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Wednesday July 29th, 2015
Is Politics Obsolete? posted 07/29/2015, 4:08 PM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
Hillary Clinton talks of cracking down on the gig economy. Donald Trump speaks of telling American corporations where they can and can’t do business abroad. Bernie Sanders says we have too many deodorant choices. They all speak about immigrants as if it were 1863.

What the heck are these people talking about?

More and more, that’s the response many people have to the current-day political speeches and rhetoric. It’s a hotly contested election, somewhat like 2008, but this time around, public engagement is low, reports Pew.

That’s no surprise, really. Whether it’s the leftists, the rightists, or everyone in between, all of these politicians seem to be blathering about a world gone by — one that has little to do with the 21st century. If they’re not tapping into people’s baser instincts of fear and nativism, they’re dusting off 20th-century talking points about creating “good jobs.”

Maybe there was a time when the political culture seemed to keep up with the pace of innovation. If so, those times are long gone. The rhetoric of electoral politics is exposing the great rift in civic life.

The tools we use every day, the technologies we love, the way we engage each other, the means by which our lives are improving are a consequences of innovation, markets, community, and globalization — that is, by the interactions of free people. Not by politics. And not by the systems politics creates.

The political election is a tired old ritual in which we send our hopes and dreams away to distant cap
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Dealing with the Cops posted 07/29/2015, 4:08 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Everyone has to do some serious soul-searching when it comes to dealing with the cops. This is especially true for African-Americans, given that police departments seem to have attracted a disproportionate share of racial bigots to that line of work. But it's also true for everyone else, given that the police have effectively been given a license to kill citizens with impunity.... (more)




Why Do Libertarians Pay Taxes? posted 07/29/2015, 3:46 AM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
It never fails. Every time I write anything about taxes I get long, rambling e-mails from tax trolls who scour the Internet looking for articles about taxes so they can contact the writers and impress them with their knowledge of the tax code.

These tax trolls usually call themselves "non-taxpayers." They say things like: paying taxes is voluntary, the Sixteenth Amendment was not properly ratified, most Americans aren't required to pay income tax, many Americans have gotten refund
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Tuesday July 28th, 2015

Do We Need to Bring Back Internment Camps? posted 07/28/2015, 5:33 AM (Ron Paul)
[Category: Commentary]
Last week, Retired General Wesley Clark, who was NATO commander during the US bombing of Serbia, proposed that "disloyal Americans" be sent to internment camps for the "duration of the conflict." Discussing the recent military base shootings in Chattanooga, TN, in which five US service members were killed, Clark recalled the internment of American citizens during World War II who were merely suspected of having Nazi sympathies. He said: "back then we didn't say 'that was freedom of speech,' we p... (more)


Monday July 27th, 2015

The Sorry State of Race Relations posted 07/27/2015, 5:31 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
The headline story last week was as disturbing as it was ironic. The Gallup poll reveals that both blacks and whites think race relations are generally bad, and by wide margins. In general, two thirds of survey respondents say that people are not getting along and that tension is high.

The striking fact: this is the reverse of what people believed in the days after t
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Friday July 24th, 2015



Donald Trump Visits My Hometown! posted 07/24/2015, 4:50 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump just visited my hometown of Laredo, Texas!

Not surprisingly, Trump entered Laredo filled with fear. I say "not surprisingly" because Republicans live their lives filled with fear. Communists! Terrorists! Muslims! Illegal aliens! Drug dealers! Bin Laden! Saddam! Ho Chi Minh! Republicans are convinced that they're all coming to get us. Knees are always a'knockin' among Republicans.
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Thursday July 23rd, 2015

First, They Came for the Bar Owners... posted 07/23/2015, 3:45 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Chris Penner, owner of the Twilight Room Annex club in Portland, Oregon, had bills to pay and a payroll to meet. He called up his business account only to find that it had been completely drained.

“All my money was gone,” Penner later related to the Oregonian newspaper. He was shocked, but not completely surprised, by this development: “I raced to the bank,
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Wednesday July 22nd, 2015

The American Nightmare: The Tyranny of the Criminal Justice System posted 07/22/2015, 2:34 PM (The Rutherford Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
How can the life of such a man

Be in the palm of some fool’s hand?

