The Road To Serfdom, In Cartoons

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For everyone (and on this site we hope this is everyone) who has read Hayek's Road to Serfdom before, feel free to "reread" it for the cartoons. For everyone else: read it now. Feel free to stop when it becomes familiar. Courtesy of

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Thu, 06/05/2014 - 17:37 | 4828141 gh0atrider
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Join Satoshi Nakamoto and fonestar on the road to fiefdom!

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 17:58 | 4828180 Boris Alatovkrap
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You are get philosophy from bumper sticker....

Warning, live without warning...

Caution, police line, better not to cross,

Is cop or I one is really dangerous,

Sanitation, Expiration Date,


Or shut up and be victim of authority!

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 17:59 | 4828192 Four chan
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i missed you boris. looks like we are around number 8.


step one establish a fiat currency to replace an honest money system; step two steal america silently through money printing.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 18:28 | 4828264 FeralSerf
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No -- step two is "reeducating" -- really retraining or brainwashing -- the public to recognize the new fiat (everything) IS the honest system. It's important that the majority believe that the re-educator is The Oracle of Truth.

It is interesting, for example, how many Americans still refuse to believe what really happened on 9/11. Their Oracle of Truths have convinced them that even the laws of physics don't apply, even those that should know better.

"If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without them knowing it."

"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the public is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country." -- Edward Bernays

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 18:53 | 4828364 boogerbently
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You mean like:

We all evolved from a single cell organism.

Gay is OK, and ,

Abortion is a "womans choice".

Or some OTHER reality ?

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 19:43 | 4828500 THX 1178
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I'd go so far as to say we're at 16.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 20:08 | 4828556 strannick
Thu, 06/05/2014 - 22:25 | 4828869 markmotive
Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:36 | 4829026 TwoShortPlanks
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I need some insight into something unusual relating to my blog site; I'm no expert.

Of the 49 blog posts which I have written so far, there is one which is receiving considerable volume of traffic. No big deal in itself, BUT, it is receiving at least 10 times the traffic volume of any other page and yet when I look at where the traffic has come from, nothing is listed. All my other pages at least give me some information and percentage of traffic as to where the viewer has come from.

But the real interesting thing is this; I haven’t posted the link to this page anywhere since the day I wrote it. After that day, it died-off in views considerably (normal and expected), but, unlike all my other pages, it is as though this page is being viewed (circulated?) 100 times more than any number of similar pages which I have not circulated their links either.

I have been watching the stats on this page for over two months now, and the viewing rate has been varied, but solid. The viewing number changes each day, but it’s always on the top of the list without any promotion by me whatsoever.

I’ve Googled the page title on several search engines and nothing comes up other than where I originally posted it, so I have to rule-out most forums etc.

If I completely went dark (online) for a month or two, I can assure you, this page would be viewed hundreds of times more than any other page……why???

How is a viewer hidden (where they came from)?

Reasons for such viewer volume?


Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:46 | 4829045 The_Prisoner
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Any keywords that differ from your other posts? It could be a bot within blogspot itself, or a search engine spider.

Enjoy your blog, btw. If you're in Sydney, I'd like to buy you a beer.



Fri, 06/06/2014 - 00:17 | 4829086 TwoShortPlanks
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Yes there is a few keywords not really listed anywhere else. Can't tell you as that will just attract people reading this thread to go and view out of curiosity...screwing up my stats.

Sure thing. Funnily enough, I've just been offered NSW as another region which my company can now trade into, so I'll be visiting Skidknee from this July onwards. No to just one Beer, we'll need many.

PM me a message (here or on my blog) and we'll swap emails. Will tell you which page is being swamped...a heads-up perhaps...dunno!


Fri, 06/06/2014 - 01:06 | 4829153 The_Prisoner
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You might have sent a Bot into a tailspin. Always thought you were on to something with your posts, even before you were banned from ZH for a while.

Sent you a contact request.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 02:02 | 4829189 TwoShortPlanks
Fri, 06/06/2014 - 02:23 | 4829200 The_Prisoner
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Just had a look. It might have been the capitalised WARNING in the title of the article. Such hypothesis would be easy to test.

Agree with the article, too. And I think they have suceeded in turning gold into a pure derivative, and their control mechanism has reached stable equilibrium. IMO it would take a counterparty shock of WWIII proportions to destabilise it.


Fri, 06/06/2014 - 06:12 | 4829313 g'kar
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FWIW, I pop over there everyday to see what's new and re-read stuff.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 00:50 | 4829135 RafterManFMJ
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This is the most clever marketing I have ever seen. Kudos!

