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A video of a confrontation between Ventura County, California health officials and restaurant owner Anton Van Happen has gone viral. The health officials were ordering Mr. Van Happen to close his business because he allegedly violated California’s ban on outdoor dining. Mr. Van Happen asked the health officials if the government will pay his employees and his rent while his business is indefinitely closed.

Mr. Van Happen is hardly the only small business owner worried about how to pay bills during the lockdowns. Many small businesses operate on a narrow profit margin, so being forced to “temporarily” shut down or limit the number of customers they can serve is a virtual death sentence.

The lockdowns have already caused as many as 200,000 small businesses to permanently close. Lockdowns, by shrinking the number of employers, lead to long-term unemployment or lower wages for many workers.

While governments have terrorized small businesses, they have typically deemed the big chain stores “essential businesses” so they can remain open. The lockdowns are thus another government policy that gives big businesses a competitive advantage over their smaller competitors.

The benefits big businesses get from the lockdowns — including fewer competitors, more customers, and a job market with more workers competing for fewer jobs — may explain why many big businesses are not fighting the lockdowns. Instead, most big retail chains are requiring their workers and customers to wear masks. Many big businesses may soon deny service to those who refuse to receive a Covid vaccine.

One would think that progressives who claim to oppose policies that benefit big corporations like WalMart, Target, and Amazon would oppose the lockdowns. Sadly, even many progressives are unquestioningly parroting the Covid propaganda and demonizing those who dissent.

By slowing down the development of herd immunity among the population, the lockdowns could put those truly at risk in greater danger. Lockdowns have also had negative effects such as increases in drug and alcohol abuse and increases in domestic violence. Meanwhile, many schoolchildren are deprived of the opportunity to interact with their teachers and their peers. Instead, these children are subjected to the fraud of “virtual learning.”

Resistance to Covid tyranny is growing as more people figure out that lockdowns and mandates are both unnecessary and harmful. This resistance was largely started by small business owners faced with a choice between obeying the government or making sure they, and their employees, can feed their families. Small business owners have been leaders in recent anti-lockdown protests across America.

Eventually the resistance will grow to the point where the politicians will be forced to either double down on authoritarianism or admit the lockdowns were a mistake. Either way, those of us who know the truth must resist the Covid tyranny until government officials no longer terrorize small businesses for the crime of serving willing consumers.

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Economics • Tags: Coronavirus 
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  1. Wyatt says:

    I want this Ron Paul back. I would gladly march down the Potomac to fuck up the Yankees under his command.

    • Replies: @Supply and Demand
  2. anon[712] • Disclaimer says:

    Shut down local and state government and put most politicians in jail. You will find that life will go back to normal. We will find that we didn’t need 90 percent of the “services” they offer.

    • Replies: @Jokem
  3. Jokem says:

    You mean put Federal Politicians in Jail, put the State and Local ones on notice.

  4. Notsofast says:

    the destruction of independent small businesses is all part of of our billionaire overlords master plan. in 2219, 1640 ceos (including bill gates) stepped down most cashing in their stock. oct 2019 event 201 was hosted by bill gates to discuss the planned response to a hypothetical novel corona virus outbreak. the stock market bubble was about to burst, and the ponzi scheme derivatives market that backed it faced a potential quadrillion dollars in exposure. the plandemic was designed to allow them to preemptively attack the part of the economy that they didn’t control, the small businesses that employ over half the workforce in this country. the lockdowns quarantining the healthy were unprecedented, unconstitutional and useless (california). they then claimed mother nature (or china) was to blame for this virus wiping out both main street and wall street and that we need helicopter money (in the form of our future tax earnings) dropped form the fed. everybody gets a $1200 check so they can feel they’re in on the deal, small business gets a few billion and trillions for wall street and big business. the businesses they purposefully killed are cannibalized, stripped of their assets for pennies on the dollar using all the newly “printed” money from the fed. the ponzi scheme is reinflated and the taxpayer gets stuck with the bill. the billionaires all made billions during this while many lost all they had and a lifetimes work when their small businesses were destroyed. now bill gates tells us that “unfortunately” restaurants and bars are going to have to close for 4 to 6 months. he had a hard time not smiling when he said that.

    • Replies: @Jokem
  5. Lockdowns have solved the school bullying pandemic.

    It’s too bad that public schools have suspended standardized testing (not that I think such tests are worthwhile). The average test scores of kids virtually babysat would show no significant difference with last year’s (of course dismal) scores.

