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Revealed a member of the Iraqi Council of Representatives Abdul Qahar al-Samarrai on the direct accountability and justice in the Iraqi parliament to re-audit the names issued recently by the Accountability and Justice, which included thousands of names covered by the law of confiscation of funds and property of the former regime.

Samarrai said the Justice and Accountability Committee in parliament reported that the majority of these names will be re-audited, likely not to include many of them these procedures. 
Al-Samarrai added that those who will remain in the lists can file an appeal to the judiciary, which may be accompanied by lifting the decision on him as long as it did not cause harm to the Iraqi people during the rule of the former regime.

 
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Al-Samarrai added that those who will remain in the lists can file an appeal to the judiciary, which may be accompanied by lifting the decision on him as long as it did not cause harm to the Iraqi people during the rule of the former regime.

 

 

It did cause harm to the Iraqi people you IDIOT!!!!!! <_<

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Under the supervision of an international investigation team .. 1000 arrest warrants against those accused of corruption, including Iraqi political leaders and former prime minister

25-03-2018 02:22 PM
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A government source revealed on Sunday the completion of arrest warrants against those accused of corruption and the waste of Iraqi funds. 

The source said in a press statement that 'has been completed about 1000 arrest warrants against those accused of corruption, including political leaders and former prime minister', explaining that 'the notes were completed under the supervision of an international investigation team'. 

The source, who asked not to be named, said that 'the current prime minister has not yet decided to accept the implementation of this matter before or after the elections.' 

The source said, that
'there is an international action in this regard, especially as investigations in this regard proved the contribution of stolen Iraqi funds operations terrorism and armed organizations'.

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Much Appreciated Yota, wow that's great news. Now it's going to be interesting to see what Albadi's next move is, will he wait till after the election or hammer them now. If I read it correctly yesterday Albadi isn't really to worried about Maliki in the elections. But in any case keep your friends close and your enemies closer. 

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Confiscation of the property of the Saddam Hussein regime comes into force and the parties are mostly occupied

25/03/2018

 

 

 

Adnan Abu Zeid

After the Supreme National Commission for Accountability and Justice issued on 5 March 2018 lists confiscated 52 movable and immovable property and seized the property of 4257 officials during the rule of Saddam Hussein, questions are asked about the timing and value of money and property, and the future disposal.

The story of this file, according to the deputy in the Iraqi parliament, Abdulrahman al-Loizi, "the law of the seizure of property numbered 76 and 88 of 2003, within the law of the Supreme National Commission for Accountability and Justice, the new name launched the law de-Baathification issued by the American civil administrator Paul Bremer, Managing Iraq after its invasion in 2003 ".

In light of this date, the recent confiscation law, according to the Louisi, "did not issue certain names, but set up a mechanism to deal with the property of predetermined entities and personalities, which number tens of hundreds of people." The benefit of the last decision, according to the Louisi, "in identifying names and reducing it to about 4000 people."

"This is one of the advantages of the recent procedure, which still contains many gaps, most notably the inclusion of specific functional grades," he said. "It includes conservatives in Saddam's regime and does not include cabinet ministers at the time because of political and mood effects."

"The resolution did not address a new state of affairs created by the events after the fall of the Saddam regime, and some of the figures covered by the law of the Supreme National Commission for Accountability and Justice reacted positively to the current situation, to participate in the war on terror against" "", Which caused the criticism of Prime Minister Haider Abadi also decision on 6 March 2018.

While he sees that "resolving the fate of the former regime's assets contributes to its employment for the benefit of society," this decisiveness seems to be taking slow steps despite the passage of 15 years since the fall of Saddam's regime. By taking advantage of the great property left by the Saddam regime, on 24 April 2009, a former palace of Saddam Hussein, overlooking the historic site of Babylon, was converted into a luxury hotel open to the public.

Saddam's palace on the banks of a river in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, home to US and Polish troops, turned into a museum.

A member of the provincial council of Babil Suhaila Abbas that "the Supreme National Commission for Accountability and Justice and real estate registration departments did not resolve much of the property of the Saddam regime," striking example in "a lot of property in the province of Babylon and the rest of the provinces and turned into headquarters of influential parties, Resolved ".

"Although most of the palaces in which Saddam and his family lived were not registered in his name but in the name of Iraqi ministries, current ministers and officials refuse to leave," Abbas said.

