The New Slave Trade

 

In 1935, Jorge Luis Borges published his first book, a collection of quasi-historical events entitled “Historia Universal de la Infamia.”(Universal History of Infamy). One of the quasi historical stories was titled, “El Atroz Redentor Lazaro Morrell.” (The Dread Redeemer Lazarus Morrell). The story, as Borges told it, dealt with the history of John Murrell, a man supposedly involved in helping slaves in the American South escape to freedom in the antebellum era.   His method was as follows:  He would clandestinely approach a slave and offer to both help the slave escape and start with a little money. He would offer to assist the slave to escape, wait until the slave owner posted a reward for the return of the slave, then return the slave and collect the reward. He would then help the slave escape again and split the reward with the slave, providing the resources to start life as a freeman in the North. This was more or less, supposedly,  a variant of the Underground railway.

The reality was that once Morrell had his money, he would help the slave escape a second time, but rather than split the reward and let the former slave go his way, Morrell would simply murder the slave and keep the money for himself. Since no one expected to ever see the slave again, once escaped to a life of freedom elsewhere, suspicion would not be aroused by the slave’s disappearance. Morrell’s scheme apparently was successful for a time. After or around the time of the Battle of Vicksburg, however, liberated slaves sought him out, having become aware of his evil deeds, and killed him (that is not verifiable historically).

To listen to our woke leftists (pretty much everyone in the Democrat Party), with their open borders agenda, they are running the modern equivalent of the Underground Railroad, assisting the impoverished, oppressed, and endangered in every part of the world to make their way to freedom in America.

That would be nice if that were the case. Unfortunately, since it requires massive violation of federal immigration law to accomplish this end, the Left has to partner with criminal organizations, eg, the Mexican cartels, to escort the oppressed to freedom. That requires funds that many of the oppressed of the world do not possess. So they become something akin to indentured servants of the cartel once they arrive in America, obligated, on penalty of death for themselves or their loved ones, to pay the cartels the price of their freedom. The cartels efficiently arrange for that repayment by requiring young women to work in the sex trade to pay off the bill. Or men and women, young or old, to transport fentanyl for the cartels. Others get jobs, using counterfeit green cards or social security cards, accepting low wages (in place of American citizens who would have to be paid minimum wage) that are reduced further by Social Security and Medicare withholding, money they will never see again. This money then goes to support the wealthiest cohort on the planet (American retirees) and helps provide funds that offset the deficits in those programs, allowing politicians to defer cuts or reforms to those programs.  Even public institutions in non-sanctuary states and cities (ostensibly) hire those individuals, as evidenced by the University of Georgia’s sudden discovery that the brother of the murderer of Laken Riley was working at the University using a fake green card (wonder how many others are doing the same, in Georgia and other states).

It is also clear that many American NGOs (see the reporting of Rachel Campos-Duffey) are getting paid big bucks from taxpayer funds to collaborate with the cartels in human trafficking. Catholic Charities, for example, acquires hotels near the border, removes all signage, and then gets paid triple the going rate by the federal government for rooming illegal immigrants as they are handed off from the cartels, processed, and released into the country, to go who knows where, to do who knows what.

I would allege that the woke moral high ground claimed by the Left, as the new version of the Underground Railway, is much more akin to the methods of Lazaro el Redentor.

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  1. Jimmy Carter Member
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    I say We should be “compassionate Conservatives” about this.

    If an illegal alien is apprehended, then leftists have 5 days to adopt ’em and take full responsibility for Them or the invader faces capital punishment.

    How long would the line of leftists be for adopting those people?

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  2. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    Nanocelt TheContrarian:

    His method was as follows:  He would clandestinely approach a slave and offer to both help the slave escape, and start with a little money. He would offer to assist the slave to escape, wait until the slave owner posted a reward for the return of the slave, then return the slave and collect the reward. He would then help the slave escape again and split the reward with the slave, providing the resources to start life as a freeman in the North. This was more or less, supposedly,  a variant of the Underground railway. 

    The reality was that once Morrell had his money, he would help the slave escape a second time, but rather than split the reward and let the former slave go his way, Morrell would simply murder the slave and keep the money for himself.

    I don’t understand the logic in this.  Once he turned the slave in and collected the reward money, why wouldn’t he just move on to the next case?  Why would he go through the trouble and risk of helping the slave escape again and then murdering him?  He already had the reward money and it’s not like the slave would be in a position to sue him for it.  What was to gain from the commission of two more felonies?

