5 Key Principles that Unite Populist Progressives and Tea-Party Libertarians

By Human World Order
Activist Post

“Rise like Lions after slumber; In unvanquishable number; Shake your chains to earth like dew; Which in sleep had fallen on you; Ye are many; They are few.” — Percy Bysshe Shelley

The establishment must do everything it can to suppress unity among the growing herd of angry citizens. However, victory for the people is within our grasp.  In a dangerous scenario for the establishment, populists from the left and the right are increasingly finding common ground.  A recent Mother Jones article titled “Tea Party or Pot Party?” revealed to progressives that they can actually agree with Tea Party libertarians on issues such as legalizing marijuana.  With an honest look at each other’s principles we may find that what unites Populists is far more powerful than what divides us.

First, we must be cognizant that the establishment seeks to divide us by using such vile tactics as labeling progressives as “evil communists” and the Tea Party libertarians as “racists.”  Naturally, old-school civil rights liberals hate racists, and free-market conservative purists hate communists. Can we not see that the establishment knows precisely what buttons to push to keep us from uniting?  These false labels are irrelevant in our current struggle with a tyrannical Corporate State.It is clear that we the people are all suffering in similar ways under the current system. We grasp for someone to blame for this manufactured suffering, and the establishment is all too eager to provide a culprit to misdirect our anger.  Progressives have been conditioned to blame big evil corporations, while conservatives have been conditioned to blame big evil government. But now, both are finally realizing that corporate cartels and the government have merged into a most evil monster that cares not for them, or the health of America for that matter.  Even Michael Moore is waking up to the fact that Obama is a mere puppet of the corporate masters.

The people have been fooled and divided for long enough.  Now, we must go beyond phony labels that the establishment has carefully crafted for us, and join our fellow populists to unite around our common human principles.

Here are five co-dependent principles that unite populist progressives and tea party libertarians:

1. Peace – Ending Foreign Wars

Peace seems to be our natural human condition until the corporate controllers disrupt it for their tactical gain. Wars are sold through division, driven by military-industrial complex profits and the desire for power over resources — period.  Those are not good enough reasons to kill, maim, displace and torture millions of human beings.  Real humans, if desperate enough, may kill for resources but are not inclined to simply kill for power — and will engage in neither if they are reasonably comfortable.  The good news is, the elite sub-humans who use human pawns for war to increase gluttonous fortunes will eventually be toppled, because the true natural order of peace will always ultimately manifest. Acts of war are always immoral crimes against humanity, as war is hell and we must become the devil to win.

Libertarians and progressives have been consistently unified against the immoral, interventionist wars and the resulting atrocities on liberty.  Complacent progressives must forget about what party is in power and continue to fight for what is right.  It’s not okay to excuse the wars, the torture, and the illegal wiretapping simply because the current Democratic president was presented with a Nobel Peace Prize.  If anything, that alone should prove to you the left-right paradigm is bogus.  And if pocketbook conservatives desire authenticity about reducing spending, then we must start with defense cuts across the board — including ending the wars. Christian conservatives and liberal Jews must adopt the peaceful message of their religions, and realize that the real threat to their freedom and safety is far more dangerous than the engineered Muslim threat sold to them by the corrupt establishment. And those who still support military-industrial complex-owned neocons, God help you.

Common Ground: As Gandhi said, “There is no path to peace, peace is the path”.  Ending the wars is the only moral and pragmatic policy to rescue our country.

2. Restoring Economic Justice and Fiscal Sanity

Economic fairness and fiscal sanity begins and ends with reforming our monetary system. The primary reason Americans should be angry about their economic situation is the fact that the Federal Reserve is a privately-owned entity.  It functions outside the jurisdiction of all branches of elected government and it owns the SEC and Treasury, which gives this private group immeasurable power to turn us and our government into debt slaves for their own gain.  The fractional reserve system for money creation inherently causes inflation that will always require more taxes from the public. In fact, the United States never had an income tax until the year after the Federal Reserve Act was passed in 1913.  The Fed, who continues to loot America, is also the engine that drives the ongoing global financial crisis.  To reclaim America it is imperative that the criminal banking cartel be abolished and sound money must be restored to the people.

We must learn from Woodrow Wilson who said: “Our great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is privately concentrated. The growth of our nation, therefore, and all of our activities are in the hands of a few men . . . who necessarily, by very reason of their limitations, chill and check and destroy economic freedom.”

This topic is so obviously beyond the false left-right debate that anyone who opposes it would appear to be a shill for the criminal banking system.  If Tea Party activists wonder who is to blame for their climbing taxes, they need to point their finger at the monetary system that encourages big government to keep spending, thus resulting in inflation.  There is already encouraging bipartisan cooperation in regards to investigating the Fed which has brought great awareness of their true nature to the public.