Abbas's statement with the news published on 10 March 2018 states that "senior officials who refuse to leave Saddam's palaces were in control after the US invasion of Iraq in the state green zone and the high-rise neighborhoods of Baghdad."

The speech of Abbas is not limited to references to the role of corruption in determining the fate of the assets of the Saddam regime and its properties. This was also confirmed on April 16, 2017 by a member of the Integrity Commission of Iraq, saying to the media that "the confiscation of funds symbols of the former regime opens the door to corruption and enrichment new to the current parties, Because most of those properties inhabited by leaders of political blocs and members of the government and parliament. "

"All the headquarters of the Ba'th party in the central and southern governorates were taken over by the parties, while others were not resolved," said one member of the former Ba'ath party in Babil, preferring not to be named. Deliberately ordered him to obsolete time and sell it later at nominal prices to influential parties. "

In another accusation of the decision that he is referring to figures and parties from the Sunni community, a senior official in the Supreme National Commission for Accountability and Justice, who asked not to be named, said: "Such accusations fall before the fact that the Supreme National Commission for Accountability and Justice did not intend any party in its final decision because it was issued Basically as a response to a letter received by the Council of Ministers. The Commission is also a revealing body that provides the relevant authorities with information on the persons involved and the extent to which they are covered by the confiscation procedures, which means that the whole process is not targeted at a particular sect. "

A member of the legal committee in the Iraqi parliament, Kamel al-Zaidi, reduces the uncertainty of the mechanisms of confiscation and the future fate of property. "Since 2017, the Commission has assigned three of its members to work with legal advisors to establish the legal mechanism governing the seizure of property and property belonging to the former regime And resolve, and how to dispose of them. "

"The executive institutions are now aware of the legal dimensions under which they act, and will act accordingly to resolve the property files, despite differences among political forces over the fate of money and property," Zaidi said.

Zaidi that the decision "introduced the mechanism of disposition of property and funds to take effect," expected that "the government will begin to work on the final decision to resolve the files of funds and property, both inside Iraq or outside."

A sensitive decision on money and property requires the concerned parties to give greater transparency to the procedures that will be implemented in the future to resolve this thorny issue associated with the control of parties and forces that control the many properties, especially as charges directed to the beneficiaries as a procrastination in the implementation of decisions, Where they will be confiscated from the property they occupy.

 

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"International" arrest warrants for hundreds of "corrupt" Iraqis, including a former prime minister

"International" arrest warrants for hundreds of "corrupt" Iraqis, including a former prime minister



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A new government source revealed on Sunday the completion of arrest warrants against those accused of corruption and waste of Iraqi funds.

"About 1,000 arrest warrants have been completed against those accused of corruption, including political leaders and former prime minister," the source told The Twilight News. He asked not to be named.

He explained that "the notes were completed under the supervision of an international investigation team."

"The current prime minister has not yet decided on whether to accept the implementation of this matter before or after the elections," the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

He added that "there will be international action in this regard, especially as investigations in this regard proved the contribution of stolen Iraqi funds to terrorist operations and armed organizations," according to the source.

The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi, announced earlier, after the end of the war against Daqash, he will launch a major campaign against corruption, after the activation of the work of international investigators began their duties to this end in the capital Baghdad.

Iraq signed two years ago a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations to involve international investigators in the files of major corruption of priority.

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Called on the National Alliance, Sadiq al-Mahna, on Sunday, the Iraqi judiciary to move cases against the corrupt before the elections to prevent them from reaching the decision centers again.

Al-Mahna said in a statement to "Al-Ghad Press" that "the thief is not controlled by a document of honor and the choice of fair names falls on the heads of the lists," pointing out that "the inevitability of expulsion of the experimenters who caused Iraq's electoral ruin." 

"The so-called honor document was born dead and can not be relied upon for a simple reason, because the practices of some of the candidates are shameful and do not consciously raise the issue of a homeland that emerged from the suffering of severe." 

Al-Mahna stressed that "the need not to rotate ugly faces, which followed the behavior of political disgrace and caused the waste of the country's wealth and blow up the Iraqi economy, and that the citizen is not shared by the destruction of Iraq again by giving his voice to the corrupt."
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The Ministry of the Interior issued directives to activate the arrests of the crime against the corrupt and vulnerable

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BAGHDAD, March 25 (KUNA) - The Inspector General of the Ministry of the Interior directed the two inspection departments of Baghdad and the governorates and their offices throughout the country's provinces and departments to activate the arrests with the crime of the corrupt and the corrupt.