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  3. kedavis Coolidge
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Nanocelt TheContrarian:

    His method was as follows: He would clandestinely approach a slave and offer to both help the slave escape, and start with a little money. He would offer to assist the slave to escape, wait until the slave owner posted a reward for the return of the slave, then return the slave and collect the reward. He would then help the slave escape again and split the reward with the slave, providing the resources to start life as a freeman in the North. This was more or less, supposedly, a variant of the Underground railway.

    The reality was that once Morrell had his money, he would help the slave escape a second time, but rather than split the reward and let the former slave go his way, Morrell would simply murder the slave and keep the money for himself.

    I don’t understand the logic in this. Once he turned the slave in and collected the reward money, why wouldn’t he just move on to the next case? Why would he go through the trouble and risk of helping the slave escape again and then murdering him? He already had the reward money and it’s not like the slave would be in a position to sue him for it. What was to gain from the commission of two more felonies?

    Maybe in order to cover up that the first time was a setup?

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  4. Globalitarian Lower Order Misanthropist Coolidge
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    Sheriff Judd (Polk county, FL) says that illegal immigrants are given government passes for free airline flights and trafficked aliens use them to fly to various metropolitan centers to facilitate their prostitution activities.

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  5. Globalitarian Lower Order Misanthropist Coolidge
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    I don’t understand the logic in this. Once he turned the slave in and collected the reward money, why wouldn’t he just move on to the next case? Why would he go through the trouble and risk of helping the slave escape again and then murdering him? He already had the reward money and it’s not like the slave would be in a position to sue him for it. What was to gain from the commission of two more felonies?

    The idea of a law suit seems just silly.  But the idea of planning once again free and then kill the slave has merits.  If the slaves start to talk among themselves and realize that he is only in it for the reward, word would certainly get out to their owners; the slave owners would probably like their money back from Morrell and I’m sure they would have him prosecuted (at the very least) for helping the slave escape in the first place, not even counting the skullduggery.

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  6. Nanocelt TheContrarian Member
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Nanocelt TheContrarian:

    His method was as follows: He would clandestinely approach a slave and offer to both help the slave escape, and start with a little money. He would offer to assist the slave to escape, wait until the slave owner posted a reward for the return of the slave, then return the slave and collect the reward. He would then help the slave escape again and split the reward with the slave, providing the resources to start life as a freeman in the North. This was more or less, supposedly, a variant of the Underground railway.

    The reality was that once Morrell had his money, he would help the slave escape a second time, but rather than split the reward and let the former slave go his way, Morrell would simply murder the slave and keep the money for himself.

    I don’t understand the logic in this. Once he turned the slave in and collected the reward money, why wouldn’t he just move on to the next case? Why would he go through the trouble and risk of helping the slave escape again and then murdering him? He already had the reward money and it’s not like the slave would be in a position to sue him for it. What was to gain from the commission of two more felonies?

    His business model depended on making sure the escaped slave didn’t remain alive to send word back to those who remained enslaved. Just goes to show how callous and evil Murrell was. He had no compunction at all against killing, necessary or not. He likely got a charge out of it. Sort of like a serial killer finding a way to indulge himself without consequence. The money may have been secondary. I am here accusing the Left of pure evil. Like Soros pointing out his fellow Jews to the Nazis in Hungary. And worse. Like demanding abortion on demand for any reason whatsoever.Or chanting in support of killing all the Jews in Israel.(Palestine will be free from the river to the sea). Or Biden becoming giddy at the prospect of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, while doing nothing to prevent that invasion,  as in his fevered, damaged, and likely drug fueled mind, he thought that would make him a wartime President, in the category of Washington, Lincoln, Wilson, and FDR (not so much Lyndon Johnson). And etc.

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  7. Full Size Tabby Member
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    Globalitarian Lower Order Misa… (View Comment):

    Sheriff Judd (Polk county, FL) says that illegal immigrants are given government passes for free airline flights and trafficked aliens use them to fly to various metropolitan centers to facilitate their prostitution activities.

    For some time I’ve wanted Democrats to recognize that once again the government they support is facilitating slavery. 

