagonism toward efforts by the Syria government, aided by allied nations, to take back control of Idlib, makes more sense when US foreign policy toward Syria is understood in the context Paul provides in the interview. Paul explains that, while the US has used opposition to al-Qaeda “as the excuse” for US intervention in Syria, he believes instead “we’re there for other reasons.” Those reasons, Paul says, include opposition to Iran and Russia that are supporting Syrian military forces, as well as that “we think al-Quaeda will help our position — the United States position — to get rid of [Syria President Bashar al-Assad].”

Many Americans tolerate the US “trying to maintain a modern-day empire” via interventions including in Syria because they are not well informed about the matter, suggests Paul. To help cure this problem, Paul says he is trying with the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, which he founded after leaving the House of Representatives, “to alert people to the danger that is involved with our foreign policy.”

So what should the US do in Syria? “Leave as soon as possible,” advises Paul.

Watch Paul’s interview here:

]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/18/ron-paul-the-evidence-is-very-clear-that-the-us-has-aligned-itself-with-al-qaeda-in-syria/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/18/ron-paul-the-evidence-is-very-clear-that-the-us-has-aligned-itself-with-al-qaeda-in-syria/ Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:42:57 GMT
Breaking: Massive Sustained Attack On Syria: Russian S-400 Defenses Possibly Active In Huge Escalation Tyler Durden http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/17/breaking-massive-sustained-attack-on-syria-russian-s-400-defenses-possibly-active-in-huge-escalation/

Another attack on Syria has occurred tonight on multiple locations in what is the largest sustained series of what are believed to be Israeli or possibly US air strikes in months. But hugely significant is that early reports suggest Russia's S-400 anti-missile missile defense system engaged the inbound rockets. 

On Monday night Syrian state-run SANA confirmed multiple missiles fired "from the sea into Lattakia city" in "an aggression from unknown source" which state media says involved successful intercepts by Syrian missile defense.

British-Syrian journalist Danny Makki, currently reporting from the ground, says the attack "lasted for a total of 1 hour 30 minutes" and missiles soared over four cities including Latakia, Tartus, Homs and Hama — with rockets and explosions lighting up the sky especially over the coastal towns. 

Though it appears another Israeli strike - as it came less than two days following an attack near Damascus - the details are still unknown, and some observers are speculating it could be an American attack, given that at least some of the missiles were fired from the sea.

SANA reports "an aggression on Lattakia has targeted the Technical Industries’ establishment" adding that "the air defenses intercepted and downed a number of the missiles".

Multiple journalists in the region further said that Syrian air defenses were activated across four provinces including Latakia and Tartus on the coast, as well as over Homs and Hama which are more inland. 

The initial major strike on Latakia, located on the Syrian coast, reportedly targeted a Syrian Scientific Research Center (SSRC) facility, and newly published video and images from Syrian sources show massive fireballs lighting up the sky.

But significantly the location of the strike is in the vicinity of Russia's Hmeymim airbase, and there are early unconfirmed reports that Russia engaged the inbound assault via its advanced S-400 system. 

According to the Middle East Institute's Charles Lister, "Reports suggest Russia air defenses in Hmeymim participated in attempting to repel tonight’s strikes in Latakia." 

Lister continued, "*IF* that’s true, that’d be a significant development. Some reports also say strikes came from sea; leading to accusations of a U.S naval cruise missile attack."

Unconfirmed local eyewitness accounts say that two hostile aircraft were shot down during the lengthy assault. 

A number of videos are circulating on Syrian social media which purport to show successful Syria or Russian missile defense intercepts during the sustained attacks. 
As yet, there's been no confirmation of who carried out the attack; however, a report early this month cited Tel Aviv sources who confirmed that Israel's Air Force has conducted 200 attacks on locations inside Syria over the course of the past 2 years alone, according to Reuters.

The major escalation comes just after Russia's Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Monday to announce that a demilitarized zone in the Idlib will be formed by October 15.