 

 

The Inspector-General, Mohamed Mahdi Mustafa, said that "the activation of the criminal offenses against the corrupt are the means by which they can be eliminated and put before the judiciary to preserve the public money and the rights of citizens, with the need to coordinate with them and employees in the joints of the ministry to be sources of the Office in pursuit Corrupt and reporting, the fact that the process of fighting and combating corruption is a solidarity process involving all segments of society, "warning at the same time" to cover up the corrupt or defend them, because it will undermine all efforts to combat corruption and fight, and that the current and future will witness free A bloody war against corruption, especially after the completion of the war on terror. " End Ah

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Information / Baghdad ..

The deputy of the coalition of state law, Mohamed Chihod, on Sunday, the seriousness of Prime Minister Haider Abadi in opening any corruption file as long as he expressed public opposition to the political majority, stressing the impossibility of fighting corruption under the system of quotas.

"The Prime Minister has already launched several promises and statements during the last period on the fight against corruption and spoilers and open files of corruption," He said in a statement to the "Information" that "he did not open and will not open any file of corruption under the system of quotas."

He added that "Abadi openly declared his opposition to the political majority, which can only fight corruption and eliminate spoilers," stressing the determination of his coalition to "fight corruption after achieving the political majority in the upcoming elections."

The MP for the National Alliance Rasul Radi saw in a previous statement to / information /, that Iraq is heading towards the majority of political, but its success requires time, stressing that the quota did not find any benefit and no need to hold elections in the presence. Ending / 25

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Under the supervision of an international investigation team .. 1000 arrest warrants against those accused of corruption, including Iraqi political leaders and former prime minister

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A government source revealed on Sunday the completion of arrest warrants against those accused of corruption and the waste of Iraqi funds. 

The source said in a press statement that 'has been completed about 1000 arrest warrants against those accused of corruption, including political leaders and former prime minister', explaining that 'the notes were completed under the supervision of an international investigation team'. 

The source, who asked not to be named, said that 'the current prime minister has not yet decided to accept the implementation of this matter before or after the elections.' 

The source said, that
'there is an international action in this regard, especially as investigations in this regard proved the contribution of stolen Iraqi funds operations terrorism and armed organizations'.

Good Afternoon Master Yota, 

I hope that you're having a wonderful Palm Sunday.

I was wondering about this report and wanted to ask you how legitimate you think this source is? 

Because in my opinion if they actually arrest Maliki that will go a long way towards stopping the interference of Iran in Iraq. 

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2 hours ago, ladyGrace'sDaddy said:

Good Afternoon Master Yota, 

I hope that you're having a wonderful Palm Sunday. To Bless...He ran out of the Tomb

I was wondering about this report and wanted to ask you how legitimate you think this source is? Nato show up

Because in my opinion if they actually arrest Maliki that will go a long way towards stopping the interference of Iran in Iraq. 

Good Afternoon LGD and all of DV...

2 hours ago, yota691 said:

Abadi did not and will not open any corruption file 

More then likely the International Team would be the one...IMO

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13 minutes ago, yota691 said:

Good Afternoon LGD and all of DV...

More then likely the International Team would be the one...IMO

 

I love that answer.  :twothumbs:

Thanks, Yota.

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To inform the people ... The disappearance of 65 billion Iraqi dinars under mysterious circumstances and is stolen by a leader in the Dawa Party (know him)

25-03-2018 10:30 PM
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Special parliamentary sources revealed the disappearance of 65 billion Iraqi dinars from the Ministry of Sports and Youth is being stolen by the head of the parliamentary committee for sports and youth leadership of the Dawa Party corrupt Jassim Mohammed Jafar, who has been the Ministry of Sports and Youth in mysterious circumstances and was disbursed in a manner dominated by question marks and wonder! ! 

The sources said in a press statement, that the elements and leaders and heads of large within the Ministry of Sports and Youth is still working with Jassem Mohammed Jaafar and Tammer his orders contributed to the theft and embezzlement of the amount of sixty five billion dinars. 

"It was better for the former minister and the head of the corrupt Youth and Sports Committee, Jassim Mohammed Jaafar, to solve the problems of young people and to invest these huge sums in building the future of youth and developing their energies."