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  8. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
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    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    Globalitarian Lower Order Misa… (View Comment):

    Sheriff Judd (Polk county, FL) says that illegal immigrants are given government passes for free airline flights and trafficked aliens use them to fly to various metropolitan centers to facilitate their prostitution activities.

    For some time I’ve wanted Democrats to recognize that once again the government they support is facilitating slavery.

    We all support slavery.

    It has been known for years that much of the goods which we buy that come from  China are created in what are massive low wage cities, with conditions so bad that people routinely commit suicide.

    Also many items are actually made by prisoners in Chinese prisons, who might be making us our running shoes on Monday and then shot and killed on Tuesday. That way  some rich American can fly over to China and receive a new and needed kidney.

    But hey – I simply must  have that latest Apple phone or Android phone, as how else can I get on the internet to talk about how much I personally hate slavery?

    ###

    Mention that it is a good thing for Trump to deal with a sensible tariff policy making it harder for our new way of slave-backed lives to continue, and suddenly we hear every other Replublican screaming “Free trade!”

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  9. Nanocelt TheContrarian Member
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    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill (View Comment):

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    Globalitarian Lower Order Misa… (View Comment):

    Sheriff Judd (Polk county, FL) says that illegal immigrants are given government passes for free airline flights and trafficked aliens use them to fly to various metropolitan centers to facilitate their prostitution activities.

    For some time I’ve wanted Democrats to recognize that once again the government they support is facilitating slavery.

    We all support slavery.

    It has been known for years that much of the goods which we buy that come from China are created in what are massive low wage cities, with conditions so bad that people routinely commit suicide.

    Also many items are actually made by prisoners in Chinese prisons, who might be making us our running shoes on Monday and then shot and killed on Tuesday. That way some rich American can fly over to China and receive a new and needed kidney.

    But hey – I simply must have that latest Apple phone or Android phone, as how else can I get on the internet to talk about how much I personally hate slavery?

    ###

    Mention that it is a good thing for Trump to deal with a sensible tariff policy making it harder for our new way of slave-backed lives to continue, and suddenly we hear every other Replublican screaming “Free trade!”

    And, as a bonus on top, we get an American populace enslaved to opioids supplied by China through Mexico to despondent Americans who have lost jobs to slaves in China. Don Boudreaux calls this capitalism.

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  10. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill (View Comment):
    Mention that it is a good thing for Trump to deal with a sensible tariff policy making it harder for our new way of slave-backed lives to continue, and suddenly we hear every other Replublican screaming “Free trade!”

    Most of my fellow free-traders grant that China is a special case, as China is well known for violating trade agreements.  I haven’t heard many Republicans complain that Customs is trying to keep Chinese goods out of the country if they were made with slave labor.  I don’t think there would be a lot of Republican opposition to getting tougher with China.  It’s the fact that Donald Trump has said he wants to increase tariffs on all imports that is the problem.

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  11. Headedwest Coolidge
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    fellow free-traders

    It always seemed to me that ‘free traders’ mostly ignored the tactical moves China was making ever since they achieved full access to our markets.

    To the point where we simply do not have the ability to make some products domestically, like drugs.

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  12. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
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    Nanocelt TheContrarian (View Comment):

    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill (View Comment):

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    Globalitarian Lower Order Misa… (View Comment):

    Sheriff Judd (Polk county, FL) says that illegal immigrants are given government passes for free airline flights and trafficked aliens use them to fly to various metropolitan centers to facilitate their prostitution activities.

    For some time I’ve wanted Democrats to recognize that once again the government they support is facilitating slavery.

    We all support slavery.

    It has been known for years that much of the goods which we buy that come from China are created in what are massive low wage cities, with conditions so bad that people routinely commit suicide.

    Also many items are actually made by prisoners in Chinese prisons, who might be making us our running shoes on Monday and then shot and killed on Tuesday. That way some rich American can fly over to China and receive a new and needed kidney.

    But hey – I simply must have that latest Apple phone or Android phone, as how else can I get on the internet to talk about how much I personally hate slavery?

    ###

    Mention that it is a good thing for Trump to deal with a sensible tariff policy making it harder for our new way of slave-backed lives to continue, and suddenly we hear every other Replublican screaming “Free trade!”

    And, as a bonus on top, we get an American populace enslaved to opioids supplied by China through Mexico to despondent Americans who have lost jobs to slaves in China. Don Beaudreaux calls this capitalism.

