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Tuesday September 23rd, 2014
Is Science Investment Always a Good Thing? posted 09/23/2014, 9:13 AM (Logan Albright)
[Category: Commentary]
The worship of science is a peculiar feature of our age, especially given the incredibly broad and non-specific nature of the term, and the vast quantitative and qualitative differences in  outcomes from various types of research within the scientific disciplines.

To a certain sort of modern personality, reverence for science is an unchallenged and unchallengeable religion that has the unfortunate effect of both conveying a sense of smug superiority and, rather ironically, of retarding critical thinking

It is people of this mindset who call for unlimited, indiscriminate public funding for research, and who make the most noise when said funding fails to be provided. This noise is currently taking the form of indignant cries that some scientists are retiring from their field because there are too many of them and not enough people willing to buy what they are selling. The following comes from a particularly anecdotal and emotionally manipulative piece from the government-funded National Public Radio:

"There are no national statistics about how many people are giving up on academic science, but an NPR analysis of NIH data found that 3,400 scientists lost their sustaining grants between 2012 and 2013. Some will eventually get new funding, others will retire; but others …will just give up."

One could write a similar article about any overcrowded field. "People are being forced out of the coffee business because there are too many suppliers and too little demand." It may sound sad and shocking, especially if you're the sort of person who likes science (for the record, I like science tremendously, but don't suffer from the delusion that everything anyone in a white coat does is necessarily worthwhile.) But the statistics are misleading. Science is not in crisis, it is simply experiencing a readjustment to balanc
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Wednesday September 17th, 2014

Perpetual Fear Under Empire posted 09/17/2014, 8:59 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Lots of Americans are extremely upset about ISIS. They're not sleeping well, and they're pacing the floors. They are convinced that ISIS is coming to get them, drag them from their homes, cart them away to some Arabian desert, and behead them.

There is something important to keep in mind about all this: This is the way of life under an empire, especially one whose foreign policy is based on hundreds of military bases in foreign countries, meddling in the political and economic aff
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Tuesday September 16th, 2014



Would Appointing a War Criminal as Commissioner Redeem the NFL? posted 09/16/2014, 2:24 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Former NFL star Ray Rice pleaded guilty of abusing a woman whom he later married, and was fired by the League after a video of the crime was made public.

Former Secretary of State Condolezza Rice was an architect of an illegal war of aggression that resulted in the slaughter of a half-million people, the displacement of millions more, trillions of dollars in debt, and the crea
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Barack Obama: Terrorist posted 09/16/2014, 2:24 AM (C4SS.org)
[Category: Commentary]
National Public Radio (NPR) led its “Week in Politics” program of September 12 off with analysis of US president Barack Obama’s address to the nation on the Islamic State. Various journalists and talking heads disc... (more)


Russell Brand: Will Obama's Bombs Stop Beheadings? posted 09/16/2014, 2:24 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Commentary]


Comedian Russell Brand points out the hypocrisy of Obama's war on ISIS. Funny and entertaining!


Thursday September 11th, 2014



Shorter Obama War Speech... The Top Five List posted 09/11/2014, 9:01 PM (Daniel McAdams)
[Category: Commentary]
Didn’t have time to listen to Obama outline his plans for a major new US war in the Middle East? Here are the top five take-aways from the September 10 speech:

1) Obama officially adopts Bush Administration’s pre-emptive war doctrine.

Obama:
If left unchecked, these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond that region, including to the United States. ..we ha... (more)


Wednesday September 10th, 2014

Obama Follows Bush's Iraq Playbook posted 09/10/2014, 7:47 PM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
U.S. politicians are exploiting the gruesome beheadings of two American journalists to whip up war fever against ISIS, the "criminal gang" masquerading as an organization of devout Sunni Muslims that controls large parts of Syria and Iraq. The American propaganda campaign seems to be working if recent polls are accurate.

