Author: Jack Parkos

The Trump and Clemson Hamburger Party Is a Non-issue

Jack Parkos | United States

Yesterday, President Trump invited The Clemson Tigers, NCAA football champions to the White House. There, he served them a feast of McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King. In a tweet, Trump claimed they had over “1000 hamburgers”. The White House kitchen staff was not available due to the shutdown.

Many mainstream media outlets were outraged. Of course, there are plenty of things to criticize within the Trump administration, including military action in Yemen that led to the slaughter of children on a school bus. But why is there anything wrong with a Clemson hamburger party?

Trump Hamburgers: Not The Onion

Many needed to find out exactly how many burgers were served.  Former NFL player Reggie Bush called it was disrespectful and a “slap in the face” to the winning team. However, the team appeared to enjoy the festivities in all available photos.

An opinion article in “USA Today went so far as to claim that this is a tactic to divert us from the government shutdown. This comes in spite of the fact that the president directly mentioned the shutdown in a tweet about the party. Author Christine Brennan stated:

What was the rush? Most White House celebrations occur at least a month or two after a championship is won. Why did Trump hurry Clemson into the White House a week after the national championship game? Is he really that lonely — or so desperate for a photo op with football players? Diversion, anyone?

When people think of diversions, they generally imagine major political controversies, not a Clemson hamburger party.

Moreover, a Washington Post article ridiculed the idea that Trump’s hamburgers were a mile high. In a non-satirical article, they “fact-checked” the claim, proving that, in fact, 1,000 burgers would only be 2,000 feet high. Of all of the Trump claims to fact-check, this is not worth attention. Stories like these belong on The Onion, not reputable sites.

Covering the Clemson Hamburger Party

Is this really what the media is covering? This story, in general, did not deserve much attention. At most, it deserved short stories of players visiting the White House and greeting the president. Do we really need a national debate about what they ate and why? Quarterback Trevor Lawrence said he liked the meal. It appears the team enjoyed the meal. Why does there need to be controversy over this?

There are real stories out there in America and the world, ones of suffering and glee. But the mainstream media fails to cover these. While a hacker group releases ominous files about the 9/11 attacks, we see story after story about Trump’s “hamberders” typo. They are trying to make huge controversies out of nothing. This is not a story; it is an attempt at a political attack on an enemy.

We cannot further allow the media to be a political tool. Journalists are supposed to tell stories and discuss actual issues. This siege of stories merely marks another step away from legitimate, honest journalism.


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The Case Against Democracy in a Free Society

Jack Parkos | United States

“We must do (X)!” says the politician. “We must do it to save democracy!” To the democratic politician, democracy is like its child; they ignore or rebuke all who critique it. But in reality, democracy deserves much criticism for its failures.

Indeed, many people grow up thinking democracy is the last step in political theory. Democratic republicanism is the only way and it must spread throughout the world, say the many. It may seem we live under a great system where everyone has a say in the government. However, all that this means is that everyone else has a say over your life.

From Republic to Democracy

In the United States, we are a republic. However, it has become more democratic throughout the years. For example, one no longer must own property to vote. As a result, those without property may vote to implement or increase property taxes, involving themselves in a matter that does not affect them. Furthermore, criminals and the uneducated have as much power as you. They can vote your rights away with ease. The democratic politician relies on the lower class to gain power.

Without a doubt, democracy can economically incentivize unsuccessful behavior. Under our democracy, antidiscrimination laws often protect those who do not succeed by virtue of alleged equality. For example, schools may no longer choose how they fund their athletics because of gender “equality”.

A Restriction of Rights

Democracy is simply a violation of private property. It is a way for some to receive free stuff at the expense of others. Universal suffrage allows for the uninformed groups to decide what the informed must do.

If the right to vote were expanded to seven year olds … its policies would most definitely reflect the ‘legitimate concerns’ of children to have ‘adequate’ and ‘equal’ access to ‘free’ french fries, lemonade and videos. – Hans-Hermann Hoppe 

Moreover, after democracy came to be, communism and Nazism were able to rise through a democratic process. Democracy can just as easily lead to tyranny as any other form of government.

Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy. – Plato

In a democracy, a tyrant needs only 51% of the people to support him and his tyrannical actions are legitimate. 51% can never truly constitute the will of the people, and neither can any other figure less than 100%. Majority support does not make an action morally right. A popular vote does not decide ethics.