    I’ve been following @legalman over on twitter and he argues that nothing about our lives in the USA bears the slightest resemblance to capitalism.

    For one thing, if we had true capitalism, most of us common wage earners  would not be paying out 46% of our incomes to income taxes, local taxes, penalties for not paying those taxes correctly, taxes on gasoline at the gas pump,  licensing fees, permits, et al.

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  13. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill (View Comment):
    Mention that it is a good thing for Trump to deal with a sensible tariff policy making it harder for our new way of slave-backed lives to continue, and suddenly we hear every other Replublican screaming “Free trade!”

    Most of my fellow free-traders grant that China is a special case, as China is well known for violating trade agreements. I haven’t heard many Republicans complain that Customs is trying to keep Chinese goods out of the country if they were made with slave labor. I don’t think there would be a lot of Republican opposition to getting tougher with China. It’s the fact that Donald Trump has said he wants to increase tariffs on all imports that is the problem.

    You would not find me arguing in favor of lifting tariffs for most items.

    It is impossible to get locally grown apricots here in Calif, which is like the apricot center of the USA. But apricot growers in Turkey are unimpeded in flooding our markets with their fruit. Why?

    As far as I can tell, the one advantage – and it is a huge advantage –  of having everything imported is that then the trade agreements that are made, often in secret, can pressure us into participating into agreeing with the demands of international orgs like The WHO, the WEF etc.

    Remember early 2021? When all the shipping container ships sat for weeks, with their goods unloaded.

    In the case of items like our poultry and our eggs, which often are processed over in China, much of what was there in those containers most likely ended up being discarded. It was a tragic sight to know our grocery shelves were bare and when some shelves were full the prices had soared, while the huge ships sat forlornly outside of Los Angeles, one of the biggest American ports in existence.

    Joe Biden spoke out and angrily declared that if Americans had just gone and complied with saving granma by getting their COV shots, then hundreds of thousands of tons of goods would not have sat unloaded. Almost all of us, including me, thought this was just another tirade from a guy in the deep throws of mind-numbing dementia.

    Then I came to understand that the contracts that our government had signed onto with Moderna and Pfizer required that our dock workers and Teamsters be vaxxed to the hilt or else not be  allowed to show up for work! So FJB was actually correct!

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  14. kedavis Coolidge
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    Headedwest (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    fellow free-traders

    It always seemed to me that ‘free traders’ mostly ignored the tactical moves China was making ever since they achieved full access to our markets.

    To the point where we simply do not have the ability to make some products domestically, like drugs.

    We have the ability, but not the will.

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  15. Fritz Coolidge
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Headedwest (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    fellow free-traders

    It always seemed to me that ‘free traders’ mostly ignored the tactical moves China was making ever since they achieved full access to our markets.

    To the point where we simply do not have the ability to make some products domestically, like drugs.

    We have the ability, but not the will.

    What it calls for is leadership. Leaders mobilize and focus the will to get things done, because domestic production up against foreign producers won’t happen by itself.

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  16. Nanocelt TheContrarian Member
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    Fritz (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Headedwest (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    fellow free-traders

    It always seemed to me that ‘free traders’ mostly ignored the tactical moves China was making ever since they achieved full access to our markets.

    To the point where we simply do not have the ability to make some products domestically, like drugs.

    We have the ability, but not the will.

    What it calls for is leadership. Leaders mobilize and focus the will to get things done, because domestic production up against foreign producers won’t happen by itself.

    Actually it will. You don’t need any leaders. You just have to get the suffocating regulatory State out of the way. The Covid vaccines got produced in record time because the regulations were waived and the FDA rubber stamped their “safety”. The problem in that case was that no one believed in the safety of the product and it was underwritten and mandated by the government. Private companies have to produce actually good products to survive. The government not so much. And private companies usually can’t mandate that people use their product as the government did in this case, along with waiving adequate testing, to the immense financial benefit of Pfizer and Moderna.

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  17. Fritz Coolidge
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    Nanocelt TheContrarian (View Comment):

    Fritz (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Headedwest (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    fellow free-traders

    It always seemed to me that ‘free traders’ mostly ignored the tactical moves China was making ever since they achieved full access to our markets.

    To the point where we simply do not have the ability to make some products domestically, like drugs.

    We have the ability, but not the will.

    What it calls for is leadership. Leaders mobilize and focus the will to get things done, because domestic production up against foreign producers won’t happen by itself.