No decent person is anything but appalled by those executions. But are they grounds
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'Obama Snubbed at Top Golf Clubs' posted 09/10/2014, 7:44 PM (Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.)
[Category: Commentary]
With a headline like that, Huffpo wanted to imply that the clubs rejected El Jefe for race reasons. In fact, the clubs didn’t want their courses destroyed by the army of snipers, food tasters, bodyguards, doctors, techs, communications trucks,  the presidential armored toad, military vehicles, ambulances, and the rolling hospital that always accompany the Emperor. Also, the clubs would have had to toss out the... (more)


Tuesday September 9th, 2014

Drug Warriors Claim Colorado Going to Pot posted 09/09/2014, 5:50 PM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
As we moved into the second half of 2014, I was eager to learn if marijuana legalization in Colorado was succeeding. At first there was little being reported, but eventually reports started appearing in the news. Business Insider reported that "Legalizing Weed in Colorado Is A Huge Success," although they did temper their report with a "Down Side" as well. Jacob Sullum reported th... (more)


Sunday September 7th, 2014

Obama Considers Going After ISIS As Public Opinion Tide Turns In Favor Of Invasion posted 09/07/2014, 10:45 PM (Infowars)
[Category: Commentary]
Things are looking up for the military industrial complex and neocons who never weary of war against Muslims and Arabs. On Sunday Obama told Meet the Press he will give a speech on ISIS later this week.

The American people are coming around to a idea that the United States must attack ISIS in Iraq and Syria and this may include sending ground troops.

Rasmussen conducted a survey following Obama’s strategically planned “we don’t have a strategy” speech last month. It
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"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." - H. L. Mencken


Wednesday August 27th, 2014



The Fate of Galt's Gulch Chile posted 08/27/2014, 9:16 AM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
Many have wondered about the status of Galt's Gulch Chile (GGC), the libertarian community that was planned and sold in lots as a liberty oasis for those who wished to live freedom before they died. My husband and I purchased an option on 1.25 acres in July 2013. Others bought 10- or 25-acre lots and some invested in the agricultural side of the venture; extremely savvy investors committed small fortunes. GGC has been an unexpectedly wild ride since then.

Shortly after purchasing,
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Tuesday August 26th, 2014

Portrait of a Politician posted 08/26/2014, 8:42 AM (PNAR.org)
[Category: Commentary]
Throughout human history people have often made incredibly bad choices when choosing their leaders. It seems there exists in human nature the desire to be ruled by infallible god-like beings. The modern day professional politician is aware of this and every attempt is made to create the perception of infallibility.

It should be no surprise that narcissistic sociopaths are attracted to the great power that political office holders possess in the modern super-state. In fact, it is
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How to Provoke a Crisis posted 08/26/2014, 8:42 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
There is no one more capable at provoking a crisis than the U.S. national-security establishment. They are absolute experts at doing so. They have to be. Their survival and ever-increasing tax-funded bounty depends on it.

Consider, for example, a recent altercation between a U.S. surveillance plane and a Chinese fighter jet near the coast of Japan.

According to an article in the New York Times, U.S. officials filed a formal complaint with China accusing the Chin
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Monday August 25th, 2014

The United Police States of America posted 08/25/2014, 8:30 AM (David S. D'Amato)
[Category: Commentary]
Ferguson, Missouri’s police department has released its report on the August 9th shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, a redacted document that ACLU attorney Tony Rothert says violates Missouri's Sunshine Law by omitting key information.

Brown's death at the hands of a Ferguson police officer provoked impassioned demonstrations and debates on police brutality and the very nature of policing in the United States, leading many observers to wonder if Americans are now living in a
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Sunday August 24th, 2014

The "C" in "Cop" Stands for "Cruelty" and "Corruption" posted 08/24/2014, 9:16 AM (Becky Akers)
[Category: Commentary]
Is there no end to cops’ cruelty and corruption? (Rhetorical question as we all know there isn’t.) While we focus on cops’ cruelty in Ferguson, their brothers elsewhere uphold the standards on corruption. Houston’s fleece taxpayers, on some of whom they already literally commit highway robbery, with scams for overtim... (more)


Friday August 22nd, 2014

The Ferguson Shooting: Identified Gang Member Kills Possible Gangster Wanna-be posted 08/22/2014, 6:20 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Michael Brown may have committed a strong-arm robbery prior to his fatal encounter with Officer Darren Wilson. The evidence for that charge is inconclusive. Like many other teenagers, Brown apparently had regrettable taste in popular music (assuming that term encompasses the genre called "rap") and it's possible he was attracted to the gangster milieu.