 
The sources confirmed that the former minister Jassim Mohammed Jaafar and in the period of his ministry of sports and youth  has been against him more than 100 files of the Integrity Commission on corruption rampant, which hit the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

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21 hours ago, siberian_shaddow said:

Much Appreciated Yota, wow that's great news. Now it's going to be interesting to see what Albadi's next move is, will he wait till after the election or hammer them now. If I read it correctly yesterday Albadi isn't really to worried about Maliki in the elections. But in any case keep your friends close and your enemies closer. 

He's not worried...cause Maliki is going bye bye!!! Hang 'em high!!! we can only hope and pray. 

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The deputy reveals attempts to disrupt the "law" that brings billions back and topples big heads

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The head of the Dawa Party bloc, "Organization of the Interior" MP Ali al-Badiri, on Wednesday, the attempts not to include the law "appeal in favor of the law" on the agenda of the parliament for years, stressing that the said law if it was voted, it will return billions to Iraq and overthrown large heads involved in Corruption since the last decade.

Al-Badairi said in a statement to Al-Maaloumah that "the law of appeal for the benefit of the law allows the public prosecution to open an investigation of the money and land received by MPs and politicians, especially after the State Consultative Council gave the authority the authority to open the investigation."

He added that "the law mentioned a year ago to include it on the agenda of the parliament, but everyone is surprised to withdraw from the table," explaining that "there are deputies benefiting from the contracts and funds of Iraqi banks, where just vote on the law, they will stay in the interrogation rooms."

Al-Badairi stressed that "the law of appeal in favor of the law if it was voted on, it will return the billions that have been stolen since 2006 up," noting that "the law includes four paragraphs, most notably it opens an investigation of funds and land withdrawn and granted to the deputies and officials in the state"

"The law came through the Ministry of Finance, but there is a great media blackout on the said law and the fragmentation of its paragraphs by the presidency of parliament without a convincing reason."

He pointed out that "most politicians do not want to vote on the law of appeal in favor of the law as it overthrows many heads that stole public money through corrupt judges, in addition to the parliament neglected article 27 of the Constitution, which says (public money is inviolable).

He pointed out that "the parliament is seeking not to pass the law for deportation to the next session may be forgotten and not included on the agenda, in addition to that Iraq is living an election period, as opening the investigation of corruption reveals the reality of many politicians, which they do not want with Near the elections. " Ending / 25 n

 

http://www.almaalomah.com/2018/03/28/295205/

 

 
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revealed head of the call inside the organization bloc Ali al - Badri on Thursday, the biggest deal of corruption to investors under the cover of law led by mafias taking advantage of the start of the campaign to withdraw billions of dinars from the Rafidain and Rasheed banks and mortgage bonds have legal problems. 

Al-Badairi said in an interview with Alsumaria News that "there are mafias corruption of some investors took advantage of the preoccupation of members of Parliament and the executive officials campaigning to implement the largest deal of corruption and fraud under the cover of the law," noting that "investors wishing to withdraw funds from real estate banks and Rashid and Rafidin, Real estate guarantees ".

 

 

 


He said al - Badri, said that "these mafias are providing a guarantee of real estate by the problematic judicial", pointing out that "these properties were awarded with those for 2007-2008-2009 by the Property Claims of Lands Authority was affiliated to the Ministry of Finance Tabou bonds with thousands of acres and there is no property since the establishment of the state Iraq so far with an area of ten thousand acres and carries the sex of a taboo. 

He pointed out that "the ministries of finance and agriculture filed complaints that these guarantees, which it considered false and false and in which problems, was granted to the public prosecution period of three years to audit the files, but the prosecution asked him to grant him ten years of scrutiny and according to civil law," explaining that "some members of parliament and ministers The former beneficiaries of the withdrawal of large sums under the title of those guarantees worked to delay the vote on the law of property disputes for more than 12 sessions by deleting it from the agenda minutes before the start of the session.

And between Badiri that "those corruptists moved on the banks to adopt those bonds as a guarantee to withdraw funds, since the dunum gives him the amount of 12 million debt and therefore has one thousand acres will withdraw one billion and 200 million dinars," noting that "the person who withdrew the payment of the payment Will put the hand on the land is originally a government land and have legal problems. " 

"There are dozens of urgent official books issued by the House of Representatives and the Ministry of Agriculture and Finance to the Prime Minister to stop the deal," he said. In this way, but the latter has not stopped so far and banks are still working this way through some corrupt employees. "

The Integrity Commission, from time to time, announces that it has been able to seize forged plots of land belonging to the Ministry of Finance to inform official authorities that land ownership belongs to persons in order to obtain financial gain.