    Actually it will. You don’t need any leaders. You just have to get the suffocating regulatory State out of the way. The Covid vaccines got produced in record time because the regulations were waved and the FDA rubber stamped their “safety”. The problem in that case was that no one believed in the safety of the product and it was underwritten and mandated by the government. Private companies have to produce actually good products to survive. The government not so much. And private companies usually can’t mandate that people use their product as the government did in this case, along with waving adequate testing, to the immense financial benefit of Pfizer and Moderna.

    Doubt you can get the “suffocating regulatory State out of the way” without leadership determined to do that! 

    I can’t think of a single federal agency that has voluntarily disbanded, or shrunk its headcount, or reined in its activities,  in the past 30 years . 

    Maybe the US Supreme Court will cut back on the Chevron doctrine and require more substantive laws from Congress in lieu of merely delegating power to the agencies, but even if that were to pass, it would still take executive leadership to make the changes meaningful.

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  18. Nanocelt TheContrarian Member
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    Fritz (View Comment):

    Nanocelt TheContrarian (View Comment):

    Fritz (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Headedwest (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    fellow free-traders

    It always seemed to me that ‘free traders’ mostly ignored the tactical moves China was making ever since they achieved full access to our markets.

    To the point where we simply do not have the ability to make some products domestically, like drugs.

    We have the ability, but not the will.

    What it calls for is leadership. Leaders mobilize and focus the will to get things done, because domestic production up against foreign producers won’t happen by itself.

    Actually it will. You don’t need any leaders. You just have to get the suffocating regulatory State out of the way. The Covid vaccines got produced in record time because the regulations were waved and the FDA rubber stamped their “safety”. The problem in that case was that no one believed in the safety of the product and it was underwritten and mandated by the government. Private companies have to produce actually good products to survive. The government not so much. And private companies usually can’t mandate that people use their product as the government did in this case, along with waving adequate testing, to the immense financial benefit of Pfizer and Moderna.

    Doubt you can get the “suffocating regulatory State out of the way” without leadership determined to do that!

    I can’t think of a single federal agency that has voluntarily disbanded, or shrunk its headcount, or reined in its activities, in the past 30 years .

    Maybe the US Supreme Court will cut back on the Chevron doctrine and require more substantive laws from Congress in lieu of merely delegating power to the agencies, but even if that were to pass, it would still take executive leadership to make the changes meaningful.

    There is no leadership in the US that has ever sought to meaningfully decrease the regulatory state, and the ‘rules’ are such that it is actually impossible for any President to actually do that. There is no Republican that has ever done that. You can get a tax cut here or there and a few regulations eliminated, but so vast is the regulatory state that it becomes like the lottery in Babylon. Until there is a complete reversal of the mentality of the American public, it will never happen. And until we change out our political and leadership, sclerotic and entrenched as it is, it will never happen. Are you up for a revolution? 
    Chevron was foist upon us by that great jurist Antonin Scalia. With conservatives and supposed original it’s like that, we don’t even need Democrats to destroy ourselves.

    Trump is certainly not going to make any permanent impact on the regularly state. Rather, look at Richard Epstein’s article on the coming SEC reporting rules, the mother of all regulations that may well sink the American economy entirely for no reason except pure delusion and a desire to destroy the nation (to save the planet, of course). Where are you going to find the leadership you seek? The only person in the nation with the intellectual capacity and insight to even begin to do that doesn’t have the political skills to achieve the office to begin the job (in my opinion that is Ron DeSantis). 

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  19. Fritz Coolidge
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    Nanocelt TheContrarian (View Comment):

    Fritz (View Comment):

    Nanocelt TheContrarian (View Comment):

    Fritz (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Headedwest (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    fellow free-traders

    It always seemed to me that ‘free traders’ mostly ignored the tactical moves China was making ever since they achieved full access to our markets.

    To the point where we simply do not have the ability to make some products domestically, like drugs.

    We have the ability, but not the will.

    What it calls for is leadership. Leaders mobilize and focus the will to get things done, because domestic production up against foreign producers won’t happen by itself.