Reprinted with permission from ZeroHedge.]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/17/breaking-massive-sustained-attack-on-syria-russian-s-400-defenses-possibly-active-in-huge-escalation/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/17/breaking-massive-sustained-attack-on-syria-russian-s-400-defenses-possibly-active-in-huge-escalation/ Mon, 17 Sep 2018 22:08:48 GMT
Five Minutes Five Issues: World War III, Venezuela Coup, British Gold, Canada Border, Twitter Ban Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/17/five-minutes-five-issues-world-war-iii-venezuela-coup-british-gold-canada-border-twitter-ban/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

In an interview at the BBC regarding his new book concerning President Donald Trump, Bob Woodward said that Trump lacks “understanding how he has to protect the national security.” To illustrate this contention, Woodward says that at a National Security Council meeting this year “Trump kept asking about ‘why are we paying all this money for forward-deployed troops — 28,000 in South Korea, all of the troops in NATO,’” wondering “why are we protecting Europe, why aren’t they paying for this?” Woodward says that, in response, Secretary of Defense James Mattis had to tell Trump, “Because we’re trying to prevent World War III.” Woodward then says:
Now think about that, for a moment, that the secretary of defense has to remind the president of the United States that we’re trying to prevent World War III.
Give me a break. Woodward is talking nonsense. There are strong arguments that the large deployment of US troops in Europe, South Korea, and beyond greatly increases the risk of World War III and that bringing these troops home would greatly advance peace.

Issue two.

Ernesto Londoño and Nicholas Casey reported last week at the New York Times that the Trump administration held secret meetings with Venezuela military officers who were planning to overthrow the Venezuela government.

Such meetings should not be surprising given comments by individuals in the administration that I discussed in previous episodes of Five Minutes Five Issues. In the August 12, 2017 episode, I discussed President Donald Trump saying, in answer to a reporter’s question, that Trump would not “rule out a military option” for Venezuela. This year, I discussed, in the February 3 episode, then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggesting in a speech that a military coup in Venezuela would be a fine way to resolve things and, in the May 26 episode, Vice President Mike Pence declaring at Twitter his desire that the Venezuela government be overthrown.

Issue three.

In a fascinating Sunday Daily Mail article, Peter Hitchens explored ten myths about World War II. One myth Hitchens addresses is a “special relationship” between Britain and the US that caused the US to aid Britain in the war.

Regarding that myth, Hitchens writes in part:
The extraordinary (and all but unknown) transfer of Britain’s gold to the USA throughout 1939 and 1940 was the lasting proof that a deliberate, harsh British humiliation had to precede any real alliance. The stripping of Britain’s life savings was an enormous event.
Issue four.

With countrywide marijuana legalization kicking in next month in Canada, more Canadians will be working in newly legal marijuana businesses. And it looks like they all will be subjectable to a lifetime ban from crossing the border into America.

Aris Folley reported Friday at The Hill that a US Customs and Border Protection official has confirmed that Canadians working or investing in legal Canadian marijuana businesses could be banned for life from entering America if that information is uncovered in inspection or questioning. Customers of legal marijuana businesses also risk a lifetime ban for having used a drug that is illegal under US law. Banned Canadians can pay a $585 fee to undertake a potentially months-long process to seek a waiver.

Issue five.

This week, Twitter shut down the account of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis after his Iraq militia was accused of launching rockets toward the US government consulate in Basra, Iraq. Michael R. Gordon, writing at the Wall Street Journal, quotes the US State Department spokeswoman pretty much giving the US credit for the ban happening. He writes:
'We brought it to their attention,' said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. 'They understood the threat and took action.'
Yet, the US Department of Defense continues to post at its Twitter account. Isn’t Twitter aware that the US military has serially attacked and invaded countries for nondefensive purposes and is responsible for much more property destruction, maiming, and killing around the world than is any Iraq militia?

