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On Tuesday, Dennis Kucinich just missed qualifying for the general election for mayor of Cleveland, Ohio. The Cleveland native who previously served as mayor of the city in the 1970s before going on to several terms in the United States House of Representatives came in a close third in the primary election. The first and second place primary candidates will compete for votes in the November general election.

Read a WKYC-TV report on Kucinich’s primary run and watch Kucinich deliver brief public comments regarding the election results here.

Kucinich is an Advisory Board member for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.
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Coronavirus Crackdowns and the Ratchet Effect Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2021/september/14/coronavirus-crackdowns-and-the-ratchet-effect/

One of Robert Higgs’ great contributions to understanding government is his exploration of what he terms the ratchet effect. In a 2011 interview posted at the Mises Institute website, Higgs provided this succinct description of the ratchet effect:
In my work, the ratchet effect describes the characteristic way in which government under modern ideological conditions grows during a perceived national emergency. The government's size, scope, and power grow abruptly as the government acts to "do something" to allay the threat. Then, as the threat is eliminated or diminished, the government shrinks, but not all the way to the level it would have reached if the crisis had not occurred. Hence, each crisis shifts the government's growth trajectory to a higher level of size, scope, and power.
Since early last year, we have witnessed many governments across the world demonstrate the ratchet effect in their use of stirred up coronavirus panic to support their undertaking massive expansions of government power at the expense of liberty. Yet, in many places where there has been a major increase in government power in the name of countering coronavirus there has yet to be the partial backtrack that Higgs suggests follows.

Two developments this month in Europe may indicate that the expanded government power in at least some of that part of the world has reached its peak and that rescinding some of government power claimed in the name of countering coronavirus is becoming the new trend. The two big developments are Denmark ending all its coronavirus restrictions and England deciding to abandon its planned vaccine passport mandate.

In America, things are a bit complicated for some people who are dealing with local, state, and national governments moving in different directions. Consider, for example, someone living in a big city in a state where the state government has rescinded much of its coronavirus crackdown. While the state government has backed off, the city or county government and the local school district are likely maintaining or even expanding their coronavirus crackdown mandates. And the national government is going full tyrant with mandates concerning masksexperimental coronavirus vaccine shots, and more.

Denmark and England are providing some hope this week. May the retreat from coronavirus crackdowns continue. And may people keep demanding that it continue; government can be very reluctant to give up newly claimed powers.]]>
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September 11 Remembered, Minus the Propaganda - RPI's Daniel McAdams With Tom Woods Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2021/september/14/september-11-remembered-minus-the-propaganda-rpis-daniel-mcadams-with-tom-woods/
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Children are Next in Line for Mandated Coronavirus Vaccine Shots Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2021/september/11/children-are-next-in-line-for-mandated-coronavirus-vaccine-shots/

Much attention is focused on President Joe Biden in a Thursday speech announcing that the coronavirus testing alternative United States government employees had been able to use to avoid the mandate to take experimental coronavirus vaccines is being eliminated and that regulations are in the works to require all employees at companies with 100 or more employees to take the “vaccines” or be tested weekly. Less noticed is news that experimental coronavirus vaccines may soon be rolled out for young children. Pfizer-BioNTech is seeking in the next few weeks approval for giving its experimental coronavirus vaccine shots to children ages five through 11, while Moderna is close behind, proceeding with testing of its shots on children 11 and younger. Then come shots for toddlers and babies.

Shots mandates for workers first, shots mandates for children next: That seems to be the situation in America, though it should be noted that some children —especially older children — are workers too.

Of course, as happened Thursday with the testing alternative to shots disappearing for government workers, expect that alternative to go away for people working at private businesses as well. By the time a shots mandate for children comes along, a testing alternative might not be available from the start.

Biden provided in his speech a preview of an argument in favor of mandatory shots for children. First, he asserted that the August 23 expedited Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of a Pfizer-BioNTech experimental coronavirus vaccine for people 16 and over means “the time for waiting is over” for people 16 and older who have not taken the shots. Second, Biden suggested that as soon as vaccines are approved for use in an age group of children his conclusion is that the children in that age group should then be given shots:
It comes down to two separate categories: children ages 12 and older who are eligible for a vaccine now, and children ages 11 and under who are not are yet eligible.

The safest thing for your child 12 and older is to get them vaccinated.  They get vaccinated for a lot of things.  That’s it.  Get them vaccinated.
A move to require children to be given the experimental coronavirus vaccine shots should come as no surprise. Children across America have long been mandated to receive many vaccines on a prescribed timeline in accord with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine schedule or similar state vaccine schedules in order to attend school. And many of the mandates are difficult to avoid. In California, for example, the vaccine mandate applies even to children in private schools and only has a very limited exemption.

The obvious way to introduce the requirement that young children take the experimental coronavirus vaccine shots is to make the shots a prerequisite for attending school. There is plenty of precedent for that from all the other vaccine shots required in the CDC and state vaccine schedules.

Next up, the shots can be required for even homeschooled children, just like the shots requirement for people employed in businesses with a 100 or more employees can be extended to people employed in businesses with under 100 employees, the self-employed, the retired, and the unemployed. Indeed, on Thursday Biden announced he will mandate US government contractors and 17 million healthcare workers take the shots, no matter how many employees their employers have.

There is no constitutional basis for the experimental coronavirus vaccine mandates Biden announced on Thursday. If he can get away with those mandates, what’s to stop him from expanding on those mandates so he can eliminate all the “loopholes,” including the one protecting children from forced shots.]]>
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Apparent Delusional Talk from Cop Who Says He Shot Ashli Babbitt: ‘I Know That Day I Saved Countless Lives’ Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2021/august/27/apparent-delusional-talk-from-cop-who-says-he-shot-ashli-babbitt-i-know-that-day-i-saved-countless-lives/

“I know that day I saved countless lives,” United States Capitol Police cop Michael Byrd is quoted in a Thursday NBC News article as saying in regard to his actions on January 6 in resisting people who entered the Capitol, including Ashli Babbitt who Byrd says he shot through a doorway.

That seems like delusional talk.

The people who entered the Capitol that day, many allowed to do so by members of the Capitol Police, did not go on a killing spree. They were not even armed.

Some people who entered the Capitol appear to have caused property damage, or injuries in scuffles. Many others just wandered the building like tourists. Babbitt was the only person killed that day.

So how did Byrd on January 6 save “countless lives?” If he can back up this claim, Byrd must have quite a story — one that would add incredible insight regarding what happened that day at the Capitol. Let’s hear the details.]]>
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Ron Paul Talks In-depth about the Afghanistan War Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2021/august/21/ron-paul-talks-in-depth-about-the-afghanistan-war/
Further, Paul warns in the interview that the US government’s intervention in Afghanistan is far from over despite President Joe Biden’s apparent attempt to end it. Says Paul, “believe me, we are not going to lose an interest in Afghanistan; we’re not just going to close the door and walk away.” Hopefully, Paul does not turn out to be as correct in that prediction in regard to Afghanistan as he was ten years back.

Watch Paul’s interview here:

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Reason Senior Editor: Government Schools Should Require Teachers to Take Experimental Coronavirus Vaccines Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2021/august/13/reason-senior-editor-government-schools-should-require-teachers-to-take-experimental-coronavirus-vaccines/
Reason Magazine Senior Editor Robby Soave

A few people over at Reason have been head over heels for the experimental coronavirus vaccines, some of which are not even vaccines under the normal meaning of the term, being pushed incessantly by many people working in politics and media. But, you may have thought the libertarianish media organization with the slogan “free minds and free markets” would draw the line at posting at its website one of its senior editors endorsing government mandating people take the shots. If so, you thought wrong.