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 02:03 | 4829190 TwoShortPlanks
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LOL....I did think that earlier!

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 17:51 | 4831392 RafterManFMJ
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Just tweaking ya - love the blog and wish you would post more.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 01:27 | 4829172 Flagit
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You could try this,

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 20:27 | 4828600 Payne
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We could be at 18 if you were one of the many US soldiers commiting suicide or one of the choosen few bankers taking the same exit.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 04:51 | 4829274 jeff montanye
Thu, 06/05/2014 - 22:28 | 4828877 TheReplacement
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Not sure I agree but will say that this is not like Germany.  The lead up/order is quite mixed and different but the end will probably be similar.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 13:10 | 4830516 vie
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They will keep up the illusion as long as possible.  Once we are publicly at war though, they'll likely find some excuse to come after the dissidents. 

I think in their ideal world, they would get everything they want without us knowing any better.  Along the lines of "there is no man more hopelessly enslaved than the one who falsely thinks he is free." --Goethe

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 18:54 | 4828365 pauhana
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The above can only happen when you have sufficiently "dumbed down" the populace so that they cannot reason well enough to understand propaganda when they see it.  Ah, mission accomplished!

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 20:45 | 4828647 IndyPat
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No. Plenty see it.
Care to compare the brain power of your average shelp today with that of a 1930s German? No contest. Why? Because it's more than that.
Why did they buy in?
No prior culture of freedom to draw from coupled with having their nation and economy gutted by a "peace" treaty.

See some parallels today? Why is you heritage being trashed? Your culture and values? Your economy looted? Industry dismantled?
To create the needed vacuum. Someone will rise to restore......everything.
That person will most likely be the King Daddy NeoCon to end all. Obama is just paving the way.

The trains will run on time.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 20:48 | 4828657 economics9698
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Jeb Bush.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 21:53 | 4828804 nmewn
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Thu, 06/05/2014 - 22:30 | 4828881 TheReplacement
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Jeb Bush I think is part of the team.  He won't become a dictator but play his part.  Hillary is part of the team but I believe she and her ilk understand the potential power and have a hunger for it.  That is the key.  The planners are fine until they put/allow the wrong person to have power.  That person then takes power from the planners.  I just don't see a Bush being that person.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 05:50 | 4829300 disabledvet
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Team Loser.

Not even the media complains about the world created post-9/11.

They must think there's something good in it for them.

I'd love to know what they think that is. Weren't they once part
of the middle class too?

"Finally...we have had a prisoner exchange for Bo Bergdahl.
We hate him of course.
But we think the 10 ten trillion dollar price tag was too high."

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:29 | 4829010 AGuy
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I'm still betting that Barry is Pres. in 2017. False flag -> NDAA -> No more elections!

I am pretty sure America has had enough Bush. If Jeb gets the RNC nomination, DNC wins by a landslide. All the DNC is to put some in another unknown/outsider to win, just like they did with Barry in 2008. I doubt Hillary is going to Run in 2016. She already got health issues and they aren't going to get any better soon. If she runs it will apparent during the Campaign that her health is poor.





Thu, 06/05/2014 - 20:46 | 4828651 economics9698
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Bussing, immigration, affirmative action.


Thu, 06/05/2014 - 20:28 | 4828602 GoldRulesPaperDrools
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Four chan, I love your icon ... it gives me wood. ;)

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 20:49 | 4828659 economics9698
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Thu, 06/05/2014 - 22:46 | 4828908 Cathartes Aura
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ask him for a link to the picture - apparently it's from a plastic surgery "outlet" - an ad for their product.

you should get a pair.  never have to leave the house/computer. . .

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 02:21 | 4829205 Adahy
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Is it just me or are the icons getting tamer and tamer?

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 18:00 | 4828194 chumbawamba
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Shit, someone should do a modern version based on the US and maybe people there will finally open their eyes and see this trainwreck in progress and do something to minimize the casualties before it becomes epic.

I am Chumbawamba.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 18:14 | 4828238 Zadig
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I doubt most Americans would see any similarities even if it was explictly about them.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 18:18 | 4828257 logicalman
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There are a fair few people trying to open sheoples eyes.

Problem is they are too easily distracted once they do manage to lift an eyelid.

My approach to minimizing casualties is to try to make sure that myself and those I care about are not on the casualty list.

If I have anything to spare after that, then I'll try to help others.