-----

That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

Five four three two one.]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/17/five-minutes-five-issues-world-war-iii-venezuela-coup-british-gold-canada-border-twitter-ban/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/17/five-minutes-five-issues-world-war-iii-venezuela-coup-british-gold-canada-border-twitter-ban/ Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:20:41 GMT
Lew Rockwell Reminisces about Working for Ron Paul at the House of Representatives Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/13/lew-rockwell-reminisces-about-working-for-ron-paul-at-the-house-of-representatives/

Before Lew Rockwell founded the Ludwig von Mises Institute, he was chief of staff in Rep. Ron Paul’s (R-TX) United States House of Representatives office. In a new episode of the Tom Woods Show, Rockwell reminisces about his days working for Paul.

Listen to the complete episode with Lew Rockwell here.

While it has been decades since Rockwell was employed by Paul at the US House, the two men continue to work together on educational efforts, with Paul a distinguished counselor for the Mises Institute and Rockwell an advisory board member for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

Rockwell and Paul are both scheduled to speak at a Saturday, November 3 event in Lake Jackson, Texas. Find out more information about the event, and purchase tickets to the event, here.
]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/13/lew-rockwell-reminisces-about-working-for-ron-paul-at-the-house-of-representatives/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/13/lew-rockwell-reminisces-about-working-for-ron-paul-at-the-house-of-representatives/ Thu, 13 Sep 2018 14:04:09 GMT
Charles G. Koch’s Reading List Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/10/charles-g-koch-s-reading-list/

Charles G. Koch and his brother David have for many years run one of the highest value privately held companies in America. From their business they have both become billionaires. And they have contributed a substantial amount of their money to political activities in the form of both funding nonprofits and contributing to and aiding candidates in elections.

Some people praise these two Koch brothers for helping the promotion of libertarianism while others criticize their actions as counterproductive to accomplishing that objective. Whatever your position — if any — in that divide, you may find value in the list of 34 book recommendations posted at the website of Charles G. Koch, a smart and well-read individual with a long-time interest in libertarian ideas.

I expect most libertarians will find Koch’s reading list, for the most part, is made up of books that, to the extent they deal with political philosophy and economics, express ideas largely in line with libertarianism.

For more libertarian-related reading ideas, consider also the reading list of 48 books that libertarian communicator Ron Paul included at the end of his 2008 book The Revolution: A Manifesto.

Both Koch and Paul’s lists include books by Andrew Bacevich (America’s War for the Greater Middle East in Koch’s list and The New American Militarism in Paul’s list), Friedrich A. Hayek (The Road to Serfdom in both lists and The Fatal Conceit and Law, Legislation and Liberty in Koch’s list), and Ludwig von Mises (Human Action in both lists and Bureaucracy in Koch’s list). Paul did not include in his reading list Frédéric Bastiat’s The Law, which appears in Koch’s list. Yet, Paul, in an August of 2016 Tom Woods Show interview, mentioned the book in answer to host Tom Woods’ query of what one book Paul would recommend as an introduction to Paul’s views.


]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/10/charles-g-koch-s-reading-list/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/10/charles-g-koch-s-reading-list/ Mon, 10 Sep 2018 21:35:28 GMT
Five Minutes Five Issues: Twitter, Afghanistan War, Cameroon Military, Prisoners’ Calls, November Event Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/09/five-minutes-five-issues-twitter-afghanistan-war-cameroon-military-prisoners-calls-november-event/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

Some recent Twitter actions are like shots fired at the Ron Paul Institute.

Four weeks after several other major technology companies imposed similar bans, Twitter this week permanently banned Alex Jones and his Infowars media company from the Twitter website. Jones has a long history of both praising and interviewing RPI Chairman Ron Paul.

Last month, Twitter purged Peter Van Buren, many of whose articles and blog posts have been featured at the RPI website.

In addition to Twitter preventing Jones and Van Buren from making new posts, Twitter removed all their existing posts.

Twitter last month temporarily barred RPI Executive Director Daniel McAdams, Scott Horton Show host Scott Horton (several of whose interviews I have written about for RPI), and writer and August RPI conference speaker Caitlin Johnstone from posting at the website.