In any case, Brown had no crimi
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Abolish the Police posted 08/22/2014, 6:18 AM (C4SS.org)
[Category: Commentary]
The tragic chaos in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of an unarmed teenager and massive protests has prompted a discussion police power and how far it should extend. For the anarchist, the answer is simple: police power shouldn’t exist.

“But what would you do with all the psychopaths and violent people?”

This is perhaps the most common question posed to anarchists. After all, most people view the state and its monopoly on force as the method by which socie
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Thursday August 21st, 2014

By the Numbers: How Dangerous Is It to Be a Cop? posted 08/21/2014, 4:24 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
Defenders of police militarization such as that on display in Ferguson, Missouri, often claim that it’s necessary to provide military gear to cops, given how dangerous law enforcement has become.

Indeed, in the name of the War on Terror and theWar on Drugs, th
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Wednesday August 20th, 2014

Furious About Ferguson? Work to Free Shaneen Allen posted 08/20/2014, 1:53 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Whatever we eventually learn about what happened in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, Michael Brown is beyond mortal help. The same is not true of Shaneen Allen, a 27-year-old working mother of two and robbery victim who faces an eleven-year prison term for the supposed offense of carrying a legally licensed firearm.

Like the late Mr. Brown, Allen – a resident of Philadelphia, Pen
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What If the Military or CIA Had Killed Mike Brown? posted 08/20/2014, 1:50 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
While the facts surrounding the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, must still be determined, one thing is clear: If it turns out that the killing was not justified, the law dictates that he is subject to being criminally indicted and also to being sued in a civil action for wrongful death by Brown's survivors.

Not so, however, if the killing had come at the hands of the military or the CIA. In that case, the soldier or the CIA agent would be immune from crimina
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Tuesday August 19th, 2014

Did Michael Brown Steal Cigars -- Or Pay For Them? posted 08/19/2014, 1:56 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
If Michael Brown committed a felonious strong-arm robbery at a convenience store just minutes before he was shot, why didn’t anybody from the store call 911? The report was made by a customer following what appeared to be an altercation between the 6’4″ Brown and a much smaller store employee.

According to the store’s owner, police didn’t issue a subpoena for the store’s surveillance
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Monday August 18th, 2014

If You're Ever Charged With A Crime, Don't be Your Own Worst Enemy posted 08/18/2014, 12:51 AM (Marc J. Victor)
[Category: Commentary]
I cringe to think how many times clients come into my office to discuss their criminal matter with me only to learn they have done possibly irreparable damage to their case.  I have found few people who are aware of their constitutional rights.

Your awareness of some simple concepts may serve you well in the event you or a loved one is the unfortunate subject of a criminal investigation.  First of all, always remember, you are not required to talk to the police.  There may be occa
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Police States and Inner-City Economics posted 08/18/2014, 12:51 AM (Ryan McMaken)
[Category: Commentary]
The recent civil disobedience, rioting, and police brutality in Ferguson, Missouri reminds us of what happens when police states and bad economics are mixed together.

Devastated by decades of ruinous economic policies, the economies of many inner cities continue to languish as the self-ownership of local residents is treated with contempt by the police and any attempt at building a small business-based or wage-based economy is hobbled by government regulation.

The
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What I Did After Police Killed My Son posted 08/18/2014, 12:51 AM (Politico)
[Category: Commentary]
After police in Kenosha, Wis., shot my 21-year-old son to death outside his house ten years ago — and then immediately cleared themselves of all wrongdoing — an African-American man approached me and said: “If they can shoot a white boy like a dog, imagine what we’ve been going through.”... (more)


Monday August 11th, 2014

Why the Lights of America are Dimming posted 08/11/2014, 6:45 PM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision. Their goals differed, but they all had this in common: that the step was first, the road new, the vision unborrowed, and the response they received—hatred. - Ayn Rand,“The Soul of an Individualist,” For the New Intellectual

You cannot create passion and talent. But you can destroy them. When people are punished for their virtues, such as the drive to excel a
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The Dating Market: Anarchy in Action posted 08/11/2014, 6:41 PM (Julian Adorney)
[Category: Commentary]
To defenders of the state, “anarchy” is a scary concept. They claim that we need government intervention to protect us or all hell will break loose.