The advocacy at issue is in the fifth paragraph of Reason Senior Editor Robby Soave’s seven-paragraph Friday Reason article that deals with four teachers from Broward County, Florida, whose deaths Soave writes have been attributed to coronavirus:
The governor made vaccines available to all teachers in the state as far back as the beginning of March. But in addition to prohibiting mask requirements in schools, DeSantis has also made it very difficult for both government agencies and private businesses to require vaccination. That's the aspect of this story for which DeSantis deserves criticism: His COVID-19 declarations get in the way of individual public schools or districts requiring teachers to get vaccinated as a condition of employment. Yet the mainstream media and many Democratic legislators often appear fixated on masks and mask mandates—even though vaccination is by far a more effective tool for fighting the pandemic.
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Preposterous Coronavirus Vaccine Hype: White House Press Secretary Claims the Shots Have Saved ‘Tens of Millions of People’s Lives’ Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2021/august/11/preposterous-coronavirus-vaccine-hype-white-house-press-secretary-claims-the-shots-have-saved-tens-of-millions-of-people-s-lives/

Last week President Joe Biden told the coronavirus vaccines propaganda whopper that about 350 million Americans had taken shots of the experimental coronavirus vaccines. That number, of course, is greater than the United States population. Not content to leave the extreme overcounting of supposed vaccination success to her boss, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, in a Wednesday press briefing, claimed that we have “seen tens of millions of people’s lives saved who have gotten the vaccine; that data is clear across the country.”

Hmmm. Even the US government’s coronavirus death count, which is inflated by, among other things, the inclusion of people who died with coronavirus instead of just people who died from it, shows well less than one million deaths since records began being kept early last year. We are supposed to believe that the giving of experimental coronavirus shots that only started rolling out in a limited fashion in December, and that tens of millions of Americans have chosen not to receive, has prevented many multiples of those deaths? Not a chance. We are not seeing that kind of coronavirus death rate anywhere in the world, including countries where comparatively very few people have taken experimental coronavirus vaccine shots.

Sure, Biden and Psaki may have just misspoken in providing these outrageously inflated numbers for people who have received or been saved by the shots. But, what do you expect? While they say to “trust the science,” what they dish out day after day is puffery dressed up as science. For example, Biden routinely touts the experimental coronavirus vaccines, some of which are not even vaccines under the normal meaning of the term, as being safe and effective for everyone, despite the reality being the shots can be both dangerous and ineffective. When people routinely say things so divorced from reality, they are bound to on occasion become carried away and make preposterous statements that can be exposed as indisputably false by the application of simple math.

When listening to politicians and their spokesmen hyping coronavirus danger and their grand plans for countering that danger, it is a good idea to keep in mind an old joke: How can you tell a politician is lying? His lips are moving.]]>
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UFC: a Sanctuary from Coronavirus Vaccine Pressure in Professional Sports Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2021/august/09/ufc-a-sanctuary-from-coronavirus-vaccine-pressure-in-professional-sports/

While other professional sports organizations are imposing much pressure on competitors to take experimental coronavirus vaccine shots, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White is taking a refreshingly different and pro-freedom approach to the matter. He is declaring he will mind his own business, saying a decision whether to take or not take shots is a personal decision.

Interviewed recently by Aaron Bronsteter at TSN, White declared:
I would never tell another human being what to do with their body. If you want to get vaccinated, that’s up to you. That’s your choice. You’re never gonna hear me say ‘I’m gonna force people to get vaccinated.’ Never gonna happen.
White further stated:
Some people are getting fired if they don’t get vaccinated. Yeah, that’s not gonna happen here. You wanna get vaccinated? Get vaccinated. If you don’t, that’s your decision, your body.
Read more about White’s stand for freedom that is setting the UFC apart from other professional sports organizations in a Thursday Breitbart article by Dylan Gwinn.

Watch White’s interview here, in which he also discusses how UFC will, if necessary, ditch doing events in places such as England and New York City in favor of places including Florida, Texas, Arizona, and Las Vegas to ensure the events can be put on in a normal manner — without coronavirus panic restrictions including requiring “social distancing” and mask wearing.

While the UFC appears to be respecting fighters’ free choice to take or not take experimental coronavirus vaccines, some of which are not even vaccines under the normal meaning of the term, it has subjected fighters to other coronavirus-related requirements before certain events. Prior to a May event in Las Vegas, for example, an ESPN article by Ariel Helwani noted that fighters were required to take coronavirus tests and isolate themselves at a hotel.

Reminder, for young professional athletes, the risk of death or major sickness from coronavirus appears to be incredibly low. Professional sports organizations would likely do athletes more good trying to protect them from lightning strikes than bossing them around in a purported effort to protect them from coronavirus.
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Apple’s Descent from Privacy Hero to Privacy Villain Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2021/august/06/apple-s-descent-from-privacy-hero-to-privacy-villain/

In 2016, I, along with some other privacy advocates including writer and commentator Andrew Napolitano, was applauding Apple Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tim Cook for standing up for privacy and the United States Constitution in a situation that pitted his company against the power of the United States government and the desire of many Americans to seek information related to a mass shooting. Five years later, Apple has decided that, in the name of countering child pornography, it will throw privacy protection for all its customers out the window.

The company has disclosed that it plans to routinely and without even a basis for suspicion search through its customers’ electronic information in an effort to uncover child pornography or images of child sexual abuse. Further, Apple will then, based on the results of the snooping, disable customers’ accounts and inform the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding what was found.

In 2016, Apple was resisting a court order saying the company must help the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) break into an iPhone tied to Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik who were being investigated for committing a December of 2015 mass shooting from which 14 people died. Then, Apple Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tim Cook was speaking strongly in favor of protecting privacy in a situation where many people were inclined to support Apple giving in so a heinous crime could be further investigated and more violence potentially prevented.

At the time, I quoted from a statement by Cook regarding that matter. Included was this comment in defense of freedom:
While we believe the FBI’s intentions are good, it would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products. And ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect.
Cook also described how much more than the case at hand was at issue. He explained:
The implications of the government’s demands are chilling. If the government can use the All Writs Act to make it easier to unlock your iPhone, it would have the power to reach into anyone’s device to capture their data. The government could extend this breach of privacy and demand that Apple build surveillance software to intercept your messages, access your health records or financial data, track your location, or even access your phone’s microphone or camera without your knowledge.
Fast forward five years and Cook is still the CEO of Apple. Yet, Apple is proceeding to create a backdoor into customers’ iPhones information to advance a “good intention” — countering child sexual abuse or child pornography. All the arguments against taking such an action in relation to the mass shooting apply again. Apple’s planned action is an attack on privacy and leads the way to the company using surveillance software for the freedom-threatening variety of actions Cook warned about in 2016.

Apple now is volunteering to create this new surveillance system that will systematically violate the privacy of all its customers. It is preparing to become a full-fledged member of the surveillance state. At least back in 2016 the FBI had to provide evidence and go through a court to try to make Apple help it search for information on a particular phone. The old Apple stood up to that threat to privacy. The new Apple, in contrast, is preparing to surveille all its customers’ information routinely.

You can read here a Thursday report by India McKinney and Erica Portnoy at the Electronic Frontier Foundation regarding this and other snooping on customers’ information that Apple is planning to roll out.]]>
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Dennis Kucinich Places Close Third in Cleveland Mayor Primary Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2021/september/15/dennis-kucinich-places-close-third-in-cleveland-mayor-primary/

On Tuesday, Dennis Kucinich just missed qualifying for the general election for mayor of Cleveland, Ohio. The Cleveland native who previously served as mayor of the city in the 1970s before going on to several terms in the United States House of Representatives came in a close third in the primary election. The first and second place primary candidates will compete for votes in the November general election.