Kurt Nimmo, another writer of articles and blog posts featured at the RPI website, shut down his Twitter account in July, noting in explanation that he had lost hundreds of followers and experienced plunging interaction at Twitter over the previous few months. Nimmo, who earlier this year closed his Facebook account, writes “activism will be allowed to function unimpeded on social media only if it falls within narrow parameters set by the state, its institutions, and corporate media partners.”

Issue two.

The Afghanistan War, begun in 2001, is the United States government’s longest war. This week, the ninth successive US general began his turn as commander in the war.

The idea that the US will transform Afghanistan into a model democracy with features including women’s liberation was often promoted early in the war. Few people are buying that line now. Afghanistan is commonly understood as a costly quagmire for America and a dangerous, unpredictable environment for Afghanis.

So why has the US not pulled the US troops out? Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF) President Jacob Hornberger provides one answer to that question in a Tuesday FFF editorial. Hornberger writes:
U.S. national-security officials know that once the last U.S. soldier is pulled out, Americans will go full-force into second-guessing mode, especially if the Taliban end up winning Afghanistan’s civil war. By keeping a relatively small contingent of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to preserve the puppet regime that U.S. officials have installed, U.S. officials can forestall the inevitable second-guessing for a few more years.
Issue three.

At the Ron Paul Institute website last month, I wrote about Nick Turse’s reporting on growing US military presence and activity in Africa.

In an article last week at The Intercept, Turse addressed the military of Cameroon, a nation he calls “a key U.S. ally and staging ground for America’s drone operations in Africa.” In particular, Turse explores massacres and “extrajudicial executions,” some documented in video, carried out by the Cameroon military in the country over the last few years.

Where in the world will the US military engage in its next big war? Africa is a likely locale. And do not be surprised if the US goes to war in alliance with a local military or militaries that regularly engage in extremely horrific conduct.

Issue four.

Keri Blakinger reports at the Houston Chronicle that the leadership of the Texas prison system voted in August to reduce by over 75 percent the phone call charge Texas prisoners pay. This is a welcome move away from prison profiteering in America. The change, writes Blakinger, means “instead of paying an average of 26 cents per minute, prisoners will pay 6 cents per minute - no matter the destination of the call.”

Issue five.

A Saturday, November 3 event in Lake Jackson, Texas will feature speakers including Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams from RPI and Lew Rockwell and Jeff Deist from the Ludwig von Mises Institute. You can obtain tickets to the event at the Mises Institute website at mises.org/events.

-----

That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

Five four three two one.]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/09/five-minutes-five-issues-twitter-afghanistan-war-cameroon-military-prisoners-calls-november-event/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/09/five-minutes-five-issues-twitter-afghanistan-war-cameroon-military-prisoners-calls-november-event/ Sun, 09 Sep 2018 21:09:12 GMT
Building a Broad Coalition - Ron Paul Congressional Staff Panel at RPI Media & War Conference RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/06/building-a-broad-coalition-ron-paul-congressional-staff-panel-at-rpi-media-war-conference/
]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/06/building-a-broad-coalition-ron-paul-congressional-staff-panel-at-rpi-media-war-conference/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/06/building-a-broad-coalition-ron-paul-congressional-staff-panel-at-rpi-media-war-conference/ Fri, 07 Sep 2018 00:22:35 GMT
Trump's Mental Stability Questioned by America's Most Psychopathic City Tho Bishop http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/06/trumps-mental-stability-questioned-by-americas-most-psychopathic-city/

When not assisting the continued politicization of America’s most powerful legislative branch, the media this week has relished in a variety of news items continuing to push the narrative that President Donald Trump is mentally unfit to hold office.

While it’s fair to question the fitness of anyone to hold the power given to the modern American president, the obsession with Trump’s mental stability is a wonderful example of the absurd lack of self-awareness enjoyed by the privileged residents of America’s capitol. After all, the city that finds Donald Trump so revolting is – as a recent study by Ryan Murphy has discovered – literally the psychopathic capitol of the United States.