Although there is no proposed legislation to fundamentally change the function of the Fed, we saw a progressive Alan Grayson (D-Fla) co-sponsor the “Audit the Fed” bill, drafted by ultra-conservative Ron Paul (R-TX), with another ultra-progressive Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introducing the Senate version. Furthermore, it is also encouraging to see a flurry of candidates from various states and political philosophies proposing citizen-owned state banks as part of the economic solution.  This nonpartisan issue is absolutely vital for all Americans to support if we hope to be free human beings.

Common Ground:  Thomas Jefferson said: “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered . . . I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies . . . The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”  End the private Federal Reserve and establish sound money for the benefit of all Americans.

3. Limiting Government for the Restoration of Individual Liberty

Very simply, more personal liberty comes only by limiting the size of government.  As Americans, we all must hold dear our Bill of Rights which is clearly under assault. Conservative libertarians have long been known as the defenders of liberty, while progressive civil rights leaders in the 60s knew they had truth on their side when they declared that equality would ultimately prevail.  Since the civil rights victory, progressives grew to believe that government intervention works for social matters, and that well-funded regulatory agencies are necessary and good because they are looking out for our safety.

However, the last decade has conclusively proved that all major regulators like the FDA, USDA, CDC, SEC, and DHS have become arms of the elite corporate cartels who use regulation to squeeze small businesses to further consolidate their industry empires.  These utterly corrupt and bloated agencies continue to sell “safety” to the public to justify their budget and jurisdiction expansions, where they limit our freedoms through over-regulation at the behest of their corporate controllers.

Despite being the strongest voice against the Patriot Act at the time, progressives are only now experiencing the personal ramifications of increased government regulation by the massive “Big Brother” surveillance-industrial complex — and it is happening, ironically, under our supposedly “liberal” president.  They have witnessed an assault on their freedoms with the recent tyrannical raids on peaceful antiwar protesters, private organic food cooperatives, legal natural health choices like medical marijuana, and illegal surveillance of environmentalist anti-fracture gas drilling groups.  In every case, big business is directing big government to crush our freedoms. Big government and big cartel business feed off each other in a self-perpetuating system that must be broken.

Common Ground: Liberty is a natural order that unites us and will prevail.  As John Adams wrote: “Human nature itself is evermore an advocate for liberty.”  Restore the Bill of Rights by ending the prohibition of drugs; and by reducing, or eliminating, regulatory agencies who impose fees, taxes, and statutes that threaten our freedoms.

4. Consumer Freedom and Free Markets

No form of government has been able to stop free markets in the history of mankind.  Even under totalitarian communism, barter systems or black markets thrive because free markets are yet another natural order for humanity.  The failed war on drugs is the most glaring example in America. The more tyrannical our government becomes toward limiting consumers’ choices, the more we are seeing the rise of local organic cooperatives, many of which utilize barter systems.

For too long progressives and conservatives have confused what constitutes a free market economy. Again, this confusion and division has been deliberately manufactured  Conservatives who advocate for free market capitalism must admit that we haven’t had that model since before the original Robber Barons, because Rockefeller and other elites live by the mantra “competition is a sin” — thus cartels formed to create a form of corporate communism. While progressives like Michael Moore, director of Capitalism, must acknowledge that it is was not “free market capitalism” that caused the financial meltdown — but rather it was the corrupt banking system and the utter lack of free market competition to blame (ie. Too Big To Fail).

The general public is beginning to realize that anti-competition cartels use government regulatory agencies to further consolidate market share which erodes the free market as well as personal choices.  Food is the most obvious example of an industry that is run by near monopolies, while the FDA continues to suppress healthy choices for local food and natural health alternatives. Progressives and conservatives must unite with no fear of being called anti-business, and fight to break up the cartels and regulatory agencies if we’re to have genuinely free and fair markets.

Common Ground: “The difference between free-market capitalism and state capitalism is precisely the difference between, on the one hand, peaceful, voluntary exchange, and on the other, violent expropriation.” Murray N. Rothbard.  End the monopoly cartels and abusive regulations; demand true free markets with the liberty of choice, not the illusion of choice.

5. Respecting and Protecting our Ecosystem

Obviously a polluted ecosystem does not discriminate against political affiliations.  Humanity requires a healthy environment above all other concerns; as clean water, air, and healthy soil are essential to our survival. That we can all agree on. However, the modern environmental movement seems to have been hijacked by the elite who show no desire to protect the water, air, and soil.  Environmentalists have been made to believe that CO2 is the most dangerous element responsible for “Global Warming”, and despite the establishment’s constant betrayal of facts, many still put faith in the elite’s proposed solutions that do nothing to reduce real pollutants.