Poor Democratic Leaders

Under a free society, the best leaders would naturally rise and be chosen voluntarily. Under democratic rule, the worst leaders are generally going to be in charge. Deceptive people have an edge over honest people due to the fact that they don’t have to play by the rules; not doing so makes it a lot easier to garner votes.

Democracy is not based on the common good of the community but rather on irrational voter decisions. Plato uses an example of the doctor and a candyman. The doctor offers you the painful truth that ultimately will benefit you. He may do unpleasant procedures on you, but ultimately, you will see the gains. Meanwhile, the candyman offers you a lollipop. This, of course, is a lot more attractive.

Voters are historically unable to look at longterm consequences of actions, and as a result, many may pick the candyman. This is an excellent analogy. In truth, many democratic voters are like children wanting free goodies. “Free” healthcare and welfare are a lot more attractive to some than long-term and sustainable success that doesn’t come from someone else’s paycheck.

Better Alternatives

In a libertarian society, leaders would rise by protecting their people without stealing from others. It would all be voluntary, unlike democracy. A majority of others agreeing on something does not mean that everyone consents. For example, we can take Ben Franklin’s classical analogy of democracy:

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!”

According to the democratic politician’s logic, the lamb consented to be eaten because the majority of the wolves decided it was okay. Does this sound absurd? My neighbor deciding to steal my income is not freedom in any meaningful way.

Short-term Solutions

Unfortunately, a pure libertarian society is not around the corner. In spite of this, what is a good way to better safeguard rights? The best, most pragmatic short term solution is to “undemocratize” our country. The Founders required that one own land to vote, as they feared that those without land would attempt to steal the land of property owners (they were right; this has happened). It is fair that one should own property to vote, at least on issues regarding private property.

It is also worth debating whether prisoners and the uneducated should vote. Perhaps these are good ideas, perhaps not. But like all ideas, they should see a full and proper debate before reaching a verdict. Many may claim that such a notion is entirely unfair, from the start. How else, though, is it feasible to reduce the size and scope of government?

What Can We Do?

It is unlikely these exact policies will exist. However, those who seek to shrink the state should support any policy that makes us less democratic and prevents a tyranny of the majority. There should be requirements to vote that are worth discussing. These policies will make our country less democratic and more republican (in political theory terms, not the parties).

Naturally, nobody has the right to vote about what someone else does with their private property. But the less property the government steals, the better. Democracy is not liberty; it is an illusion of freedom that politicians can use to gain power.

The Founding Fathers warned us many times of what would happen. The pure libertarian society will not come anytime soon, but any action that supports liberty must be pursued. Naturally, less democracy is more freedom: true freedom.


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New Year’s Resolutions for the Libertarian Movement

By Jack Parkos | United States

All over social media, you will see people posting “new year, new me.” While people are setting resolutions for a better year, libertarians should also set goals for 2019. The Libertarian Party is failing and has gotten little done. Clearly, something must change. New strategies must be tried, new allies must be considered, all in an effort to gain a more libertarian society. Ideally, we would want to obtain a truly libertarian society, where interactions are voluntary, private property is respected, the market is freed, etc.. But realistically that will not happen for a long time. So, what should we work towards in 2019?

10 Policy Goals for 2019

What we should work for is making society more libertarian, with decentralization, more respect to property owners, and voluntarism (the principle of respecting voluntary actions). We also should maintain the necessary culture for a libertarian social order. Below are some points on what to try to obtain in 2019.

  1. Decentralization of the Government- The federal government has very much exceeded the limits set to it in the Constitution. Originally, the states handled many of the issues. Pragmatically, libertarians should want to decentralize the state as much as possible while it holds its monopoly on power. The more local the state, the more voluntary and less tyrannical it becomes. In 2019, libertarians should support propositions that aim to secure states rights against the expanding power of the federal government.
  2. Bring Home the Troops, End the Wars- War-hawkish foreign policy has gone on long enough. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost the taxpayers trillions of dollars. What’s worse is the humanitarian impact of these wars. Death tolls for these wars are in the thousands for American troops, and for what? The region has only become more destabilized. Moreover, the United States is backing the Saudis as they reign terror on the innocent people of Yemen. The moves by Trump to pull the troops out of Syria and Afghanistan are good and should be encouraged.
  3. Stop Mass Immigration- These wars have caused mass destabilization of the Middle Eastern region, creating a mass migration to the west. Europe has already seen the downsides to mass migration; an increase in violent crimes, political instability, and the welfare state. This is something libertarians must stop from happening in America. Securing the borders is not “anti-libertarian” as left-libertarians will claim. Forced immigration unto the people is statism. Ideally, borders would be private property. But while the state has a monopoly on borders, they should be protected as such.
  4. Take Down the Fed- Trump has encouraged an audit on the Federal Reserve and has recently been attacking it. Libertarians must support all efforts by Trump against the Federal Reserve. An audit of the fed is a good step in the direction of the ultimate goal: Ending the federal reserve. Furthermore, banking should be as decentralized as possible, and any policy doing this should be pushed and encouraged.
  5.  Defeat the Left and Stop the Mobs-  To quote Hans Hermann Hoppe:

“Tacitly supported and indirectly funded by the ruling elites, this self-described mob of “social justice warriors” has taken upon itself the task of escalating the fight against “white privilege” through deliberate acts of terror directed against anyone and anything deemed “racist,” “right-wing,” “fascist,” “reactionary,” “incorrigible” or “unreconstructed.” Such “enemies of progress” are physically assaulted by the “anti-fascist” mob, their cars are burnt down, their properties vandalized, and their employers threatened to dismiss them and ruin their careers – all the while the police are ordered by the powers that be to “stand down” and not to investigate the crimes committed or prosecute and punish the criminals. In view of this outrage, public anger must be aroused and there must be clamoring, far and wide, for the police to be unleashed and this mob be beaten into submission.”

 

Whenever a right-leaning speaker wants to speak at a college, mobs form and destroy property to prevent them from using free speech. Meanwhile, the cops tell the peaceful speaker he must leave. These actions must be condemned by libertarians. Leftwing mobs must be stopped. Furthermore, left-wing control of the media and culture is something libertarians should take on, as they promote forced equity, socialism, and more state infringements on liberty. The cultural Marxists must be stopped.

6. Promote Lassiez-Faire Capitalism- Whether through low taxes, deregulation, or free trade, all policies that move us towards laissez-faire capitalism must be a top priority for libertarians this year. Supporting any political candidate or political action that frees the economy. Moreover, whichever major candidate is more laissez-faire (typically the Republican) should be the one voted for unless they promote war. Laissez-Faire capitalism is one of the key components of libertarianism.

7. Reform the Libertarian Party- The libertarian ideology promotes free markets, private property, and non-violence. The Libertarian Party has become a party of degeneracy, promoting hedonistic lifestyles, and leftist talking points. The party even has a “socialist caucus”. Libertarianism has falsely been labeled as “socially liberal and fiscally conservative”. While we are against the state using a monopoly to enforce laws against sexual liberation or drugs, the party should not be promoting it like it currently does.  The party should be reformed to one that promotes Austrian economics and liberty. If this cannot be done, libertarians may give up on the party as it is no longer a tool to advance liberty.

8. Expose Elites and the “Deep State”- The elites that control the world (politicians, the media, the so-called “intellects”), must be exposed as the frauds and crooks they are. Many conspiracies arise about the “Deep State”, and we must work to spread the truth about them. Big global bureaucratic organizations should be weakened and ultimately destroyed. We must expose those who profit from the wars and the military industrial complex. Small media sites should be promoted to combat corporate media. All corruption in D.C should be exposed. Also, so-called “intellects” should be challenged as they push statist and leftist propaganda.

9. Fight in the Culture War- True American culture is based on liberty, family values, and western civilization. The idea was that different cultures could come together but would agree on certain values. Recently, however, there has been a war on American culture. The nuclear family has been under attack since feminists pushed sexual “liberation” which has only lead to an increase in the welfare state. Libertarians should embrace traditional values not with state violence, but rather, in the fight of the culture war.

10. Stop the War on Drugs- The War on Drugs was a massive failure. It did not accomplish its goal to limit drug use, rather it pushed the problem more underground and increasing the power of drug cartels. This caused mass increases in violent crime. What’s worse is the violation of civil liberties in the process, SWAT teams raiding people’s houses and violent police interactions have become far more common. Moreover, it has also cost a lot of money to the tax payer. The war on drugs must be ended or deceased. Policies to decriminalize drugs, loosen drug laws, or leave it to the states must be encouraged.

Taking everything into consideration, it can be concluded that these are reasonable goals to pursue in 2019. Though it will not all solve issues, it will be a good step in the right direction. All these goals are consistent with libertarianism and can help us make a more libertarian society.