As Doug French noted last July, this result would surprise no one familiar with F.A. Hayek’s Road to Serfdom. As Hayek wrote in his chapter dedicated to the question “Why the Worst Rise to the Top:”
Advancement within a totalitarian group or party depends largely on a willingness to do immoral things. The principle that the end justifies the means, which in individualist ethics is regarded as the denial of all morals, in collectivist ethics becomes necessarily the supreme rule. There is literally nothing which the consistent collectivist must not be prepared to do if it serves ‘the good of the whole’, because that is to him the only criterion of what ought to be done.
This critique plays itself out when one looks at the most common objections to the Trump presidency from the traditional DC powers. For example, among the most prominent criticisms cited by the New York Times’ anonymous administration “senior official” was Trump’s handling of foreign policy:
Take foreign policy: In public and in private, President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations. Astute observers have noted, though, that the rest of the administration is operating on another track, one where countries like Russia are called out for meddling and punished accordingly, and where allies around the world are engaged as peers rather than ridiculed as rivals.
In the views of the “stable state,” nothing better demonstrates Trump’s unfitness for office than his desire to de-escalate tensions with Russia by treating its government with respect and being willing to sit across from Kim Jong-un as equals.

In fact, the worst parts of the Trump Administration have been its commitment to the beltway status quo on a number of important issues. This includes his appointment of a variety of establishment-friendly Federal Reserve officials, his continuing the war on drugs, commitment to government-regulated immigration policy, support for absurd levels of military spending, and its general willingness to erode civil liberties. It’s also worth noting that while it’s great to see the establishment media on both the left and right condemn Trump’s fondness for tariffs, Washington’s hostility for actual free trade long pre-dates the Donald. Both the Bush and Obama administration imposed their own tariffs on good such as steel and solar panels.

Donald Trump is a man that is guilty of a great many sins, but at the end of the day he’s no worse than your average – overpaid – Federal senior staffer. The elites that make up the professional political class and their cheerleaders in the mainstream media have no moral high ground here. Their aim is not to restore “civility” or “decency” to American politics, after all their desire to expand the reach of government power is precisely what undermines such values. No, their goal is simply to reverse an election they didn’t expect to lose. It’s quite possible they may end up succeeding.

Hopefully the takeaway for those who relished the idea of “draining the swamp” is the realization that this can’t be accomplished by simply changing the name of the person who occupies the top office. The Federal government can’t be fixed; it must have its powers taken away.

Political decentralization is the only way to truly make America great again.

Reprinted with permission from Mises.org.]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/06/trumps-mental-stability-questioned-by-americas-most-psychopathic-city/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/06/trumps-mental-stability-questioned-by-americas-most-psychopathic-city/ Thu, 06 Sep 2018 21:21:03 GMT
Mexico May Legalize Heroin; Get Ready to Send In the US Air Force and Marines Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/03/mexico-may-legalize-heroin-get-ready-to-send-in-the-us-air-force-and-marines/
Talk about an extreme warmongering approach to US foreign policy! Based on Carlson’s view, it is an act of war for Mexico’s government to not engage in a war on heroin and thus not pursue the rights violations and government power expansions that come with such prohibition policy. If the Mexico government chooses to respect the freedom of Mexicans to peacefully produce and sell a product that is in demand, Carlson seems to thinks it is fine to send in the US Marines and Air Force as a “defensive” reaction.

Ridiculously, Carlson points to overdose deaths in America to support his assessment that Mexico, by legalizing production of heroin, would be initiating war on America. The reality is that the greatest culprit for those deaths and many other dangers for drug users is the drug war being fought by local, state, and national governments in America.