Read a WKYC-TV report on Kucinich’s primary run and watch Kucinich deliver brief public comments regarding the election results here.

Kucinich is an Advisory Board member for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.
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Coronavirus Crackdowns and the Ratchet Effect Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2021/september/14/coronavirus-crackdowns-and-the-ratchet-effect/

One of Robert Higgs’ great contributions to understanding government is his exploration of what he terms the ratchet effect. In a 2011 interview posted at the Mises Institute website, Higgs provided this succinct description of the ratchet effect:
In my work, the ratchet effect describes the characteristic way in which government under modern ideological conditions grows during a perceived national emergency. The government's size, scope, and power grow abruptly as the government acts to "do something" to allay the threat. Then, as the threat is eliminated or diminished, the government shrinks, but not all the way to the level it would have reached if the crisis had not occurred. Hence, each crisis shifts the government's growth trajectory to a higher level of size, scope, and power.
Since early last year, we have witnessed many governments across the world demonstrate the ratchet effect in their use of stirred up coronavirus panic to support their undertaking massive expansions of government power at the expense of liberty. Yet, in many places where there has been a major increase in government power in the name of countering coronavirus there has yet to be the partial backtrack that Higgs suggests follows.

Two developments this month in Europe may indicate that the expanded government power in at least some of that part of the world has reached its peak and that rescinding some of government power claimed in the name of countering coronavirus is becoming the new trend. The two big developments are Denmark ending all its coronavirus restrictions and England deciding to abandon its planned vaccine passport mandate.

In America, things are a bit complicated for some people who are dealing with local, state, and national governments moving in different directions. Consider, for example, someone living in a big city in a state where the state government has rescinded much of its coronavirus crackdown. While the state government has backed off, the city or county government and the local school district are likely maintaining or even expanding their coronavirus crackdown mandates. And the national government is going full tyrant with mandates concerning masksexperimental coronavirus vaccine shots, and more.

Denmark and England are providing some hope this week. May the retreat from coronavirus crackdowns continue. And may people keep demanding that it continue; government can be very reluctant to give up newly claimed powers.]]>
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September 11 Remembered, Minus the Propaganda - RPI's Daniel McAdams With Tom Woods Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2021/september/14/september-11-remembered-minus-the-propaganda-rpis-daniel-mcadams-with-tom-woods/
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Children are Next in Line for Mandated Coronavirus Vaccine Shots Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2021/september/11/children-are-next-in-line-for-mandated-coronavirus-vaccine-shots/

Much attention is focused on President Joe Biden in a Thursday speech announcing that the coronavirus testing alternative United States government employees had been able to use to avoid the mandate to take experimental coronavirus vaccines is being eliminated and that regulations are in the works to require all employees at companies with 100 or more employees to take the “vaccines” or be tested weekly. Less noticed is news that experimental coronavirus vaccines may soon be rolled out for young children. Pfizer-BioNTech is seeking in the next few weeks approval for giving its experimental coronavirus vaccine shots to children ages five through 11, while Moderna is close behind, proceeding with testing of its shots on children 11 and younger. Then come shots for toddlers and babies.

Shots mandates for workers first, shots mandates for children next: That seems to be the situation in America, though it should be noted that some children —especially older children — are workers too.

Of course, as happened Thursday with the testing alternative to shots disappearing for government workers, expect that alternative to go away for people working at private businesses as well. By the time a shots mandate for children comes along, a testing alternative might not be available from the start.

Biden provided in his speech a preview of an argument in favor of mandatory shots for children. First, he asserted that the August 23 expedited Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of a Pfizer-BioNTech experimental coronavirus vaccine for people 16 and over means “the time for waiting is over” for people 16 and older who have not taken the shots. Second, Biden suggested that as soon as vaccines are approved for use in an age group of children his conclusion is that the children in that age group should then be given shots:
It comes down to two separate categories: children ages 12 and older who are eligible for a vaccine now, and children ages 11 and under who are not are yet eligible.

The safest thing for your child 12 and older is to get them vaccinated.  They get vaccinated for a lot of things.  That’s it.  Get them vaccinated.
A move to require children to be given the experimental coronavirus vaccine shots should come as no surprise. Children across America have long been mandated to receive many vaccines on a prescribed timeline in accord with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine schedule or similar state vaccine schedules in order to attend school. And many of the mandates are difficult to avoid. In California, for example, the vaccine mandate applies even to children in private schools and only has a very limited exemption.

The obvious way to introduce the requirement that young children take the experimental coronavirus vaccine shots is to make the shots a prerequisite for attending school. There is plenty of precedent for that from all the other vaccine shots required in the CDC and state vaccine schedules.

Next up, the shots can be required for even homeschooled children, just like the shots requirement for people employed in businesses with a 100 or more employees can be extended to people employed in businesses with under 100 employees, the self-employed, the retired, and the unemployed. Indeed, on Thursday Biden announced he will mandate US government contractors and 17 million healthcare workers take the shots, no matter how many employees their employers have.

There is no constitutional basis for the experimental coronavirus vaccine mandates Biden announced on Thursday. If he can get away with those mandates, what’s to stop him from expanding on those mandates so he can eliminate all the “loopholes,” including the one protecting children from forced shots.]]>
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Apparent Delusional Talk from Cop Who Says He Shot Ashli Babbitt: ‘I Know That Day I Saved Countless Lives’ Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2021/august/27/apparent-delusional-talk-from-cop-who-says-he-shot-ashli-babbitt-i-know-that-day-i-saved-countless-lives/

“I know that day I saved countless lives,” United States Capitol Police cop Michael Byrd is quoted in a Thursday NBC News article as saying in regard to his actions on January 6 in resisting people who entered the Capitol, including Ashli Babbitt who Byrd says he shot through a doorway.

That seems like delusional talk.

The people who entered the Capitol that day, many allowed to do so by members of the Capitol Police, did not go on a killing spree. They were not even armed.

Some people who entered the Capitol appear to have caused property damage, or injuries in scuffles. Many others just wandered the building like tourists. Babbitt was the only person killed that day.

So how did Byrd on January 6 save “countless lives?” If he can back up this claim, Byrd must have quite a story — one that would add incredible insight regarding what happened that day at the Capitol. Let’s hear the details.]]>
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Ron Paul Talks In-depth about the Afghanistan War Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2021/august/21/ron-paul-talks-in-depth-about-the-afghanistan-war/
Further, Paul warns in the interview that the US government’s intervention in Afghanistan is far from over despite President Joe Biden’s apparent attempt to end it. Says Paul, “believe me, we are not going to lose an interest in Afghanistan; we’re not just going to close the door and walk away.” Hopefully, Paul does not turn out to be as correct in that prediction in regard to Afghanistan as he was ten years back.

Watch Paul’s interview here:

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Reason Senior Editor: Government Schools Should Require Teachers to Take Experimental Coronavirus Vaccines Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2021/august/13/reason-senior-editor-government-schools-should-require-teachers-to-take-experimental-coronavirus-vaccines/
Reason Magazine Senior Editor Robby Soave

A few people over at Reason have been head over heels for the experimental coronavirus vaccines, some of which are not even vaccines under the normal meaning of the term, being pushed incessantly by many people working in politics and media. But, you may have thought the libertarianish media organization with the slogan “free minds and free markets” would draw the line at posting at its website one of its senior editors endorsing government mandating people take the shots. If so, you thought wrong.

