To Combat "Hate" - Make Government Weaker

Authored by Justin Murray via The Mises Institute,

On 18 August 2017, the mayor of Boston Marty Walsh announced that the city should avoid the Commons on 19 August 2017 because of white supremacists and the chances of violence at a planned free speech rally. Predictably, thousands of people showed up to protest this group based on the words of the mayor. The mayor was rather unambiguous,

“The courts have made it abundantly clear. They have the right to gather, no matter how repugnant their views are. But they don’t have the right to create unsafe conditions. They have the right to free speech. In return, they have to respect our city.”

The mayor said that unpleasant white supremacists were going to show up and spout hateful rhetoric, so avoid it at all costs so you aren’t subject to these repugnant views.

The problem here?

To put it in the words of one very confused protester that was interviewed by the Boston Globe, “Excuse me sir, where are the white supremacists?”

As it turns out, this hate speech movement that Mayor Walsh was warning everyone about was a simple campaign stump speech by a Republican candidate for the Massachusetts State Senate.

Who was this despicable white supremacist? Indian-American Shiva Ayyadurai. While his profile does have some bizarre claims, mainly his claim that he invented e-mail, this isn’t any stranger than claims many other politicians make and nothing in his background seems to indicate any form of racial animosity or racial supremacist beliefs, white or otherwise. If anything, his views indicate the opposite as he accuses the US of operating a caste system where academics and politicians take the role of the Brahmin in India and is anti-GMO. These are hardly hallmarks of a right-wing belief structure and have far more in common with the American left.

Further, this is the speech he made. To cap it off, he was flanked by people holding Black Lives Do Matter signs and a woman protesting GMO food. This is a twist that was comical years ago when done on the Dave Chappelle Show, but it loses a bit of its comedy when we fast forward to 2017 and people are actually taking this as gospel, carving out time on a Saturday to yell down a few odd ducks — who dislike Monsanto — as racists.

And this mayoral behavior is expanding. San Francisco mayor Ed Lee has recently come on record denouncing a prayer group operated by Patriot Prayer on Saturday, 26 August 2017. Much like Boston mayor Walsh, Mayor Lee is rather unambiguous in his speech about the purpose of this gathering, “But as mayor of this city, I say: Any message of hate is not welcome.” And as predicted, thousands are going to show up to protest this gathering.

But, much like the problem Mayor Walsh incited, this particular rally is going to feature Hispanics, homosexuals and a transsexual speaker all of which will be be run by a person of Japanese descent.

His interview makes him sound like he hits most of the Progressive tropes, including ending wars and promoting gay rights.

So, what is going on here?

Why a Climate of Fear Exists 

Politicians are actively tapping into modern stress that is generated by the state itself. Emotion is a powerful political motivator. People are heavily motivated to believe things that hit their emotions strongly, as shown by the classic tests to ban water. People generally have no idea what they’re protesting, just that the person has a compelling emotional hook.

When a major villain like, say, Donald Trump, manages to get a hold of a very powerful political organization like, say, the US federal government, people are bound to become fearful for their way of life if they supported a different politician for the role.

As I noted previously in an open letter to Clinton supporters, this anxiety is entirely the fault of the anxious since they were the ones that insisted on building those powerful institutions that would inevitably be taken over by individuals that you may not support and used in ways that were not intended.

This is how politicians, who are angling to generate a much more powerful government, so long as you vote for them, are able to paint groups like the Ku Klux Klan and the National Socialist Movement, the two largest white supremacist groups in the country, as major threats to the safety of minorities.

And by largest, I mean that the KKK has around 3,000 members nationally (out of 320 million people) and the second largest, the NSM, has around 400.

Narratives don’t work without an enemy and the traditional enemy of the mayors actively inciting violence against in their cities is so trivial they can barely make up a decent crowd at a minor league baseball stadium, let alone constitute a threat to the Republic. And nothing stirs up the emotional ire more than some Nazi sympathizers that we’ve had drilled into our heads since elementary school history are, rightfully, right evil bastards.

To point out how trivial and powerless these groups are, bees are responsible for around 100 deaths per year, which is over double the combined amount of alleged right-wing hate groups are responsible for between 2002 and 2016, making the everyday bee 31 times more deadly than white supremacist groups. Yet we don’t see massive rallies of college age students stomping through apiaries demanding bees to be snuffed out, because it’s ridiculous to fear something so powerless.