But in fact we live anarchy every day, in one of the most crucial aspects of our lives: dating. Every day people meet, date, have one-night stands, fall in love, and break up; all without government intervention.
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Thursday August 7th, 2014

Why Are There No Police Officers Turned Anarchist? posted 08/07/2014, 5:25 PM (Daily Anarchist)
[Category: Commentary]
Tonight I was pondering how we’d get started with a private defense agency. My train of thought usually goes something like this: somebody needs to start a company (agorist), hire some ex-military badasses like Adam Kokesh, then contract them out to local anarchist businesses, houses, clubs, or rent them out as escorts. Then I sigh a gasp of defeat over the fact that I’m too lazy and too busy and too inexperienced to start a business like that myself. Then I briefly ponder why the Kokesh’s of th... (more)


Thursday July 31st, 2014

The State's Greatest Success Story posted 07/31/2014, 3:25 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Amidst the endless series of disasters, debacles and crises produced by America's welfare-warfare state, there is one huge success story that should not go unnoticed: the state's educational system, specifically the extent to which the state has succeeded in indoctrinating so many Americans into believing they actually live in a free society.

What could be better than a society of serfs -- controlled, monitored, manipulated, and directed by the state -- honestly believing they're
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Wednesday July 30th, 2014

The War on Poverty and the War on Drugs posted 07/30/2014, 8:30 AM (Randall Holcombe)
[Category: Commentary]
As an apparently war-minded people, Americans (or at least, our American political leaders) have been comfortable framing parts of the domestic policy agenda as wars for decades. Two of the most prominent have been the War on Poverty and the War on Drugs.

Despite the similarity in their names, there is an important difference between the two. The War on Poverty is not a real war. The War on Drugs is.

The War on Poverty is not a real war because there is no enemy tha
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Tuesday July 29th, 2014

"It's Strictly Business": Inside the Prohibition Racket posted 07/29/2014, 9:01 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
In addition to being an engine of misery, corruption, and bloodshed, the War on Drugs should be seen as a multi-tiered criminal enterprise.

At the top echelon are found the political figureheads who recite pious bromides. That’s likewise where we encounter the bureaucratic scribes responsible for crafting those cynical pronouncements and the legislation that gives them substance. The operational level consists of federally subsidized, hyper-aggressive law enforcement agencies tha
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A Hundred Years of War posted 07/29/2014, 8:57 AM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: Commentary]
One hundred years ago today, Austria-Hungary fired the first shots of World War I, sparking its conflict with Serbia. Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb, had assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Mutual defense agreements ensured that the political clash did not remain regional. Austria-Hungary got support from Germany, the Ottoman Empire, and Bulgaria. Serbia found allies in Britain, France, Belgium, Greece, Romania, Italy, Russia, Portugal, Montenegro, Japan, Brazil and the United States. The gl... (more)


Monday July 28th, 2014

Drug-War Nonsense from a U.S. Commander posted 07/28/2014, 8:44 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Immediately after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Pentagon got a bit freaked out. People were talking about a "peace dividend," by which they meant that Americans now had the opportunity to significantly reduce military spending now that the 45-year-old Cold War had ended.

In a bit of desperation, the Pentagon proceeded to explain why the enormous and ever-growing military part of America's governmental structure should nonetheless continue, notwithstanding the sudden and unexpec
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"Racist" Zip Codes posted 07/28/2014, 8:43 AM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
A new type of social engineering is poised to descend on American communities: diversity mapping and the rectification of any racial inequities the mapping reveals.

