Free Talk Live, 08/11/22

Source: Free Talk Live

“Mark at Freedom Fest Interviews Part Two :: Michael Cobb of ECI Development :: Steven Villee of the Club 75 Alliance :: Mindy Gayer and the Intrust Group :: Stephen Calandrella from Virtual Interactive Technologies :: Chris Rufer from Foundation for Harmony and Prosperity :: Kerry Baldwin of Libertarian Christian Institute :: Luke Livingston from Innovation Race :: Doug Kirkpatrick from Self Management Collaborative :: Reed Coverdale of Naturalist Capitalist Podcast :: Eric Shuss from On-Air Platform :: Heather Mullins of Real America’s Voice :: Jim Babka of Foundation for Harmony and Prosperity :: Show: 2022-08-11 Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/11/22)

Thomas Piketty Wants to Bring Back Communism in the Guise of Democratic Socialism

Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mark Thornton

“Thomas Piketty’s Brief History is the fourth installment of his assault on economic inequality, following as it does the best-selling Capital in the Twenty-First Century and Capital and Ideology. The third, Time for Socialism: Dispatches from a World on Fire, 2016–2021, is just a collection of popular articles based on which the New York Times dubbed Piketty a ‘vaguely left-of-center’ economist. This slim fourth volume from Harvard University Press calls for far-reaching socialist policies to establish economic equality. It is a siren song of communism: ‘economic justice’ without any cost or noteworthy harm to society.” (08/11/22)

The Decline and Fall of Everything (Including Me and Joe Biden)

Source: Common Dreams
by Tom Engelhardt

“I find nothing strange in Joe Biden, at 79 (going on 80), being the oldest president in our history and possibly planning to run again in 2024. After all, who wouldn’t want to end up in the record books? Were he to be nominated and then beat the also-aging Donald Trump, or Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, or even Fox News’s eternally popular Tucker Carlson, he would occupy the White House until he was 86. Honestly, wouldn’t that be perfect in its own way? I mean, what could better fit an America in decline than a president in decline, the more radically so the better?” [editor’s note: It is amusing to watch these apologists trying to justify what they foisted on the rest of us – SAT] (08/11/22)

US jobless claims highest in eight months amid recession fears

Source: Washington Examiner

“The number of new applications for unemployment benefits increased by 14,000 last week to 262,000, the highest level in months. The news bolsters fear the United States economy is nearing, or has already tumbled into, a recession. Rising jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs, are a sign that the labor market may be facing some turbulence, although the figures are still low by historical standards. … The economy added 528,000 jobs in July. The unemployment rate also unexpectedly fell to 3.5%, matching the ultra-low level it was at prior to the pandemic.” (08/11/22)

Did Lockdowns Turn Americans Into Lazy Bums?

Source: Brownstone Institute
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“It looks as if we can add another line to the long list of lockdown harms. Sloth. This explains so much actually. For months, we’ve been watching working/population ratios and labor participation rates and have been stunned by how they both continue to plummet. We search for explanations. Early retirement. Women driven out due to childcare shortages. Unemployment payments. All these factors contribute but there is still more to explain. In the midst of the astonishing hullabaloo over the raid of Donald Trump’s home – and the confiscation of a pro-freedom Republican Congressman’s smartphone – the Bureau of Labor Statistics dropped a remarkable report on labor productivity. Here we see something we’ve never seen before. It’s low and falling. Lower than it has been than in the entire postwar period. It breaks all records.” (08/11/22)

It’s Not Just Trump — LBJ Took Classified Documents Too

Source: The Intercept
by Jon Schwarz

“The FBI’s search on Monday of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home has rightfully been huge news. According to the Washington Post, the FBI took action because Trump had left the White House in January 2021 with government documents …. none of the voluminous news coverage about this has mentioned a parallel to Trump’s behavior: When Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency ended in 1969 and he was replaced by Richard Nixon, Johnson ordered an underling to surreptitiously take highly classified material with him on his administration’s exit. The silence about this may be because the whole episode makes both political parties look horrendous. Democrats appear as feckless cowards who believed that Americans couldn’t handle the truth about their own country. Republicans seem to be criminals and quasi-traitors who were happy to see tens of thousands of American soldiers die if it suited their purposes.” (08/11/22)

Guatemala: Hundreds march in protest of corruption, cost of living

Source: Titusville Herald

“Hundreds of Guatemalans set out from various points of the capital Thursday to protest alleged corruption by a deeply unpopular government, the high cost of living and attacks on freedom of expression. University students, faculty and other employees marched from the campus of the capital’s only public university carrying signs demanding that the corrupt get out. ‘If there is no justice for the people, let there be no peace for the government!’ read one. President Alejandro Giammattei is under fire for his reappointment of Attorney General Consuelo Porras, who has been criticized by the United States government and others for blocking corruption investigations and instead pursuing the prosecutors and judges who used to carry them out. Most recently, her office arrested award-winning journalist José Rubén Zamora whose El Periodico newspaper has a reputation for corruption investigations, including against Giammattei.” (08/11/22)