  6. Jokem says:

    Yes the Interstate Commerce Clause of the Constitution has been interpreted to include all commerce, interstate or otherwise. Big companies can more easily comply with the mounds of regulation than small ones can, which puts the squeeze on small companies.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  7. onebornfree says: • Website

    “Government, Not Coronavirus, Is Killing Small Businesses”

    “Government is a disease masquerading as its own cure” Robert LeFevere

    “The State is, and always has been, the great single enemy of the human race, its liberty, happiness, and progress.”Murray Rothbard\

    “The State is a gang of thieves writ large – the most immoral, grasping and unscrupulous individuals in any society.”Murray Rothbard

    “Because they are all ultimately funded via both direct and indirect theft [taxes], and counterfeiting [central bank monopolies], all governments are essentially, at their very cores, 100% corrupt criminal scams which cannot be “reformed”or “improved”,simply because of their innate criminal nature.” onebornfree

    Regards, onebornfree

  8. Absolutely true. Witness governors like Michigan’s,Whitmer, California’s, Newsom and many other blue state governors and it’s clear that they are worse than the virus in the big picture.

    • Replies: @ImaBotKnot
  9. @Dr. Charles Fhandrich ….. Michigan’s Pfizer plant key to vaccine push does Whitmer have an interest in this???…. We need some Pfizer whistleblowers….. Covid is primarily about getting everyone vaccinated/ yes vaccination ID required and collapsing economies worldwide for the great reset. DO NOT TAKE THE VACCINATIONS Where are they made??? What are the Quality control procedures? What are the Components? – KEEPING IN MIND THAT THE EVIL THEY, LIE TO US… who really knows what is in any given vaccine? What about independent testing, pick up at random numerous samples of vaccine in different locations. What is the history of the timelines for the production…. How could they make so much of an unapproved product in such a short time? OK so they are making the SPIKE protein in Chesterfield Missouri ????… the plant only opened in 2019????? What makes me most distrust TRUMP is WARP SPEED and not telling us that this vaccination will reprogram your genetics and probably has an HIV component that will eventually destroy your immune system???

  10. @ImaBotKnot …. or for all we know the first recipients … frontline Healthcare workers could be given a placebo … and so show no ill effects. Some info on seasonal flu vaccine production… moral of the story it is a crap shoot… Do not get seasonal flu vaccinations either…. … why put unknown substances directly into your blood stream????

  11. I agree with this comment from another platform …. The COVID vaccine is intended to cause a cytokine storm when the individual is exposed to the cold or flu in the wild. The cytokine storm is a hyper immune reaction which is dangerous and often leads to death.

    They want to then cause mass hysteria blaming a new more deadly strain of the virus on these new deaths. Then they might have the excuse for forced vaccinations. Eventually the medical system would collapse as there would be an immense strain from those who have had adverse reaction to those with cytokine storms. This would give them the chaos they want in order to force the specific kind of ORDER they are planning. This way the elites don’t have to send an actually deadly virus out which could also kill them.

    This accomplish at least three goals for them.

    No infrastructure damage.

    Killing and maiming many useless eaters without risking a deadily mutated virus.

    Survivors will pay heavy medical fees to stay alive. added read the protocols …. Protocol No. 10

    To secure this we must have everybody vote without distinction of classes and qualifications, in order to establish an absolute majority, which cannot be got from the educated propertied classes.

    But you yourselves perfectly well know that to produce the possibility of the expression of such wishes by all the nations it is indispensable to trouble in all countries the people’s relations with their governments so as to utterly exhaust humanity with dissension, hatred, struggle, envy and even by the use of torture, by starvation, BY THE INOCULATION OF DISEASES, by want, so that the Goyim see no other issue than to take refuge in our complete sovereignty in money and in all else.

  12. @ImaBotKnot

    Well said and your suspicions need to be listened to. No longer can we Americans simply trust these corrupt as hell politicians. Guilty until proved innocent is the best way to now treat them. They asked for it.

  13. @Wyatt

    Would this be before or after the Langley Virginians drone strike you?

    • Replies: @Wyatt
  14. Wyatt says:
    @Supply and Demand

    Would this be before or after the Langley Virginians drone strike you?

    Fortunately, I know how to deal with them, you snarky lil’ bastard.