To see him obviously framed

Couldn’t help but make me feel ashamed to live in a land

Where justice is a game.—Bob Dylan, “Hurricane


Justice in America is not all it’s cracked up to be.

Just ask Jeffrey Deskovic, who spent 16 years in prison for a rape and murder he did
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Trump Is Right: John McCain is Not A Hero posted 07/22/2015, 2:31 PM (C4SS.org)
[Category: Commentary]
On July 18th, Donald Trump enraged fellow Republicans by stating that Arizona Senator John McCain is “not a war hero." Trump referenced McCain’s imprisonment by the North Vietnamese stating, "I like people that weren’t captured."

Americans like to think of all their armed servicemen as heroic, and this is especially true of McCain, a POW who was imprisone
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Much To Do About Nothing Over El Chapo posted 07/22/2015, 2:30 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Not surprisingly, U.S. officials are hopping mad over the prison escape in Mexico of notorious drug lord Joaquin Guzman, also known as El Chapo. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is especially upset since it had high hopes of having El Chapo extradited to the United States to serve out a long jail sentence for drug-law violations. DEA Deputy Administrator Jack Riley declared, “The hunt is back on—and we’re going to get him.”

To which I retort: So what? What difference will
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Tuesday July 21st, 2015



Authoritarians Like Twitter, Too posted 07/21/2015, 3:38 PM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
In May 2014, CNN aired footage of a Ukrainian helicopter being shot by pro-Russian militants. Taken with a cell phone camera and posted on social media, the video showed compelling evidence of the scale and technological sophistication of the Ukrainian conflict.

The video was also fake — it was actually over a year old, and from Syria. CNN retracted the footage and apologized, but the “incident” was still widely discu
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Monday July 20th, 2015

Cops and Donuts Don't Mix posted 07/20/2015, 3:50 PM (James Bovard)
[Category: Commentary]
On a Sunday morning early last summer, I was driving south across the Potomac River to a hike in Fairfax County, Virginia. The previous night the hike leader posted online a map of the jaunt. It looked like a typical suburban stroll until I saw a Dunkin' Donuts marked near the start point. As the Food and Drug Administration has warned, donuts can be addictive and publicizing the location of donut stores can utterly destroy people's free will. (Or maybe I am confusing this with the FDA's hectori... (more)


Motive in Chattanooga posted 07/20/2015, 3:46 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Mainstream pundits are struggling to discover the motive of 24-year old Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, the man who attacked two military recruiting centers in Chattanooga, killing four Marines, and who then got killed in a shoot-out with police.

Permit me to hazard a guess: Abdulazeez was motivated by rage over the U.S. government’s killing of people in the Middle East, many of whom are Muslim, for the past 25 years.
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John McCain: When "Tokyo Rose" Ran for President posted 07/20/2015, 3:46 PM (The Unz Review)
[Category: Commentary]
Although the memory has faded in recent years, during much of the second half of the twentieth century the name “Tokyo Rose” ranked very high in our popular consciousness, probably second only to “Benedict Arnold” as a byword for American treachery during wartime. The story of Iva Ikuko Toguri, the young Japanese-American woman who spent her wartime years broadcasting popular music laced with enemy propaganda to our suffering troops in the Pacific Theater was well known to everyone, and her tria... (more)


Saturday July 18th, 2015

The Intellectual Intolerance Behind "Check Your Privilege" posted 07/18/2015, 5:52 PM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
A decade ago, no one had ever been told to “check your privilege.” Now it commands an appreciable “market share” in academia and social justice rhetoric. But it does so despite sharply opposed interpretations of its meaning. In fact, its expanded footprint is partly because of its ambiguity.

It Could Be an Invitation to Debate

In a sense, “check your privilege” largely amounts to “check your premises” behind your views, and many are willing to recognize that
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Friday July 17th, 2015

Operation Jade Helm and Texas 'Paranoia' posted 07/17/2015, 3:04 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Mainstream statists are yucking it up over the so-called paranoia of Texas citizens who are concerned about the U.S. military's giant training exercise in the Southwest called Operation Jade Helm. "Yuck, yuck," the statists are exclaiming. "Those paranoid Texans!"