    Actually it will. You don’t need any leaders. You just have to get the suffocating regulatory State out of the way. The Covid vaccines got produced in record time because the regulations were waved and the FDA rubber stamped their “safety”. The problem in that case was that no one believed in the safety of the product and it was underwritten and mandated by the government. Private companies have to produce actually good products to survive. The government not so much. And private companies usually can’t mandate that people use their product as the government did in this case, along with waving adequate testing, to the immense financial benefit of Pfizer and Moderna.

    Doubt you can get the “suffocating regulatory State out of the way” without leadership determined to do that!

    I can’t think of a single federal agency that has voluntarily disbanded, or shrunk its headcount, or reined in its activities, in the past 30 years .

    Maybe the US Supreme Court will cut back on the Chevron doctrine and require more substantive laws from Congress in lieu of merely delegating power to the agencies, but even if that were to pass, it would still take executive leadership to make the changes meaningful.

    There is no leadership in the US that has ever sought to meaningfully decrease the regulatory state, and the ‘rules’ are such that it is actually impossible for any President to actually do that. There is no Republican that has ever done that. You can get a tax cut here or there and a few regulations eliminated, but so vast is the regulatory state that it becomes like the lottery in Babylon. Until there is a complete reversal of the mentality of the American public, it will never happen. And until we change out our political and leadership, sclerotic and entrenched as it is, it will never happen. Are you up for a revolution?
    Chevron was foist upon us by that great jurist Antonin Scalia. With conservatives and supposed original it’s like that, we don’t even need Democrats to destroy ourselves.

    Trump is certainly not going to make any permanent impact on the regularly state. Rather, look at Richard Epstein’s article on the coming SEC reporting rules, the mother of all regulations that may well sink the American economy entirely for no reason except pure delusion and a desire to destroy the nation (to save the planet, of course). Where are you going to find the leadership you seek? The only person in the nation with the intellectual capacity and insight to even begin to do that doesn’t have the political skills to achieve the office to begin the job (in my opinion that is Ron DeSantis).

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  20. Nanocelt TheContrarian Member
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    Fritz (View Comment):

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    Nanocelt TheContrarian (View Comment):

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    fellow free-traders

    It always seemed to me that ‘free traders’ mostly ignored the tactical moves China was making ever since they achieved full access to our markets.

    To the point where we simply do not have the ability to make some products domestically, like drugs.

    We have the ability, but not the will.

    What it calls for is leadership. Leaders mobilize and focus the will to get things done, because domestic production up against foreign producers won’t happen by itself.

    Actually it will. You don’t need any leaders. You just have to get the suffocating regulatory State out of the way. The Covid vaccines got produced in record time because the regulations were waved and the FDA rubber stamped their “safety”. The problem in that case was that no one believed in the safety of the product and it was underwritten and mandated by the government. Private companies have to produce actually good products to survive. The government not so much. And private companies usually can’t mandate that people use their product as the government did in this case, along with waving adequate testing, to the immense financial benefit of Pfizer and Moderna.

    Doubt you can get the “suffocating regulatory State out of the way” without leadership determined to do that!

    I can’t think of a single federal agency that has voluntarily disbanded, or shrunk its headcount, or reined in its activities, in the past 30 years .

    Maybe the US Supreme Court will cut back on the Chevron doctrine and require more substantive laws from Congress in lieu of merely delegating power to the agencies, but even if that were to pass, it would still take executive leadership to make the changes meaningful.

    There is no leadership in the US that has ever sought to meaningfully decrease the regulatory state, and the ‘rules’ are such that it is actually impossible for any President to actually do that. There is no Republican that has ever done that. You can get a tax cut here or there and a few regulations eliminated, but so vast is the regulatory state that it becomes like the lottery in Babylon. Until there is a complete reversal of the mentality of the American public, it will never happen. And until we change out our political and leadership, sclerotic and entrenched as it is, it will never happen. Are you up for a revolution?
    Chevron was foist upon us by that great jurist Antonin Scalia. With conservatives and supposed original it’s like that, we don’t even need Democrats to destroy ourselves.

    Trump is certainly not going to make any permanent impact on the regularly state. Rather, look at Richard Epstein’s article on the coming SEC reporting rules, the mother of all regulations that may well sink the American economy entirely for no reason except pure delusion and a desire to destroy the nation (to save the planet, of course). Where are you going to find the leadership you seek? The only person in the nation with the intellectual capacity and insight to even begin to do that doesn’t have the political skills to achieve the office to begin the job (in my opinion that is Ron DeSantis).

    Great post! What can I say to that?!

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