The campaign is meant to stamp out “geospatial discrimination.” The term refers to the fact that affluent neighborhoods tend to be dominated by whites and Asians. What government calls “protected minorities,” especially blacks, are relatively absent from such communities. To the Obama administration, their absence cons
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Thursday July 24th, 2014

It's Time for Conservatives to Stop Defending Police posted 07/24/2014, 7:09 AM (National Review)
[Category: Commentary]
Imagine if I were to tell you there is a large group of government employees, with generous salaries and ridiculously cushy retirement pensions covered by the taxpayer, who enjoy incredible job security and are rarely held accountable even for activities that would almost certainly earn the rest of us prison time. When there is proven misconduct, these government employees are merely reassigned and are rarely dismissed. The bill for any legal settlements concerning their errors? It, too, is cove... (more)


Monday July 7th, 2014

High Priestess Ginsburg Rebukes the Heathen posted 07/07/2014, 4:32 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg professes to be offended by the idea that a commercial enterprise can claim protection under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. She is just as adamant in her insistence that an equally abstract entity called the “government” has “interests” that justify imposing on the property rights of private business owners.

“The exercise of religion is characteristic of natural persons, not artificial legal entities,” Ginsburg complaine
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Yes, Obama is a Tyrant, Just Like His Predecessor posted 07/07/2014, 4:31 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
In the heat of a testy exchange with a hostile journalist, the White House press spokesman insisted that “Congress ... does not have constitutional oversight responsibility over the White House.”

This patently untrue defense of unaccountable presidential power was not offered by former Obama administration spokesman Jay Carney – although it certainly could have been. It was actually made by the late Tony Snow while he was working as the press spokesman for George W. Bush in 2007.<
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Commerce is Civilization; Government is Barbarism posted 07/07/2014, 4:31 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
According to Barney Frank, a former Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts, “government is simply things we choose to do together.”

As it is used by the political class, the word “government” tacitly encompasses every form of human cooperation – because there is nothing they would leave outside of their sphere of control. Not only is it possible for people to cooperate without the supervision or interference of the state, such interference actually undermines peaceful and produ
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Friday July 4th, 2014

Springsteen? Mellencamp? Creedence? Heretics All! posted 07/04/2014, 5:19 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
As a necessary accompaniment to today’s saturnalia of state worship, the kind folks at Newsbusters (published by the Media Research Center, which is devoted to “exposing & combating liberal media bias”) have published the War Party’s equivalent of the Index Librorum Prohibitoru... (more)


Wednesday July 2nd, 2014

What Exactly Is 'Racism'? posted 07/02/2014, 3:03 PM (Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.)
[Category: Commentary]
I want to look at two words that the State and its hangers-on have employed with much success on behalf of increases in government power. One is racism. The other is equality.

What exactly is "racism"? We almost never hear a definition. I doubt anyone really knows what it is. If you're inclined to dispute this, ask yourself why, if racism truly is something clear and determinate, there is such ceaseless disagreement over which thoughts and behaviors are "racist" and which are not?
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Hobby Lobby Ruling Falls Short posted 07/02/2014, 3:03 PM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
As far as it went, the Supreme Court generally got it right in the Hobby Lobby-Obamacare-contraception case. Unfortunately it didn't go nearly far enough.

The court ruled that "closely held corporations" whose owners have religious convictions against contraceptives cannot be forced to pay for employee coverage for those products.

I wish the court could have said this instead: (1) No one has a natural right to force other people to pay for her (or his) contraception
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Monday June 30th, 2014

All Hail the Heroic Bootlegger -- Exemplar of the American Spirit posted 06/30/2014, 6:51 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Nearly a century ago, the immortal Albert Jay Nock decanted one of the most potent condemnations of prohibition ever committed to print. Nock described the prohibitionist impulse as “simply unworthy of a free people, and, being unworthy [is] soon found intolerable.” He rebuked prohibitionists for their “hatreds, fanaticisms, inaccessibility to ideas … inflamed and cancerous interest in the personal cond... (more)


Inside the Belly of the Beast for Sunday Service posted 06/30/2014, 6:47 AM (Thomas DiLorenzo)
[Category: Commentary]
We went to a new church this morning at the invitation of a friend – Christ Fellowship in Boynton Beach, Florida.  The first half hour was pure military worship and warmongering propaganda.  There were two gigantic flags that dwarfed the rather tiny Christian cross.  First came an excruciatingly long and slow rendition of the state’s war anthem (The Star Spangled Banner).  Then two dudes dressed in military uniforms appeared wit... (more)


Friday June 27th, 2014

Big Brother Wants Your Son posted 06/27/2014, 6:37 AM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
California Assembly Bill 2201 is indicative of a quiet but growing trend. The US is not only militarizing its police departments to handle a “national emergency” but it is also making certain it can conscript the civilian population at will.

