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Are People Too Blind to Know Their Government is Lying to Them?

By Joshua D. Glawson | United States

Comfort breeds apathy. Most people live simply to work to make a living for themselves and their families. We get focused on our career goals and stick to that path. Anything that distracts us from those life objectives (even when it is a major issue) prevents us from possibly feeding our family, providing housing, and all of the daily comforts of life. So, instead of delving into the serious topics of government abuses (lies, thefts, murders, wars, etc.), we prefer answering only to the immediacy of our direct needs and desires rather than a long fought battle against people that are lying to us.

This may also answer why so many people prefer getting their news from social media and comedians, rather than opening books and discussing things that make people uncomfortable. When we get comfortable with our lives, we tend to shield ourselves from things that will disrupt that comfort.

Likeability is at the forefront of most people’s relationships. Being liked by people, especially your family and friends, is important to most people, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, since most are concerned about being agreeable and liked, they tend to shy away from discussions that could lead them to be viewed in a different and bad light. No one wants to be that crazy conspiracy theorist relative, so they accept mainstream political opinion as fact. Some people also just want to continue positive relationships with those they know they will disagree with any non-mainstream thinking in a positive way.

Education also plays a role in turning a blind eye towards government lies. This may have more to do with public schools being the primary source of education for most Americans. It is ingrained in the public school system not to question your government. It teaches you to admire the Presidents as gods that have come to save us while dismissing all of their corruption, abuses, and lies within a generation or two. Furthermore, when public schools are paid for by states and the federal government, as in the US, with every dollar comes a regulation and control of that schooling system. This is because the state has a monopoly on the use of force. So, public schools will paint the State in a positive image, and many continue to believe that without question.

Philosophy is an ongoing battlefield. For many Americans, the idea that government officials are “just doing their job,” is constantly prevalent in their initial responses. Even when the actions of the government go against the Constitution or laws in place, many shun from contesting. This is the ever-pervasive philosophy that helps to destroy the very questioning of government itself.

Many have come to believe that, although an action such as murder or stealing is wrong for the individual, it is collectively permissible if done behind the guise of government. This also echoes throughout political debate where the majority of the political right only questions and badgers the political left, and the political left does the same only to the right, rather than individuals staying philosophically consistent in questioning everyone. These philosophies perpetuate tribalism, identity politics, and collectivism rather than instilling the reason of the individual to rationally and empirically question authority and philosophies themselves.

A systematic benefit is given to the government itself. When people have found lies within government, it turns against the whistleblower. Oftentimes, it may threaten their property, life, and liberty on the grounds of treason or whatever other charges that can be put on the person. Then, if the person goes to court, who will win? When the government is judging the case, the judges, the lawyers, the politicians, those involved in the charges being brought against them by the whistleblower are typically protected from the highest levels down by the government itself. If a state is suing the federal government, we can only hope that the Supreme Court will respond justly, but there is no guarantee.

How well can we actually use the system in place to charge politicians, military personnel, and other government officials for their crimes against God, Nature, and even the Constitution itself?


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Google is Watching Literally Everywhere You Go

By Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

Android users beware, it seems that Google knows your every move, down to the second that you make it.

A video that can be found here shows a man’s walk around Washington D.C.

During his walk, he stops at various locations, such as government buildings, churches, and hospitals. The entire time, he is carrying two androids that have no Sim cards and no WiFi. One is set on Airplane mode.

After his venture through the nation’s capital, the man connects the phones to a WiFi device that detects all data that leaves the phone. What was discovered is that Google was sent every single information about user location down to the second. It was able to determine whether he was walking, in a car, getting out of the car, or standing still.

So even if your location services are off and your Android is on airplane mode, Google can still access your every single move the moment you are connected to the network.

Everyone knows that organizations with massive terms of service collect our data to sell targeted ads, but this method is slightly unnerving. We sign agreements that allow Google to track such a thing, but Android users should be aware that they are constantly being tracked every second of the day.

Somebody is always watching.

California or The Ministry of Truth?

By Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

Due to recent fears over the spread of fake news, various state, local, and national governments, along with private organizations, have worked to halt further dissemination of false information.