Watch the complete interview here:


]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/03/mexico-may-legalize-heroin-get-ready-to-send-in-the-us-air-force-and-marines/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/03/mexico-may-legalize-heroin-get-ready-to-send-in-the-us-air-force-and-marines/ Tue, 04 Sep 2018 01:30:11 GMT
Five Minutes Five Issues: School Non-shootings, Murray Sabrin, Utah Marijuana, NJ Marijuana, Conference Video Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/02/five-minutes-five-issues-school-non-shootings-murray-sabrin-utah-marijuana-nj-marijuana-conference-video/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

This week, National Public Radio corrected misinformation emanating from the United States Department of Education.

Anya Kamenetz reported Monday at NPR regarding an Education Department claim that, “in the 2015-2016 school year, ‘nearly 240 schools ... reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting.’”

Note that in Education Department lingo a school-related “shooting” just means a gun being fired at a school, on a school bus, or at a school event — not that anyone was shot or even shot at.

When NPR looked into the claim, Kamenetz relates that only 11 of the reported incidents could be confirmed “either directly with schools or through media reports.” Regarding the rest of the supposed incidents, Kamenetz explains:
In 161 cases, schools or districts attested that no incident took place or couldn't confirm one. In at least four cases, we found, something did happen, but it didn't meet the government's parameters for a shooting. About a quarter of schools didn't respond to our inquiries.
Issue two.

Murray Sabrin is the Libertarian Party nominee for US Senate in New Jersey this year. Sabrin is rather well known for a Libertarian candidate, in part due to his previous statewide campaigns. Matt Welch related Wednesday at Reason that Sabrin won 4.7 percent in the 1997 New Jersey governor race as the Libertarian nominee, and, four years ago, won 19.4 percent in the New Jersey Republican primary for US Senate, ten percent behind the primary’s winner.

In the Senate race this year, Sabrin seems to be polling well for a Libertarian Party candidate. According to a poll commissioned by his campaign, Sabrin is at seven percent support, with the remainder split 40 percent for the Democrat incumbent, 30 percent for the Republican, and 22 percent “unsure.”

Yet, other polls do not even ask about support for Sabrin.

Welch sums up the situation well, writing:
… polls that don't include strong third-party candidates in contested races amount to journalistic malpractice. You don't know what's going on in the New Jersey Senate race if you're not asking about Murray Sabrin.
Issue three.

In the April 13 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints having released that week a statement critical of a potential Utah medical marijuana ballot measure being circulated for signatures. The initiative since has been approved for the November Utah ballot, and polling indicates it has majority support.

Last week, the church officially joined the opposition to the ballot measure, announcing planned opposition efforts including sending an email to church members in the state urging them to oppose the initiative. Taylor W. Anderson and Benjamin Wood suggest in a Salt Lake Tribune article that this opposition could have significant influence in the election given that “the church’s followers represent more than half of Utah voters” and that “a poll taken in June, after two statements that indicated church leadership had concerns about the initiative, showed some active members were persuaded to not support the initiative after criticism from the church.”

Issue four.

In the July 28 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about the New Jersey state legislature potentially passing and the state governor signing into law marijuana legalization as soon as September. Here is an update. Last week, Sam Sutton reported at Politico that New Jersey state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D - Gloucester) had said in an interview with Politico that Sweeney believes the state Senate and House of Representatives could approve legalization legislation in September.

Issue five.

At the Ron Paul Institute’s sold-out annual conference near Washington, DC on August 18, hundreds of individuals heard great speeches and met with people who are interested in RPI’s mission to promote nonintervention abroad and respect for liberty at home.

You can find speeches from the conference at the Ron Paul Liberty Report’s YouTube page at youtube.com/RonPaulLibertyReport.

-----

That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

Five four three two one.]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/02/five-minutes-five-issues-school-non-shootings-murray-sabrin-utah-marijuana-nj-marijuana-conference-video/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/02/five-minutes-five-issues-school-non-shootings-murray-sabrin-utah-marijuana-nj-marijuana-conference-video/ Sun, 02 Sep 2018 21:49:05 GMT