Politicians are doing what they do from time immemorial, leveraging our fear into the growth of the state. We saw it in the wake of 9/11 with the passage of the Patriot Act, for justification to enter the First World War and even going back further to the dissolution of the Roman Republic into an Imperial power. Manufacture fear, either via an existing external threat or, in the case of Rome under Gaius Julius and the latest mayoral pronouncements that racists are going to run amok in the city, a fake one, stir up the fervor of the population then arrive with the solution, one that requires additional money and power for public office and then ride to the rescue. Stirring up riots and a few deaths perfectly plays to their narrative.

Simply asking people to get along isn’t going to work so long as there is a massive power structure in place that is driving the actual fear. If the people are afraid of the Trumps and KKKs of the world, they could demand their politicians dismantle the power structures at the federal level so it cannot be taken over by disfavored groups and reinstall them at a local level where it is far easier to control who hold the reins of power.

Comments

Ignatius TeamDepends Sun, 09/17/2017 - 19:30 Permalink

We know that governments, corporations, other groups and individuals will mercilessly expolit events, incidents and situations for their own advantage.Why is it then that people have such a hard time seeing the hand go into the gears to MAKE things happen that they may then go on to exploit.  It's such a simple calculation, but people really struggle with it.

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Escrava Isaura HopefulCynical Sun, 09/17/2017 - 20:07 Permalink

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Marxists don’t care about money. Capitalists do.  

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Escrava Isaura TeamDepends Sun, 09/17/2017 - 20:35 Permalink

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You fell for the conservative propaganda. America doesn’t have Marxists because the Marxists lost. America has classical liberal, state socialists, and state capitalists. American conservatives fall on the state capitalist because they believe in capitalism. Classical liberals don’t believe in capitalism that’s why they favor some type of state intervention.    

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TeethVillage88s Escrava Isaura Sun, 09/17/2017 - 20:26 Permalink

Which Russians shopped in the Special Foreign Shops in USSR?

Well... it is kind of a secret in the West for some reason.

- It was the Elites of Russia/USSR/Communist Party
- The Elites could access Western Goods if they had the money to purchase it, and if they were Elite Party Members in Moscow and perhaps some other places near foreign embassies

Humanism as a philosophy or as a socio-economic study says expect a range of human behavior... fraud in banking... white collar crime in big wigs... and so we need police of the Financial District, Finance, Politics, Lobbyist, and even in Socialist or Communist or Fascist Nations... Globalism still will require police, investigations, auditing, watcher, people watching the watchers for bribes and corruption

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Escrava Isaura TeamDepends Sun, 09/17/2017 - 20:13 Permalink

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TeamDepends: To combat government, make it smaller.  Much, much smaller. You sound like a liberal, because you’re clueless about who you are……..and the meaning of things in a industrial society.    

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Escrava Isaura bamawatson Sun, 09/17/2017 - 20:54 Permalink

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Sure, and without boring you too much: First my biases: I am a classical liberal, meaning, I am very skeptical of capitalism intentions so I favor some state intervention. Also, liberals believe that conservatives are very superficial. Here’s the problem of conservatives on a industrial society: Complexity. Conservatives don’t like complexity because they have a narrow back, meaning, conservatives lack tolerance for changes. Conservatives are very good locally and like to keep things small. Not too many foreigners, women, people that look different than us. The liberal, on the other hand, welcomes complexities but, to a certain point, such as, not in my backyard. Now the socialist, sometimes called the Marxists, these people have the widest back. They can tolerate a lot. The socialist are most composed of the working poor.    

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TeamDepends Escrava Isaura Sun, 09/17/2017 - 20:27 Permalink

Ah, Brazil Nut comes out to play!  The Founding Fathers of the US, the country in which you live, intended for FedGov to have very limited powers.  They wanted the individual states to be responsible for governing themselves.  Thus, we could see what works and what does not.  A gigantic, bloated Leviathan central government does not work, unless you are one of the Overlords.