The most recent of which is the California state government. SB-1424 outlines strategic plans for dealing with “false information” in the news realm. While this may seem like a good-intentioned piece of legislation meant to protect the marketplace ideas, intentions are not results.

The primary goal of the legislation is as follows:

(a) Any person who operates a social media Internet Web site with physical presence in California shall develop a strategic plan to verify news stories shared on its Internet Web site.

The way they will go about doing this is outlined in the (b) section of the legislation:

(b) The strategic plan shall include, but is not limited to, all of the following:
(1) A plan to mitigate the spread of false information through news stories.
(2) The utilization of fact-checkers to verify news stories.
(3) Providing outreach to social media users regarding news stories containing false information.
(4) Placing a warning on a news story containing false information.

There are many issues with this legislation, and it is an action outside of the boundaries of government authority.

The first problem with any legislation similar to this is that it gives government authority over the truth. Anyone who has read Orwell’s 1984 will wisely be skeptical of any method to do such a thing. When those who have a monopoly on violence are now the arbiters of truth, incentives are skewed in a way so that state power will only increase. As Rothbard said in Anatomy of the State:

For… acceptance [of the state], the majority must be persuaded by ideology that their government is good, wise and, at least, inevitable, and certainly better than other conceivable alternatives.

Any state will seek to make itself seem great in the eyes of the populous. Allowing for the state to have a say in what the news can and cannot sets a precedent that would allow it to take incremental steps and eventually sway all of the media in favor of its power (assuming it has not already).

The founders of the United States saw the media as a check on government. It is why we have freedom of the press embodied in the first amendment. They had good reason to do this, for the incentives for government do not pressure it to limits itself. An outside apparatus must limit it, one of which is the press.

It shouldn’t be the other way around.

Sub-point 2 requires organizations to use “fact-checkers.” The problem with this is that getting news startups have tight resources. A professional or state-approved “fact-checker” may be a drain on resources that will keep potential news companies out of the game. This decreases competition and increases the risk of monopoly.

That is not the only way that they “little guy” will be trampled upon. The “fake news” Trump and the MAGA crowd is upset with is astronomically different than that which a left-leaning government such as California’s will be upset with. While a Trumpian anti-fake news crusade would go after organizations like CNN, left-leaning fake news witchhunts are going to target alternative media sources, which tend to have fewer resources to defend themselves.

There is not going to be a nonbiased way of keeping the news real. Somebody is going to have an agenda, and that will be pushed. If you have doubts, ask yourself the question: Is the government of California really going to go after green or liberal media that is based in their state?

This legislation also intensifies the view of the state as a maternal entity. The government doesn’t think Californians are wise enough to discern between real and fake news, so it sweeps in and does it for them. While that should be insulting to all Californians, it also turns the state into a nanny of sorts. A nanny state causes individuals to throw their problems towards the government. People quite literally turn into grown-up babies.

Although many of the impacts of planks of this legislation seem far-fetched, it is a matter of the principle behind the matter and the precedent the legislation will set. When you expand government authority into a realm without any sort of proper limiting mechanisms, there is no reason to believe it will stop itself there.

The government has no incentive to limit itself, so we should be fighting back every time it tries to move an inch. Because if you give the state an inch, it will take a mile and half your paycheck.


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The Government is Ruining the Future of Every Student

By Jackson Parker | USA

With the rate of jobs growth increasing around the country, people scramble to equip themselves and their kin to find a job that can support them and their families. The most stressed option to prepare for future employment is, of course, college education. While a degree can provide students with appropriate skills and opportunities for succeeding in the real world, the sword has two sides. The opposing edge ends up becoming the vast amount student debt accumulated with going to school. This debt gained from going to college has skyrocketed since 1980 and caused the millennial generation to be burdened with intense debts rivaling the cost of a mortgage.

With this sharp increase in the prices associated with schooling, many questions come to mind for people who are on the fence about attending college.

  • Why are prices so much higher than when my parents were in college?
  • Why am I being pressured into paying this much money?
  • Who made these prices higher?

These questions are valid and great concerns among today’s current youth and need to be addressed and fixed accordingly. The problems with the current university system and the prices associated come from Big Brother himself. The government has wrenched its hands into the world of postsecondary education in the name of “fairness” and “equality” and has caused a travesty to the current generation of students attempting to afford college.