The advocacy at issue is in the fifth paragraph of Reason Senior Editor Robby Soave’s seven-paragraph Friday Reason article that deals with four teachers from Broward County, Florida, whose deaths Soave writes have been attributed to coronavirus:
The governor made vaccines available to all teachers in the state as far back as the beginning of March. But in addition to prohibiting mask requirements in schools, DeSantis has also made it very difficult for both government agencies and private businesses to require vaccination. That's the aspect of this story for which DeSantis deserves criticism: His COVID-19 declarations get in the way of individual public schools or districts requiring teachers to get vaccinated as a condition of employment. Yet the mainstream media and many Democratic legislators often appear fixated on masks and mask mandates—even though vaccination is by far a more effective tool for fighting the pandemic.
Praising government requiring people to take experimental coronavirus vaccines shots does not sound libertarian. Indeed, it sounds straight up statist.]]>
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Preposterous Coronavirus Vaccine Hype: White House Press Secretary Claims the Shots Have Saved ‘Tens of Millions of People’s Lives’ Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2021/august/11/preposterous-coronavirus-vaccine-hype-white-house-press-secretary-claims-the-shots-have-saved-tens-of-millions-of-people-s-lives/

Last week President Joe Biden told the coronavirus vaccines propaganda whopper that about 350 million Americans had taken shots of the experimental coronavirus vaccines. That number, of course, is greater than the United States population. Not content to leave the extreme overcounting of supposed vaccination success to her boss, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, in a Wednesday press briefing, claimed that we have “seen tens of millions of people’s lives saved who have gotten the vaccine; that data is clear across the country.”

Hmmm. Even the US government’s coronavirus death count, which is inflated by, among other things, the inclusion of people who died with coronavirus instead of just people who died from it, shows well less than one million deaths since records began being kept early last year. We are supposed to believe that the giving of experimental coronavirus shots that only started rolling out in a limited fashion in December, and that tens of millions of Americans have chosen not to receive, has prevented many multiples of those deaths? Not a chance. We are not seeing that kind of coronavirus death rate anywhere in the world, including countries where comparatively very few people have taken experimental coronavirus vaccine shots.

Sure, Biden and Psaki may have just misspoken in providing these outrageously inflated numbers for people who have received or been saved by the shots. But, what do you expect? While they say to “trust the science,” what they dish out day after day is puffery dressed up as science. For example, Biden routinely touts the experimental coronavirus vaccines, some of which are not even vaccines under the normal meaning of the term, as being safe and effective for everyone, despite the reality being the shots can be both dangerous and ineffective. When people routinely say things so divorced from reality, they are bound to on occasion become carried away and make preposterous statements that can be exposed as indisputably false by the application of simple math.

When listening to politicians and their spokesmen hyping coronavirus danger and their grand plans for countering that danger, it is a good idea to keep in mind an old joke: How can you tell a politician is lying? His lips are moving.]]>
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UFC: a Sanctuary from Coronavirus Vaccine Pressure in Professional Sports Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2021/august/09/ufc-a-sanctuary-from-coronavirus-vaccine-pressure-in-professional-sports/

While other professional sports organizations are imposing much pressure on competitors to take experimental coronavirus vaccine shots, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White is taking a refreshingly different and pro-freedom approach to the matter. He is declaring he will mind his own business, saying a decision whether to take or not take shots is a personal decision.

Interviewed recently by Aaron Bronsteter at TSN, White declared:
I would never tell another human being what to do with their body. If you want to get vaccinated, that’s up to you. That’s your choice. You’re never gonna hear me say ‘I’m gonna force people to get vaccinated.’ Never gonna happen.
White further stated:
Some people are getting fired if they don’t get vaccinated. Yeah, that’s not gonna happen here. You wanna get vaccinated? Get vaccinated. If you don’t, that’s your decision, your body.
Read more about White’s stand for freedom that is setting the UFC apart from other professional sports organizations in a Thursday Breitbart article by Dylan Gwinn.

Watch White’s interview here, in which he also discusses how UFC will, if necessary, ditch doing events in places such as England and New York City in favor of places including Florida, Texas, Arizona, and Las Vegas to ensure the events can be put on in a normal manner — without coronavirus panic restrictions including requiring “social distancing” and mask wearing.

While the UFC appears to be respecting fighters’ free choice to take or not take experimental coronavirus vaccines, some of which are not even vaccines under the normal meaning of the term, it has subjected fighters to other coronavirus-related requirements before certain events. Prior to a May event in Las Vegas, for example, an ESPN article by Ariel Helwani noted that fighters were required to take coronavirus tests and isolate themselves at a hotel.

Reminder, for young professional athletes, the risk of death or major sickness from coronavirus appears to be incredibly low. Professional sports organizations would likely do athletes more good trying to protect them from lightning strikes than bossing them around in a purported effort to protect them from coronavirus.
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Apple’s Descent from Privacy Hero to Privacy Villain Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2021/august/06/apple-s-descent-from-privacy-hero-to-privacy-villain/

In 2016, I, along with some other privacy advocates including writer and commentator Andrew Napolitano, was applauding Apple Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tim Cook for standing up for privacy and the United States Constitution in a situation that pitted his company against the power of the United States government and the desire of many Americans to seek information related to a mass shooting. Five years later, Apple has decided that, in the name of countering child pornography, it will throw privacy protection for all its customers out the window.

The company has disclosed that it plans to routinely and without even a basis for suspicion search through its customers’ electronic information in an effort to uncover child pornography or images of child sexual abuse. Further, Apple will then, based on the results of the snooping, disable customers’ accounts and inform the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding what was found.

In 2016, Apple was resisting a court order saying the company must help the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) break into an iPhone tied to Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik who were being investigated for committing a December of 2015 mass shooting from which 14 people died. Then, Apple Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tim Cook was speaking strongly in favor of protecting privacy in a situation where many people were inclined to support Apple giving in so a heinous crime could be further investigated and more violence potentially prevented.

At the time, I quoted from a statement by Cook regarding that matter. Included was this comment in defense of freedom:
While we believe the FBI’s intentions are good, it would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products. And ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect.
Cook also described how much more than the case at hand was at issue. He explained:
The implications of the government’s demands are chilling. If the government can use the All Writs Act to make it easier to unlock your iPhone, it would have the power to reach into anyone’s device to capture their data. The government could extend this breach of privacy and demand that Apple build surveillance software to intercept your messages, access your health records or financial data, track your location, or even access your phone’s microphone or camera without your knowledge.
Fast forward five years and Cook is still the CEO of Apple. Yet, Apple is proceeding to create a backdoor into customers’ iPhones information to advance a “good intention” — countering child sexual abuse or child pornography. All the arguments against taking such an action in relation to the mass shooting apply again. Apple’s planned action is an attack on privacy and leads the way to the company using surveillance software for the freedom-threatening variety of actions Cook warned about in 2016.

Apple now is volunteering to create this new surveillance system that will systematically violate the privacy of all its customers. It is preparing to become a full-fledged member of the surveillance state. At least back in 2016 the FBI had to provide evidence and go through a court to try to make Apple help it search for information on a particular phone. The old Apple stood up to that threat to privacy. The new Apple, in contrast, is preparing to surveille all its customers’ information routinely.

You can read here a Thursday report by India McKinney and Erica Portnoy at the Electronic Frontier Foundation regarding this and other snooping on customers’ information that Apple is planning to roll out.]]>
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Dennis Kucinich Places Close Third in Cleveland Mayor Primary Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2021/september/15/dennis-kucinich-places-close-third-in-cleveland-mayor-primary/

On Tuesday, Dennis Kucinich just missed qualifying for the general election for mayor of Cleveland, Ohio. The Cleveland native who previously served as mayor of the city in the 1970s before going on to several terms in the United States House of Representatives came in a close third in the primary election. The first and second place primary candidates will compete for votes in the November general election.