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The Dark Overlord Hacker Group Leaks 9/11 Files for Bitcoin

By Jack Parkos | United States

Hacking group The Dark Overlord (who was removed from twitter) had announced that they had files relating to the September 11th terrorist attack that would “burn down the deep state”. The group demanded ransom money in Bitcoin, or else they would release unclosed information about the attacks.

The law firm that was hacked allegedly paid the group a fair amount of money, however, after they contacted law enforcement, The Dark Overlord became agitated. The group has now switched from ransom to crowdfunding via the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

The data breach has become a bigger issue as the first round of information has been leaked to the public. The group has claimed this leak is only the tip of the iceberg and that more files with more information are to come. Each new set of information will be in different sums the group calls “checkpoints”.

So far, the documents are legal documents with the majority being related to insurance. It appears that the documents are information from insurance companies following the attack, with more information to be leaker in future dates. Much information about the leaks, as well as links to the files, are being removed from social media.


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Stanislav Petrov: The Forgotten Man who Saved the World From Nuclear War

By Jack Parkos | United States

Can one man save the world? Could just one action by one person prevent the downfall of human civilization? This simply sounds like a fictional story like Superman. It’s unrealistic. But one man, Stanislav Petrov, was able to do this. Yet, he is not talked about in schools or mentioned in history textbooks. The average person may not know the name and face of “The man who single-handedly saved the world from nuclear war”.

Who Was Petrov?

Stanislav Petrov, son of a WW2 pilot, joined the Soviet Air Defense Forces in 1972. Stanislav became lieutenant colonel and was stationed at the Serpukhov-15 base near Moscow during the early 1980s, his duty was monitor early nuclear detectors (called Oko), and warning his superiors of an attack.  This was during one of the most dangerous periods of human history: the Cold War. There had been decades of tension between the capitalist West and communist East. The Soviets and Americans were in an intense near-nuclear war with the fear of annihilation on everyone’s minds. Both sides were waiting for the other to attack.

The Incident

Many people know the close call of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Not as many know that on September 26th, 1983, we were just as close. On September 26th, 1983, Oko picked up five USAF minutemen ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missiles) heading towards the Soviet Union. As the alarms went off and panic ensued, Stanislav was left with a choice: to call his superiors warning of an attack, or to dismiss it as a false alarm. Stanislav was skeptical of the new technology and thought it to have many flaws. He had a gut feeling the alarm was false. In a 1999 interview with the Washington Post he recalled thinking:

“When people start a war, they don’t start it with only five missiles, you can do little damage with just five missiles.”

He figured an attack would be much larger and would have the goal of obliterating the Soviets. He made the final decision that it was a false alarm and checked for computer error, rather than reporting the incoming attack. He was correct, Oko had picked up by sunlight on high altitude clouds.

Following the incident, Stanislav was interrogated by higher-ups as to what happened. Although initially receiving credit, he was scolded for not properly documenting all the paperwork amidst the chaos. He defended himself saying:

“Because I had a phone in one hand and the intercom in the other, and I don’t have a third hand”

Thus, he was never rewarded for his actions. The improper filling of paperwork was enough to lose credit for saving the world. Stanislav also claimed he received no reward because his reward would result in the punishment of the scientists who developed Oso. He claimed he was made a scapegoat. Stanislav left the military in 1983.

After the Soviet Union collapsed, his story was told. He was honored at the United Nations in 2006, winning the World Citizen Award. Also winning the Dresden Peace Prize in Germany in 2013. Also having a documentary film made about him called “The Man Who Saved the World”.

What If He Wasn’t There?

Stanislav has claimed he doesn’t consider himself a hero, but rather just a man doing his job. He has also stated, however, that they were lucky he was there that day.

Indeed, we all are lucky. Had he not been there, it is likely everyone reading this article wouldn’t be alive or would never have been born.

Assume he wasn’t there. Instead, another officer on duty that day who was not skeptical of the detectors. What would have happened? It is highly possible this officer may have reported the attack to higher up officials-who were very paranoid about an attack. They were not afraid to retaliate. They would have likely retaliated with a nuclear strike. The United States would then pick up an attack coming there way and retaliate, starting World War Three and a nuclear holocaust. This would likely be the end of civilization.

Indeed, this man is a hero. He was doing his job and his job saved civilization. JFK and Reagan get much credit for getting us through the Cold War, but Petrov is not given the praise he deserves. He deserves to be taught about in schools. Moreover, it is an interesting concept in the idea of how important and powerful the individual is.

Petrov died May 19th, 2017, but his impact on the world will never die. It is important that we keep his story alive. For his story saved all stories that happened after that fateful day in 1983.


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