The federal government has provided a “low-interest student loan service” that has been the main cause of the increased cost of tuition across the nation. This federal service was implemented in order to guarantee low-interest rates and prevent loan discrimination because of bad credit among other things. These federal loans were implemented with positive intentions to help the lower class but, after many years, have proven to hurt them the most.

The problem with these loans is seen when you compare them to traditional loans for a house or other valuable item. When you apply for a loan, the bank or other lending services will evaluate you for their own risk/reward in the deal. The company will check your previous purchases, current qualifications, and adjust your interest rate accordingly to make sure they aren’t taking an economic risk without incentive for them.

The government’s student loans do not follow this plan; they give out as much money as needed, at a set interest rate, to any qualified applicant. Most people would champion this as a positive thing, helping poor or otherwise unfortunate people who need help going to college. This plan overlooks the biggest problem that the government has created. Without incorporating their risk into the lending, the government loses money to defaulting loans without proper interest to make the risk worth it. Since government lending agencies do not discriminate against obvious risks by raising their interest rates, they are saying “everyone is equally opportune for college education.” While this egalitarian statement seems to be for the best, it simply isn’t true, individuals have varying levels of uncertainty to their successes.

While more and more people enter postsecondary education, the value of a college degree inflates while the cost associated with this pursuit skyrockets. All the while, the taxpayer shoulders the risk for these student’s education without knowing anything other than the fact that they are attending college. As majors and past credit history are completely disregarded in the current system, the student debt soars over one trillion dollars and the number of defaulters push over seven million. Many people believe the narrative spread by organizations, such as the NY Times, that college is required for a successful life and you should attend without proper qualifications on the government’s “free” money. But this claim that you must attend college is false, many professions require no college degree whatsoever. Some of them are even in a few of the upper tax brackets and provide for a whole family unassisted.

Many people have observed the inflation that has happened inside of the United States, increasing the price of goods. While inflation has happened within the country, the rate of tuition cost increases outdo the numbers inflation contributes. The CPI (Consumer Price Index), the value tracking inflation, has increased 120% over the past 30 years, while college tuition cost has soared 260% in the same time.

The government has been handing out loans to fill the colleges with as many people as possible. These state-run colleges like UT and NYU are run by the government and still require funding. Instead of the government causing an uproar by increasing the property tax on a state level, their solution was a seemingly righteous endeavor that was masked in the shade of “egalitarianism.” By supplying every student who wishes to attend college and strapping them with student loans, these state-run colleges can gain revenue through tuition and other onsite services while keeping out of the local government’s tax plan. However, that does not mean the society isn’t paying for these students to attend school, the money goes straight to the federal budget deficit.

While the government struggles to afford the trillions of growing costs of sending whoever wishes to attend college, they choose to ignore the possible solutions. Other than completely eliminating the lending service to prevent losing further amounts of money, there are other ways we can mitigate the impact of these debts. Evidence has shown that certain majors, especially in arts and humanities, are far more likely to default on their student loan debt. By increasing the incentive for the government to give loans to majors with historically higher default rates, the government can soften the blow of each defaulter. The system will remain a “fair” method to provide loans as intended, but correlated to majors based on independent research in order to mitigate the national student loan debt. For example, business majors typically have the least amount of risk associated with them and therefore should be held at a lower interest rate.

The government needs to put a plan into action soon in order to combat the downward spiral of the increase of student loan debt and cost of tuition across America. By doing nothing, the taxpayers are accepting defeat and masochistically increasing their own debt in the name of “fairness for all.” The student loan debt crisis can be solved with various simple actions all with one goal in common, preventing the government from acting like a seemingly benevolent god. The government has exercised too much power far too many areas of the country, including the education and futures of its own citizens as well as taking control away from the private institutions who are willing to give loans to worthy candidates. By making the government function like a business instead of a charity, or by completely removing it from the equation and letting private industry take care of the people, the massive inflation of the cost of student loans will meet or possibly stoop below the rate of inflation. With this in mind, as a taxpayer and as an American, we all must band together in order to ensure a bright future for our posterity and avoid the malicious cost associated with seemingly righteous governments.