Read a WKYC-TV report on Kucinich’s primary run and watch Kucinich deliver brief public comments regarding the election results here.

Kucinich is an Advisory Board member for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.
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Coronavirus Crackdowns and the Ratchet Effect Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2021/september/14/coronavirus-crackdowns-and-the-ratchet-effect/

One of Robert Higgs’ great contributions to understanding government is his exploration of what he terms the ratchet effect. In a 2011 interview posted at the Mises Institute website, Higgs provided this succinct description of the ratchet effect:
In my work, the ratchet effect describes the characteristic way in which government under modern ideological conditions grows during a perceived national emergency. The government's size, scope, and power grow abruptly as the government acts to "do something" to allay the threat. Then, as the threat is eliminated or diminished, the government shrinks, but not all the way to the level it would have reached if the crisis had not occurred. Hence, each crisis shifts the government's growth trajectory to a higher level of size, scope, and power.
Since early last year, we have witnessed many governments across the world demonstrate the ratchet effect in their use of stirred up coronavirus panic to support their undertaking massive expansions of government power at the expense of liberty. Yet, in many places where there has been a major increase in government power in the name of countering coronavirus there has yet to be the partial backtrack that Higgs suggests follows.

Two developments this month in Europe may indicate that the expanded government power in at least some of that part of the world has reached its peak and that rescinding some of government power claimed in the name of countering coronavirus is becoming the new trend. The two big developments are Denmark ending all its coronavirus restrictions and England deciding to abandon its planned vaccine passport mandate.

In America, things are a bit complicated for some people who are dealing with local, state, and national governments moving in different directions. Consider, for example, someone living in a big city in a state where the state government has rescinded much of its coronavirus crackdown. While the state government has backed off, the city or county government and the local school district are likely maintaining or even expanding their coronavirus crackdown mandates. And the national government is going full tyrant with mandates concerning masksexperimental coronavirus vaccine shots, and more.

Denmark and England are providing some hope this week. May the retreat from coronavirus crackdowns continue. And may people keep demanding that it continue; government can be very reluctant to give up newly claimed powers.]]>
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September 11 Remembered, Minus the Propaganda - RPI's Daniel McAdams With Tom Woods Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2021/september/14/september-11-remembered-minus-the-propaganda-rpis-daniel-mcadams-with-tom-woods/
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Children are Next in Line for Mandated Coronavirus Vaccine Shots Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2021/september/11/children-are-next-in-line-for-mandated-coronavirus-vaccine-shots/

Much attention is focused on President Joe Biden in a Thursday speech announcing that the coronavirus testing alternative United States government employees had been able to use to avoid the mandate to take experimental coronavirus vaccines is being eliminated and that regulations are in the works to require all employees at companies with 100 or more employees to take the “vaccines” or be tested weekly. Less noticed is news that experimental coronavirus vaccines may soon be rolled out for young children. Pfizer-BioNTech is seeking in the next few weeks approval for giving its experimental coronavirus vaccine shots to children ages five through 11, while Moderna is close behind, proceeding with testing of its shots on children 11 and younger. Then come shots for toddlers and babies.

Shots mandates for workers first, shots mandates for children next: That seems to be the situation in America, though it should be noted that some children —especially older children — are workers too.

Of course, as happened Thursday with the testing alternative to shots disappearing for government workers, expect that alternative to go away for people working at private businesses as well. By the time a shots mandate for children comes along, a testing alternative might not be available from the start.

Biden provided in his speech a preview of an argument in favor of mandatory shots for children. First, he asserted that the August 23 expedited Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of a Pfizer-BioNTech experimental coronavirus vaccine for people 16 and over means “the time for waiting is over” for people 16 and older who have not taken the shots. Second, Biden suggested that as soon as vaccines are approved for use in an age group of children his conclusion is that the children in that age group should then be given shots:
It comes down to two separate categories: children ages 12 and older who are eligible for a vaccine now, and children ages 11 and under who are not are yet eligible.

The safest thing for your child 12 and older is to get them vaccinated.  They get vaccinated for a lot of things.  That’s it.  Get them vaccinated.
A move to require children to be given the experimental coronavirus vaccine shots should come as no surprise. Children across America have long been mandated to receive many vaccines on a prescribed timeline in accord with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine schedule or similar state vaccine schedules in order to attend school. And many of the mandates are difficult to avoid. In California, for example, the vaccine mandate applies even to children in private schools and only has a very limited exemption.

The obvious way to introduce the requirement that young children take the experimental coronavirus vaccine shots is to make the shots a prerequisite for attending school. There is plenty of precedent for that from all the other vaccine shots required in the CDC and state vaccine schedules.

Next up, the shots can be required for even homeschooled children, just like the shots requirement for people employed in businesses with a 100 or more employees can be extended to people employed in businesses with under 100 employees, the self-employed, the retired, and the unemployed. Indeed, on Thursday Biden announced he will mandate US government contractors and 17 million healthcare workers take the shots, no matter how many employees their employers have.

There is no constitutional basis for the experimental coronavirus vaccine mandates Biden announced on Thursday. If he can get away with those mandates, what’s to stop him from expanding on those mandates so he can eliminate all the “loopholes,” including the one protecting children from forced shots.]]>
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Apparent Delusional Talk from Cop Who Says He Shot Ashli Babbitt: ‘I Know That Day I Saved Countless Lives’ Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2021/august/27/apparent-delusional-talk-from-cop-who-says-he-shot-ashli-babbitt-i-know-that-day-i-saved-countless-lives/

“I know that day I saved countless lives,” United States Capitol Police cop Michael Byrd is quoted in a Thursday NBC News article as saying in regard to his actions on January 6 in resisting people who entered the Capitol, including Ashli Babbitt who Byrd says he shot through a doorway.

That seems like delusional talk.

The people who entered the Capitol that day, many allowed to do so by members of the Capitol Police, did not go on a killing spree. They were not even armed.

Some people who entered the Capitol appear to have caused property damage, or injuries in scuffles. Many others just wandered the building like tourists. Babbitt was the only person killed that day.

So how did Byrd on January 6 save “countless lives?” If he can back up this claim, Byrd must have quite a story — one that would add incredible insight regarding what happened that day at the Capitol. Let’s hear the details.]]>
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Ron Paul Talks In-depth about the Afghanistan War Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2021/august/21/ron-paul-talks-in-depth-about-the-afghanistan-war/
Further, Paul warns in the interview that the US government’s intervention in Afghanistan is far from over despite President Joe Biden’s apparent attempt to end it. Says Paul, “believe me, we are not going to lose an interest in Afghanistan; we’re not just going to close the door and walk away.” Hopefully, Paul does not turn out to be as correct in that prediction in regard to Afghanistan as he was ten years back.

Watch Paul’s interview here:

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Reason Senior Editor: Government Schools Should Require Teachers to Take Experimental Coronavirus Vaccines Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2021/august/13/reason-senior-editor-government-schools-should-require-teachers-to-take-experimental-coronavirus-vaccines/
Reason Magazine Senior Editor Robby Soave

A few people over at Reason have been head over heels for the experimental coronavirus vaccines, some of which are not even vaccines under the normal meaning of the term, being pushed incessantly by many people working in politics and media. But, you may have thought the libertarianish media organization with the slogan “free minds and free markets” would draw the line at posting at its website one of its senior editors endorsing government mandating people take the shots. If so, you thought wrong.

