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17 Facts on the Reunification of Germany – Foundation for Economic Education

“For decades, German families had been separated from one another between East Germany and West Germany. Post-World War II, the East German government—the German Democratic Republic (GDR)—constructed this physical barrier to define their territory separately from the government of West Germany, the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG). The main distinguishing characteristic between the two governments? A generalized sense of freedom and liberty versus socialism and oppression.

The Berlin Wall served the GDR’s main purpose: “to permanently close off access to the West.” Between 1949 and 1961, West Germany provided East Germans with a pathway toward democracy and capitalism.”

https://fee.org/articles/17-facts-on-the-reunification-of-germany/

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Watch “Rand Paul Explains the Two Big Lies of “Democratic” Socialism I Kibbe on Liberty” on YouTube

Individual liberty is never fully realized without economic freedom, which includes strong private rights & a climate conducive to self-determination.

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Delusion, Doublespeak, and Duplicity: Why Language Matters | Intellectual Takeout

By Jeff Minick

“Language matters.

Let’s start with some quotes from one of the masters of the English

language: George Orwell.

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

And again: “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”

From 1984: “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”

Some males decide they are women…In just a few years, our laws and our society in general have accepted these gender migrations as valid…In short, we accept, or pretend to accept, the proposition that Joe can become Sally.

Except for some who still have eyes to see.

In an interview on feminism and transgenderism, feminist professor and writer Camille Paglia has this to say about the transgendered:

It is certainly ironic how liberals who posture as defenders of science when it comes to global warning… flee all reference to biology when it comes to gender. …

The cold biological truth is that sex changes are impossible. Every single cell of the human body (except for blood) remains coded with one’s birth gender for life.

Back to our man George:
“There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.”

This explains why Paglia in her writings and interviews sounds sane compared to many other progressives.

Some today believe that abortion should be an option up to the moment of birth…Yet these same people don’t blink when they say to a pregnant woman, “When’s your baby due?”

Why don’t they say, “When’s your fetus due?” Or to be more precise: “When does your fetus become a human being?”

To paraphrase Orwell, thought corrupts language and language corrupts thought

If we believe in free speech, but ban speakers from our universities or riot if they appear, then what is free speech?

If we believe in freedom of religion, but then redefine the word as did the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 2016 – “‘the phrases “religious liberty” and “religious freedom”’ are nothing but ‘code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism…’” – then what does our Bill of Rights mean when it guarantees freedom of religion?

Politicians have undermined the language for decades. They call war a “police action.” An “investment in America” translates as “more taxes and more debt.” “Free education” and “free health care” means picking up the tab for some citizens while making slaves of others. “Illegal aliens” become “undocumented immigrants.” “Enhanced interrogation” is code for torture. “Collateral damage” stands for the killing of civilians during wartime. “Progressive politician” sounds wonderful – who is against real progress? – but refers to politicos looking for more power and more control over their fellow citizens.”

https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/delusion-doublespeak-and-duplicity-why-language-matters

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Bastiat on the Nature of Government (and Why America’s Was the Exception) – Foundation for Economic Education

“I should be glad…if you had really discovered a beneficent and inexhaustible being, calling itself the Government…which can provide for all our wants…correct all our errors, repair all our faults, and exempt us henceforth from the necessity for foresight, prudence, judgment, sagacity, experience, order, economy, temperance, and activity.”

“Nothing could be more convenient than that we should all…have within our reach an inexhaustible source of wealth and enlightenment—a universal physician, an unlimited treasure, and an infallible counselor, such as you describe Government to be.”

Government. We say to it ‘I should like…the possessions of others. But this would be dangerous. Could you not facilitate the thing for me?…the law will have acted for me, and I shall have all the advantages of plunder, without its risk or its disgrace.'”

“In all times, two political systems have been in existence… According to one of them, Government ought to do much, but then it ought to take much. According to the other, this two-fold activity ought to be little felt. We have to choose between these two systems.”

“Government is and ought to be nothing but the united power of the people, organized, not to be an instrument of oppression and mutual plunder among citizens, but, on the contrary, to secure to everyone his own, and to cause justice and security to reign.” – Frederic Bastiat, 1848

https://fee.org/articles/bastiat-on-the-nature-of-government-and-why-americas-was-the-exception/

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Musings and Mentions

As we continue to examine the outcomes of socioeconomic initiatives throughout our history, it becomes apparent that society’s benefits are not necessarily derived from good policies as much as from the absence of bad ones.

– Robert Nelson

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Preferred Pronouns or Prison | PragerU

“The State can’t force people to say things they don’t believe.”

Justice Robert Jackson – West Virginia State Board of Education v Barnette (1943)

Source: Preferred Pronouns or Prison | PragerU

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Calvin Coolidge, the Declaration of Independence, and Limits on the Power of Government | International Liberty

“…In its main features the Declaration of Independence is a great spiritual document. It is a declaration not of material but of spiritual conceptions. Equality, liberty, popular sovereignty, the rights of man — these are not elements which we can see and touch. They are ideals. …It was in the contemplation of these truths that the fathers made their declaration and adopted their Constitution. It was to establish a free government, which must not be permitted to degenerate into the unrestrained authority of a mere majority or the unbridled weight of a mere influential few. …These are our guaranties of liberty. As a result of these methods enterprise has been duly protected from confiscation, the people have been free from oppression.“

https://danieljmitchell.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/calvin-coolidge-the-declaration-of-independence-and-limits-on-the-power-of-government/

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Micro-totalitarianism – Thomas Sowell – Page full

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Dr. Thomas Sowell

The concept of “micro-aggression” is just one of many tactics used to stifle differences of opinion by declaring some opinions to be “hate speech,” instead of debating those differences in a marketplace of ideas. To accuse people of aggression for not marching in lockstep with political correctness is to set the stage for justifying real aggression against them.

via Micro-totalitarianism – Thomas Sowell – Page full.