The climate change debate has become the only environmental topic discussed in the mainstream and appears to be yet another example of manufactured political division. Environmentally-conscious progressives know they have been repeatedly lied to by the establishment left about everything from free-trade agreements, to the wars, to GMO foods, yet they seem to have a very difficult time questioning the man-made “global warming” theory and the elite’s proposed solutions.

At the very least, eyebrows should be raised since “hacked” emails exposed that the science data had been manipulated to fit the theory.  Alarm bells should go off when we learn that, as Vice President, Gore designed the proposed Cap and Trade system with Enron’s criminal CEO Ken “Kenny Boy” Lay years before the global warming propaganda had begun. A full blown revolt should take place knowing that the scandalous international Banksters and Big Oil (including BP) have shaped Cap and Trade to line their pockets. Finally, many of the proposed provisions appear to tax personal choices while major corporate polluters are exempt. Regardless of what we believe, it certainly appears that climate change fits the establishment’s problem-reaction-solution model of social engineering and we should all beware.

Additionally, the global-warming-is-a-hoax crowd must concede that fossil fuels are still dirty and have a major impact on the environment regardless of whether they effect climate change.  The environmentalists who recently opposed fracture drilling in Pennsylvania did so because the practice contaminates ground water, not because natural gas effects climate change.  These protesters were nonpartisan Americans.  We must unite against practices that provably damage our health and the health of our ecosystem.  These can include oil spills and subsequent chemical spraying, industrial agriculture and factory farms, dirty coal and depleted uranium energy plants, deliberate poisoning of public water with sodium fluoride, and the production, promotion, and disposal of dangerous pharmaceuticals to name a few.

Common Ground: True pollution is obvious. “Truth is uniform and narrow; it constantly exists, and does not seem to require so much an active energy, as a passive aptitude of the soul in order to encounter it. But error is endlessly diversified; it has no reality, but is the pure and simple creation of the mind that invents it.” – Ben Franklin.  We must unite to confront the provable threats to human health and the integrity of our environment, and we must do it rather quickly.

These principles should naturally unite angry citizens who have been relentlessly abused by the corporate state.  Sure, many will remain close-minded and submit to the manufactured division, but as we reach this crucial tipping point for free humanity, it is now imperative that we join in common purpose – FREEDOM. 

Let us know what you think!

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Image of crude oil at Alabama shore. 6-12-2010 by Dave Martin, AP

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10 responses to “5 Key Principles that Unite Populist Progressives and Tea-Party Libertarians

  1. This is a good start. The problems are with #3 and #4. We have lost individual freedom and are continuing to lose it, but we cannot regain it while corporations and wealthy individuals are permitted to rule our political system. The only way to keep them from doing that is to prohibit it which requires a strong government able to enforce such a law. As for so-called free market competition, this fantasy is built on the equally silly idea that markets create competition – they do not. Every market participant works to eliminate competition and without strong regulation, competition disappears. Weak governments cannot enforce strong regulation.

    I read many prescriptions for fixing the problems of the United States from both the responsible right and the left and they have one thing in common: they are all impossible. There is a lot of money to be made in having a huge military involved in endless wars around the world. There’s a big profit in providing equipment and training for law enforcement to spy on citizens and develop military-style teams of jack-booted thugs to break down the doors of suspected “terrorists” and drug dealers. As long as there is so much money to be made, corporations will continue to control government and the media and it will not be possible to develop a peaceful grassroots movement to restore democracy and eliminate corruption.

    • I’m with you on this, Charles. Mostly. except it seems so hopeless. there’s always money to be made somewhere. money always finds its way into governments. so either we ban money or ban government.

      HR ~ this is not a democracy. your vote does not count in the US. therefore, the US is not a democracy. It’s a plutocracy.

  2. It’s interesting that democracy has become something of a bad word among libertarians and others on the right. If we are to return to a Constitutional ideal (however one might interpret that), the very first and most important step is to insure that the government is controlled by “We the people”. An oligarchy or plutocracy is not what the Founders intended, and in fact, it is fair to say that corporate power allied with the state was the proximate cause of the American Revolution.

    Whether we mark the end of the American republic with the creation of the Federal Reserve, the New Deal, the war profiteers of the Civil War, the Cold War and the rise of the national security state, or our abandonment of the gold standard under Nixon, I think we can all agree that the government “of the people, by the people and for the people” is no more.