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MP Faleh Hassan al-Khazali refers to the housing file in the Basra Oil Company to the Integrity Commission in Baghdad

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MP Faleh Hassan al-Khazali on Wednesday, 2018 / 3/28, the file of housing in the Basra Oil Company to the Integrity Commission after proving clear and explicit violations in the application of instructions by the former South Oil Company and the Basra Petroleum Company is currently in the implementation of what is received from the Ministry of Oil and the Committee of Accountability and Justice regarding the role occupied by those covered by the law of accountability and justice and to this day

For his part, the head of the Integrity Institute, according to the book issued by his office number 335 dated 18/02/2018, said that the file was submitted to the Ministry of Oil Office of the Inspector-General and is still under investigation and investigation.

It is worth mentioning that MP Khazali addressed the Integrity Commission according to the book issued by his office number 1768 dated 8/6/2017 and confirmed by the letter No. 2918 dated 25/9/2017 in order to follow up the file of legal violations in the South Oil Company and refer the spoilers to the Iraqi judiciary

http://ar.parliament.iq/2018/04/01/النائب-فالح-حسن-الخزعلي-يحيل-ملف-الاسك/

 

 

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The work of the Ministry of Justice within the law and statements of Haider Mulla propaganda in a consumer style

 

2018-04-01 05:16:00

The work of the Ministry of Justice within the law and statements of Haider Mulla propaganda in a consumer style

 

The Ministry of Justice confirmed that the statement of Haider Mulla is far from the credibility and is not related to reality, and try to use these statements personal publicity style consumer. 
The Ministry indicated that the matter of Haidar Mulla in his statement to the law is irrelevant, as Law No. 72 of 2017, which was voted on to cancel the previous decisions relating to the seizure and confiscation of properties belonging to the former regime and covered by the instructions of the Commission of Accountability and Justice and the installation of lists and names specific to the seizure and confiscation, After the publication of the Iraqi fact sheet and currently the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Finance and the rest of the competent authorities to implement the law pending the issuance of instructions from the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers and as stipulated in the original law by the House of Representatives.
In addition, the Prime Minister and the Cabinet's session directed the General Secretariat to form a committee to appeal and receive grievances, which will be the procedures for submitting applications electronically and without overlapping any party to ensure the safety of receipt of all grievances and the decision of the fundamental and not exploited politically or media wrongly.

 

https://www.moj.gov.iq/view.3755/

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      At the center of the case is Ashti Hawrami, the KRG’s natural resources minister, who designated HSBC headquarters in London’s Canary Wharf business district as the bank through which to send the KNOC money.
      The money could have been a bribe given to Hawrami, Chun said.
      Making the HSBC deal more dubious is that it was different from those involving other parts of the deal conducted by Commerzbank in Frankfurt.
      When the KNOC sent $100 million in August 2012 and $10 million in January 2014 as SOC construction costs to build a hospital and other facilities in Kurdistan, the oil company used Commerzbank as the intermediary. Certificates exist, clearly showing that the money arrived at the Kurdistan International Bank via Commerzbank.
      The copy of the request for remittances acquired by The Korea Times listed 31 banks as intermediaries.
      But the request involving the $31.4 million, a copy of which The Korea Times also obtained, only cited HSBC’s headquarters in London.
      Gulliver recently appeared before the Treasury Select Committee at the House of Commons, London, to be questioned over allegations that the bank’s Swiss branch helped wealthy customers dodge paying tax.
      The bank has endured a string of scandals and paid millions in penalties to regulators around the world
       
      http://ekurd.net/iraqi-kurdistans-oil-minister-connected-with-missing-31-4-mil-from-south-koreas-hsbc-2015-03-11
       
    • By UNEEK
      Okay, so why am I posting this? I watched an interview with Doug Casey & Peter Schiff concerning Peter's father Irwin that is serving a very stiff 13 yr prison sentence - That interview led me by interest to watch a video of Doug Casey concerning "HIS" views on voting -  I was absolutely in agreement with  so much that he said but pushed it aside until I read Ezrapounds thread earlier this morning -  
       
      We are cursed if we do and cursed if we don't --  It reminds me of an old wise tale  "If you get up I'm going to beat you with this stick. If you keep sitting there I"m going to beat you with this stick" ----- so what do  you do?  I have my answer do you have yours?
       