The statist idea, of course, is that the military is our friend -- our protector -- our god. The military establishment (and the CIA and NSA) keep us safe and secure from the terrorists, the communists, the drug dealers,
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Jeb Bush's Advice: Work Harder, Not Smarter posted 07/17/2015, 3:03 PM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
Jeb Bush recently opined that to get more economic growth, people need to work more hours. What Bush fails to understand is that more employment is not the key to more economic growth. Saving and investment bring more productivity, which brings a better economy.... (more)


Wednesday July 15th, 2015

Trumpism: The Ideology posted 07/15/2015, 3:00 PM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
It's not too interesting to say that Donald Trump is a nationalist and aspiring despot who is manipulating bourgeois resentment, nativism, and ignorance to feed his power lust. It's uninteresting because it is obviously true. It's so true that stating it sounds more like an observation than a criticism.

I just heard Trump speak live. It was an awesome experience, like an interwar séance of once-powerful dictators who inspired multitudes, drove countries into the ground, and died
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Tuesday July 14th, 2015

Administrative "Law" and the Tyranny of "Tolerance" posted 07/14/2015, 1:43 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
In a collectivist society, “offenses” aren’t defined by behavior, but rather by identity. This is compellingly illustrated by cases of Antonio Darden and Elaine Huguenin, New Mexico residents and business owners who, acting in the service of their principles, exercised their property rights by refusing service to potential customers.

Darden operates a hair salon in Santa Fe, where Republican Governor Susana Martinez has been a regular customer. Darden announced in 2013 th
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Iran's Criminal Justice System Reminds Us of Ours posted 07/14/2015, 1:42 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
The judicial procedures that Iranian officials are using in the criminal trial of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian remind us of our judicial system here in the United States. No, not the federal judicial system here within the United States but rather the U.S. judicial system that the Pentagon and the CIA have established and operate at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.... (more)


Monday July 13th, 2015

Because Logic Is Hard: Under-30s Want To Legalize Weed But Outlaw Tobacco posted 07/13/2015, 12:40 PM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Commentary]
Young people want to end pot prohibition and expand it to tobacco prohibition, because logical consistency evidently takes a back seat to political schizophrenia.

From the UK Independent:
Cannabis should be legal and tobacco should be made illegal, according to a new survey for young people.

St
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Greece Today, America Tomorrow? posted 07/13/2015, 12:26 PM (Ron Paul)
[Category: Commentary]
The drama over Greece’s financial crisis continues to dominate the headlines. As this column is being written, a deal may have been reached providing Greece with yet another bailout if the Greek government adopts new “austerity” measures. The deal will allow all sides to brag about how they came together to save the Greek economy and the European Monetary Union. However, this deal is merely a Band-Aid, not a permanent fix to Greece’s problems. So another crisis is inevitable.

The
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Prime Minister Tsipras' Bailout Reform Package: An Act of Treason against the Greek People posted 07/13/2015, 12:26 PM (Prof Michel Chossudovsky)
[Category: Commentary]
After having launched a Referendum to refute and refuse the debt bailout agreement put together by the Troika, Prime Minister Tsipras together with his newly instated Finance Minister, comes up four days latter with an austerity package broadly similar to the one which was turned down by the Greek government in June. ... (more)


Friday July 10th, 2015

Portugal’s Experiment in Drug Decriminalization Has Been a Success posted 07/10/2015, 10:48 AM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
This month, Portugal celebrates fourteen years of drug decriminalization. The grand experiment is now considered a happy success considering it was adopted out of desperation and in the face of dire warnings from proponents of the global drug war.... (more)


Wednesday July 8th, 2015

Tear Down That Monument posted 07/08/2015, 10:22 AM (Thomas DiLorenzo)
[Category: Commentary]
A “Progressive” Case for Demolishing the Lincoln Memorial.... (more)


What Is "Libertarian Parenting"? posted 07/08/2015, 10:22 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
One of the dangers of modern libertarianism is that some people want to apply the ethical rules and insights that make complete sense in the market to micro-orders such as the family and the firm. Because our day-to-day life is made up of these micro-orders, it would seem to many libertarians that any consistent philosophy should go all the way down.... (more)


Tuesday July 7th, 2015

Jade Helm, Terrorist Attacks, Surveillance and Other Fairy Tales for a Gullible Nation posted 07/07/2015, 10:51 AM (The Rutherford Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
“Strange how paranoia can link up with reality now and then.” ― Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly

Once upon a time, there was a nation of people who believed everything they were told by their government.