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Escrava Isaura TeamDepends Sun, 09/17/2017 - 21:13 Permalink

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The Founding Fathers of the US, intended for FedGov to have very limited powers. Again, you fell for the propaganda because the founding fathers did not limited the federal power. The contrarian is true. This shriveled conception of democracy has solid roots. The founding fathers were much concerned about the hazards of democracy. In the debates of the Constitutional Convention, the main framer, James Madison, warned of these hazards. Naturally taking England as his model, he observed that "in England, at this day, if elections were open to all classes of people, the property of landed proprietors would be insecure. An agrarian law would soon take place," undermining the right to property. To ward off such injustice, "our government ought to secure the permanent interests of the country against innovation," arranging voting patterns and checks and balances so as "to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority," a prime task of decent government. The problem with democracy that Madison perceived had been recognized long before by Aristotle, in the first major work of political science: Politics. Reviewing a variety of political systems, he concluded that democracy was the best - or perhaps the least bad - but he recognized a flaw: the great mass of the poor could use their voting power to take the property of the rich, which would be unfair. Madison and Aristotle faced the same problem but selected opposite solutions: Aristotle advised reducing inequality, by what we would regard as welfare state measures; Madison felt that the answer was to reduce democracy. Continue reading……….  

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FixItAgainTony Escrava Isaura Sun, 09/17/2017 - 22:23 Permalink

The centralized system the United States operates under in unresponsive, ineffective and not of relevant taxpayer value. It needs to return to the more decentralized model as it was originally conceived under The Articles of Confederation and be dissolved via bankruptcy proceedings.

However, failing that, once the bloated oligarchy and your elite DC buddies are done strip-mining out the wealth, this "social order" will collapse in a spectacular fashion that will result in a dark age for the other tiers of the pyramid who depended upon its stolen largesse and lies.

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nmewn Sun, 09/17/2017 - 19:21 Permalink

"A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take away everything you have." - some old dead white guy

CompassionateC… Sun, 09/17/2017 - 19:36 Permalink

The best and only way to combat hate is to ban hate speech and ban guns.  Hate speech is not free speech and guns have no place in civilized society except in the hands of the authorities and the stakeholders (bankers, celebrities, Jews, etc) of society.  Self defense should also be banned for the commoners as well because the proper place of justice is in court not in the hands of the unwashed masses.  The horrible events of Charlottesville where hate speech caused a helicopter crash 7 miles away which murdered two police officers, caused a car crash, and also caused a brave champion of anti-racism to die of a heart attack due to morbid obesity (which was caused by the white supremacists) prove the need for these measures.  If you're a true conservative like Paul Ryan you'll be onboard with this.  If not then you're a fucking racist and a nazi worse than tRump/Hitler/Chang Kai Shek/Yair Netanyahu/Mother Teresa/Jesus Christ/Ghandi/etc and are personally responsible for The Holyhoax.

HopefulCynical shovelhead Thu, 09/21/2017 - 03:48 Permalink

And here we have another broken sarcasm detector.Read it again: "The horrible events of Charlottesville where hate speech caused a helicopter crash 7 miles away which murdered two police officers, caused a car crash, and also caused a brave champion of anti-racism to die of a heart attack due to morbid obesity (which was caused by the white supremacists) prove the need for these measures."

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TeethVillage88s Sun, 09/17/2017 - 20:03 Permalink

To Combat "Hate" - Make Bread-Winner Jobs the norm for those that seek them, End Boskin Commission Reforms of 1996 on CPI (inflation), stop leaking our capital from our nation to overseas redoubts, foreign accounts, and new foreign factories, ... put capital to work in your own nation (EU, Anglo, USA).

To Combat Hate... discover where capital is going, being hoarded, what programs or banking are worthless policies... look for good funds/policies that work... how about a little money velocity? How about honest GDP, Unemployment, Inflation... and a look at 'Wealth Being Extracted by big Executives & Monolithic Corporations?

- Money Trust Ring a bell, Teddy Roosevelt?

https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/LNS15000000 (not in Labor Force)
https://fred.stlouisfed.org/release?rid=50 (employment situation)
https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/LNU01300060 (Labor participation age 24-54 prime working age)
https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/LNS11324230 (Labor participation age 55 and over)

God Damn, Sounds like Economics, the Soft Science, or Historical data school of Economics

- TeethVillage, Data-Master

TeethVillage88s Blue Steel 309 Sun, 09/17/2017 - 20:15 Permalink

Was just going to add that now we have broken families as a kind of lifestyle, subculture, or values... which fits nicely with the supposed higher work force participation rate of 81.5%

- Part Time Jobs
- Low Paying Jobs
- Loss of Benefits from 1970s, Health Care, Pensions
- LBOs in the 1980s targeted pensions for arbitrage
- Trading Pensions for 401Ks, 501Ks whatever
- Proliferation of Lobbyist, Foundations, Think Tanks, Offshore Financial Experts, Tax Advisors, Tax Accountants, Financial Advisors... Financial Industry Economy VS. Manufacturing Economy, and gave up information jobs to overseas... while increasing welfare, federal & state debt

...