       
       
       
      Doug Casey's Top Five Reasons Not To Vote

      Submitted by Tyler Durden on 10/22/2012 23:42 -0400

       Submitted by Doug Casey of Casey Research,
       
      L: Doug, we've spoken about presidents. We have a presidential election coming up in the US – an election that could have significant consequences on our investments. But given the views you've already expressed on the Tea Party movement and anarchy, I'm sure you have different ideas. What do you make of the impending circus, and what should a rational man do?
       
      Doug: Well, a rational man, which is to say, an ethical man, would almost certainly not vote in this election, or in any other – at least above a local level, where you personally know most of both your neighbors and the candidates.
       
      L: Why? Might not an ethical person want to vote the bums out?
       
      Doug: He might feel that way, but he'd better get his emotions under control. I've thought about this. So let me give you at least five reasons why no one should vote.
       
      The first reason is that voting is an unethical act, in and of itself. That's because the state is pure, institutionalized coercion. If you believe that coercion is an improper way for people to relate to one another, then you shouldn't engage in a process that formalizes and guarantees the use of coercion.
       
      L: It's probably worth defining coercion in this context. I know you agree with me that force is ethical in self-defense. A murderer I shoot might feel coerced into accepting a certain amount of hot lead that he did not consent to, but he intended the same, or worse, for me, so the scales are balanced. What you are talking about is forcing innocent, non-consenting others to do things against their wills, like paying taxes that go to pay for military adventures they believe are wrong, etc.
       
      Doug: Right. The modern state not only routinely coerces people into doing all sorts of things they don't want to do – often very clearly against their own interests – but it necessarily does so, by its nature. People who want to know more about that should read our conversation on anarchy.
       
      This distinction is very important in a society with a government that is no longer limited by a constitution that restrains it from violating individual rights. And when you vote, you participate in, and endorse, this unethical system.
       
      L: It's probably also worth clarifying that you're not talking about all voting here. When you are a member of a golfing club and vote on how to use the fees, you and everyone else have consented to the process, so it's not unethical. It's participating in the management of the coercive machinery of the state you object to, not voting in and of itself.
       
      Doug: Exactly. As Mao correctly said, "The power of the State comes out of the barrel of a gun." It's not like voting for the leadership of a social club. Unlike a golfing club or something of that nature, the state won't let you opt out.
       
      L: Even if you're not harming anyone and just want to be left alone.
       
      Doug: Which relates to the second reason: privacy. It compromises your privacy to vote. It gets your name added to a list government busybodies can make use of, like court clerks putting together lists of conscripts for jury duty. Unfortunately, this is not as important a reason as it used to be, because of the great proliferation of lists people are on anyway.
       
      Still, while it's true there's less privacy in our world today, in general, the less any government knows about you, the better off you are. This is, of course, why I've successfully refused to complete a census form for the last 40 years.
       
      L: [Chuckles] We've talked about the census. Good for you
      .
      Doug: It's wise to be a nonperson, as far as the state is concerned, as far as possible.
       
      L: Not to digress too much, but some people might react by saying that juries are important.
       
      Doug: They are, but it would be a waste of my time to sign up for jury duty, because I would certainly be kicked off any jury. No attorney would ever let me stay on the jury once we got to voir dire, because I would not agree to being a robot that simply voted on the facts and the law as instructed by the judge –
       
      I'd want to vote on the morality of the law in question too. I'd be interested in justice, and very few laws today, except for the basic ones on things like murder and theft, have anything to do with justice. If the case related to drug laws, or tax laws, I would almost certainly automatically vote to acquit, regardless of the facts of the case.
       
      L: I've thought about it too, because it is important, and I might be willing to serve on a jury. And of course I'd vote my conscience too. But I'd want to be asked, not ordered to do it. I'm not a slave.
       
      Doug: My feelings exactly.
       
      L: But we should probably get to your third reason for not voting.
       
      Doug: That would be because it's a degrading experience. The reason I say that is because registering to vote, and voting itself, usually involves taking productive time out of your day to go stand around in lines in government offices. You have to fill out forms and deal with petty bureaucrats. I know I can find much more enjoyable and productive things to do with my time, and I'm sure anyone reading this can as well.
       