  15. President elect Biden has stated that the darkest days are ahead of us for beating covid.

    Biden and the government are doing what they historically have done when the going gets tough, after they have been exposed for economic and  political fraud, terrorism. They are terrorists! They are also a cult! They behave like a terrorist cult! Some even say that the masks are an initiation! An initiation into total authoritarianism! Hitler called German citizens that were not yet part of the Nazis, initiates, they were being initiated by Hitler who demaded total conformity that stood intotal defiance of reason and logic! Reason, logic, and truth were the enemy of the state! Which is why what is happening to Assange and many others, including myself is happening!  The ones calling for these measures are psychopaths! They are also like minded people, and as Walter Lippman said, “Where everyone thinks alike, no one thinks very much.” They are of one mind. It is the machine, or 
    The Blob, or MICIMATT, or The Stock Market, which they are all direct beneficiaries of and are practically mechanically motivated and driven by instinct to protect the Beastly Wild Hog. There is absolutely no reason for anyone to be bullish on stocks. It is the total senselessness, denial, and collective narcissism and insanity that has mysteriously defied all logic and has gone hog wild. It is a wild hog market or a market gone hog wild. That is what this is all about. This beastly body is a terrorist network that farms people for everything that it can, it demands all property from everyone, drop of blood, and every precious moment. It must be stopped. The lying has to stop! 9/11, seven false flag wars and total surveillance, the end of liberty and freedom, massive government, financial, and  corporate  deregulation, coinciding with massive increased regulations on individuals and families, and no accountability from anyone in government, finance, tech, utilities, corporations, media, or 
    healthcare. They will keep persisting, so I will keep resisting. They want it all. They deserve nothing but prison sentences in federal pennitentiaries. They demand respect, they have earned contempt. They demand compliance, they will be met with defiance, because they are asking for things that nobody has any right to be asking of anyone. How does it end? Who stands up and says this is insane?! They are all in on it. Then with the Transition Integrity Project, and still in the middle of the misophobic hypochondia scientific fraud scamdemic.

    This is what suggest. These individuals are out of their minds. They cannot be reasoned with. This is a religion to them. It disavows reason or logic and is based on faith in their abilities and faith in their will alone. Despite the fact that their abilities and will have continuously produced terrible results and are almost always wrong in attempting to believe that their will will prevail, because their will is almost always defied now. At first it wasn’t, and most people fell for it as far as I am aware of. It is hardly surprising that they are behaving precisely as compulsive gamblers behave, since it is driven by the stock market. Compulsive gamblers know that the odds are against them, but believe in magical thinking and superstition like rabbits foots, lucky shirts, or shoes, even though there is no logical reason for this. Compulsive gamblers also consistently lose, which makes them extremely dangerous individuals for anyone that is in a relationship with them, because they will end up losing everything by remaining with them. 

    So, back to my solution for this, have the Psychiatric field start
    intervening and telling them that they are exhibiting thse unhealthy behaviors to the point of being dangers to others that pose a grave danger to society, which is in fact true. The psychiatric field has in the past punished the machines victims. It is time for the psychiatric field to start punishing the machine that is destroying society. Maybe, if the charlatans are confronted by their own they will stop, and I realize that psychiatrists have been quacks themselves, but this is a kamakazi mission that the machine has hijacked and taken everyone else on against their will for the most part. The psychiatrists should also be calling them psychopaths because it is an indisputable fact that they are, and since they are running the country, it is particularly a hostile, dangerous, and dysfunctional society. They are predators of the most extreme degree! Maybe they will stop if the medical community demands it of them. Over sevety percent of healthcare workers at a hospital in California refuse to get vaccinated because they are aware that it has deadly, hazardous ingredients. Many in the medical community have spoken out against this. It is time for the Physicians and scientists in the government that are honest to issue a public statement together on national media about what is taking 
    place. Ron Paul and Rand Paul could lead the way and organize this effort since they have the most name recognition.

    I know that Ron Paul has been criticizing it. I have not heard much from Rand Paul, but maybe he has been and I don’t know it. Minnesota Senator Scott Jensen has been threatened to have his license revoked by the state regulatory agency. There have been others as well. The individuals are psychopaths that belong in prison that are calling for this. They pose grave dangers to society. They are threats to human life, and it is they who should have their licenses revoked! It is in fact slow motion mass murder that they are guilty of. It is diabolically evil and sadistic! It is the most heinous cime against humanity ever perpetrated! It has totally destroyed an entire generation! It is unpardonable and unforgiveable! 

    Andrea Iravani

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