The advocacy at issue is in the fifth paragraph of Reason Senior Editor Robby Soave’s seven-paragraph Friday Reason article that deals with four teachers from Broward County, Florida, whose deaths Soave writes have been attributed to coronavirus:
The governor made vaccines available to all teachers in the state as far back as the beginning of March. But in addition to prohibiting mask requirements in schools, DeSantis has also made it very difficult for both government agencies and private businesses to require vaccination. That's the aspect of this story for which DeSantis deserves criticism: His COVID-19 declarations get in the way of individual public schools or districts requiring teachers to get vaccinated as a condition of employment. Yet the mainstream media and many Democratic legislators often appear fixated on masks and mask mandates—even though vaccination is by far a more effective tool for fighting the pandemic.
Praising government requiring people to take experimental coronavirus vaccines shots does not sound libertarian. Indeed, it sounds straight up statist.]]>
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Preposterous Coronavirus Vaccine Hype: White House Press Secretary Claims the Shots Have Saved ‘Tens of Millions of People’s Lives’ Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2021/august/11/preposterous-coronavirus-vaccine-hype-white-house-press-secretary-claims-the-shots-have-saved-tens-of-millions-of-people-s-lives/

Last week President Joe Biden told the coronavirus vaccines propaganda whopper that about 350 million Americans had taken shots of the experimental coronavirus vaccines. That number, of course, is greater than the United States population. Not content to leave the extreme overcounting of supposed vaccination success to her boss, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, in a Wednesday press briefing, claimed that we have “seen tens of millions of people’s lives saved who have gotten the vaccine; that data is clear across the country.”

Hmmm. Even the US government’s coronavirus death count, which is inflated by, among other things, the inclusion of people who died with coronavirus instead of just people who died from it, shows well less than one million deaths since records began being kept early last year. We are supposed to believe that the giving of experimental coronavirus shots that only started rolling out in a limited fashion in December, and that tens of millions of Americans have chosen not to receive, has prevented many multiples of those deaths? Not a chance. We are not seeing that kind of coronavirus death rate anywhere in the world, including countries where comparatively very few people have taken experimental coronavirus vaccine shots.

Sure, Biden and Psaki may have just misspoken in providing these outrageously inflated numbers for people who have received or been saved by the shots. But, what do you expect? While they say to “trust the science,” what they dish out day after day is puffery dressed up as science. For example, Biden routinely touts the experimental coronavirus vaccines, some of which are not even vaccines under the normal meaning of the term, as being safe and effective for everyone, despite the reality being the shots can be both dangerous and ineffective. When people routinely say things so divorced from reality, they are bound to on occasion become carried away and make preposterous statements that can be exposed as indisputably false by the application of simple math.

When listening to politicians and their spokesmen hyping coronavirus danger and their grand plans for countering that danger, it is a good idea to keep in mind an old joke: How can you tell a politician is lying? His lips are moving.]]>
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UFC: a Sanctuary from Coronavirus Vaccine Pressure in Professional Sports Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2021/august/09/ufc-a-sanctuary-from-coronavirus-vaccine-pressure-in-professional-sports/

While other professional sports organizations are imposing much pressure on competitors to take experimental coronavirus vaccine shots, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White is taking a refreshingly different and pro-freedom approach to the matter. He is declaring he will mind his own business, saying a decision whether to take or not take shots is a personal decision.

Interviewed recently by Aaron Bronsteter at TSN, White declared:
I would never tell another human being what to do with their body. If you want to get vaccinated, that’s up to you. That’s your choice. You’re never gonna hear me say ‘I’m gonna force people to get vaccinated.’ Never gonna happen.
White further stated:
Some people are getting fired if they don’t get vaccinated. Yeah, that’s not gonna happen here. You wanna get vaccinated? Get vaccinated. If you don’t, that’s your decision, your body.
Read more about White’s stand for freedom that is setting the UFC apart from other professional sports organizations in a Thursday Breitbart article by Dylan Gwinn.

Watch White’s interview here, in which he also discusses how UFC will, if necessary, ditch doing events in places such as England and New York City in favor of places including Florida, Texas, Arizona, and Las Vegas to ensure the events can be put on in a normal manner — without coronavirus panic restrictions including requiring “social distancing” and mask wearing.

While the UFC appears to be respecting fighters’ free choice to take or not take experimental coronavirus vaccines, some of which are not even vaccines under the normal meaning of the term, it has subjected fighters to other coronavirus-related requirements before certain events. Prior to a May event in Las Vegas, for example, an ESPN article by Ariel Helwani noted that fighters were required to take coronavirus tests and isolate themselves at a hotel.

Reminder, for young professional athletes, the risk of death or major sickness from coronavirus appears to be incredibly low. Professional sports organizations would likely do athletes more good trying to protect them from lightning strikes than bossing them around in a purported effort to protect them from coronavirus.
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Apple’s Descent from Privacy Hero to Privacy Villain Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2021/august/06/apple-s-descent-from-privacy-hero-to-privacy-villain/

In 2016, I, along with some other privacy advocates including writer and commentator Andrew Napolitano, was applauding Apple Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tim Cook for standing up for privacy and the United States Constitution in a situation that pitted his company against the power of the United States government and the desire of many Americans to seek information related to a mass shooting. Five years later, Apple has decided that, in the name of countering child pornography, it will throw privacy protection for all its customers out the window.

The company has disclosed that it plans to routinely and without even a basis for suspicion search through its customers’ electronic information in an effort to uncover child pornography or images of child sexual abuse. Further, Apple will then, based on the results of the snooping, disable customers’ accounts and inform the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding what was found.

In 2016, Apple was resisting a court order saying the company must help the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) break into an iPhone tied to Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik who were being investigated for committing a December of 2015 mass shooting from which 14 people died. Then, Apple Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tim Cook was speaking strongly in favor of protecting privacy in a situation where many people were inclined to support Apple giving in so a heinous crime could be further investigated and more violence potentially prevented.

At the time, I quoted from a statement by Cook regarding that matter. Included was this comment in defense of freedom:
While we believe the FBI’s intentions are good, it would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products. And ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect.
Cook also described how much more than the case at hand was at issue. He explained:
The implications of the government’s demands are chilling. If the government can use the All Writs Act to make it easier to unlock your iPhone, it would have the power to reach into anyone’s device to capture their data. The government could extend this breach of privacy and demand that Apple build surveillance software to intercept your messages, access your health records or financial data, track your location, or even access your phone’s microphone or camera without your knowledge.
Fast forward five years and Cook is still the CEO of Apple. Yet, Apple is proceeding to create a backdoor into customers’ iPhones information to advance a “good intention” — countering child sexual abuse or child pornography. All the arguments against taking such an action in relation to the mass shooting apply again. Apple’s planned action is an attack on privacy and leads the way to the company using surveillance software for the freedom-threatening variety of actions Cook warned about in 2016.

Apple now is volunteering to create this new surveillance system that will systematically violate the privacy of all its customers. It is preparing to become a full-fledged member of the surveillance state. At least back in 2016 the FBI had to provide evidence and go through a court to try to make Apple help it search for information on a particular phone. The old Apple stood up to that threat to privacy. The new Apple, in contrast, is preparing to surveille all its customers’ information routinely.