    We the people are no longer important to those who run this country. Sure, we hold elections every couple of years but our choices for Congress and the Presidency are generally limited to 2 candidates who have sworn utter fealty to the corporate masters (or oligarchy or ruling class or new world order, as you prefer). As long as we continue to argue over what course of action would be the best solution, or whether the right or left has the answers, nothing will change. If we want to change the nation’s direction, then we all need to recognize that change begins with “We the People” and a government over which we have no power is never going to change in the direction of freedom or liberty.

  3. I agree that the left/right paradigm is patented bullshit, and I am not accusing you of being libertarian or right-wing, merely pointing out that a negative reaction to the word democracy is common in those groups. As you are no doubt aware, the founders had differences of opinion over the role of democracy but certainly they had no intention of setting up an oligarchy or a plutocracy.

    You emphasize the Constitution and I have no problem with that approach, although I think you will agree that there are differences of opinion among Americans about which sections and which ideas in that document are most important. The left/right paradigm often emphasizes those differences in approach rather and thus keeps us divided. I assume we disagree on some of those points, but I see nothing to be gained in pursuing those points of difference. Unless the people can unite to reclaim their Constitutional role as the source of all just governmental power (to paraphrase the Declaration), discussions about what ought to be done in the event we gain that power are moot.

  4. Assuming for the purposes of discussion, there is some possible way that the people of the US can overthrow the current tyranny, it is your position (if I understand it correctly) that unless they intend to implement a “…constriction of federal authority – to the letter” (which I assume means according to your understanding of what that means in practical terms), then the entire exercise will result in anarchical chaos. So now we trade a left/right divisiveness for a strict constructionist vs. a pragmatist division. How does that help us unite to overthrow tyranny?

    Taking a fundamentalist approach to the Constitution can no more unite citizens than taking a fundamentalist approach to the Bible unites Christians. If you want to unite Progressives and Libertarians, it cannot be by insisting that one or the other capitulate.

  5. Thanks for that clear declaration of your viewpoint: The only way to unite progressives and libertarians is for progressives to become libertarian.

  6. It really doesn’t matter whether you apply the labels of the false left/right paradigm, but whether you actually find common ground or continue to maintain a division that only aids the forces of tyranny. Yes, the people should have remained vigilant to the encroachments on their liberty but they didn’t. Yes, many Americans are either greedy or subservient to authority and have surrendered their liberty to the “experts” in government and business. So what? How does this analysis help? What are we to do to change this situation, especially when the ruling oligarchs are spending billions to deflect, disinform and distract the population?

    I don’t agree with your views on the Constitution, and if we were to analyze the practical implications your views would have on American life today, I doubt many of our fellow citizens would agree with you either. Does that mean we should spend our time arguing about the Constitution instead of doing something to restore our liberty? I don’t think so. You say you don’t want to get on the bus without knowing its destination, but you and I are already on the bus and the driver is not accountable to us and is driving rapidly toward the cliff. Neither you nor I want to go over the cliff into a totalitarian, third-world banana republic, so it would make a lot of sense for us to get together and get this criminal bozo out of the driver’s seat, stop the bus and throw the globalist crook off the bus permanently. Then we can sit with the other passengers and have a discussion about which way to go.

  7. You seem to insist on finding fault with whatever I write which is odd since your original intent here was finding ways to unite people. I completely agree with you on the issues of Executive Privilege, Implied Powers and War Powers, but as I said before arguing about the Constitution is unlikely to form the basis of a unified citizenry.

    If we wait for the revolution to be brought to us, it will be of the despotic variety. More likely, it will be a bloody failure. Do I advocate “going off half cocked”? No, I would advocate we find those goals that unite us and quit arguing over which method is best to reach the goals. If we can agree on what kind of country we want to live in and at least some of what is wrong with our current government and economic system, then we are halfway there. I’m not an ideologue but I do insist on thinking through the implications of policy issues and acting on the basis of facts and evidence rather than ideological slogans.

    You began this discussion by calling for unity between left and right, so work with me here and let’s find common ground instead of arguing.

  8. Geez. I thought I was pessimistic! I read a blog article recently where the author agreed that there was no way we were going to be able to turn the country around, but that he still felt an obligation to speak the truth, even if no one listened. I agree with him.

  9. Obama epitomizes what’s wrong with the Democratic Party. His key policy positions are virtually identical to those of George W. Bush, but his cool, good looking, articulate persona coupled with a set of vague statements that allowed the Democratic Party base to see him as one of them became the basis for that hopey-changey stuff. The Dems are out to fool voters into thinking they represent their interests when they don’t. Repubs are more honest and wear their love for the globalist cartel on their sleeve and rely on the stupidity of their party’s base. Not bloody much difference.

    Dem voters hoped Obama would be the new FDR, but he turned out to be an even more inept version of Bill Clinton, the most successful globalist President since Reagan.

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