Watching creepy libertarian nerds salivate when idiots like Steve Bannon talk about “destroying the administrative state” is the most goddamn annoying thing ever. Yeah, I don’t know how to put this to you, but y’all got played. Libertarians are supposed to be anti-drug war and anti-military spending. These assholes want to drastically expand both.
What’s super soul deadening about this shit is that it’s being funded by human trash “libertarian” billionaires who are like, well, it isn’t really the libertarianism we were looking for, but ultimately, we just don’t want our money going to filthy poors. Fuck them and their health insurance. Gee, wonder why super rich people are so into this Ayn Randian “isn’t selfishness cool” meth psychology shtick? Shocking, I know. The poor people who get suckered by this grift are another story. Jesus Christ nobody wants your goddamn land or your fucking guns. Who told you that? Oh yeah, the billionaires. (from the Daily Beast):
“Self-proclaimed libertarian Rand Paul may be Donald Trump’s new golfing buddy, and Peter Thiel one of his most prominent backers, but the Trump administration is rapidly becoming a libertarian’s worst nightmare.
Two barely reported executive actions from this past month provide telling examples: Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s resurrection of civil asset forfeiture, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s (I still can’t believe that) mind-blowing proposal of corporate welfare for coal companies.
“Civil asset forfeiture” may sound arcane, but it’s one of those police-state policies in which liberals and libertarians both find plenty to hate. Essentially, it allows local and state police departments to seize any assets that might be part of a criminal operation—even without the suspect being charged, let alone convicted, of a crime.
Officially, asset forfeiture is supposed to help the cops shut down big drug operations. In practice, however, it’s used primarily against poor people who have committed minor offenses. A 2015 study conducted in Philadelphia, for example, found that the median value of seized assets was $192, and most assets came from the city’s poorest neighborhood.
We’re talking low-level drug offenders: users, mules, street dealers, not kingpins. And mostly poor folks, mostly people of color, mostly people without access to legal assistance. (Unlike those in criminal proceedings, people whose assets are seized don’t even have a right to a public defender.)
And again, these are people who are never even charged with anything. Over a nine-year period, the Drug Enforcement Agency helped cops seize $3.2 billion in assets from people who were never charged with a crime.
Stories of abuse are legion. Two years ago, The Daily Beast broke the story of a 27-year-old man who was stopped after driving “too close to the white line.” Police then reported the “odor of burnt marijuana.” Morrow was arrested, and his car was seized.
And this year, we reported how IRS agents showed up at another man’s farm one day, and announced that they had already seized $65,000 from his bank account because they suspected he had committed a crime. (He hadn’t.) It took years to recover the money.
That’s why there has been outrage on both sides of the aisle. It’s why, according to the Cato Institute, 84 percent of Americans oppose the practice (once they are told what it is). It’s why President Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder, scaled back the federal program that incentivized local law enforcement to seize anything and everything they could. And it’s why earlier this year, a Republican and a Democrat introduced a bill to rein in the practice on the part of the IRS.
Consensus be damned.”
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