You can read here a Thursday report by India McKinney and Erica Portnoy at the Electronic Frontier Foundation regarding this and other snooping on customers’ information that Apple is planning to roll out.]]>
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Dennis Kucinich Places Close Third in Cleveland Mayor Primary Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2021/september/15/dennis-kucinich-places-close-third-in-cleveland-mayor-primary/

On Tuesday, Dennis Kucinich just missed qualifying for the general election for mayor of Cleveland, Ohio. The Cleveland native who previously served as mayor of the city in the 1970s before going on to several terms in the United States House of Representatives came in a close third in the primary election. The first and second place primary candidates will compete for votes in the November general election.

Read a WKYC-TV report on Kucinich’s primary run and watch Kucinich deliver brief public comments regarding the election results here.

Kucinich is an Advisory Board member for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.
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Coronavirus Crackdowns and the Ratchet Effect Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2021/september/14/coronavirus-crackdowns-and-the-ratchet-effect/

One of Robert Higgs’ great contributions to understanding government is his exploration of what he terms the ratchet effect. In a 2011 interview posted at the Mises Institute website, Higgs provided this succinct description of the ratchet effect:
In my work, the ratchet effect describes the characteristic way in which government under modern ideological conditions grows during a perceived national emergency. The government's size, scope, and power grow abruptly as the government acts to "do something" to allay the threat. Then, as the threat is eliminated or diminished, the government shrinks, but not all the way to the level it would have reached if the crisis had not occurred. Hence, each crisis shifts the government's growth trajectory to a higher level of size, scope, and power.
Since early last year, we have witnessed many governments across the world demonstrate the ratchet effect in their use of stirred up coronavirus panic to support their undertaking massive expansions of government power at the expense of liberty. Yet, in many places where there has been a major increase in government power in the name of countering coronavirus there has yet to be the partial backtrack that Higgs suggests follows.

Two developments this month in Europe may indicate that the expanded government power in at least some of that part of the world has reached its peak and that rescinding some of government power claimed in the name of countering coronavirus is becoming the new trend. The two big developments are Denmark ending all its coronavirus restrictions and England deciding to abandon its planned vaccine passport mandate.

In America, things are a bit complicated for some people who are dealing with local, state, and national governments moving in different directions. Consider, for example, someone living in a big city in a state where the state government has rescinded much of its coronavirus crackdown. While the state government has backed off, the city or county government and the local school district are likely maintaining or even expanding their coronavirus crackdown mandates. And the national government is going full tyrant with mandates concerning masksexperimental coronavirus vaccine shots, and more.

Denmark and England are providing some hope this week. May the retreat from coronavirus crackdowns continue. And may people keep demanding that it continue; government can be very reluctant to give up newly claimed powers.]]>
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September 11 Remembered, Minus the Propaganda - RPI's Daniel McAdams With Tom Woods Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2021/september/14/september-11-remembered-minus-the-propaganda-rpis-daniel-mcadams-with-tom-woods/
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Children are Next in Line for Mandated Coronavirus Vaccine Shots Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2021/september/11/children-are-next-in-line-for-mandated-coronavirus-vaccine-shots/

Much attention is focused on President Joe Biden in a Thursday speech announcing that the coronavirus testing alternative United States government employees had been able to use to avoid the mandate to take experimental coronavirus vaccines is being eliminated and that regulations are in the works to require all employees at companies with 100 or more employees to take the “vaccines” or be tested weekly. Less noticed is news that experimental coronavirus vaccines may soon be rolled out for young children. Pfizer-BioNTech is seeking in the next few weeks approval for giving its experimental coronavirus vaccine shots to children ages five through 11, while Moderna is close behind, proceeding with testing of its shots on children 11 and younger. Then come shots for toddlers and babies.

Shots mandates for workers first, shots mandates for children next: That seems to be the situation in America, though it should be noted that some children —especially older children — are workers too.

Of course, as happened Thursday with the testing alternative to shots disappearing for government workers, expect that alternative to go away for people working at private businesses as well. By the time a shots mandate for children comes along, a testing alternative might not be available from the start.

Biden provided in his speech a preview of an argument in favor of mandatory shots for children. First, he asserted that the August 23 expedited Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of a Pfizer-BioNTech experimental coronavirus vaccine for people 16 and over means “the time for waiting is over” for people 16 and older who have not taken the shots. Second, Biden suggested that as soon as vaccines are approved for use in an age group of children his conclusion is that the children in that age group should then be given shots:
It comes down to two separate categories: children ages 12 and older who are eligible for a vaccine now, and children ages 11 and under who are not are yet eligible.

The safest thing for your child 12 and older is to get them vaccinated.  They get vaccinated for a lot of things.  That’s it.  Get them vaccinated.
A move to require children to be given the experimental coronavirus vaccine shots should come as no surprise. Children across America have long been mandated to receive many vaccines on a prescribed timeline in accord with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine schedule or similar state vaccine schedules in order to attend school. And many of the mandates are difficult to avoid. In California, for example, the vaccine mandate applies even to children in private schools and only has a very limited exemption.

The obvious way to introduce the requirement that young children take the experimental coronavirus vaccine shots is to make the shots a prerequisite for attending school. There is plenty of precedent for that from all the other vaccine shots required in the CDC and state vaccine schedules.

Next up, the shots can be required for even homeschooled children, just like the shots requirement for people employed in businesses with a 100 or more employees can be extended to people employed in businesses with under 100 employees, the self-employed, the retired, and the unemployed. Indeed, on Thursday Biden announced he will mandate US government contractors and 17 million healthcare workers take the shots, no matter how many employees their employers have.

There is no constitutional basis for the experimental coronavirus vaccine mandates Biden announced on Thursday. If he can get away with those mandates, what’s to stop him from expanding on those mandates so he can eliminate all the “loopholes,” including the one protecting children from forced shots.]]>
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Apparent Delusional Talk from Cop Who Says He Shot Ashli Babbitt: ‘I Know That Day I Saved Countless Lives’ Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2021/august/27/apparent-delusional-talk-from-cop-who-says-he-shot-ashli-babbitt-i-know-that-day-i-saved-countless-lives/

“I know that day I saved countless lives,” United States Capitol Police cop Michael Byrd is quoted in a Thursday NBC News article as saying in regard to his actions on January 6 in resisting people who entered the Capitol, including Ashli Babbitt who Byrd says he shot through a doorway.

That seems like delusional talk.

The people who entered the Capitol that day, many allowed to do so by members of the Capitol Police, did not go on a killing spree. They were not even armed.

Some people who entered the Capitol appear to have caused property damage, or injuries in scuffles. Many others just wandered the building like tourists. Babbitt was the only person killed that day.

So how did Byrd on January 6 save “countless lives?” If he can back up this claim, Byrd must have quite a story — one that would add incredible insight regarding what happened that day at the Capitol. Let’s hear the details.]]>
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Ron Paul Talks In-depth about the Afghanistan War Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2021/august/21/ron-paul-talks-in-depth-about-the-afghanistan-war/
Further, Paul warns in the interview that the US government’s intervention in Afghanistan is far from over despite President Joe Biden’s apparent attempt to end it. Says Paul, “believe me, we are not going to lose an interest in Afghanistan; we’re not just going to close the door and walk away.” Hopefully, Paul does not turn out to be as correct in that prediction in regard to Afghanistan as he was ten years back.

Watch Paul’s interview here:

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Reason Senior Editor: Government Schools Should Require Teachers to Take Experimental Coronavirus Vaccines Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2021/august/13/reason-senior-editor-government-schools-should-require-teachers-to-take-experimental-coronavirus-vaccines/
Reason Magazine Senior Editor Robby Soave

A few people over at Reason have been head over heels for the experimental coronavirus vaccines, some of which are not even vaccines under the normal meaning of the term, being pushed incessantly by many people working in politics and media. But, you may have thought the libertarianish media organization with the slogan “free minds and free markets” would draw the line at posting at its website one of its senior editors endorsing government mandating people take the shots. If so, you thought wrong.