      L: And the pettier the bureaucrat, the more unpleasant the interaction tends to be.
       
      Doug: I have increasing evidence of that every time I fly. The TSA goons are really coming into their own now, as our own home-grown Gestapo wannabes.
       
      L: It's a sad thing… Reason number four?
       
      Doug: As P.J. O'Rourke says in a recent book, and as I've always said, voting just encourages them.
       
      I'm convinced that most people don't vote for candidates they believe in, but against candidates they fear. But that's not how the guy who wins sees it; the more votes he gets, the more he thinks he's got a mandate to rule – even if all his votes are really just votes against his opponent. Some people justify this, saying it minimizes harm to vote for the lesser of two evils. That's nonsense, because it still leaves you voting for evil.
       
      The lesser of two evils is still evil.
       
      Incidentally, I got as far as this point in 1980, when I was on the Phil Donahue show. I had the whole hour on national TV all to myself, and I felt in top form. It was actually the day before the national election, when Jimmy Carter was the incumbent, running against Ronald Reagan.
       
      After I made some economic observations, Donahue accused me of intending to vote for Reagan. I said that I was not, and as sharp as Donahue was, he said, "Well, you're not voting for Carter, so you must be voting Libertarian…"
       
      I said no, and had to explain why not. I believed then just as I do now. And it was at about this point when the audience, which had been getting restive, started getting really upset with me. I never made it to point five.
      Perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised.
       
      That same audience, when I pointed out that their taxes were high and were being wasted, contained an individual who asked, "Why do we have to pay for things with our taxes? Why doesn't the government pay for it?"
       
      I swear that's what he said; it's on tape. If you could go back and watch the show, you'd see that the audience clapped after that brilliant question. Which was when I first realized that while the situation is actually hopeless, it's also quite comic…
       
      L: [Laughs]
       
      Doug: And things have only gotten worse since then, with decades more public education behind us.
       
      L: I bet that guy works in the Obama administration now, where they seem to think exactly as he did; the government will just pay for everything everyone wants with money it doesn't have.
       
      Doug: [Chuckles] Maybe so. He'd now be of an age where he's collecting Social Security and Medicare, plus food stamps, and likely gaming the system for a bunch of other freebies. Maybe he's so discontent with his miserable life that he goes to both Tea Party and Green Party rallies to kill time.
       
      I do believe we're getting close to the endgame. The system is on the verge of falling apart. And the closer we get to the edge, the more catastrophic the collapse it appears we're going to have.
       
      Which leads me to point number five: Your vote doesn't count. If I'd gotten to say that to the Donahue audience, they probably would have stoned me. People really like to believe that their individual votes count.
       
      Politicians like to say that every vote counts, because it gets everyone into busybody mode, makes voters complicit in their crimes. But statistically, any person's vote makes no more difference than a single grain of sand on a beach. Thinking their vote counts seems to give people who need it an inflated sense of self-worth.
       
      That's completely apart from the fact – as voters in Chicago in 1960 and Florida in 2000 can tell you – when it actually does get close, things can be, and often are, rigged. As Stalin famously said, it's not who votes that counts, it's who counts the votes.
       
      Anyway, officials manifestly do what they want, not what you want them to do, once they are in office. They neither know, nor care, what you want. You're just another mark, a mooch, a source of funds.
       
      L: The idea of political representation is a myth, and a logical absurdity. One person can only represent his own opinions – if he's even thought them out. If someone dedicated his life to studying another person, he might be able to represent that individual reasonably accurately. But given that no two people are completely – or even mostly – alike, it's completely impossible to represent the interests of any group of people.
       
      Doug: The whole constellation of concepts is ridiculous. This leads us to the subject of democracy. People say that if you live in a democracy, you should vote. But that begs the question of whether democracy itself is any good. And I would say that, no, it's not. Especially a democracy unconstrained by a constitution.
       
      That, sadly, is the case in the US, where the Constitution is 100% a dead letter. Democracy is nothing more than mob rule dressed up in a suit and tie. It's no way for a civilized society to be run. At this point, it's a democracy consisting of two wolves and a sheep, voting about what to eat for dinner.
       
      L: Okay, but in our firmly United State of America today, we don't live in your ideal society. It is what it is, and if you don't vote the bums out, they remain in office. What do you say to the people who say that if you don't vote, if you don't raise a hand, then you have no right to complain about the results of the political process?
       