AB 2201 is entitled “Selective Service and Drivers License for Vehicles.” Almost every male between 18 and 26 years old who applies for a driver's license or for a renewal at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) would be autom
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America Today posted 06/27/2014, 6:37 AM (LRC Blog)
[Category: Commentary]


The trailer for the new Hunger Games movie.


Wednesday June 18th, 2014

The War Is On You posted 06/18/2014, 3:02 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
After 25 years of war on Iraq, the U.S. has what to show for it? A handful of dust. And at what cost in lives and property? It boggles the mind to consider the breadth and depth of the suffering.

Iraq was the great experiment following the Cold War for how the U.S. military machine could be used to make the world more free from tyranny — or so we were told.

Today, watching the crumbling of the house of cards, we see that the stated intentions of the world's largest
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They Don't Even Pretend to Obey the Law posted 06/18/2014, 3:02 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
When summoned to testify before Congress regarding allegations that her agency had singled out conservative non-profits for special scrutiny, Lois Lerner – who headed the IRS's non-profit division – asserted her innocence and then invoked the Fifth Amendment.

 Every citizen who files a tax return is expected to waive his protection against self-incrimination, and when the IRS accuses a taxpayer of fraud, those accusations are heard in a court the agency controls.

 C
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Iraq Pays for Washington's Sins -- And We Will, Too posted 06/18/2014, 3:00 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
When Napoleon unwisely executed a political foe, his adviser Talleyrand said that it “worse than a crime – it was a blunder.”

The Iraq war was a world-historic crime. It was also one of the worst strategic blunders in recorded history. At least, that is the most charitable assessment that can honestly be made of the policy decisions that led to the unfolding regional catastrophe.

Prior to the US invasion in 2003, a handful of al-Qaeda cells found a haven in areas of
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Monday June 9th, 2014

"The Future is Too Good to Waste on Lies": Bowe Bergdahl's Moral Odyssey posted 06/09/2014, 8:32 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
“I can’t make up my mind to put the damn thing on again. I feel so clean and free. It’s like voluntarily taking up filth and slavery again….I think I’ll just walk off naked across the fields.”

John Andrews, a U.S. soldier in World War I who went AWOL, discusses his uniform in Three Soldiers by John Dos Passos

Trying to find their footing amid a gale-force outpouring of largely manufactured outrage, officials in Hailey, Idaho canceled their long-planned ho
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As sinister dealers in mass death, the CIA could at least spare us its snarky tweets posted 06/09/2014, 8:30 AM (Ted Rall)
[Category: Commentary]
Intelligence analysts at the CIA’s Open Source Center have been sifting through 5 million tweets a day since at least 2011. So it was inevitable that the agency would want to join Twitter itself.twitter.com/s... (more)


Friday June 6th, 2014

Thank the Troops for Their Service? posted 06/06/2014, 10:07 AM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
President Obama made a surprise visit over Memorial Day weekend to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Following a performance by country music star Brad Paisley, the President addressed about 3,000 troops in a hangar on the base. Video of the event, as well as a transcript of the president's remarks, are up on the White House website.

After a few jokes, the president personally thanked the troops:
To all of you, I'm here on a single mission, and that is to than... (more)


Thursday June 5th, 2014

Is the NDAA Notification Requirement Unconstitutional? posted 06/05/2014, 8:06 AM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: Commentary]
If Obama is right about the NDAA, he should start releasing far more prisoners from Guantánamo. A firestorm has erupted over the Obama administration’s release of five Guantánamo captives in exchange for the Taliban’s release of American soldier Bowe Bergdahl. Putting aside all the rest of the strategic, moral, and practical arguments, I want to focus on the legal side. Many of Obama’s critics say that his move violated the NDAA notification requirement, signed by Obama (who issued a signing sta... (more)