When terrorists attacked the country, and government officials claimed to have been caught by surprise, the people believed them. And when the government passed massive laws aimed at locking down the nation and opening the door to total government surveillanc
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Of Wedding Cakes and Puritanical Collectivism posted 07/07/2015, 10:49 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
By declining to make a wedding cake for Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman, Aaron Klein and his wife Melissa saved the lesbian couple roughly $350. This is a case in which discrimination on the part of a business materially benefited the supposed victims – even before a Soviet-grade “civil rights” bureaucrat in Oregon ordered the business owners to pay $135,000 to the aggrieved couple.

In January 2013, the Kleins, who operated a bakery called “Sweetcakes by Melissa,” turned down t
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Debate: Mandatory Vaccinations Are Incompatible with Liberty / Mandatory Vaccinations Can Be Compatible with Liberty posted 07/07/2015, 10:47 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
Are mandatory vaccines compatible with liberty? Read these arguments from The Freeman and decide.... (more)


Jurassic World: Don't Blame It On The Market posted 07/07/2015, 10:47 AM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
In the fourth and latest installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, a theme park containing cloned dinosaurs plays host to horrifying scenes as visitors are preyed upon by reptilian attractions that have eluded the confines of their cages.

The chaos begins after the introduction of a new, ahistorical dinosaur, the Indominus Rex, a chimera cooked up by the park’s scientists. This monster, the film makes clear, is the product of capitalism run amok: simple de-extinction no longer i
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Monday July 6th, 2015

Greeks Vote NO To EU-Imposed Austerity posted 07/06/2015, 10:29 AM (Paul Craig Roberts)
[Category: Commentary]
With 90% of the votes counted, the Greek people have voted 61% to 39% against accepting the latest round of austerity that the EU is trying to impose on the Greek people for the benefit of the One Percent. What is amazing is that 39% voted for the One Percent against their own interests. This 39% vote shows that propaganda works to convince people to vote against their own interest.

The vote was not a vote to leave the EU. With the backing of the Greek nation, the Greek government
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Friday July 3rd, 2015

Why Not an 'Independence From the State' Day? posted 07/03/2015, 8:12 AM (Roger Young)
[Category: Commentary]
I'm about to witness my 61st "Independence Day" in the US Collective. And all I see forthcoming is still another celebration of failure, still another empty gesture from clueless citizen/slaves who have no independence.

The supposed "independence" noted and celebrated is recorded in the document known as The Declaration of Independence.  Those enslaved by a king at that time, declared themselves subjects instead to some, as yet, undefined government master (later to be
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Rubio Is Right -- Red-Light Cameras Are A Scam posted 07/03/2015, 8:11 AM (TheNewspaper)
[Category: Commentary]
Marco Rubio's driving habits have been in the spotlight ever since The New York Times attacked him over a handful of minor traffic infractions. The Florida senator downplayed his record behind the wheel by pointing out that red-light cameras are a "scam." PolitiFact chided the Republican presidential candidate for failing to acknowledge that cameras are perfectly legal in his state -- as if that matters.... (more)


Thursday July 2nd, 2015

The Bankruptcy of Greece's Welfare State posted 07/02/2015, 7:09 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
For decades the U.S. government has been spending and borrowing to the hilt, doing much the same thing the Greek government has done. Like the Greek government, the U.S. government has been spending much more than it receives in the form of taxes. How does it do that? Like the Greek government, it borrows the difference.... (more)


Tuesday June 30th, 2015

Are the American Youth Ready for Conscription? posted 06/30/2015, 7:15 AM (Sputnik International)
[Category: Commentary]
The shining future that America once had is all but a page note in the history books now. Record unemployment, failed foreign policies and domestic strife is the new normal. And how is the brain trust in DC going to solve these problems? National service for all 18 - to 28-year-olds!... (more)


Monday June 29th, 2015

Self-Determination and Secession posted 06/29/2015, 2:44 PM (Ryan McMaken)
[Category: Commentary]
The secessionist impulse doesn't seem to be going away in Europe. This month, the Wall Street Journal reported that the latest drive for secession comes from Sardinia. The leaders of the movement propose that the island, only part of Italy since the 1860s, be joined to Switzerland instead.