      Doug: But I do raise a hand, constantly. I try to change things by influencing the way people think. I'd just rather not waste my time or degrade myself on unethical and futile efforts like voting. Anyway, that argument is more than fallacious, it's ridiculous and spurious.
       
      Actually, only the non-voter does have a right to complain – it's the opposite of what they say. Voters are assenting to whatever the government does; a nonvoter can best be compared to someone who refuses to join a mob. Only he really has the right to complain about what they do.
       
      L: Okay then, if the ethical man shouldn't vote in the national elections coming up, what should he do?
       
      Doug: I think it's like they said during the war with Viet Nam: Suppose they gave a war, and nobody came? I also like to say: Suppose they levied a tax, and nobody paid? And at this time of year: Suppose they gave an election, and nobody voted?
       
      The only way to truly delegitimize a corrupt system is by not voting. When tin-plated dictators around the world have their rigged elections, and people stay home in droves, even today's "we love governments of all sorts" international community won't recognize the results of the election.
       
      L: Delegitimizing evil… and without coercion, or even force. That's a beautiful thing, Doug. I'd love to see the whole crooked, festering, parasitical mass in Washington – and similar places – get a total vote of no-confidence.
       
      Doug: Indeed. Now, I realize that my not voting won't make that happen. My not voting doesn't matter any more than some naïve person's voting does. But at least I'll know that what I did was ethical. You have to live with yourself. That's only possible if you try to do the right thing.
       
      L: At least you won't have blood on your hands.
       
      Doug: That's exactly the point.
       
      L: A friendly amendment: you do staunchly support voting with your feet.
       
      Doug: Ah, that's true. Unfortunately, the idea of the state has spread over the face of the earth like an ugly skin disease. All of the governments of the world are, at this point, growing in extent and power – and rights violations – like cancers. But still, that is one way I am dealing with the problem; I'm voting with my feet. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. It's idiotic to sit around like a peasant and wait to see what they do to you.
       
      To me, it makes much more sense to live as a perpetual tourist, staying no more than six months of the year in any one place. Tourists are courted and valued, whereas residents and citizens are viewed as milk cows. And before this crisis is over, they may wind up looking more like beef cows. Entirely apart from that, it keeps you from getting into the habit of thinking like a medieval serf. And I like being warm in the winter, and cool in the summer.
       
      L: And, as people say: "What if everyone did that?" Well, you'd see people migrating towards the least predatory states where they could enjoy the most freedom, and create the most wealth for themselves and their posterity. That sort of voting with your feet could force governments to compete for citizens, which would lead to more places where people can live as they want. It could become a worldwide revolution fought and won without guns.
       
      Doug: That sounds pretty idealistic, but I do believe this whole sick notion of the nation-state will come to an end within the next couple generations. It makes me empathize with Lenin when he said, "The worse it gets, the better it gets." Between jet travel, the Internet, and the bankruptcy of governments around the world, the nation-state is a dead duck. As we've discussed before, people will organize into voluntary communities we call phyles.
       
      L: That's the name given to such communities by science fiction author Neal Stephenson in his book The Diamond Age, which we discussed in our conversation on Speculator's Fiction. Well, we've talked quite a bit – what about investment implications?
       
      Doug: First, don't expect anything that results from this US election to do any real, lasting good. And if, by some miracle, it did, the short-term implications would be very hard economic times. What to do in either case is what we write about in our big-picture newsletter, The Casey Report.
       
      More important, however, is to have a healthy and useful psychological attitude. For that, you need to stop thinking politically, stop wasting time on elections, entitlements, and such nonsense. You've got to use all of your time and brain power to think economically. That's to say, thinking about how to allocate your various intellectual, personal, and capital assets, to survive the storm – and even thrive, if you play your cards right.
       
      L: Very good. I like that: think economically, not politically. Thanks, Doug!
       
      Doug: My pleasure.
       
      Irrespective of whether one agrees with Doug's politics, his investing record speaks for itself. And just like him, the analysts and editors at Casey Research dig deep in their respective fields and are blunt in their assessments. One thing many agree that the US will have to face, no matter the outcome of the presidential election, is its growing debt crisis.
       
      http://www.caseyresearch.com/cdd/doug-casey-voting-redux
       
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