Conscience and the Soldier posted 06/05/2014, 8:06 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Hopefully, the hoopla surrounding the negotiated release of U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl will serve as a reminder to young people who are contemplating joining the military: As soon as you sign the contract with the military, you will be leaving your conscience behind and you will have to follow orders to kill whomever you are ordered to kill.... (more)


Wednesday June 4th, 2014

The End of Oppression - Part 1: The Problem posted 06/04/2014, 6:11 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Commentary]

"The End of Oppression" is a six-part series of videos which show what it will take for humanity to finally outgrow and escape its long history of violence and oppression.

Part One ("The Problem") explains why it is not greed, hatred, or merely the nature of man which is preventing humanity from achieving peace, prosperity and freedom for all.

If you like this video, chec
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Monday June 2nd, 2014

Optimism, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Freedom posted 06/02/2014, 6:25 AM (Logan Albright)
[Category: Commentary]
In the many debates I have engaged in on the relative merits of a free society, the most common charge that is leveled against me is that my arguments are Utopian, that they assume too positive and moral a human nature ever to succeed. "People are no good," I am chastised, "and therefore they must be controlled."

To this I always respond that, on the contrary, the success of a free society requires only that people will act in their self-interest, without assuming any implicit mor
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The War on Terrorism Is One Fine Scam posted 06/02/2014, 6:25 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Throughout the Cold War, the proponents of the national-security state assured us that the only reason the United States needed to adopt this totalitarian-like apparatus was because of the international communist conspiracy emanating from the Soviet Union and Red China. Once the Cold War was won, the statists said, America could restore the limited-government constitutional republic that the Constitution established.

Of course, the argument was a sham. The proponents of empire, st
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Wednesday May 28th, 2014

American Soldiers Did Not Die Defending Our Freedom posted 05/28/2014, 2:22 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
I was at the Washington Nationals baseball game yesterday. Whenever I attend a Nats game, there is an air of militarism surrounding the game, but attending on Memorial Day helps to remind us what a truly militarized society America has become.

After all, what in the world does baseball, a quite peaceful and enjoyable pastime, have to do with America's countless foreign wars, which have killed, tortured, and maimed millions of people?

One of the most fascinating aspe
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Are You Talking to a Agent Provocateur? posted 05/28/2014, 2:21 AM (LewRockwell.com)
[Category: Commentary]
The imagined look and persona of an agent provocateur in most people's minds probably couldn't be further from the truth.  Most would probably picture the obscure, silent individual lurking in the back of the room while doing his best to conceal his identity and his movements.  If you accept that image, you have also accepted the notion that the provocateur is really just peeking in on, documenting, and recording pre-existing criminal activities and shady plans going on around him.  You haven't ... (more)


Tuesday May 27th, 2014

Why Isn't Dana Rohrabacher in Prison? posted 05/27/2014, 12:50 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
If the United States Government were governed by the laws it makes for the rest of us, California Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher would be in prison. More specifically, he would be in open-ended military custody without judicial remedy of any kind.

Rohrabacher was among the 230 Congressmen who recently voted to preserve a measure permitting the indefinite detention, without trial, of US citizens accused of providing “mat
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Thursday May 22nd, 2014

Kudos to President Correa posted 05/22/2014, 8:00 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Good for Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa for kicking USAID out of his country. If only every nation in the world would do that. While part of USAID’s activities ostensibly relate to helping “the poor,” that’s just a cover to disguise the real mission of the agency: to act in tandem with the CIA to engage in political activity designed to effect regime change in foreign countries.... (more)


Wednesday May 21st, 2014

A Rotten Criminal-Justice System posted 05/21/2014, 6:15 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
A good sign of a rotten criminal-justice system is the extent to which it is putting good, ordinary people into jail for inane criminal offenses while letting real criminals walk the streets free and carefree. Unfortunately, that is the type of system that now exists in the United States.

Recently, a man named Michael Steinberg was sentenced to 42 months in jail by New York City federal Judge Richard J. Sullivan. Steinberg is a former hedge fund trader on Wall Street. He and his w
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