The Sardinians have a tough row to hoe in convincing the S
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Saturday June 27th, 2015

Heresies Against the Imperium posted 06/27/2015, 2:10 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
If Barack Obama is correct that white Americans are racist at a genetic level, shouldn’t this tendency be considered an inherent trait? Given the persistence of racism in the face of unremitting remedial action by government, should we regard it as an ineffaceable characteristic to be preserved and celebrated in the name of “diversity”?

Raci
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Friday June 26th, 2015

Keeping Government Bureaucrats Off the Backs of the Citizenry: The Supreme Court Responds posted 06/26/2015, 5:18 AM (The Rutherford Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
“No man in the wrong can stand up against a fellow that’s in the right and keeps on a-comin’.”—Texas Rangers

In one swoop, on June 22, 2015, a divided U.S. Supreme Court handed down three consecutive rulings affirming the right of raisin farmers, hotel owners and prison inmates. However, this push back against government abuse, government snooping and government theft only came about b
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Obamacare Travesty: The Supreme Court Continues To Make Stuff Up Out Of Thin Air posted 06/26/2015, 5:18 AM (Michael Snyder)
[Category: Commentary]
Thanks to the Supreme Court’s willingness to make stuff up, Obamacare has been saved once again.  In order to save Obamacare from utter disaster, Chief Justice Roberts essentially rewrote the law.  If you are thinking that the Supreme Court is not supposed to do that, you would be right.  But this is what our judicial system has devolved into.  When I was in law school, I was horrified to discover that most judges in our country just do whatever they feel like doing.  Instead of applying the law... (more)


The National-Security's State's Crisis Racket posted 06/26/2015, 5:10 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Imagine that Russia announced that it was reconstituting the Warsaw Pact and that Cuba, Venezuela, Chile, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Grenada, and Bolivia had signed on as members.

Imagine also that Russia fomented a regime-change operation in Mexico that succeeded in ousting the democratically elected president of the country and installing a pro-Russia ruler in his stead.

Imagine that Russia then embarked on a plan to build military bases and install missiles in all of
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The Myth of the Rule of Law posted 06/26/2015, 5:09 AM (ZeroGov)
[Category: Commentary]
America is not a free country. Its government labors under the illusion that the more laws that exist, the more secure and hence the more free a people. At least that’s the party line from the regime apparatchiks. What intellectual rubbish. This is nothing but a shabby justification for a state that grasps power at every turn and applies a tired Marxoid notion of Sovietizing every human transaction to make it transparent to the government (the reverse transparency is nowhere to be found) and use... (more)


Thursday June 25th, 2015

Why the Media is Blaming Everyone for the Charleston Shooting Except for the One Who Deserves It posted 06/25/2015, 3:52 AM (Larken Rose)
[Category: Commentary]
Dylann Roof fatally shot nine people. In a church. He chose to do it. It wasn't self-defense, it wasn't by mistake; it was premeditated, cold-blooded murder. It's hard to get any more evil than that.

But it seems that some people have trouble holding individuals accountable for what they do. One NBC story talked about how nice the killer's family is, and about how he had been a "sweet kid" when younger. Yes, a lot of other murderers were "sweet kids" at some point, too. So wha
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Taylor Swift Vs. Apple: Post-Scarcity Growing Pains posted 06/25/2015, 3:51 AM (C4SS.org)
[Category: Commentary]
On June 22nd pop mega-star Taylor Swift, released an open letter to Apple Music, refusing to grant the company’s new music streaming service access to her newest album. Her letter was a response to Apple’s policy of not paying musicians whose work is listened to, by customers during their three month, free trial of Apple’s platform. ... (more)


Tuesday June 23rd, 2015

Too Good for Government "Work": The Death of a Baton Rouge Peace Officer posted 06/23/2015, 1:13 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Every phone call that arrives after midnight is freighted with terrible expectations, and the one received Warrick Dunn at about 12:30 a.m. on January 7, 1993 bore the worst possible news.

