Trump & Putin. Yes, It's Really a Thing


Paul's picture

Why is this a problem? Friendly ties are preferable to no ties and hostility.

Samarami's picture

Were I a voter I'd vote for Trump. If for no other reason than Trump is a trader and investor, not a career war monger. In fact, I would vote for Trump for the very reason all governmentalists and most mini-libertarian types insist that nobody should vote for him: he has never "held" ..."public office"...(translation: Trump has been a producer in lieu of having been a robber and a thief).

Murray Rothbard, in a footnote to "Anatomy of the State", quoted Franz Oppenheimer, who said it best:

[4] Franz Oppenheimer, The State (New York: Vanguard Press, 1926) pp. 24-27:

    There are two fundamentally opposed means whereby man, requiring sustenance, is impelled to obtain the necessary means for satisfying his desires. These are work and robbery, one's own labor and the forcible appropriation of the labor of others. . . . I propose in the following discussion to call one's own labor and the equivalent exchange of one's own labor for the labor of others, the "economic means" for the satisfaction of need while the unrequited appropriation of the labor of others will be called the "political means". . . . The State is an organization of the political means. No State, therefore, can come into being until the economic means has created a definite number of objects for the satisfaction of needs, which objects may be taken away or appropriated by warlike robbery.

Of course, once one has gained comprehension of this, s/he could never participate in one of those bread-and-circus events ever again.