A bit like putting on your own oxygen mask on a plane if there's a pressure loss.

If you are a casualty, you are hardly likely to be of use.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 18:28 | 4828283 disabledvet
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Spanish Civil War. "God forbid if you stand for Repiblican values."

I firmly believe that there is such a thing as National Pride and National Honor....that what happens on the field of battle stays there...but that when We the People are called forth to do something...we do it.

If that means coming home...then so be it then.

No one can say the USA didn't try...that sacrifices weren't made.

We don't fight wars forever here. Some people claim to want to of course...but is it or me or are those the same folks who turn the guns on their own people while claiming "higher authority"?

I mean isn't "failure is the only option" the way these things work?

For instance...welcome home Bo.

Sorry you were alone for six years. Looks like you have some great parents. Folks who really would pay any price and bear any burden in order to see their son one last time.

They still haven't seen him...and these things aren't easy either btw. Hopefully there is a memory in there of something...something good...something that can be nurtured and grow.

Lest America forget there was a Medal of Honor winner who left it at the Vietnam War Memorial.

We have had these battles before. "If the Parents can handle it then maybe America can."

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 20:03 | 4828544 HerrDoktor
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welcome home Bo as in Barck Hussein Obama or Bowe Bergdahl?  One is a confirmed traitor and the other at least a deserter, likely a collaborator, possibly an enemy combatant.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 06:00 | 4829306 disabledvet
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This is why I love this story. Traitor against what? Christian values? "Losing"?

Bwhahahahahahahaha. Americans just see winning everywhere no matter how pathetic their existence has become.


Guess what. WE LOSE.

Now return to your regular scheduled programming of "shut the phuck up" and "phuck your buddy" asswipe.

That's why George "Wild Bill" Butler Hickock was one of the greatest lawmen in history. He understood "everyone wanted him dead."

Go forth America...find out what the world really thinks of you. We were still heroic...even after Vietnam.

Something has changed...something "Third Reich like." Even the Jews think the Holocaust was some type of "happy time" now.

Just done for the wrong reason? Or the wrong people?

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 21:11 | 4828708 ForTheWorld
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National Pride and Honour is not okay if you're white (regardless of the nation state, because that's White Power, and that's bad!), but it's awesome if you're anything else.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 21:47 | 4828792 25or6to4
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Western nations are the only ones that are forced to go multicultural. South Africa can talk of ridding itself of it's white " interlopers" and not so much as a peep out of the MSM about genocide.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 06:12 | 4829314 ForTheWorld
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I'm going to guess the tongue in cheek nature of my comment wasn't as apparent as it could have been.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 18:36 | 4828306 logicalman
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Thu, 06/05/2014 - 19:00 | 4828382 Bastiat
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R Crumb could a great job on this.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 19:29 | 4828459 samsara
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His time lapse of a rural corner was great.

Not as great as say, Zap 0

You get a plus just for the reference.

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 06:09 | 4829312 BeansMcGreens
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Robert Crumb would be great at this. But who would read it? I was looking at one of my old Mr. Natural comics the other day and thought how politically incorrect this would be considered today on a college campus, even criminal. The students would crucify Robert Crumb, or Doug Kenny. Remember the National Lampoon Magazine of the early seventies with "The Civil War Between The Niggers and The Jews"?

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 18:21 | 4828269 cougar_w
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This is really the key. But it's a tremendous amount of work and a drain on the spirit. After many years and ongoing training I've got to the point where I have an automatic system devoted to bullshit detection, it just flips on at random times and I go back and verify that what I just heard/saw/read was really just a steaming pile of authentic bullshit. It's really amazing how much actual bullshit there is these days. Pretty much everything.

Oh, and it's never the obvious things that cause a knee-jerk political/moral rxn. That kind of redstate/bluestate Demopublican thing you can safely jump over, every time. The real bullshit is aimed more at what you are willing to accept as good for you. Like you need a new 2015 Dodge. Or you need a get-away vacation. Or you need to buy that special lady a shiny rock or a supersized MacMeal. Shit like that, eats you from the inside, makes you a puppet who empties your wallet on command.

Yeah I'm watching you get out of your new Dodge pickup down at the Micky D's. How do you carry around that extra 200 pounds? Breaking my back just watching you waddle around. Hey the shit crawling through your blood stream is trying to murder you, pal. Ah whatever. Enjoy you nightmare.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 18:30 | 4828289 disabledvet
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The "ex boyfriend" detector eh?

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