“You need to get to the hospital – quick,” directed the caller, a Baton Rouge police officer. By the time the 18-year-old Warrick arrived, his 36-year-old mother, Betty Smothers, had died from gunshot wounds received during an ambush at a nearby bank. Betty was killed in the line of duty as a pr
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Monday June 22nd, 2015

Trump for President? posted 06/22/2015, 5:03 AM (Paul Craig Roberts)
[Category: Commentary]
Perhaps it has occurred to you as it has to me that the United States is no longer capable of producing political leadership. In the current issue of Trends Journal, Gerald Celente describes the eight candidates (at the time he went to press) for the US presidential nomination as “Liars, cowards, freaks & fools.”

Celente put it well. If you look at the sorry collection that aspires to be the CEO of what continues to be described as the “exceptional, indispensable, most important c
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I Am the Very Model of a Modern US President posted 06/22/2015, 5:03 AM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
As election season ramps up, many people are falling into political camps and assuming that their candidate will be wholly different from either the current administration or the contenders in the other camp. But for the past eighty years, United States presidents have been remarkably similar once in office. Most presidents, whatever their promises as candidates (usually to shrink parts of government) end up waging wars overseas and expanding government control here at home. The problem is not a... (more)


Wednesday June 17th, 2015

"I Bet You Call The Cops As Soon As Anything Goes Wrong" posted 06/17/2015, 2:05 PM (Cop Block)
[Category: Commentary]
I have heard a variation of this accusation more times than you could shake a bloody baton at. It inevitably appears in almost every Facebook comment thread and often those on the site as well. The statement presupposes many things and fails to consider many more. It is a wispy shell of crumbling rhetoric, which cannot hold itself, let alone be a vessel for any meaningful discourse. Let us dissect this carapace of malingering idiocy once and for all.... (more)


Tuesday June 16th, 2015

The Trouble with Kids Today: Too Much Deference to 'Authority,' Too Little Respect for Property posted 06/16/2015, 2:28 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
We direct the fashionable outcry of each generation against those vices of which it is least in danger and fix its approval on the virtue nearest to that vice which we are trying to make endemic. The game is to have them running about with fire extinguishers whenever there is a flood, and all crowding to that side of the boat which is already nearly gunwale under… Cruel ages are put on their guard against Sentimentality, feckless and idle ones against Respectability, lecherous ones against Purit... (more)


How Policing Works in a Privatized City posted 06/16/2015, 2:28 PM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
“All the common areas of Atlantic Station including the streets, sidewalks, parks, and alleys are private property.”

Thus reads one line buried in the Rules of Conduct for Atlantic Station, Atlanta, Georgia: a marvelous city within a city. But it’s this one line that makes the critical difference. It’s why this one-square mile in the heart of this great city has done more to model beauty, prosperity, diversity, and happy livi
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Magna Carta and the Fantasy of Legal Constraints on States posted 06/16/2015, 2:22 PM (Ryan McMaken)
[Category: Commentary]
Magna Carta turns 800 years old today. The Great Charter is often hailed as the first event in a series of limitations on the power of government. For Americans, Marga Carta seems even more important because it is a document that was written and signed for the purpose of limiting the power of a monarch. Americans love grandiose gestures in the form of written documents such as Magna Carta and the Mayflower Compact and the Constitution of 1787, and the document is today taught to school children ... (more)


Monday June 15th, 2015

The State's Exploitation of the Common Man posted 06/15/2015, 1:15 PM (Bart Frazier)
[Category: Commentary]
One of the oldest complaints coming from the Left is that the business world exploits the common man. The Democrat Party uses it as a veritable rallying cry, with its candidates promising to protect the helpless lower classes from the predations of corporations and international conglomerates. As they say, the game is rigged. They are correct, but not in the way that they think.... (more)


Sunday Times Snowden Story is Journalism at its Worst posted 06/15/2015, 1:15 PM (The Intercept)
[Category: Commentary]
Western journalists claim that the big lesson they learned from their key role in selling the Iraq War to the public is that it’s hideous, corrupt and often dangerous journalism to give anonymity to government officials to let them propagandize the public, then uncritically accept those anonymously voiced claims as Truth. But they’ve learned no such lesson. That tactic continues to be the staple of how major U.S. and British media outlets “report,” especially in the national security area. A... (more)