Combat Humanity = life work of the Elites?
Combat Humanity = life work of the Lobbyist?
Combat Humanity = life work of the MIC?
Combat Humanity = life work of George Soros?
Combat Humanity = life work of US Secretaries of State, Secretaries of Defense, Federal Reserve Bank, Central Bankers, IMF/WB?

Combat Humanity = life work of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Hilary Clinton, DNC, RNC, Neo-Cons, Hollywood, Washington DC, Wall Street, Old City of London?

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DaveA Sun, 09/17/2017 - 19:48 Permalink

Ah yes, the old libertarian trope that all violence originates from the state. Ideally the state should have a monopoly on violence, but if the state stops enforcing that monopoly, or just dissolves itself, there's going to be a lot *more* violence before a new state (or states) emerge to suppress it. See British India, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya, Syria.

The Non-Aggression Principle is fine and dandy if everyone agrees to abide it, but except for a few whites of Northern European descent, most people think the NAP is retarded and will commit all the violence they think they can get away with.

Conservatism, liberalism, and libertarianism will die, and white nationalism (or at least white tribalism) will win, the day whites realize they're getting cucked and start behaving like every other race that ever existed.

insanelysane Sun, 09/17/2017 - 19:50 Permalink

The Mayor of Boston is an abject retard.  Unfortunately he is slightly smarter than the residents of Boston and they get what they deserve.  He wanted to shut down all speeches he doesn't approve.  Fortunately and miraclously the Massachusetts Justice system ruled that free speech means free speech and the mayor and his flunkies don't get to decide what is acceptable speech.  Of course what the Mayor then proceeded to do was to create a hostile and extremely dangerous environment.The "right wingers" were forced to enter a cordoned off area and subjected to search and seizure of a whole variety of things.  No backpacks allowed, etc.  The "counter" protestors were allowed to gather unfettered in another area and showed up to the Boston Common with backpacks, masks, bottles, rocks, sticks etc.  The "right wingers" were then coerced to flee the well armed mob.Boston will soon be a shit hole like Chicago.  There was never any trouble on the Boston Common or any of the Boston tourist spots.  Recently there have been shootings and stabbings in the tourist areas.  The Mayor is too busy making sure immigrants feel safe.  Screw the tourist and citizens.

JustPastPeacefield insanelysane Sun, 09/17/2017 - 20:53 Permalink

Retard is right. I only wish I was being sarcastic. I used to enjoy walking around the city all the time, and taking the subway too. No more. Somewhere between 5 and 10 years ago, things started to change. Vagrants everywhere. Panhandlers on every streetcorner. The degenerate smell of weed fills the air. Last week a third world beggar got on the Red Line train with her infant and a sign begging for bucks. To their credit, nobody gave her anything. I wonder which organized syndicate she works for. Maybe the retard mayor ought to wonder too. Then an opiated street couple got on the train, or shall I say staggered on the train and fell onto the seat right next to me. I jumped up and out of the way, and the guy thanked me profusely like I was being chivalrous givng up my seat. Drug addicts but still with White pubic manners. At least you can say that. And then the trains were held up at Park Street because of a 'police action' at the station. I don't know what it was, but there was an army of cops everywhere. Delightful.I had another young vagrant attempt to rob me of my phone around midnight near South Station. He seemed a bit dazed and I figured I could outrun him, so I taunted him a bit. He came after me and thank christ I can still run like the wind, even if I had to run out into the middle of the busy street to get away from him. If I was armed, he'd be dead now. I'm a stubborn fuck, nobody robs me and gets away with it. And before that I had a group of college type Negro boys walk past me near Copley one evening. Nice area, college guys, nothing to worry about there. Except one fuck wanted to do a little polar bear hunting. He held his punch with only an inch to spare. I guess that kind of hate is okay with that retard mayor. I don't enjoy being in the city anymore. Hope it's just me, because otherwise, there will be a whole lotta empty luxury apartments in the city.  

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