The advocacy at issue is in the fifth paragraph of Reason Senior Editor Robby Soave’s seven-paragraph Friday Reason article that deals with four teachers from Broward County, Florida, whose deaths Soave writes have been attributed to coronavirus:
The governor made vaccines available to all teachers in the state as far back as the beginning of March. But in addition to prohibiting mask requirements in schools, DeSantis has also made it very difficult for both government agencies and private businesses to require vaccination. That's the aspect of this story for which DeSantis deserves criticism: His COVID-19 declarations get in the way of individual public schools or districts requiring teachers to get vaccinated as a condition of employment. Yet the mainstream media and many Democratic legislators often appear fixated on masks and mask mandates—even though vaccination is by far a more effective tool for fighting the pandemic.
Praising government requiring people to take experimental coronavirus vaccines shots does not sound libertarian. Indeed, it sounds straight up statist.]]>
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Preposterous Coronavirus Vaccine Hype: White House Press Secretary Claims the Shots Have Saved ‘Tens of Millions of People’s Lives’ Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2021/august/11/preposterous-coronavirus-vaccine-hype-white-house-press-secretary-claims-the-shots-have-saved-tens-of-millions-of-people-s-lives/

Last week President Joe Biden told the coronavirus vaccines propaganda whopper that about 350 million Americans had taken shots of the experimental coronavirus vaccines. That number, of course, is greater than the United States population. Not content to leave the extreme overcounting of supposed vaccination success to her boss, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, in a Wednesday press briefing, claimed that we have “seen tens of millions of people’s lives saved who have gotten the vaccine; that data is clear across the country.”

Hmmm. Even the US government’s coronavirus death count, which is inflated by, among other things, the inclusion of people who died with coronavirus instead of just people who died from it, shows well less than one million deaths since records began being kept early last year. We are supposed to believe that the giving of experimental coronavirus shots that only started rolling out in a limited fashion in December, and that tens of millions of Americans have chosen not to receive, has prevented many multiples of those deaths? Not a chance. We are not seeing that kind of coronavirus death rate anywhere in the world, including countries where comparatively very few people have taken experimental coronavirus vaccine shots.

Sure, Biden and Psaki may have just misspoken in providing these outrageously inflated numbers for people who have received or been saved by the shots. But, what do you expect? While they say to “trust the science,” what they dish out day after day is puffery dressed up as science. For example, Biden routinely touts the experimental coronavirus vaccines, some of which are not even vaccines under the normal meaning of the term, as being safe and effective for everyone, despite the reality being the shots can be both dangerous and ineffective. When people routinely say things so divorced from reality, they are bound to on occasion become carried away and make preposterous statements that can be exposed as indisputably false by the application of simple math.

When listening to politicians and their spokesmen hyping coronavirus danger and their grand plans for countering that danger, it is a good idea to keep in mind an old joke: How can you tell a politician is lying? His lips are moving.]]>
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UFC: a Sanctuary from Coronavirus Vaccine Pressure in Professional Sports Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2021/august/09/ufc-a-sanctuary-from-coronavirus-vaccine-pressure-in-professional-sports/

While other professional sports organizations are imposing much pressure on competitors to take experimental coronavirus vaccine shots, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White is taking a refreshingly different and pro-freedom approach to the matter. He is declaring he will mind his own business, saying a decision whether to take or not take shots is a personal decision.

Interviewed recently by Aaron Bronsteter at TSN, White declared:
I would never tell another human being what to do with their body. If you want to get vaccinated, that’s up to you. That’s your choice. You’re never gonna hear me say ‘I’m gonna force people to get vaccinated.’ Never gonna happen.
White further stated:
Some people are getting fired if they don’t get vaccinated. Yeah, that’s not gonna happen here. You wanna get vaccinated? Get vaccinated. If you don’t, that’s your decision, your body.
Read more about White’s stand for freedom that is setting the UFC apart from other professional sports organizations in a Thursday Breitbart article by Dylan Gwinn.

Watch White’s interview here, in which he also discusses how UFC will, if necessary, ditch doing events in places such as England and New York City in favor of places including Florida, Texas, Arizona, and Las Vegas to ensure the events can be put on in a normal manner — without coronavirus panic restrictions including requiring “social distancing” and mask wearing.

While the UFC appears to be respecting fighters’ free choice to take or not take experimental coronavirus vaccines, some of which are not even vaccines under the normal meaning of the term, it has subjected fighters to other coronavirus-related requirements before certain events. Prior to a May event in Las Vegas, for example, an ESPN article by Ariel Helwani noted that fighters were required to take coronavirus tests and isolate themselves at a hotel.

Reminder, for young professional athletes, the risk of death or major sickness from coronavirus appears to be incredibly low. Professional sports organizations would likely do athletes more good trying to protect them from lightning strikes than bossing them around in a purported effort to protect them from coronavirus.
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Apple’s Descent from Privacy Hero to Privacy Villain Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2021/august/06/apple-s-descent-from-privacy-hero-to-privacy-villain/

In 2016, I, along with some other privacy advocates including writer and commentator Andrew Napolitano, was applauding Apple Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tim Cook for standing up for privacy and the United States Constitution in a situation that pitted his company against the power of the United States government and the desire of many Americans to seek information related to a mass shooting. Five years later, Apple has decided that, in the name of countering child pornography, it will throw privacy protection for all its customers out the window.

The company has disclosed that it plans to routinely and without even a basis for suspicion search through its customers’ electronic information in an effort to uncover child pornography or images of child sexual abuse. Further, Apple will then, based on the results of the snooping, disable customers’ accounts and inform the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding what was found.

In 2016, Apple was resisting a court order saying the company must help the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) break into an iPhone tied to Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik who were being investigated for committing a December of 2015 mass shooting from which 14 people died. Then, Apple Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tim Cook was speaking strongly in favor of protecting privacy in a situation where many people were inclined to support Apple giving in so a heinous crime could be further investigated and more violence potentially prevented.

At the time, I quoted from a statement by Cook regarding that matter. Included was this comment in defense of freedom:
While we believe the FBI’s intentions are good, it would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products. And ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect.
Cook also described how much more than the case at hand was at issue. He explained:
The implications of the government’s demands are chilling. If the government can use the All Writs Act to make it easier to unlock your iPhone, it would have the power to reach into anyone’s device to capture their data. The government could extend this breach of privacy and demand that Apple build surveillance software to intercept your messages, access your health records or financial data, track your location, or even access your phone’s microphone or camera without your knowledge.
Fast forward five years and Cook is still the CEO of Apple. Yet, Apple is proceeding to create a backdoor into customers’ iPhones information to advance a “good intention” — countering child sexual abuse or child pornography. All the arguments against taking such an action in relation to the mass shooting apply again. Apple’s planned action is an attack on privacy and leads the way to the company using surveillance software for the freedom-threatening variety of actions Cook warned about in 2016.

Apple now is volunteering to create this new surveillance system that will systematically violate the privacy of all its customers. It is preparing to become a full-fledged member of the surveillance state. At least back in 2016 the FBI had to provide evidence and go through a court to try to make Apple help it search for information on a particular phone. The old Apple stood up to that threat to privacy. The new Apple, in contrast, is preparing to surveille all its customers’ information routinely.

You can read here a Thursday report by India McKinney and Erica Portnoy at the Electronic Frontier Foundation regarding this and other snooping on customers’ information that Apple is planning to roll out.]]>
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