Let Us Salute the Flag posted 06/15/2015, 1:15 PM (Fred Reed)
[Category: Commentary]
Aaaagh! Enough. I keep reading that I should Honor Our Troops. On airline flights, I am asked to applaud Our Young Men in Uniform. Why, for God’s sake? What have Our Troops done for me except cause me great embarrassment, cost money better spent on anything else, and kill millions of people that I have had no interest in killing? For this I am to thank them?

No, they don’t have noble motives. Men join the military because they need a job, because they want money for college or bec
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Thursday June 11th, 2015

The Totalitarian Mindset of the 'Hurt Feelings' Industry posted 06/11/2015, 11:44 AM (Scott Lazarowitz)
[Category: Commentary]
Has freedom of speech become a thing of the past in America? College campuses now are intellectual prisons, and the thin-skinned offendotrons are the guards. And in post-9/11 America you can’t criticize the Regime without being called a “traitor” or “unpatriotic.” The political and social fascists and control freaks really seem to be trying to drive people into silence these days.

For example, on college campuses if you say something deemed offensive, you might actually receive a
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Reason Magazine Subpoena Stomps on Free Speech posted 06/11/2015, 11:38 AM (Bloomberg)
[Category: Commentary]
Wielding subpoenas demanding information on anonymous commenters, the government is harassing a respected journalism site that dissents from its policies. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York claims these comments could constitute violent threats, even though they’re clearly hyperbolic political rhetoric.

This is happening in America -- weirdly, to a site I founded, and one whose commenters often earned my public contempt.
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Wednesday June 10th, 2015

Socialism Is War and War Is Socialism posted 06/10/2015, 10:57 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
“[Economic] planning does not accidentally deteriorate into the militarization of the economy; it is the militarization of the economy.… When the story of the Left is seen in this light, the idea of economic planning begins to appear not only accidentally but inherently reactionary. The theory of planning was, from its inception, modeled after feudal and militaristic organizations. Elements of the Left tried to transform it into a radical program, to fit into a progressive revolutionary vision.... (more)


Tuesday June 9th, 2015

"Blue Privilege" And The Criminal Enterprise Called The Idaho State Police posted 06/09/2015, 9:42 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
“They’ve laid us out,” Idaho State Police Trooper Sam Ketchum reported in a text message to his superiors during an April 13, 2012 court hearing in Payette. The intended recipient was Lt. Colonel Ralph Powell, who would shortly be appointed ISP Director. “They” referred to ISP Corporals Quinn Carmack and Brandon Eller, who had – in defiance of expectations – testified truthfully in the preliminary hearing for ... (more)


What Bastiat Had to Say about Police Abuse posted 06/09/2015, 9:42 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
When it comes to being employed by the government, membership has its privileges. How far do these privileges extend? It’s a question that is central to political philosophy. It is most poignantly addressed by one of my favorite pieces of writing, Frédéric Bastiat’s The Law (1850).

The same question is being debated on the streets in every US city today. Videos of citizen abuse at the hands of the police are everywhere. I
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Slave or Rebel? Ten Principles for Escaping the Matrix and Standing Up to Tyranny posted 06/09/2015, 9:42 AM (The Rutherford Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
"Until they become conscious, they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled, they cannot become conscious."--George Orwell

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

It's a shell game intended to keep us focused on and distracted by all of the politically expedient things that are being said--about militarized police, surveillance, and government corruption--while the government continues to frogmarch us down the road toward outright tyr
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There's No Evidence of a ‘New Nationwide Crime Wave’ posted 06/09/2015, 9:39 AM (Radley Balko)
[Category: Commentary]
Last week in the Wall Street Journal, Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute posited that we are in the throes of a "new nationwide crime wave." She blamed the chorus of police reform advocates and critics of police brutality since the Ferguson protest last summer. She claimed the criticism and efforts to hold police accountable were causing cops to become disillusioned, cynical, and afraid to do their jobs... (more)

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